The Scout Program
The Scout Program
Preparation for life
“Teach Scouts not how to get a living, but how to live.” “We must change boys from a 'what can I get' to a 'what can I give' attitude.”
"A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room."
Camping and Hiking in Troop 1
• Troop 1 camps and hikes nearly every month of the year.
• In the summer, our troop attend a week-long camp that is hosted by our own or another Council in and out of state. Summer camps are lifetime experiences for most scouts because they engage in dozens of activities and have great fun being a troop among other troops often from other parts of the state or country.
• Activities at these camps include things like: canoeing, kayaking, archery rifle and shot gun range, swimming, scuba diving, sailing, foundry, repelling, aviation, astronomy, and many more. It is at these camps that scouts learn skills and earn merit badges that are awarded to them at courts of honor in front of their parent after they return home.
• Older scouts who have obtained first-class rank are eligible for Scouting’s High adventure camps. At Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico, Scouts learn to survive in the wild with a crew of adults and other scouts camping and hiking over 90 miles in 14 days. At Sea Base in the Florida Keys, scouts learn to sail, scuba dive and explore the aquatic life.
Character, Leadership, and skill Development
The scouting program prepares youth for life while wrapped in “fun”!
Scouts are taught to follow the basic principles of the Scout Oath, The Scout Law, The Scout Motto, and the Outdoor Code. These principles are not just memorized, every scout learns to integrate these them into their lives and are built into every rank that a scout works through.
Youth are also taught to have “reverence” for everyone’s spiritual beliefs and to give “service” to their community as citizens and family as family members.
On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
As an American, I will do my best to Be clean in my outdoor manners. Be careful with fire. Be considerate in the outdoors. Be conservation minded.
“A Scout is
Do a good Deed daily
One of the central features of the scout program is service. It is built into the requirements for each rank with increasing expectations the higher the rank. To reach the highest rank of Eagle, a scout must design, propose, and coordinate, and complete an Eagle project. These projects must benefit the community in a lasting way. Many college and University applications ask if the applicant has obtained this rank.
Service can be helping churches, planting trees and refurbishing nature areas. Service can also be at home, school, or in the community. A scout should “do a good deed daily”
Troops also participate in community service nearly every few months and are awarded recognition in a troops “Journey to Excellence Award”. Troop receive recognition for advanced service projects like the Hornaday Award.
Leadership, Rank, Troop Structure
Leadership is developed in scout troops by being scout led. Adults help supervise, but the program is designed to teach and give the scouts practice working with and guiding them.
Troops are divided into smaller patrols of scouts. These Patrols meet without the rest of the troop to plan campout, go on hikes and other activities. They also work on merit badges. Patrols meet together with the rest of the troop nearly every week for troop planning, to practice skills, elect troop leaders and have fun.
Troop meetings are planned by the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and the Scoutmaster. The SPL assigns scouts duties for the meeting such as flag duty, leading a discussion about a completed activity, or a game. Scout troops always have a lot of activities on their calendar so the SPL role is a lot of responsibility and scouts learn much about managment and what it takes to work with different kinds of people.
Occupying a leadership position is a requirement for all the upper ranks. Besides SPL, other roles are: Assistant SPL, Patrol Leader, Scribe, Quartermaster, and Assistant Chaplin. Scouts hold these positions for about 6 months at a time. Scouting provides additional training outside of the troop for scouts called National Youth Leadership Training.
Life Skills And the Edge Method
Scouting prepares youth for life by both by focusing on specific skills and it’s teaching methods. Youth learn by doing and learning from their mistakes. Adult leaders and other scouts are taught the Edge method.
EDGE stands for:
Leaders explain and show scouts how to do a task or learn a new skill. They are then given the opportunity to practice these skills. A good example is learning to tie knots or how to cook an egg over a fire. The leader guiding the scouts gradually backs off and allows them to learn. Once mastered, they are given opportunities to demonstrate those skills like on a campout. This method is used in the troop leadership process, in meeting planning, as well as in their learning to plan their own activities. This method promotes independence and resilience.
Scouting offers 135 merit badges that scouts can earn. 21 merit badges are require to be an Eagle Scout. 13 merit badges: First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communication,Cooking,Personal Fitness,Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving, Environmental Science OR Sustainability, Personal Management, Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling, Camping, and Family Life are required to become an Eagle Scout