Frequently Asked Questions

Advancement

A Scoutmaster Conference is a time for the Scoutmaster to meet with a Scout to check-in with him:

  • to see how the Scout is doing
  • to see how the Scout is progressing toward his next Rank
  • to find out what the Scout's plans are for the coming months
  • to help prepare the Scout for his Board of Review

Scoutmaster Conferences should be held with each Scout every year -- whether the Scout needs one for a Rank advancement or not. (Rank advancement is only 1 of the reasons for a Scoutmaster Conference.)

A Board is a time for the Scout to meet with members of the Committee (& parents) to discuss their Scouting experiences, likes, dislikes, & how things are going for the Scout. Every Scout needs to have a Board or Review before they can complete the requirements to earn a new Rank.

Boards can happen all year long, but they must take place at least 2 weeks before a Court of Honor to receive the new Rank at the Court of Honor. (Otherwise the Scout will be recognized at the next Court of Honor.)

This time frame is needed to give the Advancements Chair plenty of time to:

  • process the Rank advancement with Council
  • to purchase the Rank Awards
  • get the Court of Honor program organized

Boy Scouting Ranks are:

  • Scout
  • Tenderfoot
  • 2nd Class
  • 1st Class
  • Star
  • Life
  • Eagle
    (Eagle Scouts can continue to advance with Eagle Palms)

The following Time Estimates can vary based on a Scout's individual abilities and attendance at Meetings & on Outings:

  • New Scouts can reach 1st Class Rank in 12 -18 months
    (Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, & 1st Class Ranks can all be worked on simultaneously)
  • Star Rank in an additional 6 -12 months
  • Life Rank in an additional 6 -12 months
  • Eagle Rank in an additional 6 -18 months
    (Eagle Palms are an additional 3-6 months each -- up to 6 can be earned)

An Eagle Court of Honor is completely planned & hosted by the Eagle Scout's family. Before planning the Location & Date though, please wait for the 'official word' to come back from National to know that your Eagle Scout Candidate has become an Eagle Scout.

Once your Eagle hears from the Scoutmaster (that his paperwork has come back from National), then you can start planning a Date & Time for an Eagle Court of Honor. In case you are looking for help planning the COH, the Scout Shop has a couple of Books that you can purchase that have assorted program ideas (or you can find help online as well) that you can select from to build your program for the COH. You can also choose to make it a combined celebration with another Eagle Scout or 2 & work on a combined program for all of the families & Scouts.

This is your family's party & you get to decide all of the details:

  • What is going to happen in the program?
  • Who will be part of the program?
  • Will there be food? What will it be (snacks, desserts, refreshments)?
  • Who do you want to make sure to invite to the COH?
  • Where will the COH happen?
  • Have you reserved the location yet?

Another piece of the program (that has been a special part for our Troop) is the 'Eagle Challenge.' This is where your Eagle Scout picks out a younger Scout to challenge to continue working hard to reach the Eagle Scout Rank as well. This is normally done with a written or printed statement that is placed into a document frame. After your Scout has been presented his Eagle Rank (or toward the end of the COH), your Scout will announce the name of the younger Scout, call him forward, & read aloud the statement that is in the frame. Then the frame is presented to the Scout with a handshake. This framed document then becomes a special reminder on the younger Scout's wall.

Eagle Scout Requirement 5
While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your
community. (The project must benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) A project proposal must be approved by the
organization benefiting from the effort, your unit leader and unit committee, and the council or district before you start. You must use
the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927, in meeting this requirement.

