3Goals Communicate, Educate and Inform This meeting Weekly Newsletter Web Site (www.troop19.org)Monthly Committee MeetingTroop 19 Family Handbook
4Objective After this session you’ll have a better understanding… Why make Scouts a priorityHow to get the most from Scouting with Troop 19What’s expected of our ScoutsHow Parents can help
5Troop 19 BSA Mission Statement Troop 19 Vision 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 StatementTroop 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.
6Frequently 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 expectedHow does advancement work?How and what to volunteer for?
10Aims and Methods Aims Methods Build Character Foster Citizenship Develop FitnessMethodsIdealsPatrolsOutdoorsAdvancementAdult AssociationPersonal GrowthLeadership DevelopmentUniform
11The Building Blocks of Scouting Life SkillsLeadershipCitizenshipValuesBuilding youth with strong character who are physically fit and prepared to be good citizens.
12What 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.”
13Youth Challenges Balancing competing interests Becoming independent Make your choices……. But Scouting requires Commitment toSelf, Patrol, Troop… and Parent / Son Collaboration
15Troop 19 Expectations Do Your Best Be a Player and Participate! Troop and Patrol MeetingsOutdoor ActivitiesCommunity Service ProjectsWreath SalesTeam WorkSet the ExampleHave Fun
16Youth-Led ScoutingEmpowering youth to develop as leaders is the core of Scouting and Troop 19’s guiding principle
17Youth-Led Program Leadership Positions of Responsibility Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) MeetingsAnnual Program Planning RetreatTrained Adults Mentoring Youth Leaders“Safe Haven” For FailureThe Patrol SystemFun and Adventure
18The 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
19The Patrol System Types of Patrols Patrol Leadership Patrol Meetings and ActivitiesThe Patrol at Troop Meetings and Activities
21Leadership Positions Procedure Discusses Leadership Interest to SPL and SMCompletes Application Form from Troop WebsiteDecision by PLC
22Leadership Positions Scouts Responsibilities “EARN THE BADGE” 70% Attendance at Meetings and Activities“You can’t lead if you are not there”Attend Troop Sponsored TrainingFall Weekend Troop Leader TrainingMonthly PLC
23Leadership Positions Advanced Training SM Recommendation Paid by Troop 19National Youth Leadership TrainingPhilmont National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience
24Advancement Process & Program Step 1Scout LearnsStep 2Scout TestedStep 3Advancement ReviewStep 4RecognitionEach rank requiresActive ParticipationCommunity ServiceDemonstration of Scout ServiceTenderfoot, Second Class, First ClassOutdoorPhysical FitnessCitizenshipPatrol and Trop ParticipationPersonal DevelopmentStar, Life, EagleMerit BadgesPosition of Responsibility
25Step 1 & 2: 1 Requirement at a Time, not a Final Test Learning & TestingStep 1Scout LearnsStep 2Scout TestedStep 3Advancement ReviewStep 4RecognitionStep 1: Scout LearnsBy Active Participation in troop & patrol meetings, outdoor programsPatrol Leaders, Youth Leaders and Assistant Scoutmasters teach skills for 1st 3 RanksMerit badges taught by merit badge counselors & outside expertsStep 2: Scout is TestedScout encouraged to sign-up on troop meeting night or camp-out to be tested on requirementsLeader sees that Scout masters skill and records achievementScout Handbook Sign-off by leader (not parent)Parents do not sign off booksThey should be acquainted with the requirements and provide encouragementScouts should focus on first three ranks before they start going after too many merit badges and get distracted. One or two merit badges is ok in their first year along with what merit badge they might earn at summer camp.Step 1 & 2: 1 Requirement at a Time, not a Final Test
26Advancement Review Step 3: Advancement Review Scoutmaster Review Scout LearnsStep 2Scout TestedStep 3Advancement ReviewStep 4RecognitionStep 3: Advancement ReviewScoutmaster ReviewReview Scout’s progress with Advancement, Leadership, Participation, SpiritCounselPlanLook Forward within and outside of scoutingBoard of ReviewEnsure Scout understands requirements his own wordsAllows Scout to demonstrate his comfort with basic Scouting skills and conceptsReview Scout’s experiences – good and badTroop 19 runs all Boards of Review through LifeEagle review completed at District level
27Recognition Step 4: Recognition Troop Meeting Court of Honor Scout LearnsStep 2Scout TestedStep 3Advancement ReviewStep 4RecognitionStep 4: RecognitionTroop MeetingNew badge awarded as soon as possible after completing Board of ReviewCourt of HonorRecognition at next Court of Honor (3x year)
28Timeline to Eagle Scout Age 1st Class Star Life Eagle SuggestedMin – 5 years1st Class Star Life EagleMax 7 years1st Class Star Life EagleScout Age
29ParticipationGoal at least 50% participation in troop meetings and activitiesScout decides his participation level based on his goals in Scouting and his other interestsAdvancement is only one of the eight methods of ScoutingYouth 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 YearWreath SalesDistrict Klondike DerbyScout Sunday
30Merit Badges 21 Required for Eagle Two Types How to Earn Merit Badges Eagle Required (13)Elective (120+)How to Earn Merit BadgesScout InitiatedSummer CampOther Special VenuesWith a Buddy!
