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Boy Scout Troop 240


									                  Boy Scout Troop 1,
                  Parent's Handbook
                     2002 - 2003

The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated in 1910 and chartered by Congress in 1916 as an educational
program for youth, which develops good character and personal fitness and prepares young men for
citizenship. Today, these are still the goals of Scouting and the goals of all Scout troops. Scouting builds
character by developing personal qualities of responsibility, confidence, leadership, and morality. The
ideals of good citizenship are stressed in both small and large group activities. Boys develop personal
fitness in terms of physical, mental, and emotional strength through camping, backpacking, and other
activities that are unique to Scouting. Time has proven that these goals are attainable because they are
presented in a way that is challenging and fun for the boys.

B.S.A. Troop 1 was chartered in 1916 by a Group of Citizens in Bronxville, N.Y. Since then we have
shared our tradition of excellence in Scouting with many hundreds of young men and their families. We
welcome you into that tradition and hope that ours will be a long and mutually beneficial relationship. This
handbook has been prepared to help familiarize you with the Scout program in Troop 1. Specific policies,
methods, and other important information are included. We trust that this will serve as a handy reference
guide as your son travels the trail of the eagle on his journey through the adventure of Scouting.

The three aims of Scouting are:   To build character
                                  To foster citizenship
                                  To develop fitness

There are eight key methods of Scouting that are utilized to achieve these three aims: Ideals, Patrols,
Outdoors, Advancement, Personal Growth, Adult Association, Leadership Development, and Uniform.

The basic concepts of Scouting are best summarized in the Scout Oath, Scout Laws, the Motto, the Slogan,
and the Outdoor Code. All Scouts learn these five pledges. They are included in the Scout Handbook but,
are so important as the cornerstone of the program, we have printed them here.

SCOUT MOTTO                       Be Prepared

SCOUT SLOGAN                      Do a Good Turn Daily

On my honor I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help
other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

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A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave,
Clean, and Reverent

As an American I will do my best to be clean in my outdoor manner, careful with fire, considerate in the
outdoors and conservation-minded.


Boy Scout troops are unique among youth organizations in that boys largely lead the troop themselves.
Troop 1 is divided into patrols of 6 to 10 scouts. All scout training and team building takes place within the
patrols. A 13-18 year old Patrol Leader (assisted by the Assistant Patrol Leader), is responsible for the
care, discipline and advancement of his patrol members leads each Patrol. Each patrol camps and eats
together on trips, and they work on advancement and compete as a team at meetings and activities. A
Senior Patrol Leader (SPL), is responsible for a well run and organized troop, oversees patrol leaders.
The SPL also has assistants (ASPL's), Advisors, and Instructors who help him run meetings and trips. The
Quartermaster is responsible for the maintenance, organization, inventory, and storage of the troop gear.
The Scoutmaster and his Assistants see to the proper training and conduct of all troop members.


Troop 1 camps approximately once a month during the "Scout Year" (September - June) plus Summer
Camp at Camp Yawgoog, Rhode Island in August. Experiencing the outdoors is a vital part of the Scout
program. We strongly encourage scouts to attend every trip throughout the year. Strong Attendance and
event participation is a prerequisite for advancement. From the very beginning, Scouting's founders
recognized that the goals of good character, citizenship and physical fitness could best be reached in the

Adults are encouraged to camp with the troop and experience our program first hand. Adults that will
continue participating in our program must attend Scout Leader Training and receive BSA
certification. Training is available on a regularly scheduled basis within Westchester County and
interested adults can arrange training through the Troop.


The Boy Scout advancement program offers a ladder of skills that a boy climbs at his own pace. A scout's
individual growth is measured through the advancement program. Scouts who do not advance soon lose
interest, so encourage your son at every opportunity.

Please take some time to review the rank requirements in the BSA Handbook. You will notice that for each
advancement, a Scoutmaster Conference and a Board of Review are required. The Scoutmaster Conference
is a meeting between the Scout and the Scoutmaster (or a designated Assistant Scoutmaster) to review the
Scouts progress and how the Scout is getting along in his patrol and in the troop. The Board of Review is a
meeting between the advancing scout and at least three adult leaders to review the knowledge and skills
that the scout has acquired in pursuit of the new rank in addition to his leadership skills and citizenship.
Both take place at Troop meetings or on campouts and require the scout be in full uniform.

