Welcome to Troop 7!!
Our Troop is over 60 years old, and has been continuously chartered since 1949 by the Boulder City Elks Lodge #1682, 1217 Nevada Highway, Boulder City, Nevada. We are proud of our longevity and vitality, and look forward to many more years as a Troop. Troop 7 is part of the Eldorado District of the Las Vegas Area Council of the Boys Scouts of America. Troop 7 Scouts are honored by wearing the "50 year" strip below the Council strip, which signifies the continuous support and Charter of over 50 years to BPOE 1682.
We have come to recognize that when you first join an organization there is a lot of information you need to know as soon as you start. This guide was created as a quick reference guide to information you want to know now. It addresses such issues as meetings, behavior, troop structure, parent participation, uniform requirements, equipment, advancement, dues, etc.
As parents of current and past Scouts, we have come to see the importance of parent participation in your Scout’s journey through Scouting. The journey is filled with adventure and learning. Shared with other adults in the Troop, it can be one of the most treasured experiences you will have.
Two Ways of Looking at Boy Scouts:
There are two ways of looking at Boy Scouts. 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. Scouting also provides plenty of fun with old and new friends.
From the parent's point of view, Boy Scouts is all that and more. The Boy Scout program aims to strengthen the boy's character through precepts 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 the Boy Scouts of America 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.
Come in as a boy, leave as a boy.
Involves supervised activities;
Come in as a boy, leave as a young man;
Scout led, parent advised;
Involves activities requiring greater degrees of self-supervision, always with adult mentorship;
How Our Troop Works:
Our troop is "owned" by an institution or group called the chartered organization. It arranges for our regular troop meeting place and assists in the approval mechanism for adult leaders who will then administer the troop's affairs. Troop 7 is chartered to the Boulder City Elks Lodge, BPOE 1682.
The leaders are the Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and the troop committee. These leaders are all registered with the Boulder Dam Area Council Boy Scouts of America and adhere to the BSA policies as unpaid volunteers. The majority of these volunteers are parents of boys in the troop, interested members of the chartering organization, as well as interested members of the local community who also adhere to the BSA policies. The majority of these adult volunteers have invested personal time participating in advanced adult scout leader trainings. These trainings educate the adults as they work to facilitate the scouting program. These trained volunteers are equipped to assist, guide and support the boys as they develop their scouting future.
Within the troop, your son will be assigned to a patrol, a group of 6 to 10 boys. His patrol will be his team for games and contests, his closest buddies in camp, and his peer teachers as he works on advancement. Various leadership trainings for the scouts are also offered throughout their tenure, so they too, can benefit from the educational opportunities that scouting offers.
Weekly troop meetings are planned and conducted by boy leaders under the coaching and guidance of the adult Scoutmaster. This is part of the plan to help your boy grow; to make decisions and to 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 and record keeping and finally time for planning a future patrol event and/or ceremonies that highlight the Ideals of Scouting.
At troop meetings, and 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. After that he will have the opportunity to work on over 100 merit badges that encompass a wide array of interests as well as individual talents. As he earns these 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 Scout badges. Finally, he will have the opportunity to develop an Eagle project for the attainment ofthe most distinctive award of all. The Eagle Scout Award.
Our troop conducts frequent special events. It may be an overnight camp, a visit to some location of special interest and self-reliance. Please encourage his participation in these events, but let him prepare for them on his own as much as possible. For instance, ifhe is going on a troop overnight, let him collect his own gear and pack it. He may make some mistakes or even forget something. Let him do it--that's part ofthe learning experience of Scouting.
The activities ofScouting are vigorous. A medical informational form is found on the Boy Scout membership application. This form requests pertinent information regarding current medical history, vaccination status, allergies, medication requirements as well as any physical limitations your son may have. This information, per our troop policy, is kept with the adult in charge, on any scout activity or outing, These records are returned to the committee for safekeeping until the next outing. The majority of Council activities require a current physical. Licensed medical personnel will provide the appropriate class 1,2 or 3 physical form, to the boy for completion. The troop encourages the parent to keep the original and provide the troop, scout camp etc. with a current copy ofthe appropriate medical release form. Physicals are required for summer camp,camping activities, swimming and outdoor high adventures as well as Philmont Treks, Junior Leadership Workshop, National Jamboree; to name just a few. Physicals are also required for all adult leaders and/or parents (registered or not) participating in the activity, such as hiking, camping etc. There are NO EXCEPTIONS.
At Troop 7, the Scouts plan and decide on the program, run the meetings, manage the equipment, plan and execute the trips, and become self motivated to advance.
The Scoutmaster, assistants, committee members and parents provide logistical support, maintain the BSA mandated safety protocols, obtain trip permits, assist with transportation, manage funds, teach and mentor.