Here are many of the Steps that each Scout will need to go through as part of his Eagle Project:

  1. Think about what you would like to do for your Eagle Project & who you want to do it for (the Beneficiary).
  2. Talk with the Scoutmaster about possible Eagle Project ideas.
  3. The Scout should start tracking all of his Time:
    ++ Planning, Meeting with others, Doing paperwork, & Working on the Project.
  4. Meet with the Beneficiary of the Project to discuss what they need (or would like).
  5. Fill out the Eagle Project Proposal portion of the Eagle Project Workbook.
  6. Go over your Project Proposal with the Scoutmaster (or an Eagle Project Coach).
    ++ If there will be any Fundraising with your Project, then make sure to fill out the Fundraising Application in the back part of the Workbook too. (It will need 3 of the 4 SAME signatures on it as the Project Proposal does.)
  7. Meet with the Beneficiary, go over the Project Proposal & get their signature on the Proposal (& the Fundraising Application, if needed).
  8. Let your Scoutmaster look over the Project Proposal (if not already done).
  9. Contact the Troop Committee Chair & schedule some time to present your Project at the next Committee Meeting.
  10. Present the Project to the Committee (& get the Scoutmaster & Committee Chair's signatures on the Proposal).
  11. Contact & meet with the District Eagle Chair to present the Proposal (& get their signature on the Proposal).
  12. Once all 4 signatures are on the Project Proposal, then you can start coordinating workers & doing things for your Project.
  13. At this point, you can also start tracking all the Time for your workers that are helping with your Project.
  14. You should fill-in/use the Final Plan (center) portion of the Eagle Project Workbook at this time.
  15. Use your Final Plan as your guide as you purchase needed Materials & schedule Workers to help.
  16. Complete your Project in its entirety.
    ++ Don't forget to log all of the Time that you & your Workers are putting in on the Project.
  17. Once your Project is finished, then fill out the Project Report portion of the Eagle Project Workbook.
  18. Meet with the Beneficiary, go over the Project Report & get their signature on the Report (under the Completion Approval).
  19. Meet with your Scoutmaster because you still need their signature under the Completion Approval too.
  20. Make sure to keep all of this paperwork in a safe place for your Eagle Board of Review.

Here is an overview of the 'main' Steps that each Scout will need to go through to attain the Eagle Rank:

ALL of these Steps MUST BE completed before the day of the Scout's 18th Birthday!!!

  1. Attain the Rank of Life Scout.
  2. These 3 pieces can be completed in any order or at the same time:
    ++ Eagle Rank requirements.
    ++ Merit Badge Requirements.
    ++ An Eagle Project. (See 'What are the Main Steps in an Eagle Project?' for more info.)
  3. Meet with the Scoutmaster to verify that you are ready to move on to the Eagle Scout Application.
  4. Fill out the Eagle Scout Application (& write a letter about your future Ambitions or Plans).
    ++ The Advancement Chair can help with a report of the needed Dates too.
    ++ Also ask all the References (listed on the Eagle Application) for a Letter of Reference for the Eagle Board.
    ++ (These Letters are to be kept Confidential & are NOT for the Scout or his family to read!)
  5. A Scoutmaster Conference (& his signature on the Eagle Scout Application).

ALL of these Steps MAY be completed on or after the Scout's 18th Birthday!!!
(There is a 3-month 'grace period' during which the next 2 Steps may be completed after the Scout turns 18. But we encourage our Scouts NOT to put these Steps off -- you DON'T want to run out of time.)

  1. Go through all the Steps for the Eagle Board of Review. (See 'What Steps are needed to get an Eagle Board of Review?' for more info.)
  2. Attend the Eagle Board of Review. (See 'What Things should a Scout take to his Eagle Board of Review?' for more info.)
  3. If the Scout 'passes' his Eagle Board, then he will be considered an 'Eagle Scout candidate' until the official paperwork comes back from 'National' (the national Scout Office in Texas).
  4. When the Certificate & paperwork arrive back at our Scout Office, then a postcard will be sent to our Scoutmaster to let him know to come pick-up the paperwork.
  5. At this point, the Scout is officially considered an 'Eagle Scout' as of the date of his Eagle Board of Review.

