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Troop 52

Troop 52 meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church West Campus on 6th Street. It is the big building overlooking more than 50 acres (with a playground for siblings) just off Highway 40.

For more information, contact our Scoutmaster Jace Newman at 785-748-0909, our Committee Chairman Kent Peterson at 785-843-1299. Please email Assistant Scoutmasters Kevin Lashley or John Milburn to schedule a visit.

Visit us online at kansastroop52.org.


Philosophy

Troop 52 believes in the wisdom of the Boy Scout Oath and Scout Law. It serves as the foundation of all that we do as a troop and how we conduct our lives as individuals to be productive members of our community.

Through a diverse and exciting outdoor program, as well as frequent advancement opportunities, Troop 52 strives to provide a program that encourages Scouts to learn more about themselves, their country and service to others. Our boy-led program is geared to help Scouts of all ages and levels to advance along the Trail to Eagle.

Troop 52 believes in the positive reinforcement and sense of accomplishment that is instilled by recognizing Scouts immediately as they advance through their ranks. We also conduct two formal Courts of Honor to recognize Scouts for the advancements and achievements, including Merit Badges.

Parents are encouraged to be involved with Troop 52 from the moment their son joins our organization. There are numerous opportunities for adults to share their talents, including the Troop Committee, Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster. All adult leaders are required to be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and complete the appropriate level of training for each position.

History

Troop 52 was formed in 1918 and has been chartered continuously for the past 93 years through the First United Methodist Church. We are a member of the Heart of America Council and Pelathe District.

Troop 52 is a medium-sized troop with a boy-to-adult ratio of 2 to 1. All boys are welcome to join the troop who have completed the Webelos program or who are new to Scouting and at least age 11. We strive to maintain the spirit of Scouting with a boy-led troop, with a focus on advancement and outdoors to help develop boys into young men.

Leadership

The goal of a boy-led troop is to allow the boys to develop the program and run the troop activities. This is accomplished through the Patrol Leader Council format, led by the senior patrol leader, his assis-tant and leaders of each patrol. Adults serve as Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster and/or members of the Troop 52 committee.

Each adult position has specific duties designed to support the boys in their program and to facilitate their development.

Outdoor Program

Troop 52 maintains a robust and diverse 12-month camping program. Campouts include troop and district events in an area designated for the Troop 52 at Camp Bromelsick located west of Lawrence near Clinton Lake. Other events we at-tend in the region include the annual Scout Day at Fort Riley, boating at Clinton Lake or hiking and biking along historic trails. Troop 52 has continuously earned the National Camping Award.

Each year, Troop 52 attends council summer camp. The troop has recently traveled to Camp Alexander, Colorado, Camp Naish near Bonner Springs and Camp Bartle in Missouri.

High Adventure

Troop 52 offers High Adventure camp outside of the Heart of Ameri-ca Council to those boys who are at least 14 years old. Over the past few years, boys have participated in Philmont Scout Ranch (rugged back-packing in the high country of northern New Mexico), Northern Tier National High Adventure (wilderness canoeing expeditions in the Bounda-ry Waters) and Florida National Adventure Sea Base (snorkel and scuba diving while studying marine life the Florida Keys and Bahamas).

Troop 52 has active members in Scouting’s national honor society, the Order of the Arrow. The honor society recognizes those Scouts and adults who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. Order of the Arrow was founded in 1915.

Mic-O-Say is a Missouri-based camping society that also has membership available to our Scouts.

Our Gear

Troop 52 provides and maintains a full line of camping gear, including tents, cooking equipment, tools, tarps and other supplies, as well as a trailer for towing to camping

Finance

Dues and fees are $55 per year, which includes a scarf, registration and Boys Life subscription. No Scout will be denied membership or camping opportunities for financial reasons.