Meetings are held the first, second, and fourth Tuesday night of the month, at 7:00pm at the Boulder City Elks Lodge #1682, 1217 Nevada Highway (1 block west of the stop light along the south side of US Hwy 93 /Nevada Highway with "Jack-In-The-Box" directly east and "McDonalds" directly west). The third Tuesday of each month is reserved as a committee and patrol leader’s council meeting night (no troop meeting).
Your Role as a Scouting Parent
We are a very active Troop. Most young Scouts cannot hope to keep track of all the events going on (although they should always try, and they should keep a calendar) We recommend that parents:
· Meet and converse with other parents and leaders
· Attend the beginning and end of Troop meetings when announcements are made.
· Read information posted on the Troop web site: http://www.troop-7.net
· Be aware of upcoming events. You will need to join to obtain a current User Name and Password to post comments.
· Consider joining the Troop Committee, becoming a merit badge counselor, and attending events.
· Your son will, at times, have specific responsibilities to the Troop and his patrol. He may be a Patrol Leader or hold some other leadership position. He may also have an assignment for a trip. As a parent, be aware and encourage.
· Occasionally you and your family will be invited to a special troop activity--a parent's night or a court of honor at which Scouts are recognized for their advancement. Your participation in these activities, your offers to help when the troop has a need will show your son that you support him and that you want him to have the best experience possible in Scouting.
The Boy Scout Uniform:
It is not the purpose of the Scout uniform to hide the difference between boys or to 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 hide them or to be ashamed of them. But there is one way in which all Scouts are alike. The uniform is a sign of belonging. 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 Promise and Scout Law. This is important in a time when there are many things that seem to divide people from each other. The Scout Promise, Scout Oath and Law bind all Scouts of the world together in a common purpose. Boys wear the Scout uniform to identify themselves openly with some beliefs to which we are all committed.
First year Scouts should obtain a minimal Class “A” Uniform. This consists of the following items:
· Scout shirt
· LVAC patch
· Troop 7 numerals
· Troop 7 neckerchief
· Standard Boy Scout hat
· Class “A+” adds scout pants or shorts, & Scout socks
The neckerchief is supplied when your Scout first joins the Troop;
The Troop’s Class B Tee-shirt can be purchased at a nominal cost from the uniform person – this in generally worn on work parties and campouts.
How the Troop Operates
The essential element of a Boy Scout Troop is the patrol.
“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.”
Patrols are the building blocks of a Boy Scout troop. A patrol is a small group of boys who are more or less similar in age, development, and interests. Working together as a team, patrol members share the responsibility of making the patrol a success. They gain confidence by serving in positions of patrol leadership. All enjoy the friendship, sense of belonging, and achievements of the patrol and of each of its members.
Each patrol selects a name for itself, decides on a yell, and designs a flag. A patrol takes pride in its own identity, and its members strive to make theirs the best patrol possible. While they see their patrol as their home in Scouting, they cooperate with other patrols during troop games, adventures, and opportunities to learn skills and to complete requirements for advancement. Patrols are also assigned tasks such as planning camping trips & outings, planning & organizing meals or activities, training new scouts on specific skills, etc.
“The object of the patrol method is not so much saving the Scoutmaster trouble as to give responsibility to the boy.”
The patrol leaders' council, not the adult leaders, is responsible for planning and conducting the troop's activities. The patrol leaders' council is composed of the following voting members: senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leaders, & troop guide.
The troop's activities are selected and planned at the annual program 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 alternative suggestions for the patrol leaders' council to consider. At its monthly meetings, the patrol leaders' council organizes and assigns activity responsibilities for the weekly troop meetings. The troop committee interacts with the patrol leaders' council through the Scoutmaster.
The following positions are held within the Patrols & the Troop by Scouts. Some positions are by election, others by appointment by either the SPL or the Scoutmaster.
· Senior patrol leader - 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.
· Assistant senior patrol leader - fills in for senior patrol leader in his absence. He is also responsible for training and giving direction to the quartermaster, scribe, troop historian, librarian, and instructors.
· Troop 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.
· Chaplain Aide - assists in troop religious services and promotes religious emblems program.
· Junior assistant Scoutmaster - An Eagle Scout 16 or older who supervises and supports other boy leaders as assigned.
· Patrol leader - gives leadership to members of his patrol and represents them on the patrol leaders' council.
· Assistant patrol leader - fills in for the patrol leader in his absence.
· Troop guide – advisor, teacher, and guide to the new Scout patrol, and mentor to all Scouts until First Class Rank is achieved.
· Den chief - works with a Webelos Scout den as a guide.
· Quartermaster - responsible for troop supplies and equipment.
· Scribe - the troop secretary.
· Webmaster – Maintains Troops Website
Adult Leader Positions:
Boy Scouts works toward three aims.
1. One is growth in moral strength and character, defined as a boy's personal quality, his values and his outlook.
2. The second aim is participating citizenship or how the boy relates to others around him as well as the overall society.
