Troop Rules - BSA Troop 7369

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					              Welcome to the Adventures of Scouting!
We hope that this orientation guide will inform you about the wonderful world of
     Scouting and everything you should know about Scout Troop 7369

                         (Updated as of 11 April 2010)




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Contents
Introduction ..................................................................................................................................... 3
   Troop Mission Statement ............................................................................................................ 3
   Troop Vision ............................................................................................................................... 3
   Troop Objectives ......................................................................................................................... 4
     SHORT-TERM OBJECTIVES (NEXT 12 MONTHS) ......................................................... 4
     MID-TERM OBJECTIVES (NEXT 24 MONTHS)............................................................... 4
     LONG TERM OBJECTIVES ................................................................................................. 4
   Troop History .............................................................................................................................. 4
Administration ................................................................................................................................ 5
   Registration Fees and Costs ........................................................................................................ 5
   Paperless Troop and Email ......................................................................................................... 5
   Website ....................................................................................................................................... 5
   Activity Sign-Up Deadlines ........................................................................................................ 5
   Troop Leadership ........................................................................................................................ 6
     Chartered Organization ........................................................................................................... 6
     Troop Committee .................................................................................................................... 6
     Troop Leaders ......................................................................................................................... 7
   Troop Meeting Times ................................................................................................................. 7
   Term Limits for Troop Leadership ............................................................................................. 7
Troop Rules..................................................................................................................................... 8
   Safety First .................................................................................................................................. 8
   General Behavior Guidelines ...................................................................................................... 9
     Scout Law ............................................................................................................................... 9
     Troop Specific Rules............................................................................................................. 10
What Your Scout Needs (Shopping List) ..................................................................................... 11
   Uniforms ................................................................................................................................... 11
   Scout Handbook ........................................................................................................................ 11
   Outdoor Attire ........................................................................................................................... 11
     Immediate Needs .................................................................................................................. 11
     Mid-Term Needs ................................................................................................................... 12
   Things your Scout Doesn’t Need .............................................................................................. 12
   A Word about Equipment ......................................................................................................... 13
     Purchasing Scout Equipment ................................................................................................ 13
Parent Participation ....................................................................................................................... 14
   Cub Scouts vs Boy Scouts ........................................................................................................ 14
   Parent Promise .......................................................................................................................... 15
Parent Assistance Positions........................................................................................................... 16
Troop Organization Chart ............................................................................................................. 17




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Introduction
This troop guide provides parents and scouts with a important information about Troop 7369,
chartered by the Father Nudd Council (7369) of the Knights of Columbus. Troop 7369 is in
the Sully District of the National Capital Area Scout Council.

Troop Mission Statement
Develop men of strong character, by providing Scout leadership opportunities; teaching and
promoting the Scout Law; developing their skills through rank advancement; and providing a
supportive environment based on the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, and
reverence to God.

Troop Vision
To reinforce traditional family values through the delivery of Scouting programs that will foster
creativity; promote family unity; and inspire and motivate our Scouts to develop the skills that
will provide the foundation needed to become productive citizens. This is accomplished by
placing boys in a balanced environment where challenges are fun events, and
success is predicated on positive leadership, coordination, preparation, and
participation. The emphasis is on valuing each Scout by recognizing and
maximizing his individual strengths, observing and overcoming or
compensating for his weaknesses.

Our Goal is to:
Develop scouts that will grow up to be men of strong character, who can be part of the solution
vs. part of the problem; who are selfless leaders, who know when to lead and when to follow as
good team members.

Our Adult Leadership philosophy is to:

   Never do for a Scout what he can do for himself

   Provide checks and balances in troop leadership

   Maintain balance in activities, meetings and merit badges.




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Troop Objectives
SHORT-TERM OBJECTIVES (NEXT 12 MONTHS)

      Integrate Webelos II and transfer Scouts into the troop
      Train and educate leaders to lead the Troop
      Attend Goshen for Summer Camp 2010

MID-TERM OBJECTIVES (NEXT 24 MONTHS)

      Summer camp of 2011 outside of MD, DC, VA and PA.
      Standard Equipment across the troop
      High adventure opportunities

LONG TERM OBJECTIVES

      To compete at Boys Scouts of America National Jamboree 2012.
      Attend a BSA High Adventure summer camp such as Philmont



Troop History
Troop 7369 was started at St. Timothy Catholic Church with the sponsorship of the Knights of
Columbus on 1 January 2010.

