Troop Handbook

Troop 23 Handbook

Contents

Introduction
Getting Started
Weekly Troop Meetings
Monthly Campouts
Uniforms
Equipment – Troop and Personal
Advancement
Troop Communication
Financial Policy
Fundraising
Summer Camp
High Adventure and Mini-Adventures
Adult and Parent Participation
Adult Training Opportunities
Scout Training Opportunities
Contacts

Introduction

Welcome to Boy Scout Troop 23! This is intended as an introduction and guide for families new to the Troop and as a reference for those families who are already members. While not all-encompassing, this Handbook will answer many questions new members may have on getting started in the Boy Scout program offered by Troop 23 in Wheaton, Illinois. Both boy and adult participation is covered in this Handbook.

Boy Scouting is a rich and rewarding experience for your Scout. It may seem overwhelming at first, but hang in there. Our program is deep and wide, but the benefits to your Scout are enormous. If you have questions or concerns, we have an experienced group of friendly parent leaders who will be happy to answer any of your questions.

Getting Started

When you first visit Troop 23, you will receive a Welcome Packet which will give you some basic information about our Troop as well as sample calendars. When a Scout is ready to join Troop 23, he must complete a Scout Registration Packet which includes forms such as a BSA Application, Health Forms, a Scout Information Form, a Parent Participation Form, and a Troop Consent Form. When a Leader is ready to join Troop 23, he or she must complete a Leader Registration Packet which includes forms such as a BSA Application, Health Forms, a Leader Information Form, a Troop Resource Survey; and he or she must complete a short Youth Protection Training course online. All parents are strongly encouraged to take the online Youth Protection Training. It will be required if you want to participate in Troop activities, even as a parent.

Weekly Troop Meetings

A Scout’s first several Troop meetings may be bewildering with all of the activities going on and all of the boys of various ages participating or running their portion of the meetings. At the new Scout’s first meeting, he and his parents should present themselves at the Advancement and Registration Table with the appropriate forms and fees. Plan to show up prior to the 7:30pm start time of the meeting so that you will be ready to start when the meeting starts. After the opening flag ceremony, the new Scout will be introduced to the Troop. He will be assigned a Patrol to visit for the first 1-3 Troop Meetings. A permanent Patrol assignment will be made at that time with the input of the new Scout, the Patrol Leaders (PLs), the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and his staff, as well as the Scoutmasters.

After the opening ceremony, the SPL will make announcements, ask the adults if they have announcements, and make introductions as needed.

Next comes “Patrol Corners”. This is the portion of the meeting when the individual Patrols discuss and conduct Patrol business such as planning for upcoming campouts.

After Patrol Corners comes “Scoutcraft”. This portion of the meeting is conducted by the Scouts and deals with a subject relating to the upcoming campouts of major Troop activities.

Next is “Advancement”. Scouts who have not reached the rank of First Class will be grouped together by rank to work on the Advancement sessions offered that evening. Scouts who are First Class and above will work on Merit Badges or help conduct Advancement sessions for the younger Scouts.

After Advancement is cleanup to make way for a game. A favorite is dodgeball, though many others are chosen by the Patrol running the game.

Finally the meeting closes with final announcements, the closing flag ceremony, and the Scoutmaster Minute, in which the Scoutmaster shares a bit of wisdom, encouragement or challenge with the Scouts. The meeting should be officially over by 9:00pm and takedown and cleanup finished by 9:15pm.

Monthly Campouts

During the school year, the Troop will typically spend one weekend a month camping. The Troop will generally meet at 6:00pm on Friday with departure at approximately 6:30pm and will return on Sunday afternoon usually between 1:00 – 2:00pm. See the Troop Calendar for specific times for each event. If there is a fee for the campout, it needs to be paid in advance (usually at least two weeks).

Troop campouts start and end at First Presbyterian Church so that attendance can be taken, Troop gear can be checked out and in, and appropriate transportation needs can be verified. 

