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New Parent Guide 2017

NEW SCOUTS AND PARENTS GUIDE – 2017

A program for boys 11 through 17 designed to develop character, citizenship, and fitness. Through the advancement program and peer group leadership, Scouting helps a boy develop into a well-rounded young man. The Eagle Scout Award, the highest rank in Scouting, is recognized around the world as a mark of excellence.

Boy Scouts look forward to Boy Scout Camping opportunities and many other District Activities. In Boy Scouts, youth take responsibility for the activities of the troop. By planning and organizing activities, they develop teamwork and learn to lead as well as follow.


Scout Oath (or Promise)

“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 Law

“A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.”

 


Differences between Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts

Advancement
The Boy Scout requirements for rank are the basis for a Boy Scout’s advancement.

There are four steps in the Boy Scout advancement procedure: learning, testing, reviewing, and recognition. The introductory Scout skills are taught to Scouts by older Scouts.

Boy Scouting has the following ranks:

  • Scout
  • Tenderfoot
  • Second Class
  • First Class
  • Star
  • Life
  • Eagle

Scouts must complete any rank advancement before their 18th birthday.

After a Scout has earned the rank of Eagle, they can earn Eagle palms for additional merit badges and service to Scouts. The requirements for ranks from Scout thru First Class are the same for every Scout, and focus on basic Scouting skills. Beginning with the rank of Star, boys are required to hold leadership positions in the troop and to complete a certain number of merit badges. These are choices each Scout makes for himself.

Merit Badges

There are more than 130 different merit badges. The following list is complete as of Spring 2015, but a merit badges are added or removed periodically.

1. American Business
2. American Cultures
3. American Heritage
4. American Labor
5. Animal Science
6. Animation (Coming soon)
7. Archaeology
8. Archery
9. Architecture
10.
Art
11. Astronomy
12. Athletics
13. Automotive Maintenance
14. Aviation
15. Backpacking
16. Basketry
17. Bird Study
18. Bugling
19. Camping
20. Canoeing
21. Chemistry
22. Chess
23. Citizenship in the Community
24. Citizenship in the Nation
25. Citizenship in the World
26. Climbing
27. Coin Collecting
28. Collections
29. Communication
30. Composite Materials
31. Cooking
32. Crime Prevention
33. Cycling
34. Dentistry
35. Digital Technology
36. Disabilities Awareness
37. Dog Care
38. Drafting
39. Electricity
40. Electronics
41. Emergency Preparedness
42. Energy
43. Engineering
44. Entrepreneurship
45. Environmental Science
46. Family Life
47. Farm Mechanics
48. Fingerprinting
49. Fire Safety
50. First Aid
51. Fish and Wildlife Management
52. Fishing
53. Fly Fishing
54. Forestry
55. Game Design
56. Gardening
57. Genealogy
58. Geocaching
59. Geology
60. Golf
61. Graphic Arts
62. Hiking
63. Home Repairs
64. Horsemanship
65. Indian Lore
66. Insect Study
67. Inventing
68. Journalism
69. Kayaking
70. Landscape Architecture
71.
Law
72. Leatherwork
73. Lifesaving
74. Mammal Study
75. Medicine
76. Metalwork
77. Mining in Society
78. Model Design and Building
79. Motorboating
80. Moviemaking
81. Music
82. Nature
83. Nuclear Science
84. Oceanography
85. Orienteering
86. Painting
87. Personal Fitness
88. Personal Management
89. Pets
90. Photography
91. Pioneering
92. Plant Science
93. Plumbing
94. Pottery
95. Programming
96. Public Health
97. Public Speaking
98. Pulp and Paper
99. Radio
100. Railroading
101. Reading
102. Reptile and Amphibian Study
103. Rifle Shooting
104. Robotics
105. Rowing
106. Safety
107. Salesmanship
108. Scholarship
109. Scouting Heritage
110. Scuba Diving
111. Sculpture
112. Search & Rescue
113. Shotgun Shooting
114. Signs, Signals, and Codes (Coming soon)
115. Skating
116. Small-Boat Sailing
117. Snow Sports
118. Soil and Water Conservation
119. Space Exploration
120. Sports
121. Stamp Collecting
122. Surveying
123. Sustainability
124. Swimming
125. Textile
126. Theater
127. Traffic Safety
128. Truck Transportation
129. Veterinary Medicine
130. Water Sports
131. Weather
132. Welding
133. Whitewater
134. Wilderness Survival
135. Wood Carving
136. Woodwork

Good information about merit badges is available at MeritBadge.org.

