First Year Scout Program

1st Year Scout Program News

  • New Scout Program 2017 - 2018
    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
    Posted May 6, 2017, 6:41 AM by Bsa Troop341
  • Patriot Patrol Advancement Survey - Aug. 2014
    Thank you for completing the survey below before the start of the new Scout year. Our first meeting will be on Monday Sept. 8, 2014 and we'd like to get started right away on preparing for our first Court of Honor, which is usually in October.

    Patriot Patrol Advancement Survey - Aug. 2014


    Posted Aug 27, 2014, 1:11 PM by Bsa Troop341
  • New Scout Patriot Patrol Earns Tenderfoot
    Congratulations to our Patriot Patrol members, all of whome progressed to the Tenderfoot Rank within 2 months of joining Troop 341! Below are some pictures from the Court of Honor.


    Posted Jun 17, 2014, 9:05 AM by Bsa Troop341
  • Schedule May & June 2014
    ​Hello Everyone,

    As we move forward toward our first Court of Honor on June 9th, we are working toward everyone completing their Scout and Tenderfoot Awards. The next 5 weeks will be busy, so I'm sending you a listing of our upcoming schedule so you can get on board and/or let me know what does/does not work for you.

    Three special events are the swim event on May 10 at the YMCA, the possible patrol meeting on Thursday May 15 (if that works for Scouts), and the Backyard Overnight at my house on Sat. May 31. The backyard overnight is particularly for those Scouts that did not go to Camp Sam Wood. It will also be our last time to finish up requirements before the BORs on Monday June 2.

    I really want to thank all of you for such a good start to Boy Scouting for these boys. I'm looking forward to many fun times with them.

    Greg Krapf
    ASM First Year Scout program

    Monday May 5

    Troop Meeting

    First Aid, Pick a Patrol name, knots

    Sat. May 10

    Swim Requirements at Southeast YMCA

    2:30 Sat. afternoon. Dr. Scharf will be offering testing in the 2nd class and 1st  Class swim requirements for anyone interested.

    Monday May 12

    Troop Meeting

    Annual Planning for next year, Physical fitness test #2

    Thursday May 15 ??

    Patrol Meeting ??

    After school patrol meeting to work on advancement skills & requirements

    Monday May 19

    Troop Meeting

    Score Orienteering course through Pittsford, Physical fitness test #2

    Monday May 26

    Memorial Day Parade

    No Troop Meeting

    10:00 Monday morning – march in the Pittsford Parade (this is considered community service for 2nd Class)

    Saturday May 31

    Backyard Camp-out

    At Dr. Krapf’s house – this is a time to finish up requirements and SMC. For those not attending Camp Sam Wood, it will be your overnight camp for Tenderfoot.

    Monday June 2

    Troop Meeting

    Boards of Review, finish up requirments

    Monday Jun 9

    Court of Honor & picnic

    Powderhorn Lodge in Powdermill Park


    Posted May 2, 2014, 9:16 AM by Bsa Troop341
  • Camping Equipment Suggestions
    Dear New Scout Parents,

    During the month of April, the Troop guides will be going over proper equipment and weekend checklists with your sons.  Before our first camp-out, there will be a pack inspection.  Even if you son will not be participating in the camp out, we want to ensure that your scouts are well-prepared for camping, plus this is one of their advancement requirements.

    Please do not worry if you don't have everything, and don't kill yourselves trying to get it all done.  This is a learning experience and the idea is for the boys to learn what they are missing on Monday so that they can start to develop their standard packing "kit". This list should also prove quite helpful as you prepare for Massawepie.

    I wanted to give you a few pointers on equipment based on my experience. Sorry for the delay in getting this out to you but hopefully better late than never.

    You son will eventually want/need a backpack but for now any durable sport bag, zippered duffle bag, etc. will work quite well.

    1. For sleeping bag, the best bet is a 15-20 degree mummy style bag.  They pack much better than a rectangular bag and 15 or 20 degree is plenty warm enough (even for winter when coupled with a blanket).
    2. Sleeping pad – recommended but not absolutely necessary. Most practical is the thermarest Z-lite but any decent pad will do.
    3. Emergency blanket - either the mylar film emergency blankets (EMS) or the thicker "Sportsmans Blanket". I carry the mylar for emergencies and use the sportsman's (or a piece of plastic) as a ground cloth for sleeping on.
    4. Rain gear - this is an important item.  My son Timo has done really well with and likes his LL Bean trail model rain coat . The trail model rain pants are also quite good.
    5. For hiking boots, Timo's had good luck at LL Bean as well.  The Waterproof Trail Hikers  are a good boot but any decent hiking style boot will do.
    6. In camp, we NEVER use open toe shoes, flip-flops, etc. Closed sandals like crocs, Keens, etc. and old sneakers are great around camp.
    7. Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries.  A headlamp is MUCH better but flashlights have worked for many, many years.
    8. A fifty foot section of parachute cord (any camping store) is always very handy.
    9. Compass - an orienteering style compass is what your son needs.  Here are few links for Campmor and Dicks.  Please get a compass that looks like this with the clear base plate.
    10. Non-cotton clothing.  Sports tee-shirts work well. Fleece is excellent.  Warm-up pants.

    Please have your son contact their troop guides if they have any questions about gear and I am of course also available for advice and suggestions.

    Greg Krapf

    Posted Apr 19, 2014, 9:10 PM by Bsa Troop341
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