Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Troop 225 F.A.Q.

The following are frequently asked questions and their answers.

Organization

Where and when does the troop meet, and how are the meetings organized?

The Troop meets at College Church of the Nazarene (2020 E. Sheridan, Olathe, KS 66062) in the basement of Uphaus Hall right off of the Vanderpool lobby. We meet every Monday night from 7 to 8:30 PM even if there is no school with the exception of major holidays. Our meetings are open and parents are welcome to attend. The meetings are developed around a monthly theme that leads to a campout where we practice the skills we've been learning that month. Our meetings typically start with announcements followed by skills instructional time and patrol time that includes campout planning and preparation.

How is the Troop organized?

Troop 225 was started in 1997 with only five boys. We advanced our first two Eagle Scouts in 2002 and have added to that list steadily. Our Troop uses the patrol method. A patrol is the key unit in scouting and typically consists of 6 to 8 scouts who normally camp together, plan together, and work together as a team on their activities and advancements. Working in patrols gives young scouts the chance to learn to work with and learn from others and to form fast friendships and relationships. We have both age-similar and mixed-age patrols. Generally the new boys form a new-boy patrol(s) for several months under the instruction of our New Scout Leader and then join a mixed-age patrol after that. Boys typically tent with others of similar age on campouts.

What is the Troop Committee?

The Troop Committee is selected by the Sponsoring Organization (College Church of the Nazarene) in consultation with the Committee Chair. Its purpose is to serve as a supporting organization for the Scoutmaster and to make policy for the Troop consistent with the objectives of the Sponsoring Organization and for the other purposes called for in the charter issued to the Sponsoring Organization by the BSA. The Committee, along with the Scoutmaster, will typically meet monthly or more frequently if needed. Parents of Scouts in the Troop are welcome to attend Committee meetings, but are not automatically members of the Committee.

How is the Troop chartered?

Troop 225 is charted through the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), the Heart of America Council (covers parts of Missouri and Kansas), and the Red-Tailed Hawk District (East  side of Olathe). Our chartered organization is College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe, KS.

Camping

Does the Troop go on high adventure trips?

Our troop has a Venture Patrol, which is a special high adventure patrol for our older and more experienced Scouts. This group has gone to BSA camps such as Philmont in New Mexico, Okpik in Minnesota, and Sea Base in Florida. Membership in the Venture Patrol is limited based upon defined requirements.

What is the Troop’s camping program?

We maintain a 12-month camping program as planned by our boy lead Patrol Leaders’ Council. We camp once a month at Troop campouts, at district activities, or at long term summer camp. We also try to combine camping with other fun outdoor activities. Campouts are one to two nights. We typically leave College Church of the Nazarene early Friday evening and return either on Saturday afternoon/evening or Sunday afternoon. The Troop provides tents, patrol boxes, cooking and other camping equipment. Scouts are expected to provide their own sleeping bag, ground pad, water bottle, mess kit, toiletries, and appropriate clothing.

Where does the Troop attend long term summer camp?

Our Troop attends a 10-day long term summer camp at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation near Iconium, MO (south of Clinton, MO near the Truman Lake) every summer normally in July. This 7,000 acre facility is one of the premier long term camps in the U.S. and offers unparalleled opportunities for Scout advancement through many merit badge classes and rank requirements.

Recognition

What is a Court of Honor, and does the Troop have them?

A Court of Honor is a ceremony to recognize our Scouts’ accomplishments including rank advancements, merit badges, and other recognitions. We have a Court of Honor about four times a year instead of the regular Troop meeting. Parents and other family are encouraged to attend the Court of Honor to celebrate the Scouts’ accomplishments.

What are the requirements for rank advancements?

BSA has the following ranks: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle. The Troop provides the opportunity for rank advancements, but it is up to the Scout to select the rate and level of his growth. The Troop follows the advancement guidelines of BSA. Consistency in completion of rank requirements is important and fair. As it is important that consistent standards be applied fairly for each Scout, only the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters who have completed Scoutmaster Fundamentals basic training may approve requirements for rank advancement. Further, the Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster who is the parent of one of the Scouts will not approve rank requirements for their son.

How does the merit badge process work?

Scouts earn many merit badges at summer camp, and the Troop attends a merit badge forum each year to help boys earn merit badges quickly. Otherwise, boys will usually pursue merit badges independently, with the exception of Summer Camp where merit badges are the focus of the camp. Requirements are summarized in the Merit Badge Handbook, and each merit badge has its own book that may be helpful or necessary to complete the merit badge. The Troop maintains a library of merit badge books for checkout. When the Scout is ready he should get the required merit badge card signed from the Scoutmaster and then make contact with a merit badge counselor to complete the requirements. A list of our District’s merit badge counselors is available, and our own Troop has several merit badge counselors.

