Troop 506 Handbook/By-laws
2. How to Join*
3.1. Class A Uniform*
3.2. Class B Uniform*
3.3. Class C Uniform*
4. Troop Meetings*
5.1 Earning Ranks in Scouts*
5.2 Earning Merit Badges*
5.3 Service Projects and Leadership Positions for the Higher Ranks*
5.4 Scout Spirit and Participation (activity) Requirements*
5.5 Scout of the Quarter*
5.6 Four steps to Advancement*
Step 1 - You learn.*
Step 2 - You are tested.*
Step 3 - You are reviewed.*
Step 4 - You are recognized.*
6. Troop Activities*
6.1 Camping Program*
6.2 Troop Hikes and Other Events*
6.3 Council Events*
6.4 Council Training Events*
7. Travel and Medical Releases*
9. Parental Involvement*
10. Troop Finances*
11.1 What should a scout bring?*
11.2 Troop Equipment*
11.3 Troop Library*
12. Troop Organization*
12.1 The Patrol Method*
12.2 Junior Leaders Council*
12.3 Boy Leader Policy*
12.4 Adult Leader Policy*
13 Lost and found policy*
14 Policy or Policy Changes*
Appendix A - Organization Contacts*
Appendix B - Equipment Suggestions*
Appendix C - Troop 506 Personal Equipment Guidelines*
Appendix D - Troop and Patrol Equipment*
Appendix E - Boy Leader Policy*
E.1.1 Boy Leader Positions*
E.1.2 Troop Elections and Appointments*
E.1.3 Junior Leader Training*
Appendix F - Adult Leader Policy*
F.1.1 Adult Leader Positions*
F.1.2 Adult Leader Training*
F.1.3 Adult Leadersí Meetings*
F.1.4 Adult Leader Conduct*
Welcome to Boy Scout Troop 506. We are sponsored by Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints 6th Ward. With this handbook, we hope to provide you with answers to common questions, give guidelines as to what is expected from the Junior Leadership, Adult leadership, and Parents, and to outline how the Troop operates.
The purposes of Scouting are to foster citizenship, to build character, and to help scouts to develop physically, mentally, and morally. We strive to accomplish these goals through the outdoor program that operates according to the patrol method. The patrol is a fundamental unit in which each Scout's vote counts in making decisions necessary to function in a living and working environment. Their patrol members lead the troop and each patrol. The basic role of the adults is to assist and advise the Scouts as they develop in and progress through the Scouting program.
This handbook is designed to help you, as a new Scout, to become familiar with the Scouting program. It does not, of course, contain all their is to know about Troop 506. Thus, as you seek more information about the troop, don't hesitate to ask your Troop Guide, your Patrol Leader, your Senior Patrol Leader, an Assistant Scoutmaster, or your Scoutmaster. We are all here to help.
2. How to Join
To become a registered Boy Scout with Troop 506, just take the following steps:
1. Complete and return a New Scout Package, which is available from the Scoutmaster.
2. After you have registered, you should purchase the following:
3. Finally, you must meet all the requirements on Page 4 of the Boy Scout Handbook in order to earn the starter Boy Scout badge and the Troop 506 neckerchief.
Troop Uniform Policy: Wearing the Boy Scout uniform "shows Scout spirit." Whenever a Scout sees another Scout in uniform he knows he is like that person because both have committed to the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The Scout Oath and Law bind all Scouts, the world over, in a common purpose. The Scout uniform identifies Scouts openly with someone of the same beliefs and values and it should be worn with pride. By wearing the uniform Scouts are taking an open stand for their convictions. BSA policy allows a troop several options regarding uniforms.
3.1. Class A Uniform
The official uniform for the Boy Scouts is worn at Scout meetings and ceremonies, whenever traveling with the Troop, and for other designated occasions (there are occasional exceptions to these rules). The uniform consists of:
Troop 506 hat (purchased from the Troop)
Boy Scout Shirt with all appropriate patches
Troop 506 neckerchief (presented by the Troop upon being presented the Tenderfoot rank).
