PATROLS: Troop 273 currently has 4 patrols; On average there are 4 – 8 scouts in each patrol. The boys learn teamwork and leadership within their patrols and elect their own leaders. The patrols may be formally rearranged once a year as desired by the scouts. New scouts are generally placed in their own patrols.
SCOUT LEADERSHIP ROLES: The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL – elected position), Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL – runner-up), Scribe (appointed), Quartermaster (appointed), Patrol Leader (PL – elected position for 6 months), Assistant Patrol Leader (APL – appointed), Troop Guide (appointed), Librarian (appointed), Instructor (appointed), Historian (appointed), Chaplains Aide and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster (appointed). Terms are for 6 months.
ADVANCEMENT: Scout (1st rank), Tenderfoot (2nd rank), Second Class (3rd rank), First Class (4th rank), Star (5th rank), Life (6th rank), Eagle (7th rank). Becoming an Eagle Scout is an important achievement that your son can be proud of his entire life. Advancement is something we strongly encourage but we never force – advancement is the scout’s choice and he sets his own pace but we do support the new scouts to achieve “First Class in the First year”. In the past 45 years we have had 72 scouts become Eagle Scouts and just in the past 10 years we have had 17 scouts earn their Eagle Scout rank.
MEETINGS: Monday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. unless it is a major holiday.
6:45-7 p.m. the SM and SPL/ASPL meet to discuss the meeting agenda
7-7:15 p.m. opening flag ceremony and announcements
7:15-7:45 p.m. scouts skills, merit badges and/or patrol meetings
7:45-8:15 p.m. games and/or patrol competitions or catch-up
8:15-8:30 p.m. closing and scoutmaster minute
8:30-8:35 p.m. SM/SPL/ASPL critique meeting