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The Boy Scout Promise:
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.


The Boy Scout Law:
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
 brave, clean, and reverent.


The Boy Scout Motto:
Be Prepared

The Boy Scout Slogan:
Do a Good Turn Daily

Outdoor Code:
As an American, I will do my best to
Be clean in my outdoor manners,
Be careful with fire,
Be considerate in the outdoors, and
Be conservation-minded.
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                         General Information
The Scouting Program is planned and run by the boys themselves at Troop 775
and can best be summed up in two paragraphs taken from ―The Scoutmaster’s
Handbook‖ (a BSA publication).

―The Boy Scout troop is made up of patrols, groupings of five to eight boys who
work together as a team. Each patrol elects its own leader. The Patrol Leaders,
with an elected Senior Patrol Leader as their head, form the Patrol Leaders
Council (PLC). It is the PLC’s job to plan and run the troop program. Each
Patrol Leader represents his patrol on the PLC, and interprets to his patrol the
plans and decisions the PLC makes. Patrols also have their own meetings, elect
their own officers, plan and carry out their own patrol activities.‖


               The Aims and Methods of Scouting

―The Three Points of Scouting‖
When some people think of scouting, they think of hot dogs, tents, and
campfires. When we think of a Scout, however, we think of someone who is
honest, helpful, and kind. Sure we want to have fun, but the essence of
scouting is expressed by our motto, ―Be Prepared,‖ our slogan, ―Do a Good
Turn Daily,‖ the Scout Oath, Law, and Outdoor Code.

The best definition of scouting is found in the three points of the Boy Scout
Oath that are symbolized by the three fingers of the scout sign. Each point of
this oath defines one of the fundamental duties of a scout.

DUTY TO GOD, DUTY TO OTHER PEOPLE, DUTY TO MYSELF.
Since 1910, these principles have been taught in an atmosphere of recreation
and fun which allows young people to develop self confidence, leadership and
moral character. More and more men, trained as Scouts, are taking their
places in today’s world as responsible adult leaders. Men who earned badges as
Scouts, sit on the Supreme Court and in the chambers of Congress. Others
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hold important offices in our government, business and industry. Most of the
members of congress were Scouts, as well as most of the astronauts who have
walked on the moon.

The Aims of the Scouting Program as laid out by BSA and the goals of the
scouting program in Troop 775 are;
1. To build character,
2. To foster citizenship
3. To develop fitness.


―The Eight Methods of Scouting‖
These Aims or goals are accomplished in the
scouting program by what are called the
― Eight Methods of Scouting‖. These are not
the purposes of Scouting but are the tools
used to meet the ―Aims‖.

1.   The Ideals; the scout oath and law, motto, slogan.
2.   The Patrol method; a mini-democracy in action.
3.   The Outdoor Program; the laboratory where that Patrol must function.
4.   Advancement; skill training.
5.   Personal Growth; a scout’s collective experiences.
6.   Adult Association; role models.
7.   Leadership Development; A BOY-RUN PROGRAM!
8.   The Uniform; sense of belonging and pride.


                           Troop Organization
Troop 775 is a participating member of the Lowaneu District of the W.D Boyce
Council, Boy Scouts of America. The Troop’s organization consists of a
Chartered Organization, a Troop Committee, the Troop, and the Troop’s
Parents.

Our Charter Organization All Boy Scout Troops must originate from a Charter
organization. Ours is the Central Church of Christ, Streator Illinois. Central
Church is our ―sponsor‖ and graciously allows us to use their facilities to
conduct our troop meetings and activities.

Troop Committee The Troop is steered by the Troop Committee which is the
governing body of the Troop. It is made up of a chairman and committee
members. The two main duties of the Troop Committee are support and
administration. The Committee makes all Troop rules and approves all major
expenditures.
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Adult Leaders The Scoutmaster is the head executive adult and may be
assisted by assistant scoutmasters.

Youth Leaders The Scouts under a method known as the ―Patrol Method‖ run
all Boy Scout Troops. This method seeks to increase the maturity and
responsibility of the individual Scouts.