What is the Mic-O-Say program?

The Tribe of Mic-O-Say is a local honor camping program based at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation near Iconium, MO (south of Clinton, MO near the Truman Lake) where the Troop attends a 10-day long term summer camp every summer. Its purpose is to provide recognition for boys who have demonstrated and proven their devotion to Scouting even beyond the "extra mile." The Tribe of Mic-O-Say is designed to recognize those Scouts who best exemplify the Scout Oath & Law in their daily lives, promote camping, and promote yearly participation in Scouting.

What is the Order of the Arrow program?

Order of the Arrow is the national honor camper organization which is active at Camp Naish near Bonner Springs, KS. It recognizes those Scouts who exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. Its purpose is to provide recognition for boys who have demonstrated and proven their devotion to Scouting even beyond the "extra mile." For consideration, Scouts must engage in the requisite number of overnight camping experiences and must be approved by the Scoutmaster. Elections from eligible scouts will be conducted approximately annually by representatives of the local Arrow Lodge.

Leadership

What is the structure of the Troop’s Scout leadership?

As a boy-run Troop, our scouts elect their own leadership, starting with the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL), Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders (ASPL), Patrol Leaders (PL’s), and other key positions including the Chaplain, Quartermaster, Scribe, Historian, Webmaster, etc. The SPL, ASPL’s, and PL’s make up the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) which meets weekly before the Troop meeting to plan our monthly themes, outings, and events.

Is it important for adults to be involved with the troop?

Adult leaders function as advisors and ensure the safety and appropriateness of activities planned for the Troop. Accordingly, the troop has several adult leadership positions. For our troop to be successful, it takes several adults to be involved with the troop. This not only includes filling leadership positions but also includes going on campouts and participating in troop events. Parental involvement is essential to the scouts’ and Troop’s success.

Who makes up the Troop Committee?

In addition to the Committee Chair, the Troop Committee may organize itself for several additional positions including but not limited to the following: Secretary, Treasurer, Chartered Organization Representative, Outings/Activity Coordinator, Fundraising Coordinator, Eagle Coordinator, District Roundtable Coordinator, Advancement Chair, Communications Coordinator, Service Project Coordinator, Summer Camp Coordinator, and Health & Safety Coordinator.

Membership

What are the Troop’s expectations about uniforms?

Scouts are to come to Troop meetings in Class A uniform except between Memorial Day and Labor Day (summer) or the Troop meeting after a campout (if the Scout attended the campout) in which Class B can be worn. Additionally, the Troop travels to campouts in Class A uniform.

What are the Troop’s eligibility requirements for Scout membership?

Membership in the Troop is open to all appropriate-aged boys (11 year old or completed 5th grade or who have received their Arrow of Light) who are willing to subscribe to the aims and objectives of Scouting including its Declaration of Religious Principles and are willing to abide by the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Prior participation in Cub Scouts is not required.

How does a prospective Scout arrange a visit to the Troop?

Prospective recruits and their parents as well as Webelos Den Leaders are welcome to come to a meeting to check out the troop and to meet scout and adult leaders and are welcome to join us on designated campouts to try out the troop. Please contact our Scoutmaster or Webelos Transition Coordinator to arrange your visit – see contact information in the Contact Our Troop section of the website.

Can I participate in other activities and still be a member of this Troop?

Yes, many of the scouts in the Troop participate in other activities such as sports and band. However, a scout is expected to participate in as many of the troop activities as possible and must meet the minimum participation requirement for advancement. Advancement is self-paced which gives the scout flexibility to participate.

Cost

What does it cost to be a member of this Troop?

We want scouting to be affordable, but there are some costs that cannot be escaped. Registration fees are set annually by our Troop Committee. These fees currently are $65 annually for each scout and cover BSA registration and insurance fees, Boys’ Life subscription costs, and other expected expenses such as rank awards, merit badges, beads, and other recognition items for the year. Some outings may have other costs, primarily food or fees imposed by the facility and will depend upon the length and nature of the outing as well as the menu selected by each patrol.  These costs are deducted from the each scout’s scout account maintained by the troop Treasurer. Scouts can put money in their scout account and will have opportunities to participate in fundraisers to earn money for their scout account (e.g., rib sales) to earn their own way in our Troop.

What fundraisers does the Troop have to raise money for Troop expenses?

The Troop conducts fundraisers to support the Troop’s operations (camping equipment, gas, propane, etc.). We have two primary annual fundraisers. In February, we have a chili supper and silent auction at College Church of the Nazarene. In September, we have a booth at Old Settlers in downtown Olathe. Scouts and parents are expected to prepare for and work at these fundraisers.

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