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					    BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

      
         TROOP GUIDE FOR FAMILIES
BSA TROOP 764                   2009-2010
 “No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country,
without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming
                            after him in finding their way.”
                            – Sir Robert Baden Powell

          This Troop Guide was compiled for Troop 764 by Debbie Smith
                         Wood Badge Course No. 92-56
                             Atlanta Area Council
                                 Spring 2009

                          Special thanks to Paul Porwoll




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                                                                             TABLE OF CONTENTS
Scoutmaster’s Welcome ....................................................................................................... 5
Words of Wisdom ................................................................................................................. 6
The Basics .......................................................................................................................... 7
   Why Scouting................................................................................................................... 8
   History of Troop 764 ........................................................................................................ 9
   Joining Troop 764 .......................................................................................................... 10
   How Our Troop Works ................................................................................................... 11
   Parental Involvement ..................................................................................................... 12
   Standards and Expectations .......................................................................................... 13
   Communication .............................................................................................................. 14
   Uniforms ........................................................................................................................ 15
   Scouting Resources ....................................................................................................... 18
Organization ..................................................................................................................... 19
   The Big Picture .............................................................................................................. 20
   Organization of Troop 764 ............................................................................................. 21
Meetings............................................................................................................................ 24
Calendar ............................................................................................................................ 26
Outings.............................................................................................................................. 27
   Types of Outings............................................................................................................ 28
   Planning......................................................................................................................... 29
   Equipment...................................................................................................................... 30
   First Campout Checklist ................................................................................................. 30
   Backpacking Checklist ................................................................................................... 31
   Required Forms ............................................................................................................. 32
Finances............................................................................................................................ 33
   Family Costs .................................................................................................................. 34
   Fundraisers .................................................................................................................... 35
   Friends of Scouting ........................................................................................................ 36
Advancement .................................................................................................................... 37
   Overview........................................................................................................................ 38
   First Class – First Year................................................................................................... 39
   Life-to-Eagle .................................................................................................................. 40
   Merit Badges.................................................................................................................. 45
   Troop 764 Merit Badge Counselors................................................................................ 47
   Scout Spirit .................................................................................................................... 48
   Scoutmaster Conferences.............................................................................................. 49
   Boards of Review........................................................................................................... 50
   Courts of Honor.............................................................................................................. 51
Training ............................................................................................................................. 52
Service Projects................................................................................................................ 55
Religious Emphasis.......................................................................................................... 57
Order of the Arrow............................................................................................................ 59
Adult Leadership Awards ................................................................................................ 62
Appendix ........................................................................................................................... 65
   A Scout Leader Job Descriptions ................................................................................... 66
   B Adult Leader Job Descriptions .................................................................................... 70
   C Forms You Can Use ................................................................................................... 73


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                        A Special Note for Scouts
This is a comprehensive guide for you and your family to reference during your Scouting career.
      There is a lot of information here but don’t feel like you have to know it all right away.

     Those sections that are especially good for you to know have the following symbol.
 And please remember, if you or your parents ever have questions, your fellow Scouts and the
                           troop leaders are always here to help.




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                                      SCOUTMASTER’S WELCOME

Welcome to Troop 764! We are pleased to have you as part of our Scouting family.

Troop 764 has a proud tradition, dating back to more than 30 years. Today’s troop is the
product of many Scouts, parents, and leaders who invested their time to provide a great place
for Scouting in Dunwoody. As a new family, you will help us carry this tradition forward.

Please take the time to read this Troop Guide. It has been prepared especially for you – to
help you understand the program that you and your son are joining.

When your son joins the troop, we ask his parents to become active. As you’ll see in this Guide,
there’s a lot that goes into running a Boy Scout troop comprised solely of volunteers. We will
help you find a job that fits with your talents, passion, and available time.

The troop wants every boy to succeed. Never hesitate to ask us a question, give us a
suggestion, or provide us with feedback. We want to make Troop 764 the best it can be.

Welcome again to our troop family.

Yours in Scouting,

Brian LaRose
Scoutmaster, Troop 764




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                                                        WORDS OF WISDOM
As you join Troop 764, you’ll begin to experience all the fun, adventure, and excitement that
Scouting can offer. It will help to consider these four “words of wisdom.”

Boy Scouting is a lot different from Cub Scouting.
   In Cub Scouts, the adults run the program. The boys are too young to do this; they respond
    to what the adults prepare.
   In Boy Scouts, the boys run the program. The adults encourage, mentor, and coach; but
    they respond to what the boys prepare.
   Because Boy Scouts runs from ages 11-17, there are big differences among boys in their
    level of maturity and ability to handle leadership positions. Boys will not be given
    leadership positions they can’t handle. Which leads to #2 . . .

Don’t be surprised if it takes time to feel comfortable in the troop.
   In the beginning, Boy Scouts is a whirlwind of meetings, responsibilities, outings,
    permission slips, advancement, merit badges, information, papers, and more.
   However, don’t let your discomfort get the best of you. Which leads to #3 . . .

Use your support network.
   Parents, help your sons. Scouts, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are plenty of
    resources available to help you. All you have to do is ask.
   “Using your resources” is a fundamental aspect of adult Scout leadership training. Think of
    this in two parts: things and people.
    Things: You’ll receive a lot of information, but it allows you to stay on top of things. Our
    troop communicates with emails sent through our Troop 764 Yahoo site. Be sure we have
    your email address. Our Scoutmaster will keep you up to date with timely messages using
    Calling Post, an automated phone message notification system. For campouts and
    activities, there are also handouts provided at troop meetings.
    People: For the Scout, use other Scouts, particularly the older boys. Again, don’t be afraid
    to ask. They will be glad to help. For the parents, use other adults (again, we really do
    want to help).

Be a Scouting “family.” Involved parents = involved Scouts.
   There are three certainties in Scouting: The more involved the parents are with their son’s
    Scouting . . .
    The more likely their son will have fun and stay active in Scouting.
    The more likely they are to become an active adult leader, and have great fun!
    The more likely they will appreciate the tremendous influence that the Scouting program is
    making in their son’s life.
   “Involved” means encouragement and support – letting the boys enjoy the program at their
    own pace and level of interest. Some boys advance quickly, others take their time. Neither
    is right nor wrong, just different. Please allow your son decide which approach is right for
    him.


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                  THE
BSA TROOP 764   BASICS




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                                                                  WHY SCOUTING?

Scouting is a game with a purpose … under boy leadership … a search for adventure.

There is no other youth program like Scouting. Where else can you find opportunities for fun,
personal growth and development, mental and physical fitness, leadership, citizenship, religious
emphasis, advancement and recognition, and community service?

The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America is to provide an educational program for boys and
young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to
develop personal fitness. These are called the three “aims of Scouting.”

Note that producing Eagle Scouts is not an aim of Scouting. Impressive as they are, Eagle
Scouts are a by-product of a healthy troop program that builds character, citizenship, and
fitness.

The aims of Scouting are accomplished through these eight “methods of Scouting:”
  1. Ideals
  2. Patrols
  3. Outdoor programs
  4. Advancement
  5. Associations with adults
  6. Personal growth
  7. Leadership development
  8. Uniform


                                          The Scout Oath
                                    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 Scout Law
                 A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
                       Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent

                                             Scout Motto
                                             Be Prepared

                                            Scout Slogan
                                        Do a Good Turn Daily



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                                               HISTORY OF TROOP 764

Troop 764 has been chartered to St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church in Dunwoody since 1976. The
first Scoutmaster was Bob Smallwood.

The troop was very active in its early years. Neal Osborne was the troop’s first Eagle Scout
(1977). Thirty-four Eagle Scouts followed Neal though 1995.

At that time, the last members of the troop aged out. A “new” Troop 764 was formed in the fall
of 1995 from a group of 11 Webelos Scouts and their leaders who joined from Pack 764. The
first Scoutmaster of the “reconstituted” Troop 764 was Glenn Morris. The first senior patrol
leader was Matt Porwoll.

A milestone event of the new troop was building out the basement of Shepherd Hall for our very
own Scout Hut. We owe the space we enjoy today to the leadership and planning of Brad
Igleheart, whose two sons Ryan (1996) and Austin (2002) became Eagles in the troop.

Troop 764 routinely sends contingents to national jamborees, all three BSA high adventure
bases (Philmont, Northern Tier, and Sea Base), and National Order of the Arrow Conferences
(NOAC). A number of adult leaders have served in a variety of district and council leadership
positions, as well as their troop roles.

Troop 764 is active in the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s national honor society. Scott Owens
(2001 Eagle Scout) was the chapter chief of the Tella Qualla Boundary chapter. Scott was also
the first Scout to be awarded the Vigil Honor, the highest level of membership in the OA. Ted
Spangler was the second youth to be awarded the Vigil Honor. (Ted earned his Eagle in 2000,
and did something no Scout in the troop is likely to surpass – earning 100 merit badges and 15
Eagle palms.) Bob Smallwood, Paul Porwoll (son Matt became an Eagle Scout in 1998), and
Earl Owens (sons Scott and Mitchell, Eagle Scout in 2004) are our three adult leaders who have
been awarded the Vigil Honor.

Bob Smallwood, Paul Porwoll, and Earl Owens have also been awarded the Silver Beaver
Award, the highest level of recognition a council can bestow on a volunteer leader. Bob is also
distinguished as a “4-beader,” which signifies his role as course director in BSA’s acclaimed
Wood Badge advanced adult leader training course. We are privileged that Bob and Earl
remain active in the troop, long after their sons have left Scouting.

Since its inception in 1976, Troop 764 has had 16 Scoutmasters (currently Brian LaRose) and
10 committee chairs (currently Paul Breslin).

Hundreds of boys have experienced the adventure of Scouting through Troop 764. From 1996
through April 2009, thirty-six Scouts achieved the rank of Eagle. This means that a total of 71
Scouts have become Eagles through the life of the troop.




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                                                        JOINING TROOP 764

Joining the troop requires that your son and his parents complete the following forms:

Scouts
   Youth Application (available from the troop Secretary)
   Annual Health and Medical Report (included in the Appendix)
   Copy of health insurance card (front and back)
   Troop Permission Slip (included in the Appendix)


Adults
   Adult Application (available from the troop Secretary)
   Annual Health and Medical Report (included in the Appendix)
   Copy of health insurance card (front and back)
   Troop Resource Survey (included in the Appendix)

These forms are available online at http://www.scouting.org/Media/forms.aspx.


Troop Dues (payable to “Troop 764”)
   $50 if you join before summer camp + $20 if you receive a neckerchief, slide, and Boy
    Scout Handbook from the troop
   $25 if you join the troop after summer camp

Annual troop dues are $100. These are payable from all families each year in December, since
we re-charter (or reregister) with the Atlanta Area Council by calendar year (January-
December). Dues are prorated for new Scouts joining the troop.




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                                             HOW OUR TROOP WORKS

Troop 764 is operated by our chartered organization, St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church. They
provide our Scout Hut meeting space and pay the utility bills.

The adult leaders are the Scoutmaster and his assistants and the troop committee. All are
unpaid volunteers; most are the parents of boys in the troop.

Within the troop, a Scout will be assigned to a patrol – a group of six to 10 boys. His patrol will
be his team for games and contests, his closest buddies in camp, and his teachers as he works
on advancement. If several new Scouts join the Troop over a short time span, they will be
placed in a new scout patrol that will be guided by an older scout and an Assistant Scoutmaster.

Generally we have one “new Scout” patrol and four or five “experienced” patrols. We also have
an older boy patrol that we call the “venture” patrol. These boys have reached the rank of Star
and are seasoned Scouts. Many have completed strenuous High Adventure trips. The troop
relies on these Scouts to “set the example” and to be mentors for our younger Scouts.

Troop meetings are planned and conducted by boy leaders under the coaching and guidance of
the Scoutmaster and his assistants. This is part of the plan to help the Scout grow, to make
decisions and take an active part in making the troop program successful.

A typical troop meeting follows a 90-minute program that may include a game or two; work on
outdoor skills, first aid, fitness, citizenship, or some other aspect of Scouting; a brief patrol
meeting for advancement progress or planning a future event; and ceremonies highlighting
Scouting’s ideals.

At troop meetings, and working on his own, the Scout will have a chance to earn many badges
and awards. He will quickly earn his “Scout” badge after learning the basics about Scouting.
After that, he will work on the advanced Scouting ranks and any of more than 100 merit badges.
As he earns these awards and badges, he will progress from Tenderfoot through Second and
First Class ranks into the more difficult requirements for the Star and Life Scout badges. Finally,
he may earn the most distinctive of all – the Eagle Scout Award.

Every month our troop will conduct several special events – a weekend campout, a visit to some
location of special interest, or a troop service project. Scouts are encouraged to participate in
these events and to prepare for them on their own as much as possible.




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                                            PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

We expect parents to become actively involved in the troop. We know that everyone leads busy
lives, but running a troop using 100% volunteers requires lots of help. We will help you find a
job that fits with your talents, passion, and available time. Here are some ways you can help:

Serve in a leadership position
There are two main types of adult leaders: those who work directly with the boys (Scoutmaster
and assistant Scoutmasters) and those who provide the many, behind-the-scenes support roles
for the troop to function smoothly (the troop committee). You’ll how these leaders are organized
in the section called Organization. Brief job descriptions are found in the Appendix. Training is
available for any position you choose.

Be a merit badge counselor
The merit badge program is an important part of Scouting advancement. Scouts have more
than 100 merit badges to choose from, from American Business to Woodwork. Merit badge
counselors are subject matter experts who are willing to share their knowledge with our Scouts.
Adults register as a merit badge counselor by completing an additional Adult Application and a
Merit Badge Counselor Information form, but pay no fees. The Scout Shop has merit badge
pamphlets available for purchase that will help you instruct the badge. Training is available for
merit badge counselors.

Help with fundraising
The troop puts on two fundraisers a year to provide operating funds. Scouts sell Trail’s End
popcorn in the fall and pine straw in the spring. There are ample opportunities to help with each
event.

Attend outings
Parents are always welcome to attend our monthly outings. Besides helping the troop, it’s a
chance to have fun and become a boy (or girl) again! Drivers are always needed, and plenty of
adults ensure that BSA’s youth protection and “two-deep leadership” guidelines are more than
covered. Be advised that you’ll need to take Youth Protection Training (online through
www.olc.scouting.org) and complete the appropriate health and medical form before you can
come on an outing. You’ll also camp with the adults and away from the Scouts and refrain from
doing things the boys should be doing (or should have done) for themselves.

Encourage participation
In addition to one of the roles above, one of the most important things parents can do is to
encourage their son to be active in Scouting. This may not be as easy as it seems, since the
idea is to encourage but not push. The gentle approach is what’s needed. Please don’t
become a “helicopter parent” who hovers over your son pushing him to the next rank, demands
he becomes an Eagle Scout before he receives his driver’s license, or confronts troop leaders
with constant demands.




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                            STANDARDS AND EXPECTATIONS

There are some basic standards and expectations the troop expects everyone to follow:

Responsible behavior
Scouting is all about having fun, but it means the right behavior at the right time. All members
are expected to show respect for the flag and the recitation of the Scout Oath and Law. Youth
are expected to be respectful to adults. Adults are expected to be respectful and caring to the
Scouts.

Respect for property
All property – whether the troop’s, the church’s, or an individual’s – should be respected. This
includes proper use, maintenance, and cleaning of patrol or troop equipment during and after
outings.

Basic meeting etiquette
Please be on time for meetings; in fact, arrive 5-10 minutes before the meeting begins. Scouts
should be attentive, quiet, and respectful during meetings, allowing the boy leaders to do their
jobs. Adults sit in the back of the main troop meeting room until announcements are finished
and then are asked to leave so that the Scouts can run the rest of their meeting.

Regular participation in troop meetings and outdoor activities
Scouts are expected to regularly attend troop meetings and outdoor activities. If a Scout has to
miss a meeting, please have him call his patrol leader beforehand. If you sign up for an outing
and have to cancel, please contact the trip leader ASAP. If a Scout is on the patrol leaders’
council and must miss a meeting, he should arrange a substitute and call the senior patrol
leader beforehand. If a Scout has a role in any meeting he must miss, he must find a substitute
beforehand and let the senior patrol leader know.

Some boys who play sports or are active in other extracurricular activities at school might have
to miss Scout meetings or outings. Please have the Scout discuss his situation with the
Scoutmaster, so both can plan around the conflicting activities.

Buddy system and youth protection
Providing a safe environment for the boys in the troop is job #1. We do this in a number of
ways. Scouts always use the “buddy system,” which means that at least two boys must travel
together when they leave a meeting or campsite. Within our troop, bullying is not tolerated.
Adults employ the principles of “youth protection,” which include two-deep leadership, no one-
on-one contact, respect of privacy, separate accommodations and proper preparation for high-
adventure activities. All adults who complete an Adult Application promise to take BSA’s Youth
Protection Training.

Parental involvement
Please see the section that covers this important topic.




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                                                                 COMMUNICATION

You’ll receive a lot of information in the troop, but it allows you to stay on top of things.

Email
Our troop communicates with emails sent through our Troop 764 Yahoo site. Be sure we have
your email address.

The Atlanta Area Council and Hightower Trail District have their own e-blast systems. To stay
current on council and district events, provide them with your email address.

Websites
The troop, council, and district maintain their own websites. These are great places to get
information. For details, see the section Scouting Resources.

Phone
Our Scoutmaster will keep you up to date with timely messages using Calling Post, an
automated phone message notification system.

If you have questions about anything in the troop, always feel free to call the Scoutmaster or
another troop leader. We’re here to help.

Handouts
For campouts and activities, handouts are provided at troop meetings.

Calendar
The troop develops an annual calendar in August. Be sure you get one and refer to it often.
There’s one in this Troop Guide.

Troop Roundtables
These monthly informal fellowship and training sessions are great ways to stay current.

Meetings
Attending troop and committee meetings will help you stay up to date.




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                                                                               UNIFORMS

The uniform is one of the eight methods of Scouting. Wearing the uniform shows each Boy
Scout's commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Boy Scout
identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals. The uniform is practical
attire for Boy Scout activities and provides a way for Boy Scouts to wear the badges that show
what they have accomplished.

Scouts are expected to wear their Class A (Field uniform) at all troop meetings, while traveling
to and from activities, campouts, and other special functions, unless they are told to wear an
Activity uniform. The Class A uniform should be kept clean and neat at all times.

A Class B (Activity uniform) consists of a troop tee shirt and Scout pants. It is worn when
Scouts should be identified but in less formal occasions than the Field uniform.

Class A Uniform:
   BSA pants (convertible zips turn long-pants into shorts), available in canvas or nylon.
   BSA khaki shirt
   BSA red neckerchief and slide
   BSA Scout socks
   BSA Scout belt
   BSA merit badge sash (worn on Scout Sunday and courts of honor)

BSA khaki shirts should be worn buttoned and tucked inside Scout pants. Please ensure that
all insignia are sewn on correctly:

   American flag (pre-sewn on the shirt when you buy it)
   World Scout Crest (purple)
   Council shoulder patch
   Troop number
   Rank patch
   Patrol patch
   Leadership patch

Uniforms and Scout supplies are available at the Atlanta Area Council Scout Shop located at:
1800 Circle 75 Parkway, SE, Atlanta, GA 30339
770-998-9912
Hours: M-F 9-6. Sat. 10-4, closed Sunday and holidays
Directions from Dunwoody:
I-285 West.
On the ramp leading to I-75 North, continue straight towards Cobb Parkway.
Do NOT exit onto I-75 North.
Right onto Cobb Parkway.
First left onto Circle 75 Parkway. Council office is less than a mile on the right.


