Info About Troop 248

Boy Scout Troop 248 was established in the spring of 2009. Troop 248 is located in the Zion's View area of northern York County in Pennsylvania. Troop 248 is blessed to have Mt. Washington Church as our chartered organization. The church has been our sole sponsor since 2009. Our troop is a member of the Heritage Trails District in the New Birth of Freedom Council in York County, PA. Meetings are held every Monday evening from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Mt. Washington Church, 710 Copenhaffer Road, York, PA, 17404.

We believe that helping our youth is the key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society. Through our Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, patrol leaders, trained adult leaders and parent volunteers, we offer a fun, safe environment that teaches our boys the values and morals they need to become outstanding citizens in our community. The troop has been described as having a strong family atmosphere because of its strong emphasis on family participation and involvement.

One of the things that make the Boy Scout program unique from other youth groups is that the boys plan their own program, with the final approval being given by the troop committee. The scout program is run by the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC). They meet once a month to plan the next month's program details, make preparations for the next troop outing and plan the yearly calendar. Older boys are assigned to younger boys as mentors. The older scout then helps the younger with rank advancement and scouting skills. Scouts learn essential skills through advancements and study diverse fields through the merit badge program. Court of Honor ceremonies are held 4 times a year where the scouts are recognized for the merit badges and ranks they have earned.

Boy Scout Troop 248 strongly believes in serving the community. Boys grow as they participate in community service projects and do Good Turns for others. We participate in numerous services projects throughout the year. We host an annual blood drive with the Central PA Blood Bank, participate in Scouting for Food, Shelter Drive collection. The troop also collects old and torn U.S. Flags from the community on a monthly basis and conducts flag retirement ceremonies throughout the year. We hope the philanthropic attitudes and values that we teach the boys now will carry over into their adult years.

Troop 248 likes to incorporate FUN into our programs too...a boy will not stay in scouting if he is not having fun. The boy scout program is designed to take place outdoors; therefore our main activity is camping on a monthly basis. It is in the outdoor setting that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with one another. In the outdoors the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose. Every year we attend a week long resident summer camp.

We also enjoy other exciting activities including backpacking/hiking, climbing, canoeing, whitewater rafting, spelunking, cycling, shotgun shooting, archery, winter sports and many other activities.

We are happy to welcome new Scouts at any time, whether you're bridging from Cub Scouts or have no previous Scouting experience. Boys who are at least 11 years old or 10 years old and have completed the 5th grade; but not yet 18 years old may join our scouting program. You need not start your scouting experience at age 11; you may start at any age between 11 and 18.

For more information about Troop 248, please contact Scoutmaster Scott McCoy at scoutmaster@troop248.us, 717-577-5668 or by clicking on the “menu section” and hit “contact us”.