Lord Baden Powell
Welcome to Troop 97!
Our goal in Troop 97 is to have each
scout that enters the troop reach the rank of First Class within one
year. We realize that scouts work at different paces, therefore, with
the help of parents along with the program we have in place, we feel
that this will not be a factor for scouts in reaching this goal.
As a scout joins our troop, he is placed in a patrol. A patrol consists
of six to ten scouts. Each patrol chooses their patrol name, makes a
patrol flag, elects patrol officers, learns to work as a team and
establish patrol pride. They will have assistant Scoutmaster(s) and
troop guide(s) to work with them and assist them in all their needs.
Campouts are a very important part of scouting. Each scout needs to try
and attend all meetings and campouts. Our troop attends two long term
campouts per year; one in the summer and one in the winter. With these
two campouts along with our monthly campout, each scout will be well on
his way to First Class.
During each meeting, scouts will
participate in patrol meetings, lessons that promote rank advancement,
plus a scout skill or game that promotes physical fitness and/or
teamwork. All scouts should bring with them to each meeting, their scout
book, patrol dues ($1.00 per weekly meeting that the scout attends), and
also be properly dressed in their scout uniform. All the above are a
must for information, pride and responsibility.
In order to help the scouts in our troop earn merit badges, we have
several merit badge counselors that are willing to teach specific merit
badge courses. These badges are taught when we have a certain percentage
of scouts willing to take the course. The majority of merit badges that
a scout will earn will be accomplished at the council organized camps
such as summer camp, winter camp, and camporees. Therefore it is
important that a scout attend the scheduled camps with his troop in
order to earn the 21 merit badges required for his Eagle Rank.
For our troop to keep up with the
progress of each scout, we have invested in a computer program that
keeps track of various forms of information, including rank
requirements, partial or completed merit badges. In addition, special
awards, total nights camp, service hours earned, and other
accomplishments will be tracked. Any parent wishing to know how their
son is progressing can contact the Scoutmaster at (318) 671-1558 or
visit with him during a regularly scheduled meeting. It is important
that a scout keep his scout book updated at all times. As a scout
completes a specific rank requirement, the Scoutmaster or one of the
Assistant Scoutmasterís can sign off for the particular activity, thus
allowing the scout to keep track of his own rank advancement.
Troop 97 teaches every scout the
importance of learning to live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law. We hope
that each young man fully enjoys the opportunities that the scouting
program has to offer.
Troop Merit Badge
1. Troop 97 will accept any merit badge or partial merit badges or
partial badge requirements
earned at any district or council approved camp such as: summer
camp, winter camp,
jamboree, camporee, etc.
2. Troop 97 will also accept any merit badge or partial merit badge
by a current Troop 97 Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster. No merit
badge counselor including
scoutmasters can sign off his child earning a merit badge. The only
time a scoutmaster can sign off his
child for a merit badge is when it is earned within a group setting.
In addition Troop 97 will
approve any badge work done under the guidance of an approved
Norewla Council Merit
Badge Counselor. All other merit badge counselors must be approved
by the Troop 97
3. Committee approved merit badge counselors list will be reviewed
periodically (minimum of
one time a year) to insure the list is always up to date.
4. Parents of Troop 97 are not to sign off their own scout's merit badge
requirements that are completed
at home. Proof of completion, of work done at home, needs to be
presented to the
Scoutmaster or his designee for approval.
5. Scouts must complete merit badges within one year of the date
started. This includes partials
earned at summer camp, winter camp, jamboree, camporee, etc.
Discipline Policy for Boy
Scout Troop # 97
Troop 97 does not tolerate any form of hazing or harassment. Anyone
showing any form of disobedience, of the Scout Promise and/or Scout Law,
will be given four chances to correct his behavior; the four chances
will be handled in the following manner:
1. The scout will be directed toward proper behavior by leader(s).
2. A phone call will be made to the scout's parent/guardian in order to
make them aware of the
3. A letter will be mailed to the parent/guardian in reference to the
phone call mentioned above.
4. A letter will be mailed to parent/guardian requesting a meeting to
work out a solution to the
behavior problem. This meeting will include the leader, the parent,
and the scout involved.
When to wear you scout uniform:
Court of Honor
Most special activities (unless informed otherwise)
Traveling (to and from campouts)
Hats: Only those made for scouting, (must be approved by
leaders), any non-approved hat
worn is subject to confiscation.
Shoes: must be worn at all times. No sandals,**
(This includes meetings, campouts and
activities)** Sandals are to be used in the shower only.
Electrical devices: taken on campouts without permission, will be
This includes cell phones, I-pods, MP3 players, PSP, etc.
Permission slips: must be turned in by the dead line on the slip.
If the permission slips are
not returned there is a great possibility the scout will
miss that campout.
It is very important for each scout to go to summer camp and winter
camp. The troop will keep a ledger for those parents that would like to
pay monthly payments.. This will keep scouts from having to come up with
all the money when it is time to go to camp.
1. Each scout must complete all requirements for the rank he is
seeking and have his book
signed off by the proper adult leader, prior to his Scoutmaster
2. As each scout moves through the ranks toward Eagle Scout, he has to
learn to tie knots.
We have found that if the scout does not practice the knots along
the way, he has trouble
The knots by rank are as follows:
||Double Half Hitch
|| Sheep Shank
|| Sheep Bend
|| Square Lashing
|| Tripod Lashing
|Eagle and above
|| Bowline on a Bite
3. A scout must have completed his Scoutmaster Conference no later
than the Monday before the
troop committee meeting to be eligible for a conference that
4. A scout must be approved by the Board of Review before he can receive
5. A scout must attend 50% of all meetings, service projects and
campouts over the last
(12) months to be able to advance to the next rank. A scout must
also be signed off for (Scout Sprit).
This is at the discretion of the Scoutmasters. Involves a
scout participating in activities, wearing the
scout uniform correctly and having a scout like attitude.
Full Class "A"
Headgear: Official Scout Hat (Optional) (Not to be worn
Shirt: Class "A" with correct patches
Belt: Scout belt
Pants: Scout pants; NO SHORTS
Neckerchief: Troop or other official BSA neckerchief
Sash: Scout (if you have earned 6 or more Merit Badges )
OA Sash: If scout is a member of the Order of the Arrow
Same as full class "A" with the following exceptions:
Neckerchief, slide, and sash are optional.
(Shorts may be worn)
Scout approved hat. (Optional)
Same as class "A" with the following exceptions: Orange shirts
instead of class "A" shirts, and other types of pants or shorts may be
Scout Meetings- Class "A"
Campouts with other Troops- Class "A" worn going, coming, and
During activities with
and against other troops.
Other times class "B"
Campouts Troop 97 Only- Class "A" going and returning, other
times class "B"
Troop Court of Honor- Full Class "A" Scout shorts may be worn
Eagle Court of Honor- Full Class "A"
Scoutmaster's Conference- Class "A"
Board of Review- Class "A"
SCOUT HANDBOOK SHOULD BE WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES EXCEPT
"COURT OF HONORS"