How to Join Troop 23
- Be a boy between the ages of 11 and 18 with a sincere desire to live by the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. Membership is also open to 10-year-old boys who have earned their Arrow of Light Award or completed the 5th Grade.
- Visit a Troop Meeting with your parent or guardian to experience firsthand what it’s like to be a Troop 23 Boy Scout; and, to talk with our Scoutmaster, adult leaders and Scouts. Troop 23 meets Monday nights during the school year from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 715 North Carlton in Wheaton. Enter on the south side of the building and come to the lower level. Meetings take place in the Church’s gym (also known as its Ministry Center) and the area immediately outside the gym’s south-side doors. Be sure to visit the Advancement/Registration Table to receive your Introduction to Troop 23 Folder and a New Scout Registration Packet.
- Work with your parent/guardian to complete the Troop 23 New Scout Registration Packet. which includes a B.S.A. Youth Application, B.S.A. Health Forms, a Troop Consent Form, a Scout Information Form, and an Adult Information Form. All parents are strongly encouraged to take the online B.S.A. Youth Protection Training. It is required if you want to participate in troop activities, even as a parent.
- Turn in completed forms and your $100 annual dues payment. At the new Scout’s first Troop Meeting, he and his parents should present themselves at the Advancement/Registration Table with the necessary forms and fees. Plan to show up prior to the 7:30 p.m. start time of the meeting so that your Scout will be ready to start when the meeting starts.
- Attend your first Troop Meeting as an official Troop 23 Boy Scout. At this meeting 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 few Troop Meetings. Within about a month, a permanent patrol assignment will be made with input of the new Scout, the Patrol Leaders (PLs), the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and his staff, the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters.