Welcome to Boy Scout Troop 419 of Selinsgrove, a scouting organization that has been in existence ever since it was first chartered on July 31, 1928. We are a very active troop that participates in many events, and do many things all throughout the year. We hope that your son will find this as an educational and rewarding endeavor that you will be able to share with him as he progresses and advances within the troop.
There are three aims to scouting: 1. to build character, 2. to foster citizenship, and 3. to develop fitness. Through working with scouting we hope your son finds long term success and enjoyment by participating in scouting. It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people, and in other ways to prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are based on those found in the Boy Scout Oath and Law.
On my honor I will do my best, To do my duty to God and my country , and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
As a parent of Troop 419 we ask that you be supportive of the Troop’s efforts to provide an atmosphere where Scouts can learn and excel. We ask that you look over their Scout’s handbook and understand the purpose and methods of scouting. As a parent you are welcome to join the Troop committee. Please actively follow your son’s progress and offer encouragement along the way. Please show support for both your son and the Troop by attending all Troop Courts of Honor. We also would like to ask you to help out with Troop fundraisers, service projects, and other activities whenever you can. With the help of many, we are able to keep costs down for activities, and help allow the troop to have a well planned program.
Troop 419 will hold weekly meetings from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Sharon Lutheran Church in Selinsgrove. Boy Scout uniforms are to be worn at all meetings at the church.
Island meetings will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Note: island meetings may end earlier due to darkness or inclement weather. Uniforms are NOT to be worn except for special ceremonies in which the scouts will be notified by the Senior Patrol Leader, and/or the Scoutmaster.
Dues will be 50 cents per meeting payable to the patrol leader, or the senior patrol leader. Scouts with dues that are not paid up to date may have to pay more
to attend trips or activities.
Troop 419 is in the Seven Bridges district and part of the Susquehanna Council for the Boy Scouts of America. The chartered organization (our sponsor) is Sharon Lutheran Church – 120 S. Market Street- Selinsgrove, PA 17870. There is a Chartered Organization Representative whom acts as a liaison between the troop and the church.
The troop committee is the administrative and support group for the troop. The troop committee meets once a month, usually the third Wednesday of the month unless otherwise scheduled. The troop committee is responsible for all non program issues regarding the troop. The committee will handle all funds, approve a troop calendar, and prepare tour permits, approve or disapprove of scout functions, activities, and projects, and make sure troop equipment is maintained and in proper working condition.
A parent must be registered as a troop committee member in order to go along on activities with their sons.
Boy Scouts of America requires “two - deep leadership”. Troop 419 makes sure there is a minimum of two adults (one whom is minimum of 21 years of age or older, and another minimum of 18 years of age or older), accompanying the boys at all troop meetings and activities. If there is only one leader, the meeting or activity will be postponed or cancelled.
Adult leaders will also make sure scouts are prepared for, and are aware of the proper equipment they need to participate in activities and functions.
Patrols and Patrol Leaders
Troop 419 is made up of several patrols. The patrols will be determined by the troop committee. Each patrol will elect its patrol leader. The newly elected patrol leader will appoint his assistant patrol leader.
There will also be a Senior Patrol Leader. The SPL runs the troop meetings. We are a boy led troop. The Senior Patrol leader must be at least First Class Rank, and is elected by all of the boys in the troop. The newly elected SPL appoints his Assistant Senior Patrol leader. The Senior Patrol Leader works with all of the patrol leaders (patrol leaders council), and will meet several times throughout the year to plan activities and meetings. The Senior Patrol Leader also works with the Scoutmaster and Troop Committee to make sure we have well planned meetings and activities.
Elections for officers are held twice a year.
The Boy Scout program provides a series of ranks for boys to earn, and
to work on at their own pace. These ranks include Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, & Eagle. Each rank provides a variety of skills and requirements for the boys to learn and do, upon the completion of a rank (after passing a scoutmaster’s conference and a board of review), the boy will earn that rank. The higher the rank a boy is working on, the more challenging the tasks and requirements become, but they will also be more rewarding to accomplish. Achievements earned through advancement include: learning skills that qualify for Scouting’s more rugged and exciting outdoor challenges, as well as developing body and mind, growing self-confidence, and helping younger & fellow Scouts climb the advancement ladder.
Boy Scout Troop 419 requires boys to attend a minimum of 50% of the troop meetings and activities throughout the calendar year to be considered for advancement.
Advancement through First Class: From the time the Scout enters the
Troop through the time he earns advancement to First Class, he is learning basic
scouting skills to enable him to camp, hike, swim, cook, tie knots, administer first
aid, and perform other tasks in the outdoors as well as to work as a member of a
team. With those first steps the scout begins to build themselves physically,
mentally, and morally. He will start to live with the Scout Oath and Law.
