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Troop 228 has roughly 60-70 registered scouts.  This boy-led troop empowers boys to be leaders by allowing them to develop a troop program and then take responsibility for figuring out how to achieve their goals.  The troop schedules one or two events each month consisting of campouts, community service projects, merit badge workshops, and activities such as cycling, skiing, bowling, golfing, plus much more.

Troop Meeting

The Troop meets at Christ United Methodist Church, Bethel Park, PA. every Tuesday night from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Scouts who arrive early at 7:00 p.m. will find leaders and older Scouts available to help them with advancement.

 Outdoor Program

Our Troop plans a camp out each month.  These have included cycling trips along The Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath, Ski Trips to Timberline Resort in West Virginia, Backpacking in the Laurel Highlands, Canoeing and Kayaking the Youghiogheny and Allegheny Rivers. For many years, the Troop has had unlimited access to a small farm south of Washington, PA, just off the Ruff Creek exit on Interstate 79.  Known to us as the "Thunderbird Proving Ground", we have erected a large cabin with a fireplace and 2 adirondacks. We camp here at least 2-3 times per year. We also attend Conestoga District Klondike Derby and other Camp-o-rees.

In the spring the Troop takes an extended three-day educational trip.  Recent visits have been to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio; Gettysburg Battleground; Old Fort Niagara, Niagara Falls; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia, PA; Louisville, KY; and Annapolis, MD.  The objective is to provide a unique learning experience, which brings the history and greatness of our country closer to each Scout.

Summer Camp

For many years, Troop 228 has gone to Heritage Reservation during the month of July for a week long camp experience.  Heritage is The Laurel Highlands Council's Scout Camp located south of Uniontown, PA.  The troop uses this time to teach younger scouts skills needed for rank advancement, to provide scouts with the opportunity to complete merit badge programs in a variety of categories and settings, and to challenge older scouts with high adventure activities such as mountain biking, kayaking, climbing, hiking, water skiing and more. 

 History

Troop 228 was chartered on October 31, 1954, under the sponsorship of Christ United Methodist Church of Bethel Park. The Troop was originally comprised of 39 boys and 12 adults. The following men have dedicated their time and talents to the position of Scoutmaster over the years:

1954-1956: Elvin J Niel
1956-1958: Charles T. Forst
1958-1960: Wilfred K. McClain
1960-1974: George “Big Mac” McIntyre
1974-1989: Jack Patterson
1989-1991: Bob Unitich
1991-1993: David Barker
1993-1994: Leonard Cooley
1994-2004: David Barker
2004-2006: David Pokorski
2006-2010: Carl Huhn
2010-Present Dave Kraska

To date, Troop 228 has served for over 50 years and has given our country the leadership capabilities of more than 150 Eagle Scouts and many other scouting participants. Over the years, the troop has achieved awards for adding new scouts, competing in district events, and camping activities, and advancing a high percentage of boys to the next rank each year.

Aims & Methods

Troop 228 attempts to provide opportunities which boys can’t find elsewhere – in their school, church, or community. Our meetings, campouts, and educational field trips hold to the aims that are rooted in the traditions set forth by Baden Powell, the founder of the worldwide Boy Scouting movement:

  • Character development
  • Citizenship training
  • Personal fitness

To accomplish these aims, the Boy Scouts of America have implemented the following methods:

  • The Ideals (The Scout Oath & Law)
  • Outdoor Activities
  • The Patrol Method
  • Personal Growth
  • Advancement
  • Leadership Development
  • Association with Adults
  • The Uniform