The About Us / Welcome Troop 629 section of our website contains a lot of information in how Troop 629 operates and what the expectations are. Below are all of the sections for ease of navigation, scroll down to read the current section.
- Rules of Conduct
- Parental Roles
- Adult Committee Positions
- New Scout Parent Guide
- Lending Closet
- Financial Assistance
Troop 629 –
- Welcomes interested boys and their parents to any Monday night troop meeting. Meetings begin at 7:15 pm and usually end by 8:45 pm.
- Is a “boy-run” troop with guidance from trained adults.
- Is chartered by Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, since 1988.
- Is recognized as a National Quality Unit.
- Participates in all High Adventure Camps: Sea Base (Key West, Bahamas, and St. Thomas), Northern Tier Canoeing and Philmont backpacking.
- Places new Scouts into patrols led by trained patrol leaders with each patrol averaging eight scouts.
- Structures troop meetings as follows: flag ceremony, Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath and Law, announcements, patrol time, troop skills, games, merit badge study or rank advancement, closing remarks, special recognition and the Scoutmaster’s Minute.
- Expects appropriate Scout uniforms to be worn.
- Conducts monthly outings over a weekend.
- Averages one adult for every six boys at campouts.
- Participates in a summer camp selected annually by Patrol Leaders.
- Encourages all new Scouts to advance at their own pace but to aim for achieving the rank of First Class by the end of their first full year of Scouting.
- Offers older Scouts (over 13) opportunities to attend Junior Leadership Training, High Adventure trips (such as sailing in the Florida Keys, canoeing in the Minnesota and Canadian Boundary waters, backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico), jamborees, and camp staff.
- Holds a variety of fundraisers in which Scouts can earn personal money for their trips.
- Collects a one-time joining fee as well as an annual membership fee (each September) for each scout and registered adult.
- Requires an activity payment (amount varies) for participants two weeks prior to each activity.
- Provides need-based scholarships to Scouts for scouting activities.
- Assists in paying for some Scout leadership training.
- Issues a written discipline policy and High Adventure policy.
- Plans troop activities through the Patrol Leaders Council.
- Is well equipped for camp outs and can assist new Scouts in acquiring personal gear.
- Encourages all Scouts to be well-rounded boys, recognizing that they will be involved with other extracurricular activities.
- Has district and council trained adult volunteers including multiple leaders are Wood Badge trained.
- Requests parents to volunteer in any of the following capacities: Assistant Scoutmaster, committee member, special event chair person, driver, special event worker, or merit badge councilor and many other roles.
- Has several adults servicing at the district and council levels.
- Furnishes an excellent web site at www.troop629.org.