Shoes (suitable for the activity)
(optional) Boy Scout pants or other solid dark pants, Boy Scout shorts or other solid dark shorts
(optional) Boy Scout belt
(optional) Boy Scout socks (especially when wearing shorts)
Scout Uniforms may be acquired by:
3.2. Class B Uniform
This uniform is worn during camp outs (but never to and from camp outs), certain designated scout events, and fund raising activities. Class A uniforms may not be worn for Troop fund raisers. The Class B uniform consists of:
3.3. Class C Uniform
This is not really a uniform, but the appropriate dress when participating in scout activities when a uniform is not required. The following is appropriate Class C dress:
4. Troop Meetings
Boy Scout Troop 506 meets at the Meadowland Stake Center on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. Class-A uniforms are required at all troop meetings unless prior notice has been provided that a Class B uniform is appropriate. You should always bring your Scout Handbook, spiral notebook and a pencil to all meetings and outings. If the scout does not have his Uniform or his scout book he will be asked to go home and get them.
Troop meetings follow a monthly theme that is chosen during the August planning conference. During the Junior Leadersí Council(JLC) meetings, plans for the meetings and outings are established.
The Troop meeting starts with a preopening at 6:45 PM. At this time, the Service Patrol is responsible for setting up the meeting room. In addition preopening material is available for those Scouts that arrive early. Such material could include skill reinforcement demonstrations and practice, short knowledge quizzes, permission slip and money collection, and the like. All Scouts are encouraged to show up early to take part in the preopening.
At 7:00 the Opening Ceremony takes place. The opening varies weekly as each patrol rotates on a weekly schedule. After the opening is a 20 to 25 minute skill session based on the monthly feature. The skill sessions are broken down into two different groups based on level of experience. The Experienced Scouts work on more advanced and challenging skills, while the new Scouts concentrate on the basic skills needed to work on advancement toward First Class.
At 7:30 the Scouts take a 15 minute break to play a game. Games usually include Ultimate Frisbee, Football, Steal the Bacon, etc. After the game is over the Scouts meet in Patrols to discuss any Patrol related issues. They may work on advancement within the Patrol, planning a Patrol meeting or activity, planning Patrol menus, etc. After they meet in Patrols, the Scouts take part in an Inter-Patrol Activity where friendly competitions take place that are usually based upon important skills.
After the activity is the Closing Ceremony where the Scoutmaster addresses the Scouts and any other information is relayed to the Scouts. After the flag ceremony, the set-up Patrol remains to clean up the room while the Junior Leadersí Council(JLC) meets in the back room to briefly review the meeting and prepare for the next weeks meeting.
Advancement is a key aspect of Scouting. The Boy Scout advancement program provides a ladder of skills that you climb at your own pace. As you acquire these skills you move up through the series of ranks, for which you are awarded badges: Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle. The higher you climb, the more challenging your task, and the more rewarding, with loads of fun as you're learning and growing. We have found that at the meetings we do not have as much time as we would like for advancement. It is the responsibility of scouts to pursue advancement outside of the meetings as well as at the meetings when time is allocated for this purpose. We will start some merit badge classes at meetings, but usually not complete them. We will allow time for young scouts to pursue their beginning awards. However, scouts will need to find time outside of meetings to pursue their awards.
In order to make meetings run better, our policy is that if you would like to work with an adult leader on advancement at a meeting, this may only be done during a designated time for advancement or by prior arrangement with the scoutmaster or senior patrol leader. We urge you to use the period from 6:40 to 6:55 PM, prior to the official meeting opening, to do your "busy work" with respect to advancement, namely, to visit with adult leaders, ask for scoutmasters' conferences, pick up applications for merit badges, get requirements signed off in your handbooks or merit badge cards, etc. We will also have a short advancement period following each meeting, from 8:30 to 8:50 PM
Every scout is required to bring his Scout Handbook to each meeting. The handbook is used to record advancement. All rank award cards, merit badge cards, and the like should be carefully saved and brought along for boards of review and scoutmasters' conferences. We have found that the best way to organize all of these cards is to keep a notebook designed for baseball cards. (A notebook could also be a good place to keep other troop materials, such as rosters, directions, outings announcements, and this troop handbook.)
