BSA Troop 1159

50+ Years Scouting in Leesburg VA
VFW Post 1177 • 401 Old Waterford Rd • Leesburg, VA 20176 • MAP

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Welcome to the Oldest Boy Scout Troop in Loudoun; located in the town of Leesburg, VA. We support boys in grades six through twelve from throughout Loudoun County. Loudoun County coincides with the Goose Creek District in the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Troop 1159 is chartered by VFW Post 1177 which organizes, mangages and supports the Troop providing guidance and support for the youth of the community.

Why do boys join scouting? " To contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities."  Ref 34 "Constitution of WOSM" (PDF) p. 2-15. World Organization of the Scout Movement (April 2000). Retrieved on 2006-07-10.

"Scouting is educational because it works toward four basic goals, referred to as the Aims of Scouting. The Scouting program is built on the idea that education should be fun. It must be fun to keep boys interested in Scouting.  The aims of scouting are character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. The methods of scouting are those tools we use to achieve the goals of scouting." Pack 228 Santa Clarita, CA  Some of the above material has been adapted from the BSA Web Site


Scoutmaster's Introduction - Scott Steinkirchner

Welcome to the Troop 1159 website, on behalf of all the leaders and parents striving to make this a fun and exciting adventure for your boys, I'd like to extend our invitation to attend a Troop meeting and find out all the benefits scouting can bring to you! We are closer to your Pack than you may have realized, please see the Goose Creek Cub Packs link to the left for a Map and distance. Our Historian's Journal is written by the Troop Historian and gives a brief synopsis of our recent adventures. The Troop Events page gives you a summary of our camping and activities for several years. Please investigate.

Meetings are at 7:00 pm on Tuesdays at VFW Post 1177 at 401 Old Waterford Rd, Leesburg across from the Rust Library and generally run one and one half hours. The Scout Patrol Leader Council (PLC) meeting (aka Green Bar) replaces the regular meeting every 1st Tuesday of the month but all scouts and parents are welcome to attend... Please Contact us via eMail at sm.troop1159@gmail.com when you plan to visit to ensure our plans coincide.

Some Troops are called Boy Led and some really are, we entrust the operation and direction of the Troop to the SPL and his PLs with appropriate training and guidance. Sometimes this leads to a bit of chaos and many might say that they'd like an efficiently operated organization.... well it's BOY Scouts and they're learning as they go along so we get there even if it's by a circuitous route.

Please be encouraged to browse our site, learn and participate in the Troop. Many volunteers start as young adults after they themselves have completed their time in scouting, others join before they have sons, but most help when their sons join in elementary school. Some adults stay long after their sons have grown giving a lifetime of service to the Organization. Any part you can contribute is worth your time to yourself, your family and your community.

We are a medium sized Troop that meets frequently and camps every month. We have a Court of Honor once per quarter, attend a BSA Resident Camp for a week each July, take High Adventure trips and our Committee meets monthly. Our activities vary and are planned yearly by the SPL/ASPL and approved by the Scouts and adult Leadership. We have a Scout led Troop which is guided, enabled, and empowered by Adult leadership but not directed by it. We give the scouts the opportunity and means to achieve their goals while encouraging them to be independent young leaders. bz


Philmont Scout Ranch Update: 5 JULY 2018


PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH ANNOUNCES CLOSURE FOR 2018 SUMMER SEASON - 7/5/18

After careful consideration of the situation and available options, the difficult but prudent decision has been made that the Philmont backcountry will remain closed for treks and individual programs for the remainder of the 2018 summer season. This means that the following programs scheduled for this summer are canceled: 7- and 12-day treks; and individual backcountry programs, including Rayado, ROCS, Trail Crew, STEM and Ranch Hands.

Refund Checks for all affected crews will be sent to the lead contact advisor on Monday, July 9, 2018. Over the next few days, our staff will be contacting the lead advisor or contingent leader of these crews confirming the refund, offering a trek at Philmont for the 2020 season, and answering any questions. Please wait and allow the Philmont team to contact your crew – your assistance will help make sure that Philmont phone lines remain open. Your cooperation will be most appreciated. While High Adventure opportunities are at capacity at Northern Tier and the Florida Sea Base, there are opportunities at The Summit and they would be happy to accommodate your crew.

This has been a difficult and at the same time inspiring summer at Philmont. For the first time in its history, Philmont is closing its backcountry. As difficult as this situation has been for our Philmont family and for Scouts across our country, we have been truly inspired by the incredible enthusiasm and perseverance shown by our staff, the resourcefulness displayed by displaced crews to find other summer adventures, and the understanding and good wishes from thousands of Scouts and Scouters from around the world. For all of these blessings, we are truly grateful.

Fire danger in northern New Mexico is currently classified as “extreme.” The fire danger has led to closure of most public lands near Philmont. The Carson National Forest’s nearby Questa and Camino Real Ranger Districts, including the Valle Vidal area that Philmont utilizes, have been closed to public access. The New Mexico Game and Fish Department has similarly closed all of its properties that border Philmont, including the Colin Neblett Wildlife Management Area on our western border and the Elliott S. Barker Wildlife Management Area adjacent to our North Country. Links to these closure notices are included at the end of this release.

On Friday, June 29, 2018, the Morris (Moras) Creek fire started south of the Philmont property line on private neighboring property near the Rayado River Canyon. This fire is currently more than 1500 acres and is burning on Philmont property.

Our ranch managers, volunteer leaders, and national staff have monitored the situation since the Ute Park fire began and attempted to plan alternate trek routes and procedures required by Philmont to manage backcountry emergencies. Because of the Morris (Moras) Creek fire, these alternate trek routes have now been eliminated. The safety of our youth participants, volunteers and staff is the priority at Philmont Scout Ranch and for the Boy Scouts of America.

This decision applies only to Philmont’s backcountry programs. Philmont’s Camping Headquarters and Base Camp area, the Philmont Training Center, the new National Scouting Museum, the Chase Ranch, and the Kit Carson Museum at Rayado will remain open all summer. Training courses at the Philmont Training Center and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) will proceed as scheduled. This decision does not affect Philmont’s fall programs, including Autumn Adventure and fall PTC training conferences.