The Troop is run by the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and is broken down into
numerous patrols with anywhere from five to eight Scouts. Each patrol has a
Patrol Leader (PL), Assistant Patrol Leader (APL), and other positions, which are
elected within the patrol. These positions are changed periodically. Troop
Guides are experienced Scouts which directly lend support to Patrol Leaders.

The patrol is the backbone of the troop. Each patrol may meet during the
weekly Troop meetings, but may also, and is encouraged, to hold patrol
meetings apart from the troop. In these meetings, the patrol solidifies plans for
impending troop functions, works on advancement and patrol spirit.



                           Joining the Troop
Any and all boys are welcomed to join Troop 775 and every effort will be made
by the Troop Leadership to make his joining as positive and effortless as
possible. Whether a boy arrives out of the Cub Scouts or has had no Scouting
experience whatsoever, it is important that parents communicate with the
Scoutmaster any information about the boy that will help his incorporation
into the Troop. Each new Scout who joins Troop 775 will be placed in a Patrol
with Scouts of similar age. This assures that the new Scout will be with boys of
like interests and maturity level. With the help of his Patrol and adult Scout
Leaders, a new Scout will advance to an appropriate level of Rank for his age
and level of participation.

As a parent of a new Scout in Troop 775, you will have an opportunity to meet
the Scoutmaster, Troop Committee Chairman, and many other parents who are
active in the Troop organization. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible
with your new Scouting family. As will be mentioned many times in this
handbook, parent participation is a very important component of the Troop
program.
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                                 Troop 775
                          Troop Meeting
                          Troop meetings are held every Thursday at Central
                          Church of Christ located on East Main Street in
                          Streator, Illinois. The meeting will start promptly at
                          6:30pm and end approximately 8:00pm. Scouts are
                          expected to attend regularly, be on time, in uniform,
                          and be with their patrol at 6:30pm for the opening
                          flag ceremony. Due to summer sports, troop meetings
                          during the summer months are held on Friday
                          mornings, exact times are announced in May.

                          Adult Leadership
                           Adult leadership comes from the Scoutmaster and
                           the Assistants. Although Troop 775 is run by the
boys, adult leadership from the Scoutmaster Staff, through guidance, training,
counseling, and participation is essential to the smooth running of all Troop
activities. Two registered adult leaders, or one adult leader and a Scout parent,
both of whom must be 21 years of age are required for all Troop 775 meetings.


                           The Patrol Method
Baden-Powell said ―The Patrol method is not just a way of running a troop, it is
the ONLY way!‖
What is the patrol method? The patrol does everything on its own. When
practical, it travels together, camps together, cooks and eats together, succeeds
together, and works together. The Patrol Leader helps the scouts succeed by
using shared leadership. Each member of the Patrol helps the other members
and each Patrol is proud of their patrol name and symbol.
Patrol Leaders are given authority and responsibility, if the SPL has a problem,
he goes only to Patrol Leader to enforce the chain of command. The Patrol
Leaders are also given the responsibility to know the members of their patrol
and listen to their needs.
Empowering boys to be leaders is the core of Scouting. Scouts learn by doing,
and what they do is lead their patrols and their troop. The boys themselves
develop the troop’s program and then take responsibility for figuring out how
they will achieve their goals. This is a big change if you are coming from Cub
Scouts. Some adults struggle with the idea of allowing boys to lead the troop.
In the short term it is easier for the adults to make the decisions and direct the
action. However, with the Scoutmaster’s direction, the boys form into patrols,
plan the troop’s program, and make it come to life.
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Patrol Leaders Conference (PLC)
Held monthly or as required. PLC’s require the MANDATORY attendance of the
SPL, ASPL’s, PL’s (or APL if PL is unable to attend.) These conferences are
planning sessions wherein the Junior Leaders will plan Troop organization and
upcoming events.

Patrol Meetings
Patrols are encouraged to schedule and hold meetings apart form the troop. In
these meetings, the patrol solidifies plans for impending troop functions, works
on advancement and patrol spirit.

The Buddy System
On all Troop outings and camp outs, the boys will utilize the ―buddy system‖.
Each scout will team up with a buddy. The two will always know where the
other one is. For example, if one needs to leave the tent in the middle of the
night and go to the latrine, the buddy goes with.


                               Fundraisers
A Scout is ―Thrifty‖, meaning, the Scout
pays his own way. Troop 775 does not
collect dues from the Scouts. We do
however, on occasion, hold fundraisers.
Each Scout is expected to participate in
these fundraisers. The money raised stays
within the troop. It will be used for
camping equipment and supplies,
patches/badges, event fees, troop meeting
supplies, etc.


Scouts Accounts
Many of the costs of Scouting with Troop 775 can be offset by participation in
Troop fundraisers. Scouts who participate in a fundraiser get a portion credited
to their individual Scout account. This account can be used to help defray the
personal fees of scouting events such as certain district functions or summer
camp. It may also be used for the purchase of uniform pieces or manuals. The
money in the scouts account must only be used for Boy Scouts and if the scout
leaves the troop, the balance will be moved into the Troops General fund
account.
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Note: Funds in a Scout account do not belong to the Scout. These funds are a
financial resource available from the Troop. Through his participation in
fundraisers, the Scout contributes to his account and, as a result earns access
to the funds.


                                   Go-Bags
I ask that each scout put together a ―Go-Bag‖. This will be a bag, like a school
back pack (book bag) that the scout will put the following items in and bring
with him to all scouting activites, i.e. meetings, campouts, etc. The following
items should be in this bag:
   Boy Scout Handbook
   Notebook Paper and 2 pencils
   6 Feet of rope (See the Scoutmaster if you need rope)
   Pocket Knife (only if you have earned the Tot N’ Chip card)
   First Aid Kit (page 289 of handbook, 2nd Class Req.)
   Flashlight
   Water Bottle
   Sun protection and insect repellant
Orienteering Compass (may be purchased from the Scoutmaster for $5)
Trail food, extra clothing and rain gear. (For outings)
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                                  Uniforms
Wearing the proper uniform is important to all Boy Scout troops and Troop 775
is no exception. Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouts believed that wearing
the uniform gave a Scout a greater sense of belonging. The uniform identifies
the young man wearing it as a Scout whenever he is in public. We strongly
encourage our Scouts to wear the appropriate uniform at all scouts events.
Periodically, and unannounced, the boys will be subject to uniform inspections.
(please note that the following is just a guide line. We will never send a scout
away for not being in uniform, our primary goal is to learn and have fun doing
it)

Uniform descriptions are listed below:

Class ―A‖ Uniform – to be worn during Board of Reviews and Court of Honors
          Scout Shirt with patches
          Scout pants or shorts (khaki’s or nice jeans)
          Merit Badge Sash
          Dark shoes or hiking boots.
          Scout Handbook

Class ―A‖ Uniform – to be worn at troop or patrol meetings
          Scout Shirt with patches
          Scout pants or shorts (khaki’s or nice jeans)
          Dark shoes, hiking boots, or tennis shoes
          Scout Handbook

Class ―B‖ Uniform – to be worn on all camp trips and certain scouting
functions as determined by the Scoutmaster:

            Troop 775 grey activity shirt or any shirt as long as it is in good
            taste. No shirts advertising alcohol or cigarettes
            Scout socks
            Scout pants (long or short) NEVER SWEAT PANTS
            Boots, Tennis shoes are HIGHLY DISCOURAGED
            The Scout Handbook
            Scout Hat

While attending residential camp at Ingersoll Scout Reservation, the Class ―A‖
uniform shirt will be worn to camp and periodically through out the camping
week. On other outings, the Scoutmaster will announce the class of uniform to
be worn.
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Troop Activity Shirts
The troop does have a troop activity shirt that can be worn on campouts and
some outings. These shirts are personalized with the troop number and city
and are ordered from a vender. Even though these shirts are not required, they
do give the scouts a since of belonging. We will place orders in early spring,
the cost of the shirts are approximately $14. Order forms will be handed out at
a troop meeting in March and a current price will be listed at that time.
Parents are also welcome to purchase a shirt for themselves.



