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

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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Recent Updates:
Nov 27:  Added a Merit Badge PowerPoint
             presentation to the Meeting
             Activities page under the Leader
             Resources tab above.
Nov 18:  Added a Smartphone Adventure
             Photography presentation to the
             Newsroom below and the Meeting
             Activities page under the Leader
             Resources tab above.
Nov 18:  Added a Hammock Camping
             presentation to the Newsroom
             below and the Meeting Activities
             page under the Leader Resources
             tab above.
Nov 10:  Check out the Newsroom below
             for How to Plan Your Own High
             Adventure and Backpacking
             Meals Made Simple.
Nov 10:  Added a major upgrade to the
             Backpacking Recipe Book with
             numerous new recipes and a few

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.
Smartphone Adventure Photography:
Posted: November 21, 2021 - Most people are walking around with a smartphone in their pocket. These powerful and compact devices come in handy in a number of ways in the wild, from letting you check your location on a topo map to identifying stars in the night sky. And, of course, you can use them to snap high-quality photos of your journey. Taking a photo with a phone is quick and intuitive: You open the camera app, point and tap. But, when you swipe through your pics from your last big adventure, you might wish more of them were worthy of sharing or being hung up on your wall. Click on the following link to download Smartphone Adventure Photography PowerPoint or PDF to learn how to take better outdoor photos on your phone.
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.
Backpacking Recipe Book Upgrade:
Posted: November 10, 2021 - 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.
Posted: Nov 14, 2021 - offers over 1 million free topographic maps for points of interest in the United States. Hikers and campers can search for nearby water, land and man made points of interests to explore. Anyone can also search these points of interest by name or geo-location in addition to viewing images and maps. You can check it out here:
Troop 344 Dutch Oven Cookbook:
Posted: October 25, 2021 - Check out and download the latest Troop 344/9344 Dutch Oven Cookbook V7.1. It includes  a major upgrade with over 75 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.
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.
Merit Badge PowerPoint Presentations:
Posted: November 27, 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 56 merit badge PowerPoint presentations ready for unit leaders or merit badge counselors to use with their Scouts. The latest includes Digital Technologies. 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.
Planning Your Own High Adventure PowerPoint Presentation:
Posted: November 10, 2021 - BSA National High Adventure Bases provide amazing experiences at a price. Part of this price is paying someone to do the planning and logistics for the trip. Planning your own High adventure can provide many benefits, including substantial cost savings. Click on the following link to download the Planning Your Own High Adventure PowerPoint or PDF to learn how easy it can be. The High Adventure Trips tab above will show you several examples of Troop planned high adventure trips.
Backpacking Meals Made Simple PowerPoint Presentation:
Posted: November 10, 2021 - You can eat delicious meals in the backcountry without too much effort and can usually do it in ONE PAN! Making your own backpacking meals is a great option compared to buying expensive freeze-dried or dehydrated meals. Download the Backpacking Meals Made Simple PowerPoint or PDF for ideas on how to do this.
Hammock Camping PowerPoint Presentation:
Posted: November 18, 2021 - For years, campers and backpackers defaulted to the tent as their overnight shelter. The humble hammock, though, is an alluring alternative-and an increasingly popular one. If you’ve enjoyed relaxing in a hammock, then it might be time to give camping in one a try. Hammock camping simply means you're swapping out your typical tent in favor of a hammock and a few helpful accessories where you can comfortably sleep outdoors overnight. Many backpackers enjoy camping with hammocks because they are so lightweight and take up little space in a pack. Hammock campers also are spared the discomfort of sleeping on sloped or rocky ground. A couple of sturdy trees are all you need. Click on the following link to download Hammock Camping PowerPoint or PDF to learn how easy it can be.