Troop 58

Troop 58 Guidebook

  • Your Guide to Troop 58
  • Welcome
  • Troop Meetings
  • Committee Meetings
  • Registration and Dues
  • Scout Handbook
  • Scout Uniform
  • Troop Organization
  • The Patrol Method
  • Eligibility For Patrol Leader Candidates
  • Eligibility For Assistant Patrol Leader Candidates
  • New Patrols
  • Advancement (The Trail to Eagle Scout)
  • Service Projects
  • Court of Honor
  • Active participation
  • Troop Activities
  • Parent Support
  • Fundraisers
  • Troop Equipment
  • Personal Equipment
  • Communications
  • Summary

    Your Guide to Troop 58

    Revised: March 1, 2007
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    Welcome To Troop 58

    This guidebook was put together
    to let you know a little about our troop. Troop 58 is
    sponsored by the Lions Club of New Milford. Membership
    in the troop is open to all boys from the Greater
    New Milford area. The requirements for any boy to join
    Boy Scouts are that he be eleven (11) years old or
    completed fifth grade and that an official BSA registration
    be completed and signed by a parent or guardian. Top of Page.

    Troop Meetings

    The troop holds regular troop meetings in The First
    Congregational Church basement hall located on the
    Town Green. The meetings are Wednesday nights from
    7:30 pm to 9:00 pm unless announced otherwise.
    Scoutmaster conferences are held from 7:00 pm
    to 7:30 pm on meeting nights.

    A normal troop meeting consists of:
    Patrol Corners
    Skill Instruction and / or Merit Badges
    Final Announcements

    The meeting is run by various boys in the troop
    under the leadership of the Senior Patrol Leader. Top of Page.

    Committee Meetings

    Committee Meetings are generally held as needed.
    They are held at 7:30 pm in the church building.
    These meetings are open to all parents and
    Scouter adults. If you would" like to get more
    involved with the Troop, voice your concerns,
    or find out about up & coming events, this is
    the place to come. Top of Page.

    Registration and Dues

    New boys to the troop are required to complete
    an Official BSA Registration Form and parents
    are asked to complete a Parent Resource Survey Form.
    The registration fee for all Scouts and adult Scouters
    is $30.00 per year with Boy's Life magazine.
    All registration fees and forms are generally due
    the second week of February.

    Transfers to the troop must fill out a transfer
    form from the BSA and an Official BSA Registration form.
    Patrols must fill out a weekly attendance sheet.
    Dues ($35) will be collected from all scouts at the beginning of each year.
    This amount is subject to change by the Troop Committee.
    The dues cover monthly birthday cakes and other
    special activities.

    Extra costs for camp-outs and other activities
    are paid prior to those activities and are
    posted on the activity sheets.Top of Page.

    Scout Handbook

    It is required that each scout has a copy of the
    Scout Handbook. Information in the books is very
    useful to scouts and parents and should be read
    very carefully. Boys not having books will find
    it almost impossible to work on advancement.
    Handbooks should be brought to each troop meeting
    and to most activities. Top of Page.

    Scout Uniform

    The standard uniform of Troop 58 consists of long
    scout pants and scout shirt. The shirt will require
    minimum patches consisting of: American flag patch,
    council shoulder patch and troop numbers.
    Rank patches and leadership patches are also expected
    to be put on the shirt. We are a full uniform unit
    and will strongly encourage boys to buy and wear the
    above uniform as a minimum. The above uniform is
    considered Class A. An alternate Class A uniform
    during the summer consists of the short sleeve shirt,
    green khaki shorts and scout socks. An acceptable
    Class B uniform is the official troop t-shirt with scout pants or scout shorts.

    Uniforms are to be worn at all troop meetings, and
    during other special functions. When uniforms are
    worn they will be worn in the proper manner, buttons
    buttoned and shirttails tucked in. Uniforms are
    expected to be kept in a clean and neat condition.
    Uniforms may not be required at some service projects
    due to the nature of the project; (i.e. Painting,
    cleaning up garbage, etc.). Top of Page.

    Troop Organization

    The troop is organized into the following groups of people.

    1. Troop Committee: Composed of parents & other
    adults who set troop policies.

    2. Adult Staff: Scoutmaster, Asst. Scoutmasters,
    Merit Badge Counselors, Advancement and Awards Coordinator,
    Merit Badge Coordinator, and Troop Records Coordinator.

