Information for the Individual Scout
As a member of Troop 762, you are joining a group of great boys. Boys who like to have fun in the outdoors: camping, cooking, swimming, boating, hiking, learning about nature, science and hobbies. Activities you can participate in together or at your own pace. You will be recognized for what you learn and achieve by your friends and parents. Along the way, you will also learn leadership and organizational skills that you can't learn anywhere else. It won't be all fun there will be some work too, but in years to come you can look back and be proud of your accomplishments.
Scouting is an international organization. Boys your age all around the world are doing the same things you are going to do. And you may have opportunities to meet many of those scouts as you participate in the many different Scouting activities you are eligible for over the next few years. As a member of the Boy Scouts of America, you are also a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement and therefore are entitled to participate in international Scouting events as well. Troop 762 is part of the White Buffalo District of Quivira Council, Central Region, Boy Scouts of America.
Boy Scout Troop 762 was chartered at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish in July, 1962. The troop has enjoyed a colorful history over the past 40 years. Hundreds of young men have called Troop 762 their troop and over 50 of them have become Eagle Scouts, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. St. Francis Parish provides us with a meeting place, the band room downstairs in the school. In return, we do various service projects for the parish and keep the facility clean and leave the band room as we found it. Currently, the troop is made up of about 50 boys from the west Wichita area, but membership is open to anyone who is interested and meets the BSA specified joining requirements.
History of the Boy Scouts of America
The scouting movement was started in England by Lord Baden-Powell, a British military hero, just after the turn of the 20th century. The BSA came to America in 1910. An American businessman was in London and was lost in the fog one evening. A British Scout helped him find his way and would take no reward for his service. The businessman, William D. Boyce, was so impressed by the boys actions that he inquired about the scouting movement and brought the idea to America. There are currently over 3 million boys registered in the Boy Scouts of America and millions more worldwide.
The troop is a Scout run organization. Each boy is a member of a patrol, usually 6 to 8 boys who want to camp and participate in various activities together. Each patrol has a leader (Patrol Leader) who represents the remaining scouts in the patrol at meetings (Patrol Leaders Council). In addition, the boys elect a leader for the troop (Senior Patrol Leader). The Senior Patrol Leader appoints an assistant (Assistant Senior Patrol Leader). The senior patrol leader appoints several other boys, Scribe, Historian, Quartermaster and Librarian to serve the troop in the various functions. Each Patrol Leader also appoints an assistant (Assistant Patrol Leader) to help and take his place when he is unavailable.
All of these positions are known as Junior Leaders, and the troop has a special Junior Leader Training session shortly after the election. The various appointed positions each have their own job descriptions and responsibilities. In addition, there are other positions the boys can hold such as a Den Chief (a Cub Scout Den helper.)
Adult leaders are also important to the troop but the intention is for them to be advisors, not directors. One leader is the Scoutmaster and the others are Assistant Scoutmasters and Troop Committee members. BSA rules require that at least two registered leaders, or one leader and one or more parents, must be present at all troop activities. Adults are encouraged to attend campouts if possible. The experience of spending a weekend camping with your son and his friends will be memorable and helps to develop camaraderie within the troop. Most camp locations are within 1 to 3 hours of Wichita.
The troop usually has three types of activities each month: the Patrol Leaders Council, where all of the elected and appointed leaders meet to plan activities for the coming months. While these meetings are open for anyone to attend, only members of the council are eligible to vote or participate. The Patrol Leaders Council is usually the Monday after a campout from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
The second activity is the Troop Meeting. The troop meets every Monday except the night of Patrol Leaders Council Meetings. Troop meetings run from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Parents are always welcome to attend if they have questions or would just like to see what goes on.
The third activity is a Campout or other special event. These are usually planned several months in advance and information is discussed at meetings and published in the Troop Newsletter. Parents are always welcome to join us and sometimes we need additional help to drive to and from the activity. Campouts are usually on BSA property, at state or national parks, or county forest preserves.
Additionally the Troop Committee meets after Patrol Leaders Council Meetings the Monday after a campout from 7:30-9:00pm. All interested parents are welcome. Only those parents registered with the BSA can vote at Troop Committee Meetings.
