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Troop 996 is an active Scouts BSA Troop with over 40 Scouts. Troop 996 was chartered in 1961 by the Aldersgate United Methodist Church and has been providing boys with opportunities to learn and grow for over 60 years.

We're always happy to welcome new members at any level of Scouting and at any time during the year. For more information about Troop 996, visit

“A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room.”

Lord Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of Scouting



Congratulations to Troop 996 Graduating Seniors – Eagle Scouts!  

Best wishes on your future endeavors and service!


• Jack Doolin (Gonzaga College HS):                       Villanova University / NROTC Scholarship

• James Maly (Saint J.P. the Great Catholic HS):      Averett University

• Osvaldo 'LA' Perez (West Springfield HS):            James Madison University

• Ryan Sullivan (Hayfield HS):                                    US Military Academy at West Point 


Mulch Sales Support  

Thank you, Aldersgate Congregation and Surrounding Community!

On Saturday, April 10, Troop 996 distributed over 2,100 bags of mulch,  our most successful mulch project to date. Proceeds support our camping programs.

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The annual “Scout Sunday Cakes” were delivered to the Eleanor Kennedy Shelter and to Rising Hope Church on February 19.  See the photo below.




















Aldersgate’ s online / virtual worship service audience could not view the posters that were displayed in the church on Scout Sunday.  Below are links to the Posters as well as to  three short presentations showing activities of the three Scout groups that meet at Aldersgate:

  • Scout Sunday Posters

  • Cub Pack 888

  • Girl Scout Unit 53-03 (Troops 3339, 791, and 915)

  • Scouts BSA Troop 996


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A BIG thank you to our Scout Troop 996 who did invasive species (ivy) removal from our property this past Sunday! So amazing and HUGELY helpful! Thank you to the troop for keeping our property looking great!


3/17/2021 (archived)


Eagle Project at Aldersgate

On Saturday, April 17, a new “gaga ball” pit was constructed for use by Aldersgate youth.  The project was led by Scout Eagle candidate Chris Gayton.

Gaga ball is a form of dodgeball that first appeared in the 1970’s. Popularity has grown in summer camps & playgrounds. 


Coast Guard Flag Officer Speaks to Troop 996 by Colin 


On February 28, Vice Admiral (VADM) Daniel Abel, US Coast Guard (Retired) met with Troop 996 to share his experiences in Boy Scouts and in the Coast Guard. VADM Abel was recalled to Active Duty in 2020 and most recently served as the Director of the COVID Interagency Coordination Cell led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. VADM Abel concludes his official biography with the fact that he is an Eagle Scout. 


In this video call, VADM Abel explained to us what it is like to be a Coast Guard helicopter pilot and how his experiences in Boy Scouts helped him become a better Coast Guardsman, Pilot, and Leader. 


VADM Abel also shared a story that stressed the importance of leaders listening to their teams. From this discussion, I picked up that I should trust other people's judgment and take their opinions into consideration.


For his Eagle Scout project, VADM Abel organized a Scout band to go around nursing homes and other areas of town to play music and entertain others.

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