Troop Overview

This section of the Troop 615 website is intended to provide documentation on basic Troop actions and procedures.  If you have any questions, please ask!

WELCOME (Who We Are & What We Do)

Welcome to Troop 615!  Lord Baden Powell, the founder of Boy Scouts said, “Scouting is a game for boys under the leadership of boys under the direction of men.”  It’s true!  Providing boys with the opportunities to learn, have fun and demonstrate leadership is what Scouting is all about.  Along the way, boys learn and grow, develop mental, physical and emotional fitness, learn about good citizenship, and learn how to become independent and capable young men..  The boys cannot do this alone: Scouting is a team effort – Scout, Parents, and Adult Leaders. The goal of Troop 615 is to provide an environment in which the Scout can become physically strong, mentally alert, and morally straight.

PHILOSOPHY OF TROOP 615

Scouting is a game with a purpose.  If the boys aren’t having fun, they won’t participate.  If they don’t participate, they won’t get the lessons of Scouting.  The philosophy that is used is Troop 615 can be summed up on one brief phrase:  “Have fun.  Be good.  Learn lots.”  That means that we allow the boys to learn, to make their own mistakes (as long as there are no major health or safety concerns) and to learn, grow, and become independent young men, all while they’re having fun!  With your support, we can accomplish this goal.  Here are the elements of the plan.

Troop 615 is proud to be celebrating more than 40 years of Scouting.  It was originally chartered by another organization, but moved to its current sponsoring organization, the Church of the Resurrection, in the 70s.  We meet on Wednesday evenings at 7PM at the Church Hall located on the large parking lot side of the church.

Scouting is well known for teaching the basic skills, such as tying knots, cooking, and camping. While this is an integral part of Scouting, Troop 615 strives to include both adventure and learning activities for the scouts. The Troop tries to instill the ideals of scouting found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters carry out the Scouting program under the direct supervision of the Troop Committee as prescribed by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Troop’s goal is to be “boy run,” where the youth leadership plans the meetings and activities under the advisement of the Scoutmaster and with approval from the Troop Committee.

Joining Troop 615

Any boy that desires to follow the ideals of Scouting is welcome to join the Troop.

To become a Boy Scout a youth must be at least 11 years old, or

  • Have completed the 5th grade, or
  • Have earned the Arrow of Light Award (Webelo – Cub Scout Honor), and
  • be under 18 years of age.

Once the decision has been made to join Troop 615, a parent or guardian should accompany his/her son to a Troop meeting.  A membership packet will be given to the parent for review and for completion of the necessary forms.  The parent, with son, will meet with the Scoutmaster to discuss Troop 615’s Scouting Program.  A boy cannot participate in any Scouting activity until he is properly registered.

The first item each Scout should obtain is the Boy Scout Handbook, which contains information on rank requirements and general information on the Scouting program.  The Boy Scout Handbook is needed at every Troop meeting and outing.

The Second thing each Scout should obtain is a Scout Uniform.  There are two types of Scout uniforms, the Field uniform (formerly known as a Class A Uniform) and an Activity Uniform (formerly known as a Class B Uniform).

The troop’s history

http://www.bsa615.com/troop-overview/history/

membership information

http://www.bsa615.com/troop-overview/membership/

Need info on the Troop?  Contact Bruce Anderson, Troop 615 Scoutmaster at:

sm@bsa615.com