Surviving as a New Scout or Adult
Troop 64's goal is to help your son become a young man of good character, with strong organizational and leadership skills. New boys who struggle in scouting tend to be those who are disorganized, loose things and don't know where they are headed. You can help your son avoid those traps with these proven ideas.
Scouts should keep track of their scout materials and records. Every scout should always have a notebook and pencil available whenever they attend any scouting function. These will be used for them to keep notes and communications that need to go home. This will help him keep what is immediately important, at his fingertips.
Along his trail to Eagle, he will receive official "receipts" of his progress. This is where you can help. On your next shopping trip, get a 3 ring binder with some pockets. Plastic 8 1/2" x 11" baseball card sheets are the perfect size for merit badge and rank completion cards and un-sewn or un-worn patches. These binder pages are available at most office supply stores. Another good way to keep these cards is to provide your son with a toolbox size container where he can keep all his scouting materials. Sears, Lowes, Home Depot always have anice size plastic toolbox on sale for under $10.00. The key is to help him organize all his scouting paperwork and patches in a single location so that they can be available for later use. They will more than likely have to reference these throughout his scouting career.
When your son earns his first rank advancement, he will attend a court of honor to receive his completion card and patch. During that ceremony, the scout's mother will also receive a pin. The council store has a ribbon that moms can wear. This ribbon is a place to attach the pins. Moms should wear their ribbon for every court of honor. Since the pins are very small, the ribbon is also a good way to store them.
Write troop events from the troop calendar onto your family calendar so conflicts can be minimized. Attendance is the key to keeping up advancement and keeping an active role in scouting. The most up-to-date calendar is found on this web site.
Attend the troop meetings and share your time and skills to strengthen the troop. You will know what is happening and how your scout relates to your troop. You can help provide a more complete experience for your son if you are involved. Don't worry about not knowing much about scouting, all the adult volunteers had to learn, too. Please don't be bashful. It is important to remember that every adult involved in the troop is a volunteer. Your help will be appreciated by each and every one.
Teach your Scout to call his leader (Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader or Scoutmaster) if he won't be able to attend a scheduled activity or for any other scouting questions he may have. Adults are welcomed and encouraged to contact our scoutmaster or any committee member of the troop to discuss any misunderstandings. After all, we can not improve our program if we don't know what needs improvement.