WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT OUR SCOUT TROOP

If your son has just joined our troop, welcome. If he's still considering it, we're glad he's interested. In either case, this folder will answer your questions about Boy Scouting and our troop.

 

There are two ways of looking at Boy Scouting. From the boy's viewpoint, it's a game. It takes him outdoors for camping and hiking, and it gives him a chance to learn new skills and be recognized for them. Boy Scouting also provides plenty of fun with old- and-new friends.

 

From the parents viewpoint, Boy Scouting is all that and more. It aims to strengthen the boy's character through precept and example, to make him an aware participating citizen, and to enhance his physical, mental, and moral development.

 

That sounds like a tall order, and it is. But Boy Scouting has proven over time that it can fill that order by exposing your son to new, wholesome experiences as he works and plays with his fellow Scouts in our troop.

 

HOW YOUR SON JOINS

 

To be a Boy Scout your son must be 11 years old or be 10 1/2 and have completed the fifth grade. To be a Webelos your son must be between the ages of 9 and 11. Together you and he must complete the application form and return it to our troop's Scoutmaster along with the membership fee of $50.00. He will get a subscription to BOY'S LIFE, the monthly magazine of the Boy Scouts of America, the official Troop neckerchief and the Troop numbers. At the time the Scoutmaster accepts your son's application to be a Scout, he will talk with him to see that he understands and subscribes to the Scout Oath and the Scout Law; that he understands the Scout motto, Scout slogan, salute, sign, and handclasp; and that he knows the significance of the Scout badge and the Outdoor Code. When he meets these requirements, he is a Scout.

 

These requirements are explained in THE OFFICIAL BOY SCOUT HANDBOOK . Be sure your son reads his copy of the handbook right away. It contains everything he needs to know to earn badges and to become a real outdoorsman and a first-class citizen.

 

YOUR ROLE AS A SCOUT PARENT

 

Naturally, you'll want your son to get the most out of scouting. So you'll keep the dates of troop activities on your calendar as a reminder, encourage him as he progresses in the advancement program, and perhaps help him master the skills of Scouting.

 

But his success in Scouting depends in part on the success of our troop. If the troop is strong, active, and vibrant, he will have a much better chance to make the most of his experiences as a Scout. You can help keep the troop strong.

 

How you help the troop depends on your talents and available time. Perhaps you will be asked to serve on the troop committee, which functions as a sort of board of directors. Or you might be called upon for only occasional tasks- helping with a paper drive, providing transportation for a campout, maintaining troop equipment, or serving as merit badge counselor in a hobby or career field in which, you are familiar.

 

From time to time your son's patrol may need a meeting place to work on a project or practice a skill. You can help him and his patrol by making your home available.

 

Occasionally you and your family will be invited to a special troop activity- a parents night or court of honor at which Scouts are recognized for their advancement. Once a year Dad may be asked to attend a father-son campout over a weekend.

 

Your participation in these activities, and your offers of help when a troop has a need, will show your son that you support him and want him to have the best experience possible in Scouting.

 

COSTS OF SCOUTING

 

Our dues are $10.00 per month. The dues go toward the operating costs of the troop. The dues pay for badges and insignia. Camp ground fees and trip activities are also defrayed with dues money.

 

Scouting believes that a Scout should pay his own way, to the extent possible. So urge your son to earn enough money to cover his dues and buy at least some of the equipment he will want.

 

Money-earning projects are undertaken by the troop to cover some of the large expenses for troop-owned gear such as tents and other camping equipment. Part of your son's responsibilities as a Scout will be to do his share on these Fund-Raisers.

 

OUR TROOP'S UNIFORM

 

It is not the purpose of the Scout uniform to hide the differences between boys or make them feel they are all the same. Scouts come from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. They have their own religious beliefs and family traditions. Scouting wants boys to take pride in these differences, rather than to hide them or to be ashamed of them.

 

But there is one way in which all Scouts are alike. Whenever a Scout sees another person in a Scout uniform he knows he is like that person because both have committed themselves to the principles of the Scout oath and law. This is important in a time when there are many things which seem to divide people from each other. The Scout Promise and Law bind all Scouts of the world together in common purpose. So boys wear the Scout uniform to identify themselves openly with some beliefs to which we are all committed. To this end the Troop encourages parents to purchase for their sons uniforms within the first three months of joining. We suggest the Shirt first and pants later since most awards are worn on the shirt.

