Boy Scout Troop 229 is a part of the Eklutna District of the Great Alaska Council and a part of the Boy Scouts of America.
We are chartered by Saint Andrew Catholic Church in Eagle River and meet every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the blue annex building behind the former Saint Andrew Catholic Church location on Artillery Road in Eagle River, Alaska.
Our Boy Scout troop meets throughout the year, only breaking for national holidays and Christmas and spring break. In addition to annual trips to Camp Gorsuch in Chugiak, Alaska, or Lost Lake near Fairbanks, the troop takes monthly camping trips, regular excursions and progressively works toward increasing Scout skills and merit badge advancements during weekly meetings. The troop is even planning a trip for the older Scouts to the Florida High Adventure Sea Base, where they will be a working crew on a sailing vessel for a week.
Troop 229 has been active in Eagle River, Alaska, for more than 30 years and currently has more than 20 Scouts ages 11 to 17 who meet regularly. Our ongoing goal is to run a troop that operates in the manner designed by the National BSA Council. We are a boy led/adult guided group that seeks to help build confident Scouts and responsible future citizens. 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.
The troop currently has three patrols and encourages all boys who are first class or higher to build leadership skills by serving as troop guides, the senior patrol leader, patrol leaders and other support positions such as the quartermaster and chaplain aide.
Community service is also an important aspect of serving as a part Troop 229, and Scouts annually assist with community clean up projects and supporting the Beans Cafe's Empty Bowl Project.