Boy Scout Troop 359

About Us

Adult Involvement and Training

Troop 359 has very active adult volunteers. Troop 359 requires all of its adult leaders to complete adult leader training. Many of our adult leaders have completed the Wood Badge training program.

A number of the adult leaders have been selected as leaders or staff at National Jamborees, University of Scouting Programs, and District and Council training activities. Many of the Assistant Scoutmasters are Eagle Scouts.

All parents are encouraged to become involved in the Scouting program, whether as Troop Committee Members, Troop Officers, Assistant Scoutmasters, Merit Badge Counselors, or by just coming along on Troop outings.

Troop 359 Scout MasterJohn Lowndes, 402-593-8559 (h) 402-926-8377 (c)

Committee Chair – Rick Scheer, 402-332-2504

Who We Are

The boys of Troop 359 come from various Cub Scout Packs in the local area. The majority of the boys attend Papillion Public Schools and Private Religious schools.  Troop 359 welcomes any Scout who desires to participate in its programs.

Troop Leadership

Troop 359 is a Boy-Run-Troop. The boys are organized into patrols and semi-annually elect their senior leaders and patrol leaders. Every Scout holding a leadership position is required to attend a weekend Junior Leader Training Program (JLT).

Where We Are

Papillion, Nebraska USA is home to the Troop. Our charter organization are the Knights of Columbus who sponsored us through St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Troop 359 is part of the Wagon Wheel District in the Mid America Council.

St. Columbkille is located on Washington Street and Cornhusker Blvd. in Papillion. Access to troop meetings in the social hall of the church.

When We Meet

Troop 359 meets on Thursday nights, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at St. Columbkille Catholic Church.

The Troop Committee meeting is typically held on the fourth Tuesday night of each month at 7:00 PM at the Sump Memorial Library in Papillion.

The youth leaders typically meet on the third Monday each month for a Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) meeting.

Merit Badges

A vital part of the BSA’s advancement plan, the merit badge program is one of Scouting’s basic character-building tools. Through participation in the program (which may begin immediately upon registration in a troop or team), a Scout acquires the kind of self-confidence that comes only from overcoming obstacles to achieve a goal. Instruction is offered in everything from animal science and public speaking to swimming and communications, providing a young man with invaluable career, physical, and interpersonal skills.

An excellent source of information on Merit Badges.

Scouter’s Online Library has more scouting clip art.

Health Forms

Scouts must sign their existing health forms. They are good for three years as long as they are updated and signed annually before summer camp. Boys and adults requiring new health forms need to make two copies for the two books that the troop must keep. Adults going to summer camp also need to provide health forms.  Those over age 40 need new forms every year.

Personal Health and Medical Record

  Class 1 and 2 form covers summer camp and weekend camping.

  Class 3 form for adults, wood badge, high adventure.