During weekly meetings, scouts review requirements that they need to work on during “patrol time.” They often have lessons on different topics, including cooking, hiking, camping, general outdoor skills, and safety. Scouts learn valuable skills to prepare for adulthood through hands-on experience. They are responsible for planning a menu, budgeting, and shopping for food to prepare for our camping trips. We also incorporate “how-to” lessons into meetings, such as “how-to” tie a tie or write a check.
Boy Scout Trips
Our outdoor program trains scouts in summer and winter camping, hiking, and survival skills during our monthly trips. In addition to camping, some of our other outdoor activities include snow tubing, white water rafting, and biking. We also visit historical sites, such as Gettysburg, West Point, and Washington DC. Scouts are not required to go on every trip but are encouraged to go on as many as possible.
Troop 35 has numerous community service projects that allow our scouts to give back to the community and learn the importance of good citizenship. Our scouts have taken part in Flag Placement for veterans, outdoor beautification projects in our community, and helping those in need at a local soup kitchen.
Each scout has the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in roughly 120 different topics. Scouts decide which merit badges they would like to earn. They can begin the process after approval from the Scoutmaster. To achieve Eagle Scout rank, scouts must complete a minimum of 21 merit badges.
Scouts crossing over from the Cub Scouts may use the same Webelos and AOL uniform. The only difference is the insignia and epaulettes. You will also need a merit badge sash to display your badges. You may wear the merit badge sash at our Court of Honor. If you are new to scouting, the Boy Scout uniform consists of a tan shirt, olive green pants, and a belt. Please read the Scouts BSA Insignia Guide for uniform patch placement information.
Although scouts run the necessary tasks for our meetings and trips, we always appreciate adult leaders to help. To follow youth protection policies, a minimum of two trained leaders must be present at all times. That limits the number of trips that we can take if there are not enough trained leaders available. If you are interested in volunteering, you will need to create an account on my.scouting.org and complete their free Youth Protection Training Course online. You will also have to complete an adult application and agree to a criminal background check.