Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 280 received its charter in 2004. We are sponsored by St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and are part of the Black Feather District of the Denver Area Council. As our Troop continues to grow with a Christian perspective on Scouting, we welcome additional Scouts wanting to be part of the fun in a stable organization. We encourage youth leadership, community service and skill development through a variety of fun activities. On the path to earning the rank of Eagle Scout, boys solidify strong friendships, learn new hobbies and develop self-sufficiency. Our membership averages 55 boys ranging from age 11-17 with approximately 35-40 in attendance during regular meeting nights. As of the end of 2019, Troop 280 has celebrated over 45 boys earning the rank of Eagle Scout.
Our Christ-Centered Troop meets weekly on Monday nights from 6:30 to 8:00 PM year round with the exception of holidays at Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church in downtown Parker, Colorado. We are boy-led and hold monthly Patrol Leader’s Council meetings. Patrols host breakout sessions quarterly in the community. We encourage consistent advancement with boy-led instruction on rank advancement skills and Merit Badge opportunities.
We are proud of receiving the Gold Journey to Excellence recognition for many years due to our commitment to a well-rounded program. Troop 280 has an active committee, outstanding Scoutmaster leadership, strong budget, trained leaders, solid service program, and strong advancement. Our average retention is 85-90%. We have a robust camping program averaging 8-10 campouts per year in addition to numerous hiking, water sport and other outdoor activities. Our program challenges boys of various skill levels and ages with high adventure backcountry backpacking as well as less strenuous beginner backpacking experiences. Our scouts attend a week-long district sponsored summer camp annually.
Troop 280’s safe and consistent program is made possible by a large number of active adult volunteers. At least one parent from each family is required to volunteer in some capacity for the troop. Ample opportunities exist including being an assistant Scoutmaster, committee member, or merit badge counselor. All adult leaders must complete a BSA Adult Leadership application including a background check, complete BSA Youth Protection Training, and complete Protecting God’s Children Training as required by our charter organization.
If you are interested in receiving more information or visiting our Troop please contact us in advance. With our active calendar we occasionally hold special recognition ceremonies or are offsite for breakouts at local parks, swimming pools or other interesting locations. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church is also host to Cub Scout Pack 280 that offers fun filled activities for boys in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Please click this link if you are interested in connecting with the Cub Scout Pack leadership team.
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Our Troop's Charter Organization History
Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church is the Charter Organization for Troop 280 as of January 2020.
Southeast Christian Church and School was the Charter Organization for Troop 280 from March 2003 through December 2019.
Troop 280 is part of Black Feather District which is part of the Denver Area Council.