Troop 2407 began around the year 2001 to meet the needs of homeschool families desiring to be involved in outdoor adventure and skill, leadership, and character development for our children along with other Christian homeschool families in the San Antonio area. A San Antonio, TX area church has been our chartering organization since 2003. Our girls belong to American Heritage Girls, http://www.ahgonline.org, TX2407. After 12 years of being a BSA pack, troop, and crew, our boys were one of the first troops to charter with the new organization, Trail Life USA, http://www.traillifeusa.org. These two organizations, AHG and TL USA, both are in agreement with our statements of Faith and Mission.
Troop 2407 Mission Statement :
We are a family program that seeks to:
- Strengthen family unity by assisting parents as the primary educators of their children in all matters including moral, spiritual, and intellectual formation, while meeting the need in the homeschool community for cooperative learning, teamwork, and leadership opportunities;
- Love God and our neighbor through outdoor adventures and service projects;
- Promote character development.
Trail Life USA Mission Statement:
to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure.
American Heritage Girls Mission Statement:
Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.
The two Troops meet most Monday nights at 7:00pm. Family members attend together with their children, and after a brief gathering for a flag ceremony, prayer, scripture lesson, and announcements, each Troop is dismissed to meet separately to pursue badge work, teaching younger kids, or preparing for campouts planned throughout the year.
All parents are required to be in attendance and serve the Troop in some way. In addition, Troop campouts are also planned for all family members to attend with activities organized for each age group. Older boys and older girls camp separately using the patrol method. Younger children camp with their parents. For some, this is a challenge and a sacrifice to be in attendance for their children's scouting activities. However, for those parents who have stretched themselves this way, they too have grown in abilities and virtues in a surprising way!
Because of the commitment of all parents, the volunteer work in running these large Troops side by side is shared and not a burden for a few. This is one reason why our boys and girls earn a large amount of badges and rank advancements compared to many other troops.
If this sounds like a program for your family, feel free to email us for location information and come visit on a Monday evening.