New Scout Information

Boy Scout Troops
Unlike Cub Scout Packs, which are adult lead, Boy Scout Troops are primarily youth lead. Troops are led by a Senior Patrol Leader and one or more Patrol Leaders. Scout Masters and Assistant Scout Masters mentor the youth leaders, guide them, and direct them on their path. Adult leaders also provide skills training for outdoor skills, merit badges, etc.

Also different from Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts advance in rank at their own pace. Patrols may work together on requirements toward a rank, but each scout’s advancement is based on his own accomplishments. Besides rank advancement, Boy Scouts also choose more than half of the merit badges they will earn as they advance.

Each Troop elects a Senior Patrol Leader. The Senior Patrol Leader is the youth leader of the troop and oversees all the Patrols. The Senior Patrol Leader also leads the troop meetings and patrol leader meetings.

A Patrol is a small group of boys (typically 4-8) within a troop who are similar in age, development, and interests. Working together as a team, patrol members share the responsibility for the patrol’s success.

A Patrol Leader is the leader for a patrol. The Patrol Leader also works with the Senior Patrol Leader to help lead the Troop.

Patrol Leaders and the Senior Patrol Leader will serve in these positions for 6-12 months.

Troop 226
In Boy Scouts, the primary emphasis is on outdoor adventure, specialized skills and community service. All aspects are required to achieve Eagle Scout. Because Troop 226 is a Christian faith-based Troop, we will put more emphasis on service to God and helping parents train their boys to become Godly young men than most troops.

Meetings
Troop Meetings: 2nd and 4th Mondays, 7pm, Wallace’s House
Patrol Leaders Meetings: As Needed
Activities, Service Projects: Quarterly (Short Term); Monthly (Longer Term)

Uniform
Required: Official BSA Boy Scout Class “A” Shirt (Khaki) (same as Webelos shirt), Boy Scout Shoulder Loops, Boy Scout Neckerchief (supplied by Troop), Official BSA Boy Scout Pants/Shorts, Scout Belt (green), Olive Green Socks, Class “B” Shirt (supplied by Troop).

Uniform Insignia: World Crest Emblem, US Flag, Council Shoulder Patch, Troop Numerals, Patrol Patch (each patrol will have their own patch), Leader Patch (each scout will have a different leadership position), Arrow of Light (if earned in Cub Scouts)

Please Note: Boy Scouts should wear their Arrow of Light badge on their Boy Scout Class A Uniform.

Suggested/Optional: Boy Scout Hat/Cap, Hiking Boots/Shoes

Supplies
Over time, your scout will need supplies such as a backpack, tent, pocket knife and other supplies. None of these are required right now. We will let you know when these items are required. See the New Scout/Transfer Scout Supplies page for more information and/or to order your scout’s supplies.

Communication
Each scout is provided with a troop email account. This account should be used for troop communication only between scouts, and scouts and scout leaders. Scouts are responsible for checking their email periodically. Parents will still receive email notification of meetings, activities, events, etc, but will not automatically receive emails sent between scouts or scouts to their leaders.

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