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                                              SCOUTING RESOURCES

The following resources are highly recommended:

Books and Pamphlets
The Boy Scout Handbook
The Scoutmaster Handbook (for all adult positions, not just Scoutmasters)
Boy Scout Requirements (changes each year, reflecting any updates)
The Patrol Leader Handbook (for patrol leaders)
The Senior Patrol Leader Handbook (for senior patrol leaders)
Appropriate merit badge pamphlets

Online Resources
Troop 764 website                      www.troop764.org
Troop 764 Yahoo Group website          Families create a Yahoo account to join
Hightower Trail District website       www.hightowertrailbsa.com
Atlanta Area Council website           www.atlantabsa.org
Boy Scouts of America website          www.scouting.org
BSA Online Learning Center website     www.olc.scouting.org
Boys’ Life magazine website            www.boyslife.org
Scouting magazine website              www.scoutingmagazine.org
BSA retail store website               www.scoutstuff.org
2010 National Jamboree                 www.bsajamboree.org
National Order of the Arrow website    www.oa-bsa.org
Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge 129 website        www.aacegwa.org
Best Eagle Scout website               www.eaglescout.org
Merit badge website                    www.meritbadge.org




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BSA TROOP 764   ORGANIZATION




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                                                              THE BIG PICTURE

Founded in England in 1907 by Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting is a worldwide Movement.
Here’s the big picture of Scouting, from top to bottom:

World Organization of the Scout Movement
Governs Scouting worldwide. Headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland. There are more than
28 million Scouts and adult leaders worldwide in 216 countries and territories. It might surprise
you that the USA does not have the most Scouts and leaders, but is second to Indonesia with
8.1 million. The other three countries that round out the Top 5 are India, Philippines, and
Thailand. The acting secretary general of the World Organization of the Scout Movement is Luc
Panissod.

Boy Scouts of America
Governs Boy Scouting in the United States. Headquarters are in Irving, Texas, a Dallas suburb.
The southern region of the BSA is located in Kennesaw, Georgia. At the end of 2007, there
were 2.9 million Scouts (1.7 million Cub Scouts, 852,000 Boy Scouts, 62,000 Varsity Scouts,
and 254,000 Venturers), 1.1 million registered adult leaders, and 121,000 units. BSA will hold
its 100th anniversary at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. The chief
Scout executive of the BSA is Bob Mazzuca.

Atlanta Area Council
More than 300 councils govern Scouting within a specific geographic area of the country. The
Atlanta Area Council governs Scouting in a 13-county area of metro Atlanta, Georgia.
Headquarters are called the Volunteer Service Center, located at 1800 Circle 75 Parkway in
Atlanta (near the junction of I-75 North and I-285 West near Cumberland Mall and the Galleria).
The Scout executive of the Atlanta Area Council is Don McChesney.

Hightower Trail District
Each council is comprised of smaller districts. There are 18 districts in the Atlanta Area Council.
The Hightower Trail district serves north DeKalb County, including Dunwoody, Doraville,
Chamblee, Druid Hills, Briarcliff, Emory, Atlanta (DeKalb), and Tucker.

Troop 764
Each district and council is comprised of many individual Scout troops. Community
organizations such as religious institutions, schools, and fraternal and service organizations
typically sponsor Scout troops. In fact, troops are “owned” by chartered organizations, which
receive a national charter from the Boy Scouts of America to use the Scouting program as part
of their youth work. Troop 764’s chartered organization, St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, enters
into an annual charter agreement with BSA to support Scouting in the troop.

While BSA provides the structure for how the Scouting program should be run, troops have wide
latitude on how they implement the program. The decentralization of Scouting is one of its
greatest strengths. Scouting is also volunteer-run, with just enough paid professionals to keep
the structure moving. More than 95% of the adults in Scouting volunteer their time in Cub Scout
packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity teams, Venture crews, districts, and councils.




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                                   ORGANIZATION OF TROOP 764

Leadership development is one of the eight methods of Scouting. When we talk about how
Troop 764 is organized, we need to think about two different, but complementary groups: how
the Scouts are organized and how the adults are organized.

Scout Organization
The troop is the organization to which all scouts belong. The boys run their troop, with
support from the adults. The chief troop leader is the senior patrol leader, who is trained,
coached, and mentored by the Scoutmaster. One or more assistant senior patrol leaders help
the senior patrol leader. Other Scout troop leaders are instructor, quartermaster, scribe,
librarian, historian, musician, bugler, chaplain aide, and Order of the Arrow troop representative.
The senior patrol leader, with the consent of the Scoutmaster, may appoint one or more older-
boy junior assistant Scoutmasters to help with any number of areas of the troop.

Within the troop are various patrols, to which 6-10 Scouts belong. There are three kinds of
patrols: a new-Scout patrol for boys just entering the troop, “experienced” Scout patrols, and
Venture patrols for older boys. Patrol leaders are coached and mentored by an adult assistant
Scoutmaster and helped by a Scout assistant patrol leaders. Other patrol leadership positions
include scribe, quartermaster, grubmaster, and cheermaster. The den chief and troop guide are
not part of any patrol, but are coached by the assistant Scoutmaster for the new-Scout patrol.

The governing body of the troop is called the patrol leaders’ council (PLC). The PLC consists of
the senior patrol leader (who acts as chair), assistant senior patrol leaders, patrol leaders, and
troop guides, with the Scoutmaster as an advisor. The PLC meets monthly to plan the troop
meetings and outing for the upcoming month.

Troop elections occur every six months, giving Scouts time to accomplish goals they set in their
current position and try a new position. All Scouts in the troop vote to elect a senior patrol
leader. All Scouts in a patrol vote to elect their patrol leader. The senior patrol leader appoints
other troop leaders to their positions. Patrol leaders appoint other members of their patrol to
various leadership positions.

Brief job descriptions for each Scout leadership position are provided in the Appendix.

Adult Leader Organization
The Scoutmaster is the CEO of the troop, responsible for the troop’s image and program. He
sets the example, in words, action and uniform. He leads the unit’s program planning. He
works directly with the Scouts, training and guiding boy leaders to run their troop, especially
coaching and mentoring the senior patrol leader. He attends troop meetings, PLC meetings,
outings, and other troop activities. Assistant Scoutmasters are assigned to a particular patrol to
coach and mentor the patrol leaders. Our Scoutmaster is Brian LaRose.

The troop committee is the board of directors of the troop, responsible for the key role of
supporting the unit program and the Scoutmaster. The committee ensures that quality adult
leaders are recruited and trained. Because our troop is large, so is our committee, with chairs
and members in each of the following areas: communications, finance, advancement, service,
religious emphasis, Order of the Arrow, outdoor, activities, equipment, recruitment, and training.


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The committee maintains a good relationship with our chartered organization and provides
adequate meeting facilities. A chair, Paul Breslin, heads the troop committee.

The chartered organization representative is the link between the troop and its sponsoring
organization, St. Luke’s. This person keeps abreast of troop activities and reports regularly to
the church leadership on Scouting matters. The chartered organization representative is a
member of St. Luke’s. Our chartered organization representaive is Bona Allen.

Our adult leaders are parents and friends of Scouts in our troop. Every family in the troop
should have at least one parent who is an active adult leader.

Brief job descriptions for each adult leadership position are provided in the Appendix.

                         Current Troop Committee Organization Chart


             Secretary
          Suzanne Heninger
                                     St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church                 Treasurer:
             Webmaster:                 Charter Organization Rep:                    Tery Nall
             Earl Owens                         Bona Allen
                                                                                  Popcorn Sale:
            Yahoo Group:                                                        Volunteers Needed!
            Brian LaRose
                                                                                 Pinestraw Sale:
            Wall of Fame:                                                         Rick Freeman
          Volunteer Needed!              Troop Committee Chair:
                                               Paul Breslin




   ADVANCEMENT                      SERVICE                       OUTDOOR                              ACTIVITIES

        Chair:                       Chair:                         Chair:                                Chair:
      Page Olson                 Dwight Klappich                  Greg Botsch                           Karen Zeliff

     Merit Badge                   Members                       Members:                              Roundtable:
    Coordinator:                  Robin Alford                  Doug Childs                            Earl Owens
  Volunteer Needed!             Karen McAlarney               Eric Christensen
                                                               Ted Guerrant                             Tee Shirts:
  Boards of Review                                             Mike Heninger                         Volunteer Needed!
   Coordinator:                                                George Ishee                               Needed!
     Tom Sims                                                  David Wilkes
                                  RELIGIOUS
  Courts of Honor,                                            Health and Safety:
   Refreshments:                    Chaplain:               Jian and Guanming Ni                       EQUIPMENT
    Cher Breslin                 Eric Christensen
                                                              Medical Forms:                              Chair:
     Life-to-Eagle               Scout Sunday:                Charlene Dunn                            Ted Guerrant
    Coordinators:                Carol Sills Allen
    Bob Smallwood                                             High Adventure:
     Debbie Smith                                               Mark Pollok

     Life-to-Eagle                                            Summer Camp:                            RECRUITMENT
      Advisors:                    ORDER OF                    Doug Childs
     Rick Freeman                 THE ARROW                                                               Chair:
   Marnell Silverstein                                                                                  Bryon Rigg
    Doug Goldman                     Chair:
  Volunteers Needed!               Earl Owens

                                                                                                        TRAINING

                                                                                                          Chair:
                                                                                                         Tom Pratt       22
      
                 

BSA TROOP 764   MEETINGS




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                                                                           MEETINGS
There are four types of meetings that are regularly scheduled for the same day and time.
Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the meeting, so the leader can begin on time.

Monday Night Troop Meetings
The troop meets every Monday night at the Scout Hut from 7:30-9:00 PM. The troop does not
meet on the Monday immediately following a campout.

Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) Meetings
The PLC meets once a month at the Scout Hut, on the Monday night immediately following a
campout, when the other Scouts do not meet. Time is the same as troop meetings – 7:30-9:00
PM.

Boards of Review
The advancement committee holds boards of review on the same Monday night each month as
the PLC meets, also from 7:30-9:00 PM at the Scout Hut.

Troop Roundtables
Troop roundtables, which are informal sessions for adults to meet in fellowship and learning, are
held the first Monday night of each month at the same time as the troop meeting. Roundtables
are great place to learn more about Scouting, ask questions, discuss issues, and float ideas.




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BSA TROOP 764   CALENDAR




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                                                         2008-2009 CALENDAR
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Aug. 25     1 Troop Meeting at 7:30 PM,                 Jan 25     Service Project - sandwich making
            Popcorn sales begin                         Jan 26     Troop Meeting
                                                        Feb 2      Troop Meeting & Troop Roundtable
Sep 1     No Troop Meeting - Labor Day                  Feb 6      Troop Activity
Sep 8     Troop Meeting & Troop Roundtable,             Feb 9      Troop Meeting
          Elections
                                                        Feb 16     PLC Meeting / Boards of Review
Sep 13-14 Camping Trip - Jacks River Falls
                                                        Feb 20-21 Pinestraw Delivery
Sep 13    Popcorn available for Show-N-Sell
                                                        Feb 23     Troop Meeting, Elections
          distribution
                                                        Feb 28-Mar 1 Camping Trip - Raven Cliff Falls
Sep 14    Neighborhood Popcorn Sale
                                                                       with Webelos
          6:00-7:30 PM
Sep 15    PLC Meeting / Boards of Review                Mar 2     PLC Meeting / Boards of Review
Sep 20    Scout Hut Work Day 9:00-12:00                 Mar 6-7   Junior Leader Training (JLT)
Sep 22    Troop Meeting - Court of Honor &              Mar 9     Troop Meeting & Troop Roundtable,
                                                                  Install Officers
          Installation of Officers                      Mar 16    Troop Meeting
Sep 26-27 Junior Leader Training (JLT)                  Mar 23    Troop Meeting
Sep 28    Troop Committee/Parents Meeting               Mar 27-29 Camping Trip – Camporee
          3:00 Scout Hut                                Mar 30    PLC Meeting / Boards of Review
Sep 29    Troop Meeting
                                                        Apr 6     No Troop Meeting – Spring Break
Oct 4       Troop Activity - OA Adventure Camp          Apr 13    Troop Meeting & Troop Roundtable
Oct 6       Troop Meeting & Troop Roundtable            Apr 18-19 Camping Trip – Backpacking on
Oct 13      Troop Meeting                                         Appalachian Trail
Oct 18-19   Camping Trip - Wilderness Survival          Apr 20    PLC Meeting / Boards of Review
Oct 20      PLC Meeting / Boards of Review,             Apr 26    Troop Committee/Parents Meeting
            Deadline for popcorn order forms / prize              3:00 Scout Hut
              selection                                 Apr 27    Troop Meeting
Oct 25      Merit Badge U at Kennesaw State
                                                        May 2-3     Camping Trip – Lake Hartwell Island
Oct 25      Scout Hut Work Day 1:00-4:00                            Adventure
Oct 27      Troop Meeting                               May 4       Court of Honor
Nov 1       Scout Hut Work Day 9:00-12:00               May 9       Troop Activity – Ranger Run
Nov 3       Troop Meeting & Troop Roundtable            May 11      Troop Meeting & Troop Roundtable
Nov 10      Troop Meeting, Final popcorn distribution   May 18      Troop Meeting
Nov 15-16   Camping Trip                                May 23      Decorate Graves / Marietta Cemetery
Nov 17      PLC Meeting / Boards of Review              May 25      Flag Retirement Ceremony
Nov 24      Troop Meeting, Deadline for popcorn         Jun 1       Troop Meeting
            payments                                    Jun 6-7     Camping Trip – Canoeing or Rafting
Dec 1       Troop Meeting & Troop Roundtable            Jun 8       PLC Meeting / Boards of Review
Dec 6-7     Camping Trip                                Jun 15      Troop Meeting
Dec 8       Court of Honor                              Jun 19-25   Seabase
                                                        Jun 29      Summer Camp Shakedown
Jan 5     PLC Meeting / Boards of Review                                       th
                                                        Jul 4       Dunwoody 4 of July Parade
Jan 11    Scout Sunday
                                                        Jul 5-11    Summer Camp
Jan 11    Troop Committee/Parents Meeting
          3:00 Scout Hut                                Jul 18-27   Northern Tier
Jan 12    Troop Meeting & Troop Roundtable              Aug 17      PLC Meeting
                                                                     st
Jan 17-19 Camping Trip, MLK Weekend -                   Aug 24      1 Troop Meeting for 2009-2010
          Okefenokee Swamp                                          school year




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BSA TROOP 764   OUTINGS




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                                                          TYPES OF OUTINGS

Outdoor activities lie at the heart of Scouting. The old sayings, “you can’t take the outing out of
Scouting” and “three-fourth’s of Scouting is outing” are as true today as they’ve always been.
The outdoors is the real laboratory for seeing Scouting in action and where the adventure
happens.

There are several types of outings that Scouts can participate in:

   Monthly trips include camping, backpacking, canoeing, rafting, and almost anything the
    Scouts want to do. These trips are held over a weekend – Friday night or Saturday
    morning through Sunday afternoon.
   Camporees are outdoor events held over a weekend that typically involve troops from all
    over the district and are held at a council camp. Our Scouts get a chance to meet other
    Scouts from other nearby troops in a spirit of competition, fellowship, and fun!

   Summer camp is a weeklong camping experience held at a council facility where Scouts
    can hone their skills, take merit badge instruction, live in the outdoors, and have fun! The
    location of summer camp may be “in-council” (Woodruff or Bert Adams) or “out-of-council,”
    at another council’s camp facility.
   High adventure is advanced outdoor activity for older Scouts, held at Philmont Scout Ranch
    near Cimarron, NM (backpacking), Northern Tier Canoe Base near Ely, MN (canoeing), and
    Florida Sea Base near Islamorada, FL (sailing, snorkeling, SCUBA).

   National jamboree is a major, national gathering of Scouts that takes place every four years
    or so. Scouts form special jamboree troops within the council. Scouts at jamboree have a
    blast at the Merit Badge Midway, where they can learn from top experts in their fields,
    climbing, shooting, swimming, trading patches, and meeting fellow Scouts from across the
    country. The next national jamboree will be held July 26 – August 4, 2010 to celebrate the
    100th anniversary of Scouting in America at Fort A.P. Hill, VA.

   National Order of the Arrow Convention (or NOAC), held every other year, is similar to the
    national jamboree for OA members. Arrowmen from all over the country meet for
    competitions, exhibits, learning, fellowship, and trading OA patches and other memorabilia.
    The next NOAC will be held at Indiana University, August 1-6, 2009.




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                                                                            PLANNING
Much of the troop program is dedicated to the proper preparation of outings.

Once a year, usually during the summer, the Scouts (through the patrol leaders’ council) decide
where they want to go, and what they want to do, on their monthly outings. The adults make
sure the outings are doable and are responsible for all the behind-the-scenes activities that are
necessary to make the outings happen.

At monthly patrol leaders’ council meetings, the boy leaders discuss how they’ll plan for the next
month’s trip in upcoming weekly troop and patrol meetings. At the weekly troop and patrol
meetings, details for the upcoming trip are discussed and planned among the boys.

Meanwhile, the troop committee infrastructure kicks in. The outdoor committee arranges
permits, secures maps (if needed), driving directions, transportation, approximate start and
finish times, submits a tour permit to the council (required for each trip so the council knows
where we’re going), and makes sure permission slips and medical forms are current. It’s a big
job getting ready for a monthly outing.

Separate teams in the outdoor committee are responsible for planning for summer camp, high
adventure, jamboree, and NOAC. These teams spend months preparing for these special trips.




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                                                                           EQUIPMENT
First Campout Checklist

Note: For your first campout, just bring as much of the following equipment as you already own
or can borrow. You will need a sleeping bag and a closed-cell foam camp sleeping mat right
away, but try not to buy any other new equipment until you have been on a couple campouts
and had a chance to talk to your Scoutmaster about what to buy.

   Hiking shoes or boots (if new, break them in first!)
   Backpack (and/or large Sports Equipment Bag, and/or Duffel Bag). Line it with a lawn bag
    first, to keep contents dry.
   Sleeping bag
   Closed-cell foam camp sleeping pad ($7, Wal-Mart’s camping section).
   Raincoat
   Warm jacket (for night).
   Extra pair pants (non-cotton, if possible – check the tags for polyester, nylon, or other
    synthetics)
   Wool sweater, or Polyester sweatshirt
   Long sleeve shirt (Wool or synthetic fiber for insulating quality/quick drying).
   Short sleeve shirt
   Underwear
   Warm hat (to wear at night when you sleep)
   Good quality whistle on neck chain.
   Mess-kit (bowl, cup, fork, spoon, plate – plastic keeps food warmer than metal).
   2 one-quart water bottles filled (“Nalgene” Bottles are the most dependable).
   Flashlight & extra batteries (headband style keeps hands free)
   Small first aid kit (You can make your own: BSA Handbook, Page 289).
   Pen & pocket notepad, BSA handbook
   Clean-up kit (Small Hand Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Comb, Floss, Fast-Drying Camp
    Towel).
   Toilet paper (Half a roll in a Zip-Lock bag).
   Always pack for one season COLDER than now
   Avoid cotton clothes (like blue jeans and cotton sweatshirts) for outdoor use. Cotton
    absorbs water like a sponge and will not dry out. Cotton is especially dangerous in cold
    weather. Try to use all synthetics for your clothes.”