3. The third aim is development of physical, mental and emotional fitness. This includes the body, the mind and the emotions.
Boys learn from the example set by their adult leaders. Troop leaders may be male or female. The association with adults of high character is encouraged at this stage of a young man's development.
The Troop committee is charged to recruit and train quality adults to serve the Troop. This includes verification of the references given on the Adult application, as well as advising the adult of the two-deep leadership requirement, supports to attend training sessions pertinent to the adults role as a committee member or scout leader and the importance of uniforming.
All Troop Committee members serve as resources for the boys and help make the program work.
The Scoutmaster is the adult leader responsible for the image and program of the troop. The Scoutmaster and his assistant Scoutmasters work directly with the Scouts. The importance of the Scoutmaster's job is reflected in the fact that the quality of his guidance will affect every youth and adult involved in the troop.
The Scoutmaster can be male or female, but must be at least 21 years old. The Scoutmaster is appointed by the head of the chartered organization as recommended by the Troop Committee.
The Scoutmaster's duties include:
· Train and guide boy leaders.
· Work with other responsible adults to bring Scouting to boys.
· Use the methods of Scouting to achieve the aims of Scouting.
· Meet regularly with the patrol leaders' council for training and coordination in planning troop activities.
· Attend all troop meetings or, when necessary, arrange for a qualified adult substitute.
· Attend troop committee meetings.
· Conduct periodic parents' sessions to share the program and encourage parent participation and cooperation.
· Take part in annual membership inventory and uniform inspection, charter review meeting, and charter presentation.
· Conduct Scoutmaster Conferences for all rank advancements.
· Provide a systematic recruiting plan for new members and see that they are promptly registered.
· Delegate responsibility to other adults and groups (assistants, troop committee) so that they have a real part in troop operations.
· Supervise troop elections for the Order of the Arrow.
· Make it possible for each Scout to experience at least 10 days and nights of camping each year.
· Participate in council and district events.
· Build a strong program by using proven methods presented in Scouting literature.
· Conduct all activities under qualified leadership, safe conditions, and the policies of the chartered organization and the Boy Scouts of America.
As you see, the Scoutmaster has many responsibilities.
To fulfill his obligation to the troop, the Scoutmaster, with the assistance of the troop committee, recruits assistant Scoutmasters to help operate the troop. Each assistant Scoutmaster is assigned specific program duties and reports to the Scoutmaster. They also provide the required two-deep leadership standards set by the Boy Scouts of America (there must be at least two adults present at any Boy Scout activity). An assistant Scoutmaster may be 18 years old, but at least one in each troop should be 21 or older, so he or she can serve in the Scoutmaster's absence.
Our current assistant Scoutmasters include:
· Assistant Scoutmaster – Webelos Transition & New Scouts
· Assistant Scoutmaster – Camping & Activities
· Assistant Scoutmasters
The Troop committee encourages all parents to become registered. Registered adults are able to participate as Merit Badge Counselors. Merit badges are awarded to Scouts for fulfilling requirements in specific fields of interest. The subjects range from Agribusiness to Woodwork and cover areas such as hobbies, careers, sports, science and Scouting skills. There are over 100 merit badges. A scout, along with another Scout works closely with a council approved merit badge counselor to complete the requirements for the merit badge.
Each counselor MUST be a registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America and knowledgeable in the chosen topic. When a boy feels he is ready to earn a merit badge, the Scoutmaster/Committee will give him the name and telephone number of an approved registered counselor from the merit badge counselor list. Because the Boy Scouts ofAmerica does not permit a youth member to work alone with an adult, each Scout must have at least one "buddy" Scout to accompany him. 11erit badge "Blue Cards" are presented to the merit badge counselor at the very beginning ofthe skill work. Record all information carefully throughout the sessions.The signed and completed "blue card" is returned to the Scoutmaster/Committee for processing on the Troop Advancement Application and submitted to the Boulder Dam Council. These "blue cards" are vital for record maintenance as the Scout advances within the troop.
There are three things required to have an enjoyable and safe outdoor experience:
· The correct equipment – Review the Boy Scout Handbook and ask for a list from your SPL, PL, or first year patrol advisor (Troop Guide). Troop leadership checks equipment when safety is involved, such as for winter campouts, climbing and repelling, bicycle trips, etc.
· The right training – The Troop leadership may place training or advancement requirements as a prerequisite for deciding which Scouts may attend an activity. Getting the required training is usually part of advancing through the ranks.
· Scout Spirit – This becomes a very real issue when dealing with a large group of young boys. Showing good Scout Spirit will make an outdoor experience fun and exciting for everyone!
The Troop Quartermaster is also a source of equipment such as tents, stoves, tarps, and folding tables. Scouts are responsible for treating this equipment with respect, cleaning it before it is returned, and indicating any damage that may have occurred.
