Parental Involvement
Troop 10 and its leaders believe strongly in the character building that comes from following the Scout Oath and Scout Law.  We also believe strongly in parents’ participation in all scouting activities.  Scouting policy requires that two adult leaders be present at all troop activities; this includes any small group activities (two adult leaders with each group).  A troop needs many adult volunteers to keep the program running.  We count on every family to be active in the troop in some manner.  Without help of all kinds from our parents, Troop 10 would not exist nor could we have an exciting and varied program.  Therefore, Troop 10 requires that at least one parent participate in troop functions, such as transportation, membership, fundraising, or committee member.

We encourage you to review the Troop Resource Survey in your parents’ folder and see how you can help our troop help your son!

The youth that get the most out of Scouting are those whose parents are visible and active.  Many of the best ideas come from parents who just spoke up!  Parents have a big impact on the troop committee, which meets once a month.  The time commitment of a committee member can be minimal or as much time as you can spare, but regardless, your assistance is invaluable.  The committee oversees the troop, helps plan activities, sets our calendar, and forms the Board of Review for each scout’s rank advancement.  Our troop also needs parents to help counsel merit badges, assist with special events, and drive to activities.  Again, if many parents help, no one person has too large a workload. Because the scouts run the troop, ‘helping’ is usually just ‘watching’.  It may be difficult, but please maintain a distance so that the Scouting experience of boys teaching boys will blossom.  While it may not be an efficient method of teaching a skill, it is the best method of teaching leadership.  Parents enjoy a key role in the success of Scouting.  You help motivate your son, provide moral support, and help as you can with troop activities.  Your excitement and involvement rubs off on your son.  Please encourage your son to participate regularly in meetings, all activities and advance in rank.

Troop Organization

 

 

Troop

A troop consists of all the registered scouts in a unit.  This troop is divided into patrols, groups of 8 to 10 scouts.  Each patrol elects a patrol leader and the patrol leader chooses an assistant to help him.   


Youth Leadership
A major goal of Scouting is developing leadership in our youth.  Boy Scout troops are actually run by its boy leaders.   Youth leadership is also a key aspect of rank advancement for Boy Scouts once they achieve the rank of first class.  The highest youth leader is the senior patrol leader, or SPL.  He is elected by the scouts for a term of six months to represent them as the top junior leader in the troop.   The SPL runs the troop activities with the Scoutmaster’s guidance.  The assistant senior patrol leader, or ASPL assists the SPL and is the second highest-ranking junior leader in the troop.  The ASPL acts as the SPL in the absence of the senior patrol leader or when called upon.  He also provides leadership and training to other junior leaders in the troop.  The ASPL is appointed by the SPL with the approval of the Scoutmaster. 

The patrol leaders and assistants have a key role in helping the senior patrol leader and adult leaders accomplish the goals of the troop.  Patrol leaders are elected by their patrol every six months. The patrol leader appoints an assistant patrol leader. The patrol leader represents his patrol at the patrol leaders’ council.  Good leadership of the patrol is critical in order for the overall troop to have an effective program.


Junior leaders make up the patrol leaders council (PLC).  The PLC is the organizing body of the troop, planning all of the activities and meetings of the troop.  With the advice of the Scoutmaster, the SPL, as the top junior leader, leads this monthly meeting.  The adult leaders are present only as advisors and facilitators.  The PLC also meets in the summer to develop the program for the upcoming year.

Troop Guides
The new scout patrol will have an older scout assigned to them as a Troop Guide.  He helps them feel comfortable and earn their first class rank in their first year.  The troop guide is a member of the patrol leaders’ council.
 

Troop Committee
The
troop committee consists of registered adults whose primary responsibilities are supporting the Scoutmaster in delivering quality troop program and handling troop administration.  The committee implements the yearly activity plan, insure financial support, establish and administer policies, plan for long range goals, and resolve issues which arise in the troop’s activities. 


The troop committee consists of the Charter Organization Representative, Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer/Finance, Outdoor/Program, Advancement and Chaplain. Other committee positions such as Training and Equipment/Quartermaster may be added.  Committee members must be registered adults, complete Youth Protection training, and complete Boy Scout Fast Start training.  The committee meets on a monthly basis.

Scoutmasters
The key function of the troop committee is assisting in the selection of the Scoutmaster.  His responsibilities are to train and guide boy leaders to run their troop, help boys to grow by encouraging them to learn for themselves, and guide boys in planning the troop program.  He is to work with and through responsible adults to bring Scouting to boys.  The Scoutmaster also conducts Scoutmaster conferences.  
 

Assistant Scoutmasters
The assistant Scoutmasters also play a strategic part, for they support the Scoutmaster and share the challenge.  Assistants should be assigned specific program responsibilities.  A Scoutmaster may have as many assistant Scoutmasters as desired, depending on the needs of the troop.
 

Youth Protection

BSA is very concerned with child abuse and drug abuse. To become a scout, one of the joining requirements is to discuss with his parents “How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse”. This guide is found in the front section of the Boy Scout Handbook and is the only requirement a parent may sign off.

The Atlanta Area Council provides training for all adult leaders in youth protection. All adults who work directly with the scouts must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and must have Youth Protection training. A youth protection video with age appropriate material is available to the troop. A letter will be sent home notifying parents when the video will be shown.