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Welcome to BSA Troop 126! We are a growing and privately funded troop serving the Tremonton, Utah area. We have several patrols and each patrol has a boy leader.
As a participant in any of our activities and meetings, your fellow scouts expect that you will be on time and do your part to help your patrol and troop be successful. It is appreciated and helpful to let us know when you can't attend. Knowing how many to plan for aides us in planning for activities and budgeting.
You can find more information on our FB page, and you can track your scout's advancement using scout book.
Regular troop meetings are planned and run by you, the scouts and the leader's council. Patrol meetings are held Mondays at 6:30.
We follow the Box Elder School Schedule. We do publish a troop calendar for your reference.
Meetings begin with an opening ceremony that includes reciting the pledge of Allegiance, prayer, the scout oath and law.
Please, wear your uniform for troop meetings and activities.
We learn and practice scouting skills during our meetings, service projects and we plan outings.
At the conclusion of our meetings we have a kneeling prayer and a Scoutmaster's minute.
Outing is a vital part of scouting. Our troop ventures out on a number of hikes, day trips and campouts through the year. We plan and execute monthly service projects. Our plan calls for two activities per month. The exception to camping is December, when we take time off to spend with family.
During the campouts, you and your patrol will plan and cook your own meals, pitch your own tent and work together as a team. You will be expected to clean up after yourselves and to help with your portion of the troop gear. Yeah, it is work - but it is fun!
During activities we focus on having fun and learning scout skills. Scouts learn to lead, to teach, and master the skills necessary to advance through the ranks to become an accomplished scout. Annually, there is a camporee where you will have the opportunity to socialize with scouts from all over northern Utah and to attend merit badge classes.
A highlight each year is the week long summer camp. There are several camps and programs to choose from. Every third year we sponsor our own summer camp. At these camps we learn and experience outdoor merit badges, hikes, canoeing, horseback riding, shooting sports, geology, wilderness survival and other merit badges and outdoor experiences. We volunteer each year for conservation service projects.
We plan to have 10, 1 to 2 night campouts through the year. These are planned by your troop. Items needed for these camps can be found in your SCOUT HANDBOOK, of which you will need a copy. Included in the list: sleeping bag, tent (small), canteen or water bottle, mess kit, knife, flashlight and personal items. For most of these camps walking or hiking is involved. So packing light is essential. Sorry moms, scouts do need to pack their own gear. It is part of the experience.
Most camps are centered around a challenging activity. The simmering or learning is in experiencing the activity, not just checking off the night sleeping out. Personal growth is in the experience, not the checklist. Scouting is something that one must immerse themselves into, they must become pickled, to understand it, to grow, and to get the maximum benefit from having the experience.
My son helps around the house, so he has completed his service project. (false)
Helping around the house is just part of the cost of living.
There are eight methods to scouting. Each is of equal importance for you to develop character and make the most of your scouting time. Any program NOT using all eight, is NOT scouting.
Patrol Method. Scouting is a group of equals, led by peers (youth not adults)
The patrol method gives Scouts an experience in group living and participating citizenship. It places responsibility on young shoulders and teaches youth how to accept it. It allows Scouts to interact in small groups where members can easily relate to each other. These small groups determine troop activities through elected representatives.
Adult Association. Scouting provides opportunities to develop relationships with adults of sound character, such as merit badge counselors and others, whom you may use as mentors. Youth learn a great deal by watching how adults conduct themselves. Scout leaders can be positive role models for the members of the troop. In many cases a Scoutmaster who is willing to listen to youth, encourage them, and take a sincere interest in them can make a profound difference in their lives.
Uniform. The uniform makes the Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. Scouts BSA is an action program, and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Scout's commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals. The uniform is practical attire for Boy Scout activities and provides a way for Boy Scouts to wear the badges that show what they have accomplished.
Leadership. The Scouts BSA program encourages youth to learn and practice leadership skills. Every Scout has the opportunity to participate in both shared and total leadership situations. Understanding the concepts of leadership helps a youth accept the leadership role of others and guides him toward the citizenship aim of Scouting. You will be given ample opportunity to lead and to develop leadership skills to use throughout your lifetime.
Scouting Ideals. To truly become a scout, one must learn the scout oath, scout law, motto, slogan and live them in their daily life. The Scout measures himself against these ideals and continually tries to improve. The goals are high, and as he reaches for them, he has some control over what and who he becomes.
Outdoor Program. We spend great amounts of time in the out of doors learning of nature, having fun and developing skills. More importantly we develop the ability to listen to and to follow the Spirit. It is in the outdoor setting that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with one another. In the outdoors, the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose. It is always good to get out and away into the world that God created for us.
Advancement. A scout learns, a scout is tested, a scout is recognized. Ranks help us keep track of the things that we have learned. The 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.
Personal Improvement. The program is designed to help you develop and to learn. To achieve as you compete against yourself. The Good Turn concept is a major part of the personal growth method of Scouts BSA. Scouts grow as they participate in community service projects and do Good Turns for others. The religious emblems program is a large part of the personal growth method. Frequent personal conferences with his Scoutmaster help each Scout to determine his growth toward Scouting's aims.
Scout Myth II
My scout helps around the house, so he has completed his service project.
Part of the learning experience is for your son to take responsibility. When you pack for him you defeat this purpose. Yes, he will make some mistakes and most likely forget something. He will learn from this experience. Remember, no scout has ever actually starved to death on an outing.
Moms you have a tendency to pack too much extra food and weight. While we all love the sweets, we do plan mostly balanced meals and we have found that scout will eat better when they are no filled with too many snacks and goodies.
Scouting is meant to be work and filled with character building opportunities, and yet fun! Your scout will experience some difficult and challenging times. He will learn to improvise. He will learn that he can do difficult things that he never thought he could. The result will be an increase in self-worth.
Hopefully, questions stir within you the desire to take actions on the promptings you've felt. Through reflection we ponder and learn.
Young men grow the most when they are inspired. Reflection is crucial to self-discovery and personal revelation. "In scouting, reflection is simply the process of the scouts talking about their experience immediately after an exercise or activity with a little bit of wise moderating." During reflective discussion you explore the meaning of the experience, the moral of the story or the lessons learned from the activity. Through reflection boys ponder the values and morals that are subtlety experienced during a fun adventure or activity. Reflection allows the Spirit to expand the understanding of a young boy's mind and heart. Scouting experiences prepare a young man to have revelations by teaching them how to reflect upon the meaningful experiences on their life.