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About Troop 27

Boy Scout Troop 27 is in the North Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America. Our charter organization is CrossRoads UMC CrossRoads Church UMC Google Map, 10005 Gate Parkway North, Jacksonville, FL. Troop meetings are held on Monday nights from 7pm to 8:30pm. Please check our calendar for specific meeting dates and times.

The meetings are run by the Scouts themselves under the guidance of trained adult leaders. Parents are welcome to visit a troop meeting anytime and are expected to help out as requested by the Troop Committee. Parents, Scout Leaders and the youth work together through the Eight Methods of Scouting.

Troop 27 was first chartered in 2001. Since that time, 25 dedicated boys have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. The Troop is primarily an outdoor activity Troop. Between September and May (generally following the school calendar), we camp once monthly - some “bring everything” type events and others backpacking, “pack-only-what-you-can-carry”. We participate in several District Events (we are part of the Riverbend District) - including their main blowout - the CAMPOREE held every January.

Our Troop goes to a summer camp each year. At camp the first year Scouts can earn many of the requirements for most of the first three ranks. The older Scouts can concentrate on the earning of Merit Badges or take in a high adventure program. They typically sleep in two man canvas tents that are set-up on wood platforms. Scouts eat in the mess hall and swim in the camp lakes.

Our Troop has been to all 3 National High Adventure Bases.
Philmont Scout Ranch - 2007
Florida Sea Base - 2006,2009,2012
Northern Tier - 2008,2011,2013
This is the ultimate in an outdoor camping adventure for not only the Scout, but for the Leaders, too.

We take canoe trips in the summer/fall time and hike/backpack in the winter/spring.

Troop 27 is an active Troop with a dynamic year round program. We are one of the largest troops in our District and pride ourselves on delivering a quality troop program. We believe in providing the youth with challenging opportunities and High Adventure trips that encompass the aims and methods of Scouting. Our current membership exceeds 50 youth (ages 10 1/2 to 17) and 25+ registered leaders. When a boy joins the Troop, we welcome the entire family as well. Many parents find themselves having as much fun as the Scouts!


Please refer to our Adult Leaders page (also link under “Troop Information” at right) for our current leader's list with contact information - phone numbers, email, etc.

Our History

Troop 27 was established in 2001 by Scoutmaster Kevin Pryor after his son advanced from a local Cub Scout Pack. Kevin served as our Scoutmaster as his son and several boys made their way to Eagle. Afterwards, he turned the leadership of the Troop over to our 2nd Scoutmaster, Ron Fish. Ron was a dedicated leader for several years and 8 boys achieved the rank of Eagle during his tenure. Our third Scoutmaster was Dave Albers. Under his leadership our Troop added another six Eagles. The fourth Scoutmaster was Ken Grula who continued the tradition of adding Eagles and growing the Troop. Paul Hubert served as our fifth Scoutmaster from 1/12/12 to 2/24/14 leading the troop on nearly every camp out during his tenure. Darrin Willingham served as our sixth Scoutmaster from 2/24/14 to 1/25/16 taking the troop to new heights at Camporee. Today, our current Scoutmaster is Rex Setzer beginning 1/25/16 with a new emphasis on the Patrol Method in a back to the basics approach to give the scouts more leadership experience. Our Eagle Scout Honor Roll can be found here.

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