Information for New Scouts
The Monday following a campout is for the PLC only unless otherwise announced.
Troop Committee meetings are held once a month usually on the second Monday immediately following the Scout Meeting.
Boards of Review are held during regular Scout Meetings by parent volunteers in a side room of the Scout Hut.
The Boy Scout Uniform is one method we use to help Scouts achieve the Aims of Scouting. Troop 952 requests Boy Scouts and Adult Advisors wear an official BSA Field (formerly Class A) uniform to all regular meetings and other activities that require a uniform. Examples include traveling to and from Scout Campouts and Troop Activities, Flag Programs and meals at Summer Camps, and Scout sponsored Service Projects.
The Troop 952 Committee wants all Scouts to be proudly wearing their uniform and will assist any Scout that needs help in acquiring one. The minimum BSA Field Uniform is a Scout Shirt (short or long sleeves) but preference is for the full uniform of shirt, pants or shorts, socks and belt.
One of the First things you need to do is get your Scout Handbook. You can purchase the handbook at the Scout Shop in in Clear Lake or online at www.scoutstuff.org
Once you get your book…pull out the Youth Protection pamphlet in the front. You and your parent need to review it FIRST.
Then come and talk to the Scoutmaster or your Assistant Scoutmaster to find out what to do next.
Aims of Scouting
Troop 952 follows the Guide to Safe Scouting and is committed to achieving the Aims of Scouting. The Scouting program has three specific objectives; commonly referred to as the “Aims of Scouting”. They are character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.
To achieve these aims, or goals, the Boy Scouts utilize 8 methods.
- The Ideals found in the Scout Oath, Law, Motto, and Slogan
- The Patrol Method. Scouts interact with one another, live, work, and achieve goals as a Patrol.
- The Outdoor Program. Boy Scouting is designed to take place outdoors. 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 metings come alive with purpose. Being close to nature helps Boy Scouts gain an appreciation for the beauty in the world around them.
- Advancement — Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and the steps to overcome them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievment which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and the ability to help others.
- Associations with Adults — Boys learn a great deal by watching how adults conduct themselves. Scout leaders strive to be positive role models for the members of the troop. A Scoutmaster who is willing to listen to boys, encourage them, and take a sincere interest in them can make a profound difference in their lives.
- Personal Growth — As Boy Scouts plan their activities and progress towards their goals, they experience personal growth. The “Good Turn” concept a major part of the personal growth method of Boy Scouting. Boys grow as they participate in community service projects and do good turns for others. Frequent personal conferences with his Scoutmaster thru the rank the advancement process help each Scout keep track of his growth towards the Aims of Scouting.
- Leadership Development — The Scout program encourages boys to learn and practice leadership skills. Each Boy Scout has the opportunity to participate in both shared and total leadership situations. Understanding the concepts of leadership helps a boy accept the leadership role of others and guides him toward the citizenship aim of Scouting.
- Uniform — The uniform makes the Boy Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. Boy Scouting is an action program and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each boys commitment to aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Boy Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals. The uniform is a practical attire for Boy Scout activities and provides a way for Boy Scouts to wear the badges that show what they have accomplished.