Backup Troop Faq

DISCLAIMER: This wikified version of the Troop FAQ has been significantly edited and revised. The "original" document is posted here: /file-attachments/Troop 760 - Scout Program & FAQ Rev 2-20-03.doc.doc.doc. (The "original" claims a revision date of Feb. 20, 2003, but the file properties say it was modified 08/28/2007.) Neither version of the FAQ represent official troop policy but are for informational purposes only. For official policy of the troop, please see the bylaws.


Boy Scout Troop 760

The Boy Scout Program Q & A Guide

WHAT ARE THE THREE AIMS OF THE BOY SCOUT PROGRAM?

  1. Build character.
  2. Foster good citizenship.
  3. Develop mental, moral and physical fitness.

WHO RUNS THE TROOP?
A Senior Patrol Leader elected by the Scouts.

WHO MAKES THE RULES?
Our program is governed by the B.S.A. Guide to Safe Scouting and by the ''Boy Scout Handbook''.

WHO SETS POLICY IN THE BSA?
There are three groups that actually make BSA policy at the national level. These groups are the various national-level committees, the National Executive Board, and in the case of Exploring and the Order of the
Arrow, the Council of Chiefs and the National Exploring Cabinet (the "youth boards"). There's another group, the National Council, that "ratifies" the actions of the Board.

WHO PLANS THE PROGRAM?
The Scouts determine what activities to do under the guidance of the Scoutmaster. The Troop Committee finalizes the troop calendar.

WHO MAY JOIN BOY SCOUT TROOP 760?
Membership is open to all boys who have completed the 5th grade, or who have earned the Arrow of Light Award, or are at least 11 years of age, but not yet 18 years old.

HOW OFTEN DO WE MEET?
We start with the principle: There should be some Boy Scout activity for every Scout (or nearly every Scout), every week, year around.
From September through May, meetings are held weekly on Monday night, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at the hall of our troop chartered organization, American Legion Post 313.
In the summer months of June through August, meetings are usually held at Lone Wolff Park, just West of Old Towne St. Peters. See the Troop Bylaws for exceptions to this schedule.

WHAT ARE THE PURPOSES OF TROOP MEETINGS?

  1. Bring the Troop together.
  2. Build strong patrols.
  3. Learn and practice skills.
  4. Promote patrol spirit through competition.
  5. Provide opportunities to practice leadership.
  6. Plan troop activities.
  7. Distribute information.

WHAT DOES A TROOP MEETING AGENDA LOOK LIKE?
The BSA Scoutmaster Handbook gives an outline for a Troop Meeting Plan that looks like this:

  1. Preopening
  2. Opening Ceremony
  3. Skills Instruction
  4. Patrol Meetings
  5. Interpatrol Activity
  6. Closing
  7. After the Meeting

WHO RUNS THE TROOP MEETINGS?
The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL). Assistant Scoutmasters may be called upon to coordinate the Scout skills instruction and inter-patrol activity portions of the Troop meeting. The younger the troop, the more adult guidance is necessary.

WHAT PERSONAL EQUIPMENT WILL THE NEW SCOUT NEED?
Boy Scout Handbook (the Troop gives each new member a book when they pay their dues).
Boy Scout uniform: A complete uniform is desirable, but not absolutely necessary. At minimum the boy should have: the Boy Scout shirt (with required uniform insignia), web belt or leather belt.

HOW MUCH ARE THE TROOP DUES?
$24.00 per year, payable at the time of re-charter for the entire charter year (January - December) or prorated at $2.00 per month for the balance of the charter year at the time of joining the Troop.

WHAT IS THE PATROL METHOD?
The Troop is comprised of patrols and is geared to working in these groups rather than as a whole troop. Each patrol will function as members in that group.

THE PATROL SYSTEM

The Patrol System is the one essential feature in which Scout training differs from that of all other organisations, and where the System is properly applied, it is absolutely bound to bring success. It cannot help itself!

The formation of the boys into Patrols of from six to eight and training them as separate units each under its own responsible leader is the key to a good Troop.

The Patrol is the unit of Scouting always, whether for work or for play, for discipline or for duty.

An invaluable step in character training is to put responsibility on to the individual. This is immediately gained in appointing a Patrol Leader to responsible command of his Patrol. It is up to him to take hold of and to develop the qualities of each boy in his Patrol. It sounds a big order, but in practice it works.

