Joining Troop 32
If any youth at least 10½ years of age would like to join Troop 32, please contact our Scoutmaster or other Adult Leaders, and plan to visit a Troop 32 meeting.
We'd be glad to meet you and get you introduced to Troop level Scouting
Who We Are
Troop 32 is one of the longest continuously-chartered Scout Troops in the Five Creeks District under the Pathway to Adventure Council of the BSA Scouting.
Troop 32 offers a unique experience as it is truly run by the youth themselves, with guidance, support and assistance from our Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters, and active Committee Members.
Originally organized and chartered in June of 1942, Troop 32 welcomes all youth, is non-denominational, and is sponsored by the Men's Club of the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, IL.
Troop 32’s mission is to provide a traditional, high-quality and values-oriented program for youth ages 10½ to 18 years old. Our objective is to develop character, citizenship and the personal fitness of our scouts. We offer many opportunities for fun, adventure, challenges and growth.
A successful program may be measured in many ways. Troop 32 is known for:
Over 75 years of fun and active Scouting.
Attaining the B.S.A. national "Quality Unit Award" annually for over 30 years.
Repeatedly earning the "Top Troop Award" from the Five Creeks District Council
Conducting annual community service projects for over 40 years.
High Adventure program for older scouts started in 1976
But most of all, Troop 32 is know for having plenty of fun.
What We Do
Monthly campouts are fun because all activities are outdoors. Troop 32 camps year ‘round through all four seasons at Scout Camps typically in Wisconsin and Illinois. Each camp out has a primary activity, such as hiking, canoeing, or climbing.
Scouts also work on Merit Badges and rank advancement activities to build their skills and continuously progress through the ranks of Scouting. Each camp out is planned by the Scouts. They choose the activities, plan the meals, and organize the weekend schedule.
Adult leaders support their efforts by reserving campsites, coordinating adult participation and driving to and from the events.
Troop 32 owns and maintains a significant amount of camping gear including tents, cooking equipment and more for well-outfitted camping experiences. In addition, to keep winter camping safe and fun, we have several Okpik (pronounced OOk-pik) winter-camping-trained Leaders.
Summer Camp is a whole week of fun at Camp Napowan, crammed with things to do…such as target shooting, swimming, archery, "blacksmithing" like the pioneers in Flintlock Village….things you don’t do normally on a troop camp out.
Troop 32 camps at Napowan in late-July. See the Troop 32 Calendar for details.
High Adventure Treks
High Adventure Treks are for those who want more! When Scouts reach age 14 or at age 13 (if they have earned certain merit badges AND have attained "Star" rank), they may sign up for these extra adventures.
How about backpacking on Isle Royale, or in the Shawnee Nation Forest, or the Monongahela National Forest, and don't forget the Land Between The Lakes…..or canoeing in the Quetico Boundary Waters for starters? Go for it!!!
High Adventure Treks challenge Scouts to put to use all their skills and experiences gained from campouts, summer camp, Merit Badges and rank requirements.
Troop 32 Scouts have fun performing community service projects. These range from Council and District events, like Scouting For Food and First Aid Meets, to Service Projects for Arlington Heights or our church sponsor. These activities benefit our community and help teach Scouts responsibility, cooperation and community involvement.
Each year, Troop 32 Scouts raise money through fundraising activities. These funds benefit Troop 32 and the BSA Scouts to ensure we can continue providing exceptional opportunities for our Scouts. Currently the troop fundraisers include Popcorn Sales (fall), Wreath Sales (late fall), and Flower Sales (spring).