2Agenda Session I – Apr 21, 2014 Overview of Boy Scouts History of ScoutingThe Goals of ScoutingCub/Boy Scout DifferencesUniformsOverview of Local BSA Organization and Troop 584BSA Organizational OverviewHistory of Troop 584Troop 584 OrganizationTroop OutingsOverviewOuting sign-up and other logisticsRecommended Equipment
3Agenda Session II – Apr 28, 2014 Scout Advancement Scout Leadership Boy Scout AdvancementsMerit BadgesFirst Class Emphasis ProgramScout LeadershipScout’s Leadership within TroopScout Leadership and TrainingAdult Volunteer OpportunitiesTroop CommitteeAssistant ScoutmasterOther volunteer opportunitiesOther Important Stuff
4Boy Scouts of America celebrated ‘100 years of scouting’ in 2010. History of ScoutingBeginnings of Scouting Movementstarted 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 conditionsBaden-Powell developed a book called “Aids to Scouting” as a way of training recruits. This book became an instant hit among boysconducted his first Boy Scout camp on Brownsea Island in 1907, and his book “Scouting for Boys” was published in 1908In England, Boy Scouts formally started on Jan. 24, 1908History of Scouting in the USAYMCA had been running camps for boys since 1884 in USIn 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 SetonIn 1910, Seton combined B-P “Scouting for Boys” and Woodcraft Manual to publish first BSA HandbookThe word scout comes from the French verb ecouter, which means "to listen." Armies have long used scouts to gather information about the enemy. On the American frontier a scout was someone always on the lookout for danger. He also used outdoor skills and knowledge of nature to help him in his work.The 20th-century scouting movement began as a series of games and exercises to help men--primarily soldiers--learn to live in the open under difficult conditions. The program was started during the Boer War in South Africa by Robert Baden-Powell. Then a colonel in the British Army, he developed a military textbook called 'Aids to Scouting' as a way of training recruits. This book became an instant hit among boys. Baden-Powell was a little dismayed that boys were using a military manual. He was convinced that he should take time from the military to create a non-military version for the boys to focused on observing nature and tracking animals rather than spying on enemy soldiers and tracking troop movements.When Baden-Powell returned to England in 1903, he began to adapt his program to the training of boys. He conducted his first Boy Scout camp on Brownsea Island in 1907, and his book 'Scouting for Boys' was published in Ernest Thompson Seton helped Baden-Powell with his handbook. In England Boy Scouts formally started on Jan. 24, 1908.In the United States the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) had been running camps for boys since 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. These two groups, along with the YMCA camps, laid the foundation on which the Boy Scout movement developed in the United States in conjunction with Baden-Powell's work in England. Seton combined his Woodcraft manual with Baden-Powells Scouting for Boys to create the BSA's first hand book in 1910.The BSA was started using a very deliberate well executed process. First the founders of the USA Scouting movement formed a coalition of the prominent youth groups in the USA at the time and used the YMCA as the lead organization to lead this coalition. Second it incorporated, which made the organization a legal entity. The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated on Feb. 8, Then, it lobbied the U. S. Congress to get a Charter granting it exclusive rights to the name Boy Scout, Scout, etc. On June 15, 1916, Congress did this by granting a charter to the organization.Boy Scouts of America celebrated ‘100 years of scouting’ in 2010.