Then, through emulation and competition between Patrols, you produce a Patrol spirit which is eminently satisfactory, since it raises the tone among the boys and develops a higher standard of efficiency all round. Each boy in the Patrol realises that he is in himself a responsible unit and that the honour of his group depends in some degree on his own ability in playing the game.

- Baden-Powell, Aids to Scoutmastership

WHY DO WE USE THE PATROL METHOD?
Roland Philipps (author of "The Patrol System and Letters to a Patrol Leader" and a personal friend of Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouting) wrote, "It is necessary to point out at the start that the Patrol System is not one method in which Scouting for boys can be carried out, but that it is the only method." Unless the patrol method is in operation, you really don’t have a Troop.

How You Know it's NOT Working

Boy attendance is spotty or inconsistent. Troop and patrol meetings are irregularly held. Meetings sometimes consist of extended periods of games interspersed with something resembling a troop meeting. There's no corps of boys in charge, but perhaps a single Senior Patrol Leader backed up by the Scoutmaster. The Scoutmaster is frequently seen to issue instruction to the boys collectively, or is called on to discipline individuals who are out of line. Patrols are organized haphazardly, by age group, or without consideration to a mix of senior and junior Scouts. The older boys are inadequately prepared to train the younger boys. The older boys have not attended any district or council JLT training. The Scoutmaster has not attended adult leader training or Wood Badge.

- Creating the Patrol Method, White Stag Leadership Development Training, http://www.whitestag.org/patrol_method/index.html

IS THERE A "CHAIN OF COMMAND" IN BOY SCOUTS?
Proper use of the patrol method does imply something like a chain of command with the caveat that "command" may not be the best word, because a dictatorial leadership style is not what we are trying to achieve. In fact, a good Scoutmaster will prefer to ask questions, make suggestions, and let boys make their own decisions. As one person has said, "A better way to think of things is to talk about who serves whom." However, there is a sort of "chain of responsibility". A Patrol Leader serves and is responsible for his patrol and must be given the respect due a leader, the SPL serves and is responsible for the troop, etc.

Therefore, if a boy does not know where he is supposed to be, what he is supposed to be doing, or how he should do something, the first person he should ask is his Assistant Patrol Leader and/or Patrol Leader. If the Patrol Leader does not know what his patrol is supposed to be doing, he should ask the Senior Patrol Leader, etc. on up to the Scoutmaster. Boys should go directly to adults only as a last resort or when there is a personal issue that they do not want to discuss with a boy. This does not mean that open communication is discouraged, but boy leaders need to be given the opportunity to lead.

THE P.L. AS A LINK IN THE CHAIN
It is very easy to get into the habit of dealing direct with the Scouts instead of through the P.L.s, but very short-sighted. If you do not insist on the Scouts always mentioning their complaints or proposals to their P.L. in the first place, you will have missed a good opportunity of increasing the P.L.s' prestige in the eyes of the Scouts, and also, incidentally, of saving yourself a bit of work.
- Ian Graham-Orlebar, The Patrol System, 1958.

IS THERE A "CHAIN OF COMMAND" FOR ADULT LEADERS?
We expect any adult to intervene whenever there is a health, safety or morality issue. Sometimes a direct intervention is necessary. Otherwise, adults should observe a chain of command with, once again, the caveat that dictatorial leadership style is not the end goal.

The Scoutmaster should get things done by working through the Senior Patrol Leader who works through the Patrol Leaders. The Scoutmaster does not run meetings, the SPL does. The Scoutmaster Handbook says the "… Scoutmaster should work with him before and after troop meetings to mentor him, encourage him, and provide him with the tools to succeed." Other adults should interact more with the Scoutmaster than with the SPL or other boys, because we want to avoid the situation where boys are getting conflicting directions from different adults and as a result don't know what to do.

We also do not want the Assistant Scoutmasters to become part of the boy "chain of command". They are there primarily to advise and assist the Scoutmaster, to teach skills only when there is not a boy who can teach them, and to assist in other ways when requested by the boy leaders. However, it is expected that the younger boy patrol will require more attention from ASM's than the older boy patrol.

None of this is to say that a parent cannot interact directly with his/her own son, but parents and other adult leaders should observe some boundaries, allowing the boys and their patrols to operate in an independent and autonomous fashion as much as possible.

WHAT ARE THE TWO BASIC TYPES OF AWARDS THAT A BOY SCOUT MAY WORK ON IN THE ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM?
Rank and Merit Badges

WHAT ARE THE SUCCESSIVE RANK ADVANCEMENTS IN BOY SCOUTS?