On a campout, the Scouts sleep, cook, and eat by Patrol. The menus are approved by the adult leadership during the Monday meetings. Scouts generally RSVP with their PL two weeks in advance of a campout. The money for the Patrol’s food is collected ahead of time and sent home with the “Grubmaster”. The Grubmaster is in charge of purchasing food based upon the menu and shopping list created by the Patrol. The Grubmaster’s parents are asked to take him to the store, but please let the Scout do the shopping. Shopping is part of the learning process and part of their Advancement process. Scouts need to make appropriate budgeting decisions during the shopping trip to ensure that the money collected covers the food that needs to be purchased. No Scouts ever starve during a campout! The end results do not always match up with what was expected, but every Scout eats during the campouts.

Adults cook, eat, and sleep as an adult patrol. All adults planning to attend a campout must have Youth Protection Training (as explained in the Scout Registration Packets and Leader Registration Packets), have driver’s information on file with the Troop (if driving) and must sign up ahead of time on the whiteboard posted outside of the gym at the Monday night Troop Meetings. The adult Grubmaster will collect money (typically $15-$20) at the campout. If you sign up to attend a campout and cancel, you are expected to pay the Grubmaster as food has been purchased on your behalf. This applies to Scouts as well. The adult meals at camp are often better than the weekend meals at home!

During the course of the weekend, the boy leaders will be running the campout. The adult leaders will assist and supervise as needed. Any parents who participate on a campout must report to the adult area immediately upon their arrival. Parents who are not in Troop adult leadership will be unfamiliar with the program and may be unintentionally disruptive. Parents are welcome to observe, but please direct questions or concerns back to adult leaders who can explain the program and its procedures. Parents with Youth Protection Training are welcomed to join a campout, but no accommodations can be made for siblings.

Upon return to First Presbyterian Church at the end of the campout, Troop equipment is unloaded and checked in if clean and dry. Otherwise, equipment is sent home with the Scout who used it. Dining flys, tents, and coolers are the items that are commonly sent home. Each patrol manages its own gear; all Scouts must share in this responsibility.

Tents and dining flys are to be swept out and hung up to dry. Coolers are to be washed and dried. Any equipment sent home should be returned at the next Troop meeting in clean condition. Please refer to the Troop’s Tent Care Instructions to properly care for the Troop’s equipment and ensure the longevity of the tents.

Campout Reminders

There’s a lot that goes into getting ready for a campout.  As soon as one campout is over, we begin preparing for the next one.  If we work together to follow a few routines, it will help us close the books on one campout before beginning the next.  Here are some important reminders:

  • All campout fees (grubmaster or otherwise) must be paid before the campout.  Please always be prepared to pay those fees 1-2 Mondays before the campout, not at the church on Friday night.
  • Sometimes PLs need a final count for a campout and Scouts are unable to give a yes or no because they haven’t discussed the dates with their parents.  Please always be looking ahead to the next campout.  Talk with your son ahead of time about the next month’s campout so he can RSVP on time.
  • If you RSVP and cancel at the last minute, you are still responsible for all fees, including grubmaster.  With enough advanced notice sometimes fees can be reimbursed, but once money is spent on a campout or the grubmaster has gone shopping, there’s no opportunity for a refund.
  • Scout Account funds can be used to pay for grubmaster or campout fees.  Again, withdrawal needs to be made ahead of time with the Treasurer.  If you are a new Scout, you are welcomed to make a deposit into your son’s Scout Account so that he will always have money accessible in case he comes unprepared and needs to pay for grubmaster or other fees.  Consider depositing $20 at a time and as needed.  Next fall your son will have the opportunity to fund his Scout Account through wreath sales.  Until then, it’s a good idea to keep some money in his account for last-minute needs.
  • Grubmaster fees for the boys are usually $10 but are sometimes up to $15.  Make sure you have money in your SA to pay for these fees, or always keep $15 in your uniform pocket as back-up.
  • Grubmaster fees for adults are always collected at the campouts.  The fees are usually $15-$20 and are based on who signs up on the leader board.  Please always have cash with you on a campout so you can pay the grubmaster.  All adults who sign up on the leader boards are committed to attending and paying their share of the food bill.  Again, even if you cancel, you still need to pay the adult grubmaster.
  • Campouts run from Friday night to Sunday afternoon.  If there are special circumstances that require your Scout to arrive late or leave early, please remember 3 things:  a) You need Mr. Jeffers’ approval in advance; b) You need to communicate the schedule to your Patrol Leader so he knows the plan; and c) You need to check in/out with a Troop Leader at camp so that we always have an accurate headcount of who is at camp.
  • Before a campout, we have to make sure we have enough seat belts for all Scouts based on RSVP’s and what is marked on the leader board.  If you plan to drive to or from a campout, please mark your info on the board and be specific if you are leaving early or coming late.
  • Lastly, please remember that Scouts should not be bringing candy or pop to a campout.  They should be active participants when the Patrol is deciding what to cook at a campout so that they eat what is cooked by their Patrol, and they should not have any snacks in their tents or backpacks.

