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Boy Scout Chartered to: Lord of Glory Church 607 Belvidere Road Grayslake, IL Meetings: Twice a Month, Usually 1st and 3rd Sundays from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (Consult Calendar for Dates)
Boy Scout  Chartered to   Lord of Glory Church 607 Belvidere Road Grayslake, IL Meetings   Twice a Month, Usually 1st and ...
About Us Troop 303 was first chartered in 2003 to Lord of Glory Church. In this time, we have grown from a very small Troop of 3 Scouts to about 20 Scouts. We have stable adult leadership with two Scoutmasters in our 13 year history. Our current Scoutmaster has over 30 years of Scouting Experience dating back to his youth. We have 4 Assistant Scoutmasters. We have 7 Committee Members. We run the Boy Scout Program using the Methods of Scouting: Patrols, Ideals, Outdoor Programs, Advancement, Association with Adults, Personal Growth, Leadership Development, and Uniform. Our philosophy is to be a boy-run Troop. We encourage our youth leaders to plan and run their program while maintaining the Boy Scout guidelines and principles. We use the Patrol method to allow Scouts to experience leadership in small groups and to develop camping skills. Contacts Scoutmaster - Steve Rossbach Committee Chairperson – Tom Staroszczyk
About Us Troop 303 was first chartered in 2003 to Lord of Glory Church. In this time, we have grown from a very small Troo...
Why Join Scouting •Outdoor Activities • Camping • Canoeing / Kayaking / Rafting • Rock Climbing • Biking • Hiking / Backpacking • Fishing • Shooting Sports (Rifle, Shotgun and Archery) • Sailing •New Friendships •Develop Leadership Skills • Small Group Leadership • Coaching from Adults • Structured program within which to practice • Personal Growth • Advancement Program • Learn first aid, outdoor, cooking, and other skills
Why Join Scouting    Outdoor Activities     Camping     Canoeing   Kayaking   Rafting     Rock Climbing     Biking     Hik...
The Boy Run Troop In a Boy Run Troop, the goal is to have the youth leaders of the Troop plan the overall program and to handle as many details as possible. However, the Scouts are learning and our job as adult leaders is to coach them, help improve their abilities over time, and provide for the details to execute the program. The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and Patrol Leaders are elected by the Scouts in the Troop. Troop 303 elects Youth leaders in June who then assume their responsibilities in August. SPLs are 14+ year old Scouts and Star or higher in rank. The Troop is governed by the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC). The Senior Patrol Leader runs the PLC. The PLC includes the Patrol Leaders, the ASPL, and the Troop Guide(s). PLC meetings are held twice a month before the regular Troop meetings. Troop 303 holds an Annual Planning Conference in June each year. All our Scouts are encouraged to bring in their ideas and share them with the other Scouts. At the end of the conference, the Scouts each provide their top ideas to the PLC and then the PLC works to plan the next 12 – 18 months. Adult leaders then help fill in logistics including researching and booking locations and rentals, coordinating fees and travel plans, and complying with Boy Scout, Charter Organization, and other policies.
The Boy Run Troop In a Boy Run Troop, the goal is to have the youth leaders of the Troop plan the overall program and to h...
Organization Troop 303 currently has 4 patrols. 1. Little Green Frogs – Regular Scout and New Scout patrol. Comprised of 10-13 year old boys in Scout through Life ranks. 2. Purple Pyro Penguins – Regular Scout and New Scout patrol. Comprised of 10-13 year old boys in Scout through Life ranks. 3. Pita Patrol – Older Scout patrol (Venture Patrol) comprised of 14 – 18 year old boys in Star through Eagle ranks. 4. Owl Patrol – Older Wiser Leaders comprised of the adult leaders. As we grow, we may add another Venture or Regular patrol to maintain about 8-10 Scouts in each Patrol. Troop Meetings Troop 303 usually meets on the1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 PM; some changes to meetings dates do occur due to holidays and the Super Bowl. We usually do not have a campout and meeting on the same weekend but may from time to time based on schedule constraints. Typical Agenda • Opening Flag Ceremony and Messages • Skill session • 1st Year Scouts work on Tenderfoot through First Class skills • Older Scouts work on Merit Badges, Troop Office responsibilities, teach younger Scouts • Patrol meetings • Game • Closing and Messages
Organization Troop 303 currently has 4 patrols. 1. Little Green Frogs     Regular Scout and New Scout patrol. Comprised of...