31Merit Badge Process Pick a Merit Badge to Work on Identify MB CounselorCheck MB counselor list with Mr. Anthony or Mr. FilteauObtain signed MB blue card from Mr. Anthony (before first meeting with MB counselor)Buy the MB book or check it out from the Troop LibraryScout (not parent) contacts MB counselor to review requirements and establish approach to work on MBOnly counselors registered with the BSA may approve merit badges
32Community Service Star: 4 Hours Minimum Life: 6 Hours Minimum ExamplesReligious InstitutionsNon-Profit Organizations (excluding BSA)Help with Eagle projectsEagle: Major ProjectProject Qualification ProcessEagle Project pre-approved by Scoutmaster and Troop Committee prior to Eagle Project Board ReviewCannot “Double Dip”
33Scout Spirit Living the Scout Oath and Scout Law MeetingsOutingsSupporting other ScoutsOutside of ScoutingHelping others, Community ServiceEnthusiasmParticipationRespectAttitude
34Outings Troop Weekend Outings Summer Camp High Adventure Trips Nantucket Biking, Acadia Sea Kayaking and Mountain Biking, Turkey Campout, Skiing and Snowboarding, Rock Climbing, Klondike Derby, Mountain Man, Canoeing and more!Summer CampHighlight of the year!Stellar programGreat Camps – Hidden Valley and Camp BellUnifies Scouts and TroopA year of Tuesday nights in one week!High Adventure TripsMajor trip every 2-3 yearsTrips structured for all abilitiesGrand Canyon, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountain National Park, San Juan Wilderness of Colorado,
36Equipment Troop Owned Patrol Equipment Patrols issued Patrol Boxes including camping equipmentTents, dining tarps, cooking equipmentAll equipment must be returned fully cleaned or aired out to the quartermasterKey Recommended Personal EquipmentBackpackSleeping bagFoam sleeping pad or air mattressPlastic ground clothMess KitToilet Kit
37Annual Wreath Sales The Only Fund Raising Event for Troop 19 Supplements troop annual dues ($40)Pay for troop hiking / camping equipmentSubsidize some camping feesPay for badges and awardsCover BSA National registration and Boys Life MagazineSupport selected personal Scout equipment purchases$$$ to individual Scout AccountsAll scouts must participateScouts encouraged to sell minimum of 20 wreathsOn average, $500 generated per scoutKey datesKickoff Day: Last Sunday afternoon in OctoberTroop sells door-to-door in Nashua areaAssembly Day: Wednesday before ThanksgivingWreaths assembled with ribbons and pine conesScout Accounts generated according to Troop sales, individual salesUsed for Scout Camp, major trips, Scouting goodsFamilies must participate – lots of ways to help out!
38Communications It takes Two to Communicate Effectively www.troop19.org ScoutsTroop Meeting AnnouncementsPatrol MeetingsPhone calls to/from Patrol LeaderParentsScoutmaster’s Weekly NewsletterTelephoneCommittee MeetingsTroop Meetings
39Troop 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
40Conduct & DisciplineScouts should strive to uphold principles in Scout Oath and Scout LawChain of Command (Non-Safety Issues)Patrol LeadersSenior Patrol Leaders (SPL)Patrol Leaders Council (PLC)Assistant Scoutmaster (ASM)ScoutmasterTroop CommitteeParental InvolvementDirect to own scoutOtherwise through Assistant Scoutmasters
42Troop Committee Chartered Organization Rep Garry Crane Committee Chairperson Jim WoodwardSecretary Jane RichardsonTreasurer Jim WoodwardWreath Sales Jessica PaulsenAdvancement Rich FilteauQuartermaster Jane RichardsonHospitality Robin GuertinMembership Paul Guertin/Jane RichardsonWebmaster Steve RakTrainingPublicity
43Help WantedEagle Court of Honor Program Coordinator (about once per year)Assistant QuartermasterAssistant Advancement ChairAssistant Hospitality ChairReview Board for Scout Advancements during troop meetings (1 -2x month)Troop Chaplain (promote religious award program/Scout Sunday coordinator)Wreath Sales SubcommitteesPermission Slip and Transportation CoordinatorTreasurerAssistant WebmasterPublicity
44Finally Continued Parent Support Get Involved Of Your Scout Of Our ProgramGet InvolvedTroop CommitteeAssistant ScoutmasterBoards of ReviewTeach a Merit BadgeDrive on an OutingHelp at an EventRecruit More Scouts