TROOP 26

A FUN, ACTIVE, BOY-LED TROOP!

Troop 26 is boy-led. This means that boys are the leaders of the Troop. Scouts plan, manage and lead all aspects of the Troop. Trained adult leaders actively ensure that the Scouts have a safe, secure Scouting environment and resources and guidance needed to succeed while having fun doing it!

WHAT IS SCOUTING?

Scouting is a values-based program that instills the values of good conduct, honesty, responsibility, reverence, and leadership. A boy who spends one year in a Scout Troop will learn lifetime skills, basic outdoor skills, self-reliance, and how to get along with others. Scouting will prepare him to live a more productive and fulfilling life. 

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Troop 26 operates using the “Patrol Method.” Using the Patrol Method, a Scout Troop is organized into smaller units, called Patrols, all led by older Scouts.  Together they plan the Troop’s program, and make it a reality.  By allowing Scouts to run the program they learn much more than skills - Scouts learn leadership and teamwork!

“The Patrol Method is not a way to operate a Boy Scout Troop, it is the only way. Unless the Patrol Method is in operation, you don’t really have aBoy Scout Troop.”

~ Lord Baden Powell, Founder of Scouting

Troop Activities

Troop 26 is an active outdoor Troop that does historic hikes, monthly overnight activities, Eagle projects, service projects, week-long summer camp, and high adventure. 

Monthly Outings

 - Rock Climbing

 - Backpacking

 - Camping

 - Canoeing

 - Skiing

 - Rifle Shooting

Summer Camp

 - Second week of July! 

 - Full week of camping

 - Range of activities

 - Merit badges! 

Service projects

 - Adopt-a-highway

 - Scouting for Food

High Adventure

As Scouts get older, Troop 26 meets their need for additional adventure is met with high adventure programs. Past high adventure trips include: 

 - 10-day, 80-mile backpacking trip at Philmont Scout Reservation

 - 6-day Len-Hoksin High Adventure Camp in Goshen, VA; 

 - 8-day Double-H backpacking adventure in New Mexico. 

 - Past high adventure activities include the 2012 Sea Base Tall Ships adventure in Florida and 2013 and 2015 Northern Tier Wilderness Canoeing Expeditions in Minnesota.

Statistics show for every 100 boys who join scouting:

 1 will use his Boy Scout skills to save his life

 1 will use his Boy Scout skills to save someone else's life

 1 will enter the clergy

 4 will become Eagle Scouts

 5 will earn their religious emblem

 12 will have their first contact with a church

 17 will become Scouting volunteers

 18 will develop hobbies that will last through their adult lives

Who are Boy Scouts?

 108 of 172 Astronauts; more than 50% attained Star, Life or Eagle

 26 of the first 29 astronauts

 11 of 12 who walked on the moon

 85% of airline pilots

 89% of senior class presidents   

 72% of Rhodes Scholars

 65% of college graduates

 85% of FBI agents

 65% of the US Congress

 67% of US Military Academy graduates

Welcome to our Website and our Troop
Troop 26 is an active organization focused on providing a variety of opportunities and experiences to our boys. We like to think that we are a pretty successful at this. With the start of 2012, the troop is fortunate to have approximately 35 active scouts of all ranks and a large trained cadre of active adults that support operations behind the scenes.

Why is Scouting important to me?
As I look across the range of worthwhile programs in which a boy can choose to participate, scouting stands out in two important regards.  The first is that Scouting is values-based and the second is that it is boy-lead.  On the issue of values, Scouting is a program where who you are matters as much as what you do.  As a troop we imbue our scouts with the fundamental values of duty to god, duty to county and duty to self.  While many organizations can help your boy learn skills, teamwork, and confidence, Scouting helps mature him in the basic principles that will serve as a strong foundation for every decision that he makes for the rest of his life. 

