Welcome to Troop 737 - "The Mountain Troop", servicing the front-range foothills and mountains of Evergreen, Conifer, Morrison, Idaho Springs, Bergen Park, and other areas.  My name is Mike O'Conner and I am proud to be the Scoutmaster.  We are a highly active troop, engaged in many different outings throughout the year including backpacking, camping (all seasons), hiking, fishing, Quinzee camping, snowshoeing and skiing, dog sledding, spelunking (caving) a “lock in” at a local recreation center, whitewater rafting, Jump Street, Denver After Dark, Xtreme Challenge, and so many more activities.  We typically have two summer camps, one usually at Peaceful Valley focused on Trail to First Class (rank advancement), and a second typically out-of-state, such as Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, or South Dakota focused on merit badges and antics.  Each summer we also have a high adventure summer outing to places like the Boundary Waters (Ely Mn), Philmont Scout Ranch (Cimarron NM), and Sea Base (Florida Keys, Fl).  We are always doing something. While we take our outings seriously, we also take rank advancement seriously.  We hold advancement meetings once a month and actively sponsor or promote merit badge colleges.  We have dedicated adults in positions for Trail to First Class Coordinator, Star to Life Coordinator, and Life to Eagle Coordinator so no one stalls or is left behind.  Although our troop was only founded in 1971, we are proud to boast over 150 Eagle Scouts. 

Most importantly, our Troop is about building leaders.  Troop 737 is a “Boy-Led Troop”.  This is a basic tenet of our troop philosophy.  What this means is that the Scouts run the troop.  It’s that simple.  Under the direction of the Senior Patrol Leader (the highest boy-held position in the troop), the scouts plan the year, they schedule activities, they run the meetings, they train the new scouts, they plan their own meals, and they cook their own food.  Our elected Senior Patrol Leader has to have completed the Bighorn Youth Leadership training at Tahosa, where he learns the skills necessary to lead the troop with the assistance of the Assistant SPLs and Patrol Leaders.  The adult leaders – or Scouters as we call them – are there to provide support, offer advice if asked, drive, handle the money and record keeping, intervene for safety reasons, and other support and communication roles.  But, if you ask a Scouter a question, chances are they will say, “Ask the Senior Patrol Leader.”

Lastly, I want to encourage all Webelos interested in our troop to visit us and participate in some of our Cub Scout friendly outings, such as the Lock In, Webelos Winter Campout, Klondike Winter Campout, and troop meetings, such as our Halloween Costume Party, Talent Show, or any Court of Honor.  We meet every Monday night at the Evergreen Lutheran Church at 6:30 to 8:30 or so, from September through May.
 
Yours in Scouting,
Mike O'Conner, Scoutmaster