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.
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
This is a scout run troop. The Scouts run the weekly meetings and the other activities. The troop elects a Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and one or more Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders (ASPL) to handle these responsibilities. These positions are held by experienced scouts. Every scout will be a member of a patrol. Each patrol elects a Patrol Leader (PL) and an Assistant Patrol Leader (APL).SPL, ASPL, PL, and APL positions are held for six months.
Each new patrol will have 1 to 2 Guides assigned to them during campouts. This is an experienced 1st Class Scout or higher who will act as a member of the patrol to help the new scouts learn Scouting skills during campouts. They also work with the younger boys on advancement at the meetings.
Other scout positions of responsibilities include Chaplain Aide, Quartermaster, Librarian, and Scribe. If interested in one of these positions please see a leader.
How We Communicate
The Senior Patrol Leader makes announcements at the beginning and end of each troop meeting. Listen closely so you don’t miss important news. It will also be posted on our website and on the poster board during the meeting.
The SPL, ASPL’s, and all adult leaders are available to answer questions or provide help. You may contact them at troop meetings, by telephone, or by e-mail.
2. Phone tree
Whenever it is necessary to get information out before a meeting the SPL will call each patrol leader who in turn contacts each member of his patrol. It is important that the PL makes these calls and gets information back to the SPL promptly.
3. Troop Schedule
The SPL, ASPL’s, PL’s and APL’s as well as the adult leaders meet twice a year to plan the troops activities for the next six months. The schedule is published on the troop website. Printed copies are available on request.
4. Miscellaneous Handouts
We don’t often do handouts but from time to time we do. When we do it includes important information that must be shared with your family. All information except for the roster will be on our website. When you are given a handout at a meeting read it and show it to your parents.
5. Troop Website – www.troop617.org
This is the best source of information. It has the troop schedule, news and other information. If you don’t have access to the internet, printed copies are available.
During the regular meetings the younger scouts will be working with the adult leaders and older scouts on their initial ranks. You will start out by earning the Scout Badge. Then you will learn scouting skills as you earn the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class. These teach the boys the skills they need to advance in Scouting. Those scouts who have received the rank of 1st Class start working on merit badges during the meeting. While earning the higher ranks of Star, Life, and Eagle you will focus on service to others and learning leadership skills.
History reports will be available at every meeting, and completed or updated forms need to be turned in for credit towards advancement. Your Boy Scout Handbook has pages where you can keep the information as well.