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					                                      Boy Scout Troop 66

                                TROOP GUIDELINES
                                        Update 2 August 2011

       Troop 66 is the oldest Boy Scout Troop in Leavenworth, with a long history of
       excellence and service. We are part of Kaw District of Heart of America Council
       (HOAC). Over ___ members of Troop 66 have earned their Eagle Rank to date.
       Scouting is a family affair. No Scout is expected to travel the Trail to Eagle by
       himself. Parents should encourage their son to work on advancement and take full
       advantage of the Scouting program. Parents are invited to all Troop meetings and
       especially to Courts of Honor, held twice a year (December and May).

The Troop meets 7:00 to 8:30 PM, Monday evenings,
usually in the basement of the Patch Community Center                      CONTENTS
(the SAS/SKIES facility, formerly the YMCA building) on
Pope Avenue. The entrance to the “Scout Hut” hut is from        Boy Leadership                    1
the parking lot beside (east) of the building. Parking can be   Monthly Campouts                  2
found in the SAS/SKIES Parking Lot on the east side or          Summer Camp                       2
Grant Pool immediately to the north. Meetings are held on       Required Activities               3
Leavenworth School District school days (No school = no         Joining Troop 66                  4
scout meeting); activities are planned by the Scouts            Attendance Policy                 5
themselves include learning and practicing Scouting skills,     Uniforms                          6
                                                                Advancement                       7
planning trips and special activities, working on merit
                                                                Dues and Other Fees               7
badges or other projects of interest to the Scouts, games,      Parental Commitment               7
and fun.                                                        Information for Parents About
The Troop is divided into a number of patrols of 4 to 8           Outings                         8
boys. Sometimes a patrol will hold its own meetings and         Health and Safety                 8
plan additional outings. If enough WEBELOS Scouts join          Inappropriate Behavior            9
the Troop at one time, they will form a New Scout patrol,       TAB A—Troop 66
with an experienced older Scout as Troop Guide, to work             Advancement SOP
on basic Scouting skills and advancement. Otherwise, the        TAB B—Troop and Patrol Leadership
Patrol Leaders work with the New Scouts to teach them the           Responsibilities
skills they will need.                                          TAB C—Troop Committee
Our objective for Troop 66 is for the Scouts to run the Troop. We would like nothing better
than to have the Scouts plan their outings, meetings, and Patrol Leader Councils with only the
slightest direction from the Scoutmasters. Scouts should be able to discipline themselves, create
a fun-filled healthy environment, and become good citizens by being good leaders and followers.
Troop 66 is a boy-run troop. Boy leaders plan and execute their own program, with parent
participation and support. New Scouts begin with small jobs under the guidance of more
experienced Scouts. As their skills and knowledge improve, new responsibilities are given to

Learning leadership skills is one of the most important products of being a Boy Scout. Troop 66
has a Junior Leader Training program for the boy leaders. Each Scout will learn the skills needed
to carry out his job in the Troop and will learn how to pass those skills on to other boys. Some of
the older Scouts have served on staff at Camp Naish, one of the Heart of America’s Council’s
two camps, and other Boy Scout camps.
The Troop leadership is elected at the conclusion of the first camp-out in August. Depending on
turn-over, another election may be held at mid-year at the discretion of the Scoutmaster and
Troop Committee.
The Troop’s Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) consists of the Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior
Patrol Leader, Troop Quartermaster, Troop Scribe, Troop Guide, and the Patrol Leaders of each
patrol. This group meets on the second Monday night of the month with the Scoutmaster and
Assistant Scoutmasters to plan Troop meetings and outings. The monthly committee meeting is
scheduled for the first Monday of every month at 6:00 PM at Patch Community Center and any
parent is invited to attend.
Troop 66 has a September-June camping program, with an overnight camp out each month that
is planned by the Scouts themselves. Advancement skills are reviewed on most campouts.
Camping is in troop-owned tents by patrol. In addition, the Troop or any of the patrols may plan
day hikes or other activities during the year.
The Troop camping program is designed to provide the Scouts with fun, new skills, and
advancement. In addition to meeting requirements for advancing in rank, outings provide
opportunities for earning merit badges, including Camping, Cycling, Hiking, Cooking,
Backpacking, Pioneering, Orienteering, Wilderness Survival, and many others.
For the older Scouts, Troop 66 offers a high adventure program to the Philmont Scout Ranch
trek. The troop has also taken canoe trips in the boundary waters of Minnesota and white water
rafting in Colorado. The exact requirements for participation in a high adventure program are
determined by the nature of the high adventure program and will be announced by the sponsor of
the high adventure program. However, being 13 years old and achievement of the First Class
Scout Rank are normally prerequisite requirements.
Troop 66 Scouts regularly attend district and council camporees and the Klondike Derby held
each January in the Leavenworth area.
The camping/grub fee of $8 per weekend is due at the Troop meeting just prior to the campout
each month. This allows the designated individual (“grubmaster”) in each patrol to budget and
buy the food without having to nag people for reimbursement afterwards. Fees for summer camp
and high adventure camps will be paid on a schedule established by the trip leadership.
Scouts camp, cook, and clean as patrols. They are in charge of their own planning and cooking of
meals. One (or more) Scouts will be assigned as “grubmaster” by his Patrol Leader to purchase
patrol food for the campout; before purchasing food, however, they should check to see what
food is available from the previous trip(s). This avoids multiple bottles of mustard, syrup, and the
like. Leftover perishable food reverts to the purchaser; non-perishables go back to the Patrol box.
Avoid buying extra large economy size packages; the savings in bulk are usually negated by the
loss to spoilage, spillage, and lack of keeping track of what they have already.
Scouts do not share tents or other sleeping accommodations with adults (except during certain
high adventure outings—in such case, a Scout may bunk with his parent but not with any other
adult); a Scout may share a tent with another boy in his Patrol, or he may camp alone. More than
two Scouts per tent are permitted only at the discretion of the adult Tour Leader.
Adults cook together with the same suggestions about the purchase of food and supplies.