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Backpacking Checklist
This is a suggested list for backpacking trips. Remember to pack light, or you’ll suffer from it on
the trails. Your pack should weigh no more than 25% (1/4) of you body weight.

Backpack                                              Hygiene (in a Ziploc bag)
 1 lightweight backpack                                 1 tube of toothpaste *
 1 waterproof backpack cover* (large garbage            1 toothbrush *
  bag also works)                                        1 small roll of toilet paper *
                                                         1 wash cloth
Clothing (use your best judgment for
                                                         1 container of waxed dental floss
cool or hot weather)
                                                         1 small plastic bottle of antibacterial soap
 1 warm long sleeve shirt (wool or synthetic)
                                                         6 moist disposable towelettes *
 1 pair of long pants (not jeans)
 1 pair of underwear                                 Bed/shelter
 2 pairs of hiking socks*                               1 Tent (2 scouts can share the load)*
 1 pair of hiking boots                                 1 sleeping bag (mummy bag recommended)*
 1 pair of sandals (not open toed) or old               1 tarp (use as rain/dew fly)
  running shoes for camp wear                            1 pillow case pillowcase or stuff sack (put
 1 warm jacket (preferably with hood)                    jacket in to make pillow)
 Scout outdoor essentials                             Cooking
 1 pocketknife (lock blade or multi tool)              1 lightweight stove with fuel (1 for each 2-3
 1 first aid kit (see below)*                           people)*
 1 poncho or raincoat (large garbage bag also          1 mess kit (pot, bowl, cup)*
  works)                                                1 fork (spoon and knife optional)*
 1 plastic water bottle (36 oz.)*                      3 Ziploc bags
 1 headlamp*                                          3 large garbage bags (poncho, pack cover,
 1 headlamp                                             dirty clothes bag)*
 1 rope (50 ft)                                        1 bottle of water purification tablets*
 2 sets of extra batteries
 1 BIC lighter*                                      Food ideas*
 1 brimmed hat*                                       TRAIL FOOD/LUNCH: granola, trail mix,
 1 compass*                                            energy bars, candy bars, cookies, snack
                                                        foods, crackers, cereal, fruit, carrots, celery,
Personal first aid kit (in a Ziploc bag)*               Vienna sausages
   1 roll of adhesive tape (1 in. x 5 yd)             DINNER: Ramen noodles, stews, fried
   1 roll of first aid cream                           potatoes, spaghetti, biscuits, corn on the cob
   5 sterile alcohol swabs
                                                      Other
   1 sewing needle
   2 moleskin pads (3x3 in)                              1 roll of electrical/duct tape
   2 sterile gauze pads (3x3 in)                         1 Scout Handbook*
   3 extra large bandages (2x3 in)                       1 pencil*
   10 bandages (assorted sizes)                          1 pad of paper*
   1 pair of tweezers                                    1 comb
   3 safety pins                                         1 towel
   1 pairs of latex gloves                              1 bottle of sun screen
   tick remover                                          1 bottle of insect repellent
                                                          1 camera with film
                                                          stuff sack to use as bear bag

                                                      *“gotta have” items



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                                                            REQUIRED FORMS
Permission Slip
The troop requires that each Scout has a permission slip completed by his parents before he
can travel with the troop for any outing. This permission slip is good for the entire Scout year,
so we don’t have to ask you for a new one every time we have an outing. This form is included
in the Appendix or can be downloaded from our Troop Yahoo Account.

If any information changes during the year, it is your responsibility to provide an updated copy to
the troop. Also keep a copy for your files. Please give your completed permission slips to the
Health and Safety Chair in the Outdoor committee.

Medical Forms
Before you or your son can attend an outing with the troop, we need to receive completed BSA
medical forms. These are necessary to ensure the health and safety of your family and limit the
troop’s liability.

These forms can be found in the Appendix. They can also be downloaded from our Troop
Yahoo Account or http://www.scouting.org/Media/forms.aspx. Please give your completed
forms to the Medical Forms parent volunteer.




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BSA TROOP 764   FINANCES




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                                                                   FAMILY COSTS

Here is an estimate of the costs that families should expect to incur as part of Troop 764:

   Joining costs - $50 if you join before summer camp + $20 if you receive a neckerchief,
    slide, and Boy Scout Handbook from the troop. $25 if you join the troop after summer
    camp.
   Annual dues - $100 in November/December.
   Uniform costs – approximately $100 for the Field uniform and another $20 for two troop
    T-shirts.
   Outing costs – vary by outing, usually around $20 - $25. Some adventure outings (skiing,
    canoeing, etc.) can be up to $75. depending on equipment rental.
   Summer camp costs – in 2009, Scouts will pay $300 to attend a week of summer camp.
   High adventure costs – Recent high adventure trips and the costs associated include:
    Northern Tier 2007 - $1000, Philmont 2008 - $1100, Sea Base Out Island 2008 - $1000.
    Estimates for 2009: Sea Base 2009 - $1000, Northern Tier-pending




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                                                                    FUNDRAISERS

Popcorn Fundraiser
Each fall Scouts sell Trail’s End popcorn to raise money for both the troop and their Scouting
activities. Part of the proceeds goes directly into a special Scout Account, which the family can
use to cover various Scouting expenses (from outings fees to camping gear). All Scouts are
expected to participate. The Popcorn Sales chair in the Finance committee manages this event.

Pine Straw Fundraiser
Each spring Scouts sell pine straw to Dunwoody residents. This event brings in about $3,000
and requires all-hands-on-deck. After orders are taken, pine straw is delivered from our South
Georgia supplier directly to St. Luke’s. On the Friday night of the event, Scouts and adults load
the straw from the trailers that are left behind onto trucks we rent. Scouts can camp out at the
church. Saturday morning, the trucks deliver the straw, return for restocking, and deliver more
straw until we’re finished. It’s hard work, but we make it fun! The Pinestraw chair in the
Finance committee manages this event.




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                                                FRIENDS OF SCOUTING

Each winter the Atlanta Area Council conducts its annual fundraiser, called Friends of Scouting
(FOS). Just like the troop, the council must raise money to operate. The council solicits
donations from corporations and the community, but increasingly relies on the people who use
the program (you and me) to help. The council runs a volunteer service center, Scout Shop,
and three wonderful camp facilities (Woodruff Scout Reservation in the North Georgia
mountains, Camp Bert Adams near Covington, and the Allatoona Aquatics Center on Lake
Allatoona near Canton). It handles all the paperwork we throw at them, and develops a host of
programs and training courses. For a council as large as this, there are very few people who
are paid Scouting professionals. All of this costs money. The troop encourages families to be
generous when FOS time comes around. Without a strong council, it’s hard to have strong
troops.




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BSA TROOP 764   ADVANCEMENT




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                                                                          OVERVIEW

What Is Advancement?
Advancement is the process by which Scouts progress from rank to rank in the Scouting
program. Advancement is simply a means to an end, not an end in itself. Everything done to
advance and earn these ranks, from joining until leaving the program, should be designed to
help our boys have an exciting and meaningful experience. Education and fun are the functions
of the Scouting movement, and they must be the basis of the advancement program.

Advancement Principles
   Personal growth is the prime consideration in the advancement program.
   Scouts learn by doing.
   Each boy progresses at his own rate. Scouts will be encouraged to advance, but not
    pushed.
   A badge is recognition of what a young person is able to do, not merely a reward for what
    he has done.
   Advancement encourages Scouting ideals.

Ranks
The Boy Scout requirements for rank are the basis for a Scout’s advancement. There are four
steps in the Boy Scout advancement procedure: learning, testing, reviewing, and recognition.

Boys can earn the following ranks: Scout (joining rank), Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class,
Star, Life, and Eagle. Eagle Scouts may earn Eagle Palms for continued service and leadership
in the troop and completing additional merit badges beyond the 21 required for the Eagle award.

Advancement in the Troop
Scouts are responsible for completing advancement requirements and maintaining their
advancement records. Advancement opportunities will be provided to the Scouts, but it’s up to
them to take advantage of them.

The advancement committee is responsible for maintaining troop advancement records,
scheduling boards of review and courts of honor, registering and assigning merit badge
counselors, and ordering rank and merit badge patches. The Scoutmaster reserves the right to
disallow any advancement signed off by an unapproved individual in the boy’s Scout Handbook
or merit badge records. Parents CANNOT sign off rank requirements in the Scout Handbook,
only the Scoutmaster or assistant Scoutmasters.

Every effort will be made to present Scouts with the appropriate rank or merit badge patch by
the next troop meeting after the requirements have been completed.




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                                          FIRST CLASS – FIRST YEAR

BSA has found that Scouts who advance quickly during their first year are more likely to remain
active in the program. Thus, BSA encourages troops to provide a program whereby Scouts can
achieve the rank of First Class by the end of their first year.

This recommendation is admirable, but it is only a recommendation. For a Scout to reach the
rank of First Class by the end of his first year (or soon afterwards), two things must happen:

   1. The Scout must apply himself during this period. Earning the ranks of Tenderfoot,
      Second Class and First Class mean completing 64 separate requirements, including
      participating in 10 troop or patrol activities, three of which include camping overnight.

   2. The Scout must attend summer camp. Summer camp provides the new Scout with an
      immersion into Scouting, especially advancement. This is where new Scouts complete
      many of the requirements for the beginning ranks, as well as earn a merit badge or two.
      It is almost impossible for a new Scout to reach First Class in his first year if he doesn’t
      attend summer camp.

One of the reasons why new Scouts are put into the same patrol when they join (the new-Scout
patrol) is to group boys with their friends in this new environment. Another is to foster their rank
advancement. Since each Scout will be working on the same requirements, having the boys in
the same patrol gives them an opportunity to work together on their advancement.

Troop 764 encourages the First Class by First Year concept, but only if the Scout does his best
to complete the requirements, not rushing through them just to get checked off. There is
absolutely no stigma attached to a Scout who does not earn First Class by the end of his first
year. After all, this is only a target. The pace of the Scout’s advancement is completely up to
him.




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                                                                     LIFE-TO-EAGLE

At the other end of the spectrum is the advancement process for older Scouts. Those Scouts
who earn the rank of Life now face the last push towards Eagle. And what a push it is! It is not
uncommon for a Scout to take two, three, or even four years between the dates he earned Life
until he achieves Eagle. This process is known as Life-to-Eagle, or L2E.

Without getting into a great amount of detail, the L2E Scout must continue to be active in the
troop, must continue to provide leadership to the troop, must continue to live by the ideals of
Scouting, and must earn a total of 21 merit badges, 12 of which are “Eagle-required.” When the
Scout has finished all of the requirements, he sits for his Scoutmaster conference and then an
Eagle board of review conducted at the district level.

One of the most challenging requirements facing the L2E Scout is planning and executing his
Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. This service project is unlike anything he has ever
attempted. He must conceive a project that will benefit a religious institution, school, or his
community. He must write a work plan detailing exactly how he will accomplish the task and get
the approval of the organization benefiting from the project, his Scoutmaster, his troop
committee, and the district advancement committee BEFORE he can start. (There is a specific
format for writing the synopsis and final report that the Scout must follow.)

It is not uncommon for the district to return the initial work plan (called a “synopsis”) to the Scout
for revisions one or more times before it is approved. The intent is that the Scout provides
leadership to others through the project; he doesn’t do all or most of it himself. Depending on
the project’s scope, the Scout and his team might spend one to five weekends executing the
project. Although there are no specific number of hours a Scout must spend planning and
executing his project, the average number of hours is about 150, with some projects
approaching 500 hours. Some projects take a few weeks from start to finish, others take a year
or more, depending on how long the Scout procrastinates. Once the project is completed, the
Scout writes his final report and secures the appropriate signatures signifying completion. He
holds the finished report until his Eagle board of review.

If you are a L2E advisor, consider yourself fortunate. Whatever the inconveniences, there are
fewer positions in Scouting that are more rewarding than to see Scouts focus on and achieve
this very difficult goal.




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Life to Eagle Procedure for Scouts
     Make the decision to stay very active in the troop during the Life to Eagle process.
       From our Scoutmaster, Mr. LaRose –
       Dear Scouts,
       Please remember that if you are working on your Eagle projects, you MUST remain
       active in our Troop for 6 months prior to submitting the Eagle Application. If you have
       been active, I will sign your application at the Scoutmaster's Conference before we
       schedule your Eagle Board of Review. You MUST be an active Scout in the Troop for
       the 6 months preceding your application. This is a Boy Scouts of America requirement
       and as an Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster, I intend to hold these standards for all Troop
       764 Eagle Scout Candidates.

       In order to be active the following criteria must be met.
           1. Actively participate in at least 50% of Scout meetings for a period of 6 months
              prior to Eagle Application
           2. Participate with the Troop by attending 2 camping trips in the past year (or 1 high
              adventure or summer camp with the Troop).
           3. Participation in service projects through the troop, your school and place of
              worship.
           4. Lead the younger Scouts and by being an example in your leadership throughout
              your Eagle project. 5. Manage your own email and reminder calls about your
              project. Do not let your parents plan or run your projects for you.
        Communicate with the Scoutmaster and SPL when you have conflicts that prevent you
        from making trips or other patrol / officer commitments.

        Please email or call me if you have any questions or concerns, I am always available to
        help you with your Eagle project and I am at the Scout Hut Monday nights from 6pm
        until 7pm during "office hours".

        Do not expect to swoop into a meeting 60 days before your 18th birthday and be able
        to reach this goal. PLANNING is required to be successful, so start now.


   Allow yourself several months prior to starting the Life to Eagle process to complete merit
    badges.
   Make sure that you have held or are holding a leadership position that is to the satisfaction
    of our Scoutmaster.
   Decide on a project and get Benefactor of project to agree.
   Have project idea approved by Scoutmaster and Life to Eagle Advisor.
   Complete the Project Synopsis (sections on pages 1 through 4 of the Eagle Project
    Workbook). FOLLOW DIRECTIONS!
   Work with Life to Eagle Advisor to finish Project Synopsis.
   Get Approval Signatures and Dates for Project from Benefactor, Scoutmaster and Unit
    Committee Member (either Advancement Chair or Unit Committee Chair).
   Make copy of Project Synopsis for your records.


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 Give Project Synopsis to Advisor to mail into District.
 Once project is approved by District, schedule your workdays keeping in mind events
  already on Scout Calendar.
 Once workdays are finished, complete the remainder of the Eagle Project Workbook
  working with your Advisor. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS!
 Get “Approvals for Completed Project” Signatures.
 Fill out your Eagle Scout Application
 Schedule your Scoutmaster Conference. Bring your Scout Handbook and make sure
  everything is up to date and signed off appropriately throughout your Ranks.
 Once you have passed your Conference, make three copies of the entire project. The
  original and two copies will go to the Advancement Chair who will take your project to the
  Atlanta Area Council. One copy is for you to keep.
 Decide who you will ask for Letters of Recommendations. These names MUST match the
  names on your Eagle Scout Application.
 Once your paperwork has been approved, the Atlanta Area Council will notify Mr. LaRose.
 The District and our Advancement Chair will work with you to schedule your Eagle Scout
  Board of Review.
 Review the sample questions that are posted on the District’s website.
 Attend your Eagle Scout Board of Review in complete and perfect Class A Uniform. Bring
  your Scout Handbook.
 After the Board of Review, our Advancement Chair will receive the final signed paperwork
  and will submit it to the Atlanta Area Council where it will then go to BSA National.
 Once National has approved the paperwork, our Advancement Chair will be notified and
  and pick up your final documentation, Eagle Scout badge, etc.
 Plan your Court of Honor with your family and Advisor.




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Planning an Eagle Court of Honor

So your son has made it to the rank of Eagle and it’s time to start thinking about planning his
Eagle Court of Honor. Here’s what to do next:

   1. Check the dates. Your Eagle Court of Honor should not be planned for a date that has a
      troop activity on the schedule. Pick a day when the Scoutmaster and Assistant
      Scoutmasters, as well as the Scouts themselves, are available. The troop is very
      flexible as to which days are available for a Court of Honor – for example ceremonies
      have been held on Friday evenings, Saturdays or Sundays.

   2. Contact St. Luke’s Church to reserve the Sanctuary or the Chapel. Call Bonnie Carter,
      770-393-1424, bonniecarter@st-lukes-pres.org to make these arrangements. In
      deciding which location to use – the chapel can seat about 100, and extra chairs can be
      brought in. It’s a more intimate and less formal setting than the chapel. One note about
      the chapel – the acoustics are not very good. Speakers should be reminded to speak
      slowly and clearly or their words will be lost.

   3. Invitations are typically sent to all members of the troop and their families, as well as
      family and friends. Invitations can be purchased from the Scout Shop and printed on a
      home computer. It’s also possible to download invitations or the clip art to make your
      own. Google.

   4. Plan the Ceremony. There is no strict format for the Eagle Court of Honor, although
      there are some components that are typically included. The Scoutmaster is usually the
      MC of the event. Some possible ingredients are:
          a. Presentation of the Colors and Pledge (Troop Honor Guard)
          b. Invocation
          c. Welcome (Scoutmaster)
          d. Remarks on the meaning of the Eagle Scout rank
          e. Remarks on the scouting career of the new Eagle Scout
          f. The Eagle Charge or Challenge
          g. Presentation of the Eagle Badge and Eagle Promise (Scoutmaster)
          h. Family Remarks (Parents, etc.)
          i. Eagle Remarks (the new Eagle)
          j. Closing (Scoutmaster)
          k. Retirement of the Colors

       Again, these are just suggested elements. There are online sites with various versions
       of Eagle ceremonies. You can also find the Eagle Charge, the Eagle Challenge and
       other parts of the ceremony script.

       Be sure to have your Scout give enough notice to those whom he would like to speak so
       they can prepare their remarks. In addition, the Scout needs to contact members of the
       troop for the Honor Guard. Sometimes younger Scouts are asked to serve as ushers to
       help with the programs.

   5. Programs can also be purchased at the Scout Shop or created using clip art on the
      various Eagle websites. One note about the programs that are embossed with an image
      of the Eagle badge on the cover: the inside cover is not suitable for printing because the
      surface is not flat. If you plan to include a message on the inside left, use a version of




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       the program that is not embossed or create and print one yourself using the art that is
       available online.

