St. John the Divine supports scouting as a way to help develop young men emotionally, physically and spiritually, teaching them servant-leadership and outdoors skills. While many participants in these three Scouting units are also members of St. John the Divine, a majority are not. The members of these units also come from a broad range of economic and ethnic backgrounds.

Cub Scout Pack 55

With over 250 active first through fifth grade boys, Pack 55 is one of the largest and most active cub scout packs in the world. The boys are organized into 15 to 20 smaller groups (called dens) based on age.

The boys in Pack 55 come from a variety of religious and school backgrounds. Schools represented in the Pack include River Oaks Baptist, St. John’s, Kinkaid, West University, Annunciation Orthodox School, River Oaks Elementary, the Awty International School, Regis, Veritas, the Fay School and many others. Pack 55 has three to four dens for boys in each school grade (1st to 5th), most of which consist primarily of boys from the same school.

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Boy Scout Troop 55

With its history dating back to 1933, Troop 55 is the largest boy scout troop in the U.S. Troop 55 is open to boys who have completed the fifth grade or who have achieved the Cub Scout Arrow of Light award (generally between the ages of 11 to 18), open to boys of all faiths and backgrounds and open to boys who will commit to live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The Troop focuses on the Boy Scouts of America’s guiding principles of developing young men of character, developing servant-leaders and raising up boys to be young men who lead and follow peers. Troop 55 is a boy-led troop with trained adult volunteers to assist in the support of the many outdoor and leadership activities. As part of the Twin Bayou District and the Sam Houston Area Council, Troop 55 supports its local communities through active volunteer activities.

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Venturing Crew 55

Venturing Crew 55 is a co-ed organization for youth between the ages of 14 and 21. In addition to developing leadership skills, the Crew is focused on outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing and mountaineering. While Crew 55 is closely associated with Troop 55, membership is open to any youth that meets the age requirements and who agrees to abide by the Oath and Rules of the Scouting program. Some members of Crew 55 have been active in other local Troops, and some have not been involving in Scouting at all prior to joining the Crew.

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