NEW SCOUTS

I have a ton of questions, who should I ask?

 

We’ve all been new scouts and parents in Troop 48 at one point, so don’t worry about feeling a bit overwhelmed at first.  Many parents are involved in the Troop, so we have plenty of people to help get you acclimated.  It is hard to find a single parent in Troop 48 that is not involved in one way or another.

 

For new scouts, they should first direct their questions toward older scouts, especially their Patrol Leader.  As the next section on Troop Organization describes, Troop 48 is very sincere in its commitment to a Scout-Led troop. For a new parent, this is a big change from Cub Scouts. Coach your child on coming to Troop meetings with questions for the older scouts, as this will help them get used to working with the older scouts.

 

For the adults, you may want to come to the meeting and talk to an adult to ask the question your scout is asking to the older scout so you have some background when your child comes back to you with the answer they received at the meeting. You can direct questions to any of the above listed leaders if your question pertains to a certain topic (e.g., a money question would be guided to our Troop Treasurer). For more general questions, each patrol has both an advisor (an Assistant Scoutmaster who works directly with the scouts) and a family who has been in the troop for a few years:

Additionally, we will be scheduling several topical information sessions for new parents during the first 15 minutes of meetings this Spring.

Troop Organization

 

A Scout troop is structured on the principles of a “Scout Led Troop” and “The Patrol Method”, and Troop 48 is committed to having its scouts learn leadership, teamwork, cooperation and achievement using these principles.  A scout-elected, or leader-appointed leadership position gives the scout an opportunity to develop self-confidence, and a sense of responsibility to his Troop and to his Patrol.  

 

“Scout Led” means that a scout who is elected Senior Patrol Leader, is in charge of the running of the Troop.  He appoints scouts to the other leadership positions, and with the guidance from the adult leadership these scouts form a Patrol Leaders Council, and plan and conduct the Troop activities for a six month period.

 

“The Patrol Method” is used by the Troop, as it is organized into multiple Patrols. Each Patrol elects its Patrol Leader for a six month term, and the patrol works as a unit, to plan and provide assigned parts of troop meetings or special troop activities. A Patrol plans its campout meals and manages its troop responsibilities.

 

Newly elected and appointed scout leaders attend Troop Leadership Training sessions that are planned and provided by scout leaders and adult leaders. All prospective scout leaders are provided a written description of their leader position prior to election or appointment, and they are expected to commit their best effort to the troop for their six month term. Leaders will complete a Leader Position Review evaluation with an adult leader at the mid-point and conclusion of their leader position term.

What do Scouts do, in Troop 48 ?


Troop 48 holds weekly Troop Meetings, on Wednesday evenings from 7:15pm to 8:30pm. The troop meets at Vaughan Hall (Tabernacle Road & Powhatan Trail) from mid-March through mid-October, and at Memorial Hall (100 Stokes Road, part of the Cathedral of the Woods, Protestant Community Church in Medford Lakes) from mid-October to mid-March.

Troop Meetings have a variety of scout-led, scout-planned activities, including preparation for weekend camping, hiking trips and other troop activities. Parents may drop off their sons and pick them up at the conclusion of the troop meeting, but are encouraged to stay and participate in Troop Support Roles. Due to the limited activity space and extraneous distractions, siblings are not encouraged to attend troop meetings. However, sometimes, in order for a scout to attend, parents must sometimes also bring a scout’s siblings to a troop meeting. Siblings should bring something to keep quietly busy, and not interrupt the troop’s activity.

 

Patrols might schedule and conduct Patrol Meetings separate from the Troop Meetings, with patrol-centered activities and campout planning. These Patrol Meetings are usually held at a patrol member’s home. Patrol Meetings are encouraged, and a necessity if a patrol seeks to earn the “National Honor Patrol Award”.

 

Troop 48 conducts either a weekend Campout or another outdoor activity, such as a Day Hike or Bike Ride, every month. Most Campouts are within two-hours driving distance. Camping scouts usually leave on Friday evenings and return by mid-day on Sunday.  Parents are encouraged to go camping and tent-camp with troop-furnished tents, or bring their own tent (but multi-room cabin tents are not encouraged). Parents can participate and mentor scouts along with the troop’s uniformed adult leaders.