   6. Reception. Two words: Cher Breslin. Cher has this down to a science. Let her know
      the date and time of your Court of Honor and talk with her about what you are planning
      to serve at the reception. Cher has lots of good ideas and suggestions about what
      works and what does not and about amounts needed. Once you decide what you will
      need to buy for the event, arrange to meet with Cher in advance to do the set-up and
      deliver food and other items. The Troop has some items for decorating. You will most
      likely need to buy cups, plates, napkins – either Eagle design (at Scout Shop) or
      whatever you prefer.

       It’s nice to display some photos of the Scout at the reception. You can also purchase a
       frame with a large mat for signing and leave it at the entrance for guest to write a
       message to the Scout.

   7. Good luck and congratulations!

- compiled by Sue Spann, mother of Eagle Scout Ian Harkins




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                                                                   MERIT BADGES

A merit badge is an invitation to explore an exciting subject. Many are designed to help
increase the Scout’s ability to be of service to others, take part in outdoor adventures, better
understand the environment, and play a valuable role in his family and community. BSA offers
Scouts the opportunity to earn over 100 merit badges, from American Business to Woodwork.

Earning a merit badge can even lead toward a lifelong hobby or set you on the way to a
rewarding career. Steven Spielberg says that earning the Photography merit badge helped him
on his way to a distinguished career in filmmaking. While earning the Weather merit badge,
Justin Cook, one of Troop 764’s Eagle Scouts, developed such a passion for the field that he
majored in meteorology at Penn State.

There are two general types of merit badges: those required for Eagle Scout and all others
(electives). These 12 merit badges are Eagle-required:

   1. Camping
   2. Citizenship in the Community
   3. Citizenship in the Nation
   4. Citizenship in the World
   5. Communications
   6. Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving
   7. Environmental Science
   8. Family Life
   9. First Aid
   10. Personal Fitness
   11. Personal Management
   12. Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling

The colored outline of merit badges tells you whether the badge is Eagle-required (silver) or an
elective (green).

There is a set process for Scouts to earn a merit badge. He can work on the requirements
individually or in a group setting. If he takes the badge in a group setting, he must complete all
requirements himself, not be part of a group project where everyone benefits from the work of a
few.

   Scouts must obtain a merit badge card (officially called “Application for Merit Badge;” most
    always referred to as the “Blue Card”) from the Merit Badge Coordinator prior to starting
    work on a merit badge.
   The Merit Badge Coordinator will tell the Scout who the counselor(s) are for the merit badge
    he wants to work on.
   The Scout must contact the merit badge counselor and determine how he or she wishes to
    work with him.
   The merit badge counselor is responsible or guiding the Scout through the merit badge
    requirements, ensuring that he has done each one to the best of his ability and “exactly as
    stated; no more and no less.”



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   The merit badge counselor will certify requirements on the Scout’s Blue Card and sign it
    once all requirements have been completed.
   Scouts return his completed Blue Card (with the counselor’s signature) to the Merit Badge
    Coordinator. Only then will he be given credit for completing the merit badge.

Sam Scout wants to work on the Sports Merit Badge. Here is the way he filled out his
Blue Card. Use this as an example to fill out your Blue Card every time you are ready to
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Troop 764 Merit Badge Counselors – updated April 2009


AGRIBUSINESS                         NATURAL SCIENCE                         PROFESSIONS
ANIMAL SCIENCE                       ARCHAEOLOGY                             ARCHITECTURE Mr. Hults
PLANT SCIENCE                        ASTRONOMY Mr. Remer                     DENTISTRY
FARM MECHANICS                       BIRD STUDY Ms. Crews                    ENGINEERING Mr. Freeman
                                     GEOLOGY                                 LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
ARTS AND CRAFTS                      INSECT STUDY Ms. Crews                  LAW Mrs. Allen
ART                                  MAMMAL STUDY Ms. Crews                  MEDICINE Mr. Heninger
BASKETRY Mr. Freeman, Mrs. Steidle   NATURE                                  SURVEYING Mr. Wilkes
BUGLING                              OCEANOGRAPHY                            VETERINARY MEDICINE Mrs. Alford
LEATHERWORK Mr. Freeman              REPTILE AND AMPHIBIAN
METALWORK                                                                    PUBLIC SERVICE
                                     STUDY Ms. Zeliff
MUSIC                                                                        CRIME PREVENTION Mr. Heninger
                                     WEATHER
POTTERY                                                                      EMER PREP Mr. Smallwood
SCULPTURE                            COMMUNICATIONS                          FINGERPRINTING Mr. Heninger
THEATER Mrs. McAlarney               CINEMATOGRAPHY                          FIRE SAFETY Mr. Slaton
WOOD CARVING                         JOURNALISM                              FIRST AID Ms. Crews
                                     PHOTOGRAPHY Mr. Childs                  LIFESAVING
BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY                                                        PUBLIC HEALTH Ms. Crews
AMERICAN BUSINESS Mr. Klappich       PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT                    SAFETY Mr. Slaton
ENTREPRENEURSHIP Mr. Klappich        AMER CULTURES
PULP AND PAPER                       AMER HERITAGE                           SPORTS
SALESMANSHIP Mr. Ishee,              CIT IN COM Mrs. Heninger, Mrs. Zeliff   ARCHERY Mrs. Zeliff
Mr. Klappich                         CIT IN NAT Mrs. Heninger, Mrs. Zeliff   ATHLETICS Mr. Klappich
TEXTILE                              CIT IN WOR Mrs. Heninger, Mrs. Zeliff   CANOEING Mr. Wilkes, Mr. Olson
                                     COMM Mrs. Steidle, Mr. Klappich         CLIMBING
CONSERVATION                                                                 CYCLING Mr. Freeman
                                     DISABILITIES AWARENESS
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE                                                        FISHING
Mr. Smallwood, Mrs. Zeliff           FAM LIFE Mrs. Steidle
                                     GENEALOGY Mrs. Steidle                  FLY FISHING
FISH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
                                     PERS FIT Ms. Silverstein, Mr. Nall      GOLF
FORESTRY Mr. Smallwood
                                     PERS MGMT Mrs. Steidle, Mr. Wilkes      HORSEMANSHIP
SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION
                                     PUBLIC SPEAKING                         MOTORBOATING
HOBBIES                              READING Mrs. Alford                     ORIENTEERING Mr. Slaton
BACKPACKING Mr. Barton,              SCHOLARSHIP Mr. Heninger                RIFLE SHOOTING Mr. Slaton
Mr. LaRose                           TRAFFIC SAFETY                          SHOTGUN SHOOTING
CAMPING Mr. Barton, Mr. Smallwood,   WILDERNESS SURVIVAL Mr. Barton          SKATING
Mr. Freeman, Mr. LaRose                                                      SMALL-BOAT SAILING
COIN COLLECTING Mrs. Heninger        PHYSICAL SCIENCE                        SNOW SPORTS Mr. Childs
COLLECTIONS Mrs. Heninger            CHEMISTRY Mr. Remer                     SPORTS Mr. Owens
COOKING Mrs. Breslin, Mrs. Steidle   COMPUTERS Mr. Remer Mr. Childs          SWIMMING Mr. Slaton
DOG CARE                             ELECTRICITY Mr. Barton                  WATERSKIING
GARDENING                            ELECTRONICS Mr. Barton                  WHITEWATER
HIKING Mr. Barton, Mr. Freeman,      ENERGY
Mr. LaRose                                                                   TRADES
                                     NUCLEAR SCIENCE
HOME REPAIRS Mr. Heninger                                                    AMERICAN LABOR Mr. Klappich
                                     SPACE EXPLORATION Mr. Remer
INDIAN LORE Mr. Smallwood,                                                   AUTO MECHANICS Mr. LaRose
Mrs. Zeliff
                                                                             DRAFTING Mr. Wilkes
MODEL DESIGN AND BUILDING
                                                                             GRAPHIC ARTS
PETS Ms. Crews
                                                                             PAINTING
PIONEERING Mr. Heninger
                                                                             PLUMBING
RADIO
                                                                             WOODWORK
ROWING
STAMP COLLECTING Mrs. Heninger                                               TRANSPORTATION
                                                                             AVIATION
                                                                             RAILROADING Mr. Slaton
                                                                             TRUCK TRANSP Mr. Klappich




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                                                                    SCOUT SPIRIT
During their Scoutmaster conference for rank advancement, Scouts must demonstrate that they
have Scout Spirit. The definition of Scout Spirit is not what it might seem.

Scout Spirit is not broadly meant as being enthusiastic or gung-ho on Scouting. While this is
admirable, Scout Spirit in the context of rank advancement means living the Scout Oath and
Law in your everyday life.

Scouts should “be prepared” to give the Scoutmaster and their board of review a number of
good examples of how they are living the Scout Oath and Law. These examples should require
some thought and come from the heart, but they need not be earth shattering.




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                                  SCOUTMASTER CONFERENCES
The Scoutmaster conference is a visit between the Scoutmaster and a Scout. Typically it is held
after the Scout completes all requirements for a rank, but before the board of review. The
Scoutmaster conference determines if the Scout is ready to go before the board of review.
Scoutmaster conferences can also be held to encourage Scouts who aren’t advancing, are
having difficulty in the troop, are not regularly attending meetings and campouts, or are in
danger of leaving the Scouting program.

Scoutmaster conferences are an important component of one of the missions of Scouting –
association with adults. In Scoutmaster conferences (as in boards of review), Scouts are
treated responsibly with adults in a non-threatening meeting format; are viewed as equals, not
as kids; and are asked questions by adults who value their answers. Most of the interactions
that teens have with adults put them in a decidedly subordinate role – not so with Scoutmaster
conferences or boards of review, where Scouts are expected to show leadership and speak
their mind. With each successive Scoutmaster conference and board of review, the Scout
builds his confidence around adults.

The conference is a valuable opportunity for a Scoutmaster to discuss with each Scout his
activity in the troop and his understanding and practice of the ideals of Scouting. This is a time
for the Scoutmaster to:

   Openly talk about the Scout’s progress in the troop.
   Ask how the Scout has demonstrated leadership in the troop and his patrol.
   Ask what he’s done in his position of leadership.
   Ask how he lives according to the Scout Oath and Law.
   See how much fun he’s having.
   Determine whether he’s having any problems.
   Ask for suggestions to make the troop better.
   Help the Scout evaluate his accomplishments and set goals.
   Ask about non-Scouting areas of the boy’s life (school, sports, extracurricular activities,
    etc.)

The Scout should be ready to review with the Scoutmaster any of the requirements for the new
rank. The Scoutmaster must be satisfied that the Scout knows his stuff. By allowing the Scout to
go before the board of review, he is saying, in effect, "I certify that this Scout is ready for his new
rank." The board of review does not retest the Scout, but the Scoutmaster can.

For ranks through First Class, the Scoutmaster conference lasts about 15-20 minutes; for Star
and Life, about 30 minutes; and for Eagle, about an hour.

Scouts should wear their full Class A uniform (Scout shirt, pants, belt, socks, neckerchief, merit
badge sash, and all patches sewn on correctly) to a Scoutmaster conference.




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                                                        BOARDS OF REVIEW

The board of review is the final step in a Scout’s rank advancement. It is designed to ensure
that the Scout has completed all of the requirements for that rank, determine the quality of his
troop experience, discuss the impact of the Scouting program on him (how he lives the Scout
Oath and Law), and encourage him to advance to the next rank.

The board of review is not a retest of skills. By allowing the Scout to appear before the board of
review, the Scoutmaster has certified that the Scout has completed all the requirements for this
rank.

Board members should keep in mind that ranks indicate present abilities and not past
accomplishments: “A Boy Scout badge recognizes what a young man is able to do; it not a
reward for what he has done.”

Just as with the Scoutmaster conference, the board of review is a valuable opportunity for
members of the board to discuss with each Scout his activity in the troop and his understanding
and practice of the ideals of Scouting. This is a time to:

   Openly talk about the Scout’s progress in the troop.
   Ask how the Scout has demonstrated leadership in the troop and his patrol.
   Ask what he’s done in his position of leadership.
   Ask how he defines Scout spirit and lives according to the Scout Oath and Law.
   See how much fun he’s having.
   Determine whether he’s having any problems.
   Ask for suggestions to make the troop better.
   Ask about non-Scouting areas of the boy’s life (school, sports, extracurricular activities,
    etc.)

A board of review typically lasts 15-30 minutes; for an Eagle candidate, 45 minutes to an hour.

At least three but not more than six members of the troop committee sit on the board of review.
Neither the Scoutmaster nor assistant Scoutmasters nor the Scout’s parents, guardians, or
relatives are permitted to serve on a Scout’s board of review.

Like the Scoutmaster conference, the discussion should be appropriate for the age and rank of
the Scout. Some of the questions the board asks are relevant for all ranks. Other questions are
more appropriate for older Scouts, especially those related to leadership, mentoring younger
Scouts, and how he’s making the troop better.

After the board is finished, the Scout is asked to leave the room. The board then discusses the
Scout’s readiness for the next rank. The Scout is then invited back into the room and told the
outcome. The decision of the board must be unanimous.

Scouts should wear their full Class A uniform (Scout shirt, pants, belt, socks, neckerchief, merit
badge sash, and all patches sewn on correctly) to a board of review.


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                                                        COURTS OF HONOR
The court of honor is a formal recognition of a Scout’s achievements, with family and friends
invited to attend. It is designed to publicly recognize the hard work and achievement of those
Scouts earning awards. Courts of honor are special ceremonies held in a dignified manner.
Refreshments are often served afterwards to provide a social setting for the troop to celebrate
each other’s accomplishments.

While the court of honor is a special event, it is important that Scouts are recognized
immediately for their achievements. The troop will award new badges to Scouts as soon as
possible after the awards have been earned, usually at the next troop meeting. Awards earned
are not held until the next court of honor.

Consult the calendar to see when troop courts of honor are scheduled.

Because of the special nature of these ceremonies, Eagle Scout courts of honor typically are
separate events. Typically they are not held in conjunction with regular troop courts of honor.
The Eagle Scout, his parents, and various troop members carefully plan a scripted, dignified
event to recognize the Eagle Scout as earning Scouting’s highest award. Preparation of the
ceremony may take many weeks, and is individually developed to reflect the style of ceremony
the Scout and his parents would like. Outside speakers are often part of the program. The Eagle
Scout’s family usually prints invitations and programs on special Eagle Scout stationery
purchased at the Scout Shop. A buffet dinner or other refreshments usually follow the court of
honor. Everyone in the troop is invited to attend this very special event.




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BSA TROOP 764   TRAINING




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                                                                                TRAINING

As with any new job you take, it’s important to understand what you’re supposed to do. That’s
where BSA training comes in.

Training may be taken online where available, or in person at your district, another district, or
the council. It’s important you take the training; it’s not important where you take it.

Youth Protection Training
By completing an Adult Application, all leaders are required to take Youth Protection Training
within 90 days. This training is the single most important instruction you can take. It describes
BSA’s approach to providing the safest possible environment for our boys. You can take Youth
Protection online through BSA’s Online Learning Center at www.olc.scouting.org. At the end of
the training, you will receive a certificate of completion. Please give a copy to the troop’s
Training Chair.

Boy Scout Fast Start
This training, recommended for all leaders and available online at www.olc.scouting.org, is
designed to get you off to a “fast start.” It includes the following segments: the troop meeting;
the outdoor program; the troop committee; the aims, methods, and ideals of Scouting; and
frequently asked questions.

New Leader Essentials
This is an introductory session for all leaders that highlights the values, aims, history, funding,
and methods of Scouting. It addresses how these aims and methods are reached in an age-
appropriate style within Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing. Videos,
discussion, and hands-on reinforcement are presented during the 90-minute training session.
New Leader Essentials is offered by the training committees of Hightower Trail district and
neighboring districts.

Leader Specific Training
For Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters (and anyone interested in how the troop
functions):

   Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training. This training tells you
    everything you need to know how to plan and run an affective boy-led troop program.
    Participants are put into patrols just like their Scouts, so they get to experience the patrol
    method first hand. The Hightower Trail district offers this training on four consecutive
    Thursday nights twice a year, in September and January.
   Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills. This training is held over a weekend, camping in the
    woods the Scouting way. Instructors teach the kind of outdoor skills you need to know to
    teach your Scouts. The Hightower Trail district offers this training on the weekend following
    Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training in the fall and winter.




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For committee members:

   Troop Committee Challenge. This training describes the function and roles of the troop
    committee as the support organization behind the Scoutmaster. It is available online at
    www.olc.scouting.org or through the district training committee.

To be considered “trained” and wear the coveted trained strip on your uniform, you must
complete the following sessions:

Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmasters:
Youth Protection Training, Boy Scout Fast Start, New Leader Essentials, Scoutmaster/Assistant
Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.

Troop committee members:
Youth Protection Training, Boy Scout Fast Start, New Leader Essentials, and Troop Committee
Challenge.

Continuing Ed
Attending roundtable (at the troop or district) is an opportunity for fellowship and informal
learning across a variety of Scouting topics.

A number of supplemental training courses are available online through the BSA’s national
website: http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/TrainingModules.aspx.

Reading Scouting magazine and the Scoutmaster Handbook are excellent ways to catch up on
your Scout reading. Especially valuable is the section “Front-Line Stuff” in Scouting, where real-
life Scouters tackle issues that frequently arise in troops.

The Atlanta Area Council hosts Scouters Academy in the fall, a full day of informal training
opportunities. Check the council website (www.atlantabsa.org) for details in September and
October. Pre-registration is required.

Advanced Training
BSA’s advanced leader training is Wood Badge for the 21st Century. To be eligible, you must
be trained for your position. Participants are put into patrols, discuss contemporary leadership
concepts, experience team development, and have lots of fun and fellowship. Following the
classroom phase of the training, participants are required to “work their tickets,” commitments
they make to implement certain projects within their troop and district. Upon successful
completion of the course, participants receive their coveted Wood Badge regalia (mauve
neckerchief with McLaren tartan square, leather woggle, and beads) in a formal ceremony.




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BSA TROOP 764   SERVICE PROJECTS




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                                                         SERVICE PROJECTS

One of the ways Scouting teaches participating citizenship is by providing service to the
community. This can take many forms, and Scouts are encouraged to participate.

Service hours are required for Second Class (minimum of one hour) Star (6 hours), Life (6
hours), and Eagle. Eagle Scouts are required to plan and lead others in a significant service
project that benefits their community. These projects average 150 hours (from all sources of
help) and can be as large as 500 hours. (See the Advancement section, Life-to-Eagle, for more
details.)

Service projects can also be used to help fulfill the requirement for participation in separate
troop or patrol activities for Second Class (5 are required) and First Class (10 are required).

Check the troop calendar for dates when service projects are scheduled. Encourage your Scout
to help with another Scout’s Eagle project. It’s satisfying work, and also shows him what’s
involved in leading an Eagle project, including how to recruit volunteers for his own project one
day.

Feel free to discuss service opportunities with the Service committee.




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BSA TROOP 764   RELIGIOUS EMPHASIS




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                                                   RELIGIOUS EMPHASIS

Duty to God is an important part of Scouting. Scouting welcomes all forms of religious
expression. Many, if not most, Scout troops are chartered to a religious organization.

It might surprise you that most families in Troop 764 are not members of St. Luke’s Presbyterian
Church, which charters our troop. St. Luke’s considers Scouting an important youth outreach
program.

