Come and discover the wonderful world of scouting with Troop 1015!
Although the information below is mainly geared towards parents of scouts who are crossing over from a Cub Scout Pack, Troop 1015 gladly welcomes new Scouts of any age (between 11-17) who have little or no prior Scouting experience. This information is throughout the Troop website: http:/www.troop1015.org. To join, contact Membership Chair, Judy Johansing.
Held every Tuesday evening at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA from September through August, 7:30pm – 9:00pm.
Committee & Parent Meetings
Usually held the 3rd Wednesday September through August, 7:30pm-9:00pm and meet at the Elks Lodge Library. **New Scout Parents are strongly encouraged to attend these meetings in order to learn more about Troop activities.**
You may also contact one of the following individuals for more information:
*** Scoutmaster – Jeff Silva
*** Membership – Judy Johansing
*** Communications – Jodie Elovecky
*** Transportation – Stanley So
*** Committee Chair – Henry Ramos
*** Webmaster – David Proffitt
AFTER THE CROSS OVER…or A NEWLY JOINED SCOUTS
The first year of scouting is a year of discovery. New Scouts are expected to explore scouting by participating in Troop Meetings and Troop Outings. As leaders & parents, we understand that your son may be involved in other activities or sports, and that conflicts arise. Troop 1015 welcomes boys who participate at all levels: those who wish to attend all activities, those who wish to become an Eagle Scout and those who wish to participate in other activities but not as much camping.
BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CUB SCOUTS and BOY SCOUTS
In Cub Scouts, the Den Leader (an adult) leads and directs the boys in all functions and outings. In Boy Scouts, the adult leaders take on a more advisory role acting as facilitators who guide rather than direct. The boys take responsibility for selecting, organizing, and running their meetings and events. Older scouts will also guide younger scouts. Yet all scouts are always under the guise and supervision of trained adult leaders. Individual scouts are also accountable to take their own initiative in pursuing merit badges and rank advancement.
Scouts are divided into patrols consisting of approximately 6-10 scouts per patrol. Patrols are lead by: a Patrol Leader (“PL”), and Assistant Patrol Leader (“APL”). New Scouts are usually grouped together in a “new scout” patrol which is lead by seasoned scouts called Troop Guides. The Troop Guides (a PL and an APL) will guide new scouts through their early rank achievements and other activities to prepare them for summer camp (mid-July).
RANK and ADVANCEMENT (from Advancement Policies #33088, p. 3)
Advancement is the process by which youth members of the Boy Scouts of America progress from rank to rank in the Scouting program. Advancement is simply a means to an end, not an end in itself. Everything done to advance and earn these ranks should be designed to help the young person have an exciting and meaningful experience. A fundamental principle of advancement in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing is the growth a young person achieves as a result of his/her participation in his/her unit program. The BSA Scout Handbook provides guidelines and a checklist for each rank.
Personal growth – prime consideration in advancement program.
What a young person knows how to do—are important, but they are not the most important aspect of advancement. Scouting’s concern is the total growth of youth. This growth may be measured by how youth live the Scouting ideals, and how they do their part in their daily lives.
Learning by doing:
A Cub Scout, Boy Scout, or Venturer may read about fire building or good citizenship. They may hear it discussed, and watch others in action, but they have not learned first aid until they have done it first hand. Also, teaching the skills is a superb way to enhance the learning experience.
Each youth progresses at his own rate.
Advancement is not a competition among scouts, but is an expression of their interest and participation in the program. Youth must be encouraged to advance steadily and set their own goals with guidance from their parents, guardians, or leaders.
THE FIRST YEAR
During the first year of Boy Scouts in Troop 1015, new scouts are coached through the beginning ranks of scouting (Scout Rank, Tenderfoot, Second Class Scout) with the goal of obtaining their First Class Scout Rank. Merit Badges may be earned during this first year (especially at summer camp), but are not the main focus as First Class Rank is often a minimum requirement for other activities.