The second distinguishing characteristic of Scouting is that it is ‘boy-lead.’  We feel that scouting is much more than learning to camp, use axes, and make fires.  While those are important skills, the more valuable lesson is learning how to plan, prepare, and lead.  To that end, the Troop is organized and run by the boys through something called the “patrol method,” with trained adult supervision, of course.  The boys are not simply ‘included’ in the program activities; rather, they plan, prepare, and lead every activity.  Using the “boy lead boy” method is not easy and requires supportive parents and adults.  As an adult, it is often hard to watch the boys wait until the last minute to prepare. We adults have already experienced many of the things our boys face in Scouting and it is very hard to fight the urge to ease their struggle as they face a new task. However, it is through the process of doing it themselves that the enduring lessons of leadership are learned.

What is the Scoutmaster’s job?
Philosophically, my job is to keep alive the flame of Scouting and to see that the Troop does its best to deliver the promise of Scouting to the boys, their parents as well as to the Troop Committee and the Charter Organization.  This flame ultimately should instill the boys with the foundation to make ethical and moral choices by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.  Practically, my job is to guide the boys along their journey of Scouting, mentor the boys in their leadership positions, and work with the Assistant Scoutmasters (ASMs) and Troop Committee to make sure that the Troop provides the boys with the best opportunities to learn scouting’s lessons.  

What is the parents’ job?
While I am honored to wear the Scoutmaster moniker, there are a few things that you’ll have to do as well.  First, since the running of a Troop is a shared task between parents, interested adults, and myself, I need to know what you expect--your opinions, and desires for your Scout -- in order for us to provide the best possible program.  So, you need to communicate with me, the Assistant Scoutmasters (ASMs), or Troop Committee.  We hold ASM meetings once a month to discuss the program and do the “adult” planning necessary to make the “boy” program successful, and we hold committee meetings once a month to which all parents are invited.

Secondly, as an adult in the troop, also recognize that letting the boys run the Troop comes with the price of not having everything run the way we adults would run it. We try to maintain a balance between letting the boys lead and making sure all the boys have a fun, productive, learning experience.

Thirdly, help out if you can and when you can. I realize we all have busy lives and it is hard to balance your time to so many activities. We are fortunate to have a large number of adults that help run the troop. If you have the time, come out and join us. If you don’t, consider becoming a Merit Badge counselor or attending a Committee meeting.

On behalf of Troop 26 and Mt. Ararat, I would like to thank you for taking the time to learn about us and for those of you with boys in our Troop, thanks for trusting us with this precious resource.


Yours in Scouting,
Troop 26 Scout Master

 

Picking a Scout Troop

There is no “designated” troop that your son must join. We recommend that you and your son visit several troops, so that you can see how different troops do things. Every troop has its own traditions, activities, and level of adventure. You need to find one that is right for your son. Talk to the Scoutmaster and see if it possible to attend an overnight campout as a guest of a troop. Most troops welcome any new Scout that would like to join them. You may also transfer from any troop for a small fee. It is far better to transfer to another troop in the area than to leave Scouting.

My son is a Webelos Scout.  Do I need to join the troop my Webelos leader joins?

No! All members of a den need not join the same troop. In fact, it is very important that your son find a troop that HE is comfortable with and will enjoy being in. He is much more likely to stay in the troop and advance in the program if he with a troop that matches his needs... and his needs may be different from others in his Den. You and your son need to make this decision independently of others in his Webelos den.

How do I contact a troop?

The National Capital Area Council (NCAC) of the Boy Scouts of America has a list of Troops and their contacts at the Scout office. Customer Service can provide you with the contact phone numbers, location, and meeting nights for the troops in your school district. You should contact several troops in your area to set up visits. Be sure to go with your son to help him assess the troop. You may choose any troop in any school district to visit or join if there is space in the unit. If you need more information on troops, please contact the Scout Office -- NCAC Web site: www.boyscouts-ncac.org. If you live in Stafford County, you can also contact the Aquia District representatives at www.boyscouts-ncac.org/aquia/.

The troops of the National Capital Area Council do have one request of you - always call one of the contact persons before visiting the troop. Sometimes troops have meetings off-site, and calling ahead will assure that you don’t miss them.

What should I ask when I visit?

During your visit, there are things to ask and observe. There is no “right” answer to these questions, but you want a troop you and your son will feel comfortable with. Don’t be afraid to ask about the troop. They will be proud to tell you about themselves.