 

Troop 48 conducts and participates in community-related Service Projects throughout the year, such as the Medford Lakes Memorial Day Parade, the Burlington County Farm Fair, the Medford Historical Society’s Apple Festival, and Scouting for Food. The Troop also helps local Cub Scout Packs, with participation such as helping with Pinewood Derbies and pack campouts. 

 

Troop 48 attends a one-week long Summer Camp every summer. This summer the Troop will attend summer camp at Resica Falls Scout Reservation in East Stroudsburg, PA.  Attending summer camp is crucial to your child's advancement and development within scouting, so please mark these dates in your calendar. To provide a variety of summer camp experiences, the Troop tries to rotate summer camps. The Troop attended Forestburg Scout Reservation (Forestburg, NY) in 2017,  Ockanickon Scout Reservation (Pipersville PA) in 2016, Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation (Schuylkill Haven, PA) in 2015 and Horseshoe Scout Reservation (Rising Sun, MD) in 2014.

 

Older Scouts may also attend summer High Adventure Camps, as a part of a backpacking trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Cimarron, New Mexico (www.philmont.org); or Florida Keys sailing, sea fishing, snorkeling and SCUBA diving with a scout crew at Florida Sea Base in Islamorada, Florida (www.bsaseabase.org); or with a canoeing trek at Northern Tier High Adventure Base in Ely, Minnesota (www.ntier.org); or rafting, climbing and mountain biking at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.  The Troop typically offers a different High Adventure trip every summer and plans these several years in advance so scouts can plan and also raise their own funds to pay for these trips.  During a scout’s career, he will have a chance to do several high adventure trips if so chooses.

 

 In 2016, Troop 48 sent two crews (15 scouts and six adults) to Philmont, backpacking 110 miles.  In 2017, two crew will go sailing in the Caribbean via the Florida Sea Base and 2018 is tentatively Summit Bechtel Reserve and 2019 will be Philmont.  The Philmont trip is considered by many scouts to be the capstone of their scouting experience. Over the past decade, about 90% of the Troop 48 scouts who attended Philmont achieved the rank of Eagle.

 

There are also other World of Scouting opportunities, such as the National Jamboree, held every four years at Summit Bechtel Reserve as well as the World Jamboree, last held in Yamaguchi, Japan in 2015 and will be next held in 2019 at Summit Bechtel!

 

Because regular attendance is important for a scout's enjoyment in a total Scouting experience, attendance at all troop activities is encouraged, and there are minimum attendance standards for scouts in leader positions. Troop 48 has scouts who are very involved in school sports, band and other extracurricular activities, so perfect attendance is not a realistic expectation. It is hoped that the scout and his parents keep perspective, and recognize that because Scouting values will likely have a significant, positive impact on a young man’s personal growth, they will provide a fair balance between scouting and other activities, when conflicts arise.

Advancement      

 

Rank advancement in Scouts BSA and in Troop 48 depends on the scout's motivation and perseverance. Troop 48 actively encourages advancement through the seven ranks, from the Scout rank to the Eagle Scout rank. Advancement is usually a key to a scout's continued growth and interest in Scouting. Adult Leaders and youth leaders seek to provide immediate and positive recognition for a scout’s advancement efforts.  The Ranks in Scouts BSA are: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle.

 

Advancement from Scout to First Class ranks is earned by learning from others and from reading the Scout Handbook, and then demonstrating a “scout skill” to an older Troop 48 scout who’s at a rank of Star or higher. These scout skills build the foundation of knowledge, and give a scout the confidence to participate in camping trips, service projects and other fun troop activities.

 

New Scouts should obtain their Scout Handbook, review and become familiar with the Scout Rank requirements; and they should review “How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide” with their Parent (who signs off this Scout Rank requirement upon completion). New scouts will meet with the Scoutmaster during some of their first troop meetings, and will work on their Scout Rank requirements. As they become comfortable in the troop and working with the older scouts, young scouts will seek out older scouts at troop meetings or campouts, for advancement review. After earning the Scout Rank, young scouts may work on any Tenderfoot, Second Class or First Class requirement in any order. The ranks are earned in sequence, and at a scout’s own pace. Troop 48 conducts periodic advancement reviews, several times a year during troop meetings, for scouts to assess their own progress and personal advancement goals.