Merit Badges are the second main area of the Boy Scout advancement program. Unlike ranks, there is a degree of choice in the merit badge program. Merit badges are earned through active participation and applied attention in predetermined areas. There are more than 100 merit badges in all, of which a sub-set is required for Eagle.
www.meritbadge.org is a good reference for rank and merit badge requirements, as well as merit badge worksheets. However, your best source of information and resources to meet these requirements will always be the physical merit badge books available at the local scout store. Troop 1015 also has a library from which a scout may borrow a merit badge book.
Troop 1015 has most of the books for scout camp, Eagle requirements and other merit badges that scouts obtain often.
Issued by the Scout Master. Blue Cards are used to keep track of completed merit badge requirements while the badge is in progress. Completed and signed Blue Cards are filled out by the Merit Badge Counselor and returned to the scout once they have satisfied all requirements and earned the merit badge. Scout must keep track of all of their completed Blue Cards (see note on 3-Ring Binder below).
The scout turns in the completed Blue cards into the Scoutmaster for computer entry.
Troop 1015 offers several merit badge opportunities each year. Summer camp is another great place to earn merit badges. Swimming & First Aid merit badges are often prerequisites for other merit badges, or activities at summer camp. If a scout is interested in a particular merit badge, they may pursue earning that badge outside of scout meetings. This arranged in advance with the Scout Master and Merit Badge Counselor. BSA encourages scouts to work at least in pairs or small groups when pursuing merit badges.
Merit Badge Counselors are well-trained volunteers (parents and other adult volunteers) who provide a critical service to the Boy Scouts. If you are interested in helping, please see the Scoutmaster or Committee Chairperson.
Volunteering in the community is strongly encouraged and many opportunities are available through the Troop. Community service hours are required for rank advancement; therefore, it is helpful for the scout to keep a record of the dates, times and activities. All community service hours should be logged regardless of the sponsoring organization.
Troop 1015 participates in two major community service opportunities:
Scouting for Food in early November (drop off flyers and a week later pick up food) and volunteering at Coastal Beach Cleanup. There are many other ways to volunteer throughout the year. These events are announced throughout the year at Scout Meetings, Committee/Parent Meetings, and via email.
Class A or field uniforms may be purchased from the San Leandro or Alameda BSA Council Offices. This is the official, tan camp shirt uniform with badges and emblems sewn onto the sleeves and font pocket. Class B uniforms include scout t-shirts with a BSA fleur de lis symbol, or a Troop 1015 t-shirt. Short or pants should not be frayed or ripped. Official olive colored Scout pants and Scout Camp Shirt are also available at the Scout Shop.
Class A uniforms are always worn at all ceremonies, dining hall events at summer camp and while traveling to/from activities and camp outings. During the school year (September – Memorial Day), Class A uniforms are worn at most Troop meetings.
A 3-ring notebook plus section dividers is a very helpful tool. It is not necessary, but is strongly recommended. Scouts use the notebook to maintain an activity log of special events, campouts, leadership positions, community service hours, etc. Younger scouts may find this tool cumbersome, but will be remiss in future years when they can’t remember how many nights they spent camping as a Tenderfoot, or when they served as “grub master” or in another leadership role. Their notebook can also hold active merit badge worksheets, Blue Cards for completed merit badges, as well as rank advancement cards. Plastic sheets for baseball or trading cards make great holders for completed Blue Cards, merit badge award cards, and rank advancement cards. Activity logs, Blue Cards, merit badge and rank cards are critical for scouts who wish to pursue the rank of Eagle Scout.
Please note that in order to support an individual scout’s growth, this tool is one that the scout should own and complete himself. It is not a tool for the parents to use, but one to help a scout take responsibility for his own actions.
ANNUAL MEDICAL RECORDS
Annual Health and Medical Records must be completed and on file with the Troop.
Current forms and detailed information may be found on the BSA website. Only an original doctor’s signature, and not a rubber stamp image, is acceptable on the form. Please keep a copy for your records, as scouts will not be allowed to participate in summer camp or other overnight events without updated forms.
ACTIVITIES & OUTINGS
Scouts in Troop 1015 plan at least one outing each month. Several overnight outdoor camping opportunities are available, as well as day trips to museums, hikes, boating activities, etc.
