Congratulations! Your son has
decided to join in the fun and adventure of Scouting and you are
going along for the ride. The first thing you will notice is that you're not in
Cub Scouts anymore. In Boy Scouts, the scouts take the lead and the
parents provide support. This makes some new parents feel uncertain and
all parents go through an adjustment period.
Don't worry if you are not exactly sure what is supposed to happen at scout
meetings; the scouts have it covered! This page should help you
to understand Troop 62's Boy Scout program.
Other than going to meetings, the two best sources of information
regarding troop activities are email and the Troop 62 calendar.
As soon as your son joins the troop, send your email address to
firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe to troop emails. Visit the Troop
62 calendar for updates; click on a calendar event, then "more details"
to see all of the information on an event. Calendar events are updated
Each registered member of the troop has a
TroopMaster Web account; this is an online database that is used
to track advancement, troop activities, leadership contact information,
troop rosters and more. All scouts and adults should know the
basics of logging on and navigating TroopMaster Web so you can monitor
your son's official advancement records. Contact the Advancement
Coordinator for details.
Each parent is asked to consider taking an active
role in supporting the troop's activities. To participate in troop
camping trips, adults must be registered with BSA, but not every dad
has to become an Assistant Scoutmaster. There are countless behind-the-scenes activities that keep
a troop functioning and there are many different ways for dads and moms to
contribute their talents in small or large roles. You are invited
to attend the Troop Committee meetings to see the great work that is
being done to provide a terrific Scouting experience for your son.
The Boy Scouts of America requires that
all Direct Contact leaders be basic leader trained for their positions.
All Direct Contact leaders in Central Florida Council have to be fully
trained in their position in order for for the troop to be re-chartered
each year. Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters and adults attending
campouts are identified as
Direct Contact leaders.
Please read the
1-2-3 of how to become a certified adult leader for Troop
Adults need to complete the Participation
Requirements below before participating in Troop 62 activities.
Because St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church sponsors Troop 62,
participants have to comply with Diocese of Orlando volunteer
requirements including fingerprinting and safe environment training, in
addition to BSA requirements.
There are no fees for these requirements. Furthermore, parents and
scouts must review the youth protection booklet included in the front of the
Boy Scout Handbook as a requirement for
becoming a Boy Scout.
Adult Participation Requirements
(Contact: Troop Committee Chairman)
-Submit a BSA membership application.
-Provide fingerprints for a Diocese of Orlando background check.
-Complete the following online training courses:
--Fast Start for your position
--This is Scouting
Diocese Safe Environment* - The Diocese of Orlando follows certain
guidelines with regard to safe environment training. In order to
fulfill the training obligation, watch the video (approximately 20
minutes) and successfully complete an online quiz.
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Before participating in outdoor troop
activities, scouts and parents must have a current Annual BSA Health
and Medical Record on file with the troop. If you
have any significant allergies or medical conditions, tell the troop
leadership in addition to putting it on the form. Always notify
trip leaders of medical concerns before departing on an outing.
The Annual BSA Health and
Medical Record can be downloaded from the
National Council Forms Page. Instructions are included on the
BSA Adult Leader Training
All registered adult leaders must complete the following on-line
• Youth Protection for your program level
• Fast Start for your position
• This is Scouting
Access online training here:
In addition to online training,
Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters must also complete the following
training which is provided at various times and locations within the
council, at Camporees, and at summer camps.
• Scoutmaster position specific training
• IOLS (Intro to outdoor leadership skills)
In order for the troop to conduct outdoor
activities and overnight backpacking trips, at least one adult on the
trip has to be qualified in CPR and first aid. BSA also stipulates requirements
Hazardous Weather training, plus activity specific training for
swimming, canoeing, marksmanship, wilderness trekking and rock
climbing.and other "high adventure" activities. It is important that enough adult
leaders stay current in these requirements to support the outdoor
Outdoor activity and
safety courses are offered during summer camps, at camporees and through
commercial providers. Course descriptions and schedules are published
through a variety of sources including the
BSA Central Florida Council (CFC) training webpage and
CFC Calendar the
BSA National Council safety webpage and the
Online Learning Center. Troop 62 may also independently schedule
First aid and CPR classes when there is sufficient demand. Check
with the Troop Committee Chairman about potential reimbursement for
essential troop training requirements.
One big difference between Cubs
Scouts and Boy Scouts is how advancement requirements are handled.
Parents do not sign off on their son's requirements. Scouts
complete advancement requirements with other scouts during scout
activities. Please help your scout to preserve all of the documentation for his advancement and merit badges,
in case he needs it for his Eagle Scout application. More information on advancement is
provided on the
Scout Information page.
Merit Badge Counselors
The troop is always recruiting merit
badge counselors for the
hundreds of merit badges offered through Scouting. Your hands-on
involvement could inspire a scout to develop a lifelong hobby, pursue a
particular career, or become an independent, self-supporting adult.
There are no specific requirements for teaching most merit badges;
however, counselors must register with BSA for the badges they teach. Merit badge
counselors will also want to review the USScouts.org Merit Badge
Center ands the BSA National Council Guide for Merit
Badge Counselors for tips on teaching merit badges.
practically no limit to the training available through BSA
organizations. University of Scouting is an annual weekend training event which
offers an incredible variety of scouting-related classes for adults and
Wood Badge classes are held twice a year and represent the pinnacle
of Boy Scout leadership training. Adults are eligible to attend Wood
Badge after qualifying as a “Trained” leader. The BSA National Council
has an ever-growing list of courses and resources on the
Supplemental Training webpage with topics ranging from disk golf to
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