Who are we?

Troop 314 is based at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church who is our chartered organization. Troop 314 resides in Impeesa District, which is part of the Occoneechee Council in NC. Troop 314 supports a very active and prospering Cub Scout program Pack 314.   
Troop 314 has been in operation since 1954. During this time, over 100 boys have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

The Troop consists of approximately 45 boys. Our Scoutmaster, Bill Campbell has been active in scouting for over 10 years. He has seen his own sons move through Cub Scouts into Boy Scouts and has served on numerous Troop postions before taking on the Scoutmaster role in February 2012. 

Troop 314 also has several fully trained Assistant Scoutmasters, including three who earned the rank of Eagle Scout when they were boys. Two of our adult leaders (one Assistant Scoutmaster and one Troop Committee member) are so highly regarded they have been asked to serve BSA in larger roles, at the District or Council level. Both Dave Pederson (deceased 2014) and Robin Jewett have earned the District Award of Merit for the roles in the Occoneechee Council of BSA.
 


Meeting Time

The Troop meets every Monday evening from 7:30pm - 8:30pm, in Raphael Hall
 

Camping

The Troop goes camping every month on the 2nd weekend (except June & December)
 

Summer Camp

Every summer, in June, the Scouts in Troop 314 have the opportunity to attend a 1-week summer camp at a Boy Scout camp. Typically the Troop alternates between Camp Durant (odd numbered 

In 2018, the Troop will be going to Camp Durant
In 2017, the Troop attended Camp Shenandoah in Virginia.
In 2016, the Troop attended Camp Durant and The Summit.
In 2015, the Troop attended Cherokee Scout Ranch. 
In 2014, the Troop attended Camp Bodie on the Pamlico Sound.
In 2013, the Troop attended Camp Durant. 
In 2012, the Troop attended Camp Daniel Boone in the mountains of Western NC.


Fund Raising

Our primary fundraising activity takes place immediately after Thanksgiving, when the Troop sells Christmas Trees. Troop 314 does not sell popcorn as a means of fund raising.
 
 

Awards

The Troop regularly earns the National Camping award and Quality Unit awards. We strive for and achieve Gold status in the BSAs Journey to Excellence program.
 
 

Mission Statement

In its activities and program, Troop 314 emphasizes four key themes:

  • Leadership/Character Development
  • Scouting/Outdoor Skills
  • Community Service
  • Fun (with a purpose)
While these four themes are consistent among many Boy Scout troops, Troop 314 places special emphasis on achieving an ideal balance among the themes – encouraging boys to remain with scouting longer and, hopefully, attaining their Eagle Scout rank.

Some of the vehicles used to achieve these objectives are set forth in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. It is our objective to teach each scout the meaning of the Scout Oath and Law and for them to apply these values in their daily lives. The Scouting movement is designed primarily to teach young man values and a sense of duty to his God, his country, to others and to himself.

The development of each Scout is a lengthy process. It comes from advancing in rank, camping, interacting with other Scouts and holding leadership positions in the patrol and Troop. It also comes from many other experiences, including community service, through which Scouting develops leadership and character.

It is our desire that each Scout achieve to the best of his own ability. Each Scout will be given the guidance that is necessary for him to become an Eagle Scout. However, the adult leaders can only do so much. The Scout must be willing to work, to participate, to lead, to make decisions, to cooperate, to obey orders and to be patient. Parents must be willing to contribute their time, interest and especially their encouragement. Not every Scout will become an Eagle, but every Scout will absorb the ideals of Scouting and thus become a better individual and better citizen.

 


Parental Involvement

In most activities and in particular in Boy Scouting parental involvement is key to the success of any Troop and Troop 314 is no exception.
Parents of over 90% of our Scouts are active as Scoutmasters, Troop Committee members, Merit Badge Counselors or some other way of supporting the Troop



Troop 314 Costs

Annual re-charter         -    $75.00
Clothing                        -    $40.00  (neckerchief/slide/shoulder loops/T314 patch/T314 class-B shirt)

Camping (grub)              -    $10.00 (monthly, if attending)
Camping (fuel charge)   -    $5 - $25 (based on location, typically less than $10) (None in 2017)

Special Camping          -    determined by outfitter fees

Summer Camp             -    approximately $250 for the week