Troop 1015 usually attends Camp Royaneh in early July. This is a great time for new scouts to participate in activities critical to rank advancement, as well as a time to earn their first merit badges. Swimming Merit Badge is strongly encouraged either before or during their first year at summer camp. First Aid Merit Badge is another key merit badge to obtain.
SUMMER BACKPACK ADVENTURE
These outings are reserved for seasoned scouts. Troop 1015 Leadership will work on a case by case basis for Scouts being able to attend the big backpack trip. For the younger scouts, they can participate in the Warmup backup adventure camp held in May/June.
COSTS & FUNDRAISING
Annual Scout Assessment and dues are approximately $150 for the year. This includes a year-long subscription to the monthly magazine “Boys Life” as well as being on the BSA insurance policy.
Troop 1015 encourages scouts to participate in the Popcorn Sale, each fall but also has an annual fundraiser by directing cars into parking stalls at the White Elephant Sale (end of January & early March) and working the Elks Lodge breakfast/dinners by Table Bussing. Each of these fundraisers helps the boys earn Campership fund money that goes towards their summer camp, annual dues, etc.
Scholarships for dues and events are available for families who have financial hardships. Please contact the Troop Committee Chairperson or Scoutmaster for more information.
HOW CAN I HELP?
The success of Troop 1015 largely depends upon the support received from parents and community volunteers. Most important, you do not need to have a scouting background to help! Troop 1015 is grateful for the many parents and Scouters who have helped in the past, BPO Elks Lodge (our Troop’s sponsor and chartering organization), Friends of Scouting, and especially those who continue to lead Scouts even after their sons have graduated.
ALL Adults are strongly encouraged to complete the BSA Youth Protection Training. Go to MyScouting.org , create an account and turn in your printed certificate to the Troop Committee Chairperson. This program should be completed if you expect to participate in any scouting events, including driving scouts (other than your son) to or from events. In addition, anyone participating in an outing must also have an Annual Medical Record on file with the Troop. All sections including a physicians evaluation must be completed for outings 72 hours or longer, only certain sections are needed for outings less than 72 hours.
You can find out more about parent volunteer roles, Scouter and Committee positions by attending any of the monthly Committee/Parent meetings, usually held on the third Wednesday evening each month. Volunteer commitments are available at all levels from one time opportunities that require little planning (driving scouts to/from events, assisting at a single day event, etc.) to helping organize a single event (like Scouting for Food), to regular monthly support serving as a Committee member as well as volunteering with the local council. Please ask any current Committee Member or Scouter (Scout Master or Assistant Scout Masters) for more information.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?
- Review Troop 1015 website Calendar of events (http://www.troop1015.org)
- Attend a Parent Information Meeting prior to or concurrently with a combined Webelos/Scouts outing.
- Attend the Troop 1015 Committee & Parent Meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
- Submit your current email address to the Troop Committee Secretary in order to receive important notices.
- Bring your questions to a Court of Honor (“COH”) Ceremony.
ACRONYMS AND OTHER TROOP 1015 “SPEAK”
APL – Assistant Patrol Leader (a scout)
ASM – Assistant Scout Master (adult)
ASPL – Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (a scout)
BOR – Board of Review (part of advancement process)
COH – Court of Honor (A formal scout meeting celebration where scouts are presented rank achievements and earned merit badges. COH’s are held three times a year: October, January and May)
Committee Chairperson – Adult leader who facilitates Committee & Parent Meetings
PL – Patrol Leader (a scout)
PLC – Patrol Leader Council, comprised of SPL, ASPL, PLs, APLs, SM & ASMs, QM, Scribe and Troop Guides
TLC– Troop Leader Council Meeting, held once a month – see calendar for details
QM – Quarter Master
Scout – Any boy registered in Troop 1015
Scouter – Any adult leader, as in “Scouter Fred”
SM – Scout Master (adult leader)
SPL – Senior Patrol Leader (scout leader) – the lead scout in charge.
Troop Guide/Assistant Troop Guide – Boy scout leaders of new scout patrol