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Troop 472 Standards of Membership

We expect each of our Scouts to:

  • be active (Troop meetings, campouts, summer camp),
  • advance regularly,
  • wear the Scout uniform when required,
  •  practice good manners and behavior, and
  •  do his best to live by the Ideals of Scouting as expressed in the Scout Oath (Promise) and Law.


Sports and Scouting

We don’t try to discourage participation in organized sports, because our experience shows us that the most successful Scouts are those with a variety of activities and interests. We want all our Scouts to be active in church, music, sports, school, and other activities. We try to accommodate those who are involved in sports when their schedules conflict with Troop 472 activities. However, if sports are your family’s top priority, then Scouting in our troop may not be for you. If you have some concerns about this matter, you may want to discuss this with one of the troop leaders.

How Boy Scouting Differs from Cub Scouting

A boy does not have to graduate from Cub Scouts or Webelos to become a Boy Scout. If your son is or was involved in Cub Scouts, you may be surprised how different Boy Scouting is from Cub Scouting. But then, boys of Scout age are very different from boys of Cub age.

Here are some key contrasts:

Family-centered vs. Boy-centered The Cub Scout program is family-centered. Adults plan all activities, and most activities lend themselves to full family participation.

The Boy Scout program is boy-centered. Boys plan many of the activities (with adult guidance), and most activities do not lend themselves to family participation (because boys camp and function as patrol groups under their own elected boy leadership).

Advancement and Camping Adults (usually the boy’s parents) conduct all Cub Scout advancement, and Cub Scout camping is extremely limited, even for Webelos. Boys and adults other than a boy’s parents conduct all Boy Scout advancement, and camping is at the very heart of the Boy Scout program.

Cub Scout advancement is done mostly with parents. Webelos advancement is done mostly in groups with the Webelos leaders. In either case, adults determine the timing and course of the boy’s advancement with little input from the boy.

On the other hand, a Boy Scout has almost total control over his own advancement, which he will do mostly on an individual basis with senior Scouts and with a number of different adults. Boy Scout advancement is much more challenging and difficult than Cub Scout or Webelos advancement, and it requires greater individual effort and initiative.

Advancement for a Boy Scout also emphasizes leadership and service as much as badges and skills. To advance, a Scout must be active, must do his best to live by the Scout Law and Promise, practice leadership, give service to others, learn Scout skills (mostly in the outdoors), and earn merit badges (primarily from adult counselors other than his parents).

Planning and Leadership In Cub Scouts and Webelos, adults provide all the planning and leadership. On the other hand, boys provide much of the planning and leadership for good Boy Scout troops and patrols (with adult guidance). This takes some getting used to, especially when we adults think we can run things more efficiently than the boys can. However, remember it takes practice to learn anything, including leadership. Your son will elect his patrol and troop officers, and later, he will hold some of these offices himself.

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