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					 BOY SCOUT TROOP11
     Litchfield, New Hampshire
         http://troop11nh.info

      Daniel Webster Council
        Arrowhead District



INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES
Table of Contents
WELCOME TO TROOP 11.............................................................................................................................1

TROOP ORGANIZATION..............................................................................................................................1

TROOP MEETINGS........................................................................................................................................2

COURTS OF HONOR.....................................................................................................................................3

TROOP FINANCES.........................................................................................................................................3

SCOUTING EQUIPMENT YOU’LL NEED..................................................................................................3

CAMPING AND SPECIAL EVENTS.............................................................................................................4

SUMMER CAMP.............................................................................................................................................5

COMMUNICATIONS.....................................................................................................................................5

ACTIVE PARTICIPATION............................................................................................................................5

ADVANCEMENTS.........................................................................................................................................6

ELECTIONS.....................................................................................................................................................6

DECORUM AND DISCIPLINE......................................................................................................................6

JARGON...........................................................................................................................................................6

PARENTS.........................................................................................................................................................7

KEY THREE....................................................................................................................................................7




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Welcome to Troop 11
On behalf of the scouts and adult leaders, welcome to Town Boy Scout Troop 11. This handbook
provides important information for all members of the Troop. Please read it and keep it for future
reference. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions about the information provided
here or about the programs, activities or operation of the Troop at any time, please contact the
Committee Chair, Scoutmaster, or any other adult leader of the Troop.


Troop Organization
During your time in Scouting, you will be a member of a group of scouts called a Patrol. You will
be assigned to your Patrol at the first meeting and you will be under the direct leadership of a
Scout, like yourself, called a Patrol Leader.

All former Webelos Scouts that have just crossed over will be placed in a New Scout Patrol
designed to help them transition from Cub Scouts into Boy Scouts and give them a firm foundation
on which to start their trail toward Eagle. One of the older boys in the troop will take on the
position of Troop Guide and work with this patrol, showing them the ropes. An Assistant
Scoutmaster will also be assigned to keep an eye on things. The New Scout Patrol will operate
just as all the other patrols in the troop with one exception, the Patrol Leader position will be filled
by a monthly rotation to allow each member of the Patrol to give it a try. Once all members of the
patrol have had the chance to be Patrol Leader, the patrol will elect a Patrol Leader that will stay
in office until the next Troop elections which are done annually.

The following figure shows the structure of the entire Troop. Your patrol is lead by your Patrol
Leader. That scout reports to the Senior Patrol Leader and/or one of his assistants. The Senior
Patrol Leader is the most senior boy officer in the Troop, and is the real leader of the Troop. He is
responsible for everything the Troop does and has two assistants to help him with this task. One
assistant works with the Patrol Leaders while the other assistant works with the other Troop
officers. The Senior Patrol leader is mentored by the Scoutmaster and his assistants. In certain
special cases the Scoutmaster may choose a boy to work directly as a scoutmaster’s assistant,
just like the adult Assistant Scoutmasters. This position is called Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
(JASM), reporting to the Senior Patrol Leader and Scoutmaster equally.




                                              Charter Organization


                                                                                     Troop
                                                   Scoutmaster
                                                                                   Committee
                                                                         Junior Assistant
                         Assistant Scoutmasters
                                                                          Scoutmasters

                                              Senior Patrol Leader

                                                                          Assistant Senior Patrol
                             Troop Officers
                                                                                 Leaders


         Patrol Leader             Patrol Leader                 Patrol Leader               Patrol Leader

         Troop Guide




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The Senior Patrol Leader, his assistants, and the Patrol Leaders form the Patrol Leaders' Council
(PLC). This core group of boy leaders is responsible for running the entire Troop. They plan
each Troop meeting, decide what activities the Troop does during the year, and do most of the
work carrying out the Troop program. They meet according to the schedule established by the
SPL. Whenever you have any questions about camp-outs, meetings, etc., call your Patrol Leader
first. Do not get left out because you did not get the word!

The Scoutmaster and his assistants are the adults responsible for running the outdoor program
and acting as mentors for the boys. They help the boys plan all the activities, and ensure that
these activities are conducted safely by accompanying the boys. These adults have all been
trained in the general workings of a Troop and in the philosophies of the National Boy Scouts of
America. An adult volunteer must complete this basic training before he or she can become an
Assistant Scoutmaster.

