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1 ‘New Scout Parent Orientation’ Troop 88 Lake Meade, PA Apr 23, 2015

2 Agenda Session I – Apr 21, 2014 Overview of Boy Scouts –History of Scouting –The Goals of Scouting –Cub/Boy Scout Differences –Uniforms Overview of Local BSA Organization and Troop 584 –BSA Organizational Overview –History of Troop 584 –Troop 584 Organization Troop Outings –Overview –Outing sign-up and other logistics –Recommended Equipment

3 Agenda Session II – Apr 28, 2014 Scout Advancement –Boy Scout Advancements –Merit Badges –First Class Emphasis Program Scout Leadership –Scout’s Leadership within Troop –Scout Leadership and Training Adult Volunteer Opportunities –Troop Committee –Assistant Scoutmaster –Other volunteer opportunities Other Important Stuff

4 History of Scouting Beginnings of Scouting Movement –started by Robert Baden-Powell during the Boer War as a series of games and exercises to help men learn to live in the open under difficult conditions –Baden-Powell developed a book called “Aids to Scouting” as a way of training recruits. This book became an instant hit among boys –conducted his first Boy Scout camp on Brownsea Island in 1907, and his book “Scouting for Boys” was published in 1908 –In England, Boy Scouts formally started on Jan. 24, 1908 History of Scouting in the USA –YMCA had been running camps for boys since 1884 in US –In 1902 Ernest Thompson Seton founded the Tribe of Woodcraft Indians as a boy's organization. Three years later Daniel Carter Beard started a similar society called the Sons of Daniel Boone. –February 8th, 1910 William Boyce, inspired by unknown Scout in London, incorporated BSA working with YMCA and Seton –In 1910, Seton combined B-P “Scouting for Boys” and Woodcraft Manual to publish first BSA Handbook Boy Scouts of America celebrated ‘100 years of scouting’ in 2010.

5 The Goals of Scouting Aims of Boy Scouting –Character development –Citizenship training –Physical, mental, and emotional fitness Delivered by these Methods –Ideals –Patrols –Outdoor Programs –Advancement –Personal Growth –Leadership Development –Uniform –Associations With Adults Developing Boys to Men

6 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. BSA Mission Scout Slogan Do a good turn daily. Scout Oath On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country And to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. Scout Motto Be Prepared. Scout Law A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent. Character is exemplified by what you do when no one is looking.

7 How does Boy Scouts differ from Cub Scouts? We ask you not to work with your son at Troop meetings and campouts. In Cub Scouts… parents lead the meetings, often work with their own sons, and they often sign off on their son’s requirements. In Boy Scouts… the idea is to develop a sense of independence, self- reliance and the importance of teamwork. The Scouts will learn to work with other Scouts and other adults.

8 Cub/Boy Scout Differences – contd. Boys have more responsibility –Planning, packing, setting up camp, cooking, activities –Scout is responsible for initiation of advancement –Parents cannot sign off. Adult Leaders (SM, ASM, MBC) are the only persons in the troop that that can sign off Boys follow the patrol method –Each Patrol operates as a self-sufficient unit. A Troop is made up of Patrols, a Troop is not divided into Patrols –Each Patrol is encouraged to develop their own identity with a Patrol flag & yell. –Each Patrol will utilize a duty roster to distribute tasks across the team members and learn the value of teamwork –Each Patrol will elect its own leadership (6 month term) to guide and manage the Patrol (Patrol Leader (PL) and Assistant PL) –Each patrol is responsible for patrol communications. –Adults do NOT run the patrols. –Depending on attendance, patrols may be combined for activities. –Patrol leaders will make mistakes. This is a learning activity. Each boy will get their opportunity to lead and to learn how to lead effectively. We give the boys the chance to try and learn things, and make mistakes in a safe environment.

9 Letting go of your Scout is one of the hardest things to do… At a campout, you might see them doing something in which you know a better way to do it. It is very hard to keep quiet at this point. But, we ask that you direct your idea to an Assistant Scoutmaster or the Troop Guide working with your Scout’s group and suggest the improvement. They then can inform the patrol… The sooner parents adopt this philosophy the faster their son will learn, advance, and become more independent. By doing so, your scout will gain the most benefit from the scouting program. Letting Go Nevertheless, intervene immediately on safety or health issues.

10 Field Uniform / Class-A Boy Scout shirt Boy Scout belt (maybe part of new pants) Boy Scout pants or shorts Boy Scout socks Proper BSA patches including patrol patch, troop number, current rank and position of responsibility Required for driving to/from campout, Courts of Honor, Troop meetings, meals on some campouts, and other more formal events Merit Badge Sash (Board of Review, Courts of Honor and other formal events) Activity Uniform / Class-B Troop T-Shirt (Suggest at least 2 for summer camps) Boy Scout ‘Looking’ pants/shorts – Drab Olive / Tan Troop Hat Boy Scout Uniforms

11 Agenda Session I – Apr 21, 2014 Overview of Boy Scouts –History of Scouting –The Goals of Scouting –Cub/Boy Scout Differences –Uniforms Overview of Local BSA Organization and Troop 584 –BSA Organizational Overview –History of Troop 584 –Troop 584 Organization Troop Outings –Overview –Outing sign-up and other logistics –Recommended Equipment

12 BSA Organizational Overview The Scout Organization –National Council of Boy Scouts –Region –Local Council New Birth of Freedom Council –District Battlefield –Chartered Organization Lake Meade Property Owners Association –Troop Committee Current Committee Chair – Tom Wolfgang –Troop Current Scoutmaster – Tim Racioppa –Scout Leadership Current SPL – Daniel Pivirotto

