About Troop 1518

Troop 1518 operates under a charter granted by the Boy Scouts of America to our Charter Organization, Sydenstricker United Methodist Church. Troop 1518 is a unit of the Old Dominion District, National Capital Area Council.


Troop 1518 logoBoy Scout Troop 1518 was first chartered to Sydenstricker United Methodist Church in 1968. Charles Kulp was the first Scoutmaster. Although Sydenstricker Church maintains its own Youth Group, the Church has always maintained and supported Troop 1518 as a neighborhood community service. Both the scouts and the leadership of the Troop have always been open to anyone. Most feel that this open mix is the principal factor in ensuring a rich and varied program.

Our first Eagle Scout came five years after chartering. Thereafter, Eagle Scouts have been popping up with steady regularity. But the objective of Troop 1518 is not to produce Eagle Scouts. The objective is to provide a cafeteria of opportunities from which each scout can select and pursue a personal program of interest. Making Eagle rank is and should be a by-product of participation in our program. So is citizenship, self-reliance, and training for manhood.

We have about fifty boys in the troop. At one time about a decade ago, our numbers grew to the high eighties. Our current size has evolved naturally and allows us to balance program variety with individual interaction.

We have one Scoutmaster and about fifteen Assistant Scoutmasters, who report to the Troop Committee. Anyone agreeing to be a scoutmaster or assistant scoutmaster must agree to wear the uniform, and we ask that they commit to completing Scoutmaster Training within one calendar year. Training is offered by the Old Dominion District twice a year. It consists of one evening session, one Saturday session, and one weekend campout. The Committee, in conjunction with the Church, selects the Scoutmaster, and all Assistant Scoutmasters. To avoid Scoutmaster Burnout, a serious problem in earlier years, the Troop has initiated the Scoutmaster-In-Charge [SMIC] concept. This delegates all event decisions to the Assistant Scoutmaster in charge of any particular event. Decisions such as cost, destination, start times, and even program, can be decided by the Assistant Scoutmaster running the event, without need for prior approval by Committee or Scoutmaster. The Event Scoutmaster is truly the Scoutmaster In Charge. Many assistant scoutmasters plus personal authority has resulted in a breadth and commitment impossible to achieve with a single leadership model.

We have at least one outdoor overnight camping outing per month. In addition, there are one-day events, service projects, and patrol activities. We offer one Eagle-required merit badge class per month, along with optional merit badges. These are scheduled outside troop meeting hours by the Merit Badge Counselors.

The troop meets every Monday during the school year, from 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm in the social hall (Hottel Hall) of Sydenstricker United Methodist Church. The troop does not meet when school is cancelled, such as for snow days.  We will meet on teacher work days. We do meet during summer recess. We go to summer camp every summer, and also plan a high adventure trip for older youth (14 and older) each summer. We have been fortunate to send several Troop crews to Philmont Scout Ranch, Northern Tier National High Adventure Base, Florida Sea Base. Summit, and Lenhoksin in recent years. Troop 1518 is chartered by Sydenstricker United Methodist Church Springfield, VA