Who We Are

Troop 287 is a Christian Boy Scout Troop located in the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council of California. We meet each Tuesday at 7:00 PM at our charter church of Oak Grove Baptist Church in San Jose. We have two patrols: the Bats and the Eagles.

For more information contact our scoutmaster, Tim Bateman:

What is Boy Scouting?

“Every boy delights in the adventure of a hike into the woods.
He loves to explore caves, to climb hills, to wander through and spy out unknown territory.”

from The Handbook for Scoutmaster, 2nd edition, 1920

Boy Scouting offers young men incredible opportunities to learn about the outdoors and many other things. Scouts can progress their way through Boy Scouts by completing the seven ranks: Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Star, Life, and finally Eagle. Along that incredible journey the scouts will make new friends, learn new skills, do things they have never done before, and most importantly grow closer to their Creator.

Before becoming a scout, all boys must learn the scout oath…

“On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country,
To obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times,
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.”

Boy Scout Handbook

They also agree to live by the scout law…

“A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.” 

-Boy Scout Handbook

Why Boy Scouting?

“The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through nearly a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.”

-Boy Scout Handbook