Fast Facts about Boy Scouting and Troop 1719
Scouting is the best way for our community to work together to raise strong young men. City boys need Scouting to become the next generation of male leaders in the community.
Boy Scouting was founded in England in the 1900s as a way to use fun and adventure to prepare boys from all walks of life to become fit, enthusiastic young men with practical skills. It uses the outdoors as a classroom for learning leadership.
The Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1911 and is one branch of the World Organization of the Scouting Movement, involving boys (and girls) in nearly every country on Earth. Collectively, Scouting is the largest youth-serving organization in the world.
Boys must be at least 11 years old, or have completed 5th grade, or be a 4th grade Webelos Cub Scout who has earned the Arrow of Light award. Youth members transition to adult membership at age 18.
Parents/Guardians are key to a Scout’s success by making sure a young Scout has what he needs, and is where he needs to be. As a Scout reaches First Class Rank, the parents/guardians step back and let him prepare himself for his Scouting adventures.
Parents/Guardians are essential to the strength of the Troop. We expect parents/guardians to meet monthly as a Troop Committee. The Troop relies on parents to provide organizing help, transportation, trained leadership, fundraising help, skills instruction, and connections to great resources in the community to surround the Scouts with role models of people with a positive life purpose.
All direct-contact adults (whether related or not to a Scout) MUST complete the BSA online Youth Protection training as well as securing the PA Child Abuse and FBI Criminal Record clearances. These are due by Dec 1 or within 6 weeks of joining, whichever comes first.
Adults can become members of the BSA by filling out an Adult Membership form. Adult members who wish to become trained leaders can take training, subsidized by the Troop.
Scouts and Scout Leaders must agree to live by the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Motto, Slogan and Outdoor Code in their daily lives. The Troop has also developed its own Code of Conduct.
Scouts are expected to contribute to their expenses by earning money, fundraising, odd jobs, and other creative means. Parent/Guardians will need to support these efforts with additional fundraising or payments.
Troop meetings are Wednesday evenings from 7:15 until 9 PM Scouts wear their full uniform to meetings except in summertime. Scouts learn to plan and lead meetings with support from adult leaders.
We expect Scouts to be early to arrive to meetings, in order to have time for some free play, to set up the area for the meeting, and to be ready to start the opening ceremony at 7:15 PM every Wednesday.
Troop 1719 has an ambitious schedule of events. The monthly cost for camping trips, outings and food is roughly $90. If paid according to the monthly payment plan or raised through numerous fundraising opportunities, there should be ample funds for summer camp at the end of the school year.
We have wonderful experiences ranging from fall, winter, spring and summer camping; wilderness adventures; visits to historic sites; snow sports; first aid competitions; community service; cooking competitions; quartstaff drill exhibitions; sporting events; backpacking; and earning merit badges in many subject.
Summer Camp is essential to Scouting because it is a week-long experience where Scouts learn to work together, achieve and grow in individual responsibility, and join the broader world of Scouting in our area.
The Troop has some uniform parts that have been donated. Check our clothes rack first before purchasing items new. A new uniform shirt is about $35 and new pants are about $40.
Troop 1719 is the only Boy Scout Troop that performs the quarterstaff drill. We are always looking for public venues in which to perform drills and flag ceremonies.
Troop 1719 is an Inclusive Scouting Unit dedicated to making a safe space for youth without regard to race, creed, ability, sexual orientation, family structure, or income level.