Uniforms

Troop 23 is a full-uniform Troop. A full uniform consists of these BSA uniform pieces:

  • uniform shirt (short- or long-sleeved)
  • Scout-green pants or shorts
  • belt 
  • socks (official BSA or hiking socks – no white or tube socks)
  • neckerchief (issued by the Troop)
  • neckerchief slide (either BSA issue or made by the Scout)

The above items are considered a “Class A” uniform and are worn to all Troop meetings and activities in which a Scout will be in the public representing Troop 23. In addition, the Class A uniform is always worn for traveling to and from Scouting events, during flag ceremonies, and during the breakfast and dinner meals on campouts.

A “Class B” uniform consists of:

  • the Troop 23 t-shirt/sweatshirt or a Scouting t-shirt/sweatshirt (or a plain white shirt with no writing for Summer Camp)
  • Scout-green pants or shorts
  • Scout socks (official BSA or hiking socks, white socks OK during Summer Camp)

A Class B uniform is usually worn in camp on monthly campouts, in camp at Summer Camp, and on the trail during High Adventures and Mini-Adventures. Occasionally there will be other Class B Troop events. The Class B t-shirt or sweatshirt can be purchased from the Quartermaster at Monday night meetings.

New Scouts are given 30 days to acquire the complete Class A uniform, after which the new Scout will be reminded of the Troop uniform policy and may be sent home for being out of uniform, just like the rest of the Scouts in the Troop. We understand that Scouts are occasionally coming to the Scout meeting from sports or band events and are in those uniforms. If your Scout is coming from those activities, please strive to have him in his Scouting uniform for our meeting. 

Scouts and parents are encouraged to take advantage of the Troop uniform exchange which is available at every Troop meeting. Uniform parts may be exchanged without cost or donated to the Troop. Items may be purchased from the exchange at a cost of $3 per item and $1-$2 for smaller items. Please pay the Troop Treasurer at the Advancement and Registration Table at the Monday night Troop meetings.

Equipment—Troop and Personal

Each Patrol is assigned tents, camping equipment, and a Patrol Box with cooking utensils and supplies. Scouts use Troop tents and are not allowed to use personal tents or camping gear from home. Each Patrol is responsible for the maintenance and care of their Patrol items.

Each Scout is required to have a BSA Handbook and it may be purchased at the Troop Meetings or from the Scout Shops in West Chicago or St. Charles. 

Each Scout is responsible for supplying his own personal camping equipment.

It is not necessary to purchase lots of expensive equipment to start out. The Troop has lots of personal gear that can be checked out or borrowed. A simple duffel bag or backpack can usually carry all of the necessary gear for a normal weekend campout. While each Scout needs to provide his own mess kit (plate, bowl, cup, and utensils), a new mess kit is not necessary. A collection of non-breakable items from home with the Scout’s name on it will work fine.

