Welcome to Troop 163
Here is some general information about the troop as a guide to parents. We hope you and your Scout will have a great scouting experience. Expect to join in fun outdoor activities, to learn new skills, to see your boy grow in confidence and character and to become a leader.
- Troop 163 Scouts learn leadership skills. Assisted by adults, the boys conduct meetings, make plans, and carry out their activities. The troop is organized into patrols, groups of boys who work together. Each boy has an opportunity to be a patrol leader. The patrol leader's job includes representing the patrol and passing along information not available during the troop meeting. Other leadership positions include senior patrol leader, librarian, guide, historian and more.
- Merit Badges
- Merit badges and other rank advancement activities invite in-depth exploration of a subject, and are the primary path to learning new skills. Boys can choose from over 100 badges. Requirements appear in BSA merit badge pamphlets and in the book Boy Scout Requirements, available at Scout distributors (highly recommended). Many merit badge books are available to check out from the troop librarian. The troop offers Scouts the opportunity to work on several badges a year, and more are offered at summer camp.
- Camping is central to many Scout activities. The Boy Scout Handbook includes packing lists and can help you prepare for camping and hiking. It is not necessary to purchase a lot of new equipment to get started. Experienced campers in our troop will have suggestions for using what you already have at home. The troop also has some extra things your Scout can borrow to get started. Meals for camping are usually handled by the scouts who are going camping. Each Scout may be asked to bring part of the food, or the patrol may go shopping together to purchase the food. Camping pictures can be viewed on the web page.
- Troop costs are kept to a minimum, and financial assistance is available for special needs. Fund raising helps. Events include popcorn sales in the fall, candy sales in the spring and working the trash at local festivals. A small percentage of money earned from these fundraisers goes to the troop for replacing old equipment and purchasing new necessary items for the troop.
- How can you get involved?
- Troop 163 in managed by volunteers, mostly parents. Your boy will appreciate your involvement.
- Parents are welcome at all troop meetings, and encouraged to attend.
- Parents lead many merit badges and other activities. All activities include at least two adults for supervision and safety.
- Parents meet once a month to plan activities and supervision -- please attend these meetings.
- Watch for activities you would enjoy participating in. Please contact the Scoutmaster to offer help as needed.
- Joining in with your boy's activities is great fun and an adventure.