Welcome New Scouts!
As a Boy Scout in Troop 62, you are in for great fun, adventure,
friendship and camping! You will learn outdoor skills including building fires, handling an axe and knife,
compass navigation, cooking, hiking, nature study and first aid. You will soon feel at home the wilderness
as you complete the trek to First
Class rank with your patrol. Achieving First Class marks the beginning of your trek to
Eagle Scout. On your trek to Eagle, you will explore more exciting
hobbies and hone your life skills by earning merit badges and serving others. You
can look forward to a high-adventure trip to Sea Base, Philmont or
maybe Northern Tier. You will also
step up as a troop leader and pass along your knowledge and skills to the new scouts that follow in
Upcoming events, like camping trips and
summer camp, are posted on the
Troop 62 Calendar.
Each registered member of the troop
has a TroopMaster Web account; this is an online database
that is used to track advancement, troop activities, contact
information and more. All scouts and adults should know the
basics of logging on and navigating TroopMaster Web so you can
monitor your official advancement records. Contact the
Advancement Coordinator for details.
Troop meetings are normally held on Monday nights during the school year
and sometimes during summer vacation.
uniform is Class "A" unless otherwise designated. Scouts should try to attend
every meeting and come prepared with the Boy Scout Handbook,
merit badge class materials, etc.
Troop 62 scouts always wear a complete Class A uniform (scout shirt, pants, belt, socks, neckerchief) to scout meetings, official scout
gatherings, camporees, ceremonies,
service activities and during travel to/from summer camp. Merit
badge sashes will be worn to
courts of honor, scoutmaster conferences and boards of review.
Class "C" uniforms (Troop 62 T-shirt, pants, socks) are worn on camping
trips and when work clothes are appropriate including service projects
and athletic activities. Troop 62 will provide you with a
troop neckerchief, shoulder patch and T-shirt when you join the troop.
The rest of the uniform and patches are your responsibility.
Uniform items can be purchased at the Scout Store at the Central Florida Council office in
Apopka, at Travel Country
Outdoors in Altamonte Springs and online through BSA
Troop 62's outdoor program includes backpacking trips in the wilderness.
There are also camporees, where many troops gather for a campout,
fellowship, competition and scoutcraft. During the
summer, we attend a one-week summer camp at a Boy Scout camp.
Scouts use the buddy system and share two-man troop tents
when backpacking. Never spray insect repellent inside a tent or it
will be ruined. Boy Scouts do not tent with adults. Adults
usually try to set up camp apart from the scouts in order to give the
scouts a sense of independence. Star Scouts and above may bring
their own tent to sleep solo, but the one-man troop tents are for adults
Scouts should leave cell phones and electronic entertainment (iPods)
at home. Adult leaders
carry cell phones for emergencies. One of the rewards of camping
is taking a break from the noise of modern life and appreciating the
quiet solitude of nature. Please respect your fellow campers by
leaving electronics at home.
Always use insect repellent to avoid ticks and chiggers,
and always wear a hat and sunscreen because most treks involve hours in
full sun exposure. Each scout
should hit the trail with three quarts (liters) of drinking water.
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Troop Camping Gear
Troop backpacks and camping gear are signed out from the Quartermaster
before the camping trip. Adjust and load your pack using these
The newest scouts
have priority on troop backpacks. Older scouts are expected to get
their own backpacks before the next year's Webelos cross over.
Each patrol checks out stoves, pots,
bear bags and a first-aid kit, plus a dining fly if there is a chance of rain. If
water is to be filtered, patrols check out a water bag and filter.
Scouts share the load when backpacking. Cooking gear and food are
divided fairly among the patrol. Tents and poles are divided
between tent buddies. Bring your own tent pegs; Troop 62 does
not provide tent pegs. Save room in your pack for your share of
patrol gear and food.
Tents and other troop gear must be cleaned and dried
immediately after the camping trip. Sand, dirt and mildew can ruin
a tent within a few days. As soon as you get home, set up the
tent to dry it out. After it dries, take it down and turn it
inside-out to shake out the dirt. Zip all zippers and carefully
re-pack the tent. Troop gear is turned-in on the Monday night following the
camping trip; the quartermaster will inspect troop gear.
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Personal Camping Gear
Before buying any gear, talk to the experienced backpackers in the troop
and get advice on what works and ways to find deals. There is no
substitute for experience when it comes to selecting backpacking gear.
Here is a list of essential personal backpacking gear for
trekking with the troop:
Sleeping bag - Compressible "mummy" style, under 3 lbs, rated to
at least 30°F, preferably 20°F.
Sleeping mat - Inexpensive closed-cell foam pads work great.
Rain gear - Lightweight poncho, but eventually you may want a
rain suit such as Frogg Toggs.
Backpack cover - Larger is better, but an inexpensive
waterproof coated nylon backpack cover is fine.
Tent pegs - Aluminum tent pegs (8 per tent/4 per buddy), sold at
department stores. Troop 62 does not provide tent pegs.