Some questions you should ask:

How many registered Scouts are in the troop?  How many registered Leaders?

While troops will vary in size, there should be a cadre of Leadership appropriate to the number of boys in the troop. Do the boys tend to stick with the program year to year? Does the troop hold a “Quality Unit” award?

What is the age range of the Scouts?  Is the troop currently able to hold the interest of the older as well as younger Scouts?  Do they offer (or plan to offer) any “High Adventure” Scouting?

Younger Scouts traditionally work on their Rank requirements so they can advance through the Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class Ranks in their first year in Scouting. Much of their attention in meetings and on campouts is devoted to their basic Scout skills for these requirements. As the Scouts get into their teens, it is necessary to challenge them in order to hold their interest. Scouting has established several “High Adventure” programs for Scouts who are 13 years of age or older. They may begin high-level backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, scuba diving, sailing, and more. Troops may travel to Philmont Scout Ranch for rugged mountain backpacking, Sea Base for sailing and scuba, to Sommers Canoe Base for a wilderness lake experience, to a national or international Jamboree or to other high adventure sites like Lenhok’sin at Goshen Scout Reservation in Virginia.

Who are the Scout Leaders in the troop?  Are the Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Committee Chairman trained?  What training have they attended and when?

This is a very important part of your consideration of a troop. A trained leader should know BSA policies on programs, safety, and youth protection. To be considered “Trained”, Leaders must have taken training courses offered by the district and council. They may then wear a “Trained” patch on their sleeves. Ask what level of training the troop leadership has and when the training course was taken. Most training courses (except Woodbadge) should be renewed every 2-5 years. High levels of training are desired.

What makes a Trained Leader?   

Fast Start Training -- Fast Start training is the first step for any new volunteer and is to be completed immediately after a new leader registers and before he or she meets with any youth member.

Basic Leader Training-- The new Basic Leader Training comprises two parts: New Leader Essentials for all unit-level leaders and Leader Specific training, which is based on the leader's unit-level position.

Leader-Specific Training-- These training courses include leader specific training for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing leaders; an introduction to outdoor leader skills; and the new Wood Badge course

Is the troop “boy run”?  What is their feeling about boy leadership?

In Boy Scouting, most troops aim to train their boys for leadership. Each troop has a Senior Patrol Leader, elected by all the boys in the troop, who with his Assistant Senior Patrol Leader takes the helm for leadership within the troop. The troop will also be organized into Patrols, units of 5 to 8 Scouts who function together, similar to a Cub den. They will have an elected Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader. In a young troop, the boys will obviously need more adult assistance in running meetings, etc., but in an established troop with older Scouts, you should see evidence of “boys leading boys”, not adults running the program.

What is their activity program like?

Ask to see a copy of their yearly program schedule. You’ll want to see how often they camp out. The outdoor program recommends 9-12 campouts per year, including Summer Camp. Do they camp in the winter? Do they participate in the District/Council activities such as the Camporees and Expo? Do they offer special activities at meetings? Do they invite speakers on certain topics?

What is a “typical” meeting like?

Is it “boy run”? Is it upbeat? Are the boys kept busy? Is it fun? Do they show respect to the flag ceremony, to the program, to the adults, to each other? Is good discipline evident within the program?

What are their uniform requirements?

Most troops require full uniform for all meetings and for District- or Council sponsored campouts. Others require only the uniform shirt. Others have designated uniform meeting days. Others wear the troop activity shirt, or a specially designed troop t-shirt (Troop 26 wears a grey activity shirt). You will probably want to choose a troop that feels the same about the uniform as you and your son do. Ask if there is a uniform “bank” of uniform parts available until you can get the entire uniform, or if there is assistance for purchasing a complete uniform.

Does the troop attend Summer Camp?  What percentage of the troop attended last year?  Where do they go?  Do they always go to the same camp?   How many Leaders attend camp with the Scouts?  Are those Leaders trained?

