Organizational Philosophy

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1.0 Purpose

The overall purpose of Troop 45 is to provide an organization that fulfills the Three Aims of Boy Scouting through the use of the Eight Methods of Scouting. The troop provides opportunities for all troop members to grow as individuals and as part of the group, learning to incorporate the ideals of Scouting into their lives.

1.1 The Ideals of Scouting

  • The Scout Oath
  • The Scout Law
  • The Scout Motto
1.2 Aims and Methods

  • The Three Aims of Scouting
    • To develop character in young men.
    • To develop citizenship in young men.
    • To develop physical and mental fitness in young men.
  • The Eight Methods of Scouting
    • Ideals
    • Patrols
    • Outdoors
    • Advancement
    • Personal Growth
    • Adult Association
    • Leadership Development
    • Uniform
2.0 Operational Principles

2.1 Democracy

Teach and practice principles of democratic leadership and organization

  • Adult Leader organization
  • Patrol Leaders Council
  • Patrol Operations
2.2 Scouts as Leaders

Give the Greenbars ownership of their troop

  • The junior leaders conduct the operations of the troop.
  • The adult leaders guide and train the junior leaders and provide a basic operational framework.
2.3 Established Methods

Cultivate the use of standard operating methods and policies.

  • Regular meeting schedule
  • Annual Program Plan
  • Written policy
  • Standard meeting agendas
  • Committee structure
    • TC committees for key operations
    • Logistics
    • Communications
    • Advancement
    • Policy
  • Assigned scoutmasters for key troop functions
    • New Scouts
    • Experienced Scouts
    • Venture Patrol
    • Eagle
  • Patrol Method
    • Patrol oriented activities and responsibilities
    • Regular elections for troop and patrol offices
  • Standard outing procedures
    • Outing Planning Process using effective, modern methods
    • Standard Outing Procedures
  • Parental involvement
    • Troop Resource Survey
    • Committee assignments
    • Outing support
    • Board of Review
  • Scrupulous observance of BSA safety and youth protection standards
3.0 Program Elements

3.1 Solid training in scout skills leading to adventurous outings

  • Annual program plan
    • Maintain troop integration
    • Meet needs and engage interests of all boys
    • Support advancement program
  • Training motivated by outings, resulting in advancement
3.2 Supportive advancement program

  • Direct troop support for Tenderfoot by June CoH
  • Organized instruction and training program for First Class by March CoH
  • Merit Badge program to provide instruction for all Eagle MBs
  • Specific guidance for scouts earning Eagle
  • Regularly scheduled sessions of the Board of Review (first Wednesday of each month)
  • Immediate recognition for advancing scouts (second Wednesday of each month)
  • Formal and dignified recognition at Courts of Honor during Parents Nights
3.3 Exciting outdoor program

  • At least one overnight outing per month
  • Stress on modern methods of backcountry travel and living
    • Hiking and backpacking
    • Mountaineering
    • Paddling
    • Skiing
    • Biking
  • Participation in District Camporees
  • Summer Camp
  • Venture Program
    • Two "Ultimate Adventures" per year
    • Philmont
    • Mead Base
  • Biennial Summer Adventure
3.4 Engaging program of non-outdoor activities

  • Activities to support citizenship training
    • Participation civic observances and ceremonies
    • Outings to historic sites and civic facilities
  • Activities to support hobby and career goals
  • Formal Junior Leader Training (JLT) program
  • Troop operational activities
3.5 Service

  • Be available to local community to provide regular service
    • Greenup Day
    • Muster Day
    • Independence Day
  • Participate in all BSA sponsored good turns
    • Scouting for Food
  • Provide recognition for superior levels of service