5The Goals of Scouting Aims of Boy Scouting Delivered by these Methods Character developmentCitizenship trainingPhysical, mental, and emotional fitnessDelivered by these MethodsIdealsPatrolsOutdoor ProgramsAdvancementPersonal GrowthLeadership DevelopmentUniformAssociations With AdultsAIMS AND METHODS OF THE SCOUTING PROGRAMThe Scouting program has three specific objectives, commonly referred to as the "Aims of Scouting." They are character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.The methods by which the aims are achieved are listed below in random order to emphasize the equal importance of each.Ideals. The ideals of Boy Scouting are spelled out in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout motto, and the Scout slogan. The Boy Scout measures himself against these ideals and continually tries to improve. The goals are high, and, as he reaches for them, he has some control over what and who he becomes.Patrols. The patrol method gives Boy Scouts an experience in group living and participating citizenship. It places responsibility on young shoulders and teaches boys how to accept it. The patrol method allows Scouts to interact in small groups where they can easily relate to each other. These small groups determine troop activities through their elected representatives.Outdoor Programs. Boy Scouting is designed to take place outdoors. It is in the outdoor setting that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with one another. It is here that the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose. Being close to nature helps Boy Scouts gain an appreciation for God's handiwork and humankind's place in it. The outdoors is the laboratory for Boy Scouts to learn ecology and practice conservation of nature's resources.Advancement. Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.Personal Growth. As Boy Scouts plan their activities and progress toward their goals, they experience personal growth. The Good Turn concept is a major part of the personal growth method of Boy Scouting. Boys grow as they participate in community service projects and do Good Turns for others. Probably no device is so successful in developing a basis for personal growth as the daily Good Turn. The religious emblems program also is a large part of the personal growth method. Frequent personal conferences with his Scoutmaster help each Boy Scout to determine his growth toward Scouting's aims.Leadership Development. The Boy Scout program encourages boys to learn and practice leadership skills. Every Boy Scout has the opportunity to participate in both shared and total leadership situations. Understanding the concepts of leadership helps a boy accept the leadership role of others and guides him toward the citizenship aim of Scouting.Uniform. The uniform makes the Boy Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. Boy Scouting is an action program, and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Boy Scout's commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Boy Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals. The uniform is practical attire for Boy Scout activities and provides a way for Boy Scouts to wear the badges that show what they have accomplished.Developing Boys to Men
6Character is exemplified by what you do when no one is looking. BSA MissionMission StatementThe 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.Scout LawA Scout isTrustworthy,Loyal,Helpful,Friendly,Courteous,Kind,Obedient,Cheerful,Thrifty,Brave,Clean,Reverent.Scout OathOn 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 MottoBe Prepared.Scout SloganDo a good turn daily.Character is exemplified by what you do when no one is looking.
7How does Boy Scouts differ from Cub Scouts? 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.We ask you not to work with your son at Troop meetings and campouts.
8Cub/Boy Scout Differences – contd. Boys have more responsibilityPlanning, packing, setting up camp, cooking, activitiesScout is responsible for initiation of advancementParents cannot sign off. Adult Leaders (SM, ASM, MBC) are the only persons in the troop that that can sign offBoys follow the patrol methodEach Patrol operates as a self-sufficient unit. A Troop is made up of Patrols, a Troop is not divided into PatrolsEach 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 teamworkEach 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.
9Nevertheless, intervene immediately on safety or health issues. Letting GoLetting 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.Nevertheless, intervene immediately on safety or health issues.
10Boy Scout Uniforms Field Uniform / Class-A Activity Uniform / Class-B Boy Scout shirtBoy Scout belt (maybe part of new pants)Boy Scout pants or shortsBoy Scout socksProper BSA patches including patrol patch, troop number, current rank and position of responsibilityRequired for driving to/from campout, Courts of Honor, Troop meetings, meals on some campouts, and other more formal eventsMerit Badge Sash (Board of Review, Courts of Honor and other formal events)Activity Uniform / Class-BTroop T-Shirt (Suggest at least 2 for summer camps)Boy Scout ‘Looking’ pants/shorts – Drab Olive / TanTroop Hat
11Agenda Session I – Apr 21, 2014 Overview of Boy Scouts History of ScoutingThe Goals of ScoutingCub/Boy Scout DifferencesUniformsOverview of Local BSA Organization and Troop 584BSA Organizational OverviewHistory of Troop 584Troop 584 OrganizationTroop OutingsOverviewOuting sign-up and other logisticsRecommended Equipment