    3. Troop Leadership: Senior Patrol Leader,
    Asst. Senior Patrol Leaders and Leadership Patrol.

    4. Patrols: Lead by Patrol Leader & Asst. Patrol Leader,
    composed of groups of 5 - 8 scouts.

    Adult Position terms are from September 1 to August 31. Top of Page.

    The Patrol Method

    Troop 58 operates under the Patrol Method of
    Scouting as developed by Sir Robert Baden-Powell
    in England. This method was developed on
    Brown Sea Island in the early 1900's. BP found
    that a group of eight people was the most efficient
    method of developing leadership and accomplishing goals.

    Today, a patrol consists of 5 - 8 boys under the
    leadership of a Patrol Leader. The Patrol Leader
    is selected by the senior leaders of the troop using
    guidelines outlined below and with input from the
    individual patrols. His primary responsibility is to
    represent and make known the wishes of his patrol at
    the Patrol Leadership Council, (PLC).

    The Patrol Leader is also responsible for relaying
    information from the PLC to the patrol; ensuring
    people are assigned to required tasks and the conduct
    of patrol members. Patrol members participate in all
    activities as a team. Part of learning to lead is by
    first learning to follow. It is important to understand
    that the boys run the troop. The adult leaders provide
    guidance. The Patrol is the Key and the Patrol Leader
    is the Key Man. Top of Page.

    Eligibility For Patrol Leader Candidates

    The candidate must be of the 1st class rank or above.

    The candidate must have attended at least 2 council camporees; (i.e.
    Spring Camporee, Fall Camporee, and / or Klondike Derby).

    The candidate must be current with his dues.

    The candidate must attend a minimum of
    6 campouts held throughout the year.

    The candidate must have attended a minimum of 90%
    of all regular meetings held during the year.

    The candidate must have taken part in troop

    The candidate must have participated in troop service projects. Top of Page.

    Eligibility For Assistant Patrol Leader Candidates

    The candidate must be of the 2nd class rank or above.

    The candidate must have attended at least 2 council camporees; (i.e.
    Spring Camporee, Fall Camporee, and / or Klondike Derby).

    The candidate must be current with his dues.

    The candidate must attend a minimum of
    6 campouts held throughout the year.

    The candidate must have attended a minimum of
    75% of all regular meetings held during the year.

    The candidate must have taken part in troop fundraisers.

    The candidate must have participated in troop service projects.
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    New Patrols

    The patrol of new scouts that is formed in March
    of each year will work together as a team until
    Summer Camp. At Summer Camp the Patrols are mixed
    with scouts of varied rank and abilities. Also each
    Patrol at Summer Camp should have scouts that have
    been to Summer Camp in the past. In the fall the
    Senior Leadership will form new patrols.
    Leaders for the new patrol will rotate so everyone
    gets a chance for each patrol job;
    (i.e. Patrol leader, Asst. Patrol Leader, Scribe, etc.). Top of Page.

    Advancement (The Trail to Eagle Scout)

    Advancement from Scout to Eagle is an important
    part of the scouting experience and is completely
    explained in the Scout Handbook. Troop 58 has several
    adult leaders to help and advise the boys on advancement.
    Older Scouts, 1st Class and above will assist,
    train and guide newer scouts in the skills and
    requirements needed to obtain the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot
    Second Class and First Class.

    The Advancement and Awards Coordinator is responsible for
    maintaining advancement records, scheduling boards
    of review, and ordering all rank and merit badge patches.

    The Troop Records Coordinator is responsible for maintaining all personal, advancement, and training records for Scouts and Adult Scouters

    Scouts are responsible for completing advancement
    requirement on their-own and for maintaining a
    complete record of their own advancement. Opportunities
    for completing advancement requirements will be
    provided to the scouts; it is the scout's responsibility
    to take advantage of those opportunities. The troop
    has five basic rules about advancement.

    1) Parents can not sign-off advancement or merit
    badge requirements for
    their son without prior authorization.

    2) Merit Badge Counselors must be approved by the
    Merit Badge Chairman and registered with council
    prior to any work being completed on the merit badge.
    Both the Advancement and
    Merit Badge Chairmen reserve the right to
    disallow any advancement or
    merit badge signed-off by an unapproved individual.

    3) Scouts must obtain a merit badge card from the
    Advancement and Awards Coordinator prior
    to starting a merit badge. The "blue card"
    must be signed by the
    Scoutmaster prior to starting the Merit Badge.
    The scout will be given
    credit for completing a merit badge when he
    returns the card, which has
    been signed by his counselor, to the Advancement and Awards Coordinator.

