No scout is expected to travel the Trail to Eagle by himself. Parents should encourage their son to work on advancement and take full advantage of the scouting program. Parents are invited to all troop meetings and especially Courts of Honor, usually held 3 times a year.
The Scouts and the Troops adult leadership appreciate the time, commitment, support and involvement of all our scouts parents.
Families will be asked to help the troop in various ways during the year. Our troop also needs parents to help counsel merit badges, assist with special events and drive to activities. Because the scouts run the troop, “helping” is usually just “watching.” Your help makes the difference. The activities of Troop 158 depend upon the support of parents. Without adults, scouts cannot go camping. Without funds, troop equipment (such as propane and cooking equipment) cannot be purchased and maintained. Without fundraising, there are no funds. Troop 158 needs your contribution of time and appreciates any amount of time that a parent can give.
Training All adults need to take the 2-hour online course called Youth Protection Training (YPT). This training will give you valuable insight into the ways BSA keeps our scouts and families safe. This course is required to be repeated every 2 years. Scouter Code of Conduct All volunteers should review and agree to the Scouter Code of Conduct before taking on a volunteer opportunity. Ways to get involved Examples include, but are not limited to: ●Help with the popcorn distribution/pick up (1- 4 hours/year) ●Help with the mulch fundraiser as a spreader (1-16 hours/year- your choice) ●Help collect and maintain camping records before each campout (30 minutes/month) ●Help with campout registrations at the troop meetings. (1 hour/month) ●Help maintain troop equipment (varies) ●Donate food items for the Court of Honor (no time commitment) ●Be on a scout Board of Review (15 minutes/each Review) ●Drive scouts to and from a campout (varies) ●Go camping with the scouts and other adults (week or weekend- your choice) ●Teach a Merit Badge Class (varies on Merit Badge length) ●Teach part of a rank requirement at a troop meeting or campout (varies on skill length) ●Assist with Recharter (4 hours/year) ●Assist with Journey to Excellence report (1 hour/year) ●Be a Merit Badge Counselor (varies) ●Be an active voice at Committee Meetings (varies- your choice) ●Be a leader in the Troop Committee (varies- your choice)
As a family member of a scout in Troop 158 some things are expected of you. You are expected to: ●Encourage your scout to excel! ●Ask your scout if you can help them (do not do it for them!) ●Help by pitching in to make the troop run better. ●Volunteer in some way, whether big or small, it will be a big help. ●Sign up to be a Merit Badge Counselor or participate in a Board of Review. ●Show your scout you are as vested in scouts as much as he is by being active in the troop. ●Make sure your scout is in his proper uniform and is on time (scouts need to be present and ready for the meeting at the meeting start time- not arriving at that time). ●Fill out and submit the Family Talent form to the Committee Chair.