The Troop Quartermaster has a list of suggested items available for new parents.

Advancement

Advancement requirements are laid out in the Boy Scout Handbook. All advancement from the rank of Scout to the rank of First Class happens within the confines of Troop meetings, campouts, and Summer Camp. However, when a Scout first joins, he has to review the Scout and Parent Guide in the front of the Handbook with his parents. After reviewing it, the guide should be removed from the book and the parent should initial the requirement in the joining requirement section of the Handbook. Parents are not to sign any other requirements without prearrangement with the Scoutmasters. 

Advancement for higher ranks is accomplished through the completion of Merit Badges, participation in Scout leadership positions, and the accumulation of service hours. A longstanding tradition which differentiates Troop 23 from other Troops is that Scouts must earn the First Class rank before working on Merit Badges. With proper training and registration, parents may become Merit Badge Counselors. 

Once a Scout has completed all of the requirements for a rank, he completes a checklist and needs to contact the Scoutmaster to schedule a Scoutmaster Conference. A Scoutmaster Conference is an opportunity for the Scoutmaster to get to know the Scout better. The Scoutmaster asks the Scout about his family life, school work, interests, and about his Scouting experience. These are usually done outside of the Monday night meeting and can be done on campouts. Once the Scoutmaster Conference is completed, the Scout needs to report to the Advancement Table at the next meeting to schedule a Board of Review. A Board of Review is a meeting between three Adult Committee members and the Scout in which they discuss his Scouting experience and determine if he has gained all of the knowledge needed to be promoted to the next rank. If the Board of Review awards the next rank, the Scout will be awarded his new rank at the end of the Troop Meeting or, depending on time, at the following Troop Meeting. Troop 23 makes one additional requirement of its Scouts. Prior to applying for a Board of Review for the First Class and Life ranks, a Scout is required to complete a skills review with an Assistant Scoutmaster. This will confirm that the Scout is retaining all of their Scouting skills.

About 3 times a year, a more formal Court of Honor ceremony is held. Scouts and their families are gathered together for recognition and presentation of Advancements earned. Immediately following each Court of Honor, the Troop convenes and Eagle Court of Honor to celebrate those Scouts which have earned Scouting’s high rank. All Scouts are expected to participate in the Courts of Honor. 

Troop Communication

Troop 23 uses a few tools that will help you keep up-to-date with Troop events and activities. Besides receiving a printed calendar in the Fall, the Troop uses these important tools:

Website

Visit our Troop website at www.Troop23wheaton.org for key information and all necessary forms about the Troop.

Email

Much of the communication with the Troop is done through email. Please make sure all parental email addresses are on file with the Troop. The Hot News (see below) is usually disseminated via email and sometimes on paper directly to Scouts at the end of the Monday meeting.

Hot News

The Troop emails the “Hot News” to parents, usually on the Sunday morning before a Troop meeting. This is a bulletin with quick updates about upcoming events. Your Scout should be receiving the same information from his PL at the meetings. If he misses a meeting or doesn’t take notes, the Hot News will be in your email and is always posted on the Troop’s website.

Text Message Alerts

The Troop utilizes RainedOut.com to send parents text alerts such as return times to the church from campouts and other important information. You can sign up by either going to:    http://goo.gl/TfAfBO    or by texting “Troop23” (no quotes) to 84483. We will use it sparingly to alert you to only the most urgent, time-sensitive needs. The Troop does not capture your phone number through this system and only you can add or remove yourself from the alerts.

Google Calendar

The Troop website home page has a link for “Calendar”. Here you will find a Google Calendar with all Troop activities and event information in one place. You can subscribe to the calendar to easily add Troop activities to your personal electronic calendar.

