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					                               Troop 207
                       Parent Guide for New Scouts




                        Seneca Waterways Council
                             Towpath District
                          Boy Scouts of America
                       First Congregational Church
                            Fairport, New York


                        TABLE OF CONTENTS


TROOP 207 ACTIVITIES                                 2

TROOP 207 POLICIES                                   3

PARENT AND THE NEW SCOUT                             4

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT FOR THE NEW SCOUT                 5

BASIC CAMPING EQUIPMENT FOR THE NEW SCOUT            6

CAMPING EQUIPMENT NOT TO BUY                         6

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT FOR WINTER CAMPING                7

PARENT PARTICIPATION                                 8

ADVANCEMENT GUIDELINES                               9
                                   TROOP 207 ACTIVITIES

To fully participate in Troop 207 program, your new scout will want to attend:

Troop and Patrol Meetings
Regular meetings are held at the First Congregational Church, 26 East Church Street, Fairport on
Tuesday nights from 7:00 to 8:30. The meetings start in September and continue through May.
Patrols will have a short time to meet during the troop meeting. Patrols are encouraged to meet
outside the troop meeting and go on patrol campouts or day activities.

On the first Monday or Tuesday of every month, we have either a swim night, gym night or other
activity. The Swim nights will be held at Minerva Deland School and the locations of the Gym
nights or other activities will be announced at troop meetings and in our monthly news letter.

Courts of Awards, held to recognize the boys who have earned an advancement in rank, merit
badges, etc., are held throughout the year at the Church.

A meeting schedule, which indicates all of our activities, is published at the beginning of the year
and updated throughout the year. It is available on the web site also.

Monthly Camping Trips
Camping trips are planned monthly. Also, pre-campout patrol meetings are held to help in
planning activities for an outing.

Summer Camp
We attend summer camp every year. We have been going to both Camp Russell (located on
White Lake in the Adirondack Mountains near Old Forge) and Massawepie (located on Rte. 3
near Tupper Lake).

In addition, the Troop plans an annual high adventure trip. This could be any combination of
hiking trips, mountain climbing, or other activities offering the scouts an exceptional opportunity
to become self sufficient. These trips are for experienced Scouts age 14 and over.

Both of these camps are generally one week. Additional information is available
throughout the Scout year.

Training Program
The new scout will be given opportunities at Troop meetings and outings to learn skills and
ideals to enable successful camping and life experiences. The campouts will begin the Scout on
his advancement program to become an Eagle Scout.

The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters work with the boys to guide them through
rank advancement. We work on rank advancement on outings and at troop meetings.




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                                    TROOP 207 POLICIES


FEES:
Dues of $30 per year payable in May. This fee, along with the annual fund raiser,
covers most of the normal costs (insurance, badges, booklets, fees, training, Boys Life
subscription) associated with running the troop for the year. The BSA yearly
registration fee and approx. Boys Life fee is also included. The Troop pays this to
the Boy Scouts of America in May for the upcoming year. Scouts behind on dues will
not be eligible to receive rank advancement and may not be allowed to attend monthly
outings. Exceptions and assistance is offered to scouts in need. Please contact the
Scoutmaster to discuss options.
Costs for other activities (campouts, etc.) are separate from the dues and are payable by
the participants.

ATTENDANCE:

MEETINGS
Regular attendance at weekly troop meetings, monthly outings. and other troop
activities is necessary to fulfill advancement requirements toward the Scout’s next rank.

OTHER EVENTS
Attendance at campouts, service projects, fund raisers, etc. will be considered in
appraising the scout for “Be active in your Troop” and “Scout Spirit” requirements for
advancement.

SCOUTS BEHAVIOR
All scouts are expected to show respect toward each other. A simple troop rule is to keep your
hands to yourself. The Scout Oath and Laws are a good guideline to follow.
Disciplinary action will be handled on a case by case basis with the scout(s) involved and parents
as needed.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES
The troop on occasion will use FRS type radios to communicate during transportation or during
events that frequent communications is needed. Scouts are not to bring electronic devices to
troop meetings or camping. Personal radios and games are allowed during transportation but
will remain in the vehicles for the campout. The scoutmaster may approve a specific device for
an event if it is scout related.




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                              PARENT AND THE NEW SCOUT

These are some of the things that will help your child get the most out of Scouts:

Help your new scout learn to plan ahead, scout activities will have minimal conflict
with school work. We realize that school work must come first.

