About Troop 318

Established in 1922 and chartered by the Lexington Lions Club, Troop 318 is Lexington's oldest Scouting unit and has helped 390 boys earn the Eagle Scout Award.

In June 2022, Troop 318 celebrated our 100th year with many former Troop 318 Scouts returning for the event.

Troop 318 camps each summer at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation in Osceola, MO. For over 50 years, we have had a weekend campout at Fountain Grove Conservation Area.

Our campouts often include fishing and other outdoor activities.

We meet at our Scout Cabin located adjacent to the Lafayette Regional Health Center parking lot. Dedicated in 1953, Troop 318 has met at the Scout Cabin for over 70 years.

Mission, Vision & Values


Mission Statement

The mission of Scouting America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Vision Statement

Scouting America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. In the future, Scouting will continue to:

  • Offer young people responsible fun and adventure;
  • Instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law;
  • Train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership;
  • Serve America’s communities and families with its quality, values- based program.

The Aims of Scouting

  • Character Development
  • Citizenship Training
  • Mental and Physical Fitness

The Methods of Scouting

Scouting uses eight specific methods to achieve Scouting’s aims of helping boys and young adults build character, train in the responsibilities of citizenship, and develop personal fitness. These methods are incorporated into all aspects of the program. Through these methods, Scouting happens in the lives of boys and their families.

  • The Ideals
  • The Patrol Method
  • The Outdoors
  • Advancement
  • Association with Adults
  • Personal Growth
  • Leadership Development
  • The Uniform

Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
And to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
Mentally awake and morally straight.

Scout Law

A Scout is:
Trustworthy, Loyal,
Helpful, Friendly,
Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

Scout Motto

Be Prepared!

Scout Slogan

Do a Good Turn Daily!

Outdoor Code

Be clean in my outdoor manners
Be careful with fire
Be considerate in the outdoors, and
Be conservation minded