BSA Info

BSA Information


Scout Motto


Be Prepared.


That's the motto of the Boy Scouts.

"Be prepared for what?" someone once asked Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting,

"Why, for any old thing." said Baden-Powell.

The training you receive in your troop will help you live up to the Scout motto. When someone has an accident, you are prepared because of your first aid instruction. Because of lifesaving practice, you might be able to save a nonswimmer who has fallen into deep water.

But Baden-Powell wasn't thinking just of being ready for emergencies. His idea was that all Scouts should prepare themselves to become productive citizens and to give happiness to other people. He wanted each Scout to be ready in mind and body for any struggles, and to meet with a strong heart whatever challenges might lie ahead.

Be prepared for life - to live happily and without regret, knowing that you have done your best. That's what the Scout motto means. 


Scout Law


A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.


Trustworthy - A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.

Loyal - A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and nation.

Helpful - A Scout cares about other people. He willingly volunteers to help others without expecting payment or reward.

Friendly - A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He offers his friendship to people of all races and nations, and respects them even if their beliefs and customs are different from his own.

Courteous - A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.

Kind - A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. Without good reason, he does not harm or kill any living thing.

Obedient - A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobeying them.

Cheerful - A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.

Thrifty - A Scout works to pay his own way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.

Brave - A Scout can face danger although he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.

Clean - A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He chooses the company of those who live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community clean.

Reverent - A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others. 


Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

Note that the Boy Scout Oath has traditionally been considered to have three promises. Those three promises are delineated by the semicolons in the Oath, which divide it into three clauses. The three promises of the Scout Oath are, therefore:

* Duty to God and country,
* Duty to other people, and
* Duty to self

DUTY TO GOD AND COUNTRY: Your family and religious leaders teach you to know and serve God. By following these teachings, you do your duty to God.

Men and women of the past worked to make America great, and many gave their lives for their country. By being a good family member and a good citizen, by working for your country's good and obeying its laws, you do your duty to your country. Obeying the Scout Law means living by its 12 points.

DUTY TO OTHER PEOPLE: Many people need help. A cheery smile and a helping hand make life easier for others. By doing a Good Turn daily and helping when you're needed, you prove yourself a Scout and do your part to make this a better world.

DUTY TO SELF: Keeping yourself physically strong means taking care of your body. Eat the right foods and build your strength. Staying mentally awake means learn all you can, be curious, and ask questions. Being morally straight means to live your life with honesty, to be clean in your speech and actions, and to be a person of strong character.


Scout Slogan

Do a Good Turn Daily.

This is the slogan of the Boy Scouts. 

Some Good Turns are big - saving a life, helping out after floods or other disasters, recycling community trash, working with your patrol on conservation projects.

But Good Turns are often small, thoughtful acts - helping a child cross a busy street, going to the store for an elderly neighbor, cutting back brush that is blocking a sign, doing something special for a brother or sister, welcoming a new student to your school.

A Good Turn is more than simple good manners. It is a special act of kindness.


Outdoor Code

As an American, I will do my best to -

BE CLEAN IN MY OUTDOOR MANNERS.
I will treat the outdoors as a heritage.
I will take care of it for myself and others.
I will keep my trash and garbage out of lakes, steams, fields, woods, and roadways.

BE CAREFUL WITH FIRE
I will prevent wildfire.
I will build my fires only where they are appropriate.
When I have finished using a fire,
I will make sure it is cold out.
I will leave a clean fire ring, or
remove all evidence of my fire.

BE CONSIDERATE IN THE OUTDOORS.
I will treat public and private property with respect.
I will use low-impact methods of hiking and camping.

BE CONSERVATION-MINDED.
I will learn how to practice good conservation of soil, water, forests, minerals, grasslands, wildlife, and energy.
I will urge others to do the same.


Scout Ranks
Joining Requirements (Scout)
* Tenderfoot
* Second Class
* First Class
* Star
* Life
* Eagle
* Eagle with Application Notes
* Eagle Palms


Troop Positions
Senior Patrol Leader.

Job Description: The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) is elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top junior leader in the troop.

Reports to the Scoutmaster.

Senior Patrol Leader duties:
  • Runs all troop meetings, events, activities, and the annual program planning conference
  • Runs the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) meetings
  • Appoints other troop junior leaders with the advice and counsel of the Scoutmaster
  • Assigns duties and responsibilities to junior leaders
  • Assists the Scoutmaster with junior leader training
  • Sets a good example
  • Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Shows Scout spirit


Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.

Job Description: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL) is the second-highest-ranking junior leader in the troop. He is appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) with the approval of the Scoutmaster. The ASPL acts as the senior SPL in the absence of the SPL or when called upon. He also provides leadership to other junior leaders in the troop.

Reports to the SPL.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader duties:
  • Helps the SPL lead meetings and activities
  • Runs the troop in the absence of the SPL
  • Helps train and supervise the troop scribe, quartermaster, instructor, librarian, historian, and chaplain aide
  • Serves as a member of the Patrol Leaders' Council
  • Sets a good example
  • Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Shows Scout spirit


Quartermaster.

Job Description: The Quartermaster keeps track of troop equipment and sees that it is in good working order.

Reports to the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL).

