We are Troop 153 of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In non-COVID times, we meet at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. St. John’s is conveniently located at 4200 S Atlanta Pl., one block east of Lewis on 41st. Our Fall 2020 plans include a mix of virtual and outdoor troop meetings, in person and virtual troop meetings, and patrol camping.
Our high Leader-to-Scout ratio ensures each Scout receives the attention required for advancement. Scouts are able to advance at their own pace, without being left behind by their peers.
Troop 153 is a boy-led Troop using the “patrol methods.”
The Troop is divided into sub-units of 8-10 boys called Patrols. Every six months, the Scouts elect a new Senior Patrol Leader. This youth leaders along with the Patrol Leaders and a cabinet of appointed youth serve as the Patrol Leaders Council and they run Troop 153. The Scoutmaster and an excellent group of dedicated and trained adult leaders support this group of young men in their Scouting decisions.
Troop 153 provides a positive and supportive atmosphere and focuses on each individual’s career – all the way to Eagle!
Resources available to the Troop include a sound financial foundation, camping gear, transportation, Troop trailer and the backing of an active committee and a supportive chartering organization.
Adventures We Have Taken
Philmont, Rocky Mountains High Adventure, Quivira, Devil’s Den State Park, Wichita Mountains, Turner Falls, Alabaster Caverns, Robber’s Cave State Park, Beaver Lake, Dripping Springs, Great Salt Plains, Glass Mountains, Barren Fork River, Boiling Springs, Whiterock State Park, Cedar Lake, Camp Garland, John Zink Ranch and Tom Hale Scout Reservation.
What We’ve Done
Scuba diving, caving, hiking, repelling, canoeing, white water rafting, bicycling, cross-country cycling, back packing, rock climbing, water skiing, kayaking, high altitude trekking, and have plans for more adventures.
We have an experienced team of adult leaders helping to instill character into young men. We always welcome new adult participation to help keep us strong in our mission.
Mr. Rob Shofner
I started my boy scouting career with Troop 222 after receiving my Arrow of Light in the late 70’s . I have been a Den Leader, a Troop Committee member, Assistant Scoutmaster, and now The Scoutmaster. I believe that Boy Scouts of America is the premier organization in youth development and youth leadership. It is my honor to work with the outstanding young men that made the choice to join Troop 153. We will continue to teach scout skills that these young men and give them leadership experiences that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. Camping in 9 degree weather or leading a meeting as a scout will give these young men the confidence that they can do anything and overcome and obstacle that is places in their path during their life.
I am honored to work with your sons as they develop into outstanding young men that will be the leaders of tomorrow.
I love reading, shooting sports, camping and cooking in Dutch ovens.
I have over 30 years of experience in Scouting as a youth and an adult. I earned the rank of Eagle in 1986 as a part of Troop 149 in Tulsa and the Arrow of Light from Pack 33. Both of our sons have earned the rank of Eagle in Troop 153 and I have a strong commitment to continuing to serve Troop 153’s Scouts. In addition to leading our Troop, I actively participate as a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, assist with events on a District and Council level, and have completed the Wood Badge training course. Prior to having the honor to become Scoutmaster in 2021, I was an Assistant Scoutmaster since 2013, Cubmaster of Pack 67 for 7 years, Den Leader, 2017 Jamboree staff, and Pine Tree Staff. I hold numerous honors from my time in Scouting, Cubmaster of the Year twice, Scoutmaster of the Year, District Award of Merit, and more but I take this all as a testament to my commitment to provide opportunities to youth to experience everything Scouting has to offer.
My goal for our Troop is to provide opportunities for our Scouts to have fun while they work on advancement, learning cooking and camping skills, engaging in leadership, and providing service for our community.
Lord Baden Powell said, “Every Scout deserves a trained leader.” I am committed to continue to provide our youth opportunities to become those leaders.