Scouting in Troop 25
Boy Scout Troop 25: Tom Rolfes, Scoutmaster, 483-6544, firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Snow, Troop Committee Chair, 782-2300, email@example.com
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneer Boulevard, Lincoln, NE 68520, 489-8885
Wayne Alloway, Chartered Org. Representative, 489-8885, firstname.lastname@example.org
Salt Valley District: Jason Anderson, District Executive, email@example.com
Cornhusker Council Service Center, 600 S. 120th Street, Walton, NE 68461; 488-6020.
Troop 25 has been continuously chartered since January 1, 1993.
Troop 25 re-charters with the Boy Scouts of American on April 1 of each year.
Troop Meetings: Every Monday, 7:00-8:30 except the last Monday of the month, St. Mark’s United Methodist Adult Education Center.
Patrol Leaders Council: Last Monday of the Month, 7:00-8:30; St. Mark’s United Methodist Adult Education Center.
Troop Committee Meeting: Third Thursday of the Month, 7:00-9:00; St. Mark’s United Methodist Room 135.
Courts of Honor: Third or last Mondays of January, May, September; St. Mark’s United Methodist
Troop Planning Conference: first weekend in August
Salt Valley District Roundtables, 1st Thursday of the month, Irving Middle School, 2200 Van Dorn, 7:00pm
The Boy Scout Handbook, 11th Edition (Required) $7.95
Boy Scout Requirements, 2003 (Recommended) $3.50
Uniform (See "Official Placement of Insignia")-- Kep Hardings-Gateway, Scout Service Center, or eBay
Class "A" Uniform (For meetings, Scoutmaster Conferences, Boards of Review, Courts of Honor):
Short-sleeve shirt; Youth $23.05, Adult $30.90
_____ Council Shoulder Strip, ~$3.00
_____ Unit Numerals "2" & "5", $ .80 each OR "25", $1.40
_____ U.S. Flag Emblem, $1.20
_____ Red Shoulder Loops, $1.65/pr.
_____ Patrol Emblem, $1.75
_____ World Scout Crest Emblem (optional), $1.20
Scout Web Belt; Youth $6.15, Adult $8.45
Scout Neckerchief, $5.00 (Troop 25 has custom designed neckerchiefs; purchase from T25 Treasurer)
Boy Scout Metal Neckerchief Slide, $2.20
Blue Jeans or Scout Pants
Class "B" Uniform (For meetings and travel to and from outings):
Troop 25 Red T-shirt; $10.00 (Troop 25 has custom designed T-shirts; purchase from T25 Treasurer)
Blue Jeans or Scout Pants
Scout Web Belt
Suggested for Summer Camp:
Scout Shorts; Youth $30.85, Husky $33.45
Scout Socks, $4.40-$4.85/pr.
The annual dues and equipment fees for running Troop 25 are set by the Troop Committee. Current dues of $28 per Scout covers registration and rechartering ($10) as well as costs associated with patches and badges ($18). An annual equipment fee of $35 is assessed to acquire large equipment items or to pay off loans for new troop camping equipment (trailer, tents) and has been in place since 1999. Dues and fees are to be paid each year prior to the April 1 rechartering deadline.
In addition, extra surcharges may be set by the Troop Committee to cover costs associated with running the Troop and balancing the annual budget. Currently, a surcharge of $30 is assessed each individual Scout account on September 1 of each year and can be met by fundraising or direct payment. This amount helps pay for advancement, miscellaneous equipment and maintenance, troop trailer insurance, license and registration, and adult registrations.
Troop 25 engages in fundraising projects to help defray the costs to each Scout and family. Fundraising profits from projects such as Club’s Choice food sales, Cornhusker Council popcorn sales, Village Inn pie sales, and carwashes are typically returned to individual Scout accounts. Scouts may use these funds to pay for annual dues and fees, weekend outings, or to apply toward summer camp registration.
All outings of Troop 25 are self-supporting; that is, the costs associated with each event are borne by the participants electing to go on that outing. Weekend outings generally range in cost from $10-$15 which covers food and camping fees. A typical summer camp (7 days) will range in cost from $165-$190 plus transportation. High Adventure outings (Philmont, Boundary Waters, Florida Sea Base) will range from $400-$800
Unit accident insurance is carried by the Council office for all registered Scouts and Scouters of Cornhusker Council. Specific provisions and limitations of this policy are available by request. All vehicles MUST be covered by a public liability and property damage liability insurance policy. The amount of this coverage must meet or exceed the insurance requirement of the state in which the vehicle is licensed. (It is recommended, however, that coverage limits are at least $50,000/$100,000/$50,000 or $100,000 combined single limit.) Any vehicle carrying 10 or more passengers is required to have limits of $100,000/$500,000/$100,000 or $500,000 combined single limit.
Troop Organization (See "Troop Officers and Organization Chart")
Patrol Leaders Council (PLC)
In contrast to the adult-led organization of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouting is led by the Patrol Leaders Council in cooperation with an adult Troop Committee. The Patrol Leaders Council is attended by the Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leaders, and Troop Guides. Other Scouts and appointed boy leaders are encouraged to attend. The PLC works with the Scoutmaster to detail the annual planning calendar into individual weekly meetings and monthly outings.
The Troop Committee functions similarly to the Pack Committee. Led by a Committee Chairperson, he/she is assisted by a Secretary, Treasurer, Advancement Chair, Outing Chair, and Fundraising Chair. Meetings are held monthly either at the church or respective members' homes. The Scoutmaster and Senior Patrol Leader often attend but are not voting members of the Troop Committee.
In addition to the Troop Committee and Scoutmaster, the Troop is supported by a number of other adult volunteers. Some parents choose to make year-long commitments as Assistant Scoutmasters. Others take on individual month or event sponsorships (i.e. Driver for outings, Popcorn Chair, Merit Badge Counselor, etc.). There is a need for every adult to volunteer and get involved, whether it's helping run an event or just cleaning up.
In addition to gathering the necessary camping gear and clothing, Scouts and Leaders are required to obtain a yearly Health Check. Scouts and adults 39 and younger can secure a Class I-II Personal Health and Medical Record Form once every three years while adults 40 and over must have a Class III Personal Health and Medical Record Form filled out by a physician every year. All high adventure trips require a Class III Personal Health and Medical Record Form.
Scouts should start early picking out advancement and merit badge opportunities as well as recreational activities. Many merit badges suggest prerequisites or a certain maturity or age level. Please consult one of your Scout leaders for guidance when planning a summer camp program.
The troop provides tentage and ample cooking gear. Scouts may want to supplement with additional patrol equipment. The traditional personal minimums include sleeping bag, ground pad, backpack, mess kit, utensils, canteen or water bottle, pocketknife, compass, rope, and personal hygiene items. Spring garage sales often offer near-new camping equipment at greatly reduced prices.
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