The Troop Committee is a group of adults who ensure that the troop continues to meet the
expectations of the charter organization and the Boy Scouts of America. They do this by assisting
the Scoutmaster with the logistics of the outdoor program, managing all troop finances, helping
organize fund raisers, tracking the advancement of the boys, conducting Boards of Review and
Courts of Honor, recruiting other adult volunteers, etc. Basically, the two primary responsibilities
of the Committee are supporting the troop program and handling troop administration. Any adult
can serve on the Troop Committee. Basic training is recommended, but it is not mandatory. The
Troop Committee meets on the second Monday of every month at the Church from 7:00pm to
8:30.

The Chartering Organization is the Litchfield Community Church. They help make sure the troop
continues to operate and that it provides a quality youth program for the children of Litchfield.
They are also responsible for selecting the Scoutmaster. The charter organization representative
acts as a conduit between the church and our troop.

The Scoutmaster, Troop Committee Chairman, and the Chartering Organization Representative
work together with support from their respective groups to ensure that the Boy Scout program is a
program of the highest quality for the children, and one that meets the children’s needs.

Troop 11 is just a small part of the National Boy Scouts of America. The National Boys Scouts is
broken up into many councils. Each council is responsible for a major region within the United
States. Troop 11 is a member of the Daniel Webster Council which covers all of New Hampshire.
Each council in turn is broken up into many districts which again are responsible for different
geographic areas. Troop 11 falls under the Arrowhead District, which covers all of south-central
New Hampshire.


Troop Meetings
Meetings are held at Litchfield Community Church every Monday during the school year, from
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. You are expected to bring a notebook, pen or pencil, and your Scout
Handbook to all scout meetings. Parents, please on time for pickup!

Weekly scout meetings are NOT held during the school summer vacation. Other specific
meetings during the regular school year may also be canceled. You will be notified of these
ahead of time.

The official Class B uniform of the Troop is a Scout Shirt and blue denim jeans. You are
expected to wear this uniform to all regular meetings. Courts of Honor and other special events
require the Class A uniform which is the Class B uniform with the addition of the Troop
neckerchief and a slide. In all cases your uniform is expected to be neatly pressed and bear the
proper insignia. Advancement may be withheld from scouts that do not wear their complete
uniform.




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Courts of Honor
A Court of Honor, sometimes referred to as “Parents Night” is a formal event used to recognize
the advancement the Scouts have achieved. Troop 11 typically holds three Courts of Honor per
Scouting year. One is held in September to recognize advancement earned at summer camp.
The others are held in December and early June. All Scouts are expected to attend in full uniform.
Parents are also expected to attend and recognize the achievements of the boys.

Here are some of the awards and recognitions that one might see at a Court of Honor:

Trail to Eagle   Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, Eagle
Merit Badges     Similar to activity pins but much more involved
Special          Totin’ Chip, Firem’n Chit, Historic Trails Award, Hornaday Award
Awards           (environmental), Interpreter Strip, Paul Bunyan Woodsman, Boardsailing BSA,
                 Leave No Trace, BSA Lifeguard, Snorkeling BSA, Religious Emblems, Mile
                 Swim BSA, 50 Miler Award, World Conservation Award, Den Chief Service
                 Award


Troop Finances
During the course of the year, the troop will hold fundraisers as approved by the Troop
Committee. These fundraisers help offset the costs of activities and advancements.

Dues are $1 each week from September through June regardless of a Scouts attendance at
weekly meetings. In addition to the dues, there is a yearly registration fee that includes a
subscription to Boys Life. Dues pay for the Scout's badges, and other troop expenses.

Dues must be paid up in order to participate in advancement or any of the Scouting events. If you
have any questions or concerns, please contact the Troop Scribe, Scoutmaster or Treasurer.


Scouting Equipment You’ll Need
  •   Scout Handbook to be brought to all meetings.
  •   Notebook and pen or pencil also to be brought to all meetings.
  •   Scout Uniform - BSA shirt, neckerchief, slide, and blue jeans.
  •   Rain gear for outdoor events during foul weather.
  •   Warm boots, suitable for hiking in cold and/or wet weather.
  •   Sleeping bag suitable for cold weather, rated to 20 degrees F or lower.
  •   Mattress pad for cold weather camping.
  •   Mess kit including knife, fork, spoon, bowl, and cup (plastic preferred)
  •   Canteen or water bladder.
  •   Back pack with frame and padded hip belt (properly sized).
  •   Tent - some tents are available from the troop. Scouts may share with boys in their own
      patrol and so may not need their own.

Not all of this equipment is needed from day one. Talk to the Scoutmaster or one of his assistants
to get recommendations on gear and what to buy first.




