Mustang Scouts – Troop 10
If you are interested in joining Troop 10, please let our Scoutmaster know.
You can find a checklist below.
Checklist for New Scouts: http://bsatroop10.org/MustangChecklist.pdf
Mustang Scouts are the Boy Scouts that just crossed over from the Webelos program or any new Scout currently in the fifth grade. These Scouts are kept together for the first few months to get familiar with Troop 10 and begin to learn the Scouts skills they need.
The usual plan is to add the Mustangs to existing Troop patrols just after Bartle Summer Camp each summer. We make every attempt to place friends together and your input will be requested. Please send specific requests to the Scoutmaster at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Troop 10 uses the Troop’s Website: bsatroop10.org and e-mail messages to provide and distribute important information. We need to have an active e-mail address for every Scout and their parents if you want to be in this information loop. Please make sure Herb Strain has those addresses: email@example.com Please check the Website and your e-mail frequently for updates. The Troop’s complete “Policies & Procedures” and a wealth of other important information are available on the Website.
We will be attending Summer Camp at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation in Osceola, Missouri. (June 17th thru June 26th) Osceola is just south of Clinton, MO on Truman Lake. This is a wonderful experience for every Scout and the Troop strongly encourages all Scouts to attend. Parents often find camp relaxing and are also encouraged to come and stay from 1 to 10 days.
Troop 10 plans and camps one weekend every month from September thru May. We also have a special campout in early June just for our Mustang Scouts. The Troop has a large stock of equipment we use on our campouts and other outings. We provide: tents, ground cloths (tarps), cooking equipment, water coolers, propane lanterns, tables, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, first aid supplies & shelters. We DO NOT provide tents or tarps for Adults. We also DO NOT provide: cups, plates, bowls, knives, forks or spoons for Scouts or Adults. Troop 10 has a policy about chairs: Only Adults & Eagle Scouts can use lawn chairs (with backs) on campouts. Other scouts can use tripod type camp chairs. Adults are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.
All scouts are responsible to “be prepared” for these outings. Appropriate clothing and gear are to be planned for and brought to each campout. A list is available in the Boy Scout Handbook.
Flyers are made available for every campout. This will contain all of the specifics of that outing. Scouts (and parents planning to attend) MUST signup for these outings in advance, so we can plan and provide the appropriate gear and food. Signup should be done at the Troop Meetings or directly with the Leader listed on the flyer.
Troop 10 holds a regular meeting on most every Monday evening during the school year. These take place at 7:00pm at Prairie Star Middle School and lasts 60 - 90 minutes. The exceptions to this are that we usually hold a Patrol Leader’s Council Meeting the Monday after weekend campouts. Mustangs do not need to attend Patrol Leader’s Council Meetings. We do not hold meetings when there is no school scheduled on that Monday (at Blue Valley Schools). Please check the Troop Calendar on the Website for the exact schedule.
All Scouts are expected to wear their full Class “A” uniform to all Troop Meetings. Information on proper uniforming is available on the Troop’s Website. Troop 10 keeps a supply of used Boy Scout uniforms. We have a “Uniform Exchange several time a year – check the calendar for exact dates. To donate, sell or purchase from the uniform exchange, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Scout MUST have a Handbook. This should have their name clearly marked on the outside edge of the book pages. All Advancement will be recorded in the book. A book cover is recommended and there is also a hardbound copy available. Every advancement requirement is resourced in this handbook. Scouts should bring their Scout Handbook to every meeting and campout.
Boy Scout Advancement is different from Cub Scouts. Parents can no longer sign off completed requirements. Please check the “Troop 10 Advancement Policies” under the Advancement Section on the Website for complete details. The first Rank is “Scout” and all you have to do is simply read the joining requirements (chapter 1) and present yourself to an Adult Leader for a “Scoutmaster’s Conference”. This and all other ranks & awards are presented at Troop Courts of Honor. These usually take place in September, December & May.
The Troop uses a laptop computer to track & record Scout Advancement. It is every Scout’s responsibility to have his Rank Advancement & other Awards entered into the computer for them to be presented. This information is also available on the Troop’s website in a password protected section – secure pages.
We track attendance at meetings and on campouts and use this towards Rank Advancement. (55% is required) Scouts are responsible to make sure their attendance is properly recorded. Attendance printouts are available for your review on the Website under the ‘secure pages’ section. As you work towards 2nd & 1st Class Ranks you will notice that 2nd Class requires five(5) Troop Activities and 1st Class requires an additional five(5) Activities. This seems to hold up most Scouts in their first few months with the Troop. Activities that count are: Campouts, Courts of Honor, “Adopt-A-Highway”, help on other Scout’s Eagle Projects and a few other special events. (Troop Meetings don’t count as ‘activities’)
Some of the older Scouts are involved in Boy Scout Honor Camping Programs. These include the ‘Tribe of Mic-O-Say’ & the ‘Order of the Arrow’. Mustangs will have plenty of time to learn more about these and will hopefully be invited to join them when they reach the appropriate level in Scouts.
Annual dues are paid in the January. Campouts are self-funding. Campout fees are published on the informational flyer. Additional patrol food costs are handled within each Patrol. Troop 10 usually holds an annual fundraiser in the Fall. Fees are paid to our Troop Treasurer. Bartle Summer Camp Scout & Adult fees are maintained separately and paid to our Troop Treasurer. You may also use PayPal to pay fees. A link can be found on the Troop 10 Website Homepage.
Boy Scouts open wonderful adventures and opportunities for every young man. There are many new things to get used to and learn. Please do not hesitate to ask any of our Troop Leaders questions as they arise. There are no foolish questions.
Once again, welcome…