Members of Troop 66 attend summer camp each summer. The troop normally tries to attend
camp Camp Geiger (north of St Joseph, MO) or Camp Naish (in Bonner Springs, KS) in June
during “moving week” of CGSC, but camp assignments are based on a draw held by the Heart of
America or Pony Express Councils. The troop recommends that every newly joining scout attend
camp the year that he joins. This proves to provide each boy with a solid foundation on which to
build his citizenship, skills, develop mentally and physically, as well as continue to grow in
moral strength and character. In addition, several members of the Troop belong to the Order of
the Arrow, the BSA’s national honor camping society with the local lodge dedicated to
maintaining and improving Camp Naish.
Summer camp is normally a week long, starting on a Sunday and ending on Saturday. Summer
Camp is the ideal place for new Scouts to begin working on advancement and merit badges, and
it is a good place for more experienced Scouts to earn some of the merit badges required for
Eagle. It is also, of course, a great place to have fun.
The Troop must provide at least two adult leaders for the week (more if a large enough group
goes). The adult leaders must pay for the meals they will consume at camp. The camp staff
provides the entire program for Summer Camp; the role of the adult leaders is to provide
encouragement and reassurance to the younger Scouts and to insure safety although they may be
used as a merit badge councilor during the course of the camp.
There are several special activities during the year, which Scouts are required to attend as
members of Troop 66. The four required activities during the year are:
      Fundraising Activities.
      Scout Sunday.
      Klondike Derby.
      Courts of Honor.
The occasions are the times that the Troop Committee has specified that Scouts must attend as a
requirement of continued membership in Troop 66. Scouts who cannot attend are expected to
contact their Patrol Leader in advance to discuss their reasons. Required events are
important to the morale and operation of the Troop. Scout spirit and active participation are part
of the rank requirements from Tenderfoot to Eagle. During the Scoutmaster Conference held at
each ranks’ advancement, the Scoutmaster and scout will review the participation level and
determine if it has met expectations. Please refer to the yearly troop activity calendar to plan
These are required activities for all Scouts and a parent from each family. We sell Christmas
wreaths on Fort Leavenworth and area around Thanksgiving. These are the troop’s chief
fundraisers. Profits may be split between the boys and the troop depending on what the current
needs are.
Held in February each year. The boys in the troop will attend their place of worship in uniform.
This is one of the major ways in which we can communicate with the church congregation to
thank them for their continued sponsorship and support of the troop.

Held in January at a location that rotates based on troop sponsorship (usually the Lakeside
Racetrack or Fort Leavenworth’s Camp Conestoga). All troops in the Kaw District compete by
patrols on a variety of scout skills. The scouts pull their Klondike sled along a course and are
tested on first aid, knots and lashings, compass, ice rescue, shelter building, nature, and fire
building. The Klondike Derby is the culmination of the previous three months’ preparation. The
patrols can only succeed at this event with the full participation of their patrol members. It is a
lot of effort to pull the sled along the course.
Courts of Honor are especially important in that they honor the achievements of Scouts and are
also a time when many announcements are made regarding troop activities. Full uniforms,
including merit badge sash, are required at the two Courts of Honor held during the school year.
One additional court of honor will be held at the conclusion of Summer Camp to recognize those
Like all Boy Scout Organizations, Troop 66 does not discriminate against boys based on their
race, religion, or national origin. To join Troop 66, you must:
       Be at least 11 years old, but not yet 18 years old, or
       Have completed the fifth grade, or
       Have earned the Arrow of Light
In addition, by the time of your induction into Troop 66, you must be able to
       Repeat the Pledge of Allegiance.
       Demonstrate the Scout sign, salute, and handshake.
       Demonstrate tying the square knot (joining knot).
       Understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the motto, the slogan,
and the Outdoor Code. This includes the acknowledgement of God according to the individual’s
religious beliefs.
       Describe the Scout badge.
       Complete the exercises in the pamphlet in the front of your new Scout Handbook with
your parent/adult guardian.
       Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
If you earned the Arrow of Light, you have mastered most of these requirements. If you have not
earned the Arrow of Light, the Troop Guide, or one of our Scouts, will teach you the joining
requirements to earn your Scout badge. Afterwards, the Troop Guide will help you learn the
Scout skills you will need to earn your Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class badges.
The following items are required before we can register you in Troop 66:
       Completed and signed Boy Scout Application.
       Check for $75.00, made out to Boy Scout Troop 66 ($15.00 for Council dues, $40.00 for
Troop dues, $10.00 for Troop 66 T-shirt and $10.00 for the Troop 66 neckerchief).
Please note that summer camp requires a Scout to have had a physical examination by a doctor
within 3 years with a completed BSA scout medical form. If you have had a physical, please
have the doctor fill out the medical form. If not, please have your parent or guardian fills out the
front of the form anyway and turn it in; it provides us with a medical release for any troop
outing. Before your physical, we can provide you with an additional form for the doctor to fill

In addition to the above items, we also require that your parent or guardian fill out the following
       Vehicle Insurance Information.
       Troop Resource Survey.
       Merit Badge Counselor Application.
We also request that at least one parent or guardian complete and sign a BSA Adult Application.
These forms will allow us (and the Scouts) to know what special talents your parent or guardian
can bring to the Troop and the program they will be planning.
To become a member of Troop 66, you will need to obtain a Scout shirt with the Heart of
American Council Patch and the number patches for 66 sewed on. You will also need the Boy
Scout Handbook.
Troop 66's attendance policy has evolved around certain objectives of Scouting. First, and most
important, scouting should be fun to the boy. If it isn't fun for him, let him do something else.
Second, Scouting uses the patrol system and focuses its activities around outdoor challenges. A
patrol is as important, as complicated and requires as much loyalty as any other team. Finally,
Scouting is unique in offering young men the opportunity to learn and practice leadership in the
most challenging environment—leading one’s peers.
Troop 66's policy on attendance can best be described as one of reasonable expectations. The
Troop’s leadership understands and tries to deconflict the competing demands on the boy’s time
by careful scheduling in August. School work, organized sports, formal family commitments and
commitments to church or synagogue are important in the overall objective of developing our
Troop 66’s meetings are focused on learning skills and planning for outings--if the Scout is not
going, he loses interest, becomes a disruptive bystander and the meetings suffer. Additionally, if
the leader does not go, his friends in the patrol frequently do not go. If the older scouts in a patrol
do not go, the younger ones are left in mid-air or they do not go. If the majority of Scouts in each
patrol do not attend, the patrol system will be ineffective.
Fundamentally, it is the expectation of the Troop Committee that all Scouts will attend all
Troop outings and activities unless they have a conflict with school, athletic, religious or
formal family obligations. We hope the parents and Scouts, in understanding our objectives and
the importance of the whole group participating, will make every effort to attend Troop outings
and activities. The quality of Troop 66's programs will be directly proportional to the active
participation of its members.
Attendance Requirements for Leadership Positions. For the ranks of Star, Life, and Eagle,
there is a leadership requirement that is, in part, to "serve actively for a period" of either four or
six months in one or more of a defined list of leadership positions. At Troop 66, we have defined
active as attending during each month the major activity of weekly meetings and the weekend
activities for that month-and not earning credit for any month if that activity is missed. Under
unusual circumstances a scout who has missed a required activity may petition the committee for
an exception to the rule. (Note: Den Chiefs are required to attend Troop activities to fulfill the
"be active in your troop and patrol" requirement). Under this policy, candidates for youth
leadership positions are asked to commit in advance to attending the scheduled activities. If a
Patrol Leader can not make an outing we will endeavor to have the Assistant Patrol Leader take