Food on Campouts
When we attend long term camps, our food will be supplied, and in most cases, prepared for us. You can be assured (despite reports to the contrary), that the supplied food is generally healthy and sufficient. When we are camping on our own on a regular weekend campout, however, we will be required to supply our own food. In these cases, each patrol will plan their own menus and duty rosters so that each patrol member is involved in the preparation and cleanup. The menus must be approved by an adult leader. Each patrol will then purchase their food and bring it to the campout. The person buying the food should notify the other members of the patrol of their share of the costs on the Thursday night prior to the campout so he may be reimbursed prior to departing Friday night. Adults eat and camp as a patrol as well and food will be purchased for the adults for each campout. Carbonated beverages of any kind are not permitted on campouts.
All boys are expected to behave in a mature and responsible manner at meetings and outings, respecting the rights and opinions of each other as well as following the direction of Junior Leaders and Adult Leaders. The only rule we have on the subject is that we ask all to live by the Scout Oath and Law.
There are two Troop Elections each year to select the Senior Patrol Leader and Patrol Leaders (all troop junior leader positions are six month terms). At this time, the new SPL and each PL will also appoint his assistants. Anyone wishing to hold the offices of SPL or ASPL must be First Class or above. All candidates for any office must have been an active member of the troop for the preceding six months and meet scoutmaster approval.
Court of Honor
Twice a year, generally March and September the troop will hold a special meeting called the Court of Honor. At this ceremony, boys will be recognized for the advancements and achievements they have earned. This is a family activity and all are welcome.
Joseph A. Frangenberg Memorial Award
Joe Frangenberg was one of the founders of Troop 762 over 40 years ago. Mr. Frangenberg exemplified the spirit of Scouting by knowing, believing and living the Scout Oath and Law. He was well liked by his fellow adult leaders and the first scouts of this troop. Several of his sons became Eagle Scouts in the troop. We wished to continue his scouting legacy in Troop 762 with this memorial to Mr. Frangenberg. His family and several others made a donation to the troop in his memory including this award. Each year First Class Scouts and above are encouraged to apply for the Joseph A. Frangenberg Award. The application letter must include a personal scouting history and the reasons why you deserve the award including how you live the Scout Oath and Law in your daily life. These applications should be turned in to the troop committee.
The award winner will receive credit for an amount equal to a week at summer camp to be used for scouting purposes. The scout will also receive a special medal commemorating this achievement. The troop presents this award once a year. This award can be earned only once by a scout.
Boys Life Magazine
Boys Life is a magazine is published by the Boy Scouts of America. The annual cost is $12 for 12 issues. Each family is encouraged to subscribe at re-charter time. This is an excellent magazine, with topics for boys and adults of all ages. Topics include camping, fishing, science, nature and sports.
The troop publishes a newsletter on a bi weekly basis. The newsletter features stories about past campouts and information on upcoming events. We encourage scouts as well as parents to read each issue. All scouts registered with the troop will receive the newsletter. Articles are welcome from scouts or parents.
The Boy Scouts of America is a uniformed organization. This means that the members are expected to wear proper uniforms at all Scouting activities unless specified otherwise. There are two types of uniforms: The Field uniform and the Activity uniform.
Our troop has decided that our Field Uniform will consist of the Boy Scout Shirt (with appropriate patches and insignia) and the troop neckerchief, if the scouts has achieved Tenderfoot Rank. Field uniforms are to be worn at all troop meetings, when traveling (i.e. to/from camps and activities), and at Courts of Honor. Optional parts of the field uniform include a sash for displaying merit badges, olive colored pants or shorts, and various BSA jackets, coats and sweaters. The sash may be worn with the field uniform (only) at any time but is suggested to be worn at special events like the Court of Honor.
The Activity Uniform, to be worn when directed, but usually at Summer Camp, Camporees, and informal Scouting events. In general, any BSA casual shirt (there are several) or troopT-shirts are acceptable as an activity uniform. Boys who elect not to wear official Scout pants or shorts are expected to wear clean dark colored jeans, pants or shorts.
The troop will supply, as part of the funds raised from dues and other activities, all patches earned as the result of advancement, from earning merit badges, and election or appointment to troop/patrol positions. Quite often, the fees for camporees, summer camps, and other special events will include a patch. All other patches will be the responsibility of the Scout to purchase if desired or required to complete his uniform, such as council strips, unit numbers, etc. Any duplicate patches needed because they were lost or for additional uniforms will also be the responsibility of the Scout.
All rank and leadership patches should be the most current achieved and past positions and ranks should be removed as soon as the term of office is completed.