Summer camp offers a tremendous opportunity for Scouts to experience the fun and excitement of camping while affording the chance to achieve rank advancements and merit badges. Our Council operates Goshen Scout Reservation, but it is not necessary that the troops attend this camp. Some troops attend Goshen every year for 1 or 2 weeks, while others go to Boy Scout Camps in nearby Councils for a change of pace.

How do they utilize the Advancement & Merit Badge Program?

Some troops use the Advancement and Merit Badge Program as the cornerstone of their program. Their campouts and meetings center on helping the boys advance within the format outlined by the Boy Scouts of America. Some focus meetings on merit badge work. Other troops may feel that the advancements and merit badges are secondary and plan activities independent of them. Their Scouts earn all merit badges on their own. Clearly, either system can function well, and boys can work with either one to advance all the way to Eagle Scout.

What can a parent expect in terms of fees?

Fees vary from troop to troop. Most Troops have a joining fee, which covers membership and basic materials. Troops can also have either an annual fee or monthy dues which pay for badges and awards, and other troop costs. The annual fee or monthly dues usually does not include uniform, camping fees, meals, travel or other special activity costs. You’ll want to know what additional fees will likely be charged during the course of the year.

Observe how the boys interact.

How do they treat the visitors? You’ll want to join a troop where your son feels comfortable. Does your son need a group where he already knows some boys? If he does not know other boys initially, do they seem like a group that will treat a newcomer well?

What can I do to help?

Troops require lots of adult support. There are many different levels of involvement in a troop, from leadership roles, to serving on the Troop Committee, to helping with campouts, to driving to events, etc. We hope you can get involved with your son as he continues on in Scouting. It has been our experience that successful Scouts and successful troops have parents who can make time to be involved.

Obviously, there are many other questions you may wish to ask of a troop relative to your son’s interests or goals in Scouting. We hope this information gives you a starting point to help you assess the troops you visit. Good luck!

For More Information:

National Capital Area Council • Boy Scouts of America

9190 Rockville Pike • Bethesda MD 20814-3897

301-530-9360 • 301-564-9513 FAX

http://www.boyscouts-ncac.org/ or  click the picutre below.

Welcome Scout Parents

Troop 26 welcomes you. Boy Scouting provides for growth of moral strength and character, teaches citizenship, and enhances the development of physical, mental and emotional fitness. This is all done in the spirit of fun and adventure.

If your son was a Cub Scout, you will find that Boy Scouts is considerably different, some valuable information is provided below to ease your transition. Also, please take a few minutes to read Chapter 1 of your son’s Boy Scout Handbook.

Meeting Place and Time

Troop 26 meets at our chartering organization Mount Ararat Baptist Church off of Route 610 (Garrisonville Rd) in North Stafford on Tuesday nights from 7:00 to 8:30, except on the third Tuesday of the month, which is reserved for the Patrol Leader's Council (PLC). During this time, boys are informed of the details for upcoming events and activities, troop skills are taught and practiced, questions regarding advancement may be discussed, etc..
Scouts will need to bring a small notebook along with a pen or pencil to take notes for details of upcoming events. He will also need to bring his Boy Scout handbook to every meeting. It is the Scout’s responsibility to inform parents of times, dates, and details of scheduled events, merit badge assignments, and equipment needed for the next meeting, etc.

Sound advice from some other parents
In this section, adults who have watched their boys grow into young men within Troop 26 and have gone on before you share some valuable advice for new and prospective parents on this page. Here are the topics covered:

