For nearly 50 years, BSA Troop 275 provides youth with quality values-based leadership opportunities using the Scouting program while providing high adventure outings to youth.
During April 1970, the Tall Corn Area Council and Central Iowa Area Council combined to become the Mid-Iowa Council. Several youth in Tall Corn Area Council Troop 158 asked Lee McMillen to start a new unit that would both more closely follow the Scouting program and participate in council camping events. In August 1970, Lee McMillen submitted the first charter for TROOP 275 becoming the unit’s first Scoutmaster. Lee followed the Scouting program "by the book" and participated in all district and council related Scouting events. Lee had grown up in the Scouting program within the Broken Arrow District as a Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Explorer. He earned the Explorer Silver award in 1954 (at the time, equivalent to the BSA Eagle Scout rank) and strives to serve the Mid-Iowa Council today.
Serving the Ontario Heights neighborhood around Ames’ Sawyer Elementary School community, Troop 275 initially met at and was chartered by University Christian Reform Church (today’s Trinity Christian Reformed church) located at 3626 Ontario Street Ames, Iowa.
As both Troop 275 and the University Christian Reform Church membership increased, the Troop outgrew the capacity of the church with the primary problem being a lack of storage space. The Troop’s charter moved to the Ames Evening Lions and eventually began meeting at the Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church at 209 Colorado Avenue Ames, Iowa. Sometime later, Troop 275 began meeting at Sawyer Elementary School. From 2005 – 2009, Troop 275 met Monday nights at the Latter Day Saints on 2524 Hoover Avenue. (While Troop 275 was not a "LDS" troop, we were allowed to meet in the gym at the LDS church during Monday's family night.) During 2009, Troop 275 began meeting at the North Grand Christian Church (aka the "dome" church).
Fast forward to the present. Troop 275 continues to provide high-adventure opportunities to youth while instilling the values of the Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. We meet weekly on Monday nights from 7:00 pm until approximately 8:30 pm. One Monday each month our boys’ patrol leaders meet (called a Patrol Leaders’ Council or PLC) so that they can plan our weekly meeting agendas and do meal and activity planning for our monthly campouts. Click here to view a few photos from our campouts and outings.
We actively participate each summer at a BSA operated weekly summer camp so that our scouts may work on many Eagle Scout required merit badges and other badges where they can explain, demonstrate, guide and enable usage of scouting and life skills.
Our older scouts plan an annual High Adventure or “Venture” outing. These have often been hiking treks or canoeing treks. Click here to view our High Adventure experiences.