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2013-2014 Brochure

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TROOP 1523

Parkwood Baptist Church

8726 Braddock Road

Annandale, VA 22003


Boy Scouts of




Our Troop

Boy Scout Troop 1523, chartered by Parkwood Baptist Church has been in operation for over 45 years. 

We currently have 75 Scouts, ranging in age from 11 to 17 years old. 

Boy Scout junior leaders run our troop.  We are divided into Patrols, and a Boy Scout Patrol Leader is in charge of each one.  A Senior Patrol Leader is in charge of the Troop.  Other Scouts also serve in various leadership positions.  These leaders serve under the watchful eyes of our Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters.  We also have a very active and supportive Troop Committee.

Adult Leadership

The Troop 1523 Scoutmaster Corps places a high value on training.  All have completed their position specific training and many have additional training in the areas of swimming, boating, wilderness first aid, BSA lifeguard, and the highest level of adult leadership training known as Wood Badge.

 Attention Webelos
We can help you meet your Arrow of Light requirements! If you need to participate in a Troop meeting and talk to a Scoutmaster, we would like you to visit with us.
You can also go camping with us. Check our website calendar and/or contact our Scoutmaster for our Troop camping opportunities.

What We Offer

•Fun.  We have a good time with all of our activities.  Scouts plan our program, and they know what they like to do. 

•Leadership Training.  We train our Scouts how to be good leaders.  Then, we give them leadership positions so they can practice their leadership skills. 

•Advancement.  We offer opportunities and help for young men to advance all the way to Eagle Scout.  This is hard work, but if you want to be an Eagle, we want to help!  100+ Scouts have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout since the Troop was established.


Our major fund-raiser is a mulch sale in March. Scouts and their parents can apply part of the funds they earn to Scouting-related activities.

There is an annual registration fee of $70.  We also collect individual activity fees for our campouts and trips based on expected costs.  For a standard weekend campout, the fee is usually $20 to $30 per attending scout.  The fee covers food and transportation. Obviously, summer camp, high-adventure, and other activity-based trips are more expensive. 

Who Plans Our Program?

Our Scouts do!

Every summer, all Scouts who have leadership positions meet with the Scoutmaster for our Annual Planning Meeting, and they plan our program for the upcoming year.

Troop Meetings

We meet every Monday from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m.  at Parkwood Baptist Church. 
Visitors are always welcome!

Activity Calendar


Theme:   Hiking 

Catoctin Mountain Hiking

Theme: Cooking

Campout – Patriot Dist Camporee


Theme:  Climbing

Campout – High Ropes


Theme:  Pioneering

Camp Rodney Cabin Camping 

Theme:  Winter Camping

Rebounderz & Family Ski Trip

February Theme: History

  Gettysburg/Camp Tuckahoe

Theme:  Engineering

Construction Site Campout

Theme: Geology

  New Scout Campout & Gem Mining

Theme: Animal Care

  Horseback Riding Campout

Theme: Emergency Prep/Summer Camp

Whitewater & Henson Scout Reservation, MD

Theme: High Adventure

Philmont, NM

Theme:  Summer Fun

Weekly Daytime Activities

Troop Activities

We have a lot of fun and exciting outdoor activities.  Our program varies from year to year, but here are some of the fun things we do:  

• Camping — Scheduled Every Month

• High Adventure – Philmont, WV Summit, Sea Base & N. Tier)

• Cycling – Entire C&O Canal (184 miles)
Backpacking and Hiking
Rappelling and Rock Climbing
• Swimming
• Skiing and Snowboarding
• Canoeing 
• Whitewater Rafting
• Caving
• Shotgun and Rifle Shooting
• Archery
• Outdoor Cooking 
• Waterskiing
• Other Fun Group Games
• Campfires
• Sleeping “Under the Stars”
• Service Projects for the Community


For further information, email:

Scoutmaster Andy Phalan



Committee Chair Phil guth
703 425-5884 (Home)


Randy Witter,
Jan 8, 2014, 7:37 PM