Advancement in Troop 1 involves three phases: the Lower Ranks, the Higher Ranks and the Eagle Scout

THE LOWER RANKS: These include the ranks of: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class.
These ranks stress the basic skills of Scouting. Scouts begin by learning the basic ideals of Scouting. As a
scout moves through the program he gains skills such as: knot tying, patrol camping, outdoor cooking,

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hiking, orienteering, water safety and first aid (See Rank Requirements in your son's BSA Handbook).
Unlike Cub Scouts, achievements are not signed off exclusively by adults. They are primarily taught and
verified by older scouts at the troop meetings and outdoor activities.

THE HIGHER RANKS: These include the ranks of Star and Life. These ranks emphasize leadership in the
troop and personal growth through the merit badge program. The merit badge program encourages the
scouts to learn more about citizenship, sports, crafts, science, trades, business, future careers and personal


Star Scout - Six months of service in a position of leadership (e.g. patrol leader, quartermaster, etc.) since
making 1st Class, six merit badges that include 4 Eagle Required Badges, and six hours of pre-approved
service project work are the major requirements for the Star rank.

Life Scout - Six months of service as a troop leader since making Star, five additional merit badges that
include 3 Eagle Required Badges, and six hours of pre-approved service project work are the major
requirements for the Life rank.

Eagle Scout - The highest rank in Scouting is earned by only 1-2% of all scouts nationally. It is a well-
recognized, high honor that is carried with pride throughout an individual's lifetime. Earning the Eagle
Scout Award is designed to be difficult, so as to reflect the outstanding achievement and character of the
scout who earned it. Troop 1 is proud to have awarded 77 Eagles in its history.

In all twenty-one merit badges must be earned, which includes twelve specifically required “Eagle” badges.
The scout must also serve as a troop leader for at least six months since making Life Scout.
Once the merit badges have been earned, the scout can begin his Eagle Scout Service Project. The Eagle
project is a substantial undertaking that must be planned, developed, and led by the Eagle Scout candidate.
The project must serve the community outside of Scouting. It must be approved by the Scoutmaster, the
Troop Committee, and Westchester-Putnam Council. The project must be completed before the candidate's
18th birthday and will require at least 100 work hours to complete.


The goal of the Scout program is to enrich the lives of all those who come in contact with it. The program
presents many challenges for boys. Camping in the outdoors in an excellent opportunity for personal
growth. Advancement through the ranks and undertaking leadership positions offer many challenging
experiences. The entire Scouting experience contributes to the scout’s personal growth in many positive
ways that are not always available outside of Scouting.


The adult leadership is a resource for the boys to use in meeting the many challenges of Scouting. Boys
learn from the example set by their adult leaders. Association with adults of high character is critical at this
stage of a young man's development.


The patrol method and the troop organization offer a terrific structure for young men to be thrust into
leadership roles - many for the first time in their lives. Scout leadership offers many challenges for the
developing leaders and the skills they obtain will serve them for many years. The structure of the Scouting
organization keeps the young leaders accountable for their actions and decisions as they learn and develop
leadership skills.

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The Scout uniform allows the scout to identify with the Scouting movement, the troop, and his patrol.
When properly and smartly worn, it conveys a positive self-image and unity within the troop.

Participation in troop meetings and most activities requires proper uniform. The failure to consistently
wear the Scout Uniform without a good acceptable reason or prior approval will be taken into consideration
in determining advancement.

The "Class A" uniform is the official Scout shirt with the proper insignias, Scout pants or Scout shorts,
Scout socks, leather dress shoes or hiking boots, Scout belt, neckerchief, and neckerchief slide. A uniform
inspection is conducted at the last meeting of each month.

The "Class B" uniform may be specified for some activities. Class B's are an official Troop 1 tee shirt
worn with acceptable pants or shorts. Troop 1 tee shirts may be purchased from the troop, when available.

If your scout outgrows his uniform, please consider donating the uniform to the Troop Quartermaster who
will store it in the troop closet for possible use by other scouts. The Troop will coordinate distribution of
the uniforms within the Troop or pass them on the Council's program for underprivileged scouts.

The organization of Troop 1 can best be explained when divided into three groups: The Troop Leadership
Corps, the Scoutmaster and his Assistants, and the Troop Committee.

The Troop Leadership Corps (TLC) is composed of the Patrol Leaders and the Senior Patrol Leader. They
are all under the age of 18 and they serve terms as the leaders of the troop. These boy leaders are
responsible for developing and planning troop activities. The Patrol Leaders are also responsible for
advancement of the new scouts to the rank of First Class within their respective patrols.

