I joined BSA Troop 97 in 2018 when our grandson, Dylan O, joined the troop. Dylan chose Troop 97 due to the friendliness of the scouts and the welcoming nature of the Scoutmaster at the time, Mr. Mason. I had not been involved in Scouting prior to that. I began going on Scout outings and found that I really enjoyed them. One thing led to another and the next thing I know I was taking the training and became an Assistant Scoutmaster and then Scoutmaster. I have been Scoutmaster since January 2021. I firmly believe any youth can benefit from Scouting and what it has to offer. I firmly believe in the patrol method and that boy-led troops create leadership and learning opportunities not offered in other organizations or sports. In addition, Scouting offers the most educational and life-enriching experiences, for your money, when compared to other organizations and sports. Lastly, Scouting provides scouts the opportunity to learn many life skills they will use throughout their life. As Scoutmaster, I embrace all of these benefits as evidenced through the activities scheduled for the Troop. I highly encourage you to check out Troop 97.