Scouts, BSA (11 - 18 years old)

Scouts is the flagship program of the Boy Scouts of America. Traditionally called Boy Scouts, the BSA is opening the program up to girls in 2019 and thus changing it's name to simply "Scouts, BSA". At 612 we refer to it as Scouts.

Meetings

Meetings are held on a regular basis, all year long, on Monday evenings from 7pm to 8:30pm. Regular attendance is expected for all youth who join our Troops. In the event school is cancelled due to inclement weather, scout meetings are also cancelled. Parents are expected to arrange transportation for their scouts to and from meetings. A calendar listing monthly  activities and local scout activities is distributed regularly and updated as changes occur. It is important that this calendar be retained as attendance at scout functions ensures a successful scouting experience.

Camping

Camping has always been central to the scouting experience. Our Troop holds fast to this tradition and camps every month. We've slept in caves, on river banks and sand bars, under the stars, in the rain and snow, and even under helicopters and jets. It doesn't matter where we were camping, we had a good time and learned more about ourselves and each other each time.

Organization & Leadership

Troops are organized as Boy Troops and Girl Troops with each having its own patrols and youth leadership. The troops plan their activities including camping, service projects and fundraising under the mentorship of adults.

There are many Youth Leadership positions the scouts serve in to help them develop leadership skills. The top youth leader is the Senior Patrol Leader, who is elected once or twice a year.

Youth Leadership Positions

  • Senior Patrol Leader
  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
  • Scribe
  • Quartermaster
  • Librarian
  • Historian
  • Chaplain's Aide
  • Troop Guide
  • Instructor

Patrol Leadership

  • Patrol Leader
  • Assistant Patrol Leader
  • Patrol Quartermaster

Adult Leadership Positions

  • Scoutmaster
  • Assistant Scoutmaster
  • Committee Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Advancement Chair
  • Committee Chair
  • Merit Badge Counselor

Parents are encouraged to help any way they can and many opportunities are available for them to share their skills.


Uniforms & Equipment

Class A Uniform

  • Official Uniform Shirt
    • Troop/Pack T-Shirt underneath
  • Neckerchief 
  • Neckerchief Slide (optional)
  • Merit Badge Sash
  • Scout Belt or Leather Belt
  • Scout Pants or Scout Shorts

The "Class A" Uniform is worn to all meetings and during special activities. We require a "Class B" T-Shirt to be worn underneath the Uniform Shirt so scouts can easily change if an activity might damage or soil the Uniform Shirt.

Class B Uniform

  • Troop/Pack T-Shirt
  • Scout Belt or Leather Belt
  • Scout Pants or Scout Shorts

The "Class B" Uniform can be worn when approved by the Scoutmaster.

Personal Equipment

  • Scout Handbook
  • Sleeping Bag (20° rating or colder)
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Backpack or Duffle Bag
  • Hiking Boots
  • Pocket Knife
  • Water Bottle
  • Personal Mess Kit
  • Personal Hygiene Kit
  • Folding Camp Chair or Tri-pod

Where to buy Uniforms & Equipment

The Scout612 Trading Post has many new & used uniform and equipment items. Prices are generally much less than buying new.

If the Scout612 Trading Post doesn't have something you need, check eBay and thrift stores before buying anything new.