Ours goals are to earn the Boy Scouts of America Quality Unit Award and to earn the earned the
National Catholic Scouting Quality Unit Award.




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Administration
Registration Fees and Costs
Troop 7369 is a self-supporting Troop whose activities are funded through Troop dues and
fundraising activities. All Scouts and their families are expected to participate in fundraising
activities for the Troop.

   Registration fee for new scouts is $120, which includes:
       Registration fee for the new scout year
       BSA Life Magazine initial subscription (Optional $10.00)
       Neckerchief with Troop logo embroidered (Initial issue only)
       T-shirt with Troop logo (Initial issue only)
       All advancement patches certificates

Additional costs will be required for each event, including campsite registration, grub, and
activity fees. However, it should be noted that no Scout will ever be prevented from
participating in our Troop due to financial hardship. Financial assistance is available through the
troop and our chartering organization. Please see the Scoutmaster if this is required and it will be
handled with all due discretion and strictly private.

Paperless Troop and Email
Troop 7369 is, as far as possible, a paperless troop. We will use electronic communication and
record keeping to minimize our impact on the environment. All information will be provided
either via our website or email. It is recommended that your Scout have access to an email
account to use to sign up to events, receive communication, and access our website.

Website
Our Troop website is www.Troop7369.org – please add it to your favorites. To save paper, we
will use the website to communicate and sign up for events. Our website and our troop will
adhere to all Youth Protection guidelines from BSA to keep our Scouts safe, and information
will never be shared to outside organizations.

Activity Sign-Up Deadlines
For each activity, we will specific a sign-up deadline, which will normally be two weeks before
the event. This is necessary to allow the Scouts to adequately plan for the events and lead the
events, as opposed to the adults. Signing up for an event commits the Scout to any non-


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refundable costs (including food purchases) so that the Troop does not end up covering
cancellation costs.



Troop Leadership
Chartered Organization
The Chartered Organization is the Father Nudd Council of the Knights of Columbus (7369) –
they in effect “own” the troop and approve the Troop Committee members.

Troop Committee
The Troop Committee is responsible for all administration of the troop, allowing the
Scoutmaster(s) to concentrate on the Scouts. The Scoutmaster(s) are accountable to the Troop
Committee, who approves all adult leaders.

                                         Name                  Email                             Phone
Role

Committee Chair                          Luis Umana-Williams   luisumanawil@cox.net              954-873-7058

Committee Member - Training              Vacant

Committee Member - Outdoor Activities    Vacant

Committee Member - Advancement           Deanna Quiterio       deanna.quiterio@verizon.net       703-266-3337

Committee Member - Treasurer             Bruce Dalrymple       Brucedal1@verizon.net

Committee Member - Secretary             Vacant

                                                                                                  703-263-
Assistant Scoutmaster                    Mike Warsocki         mwarsocki@gmail.com
                                                                                                 9616

                                         Joaquin Martinz de
Assistant Scoutmaster                                          jmartinezdepinillos@verizon.net
                                         Pinillos

Chartered Organization Committee                                                                  703-968-
                                         Peter Reyda           petenjanr@aol.com
Representative                                                                                   3282


Committee Member- Quartermaster          Glennys Warsocki      Glennys.warsocki@usa.rmy.mil




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Troop Leaders
The Scoutmaster is the guiding hand behind the work of other Troop leaders and serves as
program advisor to the troop committee. He is a recruiter, supervisor, director, planner and
motivator of other leaders. He coordinates the total Boy Scout program with the senior scouts.
He is supported in this role by the Assistant ScoutMaster(s) who backfill for him when he is not
available.

