Troop 442 FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

 

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  1. What is the troop email
  2. When does the Troop Meet?
  3. Where does the troop meet?
  4. When are Merit badge classes?
  5. What uniform do I wear?
  6. How do I register?
  7. How much is the annual membership?
  8. Do I have to be a leader to volunteer?
  9. What medical forms do I need?
  10. What training do leaders need?
  11. What is a Court of Honor?
  12. What is the Rocking Chair patrol?
  13. What is OA (Order of the Arrow)?
  14. How do I join OA?
  15. What is ISA?
  16. What is a SPL?
  17. What is a Scout Master Conference?
  18. What is a Board of Review?
  19. Can a Parent sign off on rank advancements or merit badge requirements?
  20. What do I need for a camp out?
  21. What is a Venture Scout?
  22. What is the troop Discipline Policy?
  23. What are merit Badges?


  1. What is the troop email?
    Bactroop442@yahoogroups.com, email us there to submit a question
  2. When does the Troop Meet?
    MEETINGS: Tuesday 7:00-8:00 PM

  3. Where does the troop meet?
    Friendswood United Methodist Church, 204W Edgewood DR. (FM 2351), Location is near the intersection of FM 2351 and FM 518

  4. When are Merit badge classes
    Merit badge classes are scheduled at various times during the year. The date and time for each class is determined by the instructor. They are often on saturdays or after troop meetings.

  5. What uniform do I wear?
    Class A - Worn for formal occasions (Court of Honor, Scoutmaster conferences, Boards of Review, public and scout ceremonies, Troop elections). Consists of: tan scout shirt, green regulation scout shorts or pants, scout belt and buckle, scout socks, red neckerchief with blue trim and slide, red shoulder epaulets, and merit badge sash. Scouts of all ranks are encouraged to wear the regulation green shorts/pants with boy scout socks. ALL RANKS STAR AND ABOVE ARE REQUIRED to wear regulation green shorts/pants. Ranks below Star are allowed to wear jean or cargo style pants/shorts in place of the green shorts/pants. Class B - Semi-Formal (All Troop meetings unless otherwise announced, traveling, flag postings, service projects)Same as Class A except no sash and jeans or cargo style pants/shorts are acceptable in place of green scout short/pants. Class C - Casual (Occasional Troop meetings, camps, service projects etc.) Consists of: approved Troop 442 red polo shirt or Troop 442 t-shirt Class D - Anything that does not fall in the above three classes. (Work days, campouts). Attire should support scouting themes. Notes: - A hat is not required for any of the uniforms. The Troop has adopted it's own red hat with logo and it may be worn with any uniform. Non-scout caps are not to be worn.

  6. How do I register?
    Membership is accomplished by submitting a Boy Scout application (for those under 18 years of age) or an Adult Leader application (for those over 18 year of age) and the payment of the appropriate funds to the Membership Chairman.

  7. How much is annual membership?
    Annual Troop and National dues, including Boy's Life Magazine is $44. Adults are $10.

  8. Do I have to be a leader to volunteer?
    Anyone can volunteer and help out the troop. Tasks may include committe member, merit badge counciler, organize a fund raising event etc. Contact a leader at one of the meetings.

  9. What medical forms do I need?
    Class 1 - Required to be completed (front and back) by all scouting participants (adults and scouts). This form collects the basic health and health care information needed for local campouts and activities. Medications and the dispensing method/frequency should be clearly identified on the form. The Class 1 is updated by the parent annually at recharter time. Class 2 - Required for all participants under age 40 who are participating in a long term, 5 - 7 day, camp. The Class 2 must be filled out by a physician and is good for 3 years. Class 3 - Required for adult scouting participants over 40 years of age, and for all participants of High Adventure activities (regardless of age). The Class 3 must be completed annually by a physician. For High Adventure use, this must be done within 30 days of the event.

  10. What training do leaders need?
    It is the policy of the Troop Committee that all Registered Leaders must attend Fast Start Training and that new leaders be encouraged to attend Scoutmaster Fundamentals. All adults working with the boyscouts or attending campouts must have Youth Protection training.

  11. What is a Court of Honor?
    A Court of Honor is held quarterly. This is a Class A dress occasion where boyscouts will be formally recognized for his accomplishments, both the rank advancement and Merit Badges earned.