  • Scout
  • Tenderfoot
  • Second Class
  • First Class
  • Star
  • Life
  • Eagle

IS THE “SCOUT” AWARD CONSIDERED A RANK?
Although the “Scout” award is worn in the place of a badge of rank, it represents the joining requirement and is NOT a rank.

WHO MAY PASS SCOUTS ON RANK ADVANCEMENT REQUIREMENTS?

  • Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
  • Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters
  • Senior Patrol Leader
  • Troop Committee Members
  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
  • Others designated by the Scoutmaster
  • Patrol Leader

CAN A PARENT PASS THEIR SON ON ADVANCEMENT?
If you are a parent who is authorized to sign because you have a position in our Troop, we encourage you to have your son ask a fellow Scout or another adult sign the rank requirements. It looks better on the boy’s record and it is good for the Scout to learn to communicate what he has learned to another member of the Troop. Ultimately, it is up to the Scoutmaster who can sign off. According to Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures, p. 24, "A Scout may be tested on rank requirements by his patrol leader, Scoutmaster, assistant Scoutmaster, a troop committee member, or a member of his troop. The Scoutmaster maintains a list of those qualified to give tests and to pass candidates. The Scout’s merit badge counselor teaches and tests on the requirements for merit badges."

WHEN CAN REQUIREMENTS FOR RANK ADVANCEMENT BE DONE?
Requirements can be completed at any time. Ranks are earned in successive order.

WHO REVIEWS A SCOUT FOR RANK ADVANCEMENT?
Troop Committee and the District Eagle Board of Review (for Eagle).

WHAT ARE THE THREE MAJOR PARTS OF EACH OF THE FIRST THREE RANKS BEYOND LEARNING “SCOUT” SKILLS?

  1. Active participation in the Troop and patrol.
  2. Establish a relationship with adults in the Troop.
  3. Learn “Scout Spirit” - a special life style.

WHAT ARE THE THREE ADDITIONAL MAJOR PARTS REQUIRED FOR STAR, LIFE AND EAGLE?

  1. Service to others.
  2. Leadership.
  3. Merit badges - exposure to many and varied opportunities.

WHO MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE MERIT BADGE PROGRAM?
All Scouts, including those who have just joined. A Scout may earn any merit badge at any time.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE MERIT BADGE PROGRAM?

  1. Provide opportunities to plan and carry out projects toward their own growth and development.
  2. Chances to learn about a wide variety of interesting subjects.
  3. Orientation to serve as a spring-board to further interest.
  4. Help in discovering a boy’s talents and abilities.
  5. Skills in subjects leading to capable, confident, participating citizenship.
  6. Involvement in activities of interest.

HOW MANY MERIT BADGES ARE REQUIRED FOR STAR, LIFE AND EAGLE RANKS?

  1. Star - Earn six merit badges, including four from the required list for Eagle*.
  2. Life - Earn five more merit badges (11 in all) including any three more from the required list for Eagle*.
  3. Eagle - Earn a total of twenty-one merit badges (10 more than are needed for Star and Life) including the following*: a. First Aid, b. Citizenship in the Community, c. Citizenship in the Nation, d. Citizenship in the World, e. Communications, f. Personal Fitness, g. Lifesaving OR Emergency Preparedness, h. Environmental Science, i. Personal Management, j. Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling, k. Camping, and l. Family Life.

WHO MAY TEST SCOUTS ON MERIT BADGE REQUIREMENTS?
Only qualified merit badge counselors who are approved by the Council.

HOW DO I FIND OUT WHO THE APPROVED MERIT BADGE COUNSELORS ARE?
Council publishes a merit badge counselor directory, a copy of which is maintained by the Troop Scoutmaster. The information is now also online.

IF A SCOUT IS INTERESTED IN WORKING ON A PARTICULAR MERIT BADGE, WHAT SHOULD HE DO?

  1. He should obtain a signed merit badge application from the Scoutmaster, Committee Chairman or Advancement Chairman. He should also obtain a copy of the merit badge pamphlet from the Troop library or the Scout shop.
  2. He should select or request a merit badge counselor from the merit badge counselor directory or the “Troop Merit Badge Counselor Listing.” The Scoutmaster has a copy of the merit badge counselor directory and can recommend a counselor.
  3. The Scout (not the parent) should contact the counselor and make an appointment to work on the badge. Parents may wish to speak with the counselor for directions to the counselor’s home. He will have as many visits with the counselor as is necessary to complete the merit badge.
  4. When the counselor is satisfied that the requirements have been met, the application is signed as completed by the counselor and is returned to the Scout.
  5. The Scout then turns in the completed application to the Scoutmaster, Committee Chairman or Advancement Chairman.
  6. The badge is recorded in the Troop records and is listed on the Council advancement report.
  7. The badge is ordered and presented at the very earliest opportunity.
  8. The completed application is filed in the Scout’s records. These are very important documents, as they will be needed when the Scout goes up for the rank of Eagle Scout. In the event of a transfer to another Troop or moving, please ask the Scoutmaster or Committee Chairman for your records.

