BSA Troop 213

Church of the Palms

 Mike Goddard, Scoutmaster

Church of the Palms United Methodist charters Boy Scout Troop 213.

Troop 213 is part of the Lowcountry District in the Coastal Carolina Council.

Any interested boys between the ages of 11 to 17 are encouraged to come and visit a meeting. The Boy Scout meetings are held every Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

The Boy Scout program involves boys in small peer group dynamics with the adult-role model becoming more significant. The program revolves around leadership opportunity; decision-making; hiking; camping; and personal achievement. The boy is exposed to over 120 hobby and career choices, frequently resulting in life-long involvement.

Troop 213 has been in existence since 2000 and is very active with weekly meetings, monthly camp outs and participation in special events like the 50 Mile Hike/ Bike/ Canoe Week.

The troop is proud to have 23 Eagle Scouts among their ranks.

The following individuals may be contacted regarding any aspect of Boy Scouts at Church of the Palms and /or St. Andrew-by-the-Sea.

Mike Goddard, Scout Master of Troop 213

Pete Berntson, Pastor of Church of the Palms, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Boy Scouts aim to Encompass a boy's personal qualities, values, and outlook.

Character Development

  • A Scout learns confidence, honesty, and self-respect.
  • A Scout respects other people, regardless of differences.
  • A Scout practices his religious beliefs.

Citizenship Training

  • A Scout works among others in a troop with rules based on the common good.
  • A Scout learns about and takes pride in his own national heritage.
  • A Scout understands social, economic, and governmental systems.
  • A Scout learns service, tolerance, and community involvement.

Mental and Physical Fitness

  • A Scout improves his physical condition through exercise and outdoor activities.
  • A Scout encourages good health habits.
  • A Scout discourages drug, alcohol, and tobacco use.
  • A Scout learns sound judgment, resourcefulness, and decision-making skills.



1) Scout Motto:
Be Prepared.

2) Scout Slogan:
Do a Good Turn Daily.

3) Scout Law:
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent.

4) The 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.


Within the larger community of the troop, the patrol is a Scout's "family circle." Often made up of boys who are close in age and experience level, each patrol helps its members develop a sense of pride and identity. The boys themselves elect the patrol leader, divide up the jobs to be done, and share in the satisfaction of accepting and fulfilling group responsibilities.

5) The Patrol Method

  • Involves groups of six to eight boys each.
  • Each patrol elects a leader and has its own identity.
  • Leadership changes regularly.
  • Enables boys to discover what they're good at and work on skills they need to improve..

6) Association With Adults

  • Boys learn by watching adult conduct.
  • Scout leaders become positive role models for troops.
  • Association with adults accelerates personal growth and the maturity of the boys.

7) Personal Growth

  • Scout-age boys experience dramatic physical and emotional growth.
  • Scouting helps them channel this change into productive endeavors.
  • Scouting helps boys discover their places in the community.

8) Leadership Development

  • Leadership skills are learned by doing.
  • Every boy fills leadership positions of increasing responsibility.
  • Boys learn planning, organization, and decision making.
  • Boys learn to be effective leaders and good followers.
  • In the Boy-Run Program section of the Troop Meeting segment, you'll see how the senior patrol leader relates to the Scoutmaster while leading the troop through its weekly meetings.
  • The Boy Scout uniform gives boys a true sense of belonging to their patrols and troops. When people see a Boy Scout in uniform, they expect someone of good character who is prepared and helpful to those around him. Scoutmasters in full uniform set a good example for their troops and are perceived as community leaders.


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