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Troop 147 Operations since May 12, 1993

In loving memory of Russ Schepker and Dr. Gary Shopa

Eagle Scouts of Troop 147
Troop 147 Typical Meeting Format
Regularly Scheduled Events
The Patrol Method and Leadership
Attendance Requirements
Other Expectations
Conduct Policy
Safe Haven
SPL and PL Responsibilities
Scoutmaster Responsibilities
Troop Committee Responsibilities
Adult Trip Leader Responsibilities

Eagle Scouts of Troop 147        
David F. Rakes, 1/11/95
John M. Koehler, 6/30/98
Thad Riley, 6/30/98
Ryan Watts, 8/17/98
Nicklaus Schepker, 8/17/98
Andrew Koehler, 12/13/98
Lance Smith, 10/31/99
Aaron Smith, 10/31/99
Adam Loader,10/31/99
Ryan Smith, 02/03/00

David Tao, 10/04/01
Josh Wright,  09/__/03
Nicholas Smith, 03/06/04
Christopher Greenwell, 09/17/04
Ben Clements
Patrick Clements
Ty Clements
Anthony Skube
Jonathan Skube
Pat Greenwell


Opening Ceremony - each Wednesday, PROMPTLY at 7:00 p.m.
Troop Program - related to Scout skills or upcoming event
Patrol Meeting - plan patrol activities and work on advancement
Inter-patrol Activity - patrol competition, game or recreational activity
Closing Formation - completes promptly at 8:30 p.m.
Membership dues is an annual fee of $50 with a one time Council registration fee of $7.
Sponsored by St. Joseph School PTO


Advancement Boards of Review - During Troop meetings, scheduled in advance
Patrol Leader Council (PLC) Meeting 6-7 p.m. on Wednesdays
Troop Committee Meeting - as needed
Troop Court of Honor/Christmas Party Dinner- January at K of C Hall
PTO Pancake Breakfast on January
Troop 147 Lock-in and Pizza Fest in January
Order of the Arrow Banquet in January 
Nazareth Village Annual Chili Supper in February
Pioneer District Awards Banquet in Feb.
Pioneer District Merit Badge Fair in February and March
Troop Outdoor Rappelling in March 
Troop Summer Camp at Crooked Creek in June
Pioneer District Spring Camporee in April
Order of the Arrow Conclavein April 
Summer O/A Ordeal in August
O/A Fall Fellowship in Sept.
O/A Fellowship Ordeal in Oct. 
Pioneer District Fall Camporee in October
Scouting for Food in November
Raking of Leaves Community Service Project in November 


One of the chief founding principles of Boy Scouting is the "Patrol Method." Like all Scout troops, 147 is divided into Patrols of about 6 to 10 boys each, with a Patrol Leader elected from within each Patrol. New, younger Scouts are also assigned to a special group under the leadership of the Troop Guide, an older, senior Scout who will help the newer ones get a good start in the Troop. A Patrol functions as a team and does many activities together. Competitive events between Patrols is a way of building Patrol spirit and keeping the Troop strong.
Troop 147 is a boy-run troop from the Senior Patrol Leader through his staff and the Patrol Leaders. The adult leaders are mainly there to guide and advise the boy leaders. One of Scouting's main purposes is to develop youth leadership, and we feel strongly that this can be done best by making as many opportunities as possible for the boys to do the leading and to learn by experience.


Active status in Troop 147 is maintained by attending a majority of the regular Wednesday meetings and the monthly weekend activities. The Scoutmaster may make exceptions to this requirement in special circumstances if necessary. If this attendance requirement is not followed, Scouts may be dropped from the active roles, unable to advance in rank, and not be allowed to attend special trips they would otherwise be eligible for, such as the annual Troop 147 trip. Notify by phone or e-mail  of an absence from a meeting or other troop function.
Because it is important to attend meetings prior to all trips, attendance is necessary at the preceding Wednesday night meeting before any trip. This will insure that accurate information is received about the trip and adequate preparation is made for the trip.


