FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for New Scouts & Parents
 
 
FAQ is an attempt to aid new scouts & parents in quickly coming up to speed on the basics of being member of Troop 132.  We request parents take time to review this page.
 
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Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 132 is a boy-led troop promoting the Scouting Ideals as spelled out in the Scout Oath, Law, motto, and slogan.

Troop Meetings
Tuesday each week at 7:30 pm, Concord Scout House

To Join (Youth)
Complete (1)  Youth Application, (2) Troop 132 Conduct Guidelines Form (must be signed by both the scout and parent), (3) Activity Consent and Hold Harmless Form and (4) Parts A and B of the BSA medical Form  (Parts A & B of the medical form do NOT require a doctor).  Unless there is a changed to relevant information, the Youth Application and Conduct Guidelines Form only need be completed the first year a Scout joins the troop. BSA Medical form Parts A & B need to be completed yearly.  Find Forms BSA website, Troop 132 Navigation Menu, and/or issued/collected by Troop Membership Chair.

Dues
$85/year ($75 for each additional scout).   Dues are collected annually in the Fall and include a subscription to Boy's Life magazine.  Webelos crossing over in the Spring need not pay dues until the beginning of the next school year (Fall).  Dues collected by Troop Treasurer.

Adult Leadership
A roster is available on the troop's limited access site. See a troop leader for access to this site.




Scout Law
 "A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent."

Scout Oath
"On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty, to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight."





 
 
Boy Scout Uniform

"Class A" Boy Scout Uniform - "Class A" is the Official uniform and as such, should be worn to all troop meetings (hats are optional for troop meetings).  The "Class A"  includes a scout shirt with proper insignias, a neckerchief, and a scout hat.  Troop 132 has custom designed, red and black Neckerchiefs available for $TBD. Troop 132 does not require official BSA pants but does discourage blue jeans in that their poor thermal characteristics when wet make them less than ideal for many scouting activities.  Troop neckerchiefs and insignias can be purchased at weekly troop meetings.
 
"Class B" Uniforms are Troop 132 logo'ed red T-shirts and may be worn at times other than meetings (e.g. service projects, personnel use, etc).  These are available for $TBD and can be purchased at weekly troop meetings.

Boy Scout Handbook

As explained in the section on Advancement, this is where a scout's progress towards ranks is signed off on.

Historically the troop supplies handbooks to Webelos crossing over to Boy Scouts, ask the scoutmaster if this does not happen automatically.

Uniforms, handbooks, and other scouting materials may be purchased at the Maynard Outdoor Store (24 Nason St, Maynard, 978-897-2133) or at the Woburn Scout Shop (400 Cummings Park, Suite 1250. Washington Street, Woburn, 781-937-4282).  The Woburn Scout Shop is run by the scouts and has a much larger selection of scouting materials than the Maynard Outdoor Store.  There are also scout stores in Southborough, Lancaster, and Middleton.  A web search on New England Scout Shops will provide more detail on these.

 
 
Boy Scouts, in contrast to Cub Scouts, take individual initiative to pursue "advancement" at their own rate.  By learning, accomplishing, and experiencing new things, a scout "advances" through "ranks" (Scout, Tenderfoot, Second-Class, First-Class, Star, Life, and Eagle).  There is no requirement to advance, nor a set timeline.  Most Scouts enjoy the challenge of determining how/what pace they would like to pursue advancement. As requirements are accomplished, it is up to the individual scout to pursue other scouts (First Class and above) or adult leaders to assist and "sign off " requirements. Parents can NOT sign off on scout requirements.  Portions of troop meetings are often reserved for advancement/requirements activities.  Other requirements can only be completed on campouts.

Once a Scout has completed the requirements for a Rank, Merit Badge or Special Award, the achievement is recorded in our Troop Advancement database (TroopMaster).  If you have a TroopMaster account go to: www.troopmasterweb.com/132Concord to see your or your scout's advancement data.  if you don't have an account go to the Troop 132 Limited Access Site and click on Advancement Records to learn how to create on (you will need to be logged into google correctly to access that area of the website).

Questions about how to access advancement record and/or any other advancement related inquiries can be sent to advancement@troop132.com .
 

TIP:  Consider occasionally photocopying a scout's requirements signoffs in his scout book so it is not necessary to restart a rank if the book is lost.

Rule of Thumb - Most scouts who achieve rank of Eagle Scout receive it in their junior or senior year of high school.  Given the 6 ranks on the path to Eagle (Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, Eagle), this would suggest those scouts aiming for Eagle should pace themselves to achieve one rank every year.
 
 
 
A Permission Slip is required for all outings.  Blank permission slips are available on this web site on the Forms page.  Permission slips are due to the honcho a week before the trip.  A scout without a permission slip will not be permitted on a trip.
 
Scouts plan, acquire, bring, and prepare their own meals by patrol.  They also are responsible for acquiring and bringing all stoves and cooking utensils needed to prepare the meal.  The troop owns propane stoves which are stored in the scout house.  If a stove is needed the scouts should get it from the scout house the troop meeting preceding the trip and return it the troop meeting after the trip.  Adults participating in an outing typically plan, acquire, bring, and prepare their own meals independently of the scouts.
 
