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Paoli 1

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About Paoli 1

Parent Information

The Boy Scouts have been training boys to become leaders capable of making moral, civic minded decisions for over 100 years. How do we accomplish this goal? To read about the aims and methods of Boy Scouting Click here.

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Meetings

Troop meetings are every 3rd Saturday, from 4pm to 6pm at the Cabin. The Paoli 1 grounds are located at 1038 Radnor Road, Wayne, PA 19087.

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Patrol Method

Our scouts are organized into patrols which function as independent units within the Troop. Each patrol is comprised of 8-10 scouts each with a Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader. Additionally, each patrol sets a schedule to meet outside of the troop meetings and pursues their own trips a few times each year. Of course, these are done in addition to the troop program and don’t conflict with those activities-but they help form a stronger bond between patrol members, and this leads to strong patrols. Currently there are 5 patrols in the Troop.

Each patrol is issued a complement of equipment for camping for which they are responsible.

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Leadership training is provided to the PLC regularly.

The boys operate through the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC), which meets once per month or so, to plan and execute the scouting program. The PLC meetings are attended by the Scoutmaster and at least one Assistant Scoutmaster, who advise the council on decisions. The Scoutmaster must approve the PLC plans as having met troop goals and BSA guidelines.

The PLC evaluates the performance of assigned leadership positions and determines whether such leaders have performed their duties. Assigned leaders may be removed at the discretion of the PLC or Scoutmaster if they fail to meet the responsibilities necessary to earn leadership credit for advancement.

The Adult Uniformed Leaders consists of a wide variety of individuals from many different backgrounds who contribute their time and energy to making the Troop work. Each Assistant Scoutmaster can choose an area of interest to pursue and determine the amount of time and commitment they feel comfortable to giving the Troop.

Assistant Scoutmasters and boy leaders report to the Scoutmaster, who has ultimate decision making regarding troop operations and programs on a day-to-day basis.

The Troop Committee meets once each month and ultimately oversees the Scoutmaster. The Committee is also responsible for serious disciplinary actions, budgeting, charter organization relations, policy formulation and special events planning.

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Costs

Currently, dues to join our troop are $300 per year, which includes a subscription to Boy’s Life magazine and insurance.

Annual Scout Dues – billed each Spring (May) and Fall (September) – $150/each billing = $300 annually
New Scout Fee (one time only, non-refundable) – $200 – covers BSA registration and startup expenses.

Troop 1 operates on an a’la carte basis for camping activities with each scout choosing to participate in an event and funding that event. Activities are planned on a break even basis.

Some camping trips will require additional costs to be paid. High Adventure trips are priced separate from other camping activities and usually have payments spread throughout the year, to soften the economic effect on families.

Additionally, scouts can earn funds through participation in troop fund raising activities which can be applied to their activity accounts to apply toward any trip or other cost associated with the Troop.

Financial aid is available for families in need. If you believe you are in need of such assistance, please see the Scoutmaster or Committee Chair for additional information.

Equipment for camping and an official Boy Scout uniform are required for scouts to participate in our troop. Help in getting these materials is also available on a need basis.

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Rank Advancement

The Boy Scout advancement program is exciting and fun, while placing a series of challenges in front of the scout which need to be met. Self confidence is built through the successful mastery of these skills.

 

Basically, there are four steps in the advancement process:

  1. Learning
  2. Testing
  3. Review
  4. Recognition

Each rank advancement requirement must be met, before a scout can request the paperwork necessary to be tested and reviewed. Generally, the requirements are signed off by the Patrol Leader for each scout, in their handbook for ranks through First Class. Merit Badges are completed using a BSA Blue Card under the guidance of a Merit Badge Counselor.

The ultimate advancement rank is Eagle Scout, of which approximately two percent of all scouts achieve nationally.

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Diversity and participation

Troop 1 is open to boys of every economic background, religion, race, culture and color.

America was built strong through the interaction of such ethnic and cultural diversity and so has our troop. No discrimination will be tolerated on these matters.

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