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Scout uniforms, insignia and some gear are available at the Council Office Scout Store in
Manchester NH (call 603-625-6431 for directions). Other locations where you may purchase
official scout equipment and/or camping gear:

  •   Eastern Mountain Sports – Manchester and Nashua, NH (http://www.ems.com - Twice a
      year they have 20% off for all BSA members called “Club Day”)
  •   Campers Inn - Merrimack, NH (http://www.campersinn.com/)
  •   All Outdoors - Manchester and Nashua, NH
  •   REI – Framingham, Reading, and Boston, MA (http://www.rei.com)
  •   Kittery Trading Post – Kittery, ME (http://www.kitterytradingpost.com/)
  •   L.L. Bean – Outlets in Manchester and Nashua, NH (http://www.llbean.com)
  •   Campor (http://www.campmor.com)

Basic gear can also be found at local sporting goods stores. If acquiring the full Scout uniform or
any of the other equipment constitutes a financial hardship, please contact the Scoutmaster or
Committee Chairman.


Camping and Special Events
The troop conducts at least one major outing per month, open for all scouts to participate. Types
of activities include camping, backpacking, hiking, skiing, rock climbing, white water rafting,
sports, and anything else the boys come up with. Older scouts have an opportunity to participate
in additional, more challenging activities due to their higher physical and mental maturity level.
They are also expected to help teach scout skills to the younger scouts.

Every Scout must have a medical form/permission slip on file with the Troop for each event. This
gives the Troop authority to seek medical help when the Troop is away. Scouts will not be able to
participate without a medical form - NO EXCEPTIONS.

While car pooling is encouraged, transportation is the responsibility of the parents for all events. If
other arrangements are made, you will be notified.

Appropriate footwear must be worn on camp-outs and hikes. No open-toe shoes are allowed.
Sneakers are inappropriate for most outdoor activities as they do no provide the protection and
support needed. Loose or badly worn shoes can cause problems like blisters or a broken ankle.

Appropriate dress and equipment is required on all hikes and camp-outs. As it usually seems to
rain when Boy Scouts go on campouts, rain gear is normally a good precaution. Clothing to suit
the weather must be worn, especially proper foot, head, ear, and hand protection in cold weather.
People, boys and adults, whose lack of proper equipment causes a safety concern will not be
permitted to go on the outing. The most senior adult leader attending the outing has the final say
on who can go and who must stay behind.

Radios, CD/tape players, electronic games and other forms of electronic entertainment are not
allowed on camp-outs. Devices such as two-way radios and GPS receivers are permitted with
prior adult approval.

Candles or open flames of any kind are not allowed inside or near tents. Liquid fuel hand-
warmers are also not allowed.

The use and or possession of an ax, bow saw or pocketknife is a privilege and will not be allowed
without a TOTIN’ CHIP. Misuse of woods tools will result in a loss of this privilege. Sheath knives
of any kind will not be allowed under any circumstances for scouts or adults and will be
confiscated.



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Each boy is required to use of seat belts during transportation on all Scouting activities.

On overnight outings, meals are usually planned, purchased and prepared by the Patrols. Scouts
are responsible for planning menus, shopping and sharing the costs among the participants.

Scouts who sign up for an outing and cancel without adequate notice are still responsible for their
share of expenses. These expenses would include such things as non-refundable fees paid by
the Troop and Patrol food expenses.


Summer Camp
Daniel Webster Council operates two Boy Scout Camps, Hidden Valley and Camp Bell. Both
camps are located on Griswold Scout Reservation in Gilmanton Iron Works, NH. Hidden Valley is
structured like a typical summer camp with very structured programming, while Camp Bell allows
patrols to tailor their camp experience and requires them to cook all their own meals. Our Troop
tries to alternate between the two camps each year but the final decision is up to the scouts.

Boys must be dropped off and picked up from Summer Camp at the appointed times (typically
noon on Sunday for drop-off and 9:45 AM on the following Saturday for pick-up). Please consult
the Summer Camp handouts for the exact times and locations.

Camp fees must be paid on time. Camperships are available if the Scout’s family has difficulty
affording Summer Camp. See the Scoutmaster or Committee Chairman to apply.


Communications
At each weekly Troop meeting, announcements are made concerning upcoming activities and the
requirements for participation. It is the Scout’s responsibility to pay attention, take notes and see
that this information, when appropriate, goes home to the parents. Some of our activities have
handouts prepared and circulated with the specifics of the activity, including cost, equipment, and
logistics. Once again, it is the Scout’s responsibility to obtain copies of this material when the
activity is applicable to him.

The Troop periodically publishes a Troop calendar to share information about our activities. This
calendar will be distributed at Troop meetings and occasionally mailed home along with a letter
outlining major upcoming activities.