charge and give the Assistant Patrol Leader the leadership credit for that month. During the
summer months, leadership credit is earned only for those positions that are "active" during a
given month.
Attendance for advancement in rank: Advancement in rank generally requires that a Scout be
active in his troop. It is Troop 66's policy that a Scout attends at least 70 percent of the troop
activities and all of the required activities for the period specified in the Boy Scout Handbook.
Under unusual circumstances a scout who has missed a required activity may petition the
committee for an exception to the rule.
The uniform makes the Boy Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth
image in the community. Boy Scouting is an action program, and wearing the uniform is an
action that shows each Boy Scout's commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The
uniform gives the Boy Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth that believe in the same
ideals. The uniform is practical attire for Boy Scout activities and provides a way for Boy Scouts
to wear the badges that show what they have accomplished. It is strongly suggested that all
articles of clothing be labeled with the scout's name and "Troop 66." Seasonally appropriate
garments may be worn over or under the uniform as desired when participating in outdoor
Scout uniforms can be purchased from Uniform Connection at 408 Delaware Street in
Leavenworth (758-1118) and at the Heart of American Council Scout Service Center (I-435 and
Holmes Road) in Kansas City. Additionally most resident scout camps have a store where scout
uniforms and camp specific apparel can be purchased. The troop has a small supply of shirts and
pants that scouts have outgrown available to everyone. Donations of outgrown uniforms are
welcome. Refer to the inside cover of the Scout Handbooks for the actual placement instructions
for patches.
The normal Troop 66 uniform (Class A) consists of the short or long sleeve Boy Scout shirt with
troop neckerchief and slide
Additions for Formal Occasions
The following additional items will be worn on formal occasions (Boards of Review, Courts of
Honor, WEBELOS to Boy Scout Bridging Ceremonies, Scout Sunday, Summer Camp
Ceremonies, and Color Guard in Flag Ceremony). (The Troop Senior Patrol Leader may
designate other occasions as formal based on the situation.)
        Merit Badge Sash (may be worn from shoulder or belt as determined by senior scout
        Order of the Arrow Sash.
Optional Wear
The boys are encouraged to wear the following items in addition to the normal troop uniform,
especially on formal occasions.
        Boy Scout pants or shorts.
        Boy Scout belt.
        Boy Scout crew socks.
Troop Class B Uniform
The Troop 66 “Class B” Uniform consists of a T-shirt with the troop logo (purchased from the
troop treasurer). Official Boy Scout hat, shorts, belt, and socks are an optional part of this

uniform. During summer camp the Troop Class B uniform is worn except for evening meals and
evening ceremonies when the Troop Class A uniform is worn.
The Class A uniform is worn for weekly troop meetings.
The “Class A” uniform is worn for traveling to and from camp-outs and for wear at evening
campfires and church services.

The Troop 66 Advancement SOP (Tab A) spells out the purpose of the Trail to Eagle and how
scouts progress along the trail. Only the Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmasters may sign off
advancement requirementsin a Scout’s handbook. Merit badges must be signed off by the
registered merit badge counselor, and a parent cannot be the counselor for his/her son unless the
merit badge is being given to the troop as part of the regular program. When a Scout is ready to
begin work on a merit badge, he asks the Scoutmaster for a "blue card" and the name of a
The Troop and Council dues are $40 and $15 per year, respectively. These dues are paid yearly
at the first meeting in January. Dues cover purchase of Troop 66 insignia plus all ranks, merit
badges, and other awards received by the Scout. A subscription to Boy's Life is $12. Scouts
joining after January will have their dues prorated.
There is a camping/grub fee of $10 per weekend due at the Troop meeting preceding each
month’s campout. This commits the Scout to the outing and allows the Patrol to plan on food
purchases. Some campouts will involve an additional expense for campground or admittance
The exception to the $10 camping/grub fee is summer camp, where Council fixes the cost at
somewhere between $200 to $240 for the week. There will be additional costs for high adventure
trips for the older Scouts.
A Scout may elect to use money he has earned through Troop fundraisers for any camping fee.
For more information, see below.
Each boy and his parents are expected to participate in Troop fund raisers. Profits made may be
split between the troop’s general fund and the boys’ troop accounts. The decision on whether to
split the fundraising money is made each year at the yearly planning meeting.
A Scout troop, with the high level of programs, outings, advancement, and service that Troop 66
provides, requires the support of many families and friends. No single person can do it all. It is
expected as an obligation of membership that each family in Troop 66 will support the
activities of the troop in some way during each year. Please think about how you can best
Each family is encouraged to provide an adult (18 or older) on at least two camping trips per
year. Younger siblings may also come on some of the less rigorous trips if space is available;
check with the Scoutmaster to see if it would be appropriate.
In addition, a family may be asked to provide transportation for several outings during the year.
As a rule, every family must provide transportation of Scouts and/or gear to or from summer
camp if their son is going.

