Notes from the PLC and Adult Leaders

We now have Scoutbook

posted Jun 28, 2017, 3:11 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Jun 28, 2017, 3:22 AM ]

What is Scoutbook?  

BSA has purchased Scoutbook and Spirit of Adventure Council is now using Scoutbook for Advancement tracking.  Scoutbook is a web-based application that you can access from any smartphone, tablet or desktop, that tracks the Scouts' achievements such as advancements, logs for camping, hiking, and service and shows what awards the Scout may be eligible for.  

Scoutbook is also for all Troop Committee members and Adult Leaders to keep track of your training as well as all of your Youth Protection.  This is important as Journey to Excellence will be part of Scoutbook in a few months.

Not to mention it is a pretty cool tool for visually seeing your scouts Rank requirement completions and Merit Badge completions and partials.  

Please look on the left sidebar under Troop Links.  The last entry is for Scoutbook.  All of the instructions are posted there.  

Patrol Leaders Meeting

posted Jun 27, 2017, 4:40 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Hello All,
Just a quick reminder that because we are into summer meetings we change over to wearing class B shirts instead of our class A uniforms.

 Also please note that we will be holding a PLC (Patrol Leaders Conference) on June 29th at 7:00.  please refer to your e-mail for address 

All Scouts are welcome, but all that hold leadership positions are required to attend, we will be planning the schedule for the next six months. See you all tonight at the meeting.

Stephen D.

Yawgoog Advancement planning

posted Jun 14, 2017, 2:32 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Yawgoog Scouts,

Please see the following steps and dates for Yawgoog Merit Badges. 

1 - Send me your draft Merit Badge list by June 19th for my review.
2 - I will let you know by the 21st if you plan looks good.
3 - Complete Prerequisites (If required) due to the Scoutmaster for approval by June 26th.  Click to see MeritBadge Pre-Requisites
4 - Blue cards can be picked up from the Scoutmaster on July 2nd after we have moved into camp.

New Scouts should plan on New Frontiers and Swimming Merit Badge First period.

All Scouts should check Yawgoog website for required prerequisites.  Click to see MeritBadge Pre-Requisites

All Scouts should review Merit Badge Schedule to avoid schedule conflicts.  click for Merit Badge schedule

 If you have any questions please contact me.

Mrs. Murphy

New Troop 13 Leaders

posted Jun 13, 2017, 1:19 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Congratulations to all of the new troop leaders.
Here are the results of the June 2017 troop elections:

SPL: Stephen D
ASPL: (Has yet to be chosen by the SPL)
Patrol Leaders: 
Ethan C, 
Ronan M, 
Zachary C, 
Michael K
Troop Guide: Kabir B
Quartermaster: Evan A
Scribe: Kevin C
Historian: Brian M
Librarian: Ian M
Outdoor Ethics Guide: Will W

The SPL and ASPL terms are for one year and the rest of the positions are for six months.

Congratulations to all who were elected,
Eddie F

Boy Scout Leadership position descriptions

posted May 24, 2017, 4:24 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated May 24, 2017, 4:33 AM ]

Boy Scout troop leadership positions

Patrol Leader's Council

image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Senior Patrol Leader
The senior patrol leader (SPL) is elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top youth leader in the troop. He runs all troop meetings, events, activities, the annual program planning conference, and the patrol leaders' council meeting. He appoints other troop youth leaders with the advice and counsel of the Scoutmaster.

image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
The assistant senior patrol leader (ASPL) is the second highest-ranking youth leader in the troop. He is appointed by the senior patrol leader with the approval of the Scoutmaster. The assistant senior patrol leader acts as the senior patrol leader in the absence of the senior patrol leader or when called upon. He also provides leadership to other youth leaders in the troop.

image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Patrol Leader
The patrol leader is the elected leader of his patrol. He represents his patrol on the patrol leaders’ council and appoints the assistant patrol leader.
image: Life_icon19.jpg/image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Troop Guide
The troop guide works with new Scouts. He helps them feel comfortable and earn their First Class in their first year. He teaches basic Scout skills and works with the patrol leader at patrol leaders’ council meetings. Serving as Guide can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Eagle in a Boy Scout Troop.
Effective January 1, 2016, if using the new requirements for a rank, this is a valid position of responsibility for Eagle in Boy Scouts.