                       How can Parents Help?
Troop Parents
The role of parents within Troop 775 is to be supportive of the Troop’s efforts
and to provide the atmosphere Scouts need to learn and excel. Parents should
try to:
1. Read their Scout’s handbook and understand the purpose and methods of
Scouting.
2. Actively follow their Scout’s progress (or lack thereof) and offer
encouragement and a push when needed.
3. Show support to both the individual Scout and the Troop by attending all
Troop Courts of Honor.
4. Assist, as requested, in all Troop fundraisers and other such activities. All
such assistance lowers the cost of the program we offer to the Scouts and,
therefore, lowers each family’s cash outlay for their Scout(s).
5. Be aware of the Troop program and annual calendar.

Help The Troop Committee
Providing support for a boy-run Troop is a lot of work, and while we have a
great group of parents serving on the Troop Committee to help the boys to
carry out their planned program, there’s always a need for more help on the
Committee. That is why all parents are invited to be members of the Troop
Committee and are encouraged to attend meetings. Registered Adult Members
are needed to serve on Boards of Review (the final step in advancement of rank
for a Scout).
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Be A Merit Badge Counselor
BSA offers about 130 merit badges. Each merit badge covers a specialized area
of interest. Adults with an expertise or interest in covered merit badge areas
are needed to guide interested boys through those requirements. See the
Scoutmaster to sign up.

Encourage Participation
An important aspect of the scout program is to get the boys within each Patrol
to work together towards accomplishing objectives. Before each camping trip
the Patrols plan meals, share chores, and participate in activities such as
campfire skits. On the trips, the Patrols execute those plans. A boy can gain
the benefits of the program only if he plays an active roll in his Patrol. An active
role implies regular attendance at meetings and weekend activities. Help your
son to be active. Encourage him to keep dates open for Troop activities. A Scout
that is assuming a Leadership position must make an even greater
commitment.

Help with Fund Raising
Periodically, the Troop holds fundraisers to raise money for scouting activities.
Some of the past fundraisers have been: car washes, cook out at Streator
Foods, and Popcorn sale in March. Parents are needed to help coordinate and
execute these fundraisers. We encourage all parents to encourage their scout
to participate to their fullest in each fundraiser.

Come on Outings
Parents are always welcome on camping trips and activities. On most weekend
outings we can use a little extra help. We always need as much help as we can
get during our week at summer camp.
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                             Medical Exams
Boy Scouts of America have recently switch medical forms. Instead of three
different types, BSA now uses a single form for all ages and activities. This
form is divided into the sections.

Parts A and C are to be completed annually. Both parts are required for all
events that do not exceed 72 consecutive hours, where the level of activity is
similar to that normally expended at home or at school, such as day camp, day
hikes, swimming parties, or an overnight camp, and where medical care is
readily available.
Part B is required with parts A and C for any event that exceeds 72 consecutive
hours, a resident camp setting, or when the nature of the activity is strenuous
and demanding, such as service projects, work weekends, or high-adventure
treks. It is to be completed and signed by a certified and licensed health-care
provider—physician (MD, DO), nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant as
appropriate for your state.
Blank copies of these forms are available from the scoutmaster or online.

YOU MUST HAVE A CURRENT MEDICAL EXAM FOR SUMMER CAMP. THIS
IS A BSA REQUIREMENT. THERE CAN BE NO EXCEPTIONS.



                                  Camping
                                        An old Scout saying is that ―There is no
                                        Scouting without outing‖. Our Troop
                                        Camps-out approximately nine to
                                        fifteen nights a year. Camping and
                                        outdoor activities are bedrocks of
                                        Scouting. If a Scout does not attend
                                        camping trips he will get bored with
                                        attending the weekly troop meetings
                                        only.

                                          Most weekend campouts are held
                                          within a few hours of Streator. The
                                          Troop has ample supply of two-man
tents. However, if the scout would like to bring his own tent for himself and his
―buddy‖, he is more than welcome to. If this is the case, please make sure that
the tent is not to complicated for the scout to pitch. The Patrol Method will be
used on ALL campouts and outings.
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PERMISSION SLIPS
On all Scout outings, permission slips with parent authorization are a
necessity. Each permission slip will be sent home a few weeks early for return
the week before camp. This slip will note what, where, when and how much.
For planning purposes, permission slips and camp fees must be returned no
later than the meeting prior to the trip. This is to get an accurate number of
Scouts that will be attending in order to insure we purchase enough food while
at the same time not wasting funds by purchasing too much food. We must
have a permission slip in order for the scout to go.