These are the Steps toward an Eagle Board of Review:

  1. First, finish everything needed for the Eagle Rank
  2. Complete the Eagle Scout Application & get the needed Signatures:
    ++ Scoutmaster's signature
    ++ Committee Chair's signature
  3. Have a Scoutmaster Conference
  4. Contact & meet with the District Eagle Chair (to turn-in the Eagle Scout Application).
  5. The Eagle Scout Application will go to the Scout Office (CPC Council) to have all of the Dates & Ranks verified.
  6. Once the District Eagle Chair gets the Eagle Scout Application back, he/she will contact the Scout with available Dates to hold the Eagle Board of Review.
  7. The Scout now needs to contact the following people to figure out a Date the works for everyone for the Eagle Board:
    ++ Parent(s) of the Scout
    ++ Scoutmaster
    ++ Troop Committee Chair
    ++ Check the schedule for the Location of the Eagle Board Meeting. (This can be the Church where we meet, the Scout's Home Church, Business Conference Room, or even a Family's Home.)
  8. Communicate the 'selected' Date back to the District Eagle Chair & finalize the Date.
  9. Communicate the 'finalized' Date back to everyone previously contacted.
  10. Make sure to reserve the Location for the 'finalized' Date for the Eagle Board.
  11. Attend the Eagle Board of Review.

These are all the things that the Scout should remember to have at his Eagle Board of Review:

  • His filled out Eagle Project Workbook WITH Signatures
  • Don't forget pictures of the Eagle Project (photos from before, during, & after)
  • His Boy Scout Handbook with Dates & Initials filled in
  • Sealed Letters of Reference for the Eagle Board (These Letters are Confidential.)
  • Know the Scout Oath & the Scout Law -- by heart!!!
  • His Parent(s)
  • His Scoutmaster
  • (Optional: He can have an Advocate during the Board to help him remember things from his Scouting Career. This can be someone other than his Scoutmaster.)
  • The Troop Committee Chair (or the Chair can select another Committee Member) to be the 3rd member of the Board of Review.
  • (Eagle Boards are usually made up of 3 people, but can consist of anywhere from 3 to 7 members.)

It is not required, but it is nice to provide some Snacks & Water for the Board Members & attendees. (Some possible options are: --meat, cheese, & crackers; --vegies & dip; --cookies; --water bottles; --soda.)

A Court of Honor is a whole Troop celebration with recognition for all of the Advancements that our Scouts have earned over the past 6 months. Families (and extended families) are encouraged to attend to celebrate what the Scouts have been doing. The Scouts are recognized for their Rank Advancement as well as Merit Badges that were earned & Camps that they have attended. They are normally held in the Sanctuary at the church with all Scouts & Leaders wearing their 'Class A' uniforms. Then it is followed up by a Dessert Fellowship Time.

Our Troop holds 2 Courts of Honor per year. They are 'typically' scheduled for the last Monday in April & October.

Have you heard of Merit Badge University? Do you know what it is?

Merit Badge University has been coordinated by (put on by) one of the Leaders in our Troop as a District event & has been open for all the Boy Scouts in our District. (Then has been opened up to Boy Scouts from other Districts once our District has had a chance to sign-up.) It typically happens on the Saturday of the first weekend in February each year. Many different Merit Badges - both Eagle-required & electives - are offered based on which Merit Badge Counselors are available to teach them. Scouts can take 1 or 2 Merit Badges on this day. (Some of the Merit Badge classes are half-day & some are all-day.)

Troop Info

These outings are important to the well-being of a Patrol.

  • The first reason that we do Patrol Outings is to help build Patrol Spirit. We want to use these meetings to help the Patrol to form bonds between the youth. Forming these bonds can be a challenge at our normal Monday night meetings since we are busy with Merit Badge classes, training, & other activities.
  • The second reason that we do Patrol Outings is that we want to use them as a time to focus on the Patrol. While there should be a fun activity as a part of the Patrol Outing, there should also be a Patrol Meeting & sometimes there should be advancement as well.

