Welcome to BSA Troop 1539 website!

Thanks for visiting the Boy Scout Troop 1539 website!  

We are located in Vienna, VA and are an active troop with around 40 registered scouts.  The troop is chartered by the Vienna American Legion Post and meets at the Vienna Community Center most of the year.  During the summer we meet outside at a local park.  We meet every Tuesday from 7:15pm to around 8:30pm except for school holidays.

In addition to our weekly meetings, we have monthly outdoor activities, usually camping at many fun places in Virginia and Maryland.  We travel to a weeklong summer camp each summer.  We also have an active high adventure program for the older scouts with regular trips to the BSA high adventure bases as well as smaller more local adventures.

We are boy-led, giving the scouts opportunities to learn through experience and controlled failure.  This can look messy at times, but it allows the boys to grow a lot through the years.   The adult leaders are always involved to make sure that things do not get too far off track.  The scouts get to choose the types and locations of outings they are interested in and the adults in the troop look for ways to support it.  As a result we have a mix of new and repeat outings that are popular with the boys.  

Our troop is organized in age/grade based patrols.  The boys enjoy being in a patrol with their friends and they will typically stay in the same patrol during their time in the troop.  The older scouts help support the younger scouts through their leadership positions (Troop Guide) as well as when needed.

We have a structured Eagle merit badge program offering that ensures that merit badges are available at certain times so scouts who need a particular merit badge can plan their schedule accordingly.  For scouts who take advantage of this, it gives some structure to working on the badges making the path to Eagle less overwhelming and more obtainable by laying out a pathway of a few badges a year.

Webelos from many Vienna area Packs regularly bridge over to us and we invite Webelos to join us on some of our fall and winter activities each year.  We also welcome boys to our troop who are new to scouting or or transferring to our troop from another.  We encourage anyone who is looking for a Vienna area troop to come and visit us at one of our troop meetings.  We’d love to show you more about us.

Please contact us for more information or if you would like to come and visit us at one of our troop meetings to learn more about us.  We’d be happy to talk with you about our troop and Boy Scouts.

2022 Antietam Camping and Canoeing

Posted by tryates on Nov 4 2022 - 12:58pm

When you hit a rock you tip over

October 21-23 Troop 1539 had 17 Scouts and 9 adults camp and canoe along Antietam Creek. 

2022 Summit Summer Camp Video

Posted by tryates on Sep 1 2022 - 8:46pm

Tents setup in a field

Our Scouts completed dozens of Merit Badges, snagged fish, slid down icebergs, ascended cliffs, plunged through Class-V rapids, hurled axes, shot rifles, launched arrows, partook in paddleboard piracy, gulped copious amounts of sugar, told jokes, played card games, and much more. Check out the video on the Summit Summer Camp page.

Welcome Home from Sea Base!!

Posted by tcremmers on Aug 18 2022 - 7:25pm

Welcome Home to our hearty crew of sailors from Sea Base's St Thomas Sailing Adventure!  From August 10th to 16th, 9 scouts and three adults sailed over 100 nautical miles on the high seas of the Caribbean, circumnavigating St. John, snorkeling a lot, and experiencing the marine wildlife up close.  See the SeaBase 2022 - St Thomas Sailing page for more details, videos, and pix.  For those who attended, please share your pictures and videos with the crew and we will add them to the page as they become available.


Welcome Home from Summit New River High Adventure!

Posted by tcremmers on Jul 10 2022 - 12:13am

Welcome Home to our Summit New River High Adventure crew!!  From June 25 to July 1, six scouts and three adults spent 4 days in "duckies" in Class I-III rapids on the Upper New River followed by 1 day of rafting in Class IV-V rapids on the Lower New River.  See the Summit New River High Adventure page for more details, videos, and pix. 

Welcome Home from Summit Summer Camp!!

Posted by tcremmers on Jul 10 2022 - 12:12am

Welcome Home from Summit Summer Camp!  We had 14 scouts and LOTS of wonderful parents and leaders attend Summer Camp at Summit Bechtel Reserve from June 19-25.  Lots of merit badges were earned and scout skills learned.  Check out the Summit Summer Camp page for more photos and info. 

2022 District Camporee Summary

Posted by tryates on May 2 2022 - 9:18pm

Troop 1539,

This past weekend 14 scouts and several adults from our troop participated in the 2022 Spring District Camporee, all about shooting sports. If you're unfamiliar with camporees, it stresses friendly competition, the Scout Law/Oath and patrol method, and fosters excellent interaction across troops. For the contest, points are earned for various things (as described below). Congratulations to our scouts for 3rd place! This was no small feat considering we had one of the smaller troops, which put us at a scoring disadvantage.

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