 

 Work towards Star, Life and Eagle ranks includes earning Merit Badges, by studying and completing prerequisite requirements, and then demonstrating proficiency to an adult merit badge counselor who’s either from the Troop; or from the Garden State Council’s list of council-approved merit badge counselors; or a staff counselor at Summer Camp. Troop 48 adult leaders may introduce merit badges during troop meetings several times a year, after which the interested scouts may follow up and complete the merit badge at their own initiative.

Troop 48 Special Advancement Requirements: There are three Eagle-required Citizenship Merit Badges (Citizenship In the Community; ...In the Nation; and …In the World). Troop 48’s special requirement is that one of the Citizenship Merit Badges must be earned by a scout for his Star Rank. And in addition, a second Citizenship Merit Badge must be earned by a scout from among his Life Rank merit badges.

Scouting Expenses

 

Troop 48 re-charters annually during November and pays dues to Burlington County Council.  These dues are $60 and are for National BSA registration, Troop Insurance, Training, Boys Life magazine, etc.  New scouts will also pay these dues when they join the troop.  During this time the Troop also collects annual Troop dues for things like: troop equipment, scout advancement awards, Class “B” T-shirt, etc.

 

Monthly Campouts generally cost about $30 (for patrol food, transportation, and campsite or activity costs), and sometimes more, depending on the campout activity and travel distance. Some troop activities like Day Hikes are ‘No Cost’ activities.

 

Troop 48 conducts limited troop-dedicated fundraising activities during the year that help fund our troop expenses (for example: Troop equipment like Tents, Patrol Boxes and cooking equipment).

 

Some scouts can pay for almost all of their scouting expenses and personal scouting equipment, due to their active involvement with the Garden State Council’s Popcorn Sale, and the Troop’s annual Pancake Breakfast. The troop receives no income from the Popcorn Sale--all net profit goes to the selling scout’s “Scout Account”. And after Pancake Breakfast event expenses, which we seek to minimize with donated goods from troop-solicited area merchants, almost all of a scout’s pre-event ticket sales from the Pancake Breakfast is credited to the Scout’s individual Scout Account. The Scout Account is managed by the troop’s Treasurer (a vital volunteer task provided by a scout’s parent). The scout can choose where to spend his accrued funds, such as on personal scout equipment, or towards his cost to attend any scouting activity.

SCOUT SPEAK

Adult in Charge (AIC)

An adult (or adults) assigned to oversee a trip or event on behalf of the

troop.

Assistant Patrol Leader (APL)

A Scout who is appointed by the patrol leader to help him and to take his place in his absence.  Can apply towards POR rank requirements.

Assistant Scoutmaster (ASM)

A volunteer Scouter, 18 or older, appointed by the chartered organization to help the Scoutmaster by working with a new-Scout patrol, Varsity Scout team, or Venture patrol.

 

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL)

A troop youth leader, usually in larger troops, who helps the senior patrol leader. Appointed by the senior patrol leader with the Scoutmaster's advice and consent.  Can apply towards POR rank requirements.

 

Baden-Powell, Robert Stephenson Smyth

Founder of the worldwide Scouting movement. Born February 22, 1857, in London. Made a baron in 1929. He is referred to as Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell, Chief Scout of the World. Died January 8, 1941. Abbreviate to B-P (without periods).

 

Board of Review

A review held to determine if a Scout has satisfactorily completed rank requirements. A review may be held also to encourage Scouts who are not advancing. For the first five ranks, the board of review is conducted by the troop committee. For the Eagle Scout rank, the Council decides whether the unit committee or the district or Council committee responsible for advancement conducts the board of review. At least one district or Council advancement representative shall be a member of the unit board of review.

 

Camporee

Derived from two words: camp and jamboree. A camporee is a district or Council troop activity that demonstrates the techniques of living in camp. Involves a one- or two-night camping experience and may include Scoutcraft competition.

 

Chaplain

Spiritual leader for units appointed by the church, synagogue, or community organization chartered to use the Scouting program. (2) One who gives spiritual leadership to a camp or jamboree community; conducts religious services according to his or her faith and arranges for other religious observance as needed; provides help in dealing with morale; and visits those who are ill and provides counseling in case of bereavement.

 

Chaplain's Aide

A youth leader who works with the troop chaplain to ensure all members have appropriate religious observance during outings and helps other Scouts in the religious emblems program. Appointed by the senior patrol leader with the Scoutmaster's advice and consent.  Can apply towards POR rank requirements.