The Boy Scouts of America organization has broken down the U.S. into Council's that each cover certain regions of the U.S. We are located in the Cascade Pacific Council. (It's Council # is 492.) We commonly abbreviate it to CPC. The CPC encompasses the area from SW Washington down to about Albany, Oregon & from the Oregon Coast over to about Hood River, Oregon.

Our Council is then divided into Districts. (There are currently 17 Districts in the CPC.) We are part of the 'Lewis & Clark' District. The Lewis & Clark District covers the area from the Columbia River down to below Oak Grove & from the Willamette River over to the I-205 Freeway.

Patrols are typically made up of 5-8 Scouts. We try to have an Assistant Scoutmaster that works with each Patrol as a Patrol Adviser/Coach.

Twice a year, Patrols have elections to fill the following Leadership positions: - Patrol Leader, - Assistant Patrol Leader, & - Patrol Quartermaster. The Patrol Leader is part of the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC).

Committee Meetings are currently held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month -- with the exceptions of July & December. (We don't have a Committee Meeting those months.) These meetings are normally held in the Fellowship Hall downstairs next to the kitchen at Milwaukie Presbyterian Church (where our Troop regularly meets). They start at 7:00 pm & last until approximately 8:30 pm.

Please see the Troop Calendar for more details.

When & where does our Troop regularly gather for Troop meetings?

Our Troop meets at 7:00 pm at Milwaukie Presbyterian Church on most Monday nights during the school year. (During the summer we meet at different places & do other activities like bike rides.)

Milwaukie Presbyterian Church is located at 2416 SE Lake Road, Milwaukie, OR 97222.

Camping

Parents have wondered about this question many times:

  1. If your Scout has not reached First Class Rank, then the most important Outing for him is the monthly Troop Outing. These outings are the best place for completing Trail to First Class requirements.
  2. Second, would be helping the Troop with recruiting efforts. For example, going to Webelos Woods or an event where your Scout will get to interact with Webelos. The health of the Troop is dependent on all of us doing our part to recruit new Scouts.
  3. Next, choose from the other fun activities that can be found on the Troop Calendar or the Council's Newsletter.
  4. Finally, there are the Patrol Outings (like going to see the Timbers or Blazers). These are important but should not be seen as more important that the monthly Troop Outings.

Scouts are of course welcome to do all of the Events, but not many of us could achieve that.

Where does our Troop go to Summer Camp?

The 'rule of thumb' that our Troop typically uses is to attend 3 'local' Summer Camps in our Council then go 'out-of-council' on the 4th year. We happen to be VERY blessed with all of our exceptional 'local' CPC Camps.

Our PLC (the youth leaders of the Troop) will discuss the options then vote to decide which Summer Camp to attend. (Usually about 14 months ahead of the camping dates.)

The Cascade Pacific Council has some of the best Camp properties in the entire U.S. There are 4 Boy Scout Summer Camp properties in the CPC - with each being quite different & unique... They are: Camp Meriwether located on the Oregon Coast, Camp Baldwin located on the back side of Mount Hood, Camp Pioneer located east of Detroit Lake in the Cascade Mountain Range, & Camp Cooper located west of Sheridan on the east side of the Coast Range.

Boy Scout Troops from several states away will come to our Summer Camps because the Camps are so special. In particular, Camp Meriwether on the Coast with the ocean, tide pools, climbing tower, & shooting ranges. As well as Camp Baldwin on Mount Hood with horses & natural rock climbing. Baldwin is 1 of only 2 BSA horse camps in the whole U.S. (And we have 1 of them in our own backyard...)

General

We do Service Projects for many reasons. Here are some of them:

  • Giving back to our Community.
  • Providing service to Veterans or Veteran's groups.
  • Giving back to our Chartering Organization.
  • Projects are needed each year by our Troop as part of BSA's Journey to Excellence Award.
  • Scouts need Service Hours toward several of their Rank Advancements.
  • Scout's working on their Eagle Rank need to Plan, Develop, & Lead a Service Project. Scouts & adults are typically needed to help with the work of the projects.

