Troop 80 is one of the oldest troops in the Park Cities/North Dallas area -- founded in 1945 at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.
We have between 25-35 active Scouts at any given time. Our modest size allows us to take advantage of unique camping experiences, provides flexibility and gives our Scouts personal attention based on their specific interests and advancement goals. A large troop can be overwhelming for some boys, so we provide an alternative experience.
We try to balance traditional outdoor camping at area ranches or state parks with destination camping at fun locations such as NASA, Marfa/McDonald Observatory, Battleship Texas and Enchanted Rock. Our goal is to spark interest in science, business and artistic fields that appeal to many of our Scouts. We do monthly campouts September – November and January – April.
Troop 80 welcomes participation from moms and grandparents in addition to dads.
We get things done! During the pandemic we met at a private home, and 32 of our Scouts collectively earned more than 37 rank advancements and over 175 merit badges. Over the past several years 55% of Scouts joining Troop 80 have earned their Eagle rank. The national average is 8%.
Our boys come from schools all over the Park Cities, North Dallas and Preston Hollow areas. They make friends across our community and learn to work with people who they do not necessarily see every day.
Troop 80's goal is to make the learning of Scout skills fun and to use these as stepping-stones in the development of responsibility, character and leadership skills.