Troop 630 was chartered by All Saints Catholic Parish in June of 2000 under Father Chris Michelson, Scoutmaster Jeff Swanson, and Committee Chairman Tom Baer. Father Chris, an Eagle Scout himself, had a vision to provide a scouting experience for boys that are part of the All Saints Parish Community and well as boys in the surrounding Knoxville Community.
Eighteen boy scouts from Troop 630 have earned scouting’s highest award, the Eagle Scout. A plaque honoring these scouts and Fr. Michelson hangs in the Parish Hall. Three Eagle Scout projects have been completed at All Saints by Troop 630. Troop 630 also helped expand the Scouting program at All Saints with the formation of Cub Scout Pack 630 in 2008.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with 2.7 million youth members and over 1 million adult volunteers. Since its founding in 1910 as part of the international Scout Movement, more than 110 million Americans have been members of the BSA.
The BSA goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations. For younger members, the Scout method is part of the program to inculcate typical Scouting values such as trustworthiness, good citizenship, and outdoors skills, through a variety of activities such as camping, aquatics, and hiking.
The BSA is a constituent member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. The traditional Scouting divisions are Cub Scouting for boys ages 7 to 10½ years, Boy Scouting for boys ages 10½ to 18 and Venturing for young men and women ages 14 (or 13 and having completed the 8th grade) through 21. The BSA operates traditional Scouting by chartering local organizations, such as churches, clubs, civic associations, or educational organization, to implement the scouting program for youth within their communities. Units are led entirely by volunteers appointed by the chartering organization, who are supported by local councils using both paid Professional Scouters and volunteers