 

Charter

In the BSA, charters authorize (1) an organization to operate BSA Scouting units (see "chartered organization"); (2) a local Council to incorporate as a BSA local Council; (3) operation of an Order of the Arrow lodge; or (4) the Boy Scouts of America to incorporate. See "Charter of the Boy Scouts of America" and "Charter and Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America." When used as a verb, use "to obtain a charter" and "to renew a charter" rather than "to charter" or "to recharter."

 

Chartered Organization

A religious, civic, fraternal, educational, or other community-based organization that has applied for and received a charter to operate a BSA Scouting unit.

 

Chartered Organization Representative (COR)

A manager of Scouting in a chartered organization who also represents this organization in the local Council and district.

 

Commissioner

A commissioned Scouter who works with packs, troops, teams, and Venturing crews to help the units succeed. In addition to the Council commissioner, there are district commissioners, assistant district commissioners, roundtable commissioners, huddle commissioners, and unit commissioners. Also see "international commissioner."

 

Committee Chair

The Troop Committee Chair is appointed by the chartered organization and registered as an adult leader of the BSA. The troop committee chairman appoints and supervises the troop committee and troop leaders.

Council 

An administrative body chartered to be responsible for Scouting in a designated geographic territory. The Garden State Council is responsible for 127 cities and towns in Southern New Jersey. 

 

Court of Honor

A recognition ceremony for those who have met the requirements of any one of the Scout ranks, merit badges, or other awards

 

Den Chief

The position of Den Chief serves at the request of the Cubmaster.

He is selected by the Senior Patrol Leader and Scoutmaster in a Scout troop.  He is approved by the Cubmaster and the Pack Committee for recommendation to the Den Leader. The Den Chief helps Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks and encourages Cub Scouts to join a Scout troop upon graduation.

District

A geographical area of the Council determined by the Council executive board to help ensure the growth and success of Scouting units within the district's territory. The Garden State Council is made up of 5 districts.  Troop 48 belongs to the Quakesen District.

 

District Committee

Consisting of chartered organization representatives and elected district members at large, the district committee coordinates the functions of the district to carry out the policies and objectives of the Council. The executive office of the district committee is the district chairperson.

 

District Executive

A professional Scouter who works under the direction of the local Council Scout executive and acts as an adviser to the volunteer leaders in the district.

 

Eagle Scout

The highest rank for Scouts.

 

Fast Start Training

Adult volunteer leadership training that immediately furnishes the information new leaders need to help them get started, help them understand what is expected of them, and assist in establishing effective meeting patterns. There are versions for Cub Scout and youth scout leaders.

 

First Class

The rank above Second Class Scout and below Star Scout in Scouts BSA.

 

Friends of Scouting (FOS)

An annual opportunity for Scouters and interested people in the community to be identified with the local Council through their financial support and influence in the expansion of the Council program.

 

Gilwell Park

The training center of the British Scout Association and the original homesite of Wood Badge training. Located in Epping Forest, England; chosen by Baden-Powell as the territorial designation for his peerage, Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell.

 

Good Turn

A distinctive feature of Scouting is its emphasis on service to others. The Good Turn habit is one that all Scouts endeavor to acquire.

 

High Adventure

Refers to high-adventure activities or to trek programs administered by local Councils for older Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers.

 

Historian

Preserves troop/team photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards, and other memorabilia.  Can apply towards POR rank requirements.

Instructor

A youth leader that teaches basic Scouting skills in a troop and patrols.  Can apply towards POR rank requirements.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

Required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters (SM) and Assistant Scoutmasters (ASM).

 

Jamboree

A term chosen by Baden-Powell to describe the first international gathering of Scouts camping together in London in 1920. The term is restricted to indicate a national or world jamboree. Not capitalized unless in the title of a specific jamboree, as: "1993 National Scout Jamboree" or "19th World Scout Jamboree." The BSA has a national jamboree every four years.

