Lord of Glory Church
607 Belvidere Road
Twice a Month, Usually 1st and 3rd
Sundays from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
(Consult Calendar for Dates)
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.
Scoutmaster - Steve Rossbach
Committee Chairperson – Tom Staroszczyk
Why Join Scouting
• Canoeing / Kayaking / Rafting
• Rock Climbing
• Hiking / Backpacking
• Shooting Sports (Rifle, Shotgun and Archery)
•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
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
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
2. Purple Pyro Penguins – Regular Scout and New Scout
patrol. Comprised of 10-13 year old boys in Scout through
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
As we grow, we may add another Venture or Regular patrol to
maintain about 8-10 Scouts in each Patrol.
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.
• 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
• Closing and Messages
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)
Campout – Cabin @ Sol R Crown
Campout – TBD
Campout – Webelos Woods
Campout – Starved Rock
Day Trip, Canoeing
Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Summer Camp
Sept 30-Oct 2
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
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
Jun 26-Jul 2
Jul 31-Aug 6
Where Do We Camp and How Do We Get
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
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.
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.
Time After Earning Previous
(Requires 5 outings since
(Requires 10 outings since
(4 Eagle Required)
(3 More Eagle Required)
(6 More Eagle Required)
21 Total MBs
13 are Eagle Required
First Year Rank Advancement:
Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
• Camp Chair
• Mosquito Netting (summer camp)
• Mosquito Netting Frame out of PVC ($8 - $10) (summer camp)
• Plastic bin(s) (summer camp for gear storage)
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
Mulch Sale and Installation
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.
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
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
Makes purchases on behalf of the Troop.
Plans and coordinates fund raising events.
Abby Staroszczyk & Kelly Rossbach
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.
We send emails on upcoming campouts and events or to
send general information.
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
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.
Boy Scout Joining Requirements
Your son must meet the Boy Scout Joining Requirements.
Completed the 5th grade and be at least 10 years old
Be at least 11 years old
Be at least 10 years old and have earned the Arrow of Light
What Does Troop 303 Provide to new
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.
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