There are several ways that the troop encourages religious emphasis:

   Conducting worship services at outings. On most outings, Scouts and adults hold a brief
    non-denominational religious worship service on Sunday morning. The service may include
    hymns, various Scripture readings, and a homily. It typically lasts about 15 minutes.
    Services held in the outdoors become powerful expressions of God’s handiwork and our
    thanks for them.
   Participating in Scout Sunday. BSA has designated the first Sunday in February as Scout
    Sunday. Troop 764 plays a major role in that Sunday’s worship service at St. Luke’s. The
    service is well planned with the minister. A special bulletin is printed and given to
    parishioners. Scouts lead the service with a flag ceremony, read from Scripture, and serve
    as ushers. The Scoutmaster gives a short “state of the troop” message. All Scouts and the
    families are encouraged to attend. Full Class A uniform is highly recommended. This is a
    wonderful expression of the value St. Luke’s places on Scouting and a wonderful
    expression of the thanks the troop gives St. Luke’s for its generous support.
   Participating in the God and Country program. Periodically the troop offers Scout and
    adults the opportunity to participate in the God and Country program. This is a religious
    program (Protestant focused at St. Luke’s) that is headed by adults who mentor Scouts
    along a prescribed curriculum. A minister oversees the program. The entire program takes
    many months to complete and is handled outside the troop setting. Scouts who complete
    the program receive a beautiful medal and can wear a silver-on-purple embroidered “knot”
    emblem on their uniform. Scouts of other religious denominations are free to participate in
    similar programs at their church or synagogue.

For questions or comments about the troop’s religious emphasis programs, contact the
Religious Emphasis committee.




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BSA TROOP 764       ORDER OF THE ARROW




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                                                 ORDER OF THE ARROW

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is Scouting’s national honor society. Its purpose is to recognize
those Scout campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives, develop
and maintain camping traditions and spirit, promote Scout camping, and crystallize the Scout
habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

Eligibility
To become a member, a Scout must be at least First Class in rank. The Scout must have
experienced 15 days and nights of camping during the two years before his election. The 15
days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six
consecutive days and five nights of resident camping. The balance of the camping must be
overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps. The OA is different from most organizations in
that Scouts cannot join, but are elected by their fellow Scouts, following approval by their
Scoutmaster.

Induction
The Ordeal induction ceremony is often conducted at Scout camp and is the first step toward full
membership. During the experience, candidates maintain complete silence, receive small
amounts of food, work on camp improvement projects, and are required to sleep alone, apart
from other campers, which teaches significant values.

After 10 months of service and fulfilling certain requirements, a member may take part in the
Brotherhood ceremony, which places further emphasis on the ideals of Scouting and the Order.
Completion of this ceremony signifies full membership in the OA.

After two years of service as a Brotherhood member and with the approval of the national Order
of the Arrow Committee, a Scout or Scouter may be recognized with the Vigil Honor for
outstanding service to Scouting, his lodge, and the community. This honor is bestowed by
special selection and is limited to one person for every 50 members registered with the lodge
each year.

Organization
Each council has a corresponding OA lodge, responsible for running OA activities in the council.
The lodge in the Atlanta Area Council is Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge 129.

Each district has a corresponding OA chapter, responsible for running OA activities in the
district. The chapter that Troop 764 is aligned with is Tella Qualla Boundary in the Button
Gwinnett district.

Service
TQB is renowned as providing outstanding ceremonies teams to perform Arrow of Light and Boy
Scout crossover ceremonies for packs and troops in the Button Gwinnett district. Arrowmen
dress in Indian regalia (which the chapter has created and maintained over many years). Team
members spend hours memorizing their lines and practicing their speech delivery and
mannerisms before their first ceremony. In addition, ceremonies teams conduct the program for


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Ordeal, Brotherhood, and Vigil induction. Many of Troop 764’s Arrowmen have played these
ceremonial roles on TQB’s teams.

Uniforming
Arrowmen wear the standard Class A uniform, with two distinctive additions:
   OA lodge pocket flap. This is an embroidered patch worn on the right pocket flap of the
    uniform shirt. A different color border signifies different levels of membership in the OA.
   OA sash. This is beautiful white sash with a red embroidered arrow, worn with the Class A
    uniform over the right shoulder, diagonally across the chest, with the arrow pointing
    upwards. The sash is worn to OA functions and special Scouting activities, when members
    need to be identified as Arrowmen rendering special services. (It is not worn to troop
    meetings or courts of honor.) There are three variations of the sash, one for each level of
    membership:
   - Ordeal Red embroidered arrow
   - Brotherhood Red embroidered arrow enclosed by two red bars
   - Vigil Red embroidered arrow enclosed by two red bars, with a red triangle superimposed
     on the arrow’s shaft

National Order of the Arrow Convention
Arrowmen have the opportunity to participate in the National Order of the Arrow Convention, or
NOAC. This event is held every other year. Like a national jamboree, Arrowmen from all over
the country meet for competitions, exhibits, learning, fellowship, and trading OA patches and
other memorabilia.




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BSA TROOP 764   ADULT LEADERSHIP AWARDS




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                                      ADULT LEADERSHIP AWARDS

If you take the time to get trained, then why not apply what you’ve learned in your Scouting
position and earn any number of adult leadership awards that are available?

These leadership awards are the small, embroidered knots in various colors you frequently see
worn above the left front pocket on the uniform shirt. These knots require completion of
specified requirements in tenure, training, and performance in the unit, or are special district or
council recognitions.

There are three for Boy Scout leaders, two of which are reserved for Scoutmasters:

   To earn the Boy Scout Leader’s Training Award (green on green square knot on a tan field
    and border), you must complete basic training, serve as a registered leader for two years,
    and complete any of five performance requirements (relating, for example, to outing
    planning, courts of honor, fundraising, and merit badge counseling).
   To earn the Scoutmaster’s Key (white over green square knot on a tan field and border),
    you must complete basic training, earn the Boy Scout Leader’s Training Award, serve as a
    registered Scoutmaster for three years in a five-year period, earn the Quality Unit Award
    twice, conduct youth leadership training three times, and participate in a supplemental
    training course and national youth leader training.
   To earn the Scoutmaster Award of Merit (white on white square knot on a tan field and
    border), you must complete basic training, be a currently registered Scoutmaster and have
    served for at least 18 months, have achieved the Quality Unit Award at least once, follow
    the Boy Scout advancement program (with at least half of the troop at First Class rank),
    develop youth leadership through the patrol method, maintain positive relations with the
    troop’s chartered organization, lead an extensive outdoor program including strong summer
    camp attendance, have a positive image of Scouting in the community, and run a troop that
    attracts and retains Boy Scouts.

There’s one important difference between these awards. For the Boy Scout Leader’s Training
Award and Scoutmaster’s Key, leaders keep track of the requirements they’ve completed on
“progress record” cards (available for download on http://www.scouting.org/forms). For the
Scoutmaster Award of Merit, the leader is nominated by his troop.

Other awards, conferred only after a successful nomination, signify recognition by the district
and council:

   District Award of Merit (silver overhand knot on a dark blue field and silver border) is a
    council award presented by districts to Scouters who render outstanding service at the
    district level to youth in Scouting, outside Scouting, or both. Districts are eligible to present
    one award annually for each 25 traditional units.
   Silver Beaver Award (white over light blue square knot on a tan field and border) is a
    national award presented by councils to Scouters who render outstanding service at the
    district level to youth in Scouting, outside Scouting, or both. Councils are eligible to present
    one award annually for each 60 units. Recipients also wear a miniature Silver Beaver
    suspended by a blue and white ribbon, worn around the neck at formal Scout occasions.


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The Hightower Trail district presents its own custom adult leader recognition award (a cloisonné
pin and certificate). The Trailblazer Award is designed to recognize Scouters who’ve been
nominated by their unit for making a difference (however they wish to define it) to their units.
They often go to “unsung heroes,” who are new to Scouting, as an inducement to remain active.

Scouters are eligible to receive a religious emblem. These awards are not awarded by the BSA,
but by Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.), headquartered in St. Louis,
Missouri. Adults must be nominated by a member of the church and receive a purple on purple
square knot on a silver field and border and a distinctive medal suspended on a ribbon. The
adult religious award in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A is the Celtic Cross. For more
information, see www.praypub.org.

Beyond these awards, adult leaders can wear a square knot for the Arrow of Light and Eagle
Scout awards earned as a youth.

Once you know what the knots represent, you can get a quick read of the wearer’s Scouting
history. The more knots the wearer displays, the more competent or certainly, more involved in
Scouting, the leader is. Leaders who wear their knots are proud of them.




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                                                                         APPENDIX A

Boy Scout Leader Job Descriptions

TROOP POSITIONS

SENIOR PATROL LEADER (SPL)
  Top youth leader in the troop. Elected by vote of all troop members. Not a member of any
   patrol. Reports to the Scoutmaster.
  Runs troop meetings, events, activities, and the annual program planning conference.
  Chairs meetings of the patrol leaders’ council.
  Appoints troop members to serve in other troop positions, with the approval of the
   Scoutmaster.
  Delegates duties and responsibilities to other junior leaders.
  Assists the Scoutmaster with troop junior leader training.
  Sets a good example.
  Wears the Scout uniform correctly.
  Shows Scout Spirit.

ASSISTANT SENIOR PATROL LEADER (ASPL)
  Strong ally of the senior patrol leader, who appoints him. Troop may have more than one
   ASPL. Not a member of any patrol. Reports to the SPL.
  Trains and provides direction to the troop quartermaster, scribe, librarian, historian,
   instructors, musician, bugler, and OA troop representative.
  Leads the troop when the senior patrol leader is absent.

TROOP GUIDE
  Leader and mentor to the members of the new-Scout patrol. Not a member of any patrol.
   Reports to the assistant Scoutmaster of the new-Scout patrol.
  Should be an older Scout, at least First Class, who works well with younger boys.
  Helps the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol much like the Scoutmaster helps the SPL.

QUARTERMASTER
  Troop’s supply boss. Reports to the ASPL.
  Keeps an inventory of troop equipment and sees that the gear is in good condition.
  Works with patrol quartermasters as they check out equipment and return it.
  Often has the guidance of the adult Equipment chair in the troop committee.




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SCRIBE
     Troop’s secretary. Reports to the ASPL.
     Attends meeting of the patrol leaders’ council, though not a voting member, recording
      what’s discussed.
     Helps maintain troop advancement records.
     Helps with troop communications.

HISTORIAN
     Collects, displays, and preserves troop photos, news stories, trophies, flags, awards, and
      other memorabilia. Reports to the ASPL.

LIBRARIAN
     Manages the care and use of troop books, especially merit badge pamphlets. Reports to
      the ASPL.
     Notes which books are outdated and need to be replaced with more current editions.

INSTRUCTOR
     Older Scout who’s proficient in a Scouting skill, and must have the ability to teach it. Troop
      may have more than one instructor. Reports to the ASPL.
     Typically teach subjects such as knots, map and compass, first aid, camping, and
      backpacking.

CHAPLAIN AIDE
     Assists the troop chaplain in serving the religious needs of the troop. Reports to the ASPL.
     Promotes BSA’s religious emblems program and participation in Scout Sunday.
     Leads the development of outing worship services.

DEN CHIEF
     Works with a den of Cub Scouts (most often Webelos Scouts) and their den leader.
      Reports to the assistant Scoutmaster of the new-Scout patrol.
     Takes part in den meetings, encourages Cub Scout advancement, and is a role model for
      the younger boys.
     Encourages Webelos Scouts to progress into a Boy Scout troop.

ORDER OF THE ARROW TROOP REPRESENTATIVE
     Serves as a communications link between the troop and the OA lodge and chapter. Reports
      to the ASPL.
     Promotes the OA and encourages Scouts to camp.

MUSICIAN
    Brings his musical talents to bolster troop pride and create fun and excitement at meetings,
     ceremonies, campouts, and almost any Scout activity. Reports to the ASPL.


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BUGLER
  Same role as musician, but more specific. Reports to the ASPL.
  Plays a special role in flag ceremonies and at end-of-day retreat.

JUNIOR ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTER (JASM)
  Scout at least 16 years old who has shown outstanding leadership skills. Appointed by the
   SPL, with the Scoutmaster’s approval. Troop may have more than one JASM. Reports to
   the Scoutmaster.
  Follows the guidance of the Scoutmaster to provide support and supervision to other boy
   leaders in the troop.


PATROL POSITIONS

PATROL LEADER (PL)
  Top youth leader in the patrol. Elected by vote of all patrol members. Reports to his
   patrol’s assistant Scoutmaster.
  Play a key role in planning, leading, and evaluating patrol meetings and activities.
  Helps the patrol prepare to participate in all troop activities.
  Represents the patrol at patrol leaders’ council meetings and the annual program planning
   conference.
  Appoints patrol members to serve in other patrol positions, with the approval of the
   assistant Scoutmaster.
  Encourages patrol members to complete their own advancement requirements.
  Delegates duties and responsibilities to other junior leaders.
  Sets a good example.
  Wears the Scout uniform correctly.
  Shows Scout Spirit.

ASSISTANT PATROL LEADER (APL)
  Strong ally of the patrol leader, who appoints him. Reports to the PL.
  Leads the patrol when the patrol leader is absent.
  Assists the patrol leader in planning and chairing patrol meetings.
  Helps the patrol prepare for troop activities.
  Trains and provides direction to the patrol quartermaster, patrol scribe, patrol grubmaster,
   and patrol cheermaster.
  Sets a good example.
  Wears the Scout uniform correctly.
  Shows Scout Spirit.




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PATROL QUARTERMASTER
  Patrol’s supply boss. Reports to the APL.
  Keeps an inventory of patrol equipment and sees that the gear is in good condition.
  Works with troop quartermaster as the patrol checks out equipment and returns troop gear.

PATROL SCRIBE
  Patrol’s secretary. Reports to the APL.
  Keeps records of what happens at patrol meetings, including checking attendance.
  Helps maintain patrol advancement records.
  Helps with patrol communications.

PATROL GRUBMASTER
  Leads planning menus for campouts. Reports to the APL.
  Gets input from patrol members on what they’d like to eat, develops a nutritious menu,
   makes sure food is purchased, and redistributes the food before the trip.
  Scouts who are completing advancement requirements for cooking can work closely with
   the grubmaster.

PATROL CHEERMASTER
  Leads the patrol in yells, songs, and skits. Reports to the APL.
  Vital role in preparing for campfire programs, where each patrol is expected to contribute.
  Uplifts patrol spirit during outings (when the weather’s bad, people are tired).
  Should be an upbeat, cheerful person, who can get up in front of a group and lead a song
   or cheer.




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                                                                         APPENDIX B

Adult Scout Leader Job Descriptions

SCOUTMASTER (SM)
  Top adult leader in the troop.
  Responsible for the troop’s image and program.
  Sets the example, in words, action and uniform.
  Leads the unit’s program planning.
  Works directly with the Scouts, training and guiding boy leaders to run their troop,
   especially coaching and mentoring the senior patrol leader.
  Attends troop meetings, PLC meetings, outings, and other troop activities.
  Supervises the assistant Scoutmasters.

ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTER (ASM)
  Assigned to a particular patrol. Reports to the SM.
  Works directly with the Scouts in his patrol, training and guiding boy leaders to run their
   patrol, especially coaching and mentoring the patrol leader.
  Attends patrol and troop meetings, outings, and other troop activities.
  Sets the example, in words, action and uniform.


CHARTERED ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVE (COR)
  Is a member of the chartered organization.
  Serves as the head of Scouting within the organization, regularly reporting on the state of
   the troop.
  Maintains a close liaison with the troop committee chair.
  Encourages service to the organization.


TROOP COMMITTEE CHAIR (CC)
  Leads the troop committee. Works closely with the Scoutmaster and chartered
   organization representative.
  Organizes the committee so that all functions are delegated and staffed.
  Develops agenda for and chairs troop committee meetings.
  Ensures on time re-charter.




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COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
  Secretary keeps and distributes meeting minutes; processes membership-joining
   paperwork.
  Webmaster maintains the troop’s website, keeping it current.
  Yahoo Group Coordinator maintains emails and sends messages on upcoming activities to
   troop families.
  Wall of Fame Coordinator keeps walls of the Scout Hut updated with framed photos of
   Eagle Scouts, Senior Patrol Leaders, etc.

FINANCE COMMITTEE
  Treasurer handles troop funds, pays bills, reimburses families; maintains troop checking
   account; prepares budgets; reports to the troop committee each month.
  Popcorn Sale Coordinators plan, promote, and lead efforts to sell Trail’s End popcorn as a
   fundraiser in the fall.
  Pinestraw Sale Coordinators plan, promote, and lead efforts to sell pine straw as a
   fundraiser in the spring.

OUTDOOR COMMITTEE
  Chair manages all aspects relating to the troop’s outdoor activities (permits, fees, maps,
   directions, transportation, tour permits, permission slips). Implements the outdoor program
   recommended by the patrol leaders’ council and approved by the Scoutmaster. Keeps
   closely involved with the Scoutmaster and senior patrol leader in monthly outing planning.
  Health and Safety Coordinators promotes the need for health and safety on all outings.
  Medical Forms Coordinator ensures that anyone participating in an outdoor activity has a
   current medical form on file with the troop; maintains troop medical files; makes files
   available to trip leaders to take with them.
  High Adventure Coordinator leads the planning for national high adventure trips to
   Philmont, Northern Tier, and Sea Base.
  Summer Camp Coordinator leads the planning for summer camp.

ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE
  Chair is responsible for troop activities that are not related to outdoor trips, service projects,
   or religious emphasis programs.
  Roundtable Coordinator promotes attendance at troop and district roundtables.
  Tee Shirt Coordinator handles ordering, distribution, and collecting funds for troop tee
   shirts.

ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE
  Chair is responsible for all advancement activities within the troop, manages youth
   advancement using Troopmaster software, and buys advancement badges at the Scout
   Shop.
  Merit Badge Coordinator manages staffing, registration, and assignment of merit badge
   counselors; assigns merit badge counselors to Scouts; collects completed Blue Cards;


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   communicates merit badges completed to the chair for entry into Troopmaster; promotes
   group merit badge clinics at the district and council levels.
  Boards of Review Coordinator ensures that boards of review are regularly scheduled and
   staffed; provides booklets of sample questions for reviewers’ use during boards of review.
  Courts of Honor Coordinator provides refreshments to be served at the end of each court of
   honor.
  Life-to-Eagle Advisors mentor Life Scouts throughout the process towards Eagle,
   encouraging them to complete their remaining merit badges, actively demonstrate
   leadership in the troop, and maintain progress on their Eagle project.

SERVICE COMMITTEE
  Chair promotes community service projects and ensures service projects are scheduled on
   the calendar.

RELIGIOUS EMPHASIS COMMITTEE
  Chair promotes all forms of religious emphasis in the troop, including Sunday morning
   worship services at outings and the God and Country program. Works closely with the
   Chaplain Aide junior leader.
  Scout Sunday Chair coordinates yearly Scout Sunday at St. Luke’s

EQUIPMENT COMMITTEE
  Chair ensures that the troop has the necessary camping equipment it needs, and that it’s
   properly maintained and stored. Works closely with the troop quartermaster.