DEPARTURES AND RETURNS
All trips depart from and return to the church parking lot, unless otherwise
noted. Parent drivers are needed occasionally. Seat belts are needed for each
vehicle occupant. Each driver must have state minimum insurance.

Please arrive ten to fifteen minutes early, to allow for packing time. The Troop
will depart no later than 5 minutes passed the specified time. Return times are
approximate and we will strive to arrive at this time. If we are exceptionally late
or early, we will telephone you letting you know our new arrival time.

SUMMER RESIDENT CAMP
Each year, the Troop attends summer resident camp at Ingersol Scout
Reservation near London Mills, IL. Summer camp is one of the highlights of our
year. Please make this camp a priority. The Scouts will work on merit badges
and items for rank advancement. The dates will be posted ahead of time.

Resident camp is from Sunday afternoon until the next Saturday
morning. Young Scouts occasionally experience homesickness. Family night
helps, and leader understanding goes a long way. Remember, homesickness is
natural, so encourage your Scout to stick it out. Swimming, hiking, canoeing,
exploring, fishing and camp wide games are just some of the fun things we do
at summer camp. They usually make it and are extremely proud after receiving
their attendance patch and achievements earned. The memories last a lifetime.
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Equipment
The Troop owns enough tents and ground cloths to put all Scouts and Leaders
under roof, and also has various other camping equipment, like cooking
equipment, lanterns and water jugs. However Scouts do need personal
equipment to participate in campouts. Listed below are necessary and
discretionary camping equipment.

Weekend Camping Trips:
   Sleeping Bag and pad
   Blankets (if you wish)
   Pillow
   Laundry bag
   Complete change of clothes for each day
   Extra socks
   Troop 775 activity shirt
   Winter coat (could get cold at night)-for spring and fall camping
   Hat and gloves-spring and fall camping
   Warm clothing for sleeping
   Hiking shoes
   Shoes that can get muddy if it rains
   Personal toiletries and towels
   Whistle
   Flashlight (extra batteries)
   Mess kit (the troop has plenty of these to go around)
   Rain gear/rain poncho
   Battery powered lantern
   Canteen or water bottle
   Bug spray
   Compass
   Pocket knife (only if you have earned the Tot N’ Chip card)
   Scout handbook
   First aid kit (page 289 of handbook, 2nd Class requirement)
   Backpack
   Watch
   Lawn Chair
   Snack food for the trail or at camp. Please note, Soda/Pop will no
     longer be allowed on scouting campouts. If you wish, you may bring
     Ice tea, punch, etc.
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Sleeping Bags – The sleeping bag is probably the most important piece of
equipment you will need as a Scout. You will use it often in all seasons and you
will be sorry if you do not purchase a good bag right from the start. A bag with
a treated nylon or other type of water resistant shell with a lightweight
synthetic filling such as Hollofil or Polarguard is probably the most practical.
Down filled or cotton slumber bags are not recommended because they lose
their insulating properties when they get wet. For colder weather outings, a bag
rated for at least +15dergrees F is mandatory. We do however, recommend a
zero degree, Mummy type bag. This weight bag is fine for summer, too.
Remember that you can always unzip a bag if it is too warm, but there is little
you can do if your bag is not warm enough. A
stuff sack is also essential for your sleeping
bag.

Pad – A proper pad will insulate and form a
moisture barrier between you and the
ground, which is especially important in
winter. A closed cell polyurethane pad, three
quarter length, is probably the most versatile
pad. Another excellent pad, though
considerably more expensive, is the self-
inflating type.

Boots – For most hikes, a pair of lightweight hiking boots with canvas uppers
and rubber soles is satisfactory. Ordinary tennis shoes can also be worn for
day hikes. For backcountry overnight hikes in rugged terrain or when a heavy
pack is worn good ankle support is important. We recommend a quality high
top hiking boot.

