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Where does my son (or I) go for answers?

posted Sep 24, 2008, 2:22 PM by Barry Walker   [ updated Sep 24, 2008, 2:42 PM ]

First to you, to help him develop a strategy based on your understanding of the BSA Handbook.

Troop policies and news from the advancement chairperson; then to his Troop Guide or Patrol Leader.

If they can't help they should guide him toward the Senior Patrol Leader, his Patrol Advisor (adult), Scoutmaster or Committee members.

If you, as a parent just have a question, feel free to call your sons Patrol advisor, the Scoutmaster or Committee Chairman.  We know this can be a little overwhelming, especially if this is your family's first venture into Scouting.  It does get easier with time.

Can I sign off rank and merit badge requirements like I did in Cub Scouts?

posted Sep 24, 2008, 2:10 PM by Barry Walker   [ updated Sep 24, 2008, 2:11 PM ]

No, unless you are a registered Merit Badge counselor.

Is Scouting expensive? what can I expect to pay in the first year?

posted Sep 24, 2008, 2:05 PM by Barry Walker

Yes, Scouting is expensive. Fund-raisers (such as popcorn sales) help the troop pay for new scout items, some training fees, troop camp fees and equipment.

One-time expenses:

Field uniform shirt, and insignia  $35-$40
Official BSA trousers and/or shorts  $32-$52
BSA Belt  $6.50-$11
Troop hat  $12
3 season sleeping bag, ground pad  
Mess kit, compass, & knife
(see Scoutmaster for more details)
One pair sturdy boots for hiking and camping 
(tennis shoes are not recommended)
Transfer fee (one time fee) between units,
such as pack-to-troop, troop-to-troop

Optional Items:

Optional tent (tents are boy/adult furnished, however, 
we double up in tents and not everyone needs one) 
Optional Activity t-shirt/hat  $4-$8 ea
Optional Patrol Leader Handbook  $9
 Other camping gear or specialized equipment as desired  

 Annual expenses:

 Annual BSA registration fees for both Scouts and Adult Leaders  $10
 Troop Dues  *
 Boys Life magazine  $12
Optional support to national program, Friends of Scouting. 
Families may contribute to local Council 
to help defray the costs of administering the BSA program. 

 Activity Based Expenses:

 Share of patrol food for weekend camp out
(4 meals)
 Camporee and other camp registration fees
(does not include meals, see above)

 Summer Camp: 7 days/6 nights



When and where does Troop 70 meet?

posted Sep 24, 2008, 2:04 PM by Barry Walker

We meet every Tuesday night from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Forest Community Center. Occasionally, the location moves to support the planned troop activity. Meetings do not occur on School District 20 holidays—refer to the troop calendar or website for more details. We do not meet when District 20 closes for weather or other emergencies.

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