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FAQs

How Do I Receive Troop Text Messages?

1) Log into Scoutbook through the Scout’s login
2) Enter the Scout Profile
3) Click on Edit Profile
4) Scroll to Mobile Phone
5) Enter your Mobile Phone number or verify the number entered is correct
6) The next field below is labelled “Mobile Carrier/Text Messaging” and it will default to the entry “Do Not Send Text Message”
7) Click on “Do Not Send Text Message” and a menu of cell phone carriers will appear
8) Click on the Scout’s cell phone carrier
9) Click on the “Activate/Verify” button that appears – Click just once and wait, a pop up window will appear
10) Get code texted by Scoutbook from your phone
11) Enter code into pop up window and click on Enter/Submit
12) You should get a message that your verification was successful and a green “Verified” button will appear next to the phone number
13) Complete steps 1 – 12 with the parent’s scoutbook login

What are some typical Troop events?

What are typical Scout outdoor activities? For younger Scouts, less-rugged activities are more appropriate as they begin to acquire outdoor knowledge and skills. These may include the following:

Day hikes—Reasonably short hikes (3 to 10 miles) in terrain without a lot of elevation gain or loss.

Service projects—Daylong projects that may be related to conservation, food collection, building shelter, or healthy living activities.

Patrol activities—A Boy Scout patrol or Varsity Scout squad may hike or camp with other patrols or squads in the unit or, with the permission of their Scoutmaster and parents or guardians, may hike or camp on their own.

Weekend overnights—Troops that plan and carry out outings once a month attract and retain boys at a much higher level than those that have fewer outings during the year.

Camporees—Councils and districts plan camporees and other outings during the year that give Scouts an opportunity to test their knowledge and skills in competitive events with other troops and patrols.

Summer camp—Summer camp is what many Scouts enjoy most. Camp programs provide numerous opportunities for Scouts to earn merit badges along their advancement trail. Resident camp includes at least five nights and six days of fun outdoor activities.

Jamborees—Every four years, the Boy Scouts of America hosts a national Scout jamboree. More than 40,000 Scouts and leaders from across the country participate in this 10-day event filled with the most popular and highest quality outdoor activities Scouts enjoy. To participate, a Scout must be at least 12 years of age by July 1 of the jamboree year and be a First Class Scout.

Council high adventure—A high-adventure experience includes at least five nights and six days of trekking in wilderness and other rugged, remote locations. Trekking may include backpacking, canoeing, mountain biking, horse packing, mountain climbing, ski touring, rafting, kayaking, or a host of other outdoor adventures. Participants must be at least 13 years old by Jan. 1 of the year they participate.

National high adventure—The BSA operates national high-adventure bases and programs. With two locations in the Florida Keys, the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base offers a variety of aquatic and boating programs. The Northern Tier National High Adventure Program, based in northern Minnesota with two satellite bases in Canada, provides a variety of canoe treks and programs. Philmont Scout Ranch in the mountains of New Mexico provides excellent backpacking treks. Age requirements for these programs vary, but most programs are rugged and designed for older Scouts.

Unit high adventure—The highest level of challenge for a troop or team is to plan and carry out its own high-adventure experience. These activities for more experienced Scouts are planned and implemented by youth members with coaching from their adult leaders.

Are There Any Requirements To Join Your Organization?

  1. Meet the age requirements. 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.
  2. Complete a Boy Scout application and health history signed by your parent or guardian.
  3. Repeat the Pledge of Allegiance.
  4. Demonstrate the Scout sign, salute, and handshake.
  5. Demonstrate tying the square knot (a joining knot).
  6. Understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath or Promise, Scout Law, motto, and slogan, and the Outdoor Code.
  7. Describe the Scout badge.
  8. Complete the pamphlet exercises. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide.
  9. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference. Turn in your Boy Scout application and health history form signed by your parent or guardian, then participate in a Scoutmaster conference

Can I Sign Up For Volunteer Work?

Volunteers are accepted and are required to meet the standards of the Boy Scouts of America.  Typically, there is required training, a background check and the completion of Youth Protection Training.  The local charter organization must also approve of the volunteer.  All parents are expected to volunteer in some capacity.

How often does the Troop meet?

The Troop will meet most Mondays throughout the school year from 7:00pm – 8:30pm.  7:00pm – 8:15pm will consist of normal Troop activities such as planning and learning.  8:15pm-8:45pm consists on specialized sessions such as Merit Badge Counseling and Scoutmaster Conferences.Den Chiefs are required to attend at 6:30pm for Cub Scout meetings.

What Is The Proper Dress Code?

Importance of the Uniform

The uniform identifies the Scout as someone special and helps achieve the objectives of Scouting. The uniform by itself can’t make a good Scout or a good Troop; but its use will improve both the Scout and the Troop because it is a visible sign of Scouting.  The uniform should not be worn during Troop Fundraising events that are not sponsored by the District or Council.

Field Uniform (Class “A”)

The field uniform (sometimes referred to as the Class “A”) is the official uniform of the Boy Scouts of America as defined in the Boy Scout Handbook. It includes pants or shorts, shirt (with patches properly sewn as described in the Uniform Inspection Sheet), belt, socks, neckwear, identification card, and Scout Handbook. The Class “A” uniform is required for Troop meetings and at formal Scouting activities such as Courts of Honor, recognition dinners or similar functions.

Activities Uniform (Class “B”)

An optional activities uniform is available consisting of a red knit shirt containing the Troop logo, worn with official like shorts or long pants and official socks. Our Troop’s activities uniform (sometimes referred to as the Class “B”) consists of our Troop T-shirt, official Scout pants or shorts, official BSA socks and belt. The “Class “B” activities uniform is used when there will be a high level of physical activity such as work details, hikes and other outings.

What Type to Wear and When to Wear It

Class “A” uniforms are worn to all Troop functions.  The scout does not need the Merit Badge Sash or Neckerchief except at Board of Reviews and Courts of Honor.  Class “A” uniforms are also worn on all departures to Troop Campouts.  On Saturdays, the troop will wear the Class “B” grey troop shirt.  On Sundays, the troop will wear the Class “B” red troop shirt.

How Can I Make A Donation?

Simply click the donate button at the top of this page.  A PayPal account will be required and is free at https://www.troop254.org.

How Are Donation Proceeds Distributed?

Donations are added to the Troop general fund, unless a donor requests that funds be allocated to a particular use.  Typical uses are Troop Equipment, General Scholarships or Scholarship for a specific scout.

Can I Write Any Donations Off On My Taxes?

Of course you can write off your donation!  Troop 254 is a registered unit of the Boy Scouts of America and is chartered under The Mission Church.  Simply contact the troop and our Treasurer can issue a donation letter that you can attach to your taxes.

What Do Your Events Typically Consist Of?

Outdoor adventure is the promise made to boys when they join Scouting. Boys yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination and interest.

In the outdoors, boys have opportunities to acquire skills that make them more self-reliant. They can explore canoe and hiking trails and complete challenges they first thought were beyond their ability. Attributes of good character become part of a boy as he learns to cooperate to meet outdoor challenges that may include extreme weather, difficult trails and portages, and dealing with nature’s unexpected circumstances.

Scouts plan and carry out activities with thoughtful guidance from their Scoutmaster and other adult leaders. Good youth leadership, communication, and teamwork enable them to achieve goals they have set for themselves, their patrol or squad, and their troop or team.

Learning by doing is a hallmark of outdoor education. Unit meetings offer information and knowledge used on outdoor adventures each month throughout the year. A leader may describe and demonstrate a Scouting skill at a meeting, but the way Scouts truly learn outdoor skills is to do them themselves on a troop outing.