Welcome New Parents to Troop 74!
We are happy to have you in the troop. Boy Scouts runs a little differently from Cub Scouts, so we’ve compiled the following section to try to ease the transition. No doubt, we won’t have covered everything, so please don’t hesitate to contact New Scout Coordinator, Renee Heisel or any of the Scout Masters if you have questions. They can be reached through the Contact Us page here on the website.
First and foremost, please read the About Us link. The basic structure and functioning of the troop is outlined in the links at the bottom under Troop Information. This information will answer many, many questions.
The ranks through which the boys advance in scouting are as follows: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and finally Eagle. The very first rank, Scout, is earned by completing all requirements listed on page 4 of the Boy Scout Handbook. This includes completing and turning in the registration and medical form paperwork. This should be completed by the first or second meeting a boy attends and will be awarded at the first Court of Honor (COH).
Things You May Need to Acquire
As mentioned in the camping section, it’s usually not a good idea to go out and buy a bunch of stuff right away. However, there are a few things you will need.
• Khaki boy scout shirt with insignia
• The troop provides the boys their Boy Scout Handbook, neckerchief, and red epaulets
• The scout shop can guide you on insignias if you’re not sure
• Green boy scout pants are highly recommended but not required. The most versatile option is the new design with legs that can zip off into shorts. The older style (often available in thrift shops) requires the official belt
• Official scout socks
• Hiking boots
• Mess kit (the one from Walmart is fine, many like the one sold at Army Navy)
• Day pack for hiking (a school book bag works well)
• Sleeping bag for the first campout. Consider borrowing one if you don’t already own one
• A mat to put under the sleeping bag
Boys should plan to attend as many meetings and activities as possible. Occasionally, there will be an activity scheduled in place of a regular meeting. New parents may want to quietly sit in on meetings for a while, as young boys may not be able to adequately convey all the information a parent needs concerning upcoming activities.