Boy Scouts of America

Troop 29


Information About Troop 29

Parent Information

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Meetings

Troop meetings are every Monday night, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, in Fellowship Hall of Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, 500 McKennans Church Road, Wilmington, Delaware. On occasion, meetings are held off-site and notice of these are given in advance.

Patrol Method

Our scouts are organized into patrols which function as independent units within the troop. Each patrol is comprised of 8-10 scouts and they vote every six months for their leader. Additionally, each patrol may meet outside of the troop and may even pursue their own camping program or other activities, if they choose. Of course, these are done in addition to the troop program and don't conflict with those activities-but they help form a stronger bond between patrol members, and this leads to strong patrols.

New scouts are organized into a separate patrol and, depending upon the number of new scouts each year, are encouraged to express a preference for one of the existing patrols. Currently, we have six patrols in our troop.

Each patrol is issued a compliment of equipment for camping for which they are responsible.

Boy Leadership

It is the PLC's (Patrol Leaders Council) policy to have a Senior Patrol Leader elected by the scouts twice each year. Candidates for this position express interest to the Scoutmaster and are accepted based upon a review of credentials. Generally, there will be two candidates. The Scoutmaster will consider the scout's leadership, attendance, attitude and knowledge in determining eligible candidates.

Once elected Senior Patrol Leaders will select, and subject to approval by the Scoutmaster, an Assistant Senior Patrol leader and a slate of warrant officers.

Each six months, patrol leaders are elected by scouts in each patrol. Assigned leadership positions determined are determined every six months as well.

Leadership training is provided to the PLC regularly.

The boys operate through the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC), which meets once per month or so, to plan and execute the scouting program. The PLC meetings are attended by the Scoutmaster and one Assistant Scoutmaster, who advise the council on decisions. The Scoutmaster must approve the PLC plans as having met troop goals and BSA guidelines.

The PLC evaluates the performance of assigned leadership positions and determines whether such leaders have performed their duties. Assigned leaders may be removed at the discretion of the PLC or Scoutmaster if they fail to meet the responsibilities necessary to earn leadership credit for advancement.

The Adult Uniformed Leaders consists of a wide variety of individuals from many different backgrounds who contribute their time and energy to making the troop work. Each Assistant Scoutmaster can choose an area of interest to pursue and determine the amount of time and commitment they feel comfortable to giving the troop.

Assistant Scoutmasters and boy leaders report to the Scoutmaster, who has ultimate decision making regarding troop operations and programs on a day-to-day basis.

The Unit Committee meets once each month and ultimately oversees the Scoutmaster. The Committee is also responsible for serious disciplinary actions, budgeting, charter organization relations, policy formulation and special events planning.

Costs

Currently, dues to join our troop are $60 per year, which includes a subscription to Boy's Life magazine and insurance.

Troop 29 operates on an a'la carte basis for camping activities with each scout choosing to participate in an event and funding that event. Activities are planned on a break even basis.

Some camping trips will require additional costs to be paid. Summer Camp and High Adventure trips are priced separate from other camping activities and usually have payments spread throughout the year, to soften the economic effect on families.

Additionally, scouts can earn funds through participation in troop fund raising activities which can be applied to their activity accounts to apply toward any trip or other cost associated with the troop. These fund raising activites vary depending on the decision of the PLC.

Financial aid is available for families in need. If you believe you are in need of such assistance, please see the Scoutmaster or Parent Committee Chair as early in the registration process as possible for additional information.

Equipment for camping and a official Boy Scout uniform are required for scouts to participate in our troop. Help in getting these materials is also available on a need basis.

Rank Advancement

The Boy Scout advancement program is exciting and fun, while placing a series of challenges in front of the scout which need to be met. Self confidence is built through the successful mastery of these skills.

Basically, there are four steps in the advancement process:

  1. Learning
  2. Testing
  3. Review
  4. Recognition
Each rank advancement requirement must be met, before a scout can request the paperwork necessary to be tested and reviewed. Generally, the requirements are signed off by a qualified member of the troop for each scout, in their handbook for ranks through First Class. Merit badges may be completed using a troop form or BSA Blue Card.

The ultimate advancement rank is Eagle Scout, of which approximately two percent of all scouts achieve nationally.

Additional details on the process of advancement can be found in a separate area of this web site.

Diversity and participation

Troop 29 is open to boys of every economic background, religion, race, culture and color.

America was built strong through the interaction of such ethnic and cultural diversity and so has our troop. No discrimination will be tolerated on these matters.

Women are welcome to participate either on the parent committee or in an Assistant Scoutmaster position.

All Assistant Scoutmasters must undergo a criminal background check and annual physical, once their application is approved by the Scoutmaster and Parent Committee.

High Adventure trips and other activities may at times be limited to those people physically fit enough to participate. Such determination will be made by through the Scoutmaster.

Reverence and respect for nature

It is difficult to experience the awesome beauty of nature in its wilderness state and not be humbled by her and her maker. Our scouts are encouraged to practice their beliefs actively in regard to the divine. Troop 29's Chaplain Aides offer interfaith services at all camping activities and Troop meetings are always closed with a prayer. All religions are welcome in our troop.

Trained Leaders

Every scout deserves a trained leader. Troop 29's adult leaders have all achieved BSA Trained Status. Training is a key component to our leadership objectives both for our Scouts and for their Leaders. To learn more about Troop 29's leadership training Click here.


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