After you have completed the requirements for advancement to higher rank, you will go through a scoutmaster's conference. A Board of Review follows the scoutmaster's conference. Boards of Review can be scheduled any time (by the Scout or Adult Leader) after scout has gone through the scoutmaster's conference up to the week before the Court of Honor. Come prepared for both of these events with your advancement book, scout handbook, and, in the case of the Board of Review, in complete uniform. Questions about schedules for Boards of Review should be directed to our advancement chair (please refer to Appendix A).
Courts of Honor are scheduled the first month of every quarter during the year, and parents are not only cordially invited, but they are urged to attend. Public recognition with their parents attending is a very important part of the goal setting and personal growth process for the boys. This public recognition takes place at a Troop Court of Honor. During a Court of Honor, the normal Troop meeting is suspended, appropriate ceremonies are conducted, refreshments are served and parents, are given a chance to see how healthy and vibrant a unit Troop 506 is.
Please refer to Appendix A for the:
Other uniformed leaders can assist you with any of your advancement questions.
We will be assigning each scout under the rank of first class to a senior scout who will act as mentor and personal guide, and who can be called upon to help with advancement and give other advice pertaining to scouting. Please refer to Appendix A for the coordinator of this program.
5.1 Earning Ranks in Scouts
can be earned concurrently or in order. There is no time limit for them except a 1-month waiting period for a physical fitness requirement. If a scout were to pass of 1 skill requirement each week in 1 year that scout could be a first class scout. It is possible for a scout to earn all three ranks in 6 months. There will be times when a new scout (a scout not yet to first class) can work on merit badges and this should not be discouraged, but It is recommended that a Scout not work on merit badges until he has earned his First class.
Each scout should set a goal of advancing a minimum of one rank per year.
5.2 Earning Merit Badges
It is recommended that Scouts not yet to first class not concentrate on Merit Badges. There are some events (like Scout Camp) which it is encouraged no matter what rank that scout earns a least one merit badge.
5.3 Service Projects and Leadership Positions for the Higher Ranks
Service projects and leadership positions are required for advancement in scouting. We take these very seriously. Please ask the scoutmaster or the Eagle Advisor for advice about how to meet these requirements. Specifically, you cannot attain the rank of Star, Life, or Eagle without paying close attention to how you exemplify Scout spirit and without taking a serious and conscientious interest in leadership in the troop. Simply having a leadership position without doing the job is not sufficient. The standards become more and more stringent the higher the rank. As for service projects, all Life projects must be approved in advance by the scoutmaster and must be your own project, not one organized by someone else. All Eagle projects must be worked out with the Eagle Advisor and be submitted for written approval. The Eagle Advisor keeps a list of contact people at local and community organizations that are potential places to do volunteer work.
5.4 Scout Spirit and Participation (activity) Requirements
5.5 Scout of the Quarter
We have an annual competition for "scout of the quarter," with points awarded for advancement, attendance, fund-raising, participation in troop activities, etc. A complicated point system is planned by the troop committee. Awards are given at each Court of Honor.
5.6 Four steps to Advancement
Step 1 - You learn.
You learn Scouting skills by taking an active hands on part in troop and patrol meetings and outdoor programs. This learning is the natural outcome of your regular Scouting activities - your "on the job" training.
The requirements are designed progressively so that when you reach First Class Rank, you will be a good outdoorsman, physically fit, active in your patrol and troop, informed and active as a citizen, and make the Scout Oath and law a part of your daily life.
Step 2 - You are tested.
When you think you have mastered a given skill or satisfied a given requirement, you may ask to be tested by the Patrol Leader*, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader*, Senior Patrol Leader*, Troop Guide, Troop Instructor, Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster or Scoutmaster. THIS SKILL TESTING WILL NOT TAKE PLACE ON THE SAME DAY THE SCOUT HAS BEEN TAUGHT THAT SKILL. The purpose of advancement is knowledge. Signing off requirements that are not completed only defeats the purpose.
