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Scout/Parent - Troop Staement of Understanding

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This the Scout/Parent - Troop 318 Statement of Understanding of the Troops By-Laws and Policies.

National Outdoor Badges for Camping, Hiking, Aquatics, Riding, and Adventure

 

 

National Outdoor Badges for

Camping, Hiking, Aquatics, Riding, and Adventure

 

The five National Outdoor Badges recognize a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout who demonstrates both knowledge and experience in camping, hiking, aquatics, riding, or adventure. Scouts earning the National Outdoor badges have demonstrated that they are knowledgeable, safe, and comfortable in the outdoor activity covered by the badge. 

In order for a Scout to earn one or more of the  National Outdoor Badges (and/or the gold or silver devices), the Scout must complete the following requirements.

Note: The large center badge shown above is awarded when a Scout earns the first of the five badges described below.

 

 

Camping

  1. Earn the First Class rank.
  2. Earn the Camping merit badge.
  3. Earn two of the following three merit badges: Cooking, First Aid, Pioneering.
  4. Complete 25 days and nights of camping—including six consecutive days (five nights) of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America—including nights camped as part of requirements 1 through 3 above.

A gold device may be earned for each additional 25 nights of camping

A silver device is earned for each additional 100 nights of camping.

The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of nights camping.

 

 

Hiking

  1. Earn the First Class rank.
  2. Earn the Hiking and Orienteering merit badges.
  3. Complete 100 miles of hiking or backpacking under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including miles hiked as part of requirement 2.

A gold device may be earned for each additional 50 miles hiked.

A silver device is earned for each additional 200 miles of hiking.

The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of miles hiking.

 

 

Aquatics

  1. Earn the First Class rank.
  2. Earn the Swimming and Lifesaving merit badges.
  3. Earn the Mile Swim BSA Award.
  4. Earn at least one of the following merit badges: Canoeing, Rowing, Small Boat Sailing, Whitewater.
    Complete at least 25 hours of on-the-water time, applying the skills that you learned in the merit badges.
  5. 5. Complete at least 50 hours of any combination of swimming, canoeing, rowing, small-boat sailing, or whitewater activity under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including time spent in requirements 2 through 4.

A gold device may be earned for each additional 25 hours of aquatic activity.

A silver device is earned for each additional 100 hours of aquatic activity.

The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of hours of aquatic activity.

 

 

Riding

  1. Earn the First Class rank.
  2. Complete at least one of the following: Cycling merit badge and 100 miles of cycling; or Horsemanship merit badge and 50 miles of horseback riding.
  3. Complete 200 miles of riding activities, either on a non-motorized bike or a stock animal, under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including the miles in requirement 2.

A gold device may be earned for each additional 100 miles of riding.

A silver device is earned for each additional 400 miles of riding.

The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of miles of riding.

 

 

Adventure

  1. Earn the First Class rank.
  2. Complete either the Wilderness Survival or the Emergency Preparedness merit badge.
  3. Complete 10 of any combination or repetition of the following adventure activities under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America:
    1. A backpacking trip lasting three or more days and covering more than 20 miles without food resupply
    2. A canoeing, rowing, or sailing trip lasting three or more days and covering more than 50 miles without food resupply
    3. A whitewater trip lasting two or more days and covering more than 20 miles without food resupply
    4. A climbing activity on open rock, following Climb On Safely principles, that includes camping overnight
    5. Earn the National Historic Trails Award
    6. Earn the 50-Miler Award
    7. Attend any national high-adventure base or any nationally recognized local high-adventure or specialty-adventure program

Items 3a-g may be repeated as desired. A single activity that satisfies multiple items in 3a-g may be counted as separate activities at the discretion of the unit leader. Similarly, a single activity that doubles an item in 3a-d may be counted as two activities at the discretion of the unit leader.

A gold device may be earned for each additional five activities.

A silver device is earned for each additional 20 activities.

The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of activities.

 

Click here for the application form used for these badges and devices

(and for the National Outdoor Achievement Medal).

 

Scout Forms

This section contains forms that is for the Scout and his advancement and activties in his patrol & troop.

Permission/medical forms - Online signup ( What is in common?)

Weekend/Campout permission form - 2014 BSA Medical form Part A & B.

April 22, 2014

Troop 318 Camp out permission form (click here)

The BSA Medical form is now the Troop's permission form. 
Please fill out 2014 version Part  'A' & 'B' (2 pages for part B) for any troop activities.   Parents & Scouts will need to submit  a form.

Checklist of Personal Camping Gear

This is a suggested checklist of personal gear for a campout.

Personal Camping Checklist

Each Scout Must Bring 13 Tent Stake for Each Campout for thier tent!

On the  weekend of October 2, 2010 , a few of the adult leaders went through every tent. They matched up the right tents with the right poles. Every tent that is in the trailer now has no problems. A few are going to get repaired.
 
However, as they were taking care of this monumental task, they found tents that were not put away properly. Two had no poles, several were rolled up like a bowling ball and just stuffed in the bag, many had dirt inside, some had mud caked on them, and one was completely wet and smelled.
 
They also realized that every tent has very few if any tent stakes. SO, ON EVERY CAMP OUT, YOU ARE TO ASSUME THERE ARE NO TENT STAKES IN THE TENT YOU WILL GET. YOU MUST BRING 13 TENT STAKES FOR YOUR TENT. EVERY SCOUT NEEDS TO HAVE 13 TENT STAKES. EVERY SCOUT NEEDS TO HAVE 13 TENT STAKES. This means that you will have no problems with tent stakes. They are not that heavy and do not take up a lot of room.
 
PARENTS:
Do you know if your scout is drying out the tent, sweeping the dirt out, and washing off any mud?
Do you want to pay more in camping and scouting fees to keep replacing the troop equipment?
Do we need to stop trusting that the tents are returned in proper condition and make every scout bring the tent to the quartermasters for inspection?
Which means unrolling, setting it up, and looking inside and out. Then, the scout would have to take it down again and roll it back up.
 
Do we really want to do that?

Troop Leadership Positions

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This has information for all Scout Troop leadership positions.

Troop Leadership Evaluation form

Troop Leadership Evaluation form (click here)
This form is for all Scouts that have held or holding a troop leadership position.  This form is required for STAR,LIFE, & EAGLE Scoutmaster conferences.

Personal Scout Advancement worksheets

Personal Scout Record worksheet (click here)
This worksheet (29 pages) is good way to help you keep track of your Scouting activities, rank, leadership roles and advancement (dates).