Advancement from First Class to Eagle: From the achievement of First
Class through Eagle, the Scout will be demonstrating leadership, performing
service projects, earning merit badges and using the skills learned while
achieving the rank of First Class. The next ranks he will earn are Star and Life.
These ranks are harder to obtain than the earlier ranks, but are also more
interesting for the older scouts. Upon completion of all the requirements for Star
and Life the Scout will be eligible to work for Eagle. The Scout Oath and Law
now have fuller meaning for the Scout and his understanding of them is much
greater. The final steps towards Eagle are filled with leadership experiences including planning and carrying out an Eagle project.
These are four steps of advancement:
• The Boy Scout Learns.
• The Boy Scout is Tested.
• The Boy Scout is Reviewed.
• The Boy Scout is Recognized.
When a scout has completed all of the requirements for a rank, he will
have a scoutmasters conference. The purpose of this is for the scoutmaster to
see how the boy is doing, (is he happy how things are going with the troop?,
are there any concerns or problems?), and to encourage him to continue to
advance and show that he is living by the principles of scouting.
Boards of Review
When a Scout has completed all the requirements for a rank including regular attendance at Troop meetings and activities, he appears before a board of review composed of members of the Troop committee. The purpose of the review is to determine the Scout's attitude and acceptance of Scouting's ideals; to ensure that the requirements have been met for advancement, to discuss the Scout's experiences in the Troop and the Troop's program, and to encourage him to keep working towards advancement. A Board of Review may also be held to counsel a boy about his lack of progress toward advancement.
Youth Positions of Responsibility
Senior Patrol Leader (SPL): Must be at least First Class Rank and is elected during Troop elections. He is to preside at all Troop meetings, events, activities, and any program planning. He will also chair the Patrol Leaders Council meetings and may assign duties and responsibilities to other youth leaders, he should work with the Scoutmaster in helping train youth leaders, and may appoint other youth leaders with the advice and consent from the Scoutmaster.
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL): Is usually appointed by a newly elected Senior Patrol Leader. He is to help lead meetings and activities and perform any tasks assigned by the Senior Patrol Leader. He will also guide the Troop in the Senior Patrol Leaders absence.
Patrol Leader (PL): After Troop elections the boys will be broken down into several patrols by the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster(s). Each patrol will elect a Patrol Leader. He will represent his patrol along with the assistant patrol leader at PLC meetings. He will be responsible for informing all the members of his patrol of any information given to them from the Senior Patrol Leader from the PLC meeting or about any upcoming events. He will also plan and lead patrol activities, may assign patrol members task to help them succeed, and prepare the patrol to participate in Troop activities.
Assistant Patrol Leader (APL): After a Troop election each patrol will elect a Patrol Leader as well as an Assistant Patrol Leader. He will help support the patrol and in the event the Patrol Leader isn’t available, he will assume the Patrol Leaders responsibilities of informing his fellow patrol members.
Troop Guide: Help introduce new scouts to Troop operations and help guide them through early scout activities, help and encourage the new scouts with advancement, and coach the Patrol leader with their duties for the patrol and at PLC meetings. He may also help the Scoutmaster with trainings. .
Junior Assistant Scout Master: Usually someone less than 21 years of age who provides the same functions as an Assistant Scoutmaster and helps accomplish any duties assigned by the Scoutmaster.
Scribe: Attend and keep minutes of PLC meetings and Troop meetings and activities, keep track of attendance and dues payments, and work with Troop Committee members responsible for finance, records, or advancement.
Librarian: Establish and maintain the Troop library, keep records of literature owned by the Troop, add new or replace old literature as needed, and maintain a system to check literature in and out.
Historian: Gather photos, newspaper articles, and facts about the Troop, and have them available in scrapbooks or displays. They should also try to maintain information about Troop alumni.
Quartermaster: Keep records of patrol and Troop equipment, make sure all equipment is in good condition, keep the equipment storage area neat and clean, help issue equipment and make sure it is returned in good condition, and work with the Troop Committee on any equipment that is needed or replaced.
Chaplain’s Aid: Encourage saying grace at meals while camping and on activities, lead worship on campouts, and keep leaders advised of religious holidays when planning Troop activities. They should also tell Troop members about the religious programs available for their faith.
Bugler: Be willing to play at Troop meetings or activities.
Den Chief: To serve as an activities assistant at Den meetings. They should meet regularly with the Den Leader and review Den and Pack meeting plans. They should also project a positive image of Boy Scouting and if Weeblos Den Chief help prepare the boys for Boy Scouting.
Adult Positions of Responsibility
Scoutmaster: An adult 21 years of age or older generally approved by the Troop Committee, to help guide and train youth leaders. They will conduct Scoutmaster Conferences, and work with Assistant Scoutmasters and responsible leaders to bring the scouting program to the boys.
