Every organization has to have its rules in order to run effectively; ours is no different. We really try hard to minimize the number of formal rules since we believe that the Scout Oath, Law, and common sense are much more valuable. This page outlines those things that we think are important and could cause confusion if not explained. If you have any questions, email us or talk with the Scoutmaster or Committee Chairman and we'll try to help you out.
Click on a topic to see the Troop's guidelines:
Rule Number 1: The Scout Oath
Rule Number 2: The Scout Law
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.
In establishing our Troop's dress code, we've tried to balance the need for troop visibility and uniformity with issues of cost and comfort. There are three classes of uniforms which are described here.
Class A is the formal uniform and is worn to most regular meetings, all Courts of Honor, and other selected Scouting events. The Class A uniform consists of:
Class B is the "activity" uniform and is worn where the activities may damage an expensive uniform, but where some level of uniformity and identity is still appropriate. It is typically worn on the monthly "fun nights" and when going to summer camp. The Class B uniform is identical to the Class A except as follows:
In some circumstances, it's appropriate to wear street clothes as opposed to a uniform. This is usually where a troop identity isn't important or where there is a strong likelihood of damage to the uniform. We wear street clothes on all campouts. Street clothes may consist of anything you want as long as they meet the following guidelines:
Mic-O-Say Tribal Attire
The appropriate claws or Foxman stick should be worn to all Scouting events. Our Troop has a tradition of dressing in tribal fashion for all tribal functions (although the Class A uniform is an acceptable alternative).
We encourage all adult leaders to follow the same uniform guidelines as are used for the Scouts (except that the scarf is only required to be worn at Courts of Honor and other formal events). Wearing your uniform properly demonstrates to the Scouts that you share the same commitment and involvement that we expect from our Scouts.
You only get out of Scouting what you put into Scouting. This is most important in the area of attendance. We understand that no Scout will be able to attend every event. Conflicts with family, school, church, or other sports/social events will sometimes occur. In these cases, the Scout (not the parents) should call the Scoutmaster or Senior Patrol Leader in advance to let them know that he'll be unable to attend.
If you're unable to attend for an extended period of time, let us know so that we can work with you to help avoid falling behind on rank advancements. Also, let us know if you're just losing interest. We'd like to find out why and maybe improve our program for you and all of the Scouts.
See the Troop Calendar page for an up-to-date schedule of upcoming events. We also publish the calendar periodically in paper form and send it in a mailing or home with the Scouts. In general, our meetings are scheduled as follows:
Parents are always invited to all Scouting events.
Scouting's merit badge program provides a great opportunity for any Scout to tailor Scouting to his own unique interests and goals. There are over 100 merit badges available today which cover a broad range of crafts, careers, sports and hobbies. Of these, 12 are required for the rank of Eagle Scout. These 12 merit badges were selected for Eagle because they provide important life-long skills to every Scout. The Eagle required merit badges are:
Some of the ways in which a Scout can earn merit badges in our Troop are:
How to Use Merit Badge Counselors to Earn a Merit Badge
If a Scout is taking a merit badge other than those taught at Troop meetings, the preferred way is to use a registered merit badge counselor. The registration process includes training for the counselor and helps assure that the counselor knows the subject matter and is able to teach it consistently. In that way, we know that every Scout taking a particular merit badge gets the full benefit of learning new skills and knowledge. To earn a merit badge this way, follow these steps:
Parents as Merit Badge Counselors
Since they know a boy's interests and desires best, parents or guardians often make an excellent merit badge counselors. We prefer that registered merit badge counselors be used whenever possible to provide a consistent level of understanding and skill. However, we also recognize that this isn't always practical.
If parents or guardians are acting as merit badge counselors, they MUST use the following guidelines:
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Last updated January 04, 2007 07:15 PM