RECRUITMENT COMMITTEE
  Chair works with Webelos den leaders to promote the troop to upcoming Boy Scouts and
   their parents. Leads the planning of a new families orientation meeting in the winter/spring.

TRAINING COMMITTEE
  Chair maintains adult troop-training records. Promotes online, district, and council training
   opportunities. Ensures that 100% of the adult leaders have taken Youth Protection Training.
   Encourages all adult leaders to complete their basic training. Promotes supplemental
   training opportunities and Wood Badge.


ORDER OF THE ARROW COMMITTEE
  Chair promotes the Order of the Arrow within the troop. Regularly attends OA chapter
   meetings and lodge events. Schedules OA troop elections. Works closely with the OA troop
   representative junior leader.




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                                                                    APPENDIX C

Forms You Can Use

  Troop Resource Survey
  Troop Permission Slip
  Medical Forms
  Merit Badge Counselor Application (note: both National and Atlanta Area Council forms
   must be submitted when applying to be a Merit Badge Counselor)




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                                                                                                                                                        MERIT BADGES
                                                                                                                                Check the merit badges that you can help Boy Scouts earn.
                                                                                                       ■ American Business              ■ Crime Prevention               ■ Insect Study                ■ Reading
RESOURCE SURVEY FOR PARENTS                                                                            ■ American Cultures              ■ Cycling                        ■ Journalism                  ■ Reptile and Amphibian Study
Boy Scouting is for adults as well as boys. We invite you to share your skills and interests so the    ■ American Heritage              ■ Dentistry                      ■ Landscape Architecture      ■ Ri e Shooting
best possible program can be developed for the Boy Scouts in this troop.                               ■ American Labor                 ■ Disabilities Awareness         ■ Law                         ■ Rowing
                                                                                                       ■ Animal Science                 ■ Dog Care                       ■ Leatherwork                 ■ Safety
Thank you. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated
                                                                                                       ■ Archaeology                    ■ Drafting                       ■ Lifesaving                  ■ Salesmanship
Welcome to the Scout family of Troop 764 in the Hightower Trail District of the Atlanta Area Concil.   ■ Archery                        ■ Electricity                    ■ Mammal Study                ■ Scholarship
                                                                                                       ■ Architecture                   ■ Electronics                    ■ Medicine                    ■ Sculpture
Please return this survey to Paul Breslin, Committee Chair.
                                                                                                       ■ Art                            ■ Emergency Preparedness         ■ Metalwork                   ■ Shotgun Shooting
(Please print)                                                                                         ■ Astronomy                      ■ Energy                         ■ Model Design and Building   ■ Skating
                                                                                                       ■ Athletics                      ■ Engineering                    ■ Motorboating                ■ Small-Boat Sailing
Name ____________________________________________ Home phone___________________                        ■ Atomic Energy                  ■ Entrepreneurship               ■ Music and Bugling           ■ Snow Sports
                                                                                                       ■ Auto Mechanics                 ■ Environmental Science          ■ Nature                      ■ Soil and Water Conservation
Street address____________________________________ Business phone___________________
                                                                                                       ■ Aviation                       ■ Family Life                    ■ Oceanography                ■ Space Exploration
City __________________________________________ State _____________ Zip ____________                   ■ Backpacking                    ■ Farm Mechanics                 ■ Orienteering                ■ Sports
                                                                                                       ■ Basketry                       ■ Fingerprinting                 ■ Painting                    ■ Stamp Collecting
1. What is your favorite hobby? ________________________ Occupation ___________________                ■ Bird Study                     ■ Fire Safety                    ■ Personal Fitness            ■ Surveying
                                                                                                       ■ Bugling (See Music)            ■ First Aid                      ■ Personal Management         ■ Swimming
2. In what sports or outdoor activities do you take an active part?
                                                                                                       ■ Camping                        ■ Fish and Wildlife Management   ■ Pets                        ■ Textile
________________________________________________________________________________                       ■ Canoeing                       ■ Fishing                        ■ Photography                 ■ Theater
                                                                                                       ■ Chemistry                      ■ Forestry                       ■ Pioneering                  ■ Tra c Safety
3. Please check the areas in which you would be willing to help:                                       ■ Cinematography                 ■ Gardening                      ■ Plant Science               ■ Truck Transportation
                                                                                                       ■ Citizenship in the Community   ■ Genealogy                      ■ Plumbing                    ■ Veterinary Medicine
    General Activities                       Special Program Assistance
                                                                                                       ■ Citizenship in the Nation      ■ Geology                        ■ Pottery                     ■ Waterskiing
    ■ Campouts                     ■ I have a station wagon or ________ truck.                         ■ Citizenship in the World       ■ Golf                           ■ Public Health               ■ Weather
    ■ Hikes                        ■ I have a workshop.                                                ■ Climbing                       ■ Graphic Arts                   ■ Public Speaking             ■ Whitewater
    ■ Outdoor activities           ■ I have access to camping property.                                ■ Coin Collecting                ■ Hiking                         ■ Pulp and Paper              ■ Wilderness Survival
    ■ Troop meetings               ■ I can make contacts for service projects.                         ■ Collections                    ■ Home Repairs                   ■ Radio                       ■ Wood Carving
    ■ Swimming supervision                                                                             ■ Communications                 ■ Horsemanship                   ■ Railroading                 ■ Woodwork
    ■ Bookkeeping                                                                                      ■ Computers                      ■ Indian Lore
    ■
    ■ Other ____________________________________________________________                               ■ Cooking
                    (please print)
                                                                                                       Other skills and activities I could assist in for the older-Scout program:
                                                                                                       ■ Backpacking                    ■ Freestyle biking                ■ Rappelling                 ■ Survival
4. Please list any Scouting skills you would be willing to teach:
                                                                                                       ■ Basketball                     ■ Golf                            ■ Sailing                    ■ Swimming
                                                                                                       ■ Bowling                        ■ Hockey                          ■ Scuba diving               ■ Tennis
                                                                                                       ■ Business                       ■ Kayaking                        ■ Shooting sports            ■ Video/photography
                                                                                                       ■ Cross-country skiing           ■ Mechanics                       ■ Slow-pitch softball        ■ Volleyball
                                                                                                       ■ Cycling                        ■ Mountain man                    ■ Snow camping               ■ Whitewater canoeing
                                                                                                       ■ Downhill skiing                ■ Orienteering                    ■ Soccer                     ■ Windsur ng
                                                                                                       ■ Fishing                        ■ Rafting                         ■ Spelunking
                      Permission Slip
                        Troop 764
             St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church
                                                                                                     2009
                     Dunwoody, GA

Purpose: This permission Slip shall serve as your general permission for your Scout to participate in Troop 764 activities
during 2009. While specific information will be provided you regarding each trip or activity, this will be the only Permission Slip
distributed for the 2009 activities. This Permission Slip will be kept with the troop re cords and will serve as our source for the
information set fourth below. Your Scout will not be permitted to accompany the troop in its 2009 activities until the troop has on file
the following two documents: a current BSA Personal Health and Medical Record form for your son and a signed copy of this
Permission Slip. If any information regarding your Scout changes during the year, it is your responsibility to provide updated copies
of one or both of these forms. Please keep a copy of this Permission Slip for your files.

 Scout’s Full Name                                                   Birth Date


 Address                                                             Home Telephone / Mobile Telephone


 City, State, Zip                                                    Parent’s Work Telephone & Contact Name


 E-mail Address                                                      Parent’s Work / Alternate Telephone & Contact


 Allergies                                                           Health Insurance Comp any (Attach a copy of both sides of
                                                                     your health insurance card to this form.)


 Other Information We Should Know                                    Policy / Group No.




                                          Activity Permissions and Waiver of Claims
In consideration of the benefits to be derived, and in view of the fact that the Boy Scouts of America is an educational institution,
membership in which is voluntary, and having full confidence that every precaution will be taken to ensure the safety and well-being
of my Scout son/ward on and during the activities during 2009, I:
         (a) agree to his participation in Troop 764 activities in 2009, including any travel or preliminary training;
         (b) understand that every effort will be made to contact me in case of an emergency during a troop activity;
         (c) give permission to the troop leaders of any activity, in the event I cannot be reached, to treat locally in the field any
              accident, illness, or injury that troop leaders, in their best judgment, believe requires immediate attention;
         (d) give permission to the troop leaders of an activity, as necessary, to obtain medical treatment for my Scout son/ward,
              including X-ray examination, anesthesia, hospitalization, surgery, injections for my child and/or medical or surgical
              diagnostic procedures or treatment considered necessary in the best judgment of the attending physician and performed
              by or under the supervision of the medical staff of the hospital or clinic furnishing medical services in the event of illness
              or injury to my son/ward during a trip or activity, at my expense; and
         (e) waive all claims against the leaders of each trip or activity, the leaders of Troop 764, the officers, agents, and
              representatives of the Boy Scouts of America and its local councils, and of the Troop 764 chartered organization, St.
              Luke’s Presbyterian Church, arising out of any accident, illness, injury, damage, or other loss or harm to/or incurred or
              suffered by the Scout, or to his property, in connection with or incidental to the trips and activities, including any travel
              or preliminary training.


   Parent’s Signature                                     Date         Parent’s Signature                                     Date
                       Annual Health and Medical Record
                                      (Valid for 12 calendar months)


Medical Information
The Boy Scouts of America recommends that all youth and adult members have annual medical evaluations
by a certified and licensed health-care provider. In an effort to provide better care to those who may become
ill or injured and to provide youth members and adult leaders a better understanding of their own physical
capabilities, the Boy Scouts of America has established minimum standards for providing medical information
prior to participating in various activities. Those standards are offered below in one three-part medical form.
Note that unit leaders must always protect the privacy of unit participants by protecting their medical information.

Parts A and C are to be completed annually by all BSA unit members. 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. Medical information required includes a current health history and list of medications. Part C
also includes the parental informed consent and hold harmless/release agreement (with an area for notarization if
required by your state) as well as a talent release statement. Adult unit leaders should review participants’ health
histories and become knowledgeable about the medical needs of the youth members in their unit. This form is to
be filled out by participants and parents or guardians and kept on file for easy reference.

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. The
level of activity ranges from what is normally expended at home or at school to strenuous activity such as
hiking and backpacking. Other examples include tour camping, jamborees, and Wood Badge training courses.
It is important to note that the height/weight chart must be strictly adhered to if the event will take the unit
beyond a radius wherein emergency evacuation is more than 30 minutes by ground transportation, such as
backpacking trips, high-adventure activities, and conservation projects in remote areas.

Risk Factors
Based on the vast experience of the medical community, the BSA has identified that the following risk factors
may define your participation in various outdoor adventures.

•	 Excessive body weight                                   •	 Asthma
•	 Heart disease                                           •	 Sleep disorders
•	 Hypertension (high blood pressure)                      •	 Allergies/anaphylaxis
•	 Diabetes                                                •	 Muscular/skeletal injuries
•	 Seizures                                                •	 Psychiatric/psychological and emotional difficulties
•	 Lack of appropriate immunizations
For more information on medical risk factors, visit Scouting Safely on www.scouting.org.

Prescriptions

The taking of prescription medication is the responsibility of the individual taking the medication and/or that
individual’s parent or guardian. A leader, after obtaining all the necessary information, can agree to accept the
responsibility of making sure a youth takes the necessary medication at the appropriate time, but BSA does not
mandate or necessarily encourage the leader to do so. Also, if state laws are more limiting, they must be followed.
                                                                                                                                           Annual BSA Health and Medical Record
Last name: ________________________________ DOB: ______________ Allergies: __________________ Emergency contact No.: ___________________
                                                                                                                                           Part A
                                                                                                                                           GENERAL INFORMATION
                                                                                                                                           Name ___________________________________________________________________ Date of birth ________________________________ Age _____________ Male                Female
                                                                                                                                           Address _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Grade completed (youth only) __________
                                                                                                                                           City _____________________________________________________________________ State ____________ Zip ____________________________ Phone No. ________________________________
                                                                                                                                           Unit leader ______________________________________________________ Council name/No. ___________________________________________ Unit No. ___________________
                                                                                                                                           Social Security No. (optional; may be required by medical facilities for treatment) _______________________ Religious preference ______________________________
                                                                                                                                           Health/accident insurance company __________________________________________________________ Policy No. ________________________________________________________
                                                                                                                                                                           ATTACH A PHOTOCOPY OF BOTH SIDES OF INSURANCE CARD (SEE PART C).
                                                                                                                                                                                   IF FAMILY HAS NO MEDICAL INSURANCE, STATE “NONE.”
                                                                                                                                           In case of emergency, notify:
                                                                                                                                           Name _________________________________________________________________________________ Relationship _____________________________________________________________
                                                                                                                                           Address _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
                                                                                                                                           Home phone _________________________________________ Business phone _______________________________ Cell phone ___________________________________________
                                                                                                                                           Alternate contact _________________________________________________________________________ Alternate’s phone ___________________________________________________

                                                                                                                                           MEDICAL HISTORY
                                                                                                                                           Are you now, or have you ever been treated for any of the following:                                                            Allergies or Reaction to:
                                                                                                                                             Yes      No                       Condition                                       Explain                       Medication _______________________________________
                                                                                                                                                              Asthma                                                                                         Food, Plants, or Insect Bites ____________________
                                                                                                                                                              Diabetes                                                                                       ____________________________________________________
                                                                                                                                                              Hypertension (high blood pressure)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Immunizations:
                                                                                                                                                              Heart disease (i.e., CHF, CAD, MI)                                                             The following are recommended by the BSA.
                                                                                                                                                              Stroke/TIA                                                                                     Tetanus immunization must have been received
                                                                                                                                                              COPD                                                                                           within the last 10 years. If had disease, put “D”
                                                                                                                                                              Ear/sinus problems                                                                             and the year. If immunized, check the box and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             enter the year received.
                                                                                                                                                              Muscular/skeletal condition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Yes    No     Date
                                                                                                                                                              Menstrual problems (women only)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Tetanus ____________________________
                                                                                                                                                              Psychiatric/psychological and
                                                                                                                                                              emotional difficulties                                                                                       Pertussis __________________________
                                                                                                                                                              Learning disorders (i.e., ADHD, ADD)                                                                         Diptheria __________________________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Measles ___________________________
                                                                                                                                                              Bleeding disorders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Mumps ____________________________
                                                                                                                                                              Fainting spells
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rubella ____________________________
                                                                                                                                                              Thyroid disease
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Polio _______________________________
                                                                                                                                                              Kidney disease                                                                                               Chicken pox_______________________
                                                                                                                                                              Sickle cell disease                                                                                          Hepatitis A ________________________
                                                                                                                                                              Seizures                                                                                                     Hepatitis B ________________________
                                                                                                                                                              Sleep disorders (i.e., sleep apnea)                                                                          Influenza __________________________
                                                                                                                                                              GI problems (i.e., abdominal, digestive)                                                         Exemption to immunizations claimed.
                                                                                                                                                              Surgery                                                                                        (For more information about immunizations, as
                                                                                                                                                              Serious injury                                                                                 well as the immunization exemption form, see
                                                                                                                                                              Other                                                                                          Scouting Safely on Scouting.org.)

                                                                                                                                           MEDICATIONS
                                                                                                                                           List all medications currently used. (If additional space is needed, please photocopy this part of the health form.)
                                                                                                                                           Inhalers and EpiPen information must be included, even if they are for occasional or emergency use only.
                                                                                                                                            Medication _______________________________________       Medication _______________________________________       Medication _______________________________________
                                                                                                                                            Strength ___________ Frequency __________________        Strength ___________ Frequency __________________        Strength ___________ Frequency __________________
                                                                                                                                            Reason for medication __________________________         Reason for medication __________________________         Reason for medication __________________________
                                                                                                                                            _____________________________________________________    _____________________________________________________    _____________________________________________________
                                                                                                                                            Approximate date started ______________________          Approximate date started ______________________          Approximate date started ______________________
                                                                                                                                            Temporary        Permanent                               Temporary        Permanent                               Temporary        Permanent
                                                                                                                                            Medication _______________________________________       Medication _______________________________________       Medication _______________________________________
                                                                                                                                            Strength ___________ Frequency __________________        Strength ___________ Frequency __________________        Strength ___________ Frequency __________________
                                                                                                                                            Reason for medication __________________________         Reason for medication __________________________         Reason for medication __________________________
                                                                                                                                            _____________________________________________________    _____________________________________________________    _____________________________________________________
                                                                                                                                            Approximate date started ______________________          Approximate date started ______________________          Approximate date started ______________________
                                                                                                                                            Temporary        Permanent                               Temporary        Permanent                               Temporary        Permanent

                                                                                                                                            NOTE: Be sure to bring medications in the appropriate containers, and make sure that they are NOT expired,
                                                                                                                                                  including inhalers and EpiPens. You SHOULD NOT STOP taking any maintenance medication.
Part B
PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

Height ___________ Weight ____________          Meets height/weight limits        Yes       No     Blood pressure __________ Pulse_____________
Individuals desiring to participate in any high-adventure activity or events in which emergency evacuation would take longer
than 30 minutes by ground transportation will not be permitted to do so if they exceed the weight limit as documented at the
bottom of this page. Enforcing the height/weight limit is strongly encouraged for all other events, but it is not mandatory.
(For healthy height/weight guidelines, visit www.cdc.gov.)

                                                    Explain Any                                                                         Explain Any
                    Normal      Abnormal                                 Range of Mobility          Normal        Abnormal
                                                   Abnormalities                                                                       Abnormalities
 Eyes                                                                  Knees (both)
 Ears                                                                  Ankles (both)
 Nose                                                                  Spine
 Throat
 Lungs                                                                          Other                 Yes             No
 Heart                                                                 Contacts
 Abdomen                                                               Dentures
 Genitalia                                                             Braces
 Skin                                                                  Inguinal hernia                                                     Explain
 Emotional                                                             Medical equipment
 adjustment                                                            (i.e., CPAP, oxygen)

Allergies (to what agent, type of reaction, treatment): __________________________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

I certify that I have, today, reviewed the health history, examined this person, and approve this individual for participation in:
   Hiking and camping       Competitive activities           Backpacking      Swimming/water activities                    Climbing/rappelling
   Sports                   Horseback riding                 Scuba diving     Mountain biking                              Challenge (“ropes”) course
   Cold-weather activity (<10°F)                             Wilderness/backcountry treks
Specify restrictions (if none, so state) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Certified and licensed health-care providers recognized by the BSA to perform this exam include physicians (MD, DO), nurse
practitioners, and physician’s assistants.

