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.

More information about Scouting can be found at BSA.

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

Lord Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of Scouting



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!



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.

© 2021 Aldersgate UMC

© 2021 Aldersgate UMC

1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria, VA 22308  p: (703) 765 6555   f: (703) 765 5841

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