Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 3 Goals Communicate, Educate and Inform This meeting Weekly Newsletter Web Site (www.troop19.org) Monthly Committee Meeting Troop 19 Family Handbook
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 4 Objective After this session you’ll have a better understanding… –Why make Scouts a priority –How to get the most from Scouting with Troop 19 –What’s expected of our Scouts –How Parents can help
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 5 Troop 19 BSA Mission Statement The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Troop 19 Vision Statement Troop 19 will prepare our youth members to become responsible, participating citizens and leaders who are guided by the Scout Oath and Law. We will accomplish this by providing a dynamic youth led program overseen by trained Scout Leaders.
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 6 Frequently Asked Questions Who am I entrusting my sons with? What are their qualifications? How will my son be welcomed and what should he expect at first? How is the troop organized and run? Who do I contact about…? How much are troop dues? What other fees can I expect to pay during the year? Why is a complete BSA uniform required and not just a shirt? What do I need to purchase for camping equipment? What level of participation is expected How does advancement work? How and what to volunteer for?
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 10 Aims and Methods Aims Build Character Foster Citizenship Develop Fitness Methods Ideals Patrols Outdoors Advancement Adult Association Personal Growth Leadership Development Uniform
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 11 The Building Blocks of Scouting Life Skills Leadership Citizenship Values Building youth with strong character who are physically fit and prepared to be good citizens.
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 12 What Troop 19’s Past and Present Scouts Say “Scouting gave me direction in life. It instilled a respect not only for nature and the outdoors, but also for others around me. It provided me with leadership skills and training that prepared me for the real world.” “Scouting is the reason I became who I am today. The leadership skills and life experience have set me on a level higher than that of my peers and it has been recognized in many areas of my life.” "Scouting has taught me to push myself beyond my mental and physical limits. In doing so it has brought me to a new level self confidence, better leadership qualities, and an overall preparedness for life." “Scouting taught me the meaning of friendship, trust and commitment.”
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 13 Youth Challenges Balancing competing interests Becoming independent Make your choices… …. But Scouting requires Commitment to Self, Patrol, Troop … and Parent / Son Collaboration …. But Scouting requires Commitment to Self, Patrol, Troop … and Parent / Son Collaboration
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 15 Troop 19 Expectations Do Your Best Be a Player and Participate! –Troop and Patrol Meetings –Outdoor Activities –Community Service Projects –Wreath Sales Team Work Set the Example Have Fun
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 16 Youth-Led Scouting Empowering youth to develop as leaders is the core of Scouting and Troop 19’s guiding principle
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 17 Youth-Led Program Leadership Positions of Responsibility Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) Meetings Annual Program Planning Retreat Trained Adults Mentoring Youth Leaders “Safe Haven” For Failure The Patrol System Fun and Adventure
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 18 The Patrol System “The patrol method is not a way to operate a Boy Scout troop, it is the only way. Unless the patrol method is in operation you don’t really have a Boy Scout Troop.” -Robert Baden-Powell
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 19 The Patrol System Types of Patrols Patrol Leadership Patrol Meetings and Activities The Patrol at Troop Meetings and Activities
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 21 Leadership Positions Procedure –Discusses Leadership Interest to SPL and SM –Completes Application Form from Troop Website –Decision by PLC
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 22 Leadership Positions Scouts Responsibilities “EARN THE BADGE” 70% Attendance at Meetings and Activities “You can’t lead if you are not there” Attend Troop Sponsored Training –Fall Weekend Troop Leader Training –Monthly PLC
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 23 Leadership Positions Advanced Training –SM Recommendation –Paid by Troop 19 National Youth Leadership Training Philmont National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 24 Advancement Process & Program Each rank requires Active Participation Community Service Demonstration of Scout Service Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class Outdoor Physical Fitness Citizenship Patrol and Trop Participation Personal Development Star, Life, Eagle Merit Badges Position of Responsibility Step 1 Scout Learns Step 2 Scout Tested Step 3 Advancement Review Step 4 Recognition
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 25 Learning & Testing Step 1: Scout Learns By Active Participation in troop & patrol meetings, outdoor programs Patrol Leaders, Youth Leaders and Assistant Scoutmasters teach skills for 1 st 3 Ranks Merit badges taught by merit badge counselors & outside experts Step 2: Scout is Tested Scout encouraged to sign-up on troop meeting night or camp-out to be tested on requirements Leader sees that Scout masters skill and records achievement Scout Handbook Sign-off by leader (not parent) Step 1 Scout Learns Step 2 Scout Tested Step 3 Advancement Review Step 4 Recognition Step 1 & 2: 1 Requirement at a Time, not a Final Test
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 26 Advancement Review Step 3: Advancement Review Scoutmaster Review –Review Scout’s progress with Advancement, Leadership, Participation, Spirit –Counsel –Plan –Look Forward within and outside of scouting Board of Review –Ensure Scout understands requirements his own words –Allows Scout to demonstrate his comfort with basic Scouting skills and concepts –Review Scout’s experiences – good and bad –Troop 19 runs all Boards of Review through Life Eagle review completed at District level Step 1 Scout Learns Step 2 Scout Tested Step 3 Advancement Review Step 4 Recognition
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 27 Recognition Step 4: Recognition Troop Meeting –New badge awarded as soon as possible after completing Board of Review Court of Honor –Recognition at next Court of Honor (3x year) Step 1 Scout Learns Step 2 Scout Tested Step 3 Advancement Review Step 4 Recognition
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 28 Timeline to Eagle Scout Age 1 st Class Star Life Eagle Suggested Min – 5 years Max 7 years
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 29 Participation Goal at least 50% participation in troop meetings and activities Scout decides his participation level based on his goals in Scouting and his other interests Advancement is only one of the eight methods of Scouting Youth Leaders (Scouts working on Star, Life and Eagle) must achieve participation goal to fulfill their leadership rank requirement – “You can’t lead if you are not there” 3 Required Activities in One Year –Wreath Sales –District Klondike Derby –Scout Sunday
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 30 Merit Badges 21 Required for Eagle Two Types Eagle Required (13) Elective (120+) How to Earn Merit Badges Scout Initiated Summer Camp Other Special Venues With a Buddy!
