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A Scout-Led Troop

Troop 512 is a strong, boy-run troop. The Scouts plan and make decisions regarding all aspects of the Troop’s program including campouts, Troop meetings, and high adventure outings. These activities and meetings are planned through monthly Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) meetings.

Each patrol leader represents his patrol on the patrol leaders’ council, and interprets to his patrol the plans and decisions the council makes. A patrol is a small group of boys who are similar in age, development, and interests. Patrols also have their own meetings, elect their own officers, and plan and carry out their own patrol activities.

Our objective is to provide a place where each Scout can experiment with his own leadership style and determine what works best for him in a no risk environment. The adult staff, of over 35 registered members, is fully engaged with the Scouts in an advisory role to ensure that all activities are conducted safely.


 Exciting Program

Troop 512 operates year round program and participates in one outdoor activity each month, mainly campouts. The boys plan the campouts and the activities that will take place during the campout. In addition to camping, campout activities have included hiking, biking, backpacking, canoeing, rock wall climbing and rappelling, waterskiing, horseback riding, archery, rifle shooting, kayaking, and fishing.

The Troop maintains a full complement of camping gear, tents, and canoes for the boys. It is important to allow Scouts to learn teamwork and leadership skills within their patrols but parents are welcome to attend campouts or help out in ways that match their talents and time availability. 


Operation First Class

In the Scouting program boys are given the opportunity for advancement but can proceed at their own pace. The older scouts teach scouting skills. Once the skill is learned and demonstrated by the scout, the
higher-ranking scout signs it off. Troop 512 has created the Operation First Class program to provide all motivated new scouts the resources and support needed to progress through the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class to First Class within 12 months of joining our troop.


High Adventure

For boys that are 14 and older, the Troop conducts annual treks to Philmont Scout Ranch in northeast New Mexico, Sea Base in the Keys, Florida and Northern Tier in Minnesota and Canada. Earn the Triple Crown by attending all three high adventure camps.

 


A Heritage of Eagle Scouts

Less than 5 percent of boys that join scouting achieve its highest rank of Eagle Scout. Young men who have made is accomplishment are widely recognized by employers and Colleges. Obtaining the Eagle Scout rank requires a strong personal commitment from the Scout, his parent, and his Troop. Although we cannot guarantee any scout will make Eagle, since our founding 18 years ago Troop 512 has had 86 Eagle Scouts (5 times the national average).


Come Join Us

We bring the scouting experience to over 50 boys between the ages of 11 to 17. Our meetings are held every Tuesday evening from 7 to 8:30PM at VFW Post 8315 in the Hall of Flags (the large metal building in the back) located at 1000 FM 78 Schertz, TX 78154. We try to help each boy reach his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout. More importantly, we try to help each boy become a good citizen who cares about others. Scouting is a great experience; one that will help form abilities that he will use the rest of his life.