Scouts of America Troop 344/9344 | Pemberville, Ohio
Troop 344 & 9344 Where Eagles Soar
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The Troops goals can best be summed up by a quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt,
"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." Feel free to join us as we help develop skills in our Scouts that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Troop meetings are Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm - 8:30pm during the school year on the second floor of the old Pemberville Elementary School in Pemberville, Ohio. Enter through the back door. We have no regularly scheduled meetings during the summer. Click here to obtain a map and directions to our meeting location. You can contact our Troop Leaders at troop344leaders@gmail.com.

BSA Troop 344 and 9344 are sponsored by the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Pemberville, Ohio and are part of the Wood District in the Erie Shores Council. Our Troops emphasize a wide range of activities that appeal to both younger and older Scouts. If you're looking for a Troop to join, or just want more information about Scouting, we have a page just for you.

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Since March 15, 2010
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Recent Updates:
Sept 23: Added Merit Badge PowerPoint
             presentations to the Meeting
             Activities page under the Leader
             Resources tab above.
Apr 16:   Added Surviving WWII Camporee
             information to the Camporees
             page under the Leader Resources
             tab above.
March 6: Updated the Appalachian Trail
             High Adventure Itinerary and
             published the Backpacking Guide
             for the trip.
Feb 22:  Added Winter Camping
             PowerPoint presentation to the
             Meeting Activities page under the
             Leader Resources tab above.
Nov 17:  Added information for the 2021
             Appalachian Trail High Adventure
             Trip to the Newsroom and also
             under the High Adventure Trips
             tab above.

Note:
Calendar additions and other minor updates and corrections occur frequently and are not listed above.
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Welcome to the Home Page of Troop 344 and 9344!

Troops 344 and 9344 are linked troops, one for boys and one for girls. We share a chartered organization and some of the troop committee.

Troops 344 and 9344 developed and maintains this website in order to:
   *  Keep our Scouts and Scouting families informed.
   *  Share our adventures and knowledge with family, friends and the Scouting community.
   *  To help bring in new Scouts to our Troops.
   *  Let our community know about our Troops, their activities, and objectives.
   *  Encourage community support for our Troops and projects. Scouting has much to offer
      our community's youth. Our Troops give back to the community by developing more
      responsible citizens and through numerous service projects. 
Message from Scoutmasters John Gibson & Doug Ruck
 
The Newsroom
 
 
 
 
Duct Tape
Posted: October 26, 2014 - Duct tape is like The Force: There's a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together. Check out this great article from Popular Mechanics that shows some inventive and handy ways duct tape can come to your rescue -- both in the wild and at home! For more tips, check out the Five Unusual Things to Make with Duct Tape.
 
Troop 344 Fundraiser:
Posted: March 13, 2016 - You can support Pemberville Boy Scout Troop 344 by simply shopping at Buckeye Falls Natural Spring Water!  Refill your 20# propane tank (just $15.00!) and Buckeye Falls will donate $2 to our troop! Have a Keurig?  They stock over 120 K-cups!  Buy a 24 pack and they will donate $1.00!  Try their superior water! They will donate $.25 per case or 5-gallon jug! Their is no limit per customer.  Prices are subject to change.  The Troop Voucher must be presented with purchase to ensure the troop receives the benefits.
 
Leader Training:
Posted: August 27, 2016 - You can take the required BSA Youth Protection Training and many other BSA required courses and receive certification, all online! Everyone is encouraged to take the training. Simply go to the my.scouting.org web site to check out all of the available courses.
Eagle Rank Application:
Posted: August 23, 2021 - The Erie Shores Council will no longer accept the older Eagle Rank Application. The latest version must be used. Click on Eagle Scout Rank Application to go to a web page that has the newest version. In addition, you can find the latest version of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook by clicking on the provided link.
How to Cross a River
Posted: April 21, 2019 - One day three scouts were hiking along and came upon a wide, raging river. They needed to get to the other side, but it looked impossible to ford, and they had no idea of how to do it.

