Boy Scouts of America

Troop 38

East Sparta, OH

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Frequently Asked Questions.

These mostly only apply to Troop 38.

 

 

1. Does my scout need his own tent?

 

2. What does my son need to join scouting?

 

3. What if I miss a meeting or event?

  4. How does my scout advance in rank?
 

5. Who can sign off on rank for my scout?

 

6. How does my scout earn a merit badge?

 

7. Can an Adult get involved with the program?

 

8. How many boys are there in the troop?

 

9. What are their ages?

 

10. How many kids do you (the scoutmaster) have?

 

11. Is there a scout meeting on a snow day?

 

12. What is a Board of Review?

 

13. How should the scout be prepared for the Board of Review?

  14. What is a Class A or Class B Uniform.
  15. What classifies as Service Hours?
   
   

 

 

1. Does my scout need his own tent?

 

No, in fact I recommend that they do not bring their own tent in

fear it might be damaged.

 

2. What does my son need to join scouting?

 

He needs to meet the age requirements and fill out a Boy Scout Application, which a parent or legal guardian must sign. A medical form also needs to be filled out. There is a registration fee of $16.00

 

3.What if I miss a meeting or event?

 

No big deal. The troop is flexible with regard to sports, school etc. The scout should contact the patrol leader to inform them of their absence. Then it is the scouts responsibility to find out what was missed.

Important information is posted on the troop website.

 

4.How does my scout advance in rank?

 

By completing the rank requirements listed in the back of the Boy Scout Handbook. Tenderfoot, 2nd Class & First class requirements can be worked on at the same time. Star Requirements must be completed before Life Requirements, and Life requirements must be completed before Eagle Requirements.

 

 

5.Who can sign off on rank for my scout?

 

Adult leaders, and older scouts designated for by the scoutmaster.

Parents can not sign off for there own scout.

 

6.How does my scout earn a merit badge?

 

Please see the page on earning a Merit Badge.

 

7.Can an Adult get involved with the program?

 

Absolutely!!! Adults are needed to help with every aspect of the program, whether it be helping with a meal, instructing a merit badge, providing transportation to an event or spending a week a summer there is a spot for you. Please see the scoutmaster for more information.

 

8.How many boys are there in the troop?

 

Our current roster has approximately 25 scouts on it.

 

9.What are their ages?

 

A boy can join the boy scout program as early as 10 and a half and remain in the program as a youth until they are 18.

 

10.How many kids do you (the scoutmaster) have?

 

1, But he is several years away from joining scouting.

 

11. Is there a scout meeting on a snow day?

 

Yes, typically. If the roads are clear in the evening of the day that school was cancelled then we will have a regular scheduled meeting. You will be notified by phone if the meeting is cancelled.

 

12. What is a Board of Review?

 

The Board of Review is the last step a scout completes before advancing in rank. It is a chance for the committee to meet with the scout to make sure he learning the scouting values. It also gives the chance for the scout to inform the committee of any concerns he may have.

 

13. How should the scout be prepared for the Board of Review?

 

The scout should prepare as though it is a job interview. He should be dressed in as much of the Class A uniform as possible, including belt and neckerchief. The shirt should be tucked in and hair should be combed. If the scout is reviewing for a rank in which service project time and leadership are required, he should be prepared to discuss both of these. Also he should have documentation of his service hours.

 

14. What is a Class A and Class B Uniform?

 

The Class A Uniform consists of the scout shirt, scout pants or shorts, scout belt, scout socks, neckerchief and dark shoes or hiking boots.

The Class B Uniform is typically a scouting related t-shirt or sweatshirt.

 

15. What classifies as Service Hours?

 

Basically any time given where the person giving the time does not benefit directly.  If in doubt about service hours please cgheck with the scoutmaster. Remember to document all service hours. Here are some examples of useable and not usable service hours.

Usable Service Hours

Community Clean up.

Acolyte/Alter boy service at church.

Volunteering at Nursing Home or other organization like Stark Parks.

Helping to serve during a church dinner.

Non-usable Service Hours

Anything that you or the troop gets paid for or benefits from.

Boy Scout Fundraiser, dinner ect.

Camp Honor's Service projects.

Mowing mom & dad's or grandma & grandpa's grass Ect.