Scouters/Parents

Scouters

  • Adult members, age 18 and older, are referred to as Scouters. There importance to the Troop can not be over stated.  Whether a Scouter is a titled Committee member, a troop member who has reached his 18th birthday or a parent who is new to scouting and wants to support his/her son, Scouters should come to the troop committed to the following ideals of Scouting:
  • ■ High moral standards
    ■ Ability to relate to boys
    ■ Ability to keep a cool head under pressure
    ■ Good organizational skills
    ■ Ability to relate to and interact with adults
    ■ Flexibility and the ability to compromise
    ■ Good planning ability
    ■ High energy level
    ■ Good attention to detail
  • Adult Leader Training – BSA holds National Training Standards.
  • Scout source is part of a BSA national effort to support volunteers.  Join the RSS feed or simply follow this link, Scoutsource , to keep up to date on the most current support available.  At the minimum, keep up with the Guide to Safe Scouting online.
  • Troop 28 Committee recognizes and commits to providing Scouters access to the required training.   The chart below outlines required and recommended training classes for all registered adults in Troop 28 and includes links to obtain that training.
  • All adults who interact with the troop must keep proof of Youth Protection Training (YPT) on file with the troop registrar. You do not have to be a registered member of the troop to take YPT.
 

Training

Merit Badge Counselors Troop Committee Members Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters
Youth Protection
(on-line, YPT certification lasts two years)
required
by BSA
required
by BSA
required
by BSA
Fast Start
(on-line)
recommended recommended recommended
Troop Committee Challenge
(on-line)
recommended recommended recommended
New Leader Essentials called “This is Scouting” (on-line) required
by BSA
required
by BSA
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Tranining
 (council training calendar)
required
by Troop 28
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
 
(council training calendar)
required
by BSA
Woodbadge
 (council training calendar)
required
by Troop 28
  • “Can we not interpret our adult wisdom into the language of boyhood?”… Baden-Powell
  • Parent Involvement
  • Parents are a vital link to troop success.  Join the troop by registering with BSA.  Memberships has its priveleges:  camping and voting privileges at troop committee meetings.  The relationship between the parents and their son’s troop is just as important as the the relationship between an individual scout and the troop.  Our Parent Manual outlines Troop 28’s specific expectations of family responsibilities.
  • Attend
  • All Parents are invited to troop meetings.  Meeting openings and closings are full of good information;  announcements are made. Special ceremonial troop meetings, Courts of Honor, are held 3 times per year and Scouting advancements are celebrated.  All Parents are encouraged to attend all Courts of Honor to share the pride of accomplishment with their son, and the achievements of fellow patrol and troop members.
  • Registered parents may join the troop on all campoutsThe parents’ patrol, Old Goats Patrol, is well known for excellent food and great company.  Parents camp adjacent to the Scout site.  We are within ear-shot, of the boys, and often assist in running programs.
  • Volunteer
  • The troop is always looking for adults to serve.  If you can help, please
    contact the Scoutmaste or Committee chair; We currently need:
  • 2nd Adult Quartermaster to help track and organize the troop’s equipment
  • Outdoor Activity Coordinator  to assist Camp masters with reservations, and tour permits.
  • Merit Badge Counselors to teach merit badges.  Counselors do not have to be experts in a merit badge to teach.  They should be interested in the topic and willing to earn the merit badge before working with the scouts.
  • Troop Committee members.  You do not need scouting experience to contribute.  Troop Committee meetings are held once a month, and are posted on the Troop 28 Calendar.Membership fees in Troop 28 are collected annually.  The process is called rechartering, and consists of 3 charges:
    1. BSA charter fee, $24, paid through the troop to the national organization.  This fee shall be submitted with the unit’s charter application and will help defray the expenses for the general liability insurance program. These fees will raise approximately 25 percent of the funds required to maintain insurance coverage for all chartered organizations, leaders, and ScoutParent unit coordinators.
    2. Annual troop dues are $60.00 per boy and are paid in November.  If paying dues will cause a financial hardship, please speak to the Committee Chair.  No boy will be refused because of financial hardship.
    3. optional – $12 Boys’ Life Subscription
  • Annual Membership Registration
  • Membership fees in Troop 28 are collected annually.  The process is called rechartering, and consists of 3 charges:
    1. BSA charter fee, $24, paid through the troop to the national organization.  This fee shall be submitted with the unit’s charter application and will help defray the expenses for the general liability insurance program. These fees will raise approximately 25 percent of the funds required to maintain insurance coverage for all chartered organizations, leaders, and ScoutParent unit coordinators.
    2. Annual troop dues are $60.00 per boy and are paid in November.  If paying dues will cause a financial hardship, please speak to the Committee Chair.  No boy will be refused because of financial hardship.
    3. optional – $12 Boys’ Life Subscription