Scout BSA Troop 714 is a permanent and functioning community organization with a continuous history of over 30 years. It’s part of the Northern Star Council, Three Rivers District of the Scouts BSA. Officially Chartered by the Kraus-Hartig VFW of Spring Lake Park and Christ Lutheran Church of Blaine, the Troop is also sponsored by Fridley American Legion Post 303 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 8:30 PM at the Kraus-Hartig VFW. Set up and clean up by a designated patrol extends their time from 6:45 to 8:45. This is a time when scouts work with scouts to gain new skills needed to advance in rank. Older scouts work on required merit badge skills. Normally, first year Scouts are placed in Patrols with other first year Scouts. The Scoutmaster and Senior Patrol Leader will assign Scouts to the patrol to work with them in their rank advancement. This is a Scout run evening with adults present to provide support. 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 or 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.
The Troop has consistent adult and junior leadership. The Troop has Patrol Leaders who participate in 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.
While advancement is considered an important part of our scouting program, it is not overemphasized. Our Troop is committed to the outdoor spirit. Scouting is where boys and girls can get exciting outdoor action and have fun. (Should there be some mention of other leadership skills and community service? "Scouting is where boys and girls can get exciting outdoor skills; community and civic pride; and leadership skills with accountability”)