General Info


Welcome to the Troops of Saint George – Troop 1819’s official page.

The Troops of Saint George is a fraternal Catholic nonprofit apostolate for priests, men, and young men looking for a life of adventure coupled with virtue. Initially founded in 2013 by Catholic author and professor Dr. Taylor Marshall we have become a collection of troops that do the following:

tsgExperience reverent and beautiful Masses outdoors.

tsgPray the Rosary with other men around fire pits.

tsgCatch a Fish Friday meal by fishing for catfish and bass.

tsgGo to confession with our priests while kneeling on moss in the woods.

tsgTeach our sons archery, rockclimbing, marksmanship, fishing, survival skills…and Catholic Virtues.

tsgFoster a love for the priesthood and a reverence for the sacrament of Matrimony.

tsgSupport our local parish, our priests, our bishops, and community by being available for works of mercy and service.

The Troops of Saint George – Troop 1819 is associated with Annunciation Catholic Church of Bogalusa, Louisiana. Troop 1819 is proud to represent Southeast Louisiana with registration open to all surrounding parishes year long.

Troop 1819 is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Placide Dobyns Council 1819 and is the first established and only troop in the state of Louisiana with a positive growth opportunity as we look to kick off the charter year October 1, 2016.

Troops of Saint George Law, Motto, Oath and Trinitarian Salute


The Law

The Troops of Saint George Law was written by Saint Peter, our first Pope:

  1. “Honor all men.
  2. Love the brotherhood.
  3. Fear God.
  4. Honor the King.” (1 Peter 2:17)

The Motto: Parati Semper

The motto of the Troops of Saint George is “Parati Semper”, which also comes from Saint Peter, our first Pope:

“But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being prepared always (parati semper) to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you.” (1 Peter 3:15)

“Dominum autem Christum sanctificate in cordibus vestris parati semper ad satisfactionem omni poscenti vos rationem de ea quae in vobis est spe.” (1 Peter 3:15, Latin Vulgate)

The Oath

The Troops of Saint George Oath was written by the Apostle Paul (1 Timothy 4:12), and defines the five traits of the man who seeks to be a disciple of Our Lord Jesus Christ by patterning his life after Saint George of Lydda.

“Set an example:

  1. in speech (in verbo)
  2. and conduct (in conversatione)
  3. in love (in caritate)
  4. in faith (in fide)
  5. in purity (in castitate).” (1 Timothy 4:12)

The Trinitarian Salute

The Troops of Saint George salute their officers, the national flag, banners of the saints and Our Lady, and crucifixes with the “Trinitarian Salute” – three fingers of the right hand (index, middle, ring) out, and with the pinky and thumb joined signifying that the divine nature of Christ is joined to His human nature: fully God and fully man as taught at the Catholic Council of Chalcedon in AD 431.

Troops of Saint George Mission


The Troops of Saint George apostolate aims to use the outdoors as our canvas and the sacraments as our path to light the way for the formation of Holy Catholic men and boys. Whether called to the vocation of the priesthood, the religious life, or that of Holy fatherhood, our fathers and sons will take a prayerful pilgrimage together to fulfill Christ’s desire for them to grow in virtue and in their Holy Catholic faith as they journey toward heaven. – Saint George, Pray for us.

Structure of Troop 1819


Troop Structure

  • Every Troop has two youth sections, Senior and Junior Cadets.
  • Every Troop has two adult sections, General members and Adult leaders (fathers, grandfathers, or male legal guardians of boys currently registered in the troop).
  • The Senior Cadets consist of the older boys from 11 years to 18 years old (Grades 6-12).
  • The Senior Cadets are subdivided into patrols of mixed ages. The patrol names should be named after Catholic saints or blesseds. For example, the Saint Sebastian Patrol.
  • The Junior Cadets consist of younger boys from 6 years to 10 years old (Grades 1-5).
  • The Junior Cadets are subdivided into patrols named after the Four Evangelists and our namesake, Saint George. Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John authored the Canonical Gospels. Their works provide the accounts of the life of our Lord, Jesus Christ. From His birth, ministry, death and foretold resurrection, the Evangelists provide us with the historical facts to which Catholic tradition is founded. Their importance in our lives and in our faith is immeasurable, and since it forms the basis for the Catholic faith, they will form the basis for our ranks on our journey towards the honor of Tribune. Our Junior Cadets will honor each of these men by carrying their name and historic symbol during the first four years with the Troops.
    • 1st grade: St. Matthew’s Angels Patrol: Matthew the Evangelist is symbolized by a winged man, or angel.
    • 2nd grade: St. Mark’s Lions Patrol: Mark the Evangelist is symbolized by a winged lion, a figure of courage and monarchy.
    • 3rd grade: St. Luke’s Oxen or “Bulls” Patrol: Luke the Evangelist is symbolized by a winged ox or bull, a figure of sacrifice, service and strength.
    • 4th grade: St. John’s Eagles Patrol: John the Evangelist is symbolized by an eagle, which is believed to be able to look directly upon the shining sun without hesitation. In comparison, our Lord Jesus Christ has the ability to look directly upon the majestic glory of God the Father.
    • 5th grade: St. George’s Dragon Slayers Patrol: The dragon St. George slayed represents Satan and all evil forces in this world. Each man is called to “slay his dragons” or overcome the forces of evil in his life and in the lives of others.