The Troop Committee is a group of volunteer adults who dedicate time and effort to support Troop 1. The
Troop Committee is the governing board for the troop and is lead by the committee chairman. Committee
Members provide vital assistance with organizing transportation, awards ceremonies, reserving campsites,
directing fund-raising, maintaining the treasury and approving expenditures. The Committee also sets
general policies concerning Troop 1, such as uniforms, trip costs, and equipment purchases.

The Troop Committee chooses the Scoutmaster. He is the one adult who works most directly with the
boys. He attends all TLC meetings and is responsible for training the boy leaders. Assistant Scoutmasters
(ASM's) are chosen by the Scoutmaster and they help him with the various tasks of training, advancement,
and the development of a good, well-balanced Scout program.

   1. Complete the fifth grade, or be 11 years old, or have earned the Arrow of Light Award, but be
       younger than 18 years old.
   2. Submit a completed Boy Scout application and health history form signed by a parent or guardian.
   3. Recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
   4. Demonstrate the Scout sign, salute, and handclasp.
   5. Demonstrate tying the square knot (joining knot).
   6. Understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath or Promise, Law, Motto, and Slogan, and the
       Outdoor Code.
   7. Describe the Scout badge.
   8. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet "How to Protect Your
       Children from Child Abuse."
   9. Participate in a Scoutmaster Conference.
   10. Participate in a Board of Review.

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We expect each scout to be responsible for the following approximate expenses:
*(Note that certain uniform parts are provided by Troop 1)

Dues: $50 (Annually – without Boy's Life Magazine)
Scout Uniform: Shirt, Pants, Belt (Set by BSA), red loops, Troop 1 Hat, Troop 1 Shoulder Patch and Boy
Scout Handbook
Food on Weekend trips: Set by Patrol Leader ($5 - $10 per trip)

The Troop 1 Scoutmaster will take financial need into consideration on an individual basis.


Maintaining a successful Scout program is expensive. Troop camping equipment must be replaced
regularly, campsite fees continue to rise and other activities add up to significant expenses. The troop
spends approximately $100 per year on each scout to cover these expenses. However, through successful
fund-raising efforts (Bowl-a-ree and other programs) the scouts of Troop 1 have been able to finance some
of their activities and purchases.

If any parent can arrange for additional personal or corporate donations for the troop, please speak
to someone on the Troop Committee.


Troop meetings are Monday and start promptly at 7:30 P.M. and last until 9 P.M. Reference the troop
calendar for dates. The meetings are held in the Bronxville Scout Cabin. The meeting includes time for a
patriotic opening, announcements, planning of other activities, instruction of Scout skills, patrol meetings,
advancement, Scoutmaster Conferences, boards of review, patrol competitions, troop equipment care,
physical training and games. Please arrange to pick up your scout promptly at 9 P.M. All parents should
feel free to visit the meetings at any time. At least two adults must be present at all meetings at all times.
If you have concerns or questions about the troop, this is a good time to meet with the leadership to address
the concerns.

Attendance at the troop meetings is recorded and is used to evaluate each scout’s spirit and potential
for patrol, troop leadership and advancement.


Outings are the heart of the Troop 1 program. The troop schedules at least one outing a month. These trips
take place rain, snow or sunshine. Trips will not be called off due to inclement weather. Variable weather
conditions make the camping more interesting and challenging for your sons and teach them to truly "Be
Prepared." Do not rob your son of life-long memories by allowing him to back out of trips due to an
unfavorable weather forecast. Dangerous weather (lightning, tornado warnings, severe weather alerts, etc.)
will be handled according to the Guidelines for Safe Scouting and with the Scouts safety as the highest


Each Patrol Leader is responsible for coordinating with the Troop Quartermaster to make sure that his
Patrol has adequate tents and Troop-furnished equipment for each camping trip.
The Patrol Leader may assign Scouts equipment to be carried home for cleaning or drying at the end of a
trip. All cooking equipment must be clean and all Patrol equipment must be maintained in proper

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condition. If any damage to Troop equipment is done in a negligent manner, the Scout responsible will be
expected to replace such equipment or pay for repair.

It is the policy of the BSA not to allow any sheath knives or folding lock blade knives with a blade over 4
inches long to be worn or carried during any Scout functions or outings. The only exceptions are kitchen
knives, which may be used in the cooking area only. Any violation will result in an adult requesting the
knife from the Scout and returning it to his parents.

