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 Troop 128 meets weekly at the Basilica School.

» Adult Troop Committee Meeting
The Troop 128 Adult Committee meets periodically after the 10:30 a.m. Mass at the Basilica of St. John School. At least one parent from each family is asked to attend.
» New Boy Scout Medical Form for Summer Camp
The Boy Scouts of America has a new medical form that Troop 128 will be using for summer camp this year. All Scouts must undergo a health exam through their physician before attending summer camp.
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» Merit Badge Counselor Form
Here's a Scout form that adults need to fill out to serve as merit badge counselors. All adults on the troop committee are asked to help as counselors, providing whatever expertise they can offer
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Scouting 2014 in Central Iowa
Troop 128 is within the Raccoon River Valley District of the Mid-Iowa Council, Boy Scouts of America. Our chartering organization is the Basilica of St. John Catholic Church at 1915 University Ave, Des Moines, Iowa, 50314.
Our Troop's 11th Year
Our troop was founded in February 2004. We have been successful because of excellent leadership and parental involvement. About a dozen Boy Scouts are members of Troop 128. Our meetings are held weekly in the Basilica School.
Our Activities

Our troop participates in activities on a regular basis, such as hikes, canoe trips and weekend campouts and camporees. We spent summer camp this year at Camp Mitigwa near Boone. We work year-round on advancing through the Scouting ranks, earning merit badges, community service projects and fundraising actitvities.
A Quality Unit
Scouts in Troop 128 have been authorized to wear the  Centennial Quality Unit patch on their uniforms. In addition, the troop has been awarded the Baden Powell Service Ribbon every year.
The Saint George Award

Former Iowa Troop 128 Committee  Chairman Hugh O'Hagan is a 2008 recipient of the St. George Award. The medal is awarded to adults in recognition of significant and outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youths through Scouting. It is named in honor of the patron Saint of Boy Scouts.


Click here to learn about the St. George Award
Podcast:
CoolNEW!!! Download a complete set of rank requirement videos to your iPod or other personal audio-playing device:
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Our Uniforms
Scouts in Troop 128 has replaced black berets with fitted Boy Scout baseball caps. Scouts should also be wearing black scarves with red piping as part of their uniforms.
Scout Advancement Corner
Scout Teddy F. has compiled information to help members of Troop 128 as they advance through the ranks from beginning Scout to Eagle. Read the list and find out your requirements.
Click here for advancement details
Scouting tip

Hats are good for both warmth and sun protection. In cool weather, sleeping with a hat can provide the warmth you need. Up to 80% of your body heat can be lost through your head and neck. 

Quote:
"A Scout smiles and whistles under all circumstances.”-- Sir Robert Baden-Powell, British army officer, founder of the Boy Scouts, 1857-1941
Welcome to Troop 128!


Our Vision:
We train young people in service, citizenship and leadership. We offer responsible fun and adventure, and instill lifetime values and ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law.
Facts about Scouting

Our Goal:
To serve our community and our families with a quality, values-based program.
Click here to watch two helpful Scouts

Who can be a Scout?

Any boy between the ages of 11 and 18 can become a Boy Scout. For more information, visit us at one of our meetings at the Basilica of St. John School in Des Moines or send an e-mail to Scoutmaster Harry Hillaker at HarryHillaker@msn.com


Troop 128 Needs Parents,too!
Every successful Boy Scout troop needs good leaders and interested parents. You don't have to be an expert; we just need adults who care about our young people. Troop 128's leaders rely upon volunteers such as yourself to help make our troop a success. We need your assistance!
Top 10 Reasons Why Parents Like Scouting

Catholic Scouts
The Roman Catholic Church has used the Scouting program since the early days of the Boy Scouts of America. It is one of the most extensive users of the BSA program. There are more than 330,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers in more than 9,600 packs, troops, and crews under Catholic auspices, and an equal number of youth members in other Scouting units. Scouting is used in about one-third of the parishes in the United States.
National Catholic Committee on Scouting

Scout Values
"The 12th Point of the Scout law is not just about theology. It is also about community. We are a community united by a set of values, reflected on a breathtakng sea of diversity, and those values reveal our character. In our reaching up to God, we find ourselves standing closer to one another. This is the profound lesson that we, the Boy Scouts of America, teach the world." -- Rabbi Peter Hyman, Chairman, National Jewish Committee on Scouting.
National Jewish Committee on Scouting

Iniciativas Hispanas
Con la creación de la División Iniciativas Hispanas (Hispanic Initiatives) y el Comité Nacional de Iniciativas Hispanas, la organización Boy Scouts of America ha demostrado su compromiso hacia una progresiva e innovadora estrategia que relacionará a la juventud hispana y a sus familias con el programa Scouting. Queremos entrelazar la cultura hispana dentro del programa Scouting y hacer de esta colaboración una sólida amalgama.
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