2016 - 2017 Activities Campout – Devil’s Lake State Park, WI Outdoor Rock Climbing Campout – ScoutJam, Wauconda, IL Campout – Comlara Cty Park Indoor Rock Climbing Campout – Van Patten Woods Lock-In/Movies & Games Aquatics Day & Movie Night (Star Wars) Webelos Lock-In Campout – Cabin @ Sol R Crown Campout – TBD Campout – Webelos Woods Campout – Starved Rock Day Trip, Canoeing Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Summer Camp Sept 9-11 Sept 30-Oct 2 Oct 28-30 Nov 4-6 Dec 9-10 Dec 18 Jan 13-14 Feb 3-5 March Apr 21-23 May 5-7 Jun 10 Jun 25-Jul 2 2015 - 2016 Activities Campout – Mississippi Palisades Campout – Webelos Woods Oct 2-4 Campout – Newport St. Pk. Door Cnty Campout – Moraine View/Upper Limits Webelos Lock-In Troop Lock-In “Bro Night” Winter Campout – Van Patten Woods Cabin Campout – Sol R Crown Backpack Campout – Indiana Dunes Campout – Turkey Run Campout – Canoeing Trek (Tentative) Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Summer Camp Sea Base – Out Island Sept 18-20 Oct 10-12 Nov 20-22 Jan 8-9 Jan 29-30 Feb 19-21 Mar 11-13 Apr 8-10 May 13-15 Jun 10-12 Jun 26-Jul 2 Jul 31-Aug 6
2016 - 2017 Activities Campout     Devil   s Lake State Park, WI Outdoor Rock Climbing Campout     ScoutJam, Wauconda, IL ...
Where Do We Camp and How Do We Get There? Our campout locations vary, but most weekend campouts are within 2-3 hours distance or less. Adult leaders who are attending the campout usually drive the Scouts to the camp. Occasionally we need parents to volunteer to drive as well when the number of Scouts and amount of equipment is too much for the leaders who are attending. We have a Troop trailer which we use to bring our patrol equipment and Scout equipment to the campouts. We also have access to a second smaller trailer. What Happens if Your Scout Has Discipline Problems or Needs to Come Home? For each campout or event, you agree to pick up your son in the event of severe illness or misbehavior beyond reasonable levels. Both of these cases are very rare. Slight illnesses are usually handled at camp depending on the circumstances. In the event your son needs to be picked up, either a parent or guardian will need to come to the camp and pick up your Scout. The Troop has a Code of Conduct for Scouts and Scouts are expected to follow it. Violations usually result in appropriate discipline. Serious violations could result in our request that your son be picked up from meetings or campouts.
Where Do We Camp and How Do We Get There  Our campout locations vary, but most weekend campouts are within 2-3 hours dista...
Rank Advancement Summary In Boy Scouts, Rank Advancement is no longer tied to school grade. Scouts have until they turn 18 to complete 7 ranks if a Scout wants to earn Eagle. Scouts can work at their own pace. Ranks become progressively more difficult as the Scout gains experience. Scouts are encouraged to learn and grow at a pace that suits them. Troop 303 follows the Boy Scout achievement program : • A Scout learns • A Scout is tested • A Scout is reviewed • A Scout is recognized Scouts typically take 18+ months to earn the Scout through First Class ranks. Many Scouts earn Eagle around their Sophomore or Junior years but may be later. Rank Time After Earning Previous Rank Merit Badges Scout None None Tenderfoot None None Second Class None (Requires 5 outings since joining) None First Class None (Requires 10 outings since joining) None Star 4 Months 6 (4 Eagle Required) Life 6 Months +5 (3 More Eagle Required) Eagle 6 Months +10 (6 More Eagle Required) 21 Total MBs 13 are Eagle Required
Rank Advancement Summary In Boy Scouts, Rank Advancement is no longer tied to school grade. Scouts have until they turn 18...