Photo Room

The Troop website home page has a link for “Photos”. Here you will gain access to the Troop’s Walgreens Photo Group Room. We upload and share photos from all Troop events. Print or download photos directly from the Walgreens Photo Room. Register for free at http://photo2.walgreens.com/groups/Troop23/walgreens/otsc=SYE/otsi=CRN or through the link on the Troop website.

Questions by Scouts

If your Scout has a question, he should first ask his PL. If he needs more information, he can then ask the SPL. If he still has questions, he can then ask his Patrol’s adult Patrol Advisor or any Troop Leader. Parents are always welcomed to ask any adult Troop Leaders for information.

Financial Policy

Troop Philosophy

The Troop holds to the Boy Scout Law and encourages Scouts to be “thrifty” and pay their own way in Scouting. The longstanding policy of the Troop remains that a Scout must be in good financial standing to schedule a board of review and complete advancement in rank. A Scout’s rank advancement is dependent on his good financial standing within the Troop. It is the expectation of the Troop that Scouts and adult leaders pay in advance for all activities in which they elect to participate.

Dues and Fundraising

Fundraising has been the primary method of financial support for Scouts’ participation in the Troop. This has proven to be a very effective method for most Scouts to support

their activities. All Scouts are expected to participate in the wreath fundraiser and

encouraged to set and reach high sales goals in order to fund their Scouting experiences.

Annual dues are currently $60 per year. This is largely a pass-through for fees assessed

to the Troop through the local Three Fires Council and the Boy Scouts of America. Dues

are billed in advance prior to the beginning of the calendar year. Scouts entering the

Troop in the fall semester will pay dues of $25 for the balance of the calendar year.

The annual program fee is currently $200, which is covered through fundraising if a Scout sells at least $400 in wreaths. Any Scout selling less than $400 in wreaths will pay a program fee of $200 less 50% of their wreath sales. A Scout entering the program after the end of a fundraising season will not be subject to the program fee for that Scouting year.

Re-Chartering

Only Scouts who have paid BSA annual dues, any applicable program fee, and are otherwise in good financial standing with the Troop will be re-chartered every year. Re-chartering occurs annually at the beginning of each calendar year.

Scout Accounts

A Scout Account can be thought of as a personal “bank” account that can be used to fund your Scout’s activities and participation in the Troop. Scout accounts are funded through the troop’s fundraising efforts. These represent a portion of the troop’s fundraising that is allocated for a scout’s use while a member of the troop exclusively to fund scouting activities and scouting related outfitting and equipment needs. The portion of the troop fundraising allocated to a particular scout’s account (his “commission”) is in direct relation to their contribution to the overall troop fundraising effort. Each scout is strongly encouraged to fund their scouting experience entirely by their own efforts in fundraising. Each scout is provided the tools to understand what is required to fund their scouting experience and what efforts they must contribute to fundraising in order to accomplish that goal. Furthermore, each scout will receive the training and encouragement to help them achieve their goal.

For each fundraising season, administration of Scout account crediting does not occur until all funds are collected. Historically, this has occurred in February of each year. If a Scout has turned in all of his sales receipts, he can request a credit against his accrued commissions prior to the funding of the Scout accounts. This credit can be used for annual dues or other Troop activities. The Treasurer will be responsible for determining the credit available and administration of Scout accounts.

Deposits can also be made directly by the Scout or parent by providing funds to the Treasurer.

Withdrawals from scout accounts can be made on a weekly basis at regular troop meetings by submitting a signed withdrawal form to the troop treasurer. Receipts for reimbursement for scouting equipment from external vendors are required for payment and should accompany the signed withdrawal form. A check can also be made payable to an external vendor if sufficient documentation is provided showing that the expense is scouting related.

Occasionally, funds may be deposited to scout accounts as reimbursements for approved troop expenses or due to overpayments made to the troop via cash or check. This is an accommodation made at the discretion of the treasurer for ease of administration. Any funds deposited to a scout account from this source can be requested at a regular troop meeting and payable on demand to the appropriate party.

All scout account withdrawals are made subject to the requestor being in good financial standing with the troop.

