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TYPICAL MEETING FORMAT AT KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HALL
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
Sponsored by St. Joseph School PTO
REGULARLY SCHEDULED EVENTS
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
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
THE PATROL METHOD AND LEADERSHIP
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
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
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
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
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 AND PATROL LEADER RESPONSIBILITIES
Senior Patrol Leader :
Preside at all Troop meetings, events, and activities.
Chair the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) and plan the Troop program and
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
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
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
TROOP COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES
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 LEADER RESPONSIBILITIES
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
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.
Senior Patrol Leader, Travis Greenwell; Assistant Senior Patrol
Leader, Martin Mudd.
Patrol Leader, Devin Broell.
Assistant Patrol, Taylor Farnsworth.
Scoutmaster Steve Heil
Assistant Scoutmasters Dave Bade, Scott
Broell, Steve Greenwell, George Pierce, Bill Smith, Anthony Skube, and Josh
Boy Scout Troop 147
Youth and Adult Troop Member Rules
Boy Scout Troop 147 is a part of
the Boy Scouts of America, headquartered
. 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
and within the Lincoln Heritage Council, headquartered
. We are a part of the Pioneer District of the
Heritage Council, which includes Nelson, Spencer and
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
The Chartered Partner Representative shall be selected by the Executive
Officer or the
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).
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
Uniform6. Troop 147's Class "A" uniform shall be defined as the official
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
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
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