Why join Troop 570?

1. Clear mission

The mission of Troop 570 is To Build Stronger LIVES:

2. Family focus

  • All parents are members of the Troop Committee (“Parent Committee”)
  • Troop 570 is “Parent Powered and Boy Led”
  • 15 Trained Assistant Scoutmasters deliver a high-quality program

3. Camping

  • Camping trip or other event 12 months per year
  • Many Point Scout Camp
  • Troop-designed and led High Adventure trips

Troop 570 backpacking

Quick facts

  • Chartered in 1969
  • Sponsored by Messiah United Methodist Church, Plymouth, MN
  • Scoutmaster Phil Zietlow, 1974-present
  • Lake Minnetonka District, Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Earned the annual National Camping Award every year since 1973 (over 500 cumulative nights camping, Silver Level)
  • Famous winter campers, originators of Wind Chill points and the present-day Zero Hero award
  • Earned the Quality Unit Award and its successor, Journey To Excellence, every year since 1975
  • Earned the Leave No Trace Award since its inception in 2003
  • Awarded the rank of Eagle Scout to over sixty boys in the troop’s over 45-year history

We meet Mondays from September to June at Messiah United Methodist Church, 17805 County Road 6 Plymouth, Minnesota 55447. [map] We camp most months during the program year. We go to Many Point Scout Camp every summer, and go on our own “high adventure” trips every other summer.

National Camping Award patch Zero Hero Award patch Leave No Trace patch

A “Camping Troop”

Troop 570 Scouts have the opportunity to experience all-weather camping in all seasons. In the process they learn life skills such as cooperation and responsibility, while enjoying the wonders and challenges of the outdoors.

In our age of video games, cell phones, text messaging, and social networking, the reasons for an outdoor program may be self-evident to parents.


Traditional Camping Trips

  • Fall: Box Campout for homeless awareness, with Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners
  • Winter: Rocket Campout, model rockets and family cookout
  • Spring: Taylors Falls Campout, rock climbing and canoeing

We also participate in Lake Minnetonka District Camporees.

Summer Camping

Every summer, we attend Many Point Scout Camp in beautiful northern Minnesota. On the odd-numbered years, we plan and experience our own “high adventure” trips, some for the second and third time. Past trips include:

  • Minnesota Rivers Canoeing (2015)
  • Wind River Range, Wyoming (2013)
  • Bicycle tour from Plymouth, MN to Wisconsin Dells, WI (2011)
  • Beartooth Mountains, Montana (2009)
  • Missouri Breaks canoe trip, Montana (2007)
  • Bicycling, canoeing, and horseback riding in northern Wisconsin (2005)
  • Boundary Waters Canoe Area
  • Superior Hiking Trail
  • Big Horn Mountains

Traditional Service Projects

  • Medina highway cleanup
  • IOCP Sleep-Out
  • Parker’s Lake Cemetery cleanup
  • Christmas caroling

Troop History

Phil ZietlowThe Boy Scouts’ rich history at Messiah Church began in 1969 when Tom Turnham and two other church members sought church sponsorship for Troop 570 of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Gail Bimber, a Messiah member at the time was the driving force behind the formation of Troop 570, according to Tom. Gail served as Scoutmaster from 1969 to 1971.

Eagle Scout Jim Turnham, Tom’s son who was attending college, stepped in and served as Scoutmaster 1971-1972. In 1973, Tom and his wife, Betty, recruited Phil Zietlow, who was serving with his wife, Sue, as Messiah’s Youth Director, to become Scoutmaster. It is a position Phil still holds today (officially since 1974), many years after his own two sons achieved Eagle Scout rank.

From its beginning, there was the sense that scouting was a great extension of the church’s work with youth. “We always had high hopes that Troop 570 would have longevity at Messiah,” comments Tom Turnham. It definitely has.