13 More information and contacts can be found at Troop 88 Adult Leadership Team Tim Racioppa – Scoutmaster Bruce Miglin - STEM Advisor Ken Guion – ASM – Leadership Ranks and Eagle Advisor Dennis Braaten /Mike Griffin – ASM Meetings Jack Hazel /Craig Mullarkey – ASM Skills Mike Wojciechowski – ASM – Outings Ranjan Routray – ASM Services & New Scout/Parent Coordinator Kevin Devers - Committee Chairman Denise Narum – Committee Secretary Lianne Jelson – Troop Treasurer David Hartt/Ted Lea – Outings Coordinator Ann Ewell – Advancement Coordinator Mark Earley - Troop Quartermaster Advisor Rebecca Burcaw - Health Coordinator Ben Renberg / Brad Rapp - Fundraising Coordinators Debbie Vaughn - Merit Badge Coordinator Kim Elliott – Membership Coordinator Ariann Fahey – Troop Spiritwear Doug Mohn – Website and Digital Media Advisor

14 History of Troop 88 First chartered July 31st, –Began as a five-boy Troop in July 2000 –Current chartering organization – Church of Christ, Cinco Ranch –Has remained a large sized Troop in Texas Skies District with a firm commitment to work with each Scout –Meets every Monday night at 7:00 PM except following a campout and summer / winter holidays Eagle Scouts: –Troop 584 has seen 62 Scouts complete their Eagle Rank –Several more are nearing completion Troop 584 aims to develop young men of character equipped with appropriate outdoor skills. We are not an Eagle Scout factory.

15 You will complete official registration paperwork for your son (and yourself, all parents can help the troop) and pay dues Obtain a scout uniform and handbook Deposit dues in your sons scout account Volunteer your time and talent to the troop Review the Troop Website (common.user/danny123) for upcoming activities and other useful informationwww.bsatroop584.com Attend the New Scout Parent Orientation Get involved and watch your son grow. When your son joins Troop 584 … Once you join the Troop, your address will be put into the Troop distribution list and you will start getting Troop s.

16 Monday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm except following a campout and summer / winter break (check website calendar). –Opening – 15 minutes – Pledge, Scout Oath, Law, Outdoor Code, Prayer and Meeting Schedule, Troop Leadership / Adult Leader Announcements –Skills Instruction / Special Topics / Patrol Campout Planning – 50 minutes. –Game Time – 20 minutes - The boys go outside (weather permitting) and play a game –Closing – 5 minutes – Advancements and any closing Announcements Troop Meeting Need adult volunteers that do not serve in other areas in the troop to supervise Game Time!

17 Because our Chartering Organization is a Christian Church, all prayers and religious ceremonies will be Christian based. However, we welcome Scouts from other religions and our current roster reflects the same. If any Scout does not want to participate or attend any religious based activity in the Troop, they will be given other options. During the Scout Spirit meeting with the Scoutmaster, how the scout is participating in their religion will be discussed. Religion in Troop 584 A scout is expected to be active in their religion

18 A Boy-Led Troop What does it mean when we say “a boy-led troop”? The BSA's definition is that “empowering boys to be leaders” is the core of Scouting. A Boy Scout troop is a small democracy. With the Scoutmaster's direction, the boys are formed into patrols, plan the troop's program, and make it a reality. “Never do anything a boy can do.” —Robert S. S. Baden-Powell

19 Scout Organization The Troop is managed by a structure of older high-ranking Scouts (SPL and ASPLs). The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) is the Leader of the Scouts. He manages a group of Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL) and Patrol Leaders (PL).. SPL - top junior leader in the troop. He leads the patrol leaders' council and, in consultation with the Scoutmaster, appoints other junior leaders and assigns specific responsibilities as needed. ASPLs - fill in for senior patrol leader in his absence. Also responsible for training and giving direction to the quartermaster, scribe, troop historian, librarian, and instructors. PLs - gives leadership to members of his patrol and represents them on the Green Bar (a/k/a patrol leaders’ council). Scout Organization This structure resembles a corporation where the SPL is the COO, ASPLs are the VPs, PLs are Managers. Scoutmaster ‘s role is like a CEO focused on company values, strategy and managing stakeholder relationships.

20 Other Positions Troop Historian - collects and maintains troop memorabilia and information on former troop members. Librarian - keeps troop books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor list available for use by troop members. Instructor - teaches one or more advancement skills to troop members. Chaplain Aide - assists in troop religious services and promotes religious emblems program. Junior assistant Scoutmaster - Scout at least sixteen (16) years old who supervises and supports other boy leaders as assigned. Assistant patrol leader - fills in for the patrol leader in his absence. Troop guide - advisor and guide to new Scout patrols. Den chief - works with a Cub Scout den as a guide. Bugler – plays bugle at Troop meetings and at campouts OA Representative - liaison with the Thunder hawk Chapter… Quartermaster - responsible for troop supplies and equipment. Scribe - the troop secretary. Scout Organization – Other Positions These positions are appointed and must be approved by the Scoutmaster.

21 Patrols Boys are organized into Patrols of boys typically 6 to 12 boys in size. These boys will go on campouts together, cook together, clean dishes together, and do other activities together. Each Patrol chooses a Patrol name, comes up with a Patrol yell, and makes a Patrol flag. Each Patrol is assigned on or two older Scouts that serve as their Troop Guide. Scout Organization - Patrols “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 S. S. Baden-Powell

22 Troop Leadership Structure – Spring 2014 This chart shows how the troop is organized in terms of patrols, leadership team and other positions of responsibility.