The first Scout prayed, "Please God, give me the strength to cross this river."

Poof! God gave him big strong arms and legs and he was able to swim across the river, though it took him three hours to do it.

Seeing this, the second Scout prayed, "Please God, give me the strength and ability to cross this river."

Poof! God gave him a rowboat and he was able to row across the river, though it took him two hours to do it.

The third Scout observed how this had worked out for the other two Scouts, so he also prayed, saying, "Please God, give me the strength, ability, and intelligence to cross this river."

Poof! God turned him into a Scoutmaster. He looked at the trail map, and in a minute walked across the bridge.
High Adventure 2020:
Posted: August 16 2020 - Photos from this summerís high adventure trip paddling the scenic Upper Missouri River along with stops in Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore are now posted on the Missouri River 2020 High Adventure page.
Backpacking Recipe Book Upgrade:
Posted: November 17, 2020 - Troop 344/9344's Backpacking Recipe Book has received an upgrade with additional recipes, and several corrections. Check out these latest recipe additions as well as the additional helpful tips and hints.
Members Area Login:
Posted: October 28, 2019 - We have switched over to a new web based site for all of the advancement for members of both the boys and girls troop. You will receive a username and temporary password by email from Troopmaster. When clicking on the Members Area Login above, you will be taken to a new site that will prompt you to select the State, next the Troop Number, and for the boys, also the city. Then it will ask you to enter your username and your temporary password. This will log you in to the site. Once there, you may opt to change your password as well as check up on you or your child's advancement.
A Change of Leadership:
Posted: December 2, 2019 - Scoutmaster Matt Meyer is stepping down after 41 years of actively serving the Scouting community for a well deserved break. During his tenure, the troop has added a girls unit and grown to over 50 scouts. In addition, he also oversaw 62 Scouts earn the rank of Eagle. He won't be disappearing, but will be transitioning to the Troop Committee to allow him to spend more time with family and grandchildren. We have a feeling that his activity will pick up again once his grandsons become scouts. Thank you Matt for your years of service to the Scouts.

Replacing Matt as Scoutmaster is longtime Scouter John Gibson who has been an Assistant Scoutmaster for almost 11 years. He is bringing a wealth of experience that will help continue the success of Troop 344. Thank you John for volunteering to step up and fill this important role.
Troop 344 Dutch Oven Cookbook:
Posted: November 17, 2020 - Check out and download the latest Troop 344/9344 Dutch Oven Cookbook V6.3. It includes  a major upgrade with over 70 new recipes and a few corrections.
New Scout Information:
Posted: March 8, 2020 - Welcome to scouting and your interest in Troop 344/9344. We hope that you will join us for your
scouting experience. Please check out the New Scout Parent Newsletter and the New Scout Information page for a wealth of information about our Troop. To officially begin your scouting adventure with us, you will need to complete the following items:
     Complete the Troop Online Registration 
     Complete a BSA application and pay BSA dues.
     Start attending weekly meetings.
Merit Badge PowerPoint Presentations:
Posted: September 23, 2021 - Extensive merit badge help for Troop Leaders has been added to the Meeting Activities page under the Leader Resources tab above. We now have 47 merit badge PowerPoint presentations ready for unit leaders or merit badge counselors to use with their Scouts. Clicking on the link in this update will take you directly to the page. Check back often as we anticipate that more will be added in the future.
High Adventure 2021:
Posted: March 6, 2021 - Troop 344/9344's high adventure trip for the summer of 2021 will be a 64 mile backpacking trip on the Appalachian trail in Virginia followed by a white water rafting trip on the New River in West Virginia. Further details including the dates, itinerary and costs can be found by clicking on the High Adventure Trips tab above and then selecting Appalachian Trail 2021. The Troop's Backpacking Guide for the Appalachian Trail can also be downloaded.