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Notes to the parents:

Help your scout

The main way is encouragement and reminding. Remind them to bring their books to the meetings and campouts, go through the book with your scout, ask him if he should be working on certain requirements and to encourage them to get these requirements signed off when completed. The main thing is encouraging them to go on the campouts, this is where a bulk of the requirements for Tenderfoot rank through First Class are completed. Another thing to help you scout succeed is to come the Court of Honor. This happens the 3rd Tuesday of March, and September and then the 2nd Tuesday of December. This is the time when the scouts are publicly recognized, get their awards, merit badges and ranks. Also, when a scout earns a rank, they get a parent’s pin to award to that parent.

How to help your scout succeed

The main way is encouragement and reminding. Remind them to bring their books to the meetings and campouts, go through the book with your scout, ask him if he should be working on certain requirements and to encourage them to get these requirements signed off when completed. The main thing is encouraging them to go on the campouts, this is where a bulk of the requirements for Tenderfoot rank through First Class are completed. Another thing to help you scout succeed is to come the Court of Honor. This happens the 3rd Tuesday of March, and September and then the 2nd Tuesday of December. This is the time when the scouts are publicly recognized, get their awards, merit badges and ranks. Also, when a scout earns a rank, they get a parent’s pin to award to that parent.

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Fund Raising

Troop 73 is a non-profit organization that is “owned” by Centenary United Methodist Church operating with a Charter from Boy Scouts of America. We are responsible for our own funds and rely on donations, dues and fund raising to purchase equipment, fund portions of certain events and to continue to operate. Scouts are expected to pay their way for events, campouts and purchase their own uniforms. Since this can be expensive, Troop 73 has devised programs to help. One way is for a Scout to sell popcorn. Each fall we do this one and only fund raising. The Troop is given 30% of all sales. 15% of this goes to the troop to aid in the above mentioned purchases, while 15% is put into an escrow fund for the scout to use. They may use this money to pay for trips, pay for dues or to buy equipment. If they decide to purchase equipment, then need only to bring the receipt for this purchase to the Finance Officer (Ken Troske) and they will be reimbursed. Another effort that has been started is a separate scholarship fund. Any family in financial need can contact the Committee Chair Person (Greg Chase) and financial aid for trips, summer camp or uniforms can be obtained upon a needed basis and a funds available basis. Troop 73 also keeps a uniform bank of used uniforms from which a scout is able to borrow uniforms. Please see the Troop Quartermaster to get uniforms. Troop 73 also takes donations. Any person wishing to donate money to the troop or to the scholarship fund should contact Ken.

Scolarships

Troop 73 has a scholarship fund available for scouts in need. Currently this is on an as needed basis. Anyone in need of financial aid should contact the committee chairman. Your requests will be held confidential and will be awarded upon the availability of funds. Every attempt to be fair and help the scout to attend outings, summer camp or other high adventure experiences will be made. One part of scholarship is to get the scout to work towards these trips too. They should try to sell popcorn at 15% of their total sales goes into an escrow account for the scout to use.

Summer Camp

Troop 73 will be attending Summer Camp  at Camp McKee -See Summer Camp info here

More information about summer camp can be found at http://campmckee.org/sumcamp.htm