No skill will be signed off if the scout does not have his scout book with him.
Step 3 - You are reviewed.
When you complete all but the last requirement for a rank, you will be ready to telephone the Scoutmaster and ask for an appointment to meet with him for a "Scoutmaster Conference". After that, you will ask to appear before a "Board of Review" composed of adult members of the Troop Committee. The purpose is not to re-test you, but to make sure you have met all the requirements, to chat with you about how you feel you are getting along with the troop and its program, and to encourage you to keep advancing.
Step 4 - You are recognized.
When the Board of Review certifies you, you are awarded your new badge as soon as possible, normally in a ceremony at the next troop meeting. Then you are recognized again at the troop's next Court of Honor.
* The Youth Leaders will be able to pass off requirements only after they have attended a Junior Leader Training Course.
6. Troop Activities
The troop has decided to set aside the 2nd Sat of every month for a scouting activity (usually a campout). The Junior Leaders Council (JLC) decides what these activities (and any other activities) are going to be and what time they will take place.
With this time will be a departure time. This time will be the time when we MUST leave. If there is a problem with this time please contact the Scoutmaster of Assistant Scoutmaster so other arrangements can be made. The meeting place for these Scouting Activities will be on the East Side of the Chapel (where the blue trailer is located) unless other wise specified.
Scouts will not be permitted to attend any outing without a written permission slip, signed by the parent or guardian. These slips are usually due at least 2 weeks before the outing.
Parents are encouraged to come to all outings. Any parent who comes along should be part of their sons patrol.
6.1 Camping Program
Preparations for all campouts begin two weeks in advance when permission slips and money are due. Around the same time, patrols will plan their patrol menu and grocery list during the Troop meeting or Patrol meeting. After the menu is planned and approved, the Patrol may go shopping. Most patrols usually go the week before the camping trip, however, all shopping must be done by the Thursday before we go camping.
Everyone, including adults, camps by the patrol method. There is to be a duty roster and a menu posted at all times. The menu and roster will follow troop requirements. The menu is to be followed without exception. As a general rule you can count on spending about $2 per meal on food for each campout plus any campground fees.
Fire will be allowed in designated areas only, and will be started only those who have earned their "Fireman Chit". These fires will be attended until they are cold.
Cutting of live trees is not allowed at any time. A food and grease pit and latrine will be dug where public facilities are not available. all latrines and pits are to be dug outside the camping triangle.
No liquid gas, propane or flammable materials (of any kind) are allowed in the tents. This means no lanterns are allowed in tents.
The troop provides chuck boxes, cook kits, stoves, lanterns, and dining flies. All equipment in need of repair should be reported to the Troop Quartermaster prior to storage of the equipment and at the conclusion of the campout.
It is recommended that candy and other sweets be left at home as these draw insects and wild animals into the campsite.
Scouts are required to camp in 2-man tents, as this promotes the buddy system. If a scout does not have a 2-man tent he can check one out from the troop.
All Scouts are asked to bring a bagged dinner (Quick Check Meal Deals are great) on Friday evening for when we arrive at the campsite. The Patrols will plan Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner on Saturday.
6.2 Troop Hikes and Other Events
The troop may also go on Hikes or any other activities which are approved by the Scout master and Troop Committee.
6.3 Council Events
The Pikes Peak Council sponsors several activities during the course of the year. Troop 506 participates in as many of these as possible. Each spring and fall there is a Council Camporee which gives the Scouts of Troop 506 the chance to camp out with the Scouts from many of the other Troops of the Council. During the winter, in January or February, there is the Freezeoree - an awesome weekend during which our Scouts compete with Scouts from other Troops. In the spring, there is the Scout Show. During the summer, the Council attends a Scout Camp.
6.4 Council Training Events
The Pikes Peak Council also conducts several worthwhile training events for both adults and youth. Among these include:
7. Travel and Medical Releases
Medical releases must be completed and on file before you can attend any event away from the church. The Authorization allows us to authorize emergency medical treatment for you in the event that your parent is not present and con not be reached by phone. All Scouts traveling away from the church are required to wear seat belts. Also required during traveling are Class A uniforms. Any Scout showing up without his Class A uniform will be sent home to get it and return before the scheduled departure time.