Help your new scout learn the scout skills and by helping the scout plan opportunities
to master scout skills. The Troop leaders will sign a scout’s book when a skill is
learned. See the Boy Scout Handbook for details. Encouragement from you can be
very helpful in making steady progress in advancement.

Join your scout on Troop campouts. You’ll be surprised! You can have a good time on
outings too!!

Attend the Courts of Awards which are held throughout the year to honor the boys
who have advanced in rank or earned merit badges.

Serve our Troop as an adult leader. This can be as an Assistant Scoutmaster, committee
member, or merit badge counselor. Please contact the Committee Chairman or
Scoutmaster for more information.

Support the troop fund raising program. Each year, the Troop spends over $1,200 for
equipment, awards, campground fees, and adult and boy leadership training
programs. We count on the Scouts’ parents to support our fund raising efforts.

Provide your new scout with the basic scouting equipment needed for meetings and
campouts.

And most of all, support the ideals and purposes of scouting. In addition to providing
fun activities for scouts, the purpose of scouting is to build character, citizenship, and
physical and mental fitness. Your scout will get as much out of scouting as he puts into
it. Our experience and the National BSA experience shows that he will derive much
more from scouting if you, as parents, are involved in the program.




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                    REQUIRED EQUIPMENT FOR THE NEW SCOUT

There are two “Must Have” items for the new scout:

       1.) The OFFICIAL BOY SCOUT HANDBOOK, latest edition.
       2.) The OFFICIAL BOY SCOUT UNIFORM

The uniform, as worn by the scouts of Troop 207, is required. The scout will be
considered out of uniform if he is not wearing the uniform properly.

Required:
Long or short sleeve Shirt, official BSA American Flag (right sleeve)
Pair of red shoulder epaulets, Council Patch (left sleeve)
Emblems of office, Troop 207 Patch (left sleeve)
Rank patch, Neckerchief and slide
Awards

Note: most scouts have the short sleeve shirt

Optional:
      Pants, long or short, official BSA
      Socks, green, official BSA
      Web belt and buckle, official BSA

See the Scout Handbook for exact placement of emblems. Except for the Troop 207
patch, all of the above items are available at the store in the Scout office on East
Avenue. Rank emblems are presented at the Court of Awards ceremony by the
Advancement Chairperson. The neckerchief slide may either be purchased, or handcrafted, as the
scout desires.

If the scout has passed through the Webelos program, he may also wear the Arrow of
Light emblem and the religious knot. These are available through the Scout office.

Uniforms are required for all regular meetings and should be taken to District
Camporees. Uniforms are usually not worn on Troop campouts, but are required for traveling.
Uniforms are required at summer camp, preferably short sleeve shirts.




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                BASIC CAMPING EQUIPMENT FOR THE NEW SCOUT

For an overnight campout and for summer camp the scout will need the following equipment:

Backpack                                             Foam pad
Liquid filled compass                                Waterproof match case
Hiking boots                                         Folding pocket knife
Rain gear                                            Eating utensils
Mess kit                                             Flashlight (with fresh batteries)
Canteen/Water bottle                                 Sleeping bag
Personal first aid kit

Most other items are furnished by the Troop, such as:
Tents                                               Griddles
Dining fly                                          Water jugs
Plastic Ground Cloths                               Dutch Ovens
Cook Kits                                           Stoves
Patrol Cook Boxes                                   Saw and ax

The Troop also maintains a well-stocked first aid kit.

                           CAMPING EQUIPMENT NOT TO BUY

                                     not allowed by BSA.

                            not needed. The proper use of the ax is taught to all scouts by
       our troop leaders using troop axes.

      No liquid fuel hand warmers or any other devices which use liquid fuel are
       allowed.

      Candles or any other flame lights are not allowed in tents.

      Absorbent cloth or canvas sleeping bags (Not effective for cold weather camping.)

      No aerosol cans (insect repellents, deodorant, etc.). They can explode in campfires!




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                   REQUIRED EQUIPMENT FOR WINTER CAMPING

Our experience is that fall and winter camping can really be fun, but only if the scout is
well prepared for cold weather. Therefore, in addition to the basic camping equipment
listed on page 7, we recommend the following equipment for cold weather activities
and campouts from November to March (and sometimes in October and April as well).

Rubber boots with removable felt liner: This type of boot is available from most
discount stores, i.e. K-Mart, Dick’s, Dunham’s, etc. This type of boot is a MUST for
winter camping; most other types of boots lead to cold feet. Snowmobile boots are
warm but nylon tops may get sparks from the campfire.