CAN I DOWNLOAD THE MERIT BADGE BOOKS OFF THE INTERNET?
No. The merit badge books are not public domain material. However, you can find the merit badge requirements and worksheets on the internet. These are helpful but not designed to replace the books.

WHERE ELSE CAN I GET THE MERIT BADGE BOOKS?
The troop owns a few merit badge books. Boys should ask the troop librarian if copies are available. Also, the public library may have copies of some merit badge books. You can also ask around if anybody in the troop has books they are willing to share. However, whether the book is coming from the troop or the public library, these books are liable to be old and possibly out-dated. So, be sure to compare them to the latest requirements.

WHAT IS A MERIT BADGE SKILL CENTER?
A Merit Badge Skill Center provides an opportunity for scouts to complete significant portions of a merit badge in one day. Attendance at a merit badge skills center does not guarantee that you will pass the requirements for the merit badge. In accordance with the merit badge policy, a Scout must meet with a counselor to complete the merit badge requirements.

WHEN ARE MERIT BADGES PRESENTED TO THE SCOUT?
Merit badge cards and badges should be presented at the very earliest opportunity following the Scout's handing in his signed card.

HOW ARE MERIT BADGES DISPLAYED BY THE SCOUTS?
The most common method is on the merit badge sash.

WHEN IS THE MERIT BADGE SASH WORN?
The merit badge sash is worn at Courts of Honor, when meeting with a merit badge counselor, when going before a Board of Review, or any formal dress event.

HOW DO I BECOME A MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR?
Complete an application and pay a fee of $10.00. (If you are a registered Scouter, there is no additional fee).

WHERE DO I OBTAIN A MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR APPLICATION?
The Troop Committee Chairman, the Advancement Chairman, or the Scoutmaster.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE SCOUTMASTER CONFERENCE?
To help a Scout accept the responsibility for his growth in Scouting and to establish a relationship between the boy and the adult leaders that will make it possible.

WHEN ARE SCOUTMASTER CONFERENCES REQUIRED?
For each rank.

HOW IS A SCOUTMASTER CONFERENCE SCHEDULED?
When the Scout has completed all the requirements for the next rank, he should contact the Scoutmaster and schedule the Scoutmaster conference. The Scoutmaster may have several informal conferences with the Scout as he progresses through the ranks. The formal Scoutmaster conference is required for each rank advancement.

WHAT ARE THE FOUR STEPS IN BOY SCOUT ADVANCEMENT THAT APPLY TO ALL SIX RANKS?

  1. A Scout first LEARNS;
  2. Then he is TESTED;
  3. He is REVIEWED;
  4. And finally, he is RECOGNIZED.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE BOARD OF REVIEW?
The Board of Review fills the third step in Boy Scout advancement.

WHAT ARE THE THREE OBJECTIVES OF A BOARD OF REVIEW?

  1. Make sure the work has been learned and completed.
  2. To check to see what kind of experience the Scout is having in his patrol and Troop.
  3. To encourage the Scout to advance to the next rank.

WHO ELSE CAN BENEFIT FROM A BOARD OF REVIEW?
A Scout that is NOT advancing could be contacted by the Board to uncover potential problems, whether personal or program. Scouts holding leadership positions may be called for a Board of Review to check on progress.

WHY IS A BOARD OF REVIEW IMPORTANT?

  1. Periodic review of Scouts.
  2. Evaluate the effectiveness of the Scouting program in the unit.
  3. Introspection - Scouts opening up to what they have or haven’t done.
  4. Measure the effectiveness of adult leadership.

WHO CONDUCTS THE BOARD OF REVIEW?
Boards of Review are the last requirement for advancement for the ranks of Tenderfoot through Eagle. BORs are conducted by the Troop Committee.

WHEN ARE THE BOARDS OF REVIEW CONDUCTED?
Once a month at the PLC meeting held on the third Monday each month. A special Board of Review may be requested if necessary in the weeks before the Court of Honor.

