Preparing for Crossover
Thank you for choosing Troop 6 at St. Mary’s. We look forward to having you with us. Parents’ help is always needed. We need drivers, Merit Badge counselors, participants for Board of Review. Most of all, we need you to support and encourage your sons. Becoming an Eagle is truly a family effort. Our slogan at Troop 6 is “Building Character, One Eagle at a Time.”
Here are some items to get started on your new adventure:
(1) Need an application transferring you from the Pack to the Troop.
(2) Need an annual medical form with copies of insurance cards.
The medical form must be updated annually and signed by a licensed medical provider. Please let us know if there are medical conditions that require special attention. Also, if your son is on medication, please send it on camping trips or other activities including inhalers and ADHD medication.
(3) Deposit for Summer Camp due by end of February
Balance Due end of March
(4) Other Items you will need:
· Boy Scout Handbook can be purchased at the Scout Shop
· Merit Badge Sash will be needed after summer camp.
· We recommended that you purchase dark green shorts or pants. They will need these for flag ceremonies including summer camp. Sometimes you may find official scout pants at Goodwill or on clearance at Scout Stuff.org.
· The tan uniform shirt is our Official Uniform. Troop will provide the green Boy Scout shoulder loops for you at Crossover. They can continue to wear earned religious knot, Arrow of Light, Troop number, and Council Strip. However, items such as recruiter strip, cub ranks and World Conservation Award should be removed after Crossover. If you have any questions about uniform, just ask.
· Troop Field Uniform (7 T-shirts) - purchased from Troop 6
· Knifes are not allowed until you have earned your Boy Scout Totum’ Chip
· No cell phones, iPods, game boys, etc. are allowed at meetings and activities unless noted. For trips where we will be in the car, we will allow these items only during transport; they are to be left in vehicle.
(5) Troop 6 meets most Monday Nights including summer at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s School. Check our Calendar for details
The youth leaders (Patrol Leaders Council or PLC) plan our programs, but generally each month we have one service project and one other activity in addition to our meetings. Please refer to our Troop website www.stmarystroop6.org and the calendar at the web site for a detailed schedule. Watch for emails updates. Class A uniforms are usually required for meetings unless otherwise noted.
(6) Boy Scout Troops are made up of patrols, each with a leader elected by the scouts.
The troop elects its leaders every six months, including a Senior Patrol Leader and other positions. These Scouts are responsible for the leadership of the troop. After Crossover, our new group of scouts will comprise a new patrol. You will select your patrol name, within guidelines, your patch, yell, and flag. Assistant Scoutmasters (Mr. Maxwell, Mr. DeArmitt and Mrs. DeArmitt) will be assigned to assist along the trail to 1st Class. The new patrol will not elected its leadership until our next election cycle, which is scheduled for June during summer camp.
Your Boy Scout Handbook will explain requirements for the different ranks.
Each scout advances at his own rate. This is not a race; you have until your 18th birthday to complete the requirements for Eagle Scout. We track each scout’s progress and provided a report to the scouts and parents regularly. You will find boys in the same patrols or the same age at various ranks. The first four ranks (Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class and 1st Class) require learning basic scout skills. Star, Life, Eagle, and Eagle Palms require earning merit badges and showing leadership skills. A good source for information on merit badges is www.meritbadge.org. When requirements for a rank are completed the scout must have a Scoutmasters Conference and (if approved) a Board of Review. The Review Boards consist of parents, community leaders or other adults. Our website has a list of suggested questions for the review process.
(8) In Boy Scouts, parents are not required to attend events or go camping with their son.
In fact, we would suggest that for the first few months you allow them time to learn, to get to know the other boys in the troop especially the youth leaders. However, we do need parents to help drive, raise money, and serve on review boards. With 39 scouts (one of the largest in the Council), it takes a lot of support!
(9) St. Mary’s Catholic Church is our charter organization.
Most of the boys in our troop either attend church at St. Mary’s or attend/attended St. Mary’s School. We encourage our scouts to participate in their chosen church. We do, however, include prayer and devotion in are meeting and activities. When we are on a weekend camping trip, we attend Catholic Mass. We cannot leave a scout at campsite, they must go with us to church or parents can make other arrangements to pick them up prior to Mass.