Scouts should strive to live by the Scout Oath and to obey the Scout Law. However, our boys are not perfect, nor are they expected to be. We hope that we will never have to use any disciplinary actions, however, it is important for all Scouts and parents to know what courses of action will be taken.
In the event that the Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster or other registered adult finds the actions of a Scout to endanger anyone, including himself, or to be so disruptive of others that an objective can not be achieved, or to be disrespectful, disobedient, or unlawful, then disciplinary actions will be necessary.
Normally, the first step of a disciplinary action is a verbal warning and if necessary the confiscation of misused or inappropriate equipment. The Patrol Leader or Senior Patrol Leader performs this. If the situation continues or is of a more serious nature, parents will be notified and there will be a Scoutmaster Conference with the Scout.
If the situation still continues or is of a serious nature, the parents will be called and asked to come pick up their son and take him home from the meeting, campout, or summer camp. If this action becomes necessary, the boy may be asked to stay away for one or more Troop meetings or campouts if the Scoutmaster deems it necessary also this might delay rank advancement because the Scouts inappropriate behavior does not demonstrate the last requirement of living by the Scout Oath and Law.
Some basic Doís And Doníts are :
9. Parental Involvement
There are many opportunities for parents to become involved in Troop 506ís program. These include leadership positions, Troop Committee positions, Merit Badge Counselors, or just helping out on the occasional basis on Troop fund-raisers or on field events, either as a chaperon or a provider of transportation. If you want to know how you can help, please see the Scoutmaster or the Troop Committee Chairman. If you cannot actively participate, please help out by supporting your son in his efforts to meet his Scouting goals. He needs your support. All parents are asked to share in the transportation of Scouts to and from events and camp-outs. A list is published at the beginning of the Scouting year. If you can not provide transportation for the group on the date specified, please contact other parents to switch assignments. Please do not expect the adult leadership to provide transportation for your son and his gear. Any parent is always invited to attend any Troop event or outing. Contact the Scoutmaster or the Outdoors chairman for more information (refer to Appendix A).
Also, To help make the troop meetings and activities run smoothly please bring your sons to the meetings on time. Also because all of the leaders have families please remember to pickup your sons at the time the meeting or activities end.
10. Troop Finances
The Troop needs money for various expenses throughout the Scouting year. This expense money is gleaned from three sources: Dues, Fund-raising events and Donations.
Dues - While no dues are required by the troop. Each boy in his prescriptive patrol will need to proved money for any food for campouts and outings. These are determined by the patrol no later than 1 week before the outing.
Fund-raising - Troop 506 has tried various methods of fund-raising - a necessary task that few enjoy. What is important is that the boys equally participate in the fund-raising and that each boy do his part. Fund-raising activities are decided upon by the Troop Committee but always involve parental support. One of the more difficult aspects of leader development is getting the boys to follow through on their commitments. When a boy says he will be at a certain place to help with a fund-raising activity, it is important that he be there. Otherwise, someone else has to take up the slack and, all too often, the lionís share of the fund-raising is done by too few boys. It is important that all - parents and boys alike - realize that all money raised is spent on equipment or training for the Troop.
Troop 506 schedules one major fund-raising events during the year. In years past this has been parking at the Air Force Academy. The money made by the scouts at this fundraiser will be used to offset the expenses for Summer Camp of other Long Term Encampments.
Donations - We occasionally receive a small donation from various organizations in the area that are committed to helping programs that serve the youth of the area. These are infrequent and are not received on a regular basis so, while we are grateful for them, we cannot plan on them in our annual financial planning.
Consult the Boy Scout Handbook for complete information on appropriate equipment for most types of hiking and camping.
