4) Common Questions

What is the Mission of Boy Scouts?

to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

 

What Do Scouts Do?

Some of the best things about Boy Scouting are the activities the boys (and sometimes you) get to do: camping, hiking, racing model cars, going on field trips, or doing projects that help our community and the people who live here. Boy Scouting means “doing.” All our activities are designed to have the boys doing something and by “doing” they learn some very valuable life lessons.

Do the Parents Have a Role?

Yes. As a program for the entire family, Boy Scouting can teach your boy a wholesome system of values and beliefs while building and strengthening relationships among family members. Scouting gives you a pretty neat platform to equip your son. We provide other mentors to help your son grow but you are also an important part of his development in scouting.  Your role decreases as your son gets older. 
 
But your role in the troop can be passive.  We don’t expect a parent to leap right in.  But, be warned, Boy Scouting might touch you as it touches your son and you might eventually get ‘the fever’ that many of our leaders got from Scouting.  But you are encouraged to go at your own pace.

How Old (or young) Can a Boy be to Join?

Boy Scouting is for boys who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade,  Many of our Boy Scouts come from Cub Scout Packs in the area.  Some move on to a Venturing Crew.

How do our Scouts Achieve Their Goals?

Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. Many of the activities happen in the in the Troop or within their respective Patrols (with the children roughly their age). Our Scouts generally go camping once per month with a bigger week long trip or two planned each summer where the kids can earn many merit badges.

What Supplies and Equipment are Needed?

At minimum, each boy in Boy Scouting will need a uniform and a handbook. The boy scout uniforms are a khaki-and-olive color and do not change as the boy progresses through the ranks to Eagle.

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