Backpacks – Younger scouts have no need to invest in a backpack immediately
and should use a duffel bag for their gear. Backpacks are necessary for
backpacking trips, and many scouts use them to carry their gear on all our
camping trips. A backpack consists of a metal frame with a cloth pack fastened
to it or an internal frame. Before investing in a backpack make sure this is an
activity your son will want to continue.

The ―Go-Bag‖, is highly recommended on short trips and day hikes. The scout
will have to carry some supplies such as first-aid kits, food, compass, whistle,
scout manual, extra socks, and other misc.

PLEASE MARK ALL SCOUTS EQUIPMENT WITH HIS NAME
If not in a backpack, the gear must be packed tight so that the Scout can carry
the gear himself.
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Totin’ Chip and Firem’n Chit cards
Before a scout can carry a pocketknife or build a campfire, they must complete
a short safety course on wood cutting tools and fire safety. At the completion
of these courses the scout will earn the Totin’ Chip and Firm’n Chit cards. This
will usually be done on one of the first camping trips after the scout joins the
troop.

What not to bring on an outing
The following items are not allowed:
    Fireworks
    Fixed blade knives (folding pocket knives only)
    Portable electronic devices and games – to include but not limited to:
     Gameboys, Nintendo’s, CD or MP3 players, basically any device with an
     on/off switch is not allowed unless approved by the scoutmaster.
    Large sums of money
    On occasion, scouts do lose items on a campout, parents, please use
     your discretion with sending valuable items with your scout on
     campouts.

Food Purchasing
Each patrol will designate one scout to be in charge of purchasing the food
needed for a camping trip or outing. Before the scout purchases the food, he
must see the Scoutmaster for payment instructions. A parent or adult
guardian MUST accompany the scout to the store and assist in the
shopping and checkout.


Medicines
We never want a scout to go without his medication. If a scout is on
medication, he will be allowed to bring it on all outings. Parent/guardian
MUST check the medication in with the Scoutmaster and the Scoutmaster will
keep the medication in a secure location and will insure the scout receives it at
the appropriate time as indicated.
All Medication must:
     Be in a bottle marked with the scouts name.
     Have the name of the medicine clearly marked on the bottle
     Have Dose amount and how often & time of day scout takes medication
     Any other instructions the parents feel the scoutmaster/adult leaders
      should know.

                                 Rank Advancement
              The Scouting program encourages boys to meet significant
              challenges that lead to personal growth. As a boy works his way
              through the ranks towards Eagle, the requirements he must
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successfully complete will help him develop physically, emotionally, and
morally into manhood.

Four basic steps lead the Boy Scout through the ranks of Tenderfoot to Eagle:
1) A Scout learns, 2) A Scout is tested, 3) A Scout is reviewed, and 4) A Scout is
recognized.

To advance, a Scout will need to complete the requirements for each rank and
actively participate in Troop activities (regular meetings, campouts, outings,
service projects, planning, etc.). A Scout involved in his troop’s program is also
making friends, exploring new subjects, trying out fresh ideas, and gaining
invaluable experience as a leader.

To begin the process of advancement, turn to the Boy Scout Handbook to find
the joining requirements. When these requirements are completed, a Scout can
proudly wear the Scout Badge and uniform that shows you are a member of
the Boy Scouts of America. The rank patch will be presented to the Scout as
soon as possible after completing the requirements and he will be formally
recognized at the next Court of Honor.

As soon as the Scout has earned his Scout Badge, he will begin working toward
the rank of Tenderfoot. The Boy Scout Handbook lists the requirement for this
and each of the following rank advancements. The requirements for Tenderfoot,
Second Class and First Class may be completed concurrently. A boy who
advances to First Class within his first year in Scouting has a better-than-
average chance of eventually becoming an Eagle Scout.

When a Scout successfully demonstrates that he has completed a requirement
the Scoutmaster will acknowledge the fact and record the achievement. An
adult leader must sign the Scouts Handbook, which is your official record that
the requirement has been completed. Unlike Cub Scouts, Parents cannot
sign–off rank advancements or merit badge requirements for their own
boys!