Surviving as a Scout parent
Troop 26's goal is to help your son become a young man of good character, with strong organizational and leadership skills. Boys who lose interest in Scouting tend to be those who are disorganized, lose things and don’t know where they are headed. You can help your son avoid those traps with these proven ideas.
Scouts should keep track of their Scout materials and records throughout their membership. A three-ring notebook with some pockets will help. Plastic 8½" x 11" baseball card sheets are the perfect size for badge and rank completion cards, totem chip cards and unsewn or unworn patches. These binder pages are available at stores like Wal-Mart, the Scout shop and many office supply stores.
When your son earns his first rank advancement, he will attend a Court of Honor to receive his patch and completion card. During that ceremony, the Scout's mother will also receive a pin. Many mothers wear a ribbon, which the pins can be attached to. Moms should wear their ribbon for every Court of Honor. Since the pins are very small, the ribbon is also a good way to store them.
Write troop events from downloadable Word documents on your family calendar so conflicts can be minimized. Attendance is the key to keeping up, advancing and liking Scouting.
Attend the troop meetings and share your time and skills to strengthen the troop. You will know what is happening and how your Scout relates to your troop. You can help provide a more complete experience for your son if you are involved. Don’t worry about not knowing much about Scouting, all the adult volunteers had to learn, too. Please don't be bashful. It is important to remember that every adult involved in the troop is a volunteer. Your help will be appreciated by each and every one.

Teach your Scout to call his leader (Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader or Scoutmaster) if he won't be able to attend a scheduled activity.

Registration and camping fees
Troop 26's registration fee is $45 and dues are $5 a month (Eagle Scouts are not required to pay dues). These fees help cover all rank awards (patches), merit badge patches, other awards and a subscription to Boy's Life magazine. Scout dues are the same every year and have not been raised in many years.

Each Scout usually pays $12 dollars to help buy his Patrol's food for each regular camp out, and another $10 to $15 to cover campground, permit fees, or other expenses. The money for camping is due with the permission slip. During the campout preparation meeting, each Scout is expected to commit to the camp out, and pay their money (food and any other fees) to their patrol leader, at that meeting. Adults attending a campout will temorarily become part of the adult patrol and will also turn in a permission slip and fees when they are due. This is important for budget planning and accountability purposes. 

When it is your Scout’s turn to buy camp meals for his patrol, help him learn how to make good purchasing decisions (using coupons can help keep costs down). Costs should not exceed $12 per weekend per boy, except when special circumstances warrant more.
Summer Camp, and all Venture Patrol camp outs cost different amounts depending on many factors. The adult leadership in Troop 26 determines a nonprofit budget well in advance of each of these and communicates the costs to the troop. The troop's philosophy is to break even whenever possible.

Fundraising
We ask all Scouts to participate in fundraisers. Registration fees and dues do not sustain the troop financially, fundraising does. Like most other BSA troops, rather than raise our registration fees and dues, Troop 26 uses fundraisers to provide additional operating capital.  We also participate in the annual Boy Scout Trails End Popcorn Sale. The funds generated from this fundraisers allow us to provide Troop 26 Scouts with a financially sound program and purchase equipment when needed.

What should parents do?
Parents play an important and vital role in Scouting. You should encourage your son to work on advancement and to participate in Troop 26's program activities and events. If you see Troop 26 as a baby-sitting service, you can be certain your son will not think much better of the program.

Scouts should not be expected to earn their Eagle rank without some help along the way. It is a tough set of requirements, but one within every Scout's reach. You are invited, and encouraged, to attend all troop activities, from troop meetings to camp outs, from quarterly Courts of Honor to committee meetings. In fact, Troop 26 needs your active participation to keep the program alive.
Parents can not sign off any rank advancement or merit badge requirements for their own sons. The individual tasks required for rank advancement are signed by scouts who have achieve the rank of 1st Class or higher. The Scoutmaster’s conference and the Board of Review are conducted by adult leaders. Merit Badges are “signed-off” by approved/trained merit badge counselors.
Parents need to help provide transportation to and from camp outs. You should not leave the church parking lot before a camp out until transportation for all Scouts has been secured. We're all in this together, and together we have an awesome program.
If you have special skills, hobbies or abilities, please consider applying to be a merit badge counselor.
There is always a need for more adult leaders. Each year, as older Scouts leave the troop, the troop also loses adult leaders. These positions must be replenished from the parents of newer Scouts, or the life of the troop is threatened. The Scoutmaster simply cannot do it all; nor can the Troop Committee. It takes several adults willing to enjoy the Scouting experience to make a healthy troop.

Going camping with the troop
Camping is the heart of Boy Scouting. While parents (and sometimes whole families) accompany the Scouts on campouts, the Scouts camp with their patrol and not with their parents and family members.

