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Q: I’ve just joined Boy Scout Troop 82, what’s next?

A: Attend a Troop meeting. You can check the troop calendar located here, but the meetings are held on the first three Tuesday nights of the month at the Immanuel Lutheran church. The entrance is in the northeast corner of the parking lot. Please bring your parent(s) with you. Until you get to the room. Go through both sets of doors, head down the stairs on your left and proceed to the first room on the left side of the hall.

Q: I've got the uniform, where do place the patches?

A: View the uniform patch placement document.  

Q: What happens at the meetings?

A: The scouts sit at their assigned tables according to which patrol they belong to. A scout usually volunteers to lead the other scouts in the Pledge of Allegiance, the scout oath and the scout law. The current senior patrol leader and the assistant patrol leader make announcements. Additionally, various leaders may also make announcements. This is usually followed by fun activities in the gym that help build on the scouting experience along with introducing some fun. Additionally, we plan for upcoming camping and service outings, including camp menu planning; and work on rank advancements.

Q: What are Patrols?

A: When a boy joins scouts he is assigned into a sub group of boys. These sub-groups are referred to as patrols. Each patrol has a name and a patch. Patrols compete against each other in friendly competition and usually eat together at camp. 

Q: Where is the mailbox? And what does it look like?

A: The mailbox is a collection for file folders (one for each scout) within a large plastic container. Each file folder has a scouts name on the attached tab and is in alphabetic order. It can be found on a table at all meetings. It looks like this:










Q: What is the “Feed Me” box? And what does it look like?

A: This is a shoebox-sized box that is always laying around at troop meetings. It is used as a collection point form forms that need to be turned in, checks for outings etc… Here is a picture of the “Feed Me Box”:

Q: What are parent meetings?

A: Parent meetings are held the fourth Thursday of every month and are open to any and all parents of current scouts of Troop 82. Items on the agenda have been finances of the troop, future outings, fundraisers, and other troop related activities.

Q: How will I know about outings?

A: These are usually discussed at the meetings. Additionally information can be found on the outings page found here.

Q: How do I know when things are happening?

A: The Calendar! We have a troop calendar that is located right here.

Q: What is a Court of Honor?

A: A Court of Honor is a special meeting held twice a year, in April and October. The Boy Scouts from the troop are recognized for their accomplishments. Families of the scouts are asked to provide refreshments, which are served at the end.

Q: What is Merit Badge University (MBU)?

A: Merit Badge University is a one-day event that is held each year (for the last several years at York high school – lucky for us) that allows scouts to attend classes where requirements for merit badges can be acquired. For some of the easier merit badges, all requirements can be obtained by attending classes. For others though, preparation is required months in advance. Be prepared and visit the MBU website and or to know in advance what preparations might be needed 

Q: What is a blue card?

A: A blue card is an application for a merit badge and used to keep track of a scout’s progress towards completing the merit badge requirements. It is about the size of an index card and is blue. See below.

Scout lets the Scoutmaster know what merit badge he wants to earn. After receiving the blank blue card from the Scoutmaster, the scout fills in the parts of the blue card marked by an “X”. See below.

After completing the above parts of the blue card, the scout obtains his Scoutmaster’s signature at “*”. See below. The Scoutmaster can also give the scout a list of merit badge counselors for the desired merit badge.

Once the scout has obtained his Scoutmaster’s signature, he can contact a merit badge counselor and begin work on the merit badge. The scout should also either buy or borrow the current merit badge book. This will have the current requirements for that merit badge and also have valuable information that will help in earning the merit badge. The scout may find it helpful to record his work in a merit badge worksheet from; however, this is not necessary. When meeting with a merit badge counselor, the scout should be sure to wear his Class “A” uniform, shirt, neckerchief and slide.

As the scout meets with his merit badge counselor and fulfills the requirements, the merit badge counselor will fill in - initial and date the blue card “$”. See blow.

Once all the requirements of the merit badge are completed, the merit badge counselor will finish filling out the blue card and sign it “%”.  The merit badge counselor will also keep the “Counselor’s Record” portion of the blue card, while returning the other 2 parts of the blue card to the scout. See blow.

Once the scout has received his completed blue card from the merit badge counselor, the scout gets the Scoutmaster’s signature a second time “#”. See blow.

Once signed, the scout turns in both parts of the blue card to a member of the advancement committee. The remainder of the blue card will be filled out “^”. The advancement committee will hold on to both parts of the blue card, including the “Applicant’s Record” for safe keeping.

The scout will receive his hard earned merit badge patch at the next Court of Honor.

Q: How do the fundraisers work?

A: Once a year the scouts are asked to participate in selling popcorn. Additionally we have also had Christmas Wreath sales. Boys are given all of the forms necessary to do pre-sales. Forms are turned in later, the popcorn/wreaths are delivered and then the scouts are asked to distribute the product and collect the money. This works almost exactly like cub scouts. The big difference is that the scout gets to keep 75 percent of the profits (the amount left after the troop pays for the product). The amount that the scout gets to keep is placed in their scout account.

Q: What is a scout account?

A: A scout account represents the amount of money that the scout has available to be used to pay for outings, dues and other troop 82 related activities that require payment. Any money made by a scout through fund raising will be reflected in the total.

Q: What are the dues and what are they used for?

A: The current annual dues for each scout are $150. These dues are used for the purchase of camping equipment, costs related to outings (re-imbursement of gas for leaders) etc…

Q: What is meant by advancement?

A: There are several ranks within Boy Scouts. When a scout joins he has no rank. He must work to advance to the various ranks. The first of which is “Scouter” followed by "Tenderfoot", "Second Class", "First Class", "Star", "Life" and the highest being “Eagle”. Each of these ranks requires certain tasks (which are defined in the scout’s handbook) involvement with the troop and always “demonstrating scout spirit”. After the scout has acquired the necessary requirements for advancement (initialed by leaders (which cannot be his parents) in his scout handbook, he must schedule a meeting with the Scoutmaster called the Scoutmaster conference. After this has been accomplished, the scout will need to schedule a “Board of Review”. This is where three leaders (of which non can be his parents) will review the scout’s progress and determine if the scout should advance. 

Q: What should the scouts keep track of?

A:  The scout should keep track of any service hours that they have performed. Additionally it is the scout’s responsibility to ensure that leaders that have been witness to any requirements for advancement they have completed have initialed their scout handbook in the appropriate location.

Q: How does a person become an adult leader in the troop?

A: If you are over 18 years old, simply register within the troop as a leader and begin attending meetings. Any of our troop leaders will be happy to provide details on outings, troop activities, and why good adult leadership is critical to a healthy troop.

Q: Is there training available for adults leaders?

A: Training is not only important for the adult leaders; it allows them to teach the scouts more effectively, giving them a fuller and more meaningful scout experience.  Ask any of the other adult leaders about training necessary.