Warm clothing: This will include long underwear, insulated ski jackets and pants, or
equivalent. Warm leather gloves or mittens are preferred, as the nylon variety may get
burned. Also needed is a sleeping suit, such as standard long-sleeved pajamas or a
sweat suit and warm wool socks. Several pairs of socks should be included for each
day. Ski caps help keep heads warm day and night.

Warm sleeping bag: A mummy style bag is the best for heat retention. It should have
3 or more pounds of polyester fill and be rated to +20 degrees F. or less. Temperature
ratings should be clearly established before the purchase is made. Down bags are not
recommended as they lose their insulating value when wet or damp. Polyester is less
expensive and retains insulating properties even when damp. Polyester bags are also
machine washable. Extra covers (blankets, sheets, etc.) can also be taken for warmth.

Closed cell foam sleeping pad: This should be one half inch thick and can be with or
without a cover. Pads of this type are necessary for winter camping to insulate the
sleeper from the frozen ground. Conventional air mattresses do not provide the
necessary insulation, although the self-inflating camping mattress works well. These
foam pads are usually 22-24 inches wide and 48-72 inches long and may be folded up
and attached to the scout’s pack frame in the same manner as the sleeping bag.

Rain gear: Rain is the biggest enemy to camping fun. In the middle of our winters,
this is usually not encountered, however, if there is a chance of non-freezing weather,
rain gear should be packed. We strongly suggest that you check the scout’s equipment
and clothing the first several times before he leaves for a winter campout.




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                                  PARENT PARTICIPATION

Troop committee: The role of the troop committee is to support the Scoutmaster and
the troop in an advisory capacity. The committee helps to generate ideas, manage
finances, coordinate activities with the sponsoring organization, and provide logistical
support, such as coordinating camping trips, special events, etc. for the troop’s scouting
program.

Merit badge/skill award instructors: One of the purposes of scouting is to have the
boys advance in rank by earning merit badges and completing skill requirements. Any
parent with a skill who can advise the boys, organize the activity, or teach the skill can
be an advisor. A merit badge counselor is registered with the Boy Scouts of America
and is available for counseling and approving the boy for earning the badge. Any
adult can be a merit badge counselor. Having adults associated with our troop as
counselors makes it easier for the boys to earn merit badges. There are many merit
badges in just about every field. We always need more merit badge counselors.

Patrol advisors: The troop is organized into small groups called patrols. Activities on
troop meeting nights and on special events revolve around the patrol. The patrol
advisor will be an adult the patrol leader can turn to for help in organizing activities,
generating ideas, etc.

Special events advisor: There are many kinds of special events, ranging from
service projects to camping trips to fundraising. The advisor’s function is to help put the
proper plans in place to ensure that the special event is a success. This type of activity
is ideal for the parent(s) who want to help the troop, but cannot do so on a regular
basis.

Camping: On the camping outings, there is always room for parents other than
registered leaders to attend along with their sons to assist in overseeing the boys. The
campouts are always a lot of fun so please consider participation!

Drivers: Drivers are always needed for campouts, field trips, meetings away from
church, summer camp, etc. Fairly painless, but always appreciated.

Idea generator: Any good idea for an activity will be welcomed, whatever the source.
These ideas may range from suggesting an interesting tour to take (place of work,
historical walking tour, etc.) to new or different approaches to fundraising, to good
suggestions for camping trips.




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                                    Advancement Guidelines

We believe that a Scout should receive recognition for his achievements.

Advancement sets a pattern of setting positive goals and reaching them throughout life. Even
though it’s not one of the primary aims of Scouting, advancement is a natural byproduct when
your Scouting experience is acquainting you with the BSA ideals, the patrol method, the
outdoors, association with adults, personal growth, leadership development, and the Scout
uniform. It’s easy to advance by following these four basic steps:
   1.   Learning
   2.   Testing
   3.   Review
   4.   Recognition