Policy Summary
What follows is a summary of our troop (and BSA) policies.
Scout Tenting & Meals -- Scouts tent with their patrol in a patrol site separate from the other patrols. Patrols plan their own menus, and cook and eat together as a team. Whenever possible, Scouts share a tent with one or more other Scouts. We avoid having a Scout sleep alone. Adults do not eat or tent with a Scout patrol.

Adult Tenting & Meals -- Adults tent with the adult patrol in a patrol site separate from the other patrols. They plan their own menu, and cook and eat together as a team.

Adult/Youth Tenting -- BSA youth protection policies forbid an adult and a youth (below age 18) sharing the same tent. While youth protection policies allow a father and a son to share a tent together (if no other Scout or adult shares their tent), it is troop policy that Scouts tent with Scouts, and adults with adults. If a father tents with his son, it has been our experience that the Scout will lose out on many opportunities to make decisions and be part of the patrol team.

Smoking/Drinking -- Drivers may not smoke while Scouts are in the car. Adults may not smoke or use tobacco products, nor drink alcoholic beverages during a Scout activity. Adults who must smoke or chew must do so discretely out of sight of the Scouts.
Scout Leadership -- Adults should not interfere with the functioning of youth leaders, even if they make mistakes (we all learn best from our mistakes). Step in only if it is a matter of immediate safety or if the mistake will be immediately costly. If at all possible, involve a uniformed adult leader first.

Scout Growth -- Never do anything for a Scout he can do for himself. Let him make decisions without adult interference. Let him make non-injurious mistakes so he can learn from them. Be willing to help Scouts learn and teach without criticism.

Adult Training & Resources -- The Boy Scouts of America provides an outstanding handbook for adults and an excellent training course to help us understand the goals of Scouting and how to attain them. The adult manual is called the Scoutmaster's Handbook, and it's worth your time to read it. The training is called Scout Leader Basic Training, and is offered in our area several times a year. It's also a good investment of your time. Troop 26 strongly encourages each of its uniformed adult leaders to be familiar with the Scoutmaster Handbook, and requires that each completes the appropriate Scout Leader training. We encourage other adults actively involved in the troop to follow suit.

Rationale
Boy Scout camping activities are based on what the BSA calls the patrol method, where Scouts learn teamwork, leadership, and most camping skills in their own group of peers. It is important that adults not be in the middle of patrol activities such as site selection, tent pitching, meal preparation, and anything else where boys get to practice decision-making.

A key difference between Boy Scouting and Cub Scouting/Webelos is youth leadership. Look for the word "leader" in a Scout's job description, and you will begin to appreciate the difference. The responsible person for a Cub/Webelos den is the adult Den Leader. The responsible person for a Boy Scout patrol is the youth Patrol Leader.
This isn't token leadership. A Patrol Leader has real authority and genuine responsibilities. Much of the success, safety, and happiness of six to ten other boys depends directly on him.
Boy Scouting teaches leadership. And Scouts learn leadership by practicing it, not by watching adults lead.
So what do we adults do, now that we've surrendered so much direct authority to boys? Well, we have a really good time and still stay busy. Here are our troop's guidelines on the indirect, advisory role you now command (no kidding, you should enjoy watching your son take progressively more mature and significant responsibilities as he zooms toward adulthood).

The underlying principle is worth repeating: never do anything for a boy that he can do for himself. We allow boys to grow by practicing leadership and by learning from their mistakes. And while Scout skills are an important part of the program, what ultimately matters when our Scouts become adults is not how well they remember to use a map & compass, but whether they can know how to offer leadership to others in tough situations; and that they can live by a code of conduct that centers on honest, honorable and ethical behavior.
Being an adult advisor can be a difficult role at times, especially when we are advising kids. Several times each year, the Boy Scouts of America offers special training on how to do this, which we expect our uniformed adults to take. And any adult is welcome and encouraged to take the training (see the Scoutmaster; dates are in the annual District calendar).

