TEN THINGS TROOP 888 PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
(because sometimes our sons forget)
1). If your son is unable to attend a troop meeting, he should call his patrol leader to let him know and then call again after the meeting to find out what he missed.
2). Your son (and you) should check the troop website regularly. We are constantly updating and adding information. It is the best, fastest, most accurate way to find out what's going on in Troop 888 http://www.troop888ny.org
3). The use of cell phones is not allowed during troop meetings. If it is family practice to carry cell phones for family communications, the phone must be turned off during the meeting. (not simply on vibrate or silent)
4). Troop meetings start at 7:30 PM. Parents must come inside to the meeting space to drop off and pick up their son. Do not leave your son at the meeting if there are not two or more registered adult scout leaders present inside the meeting place. Do not ask your son to wait for you outside at the end of the meeting because we cannot permit him to wait outside the meeting place unattended, nor can we permit him to leave until you sign him out. Our Troop Meetings end at 9:00 PM. We recommend that parents come at 8:45 PM so that you may hear the same troop announcements that your son will hear. ("because sometimes our sons forget") Please make sure that you are there on time to pick up your son. If you have made arrangements for someone else to drive your son home, please advise us of those arrangements in writing or in person.
5). Procedure for working on merit badges: Your son chooses a merit badge.
a) Your son requests a blue card and a merit badge counselor assignment from the Scoutmaster.b) Your son calls and/or meets with the counselor prior to starting merit badge. (Please note that nearly all counselors require full uniform and a scout NEVER meets with an adult alone. Scouts bring a buddy or, if the counselor asks, a parent.)c) If for some reason the counselor assignment does not work out, your son asks the Scoutmaster for another counselor.d) Once requirements with the counselor are completed, your son presents the blue card to the Scoutmaster for final approval.e) Your son presents the completed blue card to the troop advancement chair.
6). Our troop has set the following policy to be considered an active scout. Attend at least 50% of troop meetings, 50% of camp outs and 50% of activities. This allows for meetings, activities and camp outs missed due to illness, school, work and any other obligations a scout might have. A scout must attend at least 50% of Troop Meetings in order to be allowed to participate in outings and activities.
7). For all camp outs and activities (unless otherwise stated) all scouts in our troop travel in full Class A uniform.
8). When leaving for a camp out (unless otherwise stated) we meet in the parking lot St. Andrews Lutheran Church. This is also the usual pickup point for our return. It is essential that you be on time for departure and pickup. If there is an unforeseen delay, you must contact someone to make other arrangements regarding the trip. To keep the troop on its schedule for travel and setup, we regretfully, must leave at the designated time, whether you are there or not.
9). If your son has a position of responsibility and cannot make a meeting or outing he is to call the Senior Patrol Leader to notify him that he will not be there. If your son is a patrol leader he is expected to call his assistant patrol leader and to delegate responsibility for the patrol to him. Each troop position of responsibility has duties associated with that position. It is Troop 888 practice and policy that everyone is to fulfill the duties they have accepted. If there is a legitimate reason for falling short of these duties or even an unfortunate mistake, it is your son's responsibility to review the problem with the Scoutmaster and make arrangements to get the job done or
relinquish the position.
10). We offer several fundraisers each year that your son will participate in. Our fundraisers benefit him in several ways. Money that the troop earns will help offset the overall cost of troop activities. The most important value of our fundraising activities is that your son will learn to earn money "on his own" by providing useful products and services to people, a life-lesson for financial success.