Scouting at St. John's
For two generations, the Scout troops of St. John the Evangelist parish have experienced the adventures, challenges and joys of exploring God's creation together. Check out some of their recent activities in this Photo Gallery. Read on for more information on how to become a part of this exciting opportunity for parish youth and their friends.
St. John the Evangelist Girl Scout troops are open to girls in grades K through 12 in the St. John’s community. The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. At St. John’s this slogan translates into girls who take part in learning experiences, service opportunities, and skill building opportunities. Girl Scouts uses the Girl Scouts Leadership Experience (GSLE) to help girls develop the skills that girls identify as necessary for making a leader.
According to the Girl Scout research publication, Transforming Leadership, girls say that they want to be the type of leader who "stands up for his or her beliefs and values," and "tries to change the world for the better." Girls say that leadership is "knowing what you believe and putting it into action.” The GSLE engages girls in discovering themselves, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. All Girl Scouts materials and program curricula are nationally standardized and outcomes based. Activities are designed to guide girls along a path to leadership and are girl‐led as much as possible.
The GSLE uses Journeys (i.e., Girl Scout developed, age‐appropriate curricula), badges, cookie selling, and activities to help girls develop their leadership skills. At St. Johns, girls participate in activities such as encampments, ice skating, hosting teas, singing at local nursing homes, and other activities to build friendship and camaraderie and to provide service to our community.
There are currently four active troops at St. Johns.
Troop 986, Daisies, is open to girls in Kindergarten and First Grade. Rebecca Desrocher and Tina Langley are restarting a troop at this level. They plan to meet in the evenings.
Troop 4775, Brownies, is open to girls in Second and Third Grades. Colleen Zarzecki is the troop leader, and she is looking for a co‐leader and a money manager. This troop will meet twice a month in the Kennedy Room, usually on the Wednesday of the second and fourth week of the month, with some exceptions. Meetings will take place from 3 to 4:30. A schedule will be available at the beginning of the school year. The troop's current project to help Hurrican Sandy victims and is also planning their second "Girl Scouts Do Science" event in honor of Susan Niebur.
SJE Girl Scout Troop 4775, Brownies, joined the community at Holy Name Parish in Washington, D.C. for the 11 am mass on June 30th. After a beautiful liturgy, inspiring music, and a great sermon by Fr. Michael Briese, representatives of the troop joined the community in the social hall to distribute the donations our troop had received in our Summer Fun Drive. The children and families of Holy Name appreciated all the wonderful donations, and almost everything was claimed. Things that had not been distributed will be distributed in Red Hill, NC when parishioners from Holy Name travel there later this summer on a mission trip.
Troop 2936, Juniors, is open to girls in Fourth and Fifth Grades. Cathy Tramontana is the troop leader, and she is looking for a co‐leader. The troop meets at least once a month on Fridays in the Kennedy Room. Meetings start at 3:00 and end at 4:30 p.m.
Troop 1682, Cadettes, is open to girls in Sixth through Eighth Grades. Mary Brogan and Beth Torp are the leaders for the troop, which meets at least once a month on Fridays in the Kennedy Room. Meetings start at 3:00 and end at 4:30 p.m.
There is one girl enrolled in the Ambassador troop for 9th to 12th grade girls. Marie Schech is the troop leader, as well as the coordinator for all the troops at St. John’s. The Ambassador troop is seeking more girls for the troop from within the SJE community.
For generations, the Scout troops of St. John the Evangelist parish have trived. It is operated by volunteer parents for boys from 11 to 18 years old, and emphasizes development of skills in service, safety, leadership, and outdoor activities. Recruitment of new members emphasizes "bridging" of Cub Scouts from our very active Pack 466, but boys of all ages, with or without a Scouting background, are encouraged to join. The trek from Tenderfoot to Eagle Scout is legendary, and Troop 466 has generated some legends of its own!
Our outdoor program is vigorous and rewarding for the Scouts and the participating adults alike. Between September and June, we have at least one campout or extended activity (hiking, biking, rock climbing, skiing) each month. The weekly meetings emphasize a monthly theme (first aid, backpacking, wilderness survival, space exploration, to name a few), as well as key skills that underlie safe and enjoyable low-impact camping and high adventure.
Each summer, we have a one or two week campout. For the last several years, two out of every three summer campouts have been at Goshen Scout Camp (Virginia) and/or nearby parks (Deep Creek, Ohiopyle, PA, the Adirondacks), followed in the third year by a BTOW - Big Trip Out West. Past trips have been to Yellowstone/Teton National Parks, Glacier National Park, as well as, Mt. St. Helen's and Olympic National Park in Washington State.
One evening each month is devoted to Advancement - emphasizing achievement of skills, the Patrol Method, Merit Badges, and growth in rank from Tenderfoot through Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and finally to Eagle. This involves all the Scouts, each at his own level and pace. Older Scouts develop leadership skills while assisting the younger scouts in advancement, and all arrive at the monthly campout living up to the Scout Motto: Be Prepared!
Troop 466 takes seriously its responsibility to the community, and participates in various Service Projects during the year. These have included assisting in the St. John's School Bazaar, several conservation projects in the regional parks, and Christmas in April.
Each December, St. John's Troop 466's Christmas Tree Sale provides over 800 trees to customers from far and wide. Founded by the Troop in 1968, the Tree Sale provides all the funds for the Troop's operating budget, as well as, the Summer Campouts and the BTOW. All Scout families are required to pitch in.
Troop Meetings are held every Monday, 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the Kennedy Room from September through June.
Please feel free to take a look at our website to get a complete idea of what we have done over the last few years.