How Parents help

Help Wanted

While our Scouts learn by doing, they need a little adult guidance from time-to-time.  There are lots of roles for adults to play, whether you want to become a Scoutmaster, Committee Member, or Merit Badge Counselor.  If you don't have the time or inclination to help with the Troop, that's OK too - being a Proud Parent is a great job too.

Guiding the way

Every Troop has a Scoutmaster and several Assistant Scoutmasters.  These uniformed adults work closely with the Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leaders and Scouts to help them run the Troop.  There are lots of training classes available to help you learn your role, so it take a little time to ease into the position, but in keeping with the Scout Motto, you will definitely "Be Prepared."  Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster are perhaps the best volunteer roles in Scouting, as you get to see first-hand the growth each Scout achieves as they advance in rank, overcome challenging obstacles, learn to work as a team, and develop their sense of self worth.

Running the business of the Troop

Like any small non-profit, Troop 909 has an adult Committee that oversees our activities and runs the business of the troop.  If you want to help from behind the scenes, you could be the Treasurer, Secretary, Advancement Chair, Fundraising Chair or Activities Chair.  Our Troop Committee Chair works closely with the Scoutmaster to ensure that we have a quality program for the Scouts to enjoy.  There are lots of other projects that crop up from time-to-time, so there's always stuff to do.

The coolest part of being a committee member is the role you play in performing a "Board of Review" (BOR).  The last requirement a Scout must complete in order to advance in rank is to meet with three committee members in a BOR to talk about his Scouting experience.  Young Scouts going for the Tenderfoot rank are usually shy and a little intimidated.  But within a few years, they develop self confidence, and the BOR becomes a more open ended conversation.  It is amazing and very gratifying to sit on an Eagle BOR for a Scout you knew as Tenderfoot and see how much he has grown.  And the BOR process is a great experience for the Scout, as he hones his interviewing skills.

Sharing your skills, talents & hobbies

With over 120 Merit Badges available, there are definitely a few that you can take on to teach, advise and approve.  Some subjects like Family Life, Citizenship, or Personal Management don't require special expertise and can be taught by any interested adult.  Others like Chess, Personal Fitness, Geocaching or Fishing might be in line with one of your hobbies.  Career-oriented badges like Salesmanship, Welding, Aviation or Law might be appropriate if that is your profession.   Interested?  You can learn more by clicking HERE.

Having fun along the way

Like to go camping, biking, hiking, fishing, white water rafting, or . . . ?  Every one of our activities requires adult supervision, which means there are lots of opportunities for you to come along and play, err, ahh. . . . supervise.   Not all the fun is reserved for Scoutmasters or Committee Members - parents are always welcome to come along, although you'll be encouraged (gently required) to let your son be independent.  Scouts sleep and eat separate from adults, and the Scoutmasters know how to make sure they are safe without telling them what to do.  Sometimes the most satisfying experience is to watch a group of Scouts struggle to solve a problem, only to figure it on their own at the last minute.  And the best lessons are often the ones that involve wet sleeping bags, blisters and burnt food.

Regardless on how much you want to get involved (not all parents are interested or able to help out, and that's OK), you can always come to a Court of Honor and get a Parent Pin when your son advances in rank.  It's a very proud moment.