Each Scout is required to have a Boy Scout Handbook, which should be brought to all meeting and campouts. This book, aside from being very informative, is used to track the scouts advancements. As advancements and merit badges are earned, the Scoutmaster or a troop member with a rank of Star or and higher or an Assistant Scoutmaster will initial them in the Scout's Handbook.
A boy joins the troop as a Scout. By completing various requirements, the Scout advances in rank to Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class. Further advancement requires the scout to earn several Merit Badges, perform approved service projects have a position of leadership in the troop and achieve tenure since his last advancement. These rank advancements are the Star Scout, Life Scout and Eagle Scout. Each scout has a badge on his uniform that shows the highest rank he has earned so far.
In order to gauge how a scout is progressing, a new scout should be able to achieve his First Class rank by the end of his first year in Scouting (March). Since the higher ranks have tenure requirements and some difficult merit badges, a specific time guidelines are harder to set. Most important is that the scout is progressing by earning merit badges and participating in service projects and other troop activities. Advancement within the ranks between Scout and Life Scout is monitored and certified by the troop adult leaders. When advancing a rank, the Scout must participate in a Scoutmaster's Conference and a Board of Review
The Scoutmaster's Conference is an informal one on one discussion with the scout on his goals, progress, and a refresher quiz on skills learned for that particular badge. These generally take an hour or more and are done at times other that at troop meetings. A scout wishing to have a scoutmaster conference must contact the Scoutmaster and arrange a time to have the conference.
The Boards of Review will be held at regular Troop meetings each week. There the scout meets with 3 adults to discuss how he lives scouting in his daily life and other areas of scouting as the board decides. This is not a time to retest the scout on specific scout skills.
The rank of Eagle requires certification by Quivira Council, specific merit badges need to have been earned, and a significant service project defined and managed by the Eagle Candidate while he is a Life Scout. The candidate applying for Eagle must also pass a special Board of Review with six adults, one from the Quivira Council Advancement Committee. These are held at times other than regular troop meetings.
The rank of Eagle is an achievement that a person can be proud of his whole life and is presented at a special Eagle Court of Honor.
Each scout or family is expected to pay dues which is due at re charter in February. Re charter is a council wide effort each year to get an accurate roster of registered scouts and adults. The dues go toward awards, patches, and equipment, such as tents and cooking gear. Fees due at re charter include: Troop dues $40 Council dues $10 Boys Life (Optional) $12
New scouts joining the troop are required to fill out a national registration form (brown) which includes important medical information. We need to have this form filled out and signed by the parents prior to participation in troop campouts or other outings. Once a scout is registered with the BSA, he is covered by group insurance through the Boy Scouts of America in addition to individual medical coverage. This covers accidents while involved in official scout functions.
All dues need to be paid at this time to be covered by the BSA Insurance Policy and to be registered with the Troop and the BSA. Adults are also encouraged to register with the Boy Scouts of America. This not only provides insurance for Scout related trips but the adult can be a voting member of the troop committee and receive the Trail Guide, the Quivira Council Newsletter.
The Council and troop will each sponsor fund raising activities at various times of the year. While part of the money earned goes toward troop finances, the majority will usually be put into a fund so the boys can pay for the various activities we will participate in, such as summer camp and high adventure activities.
Each scout has a Funds Held on Deposit Account (FHOD) with the troop that can beused for any scout related activities including purchasing new gear and re charter dues. The Troop Treasurer keeps track of all FHOD accounts.
All fund raising activities must be approved by the Troop Committee. Boys may not wear their uniform when fund raising except for Council sponsored activities such as the annual popcorn sale.
Each year (usually in June or July) we will attend a BSA long-term summer camp. This camp, one week in duration, will provide a variety of outdoor activities such as camping, cooking, archery, swimming, boating, target shooting, crafts, and more. Most recently we have attended the Quivira Scout Ranch near Sedan Kansas and Camp Naish near Bonner Springs, KS.
In years past, we have attended Ben Dela Tour Scout Camp and Camp Alexander in Colorado. Most long-term summer camps take care of all food preparation (except when advancement is needed) and provide tents and most have a pool or waterfront. Boys will have the opportunity to earn many different merit badges and have a lot of fun. Camp costs vary but you can estimate it will cost about $150, which includes camping fees, food, supplies and transportation. Adults are always encouraged to attend summer camp and the fees are usually significantly less than scout fees. Each year, the troop prints a camp T shirt to identify our troop.
