TROOP 116 - "THE ACTION TROOP"We are proud of the many years of excellent Scouting experience provided to the hundreds of young men who have been members of Troop 116 since April, 1962. Ours is a tradition of excellence and achievement and you will be proud to be an active part of our Troop.
MISSION AND PURPOSEThe mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness. Scouting promises you the great outdoors, friendship, opportunities to work toward the Eagle Scout rank, the tools to help you make the most of your family, your community, and your nation, and experiences and duties that will help you mature into strong, wise adults. The mission of Boy Scout Troop 116 is to deliver this promise of adventure, learning, challenge, and responsibility.
JOINING POLICY AND PROCEDUREThough we are a large Troop, we are happy to consider new Scouts: a) who are eager to participate fully in the weekly and outdoor programs; b) who are interested and motivated to advance in rank; c) who are willing to accept responsibility and leadership roles as they gain in age, rank, and experience; d) whose parents will actively help the Troop in some of its many needed areas; e) whose parents will help and support their son as he progresses in the program.
To become a Boy Scout, a youth must have completed fifth grade, or be 11 years old, or have earned the Arrow of Light Award as a Webelos Scout. The youth must not have reached age 18.
Because of the Troop's size, there may be times when joining is limited. Preference will be given to members of St. John's, Scouts moving up from Pack 116, brothers and other Troop 116 legacies. Below are the joining steps for those interested in Troop 116.
Very soon after joining, a boy is assigned to a Patrol, a group of 6 to 10 boys. A boy's Patrol will be his team for games and contests, his closest pals in camp, and his teachers as he works on advancement.
HOW THE TROOP WORKSThis troop is sponsored by the chartering organization, St. John's Episcopal Church. It arranges for our regular Troop meeting place and approves the adult leaders who administer the Troop's affairs. The adult leaders are the Scoutmaster and his assistants and members of the Troop Committee. All are unpaid volunteers; most are parents of boys in the Troop.
Our regular meeting night is Monday from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Troop 116 does not suspend operations in the summer - we are busy all year. The Troop Committee meets regularly once a month.
Troop meetings are planned and conducted by boy leaders under the guidance of the Scoutmaster. A typical Troop meeting includes work on outdoor skills, first aid, fitness, citizenship, or some other aspect of Scouting; a brief patrol meeting for advancement progress or planning a future patrol event; a game, competition, or other recreational activity; and ceremonies highlighting Scouting's ideals.
Every month the Troop conducts an outing or special event. It is usually an overnight camping trip and/or a visit to some location of special interest or significance.
Scouting requires family involvement. In order to encourage that, there are usually four planned Family Night Dinners between September and May. These Family Nights are covered dish suppers followed by a Court of Honor where rank and merit badges are awarded and other achievements earned by the Scouts are recognized. It is also a time for families to get to know each other and to share information about important Troop activities.
At Troop meetings, during Troop outings, and on his own, a boy will have a chance to earn many badges and awards. His goal is advancement through the ranks of Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Star, Life, and, finally, to earn the most distinctive of all - the Eagle Scout Award.
Troop 116 does have attendance requirements and guidelines. These are outlined in the Troop Operations section.
TROOP COMMUNICATIONSCommunication to Troop members about planned events and other information is handled by several means:
INTERNET WEB SITE - www.troop116.orgThe Troop Web Site, created in 1995 by one of our Eagle Scouts, was one of the first Boy Scout Web Sites in the world. It is maintained to provide information about the Troop for those interested in our program. As a privacy and youth protection policy, we typically do not publish in the Web site pages available to the general public last names of Scouts, contact information, and specific locations of upcoming Troop outings.
A Troop Member Section, protected by an individually assigned user name and user-selected password, is maintained to provide helpful, detailed, and specific information to the Scouts, their parents, and the Adult Leaders of the Troop. Information about troop outings and special events are regularly posted, and the option for online sign-up and fee payment is available for some camping trips. This section is intended for the exclusive use of Troop members.
All information in the Troop Web Site, whether it be a trip information flyer or calendar or patrol roster, is maintained only as a convenience to supplement regular communications. The traditional means of communication mentioned above will never be replaced by sole use of the Troop Web Site.
THE ROLE OF A SCOUT PARENTThe success of Troop 116 has been, and continues to be, dependent upon the full participation of the Scout parents. Every family is invited to participate in the Troop Committee, and we need and encourage parents to register as Adult Scouters.
As a parent, you will want your son to get the most out of Scouting. So you'll keep the dates of Troop activities on your calendar as a reminder, encourage him as he progresses in the advancement program, and perhaps help him master the skills of Scouting. But his success in Scouting depends in part on the success of our Troop. You can help keep the Troop strong with your support of talents and available time. Opportunities to help are many - serving on the Troop Committee; providing transportation for outings; helping organize and participating in Troop camping trips; helping maintain Troop equipment; serving as a merit badge counselor in a hobby or career field you are familiar with; attending and/or helping with the Family Night Dinners. Your participation in these activities, and your offers of help when the Troop has a need will show your son that you support him and want him to have the best experiences possible in Scouting.
COSTS OF SCOUTINGListed below are costs that each Scout family should be aware of: