Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When are the meetings?
Scouts BSA Troop 728 meets Wednesdays from 7:30 pm until 9:00 pm from September through June. Doors open at 7:00 pm. We ask that all Scouts be on time, and wear full uniform and bring the Scout Handbook. New Scouts have two months to purchase a uniform. To conserve the gym floor, sneakers must be worn.
What are the joining requirements?
To join Scouts BSA, a boy or girl must have finished the 5th grade, or earned the Arrow of Light Award, or be between the ages of 11 and 18.
What does it cost?
Annual membership dues are $80 for a new Scout and $65 for a returning Scout. As a new Scout you will receive a complimentary Scouts BSA Handbook, but the uniform must be purchased separately (available at Alpine Scout Camp Store or at www.scoutshop.org). The costs for camping and any other events are costs associated with participation are additional.
What should I know about the leadership?
The Scoutmaster is helped by Assistants. Most of these young men have also grown up within the Troop. They have undergone extensive training by the Scouts BSA. A number of them are Eagle Scouts. We are extremely proud of the fact that five of our leaders have recently completed Wood badge training. This brings to eight the total of our leaders who have taken the most advanced training available to an adult leader. The Assistants are aided by parents and by our scouts who hold leadership positions in the Troop.
What should I know as a Parent?
Parents who get involved can greatly enhance their son’s or daughter’s Scouting experience. Here are some suggestions for parents:
Familiarize yourself with your son’s or daughter’s Scouts BSA Handbook. The book describes all aspects of the Scouting program, and contains information on protecting your son or daughter from child abuse and drug abuse.
Attend Troop events such as the Court of Honor and Parents Meetings.
Review the Troop Calendar you will get either by mail or from your son or daughter. The calendars show upcoming trips and events.
Volunteer to be a driver for a trip. This will enable you to see the boys and girls in action and helps the leaders plan more extensive trips.