Troop 297 was established May 31, 1968 - 48 years old and still going strong!

In 1968, Troop 194 in Schaumburg was so full it could not accept new scouts.  On May 31, 1968 the fathers of Dave H, Lyle M, David T, and Ken T left that troop and formed Troop 297, the first troop in the Northwest Suburban Council to not have a sponsor.  The troop met at MacArthur Elementary School in Hoffman Estates.  The first scoutmaster was the father of Dave H.

If you are looking for a Boy Scout troop to join, or would just like to know what Boy Scouts is all about, please feel free to visit one of our meetings and talk to our scouts and adult leaders.


ORGANIZATION:Troop 297 is first and foremost a boy-run, adult supervised troop. The scouts, ranging in age from 10 to 17, run the troop meetings and awards ceremonies (Courts of Honor), plan the events, pitch their own tents and cook their own meals.

The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters are the adult leaders for the scouts, providing solid role models and offering the scouts their guidance and support.

The Troop Committee, made up of an active group of parents, is the troop’s “Board of Directors”. This committee manages the operations of the troop, working on behalf of the chartered organization to ensure a quality scouting program.

With this steady foundation, many young scouts have grown and matured into responsible, confident, self-reliant young men.

PATROLS: Currently there are 54 registered scouts in Troop 297 divided into five patrols. These patrols give the scouts experience in teamwork, democracy, responsibility, and leadership as the scouts climb the ranks from Tenderfoot to Eagle.

EAGLE SCOUTS: Since the troop was founded in 1968, we have graduated more than 49 Eagle Scouts!In fact, 14 of those were in the last five years, and several of our Life scouts are now actively working towards their Eagle rank.

CAMPING: This troop has a very active camping program and is well outfitted with camping gear that travels to events in our customized troop trailer. The troop camps in tents in the great outdoors (or sometimes in cabins in the winter) and enjoys hiking, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling, archery, shooting sports, orienteering, geocaching, swimming, fishing, caving, and much more.