What is Scouts BSA?

Scouts BSA is the traditional Scouting experience for boys and girls ages 11 to 17 years old. Service, community engagement and leadership development become increasingly important parts of the program as youth lead their own activities and work their way toward earning Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.

General Information

We set the example for ourselves and others by behaving as Scouts should. We live by the Scout Oath and Law each moment of each day, to the best of our abilities.

We refuse to tolerate any kind of inappropriate put-down, name-calling or physical aggression.

We expect the Scouts to live up to the standards of the Scout Oath, Scout Law, and Outdoor Code

All BSA registered volunteers are required to complete BSA's Youth Protection Training. The training is renewed every two years.

When a new Scout enters into Troop 26G and Troop 26B there are always a number of questions as to what needs to be accomplished and when. In order for you to best understand the necessary steps please refer to the following list.

  1. Boy Scout Application - fill out and give to the Committee Chair with proper fees.

    • Annual Registration fee is due before the end of January

  2. Personal Health and History Form – fill out and give to the Outdoor Coordinator.

  3. Permission to Dispense Medication – fill out and give to the Outdoor Coordinator.


Troop Structure

Patrols

Troop 26B and Troop 26G are Single-Gender led troops utilizing the Patrol Method for most activities. The Patrol is the basic unit of the Troop and consists of 5 to 10 Scouts of various ages, experience and rank. If enough new Scouts join, the troop will start a new scout patrol, which is made up of newly-bridged Webelos Scouts. This patrol focuses on basic skills with the target of attaining 1st Class rank within 18 months. In general, an older Scout, as a troop guide, another existing scout, as an initial patrol leader, and an Assistant Scout Master are assigned to the new scout patrol to assist with their skills development as necessary. The formation of a new scout patrol is dependent on the number of bridging Scouts and is subject to approval by the Patrol Leaders Council.

Patrol Leaders & The Patrol Leaders Council

All patrols elect Patrol Leaders (PLs) and the Troop as a whole elects a Senior Patrol Leader (SPL). These positions serve as the Scout leadership backbone of the Troop. Additional positions are appointed, such as Troop Guide, Scribe, Quartermaster, Chaplain's Aide, etc. depending on the need. All positions are selected for a six-month period and there are no specific term limits. The SPL and PLs make up the core of the Patrol Leaders Council which is the decision-making body of the Troop. This team determines Troop meeting agendas, submits the Troop calendar to the Committee for approval on a yearly basis, determines Troop rules, etc.

Scout Masters

Troop 26G and Troop 26B each maintain one Scout Master selected by the Committee and numerous Assistant Scout Masters. Their main purpose is to provide adult guidance, teach leadership skills to the PLC, and facilitate the growth of the patrols in all facets of Troop activities.

Committee

The Troop Committee is made up of adult volunteers and is primarily focused on the support of Troop activities as defined by the Scouts and overseen and mentored by the Scout Masters. This Committee is the logistics and financial arm of the Troop, consisting of a Chair, Chartered Organization Representative, Treasurer, Quartermaster, Communications Coordinator, Activity Coordinator, Advancement Chair, Life to Eagle coordinator, etc. depending on the need and determined by a general consensus of the volunteers.

Scout Participation

When a Scout joins the Troop, she or he will be a member of a Patrol. The Scout is expected to participate in as many Troop events as possible and to attend the scheduled Patrol meetings and activities. Records are kept of attendance. It is Troop policy that attendance is considered an integral part of Scout Spirit. The Troop program is run by the Scouts for the benefit of all who wish to participate. Participation makes it work. Scouts should be attending a minimum of 50% of meetings and events (or make special arrangements with the Scout Master) to show scout spirit for advancement.

Parent Participation

Volunteerism and participation is required from at least one adult per scout family. The types of help can include everything from driving to campouts to Committee members to Scout Masters to assisting from home on items like camping reservations and fundraising. All BSA registered parents or guardians are encouraged to attend trips or activities, and all new ideas for Troop meetings or program events are welcome! We are required to have registered and trained Adult Leaders on every Scout trip. Basic leader training is offered throughout the year and is also available at Training for Adults | Boy Scouts of America (scouting.org) . Maintaining a healthy roster of trained adults is core to the Scout Program. Keep in mind that most leaders are only active while their youth are Scouts, which means that turnover of leadership is a constant for the Troop. The very best way to ensure that your Scout will have a positive and productive Scouting experience is by volunteering to be an Adult Leader!

New Parents are invited to join the committee. Experience is not necessary. You may just want to sit in and hear what the committee discusses.