The Boy Scouts of America organization has broken down the U.S. into Council's that each cover certain regions of the U.S. We are located in the Cascade Pacific Council. (It's Council # is 492.) We commonly abbreviate it to CPC. The CPC encompasses the area from SW Washington down to about Albany, Oregon & from the Oregon Coast over to about Hood River, Oregon.

The Cascade Pacific Council has some of the best Camp properties in the entire U.S. There are 4 Boy Scout Summer Camp properties in the CPC - with each being quite different & unique... They are: Camp Meriwether located on the Oregon Coast, Camp Baldwin located on the back side of Mount Hood, Camp Pioneer located east of Detroit Lake in the Cascade Mountain Range, & Camp Cooper located west of Sheridan on the east side of the Coast Range.

Boy Scout Troop from several states away will come to our Summer Camps because the Camps are so special. In particular, Camp Meriwether on the Coast with the ocean, tide pools, climbing tower, & shooting ranges. As well as Camp Baldwin on Mount Hood with horses & natural rock climbing. Baldwin is 1 of only 2 BSA horse camps in the whole U.S.

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America. OA Members provide Service for Council Events & Properties - like performing Crossover Ceremonies for Webelos, helping in many areas at Training Conferences, preparing Camp properties before Summer Camps get started, or repairing Camp properties (like replacing the Campfire Bowl at Camp Baldwin).

Each year (about early February), the Troop holds OA Elections. The Election criteria is explained to the Troop then ballots containing the names of all the eligible Scouts are passed out to all the Youth in the Troop. The Election is overseen by 'current' OA Members. Election results are kept secret until the 'elected' Youth are 'called out' at the District Camporee in May. Those Youth then need to attend an Ordeal Weekend with the OA at 1 of the Camp properties that the Council owns. (Dates & Locations will be made known to those 'elected in' & we typically will have them on the Troop Calendar as well.)

Do you know what all those Letters mean that you hear people say or read in emails?

Here is a List of Scouting Acronyms that have been collected so far:

APL
Assistant Patrol Leader (The Scouts are grouped into Patrols & elect a member to be their Leader -- they also elect an Assistant Leader to fill-in when the Patrol Leader is unavailable for an Outing or Meeting)
ASM
Assistant Scoutmaster (Adult Leader that assists the Scoutmaster in the Training/Coaching of the Youth in the Troop)
ASPL
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (The 2 ASPL's help the SPL to lead the Troop - with 1 of them being the SPL-in-Training)
BOR
Board of Review (Scouts are required to have a Board of Review as part of their Rank advancements)
BSA
Boy Scouts of America (The National organization that our Troop is registered with for Scouting recognition)
CC
Committee Chair (In charge of the 'business' responsibilities of the Troop)
COH
Court of Honor (Whole Troop celebration with recognition for all of the Advancements that our Scouts have earned over the past 6 months)
COR
Charter Organization Representative (The liaison between the Chartering Organization & the Troop)
CPC
Cascade Pacific Council (The BSA Council for our part of the USA - Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington)
CSP
Council Shoulder Patch (The patch with the Council name on it that goes on the shoulder of the Class A uniform)
DD
District Director (Council staff position working with the District Executive to oversees Scout Units for the Council)
DE
District Executive (Council staff position that oversees the Scout Units in their District)
EBOR
Eagle Board of Review (The Board of Review for the 'highest' Rank advancement in Boy Scouts)
FOS
Friends of Scouting (The Council's annual Fundraiser to help provide Camp Scholarships to Scouts)
JTE
Journey to Excellence (The new Quality Unit Award that our Troop can earn annually - 3 levels of achievement: Bronze, Silver, & Gold)
MB
Merit Badge (Each Scout is required to earn a minimum of 21 Merit Badges for their Eagle Rank - 13 are Eagle-required & 8 are Electives)
MBU
Merit Badge University (A District event for Scouts where they can earn 1-2 Merit Badges in a day)
MPC
Milwaukie Presbyterian Church (Our Chartering Organization that sponsors our Troop)
NYLT
National Youth Leadership Training (It is advanced Youth Leader Training)
OA
Order of the Arrow (The Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America -- Scouts must be elected into the OA by their Troop)
PL
Patrol Leader (The Scouts are grouped into Patrols then elect a member to be their Leader)
PLC
Patrol Leaders' Council (All of the Youth Leaders of the Troop - SPL, ASPL's, PL's, Scribe, Historian, as well as a few other Troop Leaders)
SM
Scoutmaster (Adult Leader in charge of Training/Coaching the Youth Leaders in the Troop)
SPL
Senior Patrol Leader (The Scout that is elected by the Troop to be their Leader)
TTFC
Trail to First Class (All of the requirements that are needed for the beginning Ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, & First Class)