 To Health Care Provider: Restricted approval includes:                     Provider printed name ______________________________________________________
 ➔ Uncontrolled heart disease, asthma, or hypertension.                     Signature _______________________________________________________________________
 ➔ Uncontrolled psychiatric disorders.
 ➔ Poorly controlled diabetes.                                              Address ________________________________________________________________________
 ➔ Orthopedic injuries not cleared by a physician.                          City, state, zip _________________________________________________________________
 ➔ Newly diagnosed seizure events (within 6 months).
 ➔ For scuba, use of medications to control diabetes, asthma,               Office phone __________________________________________________________________
    or seizures                                                             Date _____________________________________________________________________________

    Height      Recommended            Allowable          Maximum                Height          Recommended           Allowable             Maximum
   (inches)      Weight (lbs)          Exception         Acceptance             (inches)          Weight (lbs)         Exception            Acceptance
        60           97-138             139-166               166                  70               132-188             189-226                  226
        61          101-143             144-172               172                  71               136-194             195-233                  233
        62          104-148             149-178               178                  72               140-199             200-239                  239
        63          107-152             153-183               183                  73               144-205             206-246                  246
        64          111-157             158-189               189                  74               148-210             211-252                  252
        65          114-162             163-195               195                  75               152-216             217-260                  260
        66          118-167             168-201               201                  76               156-222             223-267                  267
        67          121-172             173-207               207                  77               160-228             229-274                  274
        68          125-178             179-214               214                  78               164-234             235-281                  281
        69          129-185             186-220               220               79 & over           170-240             241-295                  295

   This table is based on the revised Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and the Dept. of Health & Human Services.


Part B          Last name: _________________________________________ DOB: ___________________
Part C
Parental Informed Consent and Hold Harmless/Release Agreement
I understand that participation in Scouting activities involves a certain degree of risk. I have carefully considered the risk involved and
have given consent for myself or my child to participate in these activities. I understand that participation in these activities is entirely
voluntary and requires participants to abide by applicable rules and standards of conduct. I release the Boy Scouts of America, the
local council, the activity coordinators, and all employees, volunteers, related parties, or other organizations associated with the
activity from any and all claims or liability arising out of this participation.

I approve the sharing of the information on this form with BSA volunteers and professionals who need to know of medical situations
that might require special consideration for the safe conducting of Scouting activities.

In case of an emergency involving me or my child, I understand that every effort will be made to contact the individual listed as the
emergency contact person. In the event that this person cannot be reached, permission is hereby given to the medical provider
selected by the adult leader in charge to secure proper treatment, including hospitalization, anesthesia, surgery, or injections of
medication for me or my child. Medical providers are authorized to disclose to the adult in charge examination findings, test results,
and treatment provided for purposes of medical evaluation of the participant, follow-up and communication with the participant’s
parents or guardian, and/or determination of the participant’s ability to continue in the program activities.
   Without restrictions.

   With special considerations or restrictions (list) ____________________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



                                                            Talent Release Form
I hereby assign and grant to the local council and the Boy Scouts of America the right and permission to use and publish the
photographs/film/videotapes/electronic representations and/or sound recordings made of me or my child by the Boy Scouts of
America, and I hereby release the Boy Scouts of America from any and all liability from such use and publication.

I hereby authorize the reproduction, sale, copyright, exhibit, broadcast, electronic storage, and/or distribution of said photographs/
film/videotapes/electronic representations and/or sound recordings without limitation at the discretion of the Boy Scouts of America,
and I specifically waive any right to any compensation I may have for any of the foregoing.

  Yes        No


I understand that, if any information I/we have provided is found to be inaccurate, it may limit and/or eliminate the opportunity
for participation in any event or activity.

Participant’s name ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Participant’s signature ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Parent/guardian’s signature ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
                                                                            (if under the age of 18)


Date ________________________________________________
Attach copy of insurance card (front and back) here. If required by your state, use the space provided here for notarization.




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http://www.scouting.org
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Part C            Last name: _________________________________________ DOB: ___________________
                                                      BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
                                                                   Be a Scouting Volunteer
                                                    In a Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, Varsity Scout team, Venturing crew, or
                                                    Sea Scout ship—or in any position in a district or council—your participation
                                                    is a service to your community and helps youth become better citizens.
                                                    Quality leadership is important in the training of youth as members of the
                                                    Boy Scouts of America. This application helps select the best individuals for
                                                    their volunteer roles. Thank you for completing all items in this application.
                                                    See instructions on inside cover.
                                                       BY SUBMITTING THIS APPLICATION YOU ARE AUTHORIZING A CRIMINAL
                                                                BACKGROUND CHECK OF YOURSELF. THIS CHECK
                                                         WILL BE MADE FROM PUBLIC RECORD SOURCES. YOU WILL HAVE
                                                           AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW AND CHALLENGE ANY ADVERSE
                                                                   INFORMATION DISCLOSED BY THE CHECK.
                                                      IF YOU WOULD LIKE A COPY OF YOUR CRIMINAL BACKGROUND REPORT, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR
                                                                                     LOCAL COUNCIL OFFICE.


                                                                           THANK YOU FOR GIVING YOUR TIME TO
                                                                                THE YOUTH OF AMERICA.
                                                                 The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young
                                                                 people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes
                                                                 by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

                                                       Scout Oath                                               Scout Law
28-501B • ADULT REGISTRATION APPLICATION • 1MM805




                                                       On my honor I will do my best                            A Scout is:
                                                       To do my duty to God and my country                      Trustworthy    Obedient
                                                         and to obey the Scout Law;                             Loyal          Cheerful
                                                       To help other people at all times;                       Helpful        Thrifty
                                                       To keep myself physically strong,                        Friendly       Brave
                                                         mentally awake, and morally straight.                  Courteous      Clean
                                                                                                                Kind           Reverent
                                                    Youth Protection Training
                                                    All volunteers are expected to complete Youth Protection training. It is available online
                                                    on most council Web sites, and each local council provides training to leaders on a
                                                    regular basis throughout the year. As a volunteer, you are expected to complete the
                                                    training within 90 days of assuming a leadership position.
                                                    For more information, refer to the back of the applicant copy.
              Purpose of the Boy Scouts of America                                toward that religious training. The Boy Scouts of America’s policy
 The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America is to promote,                          is that the home and the organization or group with which the
 through cooperation with other agencies, the ability of youth to                 member is connected shall give definite attention to religious life.
 do things for themselves and others, and to teach youth patrio-                  Only persons willing to subscribe to the Declaration of Religious
 tism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues. In achieving this             Principle and to the Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America shall
 purpose, emphasis is placed upon the Boy Scouts of America’s                     be entitled to certificates of leadership.
 educational program and its oaths, promises, and codes for
 character development, citizenship training, and mental and                            Leadership Requirements
 physical fitness.                                                  The applicant must possess the moral, educational, and emo-
                                                                    tional qualities that the Boy Scouts of America deems neces-
      Excerpt From the Declaration of Religious Principle           sary to afford positive leadership to youth. The applicant must
 The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow also be the correct age, and subscribe to the Declaration of
 into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to Religious Principle, and abide by the Scout Oath or Promise,
 God and, therefore, recognizes the religious element in the train- and the Scout Law.
 ing of the member, but is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude

        APPROVALS REQUIRED—UNIT SCOUTERS                                          personnel must be approved by the head of the chartered orga-
 Unit committee chairman approves all adult personnel                             nization or the chartered organization representative.
 except the char tered organization representative and                            Scout executive or designee must approve all unit Scouters.
 committee chairman.
                                                                                  APPROVAL REQUIRED—
 Chartered organization head or chartered organization                            COUNCIL, DISTRICT, AND DIVISION SCOUTERS
 representative. The chartered organization representative is
 approved by the head of the chartered organization. Following                    Scout executive or designee must approve all council,
 approval by the unit committee chairman, all other adult unit                    district, and division Scouters.

Scouting magazine. This magazine is sent to all registered, paid adult members.                    FEE CHART               UNIT POSITION CODE
Boys’ Life. Registered adults get a special rate of $12.00 a year (half the                Months Registration Boys’       CR Chartered organization
new regular rate of $24.00 a year). For a subscription to a great magazine                                      Life            representative
and up-to-date information on boys and Scouting, just attach the appropriate                                               CC Committee chairman
                                                                                             1          .85       —
amount and check the Boys’ Life box. Please calculate and remit the appropri-                                              MC Committee member
ate state and local taxes. On late registrations it may be necessary to deliver              2         1.70     2.00       SM Scoutmaster**
back issues.                                                                                                               SA Assistant Scoutmaster**
                                                                                             3         2.55     3.00
                                                                                                                           NL Crew Advisor
Qualification. Adults who are not citizens of the United States but who
reside within the country may register with the Boy Scouts of America in any                 4         3.40     4.00       NA Crew associate Advisor
capacity if they agree to abide by the Scout Oath or Promise and the Scout                                                 SK Skipper
                                                                                             5         4.25     5.00
Law, to respect and obey the laws of the United States of America, and to                                                  MT Mate
subscribe to the Declaration of Religious Principle. All leaders must be 21                  6         5.10     6.00       VC Varsity Scout Coach**
years of age or older, except assistant Scoutmasters, assistant den leaders,                                               VA Assistant Varsity Scout
assistant Cubmasters, assistant Webelos den leaders, and assistant Varsity                   7         5.95     7.00            Coach**
Scout coaches, who must be 18 or older. No one may register in more than                     8         6.80     8.00       CM Cubmaster**
one position in the same unit, except the chartered organization representa-                                               CA Assistant Cubmaster**
tive (who can multiple only as the committee chairman (CC) or a committee                    9         7.65     9.00       WL Webelos den leader**
member (MC)).
                                                                                            10         8.50    10.00       WA Assistant Webelos den
I submit my $10 registration fee for one year, $2 of which is to cover a                                                        leader**
subscription to Scouting magazine. Short-term fees are pro rata amounts as                  11         9.35    11.00       DL Den leader**
indicated.                                                                                                                 DA Assistant den leader**
                                                                                            12        10.00    12.00
Ethnic Background Information. BSA receives inquiries from various                                                         TL Tiger Cub den leader
agencies regarding racial composition. Please mark the appropriate box to                                                  PT Pack trainer
indicate ethnic background.                                                                                                42 Merit badge counselor
❑ African American                       ❑ Caucasian                                                                       88 Lone Cub Scout friend
❑ American Indian                        ❑ Hispanic/Latino                                                                      and counselor**
❑ Alaska Native                          ❑ Pacific Islander                                                                96 Lone Scout friend and
                                                                                                                                counselor**
❑ Asian                                  ❑ Other
                                                                                                                           **Will receive Program Helps
BSA Privacy Policy. The Boy Scouts of America protects the confidential-                                                     as inserts in Scouting.
ity of the names and personal information of those who are affiliated with
the movement. No commercial or unauthorized use is made of the names,
addresses, and other confidential information of members. Access to this
information is strictly limited.

  This application is designed to be an information-gathering aid. Answers given by the applicant are to be verified in those
  instances where a legitimate question arises as to his/her qualifications.
  INSTRUCTIONS
  Unit Scouters
  1. Complete and sign the top copy. Keep the back copy (appli-                   3. The committee chairman keeps the unit copy, gives one copy
     cant copy) and give the remaining copies to the committee                       to the chartered organization, and forwards the remain-
     chairman with the proper fees.                                                  ing copy to the local council service center for approval
  2. After the application has been reviewed and, if necessary, ref-                 and processing.
     erences checked by the unit committee, secure the approv-
                                                                                  Council, District, and Division Scouters
     als. The process set forth in the publication Selecting Quality
     Leaders, No. 18-981, must be completed for all positions                     1. Complete and sign the application.
     of Scoutmaster, assistant Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach, and                    2. Send the proper fee and all three copies of the application
     assistant Varsity Coach.                                                        to the local council service center for approval and processing.
                          BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA                                                             UNIT SCOUTERS                              COUNCIL/DISTRICT/DIVISION SCOUTERS
                                                                                                        Check one                                      Council/District/Division position

    ADULT APPLICATION                                                                                   ■
                                                                                                        ■
                                                                                                        ■
                                                                                                            Pack No. ________________
                                                                                                            Troop No. _______________
                                                                                                            Team No. _______________       OR          District name
            The information obtained in this form                                                       ■   Crew No.________________
            is for the internal use of the BSA only.                                                    ■ Ship No. ________________


  EXPIRE DATE                                           TERM            MONTHS                     New leader   ■             Former leader     ■
   ■ If applicant has an unexpired membership certificate, registration may be accomplished in this unit by paying $1 for processing the transfer.
        Check the box and attach certificate. It will be returned by the council.
    TRANSFER FROM:                              COUNCIL NO.                                      UNIT TYPE                                              UNIT NO.
  Please print one letter in each space—press hard; you are making two copies.
  First name (No initials or nicknames)                               Middle name                               Last name                                                                      Suffix



  Social Security Number (required)                     Country
                  -         -                                                 Have you completed:             Youth Protection training             Fast Start training

  Mailing address                                                                    City                                                                           State           Zip code



  Home phone                                                 Business phone                                     Date of birth            mm-dd-yyyy
                  -                -                                   -               -                                 -           -

  Ethnic background (Please mark the appropriate box.)                                                             Driver’s license no.                                     State       Expiration
      African American        American Indian          Alaska Native                            Asian
      Caucasian               Hispanic/Latino          Pacific Islander                         Other

  Sex       Occupation                                                                      Employer                                                Yes No      Date earned                 mm-dd-yyyy
                                                                                                                                 Are you an
                                                                                                                                 Eagle Scout?                             -            -

  Business address                                                                   City                                                                           State           Zip code



                                                                                                                             E-mail address
                                  Position      Position                                        Boys’
                                                                                                                   Business
  Program                         code          (Description)                                   Life
                                                                                                                   Home
                                                                                                                   Home Page

1. Scouting background.                                                    6. Additional information. (circle each answer)
   Position           Council                         Year                                                                                              APPROVALS FOR UNIT SCOUTERS
                                                                              a. Do you use illegal drugs?                         Yes   No
                                                                                                                                                        We are unaware of anything contrary to the
___________________________________________________                           b. Have you ever been convicted of a criminal        Yes   No             information stated in this application. This appli-
                                                                                 offense? (If yes, explain below.)                                      cation has been reviewed according to BSA
___________________________________________________                           c. Have you ever been charged with child             Yes   No             procedures and this applicant meets the leader-
2. Experience working with youth in other organizations.                         neglect or abuse?                                                      ship qualifications of the Boy Scouts of America:

___________________________________________________                           d. Has your driver’s license ever been sus-    Yes         No
                                                                                 pended or revoked? (If yes, explain below.)                            ______________________________________
                                                                                                                                                        Signature of unit committee chairman
___________________________________________________                           e. Other than the above, is there any fact or        Yes   No
3. Previous residences (for last five years).                                    circumstance involving you or your back-                                              Date ____________
   City                                                      State               ground that would call into question your
                                                                                 being entrusted with the supervision,                                  ______________________________________
_______________________________________                      ______              guidance, and care of young people?                                    Signature of chartered organization head or
                                                                                 (If yes, explain below.)                                               chartered organization representative
_______________________________________                      ______
                                                                           ___________________________________________________                                         Date ____________
_______________________________________                      ______        ___________________________________________________
_______________________________________                      ______        ___________________________________________________
                                                                                                                                                        ACCEPTED.
4. Current memberships (religious, community, business,                    I understand that:
   labor, or professional organizations).                                     a. The information that I have provided may be verified,                  ______________________________________
                                                                                 if necessary, by contacting persons or organizations                   Signature of Scout executive or designee
___________________________________________________                              named in this application, or by contacting any person
                                                                                 or organization that may have information concerning                                  Date ____________
___________________________________________________
                                                                                 me, or by conducting a criminal background check.
___________________________________________________                              I hereby release and agree to hold harmless from
                                                                                 liability any person or organization that provides infor-              APPROVAL FOR COUNCIL, DISTRICT, AND
5. References. Please list those who are familiar with your                      mation. I also agree to hold harmless the chartered                    DIVISION SCOUTERS
   character as it relates to working with youth. References                     organization, local council, Boy Scouts of America,                    We are unaware of anything contrary to the
   will be checked when necessary.                                               and the officers, employees, and volunteers thereof.                   information stated in this application. This appli-
Name _____________________________________________                            b. In signing this application, I have read the attached infor-           cation has been reviewed according to BSA
                                                                                 mation and apply for registration with the Boy Scouts of               procedures and this applicant meets the leader-
Telephone (           )                                                                                                                                 ship qualifications of the Boy Scouts of America:
                                                                                 America. I agree to comply with the Charter and Bylaws,
Name _____________________________________________                               and the Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of
Telephone (           )                                                          America and the local council. I affirm that the informa-              ______________________________________
                                                                                 tion I have given on this form is true and correct. I will             Signature of Scout executive or designee
Name _____________________________________________                               follow the Youth Protection guidelines.

                                                                           X
Telephone (           )                                                                                                                                                Date ____________
                                                                           ______________________________________ ___________
Registration fee                       Boys’ Life fee                      Signature of applicant                 Date
                                                                                                                                                                                                              28-501B




$                                      $
              .                                   .
Retain on file for three years.                                               LOCAL COUNCIL COPY
                          BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA                                                              UNIT SCOUTERS                              COUNCIL/DISTRICT/DIVISION SCOUTERS
                                                                                                         Check one                                      Council/District/Division position

    ADULT APPLICATION                                                                                    ■
                                                                                                         ■
                                                                                                         ■
                                                                                                             Pack No. ________________
                                                                                                             Troop No. _______________
                                                                                                             Team No. _______________       OR          District name
            The information obtained in this form                                                        ■   Crew No.________________
            is for the internal use of the BSA only.                                                     ■ Ship No. ________________


  EXPIRE DATE                                           TERM            MONTHS                      New leader   ■             Former leader     ■
   ■ If applicant has an unexpired membership certificate, registration may be accomplished in this unit by paying $1 for processing the transfer.
        Check the box and attach certificate. It will be returned by the council.
    TRANSFER FROM:                              COUNCIL NO.                                       UNIT TYPE                                              UNIT NO.
  Please print one letter in each space—press hard; you are making two copies.
  First name (No initials or nicknames)                                Middle name                               Last name                                                                      Suffix



                                                        Country
                  -         -                                                 Have you completed:              Youth Protection training             Fast Start training

  Mailing address                                                                     City                                                                           State           Zip code



  Home phone                                                 Business phone                                      Date of birth            mm-dd-yyyy
                  -                -                                    -               -                                 -           -

  Ethnic background (Please mark the appropriate box.)                                                              Driver’s license no.                                     State       Expiration
      African American        American Indian          Alaska Native                             Asian
      Caucasian               Hispanic/Latino          Pacific Islander                          Other

  Sex       Occupation                                                                       Employer                                                Yes No      Date earned                 mm-dd-yyyy
                                                                                                                                  Are you an
                                                                                                                                  Eagle Scout?                               -          -

  Business address                                                                    City                                                                           State           Zip code



                                                                                                                              E-mail address
                                  Position      Position                                         Boys’
                                                                                                                    Business
  Program                         code          (Description)                                    Life
                                                                                                                    Home
                                                                                                                    Home Page

1. Scouting background.                                                     6. Additional information. (circle each answer)
   Position           Council                         Year                                                                                               APPROVALS FOR UNIT SCOUTERS
                                                                               a. Do you use illegal drugs?                         Yes   No
                                                                                                                                                         We are unaware of anything contrary to the
___________________________________________________                            b. Have you ever been convicted of a criminal        Yes   No             information stated in this application. This appli-
                                                                                  offense? (If yes, explain below.)                                      cation has been reviewed according to BSA
___________________________________________________                            c. Have you ever been charged with child             Yes   No             procedures and this applicant meets the leader-
2. Experience working with youth in other organizations.                          neglect or abuse?                                                      ship qualifications of the Boy Scouts of America:

___________________________________________________                            d. Has your driver’s license ever been sus-    Yes         No
                                                                                  pended or revoked? (If yes, explain below.)                            ______________________________________
                                                                                                                                                         Signature of unit committee chairman
___________________________________________________                            e. Other than the above, is there any fact or        Yes   No
3. Previous residences (for last five years).                                     circumstance involving you or your back-                                              Date ____________
   City                                                      State                ground that would call into question your
                                                                                  being entrusted with the supervision,                                  ______________________________________
_______________________________________                      ______               guidance, and care of young people?                                    Signature of chartered organization head or
                                                                                  (If yes, explain below.)                                               chartered organization representative
_______________________________________                      ______
                                                                            ___________________________________________________                                         Date ____________
_______________________________________                      ______         ___________________________________________________
_______________________________________                      ______         ___________________________________________________
                                                                                                                                                         ACCEPTED.
4. Current memberships (religious, community, business,                     I understand that:
   labor, or professional organizations).                                      a. The information that I have provided may be verified,                  ______________________________________
                                                                                  if necessary, by contacting persons or organizations                   Signature of Scout executive or designee
___________________________________________________                               named in this application, or by contacting any person
                                                                                  or organization that may have information concerning                                  Date ____________
___________________________________________________
                                                                                  me, or by conducting a criminal background check.
___________________________________________________                               I hereby release and agree to hold harmless from
                                                                                  liability any person or organization that provides infor-              APPROVAL FOR COUNCIL, DISTRICT, AND
5. References. Please list those who are familiar with your                       mation. I also agree to hold harmless the chartered                    DIVISION SCOUTERS
   character as it relates to working with youth. References                      organization, local council, Boy Scouts of America,                    We are unaware of anything contrary to the
   will be checked when necessary.                                                and the officers, employees, and volunteers thereof.                   information stated in this application. This appli-
Name _____________________________________________                             b. In signing this application, I have read the attached infor-           cation has been reviewed according to BSA
                                                                                  mation and apply for registration with the Boy Scouts of               procedures and this applicant meets the leader-
Telephone (           )                                                                                                                                  ship qualifications of the Boy Scouts of America:
                                                                                  America. I agree to comply with the Charter and Bylaws,
Name _____________________________________________                                and the Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of
Telephone (           )                                                           America and the local council. I affirm that the informa-              ______________________________________
                                                                                  tion I have given on this form is true and correct. I will             Signature of Scout executive or designee
Name _____________________________________________                                follow the Youth Protection guidelines.