Common sense and "Be Prepared" should be the guiding principles used when the boys are packing for camp-outs. They donít need a great deal of equipment, especially when first starting out. Plastic cutlery and dishes or items found around the house may be used until the Scout has had time to earn his own equipment. PLEASE DO NOT go out and buy all of your equipment at one time, as this can get expensive. We do recommend, however, that each Scout obtain, as soon as possible, a good quality sleeping bag. Also, since the Troop hikes in to many of its campsites, a backpack is recommended for the Scout to carry his belongings. The adult Troop leadership is always available to assist with the selection of equipment within the Scoutís budget. Also in order to help those that are just purchasing equipment, the Troop has prepared a list of recommendations for specific equipment which the scout might need (please refer to Appendix B).
11.1 What should a scout bring?
Scouts are responsible for their own personal equipment. Please label everything so we can find the proper owner if any item gets lost. The boys should do their own packing, and it is suggested that they pack at least 2 days prior to leaving on the camp-out. This serves a double purpose: it avoids the last minute rush (which is usually when the parents get roped into doing the packing for them), and it also allows time to purchase any last minute items. The Boy Scout Manual page 224 has an equipment list, which the scouts can use. Also Appendix C has a some equipment guidelines based on the leaders experience.
11.2 Troop Equipment
Troop 506 is currently
Each Patrol Box contains approximately $750 in camping equipment which is one reason why the Troop is extremely strict with their equipment use and abuse policy. All Scouts are expected to treat Troop equipment as if it were their own personal equipment. Appendix D has a list of some of the Equipment the troop has for use by the patrols.
11.3 Troop Library
The Troop also has a library that consists of Merit Badge books and other important Scouting resources. All books can be signed out by Scouts through the Troop Librarian. Fees will be issued on books that are not returned. In addition, the Troop has a buy back policy where we will buy back selected Merit Badge books for $1.00 after the Scout has earned the badge. This serves two purposes: 1)reducing costs to parents, and 2) constantly updating the Troop Library with newer versions of pamphlets.
12. Troop Organization
12.1 The Patrol Method
A scout troop works best if boys at all ages are given increasingly larger and larger responsibility for running their own troop. The fundamental working unit of a troop is the patrol. Each patrol is made of 5-8 scouts and will have a patrol leader and an assistant patrol leader elected by the members of the patrol. Patrols will be formed early in the January. We will try to take preferences for patrol membership into account in forming the patrols. Patrols will compete against each other in troop competitions, work together on outings, and help each other with advancement, under the watchful eye of a patrol guide, a senior scout assigned to give advice. To make the patrol run smoothly, everyone needs to have a job, the patrol leader should not be doing all of the work. This practice provides experience in the democratic process. The patrol leader needs to assign positions to the other scouts in the patrol.
Patrols are encouraged to plan patrol meetings. These are usually held at some patrol member's house, and we ask that one of the parents from the patrol be present. Patrols are also welcome to organize outings. We ask that you notify the scoutmaster about patrol outings. There will be some days during month when there are no troop meetings. These days will be excellent opportunities for patrols to meet. Sometimes we will designate these as patrol meeting days, and ask each patrol to prepare for some competition or to get together to work on advancement.
12.2 Junior Leaders Council
The Junior Leadersí Council (JLC), not the adult leaders, is responsible for planning and conducting the troop's activities. The troop committee interacts with the Junior Leadersí Council through the Scoutmaster. The Junior Leadersí Council is composed of the following voting members:
The Junior Leadersí Council meets monthly to:
If the Patrol Leader can not attend, the Assistant Patrol Leader takes his place.
The troop's activities are selected and planned at the annual planning conference. The troop's yearly plan is then submitted to the Troop Committee for approval. The Troop Committee either approves the plan or makes alterations or suggestions for the JLC to consider.
We expect that the Junior Leaders Council will meet at the first Tuesday meeting of each month, for half an hour after the regular troop meeting ends (that is, from 8:30 PM until 9:00 PM). Parents and scouts should plan accordingly. As the year progresses, we might modify this schedule, and will schedule occasional separate meetings of this council, once we see how it operates.
If the patrols do not have a plan the Scoutmaster might dictate one for them. This is not ideal and should be distasteful to all parties involved..