  12. What is the Rocking Chair patrol?
    This is the group of Adult leaders who take the Scouts camping and have completed the Scout Master Fundementals training and Youth Protection.

  13. What is OA (Order of the Arrow)?
    The Order of the Arrow is scouting's Honor Society. It is a recognized official program activity of the Boy Scouts of America, intended to recognize those scouts who best exemplify the scout virtues of cheerful service, camping, and leadership.

  14. How do I join OA?
    Each spring, the troop elects some of its boyscout members to join OA. The membership requirements are 1st Class rank, a long term camp in the last two years, at least 15 days and nights of camping in the last two years (in addition to the long term camp), shows Scout spirit and has the Unit leader's approval. Participate in the "Ordeal" and induction ceremony.

  15. What is ISA?
    ISAs are individual Scout "saving accounts" within the Troop account that are credited based on a scout's participation in fund raising. ISA funds are used by Scouts to offset the cost of camp fees. The ISA policy was established to encourage greater participation in Troop and Council fundraising activities, to encourage profitable fundraising activities, to apply financial credit rewards to participating scouts, and to encourage short and long term goal setting by scouts.

  16. What is a SPL?
    Senior Parol Leader

  17. What is a Scout Master Conference?
    A scout master conference is a test each boyscout must complete to advance in rank. The testing is hand on, demonstrating all the skills and knowledge for the rank being challenged. The SMC is scheduled by the boyscout with Marty Johnson.
  18. What is a Board of Review?
    a panel of Troop Committee registered adults that review the Scout's rank advancement and ways to improve the troop. The BOR is completed after the Scout Master Conference. Scouts must wear full Class A uniform.

  19. Can a Parent sign off on rank advancements or merit badge requirements?
    NO

  20. What do I need for a camp out?
    Check itemsThe camp items
     MEDICINES - NOTIFY SCOUTMASTER
     NOTEBOOK AND PEN OR PENCIL
     Flashlight
     Compass
     Pocket knife and "tote n ship"- folding knife only
     Canteen or water bottle
     Swim suit (depends on he camp)
     Towel and wash clothes
     Undergarments
     Socks
     T SHIRTS - NO VULGARITY PRINTED ON SHIRTS.
    T-Shirts should support scouting themes.
     Long sleve shirts
     Jeans or shorts
     Hats (SUN HAT FOR SUMMER, WARMTH FOR WINTER)
     Coat or jacket (depends on the time of year)
     2 pairs of shoes
     Rain gear
     Sleeping bag or sheets
     Air matress or foam pad
     Sun block and insect repellant
     Personal first aid kit
     Sewing kit
     PERSONAL GEAR - COMB, BRUSH, SHAMPOO, SOAP, AND DEODORANT
     Toilet paper
     Toothbrush and toothpaste
     Kleenex
     Drinking cup
     MESS KIT OR PLATE AND KNIFE, FORK, AND SPOON
     Work gloves
    The following items should be considered for a long term campout
     Walking stick
     Camrea
     Spending money- about $25.00 is plenty for a week
     Money for merit badge materials
     Clothes line and hangers, clothes pins
     Songbook
     Fishing Gear
     Extra clothes for winter wear

  21. What is a venture scout?
    The next level of Scouting after Boy Scouts. A slightly less structured "coed" organization. Venture groups work to bring the aims and means of Scouting to an older peer group. Often focuses on "High Adventure" activities.

  22. What is the troop Discipline Policy?
    Our troop has adapted a discipline plan for scouts who show disruptive behavior during troop functions. After the first incident, the scout will receive a warning from the Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster. This discussion will include Scout Spirit and Scout Expectations. If the behavior continues, and a second incident occurs (or itís the first but is of a more serious nature), the Committee Chairman and the Unit Commissioner will meet with the scoutís parents and the Scout (this meeting could also include the SPL and/or the Scoutmaster) about the attitude and/or behaviors exhibited. At this point, the parent/guardian will be required to attend the next two like functions with their Scout (Troop Meeting, Campout, etc.). In the event the disruptive pattern continues and we have a third incident, the Scout may be suspended from Scout activities and advancements for a period of three months. On the fourth and final violation, the Scout will be dismissed from Troop 442.

  23. What are merit badges?
    Merit Badges are activities in which a Boy Scout can participate. He can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as he earns merit badges. There are more than 120 merit badges that can be earned. Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time.

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