We typically meet in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church at 26 W Babcock from 7-8:30 on Tuesday evenings. Because of outdoor activities we aren't always at the church so please check the calendar page for the most up to date information on meeting times and locations.
Scouts is unique. The boys run the show. It's their troop and their operation. The Scouting program is purposely designed to be challenging and every Scout (and Scout parent) will experience frustration and discouragement from time to time. We embrace the challenge, the chaos; we take the inefficient, frustrating moments and turn them to our advantage to help our Scouts achieve broader goals like leadership, preparedness, organization, citizenship, self-reliance and physical, mental and spiritual fitness. We try to accomplish all of these through service, adventure and fun in the outdoors. Our goal is progress, not perfection.
When in doubt AYSPL!
In the last year we have:
Canoed, sailed, kayaked and swam, shot bows, rifles and shotguns, survived overly friendly coyotes, gone sledding, built fires, earned 100+ Frost Points, hiked, caught fish, successfully navigated Covid 19, camped in every type of weather imaginable, toured the State Capitol Dome, earned the Polar Bear at Camp Easton, ate some great meals, ate some not so great meals, said goodbye to a wonderful adult leader, served our community, congratulated Eagle Scouts, attended NYLT, met some gracious landowners, got cold toes, noses and fingers, and survived to talk about it.
Troop 679 was first chartered in 1959 (based on best current knowledge) by the Whittier Elementary School PTA and the Barber's Union Local #454. After we left Whittier Elementary the Elks Lodge #463 was our charter organization for a couple of years until we moved to our current location at the First Presbyterian Church of Bozeman in 1989.
Troop 679 is a highly active and successful Troop. To date Troop 679 has produced over 100 Eagle Scouts since our first in 1967. Since 1989 we have over 900 documented nights of camping. Troop members regularly earn the 100º of Frost Award. We frequently have members that serve on camp staff for both summer camp and National Youth Leadership Training. Members of our Troop have been part of nearly every National Jamboree since 1964. We have sent contingents to all four National High Adventure Bases. The Troop is highly active in the Order of the Arrow, with members having served or currently serving in Chapter, Lodge, Section and Region positions. This includes the first Western Region Chief from the Montana Council.
In addition to our Eagle Scouts we have members earn numerous other scouting awards. These include the 50-Miler Award, Mile Swim, BSA Lifeguard Award, Paul Bunyan Award and many more. We have members that have earned the William T. Hornaday and Distinguished Conservation Service Award as well. Many of our active OA members have been called to the Vigil Honor and we have several recipients of the Founder’s Award. Five of our Scoutmasters are the recipient of the Silver Beaver award. As have two Assistant Scoutmasters, two Committee Chairs and two parents. We have had numerous recipients of the District Award of Merit.