 Each is expected to have a complete Official Scout Uniform. However, the informal Troop 147 T-shirt  may be worn at Troop meetings. A complete formal Official Scout Uniform (with long pants and merit badge sash) is worn for Courts of Honor and Boards of Review. No Scout will be allowed in a Board of Review without a complete and proper uniform. Scouts should plan at minimum to have their Troop 147 T-shirt and cap on all trips; they will be told in advance if a full uniform is needed.
Attendance is important and is mentioned separately above. Each Scout is needed for his Patrol to function at its optimum level. The older and experienced ones are needed for their leadership and teaching skills. If a Scout does not attend meetings regularly and if he does not go on the camping trips, he is missing opportunities to learn Scouting skills and earn merit badges, and he is thereby not going to advance at the expected rate.
A Scout must be registered through the Scout Office and have turned in a signed Activity Permit before he can be allowed to go on a Troop outing. (See Joining Procedure in the Welcome to Scouting section.)
Every family is expected to assist with transportation for trips as needed. We encourage the fathers to camp with us whenever they can.
Scouts will be informed about each trip in advance as to times of departure and return, cost, where we will be, and activities of the trip. The wives of the adult trip leaders will know how to reach the Troop if needed.
Each Scout is responsible for his share of the food purchased for the camping trips. For most trips each patrol plans their meals, buys the food required, and does their own cooking. If a Scout has to miss a trip and does not tell his Patrol Leader before the food for the trip is purchased, he still is expected to pay for his share of the cost.
On camping trips, especially backpacking trips, consideration must be given to food packaging and containers. Many times trash must be packed out, and burnable wrappings such as paper are preferred. Glass containers are not permitted.
Only during adult supervised functions will a Scout be permitted to use a stove or lantern that requires any fuel. A Scout may bring and use a backpack camping stove only after he has been certified for its use by the Scout Leadership. To be certified, a Scout must demonstrate that he knows how to operate his stove in a safe and mature manner, and that he knows all the precautions and hazards associated with handling this equipment. He will then be given a certification card which he must have in his possession when using his stove.
Patrol camping equipment, including tents, is furnished by the troop. This equipment is the best we can buy, and we are able to do so as a result of  profits from two of our annual fund raisers and parent contributions. If the equipment is misused or lost, it is the Patrol's or Scout's responsibility to replace or repair the lost or damaged equipment.
Merit badge and rank requirements must be signed-off by the designated boy and adult leaders. To prevent embarrassment and misunderstanding, a parent may not do this for his own son. We encourage a Scout to also use approved counselors outside of our Troop for merit badges so that he will gain experience in dealing with new people. BSA policy requires that merit badge counselors be Registered Scouters. Parents interested in teaching and/or being counselors for merit badges or any phase of Scouting skills are urged to tell the Advancement Chairman as this help is always needed. We will assist parents in the registration process.
To be passed off on any merit badge, a Scout must have read and understood the material in the merit badge book. The counselor or Advancement Board of Review may ask questions regarding material in these books.
Requirements for a Scout going before an Advancement Board of Review are outlined in the Advancement section.


Sometimes we take for granted certain rules and regulations. Troop 147 has a large number of active Scouts who are good solid boys, and we intend to maintain the high standards that we ascribe to under the Scout Oath and Law. Although we have very few problems and do not anticipate any, we feel that certain rules and guidelines should be written and accepted to avoid any misunderstanding.
These rules apply when a Scout is under our responsibility - that is any time he is with the Troop, either at the weekly meetings or on a camping trip or other troop-sponsored activity.
The following actions will not be tolerated:
Possession or use of any illegal drug.
Possession or use of firearms.
Possession or use of alcoholic beverages.
Smoking or use of any tobacco product.
Any form of hazing, harassment, or malicious behavior directed toward another Scout.
Participating in the above activities will result in disciplinary action that could include suspension or expulsion from the Troop. Such suspension or expulsion, as well as the terms of reinstatement of a suspended Scout, will be determined by the Scoutmaster with the concurrence of the Troop Committee Executive Board.
Discipline must be maintained for the adult and youth leaders to manage a group of this size. Disciplinary measures are never by physical contact, such as belt lines or paddling, but are more along the lines of physical fitness, such as push-ups, educational, such as writing themes, or service oriented, such as completing a project.


