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Welcome to Troop 226

Troop 226 serves the Roswell, GA area with a troop designed to provide your boy with the maximum opportunities to grow as a leader and realize his full potential. We are an active troop which emphasizes leadership development as well as life skills. We have acheived the highest award of GOLD for Journey to Excellence each year since our founding.  We are a boy led troop that believes in the tenet of never doing for a scout that which he can do for himself.

You can contact the scoutmaster, Preston Shirmeyer, at this email for more information.

Merit Badge Counselor Opportunities

Posted on Feb 5 2018 - 9:57am

All adults, please consider becoming a merit badge counselor for our boys.  You do not need to be a committee member or troop leader to be a counselor. You will need to register with BSA, however, and go through youth protection training online. To qualify, you need to be over 21, pass a background check, and have experience in the topic of the merit badge. It could be formal training/education in the topic, a hobby, related to your career, or simply life experience. Descriptions of each merit badge and their requirements can be found on MeritBadge.org. We currently have opportunities to fill the counselor position for the following merit badges (eagle-required in bold):

Scoutmaster conferences

Posted on Feb 5 2018 - 9:57am

Scoutmaster conferences must be scheduled in advance and are often BEST done the weekend BEFORE the board of review weekend. So a request that troop meeting will be excellent (meaning, 10 days before boards for the request, and the Conference a week before the Board). Scoutmaster conferences are rarely done during or before troop meetings, its best done without distraction, and Atlanta traffic makes it hard to commit to early meetings. By completing the SMC by the Sunday a week before the Board, it allows the advancement chair and committee to recruit adequate board members. By requesting with ample time, it allows the Scoutmaster to meet with you. Requesting an SMC without adequate lead time may run into scheduling difficulties for the Scoutmaster, as well as for the scout. Scoutmaster Conferences can ALWAYS be done during campouts or upon return from a campout.

Call for Den Chiefs!

Posted on Oct 17 2017 - 10:36am

Troop 226 Scouts:

We are looking for Boy Scouts who want to serve our local Cub Scout packs by being den chiefs, as many of our scouts have already done. There will be a brief meeting immediately following tomorrow’s troop meeting. Attending the meeting is not a commitment to be a den chief. Rather, it’s an opportunity for me to find out who is interested in serving and to answer any questions. 

On Merit Badges and merit badge universities or clinics

Posted on Oct 21 2013 - 2:29pm

To open a merit badge a scout must request a blue card. To get one, you ask the Scoutmaster. This is required(adv policy 7.0.0.3) even if you are taking a merit badge university or clinic, as we have found specific problems with some clinics. The only pre-requisite for getting a blue card is that the scout have read the requirements for the specific badge and believes he can finish it in some reasonable time, where the scout is setting that. We ask this only so that scouts don't deluge us with requests to open all 135 merit badges at once...which did happen in the troop's 2nd week fo existence.

On the Trail to Eagle, and beyond

Posted on Sep 6 2013 - 11:31am

This was an excellent article on Scouting magazine's (the magazine for adult leaders) website. I found it insightful, the discussion of how some scouts achieve the Eagle rank, while others give back. When I have sat on Eagle Boards of Review, my question always to the scout in front of me was "If we pass you as an Eagle, how will you give back to your troop?" Real Eagles, regardless of the rank on their shirt, always seem to seek to do more, more than the minimum. And that tradition of going above the minimum is why people think so highly of them.

Please read...The Progressive nature of scouting and advancement....the WHY sometimes things are done the way they are done.

Posted on Aug 14 2013 - 5:10pm

Scouting is progressive. It moves forward, with new challenges, requirements, and opportunities as a scout gets older. Consider for example, skills and learning.

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