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 31 Merit Badge Process 1.Pick a Merit Badge to Work on 2.Identify MB Counselor Check MB counselor list with Mr. Anthony or Mr. Filteau 3.Obtain signed MB blue card from Mr. Anthony (before first meeting with MB counselor) 4.Buy the MB book or check it out from the Troop Library 5.Scout (not parent) contacts MB counselor to review requirements and establish approach to work on MB Only counselors registered with the BSA may approve merit badges
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 32 Community Service Star: 4 Hours Minimum Life: 6 Hours Minimum –Examples Religious Institutions Non-Profit Organizations (excluding BSA) Help with Eagle projects Eagle: Major Project Project Qualification Process –Eagle Project pre-approved by Scoutmaster and Troop Committee prior to Eagle Project Board Review –Cannot “Double Dip”
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 33 Scout Spirit Living the Scout Oath and Scout Law –Meetings –Outings –Supporting other Scouts –Outside of Scouting Helping others, Community Service Enthusiasm Participation Respect Attitude
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 34 Outings Troop Weekend Outings –Nantucket Biking, Acadia Sea Kayaking and Mountain Biking, Turkey Campout, Skiing and Snowboarding, Rock Climbing, Klondike Derby, Mountain Man, Canoeing and more! Summer Camp –Highlight of the year! Stellar program Great Camps – Hidden Valley and Camp Bell Unifies Scouts and Troop A year of Tuesday nights in one week! High Adventure Trips –Major trip every 2-3 years –Trips structured for all abilities –Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountain National Park, San Juan Wilderness of Colorado,
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 35 High Adventure
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 36 Equipment Troop Owned Patrol Equipment Patrols issued Patrol Boxes including camping equipment –Tents, dining tarps, cooking equipment All equipment must be returned fully cleaned or aired out to the quartermaster Key Recommended Personal Equipment Backpack Sleeping bag Foam sleeping pad or air mattress Plastic ground cloth Mess Kit Toilet Kit
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 37 Annual Wreath Sales The Only Fund Raising Event for Troop 19 –Supplements troop annual dues ($40) –Pay for troop hiking / camping equipment –Subsidize some camping fees –Pay for badges and awards –Cover BSA National registration and Boys Life Magazine –Support selected personal Scout equipment purchases –$$$ to individual Scout Accounts All scouts must participate –Scouts encouraged to sell minimum of 20 wreaths –On average, $500 generated per scout Key dates –Kickoff Day: Last Sunday afternoon in October Troop sells door-to-door in Nashua area Assembly Day: Wednesday before Thanksgiving Wreaths assembled with ribbons and pine cones Scout Accounts generated according to Troop sales, individual sales –Used for Scout Camp, major trips, Scouting goods Families must participate – lots of ways to help out!
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 39 Troop Meetings Be on Time Scout Handbook Uniform –100% Official BSA Field Uniform (Shirt, Pants, and Scout Belt) –Troop Hat (optional at meetings but required at certain events) Scout Spirit
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 40 Conduct & Discipline Scouts should strive to uphold principles in Scout Oath and Scout Law Chain of Command (Non-Safety Issues) –Patrol Leaders –Senior Patrol Leaders (SPL) –Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) –Assistant Scoutmaster (ASM) –Scoutmaster –Troop Committee Parental Involvement –Direct to own scout –Otherwise through Assistant Scoutmasters
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 43 Help Wanted Eagle Court of Honor Program Coordinator (about once per year) Assistant Quartermaster Assistant Advancement Chair Assistant Hospitality Chair Review Board for Scout Advancements during troop meetings (1 -2x month) Troop Chaplain (promote religious award program/Scout Sunday coordinator) Wreath Sales Subcommittees Permission Slip and Transportation Coordinator Treasurer Assistant Webmaster Publicity
Intel Confidential Troop 19 Nashua, NH 44 Finally Continued Parent Support –Of Your Scout –Of Our Program Get Involved –Troop Committee –Assistant Scoutmaster –Boards of Review –Teach a Merit Badge –Drive on an Outing –Help at an Event –Recruit More Scouts