|Scouting, as a worldwide brotherhood, is unique and different. It is based on the principles of duty to God and country, human dignity and the rights of individuals, and the obligation of all members to develop and use their potential. It is a movement that brings out the best in people. It is one of the few programs in the world today where the emphasis is not on winning as an end result, but on the far more demanding and rewarding task of "doing one's best" and "being prepared."|
|What happens to a scout? For every 100 boys who join, records show: 4 will become Eagle Scouts; 12 will have their first contact with a church; 5 will earn their church award; 1 will enter the ministry; 18 will develop a lifelong hobby; 8 will enter a vocation introduced to him through merit badge study; 1 will use skills acquired to save his own life; and 1 will use those skills to save the life of another.|
Did you know that scouting was a part of the lives of 72% of Rhodes Scholars, 70% of Naval Academy graduates, 64% of Air Force Academy graduates and 68% of West Point graduates? 85% of FBI agents? That 26 of the first 29 astronauts were scouts? Where can scouting take you?
|Troop 632 is proud to offer this program that is producing the leaders of tomorrow. Come and check it out for yourself. We meet at the Scout Hut, a part of the many facilities on the campus of our chartering organization, Pine Forest United Methodist Church. The church is located at 2800 Wilde Lake Boulevard, just west of Pine Forest Road and I-10 in Pensacola, Florida.|
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|Troop 632 has been in operation since its founding by the Methodist Men's Club on August 1, 1958. It is among Pensacola's oldest with consecutive service. Since 1973, this program has produced 32 Eagle Scouts, the highest rank in Scouting. The troop itself has received numerous honors over the years, including the BSA National Camping Award and the Hornaday Award. 632 annually distinguishes itself as a Quality Unit. Our adult leadership is BSA trained and represents decades of combined scouting experience. The troop strictly adheres to all BSA policies.|
|The troop meets on
Tuesdays throughout the year from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. While these meetings seek to
address the advancement needs of members, they act principally as the "drawing
board" for what is at the heart of the Scouting promise: a boy-run, adult-supported
outdoor program. What happens in the outdoors? Simply put, the development of scouting
character as well as leadership and teamwork. Scouting strives to instill important
values: showing trustworthiness, loyalty, and faithfulness to fellow scouts, our families
and our community; courtesy and kindness in all our dealings with others; obedience and
cheerfulness in carrying out our daily tasks; thrift in dealing with the things entrusted
to us; the courage to do what is right; cleanliness, both physical and moral; and
reverence in personal and corporate worship.
Thus, the troop maintains an active calendar. We have backpacked the Pinhote Trail, snorkeled with manatees and canoed the swamps of the Mobile-Tensaw basin. We've bunked on the battleship USS Alabama and worshipped at the United States Air Force Academy Chapel. Our troop has strolled the merit badge midway at the National Scout Jamboree at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia and explored civil war battlefields from Chancellorsville to Chickamauga. Philmont Scout Ranch (New Mexico), the Appalachian Trail, and the National Scouting Museum (Murray, Kentucky).... We have truly camped everywhere and traveled by plane, train and automobile!
|The troop also
stresses service to others. Whether painting a house for a shut-in or planting sea
grass in Pensacola Bay, Troop 632 is always prepared to put the scout oath and law into
|Selected members of the Troop are associated with the Woapalanne Chapter of Yustaga Lodge #385, Order of the Arrow. The Order of the Arrow seeks to recognize those Scout campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Scout Law in their daily lives, to develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit, to promote scout camping, and to crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others. The OA has more than 160,000 members located in lodges affiliated with 409 local BSA councils.|
Pack, which meets at Pine Forest UMC on Tuesdays during the school year, has been in
operation since 1992. Beginning with the Tiger Cub program at age six, boys learn in
a fun environment as their dens advance from Bobcat to Wolf to Bear, and finally to
Webelos rank. Dens meet at 6:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.
Troop and Pack 632 are part of the Pensacola Bay District of the Gulf Coast Council. The Council serves youth in 11 counties of Northwest Florida and South Alabama and can be contacted as follows:
Gulf Coast Council
9440 University Parkway
Pensacola, Florida 32514
(850) 476-6337 (Fax)
Last Update: June 24, 2008