Joining Troop 80

Hello Parent, Guardian, and Prospective Troop 80 Scout,

We’re delighted that you are interested in Troop 80 - “Where the action is.” It’s a troop with lots of history, tradition, and boys who teach themselves how to be leaders. A troop choice is a long term commitment. Take time to make sure the troop, your interests, and your desires match. Please ask us questions and attend our meetings before you make that commitment.

Here are the concise steps required to formally join Troop 80 and Boy Scouts of America.

  1. Troop 80 uses Google Docs extensively. If you don’t use gmail you need to associate your email addresses by filling out this form.
  2. Meet the age requirements:
    • boy is 11 years old or
    • has completed the fifth grade or
    • has earned the Arrow of Light Award from cub scouts and is at least 10 years old
    • And is not yet 18 years old.
  3. Online membership application. Here you will pay Troop 80's annual fee. This covers the BSA registration fee and Boy’s Life subscription which is requested in the application. You do not need to pay those application fees to the BSA as they are covered by Troop 80. The pro-rated fee you should pay to Troop 80 is as follows when paid during the months of:
      • January through March $225
      • April through June $200
      • July through September $175
      • October through December $150

For example, if you join in August, you would pay $175 total for the rest of the year.

  1. Health application parts A, B, C. C is for long trips and equires a doctor’s signature.
  2. Receive a copy of Boy Scout Handbook from Troop 80. It’s supposed to last the duration of scouting. It should come to every meeting.
  3. With the parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide.
  4. With the Scoutmaster, schedule a Scoutmaster Welcoming Conference, where the scout will complete some of his scout rank requirements. Parents also attend this conference. Boys should study this ahead of time so they can:
    • Review handbooks table of contents. pg 4.
    • Discuss how advancement through ranks works in Troop 80. pg 10, 438-465.
    • Discuss how merit badges are awarded. pg 454.
    • Repeat the Pledge of Allegiance.
    • Demonstrate tying the square knot (a joining knot) pg 365.
    • Understand and agree to live by the scout oath or promise, law, motto, and slogan, and the outdoor code. pg 11-18.
    • Demonstrate the Scout sign, salute, and handshake. pg 18-19.
    • Describe the Scout badge. pg 19-20.
    • Start signing off Scout rank items for progress toward Scout Rank. pg 439.
  5. Parents and guardians: Troop 80 is led by boys, but adults are required in many roles. The boys count on your contributions. Please....
    • Complete youth protection training to ensure a safe place for all kids. Go over the removable booklet attached in the front of your son’s handbook.
    • Fill out the BSA membership application.
    • Sign up for our various GoogleGroups: Troop-80-Adults This group does not include the boys. From any and all email addresses you plan to use in the troop communications, send email to ‘troop-80-adults@googlegroups.com’. By doing this, you will be able to see various Troop 80 documents with access to the private portion of our web site, and you will be included in the Troop-80-Adults group.
    • Scouts who have email addresses should send email to ‘troop-80-scouts@googlegroups.com
    • Review The Parent's Guide to Troop 80. This covers nearly every aspect of the troop, such as how it is structured, how it operates, who’s responsible for various things, equipment. Requires site access. Ie complete step 9.
    • Fill out the driving information form. Requires site access.
  6. Uniforms may be purchased at the scouting shops (ex: 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto). Troop 80 scouts wear long sleeved shirts (cotton or synthetic), olive green pants (cotton or synthetic), and dark hiking boots for almost every event. A troop closet sometimes has these items for free. The troop will provide patches, neckerchief, rope for small pocket. Also a ‘class B’ red tee shirt will be provided to the scouts.
  7. Equipment required for Troop 80 is essentially ‘backpacking’ gear. Have conversations with other scouts or adults before rushing into your purchases. Some retailers offer discounts to scouts ( Mt. View Surplus) so be sure to ask.
  8. Information links for Troop 80 is a great document to keep around.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks

John Fitch

Recruiting Chair for Troop 80