The Senior Patrol Leader is the leader of the Scouts – he is responsible for developing and
executing the troop program, and leading all activities. He is supported by Assistant Senior
Patrol leader(s)

Scoutmaster (SM):             CJ Staton - statoncj@gmail.com 517-212-0822(cell)
Asst. Scoutmaster (ASM):       Mike Warsocki - mwarsocki@gmail.com (703) 263-9616
Asst. Scoutmaster (ASM):      Joaquin Martinez de Pinillos - jmartinezdepinillos@verizon.net
Senior Patrol leader (SPL):    Nicholas Umana – nichhuman@cox.net (954) 559-0005
Assistant SPL:                 Ian Staton – statonian@gmail.com (703) 814-8153



Troop Meeting Times
The troop meets the first, second, and fourth Thursday of the month from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM at
the St Timothy’s Catholic School cafeteria, Chantilly VA.

The third Thursday of the month will be a Patrol Leaders Council meeting. Advancement
Boards of Reviews may be held simultaneously



Term Limits for Troop Leadership
Troop 7369 has a 3-year term limit for adult leadership positions. These limits serve two
purposes:

      Allow a regular transition of leadership to ensure the troop constantly evolves and is
       infused with new ideas
      Sets a reasonable time frame that will allow adults to commit to leadership positions
       without fear of a life-time commitment

Please note - Adults are not required to commit for 3 years to take a position – in fact, most
positions will probably transition yearly.




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Troop Rules
Safety First
Safety (both physical and mental) is placed above all other priorities. Troop 7369 will adhere to
all Youth Protection, BSA, and Arlington Diocese rules for safety. All leaders will be trained as
required by BSA rules, and we will always err on the side of caution.

Safety extends to not only physical, but mental safety. Troop 7369 has zero tolerance for mean-
spirited teasing, hazing, or any other behavior that would cause a Scout emotional distress. The
leadership realizes boys of Scouts age have a tendency to kid each other, but mean-spirited
teasing or threatening behavior will result in immediate disciplinary action. Depending on the
severity, the scout may be given a verbal discussion and warning. Parents or Guardians will be
informed when this occurs. However, the troop reserves the right to require a parent to come
pick up their scout (regardless of location) for repeated offenses or if the initial transgression is
so severe as to require committee review before the scout is allowed to rejoin the activities of the
troop.

Severe or repeated behavioral issue will result in the Scout being placed on probation until a
review by the Troop committee to determine if a Scout can continue participation with the troop.
The safety of the other Scouts and maintaining the quality program for the entire troop will take
precedent over the individual.

It may be determined that to continue in Troop 7369, a parent or guardian of the troop will be
required to accompany their scout during Troop activities. However, the Troop does reserve the
right to expel a scout from the troop if it is determined that his continued participation will put
other Scouts at risk or significantly impact the effectiveness of the troop program.




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General Behavior Guidelines
Scout Law
Scouts are expected to be living representations of the Scout Law:

A Scout is Trustworthy.
      A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on
      him.
A Scout is Loyal.
      A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and nation.
A Scout is Helpful.
      A Scout cares about other people. He willingly volunteers to help others without
      expecting payment or reward.
A Scout is Friendly.
      A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He offers his friendship to
      people of all races and nations, and respects them even if their beliefs and customs are
      different from his own.
A Scout is Courteous.
      A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that using good
      manners makes it easier for people to get along.
A Scout is Kind.
      A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be
      treated. Without good reason, he does not harm or kill any living thing.
A Scout is Obedient.
      A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his
      community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them
      changed in an orderly manner rather than disobeying them.
A Scout is Cheerful.
      A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He
      tries to make others happy.
A Scout is Thrifty.
      A Scout works to pay his own way and to help others. He saves for the future. He
      protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout is Brave.
      A Scout can face danger although he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he
      thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.
A Scout is Clean.
      A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He chooses the company of those who
      live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is Reverent.
      A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the
      beliefs of others.


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Troop Specific Rules

      Punctuality is expected – meetings will start and end on time
      Scouts will follow the PAR approach to communication – Communication is to be Paced
       (don’t talk constantly), Additive (Don’t simply restate what other say), and Relevant.
       Scouts will be told when they are off PAR.
      Scouts are required to follow the uniform of the day – which will be specified in advance.
      No Cell phones, Gameboys, Nintendo or other electronics allowed at Troop meetings or
       outings
      No rough-housing, pushing, running or yelling during meetings
      We will adhere to the Leave No Trace principal and leave each place cleaner than we
       found it




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What Your Scout Needs (Shopping
List)
Uniforms
Uniforms are an integral part of Boy Scouts. They are key to unity identity and ensure the Scouts
represent themselves and BSA in the best light.

