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Troop 385, B.S.A is located in the town of Bristol in Southeastern Wisconsin. We service the communities of Bristol, Brighton and Paris. 

The Troop has been operating since 1983 through our Charter Organization, the Bristol United Methodist Church and is a member of the Southeast Wisconsin Council, B.S.A.

Contact for more Information: Ben Manning, Committee Chair


The Troop meets weekly on Monday night, 6:30 – 8:00, except the last Monday of the month, which is the Troop Committee Meeting.

Troop meetings are held at the Bristol Grade School on 83rd and 201st Street in Bristol and Committee Meetings at the Bristol United Methodist Church, 8014 199th Ave. .

Weekly meetings are not held during summer break.


September through May, Troop 385 will participate in at least 1 featured activity.

These activities may include a weekend campout, hike, bike trip or some other planned activity.

The calendar on this web site shows the planned activities and will be updated as needed, so check back often!


In addition to weekly meetings and monthly activities, Troop 385 is an active part of our community. The Troop participates in various community service projects throughout the year.


Troop 385 is active throughout the summer months. Scouts and Leaders take part in various activities and trips including campouts, backpacking, canoe trips, and bike trips.

The Troop attends Boy Scout Summer Camp each year at Robert S. Lyle Scout Reservation in northern Wisconsin.

High Adventure trips are planned for the future including Northern Tier Canoe Expedition, backpacking across Isle Royal in Lake Superior and Mountain Trek at Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico.


Delivering a great Scout program costs money. Scouts in Troop 385 participate in several fund raising events throughout the year.

Proceeds from these events go towards purchase of supplies and equipment for the Troop.

Scouts that participate in the fundraisers will receive a portion of the money for their individual account to help defray the costs of outings and Summer Camp.


Boy Scout of America policy concerning adult supervision of all Scout activities is very clear.

Adult leaders, parents and other adults charged with the responsibility of supervising Scouts must be at least 21 years old. At least 2 adults must be present for all meetings, activities and outings.

Any concerns or special needs should be brought to the attention of the Scoutmaster or any of the Assistant Scoutmasters.


The Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910 as an organization to help build character, good citizenship, instill values and leadership skills for boys. Since that time, the Scouting program has become the largest youth organization in the world. The program centers around outdoor adventure, community service and traditional values that help build self-confidence, self-reliance, community awareness and strength of character in young men and women.


Membership is available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light in Cub Scouts or have completed the fifth grade, or who are between the ages of 11 and 17. Boys and girls between the ages of 14 and 21 can become members of a Venture Crew, which is designed for older youth with an emphasis in high adventure and more challenging programs.

Troop Leaders and Committee Members must be over 21 years of age and subscribe to the Boy Scout Oath and Boy Scout Law.


Troop 385 is a group made up of several Boy Scout Patrols. There are currently 6 Patrols, each consist of 5 to 8 Scouts.

The member Scouts elect the Senior Patrol Leader, SPL, who is the Boy Scout in charge of the Troop. Each Patrol elects their own Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader. Together, the SPL and Patrol Leaders form the Patrol Leaders Council, PLC, which plans Troop activities and runs the Troop meetings.


Each B.S.A Troop belongs to a Charter Organization. The Charter Organization shares in the responsibility of the Troop’s success by insuring there are trained leaders for the Troop.


The Troop Committee functions as an administration and support organization for the Troop. The Troop Committee is made up of parents and adult leaders and take care of non-program issues, such as fund raising, membership drives, Troop finances, and equipment procurement. Troop Committee meetings are generally held the last Monday of each month. Parents are invited and encouraged to come.


Parents play a very important role in the Troop’s success. They should encourage their Scout to be an active participant in the Troop and help them progress when they can. Parents are always invited to ALL Troop meetings, activities and outings, and are strongly encouraged to show their support by attending all Troop Courts of Honor. The Troop Committee may also ask parents to help with fund-raising events, transportation or help out with a particular activity.

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