Each troop has an adult leader, the Scoutmaster, who is a volunteer registered with the Boy Scouts of America and trained. The Scoutmaster is responsible for helping the scouts with their planning of the year's program so the scouts are given adequate opportunity to advance in rank and complete merit badges.
Mr. Abel is a native of Ohio where he was a Cub Scout, earning the Arrow of Light. He first joined Troop 54 with his son in 2001, and has been involved off and on ever since as a Parent, Committee Member, Advancement Chair and Asst. Scoutmaster. He has also served on the Tri-River District Eagle Board of Review. Mr. Abel was appointed Scoutmaster in 2011.
A troop will be successful if there are also Assistant Scoutmasters to support the Scoutmaster. The adult leaders should only do those things that the scouts can not do themselves - driving, for example. The boys should be allowed to lead their own troop with only minimal guidance as needed, depending on the maturity and abilities of the scout leaders.
With two sons that are now Eagle Scouts, Mr. Roll joined scouts with his oldest son and since then he has been a Den Leader, Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster of Troop 54 from 2005-2011, and now serving again as Assistant Scoutmaster.
A troop committee is a steering committee of volunteers who actually handle the business end of running the troop. From the Scoutmaster Handbook: “The most important responsibility of a troop committee is recruiting qualified adult leaders for the troop. The Scoutmaster should be able to turn to the committee at any time for assistance, support, and encouragement."
Although never a scout himself, Mr. Hemminger joined Tiger Cubs with his oldest son in 1999 and has been actively invoved since then as Den Leader, Committee Member, Assistant Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, and most recently as Committee Chairman of Troop 54 from 2006 to present.
Other positions on our committee include -
TREASURER - Tammy Anderson
FUNDRAISING CHAIR - Barb Huff
ADVANCEMENT CHAIR - Chris Waring
And several committee members.
Whether it's volunteering to teach a merit badge or to attend campouts as a chaperone, every Boy Scout Troop relies on the GREAT parents that are willing to pitch in and help, Troop 54 is no exception, and our scout families routinely participate to make our events fun and successful.