Quartermaster duties:
  • Keeps records on patrol and troop equipment
  • Makes sure equipment is in good working condition
  • Issues equipment and makes sure its returned in good condition
  • Makes suggestions for new or replacement items
  • Works with the troop committee member responsible for equipment
  • Sets a good example
  • Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Shows Scout spirit


Scribe.

Job Description: The scribe keeps the troop records. He records the activities of the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) and keeps a record of dues, advancement, and Scout attendance at troop meetings.

Reports to the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL).

Scribe duties:
  • Attends and keeps a log of PLC meetings
  • Records individual Scout attendance and dues payments
  • Records individual Scout advancement progress
  • Works with the Treasurer for maintaining records and finance
  • Sets a good example
  • Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Shows Scout spirit


Historian.

Job Description: The Historian keeps a historical record or a scrapbook of troop activities.

Reports to the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL).

Historian Duties:

  • Gathers pictures and facts about past troop activities and keeps them in a historical file or scrapbook.
  • Takes care of troop trophies, ribbons, and souvenirs of troop activities
  • Keeps information about former members of the troop
  • Sets a good example
  • Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Show Scout spirit


Librarian.

Job Description: The Librarian takes care of troop literature.

Reports to the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL).

Librarian duties:
  • Sets up and takes care of the troop library
  • Keeps records of books and pamphlets owned by the troop
  • Adds new or replacement items as needed
  • Keeps books and pamphlets available for borrowing
  • Keeps a system for checking books and pamphlets in and out
  • Follows up on late returns
  • Sets a good example
  • Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Shows Scout spirit


Chaplain Aide.

Job Description: The chaplain aide works with the troop chaplain to meet the religious needs of Scouts in the troop. He also works to promote the religious emblems program.

Reports to the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL).

Chaplain Aide duties:
  • Assists the troop Chaplain with religious services at troop activities
  • Tells Scouts about the religious emblem program for their faith
  • Makes sure religious holidays are considered during troop program planning
  • Helps plan for religious observance in troop activities
  • Sets a good example
  • Enthusiastically ears the Scout uniform correctly
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Shows Scout spirit


Instructor.

Job Description: The instructor teaches Scouting skills.

Reports to the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL).

Instructor duties:
  • Teaches basic Scouting skills in troop and patrols
  • Sets a good example
  • Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Shows Scout spirit


Guide.

Job Description: The troop Guide works with new Scouts. He helps them feel comfortable and earn their First Class rank in their first year.

Reports to the Assistant Scoutmaster for First Class Emphasis (FCE).

Guide duties
  • Introduces new Scouts to troop operations
  • Guides new Scouts through early Scouting activities
  • Helps new Scouts earn First Class rank in their first year
  • Teaches basic Scout skills
  • Coaches the FCE patrol leaders on their duties
  • Attends Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) meetings with FCE patrol leaders when requested
  • Works with the FCE patrol leaders at PLC meetings when requested
  • Assists the Assistant Scoutmaster for FCE with training
  • Counsels individual Scouts on Scouting challenges
  • Sets a good example
  • Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Shows Scout spirit


Den Chief.

Job Description: The den chief works with the Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and den leaders in the Cub Scout pack.

Reports to the den leader in the pack and the Assistant Scoutmaster for the First Class Emphasis (FCE) program in the troop.

Den Chief duties
  • Knows the purposes of Cub Scouting
  • Helps Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks
  • Encourages Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout troop upon graduation
  • Assists with activities in the den meetings
  • Is a friend to the boys in the den
  • Helps out at weekly den meetings and monthly pack meetings
  • Meets with adult members of the den, pack, and troop as necessary
  • Sets the example
  • Wears the uniform correctly
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Shows Scout spirit


Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.

Job Description: The Junior Assistant Scoutmaster serves in the capacity of an Assistant Scoutmaster except where legal age an maturity are required. He must be at least 16 years old and not yet 18. He's appointed by the Scoutmaster because of his leadership ability.

Reports to the Scoutmaster.

Junior Assistant Scoutmaster duties:
  • Functions as an Assistant Scoutmaster
  • Performs duties as assigned by the Scoutmaster
  • Sets a good example
  • Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Shows Scout spirit


Patrol Leader.

Job Description: The Patrol Leader (PL) is the elected leader of his patrol. He represents his patrol ion the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC).

Reports to the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL). If you're the patrol leader for an FCE patrol, you'll also work with the Troop Guide who is assigned to your patrol.

Patrol Leader duties:
  • Appoints the Assistant Patrol Leader (APL)
  • Represents the patrol on the PLC
  • Plans and steers patrol meetings
  • Helps Scouts advance
  • Acts as the chief recruiter of new Scouts
  • Keeps patrol members informed
  • Knows what his patrol members and other leaders can do
  • Sets the example
  • Wears the uniform correctly
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Shows Scout spirit


Assistant Patrol Leader.

Job Description: The Assistant Patrol Leader (APL) is appointed by the Patrol Leader (PL) and leads the patrol in his absence.

Reports to the Patrol Leader.

Assistant Patrol Leader duties:
  • Helps the PL plan and steer patrol meetings and activities
  • Helps him keep patrol members informed
  • Helps the PL get ready for all troop activities
  • Represents his patrol at Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) when the PL cannot attend
  • Lends a hand controlling the patrol and building patrol spirit
  • Sets a good example
  • Wears the uniform correctly
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Shows Scout spirit
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