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TROOP PROGRAM

Boy Scouting is about training Junior Leaders, and this is done through the Troop Program: planning an event, carrying through on those plans, and experiencing the event. This is in addition to the skill, merit badges, and rank advancement aspects of Boy Scouting. As parents, it is important that you understand the Boy Scout program and that your son be encouraged to take advantage of all aspects of it (see section on "Methods of Scouting"). It is equally important that the Scouting program be allowed to work. Because boys have greater or lesser leadership talents, some of our programs will be more successful than others. What is most important is that all of our events be good learning experiences for the boys. If, on the most dismal trip, we hear a boy say, "We should have done it this way, not that way'" or, "We should have thought about that possibility before we left," then it was a very successful event.  As a boy rises higher in rank and responsibility it is even more important that he attend troop meetings and campouts because it is the more experienced Scouts who plan and run these events.

Uniforms: The wearing of the Boy Scout uniform is an important part of Scouting in Troop 12. It encourages a sense of identity, fosters a feeling of belonging, and promotes the ideal of equality in the brotherhood of Scouting. Troop 12 requires a Class A uniform of Scout shirt, Scout pants, neckerchief, and Scout belt. Scouts are expected to be in uniform for all troop meetings. Council events, training events and field trips (unless specifically told otherwise). The Class B uniform consists of a Scout T-shirt (such as a Scout Camp T-shirt) worn with Scout pants or shorts. The Class B uniform is optional and may be worn at campouts, at summer camp (except at retreat and dinner), and on certain designated troop events, but not to troop meetings or when traveling to any Scouting event.

Insurance/ Safety: Troop 12 strives for the safest and most accident-free possible events in all of our program areas but, sometimes, accidents do happen. Therefore, the troop purchases accident insurance for all registered Scouts and Scouters to cover them while attending any approved and supervised activities of the Boy Scouts of America. This insurance does have an "excess provision clause" which disallows expenses over $100.00 if any other insurance is available for a Scout or Scouter.

A permission slip with a parent’s signature is required on any troop activity taking place off the church property, even if a parent is attending the event. In case of a medical emergency, we carry a copy of each boy’s summer camp medical form on all our campouts and the permission slip authorizes treatment.

New Members: Boys who are interested in joining the Troop are welcome at any Scout meeting for a visit. A new boy will be given a Scout application that must be filled out by the parents and the boy. The annual dues are $75.00, which covers insurance, a subscription to "Boys' Life" and registration with the Boy Scouts of America. This fee is waived for a boy “bridging over” from a Cub Pack. A new Scout is encouraged to get a Boy Scout Handbook and a uniform as soon as possible (see section on uniforms). We encourage all parents of new Scouts to come and meet the leaders of the troop. Parents are welcome at all troop meetings and Troop Committee meetings. Once a scout had paid his dues for the year and has participated in the annual popcorn sales and sold $75.00 dollars worth of product he will receive a $25.00 dollar rebate from his dues and that will be placed into his scout account.

Camping Costs: Troop 12 usually camps 10 weekends each year. The cost of a campout is usually $15.00 per person.  This generally covers four meals at $3.00 per person per meal plus any fees charged by the camp.  The Scout who purchases the food (usually the Patrol Leader) must submit the store receipt to the Troop Treasurer who will reimburse him up to this set amount per person.  A patrol may decide as a group to spend more than the allowed amount but this must be a unanimous decision and the Patrol Leader must collect the money for excess expenses directly from the patrol members.

            Special campouts such as West Point and the raft trip will cost more than the usual fee to cover the extra expense of the football game and raft rental.  These special situations will be identified in the monthly campout bulletin.