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BSA TROOP 122 Newark, NY

So what you need to know about Boy Scout Troop 122


Meetings

Troop 122 wants to help as many young men as possible in an effort to teach them to be individuals, future leaders and work as a team. Simply join and come to any of our weekly meetings and talk to us. We will have applications available for you to fill out at any time.

Location - First United Methodist Church (MAP)

Time – Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

We do not meet all year we follow the school year schedule for holidays, breaks and summer. We do however have a summer campout planned for each summer in July. We also plan at least one scouting activity each month which may be a weekend campout or a day trip or activity. Having meetings and campouts help to build bonds, teamwork and strengthens friendships.

Boy Scouts is a fully youth run program and we run Troop 122 using this method of leadership. This means the scouts (your son) will vote on and elect who he would like to lead him from his peers in his troop. The elected youth will plan, organize, and conduct the meetings with the mentorship of an adult leader. Adults do not take control of meetings.

Meetings Details

The cost of membership for a year is $39.00 to BSA and to the Seneca Waterways Council. There is an optional (but recommended) subscription to Boy's Life magazine for your son can order. The cost for Boy's Life is an additional $12.00 for the year.

We renew our membership every November of each year. Membership fees will be adjusted and pro-rated based on when you sign up.

Uniforms may be purchased at Arcadia Sports in Newark, NY or can be purchased at the council Scout shop in Rochester, NY or online.We may have some gentle used shirts available for you to use so please check if needed. You can click the link on out Links page for directions to both locations.

You can find all of the information needed for a shopping list for a uniform under the Uniform page on our website. There are many other sources for uniforms, just ask us for suggestions.

Scouting reinforces the skills and values we want your sons to learn while doing it in a safe way and still having fun. Our goal at Troop 122 is to continually develop programs that will challenge young people of our community to make a difference in the environment they live. Scouting is far more a just camping, canoeing, hiking, earning merit badges, rank advancement. Scouting is a way of life, a set of values and standards we try to teach these young men.

By influencing our boys with the right values, morals and standards now, it will help them develop a way of thinking which will govern how they make decisions in the future. Over the years and in our futures, these same young men will be making decisions, judgments, laws, and other life changing actions that will affect our lives. Those decisions will be in our best interest if we have given them the proper foundation to build their way of thinking and reasoning.

Parents

We need your Help without the commitment from you the parents we would not have a Boy Scout Troop. What does that mean, we are asking that you bringing your son to our weekly meetings. If you miss meetings, you may miss something important about upcoming events. The commitment by you helps you be aware of what is going on in the troop, activities and events. We also need you to be committed to helping your scout to work on advancements at home.

We do not ask you to be committed to being a leader you can be an active scout parent. The troop and BSA will help teach your son how to make decisions and be independent, but if you are not aware of what we promote, you cannot help enforce that at home. Scouting is a way of life, not just a meeting and a campout. We need you to help make this a full circle in your son’s life. As leaders have nothing to gain but the satisfaction of helping your son become more. You as a parent, have a lot to gain by watching your son become the man that you what him to be.

Camping

As a general rule, we camp or plan an activity once a month even in the winter. We do teach the boys how to properly camp in cold weather. We have one winter campout it is in an indoor setting like cabins. There may be a month where we are committed to a service project, and due to personal schedules of the leaders, we may not be able to get in a camping trip.

We ask that each scout brings their personal gear to the campout. On Friday night of campout we meet at the parking lot across from the United Methodist church on High Street and carpool to the campsite. On Sunday, we return to the same location at the church most of the time by 12 noon. We need everyone’s help in loading and unloading equipment. These campouts are for the scouts and the scouts should assist in storing what they take to the field.

Camping fees are always minimal. We try to keep cost low an average $25-$30 for an entire weekend (except for Summer Camp see below). We DO NOT provide meals on Friday night they need to eat at home, or bring it with them as they head to the campsite. All cooking is done by the troop, the scouts do their own meal planning and cooking. .

Meals are planned at meetings before a campout this is a group effort. If your son has particular likes and dislikes, make sure he speaks up and let them know his choices and votes. If your son is allergic any foods, or has special needs please let us know and we will make sure that they are noted and followed.It is very important that you make sure it is on his health form and tell the leaders about his allergy. This will definitely affect meal planning we accommodate any health issues that we can. If you are a picky eater make sure you come to meeting!

Summer Camp

We plan a summer camp each year for a week long campout at different locations in the area. We try to keep cost to an average $250-$300 for the entire week. We feel that this is a big part of your son’s scouting experience. Summer camp is very important in his advance in rank and merit badges, but he will also grow as an individual and grow with other scouts as a unit.

We try to make this affordable by having a major part of the payment for summer camp come from fundraisers. If the scout truly wants to participate in an activity, they need to have invested in that activity. Each year we sell popcorn and hold other fundraisers to allow the scouts a chance to earn their way to summer camp. Getting our scout involved in these activities is a major goal of Troop 122. All of the money raised goes directly back into the troop to enhance it more for the boys.

Service projects

A big part of being a Boy Scout is to make a difference in our community one project at a time. Troop 122 has participated in a wide range of service projects or the years to make Newark and the surrounding communities a better place to live. It is an import part of a scout learning that they can have a positive impact on a negative situation for someone. We want them to see they can make a difference if they just try.

We have one ongoing service project that we do each year. Along with our local VFW Post, we hold a flag retirement ceremony. We also help when needed to help local organization with their fund rising. While this does meet the requirement for service hours, this is not the only projects we expect our scouts to participate.

There is also a need for the boys to help, from time to time, those boys who are working on their Eagle Projects which is a requirement for their rank.