Philadelphia Troop 160 Celebrating 90 Years of Service to Youth and Their Community
The Boy Scouts of America has been serving youth for over a century. For almost as long, Boy Scout Troop 160 has been making the magic of Scouting happen in the Burholme section of Philadelphia.
Continuously chartered by the Immanuel Lutheran Church at 1015 Cottman Avenue since 1924, the troop has been home to generations of Scouts who have explored the outdoors, learned new skills that lead to future careers and became leaders in the community.
And after 90 years, Troop 160 continues a proud tradition of providing boys between the ages of 11 and 18 years with a program that meets the aims of Scouting—character development, citizenship training and personal fitness.
The troop stresses the Scouting advancement program, with the goal that each Scout is given the opportunity to become an Eagle Scout if he so desires and is willing to work to that end. To date Troop 160 has produced 85 Eagle Scouts, the highest rank in Boy Scouting. However, knowing that a majority of boys in Scouting will not become Eagle Scouts before their 18th birthday (the national average is 2% attainment), the troop strives to make each rank—Tenderfoot through Life Scout—an important achievement in itself and a milestone to be remembered.
An extensive volunteer adult leadership core acts as guides for Troop 160 Scouts, and through the merit badge counselor program they provide a resource within the troop for Scouts to obtain 90% of the merit badges required for Eagle Scout and each rank along the way. To celebrate achievement, the troop periodically has Court of Honor nights to acknowledge Scouts’ progress.
Troop 160 also has the distinction of having its own Drum and Bugle Corps, one of only two in the city. Each Scout is a member. Troop 160 is known in the area and throughout the Cradle of Liberty Council for their presentations on Memorial Day, Summer Camp Call-to-Colors and at other special council functions.
Camping and the outdoor experience are the heart and soul of Troop 160’s program. The troop participates in a camping activity every month, except the month of November, which is booked for community service centered on the Scouting for Food program. This initiative helps provide can goods and other necessities to neighborhoods in Philadelphia and the city-wide food bank.
Camp-outs are always at a different location each month and are combined with pre-planned activities such as canoeing, backpacking, hiking, skiing and bicycling. Major activities include a traditional Ski Weekend, Klondike Derby, Father/Son weekend, the annual camporee sponsored by the council and a week of summer camp at one of our council camps. Every other year Troop 160 has taken a crew on a high adventure trek to either Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico or Sea Base in the Florida Keys.
Troop 160 is very proud of the traditions that they have carried on year after year. To celebrate 90 great years, the troop will be holding an anniversary banquet on October 12, 2014. They look forward to enjoying a good time and fellowship with the alumni and current Boy Scouts of 160.
The Cradle of Liberty Council salutes the leaders, Scouts, families and alumni of Troop 160 for their service to our community for so many years, and for many years to come.