RANK ADVANCEMENT
The requirements for the ranks of Tenderfoot through First Class prepare you to take full
advantage of all that Scouting has to offer. Star, Life, and Eagle requirements focus on service to
others and developing leadership skills.
Requirements for each rank are outlined in the Boy Scout Handbook. You can work on
advancement requirements with your parents or other family members, with other Scouts and
with adult Scout leaders. This can be done on your own, in patrol and troop meetings, and during
other troop functions such as campouts. A good rule of thumb is to try to complete one or two
rank requirements at each troop meeting.
Scout skills cannot be mastered by performing them just once. You will have many opportunities
to practice each skill, and you will be thoroughly tested on each requirement before it is "signed
off". In addition, expect to practice each skill repeatedly, even after it has been signed off. As
you progress, you will also have opportunities to teach these skills to less experienced Scouts,
which will further reinforce your knowledge and skill.
As you complete each requirement, you will be tested and signed off in the BACK section of
your handbook (pp. 438 - 449) by the Scoutmaster or by someone he designates. This person
may be an Assistant Scoutmaster, a Troop Committee Member, or another, more experienced,
Scout. (In Boy Scouts troop leaders, rather than parents, sign off advancement requirements. In
order to avoid the appearance of impropriety, in most troops, troop leaders will not normally sign
off rank requirements for their own sons. Infrequent exceptions may be made in the case of a
leader who is teaching skills to several Scouts at once at a patrol or troop meeting or other
Scouting function, but every effort should be made to have another leader sign off the instructing
leader’s sons if possible.)
It’s up to you to take advantage of the advancement opportunities available to you, and to take
initiative to ask for someone to test you when you are ready. You are responsible for keeping
your own personal advancement record in your handbook. You should also record your service
hours, campouts, troop activities, and leadership positions in your handbook.
You must earn the ranks in order, but you may complete any requirement for Tenderfoot through
First Class at any time. (For example, you may complete a First Class requirement before
finishing your Tenderfoot requirements, but you must earn Tenderfoot rank before you are
awarded Second Class and First Class ranks.)

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You will be meeting regularly with the Scoutmaster to discuss your activity in the troop and your
understanding and practice of the ideals of Scouting. This Scoutmaster conference is also used to
discuss your goals and accomplishments and is required for each rank advancement.
You do not have to wait until you have completed the requirements for a rank in order to ask for
a Scoutmaster conference. You may talk with the Scoutmaster at any time that is convenient to
both of you. However, for a Scoutmaster conference to count toward rank advancement it must
take place after all other requirements are complete and before the Board of Review. At this
required conference the Scoutmaster will also help you determine whether or not you are ready
to go before the Board of Review.
After this Scoutmaster conference, you should arrange for your Board of Review following the
procedures your troop has established. Boards of Review for all ranks except Eagle Scout, are
normally held once a month, and are composed of three to six registered members of the troop
committee. (Eagle Scout Boards of Review are arranged through your Council or District
Advancement Committee and can have other members.) The Board of Review may not include
the Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters, or your family members.
The purpose of the Board of Review is not to retest you but rather to ensure that you have
completed all of the requirements, to determine the quality of your troop experience, and to
encourage you to advance toward the next rank. (Sometimes you will meet a Board of Review
even when you are not ready for the next rank, in order to check your progress and to see how
things are going for you in the troop and in your patrol. The troop Advancement Chairman may
schedule you for such a Board of Review when (s)he feels that an extended period has passed
since your last Board of Review.)
You need to have your Boy Scout Handbook and should be in your field uniform when you
appear before a Board of Review. At the beginning of the review, the president of the board will
bring you into the room, introduce you to the board, and invite you to be seated. During the
review the board will discuss your development along your trail to Eagle, ask you questions
about skills that were required for your particular rank, and evaluate you in terms of troop
activities and readiness for the next rank. It is also a time for you to ask any questions you might
have and to give feedback to the troop committee about activities and your Scouting experience
in your troop and in your patrol. At the end of the review you will be asked to leave the room
while the board discusses your qualifications. The board will then call you back into the room
and inform you either that you have been approved for the next rank or what additional actions
you must take to qualify.
After passing the Board of Review, you will be recognized in front of the troop as soon as
possible. You will receive your new rank patch shortly after, usually at the next troop meeting.
You will be formally recognized for your rank advancements and merit badges in front of family
and friends during a ceremony at a Court of Honor. At this time you will be presented with your
wallet-sized certificate card and, if your troop presents them, a rank pin ("mother’s pin"). Your
parents, other family members, and friends are invited and encouraged to attend all Courts of
Honor.
After reaching the rank of Life Scout, you will meet with one of the adult leaders in the troop. At
this meeting you will receive your Life to Eagle packet and discuss ideas and suggestions for
your Eagle Service Project. This project must conform to special guidelines that have been
outlined by the Boy Scouts of America. Your Scoutmaster, troop Advancement Chairman, and a
representative of your District Advancement Committee, as well as the benefiting organization,
must approve your project before you begin carrying it out.
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MERIT BADGES
Earning merit badges allows you to explore many fields, helps you round out your skills, and
introduces you to subjects that will perhaps become lifelong interests or a rewarding career.
There are more than 100 merit badges for you to choose from. You may earn any merit badge at
any time, with Scoutmaster approval. Don’t wait for someone to tell you when and which merit
badge to work on. You don’t need to reach a certain rank in order to be eligible. However, you
should concentrate on achieving the rank of First Class before devoting a lot time to working on
merit badges.
Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to complete too many badges at one time. We recommend
that you actively work on no more than two at one time until you reach the rank of First Class,
and no more than five at one time thereafter.
You can find information about merit badge requirements in the appropriate merit badge
pamphlets and in the current year’s Boy Scout Requirements book. Some of these should be
available in your troop library or at your public library. All of them are available from your
Scout Shop or Council Trading Post, or a store which sells Scouting supplies in your area. If you
are finished using merit badge pamphlets that you own, many troops encourage you to donate
them to the troop library.
Here are the steps to earning a merit badge:
   1. Get a blue merit badge card from the Advancement Chairman, or Scoutmaster, fill in
      your name, address, and the name of the badge, and ask the Scoutmaster to sign it. Then
      get the name and phone number of a qualified counselor from the Advancement
      Chairman or scoutmaster.
   2. Call the counselor and set up an appointment. This can be at any place that is suitable to
      both of you. Along with a buddy (another Scout, a family member, or a friend), meet with
      the counselor. The counselor will explain the requirements for the merit badge and help
      you get started.
   3. Work on the badge requirements until you complete them, meeting with the counselor
      (along with your buddy) whenever necessary. You must complete the stated requirements
      and satisfy the standards of each merit badge. The merit badge counselor may encourage
      you to do more than the requirements state but he or she may not require it. YOU (not the
      counselor, Scoutmaster, or Advancement Chairman) keep the merit badge card until you
      have completed the requirements and the counselor has signed the card. If you lose this
      card, you will have to start the badge over unless the counselor is willing and able to
      vouch for what you already completed.
       If you change counselors for any reason, it is up to the new counselor whether or not he
       or she will accept the work you did with the previous counselor. Normally the new
       counselor will ask you a few questions, and if the counselor is satisfied that you actually
       did the work that was signed off, he or she will accept it.
   4. After you complete the merit badge and the counselor signs your merit badge card, he or
      she will keep the Counselor's section and return the rest of the card to you. Bring the rest
      of the card to the Advancement Chairman, who will keep the troop section and return the
      Scout section to you.



