Scouting is a program that follows a natural progression of skill acquisition through badge work and its four levels of achievement: Pioneer (Bronze), Voyageur (Silver), Pathfinder (Gold), and the Chief Scout Award. The requirements for each of these levels foster skill development in areas of citizenship, outdoors, service and personal development. These are acquired through individual activities, small groups known as “patrols” or as a full Scout Troop. Challenge badges are also available to encourage youth to develop individual interest, hobbies and sports.
TIME: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mondays
PLACE: John Stubbs Elementary School – Small Gym
WEEKLY DUES: $1.25. These dues are mainly to help with the cost of badges, which is substantial in Scouting. A Patrol Leader takes attendance and collects dues, which are submitted and recorded by the Troop Scouter.
ATTENDANCE: Should your child not be able to attend a meeting/function/camp or expect to be late, he/she should contact his Patrol Leader. Scouts work in groups and his/her group will lose points for late arrivals. Responsibility to his/her group is one of the skills that your child will be learning in Scouts.
UNIFORMS: Regulation uniform must be worn at all meetings and formal events. Regulation uniform may be purchased at Scout House. Your child will receive his/her necker and woggle at the time of their investiture into Scouting.
BADGES AND ACHIEVEMENT LEVELS: The Scout Handbook is part of the regulation uniform and may be purchased at Scout House. The program is clearly outlined in this handbook. Although leaders work with the youth individually and in patrols, it is impossible for them to cover all the requirements for all of the badges during their two-hour weekly meeting. Parents are encouraged to take an active part in helping their child achieve these skills and badges. The book “Field Guide for Canadian Scouts” is highly recommended for its wealth of information directly related to badge acquisition. Leaders will be happy to answer questions about badge requirements. A diagram showing the placement of badges and awards is contained in the Scout Handbook.
EXPECTED CODE OF BEHAVIOUR AND DISCIPLINE: Scouts is a place of high energy and, as such, we expect a lot of noise and activity. However, aggressive, disruptive and/or destructive behaviour towards the leaders, other Scouts, and/or property will not be tolerated. Discipline, as covered in the leaders’ training, can include anything from a quiet talk to time-out. A youth may lose out on a game, an outing or an activity for negative behaviour that is not corrected after warnings have been given. If necessary, the parent may be called in to deal with an unresponsive youth. If you, as a parent, have any concerns regarding discipline or conduct, please discuss this with your leaders or notify the Group Commissioner.
FUNDRAISING: As you are aware, fundraising is a necessary part of all self-funded organisations. Scouts are expected to participate in ALL fundraisers throughout the year unless excused by special permission of the Troop Scouter. Scouts occasionally have their own fundraising projects to help offset the costs of special camps or jamborees. It is important that the youth be aware of the reason for a fundraiser as the public often asks the youths. Check with your leader if you are not sure. It is also important that you, as parents, review with your child appropriate manners while in public. Remember that while in uniform, the youth represents all of Scouting.
INFORMATION: Information will come to you from three main sources:
- Leaders will provide you with occasional newsletters concerning upcoming events and activities.
- Patrol Leaders will call with information about Scout events such as camps and other activities.
- Parents may call concerning upcoming events that involve all of 7th Juan de Fuca.
CAMPS: At the Scouting level, there is a more extensive camping program than at younger levels. Unless otherwise notified there will be a fee for all camps to cover the cost of camp fuel and equipment maintenance and repair. It is the responsibility of each patrol to make their own menu, buy their food and arrange their transportation to and from each camp. At this level, the leaders do not assume these responsibilities, although they supervise and guide the process.