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Boy Scout Troop 414
(Columbus, Minnesota)
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WELCOME to Troop 414

Welcome to the Home Page for Troop 414 of the Boy Scouts of America(BSA). We are part of the Many Waters District in the Northern Star Council of the BSA.

We are proud to be chartered by Columbus Lions Club.

Currently, we are 36 scouts strong, spread among 6 patrols. Our on-going goal is to run a troop that operates in the way designed by the National BSA Council. We are "Boy-Led/Adult-Guided." The Scouts are in charge, the Scouts make the decisions, and Scouts choose our camping destinations. It is the goal of the involved adult leaders to make sure that we provide an experience that allows boys to truly understand what it is like to be a "Boy Scout."

If this sounds like something you (or your son) would be interested in for yourselves, feel free to stop by and visit us any Tuesday night at 7 PM at Crossroads Church, 17445 Notre Dame in Columbus. 

We especially welcome second years Webelos Scouts and parents, who should be giving serious consideration to finding a Boy Scout troop that is right for them, or current Boy Scouts who are "bored" in their current troops and may be considering changing troops.

What is Boy Scouting?

Scouting is unlike anything your son has ever experienced before.  

Unlike school, organized sports, or perhaps even in the home setting, in a Boy Scout troop the youth are the ones who are in charge. THEIR desires become our agenda. THEIR ideas for adventure, fun, and excitement are what the adults guide them to bring into reality. In Scouting, THEY speak and the adults listen. 

By practicing representative democracy, they pick their own leaders who form the "Patrol Leader Council" that creates the yearly agenda.  Scouts work together on every issue, from what to eat at camp, deciding who will wash dishes and shop for food, they learn and PUT INTO PRACTICE communication, public speaking, teamwork, conflict resolution, and leadership.

By taking advantage of any of the 130 possible merit badges, they gain exposure to areas of interest ranging from Rifle Shooting to Chemistry, from Small Boat Sailing to Aviation, and from Reading to Nuclear Science. Statistically, the Merit Badge program often leads to life-long hobbies and even career choices. At a minimum, Merit Badges help a young man try things he may never have had a chance to do if not for the Scouting experience, such as rifle shooting, archery, sailing, or camping. 

While boys are busy "being Scouts" and having fun, they start to embody the virtues of Scouting defined in the Scout Oath and Law.

What is Scouting?   It's "fun with a purpose."