12BSA Organizational Overview The Scout OrganizationNational Council of Boy ScoutsRegionLocal CouncilNew Birth of Freedom CouncilDistrictBattlefieldChartered OrganizationLake Meade Property Owners AssociationTroop CommitteeCurrent Committee Chair – Tom WolfgangTroopCurrent Scoutmaster – Tim RacioppaScout LeadershipCurrent SPL – Daniel PivirottoComplete …
13More information and contacts can be found at www.bsatroop584.com Troop 88 Adult Leadership TeamTim Racioppa – ScoutmasterBruce Miglin - STEM AdvisorKen Guion – ASM – Leadership Ranks and Eagle AdvisorDennis Braaten /Mike Griffin – ASM MeetingsJack Hazel /Craig Mullarkey – ASM SkillsMike Wojciechowski – ASM – OutingsRanjan Routray – ASM Services & New Scout/Parent CoordinatorKevin Devers - Committee ChairmanDenise Narum – Committee SecretaryLianne Jelson – Troop TreasurerDavid Hartt/Ted Lea – Outings CoordinatorAnn Ewell – Advancement CoordinatorMark Earley - Troop Quartermaster AdvisorRebecca Burcaw - Health CoordinatorBen Renberg / Brad Rapp - Fundraising CoordinatorsDebbie Vaughn - Merit Badge CoordinatorKim Elliott – Membership CoordinatorAriann Fahey – Troop SpiritwearDoug Mohn – Website and Digital Media AdvisorMore information and contacts can be found at
14History of Troop 88 First chartered July 31st, 2000. Eagle Scouts: Began as a five-boy Troop in July 2000Current chartering organization – Church of Christ, Cinco RanchHas remained a large sized Troop in Texas Skies District with a firm commitment to work with each ScoutMeets every Monday night at 7:00 PM except following a campout and summer / winter holidaysEagle Scouts:Troop 584 has seen 62 Scouts complete their Eagle RankSeveral more are nearing completionReinforce their importance to the legacy of scouting in the organization.Troop 584 aims to develop young men of character equipped with appropriate outdoor skills. We are not an Eagle Scout factory.
15When your son joins Troop 584 … You will complete official registration paperwork for your son (and yourself, all parents can help the troop) and pay duesObtain a scout uniform and handbookDeposit dues in your sons scout accountVolunteer your time and talent to the troopReview the Troop Website (common.user/danny123) for upcoming activities and other useful informationAttend the New Scout Parent OrientationGet involved and watch your son grow.Once you join the Troop, your address will be put into the Troop distribution list and you will start getting Troop s.
16Troop MeetingMonday 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 AnnouncementsSkills Instruction / Special Topics / Patrol Campout Planning – 50 minutes.Game Time – 20 minutes - The boys go outside (weather permitting) and play a gameClosing – 5 minutes – Advancements and any closing AnnouncementsNeed adult volunteers that do not serve in other areas in the troop to supervise Game Time!
17A scout is expected to be active in their religion Religion in Troop 584Because 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.A scout is expected to be active in their religion
18“Never do anything a boy can do.” —Robert S. S. Baden-Powell A Boy-Led TroopWhat 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
19Scout Organization 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).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.
20These positions are appointed and must be approved by the Scoutmaster. Scout Organization – Other PositionsOther PositionsTroop 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 campoutsOA Representative - liaison with the Thunder hawk Chapter…Quartermaster - responsible for troop supplies and equipment.Scribe - the troop secretary.These positions are appointed and must be approved by the Scoutmaster.
21Scout Organization - 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.“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
22Troop Leadership Structure – Spring 2014 This chart shows how the troop is organized in terms of patrols, leadership team and other positions of responsibility.
23Adult Organization – SM/ASMs 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 ScoutmastersThe 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 troopBasically, anything having to do with the boys’ activities.Basically, the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters set the “Program”.
24Adult Organization – Troop Committee 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)TreasurerSecretaryOutdoor CoordinatorTraining CoordinatorEquipment CoordinatorCommunications CoordinatorFundraising CoordinatorTroop wear CoordinatorHealth and Safety OfficerMerit Badge CoordinatorAdvancement CoordinatorEagle Advancement CoordinatorTroop 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.
25Agenda Session I – Apr 21, 2014 Overview of Boy Scouts History of ScoutingThe Goals of ScoutingCub/Boy Scout DifferencesUniformsOverview of Local BSA Organization and Troop 584BSA Organizational OverviewHistory of Troop 584Troop 584 OrganizationTroop OutingsOverviewOuting sign-up and other logisticsRecommended Equipment
26Troop Outings Camps and campouts Regular campout procedures 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 mealsEverything 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 campoutAt least one high-adventure camp each summer (typically for older, mature scouts)SHAC winter camp (between Christmas & New Year)Regular campout proceduresAnnual planning & scheduling meetingsMonthly planning at Troop MeetingsApprox. 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 transportationDetail your food and outings process on this slide. Who purchases food and how it is reimbursed. Detail how you communicate to parents details of upcoming outings and how you rsvp. Set the expectation of when/where/how this is done.Scouts that are active in campouts are more likely to continue and grow in scouting.
