About Troop 37

WELCOME TO TROOP 37

We are pleased to have you visit the Troop 37 Web Site. As a parent of
a Scout, a new Scout or a prospective Scout or someone who is just
interested, there are many things we would like you to know about
Scouting and about our Troop. If you have any questions after visiting
our Web Site, please contact our
Scoutmaster.

Troop 37 was chartered by the Boy Scouts of America over 85 years
ago. The troop is sponsored by the Hyde Park United Methodist Church on Route 9 in Hyde Park.

MEMBERSHIP

Boy Scouting is available to boys younger than 18 years old who have
earned the Arrow of Light Award in Cub Scouts or have completed the
fifth grade or who are at least 11 years old.

MEETINGS

Meetings are held on WEDNESDAY
evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Hyde Park United Methodist Church
on Route 9 in Hyde Park. Some meetings feature special events,
such as Courts of Honor and potluck dinners. The Troop publishes a
calendar of events, in order to help you
plan your family’s activities. The Troop follows the Hyde Park School
District calendar. If school is canceled or there is a scheduled
vacation, there will be no Scout meeting that evening. For any other
situations, the Troop Phone Tree will be activated and each scout will
receive a call from his Patrol Leader.

The last Wednesday of the month is reserved for the Patrol Leaders
Council where the Scouts in leadership positions meet to plan the
Troop meetings and other activities for the following month. The
Scoutmaster is present at these meetings but they are run and the
activities are planned by the Scouts.

TROOP ORGANIZATION

Each Scout is a member of a Patrol; the Troop is made up of these
Patrols. New Patrols are assigned an older Scout who is their Troop
Guide for their first year. What makes Boy Scouting unique is that the
boys select and plan their own monthly and weekly activities and elect
their own leaders. The boys plan their camping, hiking and service
activities, as well as activities for advancement. For camp-outs, each
patrol plans their own menus, does their own shopping, cooking, makes
a duty roster (cook, clean-up, fire building) and operates as a
group.

Forms

The job’s not done ’til the paperwork’s finished! All campouts
require a medical release. Summer Camp requires a physical. Merit
Badges require blue cards. And so on and so on and so on…. All
the forms you need are available at the Troop Meeting or from the
Hudson Valley Council office but we have a few you can download right
here:

CAMPOUTS

The Troop generally camps out one weekend a month from September
through June. Patrol menus and duty rosters are planned at the Troop
meeting on the Wednesday immediately prior to the campout. Scouts
will leave for the campout in Class A uniforms and return in Class A
uniforms. Before a Scout is allowed to depart on a campout, he must
have a permission slip signed by his
parent or guardian which is both a medical release and acknowledgement
that the Scout’s equipment has been checked against the Troop campout checklist. If you have any
questions about whether your son has the proper equipment or whether
the equipment your son has is sufficent, please ask the Scoutmaster or
other adult leader. Proper sleeping bags are especially important for
the Winter campouts.

ADULT SUPERVISION

Our Scoutmaster has many Assistant Scoutmasters and adult personnel
who have been trained at various Council-sponsored events. The Troop
adheres to the Guide
to Safe Scouting
published by the Boy Scouts of America. The Troop
Committee meets on the third Monday of each month, to coordinate the
Troop’s many activities. Interested parents are encouraged to attend
but Scouts may not attend the committee meeting.

UNIFORMS

Scouts are encouraged to be in full uniform at all meetings and
official Scout functions. The uniform builds a sense of identity and
pride, provides a place of rank and leadership insignia, and
influences the Scout’s behavior and expectations. The basic uniform
parts are: Scout shirt, neckerchief and slide, hat, web belt and
pants. A uniform inspection is held at least once a year.

