Welcome to our Troop:
Troop 171 is a boy-led troop, but overseen by adults. The boys basically run the show but the Scoutmaster and the Assistant Scoutmasters actively assist them as needed.
Meetings: Troop meetings are held on Mondays from 7:15 to 8:30 PM (except holidays). The boys wear their Boy Scout uniforms to these meetings.
The Troop places new Boy Scouts into patrols. (This is comparable to a den in Cub Scouts.) A patrol is a group of up to 8 boys of the same age. At Patrol Meetings the patrols do the planning for the activities e.g. camp-outs and work on advancement.
A Court of Honor is a special kind of meeting held quarterly. These meetings are to award the boys their rank advancements or the merit badges they have earned. The boys wear their full Scout uniform including merit badge sash. It is an important ceremony and families are asked to attend to support the boys and enjoy the evening.
“Rank advancement” means progress toward the various ranks in Scouting. The ranks are: Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Star, Life, and Eagle. The requirements for these ranks are listed in the Boy Scout Handbook. Boys are responsible for their progress and work on these ranks at their own pace. The advancement program is exciting and fun, while placing a series of challenges for the Scout to meet. Self confidence is built through the successful mastery of these skills.
The Scoutmaster Conference is a visit between the Scoutmaster and a Scout where they discuss the Scout’s activity in the troop and his understanding and practice of the ideals of Scouting. A Scout should schedule a conference after completing all requirements for a rank and prior to the board of review.
After completing a Scoutmaster conference, Scouts should call the Board of Review Coordinator to schedule a Board of Review. The members of a Board of Review make sure the Scout has completed the requirements for the rank, find out how good an experience the Scout is having in the troop, and encourage the Scout to progress further.
Troop Leadership: The Senior Patrol Leader is elected by and leads the troop, with help from an appointed Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. For each patrol, a Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader are also elected. All of these positions are held for six months. The Troop Leadership plan the troop activities at the monthly Patrol Leaders Council (PLC).
The Scoutmaster is the adult leader of the troop dedicated to bringing learning, adventure, and opportunity to the Scouts. The Troop Leadership looks to the Scoutmaster for advice and direction. Assistant Scoutmasters (ASM) assist the Scoutmaster in making sure the troop’s program is interesting and effective and that everyone has a worthwhile time. Junior Assistant Scoutmasters (JASM) are young men ages 16 and 17 who help the troop achieve its goals. Troop Guides coordinate and run the New Scout Program to help first year Scouts learn the basic Scouting skills and to help them advance in their first four Scout ranks.
Activities: Camp-outs, hikes, canoe trips, bike trips, and other adventures are planned to help the boys develop skills while having fun. These monthly activities are usually at Colorado areas.
The Troop also attends a week-long summer camp each year. In 2014 this was at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch near Elbert, Colorado. In 2013, summer camp was held at Ben Delatour Scout Ranch (BDSR) near Red Feather Lake. Regardless of where it is held, summer camp is a wonderful opportunity for the boys to get away, enjoy nature, and learn a lot about Scouting and themselves. You should register your Scout for summer camp ASAP to ensure a spot for him!
Merit Badge Universities and colleges are held several times a year and provides an opportunity to work on a variety of merit badges. Klondike, Webelos Winter Weekend and Camporees are district wide events that include Scout troops from all over the area.
The New Scout Program focuses on teaching the skills required for the first Scout ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class. Skills are typically taught by older Scouts at troop meetings and camp-outs. Scout Skills Days are held to teach new Scouts fire-starting, wood-cutting, and other outdoor skills.
The Troop Committee: This is a group of adults that oversees the activities of the troop as a whole. It is led by the Committee Chairman. Committee meetings are held each month.
Troop 171 Website: Known as the Scout Resource Center, it contains information to most Scouting activities, key links, etc. See: www.Troop171.org
What does it cost to Join? Denver Council dues for all Scouts are $38 per year. The troop dues are $12 per month. This covers district re-charter, insurance, patches, awards, postage, and paying for adults to go to summer camp. The troop dues are $12 per month. This covers transportation, upkeep of the trailer and gear; camping fees, and food for the camp-outs. Unlike most troops, boys are not charged for each camp-out. the monthly dues covers the activities.
Fund Raising: Our troop has three main fund raising activities: Popcorn Sales and King Soopers cards. These fund raisers provide a great opportunity for boys to earn money that goes directly into their Scout Account.
Scout Account: All Boy Scouts in Troop 171 have a personal savings account set up that is called the Scout Account. If a Scout has money in his Scout Account, he can use it to pay for dues, camp-outs, Merit Badge University or camping equipment or Summer camp.
Uniforms: When a boy joins the troop, he is expected to have his own uniform. This is simply a Scout shirt, green epaulet loops, Denver Area Council patch, and a neckerchief slide. He also needs to get the Boy Scout Handbook. As part of joining the troop, he is given a plain blue neckerchief, the “171” number patch, and a troop T-shirt.
Camping gear varies depending on what your family chooses to do. As a minimum, a new Scout needs a sleeping bag, a ground pad and a small tent. A complete camping list is given to all new Scouts. There are many knowledgeable leaders in the troop who can help you.
Parents: What can you do to help? All parents are encouraged to participate in the running of the troop. You can help by organizing one of the seasonal activities or be an Assistant Scoutmaster or Committee Member. Parents are always welcome at all Scout activities and camp-outs.