Boy Scout Troop 1932

           Welcome to our troop!

     Are you interested in learning more about Boy Scouts?  Do you live in the Williamsburg, Virginia area?  Are you between the ages of 11 and 18 years of age?  Do you enjoy spending time outdoors?  Do you enjoy adventure?  If you'd like to talk to someone about what Boy Scouts has to offer, Scoutmaster Jim Fochtman would be happy to talk to you. You can contact him at 

mailto:reynoldswf@cox.net     

      Our troop is a young troop that began in 2009 with five boys.  We now have over 30 registered scouts. Please take a look at our calendar to see the activities we have planned!

 

Link to our council's website:       http://www.cvcboyscouts.org/

                    Questions about Merit Badges?

  Any boy who joins troop 1932 will be encouraged to advance in rank.  As a part of that advancement, they will have many opportunities to earn merit badges on their own or with the troop.  If you want to find out more about the requirements for a specific merit badge go to merit badge index. 

                 Where can I purchase a uniform?

 We wear the standard boy scout uniform with the black BSA neckerchief and slide and the green scout ball.  Greeen scout pants are optional, but recommended (closeable pockets).   Scouts will need a CVC council patch, purple boy scout scout membership patch, 1932 (Troop numbers), and green epaulets.  The scout store can help with patches and where they go on the uniform, but a better source is the scout handbook.  A complete description of the uniform can be found in the scout handbook.  The Troop provides the patrol patch for all boys. Our local scout store is located in Newport News.  The address is 11721, Jefferson Avenue, Newport News.  The phone number is 757-595-3356.   If you prefer to shop online, please visit the scout store

Dues

Dues:  Annual dues are $95 and include Boys Life magazine. Cost is $45 for Pack Webelos Spring crossovers. If you are new to the area and join during the year, please contact the troop to find out if the dues can be prorated.  Dues go to patches, awards, gear, and other expenses, but not camping or other events.  We are a "pay as you go" Troop which means we collect only what is needed for camp site/event fees and food.  All other monies come from dues and fundraisers to cover Troop costs-we have only a minimal Troop bank account. We make every effort to keep expenses down to a minimum and costs low, but it does take money to keep us running, especially since we started this Troop from scratch just a few years ago. Equipment, shed, trailer, advancements, badges & patches (some are Troop given), publications, and other items all cost money.

           What do I need to bring to campouts?

The Scout handbook is a good resource what/how to pack for camping. Gear should all fit in a rainproof large back pack, or travel sack (I always stick a large garbage bag in too for extra protection from rain, etc. as needed). Some gear and clothing is dependent on weather and activities, so packing for each trip is a little different. Some gear will likely not be needed, such as a rain poncho, but in general it is good practice to always carry certain gear, so you have it just in case and also so you have it with you on all trips. We generally try to minimize trash and do not have paper plates, cups, or utensils on trips, which is why scouts need to have their own reuseable plate, bowl, cup, and utensils. Tents: Boys sleep 2 or 3 to a tent - we'll need several personal tents that boys can share. The troop has cooking gear, tools and other required outdoor gear which we carry in large chuck boxes for group use. Scouts usually travel in a Class A uniform, but some trips, such as the bike event, we skip this requirement, so as to keep uniforms in good repair. Summer camp and other particular campouts may require other gear.

Clothes:
Class A uniform
sweatshirt or jacket
personal clothes as needed
Rain gear - raincoat or poncho
extra socks and underwear

Sleeping Gear:
sleeping bag and pillow (optional)
insulated pad to put under the sleeping bag (foam rubber, air mattress, etc. - optional)

Personal Equipment:
flashlight that works & spare batteries
fire lighting materials: fire starters, plenty of matches in waterproof container
pocket knife
personal first aid kit (we always have a troop first aid kit, but each scout brings a small personal kit)
compass
plastic bag (to hold wet stuff in and cover gear in rain)
mess kit: drinking cup, knive, fork, spoon, plate, bowl
toiletries/clean up kit: toilet paper, soap, tooth brush/paste, wash cloth, comb/mirror, personal hygeine stuff
small towel
backpack to hold personal gear
canteen or water bottle-filled
energy snacks: chocolate candy, granola bars, etc.
camp chair
sunscreen
lip balm
Pen/pencil and paper
Scout handbook

Optional items:
foam pad or air mattress (air mattress not recommended in cold weather)
pajamas or sweat suit for sleeping
pillow
ground cover/tarp
comb & mirror
sunglasses
camera
$ for camp store at summer camp
                              
 

                 Troop Leadership Job Descriptions

     Did you just find out that you have been elected the troop quartermaster?  Are you wondering what your responsibilities are?  Please take a look at the following job descriptions for the answers to your questions!

Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)

Job Description:

The Senior Patrol Leader is elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top junior leader in the troop.  Moves up from the ASPL position after 6 months.

Reports to: Scoutmaster

Senior Patrol Leader duties:

  • Be at all Troop meetings if at all possible.  If unable to attend a meeting, be sure the Ass’t Senior Patrol Leader will attend
  • Attends at least 2/3 of each event type during his service period.
  • Preside at all troop meetings, events, activities, and the annual program planning conference.
  • Chair the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) meeting once a month. Attends at least 5/6 of the PLC meetings occurring during his service period.
  • Appointed other boy leaders with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster.
  • Assign duties and responsibilities to other junior leaders.
  • Assists with Scoutmaster in training junior leaders.
  • Delegates task to the ASPLs. Makes sure an ASPL attends any meeting/function he will not be able to attend (Troop Meeting, PLC, Committee Meeting, campout/outing etc.)
  • Oversees the planning efforts of Scouts for all Troop campouts (whether he attends these outing or not).
  • Has good attendance at Troop meeting.
  • Set a good example.
  • Enthusiastically wear the Scout Uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show Scout spirit.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL)

Job Description:

The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader is the second highest-ranking junior leader in the Troop.  He is elected by the Troop

The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader acts as the Senior Patrol Leader in the absence of the Senior Patrol Leader or when called upon. He also provides leadership to other junior leaders in the Troop.

Reports to: Senior Patrol Leader

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader duties:

  • Be at all Troop meetings if at all possible.  Let the Senior Patrol Leader know if you need to miss a meeting
  • Attends at least 2/3 of each event type during his service period.
  • Help with leading meetings and activities as called upon by the Senior Patrol Leader.
  • Take over troop leadership in the absence of the Senior Patrol Leader.
  • Be responsible for training and giving direct leadership to the following appointed junior leaders: Scribe, Librarian, Troop Historian, Instructor, Quartermaster and Chaplain Aide.
  • Perform tasks assigned by the Senior Patrol Leader.
  • Serves as a member of the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) and attends at least 2/3 of the PLC meetings occurring during his service period.
  • Has good attendance at Troop meeting.
  • Set a good example.
  • Enthusiastically wear the Scout Uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show Scout spirit.

Troop Quartermaster

Job Description:

The Troop Quartermaster keeps track of troop equipment and sees that it is in good working order.

Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Troop Quartermaster duties:

  • Keep records on patrol and troop equipment.
  • Keep equipment in good repair.
  • Issue equipment and see that it is returned in good order.
  • Suggest new or replacement items.
  • Work with the troop committee member responsible for equipment.
  • Have good attendance at Troop meeting.
  • Attends at least 2/3 of each event type during his service period.
  • Set a good example.
  • Enthusiastically wear the Scout Uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show Scout spirit.

Troop Scribe

Job Description:

The Troop Scribe keeps the troop records. He records the activities of the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) and keeps a record of dues, advancement, and Scout attendance at troop meetings.

Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Troop Scribe duties:

  • Attend and keep a log of Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) Meetings and distributes copies to PLC Members and Adult Leaders.
  • Record attendance at troop functions.
  • Record advancement in troop records.
  • Work with the troop committee member responsible for finance, records, and advancement.
  • Have good attendance at Troop meetings.
  • Attends at least 2/3 of each event type during his service period.
  • Set a good example.
  • Enthusiastically wear the Scout Uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show Scout spirit.

Historian

Job Description: The Historian keeps a historical record or scrapbook of troop activities.

Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Historian duties:

  • Gather pictures and facts about past troop activities and keeps them in scrapbooks, wall displays or informational ( historical ) files.
  • Take care of troop trophies, ribbons, and souvenirs of troop activities.
  • Attend the web training class organized by the Adult Webmaster.
  • Provide reports of troop campouts and activities. The reports should comply to the Troop Blog Publishing and Moderation Guideline.
  • Enter drafts of the reports to the Troop Blog Site. Notify the Troop Webmaster to review and publish the reports.
  • Set a good example.
  • Attends at least 2/3 of each event type during his service period.
  • Enthusiastically wear the Scout Uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show Scout spirit.

Troop Webmaster

Job Description:

Reports to: Senior Patrol Leader

Troop Webmaster duties:

  • Attend the web training class organized by the Adult Webmaster.
  • Get familiar with the Troop Blog Publishing and Moderation Guideline. Make sure all posts and comments on Troop Blog Site comply to the guideline.
  • Review and publish the posts of troop campouts and activities from the Historian.
  • Approve/disapprove the comments submitted to Troop Blog Site.
  • Post the new Troop calendar to Troop Blog Site in October or earlier every year.
  • Set a good example.
  • Attends at least 2/3 of each event type during his service period.
  • Enthusiastically wear the Scout Uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show Scout spirit.

Patrol Leader

Job Description:

The Patrol Leader is elected by the patrol and leads the patrol. He moves up from the APL position and serves for 6 months.

Reports to: The Senior Patrol Leader

Patrol Leader duties:

  • Be at all Troop meetings if at all possible.  If unable to attend a meeting, be sure the Ass’t Patrol Leader will attend
  • Attends at least 2/3 of each event type during his service period.
  • Plan and lead patrol meetings and activities.
  • Keep patrol members informed.
  • Assign each patrol member a job and help them succeed.
  • Represent the patrol at all Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) meetings and at the annual program planning conference.
  • Prepares the patrol to take part in all troop activities.
  • Develop patrol spirit.
  • Work with other troop leaders to make the troop run well.
  • Know what patrol members and other leaders can do.
  • Set the example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show Scout spirit.

Assistant Patrol Leader (APL)

Job Description:

The Assistant Patrol Leader is elected by the Patrol and leads the patrol in his absence of the PL.  He moves into the PL position after serving for 6 months.

Reports to: The Patrol Leader

Assistant Patrol Leader duties:

  • Be at all Troop meetings if at all possible.  If unable to attend a meeting, be let the  Patrol Leader know
  • Attends at least 2/3 of each event type during his service period.
  • Assist the Patrol Leader in:

- planning and leading patrol meetings and activities.
- keeping patrol members informed.
- preparing your patrol to take part in all troop activities.

  • and steer patrol meetings and activities
  • Take charge of the patrol in the absence of the Patrol Leader.
  • Represent the patrol at Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) meetings in the absence of the Patrol Leader.
  • Work with the other troop leaders to make the troop run well.
  • Help develop patrol spirit.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout Uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show Scout Spirit.

Troop Guide

Job Description:

To work actively with new Scouts. The Troop Guides introduce new Scouts to troop operations and helps them feel comfortable in the troop.

Reports to: The Assistant Scoutmaster

Troop Guide duties:

  • Help new Scouts earn advancement requirements through First Class.
  • Advise patrol leader on his duties and responsibilities at Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) meetings.
  • Attend Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) meetings with the New Scout Patrol Leader.
  • Prevent harassment of new Scouts by older Scouts.
  • Help Assistant Scoutmaster train new Scouts by older Scouts.
  • Guide new Scouts through early troop experiences to help them become comfortable in the troop and the outdoors.
  • Teach basic Scout skills.
  • Have good attendance at Troop meeting.
  • Attends at least 2/3 of each event type during his service period.
  • Set a good example.
  • Enthusiastically wear the Scout Uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show Scout spirit.

Chaplain Aide

Job Description:

The Chaplain Aide works with the Troop Chaplain to meet the religious needs of the Scouts in the troop. He also works to promote the religious emblems program.

Reports to:the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (and works with the Chaplain)

Chaplain Aide duties:

  • Keep troop leader appraised of religious holidays when planning activities.
  • Assist Chaplain or religious coordinator in meeting the religious needs of troop members while on activities.
  • Encourage saying grace at meals while camping or on activities.
  • Tell Scouts about the religious emblem program of their faith.
  • Help plan for religious observance in troop activities.
  • Attends at least 2/3 of each event type during his service period.
  • Set a good example.
  • Enthusiastically wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show Scout spirit.

 

 

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