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Why Scouting?

Scouting is a year-round program uniquely designed to meet the needs of youth and their families. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Family involvement is an essential part of the program, and parents are encouraged to play an active role in making the most of the short time they have to impact the lives of their children. Scouting is designed to be experienced outdoors. Hiking, camping, mountain biking, skateboarding, BMX, mountain climbing, kayaking, whitewater rafting—these are just some of a Scout’s outdoor experiences.

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The Foundation of Scouting

Scout Oath: On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Scout Mission: The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

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Outdoor Programs

Outdoor adventure is the promise made to youth when they join Scouting. Young people yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination and interest. In the outdoors, Scouts have opportunities to acquire skills that make them more self-reliant. They can explore canoe and hiking trails and complete challenges they first thought were beyond their ability. Attributes of good character become part of a boy as he learns to cooperate to meet outdoor challenges that may include extreme weather, difficult trails and portages, and dealing with nature’s unexpected circumstances. Scouts plan and carry out activities with thoughtful guidance from their Scoutmaster and other adult leaders.

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About Our Troop

We uphold the vision of the Boys Scouts of America:

“Prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.”

Troop 578’s goal for every Scout is that they have the tools and skills necessary to live their life as adults with integrity, and who will be exemplary citizens within their communities.

Troop 578 has a legacy of outstanding leadership development, quality program, high participation, strong retention, and a sense of family that gives our scouts the support they need to succeed in all things.

The Troop meets on Tuesday evenings at Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church from 6:00 until 7:00.  We meet in the back off of Windsor Ln. You will see a parking lot west of Windsor Ln. go into the driveway past the parking lot.  You will then see a open gate to your right.  Walk down the pathway to the building on your right “two story”  we meet upstairs.  Interested Scouts, Webelos and Parents are invited to visit the troop. To contact the Troop, you can send an email to: keywesttroop578@gmail.com or call 559-362-6084 or 305-744-3350 please leave a message or text. 

Troop 578 is the oldest and newest Scout Troop in Key West, and has been an active organization for community service, youth activity and leader development. Even though we are a small troop in a small town, we take part in big adventures and activities, and we have high participation rate for our membership.

Each summer the Scouts of Troop 578 spend a week camping.  Here we work on scout skills, merit badges, cooking, camping and plenty of fun, outdoor activities. Every other year is High Adventure time, with Jamboree or other activity.