Boy Scouts is about adventure! It's also about gaining knowledge, becoming self-confident and self-reliant through accomplishment, and learning to be leaders. The boys do this by learning, practicing, and teaching skills in the areas of outdoors, fitness, community, knowledge, and leadership. There is a real focus on outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, rafting, backpacking, canoeing, etc.
HOW BOY SCOUTS IS DIFFERENT FROM CUB SCOUTS:
The key differences are:
- Boy Scouts is a boy-led, adult-supported operation
- Activities are conducted at troop meetings rather than home or home-based den meetings
- Each boy sets his own pace and uses self-initiative to take advantage of opportunities offered
- The challenges are big - skills must REALLY be mastered
- Parents don't participate with the boy, but can participate by becoming adult leaders
HOW BOY SCOUTS IS ORGANIZED:
The Patrol is the basic unit of Boy Scouts. Each patrol includes about 6 - 8 boys. Each patrol is led by a Patrol Leader and an Assistant Patrol Leader, both elected by the boys in the patrol. There are one or more adult Assistant Scout Masters who provide support to the patrol.
The patrols form a Troop. The leaders of the troop are the Senior Patrol Leader and the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, both boys who are elected by the troop. The troop is supported by the adult leaders - the Scoutmaster, the Assistant Scoutmasters, and the Adult Troop Committee.
HOW BOY SCOUTS PROGRESS:
Boy scouts progress through ranks, similar in some ways to Cub Scouts. A scout spends about the first year or so gaining basic outdoor, fitness, and related skills. The boy advances through the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class while learning, doing, and teaching the skills.
At this point, a scout becomes more senior, and focuses more on using and teaching the basic skills, as well as development of advanced skills in specific areas (earning merit badges). Senior scouts also focus on developing leadership skills, applying them through leadership positions in the troop, and providing service to the community. Senior scouts advance through the ranks of Star, Life, and finally Eagle Scout.
Boys Scouts participate in a variety of skill building, knowledge building, outdoor, and FUN activities. Scouts plan and lead their own functions. Troop meetings happen about twice a month in Troop 212 and focus on skills development and scout-level planning. The troop does something just for fun every 2 or 3 months. Examples of fun activities planned for this year include a corn maze, skiing, and snow tubing. Of course the big focus is on outdoor activities. The troop tries to do one big outdoor event per month. Examples from this year's plan include Canyonlands, the week long summer camp, Klondike Winter Camp, biking and skate park in Frisco, rock climbing, and fishing, to name just a few!!
Cub Scouts have a variety of Boy Scout Troops they can join. Troop 212 is sponsored by, and meets in the Northglenn United Methodist Church at 106th and Quivas ( MapQuest). Many of us are Pack 372 or 406 graduates and we look forward to seeing our old friends join us with Troop 212 and to make new friends from our neighbors and from other Packs.
There are approximately 26 boys and 28 adult leaders in our troop. We work to strike a balance between a strong outdoor program, advancement toward Eagle, and just plain fun!
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact: Scoutmaster: Bryon Beckwith Phone: 303 410 9007 e-mail: Scoutmaster