Informational Page for Parents and Scouts Interested in Joining Troop 97

This page has been designed to help provide information to parents and scouts new to Troop 97 and to the Boy Scout program. I hope the information found on this page will answer most of your questions. If you have other questions, please feel free to e-mail me or visit with one of the leaders during our meeting time.

WHAT IS THE GOAL OF TROOP 97

The goal of Troop 97 is two fold. First we work through the scouting program using all available resources to provide each boy that joins our troop a safe environment where he can grow into a responsible young man and a proven leader in his community. Second we provide scout with opportunities throughout their scouting career to to make memories that will last them a lifetime.

WHAT SHOULD I DO FIRST?

So you have decided to enroll your son in scouting. Now you are wondering what to do next. We suggest to each parent that both son(s) and parent(s) join us during our regular weekly meeting where both you can see how a scout troop functions and have any questions answered by both leaders and other scouting parents that are available during the meeting time. This will also allow your son to see if he likes what scouting has to offer.

HOW DO I SIGN UP

Excited - Ready to get started? Boys both new to scouting and already involved in the cub scout program will have to fill out a new members application. For those boys already in the scouting program, a fee of $1.00 will be charged by the local council office to transfer your son from the cub scout program into a boy scout troop. For boys that are new to scouting, a $15 fee will be accessed. The fee goes to the council office to register your son in scouting. Each troop member will have to re-charter and pay the yearly re-charter fee (currently $16) in the fall of the year to stay active in the scouting program.

Other cost that you will have over time will be the Boy Scout Uniform, Camping Equipment and fees for various campouts and outings, including summer and winter camps. Our troop has several fundraisers throughout the year to help offset the cost of the scouting program.

GETTING SETTLED INTO YOUR NEW TROOP

After registering with the troop of your choice, each new scout will be placed into a patrol made up of 6 to 8 scouts around the same age. Each troop will have one or more patrols. The scouts in a patrol work together, for the advancement of its members and also works with the leadership of the troop to help promote general troop welfare. During the meeting, each patrol is given time to work on uniform inspections, collection of weekly dues and work on any planning for upcoming campouts, service projects, etc. Each scout in our troop is required to bring $1.00 in dues for every Monday meeting in which he attends. If he is not at a Monday meeting he does not owe the $1.00. The money earned from weekly dues goes to pay for merit badges, rank advancement awards and any special awards a scout may earn throughout they year. Scouts attending the meetings are required to be in uniforms and have their scout book. Rank advancement requirements and weekly lessons will be taught using the Boy Scout handbook.

Scouts advance in rank through their participation in troop activities. Our troop provides lessons during meetings and on campouts that will enable a scout to advance. We have several adult leaders that are tasked with guiding the scouts through their advancement. Our computer program allows us to track each scouts advancement providing him, his parents and leaders with vital information throughout his scouting career.

WHAT ACTIVITIES DOES THIS TROOP SCHEDULE

Our Troop like most provides a variety of activities in which your son can participate. We schedule monthly campouts at a variety locations in and out of the state of Louisiana. Our monthly campouts are usually held the third weekend of each month, with permission slips for each campout available several weeks ahead of time. We will attend two long term campouts (more than 3 days) throughout the year. The first one will be a week long summer camp, usually held in the month of June. The second one will be our local council winter camp held Saturday through Tuesday before Thanksgiving each year. The cost for monthly campouts are usually around $20 with summer and winter camps costing considerably more depending on the location of the camp. As stated earlier, fundraisers are available to help offset the cost of the camping experiences.

For scouts that are 14 years of age and have achieved their first class rank, we provide high adventure camping opportunities. In the past our troop has traveled to northern Arkansas to participate in 2 separate 60 mile canoe trip down the Buffalo River. We have also traveled to the Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns, Galveston Texas to camp on the beach and have also had numerous scouts attend the BSA National Jamboree.

We also schedule six service projects a year to allow our scout the opportunity to give back to the community that has provided so much to the scouting program.

WHAT ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP OF THE TROOP?

Our troop is blessed to have a great adult leadership core. We have 15 active adults with over 100 years of scouting experience combined. Our leaders provide the leadership for the campouts and activities throughout the year. Each of our adults are committed to the program and to providing your son with the best scouting experience possible.

WORD OF THANKS

The troop leadership would like to thank you ahead of time for the opportunity to bring the excitement and adventure of the scouting program to your family. Should you have further questions about our troop or the scouting program itself, please do not hesitate to ask one of our leaders during our meeting time or you can call the Scoutmaster at 318-286-9324.