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The New Birth of Freedom Council, BSA, chartered a new Boy Scout troop at Grace United Methodist Church, in Carlisle, PA. Troop 5 formed July 17, 2011, when several scouts and leaders split off from another troop to start the fifth troop in Carlisle. The charter scouts include:
This is the fifth troop in Carlisle. Troop 5 meets bi-monthly, on Sunday afternoons, from 3 to 4:30. This frees up weekday evenings for homework and sports. We generally camp or have at least one outdoor activity every month. Most camping trips are the weekend closest to the full moon, making us a Lunar Troop (the first in the country)!
Our troop is truly scout-led. The scouts plan the entire calendar and then plan each activity. This process teaches the scouts how to take an idea or suggestion, convert it into an event on the calendar, and then complete the planning process from start to finish, to put that idea into action. Our scouts who have successfully served as Scout-in-Charge of a camp, hike, or other event, learn project management and leadership skills that will serve them well in their adult life.
We wear a full field uniform (most troops call this a Class A uniform) for ceremonies and traveling. The scouts have developed a troop logo, with troop colors (purple and orange). Our activity uniform is usually an orange athletic t-shirt with the troop logo and scout pants or shorts. The troop elected not to wear the ceremonial neckerchiefs and instead adopted the headgear known as a buff, that has several uses.