(Use the 'Contact' page to send any missing Acronyms to the Committee Chair so they can be added to this List.)

Training

The 'current' requirements for Scoutmasters & Asst. Scoutmasters to be 'Position Trained' are these 3 Courses:

  • Scoutmaster Specific Training (taken in-person, one-time course)
  • Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills -- also known as IOLS (taken in-person, one-time course)
  • Youth Protection Training (online or in-person course that needs to be renewed each year)

These 2 Courses were also previously required. (They are available online & contain good information if you would like to learn more):

  • Boy Scout Leader Fast Start (one-time course)
  • This Is Scouting (one-time course)

The 'current' requirements for Committee Chairs & Committee Members to be 'Position Trained' are these 2 Courses (both available online):

  • Troop Committee Challenge (one-time course)
  • Youth Protection Training (online or in-person course that needs to be renewed each year)

These 2 Courses were also previously required (They are available online & contain good information if you would like to learn more):

  • Boy Scout Leader Fast Start (one-time course)
  • This Is Scouting (one-time course)

Wood Badge is advanced leader training that is put on by our Council (Cascade Pacific Council) for adult Scouters that work with all types of Units (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity, or Venture Crew) as well as those that help in District or Council positions. During this hands-on course, you'll learn more about putting the Patrol Method into action as you camp as a group. You'll also learn team-building games to help strengthen your Unit. Plus, there's the added benefit of the friendships you'll make with other Scouting leaders.

Previous CPC trainings have consisted of:

  • two 3-day weekends for the Training that are 2-weeks apart.
  • Common Dates have been the 1st & 3rd weekends in May or the 2nd & 4th weekends in September.
  • Sometimes the Training Dates are from Friday to Sunday & other times they are Thursday to Saturday.
  • On rare occasions the Training has taken place on 6 straight days.

We have had many Leaders that have taken this Training through the years. You can identify the Leaders that have completed this Training by the Wooden Beads that they wear on a leather cord around their neck with their 'Class A' (or Field Uniform).

Click here to see a List of our Wood Badge Trained Leaders.

Uniform

The Rope Segment used to be considered a part of our Troop's uniform many years ago, but fell by the wayside...

Then about 2012, the PLC (our Youth Leaders) decided that they wanted to start having the Rope Segment be a part of the uniform again. So the Leaders checked various types of Ropes available from different stores & finally chose 7 mm Climbing Cord from Next Adventure in Portland. The first pieces started at 4 ft in length, but seemed a little short at times. So the next batch of Cords were cut at 5 ft long.

Here is the info on the latest batch of Ropes:

  • 7 mm Climbing Cord manufactured by Sterling
  • Purchased from Next Adventure again (with their Scout discount)
  • We cut 2 Lengths of Rope this time (about 1/3 at 4 ft long for younger Scouts, the rest at 5 ft long)
  • Replacement Rope Segments will cost Scouts $3.

We have focused on the Sterling brand because it is better for our purposes -- it is more pliable & supple for the knot tying.

The Field Uniform is made up of the following: --Tan BSA Uniform Shirt, --Green BSA Uniform Pants or Shorts, --Green Webbing Belt, --Green Uniform Socks, --Merit Badge Sash, --Green & Yellow Neckerchief with Slide, --Red Troop Hat, --Rope Segment (hanging from belt or belt loop)..

