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Thursday, October 19, 2017
Troop Organization
fleurdelis There are two layers of Leadership within the Troop, the Scout’s Leadership and behind it, the adult Leadership. 
Scout Organization

The largest and most important difference between a Boy Scout Troop and a Cub Scout Pack is that the boys run the Troop. This takes a little getting used to for both boys and parents. This doesn’t mean that parents just sit back and watch the chaos. It does mean that we allow and encourage the boys to take responsibility for the functioning of the Troop and its activities. A Scout-led troop means that the Scouts run the meetings, activities, and events with guidance and assistance from the Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters, and other Troop advisers (also known as parents).

The Troop is led by the Senior Patrol Leader, his Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders, and the Patrol leaders. They are supported by the Scouts in Troop Staff positions (Scribe, Librarian, Quartermaster, etc). Troop leadership is elected in February and August each year with the term of office lasting 6 months.

The Troop is organized into patrols of approximately 8 boys (similar to Cub Scout Dens). Patrols are the working units of the Troop. Each patrol has a name, an emblem, and is led by a patrol elected Patrol Leader and an Assistant Patrol Leader. Transferring Scouts will select or be assigned to an existing patrol. New Scouts (bridging Webelos) will be organized into new patrols during their first or second meeting with the Troop. Troop Guides (senior Scouts assigned by the Scoutmaster) will be there to help and guide the new Scouts through their first year. New Scout patrols will choose a patrol name and emblem. During the first year new patrols will rotate the leadership responsibilities to give everyone a chance to experience the roles.

Opportunities for Older Scouts: Boy Scouts offers a program for boys between the ages of 11 and 18. As you might expect, a 12 year old boy is interested in different things than a 17 year old boy. Their physical and emotional maturity levels are also vastly different. Troop 194 has chosen to have a Venture Patrol option for those older scouts who choose to join. It is reserved for those scouts 14 and older, who have attained the Star rank or higher. These scouts will plan their own higher adventure activities (i.e. rock climbing, whitewater rafting, etc) during the year that younger scouts would find difficult to accomplish. They will also have an opportunity to go to one of the BSA’s National High Adventure camps (Philmont, Northern Tier, and Sea Base) for those once in a lifetime experiences. Please contact Glenn Hoffman, the Assistant Scoutmaster – Venture Patrol, or see the separate “Troop 194 Guidelines for the Venture Patrol” for more information.

Adult Organization

Boys run the Troop, but like Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts need adult leaders and parents to make it all possible. Uniformed Scout Leaders, Committee Members, and Scout parents perform important functions to keep our boys safe and to make the most of their Scouting experience. This guidance is critical to the success of our Troop’s programs.

Parents: Parents are expected to volunteer for various activities within the Troop. We expect parents of our Scouts to assume roles as Assistant Scoutmasters, Committee Members, Merit Badge counselors, and/or event volunteers. “Many hands make the burden light”. Being a registered adult in the Troop also allows you to be covered by the Scouting insurance policy.

Uniformed Leaders: The Troop Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters are uniformed leaders responsible for leading and teaching the boys on a regular basis. The role assumed by adult leaders in our Boy Scout Troop is different from that assumed by Cub Scout leaders. As leaders, we guide the Scouts to organize and run their meetings, to consider the things that need to be done to accomplish tasks or functions, and to assume their roles as leaders.

Committee Members: The committee members fulfill the administrative and support roles necessary to make the Troop to function. Committee positions include (but are not limited to) Committee Chair, Treasurer, Advancement Chair, and Awards Chair. Other Committee positions are shown in the Troop Adult Org Chart. There are plenty of other activities, functions, and projects that need to be done to make the Troop succeed.

Troop Committee Meetings: Troop Committee meetings are typically held on the third Wednesday of the month. Check with the Committee Chairperson or the website for the next scheduled meeting date, time, and location. Parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend, not only to learn about the operations “behind” the Troop meetings but also to find out about your leadership and volunteer opportunities.

Merit Badge Counselors: We encourage all Scout parents to consider being a counselor for one or more merit badges. All it takes is an interest or knowledge of one of the many merit badges subject areas. We provide general Merit Badge Counselor training. It is a great way to share your skills and experience with our Scouts. An Adult Volunteer Leader application is required to be Merit Badge Counselor. Youth Protection Training (YPT) is now required for all leaders including Merit Badge Counselors. This training can be taken on-line at https://myscouting.scouting.org.