Welcome to Troop 147!
Contact us at Troop147.BSA@verizon.net
Join the Boy Scouts in Troop 147, chartered to the Franklin Reformed Church for over 98 years! This troop has produced 130 Eagle Scouts and a great deal of learningand fun for everyone!
This document should hopefully answer many of your questions about who, what, when, where and how much. Feel free to ask any questions to any leader. Here are some key points:
· Our Scoutmaster is Mike DeCarlo. He is an Eagle Scout.
· We also have Assistant Scoutmasters who assistant Mike in running the troop program and could use more.
· We have a Troop Committee primarily made up of parents who provide the support necessary for the troop program to operate.
· Parents are welcome to help, however it isn’t necessary. Some are quite involved, others provide help when they can and others have busy lives. All are okay with us.
· The troop meets at the Franklin Reformed Church Community House on Tuesday nights from 7:30PM to 9:00PM during the school year. When the schools are closed, so is the troop. Often when the schools are closed there are some people at “unofficial” meetings but attendance in uniform isn’t required.
· The troop attempts to go camping or to a Scout activity each month. A calendar is available. The camping trips go on rain or shine. If a major weather event requires cancellation, the Patrol leaders will be notified.
· Parents are welcome to go on our events but are not required. Parents doing so are strongly suggested to take the online Youth Protection Training. See on the reverse how to access the training online.
· The troop normally attends a week long summer camp each year as it’s a great experience and a good opportunity to complete merit badges in preparation for rank advancement.
· Dues are collected once a year in the November to December timeframe in time for our annual re-charter. Currently dues are $70 most of which includes the BSA registration and insurance fees and a subscription to Boy’s Life magazine. Dues are prorated monthly for Scouts joining in mid-year.
· A good four season sleeping bag is necessary as we camp year round in all types of weather. Documents are available detailing equipment needed for camping trips.
· The troop doesn’t maintain tents for scouts. Scouts must have access to a tent for camping. Often a fellow scout has one. We often use the Rifle Camp campground at the Garrett Mountain reservation where there are lean-tos available. A scout must know where he is sleeping prior to leaving for the trip.
· The troop has cooking kits for each patrol when the patrol iscooking. The kits contain everything needed for a weekend camping trip. The cost of the food and supplies consumed is shared equally by the Patrol members.
· Sometimes the troop goes to activities where the cooking is done by the Leaders and all the equipment is provided for that. The cost of the food and supplies consumed is a part of the individual activity fee.
· Your next step is to get a Scout Handbook and the latest Boy Scout Requirements book. Although the BSA joining requirements are in the BSA Scout Handbook, they are included below. The requirements book has all the requirements for all Merit Badges, Ranks and Awards. They are available at the Scout Shop at the Northern New Jersey Council office located in Oakland, NewJersey. They can also be ordered online at www.scoutstuff.org.
· Contact one of the leaders for a Boy Scout application and health forms. More information including uniform requirements, camping equipment, a calendar of events and a phone list will be provided as well.
Boy Scout Joining Requirements
Meet age requirements: Be a boy who has completed the fifth grade and be at least 10 years old, or be 11 years old, or have earned the Arrow of Light Award and be at least 10 years old, and be under 18 years old.
All requirements for Scout rank must be completed as a member of a troop. If you already completed these requirements as part of the Webelos Scouting Adventure, simply demonstrate your knowledge or skills to your Scoutmaster or other designated leader after joining the troop.
1. Do the following:
a. Repeat from memory the Scout Oath,Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan. In your own words, explain their meaning.
b. Explain what Scout spirit is. Describe some ways you have shown Scout spirit by practicing the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan.
c. Demonstrate the Boy Scout sign, salute, and handshake. Explain when they should be used.
d. Describe the First Class Scout badge and tell what each part stands for. Explain the significance of the First Class Scout badge.
e. Repeat from memory the Outdoor Code. In your own words, explain what the Outdoor Code means to you.
f. Repeat from memory the Pledge of Allegiance. In your own words, explain its meaning.
2. After attending at least one Boy Scout troop meeting, do the following:
a. Describe how the Scouts in the troop provide its leadership.
b. Describe the four steps of Boy Scout advancement.
c. Describe what the Boy Scout ranks are and how they are earned.
d. Describe what merit badges are and how they are earned.
3. Do the following:
a. Explain the patrol method. Describe the types of patrols that are used in your troop.
b. Become familiar with your patrol name, emblem, flag, and yell. Explain how these items create patrol spirit.
4. Do the following:
a. Show how to tie a square knot, two half-hitches, and a taut-line hitch. Explain how each knot is used.
b. Show the proper care of a rope by learning how to whip and fuse the ends of different kinds of rope.
5. Demonstrate your knowledge of pocket knife safety.
6. With your parent or guardian,complete the exercises in the pamphlet "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parents Guide" and earn the Cyber Chip Award for your grade. 1
7. Since joining the troop and while working on the Scout rank, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
1 If your family does not have internet access at home AND you do not have ready internet access at school or another public place or via a mobile device, the Cyber Chip portion of the requirement may be waived by your Scoutmaster in consultation with your parent or guardian.
·The Boy Scouts Requirements book contains all requirements for allMerit Badges, Ranks and Awards. Some requirements change over time. The requirements book is the bible for anything started in that year.
·Adults who register are required to complete the on-line Youth Protection Training. We strongly suggest that unregistered parents who attend our events also take this training. It can be found at https://my.scouting.scouting.org/. Create an account, logon, select the Home button in the upper left corner, then My Dashboard in the menu list. It will default to the My Training section and YPT which displays the Youth Protection training courses available. Select Take Course to proceed. Anyone can take the course even if not registered with the BSA. It will let you know how we operate and how we protect our Scouts. All the available courses can be taken by anyone as well.