General Information

Patrols

Each scout is the member of a patrol.  Patrol leaders (PL) are elected twice a year and the boys choose their patrol.  Activities are done in these patrols and the Patrol Leader is their representative at the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC).  Patrols should meet outside of the troop once a month.  An adult Patrol Advisor who is an assistant scoutmaster is assigned to each Patrol.

Troop/Patrol Activities

Many ranks require a certain number of troop activities.  These are not regular troop meetings.  Valid activities are campouts, Eagle projects, Eagle Court of Honor, and troop approved service projects.

 

How Advancement Works

Ranks

The ranks are:

  • Scout – Requirements are basic scout knowledge.
  • Tenderfoot – Emphasize basic scout skills.
  • Second Class – Emphasize basic scout skills.
  • First Class – Emphasize basic scout skills.
  • Star – Complete merit badges, service, leadership.
  • Life – Complete merit badges, service, leadership.
  • Eagle – Highest rank, 21 merit badges (12 specific), leadership, service project (which he plans, develops, and leads).  Scoutmaster conference must be completed by 18th

Signing Off On Requirements (Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st Class)

The Scouts’ Patrol Leader or Troop Guide is required to work with the Scout and sign his book when he completes a requirement. If the Patrol Leader or Troop Guide are not available the Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders, or Scoutmasters may sign.  Parents cannot sign off requirements in their son’s scout handbook. Patrol Advisors and scoutmaster will sign off requirements for Star, Life and Eagle. See appendices for a sign off diagram.

Scoutmaster Conference

After completing all requirements for a rank, except for Demonstrating Scout Spirit, Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review, the Scout goes to his patrol advisor and requests a Scoutmaster Conference to complete the rank. A requirement is complete when the requirement is signed off in the handbook. Patrol Advisors are Assistant Scoutmasters that work with patrol leaders and their patrols.

The Scout and Patrol Advisor will pick a convenient time and place to meet. The Scout will bring his Scout handbook and be dressed in a full class A uniform. This includes correct rank and patrol patches. The patrol advisor will verify that everything is correctly signed off in the book before starting the conference. If there is a problem with the book the conference will be rescheduled for after the book is corrected. Along with the scoutmaster conference requirement the Scout Spirit requirement will be reviewed and signed off if completed. If the Patrol Advisor is satisfied that the Scout has met the requirements for the current rank and ready to start on the next rank he will sign off on the Scoutmaster Conference. After this the Scout needs to take his book to the troop computer to get his information updated and then start the Board of Review process.

Note: The Scoutmaster is the backup to the Patrol Advisors for Scoutmaster Conferences if they are not available. The Scoutmaster will do all Life and Eagle Rank Scoutmaster conferences.

Board of Review

The Board of Review is the last step in advancement.  When he completes his Scoutmaster conference, the Scout will go to the troop computer and get his history report updated. He will then request that the Advancement Chairman set up a Board of Review.  The Board will consist of three Committee Members.  The Scout will be in Class “A” uniform, be asked to correctly recite the oath and law.  He should have his Scout Handbook.  The Board will not retest the Scout, but discuss his scout experience and work and decide if he fulfills the requirements of his rank.  When passing the Board, the Scout will go to the troop computer and get his history report updated. The scout will receive his new rank patch that night or during the next Troop Meeting. Formal recognition will be at the next court of honor.

 

The Computer

The scout handbook is the most important location for keeping individual scouts history but the troop’s computer is of critical importance for record keeping. After every scoutmaster conference, board of review, merit badge completion, training, and Order of the Arrow activity each scout needs to get this information into his history report in the troop’s computer.

 

Service Projects

Service to others is a major emphasis of scouting.  Second Class, Star, and Life require a scout to fulfill this requirement.  These can be Scouting-For-Food, Eagle Scout Projects, or various community projects in which the troop participates during the year.  All projects must be Scoutmaster approved.

 

Courts of Honor

Court of Honor
The Court of Honor is held quarterly on a Monday night.  At this time, rank advancement is recognized, merit badges are awarded, and any special awards are announced.  Patrols generally bring a dessert such as cookies which are shared after the ceremony.

 

Eagle Court of Honor
A special Court of Honor is held for the rank of Eagle.  These are often on Sunday afternoon and planned by the parents of the boy receiving the rank.  Adults from the Troop help with the Eagle Court of Honor.  All Scouts are encouraged to attend these special ceremonies.

 

Leadership

The junior leadership positions are described below:

  • Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)– He is the top junior leader in the troop.  He runs all troop meetings and campouts as well as the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC).
  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL)– He is the second-highest-ranking junior leader and leads the troop when the SPL is absent.
  • Patrol Leader– He represents his patrol on the PLC and keeps his patrol informed.  He works with the SPL to communicate troop plans to his patrol.  He also works with his patrol to gather feedback and ideas so they can be presented at the PLC.
  • Troop Guide– He works with new Scouts and helps them achieve the First Class rank.

The above positions form the voting members of the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) which is responsible for planning troop meetings and events.  The PLC typically meets once a month at the church on the Monday following a campout (no regular troop meeting is held on this Monday).