WHO SETS UP THE BOARD OF REVIEW?
The Scout must call the Advancement Chairman to tell him/her he is ready for a Board of Review. The Advancement Chairman will make the necessary arrangements for the Scout to have his review.

SHOULD THE SCOUT BE IN UNIFORM FOR THE BOARD OF REVIEW?
Yes. The Scout should have as complete a uniform as he owns. For the review, the boy must have at least the Official Boy Scout Shirt, merit badge sash, and web belt.

SHOULD THE SCOUT BRING HIS SCOUT HANDBOOK TO THE BOARD OF REVIEW?
Yes. The review board will need to look at the items completed for that rank. All items listed for the rank must be signed prior to the Scout’s Review. It would be wise to check with the Advancement Chairman to make sure all items are signed off before the Scout asks for a Scoutmaster Conference.
Note: Even though the Troop keeps its own advancement records, the Scout’s handbook is his official record of advancement. It is up to each Scout to be sure that his book is signed and current.

WHEN DOES THE SCOUT RECEIVE HIS BADGE OF RANK?
All ranks should be presented to the Scout at the very soonest opportunity following his successful board of review. If at all possible, this would be at the very next troop meeting.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE COURT OF HONOR?
The purpose of the Court of Honor is NOT to award badges and ranks for the first time. The purpose of the Court of Honor is to publicly recognize ALL advancements since the last CoH.

WHO ATTENDS THE COURTS OF HONOR?
The Scouts, adult leaders, and all family members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

WHO DOES THE REVIEW FOR EAGLE RANK?
The Troop Committee reviews the Eagle candidate for completion of requirements and paperwork.

WHO SHOULD THE SCOUT CONTACT WHEN ASKING FOR AN EAGLE REVIEW?
The Committee Chairman.

SHOULD THE SCOUT BE IN FULL UNIFORM?
Yes. Now the boy should be in complete uniform. That means Official Boy Scout shirt, Neckerchief, Web Belt, Merit Badge Sash, Pants or Shorts (if Scout shorts are worn, then Scout socks should also be worn), neat shoes (when the boy reaches Eagle, it is preferable the shoes be brown leather).

WILL A SCOUT GOING FOR EAGLE RANK REQUIRE ANY ADDITIONAL REVIEWS?
Yes. When a Scout is ready for Eagle Review he will also need to meet with the District Eagle Board of Review. The Troop Committee will only review all of his paperwork and then the Scout must make the necessary appointment with the District Eagle Review Chairman. The Boone Trails District’s Eagle Board of Review must review and approve all Eagle projects, applications, and applicants. The Greater St. Louis Area Council and National Council must also approve the candidate’s application.

WHAT IS THE TROOP COMMITTEE?
The governing body of the organization.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE TROOP COMMITTEE?

  1. Assist and support the Troop program planning.
  2. Assist and support the Troop membership.
  3. Assist and support the Troop outdoors program.
  4. Assist and support the Troop advancement.
  5. Plan, assist and support troop fund raising activities.
  6. Provide Troop Secretary and Troop Treasurer.
  7. Provide necessary Troop transportation.

WHO MAKES UP THE TROOP COMMITTEE?
See Adult Troop Jobs.

WHO GETS TO VOTE IN TROOP COMMITTEE?
The BSA Troop Committee Guidebook says, "The Scoutmaster (or assistant Scoutmaster) is not a member of the troop committee, and has no vote." Our troop has not followed this guideline in the past.

WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE TROOP COMMITTEE?
The Troop Committee Chairman.

WHAT DO THE ADULT LEADERS DO?

  1. Train and guide boy leaders.
  2. Work with other responsible adults to give Scouting to boys.
  3. Help boys grow by encouraging them to learn for themselves.
  4. Use the methods of Scouting to achieve the aims of Scouting.
  5. Meet regularly with the Patrol Leaders Council for training and coordination and planning of troop activities.
  6. Build a sound program by using proven methods presented in Scouting literature and training programs.
  7. Conduct all activities under qualified leadership, safe conditions, and the policies of the charted organization of the Boy Scouts of America.

HOW OFTEN DOES THE COMMITTEE MEET?
Once a month on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

WHAT IS THE PLC?
The Patrol Leaders Council. According to the BSA Scoutmaster Handbook, "The patrol leaders' council (PLC) plans and runs the troop's program and activities and gives long-range direction with an annual program planning conference that lays out the troop's calendar for the coming year. Composed of the youth leaders listed above, the patrol leaders' council also meets each month to fine-tune upcoming troop meetings and outings. They might also get together briefly after each troop meeting to review the plans for the next troop meeting and make any adjustments to ensure its success."

