Scouts BSA Troop 714 is a thriving unit of the Northern Star Council, District J of the Scouts BSA. Troop 714 is a joined girls'/boys' Troop in Spring Lake Park, MN and openly welcomes all youth, 11-17 years old. More than 80 Eagle Scouts have called Troop 714 their home in over 50 proud years of continuous service to our youth and community.
Troop 714 is officially Chartered by the Kraus-Hartig VFW of Spring Lake Park, Minnesota. Troop 714 is also sponsored by Fridley American Legion Post 303, Christ Lutheran Church of Blaine, and the Spring Lake Park Lions.
Troop Meetings are held on most Monday evenings during the school year and at least once a month during the summer. Meetings are held from 7:00 to 8:30pm at the Kraus-Hartig VFW. Set up and clean up by a designated service patrol extends their time from 6:45 to 8:45pm. Troop meetings are a time when Scouts work to gain new skills needed to advance in rank, participate in fun activities to hone those skills, and plan upcoming events. All parents are welcome at the meeting to observe and/or offer help.
A Court of Honor is held twice a year in place of a regular troop meeting. Each Scout who has earned a rank, award, or merit badge is recognized before an audience of family and friends. These are important events. All parents and families should plan to attend regardless of whether their child is receiving any awards.
An Eagle Court of Honor is held when a Scout has toiled long and hard to earn the highest award in Scouting, the Eagle Scout rank. This ceremony is a solemn commemoration of the historic nature of the Eagle Scout's achievements, a grateful recognition of those whose help was instrumental to the Eagle Scout's advancement, and a celebration of the Eagle Scout's future as one of the 8% in Scouting who may forever proudly be called by the title of Eagle Scout.
The Troop has consistent adult and youth leadership. The Troop has Patrol Leaders who participate in youth leader training courses at the Troop and Council levels. The Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, and many of the adult leader members are encouraged and may be required to take Scout Basic Training and other advanced leader training courses. Every adult in leadership is required to maintain current Youth Protection Training.
Scouting is where youth can get exciting outdoor skills, build community and civic pride through community service, and gain leadership skills. While advancement is considered an important methods of our scouting program, it is not overemphasized. Our Troop is committed to the outdoor spirit. Scouting is where youth can get exciting outdoor action in a diverse and inclusive environment while having fun and living the Scout Oath and Scout Law.