The troop also owns tents.  They are stored at the scout house.   If a tent is needed, the scout should get it from the scout house the troop meeting preceding the trip and return it the troop meeting after the trip.  Entering the scout house at any other time (say the morning of a trip) is not permitted.
 
Rules for the use of knives and axes on outings are discussed in the Safe Scouting Practices section.
 
Electronic games, music players, etc are not permitted on scout outings and will be confiscated for the duration of the trip.  Cell phones are permitted for emergency use and will be confiscated for the duration of the trip if used for any other purpose.

 
All parents are expected to signup for a leadership position and/or lead (a.k.a. honcho) a few outings and/or assist in some other way when volunteers are needed.  Open leadership positions and other volunteer needs are publicized on the troop web site.
 
All parents are encouraged to attend the monthly troop committee meeting where adults perform troop planning (based around plans drawn-up by the scouts), discuss troop finances, and other troop business.  Minutes/agendas of most past meetings are available on the Troop Committee Agendas & Minutes page.
 
All parents are encouraged to register with the BSA as adult leaders even if not assuming a specific leadership position.  Insurance regulations require that trips be led by registered adult leaders, so registration is required even if a parent's only activity for the year is to lead a single trip.  The troop assumes the cost for adult registration.  Registration forms are linked to from the Forms page.  A photocopy of the adult's drivers license must be submitted with the registration form for the scouting equivalent of a CORI check.
 
Insurance regulations require that any car used to drive scouts to/from a scouting event be registered on the trip permit.  For this reason all parents are asked to supply the troop's Outings & Risk Management, Permits, Training leader with the following information for any cars that may be used during the course of the year for transporting scouts:
  • Kind, year, and make of vehicle
  • Number of passengers
  • Owner's name
  • Driver's license number
  • Will everyone wear a seatbelt? (hint: correct answer has 3 letters)
  • Insurance coverage:
    •   Liability per person
    •   Liability per accident
    •   Property damage
 
 
The scouting program as defined by the Boy Scouts of America and Troop 132 has extensive measures in place to ensue a Scout's safety.  This section is only an overview of those measures: 


Personal Responsibility

First and foremost, a scout must adhere to the Troop 132 Conduct Guidelines so as to not endanger himself or others.  Failure to do so can result in expulsion from a troop activity (or even the troop itself).

Adult Skills and Safety Training

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) requires specific training for adults leading a scouting trip.  For example, Youth Protection Training is needed by least one registered adult on a trip.  All overnight trips required an adult with Planning and Preparing for Hazardous Weather training.  Trips involving swimming or boating require a CPR certified adult plus a Safe Swim Defense and/or Safety Afloat trained adult.  Climbing/rappelling require a Climb On Safely trained adult, etc.

The troop's Outings & Risk Management, Permits, Training Coordinator (currently Margaret Hoag) tracks the training courses taken by all he registered adults and ensures that outings are staffed to meet the BSA's training requirements.

Much of the training is offered online, the link is under Web Links on the left of this page.  The typical online training course takes less than an hour.

Scout Knife, Ax, and Fire use

No scout is allowed to bring and/or use a knife, ax, or saw on an outing unless they have earned a Totin' Chip.  A Totin' Chip is a card certifying that the scout has received basic training in the use of these camp tools.  The Totin' chip training/requirements are outlined in the Totin' Chip Requirements form found on the Forms page.  If upon receiving a Totin' Chip card a scout is found to violate any of the safety rules a corner of the Totin's chip card will be cut.  A scout getting four corners of his card cut loses privledge to use these camp tools for 6 months and must repeat the training to regain the privledge.

THE ONLY KNIVES PERMITTED FOR USE BY SCOUTS ARE THOSE THAT LOCK OPEN.  This is capitized because some Official BSA Pocketknives do not meet this requirement.

No scout is allowed to bring and/or use matches on a scout outing or build/tend a campfire unless they have earned a Firem'n Chit card. [To do: add more details here]

Youth Protection including 2-on-1 and 1-on-2

All adult leaders undergo a screening process by the Boy Scouts of America akin to the Massachusetts CORI process.

Most adult leaders are required to participate in the BSA's online Youth Protection Training every two years.  Each scout outing requires two deep adult leadership with at least one leader having up to date youth protection training.  All parent are encouraged to register as adult leaders and take the youth protection training.  The link to the youth protection training (and all other BSA online training) is under Web Links on the left of this page.

Two key aspects of the BSA's safe scouting procedures that must be understood by all adults and scouts are the following:
  • No adult is permitted 1-on-1 contact with a scout other than their own child.  There must be either more than one adult or more than one scout present for any adult/youth interaction (i.e. 2-on-1 or 1-on-2).  Scoutmaster conferences for example generally will take place off to the side of a troop meeting within sight of he troop.  Similarly, if a scout is to be reprimanded that scout will typically be taken aside and spoken to within sight of the group.  A parent cannot drive alone with a scout other than their own child, etc.
  • No adult is permitted to sleep in the same tent with other than their own child (1-on-2 is not permitted in this case).


 
 
 
[this section to be completed]
 

 
The items remain to complete this web page
  • Scouting Ideals section
  • Leading an Outing Section
  • Replace troop neckerchief TBDs
  • Replace troop class B TBDs
  • More info on Firem'n Chit