Try to get by on your first trek with the things you
already have. Plastic utensils and dishes from your kitchen can serve as your first
mess kit and disposable water bottles can be used as canteens. You
will make better purchases after you have some backpacking experience.
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One big difference between Cubs Scouts and Boy Scouts is how advancement
requirements are handled. Your parents do not sign-off on your
requirements. You complete advancement requirements with other
scouts during scout activities. Please make sure that you save
every bit of paperwork, like merit badge cards, certificates and your
handbook until you have earned your Eagle Scout rank. Remember that everyone in the troop is
dedicated to helping you on your trek to Eagle Scout rank.
The Advancement Coordinator keeps your official
advancement records, including leadership positions, service hours and
merit badges. You will know the Advancement Coordinator when you
see him; he's the guy working at the computer in the scout room during
every scout meeting. See him for a print-out of advancement record
before every Scoutmaster Conference. Make sure that you report all
of your advancement milestones to the coordinator, check your record for
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The Scoutmaster conference is opportunity
to review what the scout has learned, how comfortable he is with his
knowledge, his plans for his next steps along the Path to Eagle, and a
chance to discuss the troop "one on one" with the Scoutmaster.
It's also an opportunity for the Scoutmaster to make sure that the Scout
can feel comfortable with that part of the Scout Promise that says "I
Will Do My Best" with regards to having met the rank requirements and
can wear his new rank with pride.
The Scoutmaster Conference should be scheduled only after all the other
requirements for rank have been completed. Please contact the
Scoutmaster personally to schedule a conference.
Conferences, by troop tradition, are not held on the same day in which
they are requested. Scoutmaster contact info is on the Troop 62
Please make sure all your advancements have been recorded with the
Advancements Coordinator, and obtain a printout from him to bring with
you to your conference. Be sure the advancements pages of your
Scout Handbook are complete, and signed by your patrol advisor or Assistant
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Board of Review
A Scout, having met all requirements for advancing to a higher rank, and
having completed his Scoutmaster Conference, should schedule a Board of
Review as the final stage in his rank advancement.
At the Board of Review, the scout should have his papers completed and
be in his best Class "A" uniform. He will meet with several
members of the adult leadership of the troop, and will discuss with them
what he has done to meet the requirements for rank advancement, and in
general what his plans for his next steps in the troop are to be.
As it will be necessary to gather several adults together for a Board of
Review, the scout should plan ahead for scheduling. To request a
Board of Review, contact the Troop Committee Chairman personally.
of the Board of Review you have earned the associated rank.
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Court of Honor
The Court of Honor is an important ceremony, conducted by scouts, where your achievements are
officially awarded and recognized by fellow scouts and families. Troop 62
has two Courts of Honor per year, one in the Fall, and one in the
Spring. It is the policy of the troop that once a scout has passed
the Board of Review, the scout may wear the badge of rank he has earned.
He will receive the formal Award at the upcoming Court of Honor.
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The troop holds regular classes for the most popular merit badges during
scout meetings. Merit Badge classes are also a big part of summer
camp. Special merit badge classes are offered by various groups
from time to time, and will be announced when they come up. If
there is a merit badge that you want to complete that hasn't been
offered, check the Troop 62 Merit Badge Counselor List on
TroopMaster Web under the "Reports" tab. If there are no counselors for a merit badge you want, contact the
Curriculum Coordinator to help you find a counselor for your
When you work on a merit badge, keep track of all of your
paperwork until you receive the patch and certificate/card at the Court
of Honor. When you start the merit badge work, you will fill out a
"blue card." Record
requirements on the blue card and have your merit badge
counselor sign it as soon as you complete each requirement. Then, if you take a break from working on that
badge, you can continue with a different counselor if necessary. The blue card is an important document, so take
care of it.
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Service Hours & Attendance
The troop attendance policy is that a scout must attend 50% of the troop meetings
to qualify for rank advancement. To be counted, the scout will need to be in uniform. Suitability
of uniform will be determined by the
Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and
two Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders (ASPL).
Service Hours submitted for rank advancement will need to be pre-approved by the Scoutmaster, Committee
Chairman or the Advancements Coordinator prior to their being earned. Please do not ask for
approval on service hours not related to scouting that were not approved beforehand.
Leadership Positions & Elections
Troop elections are held twice a year for Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and
two Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders (ASPL). Other troop leadership
positions, like Quartermaster, Scribe, Chaplain, etc, are appointed by
the SPL and Scoutmaster after the troop elections. Patrols also
elect a Patrol Leader during the troop elections. The Assistant
Patrol Leader is appointed by his Patrol Leader. If you are
interested in running for a troop leadership position, contact the
Scoutmaster at least one week before the election. You should only
run for a leadership position if you plan to attend all of the troop meetings and
Eagle candidates need to be working with the Eagle Advisor after they
achieve Life rank. The Eagle Advisor is a member
of the Troop Committee whose job is to help the scout on his final steps
of the Trek to Eagle.
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