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Troop 29

A Purpose Driven Troop

New Handbook

It's NEW for 2016!

Boy Scouts may be 106 years old this year but it's still staying new and as relevant to boys in 2016 as it was in 1910. This year the Boy Scouts of America have updated the program once again proving that even in old age flexibility is possible!

Welcome to the "New" Boy Scouts! To coincide with the revised program the BSA is publishing a new Boy Scout Handbook. This will be the 13th edition to this invaluable scout resource.

In this new edition the BSA has stated it's goal of emphasizing five core content areas; character development, participatory citizenship, personal fitness, outdoor skills and awareness and leadership. Embedded in these goals is a clear emphasis on healthly eating and fitness, a greater degree of environmental stewardship, and most significantly an expanded emphasis on 'duty to God'.

Other key advancement changes that the BSA has announced (effective 1 January 2016) include:

  • "Scout" will become a full rank, rather than just the joining requirments.
  • Service will be required for all ranks.
  • There will be a 30-day or 4-week physical fitness requirement in Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class.
  • There will be new requirements on health & eating habits, outdoor ethics, weather safety, and Leave No Trace.
Now before panic sets in for scouts as they see the program changing let me emphasize - DON'T PANIC.

  • Boys registered in a troop on or before Dec. 31, 2015, who are working on Tenderfoot through First Class ranks, may continue to use the old requirements through 2016, but they must convert to the new requirements upon attaining the First Class rank.
  • Boys registered in a troop, team, crew, or ship on or before Dec. 31, 2015, who have completed the First Class rank may complete the rank they are currently working on with the old requirements through 2016, but then must convert to the new requirements for subsequent ranks.
  • Any boy registering in a troop for the first time on or after Jan. 1, 2016, must use the new requirements.
Knowing that "A Scout is Thrify" I'm sure you are all wondering if you need to purchas a new handbook to get the new requirements. Nope! The links below offer you printable checklists for all the latest rank requirements.

2016 BSA Rank Requirements <-- PRINT ME!!!
Comparison old vs. new rank requirements
FAQ's about program rank changes

Troop 29 is BSA GOLD Journey to Excellence Rated.

A Journey to Excellence Gold Troop

"The religion of a man is not the creed he professes but his life - what he acts upon, and knows of life, and his duty in it. A bad man who believes in a creed is no more religious than the good man who does not." - Baden-Powell quoting Carlyle

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Attention AOL Webelos! Part of earning your Arrow of Light is to spend time camping with a Boy Scout Troop. Be sure to join us on February 13th and 14th for our Webelos Jumpstart camping weekend. We call it JUMPSTART since we will be helping you 'jump right into scouting' with a campout and a chance to learn to make fire Boy Scout style and to properly handle axes and knives! Check out the trip plan and be sure to RSVP.

Now is the perfect time to Join Scouting and Troop 29! Whether you have been a Cub Scout for years, or have zero Scouting experience NOW IS THE TIME to join scouting!

Come see visit us on any Monday evening meeting from now until the end of March and you will be setting a path toward new friendships, adventure, and fun!

Troop 29 meets Monday's from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church - Founders Hall. We'd love to have you as part of our scouting family.

In order to join us you must be a boy who is 11 years old, or one who has completed the fifth grade or earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old, but is not yet 18 years old.

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