“It’s the spirit within, not the veneer without, that makes a man.” Baden-Powell
What Is Boy Scouting?
The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated to provide a program for community organizations that offers effective character, citizenship, and personal fitness training for youth.
BSA strives to develop American citizens who are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit; have a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage, and resourcefulness; have personal values based on religious concepts; have the desire and skills to help others; understand the principles of the American social, economic, and governmental systems; are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand our nation's role in the world; have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people; and are prepared to participate in and give leadership to American society.
Who We Are
Troop 140 is open to all boys who have earned the Arrow of Light Award or have completed the fifth grade, or who are 11 through 17 years old. St. Brigid Catholic Church sponsors our troop and provides facilities for us to meet. We are open to all who are interested, who have, or are willing to work on meeting the minimum requirements, and who want to engage in a life changing organization rooted in faith to God. One does NOT have to attend the Catholic Church to join our troop but does have to hold the ideals of their religion of choice, as a priority. Our current Troop includes a group of young men who come from various religious backgrounds.
Our Vision: To develop young men who will live by the Scout Law now and in the future.
Our Youth Leadership: We are a youth lead troop. All activities are planned and executed by the scouts themselves. The Senior Patrol Leader convenes monthly junior leader meetings to plan weekly activities and weekend outings. Every scout in the troop has the opportunity to contribute in these meetings and take responsibility for some aspect of upcoming events. The purpose of these meetings is to let the scouts grow as leaders and members of a team setting out to accomplish team goals. Adult participation in these meetings is limited to an advisory role.
Our adult leadership is a labor of love by parent and other family member volunteers. They serve in a variety of jobs - everything from unit leaders to chairmen of troop committees, committee members, merit badge counselors, and chartered organization representatives.
Our affiliations - St. Brigid Catholic Church of Xenia, Ohio sponsors us. St. Brigid is on Fairground Road, just Northwest of the Green County Fairgrounds in Xenia. Pack 140 is in the Chillicothe District, Tecumseh Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Religious - Scouting emphasizes the value of religion, but does not mandate adherence to a specific faith. The National Catholic Committee on Scouting and Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (PRAY) provide multiple religious emblems programs for Boy Scouts; over 75% of our scouts earn these awards with their families outside of Den and Pack meetings, and are recognized in special ceremonies at their places of worship.
What Troop 140 is Not
We are Not Exclusive - We welcome boys and families of all backgrounds.
Education and fun are functions of the Scouting movement—as is the growth of our youth members—and make up the basis of the advancement program. As the Scout meets certain requirements, he may advance in rank.
One of Scouting's biggest benefits is the structured exposure to skills and practical knowledge needed in family, career and community.
Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.
Below is the standard advancement information, there is more available here:
St. Brigid Catholic Church
312 Fairground Road
Xenia, OH 45385
Camping is a regular part of Boy Scouts. Troop 140 Scouts have many opportunities to enjoy camping and the great outdoors throughout the year . Additionally, each summer, the troop attends a week long Scout camp providing five packed days of experiences ranging from boating, rock climbing, hiking and swimming. These are only a few of activities offered! Each activity offers merit badge requirement fulfillment and rank advancement along with the cultivation of life-long friendships! Many of the camping experiences are done locally at Camp Birch. However, the scouts may also travel outside of the area or state for camp opportunities, and will often partner with other troops for even more adventure!
More Troop 140 Activities
Outdoor cooking skills
Service Projects – Scouts collect canned goods for the Greene County Food Bank as part of the annual Scouting for Food Drive.
Pancake Breakfast - One Sunday each spring, Troop 140 prepares a fundraiser pancake breakfast at St. Brigid after the morning Masses.
Registration Fees cover national registration from Fall to December of the following year. An optional $12.00 covers a subscription to Boy's Life, the national Scouting magazine written for boys.
- The annual BSA popcorn fundraiser provides much-needed funds for our and local council - the more we sell, the more we can do!
Uniforms and Handbooks are required. Uniform cost (minimum: shirt + belt) varies depending on age level ($30-40/scout). Handbooks and most of the uniform's patches are provided by the .
Camp Fees are charged for day camp and overnight camp ($25 - $ per camp, depending on camp attended).
Scholarships from the council and 140 to offset these costs are available for any boy who needs one. Please see the Committee Chair, , or Treasurer.
How to Join 140