Anytime there is a parent new to scouting, they have lots
of questions. Some of the more frequently asked questions can be found here with
brief answers. If this does not answer your question, please ask one of the
adult leaders. Another section of interest might be under the Troop Committee
Page (please put a link to it). This section details who is responsible for
certain areas or activities in the Troop.
How much are dues?
Dues are $1 per week (whether the scout attends or not). These dues are
used to pay for their yearly membership and Boy’s Life subscription.
Troop 73’s policy is that these should not just be paid by the parents,
but that the scout should try to earn this dollar every week – even if
it is paid by the parent, the scout should earn it from the parent.
How often does troop 73
take a trip / have an outing? We try to have at least one outing per
month. Some of these are overnighters, some are day trips, but we try to
have at least one activity per month.
Does my son have to
have and wear a uniform? Troop 73’s policy is that ALL scouts and
leaders wear their uniforms to meetings and to outings. Uniform includes
Scout shirt, pants, neckerchief and all appropriate badges. It also
includes the Scout socks. For board of reviews they should be in full
What is a board of
review and when do they occur? BOR or Board of Review happens every 3rd
Tuesday of the month. These boards are used comprised of 3 adult
volunteers from the committee that will ask questions of the scout. BORs
are used for advancement to the next rank, merit badge completions, lack
of rank advancement or disciplinary problems.
How does my son get a
Scout Master Conference and what is it? A Scout Master Conference is
used primarily as the last step prior to the BOR for rank advancement.
These are done with the Scout Master and the Scout and usually take about
30 minutes to an hour (the higher the rank the scout is trying to attain,
usually the longer the conference). Scout Master conferences are to be
done by appointment – the scout will call the Scout Master and setup and
appointment one evening (not Tuesdays during the meeting). This is one of
the methods of Scouting, to teach the scout Adult Interaction. The Scout
Master will come to the scout’s house and meet with them, except for
Eagle. All Eagle Scout Master Conferences are requested to be done on a
Sunday afternoon at the Scout Master’s house. The whole family is
invited to attend. During this time dinner will be prepared for the Eagle
Scout Candidate and we will eat together. Upon retiring from dinner, the
scout and the Scout Master will retreat to another room and conduct the
What is Order of the
Arrow (or OA)? You may hear your scout talk about this. The OA is an
honor society in Boy Scouts of America in which the scout must be voted in
by his peers. This society is a volunteer organization that does service
work. Service work that is to be done in a cheerful, discreet (or
non-rewarding) manner. They have events and campouts that are above and
beyond what the troop provides. To be eligible the scout must be at least
1st Class rank and have participated in 15 activities outside
of troop meetings in the past 24 months.
How should I create a
plan for my son to get his ranks and merit badges? You shouldn’t! We
will help guide your scout to create his own plan. It is okay for you to
encourage them and know what they are working on, but ultimately it is up
to the scout to do this. That being said, we will not leave them in the
dark or just expect them to know, they will get some coaching, but your
encouragement will be needed.
How much is the typical
outing? Most weekend outings will cost between $15 and $30 (depending
on the activity). Summer camp generally cost about $180 for the week and
high adventure trips can range in price from $300 to $1200 for the outing.
What if my son is in
band and has to miss some meetings and outings? That is okay, they
just need to let their leaders know that they aren’t quitting (they will
still be responsible for dues) and they should call their patrol leader
periodically and keep up with events in the troop.
What is Philmont?Philmont
is a large, rugged, mountainous ranch
located near the town of Cimarron
in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rocky
Mountains of northern New
Mexico. The ranch, formerly the property of oil baron Waite
Phillips and now that of the Boy
Scouts of America, is currently in use as a National High Adventure
Base in which crews of Scouts and Venturers take part in backpacking
expeditions and other outdoor activities. It is the largest youth camp in
the world by size and number of participants.
also home to the Philmont
Training Center, which is the main center for BSA's national-level training
for volunteers and professionals. In addition to its extensive BSA programs,
Philmont continues to operate as a ranch, maintaining a relatively small stock
of cattle, horses,
How can I help in the
troop? There are SEVERAL areas we can use volunteers in. Areas include
Merit Badge Counselors, Assistant Scoutmasters, Committee Chairs, Sub
Committees, helping with the Annual Re-charter Banquet, driving, making
neckerchiefs, setting up an activity, etc.
Can the younger
brothers and sisters go on the campouts? We highly discourage family
members from coming on campouts. One of the things we are trying to
encourage in the scouts is the patrol method. When they camp, they camp
with their patrol. They should have to rely on their patrol for
leadership, comfort, safety and friendship. Also, the leaders need to be
focused on overseeing the safety of the scouts and their participation in
What time do the
meetings start / end? The real meeting starts at
sharp for the opening ceremony. If your scout is a patrol leader or senior
patrol leader, they are part of the PLC (Patrol Leaders’ Council). Their
meeting starts at 6:30 PM. This is where they go over their plans for the
meeting. A typical meeting will last until
for the closing ceremony.
What type of equipment
will my scout need? Typically a scout will need the following:
Back pack (larger)
Sleeping bag (not -20 –
but a 20 degree bag will usually work. It should not be too heavy
Good rain gear
Eating kit (for the
Good socks for hiking
Good boots for hiking
Nylon / polyester clothes
for hiking and camping
Headlight or light weight
Scouts can download their portion of equipment from the
Scout portion of this website along with packing list (put link to 188.8.131.52 –
see next section). Also, they can study their Scout handbook for equipment.
Does the Troop provide
tents for the scouts? Currently the troop does not provide tents.
However, we are thinking of buying some for high adventure trips. We do,
however, encourage scouts to share tents with a buddy.
Are the leaders
employees of the Boy Scouts of America or the Church? No, all the
leaders in Troop 73 are volunteers. There are very few professional
scouters that are paid – they work at the District, Council and National
What do I do if my
scout comes to me about bullying from older boys in the troop? Let the
Scoutmaster or the Committee Chairperson know immediately! Bullying or
hazing will not be tolerated. Please contact us and the situation will be
Can I sign off on
activities in my scout’s book? We highly discourage family members
from signing off items for their own scout (not even brothers). A scout is
honest – we realize this – but it is just better that the scout have
to demonstrate the activity for someone other than a family member.