We will, at times, be able to participate in high adventure activities. In 1999, we to took a trip to the Boundary Waters for a 10 day canoe trip in Canada. In 1997 and 2000 we took a two (2) week trek to Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, New Mexico. We will return to Philmont in August 2003. These activities are intended for older boys who have met specific age and rank requirements and are offered in addition to the usual summer camp.
The troop also plans our own high adventure activities which can include backpacking in Colorado or canoeing in Arkansas. These are usually in years when we do not go to Philmont or to the Boundary Waters.
Order of the Arrow
The Order of the Arrow (OA) is a special group of older boys who are experienced campers and are elected by their fellow scouts in January of each year. OA members can participate in exclusive campouts and activities each month with other members from different troops. Election and membership in OA are considered an honor. Elections results are kept a secret and announced at the Spring Camporee or at Summer Camp depending on which we go to each year. The Order of the Arrow is a National Boy Scout Organization and has its beginnings in the early 1900s.
Merit Badges fall into two categories: those that are required for the rank of Eagle Scout and those that are not. Boys can earn merit badges at any time once they are members of the troop. Topics range from Basketry to Atomic Energy. Some are fairly easy, and some are hard but all are educational and will teach skills and may create hobbies that can be used later in the scouts life. The requirements for Eagle merit badges are listed in the Scout Handbook. A list of all the available merit badges is listed in each Merit Badge pamphlet.
In order to earn a merit badge, the scout will work with a merit badge counselor. The counselor, a person with in-depth knowledge of the subject, will help teach the subject and ensure that the scout has completed the requirements for the badge. The troop keeps a current list of merit badge counselors in the Wichita area. If you have an area of particular interest, whether as a hobby or vocation you might consider being a merit badge counselor. You can either be a counselor for the troop only or for Quivira Council. Several adults in the troop are currently merit badge counselors. Please talk to a member of the troop committee if you are interested.
As a troop, we will sometimes be working on a merit badge. We select the badge to work on at the Patrol Leaders Council meetings, so be sure your Patrol Leader knows which merit badges you want to earn. You cannot, however, earn enough badges to advance far by limiting yourself to those earned as a troop. Most of the badges we work on will not be Eagle required badges.
Even those we work on as a troop may have requirements that you must complete on your own initiative. You can also earn badges as a patrol activity. Again, you should discuss the badges you are interested in with your Patrol Leader. If you want to work on a badge, you need to do the following:
Decide which badge you want to earn.
Obtain the merit badge pamphlet from the Troop Librarian or from the scout service center on East 2nd Street. Read it so that you know what the requirements are.
Ask the Scoutmaster for an Application for Merit Badge (blue) card.
Find out who a Counselor is for the merit badge and contact him/her.
Complete the requirements and earn the badge. Turn in completed merit badge card (blue) to Advancement Chairman.
Return the merit badge pamphlet to the Troop librarian when you are finished.
BSA rules require that you attend any meetings with the Counselor with a "Buddy". If you cannot find a scout in our troop that is interested, contact the counselor anyway and perhaps he knows of another boy who is working on the same merit badge. In addition, a Buddy can be a parent, a friend, a brother, sister or other relative.
We will have a Campout every month. In order to have fun on campouts, you need to be prepared! Following is a list of suggested things to bring (and not bring) on campouts:
- Sleeping bag
- Pack or duffel bag
- Flashlight/batteries (if necessary)
- Any medications (notify leaders)
- Clothing as appropriate
- A good pair of broken in boots
- Scout Handbook
- Swim Suit (when appropriate)
- Uniform (Wear when traveling)
- Hat or cap
- Raincoat or poncho
- Windbreaker or light jacket
- Additional pair of shoes
- Air mattress or pad (optional)
- Canteen or water bottle
- Eating utensils (knife, fork, spoon, plate and insulated mug)
- Towels (swimming and bathing)
- Soap, toothbrush, comb, etc.
- Insect repellant (lotion only)
- Tape / CD players
- Lighters / matches
- Electronic games
- Anything valuable
- Insect spray
- Sheath Knifes
More complete lists are available for specific campouts such as cold weather or high adventure. Boys are required to travel wearing the Field Uniform, including to and from camps and campouts.
We hope this troop guideline form has been helpful and informative. Please keep it for future reference If you have any questions, check with a member of the troop committee or your patrol leader at any time.
Your Troop Committee