About Troop 1630...

Troop 1630 was established in 2002.

Troop membership averages between 60-80 scouts aged 10-17 years. Most of our members live in Danville or San Ramon. We also have over 30 trained adult leaders, several of which earned the rank of Eagle in their youth.

Troop and Leader Meetings

During the school year, Troop meetings are held Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:30pm in the Charlotte Wood Middle School Multi-purpose room. A few meetings are held over the summer, often conducted outdoors. We strive to have one overnight outing and one day trip each month.

The Shadow Hills Homeowners Association is the Troop's sponsor and provides meeting space for various leader meetings.

Goals

Troop 1630 focuses on leadership skill development, community service, rank advancement and simply having fun. These are all qualities that will be very useful in adult life. We are proud of the over 30 scouts who have attained the rank of Eagle in our short history as a troop.

Leadership

Scout Run

The troop really is run by the boys! Scouts elect their fellow Scouts to Troop-wide and patrol-level leadership positions twice per year. Depending on the position held, you can expect your son to participate in developing the activity calendar, organizing individual events, running troop meetings, and signing-off on Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class rank advancement requirements.

Adult Leadership
First and foremost, adult leaders help ensure the safety of the Scouts. Each trained leader completes biannual Youth Safety training, in addition to basic training in fundamentals of Scouting, camping skills, and rank advancement. Boy Scouts of America requires the presence of a minimum of two trained leaders at all functions.

Adult leaders also provide guidance and mentoring to the Scouts as they carry out their assigned leadership roles. This guidance ranges from how to organize an outing, to oversight of meetings of Troop leaders, all the way to tips on setting up tents at camp.

Finally, adult leaders play a significant role in rank advancement activities with senior Scouts, serving as merit badge counselors and conducting Scoutmaster Conferences.

Finances

The cost of Scouting is relatively modest, particularly when compared to the cost of other youth activities, and when considering the life skills your son will acquire.

First-year dues are usually about 175. $50 of this is used to help defray the cost of the troop neckerchief, numerals and handbook that are issued to each Scout, plus any camping equipment the troop must purchase. Another $25 is used to establish your son's Scout Account, a fund of his that is held by the troop to pay for activity expenses (which needs to be replenished when the balance falls below $25). Dues are approximately $130 per year thereafter.

The cost of most overnight outings is $10-$30 for food and campsite costs. Day trip costs are related to the cost of admission at the trip destination.

Annual summer camp usually costs $300-$350, including camp fees, food and transportation expenses.

Scouts have the opportunity to earn money for their Scout Accounts through fundraisers. In the fall, the troop sells Holiday Evergreens and See's Candy, with approximately 40% of revenues going directly to Scout Accounts.

Why Join 1630?

Please read our current brochure.

Troop 1630 Contact Information

David Wisser, Scoutmaster

Andy Hill, Membership Chairman