                                                                            X
Telephone (           )                                                                                                                                                 Date ____________
                                                                            ______________________________________ ___________
Registration fee                       Boys’ Life fee                       Signature of applicant                 Date
                                                                                                                                                                                                               28-501B




$                                      $
              .                                   .
Retain on file for three years.                                       CHARTERED ORGANIZATION COPY
                          BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA                                                             UNIT SCOUTERS                              COUNCIL/DISTRICT/DIVISION SCOUTERS
                                                                                                        Check one                                      Council/District/Division position

    ADULT APPLICATION                                                                                   ■
                                                                                                        ■
                                                                                                        ■
                                                                                                            Pack No. ________________
                                                                                                            Troop No. _______________
                                                                                                            Team No. _______________       OR          District name
            The information obtained in this form                                                       ■   Crew No.________________
            is for the internal use of the BSA only.                                                    ■ Ship No. ________________


  EXPIRE DATE                                           TERM            MONTHS                     New leader   ■             Former leader     ■
   ■ If applicant has an unexpired membership certificate, registration may be accomplished in this unit by paying $1 for processing the transfer.
        Check the box and attach certificate. It will be returned by the council.
    TRANSFER FROM:                              COUNCIL NO.                                      UNIT TYPE                                              UNIT NO.
  Please print one letter in each space—press hard; you are making two copies.
  First name (No initials or nicknames)                               Middle name                               Last name                                                                      Suffix



                                                        Country
                  -         -                                                 Have you completed:             Youth Protection training             Fast Start training

  Mailing address                                                                    City                                                                           State           Zip code



  Home phone                                                 Business phone                                     Date of birth            mm-dd-yyyy
                  -                -                                   -               -                                 -           -

  Ethnic background (Please mark the appropriate box.)                                                             Driver’s license no.                                     State       Expiration
      African American        American Indian          Alaska Native                            Asian
      Caucasian               Hispanic/Latino          Pacific Islander                         Other

  Sex       Occupation                                                                      Employer                                                Yes No      Date earned                 mm-dd-yyyy
                                                                                                                                 Are you an
                                                                                                                                 Eagle Scout?                               -          -

  Business address                                                                   City                                                                           State           Zip code



                                                                                                                             E-mail address
                                  Position      Position                                        Boys’
                                                                                                                   Business
  Program                         code          (Description)                                   Life
                                                                                                                   Home
                                                                                                                   Home Page

1. Scouting background.                                                    6. Additional information. (circle each answer)
   Position           Council                         Year                                                                                              APPROVALS FOR UNIT SCOUTERS
                                                                              a. Do you use illegal drugs?                         Yes   No
                                                                                                                                                        We are unaware of anything contrary to the
___________________________________________________                           b. Have you ever been convicted of a criminal        Yes   No             information stated in this application. This appli-
                                                                                 offense? (If yes, explain below.)                                      cation has been reviewed according to BSA
___________________________________________________                           c. Have you ever been charged with child             Yes   No             procedures and this applicant meets the leader-
2. Experience working with youth in other organizations.                         neglect or abuse?                                                      ship qualifications of the Boy Scouts of America:

___________________________________________________                           d. Has your driver’s license ever been sus-    Yes         No
                                                                                 pended or revoked? (If yes, explain below.)                            ______________________________________
                                                                                                                                                        Signature of unit committee chairman
___________________________________________________                           e. Other than the above, is there any fact or        Yes   No
3. Previous residences (for last five years).                                    circumstance involving you or your back-                                              Date ____________
   City                                                      State               ground that would call into question your
                                                                                 being entrusted with the supervision,                                  ______________________________________
_______________________________________                      ______              guidance, and care of young people?                                    Signature of chartered organization head or
                                                                                 (If yes, explain below.)                                               chartered organization representative
_______________________________________                      ______
                                                                           ___________________________________________________                                         Date ____________
_______________________________________                      ______        ___________________________________________________
_______________________________________                      ______        ___________________________________________________
                                                                                                                                                        ACCEPTED.
4. Current memberships (religious, community, business,                    I understand that:
   labor, or professional organizations).                                     a. The information that I have provided may be verified,                  ______________________________________
                                                                                 if necessary, by contacting persons or organizations                   Signature of Scout executive or designee
___________________________________________________                              named in this application, or by contacting any person
                                                                                 or organization that may have information concerning                                  Date ____________
___________________________________________________
                                                                                 me, or by conducting a criminal background check.
___________________________________________________                              I hereby release and agree to hold harmless from
                                                                                 liability any person or organization that provides infor-              APPROVAL FOR COUNCIL, DISTRICT, AND
5. References. Please list those who are familiar with your                      mation. I also agree to hold harmless the chartered                    DIVISION SCOUTERS
   character as it relates to working with youth. References                     organization, local council, Boy Scouts of America,                    We are unaware of anything contrary to the
   will be checked when necessary.                                               and the officers, employees, and volunteers thereof.                   information stated in this application. This appli-
Name _____________________________________________                            b. In signing this application, I have read the attached infor-           cation has been reviewed according to BSA
                                                                                 mation and apply for registration with the Boy Scouts of               procedures and this applicant meets the leader-
Telephone (           )                                                                                                                                 ship qualifications of the Boy Scouts of America:
                                                                                 America. I agree to comply with the Charter and Bylaws,
Name _____________________________________________                               and the Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of
Telephone (           )                                                          America and the local council. I affirm that the informa-              ______________________________________
                                                                                 tion I have given on this form is true and correct. I will             Signature of Scout executive or designee
Name _____________________________________________                               follow the Youth Protection guidelines.

                                                                           X
Telephone (           )                                                                                                                                                Date ____________
                                                                           ______________________________________ ___________
Registration fee                       Boys’ Life fee                      Signature of applicant                 Date
                                                                                                                                                                                                              28-501B




$                                      $
              .                                   .
Retain on file for three years.                                                      UNIT COPY
                          BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA                                                             UNIT SCOUTERS                              COUNCIL/DISTRICT/DIVISION SCOUTERS
                                                                                                        Check one                                      Council/District/Division position

    ADULT APPLICATION                                                                                   ■
                                                                                                        ■
                                                                                                        ■
                                                                                                            Pack No. ________________
                                                                                                            Troop No. _______________
                                                                                                            Team No. _______________       OR          District name
            The information obtained in this form                                                       ■   Crew No.________________
            is for the internal use of the BSA only.                                                    ■ Ship No. ________________


  EXPIRE DATE                                           TERM            MONTHS                     New leader   ■             Former leader     ■
   ■ If applicant has an unexpired membership certificate, registration may be accomplished in this unit by paying $1 for processing the transfer.
        Check the box and attach certificate. It will be returned by the council.
    TRANSFER FROM:                              COUNCIL NO.                                      UNIT TYPE                                              UNIT NO.
  Please print one letter in each space—press hard; you are making two copies.
  First name (No initials or nicknames)                               Middle name                               Last name                                                                      Suffix



                                                        Country
                  -         -                                                 Have you completed:             Youth Protection training             Fast Start training

  Mailing address                                                                    City                                                                           State           Zip code



  Home phone                                                 Business phone                                     Date of birth            mm-dd-yyyy
                  -                -                                   -               -                                 -           -

  Ethnic background (Please mark the appropriate box.)                                                              Driver’s license no.                                    State       Expiration
      African American        American Indian          Alaska Native                            Asian
      Caucasian               Hispanic/Latino          Pacific Islander                         Other

  Sex       Occupation                                                                      Employer                                                Yes No      Date earned                 mm-dd-yyyy
                                                                                                                                 Are you an
                                                                                                                                 Eagle Scout?                               -          -

  Business address                                                                   City                                                                           State           Zip code



                                                                                                                             E-mail address
                                  Position      Position                                        Boys’
                                                                                                                    Business
  Program                         code          (Description)                                   Life
                                                                                                                    Home
                                                                                                                    Home Page

1. Scouting background.                                                    6. Additional information. (circle each answer)
   Position           Council                         Year                                                                                              APPROVALS FOR UNIT SCOUTERS
                                                                              a. Do you use illegal drugs?                         Yes   No
                                                                                                                                                        We are unaware of anything contrary to the
___________________________________________________                           b. Have you ever been convicted of a criminal        Yes   No             information stated in this application. This appli-
                                                                                 offense? (If yes, explain below.)                                      cation has been reviewed according to BSA
___________________________________________________                           c. Have you ever been charged with child             Yes   No             procedures and this applicant meets the leader-
2. Experience working with youth in other organizations.                         neglect or abuse?                                                      ship qualifications of the Boy Scouts of America:

___________________________________________________                           d. Has your driver’s license ever been sus-    Yes         No
                                                                                 pended or revoked? (If yes, explain below.)                            ______________________________________
                                                                                                                                                        Signature of unit committee chairman
___________________________________________________                           e. Other than the above, is there any fact or        Yes   No
3. Previous residences (for last five years).                                    circumstance involving you or your back-                                              Date ____________
   City                                                      State               ground that would call into question your
                                                                                 being entrusted with the supervision,                                  ______________________________________
_______________________________________                      ______              guidance, and care of young people?                                    Signature of chartered organization head or
                                                                                 (If yes, explain below.)                                               chartered organization representative
_______________________________________                      ______
                                                                           ___________________________________________________                                         Date ____________
_______________________________________                      ______        ___________________________________________________
_______________________________________                      ______        ___________________________________________________
                                                                                                                                                        ACCEPTED.
4. Current memberships (religious, community, business,                    I understand that:
   labor, or professional organizations).                                     a. The information that I have provided may be verified,                  ______________________________________
                                                                                 if necessary, by contacting persons or organizations                   Signature of Scout executive or designee
___________________________________________________                              named in this application, or by contacting any person
                                                                                 or organization that may have information concerning                                  Date ____________
___________________________________________________
                                                                                 me, or by conducting a criminal background check.
___________________________________________________                              I hereby release and agree to hold harmless from
                                                                                 liability any person or organization that provides infor-              APPROVAL FOR COUNCIL, DISTRICT, AND
5. References. Please list those who are familiar with your                      mation. I also agree to hold harmless the chartered                    DIVISION SCOUTERS
   character as it relates to working with youth. References                     organization, local council, Boy Scouts of America,                    We are unaware of anything contrary to the
   will be checked when necessary.                                               and the officers, employees, and volunteers thereof.                   information stated in this application. This appli-
Name _____________________________________________                            b. In signing this application, I have read the attached infor-           cation has been reviewed according to BSA
                                                                                 mation and apply for registration with the Boy Scouts of               procedures and this applicant meets the leader-
Telephone (           )                                                                                                                                 ship qualifications of the Boy Scouts of America:
                                                                                 America. I agree to comply with the Charter and Bylaws,
Name _____________________________________________                               and the Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of
Telephone (           )                                                          America and the local council. I affirm that the informa-              ______________________________________
                                                                                 tion I have given on this form is true and correct. I will             Signature of Scout executive or designee
Name _____________________________________________                               follow the Youth Protection guidelines.

                                                                           X
Telephone (           )                                                                                                                                                Date ____________
                                                                           ______________________________________ ___________
Registration fee                       Boys’ Life fee                      Signature of applicant                 Date
                                                                                                                                                                                                              28-501B




$                                      $
                                                                           See reverse side for more information.
              .                                   .
Retain on file for three years.                                                 APPLICANT COPY
                                Training for New Volunteers
Welcome to Scouting! As a new Scout volunteer, you are joining our Scouting family, and we want you to understand how
the program works. The Boy Scouts of America is committed to your success as a volunteer while serving young people. To
help you be successful there are training materials designed for you.
                                          Every Boy Deserves a Trained Leader
First things first! There are two types of training to begin your road to success. They are Fast Start Orientation, which presents a
quick introduction to get new volunteers ready for your first meeting or activity, and Youth Protection training.
                                            What Is Youth Protection Training?
We seek to create as safe an environment as possible for young people to enjoy our program’s activities. The Boy Scouts of
America Youth Protection training addresses strategies for personal safety awareness for youth as well as adults. Age-appropriate
programs and DVD materials include:
  • Youth Protection Guidelines: Training for Volunteer Leaders and Parents—Adults come away with a much clearer
    awareness of the kinds of abuse, the signs of abuse, and how to respond and report should a situation arise.
  • Youth Protection Guidelines: Training for Adult Venturing Leaders—Designed to give guidance to the leaders in our
    teenage coed Venturing program. Supervision and relationship issues have a different focus regarding personal safety
    with this age group.
  • It Happened to Me—Developed for Cub Scout–age boys from 6 to 10 years old and their parents. It addresses the four rules of
    personal safety: Check first, go with a friend, it’s your body, and tell.
  • A Time to Tell—A video for Boy Scout–age boys from 11 to 14 years old—the target group for most molesters. It stresses the three
    R’s of youth protection: Recognize, Resist, and Report.
  • Youth Protection: Personal Safety Awareness—Developed for youth ages 14 through 20 in the coeducational Venturing
    program. It deals with issues pertinent to this age group.

                            The Boy Scouts of America has adopted these policies primarily for the
                           protection of our youth members; however, they also serve to protect our
                                 adult volunteers and leaders from false accusations of abuse.

                  Two-deep leadership—No one-on-one contact—Respecting privacy—Reporting problems
                         So, How Do I Begin? Online or at Your Council Service Center!
Fast Start and Youth Protection training programs are available through your local council’s Web site and service center.
Online training is convenient. Your council’s Web site may have an icon for Youth Protection training, or you can check under
“Training” or “Resources.”
Don’t know your council’s Web address? Go to www.scouting.org and follow these easy instructions:
         1. Click on “Starting a Unit.”                                3. Type your zip code in the blank space.
         2. Click on “Local Council Locator.”                          4. Click on the link to your council’s Web site.
You are expected to complete Youth Protection Guidelines: Training for Volunteer Leaders and Parents or, if you are involved
in Venturing, Youth Protection Guidelines: Training for Adult Venturing Leaders within the first 90 days of your registration.
                                              What Makes a Trained Leader?
                                                     (Check when completed)
  £ Youth Protection Guidelines
  £ Cub Scout leaders are considered trained when they have completed New Leader Essentials and the Cub Scout
    Leader Specific Training for their position. Pack committee members are trained by completing New Leader
    Essentials.
  £ Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters are considered trained when they have completed New Leader Essentials,
    Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
  £ Troop committee members are considered trained when they have completed New Leader Essentials and the Troop
    Committee Challenge as their leader-specific training.
  £ Varsity Scout leaders and assistants are considered trained when they have completed New Leader Essentials, Varsity
    Scout Leader Specific Training, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
  £ Venturing crew Advisors, assistant Advisors, and crew committee members are considered trained when they have
    completed New Leader Essentials and Venturing Leader Specific Training.
                                                         Atlanta Area Council
                                                        Boy Scouts of America
                                  MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR INFORMATION

Name _____________________________________________________________Age _______ Business Phone (______)_______________

Address ______________________________________________________________________ Home Phone                         (______) _______________

City ______________________________ State ______ Zip Code               ________ District ______________________________Unit___________

To qualify as a merit badge counselor, you must:                               As a merit badge counselor, I agree to:
 Be at least 18 years old                                                      Follow the requirements of the merit badge, making no deletions or
 Show proficiency in the merit badge subject through your                          additions, ensuring that the advancement standards are fair and
    profession, hobby, or special training.                                         uniform for all Scouts.
 Be able to work with Scout-age boys                                           Have a Scout and his buddy present at all instructional sessions.
 Be registered with the Boy Scouts of America                                  Renew my registration annually if I plan to continue as a merit badge
 Complete BSA Youth Protection training                                            counselor.


                                                     Is this subject in line with        Do you practice this subject    Do you have any special
      Please provide information about your          your job, business, or              as a hobby?                     training or qualifications for
      qualifications on reverse side.                profession?                                                         this subject?
           List merit badge subjects here


1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.


          I AM currently registered as a Merit Badge Counselor with the Atlanta Area Council. Please change my record as detailed above.

          I AM NOT currently registered as a Merit Badge Counselor with the Atlanta Area Council. My Adult Application form (28 -0501B) is attached.*

          I AM NOT currently registered with the Boy Scouts of America. My Adult Application form (28-0501B) is attached. *

                       * (Show "MBC" in "Position" box.) (There is no fee for this type of registration.)

CHECK ONE:

     I wish to work only with Unit No._____________

     I will work with any unit.



Signature____________________________________________________________________ Date________________


Unit approval by_______________________________________________________________ Date________________


Approval by District Advancement Chair ____________________________________________ Date _______________


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