If you want to be more involved with your son and help other boys, consider becoming an adult volunteer. Interested
adults should contact the troopCommittee Chair. Also, for every trip the Troop takes there is often a need for transportation for the boys to get to and from their location. Sign up on your boy’s trip form to help if you can.
All adult leaders (SMs and ASMs) in Troop 111 have to be fully trained through the BSA program before they are allowed to interact in an instructional manner with the boys. All adult volunteer positions (Troop Committee, etc.) require the adult to complete the Youth Protection Training. Additional training courses are needed based on the position. Visit Training page for details.The adult leaders should only do those things that the scouts can not do themselves – driving, for example. The boys should be allowed to lead their own troop with only minimal guidance as needed, depending on the maturity and abilities of the youth leaders.
The leader of the leaders, he/she guides the other leaders to help the boys fulfill their program. The Scoutmaster is a volunteer and must be fully trained by the Boy Scouts of America. The scoutmaster’s main job is to do his/her best to ensure all scouts and their activities are kept safe. Other responsibilities include: 1) Train and guide boy leaders to run their troop. 2) Work with and through responsible adults to bring scouting to boys. 3) Guide boys in planning their program. 4) Help the troop committee recruit assistant scoutmasters and 5) Meets with each of the boys prior to their rank’s advancement (Scoutmaster’s conference) to ensure they have completed all their requirements.
Assistant Scoutmasters aide the Scoutmaster in fulfilling the troop’s plan and helping the troop to function smoothly. The Assistant Scoutmaster only helps the Scouts perform their responsibilities through mentoring and guidance. Each Assistant Scoutmaster is assigned specific program duties and reports to the Scoutmaster. They also provide the required two-deep leadership standard set by the Boy Scouts of America (there must be at least two adults present at any Boy Scout activity). Possible roles include: Mentor for the Quartermaster; Mentor for the Chaplain; Teaching roles; Mentor for the patrol leaders; Trip Coordination, Advancement, plans and organizes adventures, serves as an advisor to the patrols or providing specialty skills at meetings and on trips.
The foundation of a well functioning troop is the troop committee composed of the scoutmaster, parents or interested citizens. Their role is to support the troop’s operation via strong financial planning, organization, and oversight. The Committee members ultimately advance the scouts in their ranks after a Board of Review. To be a Committee member one must complete committee training. However ANY parent may attend the Committee meetings.
Boy Scouts learn and explore skills and activities by earning Merit Badges. Merit Badges are required to rise above First Class rank. Merit Badges exist for over 100 activities; a complete list can be found at www.meritbadge.org. Parents or community volunteers with expertise in the different areas act as Merit Badge counselor for individual or groups of scouts. BSA Training and personal expertise in the field are required to be a Merit Badge counselor. Per Troop 111 guidelines, parents may not be a Merit Badge Counselor for their son unless he is part of a group. Also, a Scout may only receive three merit badges under the same counselor. Merit Badge Counselors are assigned by the Scoutmaster at a Scout’s request. Contact Advancement Chair Terry Hope (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in becoming a Merit Badge Counselor to register and arrange training. Online training is also available.