New to Scouting?

11255321_861164110598513_198219012166442413_nWelcome!  We were once just like you–wanting to have meaningful, fun interactions with our sons–wondering how we were going to fit that in to our busy life.  Just like you, we found scouting!  It was the best decision we could have made. We hope you will come to enjoy scouting just as much as your son.

The Boy Scouts of America  is the largest youth organization in the U.S. with nearly 3 million youth members and 1.1 million registered adult leaders.

Troop 308 has 88 Scouts and  51 registered adult leaders.  Come Join the Fun!

Purpose of the Boy Scouts of America

 It is the purpose of the Boy Scouts of America to provide an effective program designed to instill within the youth desirable qualities of character, to train them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to help develop their personal fitness, providing this country with citizens who:

  • Are physically, mentally and emotionally fit.
  • Have a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage and resourcefulness.
  • Have the desire and skills to help others.
  • Understand the principles of the American social, economic and government systems.
  • Are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand America’s role in the world.
  • Have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people.
  • Are prepared to fulfill the varied responsibilities of participating in and giving leadership to American society and in other forums of the world.

Boy Scouts of America Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and in other ways to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their full potential.  The values we strive to instill are based on those found in the Scout Oath and Law.

Troop Organization

Troop 308 is a boy-led troop.  Leadership development is one of the methods of Scouting.  Every boy will have an opportunity to participate in both shared and total leadership.  The meetings are planned and carried out by the patrol leader’s council.  All duties for patrol activities are assigned by the patrol leader. Understanding the concepts of leadership helps the boy accept the leadership of others and helps him to grow into a more responsible adult.

Why We Wear the Scout Uniform

Scouts in uniform are conscious of their rank and make a greater effort to advance.  Only the uniform provides a place for display of badges–important symbols of achievement.  Scouts in uniform have more fun, stay in scouting longer, and feel greater pride in advancement.

It is not the purpose of the Scout uniform to hide the differences between the boys or make them feel that they are all the same.  But there is one way in which all Scouts are alike.  Whenever a Scout sees another person in a Scout uniform he knows he is like that person because both have committed themselves to the principles of the Scout Oath and Law.  The Scout Oath and Law bind all Scouts of the world together in a common purpose.

By wearing the uniform, Scouts give each other strength and support.  By wearing their uniform, Scouts display a common bond while declaring their faith and commitment to the important beliefs that bind them to all people.  It is a way of making visible their belief in God, their loyalty to our country, and their commitment to helping other people who need them.