Your child is a Scout… Now What!?
For an introduction to how scouting works, visit the “For Youth” Page. On the “For Youth” page you will find:
- What you need to buy
- What the troop provides
- How to prepare for your first camp-out
- How patrols & leadership work – Scouts BSA is Youth-Led!
Below is information about how you can help the troop grow and meet the needs of you and your child.
This page also addresses concerns you may have as a parent or guardian, but things kids probably don’t care about.
Who are Your Leaders?
The leaders in troop 95 (your scoutmaster, committee chair, committee members, etc) are people just like you. They all work full-time and have families, no-one gets paid to help run the troop.
Your assistance,no matter how small, is crucial to creating an enjoyable experience for your youth. If you feel the troop isn’t performing a job satisfactorily, then that is a great place for you to help out!
Join our Committee! The Committee is a group of adults who help run the “behind the scenes” activities, such as event reservations, budgeting, planing fundraisers etc. Every committee member is a person who volunteers their time to make sure the youth have a quality program. Most of the members are parents who work full-time. We ask that each person contribute to the committee, even if it is in a small way.
Many Hands Make Light Work. There are many roles that need filled to make the troop successful. Please review the adult positions below and let us know which one you can help with.
There are many opportunities for you to participate in troop activities. We limit the number of adults at camping activities and only registered volunteers may camp with the troop. We reserve the right to ask adults to leave an activity if their behavior interferes or is unacceptable. Alcohol, drugs and gambling is not allowed at any event. Please check with the troop for current rules regarding medical Marijuana.
- All leaders must take Youth Protection Training
- Anyone wishing to accompany a troop activity must take Youth Protection Training
- IOLS Training is required to lead at Outdoor Activities (Camping)
We are passionately dedicated to ensuring the safety of our youth. The following steps are taken to ensure the scouting environment is safe.
Youth Protection Training is Required BEFORE You Can Volunteer (it’s free and online)
- All adult volunteers must complete Youth Protection Training before registering as a volunteer. All leaders are required to pass a background check. Youth Protection Training and background checks must be re-done every 2 years.
- Any adult participating in a scout activity must complete “Youth Protection” training
- Anyone participating in 72 or more hours of activities over the course of a year are required to register with the BSA. These hours do not need to be contiguous.
- Training is available at my.scouting.org or ScoutBook.com. Upon completion of this training, your certificate will be emailed to you. You must e-mail the committee chair a copy of the certificate.
- You will not be able to participate as a leader or chaperone until we receive a copy of your certificate.
Youth Protection Rule #1: No one-on-one contact.
Adults can not be alone with a child. If a child needs to talked with, it will be done within site of the troop. All digital communication between a youth and adult must include at least one other adult.
- In many cases, we will include the parent in digital communication.
- If you have concerns about the content of the communication, please discuss it with the scoutmaster or committee chair privately, in a separate message.
- If you wish to delegate another adult to receive these messages, please notify the committee and scoutmaster.
- Adult Leader Training: Volunteers must take the online training for their position or attend Position training at USA at camp Mile’s in April (all day Saturday.)
- Campout Chaperones must take IOLS training. Check the council’s website – swflcouncilbsa.org – for upcoming dates.
- Other suggested training can be taken at my.scouting.org and includes Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat, Hazardous Weather Training, Climb On Safely
Transporting Scouts & Gear
Anyone wishing to transport scouts and/or gear must provide a copy of their driver’s license and auto insurance, complete the Drive Safely course at my.scouting.org and within the Troop Driver Pledge. It is suggested you have adequate insurance minimums to cover your vehicle, injuries to youth, and equipment damages. These limits will be higher if you are towing the scout trailer.
- Take Drive Safely Training at My.Scouting.org
- Complete the Drivers safety checklist
- Sign the Driver’s Pledge
- Provide a copy of their Driver’s license and insurance.
- Review the Guide to Safe Scouting section on transportation
The use of Electronics is strictly prohibited while driving.
Delegate a youth or adult to handle troop communication while you are driving and make sure everyone has their phone number.
Teaching - Merit Badge Counselors
To become an Eagle Scout, Youth must complete 21 merit badges. Scouts BSA offers over 400 Merit Badges and you can help teach them by becoming a merit badge counselor.
As a merit badge counselor, we may ask you to teach lessons during our normally scheduled meetings. In some cases, we may ask you to teach during a special outing.