The leaders of Troop 147 have a strong commitment to BSA policy and guidelines pertaining to "Safe Haven." Their goal is to create and maintain at all Troop functions a place where everyone feels physically and emotionally secure. There are several ways to do this:
Set the example by always behaving as a Scout should. Live the Scout Oath and Scout Law at all times to the best of your ability.
Refuse to tolerate any kind of inappropriate put-downs, name-calling, physical aggression, or hazing.
Communicate acceptance of each member of the Troop through expressions of concern for them and by showing appreciation whenever possible.
Create an environment based on learning and fun. Seek the best from all members of the Troop and strive to help them achieve it.


Senior Patrol Leader :
Preside at all Troop meetings, events, and activities.
Chair the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) and plan the Troop program and activities.
Serve as the leader of the Troop's Leadership Corps.
Appoint Scout leaders, with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster.
Assign/delegate duties and responsibilities to other leaders.
Be responsible for Troop discipline.
Set the example.
Patrol Leader :
Plan and lead Patrol Meetings and activities.
Represent the Patrol at the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC).
Appoint an Assistant Patrol Leader with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster.
Keep Patrol members informed.
Instruct Patrol members in Scouting skills.
Develop Patrol spirit.
Prepare patrol for Troop activities.
Participate in Junior Leadership Training.
Set the example


Be responsible for the program and actions of the Troop.
Act as an advisor to the Patrol Leaders Council.
Develop junior leaders.
Appoint Assistant Scoutmasters with the advise and consent of the Troop Committee
Represent the Troop at council or district planning functions.
Keep the Troop Committee informed and obtain assistance and support for the Troop from the Committee.
Attend Boy Scout Leader Training


The purpose of a Troop Committee is to assist the Scoutmaster, as requested, and to provide overall guidance and direction for the Troop. In Troop 147, every father (or one parent) is encouraged to participate in the Troop Committee meetings and to register as an adult Scouter.
In order for the adult leaders to have the time for the week-to-week activities of the troop, the Committee assumes the following specific responsibilities.
Set overall Troop policies and the direction the Troop is taking. Approve the annual calendar of events, and assist the Scouts and adult leaders in the planning and preparation of the annual schedule. Assist as needed to procure special programs requested or required by the schedule.
Provide Committee members to serve on the monthly Advancement Boards of Review.
Schedule adult trip leaders to be responsible for Troop outings such as monthly camping trips, summer camp, and other Troop activities away from the Church. Assist those leaders in scheduling parents to provide the transportation required for these outings.
Direct the annual Troop 147 fund raisers of the show chairman, setting the date, obtaining the parent participation and support.
Keep Troop families informed about Troop activities.
Assist adult Scouters with the BSA registration process. This includes review of the application, checking of references, and recommending approval to the head of our chartering organization, St. John's Episcopal Church.
Select the Troop Treasurer and his method of operation. Review and approve the annual Troop budget.
Select and approve, in consultation with the Scoutmaster and Chartered Organization Representative as appropriate, other Troop adult leaders such as the Committee Chairman, Scoutmaster, Advancement Chairman, Quartermaster, and other necessary positions.
Prepare for the annual Troop re-registration with the Scout Office.
Assist with the  Dinners by coordinating with the Church, setting up tables, and providing drinks, etc.


