Dues are paid each week that there is a Troop meeting, whether you attend or
not. Dues are used to pay for the next year's registration, Boy's Life, insurance and awards.
We will try to only have one per year. This will be used for camping costs, trips and equipment.
It is important that you attend as many meetings as possible because you are part of a
patrol that depends on you. It is important for your individual progress and the troop's progress.
be worn at all troop meetings and activities. Uniforms are expensive so you should get the most out of it that you can. It
shows you belong to a group. Active scouts are proud of their worn and patched uniforms, they show how active you are. The
boys in the troop will decide what type hat the troop will use.
the most important and fun part of the program. We will make every effort to camp once each month. These camping trips will
include a week in summer camp, Camp-o-rees, overnight hikes and canoe trips, winter camping at Forestburg Scout Reservation
in NY, and just for fun overnights. In almost all cases they will be 2 night campouts. The troop will camp as patrols that
will decide there own menu, purchase their own food and cook their own food. Camperships are available for summer camp if
you need one.
We will hike by troop or patrols 3-4 times per year. The
hikes will be from 5 - 15 miles long and we will take at least 1 Historic Trail hike each year.
The troop will be formed into patrols of up to 8 boys. The patrol will choose their own patrol leader. They
will meet, camp, cook and perform as a patrol at all times. The patrol leader will collect dues, check advancement and report
to the Senior Patrol Leader.
The adult troop leaders will merely guide
and supervise the boys, the patrol leaders and senior patrol leader will actually lead the boys. Some of the leadership positions
are: Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, Scribe and Den Chief. It is necessary to have held a leadership position
to achieve the higher ranks, so all boys will be given the opportunity. There will always be 2 adult leaders present for the
protection of the boys and the leaders.
ADVANCEMENT AND AWARDS
Each boy will advance
at his own rate. Awards will be presented as soon as possible after they have been earned. We will periodically have a Court
of Honor (usually every 3 months) to recognize the boys' awards in front of their families. One week prior to the court of
honor there will be a board of review to check each boys' progress. The Boy Scout ranks are: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class,
First Class, Star, Life and Eagle. Star, Life and Eagle require both leadership skills and a service project. EAGLE SCOUT
This is more than just a rank, it is proof of your ability to plan, organize and execute a project. It demonstrates your ability
to set goals and achieve them. Many employers give preference to Eagle Scouts. Once you are an Eagle you will always be an
Eagle. Only 1% of the boys who join, achieve Eagle.
is necessary for our troop to be a success. There will be NO fighting, swearing, rowdy behavior. There will be NO use of alcohol,
tobacco or controlled substances. Hazing is not allowed under the rules of the BSA so there will be none. Any boy who engages
in any of this behavior will be told to stop, if he continues he will be asked to leave the meeting and his parents will be
notified. If this behavior persists he will be told that he is violating his Scout Oath and Law and is no longer a Boy Scout.
For their own protection, boys will use the Buddy Plan when we are in the outdoors.
There are many ways that parents can participate. Talent survey sheets will be distributed for parents
to list their hobbies, profession and interests on. If you would like to teach a merit badge in an area of your interests
or skills we would appreciate your help. Unlike the Cub Scouts, we don't need a parent for each boy when we go camping and
hiking but if they would like to come along they are certainly welcome and we will put them to work. Except for a very few
special events, younger siblings will not accompany us on outdoor activities. We will also need drivers for many events and
if everyone volunteers once in a while no one person will have to volunteer all the time.
will have a long term calendar with plans up to a year in advance. Notice of events will be sent home with the boys at least
1 month prior to the event and they will be given weekly reminders at troop meetings. Permission slips will be handed out
1 week in advance with all the pertinent information that the parents need to know. In the event a meeting or event has to
be canceled we will notify you as soon as we know.
THE USE OF CELL PHONES AT THE MEETINGS OR ON TRIPS IS ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED!!! IF A SCOUT
NEEDS TO CONTACT HOME, THEY MAY USE ONE OF THE LEADER'S CELL PHONES! CELL PHONE NUMBERS OF THE ADULT LEADERS WILL BE GIVEN
TO PARENTS IN CASE OF EMERGENCIES!!!