Welcome to Boy Scout Troop 439!

Troop 439 was formed in April 1951 by the United Methodist Men of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Kensington MD. Since that time, more than 1,500 "T439" Scouts have participated in Troop activities designed to build Scouting skills, leadership experiences, and friendships. Over the years, T439 Scouts have participated in international and national Scouting Jamborees; Philmont backpacking treks; long-distance cycling trips; and weekend hiking, canoeing and camping trips. For more information, contact Scoutmaster Adam Sandman at pack478sandman@verizon.net

Troop 439 Plan for December

Posted on Dec 2 2016 - 7:16pm

Hello everyone, 

We have an incredibly fun month coming up with lots of fun meetings and of course, the ski trip. 

2016 Ski Trip Details and FAQ

Posted on Nov 14 2016 - 5:26pm


Here is a re-post of the most pertinent information about the ski trip for everyone's reference, including the FAQ at the end.

We are collecting Ski Trip Money tonight at the meeting!

Junior Leadership Training (JLT) Plans, Nov 12 Day Trip

Posted on Nov 5 2016 - 10:41am


WHAT: Junior Leadership Training Day Trip

WHEN: Sat Nov 12 from 8:30am - 7pm

WHERE: Meet at St. Pauls, Drive to Little Bennet Regional Park

Pancake Breakfast

Posted on Nov 5 2016 - 7:47am

Hey Troop, 

The United Methodist Men's Pancake Breakfast is held the first Saturday of every month, and as such there is one this weekend. We like to help out because we wouldn't have a place to meet without the UMM. 
Anyway, here is a list of when each patrol is helping:
  • November 5th - T-Wolves Patrol
  • December 3rd - Lost Patrol
  • January 7th - Patrol X
  • February 4th - Pandas Patrol
  • March 4th - Huns Patrol
Even if your patrol is not assigned to volunteer, you are still more then welcome to show up. Please note that volunteers are generally given free admission, but the family still must pay. 
If you are volunteering, show up in a full Class A uniform!
Hope to see you there!
Peter Geertsema, 
Senior Patrol Leader


Troop 439 Plan for November

Posted on Oct 30 2016 - 7:03pm

Hello everyone, 

Remember that there is NO MEETING TOMORROW on October 31st due to Halloween. Do not show up at 7:30, I doubt there will be much to do. 
On November 2nd from 7:30-9:00, we will have a Troop Leadership Council at the church. If you are a member of the Senior Patrol, Patrol Leader or in any other leadership position you are expected to come.
There is no meeting on November 7th because it is an MCPS professional day. Revel in the glory of your final grade submissions. 
On the 14th, we will have a troop meeting based around Astronomy, which knowing our luck will be include us sitting in the multi-purpose room hoping for the storm to pass. 
That weekend, November 19th-20th we will be heading off to Crofton where we will be go-carting. Additional information will be sent out when the time comes. 
The 21st we will have our very own Model UN conference, where the scouts will be representing various nations in a multitude of ways. 
And for those who are still with me (anyone???), we have an incredibly fun team building meeting on the 28th. 
And so, my message is finally over. 
I hope everyone has fun on Halloween and doesn't get too sick! 

Thank you for diligence!
Peter Geertsema, 


KVFD Open House - Sunday October 9th

Posted on Sep 25 2016 - 4:02pm

Hi Troop

Just a reminder that on Sunday October 9th, we have the KVFD volunteer Fire Department Open House. They have requested that all Scouts be dressed in Class A Uniforms.

Kensington Volunteer Fire Department – October 9th

We have been asked by the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department to help out with their open house on Sunday October 9th. Each of the patrols has been assigned a different time slot:

  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Pandas
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Huns
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM: Lost
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM: Timber Wolves
  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM: Patrol X

The things we’ll be helping out with include:

  • Set Up activities: Set up tables, chairs in Butler building; set up Fire Safety House; Food and drink support to KVFD Auxiliary
  • Operations: Help with Fire Safety House Operation;
  • Close activities:  Misc closing activities

As always, if you cannot make your patrol’s timeslot (or you are in the Senior Patrol), please come any time that you are available, it will be greatly appreciated.

We’ll also need at least one adult leader and one other adult to be present during each time slot as well…



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