 

Junior Assistant Scoutmaster (JASM)

A troop may have any number of junior assistant Scoutmasters. They are 16- or 17-year-old Scouts who help the senior patrol leader; they are appointed by him, with the Scoutmaster's advice and consent

 

Key 3

(1) The Council Key 3: the Council president, Council commissioner, and Scout executive; (2) the district Key 3: the district chairman, district commissioner, and district executive

 

Leave No Trace

The BSA is committed to this nationally recognized outdoor skills and ethics awareness program to reduce impacts on the environment and other people. The seven principles should be followed at all times in the outdoors: Plan ahead and prepare; camp and travel on durable surfaces; pack it in, pack it out; leave what you find; minimize campfire use; respect wildlife; and respect others.

 

Librarian

Oversees the care and use of troop books, pamphlets, magazines and audiovisuals.  Can apply towards POR rank requirements.

Life Scout

The rank below Eagle Scout and above Star Scout.

 

Merit Badge

A recognition given to a Scout for completing the requirements for the badge. There are more than a hundred subjects in life skills, hobby, and career fields, with requirements and supporting pamphlets to help Scouts broaden their outlook.

 

Merit Badge Counselor

A registered adult volunteer at least age 18 who is expert in a merit badge field and shares enthusiasm for that field with Scouts and who certifies that requirements have been met.

Uniform and Camping Equipment

“The Scout Uniform represents Scouting’s spirit of equality and democracy, and identifies the Scout as a brother to every other Scout. Wearing the uniform promotes comradeship, loyalty to one’s patrol and troop, and public recognition of membership in the Boy Scouts of America". [1]

Troop 48 strongly encourages Scouts to obtain and wear their complete Scout uniform (shirt, pants, belt, socks, neckerchief). Scouts are expected to wear their Field Uniform (generally called “Class A”) including troop neckerchief to troop meetings, public events and when traveling to campouts. There are many activities when the Troop 48 T-Shirt (usually called “Class B”) is worn. The scout’s Merit Badge sash and Order of the Arrow sash (for O-A members) should be worn at special events like Troop Courts of Honor or an Eagle Scout Court of Honor. The Scout Handbook and www.scouting.org have good information about the proper locations of uniform patches; patch sewing is recommended in lieu of adhesive.

 

Troop 48 owns most patrol camping equipment (such as patrol boxes, stove and cooking gear), and the troop has a Troop Trailer to carry and store troop and patrol camping equipment. Scouts are expected to care for, and maintain their troop’s equipment.

 

[1] Source: The Scoutmaster Handbook

 

The Trail to Eagle Scout

 

Along with other service and leadership-related requirements, there are 21 total merit badges that must be earned, of which 13 are BSA-required merit badges. Once a Scout achieves his Scout Rank, or beyond, he can then choose from among approximately 137 merit badges for subjects of interest and personal challenge.

 

In addition to merit badge and leadership requirements, a scout working to complete his Eagle rank, must plan, undertake and complete a service project with specific standards established by the Boy Scouts of America. An Eagle Service Project requires planning, leadership, motivation and Scout Spirit, all of which can be experienced by active participation in other scouts’ Eagle Service Projects. To help a scout prepare for his own future Project, and foster the principle of ‘service to others”, Troop 48 strongly encourages participation in every scout’s Eagle Service Project. A Troop 48 scout is expected to participate in at least one other scout’s Eagle Service Project, before undertaking his own project.   

 

Order of the Arrow

 

The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s National Association of Honor Campers, founded on the principle of service to others. Scouts become eligible for the Order of the Arrow after earning the First Class Rank, and camping for 15 nights over a 2-year period (5 nights may be from a BSA Summer Camp). Order of the Arrow candidates are elected by their troop under established election guidelines, and they become inducted Arrowmen after completing their Ordeal Weekend at an area camp.  Lenape Lodge 8 is the lodge for Garden State Council.  The Order of the Arrow has older scout activities independent from the troop, including service projects, leader training, high adventure service treks, and local and distant conferences with other O-A Lodges. 

 

Adult Leaders and Parent Participation

 

Two-deep leadership, consisting of two Adult Leaders (at least one is over 21 years old), is the minimum adult leader requirement at every Troop 48 activity.  Troop 48 follows the standards of the Boy Scouts of America’s “Guide to Safe Scouting” to help ensure safe activity conditions. Uniformed Troop 48 Adult Leaders are BSA-Trained, with personal qualifications reviewed by the Garden State Council.