Youth Leaders

  • The Senior Cadets section of the Troops of Saint George is “boy led,” which means that the onus of planning and facilitation should be placed on the Senior Cadet youth. The Junior Cadets (grades 1-5) will find their leaders in the adult Lieutenants.
  • The Sergeant, a boy elected by his peers, leads the Senior Cadets of the troop.
  • The Corporal is a boy elected by his peers who serves as the assistant to the troop’s Sergeant.
  • The Patrol Leader (Private 1st Class Rank) is elected for each patrol and leads that particular patrol.
  • The Assistant Patrol Leader (Private Rank) is elected for each patrol and assists his Patrol Leader.

Adult Leaders

  • Each troop is led by adult leaders: a Captain who is assisted by Lieutenants.
  • All adult leaders must be:
    • Catholic men in good standing of high moral caliber
    • Fathers, grandfathers or male legal guardians of boys currently registered in the troop.
    • Recommended by a Catholic priest in good standing.
    • Vetted and appointed by the Troop Committee.

Captain

  • Chief executive leader of the troop
  • Responsible for insuring that ALL adult officers have received and are current with the local diocesan safe-conduct course certification/background check, as well as submitting his own with each year’s charter.
  • Appointed by the Troop Committee for a 1-year term beginning Sept 1 and expiring on August 31. No term limits.
  • Chief liaison between the Troop, the priest/chaplain and the TSG National team.
  • Leader of the adult officers and Chief mentor in virtue to the boys.

Chaplain

  • Catholic priest in good standing with the local diocese.
  • Provides Holy Mass, Confession, and Spiritual Direction to the Troop.
  • May provide the local parish as a place for Troop meetings.

1st Lieutenant

  • The 1st Lieutenant is an adult male leader or “officer” that assists the troop’s Captain.
  • The 1st Lieutenant is appointed by the Captain with the troop committee’s approval.
  • The 1st Lieutenant is second in command and can be delegated by the Captain to act in his stead.
  • 1 year term beginning Sept 1 and expiring on August 31. No term limits.

2nd (Patrol) Lieutenants

  • The 2nd Lieutenants are adult male leaders or “officers” that assist the troop’s Captain and 1st Lieutenant.
  • The 2nd Lieutenants are appointed by the Captain and 1st Lieutenant with the troop committee’s approval.
  • A 2nd Lieutenant Leads each of the Junior Patrols (St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, St. John, and St. George), as well as the Senior Patrols and ideally should be the father or legal guardian of a boy in his patrol.
  • Ideally, there should be a 2nd Lieutenant for every 7 boys in the troop.
  • 1 year term beginning Sept 1 and expiring on August 31. No term limits.

2nd Lieutenant Coordinator Positions

  • The 2nd Lieutenants Coordinators are adult male leaders or “officers” that assist the troop’s Captain, 1st Lieutenant and 2nd (Patrol) Lieutenants.
  • The 2nd Lieutenants are appointed by the Captain and 1st Lieutenant with the troop committee’s approval.
  • Each troop will have two 2nd Lieutenant Coordinator leadership positions in the Religious and Campout /Activities Coordinators.
  • The Religious Coordinator is a mandatory adult leadership position. This adult leader is responsible for the coordination of all religious activities during a TSG troop event (i.e. confirming the celebrant and all necessary items to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on a campout, leads the rosary, etc.)
  • The Campout / Activities Coordinator is the secondary mandatory adult leadership position. This position works with the adult and youth troop and patrol leadership to set the campout / activity agenda and schedule. This role also coordinates the meals, purchasing of food and supplies and keeps leadership informed on the budgetary expense for the campouts and activities. Lastly, while on a campout or during an activity, this role coordinates a sharing of duties system.
  • 2nd (Patrol) Lieutenants may serve in one of these troop coordinator capacities as well as lead a Junior or Senior Patrol if needed. However, if your troop is large enough, it is recommended to divide and conquer the roles with other adult troop members.
  • Co-Coordinators are recommended as your troop size increases.
  • 1 year term beginning Sept 1 and expiring on August 31. No term limits.

