Springfield Post 176 maintains three Boy Scout Troops (1344, 4673, 1518), One Cub Scout Pack (1853), and One Seas Scout Ship (1176). Post 176 expanded its Scout sponsorship by three organizations. for more than 4,200 hours, and Sea Scouts used eight members for scouting efforts for the reporting period. Post members drove more than 4,000 in support of Scouting Programs.
Boy Scout Troop #1344 has 32 Scouts. This year we provided $2,620 funding for one Eagle Scout Project. We currently have seven Eagle Scouts in progress. The Scouts work closely with the Post whenever possible. Over this past membership year, the troops have assisted with our lawn mowing party, Post cleanup activities, Veterans Day Celebration, Purple Heart parking, and Memorial Day support to events at Post 176. Troop 1344 nominated one Eagle Scout for the American Legion Scout of the year award.
Boy Scout Troop 4673 has 23 Scouts and 17 Adult Leaders. This year we earned 75 merit badges and 22 rank advancements, with six of those being Eagle Scouts. The Troop attended summer camp at Justice Scout Camp at Bechtel Summit, WV, with four adults and 15 Scouts; two adults and nine Scouts attended Sea Base at St Thomas, VI; the troop participated in eight service projects and conducted nine monthly campouts / outings For the 22-23 year so far we earned 45 merit badges and five rank advancements with those being Eagle Scout. The Troop attended summer camp at Henson Scout Reservation, MD, with five adults and 12 Scouts; three adults and nine Scouts to Philmont Scout Reservation, NM; the troop participated in four service projects; and conducted six monthly campouts / outings.
Boy Scout Troop 1518 has 85 Scouts and 51 adult leaders. We have weekly troop meetings year-round. Since June 2022 and projected into May 2023, our Scouts will have earned more than 300 Merit Badges and more than 60 rank advancements, including at least one Eagle. We also conducted four Eagle Courts of Honor. We will have supported at least six Eagle Scout projects, seven other service projects, and three civic ceremonies. Over the summer of 2022, we sent 47 Scouts and seven adults to summer camp, two separate crews of six Scouts and two adults and four Scouts and four adults to Northern Tier high adventure camp, eight Scouts and four adults to Sea Base high adventure camp, and two Scouts to a Merit Badge Day Camp at Camp Snyder. Three of our Scouts graduated from National Youth Leadership Training. We have conducted ten campouts and have three more planned, and conducted two day trip excursions. We participated in Scout Sunday activities and sent adult leaders to the University of Scouting. Troop 1516 donated one pallet of mulch to our post for beautification efforts.
Sea Scout Ship 1176 has six Sea Scouts and five adult leaders. Sea Scouts are for youth ages 14-20 years of age. The type of unit is a “Ship”, like for other Scouts, the unit is a “Troop.” The Ship specializes in sailing and meets once a month aboard one of its vessels, a 45 foot sailboat at the Baltimore Yacht Club or a 23 foot sailboat at Fort Washington Marina. You do not need to know how to sail or have had boating experience – we will teach you. The Ship’s summer activity is a week-long sailing trip. In prior summers, the Ship has sailed the Chesapeake, the Potomac, the Great Lakes, and the Bahamas. For 2023, the Ship is planning to sail a schooner from Gloucester, Maine, and visit Old Iron Sides The ship supports two service projects each year, one for the marinas where they can keep their vessels without fee, and the annual Scouting for Food Campaign at the Annandale foodbank. For more information, see https://www.scouting.org/programs/sea-scouts Contact with the Ship can be made through https://beascout.scouting.org , Sea Scouts, zip code 22152.
Post 176 hosted the Colonial District Boy Scouts of America, Pinewood Derby. The Post provided refreshments to the Troop and signed up numerous new members to both the Legion and the Sons of the American Legion Squadron. The Post contributed $150 to purchase trophies for the Derby competition. This event consumed 40 hours for two members, and members drove 40 miles.