We are working towards a boy lead Troop. We have scouts of all ages in Troop 16. The older scouts teach the younger ones so they can in turn can teach new boys that join as the years pass.
The boys advance in rank by being
active members of the Troop. The more activities they go to the more advancement
requirements they fulfill. Whether it is camping, hiking, our weekly
meeting, marching in a parade or helping another scout with some aspect of their
Eagle Project, we try to have fun as we learn and grow.
The Eagle Trail
Although all scouts won't attain the rank of Eagle Scout, if they put in the effort the opportunity is there. At Troop 16, we stand behind the scouts helping them along the trail. At meetings, they work on scout skills as well as a merit badge every month or two. The advancement committee members record their progress and help scouts pick appropriate merit badges for summer camp. They also receive a progress report at the beginning of the scouting year so he and his family can understand where he stands on the trail.
We go to Camp Ranachqua during Eagle week, which is usually the first full week in August. This gives the boys that have received their First Class rank the opportunity to work on Eagle required merit badges as well a wide range of merit badges for all the boys. The camp has a lot to offer with a Waterfront, Climbing wall, Archery and Rifle ranges, as well as Nature, Handicraft, Sports and Scout Skills centers.
We have a special relationship with Camp Bullowa, one of our Assistant Scoutmasters works at the camp museum. We like to visit the rifle range when it is available and we are at the camp. Four of our leaders trained Range Safety Officers. We also do tent and winter cabin camping at Bullowa.
We recently have developed a relationship with the Hill-Hold and Brick House Museums. This gives us a place close to home for camping. We in turn help them out during museum events, gaining community service hours for our boys. Community service hours are needed for all rank advancements.
Parents are invited to all meetings, campouts, summer camp, if we are doing it, you are invited to join us. All that we ask is that your child should be on a Troop outing and not a family outing. In other words, try not to single out your child and tell them what to do, unless asked to by the Troop. Siblings are not covered under Boy Scout insurance, they can join in on activities designated as "Family events" only. If you are giving rides they of course can ride up and back with you.
Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmasters
These are the volunteers who get to have fun. They must go through a background check and training which includes child protection training. They provide 2 deep leadership and protection for our boys at all events. We have adult applications for anyone who wants to join them.
The Committee Chair and other Committee Members are the
foundation of the troop. The Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmasters work for the
committee and the committee is responsible all aspects of the Troop including
welcoming new members, advancement, finance, public relations, fund raising and
arranging troop events. We have adult applications for anyone who wants to join