Other leadership positions are:

  • Scribe– He keeps the troop records and records the activities of the PLC.
  • Quartermaster– He keeps track of troop equipment and sees that it is in good working order.
  • Instructor– He teaches Scouting skills.
  • Chaplain Aide– He works with the troop chaplain to conduct chapel services on campouts.
  • Librarian– He takes care of the troop library.
  • Historian– He keeps a historical record and scrapbook of troop activities.  He takes pictures at troop activities and submits articles for the Newsletter.
  • Den Chief– He works with Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and Den Leaders in a Cub Scout Pack.
  • Bugler – He plays the taps on a bugle (or other instrument) at night, he plays reveille in the morning and leads the troop in song at campfires.
  • OA Representative – He has to be a member or Order of the Arrow. He will attend the OA meetings and report back to the troop.

 

These leaders are also members of the PLC and help with the troop planning.

NOTE: All leaders are expected to attend all troop activities during their leadership term. If they cannot attend they must inform the Senior Patrol Leader and the Scoutmaster.

 

Junior Leadership Training

  • Troop PLC Training– At the beginning of each term, the Scoutmasters conduct an all day orientation training for the new leadership.  All boy leaders are required to attend unless excused by the Scoutmaster.
  • Oak Leaf– This District-sponsored event is held twice a year and is generally at a Saturday and Sunday morning campout.  During this event, the boys are taught basic troop/patrol leadership skills.  Attendees must be First Class Scouts.  Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders are required to have this training.  Patrol Leaders are encouraged to complete Oak Leaf before being elected but required to complete during their term to receive leadership credit.  Completion is required to attend advanced training.
  • National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)– This is a five day Council camp which teaches the boys a working knowledge of the eleven skills of leadership as they relate to troop responsibilities.  A Scout must be 13 years of age, is at least First Class, and have completed Oak Leaf.  A boy who wants to be Senior Patrol Leader is strongly encouraged to attend.
  • Den Chief Training – A scout interested in being a Den Chief for a Cub Scout Den or Webelos Den needs this training to help him be a successful leader.

 

Troop Elections

Leadership terms run for six months and start in January and July.  Elections for Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and Patrol Leaders (PL) are held in December and June.  The other positions are appointed by the new SPL with the Scoutmasters approval.  The SPL must be a Life Scout and have completed Oak Leaf.  The Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders (ASPL) must be at least a Star Scout and have completed Oak Leaf. All other positions have to be at least First Class and plan on completing Oak Leaf training during the term if not already done so.

 

Order of the Arrow

Order of the Arrow (OA) is an honor camping brotherhood which recognizes boys who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law.  It is a youth organization and separate from Troop 25.  The Mikanakawa Lodge is the name of the organization within Circle 10.

 

Scouts are elected into OA annually by their fellow scouts.  To be eligible for OA, a Scout must be First Class or above and have camped a minimum of 15 days and nights (including five consecutive nights in a resident camp) in the two years prior to the election.

 

Merit Badges

Merit Badges are an excellent way to learn new skills.  The rank of Eagle requires 21 merit badges, 12 of which must be from a required list.  Many badges are taught during the year.  The merit badge process is:

  • The scout needs to select the merit badge he wants to earn. The troop has a list of the merit badges and who the counselors are.
  • To start a merit badge the Scout must meet with his patrol advisor. If the patrol advisor is not available, meet with the scoutmaster. After talking with the scout the patrol advisor will normally sign a blue merit badge card for the scout. At times the patrol advisor might suggest that the scout hold off or wait to start the merit badge depending on how the scout is doing on his rank advancement.
  • Troop 25 recommends that a scout has at least earned the rank of Tenderfoot before signing up for the more difficult Eagle required merit badges. These include Environmental Science, Family Life, Personal Management and Personal Fitness.
  • The scout then selects a BSA registered Merit Badge Counselor. There is a big list of the current counselors on the inside of the troop’s closet door. The troop librarian, the advancement chairman, the adults working at the troop computer and the scoutmaster will also be able to give a name of the merit badge counselor.
  • The scout can check out the merit badge book from the library or buy his own.
  • The scout and a buddy call/talk to the merit badge counselor and arrange when and where to meet and the max size of the class. Classes may be in someone’s home, at the church or another suitable site. The scout should never attend a merit badge class by himself. There should always be another person at the class besides the merit badge counselor. The other person can be a scout buddy or a member of their family.
  • The scouts then announce to the troop that a class is being started. Other scouts may sign up through their patrol advisor.
  • A scout does not start a merit badge class with out having a signed blue merit badge card.
  • When the scout has completed the requirements for the merit badge, he turns in his signed blue card to the troop computer so it will get on his history report
  • All adults are encouraged to sign up and register as counselors for badges where they have knowledge.

 

Discipline Policy

All Scouts and parents are required to sign and adhere to the Troop Discipline Policy.   In addition, all scouts and adults should adhere to the church rules included in the Weekly Meeting Guidelines.