BSA Troop 111 - "Where Eagles Soar"
About Us                                                    
Troop 111 is located in Plantation FL and is part of the Pine Island District in the South Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Our charter organization is the Plantation United Methodist Church. We were chartered in 1965.
Our troop is home to 119 Eagle Scouts and to years of tradition and program excellence.
We are a small Troop offering an exciting progam of scout skills and outdoor activirties run by leaders with years of experience.  We place emphasis on outdoor activities, pioneering, character  and leadership devclopment and traditional scout values (Oath, Law, Motto, Slogan).
We meet during the school year on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 pm until 9:00 pm.
Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/troop111PUMC and view photos at http://boyscouttroop111.shutterfly.com/
 
YOUTH LEADERSHIP
We are  a boy-lead troop. This means that it is the scouts - not the adult leaders - who plan, schedule, and run the meetings and activities. This instills leadership and organizational skills. Experience and pride comes with success and lessons learned with the occasional failures. The adult leaders serve in a supportive role as mentors and facilitators.
The Senior Patrol Leader has primary responsability for the scout program and is typically a Life Scout. He  has an Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and a number of Patrol Leaders. Additional scout held positions are Troop Guide, Scribe, Quartermaster, Librarian, Historian, Chaplain's Aide and Den Chief(s).
 
ADULT LEADERSHIP
Scoutmaster: Mr. David Strickland, contact: cell (305) 970-3819 or email

 
Committee Chair: Kim Dinkines,
 
 
 
TROOP ACTIVITIES
Troop 111 prides itself on an active camping and outdoor activity program. We camp once a month with locations that include State Parks, BSA camps, and private campgrounds. Destinations are primarily in South and Central Florida. We also participate in District and South Florida Council activities that include Old Cutler Hike, Fall Encampment, and Scoutmasters Camporee.
Recent camping trips have included Peace River, BSA Camp Sawyer in the keys, Ft. Pierce Inlet State Park, and Myakka River State Park and included such activities as canoing, hiking, rifle shooting, kayaking, snorkeling and wilderness survival skills. We also travel by train, with our most recent trip this past June to Deland Florida. We then backpacked 5 miles to Hontoon Island State Park for the weekend.
 
Summer Camp
We encourage all of our scouts to attend summer camp. This 10 day trips provides opportunities to earn merit badges, completion of requirements for rank advancement, older scout high adventure activities, troop and intra troop activities and an opportunity to see other states and attractions. Our summer camp selections have included Woodruff Scout Reservation and Camp Rainey Mountain in Georgia, Camp Sequoyha in Alabama, Camp Bob Hardin and Raven Knob Scout Reservation in N.C. and Skymont and Camp Buck Tom in Tennessee. Side trips have included the World of Coke, Georgia Aquarium, CNN Headquarters, USS Yorktown in Charleston, The Lost Sea Cave (overnight stay underground), Six Flags Over Georgia, Stone Mountain, Warner Robins Air Force Museum and Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Battlefields and Museum.
 
Venture Patrol
Troop 111 provides opportunities for older scouts (high school age) with special activities that they are interested in. While maintaining participation with the regular troop program they plan and go on outings that test their skills and are more suitable for older scouts. Past activities have included a train trip/ hike to a state park, a cross Florida bike trip, kayaking in the keys and a trip to Puerto Rico which included  caving, snorkeling, evening kayaking and hiking the rain forest.
 
Community Service
Troop 111 also maintains a schedule of regular opportunities for community service. A hallmark of this schedule is the placement of hundreds of US Flags on the graves of veterans at Ft. Lauderdale Memorial Gardens for Memorial Day and Veterans Day. We also maintain a Color Guard and participate in ceremonies on both of these holidays and for other occasions as called upon. We also participate in the annual Coastal Cleanup, projects for the State Parks and our charter organization.
 
Order of the Arrow
We currently have several scouts and 3 adults active in the Gokhos Chapter, O- Shot- Caw Lodge.  The honor society of Boy Scouts, this organization meets monthly, has scheduled campouts and service projects. The Gokhos Chapter meets the fourth Monday of every month at Parkway Christian Church.
Every other summer the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) takes place at a selected University. Brad Schmidt is a Past Chief and current Associate Lodge Adviser. For information on the Order of the Arrow and our Lodge: www.o-shot-caw.org
 
Troop Committee
Parents play an important role in Troop 111. Both parents of current scouts and past scouts can serve on the committee. The committee is responsible for finances, advancement records and conducting Boards of Review, troop property, providing guidance for the Eagle Scout projects, as well as supporting the Scoutmaster and program needs.
Our Troop Committee provides opportunities for fundraising for the scouts. It is possible for individual scouts to raise all of the funds necessary to pay for camping fees, summer camp and their uniforms and gear. Fundraisers include popcorn sales, water sales, camp card sales and our biggest event- our annual Spaghetti Dinner, held in November.
 
Charter Organization
We are indeed blessed to be sponsored for over 43 years by Plantation United Methodist Church. The staff is supportive and past Pastors of the Church have had sons in the program. The Church provides us meeting space and use of the kitchen facilities. We also have a scout shed on the property to house our equipment, store our canoes, and park our trailer.
 
We observe Scout Sunday, typically in February and assist the Church with work day projects and special events.
Examples include unloading pumpkins for the Preschool fundraiser, assisting with assembly of a new preschool playground equipment, pressure cleaning and patching sidewalks on the campus and assisting with numerous landscape projects.  Some of our Eagle Scouts have also completed their service projects to benefit the church, including the purchase and installation of a new flag pole.
 
Meeting Location:
Plantation United Methodist Church
1001 N.W. 70th Avenue
Plantation, FL 33313
Office: 954-584-7500
Wednesdays at 7:30 pm (except holidays) in the Fellowship Hall
 
        
 
  
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