    4) Boys will be encouraged to advance but will not be pushed to advance.
    Troop leaders are responsible to provide advancement opportunities, but are
    not responsible for ensuring a scout advances in rank.

    5) Even though the Troop Records Coordinator maintains records of each scout's
    advancement, it is each scout's responsibility to maintain written proof
    of his advancement. Scout Handbooks provide places to have requirements
    signed-off and scouts will be given a signed card for each merit badge
    or rank advancement. Each scout is responsible to keep his Merit Badge
    cards. Possession of a patch is not considered proof. Eagle rank will
    not be granted without documented proof that all requirements have been completed Top of Page.

    Service Projects

    When each Scout completes a service project it is his
    responsibility to document the hours worked and report the total hours at his next Scout Master Conference.
    Service hour reports should include the
    following: Name, date of the event, type of event,
    and length of time you worked in 1/2 hour increments
    rounded off to the nearest 1/2 hour.
    Service projects are a major part of the advancement
    process, without proper documentation you will not be able to advance. Top of Page.

    Court of Honor

    The troop schedules Courts of Honor bi-monthly.
    A Court of Honor is a special troop meeting where
    all family members are invited. The meeting is held
    for the purpose of providing recognition to those
    scouts that have earned rank advancement, merit badges
    or other accomplishments.

    The whole family is encouraged to attend even if a
    scout has not earned any special recognition.

    Courts of Honor are generally scheduled on the last
    Wednesday night of every other month (see troop calendar
    for exact dates). Top of Page.

    Active participation

    All members of Troop 58 are expected to participate
    in all phases of the troop program. We have one of
    the best programs and unless each person is willing
    to do his share, the troop as a whole will be affected.
    Regular attendance at meetings, monthly activities,
    service projects and fund raisers are of vital
    importance to the scout's advancement and the overall
    health of the troop. Important planning takes place at
    the weekly troop meetings and it is vital that scouts
    attend to help with that planning. We realize that
    there will be times when scouts can not attend due to
    illness, family problems, school, or church functions.
    We would appreciate it if the scouts would contact
    their Patrol Leader when they can not attend an activity.

    An active scout should make plans to attend at least
    65% of all regular meetings, any District Camporee,
    attend a minimum of 6 campouts through-out the year,
    and participate in as many service projects and fundraisers as possible.

    The PLC and / or the Scoutmaster may remove any
    Patrol or Asst. Patrol Leader who misses 3 consecutive meetings from that office. Top of Page.

    Troop Activities

    Most major troop activities are planned months in
    advance and the times and dates are published in
    the Troop Calendar (located on the troop web site). Please keep track of these
    dates and help us avoid conflicts. The troop depends
    on parent support to see to it that their
    son attends as many troop activities as possible.

    Schedule changes and additions will be communicated
    by special notices. Detailed information about
    monthly activities is usually handed out at troop meetings.
    We encourage all parties to watch the calendar and we
    especially encourage all parents to ask their sons
    about any hand out they may have received at the
    troop meetings (most parents don't see any papers
    until they pick the soggy mess out of the washing machine).

    All scouts on Troop outings must have a completed
    permission slip signed by your parent / guardian,
    regardless of whether they're attending or not.

    All parents must plan to drive to or from an event
    that your Scout is attending. You may also attend
    any event that interests you. Parents providing
    transportation of scouts to any scout event must
    have proof of liability insurance on record with
    the troop together with the registration number of
    the vehicle to be used. It is also strongly
    recommended that parents provide the troop with
    a copy of their medical insurance card.

    Parents, please be certain to check-in with the event
    Scoutmaster before you take your Scout home.
    NO Scout should leave a camping event without
    the Scoutmaster's permission. This is for the Scout's protection.

    Scouts, please be aware that all electronic games
    and tape/CD players are restricted from Troop
    events and functions without prior permission. Top of Page.

    Parent Support

    The key element in maintaining and improving the
    quality of Troop 58 is active parent support.
    To be successful, scouting must be a family activity.
    Parent support does not consist of driving your
    son to a troop meeting and picking him up. The troop requires parents to attend the first 15 minutes of each Troop Meeting.

    Good parent support consists of the following:

    1) Make sure your son attends all troop activities and is ready for them.

    2) Encourage your son in his scout advancement.

    3) Take an active interest is his scouting activities.

    4) Attend parent meetings, courts of honor and other family activities.

    5) Join the Troop Committee. The committee is made up of parents and meets
    once a month to set troop policy.