Scouts are encouraged to attend all troop meetings. Patrol meeting may be held during a portion of the main troop meeting, with patrols working on rank requirements or planning aspect of assigned events. The New Scout Patrol will meet with the Troop Guide during portions of the Troop meeting (pull out sessions). These pull-out meetings are structured around activities to attain the early ranks up to First Class.
Troop meetings typically occur three times a month. The dates are on the Troop calendar posted on the Troop’s web site. Class A uniforms are to be worn.
Courts of Honor are special meetings where the Scouts are recognized for their achievements. Courts are held three times a year, typically in May, September & December, and usually on Sunday afternoons. It is very important for Scouts and parents to attend these as a sign of respect for the Scouts’ hard work. For this reason, Class A+ uniforms are mandatory.
The SPL & Troop Guide play an active role in helping your Scout earn the early ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class. Activities are planned for meeting, on weekends and at summer camp that helps him attain these ranks, typically within the first year or 18 months.
After the requirements for a rank are attained and signed off in their Scout Handbook by a Scoutmaster or Star, Life, or Eagle Scout, the Scout must ask the Scoutmaster for a Scoutmaster Conference. After a successful Scoutmaster Conference the Scout asks the Advancement Chairman for a Board of Review. The Board of Review is conducted by three trained leaders, and takes the form of a formal interview where the candidate is asked questions regarding content & skills (tenderfoot, 2nd and 1st class) and asked open- ended questions regarding living the scouting life and scouting spirit. After a successful Board of Review, the Scout has earned the rank.
The approach changes after First Class. The ranks of Star, Life, and Eagle require a Scout to be more self-motivated to earn merit badges, participate in service projects and show leadership skills. . Boards of Review for Star and Life Ranks focus more on the scouting life. The Rank of Eagle requires a special service project, preapproved by the Council, and a Board of Review conducted at the District level.
A Scout may elect to independently pursue merit badges, or to take advantage of opportunities announced for group classes. Be advised attendance is not sufficient to attain a merit badge. There is individual work involved. Many merit badges have worksheets available at http://www.usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/list.asp.
A list of counselors is available from the Scoutmaster or Advancement chairperson. The Scout will need a merit badge booklet to learn the requirements for the badge.
We also advise new parents to be very aware of what we call the “Blue Card”. It is the often-irreplaceable proof of accomplishment required for receiving the badge, and is to be obtained from and signed by the Scoutmaster before beginning work. A Scout may not work on a badge alone with a counselor, but must find a buddy. A parent cannot sign his/her son’s Blue Card unless part of a group.
The Troop collects dues once a year, usually around re-charter time in November. The amount varies from year to year, so inquire at the first parent’s meeting.
Other monies collected from time to time include summer camp, food and other expenses for trips your Scout elects to attend.
Scouts and parents are asked to participate in the Troop fundraisers. Scouts participate in fundraisers during the year to help them put money into their Scout Account for future Scout trips or Scout purchases (backpack, tent, etc.).
Troop leadership makes every effort to balance Scout-led activities and safety. It is our intent as a Troop to provide a safe and secure environment: physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Our leaders must be registered with the BSA with background checks, trained for their positions, and training for the protection of our youth.
Scouts are expected to behave in a manner consistent with the Scout Oath & Law – to respect other people & their beliefs. Crude or offensive language, disrespectful or unsafe behavior, fighting, bullying, hazing, or similar behaviors will not be tolerated. Dependent upon the severity and recidivism, Scouts may be counseled, counseled with parents, have privileges removed (such as tote n chip or fireman chit), be restricted from activities, be required to have a parent attend activities, or any combination of these. Serious or repeated offenses may also result in removal from the Troop.
Individual trips have permission slips that must be signed in advance. These will outline any additional requirements, and allow parents to indicate emergency phone numbers and authorize emergency procedures. In addition, a current health form is required for participation on all trips. These forms require medical disclosure and a doctor’s signature. We also require health insurance information.
· Boy Scout Handbook – These are available at the Donald W. Reynolds Scouting Resource Center, 7220 South Paradise Road, Las Vegas.
· Boy Scout Uniform (see below) – Available at the Donald W. Reynolds Scouting Resource Center, 7220 South Paradise Road, Las Vegas.
· Class B Tee-shirt – Available from the Troop’s Treasurer.
Advancement Policies and Procedures Committee Guide, Boy Scouts of America.
Advanced Scout Leader Traininq: Wood Badqe, Boy Scouts of America.
Scout Handbook, Boy Scouts of America,
Leadership Traininq Committee Guide, Boy Scouts of America.
Scoutmaster Handbook, Boy Scouts of America,
Selectinq Quality Leaders. Boy Scouts of America
Troop Committee Guidebook. Boy Scouts of America
Train The Trainer. Boy Scouts of America
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful. thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.'