23 Adult Organization Active adults in a Boy Scout Troop are organized into two groups: Scoutmaster (SM) and Assistant Scoutmasters (ASM) Troop Committee (Committee Chairman and Committee Members) Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters The Scoutmaster is responsible for everything having to do with the Troop. They are responsible for 1) how the Troop meetings run, 2) how campouts are run, 3) what is the focus of the troop Basically, anything having to do with the boys’ activities. Adult Organization – SM/ASMs Basically, the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters set the “Program”.

24 The Committee is made up of the Committee Chairman and Committee Members. They provide the foundational support for the Scoutmaster and “The Program” Committee Chairman (CC) Chartering Org Rep (COR) Treasurer Secretary Outdoor Coordinator Training Coordinator Equipment Coordinator Adult Organization – Troop Committee Communications Coordinator Fundraising Coordinator Troop wear Coordinator Health and Safety Officer Merit Badge Coordinator Advancement Coordinator Eagle Advancement Coordinator Troop 584 doesn’t require a parent of each scout to take on a position in the Troop. But, the boys of active parents in the Troop seem to advance faster and know more about the Program.

25 Agenda Session I – Apr 21, 2014 Overview of Boy Scouts –History of Scouting –The Goals of Scouting –Cub/Boy Scout Differences –Uniforms Overview of Local BSA Organization and Troop 584 –BSA Organizational Overview –History of Troop 584 –Troop 584 Organization Troop Outings –Overview –Outing sign-up and other logistics –Recommended Equipment

26 Troop Outings Camps and campouts –Troop 584 goes on typically 9 monthly campouts (Fri – Sun) –The campouts are not scheduled the same week of every month. –Patrols usually plan, purchase, and cook their own meals –Everything should be marked with the Scout's name. –Parent’s are encouraged to join the fun and needed for success. –Adults can share tents and rides. –No siblings can come on a campout unless the campout is designated a family campout. –At least one large summer campout –At least one high-adventure camp each summer (typically for older, mature scouts) –SHAC winter camp (between Christmas & New Year) Regular campout procedures –Annual planning & scheduling meetings –Monthly planning at Troop Meetings –Approx. 3 weeks before campout, signups will be through the troop web site. –Patrols will share cost of food. –Transportation is generally arranged. Scouts will need to pay a predetermined amount to the driver to partially cover the cost of transportation Scouts that are active in campouts are more likely to continue and grow in scouting.

27 Typical Outing Schedule for Troop 584 –April – Bastrop State Park, Hiking –May – Potter’s Creek/Guadalupe River Campout –June – Summer Camps (El Rancho Cima, TX and Skymont, TN) –July – Philmont / Sea Base / Bechtel Reserve High Adventure Trips –August – Take a break –September – Lake Somerville - canoeing, kayaking, swimming (tentative) –October – Inks Lake - canoeing, kayaking, swimming (tentative) –November – Fulshear - shotgun shooting and archery (tentative) –December – SHAC Winter Camp / NYLT –January – Webelos Woods –February – Texas Skies District Camporee –March – El Rancho Cima, near San Marcos – climbing & rappelling (tentative) Typical Outing Schedule See Troop 584’s web site for this year’s schedule and upcoming events.

28 No coke, sodas or energy drinks are allowed. No cots for scouts on monthly campouts. No bringing your own food unless medically/religiously required. No Large fixed blade hunting knives or blades over three inches. No open toed shoes. All electronics must be left in the car including cell phones. No open-toe shoes. No knives until they earn tot’n chip and then lock-blade pocket knives, Scout Shop BSA pocket knife is not recommended. Scout Campout No No's Parents will not be contacted during a campout except during an emergency. Likewise, please do not call the Scoutmaster /ASM or other adult leaders attending the campout unless there’s an emergency.

29 Signup and Costs Typically Online: Troop Website – common.user/danny123 The deadline for Adults and Scouts for monthly campouts is the Monday troop meeting 11 days before the campout. At least $35 in Scout Account. Average around $30. We go camping on the designated date rain or shine Cancelations – Notify Outdoor Coordinator and Grubmaster ASAP. Transportation Drivers and scouts will be notified via on who is assigned to what vehicles on Wednesday night before the campout. Scout should contact driver for departure place and time. On Thursday we load a trailer for duffels w/ sleeping bag, tents, clothes, etc. Scouts should carry daypack while traveling including: Medical Form, Flash light, Rain Gear, Money for Dinner/Lunch, Medicine (if applicable) and Scout Book. The scout needs to show the BSA medical form parts A + B and copy of medical insurance card to the driver before they leave for the campout and be wearing their Class-A uniform. Campout Signup, Costs and Transportation Scouts can arrive late to a campout (Saturday), but cannot leave early without Scoutmaster/SPL approval.

30 Sleeping Bag (appropriate for Texas weather & season) Sleeping pad (Self-inflatable pad recommended) Dome Tent w/ ground cover (scouts share tents) - bring you tent next week to practice setup during meeting with Troop Guide help Camp Chair Bathing Suit, Towel, & Water Shoes (for showering or swimming) All clothes in Plastic freezer bags with Ziploc Small roll of toilet paper (store in plastic bag) Metal cup that can hang on belt & Water Bottle Scout Book, BSA Medical Form Sun Protection & Insect repellent Nalgene Bottle – clip to belt Weather appropriate clothing. Hiking shoes/boots Gear Please see packing list on troop web site for a more comprehensive list.

