New Scouts

Meetings

  • Place:
    • IHM Church (check Troop Calendarfor location)
      • St Edwards Hall B&C (closest to the stage)
      • Pavilion
  • Time:
    • 7:15 – 8:45
    • Service Patrol arrives at 7pm to setup and stays late to put chairs away, clean up, take out trash, etc.
      • Service Patrol rotates between patrols each week
    • PLC meets after meeting for an additional 10-15 minutes

Dues

  • $80 every March
  • If new scout not paying in March, the dues will be prorated based on an 11 month year (we take off in August).
    • Example:  Signing up in September dues will be $55.  7 months x $6.36 = $ 45  Plus we add an additional $10 for all new scouts to pay for the Troop 26 neckerchief the scout will earn when he reaches 2nd class.
  • Make checks payable to Troop 26.

Uniforms

  • Troop 26 always wears the Field Uniform for all travel and is the default uniform.  When in doubt wear the Field uniform.  It’s always a good idea to wear the Activity uniform (t-shirt) under the Field uniform to be prepared for either one.
  • Once a uniform, always a uniform.
  • Troop 26 wears the following uniforms:
    • Field:
      • Khaki shirt with all current badges (no Cub Scout badges, except Arrow of Light patch).  The scout shop is excellent at helping you find all the proper patched needed for a new scout..
      • Scout pants: Switchbacks are popular and great for campouts and meetings.
      • Scout socks
    • Field Dress:
      • Same as above PLUS the neckerchief and merit badge sash
    • Activity:
      • Troop 26 Red T-shirt
        • Any other Boy Scout related T-shirt (i.e. National Jamboree, Catholic Camporee, etc.)
        • We sell these for $10 at any meeting.
      • Scout Pants
      • Scout socks

Handbook

    • All scouts should bring their BSA Handbook to each meeting and they should work at their own pace for advancement.  The Handbook has everything they need to advance.
    • Can be purchased at any Scout store (i.e. in Greensboro and Winston-Salem)

 

Advancement

Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.1

Active Scouts will usually complete 1st Class requirements within the first year of Scouting, but it requires them to work at it.  Be sure to bring the Scouting Handbook to every meeting and outing.  Scouts must ask qualified Scouts to sign them off on each requirement for each rank.

    • First step is to earn the rank of Scout; here’s how…
    • Second Rank is Tenderfoot then 2nd Class and 1st Class
      • All three of these rank requirements can be worked on and signed off at the same time. You don’t have to earn Tenderfoot before you can get a requirement signed off for 2nd and 1st class ranks.
    • Then there is Star, and Life.
      • Scouts have to earn Merit Badges and perform service hours.
      • Usually scouts earn Star within a year of earning 1st Class.
    • And then there is Eagle.
      • The troop has Eagle Advisers to help our scouts with earning this rank.

TroopmasterWeb

Keep track of your son’s progress with our online program

Communication

  • Meetings
    • At the end of each meeting the troop has a “Circle up” and scouts and adults disseminate information for the benefit of the scouts.
  • Email
    • We use a mailing list with all the email addresses in the troop.  Please keep the Troop up-to-date on your email addresses.
  • Website
    • You’re on it!  There is loads of information on this site to help our scout be prepared for trips, summer camp, know what books he can check out of the Troop Library, Calendar, purchase trips and t-shirts, etc.

Campouts

What to bring on a typical Campout

  • Backpack/dufflebag to place all your items in. It’s easier to manage your stuff in one bag.
  • 20 Degree Sleeping bag (weight matters on backpacking trips, so keep it around 3lbs; 5lbs is too heavy)
  • Sleeping Pad (most body heat is lost through the ground)
  • Flash light – Head lamps are nice when trying to setup a tent at night.  🙂
  • small bag of Hygiene items: toothbrush, soap, deodorant, etc.
  • Clothing – Layering is important.
    • remove clothes before you sweat
    • add clothes BEFORE you get cold – it’s easier to stay warm then get warm.
    • Use hat to regulate your temp
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Wool hat and socks (keep warm even when wet)
  • Water bottle
  • Camp Chair
    • regular size (not the ones with foot rests, tables, etc.)  This is to be sure we have room in the trailer for everyone’s gear.
  • Rain Gear
    • Pancho’s are good, breathable rain gear is better
  • The troop provides: stoves, lanterns, tarps, tents, pots, pans, silverware, cups, etc.

Summer Camp

Links

Merit Badge Counselors (Adults, we need your help!)
Everyone has skills that can qualify them to become a Merit Badge Councelor.  Merit badges help scouts earn rank, explore our world, and possibly discover their future paths. If you would like to sign up to become Merit Badge Counselor, please follow these simple steps.  Note: You can sign up to help Troop 26 scouts ONLY or sign up for the entire Council.

  1. Review the Merit Badges you can qualify for
  2. Fill out the Merit Badge Counselor Information form
  3. Send the form to the Scoutmaster.

Record Keeping
It is a good idea for your scout to start and maintain a memory book of his scout experiences. He will need to retain the achievement cards which are awarded as he progresses through advancement from Scout to Eagle. He will also receive achievement cards confirming the award of his merit badges. These cards fit nicely into 3-ring binders in “baseball card” inserts. Adding photos, old uniform rank patches, event patches and other memorabilia makes for a nice record of his trail to Eagle.

 

Uniform Locker

The troop has used uniforms of limited sizes that you are welcome to borrow.  We simply ask you return them when your son grows out of them or quits the troop.

 

 

 

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  • ayering is important.
    • remove clothes before you sweat
    • add clothes BEFORE you get cold – it’s easier to stay warm then get warm.
    • Use hat to regulate your temp
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Wool hat and socks (keep warm even when wet)
  • water bottle
  • Flash light – Head lamps are nice when trying to setup a tent at 10pm.  🙂
  • small bag of Hygiene items: toothbrush, soap, deodorant, etc.
  • Camp Chair
    • regular size (not the ones with foot rests, tables, etc.)  This is to be sure we have room in the trailer.
  • Rain Gear
    • Pancho’s are good, breathable rain gear is better

IHM Catholic Church, High Point, NC