Troop 711 offers a year-round adventure-based program designed to offer and encourage effective character, citizenship, and fitness training for boys age 11-17.
In addition to camping, Scouts and adult leaders enjoy activities such as rock-climbing and rappelling, canoeing, target-shooting, visits to military bases, and more while accommodating the needs of today’s busy families.
Boy Scout Meetings are held every Monday evening at 7:00 pm at Blue Ridge Bible Church at 770 South 20th Street, Purcellville, VA 20132.
Merit badges are awards earned by youth members of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), based on activities within an area of study by completing a list of periodically updated requirements. The purpose of the merit badge program is to allow Scouts to examine subjects to determine if they would like to further pursue them as a career or a vocation.
Our most recent summers have taken us whitewater rafting, mountain climbing in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and week-long camps in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and New Mexico. Every year we work on rank advancement and try to go caving, biking, hiking, canoeing rock, climbing, wilderness survival camping, outdoor cooking competitions, rifle and shotgun shooting events and orienteering.
This September 2015, Troop 711 went on a caving outing. Zachary Light organized the caving outing. We went caving for about 2 hours. Then we went to a KOA and set up tents. We cooked and ate dinner. We also played putt putt after dinner. In the morning, we packed up and left the KOA and went home. Everyone had a good time and got very dirty caving.
This October 17-18 2015, Troop 711 went on an outing to a High Ropes Course in Maryland. Heath Strickland organized the outing. Jack organized the dinner and everyone helped make it. It was just a fun outing for climbing and getting a camping night and having fun. We climbed at night when the lights lit up everything which made it more fun. Everyone had a good time.
This November 2015, Troop 711 went to the Webelos-or-ree for our outing. Ben Soltis organized the outing as the Eagle Patrol Leader. Troop 711 helped at the BB gun station mainly. We also helped out at the archery station and the sling shot station. We brought our GaGa Ball pit and set it up for the Cub Scouts. Betto did a devotion for the Cub Scouts that wanted to come the next day.
This January 2016, Troop 711 went on a ski trip at the Wisp ski area in Maryland. Everyone said they had fun with little injuries. We went on a Thursday evening and slept in a cabin owned by one of Mr. Strickland’s relatives. The next morning we went to go ski and went home that evening.
This March 2016, Troop 711 went on a shooting outing organized by Trevor Hays. We went to Isaac Walton League. There were more people on this outing than normal. Most of us shot 22 rifles but the people who were in the venture crew shot AR 15s as well. Everyone said they had a good time and they liked it. It was a good, well planned outing.
Our troop was founded in 2000 with only twelve scouts in the first and only patrol. Within a short time the number of members increased to nearly forty. It is now chartered by Destiny Church, but continues to meet at Blue Ridge Bible Church. Since the Troop was chartered we have had more than 66 Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle. Our Eagle projects have helped local schools, churches, and charities.