31 Grubmaster A Grubmaster is a position filled for every campout and usually rotates in the Patrol from one campout to the next. The Grubmaster is responsible for acquiring the food on the Patrol menu, properly storing the food (usually in an ice chest and dry goods box), and making sure the food gets to the campout. Food will be taken in the vehicle on Friday – Usually not in trailer load on Thursday. Grubmaster needs to tell Outings Coordinator and Driver that they are the Grubmaster so allowance can be made for the extra space that is required. The Grubmaster also takes the food receipts, fills out a campout expense report after the campout, and submits it to the Troop Treasurer for reimbursement. Scouts in a patrol will divide responsibilities to cook various meals and be responsible for clean-up of equipment. Opportunity for the parent to teach the Scout how to grocery shop, price compare, name brand vs. store brand, bulk vs. individual servings, etc. Grubmaster Each scout must be a Grubmaster at least once before earning the First Class rank.

32 Typical Campout – Adult Role Adults are there to observe safety issues Adults are there to ask questions that make the boys think Adults are NOT there to “do for the boys” Adults are NOT there to tell the boys what to do Adults will NOT be tenting with their son Adults are there to provide guidance Typical per head food costs for a campout: ~$15 Adults are encouraged to come and at a minimum are required for transportation, safety, and leadership needs Also watch out for inappropriate behavior (bullying, profanity, etc.) If there are concerns that their son or others are floundering, tell SM for his action If a parent goes on a campout, they will be recruited to help cook, watch the boys, or help out in some other way.

33 Agenda Session II – Apr 28, 2014 Scout Advancement –Boy Scout Advancements –Merit Badges –First Class Emphasis Program Scout Leadership –Scout’s Leadership within Troop –Scout Leadership Training Adult Volunteer Opportunities –Troop Committee –Assistant Scoutmaster –Other volunteer opportunities Other Important Stuff

34 Boy Scout Advancements Advancement is a process by which Boy Scout progresses Advancement is a means to an end, not an end in itself –Designed to help Scout have exciting and meaningful experience –Education and fun are key to advancement principles –Growth the Scout achieves overcoming obtainable goals –Scout through First Class Ranks focus on Scouting’s basic skills –Goal of BSA and Troop 584: every Scout achieves First Class Rank Advancements –Scout –Tenderfoot –Second Class –First Class –Star –Life –Eagle

35 Boy Scout Rank Advancement Scoutmasters oversee Scout advancement –Advancement Coordinator maintains records and arranges Boards of Review and Courts of Honor There are five steps in the Boy Scout Advancement Process: –Learning –Testing –Reviewing –Recognition –Rank related responsibilities

36 Troop 584 Advancement Principles Personal growth is the prime consideration in the program Learning by doing Each youth progresses at his own rate A badge is recognition of what a young person is able to do, not just a reward for what he has done Advancement encourages Scouting Ideals Parent’s role is not to carry the scout, rather monitor, motivate, and support the scout Typically, a scout can advance to 1st class in years depending on the participation and work ethic Troop 584 will provide the tools, opportunities and leadership to achieve these advancement goals but it is up to the boys to take the initiative to achieve the goals.

37 Skills Ranks (Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class) After the Scout Badge is earned, requirements for any of the ranks can be earned in any order. There are three exceptions: cooking, first aid and compass work. These requirements must be completed in order. Requirements, you can see that they can be broken up into two areas: –outdoors campout requirements that are best completed at a campout –inside Troop requirements that can be taught and earned at troop meetings Skills Ranks Advance at your own pace

38 Validation of scout skills for a rank typically will have the following steps: Scout learns the knowledge or skill; Scout demonstrates the knowledge or skill and gets signed off by ASM (like a quiz or homework assignment); Scout demonstrates all knowledge or skills during a SMC (like a test or final exam), and gets sign off from ASM; Scout discusses Scout Spirit with ASM (greater expectations at higher ranks), gets sign off from ASM; Scout requests and completes BoR (with committee members, as QC for the program) Scouts have the responsibility to initiate requests for skill validation, sign off, SMC and BoR. Skills Validation Overview

39 To get requirements signed off in their Scout books, a scout should: –Read the book and/or reference material on meritbadge.com –Go to the Troop meeting and receive instruction from an older scout or ASM –Go home and practice that requirement –Come to the next Troop meeting and find an Assistant Scout Master (ASM) for the specific rank –Ask the ASM if they can sign off their book –If the ASM says yes, demonstrate the skill to him –The ASM then signs the Scout’s Scout Book –An ASM can also sign off a book at a Troop meeting or campout. –If you are planning to get a requirement signed off at a campout, talk to the rank ASM before the campout to get coaching and/or pre-approval and to tell him of plans to demonstrate the skills at the campout. At the campout go find the rank ASM before starting the requirement so he can watch it –Can get multiple requirements signed off at a time if he can successfully demonstrate the knowledge or skills –we can neither add to nor take away from the requirements in the book Parents cannot sign off on any of their son’s rank or merit badge requirements. Signing Off Requirements

40 Typically an ASM will be focused on a particular rank Their job is to implement a consistent standard for each requirement in that rank. Qualified and trained ASM’s can sign off on requirements for that rank. Usually one or two ASM will conduct the SM Conference. For a complete list of ASMs by Rank please see Troop web siteRank ASMs will often ask older scouts to assist them in teaching the skill to younger scouts. Rank ASMs Please see for Troop 584 guidelines for advancement by rankhttp://www.bsatroop584.com/advancement

41 Scout Badge (Joining Badge) A new scout should earn the Scout Badge in one or two meetings. RQMT 9) The only part that needs parent participation. This requirement addresses child abuse. The parent should complete this requirement either prior to or at the Troop meeting in which the scout wants to earn the Scout Badge. This is the only requirement to be initialed by the parent in the Scout book. Encourage your scout to attain his Scout rank within the first 30 days! Scout Badge