First Year Rank Advancement: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class The first four ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class teach Scouts the basic skills necessary to camp, survive in the outdoors, help others, and be self-sufficient. Scouts may work on any requirement for any of these four ranks at any time; they do not need to complete a rank before beginning work on the next rank. Scouts still earn them in order and Second Class and First Class each require progressive amounts of participation in the Troop and Patrol program. Because Troop 303 only meets twice a month, we have less regular meeting time to work on these first year skills. Instead, we have occasional weekend or weeknight skill days to provide skill instruction and opportunities to practice or be tested on skills. Recognizing Scouts Troop 303 believes in recognizing Scouts soon after their achievements. We hold 3-4 regular Courts of Honor per year at which family and sometimes friends of the Scouts attend. Scouts receive public recognition for their achievements at these Courts of Honor. At this time, rank badges, merit badges, and other awards are presented.
First Year Rank Advancement  Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class The first four ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, S...
Older Scout Program and Beyond Troop 303 is striving to include programs to keep older Boy Scouts (14 – 18) active. The first opportunity for older Scouts is to become primary youth leaders of the Troop. This provides experience and challenge to the Scout. Scouts are coached in leading the Troop and how to work with other Scouts. We offer High Adventure events for 14+ year olds. We attended the National High Adventure Sea Base in the Florida Keys in the summer of 2011, 2014 and 2016. Future plans are being made based on the Scout’s interests. Some of our Scouts and one of our Leaders attended the 2010 and 2013 National Jamborees. Troop 303 encourages involvement in the Order of the Arrow (OA) and helps older Scouts take part in OA activities. We encourage our older Scouts to plan their own activities which may be include Climbing/Rapelling, or other campouts. For our Scouts that turn 18, we encourage their continued involvement as youth in the Order of the Arrow and Venturing until 21 and include them as Assistant Scoutmasters in our Troop.
Older Scout Program and Beyond Troop 303 is striving to include programs to keep older Boy Scouts  14     18  active. The ...
1st Year Typical Equipment The 1st year Boy Scout might be expected to buy some gear to be ready for camping fun. Some items are important to start in Scouting, some can be deferred until they are needed. Important Items • • • • • • • • • • • Uniform shirt Scout Handbook Optional Uniform pants or shorts Optional “Class B” T-Shirts Optional appropriate outdoor clothing like synthetics: Under Armor or Fleece, wool clothing, etc. Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots A good sleeping bag for 25° - 30° F weather Sleeping pad or mat Mess kit, utensil set, and refillable water bottle Pair of leather work gloves Flashlight or headlamp Items that may be deferred until later or borrowed as needed • 2-3 man tent (optional for every 2 Scouts as they share on campouts and the Troop does have some tents.) • A tarp or two that can be used as a ground cloth for the tent and as a tent • Backpack (Ask Scoutmaster before any purchase here) • Make a personal first aid kit (Troop provides materials) • Polypropylene rope • Pocket knife • Compass • Camp Chair • Mosquito Netting (summer camp) • Mosquito Netting Frame out of PVC ($8 - $10) (summer camp) • Plastic bin(s) (summer camp for gear storage)
1st Year Typical Equipment The 1st year Boy Scout might be expected to buy some gear to be ready for camping fun. Some ite...
