Boy Scout Troop 30 was chartered to St. Richard Catholic Church in 1943. The Scouting tradition at St. Richard is long and proud, dating back to our predecessor “Troop 6” at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church – the sixth Boy Scout troop formed in what was later to become the Andrew Jackson Council. In addition to the Troop, St. Richard Parish charters Cub Scout Pack 30 (grades 1 through 5), and Venture Crew 30 (boys age 15 through 21 craving hands-on responsibility and high adventure).
Troop 30 is a boy-led troop, utilizing the patrol method instituted by Lord Robert Baden-Powell in the first Scout Association in London, England, 1907. The troop is led by our elected Senior Patrol Leader (the highest Scout held position) and Patrol Leaders. We are blessed with many active adult leaders who serve as mentors, with the role of guiding and advising the youth leaders of the troop, and passing along the aims and ideals of the Boy Scouts of America. As a troop, our goal is to instill in each of our Scouts character, confidence and moral fitness, to kindle in each their duty to God, country and others, to ignite a passion for nature and the outdoors, and to develop responsibility and skills that will prepare them for life.
Troop 30 prides itself on its active outdoor program. We camp or otherwise have an outdoor activity every month of the Scouting year, and the coldest, wettest and sloppiest campouts are usually the most memorable. Each summer our Troop attends a week-long Summer Camp at the Andrew Jackson Council’s Warren A. Hood Scout Reservation (“HSR”). HSR is listed as one of the “Top 8 Boy Scout Camps in the United States” by Scouting Magazine. Beyond the exciting program and adventures our Scouts experience at HSR, they build lasting friendships and relationships with boys of all ages from across the state of Mississippi and beyond. Troop 30 is widely recognized for its demonstration of “Scout Spirit,” and is a regular recipient of the “Claud A. Holland Scout Spirit Award,” presented by the HSR camp staff to the troop that most exemplifies the “Spirit of Scouting.”
In addition to Summer Camp at HSR, Scouts in Troop 30 participate in at least one troop or council “high adventure” trip each summer. While many of our Scouts over 14 years of age participate in high adventure treks at BSA’s premier high adventure bases (Philmont, Sea Base, Northern Tier and the Summit Bechtel Reserve), our goal is to also provide our younger Scouts an opportunity for high adventure experiences each summer. In recent years, these experiences have included sailing in the Caribbean, canoe/camping on national scenic waterways, desert and mountain camping in Big Bend National Park in Southwest Texas, deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, and whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River (TN), Nantahala River (NC) and Chattahoochee River (GA). Troop 30 is always looking for new and exciting outdoor experiences for our Scouts.
To learn more about Troop 30, visit the Troop’s webpage at www.strtroop30.com, or contact our Scoutmaster, James McCullough, at 601-573-1831 or firstname.lastname@example.org.