42 Tenderfoot RQMT 1-3) are outdoor requirements and must be done on a campout. RQMT 6) “Participate in a flag ceremony” must be completed at a troop function or as a scout (in uniform) in at a PTA meeting, etc. RQMT 8) As soon as a patrol is formed, the boys in the patrol should get together at a patrol meeting and make their patrol flag together. RQMT 10) Scouts should start their 30-day personal fitness requirement as soon as possible. 2 nd and 1 st class swimming requirements are done periodically, but best to do it when it is offered. Two requirements that slow a scout down in the Tenderfoot rank are the “describe your patrol flag” in requirement 8 and the 30-day personal fitness requirement. Tenderfoot

43 Second Class RQMT 3A) Five Troop/Patrol Activities other than meetings – includes Campouts Summer/Winter Camp, Spring Banquet, Eagle Projects, Service Projects, Merit Badge Fair, Scout Fair etc. RQMT 3G) The cooking requirement requires the Scout to prepare a menu, bring the food to a campout, and cook the food over an open fire. Rank ASM must approve the menu and written plan prior to the outing. RQMT 6) The Animal Evidence (and first class Plant Evidence) requirement must be presented on a board/poster and be approved by Rank ASM and scheduled with SPL. 2 nd and 1 st class swimming requirements are done periodically, but best to do it when it is offered. Bringing fire-starting material to the campout such as lint and dry small wood is also important. Second Class

44 First Class RQMT 2) Compass / Orienteering is typically completed on certain campouts as an activity. RQMT 4) The Grubmaster requirement requires the scout to communicate plans w/ ASM before and during the camp out and complete reports and forms on the troop website. RQMT 5) Constitutional Rights visitor will be scheduled periodically at troop meetings. RQMT 6) The troop encourages the “Invite a Guest requirement” to be done in the scouts first six months with the troop. Always check on-line for new requirements that may not be printed in your scout book. First Class

45 Leadership Ranks (Star, Life, and Eagle) Focus on Service, Earning merit badges, and Learning leadership skills. Part of the Scoutmaster Conference for all ranks is to ensure a scout is retaining the skills he has previously learned and demonstrated. The Scout Spirit requirement is more important at these ranks and consists of a long discussion of the Scout’s character, leadership position and performance. Leadership Ranks

46 Star 6 Merit Badges (4 of which are Eagle) 6 Hours Service (while a First Class scout) 4 Months Position of Responsibility (while a First Class scout) Star Scout Position of Responsibility: Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, bugler, chaplain aide, instructor, troop Webmaster, Leave No Trace trainer.

47 Life 5 more Merit Badges (3 of which are Eagle required) 6 Hours Service (while a Star scout) 6 Months Position of Responsibility (while a Star scout) use the EDGE method to teach a younger Scout skills. (while a Star scout) Life Scout Teach Using EDGE Method Second Class - 7a and 7c (first aid) Second Class - 1a (outdoor skills) Second Class - 3c, 3d, 3e, and 3f (cooking/camping) First Class - 8a, 8b, 8c, and 8d (first aid) First Class - 1, 7a, and 7c (outdoor skills) First Class - 4a, 4b, and 4d (cooking/camping)

48 Eagle Eagle Project 6 Months Position of Responsibility (while a Life Class scout) At least 21 Total Merit Badges (Including 13 required Eagle merit badges, listed below First Aid Citizenship in the Community Citizenship in the Nation Citizenship in the World Communications Personal Fitness Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving Environmental Science Personal Management Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling Camping, and Family Life Cooking (required from 2014 onwards) Eagle Scout

49 Eagle Palms Eagle Palms (Bronze, Gold and Silver Palms) 5 more Merit Badges 3 Months Position of Responsibility (since eagle or last palm)

50 Completing a Rank: The last three requirements in each rank must be done last and in order Scout Spirit Scoutmaster Review Board of Review Only a scout (not his parents) can schedule a Scout Spirit meeting, Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review. A Scout should wear their full uniform including merit badge sash for these meetings. As the scouts work on advancements and get it signed off by ASMs, they need to bring their rank book to Advancements Chair periodically so that Troopmaster records can be kept up-to- date. This ensures in case the book gets lost, the records are preserved Completing a Rank

51 Scout Spirit Scout Spirit is living by the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout Motto, and Scout Slogan. Scout Spirit also means actively participating in Troop activities and wearing the uniform correctly. Scout Spirit Scout Slogan Do a good turn daily. Scout Oath On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country And to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. Scout Motto Be Prepared. Scout Law A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent. Are you living the boy scout values?

52 The Scoutmaster Conference will include an appropriate review of the skills for the particular rank the Scout is in the process of completing. Essential to individual Scout development and advancement Getting to know scout Setting individual goals Mentoring Building confidence Encouragement Problem Solving and discipline Scoutmaster Conferences typically increase in length as the Scout increases in rank. A Tenderfoot conference may be 30 minutes in duration, whereas a First Class conference may last up to 3 hours Scouts are responsible for scheduling an advancement Scoutmaster Conference after requirements for rank advancement completed A Scout should be prepared and review and know the scoutmaster conference checklist on the troop website. Scoutmaster Conference

