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Troop Charter Information

Troop 116 was chartered in 1951 by the Perrineville School Parent Teachers Association and Melvin L. Summer was the first Scoutmaster. Today, the new charter organization is the Millstone Township Fire Company and our current Scoutmaster is Mike Finnegan.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.

Scouting promises the great outdoors, friendship, opportunities to work toward the Eagle Scout rank, the tools to help make the most of family, community, nation, and experiences and duties that will help the boys and young adults mature into a strong, wise adults.

The mission of Troop 116 is to deliver the promise of adventure, learning, challenge, and responsibility.

Troop Organization

Troop Committee
Every troop is under the supervision of a Troop Committee consisting of three or more qualified adults. Each member should be a citizen of the United States, agrees to abide by the Scout Oath and Law, to respect and obey the laws of the United States of America, and to subscribe to the BSA statement of religious principle. Each individual is of good character, is 21 years of age or older, is selected by the chartered organization, and is registered as an adult leader of the BSA. One of these is designated as Troop Committee Chair. The Troop Committee is the Troop's "Board of Directors" and supports the Troop program.

It is the function of the Troop Committee to support the Troop program, not to operate it. The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters are responsible for directing the Troop program, and guiding the boy leadership to execute the Troop program effectively.

The Troop program and its execution is primarily the responsibility of the boy leadership of the Troop. The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) is the highest position in the troop and it is his duty to (1) assign leadership duties to the Leadership Corps members, (2) make sure adequate planning and preparation takes place for an effective program, and (3) instill the Scouting spirit into the Troop.

Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster
The Scoutmaster is the adult leader responsible for the actions of the Troop. His job is summed up in four basic activities:Train and guide boy leaders. Work with other responsible adults to give Scouting to boys. Help boys to grow by encouraging them to learn for themselves. Use the methods of Scouting to achieve the aims of Scouting.

The Scoutmaster is backed up by the Assistant Scoutmasters who assist in running the outdoor program. They also work with the patrols during the meetings.

Patrol Leaders Council
The Boy Scout organization is a program for boys and as such is governed and operated by boys with guidelines and assistance from the uniformed leaders and committee members. The Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) is charged with the responsibility of deciding what the troop wants to do, planning it, and carrying it out. Thus, every Scout, through his Patrol Leader, has a voice in the planning and running of the Troop's activities. The PLC is composed of all Patrol Leaders, the ASPL, Quartermaster and the SPL who chairs the meeting. Others may be invited to sit in at the invitation of the SPL. The Scoutmaster attends all PLC meetings and has veto power, but no vote.

The PLC meets monthly to plan meetings and camp outs and to discuss any discipline problems that may be interfering with the execution of the scouting program. The PLC also has an annual planning meeting to set the calendar of events for the year.

Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)
The primary job of the SPL is to lead the Troop with minimal adult supervision, but with the help of his fellow boy leaders. The SPL has specific jobs in addition to being the boy leader of all activities in the Troop. First, he must conduct the monthly Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) where all Troop leaders meet with the Patrol Leaders of each patrol to plan Troop meetings and camp outs. (The PLC also searches for solutions to any problem that has been identified within the Troop by the Scouts.) After the PLC planning is completed, it is the job of the
SPL
to properly execute the Troop program through direct leadership and by delegating tasks to members of the PLC or other Patrol Leaders. All Troop activities are the responsibility of the SPL even if a qualified substitute acts in his absence. (This is usually the ASPL.) A SPL must, with input from patrol leaders and adult leaders, establish certain goals for the troop to achieve, then work with the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters to accomplish those goals.

The SPL must also handle disciplinary problems referred to him by the Patrol Leaders.  Another specific and vital responsibility of the SPL is the task of organizing and conducting weekly Troop meetings that are interesting, active and educational.

The SPL is elected by majority vote by all Scouts in the Troop. A run-off election is held in the event that none receive a majority. The SPL works with and reports directly to the Scoutmaster in the daily planning and operation of the troop.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL)
This job is self-explanatory. The ASPL must assist the SPL in his duties and in the leadership of the troop. He takes the place of the SPL when the SPL is unable to attend a Troop activity. The ASPL is also the patrol leader of the Leadership Corps. This position is appointed by the SPL with consultation with the Uniformed Leaders.

Leadership Corps
In addition to the SPL and ASPL,  the leadership corps is made up of the following leadership positions, each of which is appointed by the SPL with advice from the uniformed leaders:

Quartermaster: responsible for inventories, issues and receives troop equipment. Works closely with the Equipment Chairman of the Troop Committee.

Scribe, Historian, Librarian: responsible for troop records and any required correspondence. Prepares write ups of Troop activities for the local newspapers. Fills in for the ASPL if necessary.

Instructor(s): work(s) with the SPL in planning troop instructional activities, along with corresponding games. Works on rank advancement with the Scouts under First class.

Troop Guide: works with the new Scout patrol, assisting them in learning basic Scout skills and patrol organization.