Adult trip leaders are essential to the overall planning and execution of Troop outings such as monthly camping trips, summer camp, and other Troop outings away from the Church. A minimum of two adults is required by BSA policy on all outings. The Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster - Outdoor Program, Senior Patrol Leader and other leadership Scouts assist and are actively involved in trip planning and trip activities, but specifically assigned adult trip leaders are necessary to carry out certain steps and to support the regular Troop leaders.
The following list of responsibilities serves as a guideline and checklist for adult trip leaders to follow:
Research and investigate information about the proposed destination.
Make reservations and arrangements with the ranger, outfitter, resort, etc.
For trip costs: (a) Prepare an estimated budget and, if Troop funds are to be used, obtain appropriate approval; (b) Collect and record money (other than routine Patrol food expense); (c) Keep a record of and obtain receipts for expenses incurred; (d) Turn in to the Troop Treasurer all collections, receipts or documentation for expense payments, and a final summary report accounting for the money collected and expenses paid.
Prepare an informational handout. Include dates and times to meet for departure and for return pickup; food, money, and special equipment requirements; planned activities; merit badge preparation work; other pertinent information. This handout should typically be distributed 4 Mondays prior to the weekend of the trip, earlier in some cases. The sign-up deadline should typically be two Wednesdays prior to the weekend of the trip, earlier in some cases.
Plan the menu, food purchase, meal cooking and preparation for the adult patrol. For certain special trips, plan and purchase food for all participants. (On most routine weekend camping trips, Scout patrols carry out their own menu planning, food purchasing, and meal cooking and preparation.)
Obtain and prepare a BSA Tour Permit and turn it in at the Scout Office. This should be done a week in advance. However for trips greater than 500 miles from Charlotte, a National BSA Tour Permit is required and must be turned in 6 weeks in advance.
Insure needed adult participation is available, including any special skill requirements and certifications.
Determine and record planned Scout participation.
Organize drivers and transportation.
Assist in planning trip activities, merit badge work, etc.
Go on the trip.


Youth Leadership:
Senior Patrol Leader, Travis Greenwell; Assistant Senior Patrol Leader,  Martin Mudd.
 Patrol Leader, Devin Broell.
 Assistant Patrol, Taylor Farnsworth.

 Adult Leadership:
Scoutmaster Steve Heil
Assistant Scoutmasters Dave Bade, Scott Broell,  Steve Greenwell, George Pierce, Bill Smith,  Anthony Skube, and Josh Wright .




Boy Scout Troop 147
Youth and Adult Troop Member Rules  

Boy Scout Troop 147 is a part of the Boy Scouts of America, headquartered
in Arlington , Texas . Having been granted a charter by the Congress of the
United States of America , its main goals include the development of a young
person's character, to train them to be better citizens, and to help them to be
personally fit. Troop 147 is located in the Southern Region of the Boy
Scouts of America and within the Lincoln Heritage Council, headquartered
in Louisville , Kentucky . We are a part of the Pioneer District of the Lincoln
Heritage Council, which includes Nelson, Spencer and Shelby Counties .

Boy Scout Troop 147 is chartered to the Saint Joseph School Parent -
Teacher Organization. As such, it is an entity of the PTO, the school and
Saint Joseph Catholic Church. Youth and adult members of Boy Scout
Troop 147 should always conduct themselves in a manner acceptable to the
PTO, school and church.

The Executive Officer of Troop 147 is the principal of Saint Joseph School .
The Chartered Partner Representative shall be selected by the Executive
Officer or the Saint Joseph School PTO. The Executive Officer or the
Chartered Partner Representative shall approve the Troop Committee Chair,
giving him or her the authority to approve all other leadership of the troop.
Volunteer adult leaders in Troop 147 are expected to serve as an excellent
role model for the youth members of the troop. Therefore, they should be
selected based upon high moral and ethical standards. Adult membership
can be denied an individual based upon but not limited to immoral, illegal or
unethical life standards. Under no circumstances is an adult who has been
accused of or found guilty of any type of sexual misconduct, whether with
an adult or child, to have a leadership role within Troop 147 or contact with
the members of Troop 147 (within the Scouting context).