27See Troop 584’s web site for this year’s schedule and upcoming events. Typical Outing ScheduleTypical Outing Schedule for Troop 584April – Bastrop State Park, HikingMay – Potter’s Creek/Guadalupe River CampoutJune – Summer Camps (El Rancho Cima, TX and Skymont, TN)July – Philmont / Sea Base / Bechtel Reserve High Adventure TripsAugust – Take a breakSeptember – Lake Somerville - canoeing, kayaking, swimming (tentative)October – Inks Lake - canoeing, kayaking, swimming (tentative)November – Fulshear - shotgun shooting and archery (tentative)December – SHAC Winter Camp / NYLTJanuary – Webelos WoodsFebruary – Texas Skies District CamporeeMarch – El Rancho Cima, near San Marcos – climbing & rappelling (tentative)See Troop 584’s web site for this year’s schedule and upcoming events.
28Scout Campout No No's 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.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.
29Campout Signup, Costs and Transportation Signup and CostsTypically Online: Troop Website – common.user/danny123The 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 shineCancelations – Notify Outdoor Coordinator and Grubmaster ASAP.TransportationDrivers 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.Scouts can arrive late to a campout (Saturday), but cannot leave early without Scoutmaster/SPL approval.
30Gear 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 helpCamp ChairBathing Suit, Towel, & Water Shoes (for showering or swimming)All clothes in Plastic freezer bags with ZiplocSmall roll of toilet paper (store in plastic bag)Metal cup that can hang on belt & Water BottleScout Book, BSA Medical FormSun Protection & Insect repellentNalgene Bottle – clip to beltWeather appropriate clothing.Hiking shoes/bootsPlease see packing list on troop web site for a more comprehensive list.
31Grubmaster 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.Each scout must be a Grubmaster at least once before earning the First Class rank.
32Typical Campout – Adult Role Adults are there to observe safety issuesAdults are there to ask questions that make the boys thinkAdults are NOT there to “do for the boys”Adults are NOT there to tell the boys what to doAdults will NOT be tenting with their sonAdults are there to provide guidanceTypical per head food costs for a campout: ~$15Adults are encouraged to come and at a minimum are required for transportation, safety, and leadership needsAlso watch out for inappropriate behavior (bullying, profanity, etc.)If there are concerns that their son or others are floundering, tell SM for his actionIf a parent goes on a campout, they will be recruited to help cook, watch the boys, or help out in some other way.
33Agenda Session II – Apr 28, 2014 Scout Advancement Scout Leadership Boy Scout AdvancementsMerit BadgesFirst Class Emphasis ProgramScout LeadershipScout’s Leadership within TroopScout Leadership TrainingAdult Volunteer OpportunitiesTroop CommitteeAssistant ScoutmasterOther volunteer opportunitiesOther Important Stuff
34Boy Scout Advancements Advancement is a process by which Boy Scout progressesAdvancement is a means to an end, not an end in itselfDesigned to help Scout have exciting and meaningful experienceEducation and fun are key to advancement principlesGrowth the Scout achieves overcoming obtainable goalsScout through First Class Ranks focus on Scouting’s basic skillsGoal of BSA and Troop 584: every Scout achieves First ClassRank AdvancementsScoutTenderfootSecond ClassFirst ClassStarLifeEagle
35Boy Scout Rank Advancement Scoutmasters oversee Scout advancementAdvancement Coordinator maintains records and arranges Boards of Review and Courts of HonorThere are five steps in the Boy Scout Advancement Process:LearningTestingReviewingRecognitionRank related responsibilities
36Troop 584 Advancement Principles Personal growth is the prime consideration in the programLearning by doingEach youth progresses at his own rateA badge is recognition of what a young person is able to do, not just a reward for what he has doneAdvancement encourages Scouting IdealsParent’s role is not to carry the scout, rather monitor, motivate, and support the scoutTypically, a scout can advance to 1st class in years depending on the participation and work ethicTroop 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.
37Advance at your own pace Skills RanksSkills 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 campoutinside Troop requirements that can be taught and earned at troop meetingsAdvance at your own pace
38Skills Validation Overview 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.
