1.1 Overview
1.1.1 Introduction
Welcome to the Boy Scouts of America! By becoming a parent of a Boy Scout, you are setting your son out on the grand adventure of Scouting. This is a tremendously important and rewarding endeavor that you will be able to share with him.

This document outlines what Scouts and their parents can expect from the troop and in return what the troop expects from the Scout and his parents. By doing so, it furthermore provides guidance in the operation of Troop 216.
1.1.2 Authority
While there is great benefit having this information in writing to minimize misunderstandings, it is not intended to contradict or supersede any rules or regulations as set forth by the Boy Scouts of America, the local Council or the Charter Organization. 

Furthermore, the troop’s executive officer, the Scoutmaster, is empowered to enforce and to waive all policies; whichever in his judgment is in the best interest of Troop 216, applying them using common sense and fairness.  In addition to The Handbook & Guide, The Boy Scout Handbook, and the Guide to Safe Scouting will be used in guiding Troop 216.

The Troop 216 Committee is responsible to the chartered organization to insure the troop program is conducted according to BSA policies and the chartered organization's expectations. Modifications to The Handbook & Guide are the responsibility of the committee, and will only be made according to BSA policy. The troop committee has final authority over any question of interpretation and must approve all changes to The Handbook & Guide.
1.2 Boy Scouting
1.2.1 Troop 216 at a Glance
The unit charter for Troop 216 was granted in February 1978 by the Occoneechee Council, Boy Scouts of America to the Knights of Columbus, Cary, North Carolina in accordance with the requirements of the bylaws, rules, and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America. 
The chart to the right shows the numbers at the 2015 re-chartering of the troop.


1.2.2 Cub Scouts versus Boy Scouts
In Cub Scouts
In Boy Scouts
  • Adults plan and carry out activities.
  • Cubs participate.
  • Adults move to support role, away from center of leadership.
  • Boys take responsibility for the functions of their troop.
  • Den leaders work one-on-one with the Cubs.
  • Boys themselves work with one another.
  • Older Scouts, supported by adult leaders, provide initial guidance and orientation for new Scouts.
  • Large dependence upon parents and Den Leaders to complete the activities in their rank books.
  • Boys are expected to show increased responsibility for completion of rank requirements.
  • Parents and leaders (adult and youth) assume advisory role.
  • Weekly Den meeting
  • A monthly pack meeting.
  • Weekly troop meeting.
1.2.3 BSA Aims
The Scouting program has three specific objectives, commonly referred to as the "Aims of Scouting." They are character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.

These are the bedrock of the American Scouting movement. They represent the long-term outcome we want for every boy. Troop 216, through a program planned by the Scouts themselves, and supported by the adult leadership, tries to give the Scout the opportunity to reach each of these aims.
1.2.4 Methods of Scouting
There are eight methods by which Scouting accomplishes its aims.
  1. Scouting Ideals (Promise, Law, Motto, Slogan)

We expect all troop leaders to stress traditional moral and ethical values, in Scouting and in their daily lives, especially by doing their best to live in accordance with the Scout Law and Scout Oath.  Teaching, training and encouraging boys to be leaders is the core of Scouting.

  1. Patrol System

The patrol method gives Boy Scouts an experience in group living and participating citizenship. It places responsibility on young shoulders and teaches boys how to accept it. The patrol method allows Scouts to interact in small groups where members can easily relate to each other. These small groups determine troop activities through elected representatives.

  1. illustration Advancement

Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence.

  1. Outdoor Program

Boy Scouting is designed to take place outdoors. It is in the outdoor setting that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with one another. In the outdoors the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose. Being close to nature helps Boy Scouts gain an appreciation for the beauty of the world around us.

 

  1. Adult Role Models

Boys learn a great deal by watching how adults conduct themselves. Scout leaders can be positive role models for the members of the troop. In many cases a Scoutmaster who is willing to listen to boys, encourage them, and take a sincere interest in them can make a profound difference in their lives.

  1. Leadership Development

Scouting teaches leadership. And the only way to learn leadership is to practice it by holding leadership responsibilities. As Scouts mature in the Troop, they become directly responsible for the development of the younger Scouts. Scouts in leadership positions plan, execute, and evaluate the Troop program, under the watchful guidance of the Scoutmaster.

  1. Personal Growth

Boy Scouts experience personal growth when they plan their activities and progress toward their goals.  Boys grow as they participate in community service projects and do Good Turns for others. Probably no device is as successful in developing a basis for personal growth as the daily Good Turn. The religious emblems program also is a large part of the personal growth method. Frequent personal conferences with his Scoutmaster help each Boy Scout to determine his growth toward Scouting's aims.

  1. Scout Uniform

The Scout uniform tends to diminish the importance of an individual's financial, social, and ethnic background, while clearly showing his degree of accomplishment in Scouting. At the same time, the uniform maintains one's individuality since no two uniforms are completely alike, and they show off that individual's Scouting achievements.

1.2.5 Troop Philosophy
The philosophy of Troop 216 is to instill values in young boys ages 11 to 18, and prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime to achieve their full potential by using the Scout Oath, Law, Slogan, Motto and Outdoor Code .  See Appendix 4.7.3.  Furthermore, it endeavors to develop confidence and leadership within the boys through a boy-led troop providing various experiences in camping, education, and many outdoor events. As such, it is the responsibility of the leaders of Troop 216 to make their best efforts to include these elements in every aspect of the troop program as planned by the boys.

Today…
  • Too many people are satisfied with mediocrity.
  • Too many people are casually dishonest, unethical, and immoral in their everyday conduct.
  • Too many people are satisfied to follow rather than lead.

In Troop 216, we want to teach our Scouts to:
  • Be leaders
  • Set the example
  • Stand up for what they know is right
  • Be honest
  • Set high goals for themselves
  • Be achievers