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Scouting is a great opportunity for parents and adult family members to participate with their scouts. Adults are welcome to attend meetings and outings with the troop. We frequently need adults to help chaperone events and help with transportation. Adults can also serve as assistant scoutmasters and committee members. Adults are encouraged to share any special skills or interests with the youth.
All adults who participate regularly with the troop are expected to complete the online youth protection training (available here https://my.scouting.org/ ) and to register as an adult member by completing and adult BSA application.
Scouting is fun, sure, but it also provides excellent opportunities to learn new skills and develop leadership and organizational abilities. Scouts can advance through the seven ranks of scouting: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle. All of the requirements for the ranks can be found in the back of the scout handbook and a lot of the information a scout needs to earn those ranks can be found in the handbook as well. When a scout feels she ready to sign off a requirement she can meet with a scoutmaster who will review the material with her.
Several times a year the troop hosts a Court of Honor where scouts are recognized for their accomplishments.
Scouts also have the opportunity to serve in leadership positions and to attend the National Youth Leadership Training program.
As scouts we subscribe to the philosophy "There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad equipment!" Being properly equipped for an event or outing can certainly make that activity more fun and satisfying.
We feel lack of equipment should never be a barrier for a scout to participate in an activity. There is always plenty of equipment out there that can be borrowed or rented.
Over time a scout will want to acquire some of her own clothing, equipment and gear. Here are some suggestions:
A warm mummy sleeping bag (rated to 20 degrees or colder) and a sleeping pad
A pocket knife like the Victorinox Super Tinker
Rain jacket and pants
Headlamp or flashlight
32 ounce water bottle
EVERYTHING a scout brings to an activity should be LABELLED with their name.