Welcome to Troop 444

Troop 444 has been serving the youth in the Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Apex and Angier since 2006. As a ministry of the St. Bernadette Catholic Church, we meet every Monday evening at 7:00 pm in the Social Hall of the church building. We have 25-35 Scouts and 10-15 Leaders registered with the BSA, and can always use more; the more the merrier.

Scouts run the program; Lord Baden-Powell – the founder of scouting in 1910 – developed the Patrol Method. This allows the Scouts to lead the troop as they see fit. Adults take on the role of advisers, and safety monitors. The Senior Patrol Leader is truly in charge of the troop, and he has his leadership Team, the Patrol Leaders Council, to ensure what he decides as an activity is what a majority of the members of the troop want to do. Scouts, each and every one of them, have a say in what the troop does, and does not do.

Joining Scouting Creates Strong Youth

Scouting is actually pretty important for us for a bunch of reasons:

  1. New Experiences: Scouting gets you out there trying things you might never have done otherwise. Camping, hiking, and all those outdoor activities might sound intimidating, but they’re super fun once you give them a shot.
  2. Friendships: It’s a great way to meet new people. You’re hanging out with fellow Scouts, and you end up making some pretty awesome friends. Plus, you get to work together and that creates a unique bond.
  3. Skills for Life: Scouting teaches you practical stuff like first aid, cooking, and basic survival skills. These are things you might not learn in school but can be super helpful as you grow up and become more independent.
  4. Confidence Boost: Earning badges and completing challenges makes you feel pretty awesome. It’s like a confidence boost every time you learn something new or accomplish a task you didn’t think you could.
  5. Leadership: You get the chance to lead activities, make decisions, and even help plan events. These experiences can really boost your leadership skills and help you in school projects or later in your career.
  6. Teamwork: Working in a group during Scouting helps you learn how to cooperate, listen to others, and contribute your ideas. Teamwork is a skill that comes in handy in school, sports, and beyond.
  7. Making Memories: Those camping trips, bonfires, and all the fun you have during Scouting become memories you’ll cherish forever. They’re unique experiences that can make your teenage years even more awesome.
  8. Building Character: Scouting is big on values like being kind, helpful, and respectful. These values shape your character and help you become a better person overall.
  9. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: Sometimes Scouting pushes you out of your comfort zone, whether it’s trying a new activity or speaking in front of a group. These experiences help you grow and become more confident in yourself.
  10. Giving Back: Through community service and volunteering, Scouting teaches you the importance of giving back to your community. It feels good to make a positive impact on others.
  11. Friendship Beyond Borders: Scouting is global, and you can connect with Scouts from different countries. This opens up a whole world of cultural exchange and understanding.
  12. Preparedness: Scouting prepares you for challenges life might throw your way. Whether it’s knowing how to handle emergencies or just being more self-reliant, you’ll be better equipped for the future.

So, if you’re thinking about joining Scouting, I’d say go for it! It’s not just about learning knots and building fires – it’s a chance to have a ton of fun, make lasting memories, and become a more confident and capable individual.