Welcome to Scouts BSA 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; HIgh Adventue treks at Philmont, Northern Tier and Sea Base; long-distance cycling trips; and weekend hiking, canoeing and camping trips.

For more information about our organization, contact Scoutmaster Bill Stephens at scoutmaster439md@gmail.com.  Feel free to stop by any of our Troop Meetings to talk to us and see the Troop in action. The Troop meets at St. Paul's UMC every Monday night when Montgomery County Public Schools are in session.

Summer Eagles

Posted on Aug 12 2023 - 10:05pm

The summer has been an active one for Eagles!

The following are our newest Eagles who passed their Boards of Review this summer.

Eagle Scout Finn Morrison (06/23/2023)

Eagle Scout Gabriel Goodwin (07/28/2023)

Eagle Scout Mike Mueller (07/28/2023)

Please congratulate them when you see them.

Well done!!!

-- SM Stephens

Website and Listserv Restored-Updated-Functioning

Posted on Jun 12 2023 - 1:45pm

I am happy to announce that as of now:

- Our web site access has been restored

- Our troop information, including rosters, has been updated to current

- Our troop email listservs are now fully functional and ready for use

If you find any content or functions that do not appear to be as they should be, please let me know.

SM Stephens

Website & Services Not Ready For Prime Time

Posted on May 19 2023 - 8:39pm


SOAR has restored our website, but it is not ready for prime time.  What was restored was a version from March, which is out of date with current information.  It will take a few days to methodically go through the site content to update it to information that is current and can be trusted.  This is particularly true for the listservs, which require us to manually update each one before you can trust that each goes to the distribution intended.

I will send an email to everyone in the troop when this restoration is complete, likely a few days.  Please be patient as we sort through this tedious process.

SM Stephens

From The Echols Family

Posted on Feb 11 2023 - 9:38pm

Dear Troop 439,

Thank you from the whole Echols family for the beautiful flowers that you provided for Scoutmaster Echols' funeral.  We are confident that he would have loved them -- especially the sash.  Also, as Daniel might have told you, we all liked them so much that we took them to the graveyard at UVA where we buried Tucker's ashes.

Hopefully you know how much Tucker loved scouting and each of you.  His heart was always with you even when his body couldn't be.  So we were very touched by how many of you came to the visitation and memorial service and wore your uniforms.

Thank you for being great scouts!

The Echols Family

Pancake Breakfast - Thank You

Posted on Dec 3 2022 - 8:28pm
I would like to extend a special thank you to all the scouts who helped with the re-start of Saturday's UMM Pancake Breakfast.
I was particularly pleased to see so many scouts working as teams, seeking out how they could help, and having older scouts helping younger scouts.  It was a very fun event, and you could sense how pleased everyone seemed to be to have the breakfast back after almost 3 years.  The UMM were clearly pleased with the scout turnout and help, as were many of the patrons.  Also, many scouts found that kitchen work could actually be fun.  A few scouts thought that if their house had such a cool dishwashing sink and sprayer, they might do more dishes at home.  Food for thought...
Now, let's get ready to help next Saturday at KVFD for Pancakes with Santa!
Great job Scouts!
SM Stephens

** Troop 439 Places 2nd Overall at Orienteering Championships **

Posted on Oct 29 2022 - 10:44pm

Last weekend, 17 Troop 439 scouts participated in the 46th Annual Maryland Scout Orienteering Championships, and camped at Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation.

For the 2nd year in a row, Troop 439 placed 2nd overall among 21 large units, and several smaller unit participants!

Leading T439's older scout pairs, Alex Johnson and Mike Mueller placed 5th out of 72 entry pairs.

Leading T439's younger scout pairs, Luca Petroni and Theo Ducoudret placed 9th out of 80 entry pairs.

Great job and congratulations to all our participating scouts who got us to 2nd place for the 2nd year in a row.

A great time was had by all, orienteering and camping.

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