After all the requirements for a rank have been completed, the Scout will
participate in a Scoutmaster Conference. When the Scout believes he has
completed all the requirements of a rank he should approach the Scoutmaster
and schedule a time to meet. After you have completed the conference and the
Scoutmaster has signed the Handbook, the Scoutmaster will schedule your
Board of Review. The date of your Board of Review is the official date of your
rank advancement.

What is a Scoutmaster Conference?
A Scoutmaster conference is a one-on-one discussion with the Scoutmaster.
This conference is held each time a boy completes the requirements for a rank
advancement. The conference is an opportunity for a Scoutmaster to discuss
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the Scout’s activity in the troop and his understanding and practice of the
ideals of Scouting. Together they can set goals for future advancements.
Occasionally, a Scout may be called into a Scoutmaster conference in order to
evaluate the Scout’s participation or as a counseling tool for a variety of other
reasons.


What is a Board of Review?
A Board of Review is held to evaluate the Scout’s acceptability into the next
higher rank once all other requirements have been met. The Board is composed
of Board Members. The purpose of the board of review is not to retest a Scout,
but rather to ensure that he has completed all of the requirements, to
determine the quality of his troop experience, and to encourage him to advance
toward the next rank. The Scout will be asked to repeat the Scout Oath, the
Scout Law, the Scout Slogan, the Scout Motto, and the Outdoor Code. The
review will include a discussion of the ways in which the Scout sees himself
living up to the Scout Ideals in everyday life. The Board will address the Scouts
leadership performance and merit badge completion and knowledge, and Scout
spirit (attitude toward Scouting). If the Scout demonstrates that he has
completed all the requirements, the Board members will sign and date the
advancement record in his Boy Scout Handbook. This date is very important
because it is the beginning of the time period for advancing to the next rank.
 A BOARD OF REVIEW IS REQUIRED FOR EACH RANK ADVANCEMENT
AND THE SCOUT MUST APPEAR BEFORE THE BOARD IN FULL CLASS “A”
UNIFORM.

What is a Court of Honor?
A Court of Honor is a formal ceremony the Troop holds. At this ceremony the
Scout receives formal recognition for merit badges earned, rank advancements
and other special patches and awards. This is a special event and ―best dress‖
is in order. Scouts wear the full Class A uniform. Families, friends, and the
public are encouraged to attend this very meaningful experience for Scouts.
You are encouraged to support other Scouts by attending even if your
Scout is not receiving an award.

What is an Eagle Court of Honor?
The highest rank in Scouting is the Eagle, attained by only three percent of
boys who enter Scouting nationwide. This award represents the culmination of
years of dedicated work by the Scout, and accordingly is awarded in a special
ceremony. This Eagle Court of Honor is separate from the regular Court of
Honor, although it may be held the same evening. All Scouts and parents of
Troop 775 are encouraged to attend to help recognize these Scouts who have
worked so very hard. The Scout and his parents plan and coordinate the
ceremony. The Scout leaders will meet with the parents of the new Eagle Scout
to plan this Special Court of Honor to make it memorable for the scout.
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MERIT BADGES
Through the Boy Scout merit badge program, many Scouts have
been introduced to a life-long hobby or even a rewarding career.
They have discovered new abilities, increased their self
confidence, and become experts in subjects that have enriched
their lives and their ability to serve their community.

The requirements for each badge appear in the Current BSA
merit badge pamphlet for that award and in the Boy Scout
Requirements Handbook. Scouts may work on any merit badge at
any time, assuming they have the approval of the Scoutmaster, who is the first
person to sign the merit badge paperwork. While achieving merit badges is not
required for the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class, Scouts
moving toward those ranks also may work on merit badges.

When it comes time to begin working on merit badges read the Chapter on
Merit Badges in the Boy Scout Handbook. Scouts wishing to earn a merit badge
do so with the guidance and approval of a merit badge counselor. Troop 775
will provide its own merit badge counselors.

It is important that you get a merit badge ―blue card‖ from the Scoutmaster
and get his approval signature. Contact a counselor BEFORE beginning to
work on any merit badge as they may have information on changes in
requirements which are not contained in the Boy Scout Requirements book or
merit badge pamphlet.

