Welcome to Troop 60!
Westminster Presbyterian Church
The purpose of page is to give the new Scout and his parents an overview of our troop philosophy and cover some important topics on how our troop operates. It is not a complete handbook of troop operations.
BSA Mission Statement
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
Our Troop operates by three main principles developed by our Founder Lord Robert Baden Powell; the Patrol Method, the Boy Led-Troop, and Be Prepared.
A-The Patrol Method
“The patrol method is not a way to operate a Boy Scout troop, it is the only way. Unless the patrol method is in operation you don’t really have a Boy Scout troop.”
“The object of the patrol method is not so much saving the Scoutmaster (and adults) trouble as to give responsibility to the boy.”
Troop 60 operates under the patrol method. Each patrol operates as its own unit not only during troop meeting, but also on campouts. The Patrols plan together, camp together, cook together, eat together, advance together and have fun together.
“Never do anything a boy can do”
While we adults can probably set up the tents, cook the meals and plan events more efficiently than the Scouts, adult interference defeats one of the primary purposes of Boy Scouting –leadership development. If it looks like your son needs help, ask an older scout to show him how to do it. The older scout will be more then happy to help out. If you have a question, ask a uniformed leader.
“Scouting is a game for boys under the leadership of boys under the direction of a man”
“Training boy leaders to run their troop is the Scoutmaster’s most important job”
“Train Scouts to do a job, then let them do it”
In Troop 60 the boys are the leaders. The Senior Patrol leader, Patrol leaders and various other positions, plan the yearly calendar, plan and run the weekly troop meetings and plan the outings. They do this through a leadership council know as the PLC (Patrol Leaders Council) This Council is chaired by the Senior patrol leader and meets once each month.
Patrol leaders are responsible for keeping patrol attendance records, advancement records, and equipment information.
Patrol Quartermasters are responsible for patrol equipment up-keep.
Troop 60 boy leaders are expected to lead.
Adults should not interfere with the functioning of boy leaders, even when they make mistakes (as we all know, we learn best from our mistakes). Step in only if it is a matter of immediate safety or if the mistake will be immediately costly. If possible, involve a uniformed adult leader first.
C- Be Prepared
Be prepared for what?
“Why for any old thing”
Troop 60 scouts are expected to “Be Prepared”. How do they do that? By reading their Scout handbook, learning and using their scout skills, and taking responsibility.
2-Troop Code of Conduct
Scouting is a value-based program. Our troop code of conduct follows:
The Scout Oath:
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
The Scout Law: A Scout is ...
That’s it in a nutshell! Nothing else should have to be said.
Class ‘A’ - Tan BSA uniform shirt, Olive BSA pants or shorts (dark green shorts and pants are acceptable. Jeans, cutoffs, Camos and multi-colored basketball shorts are not), Dark closed toe shoes, green BSA socks, merit badge sash, troop neckerchief, and all official insignia.
Class ‘B’ -Blue Troop 60 T-Shirt, a Scouting related shirt, or a plain t-shirt, olive or dark green shorts, and appropriate footwear.
For weekly troop meetings between Labor Day and Memorial day and travel to and from scouting events the uniform standard is:
Tan BSA uniform shirt, Olive BSA pants or shorts (dark green shorts and pants are acceptable. Jeans, cutoffs, Camos and multi-colored basketball shorts are not), and appropriate footwear.
For weekly troop meetings between Memorial day and Labor Day and during scouting events the uniform standard is:
Blue Troop 60 T-Shirt, a Scouting related shirt, or a plain t-shirt, olive or dark green shorts, and appropriate footwear.
Clothing with graphics depicting the promotion of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, drugs, rock bands, silly sayings, slang, etc. is unacceptable. Any shirt questioned by any boy or adult leader will not be permitted.
Meetings are held every Tuesday from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm year round, in the Scout room of the church:
The only exceptions are:
Christmas and New Years week
When school is cancelled due to Weather
Your help is expected and needed. The type of help is different from cub scouts. No longer will you be running a den or planning and executing a Pack event. Instead you will be giving support to the uniformed leaders and Scouts. Parents are needed for:
A- Boards of Review held at the end of Troop meetings
B- Merit Badge Counselors
C- Being a member of the Troop committee that supports the Boy lead troop
1- The Maple Syrup Festival and Basket raffle held each March in Boardman Park
2- The Music in the Park cake sale held during June-August at Boardman Park
These two events are the troops only Troop-related fund raisers. These events must be successful to keep the troop financially strong. Exact event dates and sign-up sheets will be posted on the troop bulletin board.
Please see the Troop Committee Chair or the Scoutmaster about helping with the Music in the Park Cake sale, the Maple Syrup festival basket Raffle, Board of Review member, a merit badge counselor or becoming a member of the Troop Committee.
Attendance, especially on campouts, is necessary for rank advancement. A portion of the weekly Troop meeting is usually reserved for skill development, but the skills your son will need for most rank advancement will be developed on campouts. Going on one outing per year will not expose your son to all the skills or give him time to master the skills necessary for rank advancement. Coming to one meeting per month will not expose your son to the important planning and patrol method way of getting prepared for outings or help him develop as a leader and/or patrol member. For a complete list participation requirements please see the Troop Handbook, page 13.
Rank Advancement measures the growth of a Scout. Full participation in patrol and troop activities will enable the scout to advance with no problem. For details on how rank advancement works in our troop please see the Rank Advancement section of the Troop Handbook, which begins on page 11.
SCOUTING IS A GAME WITH A PURPOSE
FUN is the GAME
VALUES are the PURPOSE
LEARNING is the PROCESS