The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes, instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop #2, Sycamore, IL has been serving the youth of DeKalb County since 1940. Troop #2 manifests its mission of service, under the guidence of the United Methodist Church in Sycamore, through the Troop’s many training opportunities, youth activites, and projects in local communities including Sycamore, DeKalb, Genoa, Kingston, Malta, and DeKalb County at-large.
In the last 18 months alone, the Troop has enrolled 17 new scouts from 4 different schools and 3 different communities. These new Scouts, along with their veteran Scout peers, some of whom are forming the nucleus of the next generation of leaders, share the dedication to an organization that symbolizes service. Since mid-2007, the Troop has engaged in over 250 service hours and 7 Eagle projects. These projects have benefited Russell Woods, The Sycamore Park District, The City of Genoa, The Genoa-Kingston Schools (CUSD #424), and The Sycamore Fire Department to name a few.
One of the community service projects theTroop champions is the annual “Scouting For Food” food drive. The donations of dried and canned foods are collected and stocked by the youth in the Sycamore Food Pantry which serves the communittees of Sycamore, DeKalb, and Genoa. In September, the Scouts spend a day engaging the residents of Oak Crest in fellowship including games, conversation, and something often most dearly desired: company. Other annual and regular activities include aiding in the mission of the DeKalb Animal Shelter, a fellowship day for the seniors at the Sycamore Civic Apartments, and assisting The United Methodist Men and Methodist Women in their ministries including a Pancake Supper.
Troop #2 provides a safe heaven when home might not provided it, offered by the BSA’s Youth Protection Program. They also run a "D.A.R.E."-like drug abuse prevention education program for our Middle School youth. In 2008, Troop #2 were the primary volunteer participants in the County’s Emergency Peparedness Drill.
Troop #2 youth and volunteers bake and distribute cookies at the annual lock-in. And each February, the Troop contributes to the faith and fellowship services at The United Methodist Church in the annual “Scout Sunday.”
Boy Scout Troop #2 is an integral and thriving contributor to the over 100,000 strong DeKalb County community.