The scouting program is a highly
developed system that is designed to achieve its aims through an
advancement program that allows the boys to learn about themselves and
others. The methodology is focused through the outdoor camping program
and the skills required to excel in this endeavor. This integrated
program helps the boys develop into responsible, contributing adult
members of society.
Troop 49 adheres to the scouting program
as outlined in the Scout Handbook and the Leaders Manuals.
The Scouting Program is a boy run
organization. Within the confines of the program, the boys, through the
Patrol Leaders Council, design their program around their interests. The
adults are present to act as advisors and guides to help them achieve
their goals. The troop has progressed from the beginning with almost
complete leader control to the current state of youth leadership who can
guide the troop along its intended path.
Boy Scouts is the next step on the boys
scouting trail. Cub Scouts stressed parent/son partnership in the
majority of its activities. As your son graduates to Boy Scouts, the
emphasis becomes one of independence and self-motivation. The boy works
toward advancement within the troop during meetings and on camping
trips. His advancement is monitored and recorded by the Scoutmaster,
Assistant Scoutmasters, scout instructors and troop guides. This places
the responsibility on the boy and allows him to mature at his own rate
while learning to speak for himself among the group.
The level of commitment to Boy Scouts is
greater than cubs. The troop meets year around. There is a camping trip each
month for the weekend. There are numerous other day activities that are
offered to the boys to round out the program. The highlight of our year
is the weeklong summer camp experience. The boys work at having fun and
earning advancement while experiencing swimming, boating, pioneering,
shooting, archery, fishing and other activities. It is important that
you try to make this opportunity available to your sons. Statistics show
that a boy who attends summer camp in his first year of scouting has an
80% chance of remaining in scouts and achieving his goals.
It is important to remember that you
canít do it for him, but you can offer your availability to be there
to get him where he needs to be when he needs to be there.