 

Parents are strongly encouraged to participate in troop activities. Parents are encouraged to become BSA-Trained and involved in troop activities, so as to provide the troop with more trained adult leaders and more activity options. Parents are also encouraged to share their life skills and occupational skills with the troop’s scouts, by serving as council-registered Merit Badge Counselors. Previous Scouting experience may be helpful for parents, but it is neither a requirement.

 

All parents are invited and encouraged to be an active part of the Troop Committee. The Troop Committee meets once a month (First Monday), and helps the scout's’ Patrol Leader Council (PLC) plan and conduct their activities. The Troop Committee also provides long-range troop planning, and continuing assessment of the troop’s mission.  Some of the parent support roles in Troop 48 include:

 

  • Scoutmaster

  • Assistant Scoutmasters

  • Troop Committee Chairperson

  • Troop Treasurer

  • Troop Advancement Chairperson

  • Troop Program Coordinator

  • Merit Badge Counselors

  • Dickens Festival Coordinator

  • Outdoor Programs Manager

  • Pancake Breakfast Coordinator

  • Scouting for Food Coordinator

  • Summer Camp Coordinator

  • Popcorn Sales Coordinator

  • Uniform Exchange Coordinator

  • Troop / Cub Scout Packs Liaison

  • Troop Website Manager

 

Discipline

Scouts are expected to learn and use the ideals of the Scout Oath and the Scout Law--Duty to God and Country; Duty to Others; Duty to Self—during scouting activities and their everyday lives.  The troop’s youth leaders are given the opportunity to try to resolve minor disciplinary problems within the troop.   Adult leaders will address more significant disciplinary problems, should they occur, with the parents’ notification and involvement, depending on the severity.  No hazing or abuse of any kind is allowed or tolerated by Troop 48, the Garden State Council, or the Boy Scouts of America.

 

A scout who misbehaves may be verbally admonished as a first step, by youth leaders or by adult leaders, with the opportunity provided for the scout to self-correct his disruptive actions. A second violation may cause the scout to not be allowed to participate in the current scouting activity, with re-inclusion allowed only after a verbal apology is provided by the scout, to his patrol or troop. A third violation or a very serious initial violation require an adult leader to contact the scout’s parents to come and take him home.  In the event of a scout leaving an event after a third or serious violation, re-inclusion may be allowed after a meeting between the scout, his parent and adult leadership appointed by the Troop Committee.  

 

Parent Responsibilities

 

The Scout Motto is “Be Prepared”. While Scouting can help a scout to become more self-reliant, a scout's self-sufficiency never happens as an immediate result of his joining Scouts BSA.  While allowing him to make their own decisions, Parents need to help ensure that their son is prepared for camping and all outdoor activities, with proper clothing, outerwear, footwear and sleeping bag according to the expected weather conditions. Parents may be contacted to come to the venue and take their son home, if the scout is found to not be adequately prepared, and thus at risk to his personal safety.

 

Parents need to pick their child promptly at the conclusion of Troop meetings and any scouting event with a pre-established ending time. Due to distraction and phone-related problems, Scouts are discouraged, and sometimes prohibited, from bringing phones, on campouts.  Depending on the activity, phones may be collected for safekeeping, and then returned at the conclusion of the campout or other activity.  Adult Leaders may be contacted by parents during a scouting event in case of an urgent need for contacting your son.

 

Parent Participation is needed and expected, for our troop to function well. Parents may or may not choose to camp with the troop, but there are plenty of support roles and event planning that need active parent participation. Troop support is where parents can play a valuable role, and help take some of the organizational load off of our troop’s dedicated, uniformed volunteer adult leaders.

New  Parent FAQ

How many registered scouts are in the troop?  

There are 44 registered scouts in the troop: most are active in meetings and activities.

How many scouts have earned the Eagle rank in the past few years?  

Since 2014, 6 scouts have earned the rank of Eagle.    

 

What goes on at a troop meeting?  

Troop meetings are run by the scouts.  The Senior Patrol Leader runs the meeting, and each patrol is responsible for a part of the meeting-including setting up for the meeting, a game or activity and a presentation or program.  There is also patrol time, and time for planning events. 

Does the troop do any service opportunities?  

Most months find the scouts working on a service project, and they also do service projects on several camping trips each year.  This past year, Troop 48 scouts contributed 1198 service hours to help in the community!  These hours can also be counted towards the scout’s National Honor Society requirements. 

Can a scout continue with other extracurricular activities and still be a scout?  