Other troop leadership positions

Assistant Patrol Leader
The assistant patrol leader is appointed by the patrol leader and leads the patrol in his absence. He represents his patrol at patrol leaders’ council meetings when the patrol leader cannot attend. The assistant patrol leader position does not count towards leadership requirements for StarLife, or Eagle.

image: Life_icon19.jpg/image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Quartermaster
The quartermaster keeps track of troop equipment and sees that it is in good working order. He keeps records on patrol and troop equipment, makes sure equipment is in good working condition, and issues equipment and makes sure it is returned in good condition. (Appointed by the SPL) Serving as Quartermaster can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Eagle in a Boy Scout Troop.
Effective January 1, 2016, if using the new requirements for a rank, this is a valid position of responsibility for Eagle in all areas.

image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Scribe
The scribe keeps the troop records. He records the activities of the patrol leaders’ council and keeps a record of dues, advancement, and Scout attendance at troop meetings. (Appointed by the SPL)

image: Life_icon19.jpg/image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Historian
The historian preserves troop photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards, and other memorabilia. (Appointed by the SPL) Serving as Historian can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Eagle in a Boy Scout Troop.
Effective January 1, 2016, if using the new requirements for a rank, this is a valid position of responsibility for Eagle in all areas.

image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Librarian
The librarian oversees the care and use of troop books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor lists. (Appointed by the SPL)

image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Instructor
The instructor teaches Scouting skills.

image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Chaplain Aide
The chaplain aide works with the troop chaplain to meet the religious needs of Scouts in the troop. He also works to promote the religious emblems program. (Appointed by the SPL)

image: Life_icon19.jpg/image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Den Chief
The den chief works with the Cub ScoutsWebelos Scouts, and den leaders in the Cub Scout pack. Helps Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks and encourages Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout troop upon graduation. Serving as Den Chief can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Eagle in a Boy Scout Troop.
Effective January 1, 2016, if using the new requirements for a rank, this is a valid position of responsibility for Eagle for all areas.

image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
The junior assistant Scoutmaster (JASM) serves in the capacity of an Assistant Scoutmaster except where legal age and maturity are required. He must be at least 16 years old and not yet 18. He is appointed by the Scoutmaster because of his leadership ability.

image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Order of the Arrow Representative
The Order of the Arrow Representative is a youth liaison serving between the local Order of the Arrow (OA) lodge or chapter and his troop. In his unit, he helps meet the needs of the unit and will serve as a communication and programmatic link to and from Arrowmen, adult leaders and Scouts who are not presently members of the Order. (Appointed by the SPL)

image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Webmaster
Effective January 1, 2010

image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Leave No Trace Trainer
Effective January 1, 2010

image: Life_icon19.jpg Bugler
The Bugler should be able to make appropriate bugle calls, as requested, at troop activities. (Appointed by the SPL) Serving as Bugler can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Star and Life but not Eagle.

Boy Scouts or Venturers who are members of bands, drill teams, or drum and bugle corps affiliated with a unit or a local council may also wear the musician badge special insignia.

Ranks requiring a Positions of Responsibility
  • Star Rank #5 "While a First Class Scout, serve actively 4 months in one or more of the following positions..."
  • Life Rank #5 "While a Star Scout, serve actively 6 months in one or more of the positions of responsibility..."
  • Eagle Scout Rank #4 "While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of 6 months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility..." (reduced list)
  • See also: National Youth Leadership Training‎ (NYLT) - a fun, six-day outdoor learning course.