Youth Membership
1. A youth member shall be defined as active in Troop 147 by attending
at least 50 % of the troop's meetings and at least 50 of the troop's
2. A Scout must attend at least 50 % of the meetings to attend the
activities of the troop.
3. A Scout must be considered "active" to be eligible for rank
advancement or to run for an elected troop office.
4. Scouts must attend the meeting before and the meeting after an
activity unless otherwise excused by the Scoutmaster.
5. By virtue of a phone call to the Scoutmaster of the troop by a parent
or youth member, a Scout may be excused from attending a troop
meeting or activity. Excused absences shall be calculated as
"attended" meetings or activities when determining whether a Scout
has met the "active" status. Excused absences shall be granted for
events such as a death in the family, family travel (such as vacation), a
Scout illness, a serious family illness, a school or church event where
attendance is required, weather emergencies, and other major events
as accepted by the Scoutmaster or Troop Committee. Excused
absences will not be granted for sporting events, school or church
social events that do not require attendance, or an ongoing work


The Scout Uniform
6. Troop 147's Class "A" uniform shall be defined as the official tan
uniform shirt with proper patches. Scout pants or shorts, Scout belt,
Scout socks and a troop issued bolo tie. Class A uniform is to be
worn to the first troop meeting of each month for uniform inspection,
Scoutmaster Conferences and Boards of Review for rank
advancement, Courts of Honor, when departing for or returning from
a troop outing (unless otherwise specified by the Scoutmaster), and on
other occasions specified by the Senior Patrol Leader, Scoutmaster, or
Troop Committee.

7. Troop 147's Class "B" uniform shall be defined as the red troop T-
shirt. Scout pants or shorts. Scout belt and Scout socks. The Class B
uniform shall be worn to troop meetings other than those stated in rule
#6 above. It will also be worn at most troop activities unless directed
otherwise by the Senior Patrol Leader, Scoutmaster, or Troop
8. Troop 147's Class "C" uniform shall be defined as the red troop T-
shirt (or in some cases other Scouting T-shirts) and shorts of the
Scout's choosing. Class C uniforms will be worn on some outings
and service projects, when severe wear or damage to the uniform is


Scout Conduct
9. Scouts are expected to live by the Scout Oath and Law in their daily
10.Do not use profane language.
1 l.Be courteous by giving adult leaders, youth leaders and your fellow
Scouts your full attention at troop meetings and activities. Pay
attention and do not speak when others are speaking.
12.Do not argue with your fellow Scouts.
13. Show respect for our meeting location. Do not damage or vandalize
the Knights of Columbus Hall or any other location in use by Troop
147. Do not throw trash on the floor, place feet on the walls, throw
objects that can cause damage, leave restrooms in an untidy manner,
or otherwise treat the Knights of Columbus Hall in an unkind manner.
14.No cheating, stealing, dishonesty or gambling is allowed at troop
meetings or activities.
15. Smoking of cigarettes, drinking of alcoholic beverages, and use of
drugs other than prescription or over the counter medications (used
correctly) are strictly forbidden at troop meetings and activities.
Infractions of this rule will result in the parent being called to pick up
their son immediately and possible dismissal of the youth member
from the troop.
16.No fireworks are allowed at troop meetings or activities.
17.No firearms or other weapons are allowed at troop meetings or
activities unless they are a Scoutmaster approved part of the event.
18.Electronic devices are not allowed at troop meetings and activities by
the youth members of the troop. This includes but is not limited to
cellular telephones, CD players, DVD players, iPods, radios, and tape
19.Hazing of the troop's members or potential members is not allowed.
This includes but is not limited to initiations, practical jokes, or any
type of physical or mental intimidation.
20. Scouts are to bring their Scout Handbook, a notebook and ink pen to
every troop meeting.


Infractions of the Rules
Infractions of the rules by a troop member will be interpreted by the
Scoutmaster and / or Troop Committee to be either of a minor or serious
nature. Minor infractions of the rules shall be dealt with by the Patrol
Leaders' Council (PLC). Disciplinary action will be suggested by the
PLC and approved by the Scoutmaster. Disciplinary actions handed
down by the PLC could include requiring service to the Chartered
Partner, Knights of Columbus, community or troop. Infractions of a
serious nature will be dealt with by the Scoutmaster and Troop
Committee, and could include actions as serious as temporary suspension
or permanent dismissal from Troop 147.

Last Updated: September. 25, 2005