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       You will receive your merit badge shortly after you turn in the blue card (usually the next
       troop meeting). Your wallet-sized certificate card will be presented to you at the next
       Court of Honor.
RECORD-KEEPING
Your advancement records are kept in three places — your Council office, the troop
Advancement Chairman, and yourself. The Council office keeps records supplied to them by the
troop Advancement Chairman, who also keeps copies of these records for the troop. Many troop
Advancement Chairmen also maintain their advancement information on computers. You will
receive three kinds of documents that you need to KEEP IN A SAFE PLACE UNTIL AFTER
YOU TURN 18 (or receive your Eagle Scout Award, whichever is later)! These documents are:
your Scout Handbook with requirements signed off, your portion of completed blue merit badge
cards, and the wallet-sized certificate cards for rank advancement and merit badge completion.
Make sure all of them are signed or initialed by the appropriate Scout leader. All of the cards are
the same size and can be safely kept in plastic protector pages (available at Wal-Mart, etc.)
which are designed for baseball and other sports cards. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU
KEEP THESE DOCUMENTS IN A SAFE PLACE AND DO NOT LOSE THEM!!! If it should
happen that there is a discrepancy or missing records, your personal records are your most
important ally in proving what you completed and when.
RECOMMENDED READING
     Boy Scout Handbook (No. 33105)
     Current year’s Boy Scout Requirements (No. 33215)
     Merit badge pamphlets
Acknowledgements of Advancement Guideline
      The Scoutmaster Handbook, (No.33009)
      Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures, (No. 33088B)
      Troop 336, Longhorn Council, Ft. Worth, Texas
      Troop 125, Crossroads of America Council, Carmel, Indiana
The original version of this document was supplied to the US Scouting Service Project by Sarah
G. Nunez, Troop 205, Longhorn Council, Ft. Worth, Texas. We've edited it to make it generic,
rather than specific to her Troop and Council.




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