Welcome New Scout Parent

Welcome to Troop 351,

Parents, thank you for taking the time to support your son’s scouting experience. For your convenience, Troop 351 has compiled a step-by-step process to introduce you to scouting. Do not get overwhelmed with the number of training opportunities. Only one training, Youth Protection, is required BEFORE you begin, the rest can be done over time. Troop 351 appreciates any time that you are willing to contribute.

  1. Adult Application-This form can be requested from the Troop 351 Membership Chair; see our roster.
  2. Please take the time to go over “How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse, A Parent’s Guide” with your Scout. This can be found at the beginning of any new scout handbook along with the Troop 351 handbook with your Scout.
  3. The most important step in this whole process is the protection of our Scouts. Please take the time to take BSA’s youth protection and a training called “This is Scouting” at site myscouting.org. You’ll need to set up a userid and password; please make note of that userid and password for future use.
  4. Your Scout will need to fill out parts A&B of the BSA physical before attending a campout (adults too.) Further part C is required to be filled out by a doctor before attending any trip lasting more than 72 hours. The form can be found here.
  5. Communication is key for a Troop our size. We communicate through the Troop 351 Yahoo Group page: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/351_Troop/. Go there and find the blue button “Join This Group!” and follow the instructions. Your request to join will need to be approved but this is usually done within a day or two. This is the most efficient way to receive notices from the Troop. **IMPORTANT**
  6. Now that you have some fundamentals about scouting, please let the Troop know what kind of expertise and skills you bring to the table, using the form athttp://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34437.pdf.
  7. Merit Badge counselors must be enrolled with the BSA. The application is at http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34405.pdf. Once you have filled out the form and printed it, the Training Chair will take care of it at the next meeting.
  8. If you are interested in a committee position the best way to get an idea of the responsibilities can be found with a training called the “Troop Committee Challenge” at the myscouting.org site. If this is your cup-of-tea speak to the Troop’s Committee Chair at the next meeting. Or you can come to the next Committee meeting, which are open to all parents of Troop 351 and are held the second Monday of every month 7:00-8:30 in the Xavier Room of Dillon Hall (St Ignatius.)
  9. Scoutmasters including assistants are selected not applied for but it would help if we know that you are interested. Once selected you will benefit from “Leader Position-Specific Training”, which is a live training put on by the Lewis and Clark District. The Troop Training Chair can help you find the next one.
  10. For further training, the Troop recommends that you complete classes on the myscouting.org site, in the below order, making sure that you sign in with the same member ID so your scouting profile logs your training:
    1. Youth Protection
    2. This is Scouting
    3. Fast Start (some positions have fast start that is position specific)
    4. Troop Committee Challenge (for committee members)
    5. Hazardous Weather
    6. Physical Wellness
    7. Trek Safely
    8. Safe Swim
    9. Safety Afloat
    10. Climb On Safely

    Only Youth Protection is required BEFORE starting your position, take your time and complete the others at your leisure.

Mike Benson

Scoutmaster, Troop 351