Updated on 4/15/16 NEW items in red.
“the outdoors is the laboratory for leadership”
On this page you will find:
- Timely Information
- New Troop Leaders
- Links to Resources
- Keys to Success
- a link to ongoing Program Updates, including new requirements effective 2016 and a new Scoutmaster Handbook.
- Updated merit badge requirements and new merit badges are released periodically. To see the latest list and status check out Scouting Magazine’s tracking page.
- 2016 Denver Area Council Planning Guide: contains information to assist in planning your activities for the year including Council opportunities, camping, calendar, and descriptions of scouting in the Denver area.
When people say Scouting, the are usually referring to the traditional Boy Scout Troop. However, in the church, Scouting refers to all 4 chartered units–the Cub Scout Pack, the Boy Scout Troop, the Varsity Team and the Venture Crew. A Troop is organized for the Deacon-age boys, ages 12-13. Also, primary boys age 11 who participate in 11-year old scouts are also part of the troop even though they participate in a separate patrol just for them.
- One-page summary of training required by BSA position (related to the Troop, Team, Crew, Committees, and Chartered Org Rep) and training required for various activities (including camping, boating, swimming, backpacking, climbing and flying)
- Refer to the Training tab for additional details and a training calendar.
New Troop Leaders
- Newly called Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters should attend a stake New Leader Orientation review when offered, and otherwise follow the outline under the New Advisors on this website to get oriented and trained in Aaronic Priesthood and Boy Scouting matters. This outline provides a roadmap to help you get properly trained and ramped up during the first 3-6 months of your call. Become familiar with the scouting resources available below and plan on attending your Scout Committee meetings as regularly as possible.
- LDS-BSA Relationships link for new Troop advisors
Links to Resources
- Link to Camping tab of this website for ideas on camping, hiking, backpacking, summer camps, etc.
- Troop Program Features, volumes I, II, III. Contains suggestions to structure activities and patrol method learning for ~36 different programs.
- Travel and Safety Policies can be found on the Policy tab of this website. This includes guidance on when to use Boy Scout Tour & Activity Plans and LDS Activity Plans.
- Article on the Patrol Method and why it’s critical to the growth of the young men and to the success of your troop. Usually a patrol consists of a quorum. As you read this article it becomes apparent how a quorum can grow together through scouting and proper use of the patrol method.
- How to conduct Scoutmaster Conferences. Explains situations when scoutmaster conferences are appropriate and required, and includes sample questions for each. You can utilize these conferences to develop individual relationships with the scouts and to gauge growth. Thoughts on conducting boards of review can be found on the Scout Committee tab of this website.
- For those boys and/or units who want to track their scouting progress online or on their mobile device, Scoutbook.com is a resource to use.
- Scouting magazine article discussing how to help the youth “take charge” of their troop.
- Uniform inspection forms: HERE
- LDS-BSA Relationships links on how to plan troop activities
- Church Activities page for Boy Scouting activities with ideas and plans to see them through.
- Refer to the BSA You Tube channel for ideas to help your unit.
Keys to Success
- Patrol Method: Basic scouting principles of scouting are taught and reinforced primarily through the Patrol Method. The basic premise calls for the young men in the troop to be responsible for planning and carrying out activities through their assigned leadership positions. In the church, given the age of troop members, this requires plenty of instruction, guidance, training, and coaching by adults. Much of this work is patiently done behind the scenes in planning meetings. Young men will see real growth and gain confidence as they are given responsibility and are taught how to fulfill their duties. You will learn about this in your BSA training but it’s an important key to a successful program. Refer to This Article that outlines these concepts in a practical way.
- Focus on the Aims & Methods of scouting. The Aims of scouting are:
- The Methods of scouting are used to achieve the aims and include:
- Adult Association
- Personal Growth
- Link to a helpful Discussion on Aims and Methods of Scouting.
- As much as possible, get the boys doing things (active learning) rather than listening in a classroom setting (passive learning). They’ll be more interested, and they’ll probably retain more of what is being taught.
- Personal training: set a goal to get trained, and to continue to seek training. Then earn awards (displayed as knots on your uniform) to show the young men that you take your position seriously and that you’re good at it and have been recognized for it. This would include the religious knot offered by the church, On My Honor. Click HERE for a list of requirements.