Each month on the second Thursday, all scouts in leadership positions (PLC) participate in a planning meeting. In January, and again in August, the PLC members attend a one-day conference to learn leadership skills, plan the troop meetings and camping trips, and establish the schedule for the coming months. Youth leaders at this conference are given information regarding school, holiday, Three-Rivers District and Occoneechee Council calendars. They are also given a list of camping/outing/field trip locations that the adult leaders find acceptable (and safe). The youth leaders are expected to bring with them information about the needs and concerns of the scouts they represent within their patrol and troop. Adult leaders are available at this conference to help if needed.
Troop 93 goes on a camping trip once each month. All members are expected to participate since this is one of the highlights of our Scouting Program. (There's an old saying "take the 'outing' out of 'Scouting' and there's not much left".)
Food for camping trips is usually purchased by the patrol leader and/or his assistant or designee. He will turn in his receipt(s) to Mr. George for reimbursement. Either the Assistant Scoutmaster organizing that trip or Mr. George will collect campout fees during the 3 weeks prior to a Troop trip. Costs of a trip will be approximately $3/meal plus $2/hour of driving time (for gas).
The Troop meets each Wednesday evening from 7:o0 until 8:30 throughout the school year. Ordinarily, we do not meet the Wednesdays nearest Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. However, scouts should check the Troop calendar. Troop meetings are held at the Harold Boone Scout Park unless otherwise announced. No one may leave any Troop function without securing advance permission from the Scoutmaster. Individual Patrol meetings are arranged by the Patrol Leader as needed. All trips, hikes, field days, etc., are announced at the Troop meetings and in the eNewsletter. Food and drinks are not allowed at Troop meetings, except on special occasions.
We have not had any problems with scouts driving and don't anticipate any but would like to remind everyone of the transportation policies handed down to us by BSA and their insurance company (These rules originate from the fact that BSA’s secondary insurance coverage begins when a scout or leader leaves home for a Scouting function and continues through arrival back at home):
2) Only adults over age 21 may drive other scouts to or during any Scouting function.
Patrol Leaders' Conferences (PLC) are held the second Thursday of each month at the Scout Building at 7:00pm in conjunction with the Troop Committee Meeting. Plans for the following month are agreed upon and details for program implementation are established. Patrol Leaders are expected to attend. If unable to be at these important meetings, the Patrol Leader must have his Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Scribe, or another scout from his patrol attend.
Troop 93 goes to a Scout Camp (or two) each summer for a week. Details are announced in mid-winter. Each Scout will have time and opportunities to work at saving money to go to camp (about $200-$300). Money from the scout's ledger may be used for this. A medical examination form signed by a doctor within the last 12 months is also required (see DUES, INSURANCE, WAIVER section above). High Adventure camp activities usually require a special med form signed within the last 12 months.
The advancement opportunities at summer camp are tremendous. Most of a scout's merit badges will be earned at camp. It is highly recommended that each scout should take advantage of at least one week of summer camp each year for advancement and for fun. Any scout wishing to attend an additional week of summer camp within a provisional troop is encouraged to do so.
Troop 93 reviews each summer camp’s offering of merit badges prior to attending camp. There are some merit badges that Troop 93 discourages scouts from taking at summer camp (e.g. Citizenships and Communications) as they can not be adequately covered at summer camp. Doing prerequisites ahead of time is sometimes necessary to complete a badge at camp. As scouts are preparing for camp, their merit badge choices will be reviewed to assure quality and age/skill appropriateness.
To be properly informed of Troop activities, each scout needs to read the Troop bulletin boards, the Troop 93 eNewsletter, and listen carefully to weekly announcements at Troop meetings. A copy of the Troop 93 Newsletter is emailed to each scout and/or his parents so they will have the opportunity to keep abreast of Troop activities. In addition, Patrol Leaders should keep their patrol members up to date on events throughout the year. When quick communication is essential, the Patrol Leaders or their parents will notify patrol members by telephone. When in doubt about what is expected, a scout should contact his Patrol Leader first.
Old and new copies of the Troop 93 newsletter are also posted on the Troop website, www.bstroop93.org. The website should be “bookmarked” and checked frequently for new information and calendar updates.
It is unwise to bring radios, MP3 players, footballs, softballs, soccer balls, etc. on Troop trips unless they are authorized as part of the Troop program. Such items are easily lost or damaged and the Troop cannot be responsible for their fate. Adults will have cell phones for scouts to call home for pick-up or in emergencies. In addition, sheath knives and excessively large folding knives are not allowed by BSA regulation. Any unauthorized items will be taken into custody by the Scoutmaster or one of his assistants for the duration of the trip. Small radios or MP3 or CD players with earphones or earbuds (where the sound is well contained) are allowed during transportation on long trips, but are not encouraged.
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