may not be familiar with the Scouting program. Here is some
In Scouting, there are ranks the Scout moves through.
ranks and their badges are pictured to the right, in order. To achieve
each rank, Scouts must complete a series requirements. These
requirements are progressively more difficult with each rank.
images to the right are links to a requirements
list for the rank pictured, if you would like to see the requirements
in advance. The overall goal of the Scout is to reach the
Eagle. The first rank is Scout. This rank is an
introduction to the basic principles of Scouting. This
reciting the Scout Oath, Scout Law, motto, and slogan, as well as
understanding and explaining other Scouting ideals. The next
three ranks, Tenderfoot, Second-Class, and First-Class, focus on
Scouting skills such as First-aid, camping, animal and tree identification, and basic knots. The final three ranks,
Life, and Eagle, focus mainly on leadership, community service, and
other citizenship and life skills.
Merit Badges are what makes Scouting fun!
Scouts to learn specific skills that they are
interested in. Currently, there are 135 merit badges offered.
While most merit badges are elective, there are
Required Merit Badges". These can easily be identified
because there is a silver ring around the patch, while the ring on
other Merit Badges are green. A scout is required to earn a
Merit Badges to be an Eagle Scout.
The Troop is broken down into smaller groups of 5-10 Scouts
Patrols. These Patrols are led by Patrol Leaders, fellow boys
whom the Patrol elects. The Patrols are led by the Senior
Leader, a fellow boy whom the entire troop elects. The Troop
Senior Patrol Leader are supervised by the adult Scoutmaster.
There are other jobs in the troop, as well. Each
has a term of 6 months. Serving a term in a troop job is
for every rank after First-Class. These jobs include:
Senior Patrol Leader (SPL), who leads the Troop; the Assistant Senior
Patrol Leader (ASPL), who acts as a Vice for the SP; Patrol Leader
(PL), who leads the Patrol; the Assistant Patrol Leader (APL), who acts
as a Vice for the PL; a Troop Quartermaster, who oversees the
maintenance of the Troop equipment; Patrol Quartermaster, who oversees
the maintenance of the Patrol equipment; Chaplain's Aid, who helps the
adult Chaplain give interfaith Chapel
services at campouts and ensure Scouts are
active in their religion (whatever it may be); Webmaster, who designs,
updates, and manages the Troop website; Scribe, who records and
archives information about our Troop and Troop activities;
and Historian, who records information and takes pictures of our Troop
activities to share.
The twelfth item in the Scout Law states, "A Scout is
There is no religious requirement for Boyscouts, only that
are engaged and active in whatever religion they may be a part of.
each campout, each patrol decides a "Menu", or plan of what each meal
will be and what its ingredients are. A "Grubmaster" is then
chosen to purchase the food, the first $40 of which will be repaid by
the troop. At the camp, Scouts may volunteer to cook certain
meals, and the Patrol Leader picks who does which one.
Order of the Arrow
The "Order of the Arrow", or OA, is an honor society within Boy Scouts,
devoted to helping others and being good citizens, and also studying
Native American lore. To join the OA, one must be elected
it. To qualify to be elected, one must be a registered member
Boy Scouts and under 21, have been camping a total of at least 15 nights
in the two years immediately prior to the election of which five must
be consecutive, and be of the First-Class rank or higher.
BSA and Troop History
began in England in 1910 when an officer in the British army named Lord
Bayden Powell was stationed in India and was working with new recruits.
He found that many of them did not know simple outdoor skills
such as fishing and cooking their catch over an open fire, setting up a
tent, navigation, first-aid, and other things. When he
to England, he wrote a book about these things with the intended
audience of young men and boys and called it "The Handbook for Boys".
The book was very popular, and eventually, he realized that
skills taught in the book would be taught better by demonstrating them,
not just explaining them in a book.
He began recruiting boys to an organization based around his book that
was organized like the military but was intended to be fun.
boys came to learn the skills, but he used the opportunity to teach
them about leadership and citizenship as well. The
spread, and multiple "Troops" began in different parts of England under
legend, Boy Scouts was brought to America when a business man from
Washington D.C. came to London for his business. On his way
to his hotel one night, there came a thick fog, and not knowing the
area well, he became lost. Presently, a Boy Scout came by, saw
that he was lost, and, because he knew the area well, he was able to
lead the man to safety. The man was so impressed by the kind
actions of this boy, when he returned to the United States, he began to
research the Boy Scouts and started a similar organization, which he
called the "Boy Scouts of America".