Troop 59 has been providing a scouting program for the community of Elk Grove since 1921. Troop 59 is one of the oldest troops in the Golden Empire Council and is sponsored by the Lions Club of Elk Grove. Our goal is to increase participation by scouts and parents, and provide a meaningful and enjoyable scouting experience.
Troop meetings are the weekly gathering of scouts to participate in the scouting program. The troop meets on Wednesday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Elk Grove Youth Center. Scouts are expected to be on time in full uniform and to conduct themselves properly at all troop meetings. Parents/Guardians are invited to attend, observe, and participate.
Troop 59 is a boy-led troop. When boys join the troop, patrols are formed, resulting in like-aged scouts. An older scout, called a Troop Guide, is assigned to each new patrol and acts as both a leader and mentor to the new group for the first year. A Boy Scout troop is a small democracy. With the Scoutmaster’s direction, the patrols plan the troop’s program, and make it a reality. In order for this to happen, a troop relies upon Scouts serving in positions of responsibility. The key boy leaders of the troop make up the Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC). The troop meetings are run by the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and his assistants. The meetings are designed to be Scout led with support from the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters.
The role of adults in our large group is crucial to the smooth running of the troop. The Scoutmaster depends on three groups of adults for help: the Assistant Scoutmasters, the Troop Committee, and parents! The Assistant Scoutmasters are focused with helping with meetings and outings. The Troop Committee manages and administers key functions within the Troop, such as finances, equipment purchase and maintenance, registration, and Scoutmaster selection. Parents are encouraged to register with the Boy Scouts of America and participate as an Assistant Scoutmaster, Committee Member, or involved participant.
An important aspect of Scouting involves service projects. These are projects geared toward helping others in our community and all Scouts should participate whenever they can.