    6) Become a Merit Badge Counselor for the troop. You don't have to be an expert
    in the area. There are 120 merit badges so there should be something you
    know about.

    Support fund raiser projects. This is how we earn money for troop
    equipment and the scouts can earn money for activities. Top of Page.


    The troop depends on various fundraisers to gain
    operating funds for the year. In the past,
    Troop 58 has participated in such activities as
    Popcorn Sales, Bake Sales, and a Spring Ziti Dinner.
    Most of the funds generated from the fundraisers
    go to the troop fund for operating expenses and equipment purchases.

    Some fundraisers are split between the scout and the troop. The money that
    is split is put into a Scout fund for each scout.
    The amount depends on whether the split is based
    on a percentage of the profit or by hours worked
    on the fundraiser. The decision on the type of
    split or if there is to be a split is made by the troop committee.

    If the split is made by the number of hours worked:
    A record will be kept of all boys that participate
    in a fund raiser and how many hours they worked.

    Regardless of how the funds are split,
    the money in the scout fund accounts can be
    used to pay for any scout expense such as summer camp
    or even the purchase of personal scout equipment,
    with prior approval of the Scoutmaster.

    No money can be given to a scout because this
    could be considered income wages and be subject
    to taxation. If a scout no longer participates
    in any BSA program, all funds in his account
    revert to the general troop fund. If a scout
    joins another BSA program his Scout fund may be sent to that group.
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    Troop Equipment

    Troop 58 has been fortunate enough to have a number
    of individuals that have been willing to work hard
    at fund raisers during the last couple of years
    in order to purchase quite a bit of troop equipment.
    The troop currently has tents, stoves, lanterns,
    cooking equipment, tarps, rain flys and other gear
    worth several hundred dollars. Scouts are expected
    to treat this equipment with respect and will pay for
    anything damaged or lost through carelessness.

    Personal equipment is something every scout will
    eventually need. Listed below are the personal
    items that every scout should have for campouts.
    Also listed below are suggested items for
    cold weather camping. There are a number of
    experienced campers among the adult staff that
    can help with selecting the best items and tell
    you where to buy the items. Top of Page.

    Personal Equipment

    By the end of the second year every scout should have the following:
    mess kit, compass, sun protection
    eating utensils
    Pad & Pencil
    sleeping bag (please with consult Scout Master)
    first aid kit, pocket knife, garbage bags, plastic travel mug, Scout book
    sleeping pad, canteen or Nalgene bottle
    bug repellant, rain gear
    flash light or headlamp

    Personal Gear -
    soap w/plastic holder shampoo
    toothbrush washcloth large towel
    toothpaste small towel toilet paper
    Warm weather clothing -
    short sleeve shirt (t-shirts) long pants (nylon)
    extra underwear
    comfortable rugged footwear
    shorts (loose & comfortable) light jacket (nylon with liner)
    extra socks (padded poly blend is best) hat with brim

    Cold weather clothing -
    poly long underwear (top & bottom) wool or wool blended socks (3 pair) fleece or wool shirt or pullover
    2 wool or fleece hats
    insulated boots
    poly sock liners
    nylon pants with liners insulated coat with hood gloves (weather-proof) extra footwear

    Prices vary and most items can be bought at outlets
    such as Eastern Mountain Sports, Sports Authority or For cold weather
    camping wool and/or fleece (polypro) material is best.
    DO NOT bring any cotton. Footwear should be seasonal
    and comfortable. Please remember that camping should be fun,
    if your son is wet & cold he isn't going to have fun. Top of Page.


    In any organization, communication is essential.
    We currently have a Troop Calendar that is posted on the
    Troop Web Site. Most information is discussed at the opening of
    weekly troop meetings; that is why regular attendance is important.

    For short notice communications, adult leaders will
    contact other adult leaders. The Senior Patrol Leader
    will contact the individual Patrol Leaders who will,
    in turn, contact members of their patrol.
    In addition the troop maintains a email list of scouts and parents. Top of Page.


    If you have any questions, call your Patrol Leader
    or any other member of the junior leader staff.

    If you don't know, ask!

    This guide book was meant to be a brief summary of
    "need to know" items. If we have
    forgotten something, feel free to contact any of the adult staff.

    The Lions Club has made a commitment to sponsor our Troop.
    You, as parents have made a commitment to Troop 58
    when you registered your son with us, to cooperate,
    assist, and support the Troop, its activities, and
    its leaders. We expect you to fulfill this commitment. Top of Page.

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