An approved Troop 775 Merit Badge Counselor must sign off all merit badge
cards. Merit badge counselor sessions must meet the same ―two-deep
leadership‖ requirements expected in all Scouting activities. Parents are
encouraged to help their Scout meet badge requirements, but are not permitted
to sign off on their own son's merit badge paperwork.

There are three parts to the card. Two of these will be returned to the Scout
when he receives the actual merit badge. The Scout copy should be kept by the
Scout in a safe place. The Counselor will keep the other portion and the
Scoutmaster will keep the Unit copy. It is the Scout’s responsibility to see
that these cards are turned in to avoid delay in receiving your merit
badge.

We must reemphasize the importance of KEEPING YOUR COPY OF EACH
BLUE CARD. These are very helpful when it comes time to turn in your Eagle
application. We suggest the use of plastic baseball cardholder sheets to store
the cards. Merit badges will be presented at the next Court of Honor after they
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are earned. Merit badges are round cloth patches, which are sewn onto the
sash and worn as part of the official Scout uniform.


                             Service Projects
Service often occurs in small, unassuming ways - Good turns and acts of
kindness by individual Scouts throughout their daily lives. Yet, Scouting also
promotes larger, group service projects. Troop service projects encourage boys
to discover that even though they are young they have the ability to make
positive changes in their communities.

Scout service projects benefit others while building character and good
citizenship in boys. Beginning with the rank of Second Class, Scouts are
required to take part in service projects. If a Scout wishes to work on a service
project that is not Troop sponsored, he must get prior approval from the
Scoutmaster to receive service credit. Scouts cannot receive service credit for a
project that benefits Scouting or for which they are paid. All candidates for the
rank of Eagle are required to organize their own project and direct the work of
others in its performance.

When a Scout takes part in a service project, the adult leader will provide you
with a note that shows the date you worked and the number of hours. This will
be required when you go before the Board of Review. We suggest you keep it in
a secure place.




                       Discipline and Behavior
Trying to keep 20 + teenage boys orderly and out of harm's way is a challenge.
We want Scouting to be fun and we want meetings to be a comfortable place to
spend time. We ask that parents and adult mentors assist us in conveying a
few simple concepts. Please take a moment to review the following points with
your Scout:

a. We maintain a ZERO tolerance on physical abuse. No hitting, shoving,
pushing, kicking, or other aggressive physical contact is allowed.

b. Teasing, belittling, harassing, or taunting another Scout, older or younger, is
not in keeping with Scout spirit and is not allowed.

c. Disrespect of any kind is not in keeping with Scout spirit, and disrespect to
an adult leader or to Scouts in leadership positions is especially discomforting.
Disrespect or irreverence during flag ceremonies is completely unacceptable.
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Each and every person involved in the Troop deserves to have a positive
experience. At times a formal "Code of Conduct" between Scout and Troop may
become necessary, but we hope that a reinforcement of the rules by parents --
a united front and a consistent message -- will cause Scouts to take heed.

Should we continue to observe a Scout violating these standards at meetings or
other gatherings, the Troop leadership will contact the Scout’s parents at the
time of the infraction so that the situation can discussed at a more convenient
time.

Thank you in advance for your assistance and support.


Financial Assistance
It has always been the policy of Troop 775 that no boy shall be denied the
opportunity to participate in any scouting function or go without uniform or
needed equipment because of an inability to pay. If you are in need of financial
assistance for any of the Troop’s activities, please do not hesitate to contact the
Scoutmaster or Committee Chairperson, to make arrangements. Any such
contact will be kept in the strictest confidence.

Leave No Scout Behind
It is also our policy to leave no scout behind. As long as the scout is willing and
wants to be a scout, we as adult leaders will work with that scout until they
reach their ultimate goal of Eagle.

Contact the Scoutmaster if you have a question. This leader would be pleased
to help you and your Scout understand the rules of Troop 775 and the policies
of the National Boy Scouts of America. Do not hesitate to ask a question and
continue to ask until you receive a satisfactory answer.

				
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