A separate application (but no fee) is required to be a merit badge counselor and the training course must be completed. Merit Badge counselors are volunteers with the council.
You can see a list of merit badges on the Boy Scouts of America Website
What is a Scout BSA Troop?
Every Scouts BSA troop is “owned” by a chartered organization, which receives a national charter yearly to use the Scouting program as a part of its youth work. These chartered organizations, which have goals compatible with those of the Boy Scouts of America, include religious, educational, civic, fraternal, business, labor, governmental bodies, and professional associations.
Each chartered organization using the Scouting program provides a meeting place, selects a Scoutmaster, appoints a troop committee of at least three adults, and chooses a chartered organization representative.
The troop committee works on behalf of the chartered organization and operates within the organization’s policies:
- The chartered organization approves all adult leaders.
- The COR is your liaison to the troop’s operating organization.
- The Boy Scouts of America provides the program and support services
- The chartered organization provides the adult leadership and uses the program to accomplish its goals for youth
- The troop committee’s primary responsibilities are supporting the Scoutmaster in delivering quality troop program, and handling troop administration.
Experience has shown that troops with committees of seven or more members work more effectively and provide better troop program support. The minimum number of committee members required is three adults ages 21 or older.
There are many jobs that need to be done to ensure the success of the troop. Theses jobs are done by the committee members. Below are some jobs you can help with.
The Committee Chair
The troop’s Committee Chair is the most important position of a committee. The Committee Chair presides over the Committee and and maintains the relationship between the Chartered Organization and the Troop.
- Organize the committee to see that all functions are delegated, coordinated, and
- Maintain a close relationship with the chartered organization representative and the
- Interpret national and local policies to the
- Prepare troop committee meeting
- Call, preside over, and promote attendance at monthly troop committee meetings and any special meetings that may be
- Ensure troop representation at monthly
- Secure top-notch, trained individuals for camp
- Arrange for charter review and recharter
- Plan the charter
Scouts BSA, Troop 95, Committee Chair:
Alt. Cell: 941-916-2555
Committee Members & Roles
Duties of the COR Be a member of the chartered organization Serve as head of "Scouting department" in the organization Secure a troop committee chair and encourage training Maintain a close liaison with the troop committee chair Help recruit other adult leaders Serve...
Duties of the New Scout Parent Coordinator Welcome all new Scout parents and provide them with information about the troop Provide an orientation for new Scout parents about how the troop works Assign parents to help with at least one specific task, assignment, or...
Duties of the Membership Coordinator: Develop a plan for year-round membership flow into the troop (plan activities to recruit from Cub Scout packs) Work closely with the Cubmaster and Webelos den leader of neighboring Cub Scout packs to provide a smooth transition...
Duties of the Equipment Coordinator / Quartermaster: Supervise and help the troop procure camping Work with the quartermaster on inventory and proper storage and maintenance of all troop equipment Make periodic safety checks on all troop camping gear, and encourage...
Duties of the Training Coordinator Ensure troop leaders and committee members have opportunities for training (refer to the council's calendar) Maintain an inventory of up-to-date training materials, videos, and other training resources (my.scouting.org) Make sure all...
Duties of the Advancement Coordinator: Encourage Scouts to advance in rank Work with the troop scribe to maintain all Scout advancement records (using Scoutbook, requires assistance of a Key 3) Arrange monthly troop boards of review (third Monday of each month)...
Duties of the Activities Coordinator: Help in securing permission to use camping sites Serve as transportation coordinatorMake sure we have enough drivers & seats to get youth too & from campMake sure driving distance, stops & breaks meet "Guide to Safe...
Duties of the Youth Protection Treasurer Handle all troop Paybills on recommendation of the Scoutmaster and authorization of the troop committee. Maintain checking and savings accounts Train and supervise the troop scribe in record keeping Keep adequate records of...
Duties of the Secretary Keep minutes of meetings and send out committee meeting Handle publicity Prepare a family newsletter or web page of troop events and Conduct the troop resource Plan for family night programs and family activities At each meeting, report the...
Youth Protection is very important to our troop. Everyone is responsible for making sure the BSA's Youth Protection Guidelines are met, but our troop has taken it one step further. We have establised the role of Youth Protection Educator to make sure everyone is aware...