About Us

Troop 1346 has been part of the Fairfax County, VA community for 30 years. We are chartered by Burke Presbyterian Church in Burke Centre, and serve Scouts from throughout Burke, Fairfax Station, Fairfax, and West Springfield. During the school year, the Troop meets every non-holiday Monday evening from 7:30 to 8:45 PM at Burke Presbyterian Church (5690 Oak Leather Drive, Burke, VA). Scouts and adult leaders often begin arriving at 7:00 PM to work on merit badges and advancement.

Troop 1346 has a strong tradition of outdoor activities, and camps 12 months a year throughout the Middle Atlantic Region, from the Appalachian mountains to the Atlantic beaches. We participate in most available District and Council events, and regularly take advantage of the special activity opportunities available to Scouts throughout the greater Washington, D.C. area. With our December 2016 rechartering, we earned BSA's "Journey To Excellence" gold-level award, the highest recognition for Troop quality. We are especially proud of the fact that over 100 young men have reached Eagle Scout Rank with Troop 1346 since our founding.

Like all good Scout Troops, we are "boy led" - our youth members choose our annual activities program, and run the meetings and campouts.  Older Scouts are primarily responsible for instructing and mentoring younger Scouts as they learn and advance in the program.  Our Scouts learn leadership by actually practicing leadership!

We have a dedicated corps of adult leaders serving our Scouts, including well over a dozen fully-trained Assistant Scoutmasters with over a century of collective Scouting experience, and over 30 Troop Committee members. Several of our active leaders also hold positions at the District level of BSA. Our Scoutmaster, Matt Faddis, has served at both Pack and Troop-level in committee and ASM positions; and is a parent of an active senior scout.  He has completed Philmont High Adventure Trek, the Back Country Outdoor Leadership Skills Course, and the University of Scouting Bachelors Program.  He is also a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Army and currently works for the Department of Defense.  Our Troop Committee Chair, Elizabeth Kersey, is an experienced Scout leader in Troop 1346 and the parent of two active senior scouts. 

Burke Presbyterian Church also sponsors our affiliated Venture Crew, Crew 1346.  Venture Crew 1346 concentrates on high-adventure activities for high-school aged youth, including annual treks to at least one regional high adventure camp or one of BSA's four National High Adventure Bases: Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, BSA Sea Base in the Florida Keys, Northern Tier High Adventure Base in Minnesota, or The Summit in West Virginia.   In 2015, we sent a crew to Florida Sea Base, in 2016, we sent three crews to Northern Tier for canoe treks in the boundary waters of Minnesota and Canada and in 2017 we sent three trail crews to Philmont for wilderness backpacking adventures. Our Venture Crew Advisor is Bob Brese, a former Troop 1346 Scoutmaster, who has over 20 years of Scout leadership experience and has completed Wood Badge, among other advanced training.  Bob has attended all National High Adventure Bases and several regional programs.  He is also currently serving as a District Unit Commissioner, and has received several Scout leader honors, including the Distinguished Patriot Scouter Award and the National Eagle Scout Association's Scoutmaster Award of Merit. 

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For more information, please see the documents available for download below.