53 A Board of Review for all ranks except Eagle is a meeting between the Scout and three or more Troop Committee Members. It’s an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Scouting program within the troop Board of Review is not an examination. The Board will interview the candidate to get to know them better and to learn how Scouting has impacted the Scout. The Scout is asked what they learned and how they might use that knowledge in life. Encourage Scout to advance further Scout is responsible for scheduling a BOR after completing the Scoutmaster Conference If you would like to serve on the BoR teams, please let the Advancement Chairman know. Anyone who is registered as a committee member may serve on the Boards. Board of Reviews (BoR)

54 Recognition Each time a Scout advances in rank, he will be recognized Rank advancement is effective after approval by Board of Review Formal recognition occurs at the Court of Honor Younger scouts and their families are welcome to attend Eagle CoH to get a glimpse of the path to Eagle Court of Honor - Eagle Scout rank is usually recognized by a very special Eagle Court of Honor

55 Merit Badges Over 100 Boy Scout Merit Badges Teach Scouts about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers Required for rank advancement beyond First Class Scout 21 Merit Badges required for Eagle Scout (12 specific badges required) Must meet the requirements as stated – no more, no less… Scouts can take a merit badge class at summer camp, winter camp, Council. District Merit Badge Fairs, Moody Gardens, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Red Cross, Rising Star Canoe Training, Offered by Troop etc. If a scout plans to earn an Eagle required merit badge, he needs to check with the Scoutmaster and/or Advancement Chairman for an approval before signing up for the class. Merit Badges Notes: First Aid MB can only be taken after the troop has signed off all Tenderfoot, First and Second Class requirements. The Camping MB should not be taken until the scout has completed 20 nights of scout camping. Personal Management should only be taken by older scouts.

56 Merit Badge Steps Sign up for class. Some places offer MB classes but don’t meet the requirements so we need to know who the instructor is or the event so we can quality control it and save you from wasting time on an unapproved class Get a blue merit badge card from the Advancement Chairman and fill it out. Take the filled out blue merit badge card (for Eagle Required merit badges only) to the Scoutmaster to get his approval and signature. Obtain a copy of the merit badge booklet and read all of it. Attend the merit badge class and get the blue merit badge card signed by the merit badge counselor. Have blue card signed by SM again A list of Troop 584 and Katy area Merit Badge counselors can be found on troop website: Merit Badge Steps

57 Completing a MB Once a scout has finished the class (even if he has some incomplete requirements), the blue merit badge card should be given to the Advancement Chairman. Merit badge cards are the only official record that the Scout took the merit badge course. We strongly suggest that the parents take the merit badge cards at the Court of Honor and place them in a book for safe keeping. Your scout should keep his merit badge cards in a three ring binder with baseball card holders. Completing a Merit Badge

58 First Class Emphasis Program Troop 584 focuses on new Scout development and advancement to First Class within the first year or two. From the Scoutmaster Handbook: –“A boy who advances to First Class within his first year in Scouting has a better-than- average chance of eventually becoming an Eagle Scout.” BSA statistics confirm the Scout is likely to stay in Scouting for a longer period of time. We offer opportunities but it is up to the Scout to take advantage of them

59 Agenda Session II – Apr 28, 2014 Scout Advancement –Boy Scout Advancements –Merit Badges –First Class Emphasis Program Scout Leadership –Scout’s Leadership within Troop –Scout Leadership Training Adult Volunteer Opportunities –Troop Committee –Assistant Scoutmaster –Other volunteer opportunities Other Important Stuff

60 Scout Leadership and Training Leadership Scouts elect their own major leadership positions Senior Patrol leader (entire troop) Patrol leader (each Patrol) Other positions appointed by Scout and adult leaders Troop elections held twice a year Fall & spring Scout Training Junior Leader Training following each Troop Election NYLT (National Youth Leader Training) Scouts nominated by Scoutmaster (typically after 1st class) Offered three times per year in Sam Houston Area Council NAYLE National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience Scouts will have the opportunity to take on various leadership roles as they progress through the ranks.

61 Scout Leadership Positions Scouts with a rank that is First Class and above require a position of responsibility (often called a leadership position) to advance. The philosophy of our Troop is that every boy that needs a position for advancement should get a position. After a Scout has held a particular leadership position, they are not eligible for that position again until all other eligible Scouts have held that position. Scout Leadership Troop 584 believes that all Scouts should be both good followers and good leaders

62 Elections for Senior Patrol Leader and the Assistant Patrol Leader are held every six months. The Scoutmaster and Senior Patrol Leader together pick the Quartermaster and ASPLs that form the Senior Leadership Team. SPL and ASPLs ASPL Preferred Eligibility Star or above Rank In troop at least 6 months Participated in majority of troop activities in past year Attended NYLT SPL Preferred Eligibility Life or above Rank Attended NYLT In troop at least 12 months Participated in majority of troop activities in past year

63 Entry Level Leadership Positions (First Class required) Scribe Historian Den Chief Chaplain’s Aide Bugler Troop Guide Instructor OA Representative Patrol Leader (can be any rank) Leadership Entry Level

64 Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader When a new Patrol is formed, they elect a Patrol Leader and an Assistant Patrol Leader. After six months, the Assistant Patrol Leader takes over the job of Patrol Leader and a new Assistant Patrol Leader is elected. The Patrol Leader has certain responsibilities: makes sure the campout menu and duty roster is completed attends Patrol Leader Council (PLC) meetings arranges and leads patrol meetings reports key points from Patrol Meeting to ASPL-patrols Patrol Leader / Assistant Patrol Leader There should be at least one patrol meeting a month.

