If you decide to join the Troop, you will need:

Scout Uniform and Handbook

Visit the Scout Shop at 9190 Rockville Pike in Bethesda (at Cedar Lane) and purchase the following (about $100 in total):

  • Scout Handbook
  • Shirt (most boys have short sleeve)
  • Pants (most boys get the one you can zip off into shorts)
  • Socks
  • Belt
  • Shoulder epaulettes

The Troop will provide you with all of your patches (Council, World crest, Troop number, Patrol) and at his first campout, your son will be presented with a neckerchief and slide.


We need you to fill in two forms:

  • New Youth Application; and

  • Annual Health and Medical Form 

They can be found on the "forms" link to the left.

Regarding the Health form, fill out the one for "All Scouting Events". This does not need a doctor signature. Make sure to include a photocopy of your health card (front and back). You may also attach vaccinations instead of filling them out on the form.  Once complete, please give the form to Vicki Burns (Troop Committee Chair) or email it to her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Annual Dues

We charge $250 for the year (unless you join in the Spring in which case it is $75). This includes all activities and camping trips, but excludes summer camp. Checks should be made payable to “Troop 61” and mailed directly to our Treasurer Paul Conlon at 4511 Verplanck Pl NW, Washington, DC, 20016. Make sure to write your son's name and "dues" on the check. Financial assistance is available and strictly confidential. Contact Vicki Burns at 301-768-3470.

Contact Info

Give us your preferred email addresses (parents & son) for troop info, calendar, meeting reminders, camping details, etc. Also your preferred phone numbers.
Youth Protection
To join Boy Scouts, parents & boys are also required to read and review the "Youth Protection booklet" about child abuse & keeping boys safe that comes as an insert in the Boy Scout handbook.  We just need you to verbally confirm that you and your son have done this so he understands that if he feels uncomfortable, it's important to speak up. 

For more information, see our "New Parent Guide":