Scouts transferring to another troop can make a request to have their scout account balance paid to their successor troop. It will be up to the policies of the new troop to distribute funds for the benefit of the scout. Likewise, any inbound transfer of funds will adhere to the policies of Troop 23.

Scouts aging out of the troop or leaving scouting prior to age 18 can submit receipts for up to six months after leaving the troop requesting reimbursements. Eagle scouts aging out can submit for up to three years. Scouts who age out and become active adult leaders in the troop can maintain their account for an indefinite period of time at the discretion of the committee or until the account is depleted. Alternatively, a scout who leaves the troop for any reason can request that their balance be transferred to a sibling who is an active member of the troop.

Scout account balances that go unclaimed will escheat to the troop’s general fund or other troop account at the discretion of the committee.

Cancellation Policy

If a Scout or adult leader cancels after a deadline or does not participate after committing to attend, he is still responsible for payment or related costs. The Troop will make all reasonable efforts to obtain a credit from the vendor; however, if unsuccessful, the liability will remain with the participant.

Returned Checks

Any check returned by the bank must be replaced in full, including any bank fee incurred by the Troop. If it is not replaced in a timely manner, it will be carried as a negative against the respective Scout account until resolved.

Scholarships

First-year Scouts who may not be able to afford summer camp are able to apply for a

needs-based scholarship, funded through the Thein Memorial Fund. The application for

and awarding of the scholarship will be handled by the Troop Committee Chairman. This needs based scholarship is reserved for first-year Scouts who have not had the opportunity to participate in the wreath fundraiser. The scholarship is for half of the cost of summer camp. This is a one-time scholarship from the Troop as the expectation is the Scout will participate in the fundraiser the following year and pay his own way to summer camp.

Older Scouts have the opportunity to apply for a merit-based scholarship for summer

camp through the Mademann Fund’s annual essay contest. While this is not a needs-based

scholarship, it is another avenue for a Scout to seek assistance with his summer camp

fees. A Scout can win this contest once in his Scouting career.

In addition to scholarships provided by the Troop, Three Fires Council may offer

scholarship or financial assistance opportunities. A family wishing to explore these possible opportunities can contact the Council directly or seek assistance from the Committee in researching these possible scholarships.

Hardship Policy

It is the expectation of the Troop that Scouts participate in the wreath fundraiser and that the Scout commissions, along with parent contributions, will cover all of a Scout’s activities in the Troop. If a Scout’s family experiences unexpected financial hardship, the family can petition the Committee for assistance. The Committee will exercise its discretion in handling matters of financial hardship, and a sub-Committee may be created to handle individual cases. When dealing with cases of family hardship, the Committee will follow the guidelines set forth in the Committee’s Hardship Policy Addendum.

Fundraising

Troop 23 runs a Christmas Wreath Fundraiser every year between September and November. This is our only fundraiser and it is designed to give Scouts and their families an opportunity to pay for their $50 Membership Fee and $200 Program Fee as well as additional Scouting expenses through fundraising rather than out-of-pocket. Scouts have the opportunity to cover all of their annual fees by reaching a minimum sales goal. More importantly, Scouts who exceed the sales goal keep a percentage of their sales in their individual Scout Accounts.

Scouts may also sell popcorn as an alternative to Christmas wreaths, but the profit to the Troop and to the Scout is less than selling Christmas wreaths.

During the Scouting program kickoff at the beginning of the school year, the Scout will receive training on how to sell wreaths/popcorn.

Scouts have the opportunity to raise hundreds or thousands of dollars for their Scout Accounts which they can use throughout the year to pay for Scouting-related expenses such as Summer Camp, monthly camping expenses, uniform items, personal equipment purchases, advancement materials, etc. The fundraising goals and expectations will be specified at the start of each year’s sales, but the minimum sales goals are always reasonable. Scouts who do not reach the minimum sales goal pay the Membership and Program Fees out of pocket or prorated based on sales.

