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 Interested in Joining Troop 472?

Who Can Join Our Troop?

Boy Scout Troops are sponsored by existing institutions, usually schools, churches, or fraternal organizations to benefit the youth of the community. We are fortunate to have an excellent relationship with our Chartered Organization, The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church. Although this is a religious institution, the troop itself is non-sectarian, and is open to young men ages 11 to 17 (inclusive), of any faith, race or national origin, who will follow the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law.

What do I need to do to Join the Troop?

Complete an Application:

Get a Boy Scout Membership Application from the Scoutmaster and have your parent or guardian sign the application. The Scoutmaster will then give you the temporary certificate of membership.

Complete a Medical Form:

Before you can go camping with us you must obtain a Medical Form from the Scoutmaster and have it completed by your parents and your doctor. Any special medical problems should also be brought to the Scoutmaster’s attention.

Dues:

Our Troop dues are $150.00 per year, less if you join part way through the year. If for some reason you cannot afford it, speak privately to the Scoutmaster – perhaps we can find a way to help. Adult membership is $25.00.

The dues are payable in February of each year and may be paid as a lump sum or in installments.

How your Dues are applied:

  • $14 registration fee
  • $1 for insurance
  • $9 for Boys Life
  • From the dues $24 goes to the BSA

The rest of the money is for the Troop to purchase patches for the Scouts as they earn them (merit badges cost $2.50 each – advancements) and camping equipment, supplies, maintenance of Scout House and equipment, parties for the holidays and special activites.

When we go camping you will need to help with your share of food expenses, and sometimes there are other odd fees, gas for transportation, snack money, etc. Also your Patrol may collect dues for its own needs.

Earning the Scout Badge

In order to earn your first badge, the Scout Badge, you must show your Scoutmaster that you:

  • Repeat the Pledge of Allegiance
  •  Demonstrate the Scout salute, sign and handclasp
  • Show how to tie the square knot
  • Understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout motto, the Scout slogan and the Outdoor Code.
  • Describe the Scout badge
  • With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet, “How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse and Drug Abuse.”
  • Participate in a Scoutmaster conference

When you have completed these, welcome! You are a Scout!

What Do We Do?

A LOT! Our learning is done is a fun atmosphere where a Scout belongs to a team or patrol of members around his same age. Our program has something of interest to everyone: swimming, camping, sports, historic hikes, coin collecting, nature, first aid, environmental studies, electricity, home repairs, archery, cooking, community service, financial management, rifle shooting, sailing, metalwork, plumbing, physical fitness, acting, musical instruments, firefighting, radio communications, religious awards, 20 mile hikes, axmanship, backpacking, computers, woodcarving, model building, reptile study, astronomy, rowing, and canoeing. And that’s just a sample!

Troop Meetings

Troop meetings happen each Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:00 PM where scouts learn and practice these skills, get involved in games and contests, have leadership opportunities and prepare for upcoming trips and events. Patrols also meet separately from the troop, usually twice a month at a patrol member’s home. There, they complete advancement requirements and planning that’s done at troop meetings.

The Outdoor Program and More

The outdoor experience allows a scout to develop responsibility and leadership by contributing as a member of the patrol team. Camping is also a lot of fun. We go on a weekend trip every month, using tents and cabins, depending upon the season. All this is topped off by one weeks of summer camp when there’s more fun and learning than you could possibly imagine.

We also have awards dinners periodically to recognize the achievements of our scouts. They are encouraged to earn the religious award of their faith and to pursue other special awards and activities, including Interpreter, World Conservation Award, Order of the Arrow, Historic Trails, Mile Swim, National Jamboree, Philmont Trek, National Youth Scholarship, and others.

The Uniform

Members of Troop 472 wear the uniform of the Boy Scouts of America with pride.  Our uniforms show our achievements, personal progress, and various responsibilities, as well as our common commitment to the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law

What Do We Do For You?

Foremost, we are developing high ideals and values in our scouts who will be tomorrow’s leaders. That in and of itself is a worthwhile investment. But we don’t stop there. In learning citizenship our scouts take a leading role in the community, caring for those less able, voicing our concern for the environment and neighborhood, and doing something about it.

What Does A Boy Get From Troop 472?

Most obviously, and importantly, fun. Everything else just comes as part of the package. The troop operation such as program goals, planning trips and activities, and advancement, is all done by the scouts themselves while the adults provide only guided discovery. Each scout learns responsibility by having a vote in what is done, who his leaders will be, and by having a chance to serve in several leadership roles. Each scout shares the work load (and fun) of his patrol, and is responsible for keeping in touch with his patrol leader. Members learn a tremendous amount about communicating, working with others, planning, setting goals, and sharing in leadership. Scouts also develop interests of their own and an awareness of the community and others.

Ultimately, a scout can achieve scouting’s highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout. Not only is this a recognition of leadership worldwide, but is also a culmination of many skills necessary to become a well-rounded person of good character. Scouting also offers scholarships of various types to be used for college education.

How Can You Help?

You can see we have a worthwhile program. Any person not currently involved has at least one of three things that can help us tremendously. They are time, talent or resources, and money.

The Boy Scouts of America

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