About Us

Welcome to Troop 394! The Boy Scouts of America is a comprehensive program for developing its members physically, mentally and morally. The Scouts and parents of this Troop are delighted to have you join us in our great Scouting Adventure.

Scouting is fun! It is outdoor programs… songs around campfires… hiking… snow camping… quiet times… skits… Kayaking… camping… cooking stew in a mess kit… swimming in a mountain lake… and more… lots… lots more. We are glad to have you with us!

You undoubtedly arrived with many questions about Scouting and about Troop 394. What can you expect? What is expected of you? How much does it cost? How is the Troop organized? Who runs things? What equipment will you need? Where do you obtain uniforms, and when are they worn? Read on and you will discover the answer to these questions and more. But if you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask anybody in the troop leadership.

Background of troop 394 Troop 394, Boy Scouts of America, was chartered in March of 1993. It is one of about 50 Boy Scout Troops and about an equal number of Cub Scout Packs in the Pioneer District of the Santa Clara County Council. The Pioneer District is one of five districts in the Council and covers Santa Clara, Campbell, and Los Gatos. The Council office is located at 970 W. Julian St. in San Jose and may be reached by calling 280-5088.

The Santa Clara Elks Lodge #2347 sponsors Troop 394. The Santa Clara Elks Lodge facility is located at 1680 Martin Ave. (near Scott Blvd.) in Santa Clara. Troop meetings are held each Tuesday at the Elks Lodge (every other Tuesday during the summer months).

This troop was formed in order to provide the boys with the best scouting experience possible. Now having completed five years in operation, the troop has a membership of 25 boys and 25 registered adults. This troop is recognized as one of the higher achieving troops in the area, earning honors at many council and district events. Through activities, advancement, membership, and training, we achieved the Quality Unit Award every year. We have what it takes to be successful!

Over the past year, our activities have included an overnight bicycle trip over the mountains to the ocean, a 25-mile bicycle day trip to Lexington Reservoir, a kayaking trip, summer trips to the beach and a lake, service projects at Agnew State Hospital and the Elks Lodge, a 2 night and 1 day ski trip, 2 nights near Bear Valley for the Bear Paw snow campout, as well as the 2 night Pioneer district Camporee and 6 nights of long-term summer camp at Hi-Sierra.

The Boy Scout program promotes and encourages boy leadership. In support of this program Troop 394 adult leaders are present as advisors, insuring safety and keeping the program oriented toward Scouting ideals. Troop, patrol and patrol council meetings, camping trips and day trips shall be run by boy leaders, not by the adults.

But, boys are “boys,” and there may be many times when you will question, “Why are they so disorganized? “Why are the meetings so noisy and unproductive?” and “Why don’t the adults step in and do something?”

In Scouting we believe that the best way to develop leadership is to let the boys have as much freedom as possible; applying just enough adult authority to keep them safely focused on the task at hand. As long as they are sincerely trying to improve accomplishing the duties of their positions, they are learning the rudiments of leadership.

While the Boy Scout program is built around fun, its primary purpose is to teach citizenship, character building, and physical and mental fitness. At the heart of the program is the Scout Oath (or Promise) and Scout Law. We expect each Scout to live by these and in return he will get the most out of the program.

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