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Philosophy – Troop 122 is dedicated to the fulfillment of the Mission and Vision of the Boy Scouts of America and places a strong emphasis on providing the tools and training for young men to learn to make ethical decisions while having fun and adventure.

Mission – The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Scout Oath - On my honor I will do my best, To do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. Scout Law – A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

Vision – The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values based leadership training. In the future scouting will continue to:

  • Offer young people responsible fun and adventure.
  • Instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership.
  • Serve America’s communities and families with its quality, values-based program.

Organization – Troop 122 strongly endorses and implements the Boy-Led concept of troop leadership. With the guidance, encouragement and training from the adult leaders, the scouts of Troop 122 plan and implement the program of the troop through the utilization of the patrol method. Scouts function in patrols of 7 to 10 boys without the direct participation of adults and learn to depend on each other. While parents are encouraged to contribute to the troop in many ways, Scouting is not a father/mother and son program. Boys learn the skills of self-sufficiency and independence, working with other boys their age.

Leadership – Every uniformed adult leader of Troop 122 has completed the minimum suite of training courses proscribed by the Boy Scouts of America. This includes “Fast Start,” Youth Protection, and Assistant/Scoutmaster training. Most of the (non-uniformed) Troop Committee members have also completed one or more of these programs. Several leaders have completed more advanced training courses.

Requirements – A youth may join Troop 122 upon reaching age 11, or upon completing the 2nd Year Webelos Cub Scout program, or upon completing fifth grade. We expect of each scout the following:

  • Attendance:  Regular attendances at all scout activities including weekly meetings and monthly overnight outings. Troop 122 meets on Monday evenings from 6:30 until 8:00 PM in the Howland United Methodist Church fellowship hall.
  • Full Scout Uniform:   We stress the importance of PROPER UNIFORMING. Scouts should wear official scout pants (or shorts), scout belt, troop neckerchief, scout socks, and a scout shirt with proper insignia.  A troop T-shirt ("Class B" uniform) may be worn in lieu of the scout shirt on certain occasions as authorized by the Scoutmaster.
  • Behavior:  Scouts are expected to conduct themselves in accord with the principles of the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Handbook:  Scouts should bring their copy of the official Boy Scout handbook to every troop meeting and campout.

Advancement - Troop 122 is very proud of the accomplishments of our scouts. The goal of every scout is to become an Eagle Scout, Boy Scout’s highest rank.  More than 45 scouts in Troop 55 have reached this pinnacle.  The troop’s activities are centered on learning and doing the things that scouts need to do to advance.  A scout who has completed requirements for a rank may advance after participation in a conference with the Scoutmaster and a review by the Troop Committee’s Board of Review.  It is the scout’s responsibility to ask for this review.  We present awards at a quarterly “Court of Honor” attended by all parents and other family members.

We keep the “Outing” in “Scouting” – The Troop’s annual program consists of weekly troop meetings, quarterly Courts of Honor, at least 9 weekend campouts or day hikes, and a one-week summer camp. Older scouts also may attend “High Adventure” camps during the summer.

  • Troop-Provided Equipment:  The troop owns a trailer and camping equipment that provides each patrol with a dining fly, cooking equipment, axes, saws, shovels, stoves and lanterns.
  • Scout-Provided Equipment:  Please refer to the Equipment section of this website for detailed information on materials scouts need to obtain. Please note that absolutely electronic devices of any kind are permitted on trips, unless the Scout has earned the BSA Cyber Chip.

Troop Dues - The Troop is funded through annual dues paid by each Scout. The amount of the annual dues are established each fall by the Troop Committee and pay for all Troop camping equipment, awards presented to Scouts in recognition of their advancement, training programs provided to youth and adults, Troop administration expenses, registration fees paid to the National Scout office, and other miscellaneous expenses. Scouts transferring from other units (even Cub Scout Packs) need to pay a pro-rated fee at the time they join.

Fundraising - The troop focuses its fundraising efforts on one or more events throughout the year.  It is a requirement of scouts to participate in this fundraiser as it raises funds for the troop as well as the scouts.  Scouts earnings are based on the amount of sales they obtain, and on their level of participation in the activity. 

Parent Participation - We expect all parents to contribute in some fashion for the betterment of the Scouting program of Troop 122. Troop 122 is a large organization and areas where we need parent help may be found in this handbook.