If a parent has a special skill or training, she or he may want to serve as a Merit Badge Counselor
for interested Scouts. There are more than 120 different merit badges available.
Of course, there is always room for anyone who wants to take a more active role in working with
the Scouts to plan their program. Council training programs are held several times a year, and
everyone is encouraged to take advantage of them. Many of the Troop 66 parents have taken
various training courses.
Adults are not allowed to bring along or consume alcoholic beverages on any scouting event.
They are discouraged from using tobacco in the presence of the boys.
There must be at least two registered adults present at all times on any Troop or Patrol event,
whether it is a meeting, a day trip or an overnight. If the group is split (e.g., a strenuous hike for
the older boys, and a somewhat easier hike for the younger boys), there must be two registered
adult leaders with each group.
A tour permit is required for any activity away from Fort Leavenworth. The tour permit must be
signed by a registered parent other than one of the two required leaders. It may be filed by fax as
late as the last weekday before the outing, but earlier filing is courteous to the Council.
Transportation must be in insured vehicles with a functioning seat belt for every passenger, and
seat belts must be worn whenever a vehicle is moving. Vehicle insurance information must be on
file with the Troop and with the Council.
Troop 66 activities are designed to provide new experiences and challenges to Scouts. While
safety is always a prime objective, our activities by their very nature involve a certain element of
risk. The Scoutmasters of Troop 66 have many years of experience in scouting activities in the
outdoors. Most important, the Scoutmasters know what standards are appropriate for a large
number of boys in the context of Scouting.
When parents attend troop outings they should "follow the lead" from the Scoutmasters as to
whether a proposed activity is safe and within the guidelines of Scouting. The Scoutmasters'
authority is undermined by parents who either do not know or do not follow the practices
of safe Scouting. When in doubt, please ask.
Troop policies for health and safety are based in The Guide to Safe Scouting. The troop has a
copy in the library for your review. The guide includes information on adult leadership, water
safety, camping, substance abuse, emergency preparedness, first aid, fuels and fire prevention,
guns and firearms, hazardous sports and activities, inspections, medical information, special
precautions, transportation, winter activities, and youth protection and child abuse.
The troop keeps a copy of the medical information based on the application you filled out when
your son joined the troop. Additionally, the permission slips for each activity request current
medical information and authorization for treatment. A copy for each Scout is kept by the
Scoutmaster so prompt medical attention can be obtained for a Scout in an emergency. No Scout
will be allowed on an outing without a permission slip.
The Scoutmaster should be notified in writing if a Scout has special medical needs, allergies, or
medicines. Please do not just put this kind information on the consent form. If it is a potentially
life threatening condition, please make a copy and hand it personally to the Scoutmaster. If in
doubt, please ask.

A few important things to remember for Scouts regarding transportation to and from events:
     Permission slips are required for all events and must be signed and returned by the date
      indicated on the form. This is necessary to ensure proper patrol menu planning and to
      secure transportation.
     Scouts should be sure to carry on their person sufficient money for a meal or snack on the
      trip if this has been specified on the permission slip. It is not fair for drivers to pay for
      lunch or snacks and try to be reimbursed later.
     Scouts should be careful in the cars--they are guests of the driver. A "thank you" is
      appropriate and always appreciated by the driver. A Scout is Courteous!
     Scouts are discouraged from driving themselves on outings. If a scout does drive, it is the
      national policy that other scouts may not ride with him.
     Scouts are not to leave meetings or outings early without prior parental consent that
      should be communicated to the Scoutmaster.
    Finally, friends of scouts who are not members of Troop 66 may attend an outing prior to
     joining with permission of the Scoutmaster.
The goal of the adult leaders is to have a safe, fun Troop program for the Scouts. The adult
leaders or parents have the right to intervene in any situation that they deem unsafe. If a Scout is
unwilling to abide by the requirements of the adult leaders in charge, they may require a parent
to come get the Scout, whether the situation occurs at a Troop meeting or during an outing.
Also, if a Scout is disruptive at a meeting or otherwise prevents the boy leaders from running the
meeting, the adult leaders at the meeting may call a parent to pick up the Scout.


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