Assistant Scoutmaster: Work with the Scoutmaster and other responsible adults to bring the scouting program to the boys. If the Scoutmaster isn’t available for a meeting or activity help guide the youth to make sure it functions as planned.
Chartered Organization Representative: Serves as a liaison between the Chartered Organization and the Troop. They should also help recruit leadership for the unit, and help with the charter renewal.
Committee Chairman: Organize and preside over active meetings of committee members to make sure there is an active program available for the boys. They should work closely with the Scoutmaster and Chartered Organization Rep to make sure committee members and leaders have training opportunities.
Committee Members: Support the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters to make sure there is a program available for the boys. They also encourage training, and also approve the Troop Calendar and any fund raising ideas; they may also serve on boards of review. They may also be asked to help recruit leaders if needed.
The goal of the merit badge program is to expand a Scout's areas of interest, and to encourage the Scout to meet and work with adults in a chosen subject. Merit badges are earned by a Scout working with a registered merit badge counselor. The scout must first get a signed merit badge card from the scoutmaster. The Scout is then required to contact the counselor to arrange for times and places to meet with the counselor. When the Scout completes the work on the merit badge and all the requirements have been met, the counselor will sign & date the card as completed and give the card back to the scout. The scout is then responsible for letting the advancement records keeper know that he has completed the merit badge. Merit Badges will be presented to the Scouts during Courts of Honor. There are several merit badges required in order to earn the Eagle rank.
We have a large number of leaders who are merit badge counselors in the Troop. All parents are encouraged to become Merit Badge Counselors.
Courts of Honor
Courts of Honor will be held several times a year. The Court of Honor recognizes all Scout awards & advancements since the last Court of Honor. Adult recognition may be presented during Courts of Honor.
The Court of Honor is a public ceremony, and is a chance for the Scouts to be publicly recognized for their achievements. Parents, grandparents, other family members, and all other interested individuals are encouraged to attend.
The friends of Troop 419 have several fundraisers a year to help pay for the cost of trips, activities, and outings. We conduct the shish-ka-bob sale at the street fair in September; the scouts sell Boy Scout popcorn in the late fall, and also sell premium dinner cards in November and December. It is very beneficial for the scouts to participate in our fundraisers. They not only help the troop earn money, they help make the fundraisers successful, scouts can earn service hours (needed for advancement at various levels), and also earn points for “themselves”. These points are very valuable especially when the bigger and high adventure trips come up. Depending on the number of points a boy has they may have very little, or no cost at all to go on some trips. Please support all of the fund raisers the best that you can.
A point system has been approved by the Troop Committee. The purpose of the point system is to make sure each boy is earning his own way and not taking a free ride on the work the rest of the boys of the Troop.
Points are needed for the following activities:
Scout Camp – to have Troop’s share paid………………………………..140 points
National Jamboree – to have max paid…………………………………...450 points
Philmont – to have max paid……………………………………………....600 points
Camporees – to have all food and fees paid………………………………..15 points
Hikes and Campouts – to have food paid…………………………………..12 points
Scout Island camp-outs – to have food paid………………………………..12 points
Points can be earned in the following ways:
Projects and Mall Show……………………………………………….2-4 points/hour
Weekend work parties on island………………………………………....10-20 points
Klondike Derby, Loggers Day, other competitions…………………………15 points
Leadership Training course……………………………………………...…...50 points
Attendance at meetings……………………………………………………......2/3 point
Wearing uniform at meetings…………………………………………………2/3 point
Dues paid up to date each meeting…………………………………………....2/3 point
Attendance at Court of Honor………………………………………………..10 points
Each parent attending a Court of Honor……………………………………...5 points
Popcorn Sales and Sheetz tickets………………………………...1/4 point per $1 sold
Dinner Card sales……………………………….………2.25 points for each card sold
Dinner Card sales in mall or Wal-Mart……………….……......10 points/family/hour
*Occasional points will be awarded when parents help transport boys to activities. Whether points will be awarded and how many will be determined on a case by case basis.
**Parents can earn points for their boy(s) by working at BBQ’s, dinners, and helping to sell chicken, popcorn, hoagies, food cards, etc.
***Bonus points will be awarded for extra work, initiative, and special projects.
****New scouts will have three months to acquire points during which time no points will be deducted for Troop activities.
*****The number of points may be changed at times to reflect changes in costs and expenses.
Thank you for joining Troop 419. Scouting teaches leadership and community skills as well as enjoying the outdoors. Scouting will show the boys how they can keep themselves healthy and physically fit. Through you son’s hard work and dedication he will have the opportunity to serve as a leader in the Troop and advance in rank along his path to the trail to Eagle.