About Us


As one of the oldest troops in North Dallas, Troop 838 has served the neighboring public, private, and parochial schools and the surrounding community for over 40 years.  It is located within the boundaries of the Blackland Prairie District of the Circle 10 Council of the National BSA Organization.  Its charting organization is the St. Rita Knights of Columbus.

Troop 838 develops well-balanced young leaders through fun outdoor learning and camping experiences.

Sundays, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.
St. Rita Catholic School, Sweeney Hall, 12525 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas.

At Troop 838, there is something for every interest: monthly campouts, service projects, special events, and BSA sponsored activities.Our scouts water ski, canoe, climb, repel, fish, hike, backpack, and bike ride on fun adventures! These activities prepare our scouts for the ultimate fun: High Adventure Trips including Snow Skiing, Backpacking at Philmont and Big Bend, White Water Rafting, and Sailing the Caribbean at Sea Base.

The minimum age requirement is 11 years old. Each boy joining Troop 838 must complete the following:
* Boy Scout Application
* Personal Health and Medical Record
* Payment of registration fee

An annual troop registration fee of $90.00 per Scout is due each year by January 1st and is prorated for partial years. There are additional fees for monthly campouts and summer and winter camp. No boy will be denied admission to the troop or to attend monthly campouts and/or summer and winter camps due to an inability to pay the registration or camping fees. If such a situation exists, please contact the Scoutmaster or Troop Committee Chairperson.

Boys and adult leaders are expected to wear the full Scout uniform, or an approved alternate, to all troop activities.

Class A Uniform – Includes the BSA Approved Scout Shirt, Pants, and Socks.   Must be worn at Troop Meetings and during all Troop travel including campouts.
Class B Uniform - Includes the BSA Approved Scout Pants and Troop or other Scout T-Shirt.  Class B is an approved alternate to the full uniform, but is only worn during camping trips, service projects, and other times as announced by the Scoutmaster.

In all cases, the boys must be neat in appearance. Shirt tails must be tucked in, and close toed shoes worn, unless otherwise approved.


In addition to a uniform, each new Scout will need to purchase a copy of the Boy Scout Handbook. Prior to going on his first campout, he will also need:
* Lightweight, synthetic-filled, mummy style sleeping bay, 30º or lower rating
* Closed-cell foam sleeping pad or equivalent
* Poncho or rain jacket/pants
* Mess Kit

During campouts, the troop provides tents, cooking utensils, chuck boxes, and other items needed by the patrols.As the Scout advances, he may become interested in backpacking and other activities which will require additional equipment.

There are many ways that parents can be involved with the troop, including serving as Assistant Scoutmasters, Troop Committee Members, and Merit Badge Counselors. Please contact the Scoutmaster or Troop Committee Chairperson for more information.

If you have any questions, please click the Contact Us link on the left menu.