Boys Troop 125
Scouts BSA Troop 125 is for boys aged 11-17 who are interested in leadership development, want to learn practical skills, enjoy the outdoors, and want to create memories that will last a lifetime. Our troop meets every Tuesday at 7pm during the school year in the Fellowship Hall of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church.
Troop 125 consists of approximately 60 scouts and 50 adult leaders. We are a scout-led troop meaning the scouts have responsibility for the decisions of the troop. Scouts are elected to serve in positions of responsibility which help form the structure of the troop. Adult leaders help enable the scouts execute their program by providing guidance, support, and managing the business of the troop.
Scouts are encouraged to work on advancement by fulfilling certain rank requirements. Each rank will have varied requirements from areas such as practical skills, first aid, outdoor skills, physical fitness, citizenship, etc. Certain ranks will require completion of advanced skills such as serving in leadership and performing service. In the process, the scouts learn to become more independent, and, over time, they learn to teach and lead others eventually holding positions of responsibility within the troop.
Troop 125 has an extensive outdoor program starting with monthly camping trips which take us around the state of Florida. While most of our camping trips are local to south Florida, we do make camping trips to central Florida as well as north Florida. The scouts also participate in cycling, day hikes, shooting sports, and water sports such as fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. The scouts have even played croquet.
Summer camp is very important to our troop as it helps new scouts get better acquainted with their fellow scouts as well as get a good start on earning rank and merit badges. Once school is finished for the year, we travel north to cooler climates such as the mountains of Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia to spend a week at summer camp. We also encourage our scouts to attend our council’s local summer camp at Tanah Keeta Scout Reservation in Tequesta if they are unable to go out of state with the troop or want to earn some additional merit badges.
Our high adventure program for scouts of first class rank and age 14 is something we believe is a cornerstone of our troop. We schedule 3-4 high adventure trips each year which are 7-14 days in duration. The troop hikes Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico every 2 years which is considered to be a pinnacle for scouts. We also hike many other locations including Florida, North Carolina, and Colorado. The scouts have canoed and kayaked in the Florida Everglades and the Suwannee River in north Florida. We have lived aboard a dive boat while SCUBA diving from Florida Sea Base in the Florida Keys, and we have cycled across the state of Florida on bicycle. The troop has even participated in the Okpik Cold Weather Camping Program at the Northern Tier High Adventure in northern Minnesota.
Troop 125 participates in these and many other activities. We have a full calendar, and we believe we have something to offer all scouts. Activities may include service projects, civic events, outdoor activities, fundraisers, etc. We believe in service to our community as well as our charter organization, St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. Troop 125 actively participates in the Order of the Arrow, the National Honor Society of Scouting. Scouts are strongly encouraged to suggest new ideas for their program.
To learn more about Troop 125, please join us for one of our troop meetings each Tuesday at 7pm during the school year in Fellowship Hall at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. You may find more information at our website, www.troop125.net , or you may send a message from our Contact Us page.