Leadership and Boy-led Troop Scouts

Troop 324 strives to maintain a boy-led troop. Each Spring, the Scouts have a meeting and plan their camping activities for the upcoming year. Boys with leadership positions within the troop have a monthly meeting, called the Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) and plan the next several weekly meetings and any other activities.

Adult Leaders

Adult leaders are the safety net for the Scout leadership to take on and make mistakes while learning leadership, communications, ethical decision making and team work skills.

Maintaining a BLT philosophy as an adult leader is hard. As adults, we are used to being in charge and have vast leadership experience. It is hard to step back into the background and let the Scouts take charge, especially when it would be so easy for you as the adult to take charge and solve the issues at hand.

As adult leaders, we are here to serve our scouts and grow them into better leaders. The best way to do that is to allow them to try things out, experience success and failure and encourage the scouts to constantly challenge themselves or try new approaches and techniques.

Every mistake a Scout makes is a learning opportunity. If the Scouts do not make mistakes, they don’t have an opportunity to try out new things and stretch their skills. If mistakes are repeated, then we need to understand why. Allowing the Scouts to learn by making mistakes is a fundamental trait of a good adult leader.

There is no better confidence builder than Scouts who succeed on the second time. The adult leader mentoring and encouraging the Scout to try again using lessons learned is key to the Scout’s growth.

Parents’ Roles

Parents are a critical support element for the Scouts taking on the challenges of learning and developing leadership, communication, ethical decision-making and teamwork skills. Each parent who chooses to register as an adult Scouter and takes the required training automatically becomes a member of our troop committee. All adults must be registered with the BSA in order to attend any overnight activity or to even drive other boys to events In addition to committee member, there are a number of adult leadership positions that are necessary to support our troop.

One of the greatest ways to show your sons how important and beneficial Scouting can be for them is to take an active and participatory role in the troop. Take some time to become acclimated to the troop and your new role on the troop committee and then consider what role your skill might be used to benefit the troop.

PATROL METHOD

Troop 324 strives to use the Patrol Method in all of its activities. The Patrol Method promotes a feeling of belonging and allows the boys to experience leadership and responsibility. The boys really need some space to try things out. And to paraphrase Baden-Powell… We shouldn’t do anything for the Scouts that they can do for themselves. For example, Scouts should plan their meals, cook them, and police their kitchens. They will make mistakes, maybe have less-than-stellar menus, and sometimes suffer through the results. These can be great learning opportunities if an adult leader is there to coach them through the process.

The adult leader can help at difficult moments; encourage the boys when things get tough, give helpful advice when needed, and still keep enough distance to allow the boys to take on the chunks of leadership that they can handle

The trick is to find a happy medium between simply ignoring the Scouts, and becoming so involved that they don’t have a chance to learn on their own. Each Scout is different and consequently each Patrol is different. Each will need varying degrees of coaching support and room to grow. Adult leaders are there to give them the support they need while letting them try out things and learn along the way.

REGISTRATION

For this year (2016-17), Troop 324 registration costs were:

  • $85 Scout (without an adult); $110 Scout (with adult)
  • $73 for a second Scout
  • $52 for Eagle Scouts
  • $25 for adults w/o Scouts.

We prorate these amounts for new Scouts, so their troop dues are half of the listed amount, and new dues will be collected in October.

Bartle Summer Camp

Payments for Bartle summer camp are due in mid-April ($175) and mid-May ($175) for full-time campers. If any of you adults are interested in joining us for camp in 2017, please let me know if you want to go full or part-time. I will have to double-check the daily cost for part time campers.

High Adventure Camping

BSA has four national high-adventure camps. These are Philmont, Northern Tier, Seabase and Bechtel Summit. These are rigorous trips and are restricted by BSA to boys 14 and older. Just as a FYI, our troop is sending boys to Philmont in 2017. Your boys will hear this mentioned several times in the next few meetings, and you will see it in numerous emails if you haven’t already.