March PLC update - upcoming schedule of events

posted Mar 31, 2017, 2:44 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Apr 2, 2017, 3:16 AM ]

Hello all,
Here is the schedule for the troop for the next few months:

Schedule of Meetings (4/3/17-6/26/17)
4/03/17: Start 30 Days of Fitness--Buddy System
4/10/17: 30 Days of Fitness(cont.)--Knots 
4/17/17: No meeting(no school)
4/24/17: 30 Days of Fitness(cont.)--Compass
5/01/17: 30 Days of Fitness(cont.)--Games
5/08/17: Finish 30 Days of Fitness--Intro. to Backpacking Prep.
Saturday, 5/13/2017 the Church will be having a yard sale that will need Scouts to help.  

5/15/17: Intro to Backpacking Prep.
5/22/17: SPL Bike Trip Prep./Safety--Tent Clean Up
Tuesday, 5/23/2017 - 5pm, Replace flags at the Cemetery - meet at the cannons.
5/29/17: No meeting(no school)--Memorial Day Parade
6/05/17: Talk about Troop Election Positions and their Responsibilities--Tent Clean Up
6/05/17 - Last Day for Board of Reviews
6/12/17: Troop Elections(new SPL election)
6/12/17: Last day to submit Blue Cards for the C.O.H.
6/19/17: Court of Honor(COH)
6/26/17: Camp Yawgoog Prep.

Schedule of Events
AT Trip(First Class/14 and above): 4/19/17-4/21/17
Intro. to Backpacking Trip: 5/20/17-5/21/17
Memorial Day Parade: 5/29/17
SPL Bike Trip: 6/03/17-6/04/17
Court of Honor(COH): 6/19/17
Camp Yawgoog: 7/02/17-7/09/17

Reminders and details of each event will be sent out to the troop before they take place.

PLC Meeting March 26th @ 4:00

posted Mar 2, 2017, 2:18 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

A PLC will be held on 3/26/17 at 4:00. The PLC will focus on meetings and trips until Yawgoog 2017/Summer Elections. Please refer to your e-mail for address.  
For new families, the PLC is the Patrol Leaders Council.  These are the boys that are elected to hold a position in the troop such as Patrol Leader.  All Scouts are welcome to attend the meetings, however, it is mandatory for the council to attend.  

December PLC Update

posted Dec 12, 2016, 7:59 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Dec 13, 2016, 1:37 AM ]

Troop 13,

Thank you to all those who attended the PLC this afternoon!  It was a good day of planning and preparation for the months ahead.  With that being said, for a successful year, we really need troop participation whether that be attending campouts or for star/life scouts to step up and lead meetings/events.  Our troop scribe will be publishing the full schedule of meetings, campouts, and events in the coming days.

Tomorrow's meeting will focus on dressing appropriately for winter events.  Duty Rosters, Menu planning, and gear preparation will also occur at the meeting.  The Winter campout is scheduled for 12/17/16 - 12/18/16 (Meet at Church 8:00 a.m. Sat./Arrive back on Sunday at noon).  If you have not signed up please email Mr. Murphy and the SPL.   

After the December break, there will a plethora of opportunities for scouts to rise to the occasion, which includes taking the initiative (Sometimes with Adult help) on High Adventure trips this coming summer, the Rockspot or Sayre Ice climbing trip, and patrol events.  

The Yankee Swap is on 12/19/16!  This annual tradition is a lot of fun and requires scouts to bring a wrapped, nameless gift ($15) to that meeting.  More information will come regarding the rules and proceedings.

The COH (Court of Honor) will be our first meeting back from December break on 1/9/17.  The MC's will be needing pictures for our troop slideshow.  Please have those ready when they ask for them in a couple weeks time.

Lastly, the meeting on 1/23 will be a visiting day for Webelos 2 Scouts.  More information to come as the date approaches, but a planning meeting will occur on 1/22 for preparation.

If anyone has any questions please feel free to email me!

Yours in Scouting,

Senior Patrol Leader

PLC Meeting Dec 11th @ 4:30

posted Dec 9, 2016, 12:49 PM by Webmaster Troop 13

Reminder: PLC is this Sunday at 4:30 at the Wiesman household (Please refer to the e-mail for the address).  Topics to be covered include trip dates and meeting plans.

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