Frequently Asked Questions  (FAQ)

Q.Who does my son go to for advancement?

A.Advancement starts with the scout and his reading of the Scout Handbook.Upon learning and completing a listed skill requirement, the scout can have his Patrol Leader sign off on this requirement.After completing the skill listed for a new rank, the scout may request a Skill Review with any of the Assistant Scoutmasters.After completing the skill Review, the scout requests a Scoutmaster conference.The last step of rank advancement is a Board of Review by members of the Troop Committee.The scout requests this directly with the Advancement Chairman.Typically, Skill Review, Scoutmaster Conferences, and Board of Reviews are done on the monthly camping trips.

Q.Do I (adult) need to be at the weekly meetings?

A.No, you may drop your son off at 7:00 pm and pick him up at 8:00 pm.The troop does encourage adult participation in the Troop Committee, camping trips, and fundraising.The level of adult participation is up to you.

Q.  Who should attend the fundraisers?

A.  While we encourage both the scouts and the parents to attend the fundraisers, it is extremely important that the parents attend all of the fundraisers.  Adults are required to run most of the fundraising stations.  It is the parent's attendance that counts towards the goals for the annual Troop dues.

Q.  My son has a leadership position, why is it so important that he attend most of the outings and meetings?

A.  Holding a Leadership Position or Position of Responsibility (POR) is not just a popularity contest or a title to put on a college application -- it is both a requirement for advancement and it provides the opportunity to learn leadership skills that the scout will use throughout their life.  In order for a scout to properly perform his duties in his POR and to develop leadership skills, he needs to be at all of the meetings and outings. In addition, Troop 8 is a Scout led Troop.  The members of the troop rely on their fellow scouts that fill these leadership roles to be at the meetings and outings to develop the Troop program and to lead the other scouts through the activities so that they can advance and also have the opportunity to fill these roles.  If Scouts cannot fulfill the requirements of their POR, they should talk to the Scoutmaster and the Scoutmaster will work with them to find a leadership position that is better suited for them.

Q. What is a Court of Honor (COH) and should I attend?

Court of Honors are held to recognize the advancements and achievements that the Scouts have earned.  Typically in the fall, the Troop has a COH along with a banquet to recognize all of the Scouts in the Troop for their Rank Advancements, merit badges, and other achievements that they earned since Summer Camp.  The Troop will also hold specific Eagle Court of Honors throughout the year to recognize Scouts for earning their Eagle Rank (the highest rank in Scouting).  It is expected that all of the Troop 8 Scouts attend the Troop and Eagle Court of Honors to show their support for the advancements of their fellow Scouts.

Q.  What is the procedure to earn a merit badge?

  1. Look on-line at www.meritbadge.org at the different merit badges offered and the requirements.
  2. Meet with your Scoutmaster and get a signed blue card.  The Scoutmaster will give you the names of registered merit badge counselors.
  3. Contact merit badge counselor before starting the merit badge to review requirements and make sure that there are no requirements that must be pre-approved.  It is important that you do not work on the merit badge requirements prior to contacting the merit badge counselor.  The counselor does not have to accept requirements completed prior to this meeting.
  4. Once the merit badge requirements are completed, meet with the merit badge counselor and review all completed requirements.  The Counselor will sign the blue card indicating the merit badge is completed.
  5. Return the completed merit badge blue card to the Scoutmaster who will sign, and then give it to the Troop Advancement chair.