All About Troop 324

All About

Troop 324

www.Troop324.org

Who We Are: Troop 324 is a Scout-led troop-this means that Scouts are elected to various leadership positions, like Patrol Leader. These Scouts plan and run weekly meetings and other activities such as monthly campouts. Serving in these positions gives Scouts the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and to learn self-confidence – two major goals of Scouting.

Our Meetings: The troop meets most Mondays at 7pm at Christ Lutheran Church, 11720 Nieman Road in Overland Park. Our meetings mirror the school year, from Mid-August to late May. There is a parent meeting scheduled once a month, usually on the Monday following a campout. Most boys do not meet on that night.

Campouts: The heart of the Boy Scout program is the month outdoor activtiy, usually a campout, scheduled monthly during the school year. Campouts provide Scouts with the opportunity to learn how to work together, learn new skills, and earn merit badges and rank advancement.

Bartle Scout Reservation: The high point of the year for many Scouts is the 10 days spent at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation near Osceola, Missouri each summer. Canoeing, rappelling, rifle shooting, swimming, lifesaving – these are just a few of the merit badges that Scouts can earn while at Bartle.

High Adventure: Troop 34 participates in high adventure camps such as Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, Rocky Mountain High Adventure Base in Colorado, and Northern Tier in Minnesota.

Eagle Scouts: Troop 324 is very proud to have over 90 young men among our active Scouts and alumni who have achieve the top rank of Eagle Scout.

Mission Statement: Troop 324 Scouts will learn skills necessary to become productive, active, ethical and responsible community leaders.

New Scout Gear Guide

A Gear Guide For New Scouts And Their Parents

This guide is a list of the necessities that your son will need for his uniform and his first few campouts. You can definitely make do with things you have on hand or by borrowing some items as well. Once your son has some experience and sees what other boys have, you can make more informed decisions about what you want to purchase. Scouting equipment also makes wonderful birthday and Christmas gifts!

camping-gearThe Scout Shop (at 103rd and Holmes) carries all things Scouting. To start, your Scout will need the tan Scout shirt, the beginning Scout patches and the metal neckerchief slide. The Troop will provide a neckerchief. He will also need a Boy Scout Handbook. Pants and socks can wait until Summer Camp.

Waterproof hiking shoes or boots are strongly recommended. Since boys’ feet grow so quickly, don’t invest in expensive hiking boots.

A poly-filled sleeping bag rated for 20 degrees will be adequate for most campouts. An inexpensive fleece sleeping bag can add many degrees warmth if need be, and also will be better for warm-weather camping.

A quality sleeping pad is an absolute necessity. Therma-Rest is a popular brand name. This is one area that has proven to be that you definitely get what you pay for – a quality mattress should last through an entire Scouting career.

Your son will need his own mess kit. You will see many types on a campout. A practical option is a frisbee, which can be used as a plate or bowl. A mug or travel coffee mug is handy for hot chocolate. Your Scout should always have a good water bottle with a lid. A serrated butter knife, fork and spoon will round out his personal meal gear.

Any duffel bag or backpack is OK to carry his belongings to campouts. If it is possible to dedicate one bag to just Scouting trips, it is helpful to be able to leave some of the gear in the bag between trips—rain gear, mess kit, personal first aid kit and flashlights. A word of caution: it’s important to make sure that his Scout backpack with a pocket knife in it isn’t the backpack that goes to school.

Rain gear – jacket and pants are absolutely necessary. Life at camp doesn’t shut down in the rain, and ponchos don’t provide adequate protection or freedom of movement during activities. Frog Toggs is a durable and inexpensive brand that is available at many retailers.

A headlamp is very useful. We arrive at campsites after dark quite often, and it’s good to have two hands available to set up camp.

Each Scout should have a personal First Aid Kit. This can be in a small pencil bag or other zippered bag, and should include the items listed in the First Aid section of his Boy Scout Handbook.

We hope that you will join your son on many campouts as an Adult Leader. You will need all of the same gear, plus your own tent. We recommend a tent that is comfortable, but small enough to be transportable and easily set up by one person. Talk to other adults in the troop and ask what gear works well for them.

Resources:

  • Scout Direct sells their own brand of basic gear at great prices.
  • REI has good gear and knowledgeable staff.
  • Dicks, Academy, Bass Pro, Cabela’s, and WalMart will all have various items. Many of these stores offer discounts to Boy Scouts, so ask if they will discount!

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