Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure™ base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.

The Florida National High Adventure Sea Base is a unique Scouting program that offers aquatics programs found nowhere else. Whether your interests lie in sailing, scuba diving, rustic camping on an undeveloped barrier island, fishing or a combination of all, this is the place for your Troop, Team, Crew, Sea Ship or Explorer Post.

United States Naval Acadmy's "Scout Day" is an annual event that traditionally takes place during a home football game. This event has resulted in over 7,000 scouts (boys and girls) and family members in the years past, making it one of the largest football events in recent history.

Troop 117 has backpacked the White Mountains in New Hampshire including Mount Washington, Madison, and Adams.  Stops in Boston to hike the Freedom Trail and catch a ball game at Fenway round out the trip.

Troop 117 has also hiked the Appalachian Trail, Loyal Sock Trail, and many others.  In addition to wilderness hikes, we also have "hiked" upper and lower Manhattan and Philadelphia.  A favorite is the Valley Forge Encampment in February...the oldest annual Scoutng event in the world. Tent camping in the snow never seems like a good idea at the time, but is one of the most rewarding and memorable camping experiences.

 

    About Troop 117 

For over 100 years, Scouting has relied upon proven values and principles to help boys flourish into young men. 

For over 50 years, Troop 117 has provided a program that balances challenge, safety, and fun.

Troop 117 was founded February 12th, 1958 and is located in Plymouth Meeting, PA.  The troop serves boys ages 10 through 17 from the Whitpain, Plymouth Meeting, Whitemarsh, and Conshohocken areas.  We meet on Thursday nights at 7:00 PM in the Grady Hall portion of the Holy Rosary Regional school located at Epiphany Of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church at the corner of Walton and Township Line Roads. 

 

Every year after new scouts join the troop, generally, Webelos, a “New Boy Patrol" is formed to create an environment for the new scouts to learn scoutcraft skills, leadership, and teamwork, before having the option to transfer to existing scout patrols.

 

The Varsity crew consists of older scouts who are participating in High Adventure activities while typically continuing to serve in troop leadership positions. 

To join the Boy Scouts, a boy should either be 11 years old or have completed the Arrow of Light and be 10 years old.   New scouts usually join in the Spring which allows them time to participate in the weekend camping program before their first long term summer camping experience. 

The Troop usually has two long term camping experiences every summer and 7 to 9 weekend camping trips through the course of the year. 

 

Adventure!

Troop 117 has earned its reputation as ‘The Camping Troop!’ 

Camping provides our Scouts the opportunity to face challenges as a team, to learn all they are capable of doing, and to come home excited for more.

Our camping program is the centerpiece of what we do:

Outdoor Skills Development

Practical Event Planning

Menu Building & Cooking

Nature Appreciation & Preservation

Many Scouts in Troop 117 log over 100 nights of camping at a variety of fun venues:

Monthly Weekend Camping Trips

Annual Week-long Summer Camp

Philmont High Adventure Backpacking (New Mexico)

Seabase High Adventure Sailing (Florida)

National & World Jamborees

Safety!

All Troop activities are conducted under the supervision of

At least two trained adult leaders.

Troop 117’s Scoutmaster and 16 Assistant Scoutmasters have all undergone the Youth Protection training required by Boy Scouts of America.  Each of these volunteers offers their own personal and professional talents, skills, and experiences.  The Troop’s Adult Leaders bring hundreds of years of Scouting experience to our Scouts.

 

Parents are always welcome to participate in Troop activities.

Troop 117 welcomes all Scouts.

 

We take pride in the academic and athletic prowess of some of our Scouts.  We are also proud of the Troop’s welcoming environment for boys of all ability levels and interests and religious backgrounds.

Advancement!

110 Scouts from Troop 117 have earned the coveted rank of Eagle Scout including 24 new Eagles in past five years – well above the national average.

Ranks are earned by demonstrating skill proficiency, participating in public service events, acquiring leadership experience, and earning Merit Badges.

Merit Badges introduce Scouts to a wide variety of topics. 

Our goal is to help our new Scouts earn the rank of First Class by the end of their first year.

Scouts are recognized for their achievements at our semiannual ‘Court of Honor’ ceremonies.

Leadership!

Youth leaders of today are our society’s leaders of tomorrow.

Imagine your son leading his peers on camping trips, long hikes, and competitions.

 Troop 117 provides Scouts with true leadership opportunities not found in other youth programs.  

Patrol Method

The Troop is organized into units of 8-10 Scouts called a ‘Patrol.’  Working as a team, patrols plan, camp, cook, eat, compete, and have fun – together. 