WHO MAKES UP THE PLC?

  1. Senior Patrol Leader
  2. Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
  3. Patrol Leaders
  4. Troop Scribe
  5. Quartermaster
  6. Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
  7. Troop Guide

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE PLC?
The PLC is charged with the responsibility of deciding what the Troop wants to do, planning it, and carrying it out.

WHAT ARE THE ELECTED BOY LEADERSHIP POSITIONS WITHIN THE TROOP?

  • Senior Patrol Leader
  • Patrol Leaders

ARE THERE ANY MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR THESE POSITIONS?
Yes

  • Senior Patrol Leader: 1st Class Scout or above - 13 years old - 12 months in the Troop - attended 1 long-term camp.
  • Patrol Leader: 2nd Class Scout or above - 6 months in the Troop - attended 1 long-term camp.

In unique circumstances, the Scoutmaster may waive the above requirements.

HOW IS THE SENIOR PATROL LEADER ELECTED?
By vote of the Troop.

HOW ARE PATROL LEADERS ELECTED?
By vote of the patrol members.

HOW OFTEN ARE ELECTIONS HELD?
Semi-annually in February and August.

WHAT ARE THE APPOINTED BOY LEADERSHIP POSITIONS WITHIN THE TROOP?
Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader with approval by the Scoutmaster:

  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
  • Quartermaster
  • Troop Historian
  • Troop Chaplain’s Aide
  • Troop Guide
  • Scribe
  • Troop Librarian
  • O.A. Troop Representative

Appointed by Patrol Leader with approval by the Scoutmaster:

  • Assistant Patrol Leaders

ARE THERE ANY LEADERSHIP POSITIONS THAT ARE EARNED?
None.

WHAT IS A DEN CHIEF?
A Den Chief is an important link in the bridge between Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting. A Den Chief works with the Cub Pack and the Den he is assigned to.

WHO APPOINTS THE DEN CHIEF?
The Scoutmaster.

ARE THERE ANY REQUIREMENTS TO BE A DEN CHIEF?
Yes.
The boy must have 1 year experience within the Troop.
The boy must be at least 1st Class rank.
The boy must be 12 years of age or older.

WHO PREPARES THE MENUS FOR TROOP CAMP OUTS?
The Scouts, with the approval of an adult leader, by patrol. Each patrol selects and plans their own menus, and purchases the food.

WHO DOES THE FOOD SHOPPING FOR CAMP OUTS?
The appointed “grubmaster(s)” with the help of an adult, by patrol. Each patrol purchases their own food.

HOW IS THE FOOD PAID FOR?
Based on the menu, the grubmaster for the event will purchase the food for the outing. Scouts attending the outing will divide the costs evenly and reimburse the purchaser for the food purchased for the event. We do have a tax-exempt number on file with most local grocery stores. Once the food has been purchased, Scouts and Scouters who cancel are still responsible for paying their share.

WHO DOES THE COOKING, CLEANUP, ETC. ON THE TROOP CAMP OUTS?
The Scouts, by patrol. The adult Scouters function as their own patrol at most outings, purchasing and preparing their own meals and cleaning up their own dishes.

WHAT PERSONAL EQUIPMENT WILL A NEW SCOUT NEED FOR OUTINGS?
The troop has tents and cooking equipment for all boys. Minimum equipment needed include a sleeping bag (or equivalent), personal mess kit, vital kit (knife, fork, spoon), camp mug, canteen or squeeze bottle and flashlight. Some type of duffle bag or backpack is also necessary (plastic garbage bags should not be used to carry clothes). Other desirable items include a closed cell or self-inflating mattress (no cots allowed in Scout tents), a folding camp stool (lawn chairs are not allowed for Scouts), poncho, and sturdy hiking shoes or boots.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST SINGLE EVENT OF THE YEAR IN BOY SCOUTING?
Summer Camp.

WHEN DO WE GO TO SUMMER CAMP?
Usually in June or July, based on a lottery held by the Council in October.

WHERE IS SUMMER CAMP?
Summer Camp is held at Greater St. Louis Area Council Camps. The Troop may occasionally elect to go out of Council.

HOW MUCH DOES SUMMER CAMP COST?
The summer camp fees are determined by the Greater St. Louis Area Council. Out-of-Council summer camp fees may be higher and earlier registration savings program are set by the out-of-council camp.

