Troop 142 Template - April 06, 2012

Scout, Parent, & Leader Orientation

Scouts, now that you have decided to "Begin the Adventure" What is next? Join our troop of course! Fill out the BSA Youth Application and bring it to our next meeting. You have now began a path where you will experience adventure, earn advancement, and learn leadership skills. For more information to help you navigate your way through Boy Scouting check out the links below.

Parents, you may not be aware that Boy Scouting is for adults as well as boys. We invite you to share your skills and interests so the best possible program can be developed for the Boy Scouts in this troop. Please complete a resource survey so the committee can find ways you can enjoy using your talents to help our Scouts. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Leaders, through volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America, you will work with youth to build a better future for our country. Scouting volunteers come to Scouting from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. People from just about every occupation imaginable are involved in leading youth to become responsible, caring, and competent citizens. You'll also discover that Scout volunteering will enable you to learn new skills and build lifelong friendships while giving back to your community.

Advancement

Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.

The Boy Scout Advancement Program is a series of Ranks that the Scout progresses through known as the Eagle Scout trail. The rank system occurs in two distinctly different phases: Upon earning the Scout Badge (which is simply the way boys join Boy Scouts and is not a rank), boys work on the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks.
During this phase, the focus of the ranks is on Scouting skills - the outdoors, physical fitness, citizenship, patrol/troop participation, and personal development. After completing these ranks, a Scout should be adept at participating in all of the activities in the Boy Scout program.
During the second phase, Scouts work on the Star Scout, Life Scout, and Eagle Scout ranks. The focus of advancement switches from Scouting skills to personal development and community service. Merit badges are an integral part of rank advancement during this phase. After earning the Eagle Scout award, a Scout still has the opportunity for advancement recognition by earning Eagle Palms.

Alternate Rank Requirements provide a degree of modification in advancement requirements that may be necessary to mainstream as many members with disabilities as possible. Thus a Scout with a permanent physical or mental disability (or a disability expected to last more than two years or beyond the 18th birthday) who is unable to complete all the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class rank may, with his parent or guardian, submit a request to the council advancement committee to complete alternative requirements.

Rank Advancements

One of the methods to meet the ideals and goals of BSA is through Rank Advancement

Adult Leaders

All Merit Badges

You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges. There are more than 100 merit badges. Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time. You don't need to have had rank advancement to be eligible. You can find more information at USSSP: Merit Badges and MeritBadge.org

Merit Badge Counselor List