First off - welcome to Troop 777! We are glad you are part of our scouting family. There are most likely many questions that you have regarding the troop so let us try and get you up to speed! Please note that this information is for families that have already joined the troop. If you have not yet joined the troop, please read to learn more about us!
Let's start with the basics - just in case you don't already know, click here to see where and when we meet. Next, if your son is crossing over, we will provide him with a custom-made 777 patch for his uniform, his epaulets and his first Scout Handbook. We will give these items to him at crossover. If your son is already a scout and we can accept him into the troop, then we will set him up with the custom-made 777 patch which is much easier to sew than the three individual sevens... We wear the regulation scout shirt at all meetings and always when we travel. We do not require scout pants or shorts for meetings, but we do ask that the scouts have one pair for summer camp and the Memorial Day Parade (the parade is required attendance for all 777 scouts). Official shorts will also be required when your scout is old enough to attend high adventure and for Eagle Boards of Review
Please check out the dues and fees under the About Us tab to understand what we charge, when and why.
As soon as your son crosses over, please take the time to go over with him the section in the front of his handbook titled,How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide(also found on our website under the parent tab). this is a BSA publication that will help your son and you understand some of the dangers that exist in our world regarding child abuse. Besides being a good thing to go over with your child, this is one of the requirements for his very first rank advancement, Scout! Please also note that soon after your son crosses over, Troop 777 will have a troop meeting designated for youth protection. During that time, we will view and then discuss the award winning, BSA produced video about child abuse titled, A Time To Tell. This video and training are part of the requirements that our troop follows to be a National Quality Unit. If you have questions about the video, or would like to preview it, please talk to Mr. York as the video is always available for loaning.
Your new scout will want to experience the OUTING in Scouting as soon as he can. to that end, there are a few things that he is required to have prior to camping with us:
We have Parent Meetings ever 2-3 months. Please feel free to come - these are for you. The schedule is on the calendar and we usually plan the parent meetings a couple of months in advance (and then update the calendar...). Want to be a leader or help out in other wasy? We can use you! Please talk to any of our adult leaders for more information!
The troop does its yearly planning in May/June. Scouts vote on activities during the meetings and this activity is well publicized in advance. Shortly after the scouts have voted, the troop adult leaders will build a schedule and present it to the next parents meeting for questions and hopefully for approval.
Please see the advancement tab for information about how your son advances in rank.
Scouts need to be First Class and above to become youth leaders. Don't try and rush your scout - it is the journey that he will remember and you will enjoy - it is not a race!
Boy Scouting is not cub scouts so parents are not required attend campouts for that scout to go camping (or whatever the event is). Dads are always welcome and we love for them to come to any campout. Please check the gear list and make sure we have a current medical form on file for you. You must get your scout to the church on time - we will drop him off at the end of the event.
Last Revision 5-17-2013