65 The Leadership Team (LT) meeting The Leadership Team (LT) meeting consists of the SPL, ASPL’s and Scribe. This meeting typically occurs the Monday after a campout at 7:00 pm at the church. The Patrol Leaders Committee (PLC) meeting The Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) meeting consists of the SPL, ASPL-Patrols, Scribe, and the Patrol Leaders This meeting occurs during campouts. LT and PLC Beyond the official roles, scouts are always encouraged to provide leadership as the situation demands.

66 Semi-annually, Troop Leadership Training is provided to the recently elected and appointed Scouts. This training includes discussion of each position’s description and the expectations for those roles. Leadership skills are taught such as how to deal with a Scout that won’t follow instructions or leadership. The training is led by the outgoing and incoming SPL’s with the help of the outgoing ASPL’s. This training is also required before attending NYLT even if the Scout does not hold a PoR Troop Leadership Training Troop Leadership Training is mandatory for each member of the incoming LT.

67 National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) This Youth Leadership Course models a month in the life of a troop – three meetings (one each day for the first three days) all-leading up to a big outdoors experience (an overnight outpost camp). The course uses the patrol method and presents model Patrol Leader Council meetings. Patrols are challenged early in the week to present to the troop at the end of the week their “Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.” Scouts should have attained first class rank or higher and must be 14 years or older to attend NYLT. Requires scoutmaster approval. SHAC offers NYLT sessions during winter break and in June. National Youth Leadership Training Scouts should enroll for NYLT when they feel they are mature enough to get the most out of the course. You can only go once.

68 The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s national honor society. A Scout is eligible for OA when they achieve the First Class rank, have camped 15 nights including a long-term campout such as a summer or winter camp, and are elected by a majority of the boys in their Troop. A Scout has to receive 50% or more votes of the voting boys present to be elected to OA. Order of the Arrow

69 Service Each year, our Scouts work on a large number of service projects in the Community. The boys also have service hours required for their rank advancement. Troop service activity hours should be kept by the person in charge of the activity (ASPL of Service, Assistant Scoutmaster, Eagle Scout). All eligible non-scouting service must be documented and signed by an adult (not a parent) using our Troop Service Hours Record Form which can be found on the Troop website Turn all information including Scout's name, Date of Service, Hours completed, Type of Service Performed, Location of Service project/activity, Person in Charge with contact info to the Advancement chairman. Service Service is a scout’s way of giving back to the community and fellow scouts.

70 What counts as Service Hours? Helping other non-profit organizations. Such as setting up canopies. for the church or for a community event Helping at school. Such as preparing text books and other pre-school activities Helping with a fundraiser to benefit others, not your own organization. Such as working a car wash or setting up canopies as a fundraiser for an Eagle project Helping Scouting in general, (not our Troop). Such as, OA work weekend at Brosig, doing an Arrow of Light ceremony for a Pack Service performed for church OUTSIDE of worship hours (ex. Staffing/decorating for VBS, non-worship service performed on mission trips or youth groups) Service Is … Please visit our website for policy on service hours

71 What doesn’t count as Service Hours Helping or fundraising for your own organization. Such a helping work a sport or school car wash or other fundraiser if you are a member of that group Working as a Den Chief for a Pack (this is a Position of Responsibility) Working Summer Camp staff in which you are paid cash or a free week or other compensation in lieu of cash Activities performed during a worship hours (e.g. Choir, Praise band or worship team) Any activity where the scout is paid or rewarded Travel time Service is Not … Please visit our website for policy on service hours

72 Agenda Session II – Apr 28, 2014 Scout Advancement –Boy Scout Advancements –Merit Badges –First Class Emphasis Program Scout Leadership –Scout’s Leadership within Troop –Scout Leadership Training Adult Volunteer Opportunities –Troop Committee –Assistant Scoutmaster –Other volunteer opportunities Other Important Stuff

73 Parental Involvement A scout is “Obedient” The troop's success depends upon your support & active involvement in scouting activities: Fund Raising Eagle Advisor Service Projects Board of Review Troop Committee Member Assistant Scoutmaster Instructors (ex. Rock Climbing, Canoeing/Kayaking, etc.) Teaching one or more merit badges Planning Camping Trips ~ High Adventure ~ Long Term Camp Coordinators Transportation or supervision for the campouts We need your support for continued vitality of Troop 584. Only one hour per week

74 I am ready to help. How do I get started? Troop 584 needs from you: –One Adult per scout should sign up to help as a Committee Member or an Assistant Scoutmaster –Fill up BSA Adult Leader Application –BSA Medical Form Part A & B –Complete Youth Protection Training (YPT) or provide proof of completion during last 2 years –Complete (can be done in parallel) position specific training Everyone can help, whether you have been scouting before or not.

75 In addition to ASM, Troop Committee roles, one can also teach MBs to scouts Any one can sign up to teach up to 10 merit badges. However, he / she will have to provide evidence of skills and knowledge in that area. This could be acquired via your profession, hobbies / interest, education etc.. To sign up to be a MBC, you have to complete the following forms and submit to Troop MB Coordinator, which is subsequently reviewed & approved by SHAC (may take up to 6 weeks): Adult Application for MBC - most cases this will be your second one to fill out Documentation of YPT - copy of card MBC - application form completed You have to make sure you are approved before you can start a class. You will also need to take the MBC training and discuss the class with the MB Coordinator within our Troop A person can’t just put on a merit badge class for their son. Troop website has a list of current merit badge counselors. Merit Badge Counselors (MBCs) From First Class rank onwards certain # of merit badges are required for rank advancement.