Summer Camp

Summer Camp is the culmination of the Scout’s work on campouts and advancement throughout the year. New Scouts will spend 1 week at camp working on their trail to First Class. Scouts who have attended Summer Camp before and have reached the rank of First Class have the option of attending a second week following the first week that is attended by all. Besides working on their First Class trail, Scouts have the opportunity to go to the waterfront for swimming, rowing, canoeing and sailing if qualified. Archery, shotgun, and rifle shooting are also offered. There are evening and overnight programs within camp that change annually. Merit Badges and program opportunities for older Scouts are also offered.

Troop 23 attends Pioneer Scout Reservation (aka Camp Frontier) in Pioneer, Ohio, along the Ohio/Michigan border. Camp typically begins a week after the school district’s summer recess starts. We camp using the Patrol Method, which means that Scouts will again be camping, cooking and eating with their Patrols, but cooking food provided by the camp.

It is extremely important, although not mandatory, for first-year Scouts to attend Summer Camp. It is an opportunity to prepare them for a positive experience in Scouting. Attrition among first-year Scouts not attending Summer Camp is higher than boys who attend Summer Camp. Give your son a fair opportunity to achieve by sending him to Summer Camp. If your family is experiencing financial hardship, camperships for first-year Scouts are available.

High Adventure and Mini-Adventures

Mini-Adventure trips are designed for a Scout who has completed his first year of Scouting including a week of Summer Camp. These trips will challenge the Scout beyond the rigors of the monthly campouts and Summer Camp, but will not overwhelm him. The trips are generally 3-5 days and introduce the Scouts to other methods of camping in contrast to base camp style which the Troop uses on its monthly campouts. Short canoe trips, backpacking trips, and bicycle trips have been held in the past, as well as a trip to Gettysburg. If you have an idea for a Mini-adventure, please speak with Troop leadership about it.

High Adventure trips are for the advanced and older Scouts. Council-sponsored High Adventures such as Philmont Scout Ranch require a Scout to be First Class in rank, be 14 years of age at the time of the trip, and have Scoutmaster approval. Past trips have included Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, National Jamborees, Florida Sea Base, and hiking the Appalachian Trail.

The Troops aims to offer 1-2 High Adventure or Mini-Adventure trips annually to allow Scouts opportunities for advanced Scouting experiences.

Adult and Parent Participation

Each parent is encouraged to participate to the extent of their abilities and time available. At a minimum, each family is expected to attend Courts of Honor and the Memorial Day family picnic. Parents who are interested in becoming Troop Leaders may complete a Leader Registration Packet and training in order to join the Troop. Women and men are welcomed to help out with program, Committee, and administrative positions, as well as by attending monthly campouts, Summer Camp, and other programs. 

Adult Training Opportunities

All parents and Leaders who intend to participate in campouts or meetings and/or drive to events must complete Youth Protection Training as described in the Scout and Leader Registration Packets. These parents must also provide personal information, including driver and insurance information. There are training opportunities for Leaders within the Troop offered through Council and online. Advanced Leader training is also offered to those who wish to take the next step. Our Scoutmasters and adult leaders can guide you in your training plan depending on your interests.

Scout Training Opportunities

Some boys may have natural leadership abilities. To become truly effective, they must be trained. Before each Monday night meeting, there are Patrol Leader Council (PLC) meetings. There are monthly Troop Leader Council (TLC) meetings. Three times a year, weekend training sessions known as Junior Leadership Training (JLT) are conducted by the Troop to prepare new PLs for these roles. An advanced week-long JLT is offered by the Council for older Scouts on a Troop invitation basis. Scouts who take on leadership roles within the Troop will be expected to attend necessary training courses offered by the Troop.

Contacts

Committee Chair                Brian Dunbar        708-435-9387         bdunbar@borgwarner.com

Scoutmaster                        Jeff Jeffers                630-456-5043        frankejeffers@yahoo.com