12.3 Boy Leader Policy
Like any other activity, a leadership role within Scouting requires an extraordinary commitment. A leadership role with Troop 506 demands time and sacrifice of the Scout. Although Scouting is open to any boy at least 11 years of age, Troop 506 leadership positions should only be considered by those boys who:
When instructors are available the troop will offer a Junior Leader Training (JLT) course twice per year in the fall and spring. In addition Pikes Peak Council usually offers JLT once a year. For a Scout to be eligible to hold a troop leadership position he must have attended at least one of these above mentioned courses or agree to attend the next available course.
For more information about the Boy Leader Policy please refer to Appendix E.
12.4 Adult Leader Policy
The adult leadership of Troop 506 has two major goals:
In keeping with these goals the adult leaders will act primarily as advisors giving maximum opportunity for the Scouts to show responsibility. It recommended that all Adult Leaders become trained as soon as possible.
For more information about the Adult Leader Policy please refer to Appendix F.
13 Lost and found policy
14 Policy or Policy Changes
If a Parent has any concern about the Program pr policy then they have the right and obligation to come to the Monthly Committee meetings and make their concerns known.
Appendix A - Organization Contacts
Appendix B - Equipment Suggestions
This list is intended to provide parents with specific types of equipment that we have found to be more usable or appropriate for camping trips
- All Scouts are strongly encouraged to have a Junior size external frame backpack. Most camping done by the Troop will use backpacks. Backpacks can range in price from $75 to $125 for Junior packs, but offer a great way to consolidate and store all personal gear. Sometimes thrift stores have used backs for $10-$20. You need to examine the packs for tears and broken zippers. It is also recommended that the pack has a hip belt, and padded shoulder pads.
- Sleeping Bags are necessary for all camping trips. The Troop recommends a three-season mummy bag rated for 15įF weather. Sleeping bags can get a little expensive. The warmer the rating on the bag, the more expensive. Most mummy bags will run anywhere between $100 and $350 depending on your budget. (You will never need a $350 sleeping bag, we can assure you of that) If you have an adequate sleeping bag currently, do not purchase a new one, consider purchasing a better quality at a later date if your son really enjoys Scouting.
are a must on all outdoor Scouting activities. Again, inexpensive hiking boots are more than sufficient for the average growing Scout. As your son stops growing, you may wish to purchase better quality, more expensive boots. In the meantime, Hi-tech boots are a durable, inexpensive pair of boots that are available at most sporting goods stores.
- Hiking boots
- Weather gear is a must on all camping trips. One thing we have learned is that $0.99 rain ponchos are worth exactly what you pay for them. Consider purchasing a Backpacking Poncho. They cost approximately $30, but will last for years to come.
are used by all Scouts when they earn their TotiníChip card, which shows they have been trained in the use of knives and other ax yard equipment. Please do not spend $65 on a Swiss Army Knife - it will only get lost. Most Scouting pocketknives run under $20 and are more than adequate for your sons use. Please no Utility knives (i.e. Box Blades, and Knifes with an Xacto type blade)
- All Scouts should carry flashlights. The best buy on flashlights is the mini-maglites that come with a carrying holster. They cost $10 at Home Depot, are lightweight, and give off a lot of light. Their is no need for a 6 cell, 4ft flashlight on camping trips.
are important on all camping trips and something every Scout should eventually have. As with the pocketknives, there is no need for elaborate compasses. Silva makes an excellent compass that costs around $12.
are extremely important for a good nights sleep. Closed cell pads are inexpensive and more than adequate. The 48 inch pads cost about $15. If the scout wants an air mattress the Therm-O-Rest brand is probable the best they run around $80 but they will last a long time.
- Foam Pads
are necessary on all backpacking trips and most camping trips where water is limited. The Troop recommends that each Scout have two 1-quart water bottles. Please do not buy any water bottles that are odd shaped or have straps. The straps become a safety hazard.
- Water bottles
- A Scout is clean. All Scouts should have a small toiletry kit containing travel size toothpaste, deodorant, soap, toothbrush, and towel. All toiletries can be kept in a small zip-lock bag.