39Signing Off Requirements To get requirements signed off in their Scout books, a scout should:Read the book and/or reference material on meritbadge.comGo to the Troop meeting and receive instruction from an older scout or ASMGo home and practice that requirementCome to the next Troop meeting and find an Assistant Scout Master (ASM) for the specific rankAsk the ASM if they can sign off their bookIf the ASM says yes, demonstrate the skill to himThe ASM then signs the Scout’s Scout BookAn 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 itCan get multiple requirements signed off at a time if he can successfully demonstrate the knowledge or skillswe can neither add to nor take away from the requirements in the bookParents cannot sign off on any of their son’s rank or merit badge requirements.
40Rank ASMs 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.Please see for Troop 584 guidelines for advancement by rank40
41Scout Badge 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!
42Tenderfoot 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.2nd and 1st 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.
43Second Class 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.2nd and 1st 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.
44First Class 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.
45Leadership Ranks Leadership Ranks (Star, Life, and Eagle) Focus on Service,Earning merit badges, andLearning 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.
46Star Scout Star Position of Responsibility: 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)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.
47Life Scout Life Teach Using EDGE Method 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)Teach Using EDGE MethodSecond 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)
48Eagle Scout 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 belowFirst AidCitizenship in the CommunityCitizenship in the NationCitizenship in the WorldCommunicationsPersonal FitnessEmergency Preparedness OR LifesavingEnvironmental SciencePersonal ManagementSwimming OR Hiking OR CyclingCamping, andFamily LifeCooking (required from 2014 onwards)
49Eagle Palms Eagle Palms (Bronze, Gold and Silver Palms) 5 more Merit Badges3 Months Position of Responsibility (since eagle or last palm)
50Completing a Rank Completing a Rank: The last three requirements in each rank must be done last and in orderScout SpiritScoutmaster ReviewBoard of ReviewOnly 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
51Are you living the boy scout values? Scout SpiritScout SpiritScout 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 LawA Scout isTrustworthy,Loyal,Helpful,Friendly,Courteous,Kind,Obedient,Cheerful,Thrifty,Brave,Clean,Reverent.Scout OathOn 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 MottoBe Prepared.Scout SloganDo a good turn daily.Are you living the boy scout values?
52Scoutmaster Conference 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 advancementGetting to know scoutSetting individual goalsMentoringBuilding confidenceEncouragementProblem Solving and disciplineScoutmaster 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 hoursScouts are responsible for scheduling an advancement Scoutmaster Conference after requirements for rank advancement completedA Scout should be prepared and review and know the scoutmaster conference checklist on the troop website.
53Board of Reviews (BoR)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 troopBoard 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 furtherScout is responsible for scheduling a BOR after completing the Scoutmaster ConferenceIf 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.
54Recognition Each time a Scout advances in rank, he will be recognized Rank advancement is effective after approval by Board of ReviewFormal recognition occurs at the Court of HonorYounger scouts and their families are welcome to attend Eagle CoH to get a glimpse of the path to EagleCourt of Honor - Eagle Scout rank is usually recognized by a very special Eagle Court of Honor
55Merit Badges Merit Badges Over 100 Boy Scout Merit BadgesTeach Scouts about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careersRequired for rank advancement beyond First Class Scout21 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.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.
56Merit Badge Steps Merit Badge Steps Have blue card signed by SM again 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 classGet 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 againA list of Troop 584 and Katy area Merit Badge counselors can be found on troop website:
57Completing a Merit Badge Completing a MBOnce 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.
58First 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
59Agenda Session II – Apr 28, 2014 Scout Advancement Scout Leadership Boy Scout AdvancementsMerit BadgesFirst Class Emphasis ProgramScout LeadershipScout’s Leadership within TroopScout Leadership TrainingAdult Volunteer OpportunitiesTroop CommitteeAssistant ScoutmasterOther volunteer opportunitiesOther Important Stuff
60Scout Leadership and Training Scouts elect their own major leadership positionsSenior Patrol leader (entire troop)Patrol leader (each Patrol)Other positions appointed by Scout and adult leadersTroop elections held twice a yearFall & springScout TrainingJunior Leader Training following each Troop ElectionNYLT (National Youth Leader Training)Scouts nominated by Scoutmaster (typically after 1st class)Offered three times per year in Sam Houston Area CouncilNAYLENational Advanced Youth Leadership ExperienceScouts will have the opportunity to take on various leadership roles as they progress through the ranks.