Adult Support Roles

  • These non-leadership positions support the mission of the adult and youth troop members and will sign up through the Troop’s Captain and 1st Lieutenant as the need for the role is requested.
  • Examples of non-leadership adult led support roles include: Troop Treasurer, Web /
    Communications Chair, and Recruitment / Registration Chair. Your troop may create other support roles as the need arises.

    • Troop Treasurer: Beyond keeping track of dues and activities / camping fees, this support role will process expenses as applicable, as well as keep track of bank transactions in preparation for filing the troop’s taxes each year.
    • Web / Communications Chair: Beyond basic web development, whether on the troop’s National TSG website page or on the troop’s personalized website or other social media, this support role will make sure the website content is current and communicate upcoming activities to the troop and interested parties. Mail Chimp is an example of a mass emailing tool that is free up to a certain volume of profiles built, and allows for personalized templates and emailing lists.
    • Recruitment / Registration Chair: This support role will work with the local parish, homeschool forums / networks, Catholic schools and Catholic Radio / Television to share marketing materials and announcements of local troop activities and community involvement with the goal of recruiting more men and boys to the local troop. As new members and boys join the troop, this support role will also keep a tracking mechanism for an accurate troop census and efficient reporting to the troop Captain, to which will report census updates each chartering season and as they occur to the National TSG HQ.
  • 2nd (Patrol or Coordinator) Lieutenants may serve in one of these troop support capacities as well as lead a Junior or Senior Patrol or Coordinator position if needed. However, if your troop is large enough, it is recommended to divide and conquer the roles with other adult troop members.
  • Co-chairs are recommended as your troop size increases.
  • Terms can be determined by individual troops.

Troop Committee & Troop Appointments

  • The Troop Committee consists of the Chaplain (only perpetual member), Captain, Lieutenants, and at least 3, but no more than 7, fathers, grandfathers or male guardians of boys currently registered in the troop (all male and all strong Catholics in good standing).
  • Troop committee members are invited by a majority vote of the existing members.
  • The Troop Committee appoints the Captain of the troop every May, no later than May 31st for installation September 1. If a Captain or Lieutenant is not re-appointed in May, he is no longer a member of the Committee as of August 31st.
  • The Troop Committee is responsible for vetting, insuring and filing documents locally that ALL Adult Officers are current with the local diocesan safe-conduct certification /background check, as well as reporting appointments to Headquarters no later than September 1st through the chartering process. During this same annual chartering process, the Captain’s diocesan safeconduct/ background check must be submitted to Headquarters.

Annual Charter Fees and Dues


TSG is a charitable organization that is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

In order to cover costs relating to support for captains, support for clergy, a website, logos,
trademarks, copyrighted material, curriculum, legal fees, advertising, accident insurance (U.S. only), patches and administration costs, TSG receives:

US $150 Originating Charter Fee / US $80 Annual Re-Charter Fee.
US $30 in annual dues from each registered member (Adult and Cadet).

Members who join Troop 1819 late in the year.

TSG allows for a reduction of dues for members joining a troop on or after April 1st of a chartering year. The annual dues are reduced to US $20 per registered member. Members who join after a troop is chartered, but prior to April 1st, will be required to pay their full dues of US $30. Please note: ALL members are still afforded all the same benefits, such as accident insurance, patches, and shields.

Main TSG Website – FAQ’s


Are the Troops of Saint George Catholic?

  • Yes. All of our boys and all of our adult leaders are Catholics in good standing with full fidelity to the Catholic magisterium, the Holy Father, and the local bishop.

Are you affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America or other scouting organizations?

  • No, we are not. The Troops of Saint George is a Catholic outdoors movement for fathers and sons. Our mission, goals, and standards are entirely different from other scouting organizations.

How old must my son be to join the Troops of Saint George?

  • Boys ages 6-18 can join a Troop of Saint George. Boys ages 6-10 are in the junior section of the local Troop. Young men ages 11-18 are in the senior section of the local Troop.

How often do you meet?

  • We are chiefly an outdoors movement and we don’t have meetings for meetings’ sake. Generally, the local Troops meets at least once or twice per month to plan that month’s campout.

What basic equipment is needed?

  • A boy will need a Rosary, tent, sleeping bag, mess kit, flashlight, and pocketknife.

How are the youth cadets divided within TSG?

  • The youth cadets are divided in the Junior and Senior cadets. The Junior cadets, grades 1 – 5, are divided into the St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, St. John and St. George patrols by grade. The senior cadets, grades 6 – 12, are divided into patrols of mixed ages and named after a Catholic blessed or saint.

What is required for the youth cadets to advance within the troop?

  • The youth cadets will complete a series of spiritual, patriotic and manly skill requirements by grade level to advance within the troop. The Senior Cadets can complete Achievement Courses to gain AC Stars and become eligible for the highest honor within TSG, the Tribunes of Saint George for our Supreme Pontiff.

Saint George Pray for Us!