Why Scouting?  For more than 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.  Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910.  Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.
Welcome! Troop 538 serves boys who are 11 through 17 years of age.  You are invited to visit us. We meet most Monday evenings at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Durango (on the traffic circle across from Chapman Hill) and welcome new members and visitors at any of our meetings. Check our Calendar page for meeting dates and upcoming events.
Scoutmaster Jeff Mason at (530) 514-5526 or
New Scout Parent Coordinator Paula Mills at (970) 946-6336 or

Scouting’s Bottom Line

What happens to a Scout? For every 100 boys who join Scouting, records indicate that:
RARELY will one be brought before the juvenile court system
2 will become Eagle Scouts
17 will become future Scout volunteers
12 will have their first contact with a church
1 will enter the clergy
5 will earn their church award
18 will develop a hobby that will last through their adult life
8 will enter a vocation that was learned through the merit badge system
1 will use his Scouting skills to save his own life
1 will use his Scouting skills to save the life of another person
Scouting’s alumni record is equally impressive. A recent nation- wide survey of high schools revealed the following information:
85% of student council presidents were Scouts
89% of senior class presidents were Scouts
80% of junior class presidents were Scouts
75% of school publication editors were Scouts
71% of football captains were Scouts
Scouts also account for:
64% of Air Force Academy graduates
68% of West Point graduates
70% of Annapolis graduates
72% of Rhodes Scholars
85% of F.B.I. agents
26 of the first 29 astronauts
Note: Since this was written the percentage of Eagle Scouts has climbed to nearly 4%. The Eagle Scout Service in 1997 announced that the figure was 3.89%.

Eagle Scouts: Merit Beyond the Badge

One hundred years after Arthur Eldred of New York earned this nation’s first Eagle Scout Award, new, independent research demonstrates the significant, positive impact Eagle Scouts have on society every day.  Since it was first awarded in 1912, more than 2 million young men have achieved the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank. The study conducted by Baylor University, Merit Beyond the Badges, found that Eagle Scouts are more likely than men who have never been in Scouting to:

Have higher levels of planning and preparation skills, be goal-oriented, and network with others

Be in a leadership position at their place of employment or local community

Report having closer relationships with family and friends

Volunteer for religious and nonreligious organizations

Donate money to charitable groups

Work with others to improve their neighborhood

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