Prospective Scouts and Parents
Welcome to Boy Scout Troop 673. We are an active Troop that is sponsored by the Methodist Men’s Club of the Great Falls United Methodist Church. Our Troop has been serving the community for over 40 years. We have an exciting and challenging outdoor program. Our troop motto is “Weather or not…” and we are on the go – no matter the weather.
Troop 673 is a boy-run troop – meaning, the boys plan and run the meetings and activities. In the true spirit of scouting the boys learn through doing. The boys are given the opportunity to lead, develop new skills, and assume responsibilities. Boys teach other boys. Boys plan which of their activities to do and how to do them. Boys make mistakes, but they learn from the process. Our dedicated adult leadership is there to provide guidance and insure safety – but the boys do run the show.
Thank you for visiting us. We’d be happy to have you join our troop – but encourage you to visit other troops in the area. We think our boy run program with its focus on backpacking, high adventure and community service is hard to beat!
We hope you’ll join us!
Community Service is how we put the Scout Oath and Law into action. Troop 673 sponsors River Bend Road and removes trash and debris several times a year. We collected over 1200 pounds of food for the homeless as part of the Scouting for Food Program during the holidays.
Recent Eagle Scout Service projects include projects at Historic Colvin Mill, River Bend Park, Great Falls National Park and the Great Falls Methodist Church. We supplied the color guard at the Great Falls Independence Day celebration and help out at many community events throughout the year.
National Outdoor Award
Are you eligible for the National Outdoor Award?
National Outdoor Badges may be earned by a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout who "demonstrates both knowledge and experience" in one (or more) of the following subject areas: Camping, Hiking, Aquatics, Riding, and Adventure.
Find the requirements here.
Download and fill out the application form, get the Scoutmaster's signature, and then turn it in to the Advancement Chair.
Troop Activities in May and June
There are about two more months in the regular Troop year. We have many exciting events on the calendar leading up to summer camp (June 26 - July 2).
3 May 2nd Scouting gear pick-or-pay event at Troop meeting
7 May Troop Carwash (details TBA)
Service work - Great Falls United Methodist Church spring yardsale
Set-up: 7:00-9:00 am; Clean-up: 1:00-3:00 pm
8 May Chandler Lee & Nick Thomas Eagle Court of Honor, 4:00 pm
13-15 May Backpacking at Dolly Sods, W Va
28 May Orienteering event (Lake Fairfax Park) Set-up: 7:30 - 8:30. Event: 8:30 - 10:30.
28 May Matthew Stephens Eagle Project Part 1 (painting), 11AM - 3 PM
29 May Matthew Stephens Eagle Project Part 2 (assembly), 11AM - 3 PM
31 May BSA swim test at Great Falls Swim & Tennis Club (start time: TBD)
1 June Back-up date for BSA swim test
10-12 June Whitewater rafting trip
14 June Troop Court of Honor and picnic
18 June Robert Maloney and Kiran Hampton Eagle Court of Honor, 4:00 pm
The Troop departs for summer camp on Sunday, June 26th at approximately 9:00 am from the parking lot at Great Falls Elementary School.
The troop manual may be downloaded here.
Congratulations to T673's newest Eagle : Mark 'MJ' Johnson
Scoutmaster Glenn Prickett
Committee Chair Marnie Salisbury