Troop 312

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Boy Scouts is for boys, ages 11 - 17. Our troop is active, camping monthly and we enjoy lots of other great activities. If you want to be a part of the FUN, the only thing holding you back is you!
Come join us NOW.

Where Do We Meet?

First Presbyterian Church
743 W. Michigan
Jackson, MI
(Troop sponsor since about 1918)
The troop, while sponsored by this church,
 is non-denominational! The scouts come
 from various religious orientations.

When Do We Meet?

Monday nights at 7 pm
(lower level of church)

Contact Information

Denise Miller (Troop Comm.) Email me

What Is Boy Scouting?

    The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated to provide a program for community organizations that offers effective character, citizenship, and personal fitness training for youth.

    Specifically, the BSA endeavors to develop American citizens who are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit; have a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage, and resourcefulness; have personal values based on religious concepts; have the desire and skills to help others; understand the principles of the American social, economic, and governmental systems; are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand our nation's role in the world; have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people; and are prepared to participate in and give leadership to American society.


    Our troop is overseen by trained and caring adults. Mr. Gordon Cattell is our scoutmaster, and we have a comitee of willing and trained parents to help give direction. All events are covered by a special "2 deep" rule. At least two adults are present with the scouts at all of our activities.
    The troop, itself, is BOY LED. Scouting is an organization that has the goal of building boys into leaders. The troopis the beginning of that adventure. Leadership is a learned trait, and we work to develop it within our ranks in a fun and exciting way!

Mr. Farnsworth


    Troop 312 is a very active troop. We have a monthly camping schedule. The troop goes to Summer Camp and we work to have an annual HIGH ADVENTURE trip. TheseHIGH ADVENTURES have taken the form of biking in the mountains and historic areas of Pennsylvania, caving at Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, canoeing the Minnesota Boundry Waters, and back packing various parts of the United States. Every year is a new adventure in every respect.


    Scouting can be costly. However our troop does it's best to help lower that cost; we work with the boys to teach them to by efficiantly and take care of things. Efforts to "earn money" through fund raisers that fo to a "scout" personal account are given. Even parents making uniforms avalible as their boys grow help the newer scouts. NO BOY is ever left out because of money. A way is made for everyone. A little effort might be required, but every family can have their boy participate in TROOP 312.


    Parents are never required to do anything, however, it is hoped that every parent would desire to do what they can. Every parent brings talents and ideas that can benefit the troop. A troop Committee watches over the troop finances, and is there to help the scout master and assistant scoutmasters. Every parent can be a part, if they desire. Dad or mom can join in on the monthly camping adventures. Even a family canoeing trip is worked into the shedule. Parental involvement is strongly encouraged, but never manditory.

For more information on scouting from the official scouting web page, click here.


In the scouting program there are ranks that the boys try to attain. Each one has its own requirements that at relevent to camping and basic survival, first aide, physical fitness and others. The highest rank in the scouting program is the Eagle Scout. The people who attain this rank are seen as those wo have great leadership, knowledge and common sence. They are respected by many.

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Boy Scout Sayings

Scout Law

A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.
A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for unforeseen needs. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.

A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals. He helps keep his home and community clean.


A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.

Scout Oath (or Promise)
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 Motto
Be Prepared

Scout Slogan

Do a Good Turn Daily

Interested in scouting, but your boy isn't 11 yet?
You can get involved in CUB SCOUTING.

For more information...
Call the Council Office:  734-971-7100
Open Monday - Friday