The closests official Scout Distributors are:

  • Little Darlin’s on Route 9 in Wappingers Falls, NY Tel #: 845-298-7300.
  • Williams’ Lumber on Route 9 in Rhinebeck, NY Tel #: 845-876-7011

SCOUT HANDBOOK

Scouts are encouraged to have a Scout Handbook and to bring it to
meetings. The Handbook is used as a reference and to keep track of
their advancement. When your son joins Troop 37, we require that you
tear out and read the “How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse
and Drug Abuse – A Parent’s Guide” supplement which is in the
Handbook.

ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATION

We insist that all Scouts maintain at least 70% attendance at troop
and patrol meetings, Courts of Honor and camp-outs. “Perfect
attendance” earns a pin with a bar, to be worn on the uniform
(a Scout is allowed to miss two meetings and one camp-out to qualify
for this award).

WEB PAGE

The form and content of the Web Site was developed by the Scouts themselves and is intended to serve the purposes of both Troop newsletter and a description of the Troop, its members and its activities to the Internet community. Some of the material will only be understood by Troop members and other material is intended to recognize the acomplishments of the Scouts and promote the activities of the Troop. We tried to strike the proper balance but as anyone who has dealt with 12-18 year old boys knows, all you
can do is continue to point them in the right direction and hope they end up roughly where you want them to be.

The Troop’s policy is to allow, with parental permission, a Scout’s
first name and last initial, inclusion in a group photograph, a link
to a Scout’s personal Web Site and mail capabilities to Scouts who
have authored pages in the Troop Web Site. Without this permisson
(which can be granted selectively, ie. all but mail) this information
will not be included on the Web Site. If a parent grants permission
but later wishes to revoke it, he or she must contact the Scoutmaster
in writing.

FINANCES & FUNDRAISING

The Troop maintains an individual account for each Scout. The Scouts
participate in the BSA Popcorn Sale each
year and the profit they earn from this fundraiser is deposited
directly into their individual accounts., which may be used
to pay dues and registration, event fees or to purchase equipment from
the Scout catalog. Annually, Boy Scout registration is $20, Boys’
Life
(the Boy Scout magazine) is $12.00 and the
Troop dues are $50. If you have questions about your Scout’s account,
contact the Troop Treasurer.

In addition, the Troop runs several fundraisers each year such as the
Annual Merit Badge Seminar and Car Wash tickets Sale. The profit from these fundraisers is
deposited in the Troop account. The Troop account is used for
operating expenses such as awards and Troop equipment.

ADVANCEMENT

Every new Scout must meet the requirements of the Scout Badge (see page 4 of
the Scout Handbook for the requirements). The other ranks
are: Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle. Each
rank builds on the skills and knowledge of the previous rank. We
encourage each Scout to advance at least one rank per year. Please
read the Handbook with your son. Parental interest and encouragement
is vital if the Scout is to achieve his full potential. There are over
120 Merit Badges which Scouts can earn; these are required for
advancement beyond the First Class Rank. Merit Badge Seminars are held
annually for Scouts to earn badges required for Eagle advancement;
badges can also be earned at summer camp, as well as any time during
the year.

SOME FINAL WORDS ….

Boy Scouting is far more than just having fun and leaming new skills –
it is a way of life. It will help the scout grow into a responsible
youth, teaching him how to be of service to others and to show him how
to take an active part in his school, church, home and community, as
well as in the troop and his patrol.

In Scouting, we have a code by which we live – it is the “Scout
Oath”. This code is not mainly concerned with do’s or dont’s,
but it is a statement of fact, of how a Scout conducts himself in his
everyday life. The ideals of this oath are very high, and for good
reason. It is only by striving for these high ideals that we are able
to grow as a person.

Scouts of America Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by
helping to instill values in young people and in other ways prepare
them to make ethical choices over their lifetime in achieving their
full potential.

The values we strive to instill are based on those found in the Boy
Scout Oath and Law.

Scout Oath

On my Honor l will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and
to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep
myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

Scout Law

A Scout is:

  • Trustworthy
  • Loyal
  • Helpful
  • Friendly
  • Courteous
  • Kind
  • Obediant
  • Cheerful
  • Thrifty
  • Brave
  • Clean
  • Reverent