When a parent goes on a camp out, he or she is automatically included as a temporary member in our "Old Goat" (adult) patrol. This patrol has several purposes -- really, really good food...and camaraderie (of course), but more important is providing an example the Scout patrols can follow without our telling them what to do (we try to teach by example when we can). Since Scouts camp as a group in patrols, the Old Goats do also. However, adults tent some distance from the youth...that way they aren't right next to a boy patrol where our mere presence could disrupt the learning process.

Quite simply, our troop policy requires adults to cook, eat, and tent separately from the Scouts. If you go camping with us, we hope you will visit the patrol sites, talk to your son and the other Scouts, ask what's going on and how things are going. At the same time, remember to give the guys room to grow while you enjoy the view.
Don't hesitate to show a Scout how to do something, just don't do it for him. Don't jump in just to prevent a mistake from happening (unless it's serious & involves safety). Encourage Scouts to make their own decisions...ask them what they think should be done or how THEY are going to solve a problem. We all learn best from our mistakes and a big part of our job as adults in the troop is to provide them with a SAFE environment in which they can make mistakes.
And above all, remember to let the youth leaders lead. They get to learn from their mistakes, too!

Camping with the troop is more fun than you probably imagine and is something you should do if you can. And, it's not just dads who go camping...each year, we have mothers that go join us and are big contributors to the troop. Women do not get stuck with cooking or KP any more often than they choose, either!

Troop 26 operating procedures
As in any organization, Troop 26 has a set of guidelines to help us be consistent in what we do and how we do it. The guidelines are available to all adults and youth registered with the troop and typically given to new members as they join.


Click here to download our Troop Operating Policy

 

Youth leadership is real.

Troop 26 is a youth-led Scout Troop. In other words, Scouts are elected to positions of leadership and responsibility. The scout leadership is responsible for planning and executing their own Scouting programs.
Adult leaders help out by providing support and limited participation. Many different levels of youth authority exist in the troop, from the Senior Patrol Leader, to Assistant Patrol Leaders. Several voluntary positions also exist for those young men who prefer to provide support services, like Quartermaster, Historian, Chaplain Aide and Scribe.

When a boy joins the troop, he is slowly introduced to the leadership structure and given time to acclimate to the new environment. He is given small jobs to accomplish, under the guidance of more experienced Scouts. As his ability and knowledge grows, he soon begins to tackle more complex responsibilities. Most boys who choose to be leaders are members of the troop for about a year before they are prepared to accept a leadership position.

Learning good leadership skills is one of the most important benefits of being a Boy Scout. Troop 26 strives to teach leadership skills through example, both by other Scouts and by the adult uniformed leaders. More experienced Scouts are expected to help younger Scouts learn basic leadership and teamwork skills.
Once elected to a leadership position, Scouts become part of the Patrol Leader's Council (PLC) -- the group that governs the troop. It consists of the Senior Patrol Leader, the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader(s), Patrol Leaders, and other Scoutmaster approved positions.

The PLC meets at least monthly with the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters to plan, review and assess troop programs and activities. The PLC is responsible for developing the annual troop calendar, using inputs and recommendations from scouts and the patrols of the troop. Once accepted by the boys of the troop, the Senior Patrol Leader, then must present the annual plan to both the Scoutmaster and the Troop Committee for approval and support.

Scouts, serving as a member of the PLC and Scoutmaster approved leadership positions, must attend Troop 26’s one-day Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) program. ILST is usually held twice a year so every Scout has an opportunity to receive this training.

 

VISIT A MEETING

We meet every Tuesday from 7:00pm - 8:30pm. (Check the calendar for dates of the Patrol Leader's Council and Courts of Honor.)

Our meeting location is Mount Ararat Baptist Church on Route 610/Garrisonville Road in North Stafford.

Our meeting location is in the Fellowship Hall below the small chapel on the east side of the church off Tuluca Rd, near the modular classrooms.  The committee meeting is the 2nd Tue at 7pm in Modular 1A.

Address:
65 Toluca Road
Stafford, VA 22556

For a map to our meeting location click here.

Contact Us

Please don't hesitate to email our Scoutmaster Mr. Fijalkowski at scoutmaster@troop26stafford.org if you have any questions.

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