First of all, welcome to Troop 728. We're all very glad to have your Scouts in our troop! Here is a little intro information Scouts BSA, formerly called Boy Scouts. At the beginning, it may feel like you are drinking from a firehose of information, but don't worry! You'll figure things out very quickly and we will be here to get you started.
In case you don't know me or know me yet, I am the committee chair for Troop 728. It is always a pleasure volunteering for Boy Scouts of America. My son is in the boys troop, my daughter is in the girls troop, both of my brothers were Eagle Scouts, and my father and mother were both leaders in Scouting. I believe that this world would be much better if everyone acted like a Scout.
As always, if you have questions, concerns, comments or something bad to say, please reach out to me. I am very open to advise, opinions and feedback. Also, I can enlighten you on anything you wonder about because I have been in your shoes before. I was new once too!
Step 1 - Apply! If you are new you can apply online HERE or if you are currently in Cub Scouts, we will need to transfer you into our troop, so please click here to print the Youth Application and bring it to the next meeting. Cost to join Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is $60 for the whole year. (The BSA dues are prorated at $5 per month, so if you join in March, it would only be $50.) Financial assistance is available, if needed.
Step 2 - Please complete the BSA Annual Medical Form with his medical records with the troop. Please attach a copy of his shot record and a copy of his insurance card (front & back)
Step 3 - Come to the meetings! We meet in the East Room at the St. Paul Parish Center (MAP) every Sunday from 6-7:30 PM except on weekends of a camping trip. You do not need to stay for all of the meetings, but your son might want you to be with him for the first meeting to make him more comfortable. Your son must come to at least one meeting before he can attend a camping trip.
Step 5 - We camp every month, so get ready for camp. This page talks about camping and has the packing list for you. The troop supplies the tents and food, but you will need to bring your own personal gear. We collect $15 a month for "dues" to allow us to purchase food for camp for everyone.
We have Troop Committee meetings once a month and they are open to all parents. If you want to join the Committee, please ask for a membership application.
Never be afraid to ask questions! We were all new once!!!
Yours in Scouting,
Troop 728 Committee Chair
Totally lost? Don't worry!
Go through our online "course" to learn about Scouting. Remember, WE were all new Scout Parents when we started too!
On these pages, we will cover.....
- How does Scouts BSA work in the troop?
- What are the scouting values?
- Where do I buy the uniform and handbook?
- What is my role as a parent in Scouts BSA?
- How does the Troop communicate?
- What about camping? How does that work?
- How does my scout earn ranks? What is "advancement"?
- What is the "Trail to First Class"?
- What are Merit Badges?
What's on the calendar?
Check it out on our website and subscribe to the calendar to synchronize with your calendar automatically!
Who do I contact?
Scouting is boy-led. The boys are led by the “Senior Patrol Leader” and “Assistant Senior Patrol Leader”. All boys are then grouped into a “patrol” which is led by a “Patrol Leader.” The first point of contact to find out what is going on is for your son to contact his Patrol Leader. All of the positions are elected twice a year.
What is the Troop Committee?
The Scout Troop Committee is responsible for conducting the business of the troop, setting policy, and helping the Scoutmaster and Scouts with the outdoor program and other planned activities. The committee also has the responsibility to provide adults for boards of review. This is an important responsibility and is one area where help is always needed and appreciated. The committee consists of parent volunteers who fulfill various roles on the committee.
Our committee is special in that we have two scout troops at St. Paul. One for girls and one for boys and our committee is run together as one "linked" committee.
What is a "Court of Honor"?
Check the calendar to see when the next Court of Honor will be held. This is a family event where we see what the boys have earned over the last few months since the last court of honor. They will be presented merit badges and rank advancements. We usually have one about 3 times per year. We have a potluck dinner which is coordinated by the volunteer host. Lots of food and it's a great time to meet the other families.
When you are getting started, there are questions that come up while you are learning the new system. You all know how to reach me, so if you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We'll talk about rank advancement and merit badges later, but for now, get your feet on the ground running.
Homework #1 - Parent Safety Guide
In the front of your Scout's handbook, there is a booklet parent guide and you should review this immediately while getting started in the Troop. It is one of the requirements for the Scout Rank, which is the very first rank they are working towards.
Homework #2 - Cyber Chip requirement – Internet Safety
For the Scout Rank and the Star Rank.... one requirement is:
“With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parents Guide" and earn the Cyber Chip Award for your grade.”