- Every Scout should carry a small first aid kit with them. Requirement 6b for Second Class requires that all Scouts make a personal First Aid kit. A zip-lock bag or old Band-Aid container if great for storing supplies. Page 289 in the Scout Handbook suggests items that should be placed in the First Aid kit.
- As mentioned before, all Scouts should have a personal mess kit consisting of a cup, plate, and eating utensils.
The above list represents specific, suggested equipment for camping trips. While every Scout should eventually have the equipment, please do not go out and purchase all the equipment at one time. Ask around, you would be surprised at how many people might have some of the equipment you could borrow. Also shop around, You do not have to buy new items. Sometimes Army-Navy Surplus and thrift stores have items have the best items even though they might be used. The above items represent suggested items that you might want to consider purchasing for your sons future Scouting years. Many of the items will last a lifetime and are a good investment if your son enjoys camping and the outdoors.
Appendix C - Troop 506 Personal Equipment Guidelines
Here are some guidelines developed by Troop 506 based on our experience:
Suggested Camping Gear:
Appendix D - Troop and Patrol Equipment
Each Patrol is equipped with the following equipment:
In addition to individual Patrol equipment, the Troop also has other equipment that is available to the Patrols if requested. The following is a list of other Troop equipment:
Appendix E - Boy Leader Policy
E.1.1 Boy Leader Positions
The Following is a brief summery of some of the leadership positions:
Other appointed jobs: For additional job descriptions see the Junior Leader Handbook.
E.1.2 Troop Elections and Appointments
Troop Elections: Troop elections are held semi-annually, generally in January and July at a regular troop meeting. Newly elected leaders assume their new posts at the first regular meeting the following these elections.
An attempt will be made to get 100 percent of the troopís membership in attendance during the night of the election. No election will be conducted if less than two-thirds the general membership is present.
The elected positions and their qualifications are:
The appointed positions are:
E.1.3 Junior Leader Training
When instructors are available the troop will offer a Junior Leader Training (JLT) course twice per year in the fall and spring. In addition Pikes Peak Council usually offers JLT once a year. For a Scout to be eligible to hold a troop leadership position he must have attended at least one of these above mentioned courses or agree to attend the next available course.
The seriousness of impeachment must be understood before proceedings are begun. Impeachment will be initiated only when the situation can not be reversed with direct leadership and the added supervision by the adult leadership. Given the above, impeachment proceedings against a patrol leader, assistant patrol leader and/or Senior Patrol Leader can be initiated at any time during his tenure in office. To initiate an impeachment a written petition must be presented to the Scoutmaster, including:
The Scoutmaster and the Assistant Scoutmasters will determine final judgment. The troop committee and parents of the boy will be advised of all actions and circumstances behind the action.
Appendix F - Adult Leader Policy
F.1.1 Adult Leader Positions
The following positions reside at the committee level:
The following positions reside at the troop level:
Positions will be filled as supported by the number of adult volunteers. If the number of adult volunteers is not sufficient to fill all requirements the committee chairman and/or the Scoutmaster may combine committee or troop positions after gaining approval of the committee.
F.1.2 Adult Leader Training
Any adult who becomes involved with the troop is strongly encouraged to take advantage of Leadership Training courses offered by the Choctaw District, Gulf Coast Council, BSA. This training insures the troopís adult leaders remain on target with the aims of Scouting. Until leadership training can be arranged adult leaders will be required to view the BSA "Fast Start" video and be familiar with the Youth Protection Program guidelines for Boy Scout leaders.
F.1.3 Adult Leadersí Meetings
Adult leaders are encouraged to become involved with all aspects of the Scouting program. The following is a list of some of the suggested meetings that adult leaders may attend:
F.1.4 Adult Leader Conduct
Adult leaders shall exhibit the ideals of Scouting when working with boys. They will strive to set the example in their handling of the boys. Standards of conduct in personal habits, language, hygiene and interaction with Scouts will be in accordance with the Scout Oath and Law. The Scoutmaster is responsible for the conduct of adult leaders.