About The Boy Scouts & Troop 1559
Sponsored by the Mount Oak Fellowship of the
United Methodist Church
14110 Mount Oak Road
Mitchellville, MD 29721
The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America is to provide an educational program for
boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of
participation in the program (which may begin immediately upon registration in the
troop); a Scout acquires the kind of self-confidence that comes only from overcoming
obstacles to achieve a goal.
Scouting is a program for boys 11 through 17 designed to achieve the aims of
Scouting through vigorous outdoor programs and peer group leadership with the
counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. The merit badge program is one of Scouting's basic
character building tools; the merit badge program, which provides opportunities for
youth to explore more than 100 fields of skill and knowledge, plays a key role in the
fulfillment of this educational commitment.
To join, a boy must either be 11, or have finished Fifth Grade, or have earned the Cub
Scout Arrow of Light award (whichever came first). Prior participation in Cub Scouts
or Webelos is NOT a requirement.
Please come to a meeting of Troop 1559, meet the troop and its leaders, fill out the
BSA form and pay your dues -- it's as simple as that. The dues cover a bi-monthly
subscription to "Boys' Life" magazine, the purchase and maintenance of Troop tents
and cook gear, newsletter, patches and badges, and other Troop expenses. Troop 1559
pays the fees for adult leaders. There is a Scout uniform and handbook, including a
shirt w/patches, pants, socks and belt that you'll want to get. And if you go camping
with us, you'll need some basic camping gear, including a sleeping bag and pad, mess
kit, flashlight and other gear, but we can work with you so it won't break your budget.
Troop 1559 meets on Tuesday evenings at Mount Oak Church in Mitchellville, MD.
Scouts begin arriving at 7:00 p.m. and the opening ceremony is at 7:15 p.m. Our
meetings last until approximately 8:30. The Troop does not meet on Tuesday holidays
or inclement weather when Prince George's County Schools are closed.
Troop 1559 has a year round program with an overnight camping trip almost every
month. The Scouts themselves plan these trips. The Troop's monthly outing program
is designed to provide the Scouts with fun, new skills, and advancement.
Scout's families help with some of the Troop activities. This may take the form of
being a trip coordinator, an adult volunteer on a campout, adult leader at summer
camp, assisting with annual re-registration, being a Troop Committee member or
a Scoutmaster and serving as a Board of Review member. Each family may be called
upon from time to time to provide transportation to a troop outing.
Thank you for your interest in Boy Scout Troop 1559. We hope this information will
give you and your parents an idea of how easy it is for you to start or to continue your