Knives, axes and saws are to be used only by those Scouts who have earned the BSA Tot-n-Chip Card and
then only for a task that requires their use. The Troop will provide any qualified Scout the use of the Troop
ax or saw. In any case, saws and axes will only be used in a defined ax yard.

All scouts should participate in the patrol menu planning process. Special menu requirements should be
communicated to the patrol leader. With the exception of certain events at which the Scouts specifically
plan for “individual cooking”, the Troop discourages individual purchases of food items for trips other than
light trail snacks and water. Meals, desserts, and snacks should be planned and prepared utilizing the patrol
method, unless otherwise specified by the Troop leadership. Estimated food costs will be paid by scouts
planning to go on a particular trip. Money will be collected at the meeting one week prior to the trip. It
must be emphasized that Scouts who have told their Patrol Leader they are planning to go on a camping trip
must pay their share of the food costs even if they do not attend.

With outings being the heart our Troop’s program, it is expected that each Scout will make every effort to
attend each campout. Regular attendance and event participation is a prerequisite for advancement.

Electronic devices including but not limited to cell phones, radios, tape players, CD players, televisions,
mp3 players and video games are not allowed at meetings, camping trips or in summer camp. This
includes traveling to and from all destinations. EXCEPTION: One troop device will be allowed in the care
of the adult leadership. The use and volume of the radio will be subject to the scrutiny of the Adult
leadership. The Scoutmasters are not responsible for these items under any circumstances.

Scouts who have not reached the rank of First Class must have a Boy Scout Handbook on each campout.
These should be protected with a plastic bag, waterproof container, or special book cover.

The campsite will be left as clean, or cleaner, than it was found.

Fireworks or pyrotechnics are strictly forbidden. Scouts should always pack matches for campfires,
stoves and lanterns. Lighters are not allowed. No fire of any kind is allowed in tents.

Each Patrol will develop its own approved menu and duty roster. All scouts will cheerfully complete their
duties as assigned.

The Troop will travel to and from activities/campouts as a unit except when the Scoutmaster grants
permission for alternate travel. Parent cooperation is appreciated. Each Scout will help load and unload
Troop and individual gear. No scout will be allowed to drive a vehicle.

Gross misconduct or breach of the Scout Law may result in the parents of the scout being summoned to
retrieve their child from any Scout activity. This sanction would only be used in serious situations such as
possession of illegal substances, possession of tobacco products, gross insubordination, or refusal to use
proper language when addressing others.

Scouts are expected to be prepared with the proper camping gear, the Scout Handbook has an excellent
checklist on pages 224-225. Every item a scout brings should bear his name. Personal eating utensils must
be brought on all trips - plate, cup, knife, fork, and spoon. Bringing throwaway items does not properly
reflect the principals of the Outdoor Code.


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Each summer Troop 1 attends summer camp at Camp Yawgoog in Rhode Island. This is a great
opportunity for scouts to focus on advancement, merit badges, and outdoor skills for one or two full weeks.
Sign-up is in April or May. The fees vary from year-to-year and are paid by the individual scout.


Several times throughout the year, programs are offered to the older boys who have achieved the higher
ranks. These activities are in addition to the standard troop activities. These trips may be more physically
challenging and require a greater degree of maturity and experience. Their purpose is to capture the
interest of the older boys and to keep them challenged. In addition to attendance and event participation,
minimum age, rank guidelines and will be established for these activities, but the Scoutmaster has the final
approval of the trip roster.

Younger scouts should not feel excluded from these activities. He will get his chance if he advances, and
stays active in the troop.


Uniform - Shirt, pants, Scout socks, belt, red loops, Troop 1 Hat, and Troop 1 Shoulder Patch. The troop
will provide the World Brotherhood patch (purple patch), neckerchief, neckerchief slide, troop, patrol patch
and rank patches.

Camping Gear - Review the list starting on page 27 of the Scout Handbook with your scout. While you
may want to pick up a few items from a discount or outfitters store, many items could be old household

You do not need to buy a backpack immediately upon joining. Good backpacks are bought to fit their
owners. If you buy one too soon, it will be outgrown by the time your son can really use it. (Please feel
free to donate any outgrown packs to the troop quartermaster.) A sturdy duffel bag or day pack may be the
best bet for the first year or so.


In addition to the opportunities Scouting offers, each Scout has the obligation to conduct himself during
Troop meetings and activities in a manner that is consistent with the characteristics called for by the Scout
Law. Among other expectations of the scout will be a display of courtesy and helpfulness to others and
obedience to Junior and Adult Leadership. Also, compliance with safety and troop operation rules will be
emphasized and required.