WHAT IS THE ORDER OF THE ARROW?
A national brotherhood of Scout honor campers.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE ORDER?
To recognize those boys and adults who best exemplify the Scout oath and law and principles of Scout camping. It is a brotherhood of cheerful service.

HOW DO SCOUTS BECOME A MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF THE ARROW?
Scouts are elected by fellow Scouts in their own troops after they have met certain entry qualifications that are established by the Order of the Arrow.

WHEN ARE THE ELECTIONS HELD?
Once a year at summer camp, or in May if summer camp will be held at an “out-of-council” camp.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF AN O/A MEMBER?
The Arrowman is expected to give richer service to his troop as a result of the honor bestowed on him by his fellow Scouts.

ARE THERE ANY ADULTS IN THE ORDER OF THE ARROW?
Yes.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF ADULTS IN THE ORDER?
To serve as advisors only!

HOW DO ADULT LEADERS BECOME O/A MEMBERS?
Scouters may elect an adult from their group who meets the requirements to membership during any given calendar year.

What Is Troop Leadership Training (TLT)?
TLT is the leadership training given primarily by the Scoutmaster and the senior patrol leader to all the youth leaders in their troop. The course has three one-hour modules that can be presented as individual one-hour sessions or as a combined three-hour block. It is up to the Scoutmaster whether or not to use TLT.

What is the traditional method of Scout training?
"The Scout training attracts boys of all classes, high and low, rich and poor, and even catches the physically defective, deaf mutes, and blind. It inspires the desire to learn. The principle on which Scouting works is that the boy’s ideas are studied, and he is encouraged to educate himself instead of being instructed…. Here, then, lies the most important object in the Boy Scout training-to educate; not to instruct, mind you, but to educate, that is, to draw out the boy to learn for himself, of his own desire, the things that tend to build up character in him…. 'Why worry about individual training?' they ask. Because it is the only way by which you can educate. You can instruct any number of boys, a thousand at a time if you have a loud voice and attractive methods of disciplinary means. But that is not training-it is not education."
- Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell, Aids to Scoutmastership

What Is National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)?
The NYLT course simulates a month in the life of a troop. It is a six-day course, usually held at a council camp or other outdoor setting. It reinforces and expands upon Be-Know-Do leadership. Scouts learn a number of leadership skills and concepts summarized on the memory tips card. The youth learn about the stages of team development and how to match the most appropriate leadership style with the developmental stage of the individual or team. The course has many challenges for the youths, including its culmination where they undergo a quest for the meaning of leadership, which they then present to the entire NYLT troop.

WHAT IS THE COST TO THE BOY FOR NYLT?
It is the feeling of the Troop Committee that since we are recommending the Scout for NYLT training we should help with the costs. The troop will pay $50 for each Scout attending.

WHAT MAKES A TRAINED ADULT LEADER?
Youth Protection and Fast Start are required for all volunteers. An adult leader is considered trained when they have completed the following classes for their registered position.

Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters
1. New Leader Essentials
2. Position Specific Training
3. Outdoor Leadership Skills

Committee Chairman and Committee Members
1. New Leader Essentials
2. Position Specific Training

Merit Badge Counselors
Orientation either by review of A Guide to Merit Badge Counseling (No. 34532A), or a similar training program by the Troop or District Advancement Committee. See also our Troop level training.

WHAT IS WOOD BADGE?
Wood Badge is a Scouting leadership program and the related award for adult leaders in the programs of Scout associations around the world. Wood Badge courses aim to make Scouters better leaders by teaching advanced leadership skills, and by creating a bond and commitment to the Scout movement. Courses generally have a combined classroom and practical outdoors-based phase followed by a Wood Badge ticket, also known as the project phase. By "working the ticket", participants put their newly gained experience into practice to attain ticket goals aiding the Scouting movement. The first Wood Badge training was organized by Francis "Skipper" Gidney and lectured at by Robert Baden-Powell and others at Gilwell Park (United Kingdom) in September 1919. Wood Badge training has since spread across the world with international variations.

On completion of the course, participants are awarded the Wood Badge beads to recognize significant achievement in leadership and direct service to young people. The pair of small wooden beads, one on each end of a leather thong (string), is worn around the neck as part of the Scout uniform. The beads are presented together with a taupe neckerchief bearing a tartan patch of the Maclaren clan, honoring William De Bois Maclaren, who donated the funding to purchase Gilwell Park in 1919. The neckerchief with the braided leather woggle (neckerchief slide) denotes the membership of the 1st Gilwell Scout Group or Gilwell Troop 1. Recipients of the Wood Badge are known as Wood Badgers or Gilwellians.