Any questions a scout has should first be brought to the attention of their Patrol Leader. The
Patrol Leader is responsible for keeping his patrol informed, and provides direction during
meetings and outings. In the event that a Patrol Leader is unavailable to address a scout’s
questions, the scout should go to the Senior Patrol Leader or one of his assistants. As a LAST
resort the scout can approach one of the adult leaders. However, issues a scout has with safety,
harassment, etc. should be brought directly to one of the adult leaders.

Parents should feel free to call the Scoutmaster, Committee Chairman, or any of the other adult
members of the Troop with their questions or concerns. But if the parent’s child should already
know the answer, the parent will be directed to their child. We are trying to foster responsibility in
the scouts which includes taking notes and bringing information home.



Active Participation
While not all Scouts will be able to participate in all Troop activities, consistent active participation
is essential. In fact it is required for the ranks of Star, Life, and Eagle. Boys who are not active in
the troop will not be permitted to advance to these ranks. For the rank of Star a boy must attend



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four Troop activities and sixteen Troop meetings. For the ranks of Life and Eagle a boy must
attend six troop activities and twenty four Troop meetings each.


Advancements
Scouts are responsible for their own advancements – to know what requirements they need to
satisfy to reach their goals, and to find opportunities to complete them. Rank requirements for
Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class can be signed off by adult leaders or any other
Scout who has already earned the rank. Only an approved, registered merit badge counselor can
sign off Merit Badges. The Scoutmaster has a list of approved counselors. The Committee will
seek to locate counselors for other merit badges on request. Under no circumstances are parents
to sign off requirements for their own child except in the case of Merit Badges when the parent is
the only counselor available.

Many of the ranks require a scout to serve in a leadership position for a minimum amount of time.
The positions eligible for satisfying this requirement are listed in the rank requirements for Eagle.
Scouts must actively perform the duties and responsibilities of their position before it can be
applied to their next rank. Scouts holding a position of leadership but who do not perform the
duties and responsibilities of that position will NOT have that requirement signed off. The Troop
Committee has the final say on whether or not a scout has met the requirements of the leadership
position.


Elections
Elections for Troop elected leadership positions, Senior Patrol Leader and Patrol Leader, will
usually be held once a year. The ranks of Star, Life and Eagle require that a Scout hold a
leadership position. To allow Scouts to serve in these positions we discourage scouts from
holding consecutive positions as Patrol Leader. In other words, a Scout may serve as Patrol
leader more than once, just not consecutively.


Decorum and Discipline
All Scouts are expected to live by the Scout Oath and Law. Boys who exhibit behavior in the
Troop that is clearly inconsistent with the Scout Oath or Law will be subject to restrictions and
other disciplinary action by the Scoutmaster and/or Troop Committee. Three such incidents may
result in expulsion from the Troop.


Jargon
During your time in Scouts, you will see and hear many new terms and abbreviations that may
confuse you. Here is a partial list that may be of some help.

        SPL                      Senior Patrol Leader
        ASPL                     Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
        PLC                      Patrol Leaders Council
        JASM                     Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
        SCRIBE                   Keeps the Troop records
        QUARTERMASTER            Takes care of the Troop equipment
        LIBRARIAN                Takes care of the Merit Badge books
        HISTORIAN                Maintains the Troop history (troop scrapbook)
        TROOP GUIDE              Advises the new Scout Patrol
        KEY THREE                The main three adult leaders of the Troop




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Parents
Active parents make for a healthy troop! In fact this is so important that Troop 11 requires at least
one adult from every family to assist the troop as an Assistant Scoutmaster, Committee Member,
or Merit Badge Councilor. The more adults helping out, the less work any one person needs to
do. Adults are encouraged to take the basic leader training course, a great way to familiarize your
self with Boy Scouting and teach you how to be of most use.

Parents are also encouraged to join in on the fun! Any Troop function is open to the parents, from
regular Troop meetings to week long excursions. It’s a great way to experience Scouting with
your child and witness them using the skills they are being taught. It also shows your child that
you care and are interested in their lives. They might not admit it, but every kid really does notice
and appreciate their parent’s involvement.

Boy Scout Troops are boy-run organizations. The boys themselves decide what the troop will do
and how it will go about doing it. They are also the ones that perform most of the instruction and
mentoring. As a result, troop meetings and outings may seem wildly chaotic at times. This is by
design and is a sign of a healthy Boy Scout troop. The adults of the troop are simply there to
provide a safe environment in which the boys can fail, learn, have fun, and ultimately succeed.


Key Three
Scoutmaster              Rob Johnson, (603) 429-3369, E-mail: rsclj@msn.com
Committee Chair          Janice Hood, (603) 429-9821, E-mail: janice.hood@hoodlinks.net
Charter Org. Rep.        Phil Durand




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