 

LATER NEEDS

 

As your son gets into Scouting activities, he will have some equipment needs. An active troop will do at least 30 days and nights of camping each year. So, eventually, he could use a pack, hiking shoes, poncho, Scout pocketknife, and sleeping bag. Use your own good judgement. Only you know what you can afford. If planning to purchase camping equipment, check with our leaders first. They'll have a good idea of the equipment Scouts in our troop use.

 

Summer camp, usually a week at the local councils Scout camps, require a little more planning. However, most troops have money-earning projects that help pay for this highlight experience.

 

HOW OUR TROOP WORKS

 

Our troop is operated by an institution or group called the chartered organization, The Friends of Troop 205. It arranges for our regular troop meeting place and approves the adult leaders who administrate the troop affairs.

 

The leaders are the Scoutmaster, Kenneth W. Church Jr., and his assistants and the troop committee. All are unpaid volunteers; most are parents of boys in the troop.

 

Within the troop your son will be assigned to a patrol -a group of six to 10 boys. His patrol will be his team for games and contests, his closest buddies in camp, and his teachers as he works on advancement.

 

Troop meetings are planned and conducted by the boy leaders under the coaching and guidance of the Scoutmaster. This is part of the plan to help your son grow; to make decisions and take an active part in making the troop program successful.

 

A typical troop meeting includes a game or two; work on outdoor skills, first aid, fitness, citizenship, or some other aspect of Scouting; a brief patrol meeting for advancement progress or planning a future patrol event; and ceremonies highlighting Scouting's ideals.

 

At troop meetings, and working on his own, your son will have a chance to earn many badges and awards. He will get his Boy Scout badge as soon as he has his first talk with our Scoutmaster. As he earns awards and badges, he will progress from Tenderfoot through the Second and First Class ranks into the more difficult requirements for the Star and Life badges. Finally, he may earn the most distinctive of all-the EAGLE Scout badge.

 

Frequently, our troop will conduct special events. It may be an overnight camp, a visit to some location of interest or significance, or a troop service project to stimulate his interest and self-reliance. Encourage his participation in these events, but let him collect his own gear and pack it. He may make a mistake or forget something. Let him do it-that's part of the learning in Scouting.

 

YOUTH MEDICAL FORMS AND INSURANCE

 

The activities of Scouting are vigorous. It is hoped that each boy WILL HAVE A PHYSICAL EXAM SOON AFTER JOINING, with in one month , to be sure he is fit for the program. No Scout will be allowed to attend activities without a completed medical. Youth medicals are valid for two (2) years except when injury or sickness requires re-evaluation. Adult medicals are valid for one (1) year only.

 

Although Scouting programs are designed for safety, accidents do happen. Therefore the troop carries a limited insurance policy that is arranged by the Boy Scouts of America through Mutual of Omaha. All registered youth members are covered as are all new members added during the year until the renewal date. Non-scouts, non-scouters and guests attending scheduled activities for the purpose of being encouraged to become registered members are automatically insured. Other guests are not insured.

 

The insurance provides benefits while the coverage is in force, for injuries to an insured person, anywhere in the world, while:

 

     (a) participating in any approved and supervised by the Boy Scouts of America or

     (b) traveling directly to or from such activities ( travel is not limited to " as a group").

 

When surgical treatment or hospital care is involved, benefits in excess of the first $ 150 will be payable, up to a maximum of $ 6000, only for the expenses which are not recoverable under any other insurance policy or service contract. A families primary insurance will be used to cover expenses above the $ 150 threshold. The insurance policy is available for review upon request.

Troop 205

Meets Every Wednesday at 7:15 p.m.

St. Rosalia Church Basement

6301 - 14th Avenue

Brooklyn , NY 11219

 

DUES

Each Scout pays $ 10.00 per month

 

SCOUTMASTER

Kenneth W. Church Jr.

2120 - 61st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11204-2569

917-975-7876

 

CHARTERED ORGANIZATION

Regina Pacis / St. Rosalia R.C. Church

1230 - 65th Street

Brooklyn, New York 11219-5614

 

UNIFORM

Centennial Boy Scout Short-Sleeve Cotton Rich Poplin Uniform Shirt

 Youth Centennial Canvas Convertible Pants

 Centennial Boy Scout Web Belt

Forest Green Shoulder Loops

Centennial Merit Badge Sash

Council Shoulder Patch ( Brooklyn )