Yes!  Troop 48 scouts are also very active in their school bands, sports, clubs and activities.  Since troop leadership positions run for six month terms, scouts can plan them around other activities such as sports seasons. 

Is there support for new scouts?  

The Troop Guide is a leader within the Troop who is specifically assigned to help new scouts advance in rank while having fun and becoming a part of the troop.  Much of the programming is geared towards helping the new scouts advance in rank, such as the March Troop campout and the Summer Camp, which has a first year scout program. 

Does the troop go camping?  

Troop 48 schedules one weekend camping trip every month, and the troop enjoys one week at a BSA camp each summer.    In past year, our scouts have spent a total of 507 nights camping.   In the past few years we have travelled to one of our Assistant Scoutmasters Farms, Rock climbing and COPE, Telco Gun Club, Forestburg Scout Reservation, Pine Hill Scout Reservation, Horseshoe Scout Reservation, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Manassas Battlefield, Ricketts Glen, Brandywine State Park, Harper's Ferry, WV, Cape May Coast Guard Training Center, the United States Naval Academy and Ockanickon Scout Reservation. 

What camping gear do we need?  

A scout needs to provide his own mess kit, sleeping bag and clothing.  The troop has tents a scout can borrow if they do not have their own. 

 

Can moms participate?  Go camping?  Go to summer camp?  

Yes! You are welcome and encouraged to join us.  

 

Can parents be involved with the troop? 

It has been shown that scouts with involved parents enjoy scouting longer and advance in rank more than scouts with no parental involvement. 

What opportunities are there as a scout gets older? 

‘Venture Scouts’ is a separate scouting program for older scouts.  Venture Crew 48 was started in the fall of 2011, part of the purpose of the Venture Crew is to provide a scouting experience to all youth aged 14-21. Scouts wishing to join Crew 48 must be at least 14 years old and be at least Star Rank.   

National Office

The address of the administrative offices of the Boy Scouts of America is Boy Scouts of America, 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079.

 

Order of the Arrow (OA)

Scouting's national honor society. Youth members (Arrowmen) must hold First Class Scout rank; they are elected by all youth members of the troop, based on their Scouting spirit and camping ability. The aim of the OA is to promote the outdoor program and service to Scouting.  Troop 48 OA members belong to the Lenape 8 Lodge.

 

Outdoor Code

"As an American, I will do my best to - Be clean in my outdoor manners.  Be careful with fire.  Be considerate in the outdoors.  Be conservation minded."

Patrol

A small group of Scouts who belong to a troop and work together in and out of troop meetings. Normally, there are several patrols in one troop. Capitalize only when part of a title, such as "Fox Patrol". 

Patrol Leader (PL)

Elected by the patrol members, this Scout leads the patrol and represents it on the patrol leaders' Council, which plans the troop program.  Can apply towards POR rank requirements.

 

Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC)

Each patrol leader, representing his patrol, meets with other patrol leaders and the senior patrol leader to plan their troop program. The Scoutmaster acts as an adviser.


Quality Awards

Recognition given each charter year to units and each calendar year to districts, Councils, areas, and regions that commit to and meet specified national standards pertaining to leader training, service, advancement, camping, and membership growth. Applies to packs, troops, teams, crews and ships.

 

Position of Responsibility (POR)

Leadership roles that Scouts perform. Some of them are appropriate for advancing to StarLife, and Eagle Scout ranks.

Quartermaster (QM)

The Quartermaster keeps track of troop or team equipment and sees that it is in good working order. He keeps records on patrol/troop or squad/team equipment, makes sure equipment is in good working condition, and issues equipment and makes sure it is returned in good condition.  Can apply towards POR rank requirements.

Region

One of four geographical administrative units of the BSA: Northeast Region, Southern Region, Central Region, and Western Region. There are regional service centers, regional directors, regional staffs, regional presidents, and regional committee members. The Garden State Council is located in the Northeast Region.

 

Roundtable

An event conducted by a roundtable commissioner and roundtable staff to help the unit leadership of a district plan and carry out their own unit programs.

 

Safe Swim Defense Plan

An eight-point plan of recommended procedures for conducting group swims. The eight points are (1) qualified supervision, (2) physical fitness, (3) safe swimming area, (4) lifeguards on duty, (5) lookout, (6) ability groups, (7) buddy system, and (8) good discipline.