Chaplain's Aid: is responsible for making the 12th point of the Scout Law an integral part of Troop 116's program. This includes being part the Sunday religious service when on a camp out and coordinating Scout Sunday activities.

Patrol Leaders (PL)
Patrols are the basic units of a Scout troop and the patrol leaders have the responsibility for making the Patrol Method work. They are the backbone of all successful Troops and are elected by the Scouts in the patrol. The Patrol Leader appoints an Assistant Patrol Leader (APL). On camp outs, the patrol leader will also appoint a Grub Hustler for the procurement of patrol food and a patrol quartermaster.

A patrol leader's responsibilities include: Assigning jobs to patrol members. Holding regular patrol meetings. Working with and passing patrol members on Scouting skills. Stressing teamwork in the patrol. Instructing patrol members in outdoor skills. Generating pride and enthusiasm in the patrol. Attending all PLC meetings or having a qualified substitute attend. Maintaining all troop and patrol equipment. Handling discipline problems or seek the assistance of the SPL.

A good Patrol Leader sets a good example, lives the Scout Oath and Law and generates Scout spirit in the patrol. He also delegates many of the patrol tasks to members of the patrol.

Scouting Program

The Scouting Program is based on the principle that learning can be fun. Troop 116 will offer your son a unique learning experience. Every scouting activity, and the manner in which it is organized and conducted, has a purpose behind it – to develop Character, Fitness, Citizenship, and Leadership. We believe that the personal and social development opportunities available through Scouting are not found in school or sports; Scouting is unique.


 

 

Your son will have many opportunities to learn, to improve, and to set his own goals for personal growth. As he advances and improves himself, he will be recognized.  Since Scouting is a voluntary program, we believe that boys must find the Scouting experience fun, challenging, and personally rewarding. The Scouting Program is comprehensive and detailed. Extensive, highly professional training is available to adult leaders.  The three aims of Scouting represent the long-term Scouting outcomes we want for every boy. They form the bedrock of Scouting, and underlie everything we do. To achieve these aims, we use the eight methods of Scouting. The aims are the foundation of Scouting; the methods are the building blocks.


 

 

Aims

Boy Scouting works toward three aims.

  • To Build Character – Developing the Scout’s personal qualities, values, and outlook: honesty, courage, integrity, self-reliance, self-discipline, self-confidence, and self-respect.

  • To Foster Citizenship – Training the Scout on his duties, obligations, privileges, and functions as a citizen and member of his community.

  • To Develop Fitness – Helping the Scout to develop physically, mentally, morally, and emotionally.

The methods are designed to accomplish these aims. Thus it is important that you know and use the methods of Boy Scouting. Other methods are good, but they may bring different results - results quite different than we are seeking.


 

 

Methods


 

 

Ideals

The ideals of Scouting are spelled out in the Scout Oath, Law, Motto, and Slogan. The Scout measures himself against these ideals and continually tries to improve. The goals are high, and as he reaches for them he has some control over what he becomes. "Show Scout spirit," a requirement for each rank advancement, means living up to these ideals.


 

 Patrols
The patrol method gives Scouts an experience in group living and participating citizenship. It places a certain amount of responsibility on young shoulders and teaches boys how to accept it. The patrol method allows Scouts to act in small groups where they easily can relate to each other. These small groups determine troop activities through their elected representatives.


 

 

 Outdoors
Boy Scouting is designed to take place outdoors. It is in the outdoors that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with each other It is here that the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose.  Being close to nature helps Scouts gain an appreciation for God's handiwork and mankind's place in it. The outdoors is the laboratory for Scouts to learn ecology and practice conservation of nature's resources.


 

 

 Advancement
Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps to overcome them through the advancement method. The Scout plans his advancement and, by participating in the troop program, progresses as he overcomes each challenge. The Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a boy grow in self-reliance and the ability to help others.


 

 

 Adult Association
Boys learn from the example set by their adult leaders. Troop leadership may be male or female, and association with adults of high character is encouraged at this stage of a young man's development.


 

 

Personal Growth
As Scouts plan their activity and progress toward their goals, they experience personal growth. The Good Turn concept is a major part of the personal growth method of Scouting. Boys grow as they participate in community service projects and do Good Turns for others. There probably is no device so successful in developing a basis for personal growth as the daily Good Turn. The religious emblems program is also a large part of the personal growth method. Frequent conferences with his Scoutmaster help each Scout to determine his growth toward Scouting's aims.

 

 

Leadership Development
Boy Scouting encourages boys to learn and practice leadership skills. Every Scout has the opportunity to participate in both shared and total leadership situations, Understanding the concepts of leadership helps a boy accept the leadership roles of others and guides him toward the citizenship aim of Scouting.

 

 

Uniform
The uniform makes the Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. Boy Scouting is an action program, and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Scout's commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals. The uniform is practical attire for Scout activities, and provides a way for Scouts to wear the badges that show what they have accomplished.

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