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Any boy who:

  • Is between the ages of 11 and 18, OR
  • Is 10 years old and has completed the fifth grade, OR
  • Has earned the Arrow of Light Award.

How do I know Troop 149 is right for me?

Each Scout troop, while offering similar programs, is unique. Choosing the right troop will make your scouting experience more rewarding. As you evaluate troops, consider:

  • Size – do I feel like I can contribute here? Or will I be lost in the crowd?
  • Activity focus – do they do things I like?
  • Meetings – is the time and place convenient so I can attend regularly?
  • Rank advancements – is there support to learn, grow and advance?
  • Troop leadership – is the troop led by scouts?

What are the expectations of a scout?

Scouts are expected to be active participants in the program. That means:

  • Attending meetings regularly
  • Participating in troop activities, including high-adventure, outdoor and service activities
  • Attending to their patrol leader (who is a scout)
  • Working diligently to advance to leadership themselves
  • Living up to all aspects of the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout Motto, Scout Slogan and Outdoor Code.

What does it cost to be a scout?

Each scout will be expected to have a uniform and handbook. Once a scout has earned his Tote and Chip badge, he may carry a pocket knife as well.

Each scout will pay annual troop dues to cover the cost of meetings, advancements and miscellaneous troop expenses (e.g., general supplies).

Individual trips are costed separately, so the scout only needs to pay for those trips he attends.

Does the troop do fundraising?

Yes, Troop 149 has several fundraising programs and activities throughout the year. Please check the Fundraising page on our website for information about the current programs.

What are the uniform requirements for Troop 149?

Following are the uniform elements each scout should have:

  • Official short-sleeved scout shirt with troop number and council patch
  • Forest green shoulder tabs
  • Official scout belt
  • Official scout switchback pants
  • Official scout socks: green calf-length
  • Official scout sash (for badges)
  • Hiking boots (no sneakers)
  • Troop t-shirt (Type B uniform)

What are the expectations for parental involvement?

Troop 149 is first and foremost a scout-led troop, so the first request of parents is to ensure that their scouts can attend meetings and be involved.

Additionally, there are many adult volunteer roles that support the scout troop, including committee chairs, committee members, merit badge counselors, and chartered organization representatives. Parents (and community members) may get involved in these positions to both assist the boys and act as strong, positive role models. Some positions require training to ensure the safety of the scouts.

To learn more about getting involved as a volunteer, contact the Scoutmaster or the Committee Chair.

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Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Scout Motto

Be Prepared!

Scout Slogan

Do a Good Turn Daily!

Outdoor Code

As an American, I will do my best to –

  • Be clean in my outdoor manners
  • Be careful with fire
  • Be considerate in the outdoors, and
  • Be conservation minded.

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Upcoming Events

Scouts should sign up for events using Scoutbook.

    Jan 8, 7pm – 8:30pm
    Troop 149 Regular Meeting
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church

    Jan 11, 7pm – 8:30pm
    Troop 149 Committee Meeting
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church

    Jan 20, 3pm – 5pm
    Eagle Court of Honor/Awards Ceremony
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church

    Jan 22, 7pm – 8:30pm
    Troop 149 Regular Meeting
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church

    Jan 27, 8:30am – 4pm
    Chester County Merit Badge College
    Pennock's Bridge Campus,
    Technical College & High School,
    280 Pennock's Bridge Road, West Grove, PA 19390

    Jan 29, 7pm – 8:30pm
    Troop 149 Regular Meeting
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church

    Feb 5, 7pm – 8:30pm
    Troop 149 Regular Meeting
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church

    Feb 8, 7pm – 8:30pm
    Troop 149 Committee Meeting
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church

    Feb 9-11, All day
    Camping: McIlvane Lodge Cabin
    BSA Camp Horseshoe
    1286 Ridge Road
    Rising Sun, MD 21911

    Feb 12, 7pm – 8:30pm
    Troop 149 Regular Meeting
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church

    Feb 16, 7pm
    Cub Scout Pack 66 Cross Over
    Penn Oaks Golf Club
    150 Penn Oaks Dr, West Chester, PA 19382

    Feb 24, 8:30am – 4pm
    Chester County Merit Badge College
    Pennock's Bridge Campus,
    Technical College & High School,
    280 Pennock's Bridge Road, West Grove, PA 19390

    Feb 26, 7pm – 8:30pm
    Troop 149 Regular Meeting
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church

    Mar 5, 7pm – 8:30pm
    Troop 149 Regular Meeting
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church

    Mar 8, 7pm – 8:30pm
    Troop 149 Committee Meeting
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church

    Mar 12, 7pm – 8:30pm
    Troop 149 Regular Meeting
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church

    Mar 17 - All day
    Skirmish Paintball
    211 N Meckesville Rd, Albrightsville, PA 18210

    Mar 19, 7pm – 8:30pm
    Troop 149 Regular Meeting
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church

    Mar 26, 7pm – 8:30pm
    Troop 149 Regular Meeting
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church

    Apr 9, 7pm – 8:30pm
    Troop 149 Regular Meeting
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church

    Apr 12, 7pm – 8:30pm
    Troop 149 Committee Meeting
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church

    Apr 16, 7pm – 8:30pm
    Troop 149 Regular Meeting
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church

    Apr 23, 7pm – 8:30pm
    Troop 149 Regular Meeting
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church

    Apr 28, 8am – 12pm
    Brandywine River Clean up
    Northbrook Canoe Co.
    1810 Beagle Rd, West Chester, PA 19382

    Apr 30, 7pm – 8:30pm
    Troop 149 Regular Meeting
    Bethlehem United Methodist Church


Adult Leadership

Scoutmaster: George Martynick
Asst. Scoutmasters: Suketu Patel and José Barrera
Treasurer: Joe Orso
Secretary: Ron Ehman
Committee Chairman: Frank Jacquette
Advancements Chair: Rob Foore
Eagle Advancement Counselor: José Barrera
Activities Chair: Jamie Keane
Fundraising Chairs: John Keefe and Tom Upton
Chartered org rep: Brenda Orso

Have a question? Contact us.