Finances Financial difficulties should not be a barrier to participation. Our Troop can help if needed. Troop 303 tries to keep costs down and is looking to improve our fundraising efforts to reduce annual dues and other fees. Annual Dues - $40 Covers the cost of Boy Scout annual registration, Boys Life magazine, patrol and Troop camping equipment, and other program costs. Can be paid in two installments. New Scouts joining this winter will pay only the $20. New Scout Fee - $20 New Scouts who join pay this fee to cover the Troop neckerchief, Troop 303 number patch, shoulder loops, and unit transfer fee. Campouts and Events Campouts are paid as your son attends. The typical cost is $25 - $45. Some campouts are higher if we have higher costs for campsite, equipment rental or special activities. Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Summer Camp will be about $400 in 2016 (approx. $300 for Camp and $100 for raft trip, t-shirt, extras and transportation). High Adventure (14 Year Olds and Up) Costs vary but Philmont and Sea Base are $750 - $1500 per trip. Fundraising Mulch Sale and Installation Wreath Sale First Time Scouts If your son is joining Scouts for the first time or has been out of Scouting for more than a year, an additional National Boy Scout Registration fee may apply.
Finances Financial difficulties should not be a barrier to participation. Our Troop can help if needed. Troop 303 tries to...
Troop 303 Committee Chairperson: Tom Staroszczyk Conducts regular Committee meetings to provide support to the Troop Treasurer: Jason Meyer Maintains the Troop accounts and the Scout accounts Collects moneys for activities Disburses payments Secretary: Open Keeps minutes of all Committee meetings. Activities: Erin Kunath Makes final camping/outing arrangements based on decisions made by the PLC. Advancement: Bryan Kunath Manages the advancement records Prepares the advancement awards Assists in planning the Courts of Honor Quartermaster Advisor: Randy Fergen Works with the Scout Quartermaster to identify equipment needs. Makes purchases on behalf of the Troop. Fundraising: Open Plans and coordinates fund raising events. Committee Members: Abby Staroszczyk & Kelly Rossbach
Troop 303 Committee Chairperson  Tom Staroszczyk Conducts regular Committee meetings to provide support to the Troop Treas...
Communications The amount of communication you will receive from most Boy Scout Troops is less than what you probably experienced in Cub Scouts/Webelos. This change is on purpose. Troop 303 believes that making the Scout become responsible for his own experience and program is a critical piece of Boy Scouts. Your Scouts will receive information at Troop meetings and should be encouraged to track this information and share it with you. The most important items are communicated to you directly in the following ways. Email We send emails on upcoming campouts and events or to send general information. Calendar We maintain a Google Calendar accessible on the web. Verbally before and after meetings or by phone We will talk to you as needed and we are always available for questions. Parent Meeting We try to hold a parent meeting night just after new Webelos join, usually in early March. Courts of Honor We provide information and updates during Courts of Honor several times a year.
Communications The amount of communication you will receive from most Boy Scout Troops is less than what you probably expe...
Boy Scout Joining Requirements Your son must meet the Boy Scout Joining Requirements. Completed the 5th grade and be at least 10 years old OR Be at least 11 years old OR Be at least 10 years old and have earned the Arrow of Light What Does Troop 303 Provide to new Scouts? Troop 303 provides the following items to new Scouts as part of the New Scout fee. • • • • Troop 303 neckerchief and slide Custom “303” uniform numerals in green Centennial Boy Scout Shoulder Loops Troop 303 Class B T-Shirt If your son is joining Scouting for the first time, an additional National Boy Scout registration fee may apply.
Boy Scout Joining Requirements Your son must meet the Boy Scout Joining Requirements. Completed the 5th grade and be at le...
The Next Steps 1. Choose a Troop. We hope it is ours! 2. Ask the Scoutmaster to complete the Scoutmaster Conference with your Scout. 3. Fill out a Boy Scout application. We have them available. 4. Invite the Scoutmaster and Senior Patrol Leader to your Webelos cross-over ceremony. 5. Enjoy what Boy Scouting has to offer your son! Revised September, 2016
The Next Steps 1. Choose a Troop. We hope it is ours  2. Ask the Scoutmaster to complete the Scoutmaster Conference with y...