Parents are encouraged to remind their scouts that his behavior during Scouting activities will reflect on his
Patrol, Troop, family and all who contribute their time and attention in support of the Troop. If a scout
finds himself unable to obey the Scout Law during Troop Meetings and activities, his parents will be
notified and opportunities to participate in future activities may be restricted.

Scouts unable or unwilling to follow the policies of the Troop will first be counseled by their patrol leader,
the patrol leader may instruct him verbally, assign additional duties, restrict his privileges, or restrict the
privileges of the entire patrol as the situation may dictate. Physical abuse and taunting are prohibited. If
either party objects to the actions being taken, the issue may be appealed up the chain of command through
the youth leadership to the adult leadership for resolution and disposition.

Use of the chain-of-command within both the youth and adult leadership is encouraged whenever possible.
For minor grievances, scouts should first talk with their Patrol Leader, who may take the matter up with the
Senior Patrol Leader. The Senior Patrol leader, in turn may utilize the Patrol Leaders' Council and/or the
Scoutmaster as resource to settle disputes or resolve issues. The Scoutmaster may utilize the Committee
Chairman, any Troop Committee member, or the entire committee as necessary.

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For major grievances, disputes, and infractions of the Scout law, the Scout may go to any adult Scouter
directly for resolution.

Parents who perceive inequities or any infractions of the "Code of Conduct", or wish to discuss any issue,
are encouraged to speak with an Adult Leader to resolve any concerns.


The Troop is sustained by a group of adults that give their time to participate in the troop. Every parent's
involvement is required to provide a top quality program for our boys.

Your contribution will strengthen the troop and will be remembered by your son for years to come. It is
also an opportunity for you to interact with other parents who care deeply about their sons and your son.
Involvement in the troop can be as much fun for the adults as it is for the boys.

BASIC - Read and discuss “A Parent's Guide” as printed in the front of the Scout Handbook. Plan family
events around the published Troop 1 schedule. Deliver your scout promptly at the designated times for
meetings and activities. Parents must provide transportation to several activities throughout the year. The
Transportation Coordinator will contact you for this or contact him to volunteer. Encourage your
son to participate and advance in rank. See that he has the proper uniform and has the appropriate funds in
advance of scheduled activities.

PARTICIPATION – Become a trained Scouter. With other adults leaders attend several overnight trips
throughout the year, and visit troop meetings. Give a presentation on a topic of interest to the boys or help
plan one of the outings. Serve as an adult leader at summer camp. Sit in on Boards of Review to check the
advancement of our scouts.

MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR - Review the merit badge list on the Troop Resource Survey. Get
involved in teaching the boys one of your interests, hobbies, or vocations as a merit badge counselor. The
time commitment does not have to be large. You set the schedule, and you get to work with the youth as
they learn important issues for their future.

TROOP COMMITTEE - Adults serve as advisors for all aspects of the Scouting experience. You can
participate in the committee to have your opinions heard, shape the future of the troop, or take on a
significant role in the operation of the organization. Positions include Chairman, Treasurer, Religious
Coordinator, Advancement, Merit Badges, New Scout Representative, Fund Raising, Transportation,
Secretary, Quartermaster, Institutional Representative, Medical Records, Web Page Coordinator, Public
Relations Liaison, Summer Camp Coordinator, Permits & Reservations Coordinator, and Advisors to any
troop youth leadership position. More positions can be formed to meet the desires of ambitious volunteers.
Additional help is always needed on special projects. Just attend any committee meeting to learn about
these exciting opportunities. Committee meetings are once a month on Monday nights and are on the troop

TROOP LEADERSHIP - The troop is always looking for anyone willing to commit to an adult leadership
position with the troop. Dedicated Assistant Scoutmasters make for a strong troop organization and help
the Scoutmaster focus on the needs of the scouts instead of the organizational demands of the troop.

Thank you for reading The Troop 1 Parent’s Handbook. Please give us your questions and comments.

BSA Troop 1 Committee

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*      Boy Scout Handbook - BSA
*      Troop 1 Yearly Schedule of Events - Scoutmaster
*      Troop 1 Roster of Scouts and Leaders - Scoutmaster
*      Fieldbook - BSA
*      Boy Scout Requirements - ("The Yellow Book") - BSA
*      Merit Badge Requirements Pamphlets - BSA


* - The official internet site of the Boy Scouts of America
* – Troop 1 Homepage
* - An excellent resource for information about merit badges with links to
       many other sites.

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