61Scout Leadership 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. Troop 584 believes that all Scouts should be both good followers and good leaders
62SPL and ASPLsElections 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.ASPL Preferred EligibilityStar or above RankIn troop at least 6 monthsParticipated in majority of troop activities in past yearAttended NYLTSPL Preferred EligibilityLife or above RankAttended NYLTIn troop at least 12 monthsParticipated in majority of troop activities in past year
63Leadership Entry Level Entry Level Leadership Positions (First Class required)ScribeHistorianDen ChiefChaplain’s AideBuglerTroop GuideInstructorOA RepresentativePatrol Leader (can be any rank)
64There should be at least one patrol meeting a month. Patrol Leader / Assistant Patrol LeaderPatrol Leader and Assistant Patrol LeaderWhen 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 completedattends Patrol Leader Council (PLC) meetingsarranges and leads patrol meetingsreports key points from Patrol Meeting to ASPL-patrolsThere should be at least one patrol meeting a month.
65LT and PLC 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) meetingThe Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) meeting consists of the SPL, ASPL-Patrols, Scribe, and the Patrol LeadersThis meeting occurs during campouts.Beyond the official roles, scouts are always encouraged to provide leadership as the situation demands.
66Troop Leadership Training 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 PoRTroop Leadership Training is mandatory for each member of the incoming LT.
67National Youth Leadership Training 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.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.
68Order of the ArrowThe Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s national honor society.A Scout is eligible for OA when theyachieve the First Class rank,have camped 15 nights including a long-term campout such as a summer or winter camp, andare 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.
69ServiceServiceEach 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 websiteTurn 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 is a scout’s way of giving back to the community and fellow scouts.
70Service Is … What counts as Service Hours? Helping other non-profit organizations. Such as setting up canopies. for the church or for a community eventHelping at school. Such as preparing text books and other pre-school activitiesHelping 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 projectHelping Scouting in general, (not our Troop). Such as, OA work weekend at Brosig, doing an Arrow of Light ceremony for a PackService performed for church OUTSIDE of worship hours (ex. Staffing/decorating for VBS, non-worship service performed on mission trips or youth groups)Please visit our website for policy on service hours
71Service is Not … 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 groupWorking 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 cashActivities performed during a worship hours (e.g. Choir, Praise band or worship team)Any activity where the scout is paid or rewardedTravel timePlease visit our website for policy on service hours
72Agenda Session II – Apr 28, 2014 Scout Advancement Scout Leadership Boy Scout AdvancementsMerit BadgesFirst Class Emphasis ProgramScout LeadershipScout’s Leadership within TroopScout Leadership TrainingAdult Volunteer OpportunitiesTroop CommitteeAssistant ScoutmasterOther volunteer opportunitiesOther Important Stuff
73Parental InvolvementThe troop's success depends upon your support & active involvement in scouting activities:Fund RaisingEagle AdvisorService ProjectsBoard of ReviewTroop Committee MemberAssistant ScoutmasterInstructors (ex. Rock Climbing, Canoeing/Kayaking, etc.)Teaching one or more merit badgesPlanning Camping Trips ~ High Adventure ~ Long Term Camp CoordinatorsTransportation or supervision for the campoutsWe need your support for continued vitality of Troop 584. Only one hour per weekA scout is “Obedient”
74I 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 ScoutmasterFill up BSA Adult Leader ApplicationBSA Medical Form Part A & BComplete Youth Protection Training (YPT) or provide proof of completion during last 2 yearsComplete (can be done in parallel) position specific trainingBest to have all your forms ready on the night of orientation and give it to them w/ your checklist and your orientation file in a special folder.Everyone can help, whether you have been scouting before or not.
75Merit Badge Counselors (MBCs) In addition to ASM, Troop Committee roles, one can also teach MBs to scoutsAny 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 outDocumentation of YPT - copy of cardMBC - application form completedYou 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 TroopA person can’t just put on a merit badge class for their son.Troop website has a list of current merit badge counselors.From First Class rank onwards certain # of merit badges are required for rank advancement.
