New Scout Program 2017 - 2018

posted May 6, 2017, 6:41 AM by Bsa Troop341
The Troop 341 First Class Program is designed to introduce new Scouts to the Scouting program and guide them through their first year in the troop. Our primary aims are to welcome them to the troop and to teach the basic Scouting skills, the patrol method, and the concepts of boy led leadership.

The new Scouts are placed in New Scout patrols under the leadership of several older Troop Guides and the supervision of at least two Assistant Scoutmasters. This gives them the opportunity to work, play, and learn together as they advance toward the First Class Scout rank.

Opportunities to learn and to advance are available at troop meetings and outings, although the Scouts are taught that advancement and getting requirements signed off, is their responsibility. This is the first step of helping them become the leaders of tomorrow – in our troop and in the community.

The general guideline for the Troop 341 First Class program schedule is flexible and learning/advancement opportunities will be offered more than one time. Any Scout that participates and is willing to do some preparation and practice on his own, should be able to complete the First Class rank within his first year of Scouting.

We have found that if Scouts complete the first class rank within their first year, they are more likely to remain in Scouting and to continue advancing in rank, skills, leadership, and citizenship. Please keep in mind that this is a guideline and that each Scout will participate, learn, and advance at his own rate. Our primary goal is to provide a safe and fun environment for the Scouts to enjoy the adventure we call Boy Scouting.

Here are a few tips that will make transitioning into Boy Scouts and Troop 341 easier.

•    Please turn in Registration form, health form, and contact information as soon as possible
•    Most Troop communication is done via email and the Troop website. If you are typically overwhelmed by email, I suggest getting a family Scout email such as “smithfamilyscouts@gmail.com” so that you have one email you can check regularly that won’t be full of a lot of email to go through.
•    Don’t worry about a lot of camping gear at this time. We supply tents, cooking pots, stoves, etc. We will give more information on clothing and recommended camping gear at an upcoming Troop meeting.
•    Participation is a key to enjoying Scouting. The more your son participates, the more he will enjoy it.  And, the more you participate, the more you both will enjoy it
•    We will be camping in both April and May and I encourage everyone to attend
•    We will also be having several patrol meetings and afternoon day events. These are a lot of fun, bring the boys together, and help us teach the Scouting skills that are necessary for advancement.

This should be an exciting start to a fun and successful Scouting time. Our Troop is known for its spirit of adventure and we’re excited to be a part of your boy’s start on this trail.


Robert A. Nelk                       
Scoutmaster

Dennis DesRosiers
Committee Chair
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