We are pleased that you are considering joining Boy Scout Troop 103. It is our hope that you will find your time with Troop 103 a rewarding and, most of all, fun experience in which to continue or begin your Scouting adventure. Our Troop Welcome Packet (a seven page Adobe Acrobat document) contains a great deal more information for new or prospective scouts and their parents. We have a Video/Slideshow that spotlights some activities, it is 3:42 in length. For more about Boy Scouting in general view this link.
We have an active program, attempting to camp one weekend out of each month and to schedule as many varied camping locations and experiences as possible throughout the year. There will be backpacking camp outs and longer hikes on some outings. We encourage attendance at as many activities as you can make. If you miss one camp out you may lose out on an advancement or merit badge opportunity that may not be offered again for some time. Some activities require that you have participated in prior events to gain the knowledge and skills to safely participant in the current activity.
Our Troop Meetings are planned by and for the Scouts, not by the adult leaders. Scouts, this is your Troop and your responsibility to run it as you feel will allow all of you to meet and exceed the scouting ideals. A Patrol Leader’s Council (PLC) made up of Scouts takes the lead in planning and executing our Troop program under the guidance of the Scoutmaster. These boy leaders are elected by their peers.
We want your parent to be active as well! We have a variety of areas in which we need and would appreciate their participation. We have a Troop Committee made up of parents and other adults that meets monthly to discuss and finalize plans for scouting events, camp outs, facilitate transportation and fund raising necessary to help our troop go and support the plans made by the Patrol Leader’s Council.
All parents are invited to join the Troop Committee. We encourage parents to consider a role in which they can best use their talents and skills (i.e., Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Fund Raising, Advancement, Activities Coordinators, Transportation, Merit Badge Counselors, or as an assistant to one of these positions). We have found that in most cases the Scouts who have parents who take an active role in the Troop’s leadership are the Scouts who make a strong commitment to and get the most of their Scouting experience.
Parents, do you feel you don’t know what to do, do you feel at a loss as to how you can help? There are training classes to get you started from Fast Start, to Scoutmaster Fundamentals (Acorn), to more advanced (Woodbadge) training. All of the current adults started out where you are–so just jump right up and ask the Scoutmaster or Committee Chair how you can help. Filling out the Troop Resource Survey and other forms in the registration packet is a good place to start.
Parents–Shhhh-don’t tell the scouts, but sometimes we have as much fun as the scouts do.
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