76Leadership Training Philosophy Boy Scouts of America Provide Adult Leaders fundamental information about Aims & Purposes of Scouting MovementSpecifics about their particular Roles in ScoutingFour levels of Training:FAST STARTBASIC TRAININGSUPPLEMENTALADVANCED
77FAST START TrainingTo immediately orient Leaders before they meet with youthTo acquaint new Leaders with Scouting - give some specificsFoundation for further training
78BASIC TrainingDeveloped to give new leaders the Knowledge, Skills, and to generate the Enthusiasm that they need to be Successful. Has 2 partsNew Leader Essentials:Initial training for adult leaders serving youth in the BSA90 minute series of Lively Sessions covering core elements of Scouting & expectations of LeaderScout Leaders attend New Leader Essentials only OnceLeader Specific Training:Scoutmaster/Assistant ScoutmasterGetting Started: The Role of the SM in a Boy-Led TroopLighting the Fire: The Outdoor Program and AdvancementKeeping It Going: Program Planning & AdministrationIntroduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)Committee MemberBoy Scout Troop Committee Challenge
79ADVANCED 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 programsLeadership in Team DevelopmentLiving the ValuesBringing the Vision to LifeModels for SuccessTools of the TradeLeading to Make a Difference
80SUPPLEMENTAL Training Designed to give additional training on specific areas of the different programsExamples: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.
81Agenda Session II – Apr 28, 2014 Scout Advancement Scout Leadership Boy Scout AdvancementsMerit BadgesFirst Class Emphasis ProgramScout LeadershipScout’s Leadership within TroopScout Leadership and TrainingAdult Volunteer OpportunitiesTroop CommitteeAssistant ScoutmasterOther volunteer opportunitiesOther Important Stuff
82Troop & Scout Communications Troop WebsiteOther websites(Boy Scouts of America)(Sam Houston Area Council)(Texas Skies District)Scouter magazineScouts receive Boys’ Life MagazineLots ofText messaging and Facebook pageNext 3 slides should be updated with how your troop provides communications to adults… this is critical to keeping adults active…
83Grocery Share Cards are an easy way to support our troop. FundraisingBSA Popcorn (fall)Percentage of proceeds go to BSA, Troop and ScoutFlags 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 outAnnual Golf Tournament (spring)Percentage of proceeds go to Troop and participating scoutsGrocery Share Cards (year round)@Kroger, just show the Troop 584 Share Card along with Kroger Shopping Card at check-out@Randall’s, 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 projectsGrocery Share Cards are an easy way to support our troop.83
84Other Important Stuff Record Keeping Meetings Troop keeps Merit Badge & Advancement records in advancement databaseCritical that you also keep your own recordsCampouts attendedCamped days, miles hiked/backpacked/floatedService hours and projectsLeadership positions and timeMeetingsMonday nights from 7:00 to 8:30pm except during the summerWe meet on Holiday Mondays if there will be school the next dayMonday after a campout is Patrol Meeting nightMost Monday’s: Board of Meetings (as requested)ASMs (adults) meet on 1st Wednesday of each monthTroop Committee (adults) meets on 2nd Wednesday of each monthSpecial meetings (e.g., Eagle project review), as needed
85Other Important Stuff (contd.) Dues$200 annual for ScoutRegistration and rechartering: $25Activity Fees: $175Major fundraisersPerformed by entire TroopPopcorn salesFlags (Flags Across America program)Participating Scouts receive credit to their accounts of percentage of funds raised, available to be used for Scouting-related activitiesMerit Badge FairsDisciplineWe 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
86Health 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 ZiplocPrescription medicine must be in original containersAnnual Health and Medical FormRequired for Scouts and Adult LeadershipPart A and B physical all scouting eventsGood for 12 monthsPart C required Long Term Camps, to be signed by your doctorPart D required for any high adventure activityRequired for all adultsalways carry a copy in day pack AND give us a copy for our recordsSafetyGuide to Safe Scouting
87Mailbox Folders 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.Although most communication is done by in an effort to be “conservation minded”, it is important to check these boxes on a regular basis!.87
88Scout Accounts 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.It is the responsibility of each scout to make sure that there is enough funds in their account to cover their expenses.88
89Court of HonorA 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 BanquetThe 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.