Troop

For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. Troop 1313 is proud to be a part of one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. Our program provides opportunities for young people to build character, learn the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develop personal fitness.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP

Troop 1313, chartered by the Sunrise Valley Elementary School PTA since 1989, serves the youth of the Vienna, Reston, and Herndon communities. Boys from 11 to 18 years old enjoy the lessons
of scouting through an increasingly demanding program of adventure and challenge.

 

Troop 1313 is a boy-led troop under the guidance of adult Scoutmasters. By fulfilling the responsibilities of such positions as patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, and senior patrol leader, as well as quartermaster, webmaster, and other troop-wide positions, boys learn to work together and develop leadership skills.

 

 

MEETINGS

Although chartered by Sunrise Valley Elementary School PTA, Troop 1313 meets most of the time at Hunters Woods Elementary School.  Meetings are held every Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 8:30.  Meeting activities rotate each week between merit badge night, game night, Patrol Leader's Council (once a month), and special events.  

Merit badge nights allow Scouts to work with merit badge counselors on various badges. Game nights are game-centered activities which can include group sports or "Scout skills" competition. PLC's are planning meetings run by youth leaders; everyone is welcome to attend and observe.

SCOUTING GOALS

Scouting is a way of life.

  • It instills a sense of citizenship in the community, in the nation, and the world.

  • It prepares a young man for adulthood by providing him with the opportunity to learn how to handle independence and to gain self-confidence and self worth.

  • It provides the opportunity to learn many new skills, to participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities, and to develop leadership capabilities.

 

These goals are achieved in a Boy Scout troop through the use of eight methods:


    •  The Ideals of Scouting
    •  The Patrol Method
    •  Advancement
    •  Uniform
    •  Outdoors Program
    •  Leadership Development
    •  Adult Association
    •  Personal Growth.

 

The ideals of the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto ("Be Prepared"), and Scout slogan ("Do a Good Turn Daily”) lay the foundation for character. 

Together with the skills learned and the experiences gained as a Scout,  boys meet the challenges of today while prepare for tomorrow.​

CONTACT US
For more information contact Troop 1313 at troop1313va@gmail.com
ACTIVITIES

Troop 1313 is very active during the entire year.  Troop 1313 activities during the school year include:

  • Regular Meetings (weekly)

  • Courts of Honor

  • Activity days (day hikes, bike rides, Orienteering)

  • Weekend camping  

  • Fishing Campout

  • Ski Trip

  • District Camporees 

  • Reston Triathlon (annually)

  • Civic and community service projects (Scouting for Food, Reston Holiday Parade, Wreaths Across America, SVES Basketball Challenge, etc.)

  • Back to school night (annually) 

  • Seabase High Adventure (when selected)

Summer activities include: 

  • Summer camp (one week annually)

  • High Adventure Camp (when selected) 

  • End of school year party (often a pool party) 
     

ADVANCEMENT

With more than 50 boys in the troop, our Scouts are constantly advancing in all ranks, from Scout to Eagle.  A dedicated Scoutmaster works with first year Scouts to help them achieve the Scout and Tenderfoot ranks, and often many requirements for Second Class and First Class.

After the first year Scouts work with patrol leaders, older Scouts, and Scoutmasters.  Summer Camp provides additional opportunities to advance and earn merit badges.  Boys are encouraged to work with merit badge counselors—many of whom are troop parents—to earn merit badges individually or in groups/patrols. The troop brings in other community members to help Scouts with specialized skills as needed.

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