Class “A” uniform
The Class A (or formal) uniform will consist of the Official Scout Shirts, Pants, Neckerchief and
Socks. The new BSA pants convert to shorts and are well-suited for outdoor activities. A short
sleeve version with room to grow is recommended.

Class “B” uniform is defined as: Troop T-shirt w/ logo, BSA green pants and socks.

Class “C” uniform is determined by the Scout Master based on mission.
The troop will provide your scout with one set of unit numerals, a neckerchief, and a Troop T-
Shirt as when he joins the troop. Should he lose it or require more, the Scout will have to pay for
them.



Scout Handbook
A 12th addition Scout Handbook is required for all Scouts – and we recommend the coil bound
version with the BSA handbook cover. The handbook is brought to all troop meetings.

Outdoor Attire

Troop 7369 is an all-season troop – outdoor activities span the entire year. While your Scout
will undoubtedly build a large amount of gear, the following items are ones they will need at the
start:

Immediate Needs

      Hiking Boots – sneakers or other sports shoes are not appropriate for hikes and other
       activities. They do not provide the support, water protection, or warmth necessary for
       hikes. However, keep in mind that your Scout is in is growing years, so don’t break the
       bank buying high-end name brand boots.


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      Hiking Socks – BSA hiking socks are part of the Troop Uniform – they will keep the feet
       safe and dry.

      Wicking Undergarments – Scouts adhere to the Layered principle for keeping warm and
       dry. The base layer closest to the skin is the most important and should be of ‘wicking”
       material – that which wicks moisture away from the skin. Cotton undershirts should
       never be worn next to the skin in cool weather – it holds sweat and can contribute to
       hypothermia.

      A Day Pack – On our day hikes, all Scouts should bring a day pack to hold food and
       equipment. Hydration packs (such as Camelback’s, but the ones at Costco are actually as
       good or better and a lot cheaper).

      A good poncho


Mid-Term Needs
The Troop leaders will provide guidance on these items at a joint parent-Scout session in the near
future

      A three season sleeping bag – err on the side of warmth, but remember you Scout will
       need to carry it.

      A multi-day backpack - The troop will be doing a lot of hike in camping as opposed to
       “plop” camping. “Plop” camping is where you drive your large, four wheel drive vehicle
       to within 20 feet of the tent site and “plop” out two tons of equipment, including a field
       kitchen that Rachel Ray would envy.




Things your Scout Doesn’t Need
      Axes or Hatchets – most campsites across North America no long allow dead trees to be
       cut down or fallen lumber to be collected for firewood. Firewood is generally provided
       and if the Troop ends up outside North America (planned, not as a result of poor field
       navigation) the Scoutmasters will provide axes and hatchets.
      Machete’s – although popular in the early 1980’s, bushwacking is no longer considered
       environmentally conscious
      Rambo or Crocodile Dundee knives- these have no real purpose and will be confiscated
       upon discovery
      Emergency flares, C-4 or or other explosive devices – in the event we need these, the
       troop leadership includes several Special Forces veterans who will resolve the issue with
       minimal collateral damage


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A Word about Equipment
Avoid the urge to go out and every piece of equipment they sell at REI or Dick’s. The Troop
leaders are experienced outdoorsmen and will provide you and your son with information about
what you really need. A lot of what is sold is unnecessary and often is junk. Ask one of the
leaders before you make purchases – it can save you a lot of money in the long run.