WHAT IS THE COST OF WOOD BADGE?
It is the feeling of the Troop Committee that the troop should help with the costs of Wood Badge (as with NYLT). Therefore, the troop will pay $50 for each leader upon receiving their wood badge beads.

WHAT IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS THE NEW SCOUT CAN FACE?
The 11 year old is suddenly thrust into a new society of boys and young men, some of them much older and more capable than he is. For shy youngsters it can be a traumatic experience, a sink or swim situation. Goals and rank advancement may seem to be unattainable to the new Scout.

WHAT IS OUR IMMEDIATE GOAL TO COMBAT THIS POTENTIAL PROBLEM?
We want to get the new boys to feel comfortable in the troop right away.

HOW DO WE ATTEMPT TO ACCOMPLISH THIS GOAL?
The Troop Guide idea is a vehicle we are using to try and accomplish this goal.

WHAT DOES THE TROOP GUIDE DO?

  1. Be a friend to the new Scouts and make them feel welcome.
  2. Attempt to answer any questions the new Scouts may have, (if they can’t answer the question, they will try to get an answer for them).
  3. Give new Scouts instruction in requirements.
  4. Make sure the new Scout gets his Scout badge right away.
  5. Make sure new Scouts are advancing toward First Class within the first year.

WHO NORMALLY SERVES AS TROOP GUIDE?
Usually a boy who has been in the Troop for at least a year and is First Class or higher. Usually nominated by the Senior Patrol Leader, and approved by the Scoutmaster.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE STANDARD WRITTEN VEHICLES OF COMMUNICATION USED IN THE TROOP?

  • Monthly schedules of Troop activities.
  • “Duffle Bag” — the Monthly newsletter available from Council on a subscription basis for adults. Cost is $5.00. Council provides a copy to the Scoutmaster and Committee Chairman for the Troop, others must be purchased.
  • Boy’s Life magazine for Scouts.
  • Scouting magazine for registered adults.

WHEN ARE THE MONTHLY SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES DISTRIBUTED?
Generally, the last meeting or activity of the previous month.

WHAT IS A TROOP “FAMILY STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT”?
The Committee Chairman and the Troop Treasurer maintains a running balance of charges and payments by each family. You may ask to see your balance at any time.

CAN I MAKE OUT A CHECK FOR PAYMENT?
Yes. Make your check payable to: Troop 760.

WHAT IS A “FAMILY CREDIT STATEMENT”?
From time-to-time the boys will do a project (or fund raiser) for which they will receive money or payment for their services (for example; wreath sales, candy sales, popcorn sales, etc.). The Troop retains some of the funds for expenses and tries to give a portion of the money back to the boy(s) who worked the event. The “credit” amount is shown on the Scouts “Family Credit Statement”.

CAN THE “FAMILY CREDIT” MONEY BE USED?
Yes. The Scout or his family may request the balance for items such as payment of camping fees or Scout related equipment. The Scout may not ask for the money just for spending at camp for food etc. If a Scout should leave the Troop and have a balance in the “credit” statement, the balance will revert back to the Troop. If the Scout transfers to another Troop, the balance will transfer with him. It is the Troop’s hope that the Scout will save the money for use for camping purposes.

IF AWARDS PRESENTED TO THE BOY OR PARENTS ARE LOST, CAN THEY BE REPLACED?
Yes. However, the Scout or his family will pay the replacement cost.

HOW ARE REPLACEMENTS OBTAINED?
Give a note to the Scoutmaster or Committee Chairman or Advancement Chairman indicating what replacement item you need. The next trip to the St. Louis Scout Shop, the item will be purchased if possible.

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP THE TROOP?

  1. Reinforce Scout spirit in your home.
  2. Help your son complete required activities for merit badges, and rank advancement.
  3. Attend Committee Meetings.
  4. Volunteer to assist with transportation to/from activities.
  5. Assist with food shopping.
  6. Volunteer to help with food preparation at Court of Honor.
  7. Become a merit badge counselor.
  8. Participate in Troop activities, events, etc.
  9. Register as a Committee Member or an Adult Leader.

AS A PARENT, HOW CAN I BE BETTER INFORMED?
The best form of communication is participation.
You can insure better communication by taking the initiative to ASK — Contact an Adult Leader or Committee Member whenever you have a question.

BETTER YET … FIND OUT FIRST HAND — GET INVOLVED!

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