 

Safety Afloat

Guidelines for safe unit activity afloat in craft less than 26 feet long: (1) qualified supervision, (2) physical fitness, (3) swimming ability, (4) personal flotation equipment, (5) buddy system, (6) skill proficiency, (7) planning, (8) equipment, and (9) discipline.

 

Scout

The first rank on the trail to Eagle Scout.

Scout Executive

The chief executive officer of the Council responsible for the administration, financing, marketing, motivation, recruiting, and staffing required for successful Council operations.

 

Scout in Charge (SIC)

A scout (or scouts) assigned to lead a trip or event on behalf of the

troop.

Scout Law

"A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent."

Scout Motto

Be prepared.

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."

Scout Reservation or Camp

Land owned by or leased to the Boy Scouts of America to further the Scouting program. A Scout ranch, reservation and sometimes a camp usually has two or more camps or separate camping areas.

 

Scout Sunday

The Sunday before February 8, Scouting Anniversary Day.

 

Scouter

A registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America who serves in a volunteer or professional capacity.

 

Scouting Anniversary Day

February 8, 1910, was the day William D. Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America.

 

Scouting Anniversary Week

This is the week, beginning on Sunday, that includes February 8, Scouting Anniversary Day. During the week, units are encouraged to conduct rededication ceremonies and to demonstrate Scouting's purposeful activities.

 

Scouting for Food

An ongoing annual program of the Boy Scouts of America, begun in 1985 by the Greater Saint Louis Area Council, that collects food for local food banks.  Troop 48's annual drive benefits the Medford Lakes Lions Club's food bank.

Scoutmaster

A volunteer Scouter, 21 or older, appointed by the chartered organization to lead a Scout troop.

 

Scoutmaster Conference

A distinctive feature of the troop advancement plan in which a Scoutmaster helps a Scout accept the responsibility for his own growth toward each rank.

 

Scoutmaster's Minute

A part of the closing ceremony of a troop meeting or campfire in which the Scoutmaster encourages Scoutlike conduct by telling a story.

 

Scirbe

The Scribe keeps the troop records. He records the activities of the patrol leaders' council and keeps a record of Scout attendance at troop meetings. He attends the patrol leaders' council but generally is not a voting member.   Can apply towards POR rank requirements.

 

Second Class

The rank above Tenderfoot in Scouts BSA and Varsity Scout advancement.

 

Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)

Each troop has one senior patrol leader, a Scout elected by the Scouts to help all the patrols succeed. He may be assisted by one or more assistant senior patrol leaders.  Can apply towards POR rank requirements.

 

Silver Beaver Award

A recognition given by the National Court of Honor for distinguished service to youth within the Council.

 

Star

The rank above First Class and below Life in Scout advancement.

 

Tenderfoot

The second rank in the Scouts BSA advancement program. Always singular.

 

Totin' Chip

A recognition given to Scouts who subscribe to the Outdoor Code and understand and can demonstrate the proper handling, care, and use of woods tools.

 

Troop

The unit that conducts Scouting for the chartered organization. Capitalize only when used with the troop number.

 

Troop Guide

The Troop Guide helps new Scouts feel comfortable and earn First Class rank in their first year.  Can apply towards POR rank requirements.

Troop Permission Form (TPF)

A "contract", signed by a Scout and his parent/guardian, outlining the Scout's expectations during an event, in which Troop 48 is participating.

Unit

The entity that conducts Scouting for the chartered organization; it consists of registered youth members and registered adult volunteer members. A unit may be a pack, troop, team, crew, or ship.

 

Volunteer

Individual who donates service, time, or funds to support the program of the Boy Scouts of America.

 

Wood Badge

Training award granted upon completion of the Wood Badge for the 21st Century course. A leather thong with two wooden beads, a special neckerchief, and a slide (woggle) are worn by those who have completed the training.

Youth Protection Training (YPT)

The formal instruction of the BSA's youth protection guidelines. It is required for adult leaders before the time of recharter, new leaders before they submit their application for registration, and other specific BSA volunteers. Training is valid for two years from the date of completion. An online version of Youth Protection Training Course is available at MyScouting.Org; a member ID in not required to take this course.

Troop 48

Medford Lakes, NJ

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Charter Organization

Medford Lakes Lions Club