Boy Scout Troop 6

Information

 

Boy Scout Troop 6 is sponsored by American Legion Post 105.


 

The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America—incorporated on February 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916—is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.

Troop History

Its first Scoutmaster Clay F, Hill, founded Troop 6 in 1961. The troop has been in continuos operation ever since. The troop has had only 3 other Scoutmasters since Mr. Hill, Harvey Smith 1976 to 1986 James (Jim) Herndon became Scoutmaster in 1986 until 2002. Charles Lewis became the Scoutmaster in 2002 he joined the troop in 1976. The current leadership of Troop 6 boasts over 170 years of combined Scouting experience.

Troop 6 is leader in the Cherokee Area Council. The troop has helped to provide leadership to many of the Council’s and Districts activities. Troop 6 helped to found and has continuously supported the Council’s Junior Leader Training program. 

Meetings

Troop 6 meets at the American Legion 501 N.E. Washington. We meet every Monday (except Holidays) at 7:00 during the school year. We meet at 7:30 during summer break.

Troop 6 is one of the few local troops that does meet year round, helping the Boys to stay active and continue advancing and learning through the summer months.

Registration

We collect $25.00 each year for dues. That fee goes to National registration $10.00, the subscription of Boys Life $12.00 and $3.00 to the troop to help pay for advancement. We reregister each December.

Contacts:

Charles Lewis      333-7192/331-6053

Lloyd Guatney      335-1871/335-7291

Frank McNickle  914-2036/661-3959

 

Troop Equipment:

Being one of the oldest and continuously operated troops has its advantages. We currently own and use the troops 6 Starcraft canoes (on a new trailer), 16’catamarane, 10’ sail boat, enough rope and equipment to build almost any pioneering project imaginable. The troop uses its Wall tents, Military Arctic tents or Baker tents on Campouts. 

Troop activities:

The troop actives vary, as it is the youth who decide what activities we attend or participate in. Normally we Backpack, Canoe, Sail, Rappel, attend Camporee or any thing else the Adult advisors deem safe and applicable.

Other fees

Camping trips vary in cost, however we charge $3.00 per meal, the average campout cost is $12.00. Summer camp is in June and the average cost is $170.00 for a week of camping.

Scout Handbook:

The first item you should buy a new scout is the current handbook It tells the scout what he needs to know to complete advancements and plan for scouting activities The handbook is the Scouts record of advancement,. Parents should borrow the handbook and become familiar with what is expected of their scout.

Dress:

Scouts should wear as much of the official uniform as they own for formal activities such as Troop meetings, Dinners and Courts of Honor. Troop t-shirts are normally worn on campouts and such activities that would soil or damage the uniform.

Personal Equipment

The Boy Scout Handbook has a very good camping equipment checklist. The following basic equipment is required for each outing. Rain Gear, Drinking cup, Mess kit, Water Bottle, Sleeping bag or blankets, Foam ground pad, and a pack or foot locker for clothes and gear.

We do not allow Sheath knives, Candy or pop on campouts, please help us keep these items out of the packs.

 

Boy Scout Membership requirements

Boy Scouting is available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light Award or have completed the fifth grade, or who are 11 through 17 years old. The program achieves the BSA¹s objectives of developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness qualities among youth by focusing on a vigorous program of outdoor activities.

Ideals. The ideals of Boy Scouting are spelled out in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout motto, and the Scout slogan. The Boy Scout measures himself against these ideals and continually tries to improve. The goals are high, and as he reaches for them, he has some control over what and who he becomes.

Patrols. The patrol method gives Boy Scouts an experience group living and participating in citizenship. It places responsibility on young shoulders and teaches boys how to accept it. The patrol method allows Scouts to interact in small groups where members can easily relate to each other. These small groups determine troop activities through elected representatives.

Outdoor Programs. Boy Scouting is designed to take place outdoors. It is in the outdoor setting that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with one another. In the outdoors the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose. Being close to nature helps Boy Scouts gain an appreciation for the beauty of the world around us. The outdoors is the laboratory in which Boy Scouts learn ecology and practice conservation of nature's resources.

Advancement. Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.

Associations with Adults. Boys learn a great deal by watching how adults conduct themselves. Scout leaders can be positive role models for the members of the troop. In many cases a Scoutmaster who is willing to listen to boys, encourage them, and take a sincere interest in them can make a profound difference in their lives.

Personal Growth. As Boy Scouts plan their activities and progress toward their goals, they experience personal growth. The Good Turn concept is a major part of the personal growth method of Boy Scouting. Boys grow as they participate in community service projects and do Good Turns for others. Probably no device is as successful in developing a basis for personal growth as the daily Good Turn. The religious emblems program also is a large part of the personal growth method. Frequent personal conferences with his Scoutmaster help each Boy Scout to determine his growth toward Scouting's aims.

Leadership Development. The Boy Scout program encourages boys to learn and practice leadership skills. Every Boy Scout has the opportunity to participate in both shared and total leadership situations. Understanding the concepts of leadership helps a boy accept the leadership role of others and guides him toward the citizenship aim of Scouting.

Uniform. The uniform makes the Boy Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. Boy Scouting is an action program, and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Boy Scout's commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Boy Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals. The uniform is practical attire for Boy Scout activities and provides a way for Boy Scouts to wear the badges that show what they have accomplished.

 

Scout Oath:     On my honor I 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, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

 

Scout Motto:         Be Prepared

 

Scout Slogan:       Do a good turn daily

for more information contact ANY troop 6 leaders or email cherokeescouter@yahoo.com