Purchasing Scout Equipment
There are two Scout Shops in the Northern Virginia Area:


         National Capital Area Scout Shop                   Northern Virginia Scout Shop
                    Location:                                         Location:
                9190 Rockville Pike                             5234 Port Royal Road
             Bethesda, MD 20814-3897                            Springfield, VA 22151
                    Phone/Fax:                                        Phone/Fax:
                  (301) 564-1091                                    (703) 321-4836
                (301) 564-6028 fax                                (703) 321-4838 fax
            HOURS of OPERATION:
          Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,                         HOURS of OPERATION:
           and Friday: 9 am - 5:30 pm                        Monday to Friday: 9 am -7 pm
             Thursday: 9 am - 8 pm                             Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
             Saturday: 10 am - 3 pm
                    CLOSED:                                           CLOSED:
           May 31, 2010 - Memorial Day                       May 31, 2010 - Memorial Day
          September 6, 2010 - Labor Day                     September 6, 2010 - Labor Day
         November 25, 2010 - Thanksgiving                  November 25, 2010 - Thanksgiving
          December 25, 2010 - Christmas                     December 25, 2010 - Christmas


You can also order from http://www.scoutstuff.org/bsasupply/




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Parent Participation
How can you help? Scouting operates through volunteer leadership. Volunteer leaders are an
example of scouting’s principle of service to others. Naturally, parents are the primary source of
leadership in the Scouting Program. You volunteer not only to serve scouting, but also to help
your son and his friends, and to have the chance to be a positive influence on the youth in your
community. What does it take to be a volunteer? What is needed is a desire to work with and
help young people, a willingness to make time in your weekly schedule, and the rest is easy!
Lots of resources and training are available and many people will support your efforts. Contact
your Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters, or Troop Committee members to find out how you
can get involved and help the troop.



Cub Scouts vs Boy Scouts
Boy Scouts is a Boy Led organization that builds on the principals of Cub Scouts to develop self-
sufficient young men. Unlike Cub Scouts, the leader of the troop is not a parent, but the Senior
Patrol Leader (SPL) and his leadership team, through the individual Patrol Leaders and Assistant
Patrol Leaders. The Scouts are given a fair amount of autonomy (while under adult supervision)
to design and execute the Troop program. Scouts look to up through the leadership chain for
guidance, and only the SPL or his designees normally interact with the Adult leaders. Activities
are more rugged and often challenge the boys physically and mentally.

The SPL and his team will be responsible for many of the functions parents perform in Cub
Scouts – planning, equipment shake downs, and activity assignments. All parents need to allow
the troop to function, and under normal conditions, only interact with the adult leaders, not the
Scouts directly.

The ratio of parents to Scouts on activities changes drastically in Boy Scouts – normally only 3-5
adult leaders participate in the events. This provides two-deep trained leaders, but not so many
that the Scout leaders are impeded or overshadowed by adults. Parents are encouraged to
participate in many ways with the Boy Scouts, as discussed below, but in supportive rather than
leadership roles.




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Parent Promise
                                 As a parent of a scout
                                    I will do my best
                  to help my boy scout live up to the Scout Promise
                            and obey the Law of the Troop.
                                I will work with my boy
                           on his achievements and projects.
               I will attend ensure my son attends the troop meetings
                       and help as needed to make the troop go.
                                    We will continue
                                      to do our best
                   to help our boys along the achievement trail and
                             share with them the work and
                                     fun of scouting.




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Parent Assistance Positions

The following positions need to be filled for our troop to have a successful year.
Would you please indicate your first three choices of committees and positions of
service for the coming year? Some of these positions are short term and others are
for the entire year. Each parent must be willing to assist in some capacity if our
troop is to run effectively.

_____ Advancements Chair                  _____ Chair Fundraisers Committee
_____ Court of Honor Committee            _____ Camping Chair/Committee
_____ Training Chair                      _____ Assistant Scoutmaster
_____ Recruiting Chair/Committee          _____ Religious Emblem Counselor
_____ Troop Committee Chair               _____ Community Service Committee
_____ Troop Secretary                     _____ Troop Webmaster
_____ Other



 Parents’ Names:

 My gifts/talents/hobbies/profession that could help the troop are:

 ____________________________________________________________________

 ____________________________________________________________________
 Type of job:

 Work hours:

 I have a: TRUCK       VAN   TRAILER       SUV      WORK SHOP Class IV hitch
                               (Please circle all that apply)

 Home phone: _____________________ Cell phone: _________________________

 Email Address: _______________________________________________________

 Previous scouting experience? If so, what type: _____________________________

 Scout’s Name:                              Grade:        School




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