76 Leadership Training Philosophy Boy Scouts of America Provide Adult Leaders fundamental information about Aims & Purposes of Scouting Movement Specifics about their particular Roles in Scouting Four levels of Training: FAST START BASIC TRAINING SUPPLEMENTAL ADVANCED

77 FAST START Training To immediately orient Leaders before they meet with youth To acquaint new Leaders with Scouting - give some specifics Foundation for further training

78 BASIC Training Developed to give new leaders the Knowledge, Skills, and to generate the Enthusiasm that they need to be Successful. Has 2 parts New Leader Essentials: Initial training for adult leaders serving youth in the BSA 90 minute series of Lively Sessions covering core elements of Scouting & expectations of Leader Scout Leaders attend New Leader Essentials only Once Leader Specific Training: Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Getting Started: The Role of the SM in a Boy-Led Troop Lighting the Fire: The Outdoor Program and Advancement Keeping It Going: Program Planning & Administration Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Committee Member Boy Scout Troop Committee Challenge

79 ADVANCED Training Wood Badge for the 21st Century –An intensive course designed to develop leadership skills and create a deeper, more dedicated involvement in Scouting; for all leaders in traditional programs –Leadership in Team Development Living the Values Bringing the Vision to Life Models for Success Tools of the Trade Leading to Make a Difference

80 SUPPLEMENTAL Training Designed to give additional training on specific areas of the different programs Examples: –University of Scouting, –Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow, –Roundtables, –Commissioner Conference, –Webelos Leader Outdoor Training, –BALOO, –Safety Begins with Leadership, –Safe Swim Defense, –Safety Afloat, –Philmont Training Conferences, –Venturing Powder Horn, etc.

81 Agenda Session II – Apr 28, 2014 Scout Advancement –Boy Scout Advancements –Merit Badges –First Class Emphasis Program Scout Leadership –Scout’s Leadership within Troop –Scout Leadership and Training Adult Volunteer Opportunities –Troop Committee –Assistant Scoutmaster –Other volunteer opportunities Other Important Stuff

82 Troop & Scout Communications Troop Website Other websites (Boy Scouts of America) (Sam Houston Area Council) (Texas Skies District) Scouter magazine Scouts receive Boys’ Life Magazine Lots of Text messaging and Facebook page

83 BSA Popcorn (fall) Percentage of proceeds go to BSA, Troop and Scout Flags Across America (year round) $35 Subscriptions for a flag to be placed in a yard on 7 flag holidays. $21 of proceeds goes to scout account. Troop provides flags. If a scout is not able to display his flags on a holiday he must arrange for another scout to put them out Annual Golf Tournament (spring) Percentage of proceeds go to Troop and participating scouts Grocery Share Cards (year just show the Troop 584 Share Card along with Kroger Shopping Card at go to Customer Service and get your Randall’s Card modified so that when a purchase is made, Randall’s donates 1% to Troop 584. Special fund raisers, such as, for Eagle projects Fundraising Grocery Share Cards are an easy way to support our troop.

84 Other Important Stuff Record Keeping Troop keeps Merit Badge & Advancement records in advancement database Critical that you also keep your own records Campouts attended Camped days, miles hiked/backpacked/floated Service hours and projects Leadership positions and time Meetings Monday nights from 7:00 to 8:30pm except during the summer We meet on Holiday Mondays if there will be school the next day Monday after a campout is Patrol Meeting night Most Monday’s: Board of Meetings (as requested) ASMs (adults) meet on 1 st Wednesday of each month Troop Committee (adults) meets on 2 nd Wednesday of each month Special meetings (e.g., Eagle project review), as needed

85 Other Important Stuff (contd.) Dues $200 annual for Scout Registration and rechartering: $25 Activity Fees: $175 Major fundraisers Performed by entire Troop Popcorn sales Flags (Flags Across America program) –Participating Scouts receive credit to their accounts of percentage of funds raised, available to be used for Scouting-related activities Merit Badge Fairs Discipline We expect boys to be boys – but expect the boys to live and act according to the Scout Oath and Law, and the Outdoor Code in an Ethical manner

86 Health and Wellness Medicine Handling (for Long Term camps only) All medicine (prescription and non-prescription) must be labeled and given to Scoutmaster or designated Assistant Scoutmaster with written directions on a labeled Ziploc Prescription medicine must be in original containers Annual Health and Medical Form Required for Scouts and Adult Leadership Part A and B physical all scouting events Good for 12 months Part C required Long Term Camps, to be signed by your doctor Part D required for any high adventure activity Good for 12 months Required for all adults always carry a copy in day pack AND give us a copy for our records Safety Guide to Safe Scouting

87 Each scout family has a mailbox folder. The scout should check this box regularly for any information and important communications. Awards are also placed in the mailboxes if the scout is absent when their awards are presented. Mailbox Folders Although most communication is done by in an effort to be “conservation minded”, it is important to check these boxes on a regular basis!.

88 Scout Accounts Every scout (or scout family) in Troop 584 has a scout account. Troop Treasurer is available on Monday nights during regular troop meetings for payments/reimbursements/balance check/other questions. Scout Account balances are printed quarterly and typically delivered at the Court of Honor/or placed in Scout mail boxes. Payments can be made to the treasurer by cash or check (payable to Troop 584). Other sources of income include flag subscriptions, and popcorn sales. Scout Accounts It is the responsibility of each scout to make sure that there is enough funds in their account to cover their expenses.

89 A Court of Honor is a formal event where the Scouts are recognized for their rank advancements and merit badges earned since the last Court of Honor. Typically, there are four Courts of Honor held each year. Spring Banquet The first Court of Honor of the year is also our Annual Troop Banquet and is usually scheduled in February. At the Troop Annual Banquet, food is served, skits are performed, and a slide show is shown of the past year’s events. Court of Honor


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