Getting Started

Troop Handbook

The Troop Handbook should be read by each scout and parent of the Troop. It is a source of information pertaining to how the troop is run. This is the best starting point fo any new scout and parent.

List of Forms to Fill Out

  • BSA Scout registration form – this is a white, multi-copy, half-page sized form. Ask the Scoutmaster or Committee Chair.
  • Health form – The Boy Scouts of America recommends that all youth and adult members have annual medical evaluations by a certified and licensed health-care provider. In an effort to provide better care to those who may become ill or injured and to provide youth members and adult leaders a better understanding of their own physical capabilities, the Boy Scouts of America has established minimum standards for providing medical information prior to participating in various activities.  BSA Form 34605 Parts A and C are required annually for all BSA unit members.  Part B is required with parts A and C for any event that exceeds 72 consecutive hours, or when the nature of the activity is strenuous and demanding, such as high-adventure activities.  To keep things simple, the troop requires parts A, B, and C to completed annually for all registered unit members.  The form is also available on the troop’s Web site.
  • Consent to Treat form and a Waiver of Liability form – required by the Troop; available on the Troop’s Web site.  This form must be signed by the parent or guardian.   The above forms must be current and on file with the Troop before the Scout attends any campout or activity.
  • Driver information – BSA rules require that each adult driving to a campout provide driver’s license number, make and model of car (including number of seat belts),  and insurance coverage.
  • BSA adult-leader registration form – this is a white, multi-copy form.  Ask the Scoutmaster or Committee Chair.
  • Adult job sign-up and merit badge counselor forms.

Please assist the Troop by completing and returning all required forms promptly!

Uniforms

Each Scout is expected to wear the appropriate Scout uniform to every Scout function.  Class A uniforms can be purchased at the Donald W. Reynolds Scouting Resource Center, 7220 S. Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89119, 736-0641.

Troop meetings:  Full “Class A” uniform

Travel to/from campouts:  Class B shirt

Boards of review:  Full “Class A” uniform including uniform shirt, pants, belt, socks, merit badge sash, neckerchief and slide. (A merit badge sash is required for Scouts sitting for First Class, Star and Life.  Recently obtained merit badges are not required to be on the sash.)

Courts of Honor:  Full “Class A” uniform including uniform shirt, pants, belt, socks, merit badge sash, neckerchief and slide

Troop Meetings & Activities

Regular attendance at Troop meetings and activities is required for advancement.  Scouts should let their Patrol Leaders know when they will be unable to attend a meeting or activity.  Scouts who miss meetings are responsible for obtaining any information they may have missed.  Scouts sit by patrol at Troop meetings.  The Scout sign is used to call for order, quiet, and attention, and should be observed by both Scouts and adults.  A Scout’s parent may observe any Troop meeting at any time.  Any ASM or other adult who sits in on a Troop meeting should take a seat in the back of the room – don’t stand or walk around in the room – and remain as quiet as possible.

Staying in Touch

Each Scout is expected to keep in touch by telephone or email with his Patrol Leader.  The Patrol Leader should know whether the Scout is coming to meetings, going on a campout or participating in one of the other activities. Likewise, the Patrol Leader is a good source of information.

Scout Handbook

Each scout must buy a Boy Scout Handbook.  A Scout’s advancement is recorded in the pages at the back of the Scout Handbook.  A Scout is responsible for asking the Scoutmaster or ASM to sign his handbook as soon as he completes any requirement.  Each Scout should safeguard his Handbook by clearly marking his name on the outside and protecting it from “the elements” (e.g., with a cover that can be purchased from the Scout Store).