Troop 314 - Raleigh, NC
Who we are:
BSA Troop 314 is a Scout-led Troop open to all Scouts. We are charter through St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church.
Troop 314 resides wihin the North Star District, which is part of the Occoneechee Council in beautiful North Carolina. Troop 314 also supports a very active and prospering Cub Scout program in Pack 314.
Troop 314 has been in operation since 1954. During this time, over 100 boys have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
In its activities and program, Troop 314 emphasizes four key themes:
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 people values, and a sense of duty to God, country, to others and to one's self.
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 their 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 their own ability. Each Scout will be given the guidance that is necessary 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, interests, 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.
In most activities, and in particular in Boy Scouting, parental involvement is key to the success of Troop 314.
Parents of over 80% of our Scouts are active as Scoutmasters, Troop Committee members, Merit Badge Counselors, or some other way of supporting the Troop.
The Troop meets every Monday evening from 7:00pm - 8:15pm, in Raphael Hall on the St. Raphael Campus.
The Troop goes camping every month (except June & December).
Every summer, in June, the Scouts in Troop 314 have the opportunity to attend a week long summer camp at a Boy Scout camp. Typically the Troop alternates between camps every year to always make the experience different.
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.
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.