(Field & Activity Uniforms are often referred to by our Troop as Class A & Class B Uniforms though that terminology is not used in any official BSA publications and is not correct. (The correct term would be to call them Field & Activity Uniforms following the BSA terminology.)

Also see "What is a 'Class A' Uniform?"

The Activity Uniform is a Scouting-related T-Shirt and scout pants.

(Field & Activity Uniforms are often referred to by our Troop as Class A & Class B Uniforms though that terminology is not used in any official BSA publications and is not correct. (The correct would be better to call them Field & Activity Uniforms following the BSA terminology.)

Also see "What is a 'Class B' Uniform?"

What is a 'Class A' Uniform? (Boy Scouts of America calls these uniforms 'Field Uniforms'.)

Our Troop considers all of the following uniform pieces to be part of the Full 'Class A' Uniform: --Tan BSA Uniform Shirt, --Green BSA Uniform Pants or Shorts, --Green Webbing Belt, --Green Uniform Socks, --Merit Badge Sash, --Green & Yellow Neckerchief with Slide, --Red Troop Hat, --Rope Segment (hanging from belt or belt loop). This uniform should be worn on: --all Outings that require travel, --Community Service, --the 1st Troop Meeting of each month, & --all Courts of Honor.

These uniforms are really known by the Boy Scouts of America as 'Activity Uniforms'.

The most 'common' Class B Uniform is our Troop T-shirt. (Our current Troop T-shirt is the dark green shirt with the white & gray design on the front.) But the Class B's also include all Summer Camp T-shirts, Shirts purchased from the Scout Shop, or others that have BSA designs or logos on them. Worn with pants or shorts that are appropriate for a Scout Outing. (It is recommended that each Scout purchase 2 Troop T-shirts.)

Also see "What is an Activity Uniform?"

Please see Mr. Finch at a Troop meeting. (Or ask another leader if you can't find him.)

Dues & Costs

Each Fall, registered Scouts & Leaders need to pay the Membership Renewal Fee -- which is currently $24. A Boys Life Magazine Subscription is optional -- the current fee is $12 a year. These Fees are collected as part of the Recharter process, then the Troop pays the money to the Council (CPC). (Then Council sends the money on to National.)

When a 'new' Scout or Leader registers mid-year, those rates are pro-rated for the number of months remaining in the current year.

The Troop Dues are $20 per Quarter - which works out to $80 per year. This money goes to cover the Troops expenses throughout the year. One of the most important items that money goes to is helping with the cost of some of the Leader Training (both Youth & Adults). We feel that Trained Leaders are worth the expense.

Here are just some of the Troop expenses:
- 1/2 Scholarships for up to 2 Youth to attend NYLT (Youth Leader Training) each year. (The minimum age for this Training is 13-years old.)
- Assistance for Adult Training like Wood Badge, Rock Climbing certifications, & NRA certification courses.
- Paying the Recharter Fees for the Adults that help the Troop 'go'.
- Purchasing all of the Awards & Rank Advancements to be awarded at the Courts of Honor.
- Troop Website costs (like the hosting of the website & registering our Domain name).
- Covering the Propane, paper goods, plastic ware, trash bags, etc. that our Youth need to use in their Kitchens on Outings.
- Maintenance of the Troop Equipment (like the Canoes & Trailer, Bike Trailer, Stoves, Lanterns, Kitchens, etc.)
- Covering the Food & incidentals for the Patrol Leaders' Council Training twice-a-year.
- Paying the cleaning fee for using the Sanctuary for our 2 Courts of Honor each year.

(Along with many, many other expenses that have not been itemized here...)

Website

Please attend a meeting and speak to Mr. Lewis, Mr. Freitas, or Mr. Blackburn. You can also submit your request using the site's Contact Page.

(Note that you only need a User Account if you will be posting pictures or Front Page information to the Troop Website.)