Each patrol elects one of its members to serve as Patrol Leader (PL) for a 6-month term.  The PL teaches classes, encourages patrol members, and assigns work. 

Collectively, the Troop members elect a Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) to organize and direct the activities of the many patrols.  SPL is the highest youth leadership position in the troop.  Outside of Scouting, very few young men have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills the way being SPL does

Troop 117 Eagle Honor Roll by Decade             

                  1970's - 8 Scouts                                                                   1980's - 9 Scouts

                  1990's - 18 Scouts

                  2000's - 30 Scouts

                  2010's - 29 Scouts (and counting)

Values!

The Scout Oath and Scout Law provide the foundation for Troop 117.  We begin every meeting by reciting them, along with the Pledge of Allegiance.  We end every meeting with a moment of non-denominational prayer.            

 

What we’re doing next:

  • September Camping trip – Wading River Canoe Trip

  • October Camping trip – Mini-Camporee at Militia Hill in Ft. Washington State park

  • November Camping Trip – NY for West Point tour and Army/UMass Football game.

  • December First Aid Rally –Troop 117 Hosts for District

  • January Klondike Derby Prep – Ft Washington State Park

  • January Klondike Derby – Delmont Cabin Trip

  • February Camping Trip - Camp Horseshoe

  • March Camping Trip – Washington DC Trip

  • April Camping Trip – Camp Delmont

  • May Camping Trip and participation in Regional Orienteering Competition at French Creek State Park

  • June Camping Trip – Treasure Island on the Delaware

  • July Summer Camp – Camp Rodney MD

  • August Camping Trip - Delaware River Canoe/Camping Trip

Major Upcoming Trips planned

  • Summer camp every year

  • Philmont Expedition – two week Backpacking trip in 2020

  • National Jamboree in 2021

  • Seabase 2019

  • World Jamboree 2019

 

 During Troop 117's long history, we have camped in many places over the years including:

  • ​The Adirondacks, NY

  • Bass Creek State Park, NJ

  • Camp Ockanickon, PA

  • Camp Mack, Lancaster, PA

  • French Creek State Park, PA

  • Fort Washington State Park, PA

  • Philmont Boy Scout Ranch, NM

  • Sea Base, FL

  • Treasure Island Scout Res., PA

  • Valley Forge National Park, PA

  • W. Bank of the Susquehanna, PA

  • WYE Island, MD

  • Antietam National Battlefield, MD 

  • Bayshore Scout Reservation, PA

  • Ocean City, MD    Camp Rodney, MD

  • Delmont Boy Scout Res., PA

  • Gettysburg National Battlefield, PA

  • Hickory Run State Park, PA

  • Resica Falls Boy Scout Reservation, PA, Camp Ware, MD

  • Ridley Creek State Park, PA

  • Toronto, Canada (Scope Olympia)

  • Washington Crossing State Park, PA, Various points on the Appalachian, Pinchot and Horseshoe trails, PA

  • Maritime Academy, NY

  • White Mountains, NH

  • Camp Pouch, NY

  • Camp Hope, WV

Troop 117 has won the following awards:

Klondike Derby:

  • 1st Place 1982, 1984, 1986, 2013, 2014; 2016

  • 2nd Place 1986, 1996, 2003, 2012, 2013

  • 3rd Place 2006, 2016, 2017; 4th Place 2017

First Aid Rally:

  • 1st Place 1983, 1992, 1994, 2014, 2016

  • 2nd Place 1993,  2003

  • 3rd Place 1998,  2013, 2014, 2016

Regional Orienteering:

  • 1st Place 1993, 1996

  • 2nd Place 2012, 2014

  • 3rd Place 1994; 1995

 

Explorer Post:

  • 1st Place Overall 1998

  • First in Class 2008  2014, 2015

  • First Overall 2010

  • 2nd Place Sr. Scout 2012

  • 3rd Place 2014

Paddle Rama:

  • Partial 1st Place 1987

  • Partial 3rd Place 1994

  • 3rd Place 1996, 1997

Kettle Cup:

3rd Place 1997

 

Camporee:

  • 2009 Patrol Placed 2nd 

 

District Camporee:

  • 2nd Place 2009

  • 3rd Place 2013, 2014

Troop 117 participated in:

  • National Jamboree in 1989, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2013, 2017

  • Fawn Run in 1994

  •  Philmont in 1986, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2015

  • Adirondacks in 1996 and 2003

  • Florida High Adventure base in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019

 
 
 
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3031 Walton Rd

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

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