Since the inception of Scouting, Troops have been subdivided into smaller groups called patrols. This arrangement allows friendly competition within the Troop and competition inspires learning. Each patrol in the Troop has a history and a great deal of pride. Patrol names are carried on for the life of the Troop. Scouts are placed in a patrol soon after joining the Troop and are encouraged to remain in that patrol until they are elected to a Troop leadership position. Patrol names that have been used in Troop 1 include Black Knights, Blues Brothers, Cobra, Party, and Spartans.
The Troop Committee provides guidance and support to the Scoutmaster for Troop administrative and policy matters. Members of this body are appointed and include scout parents, the Scoutmaster, at least one Assistant Scoutmaster, at least one member of the Chartered Organization, and other interested individuals from the community who support the work of Troop 1. The Committee meets on the third Thursday of each month during the year. Significant notes from these meetings will be published in the Troop 1 emails.
Parents can provide support for Scouting activities throughout the year. Parental involvement is exceedingly important to a successful scouting program. All parents of Troop 1 scouts are encouraged to make a commitment to help in any way they can. Possibilities include: giving programs at meetings, organizing games, publishing a newsletter, keeping records for competitions, offering transportation for camping trips and other events, teaching merit badges and other skills, etc. Parents are also encouraged to attend our camping trips. Occasionally, the trips will involve too much activity for some parents (a 20 mile hike, rock climbing, backpacking, etc.), but we would like to have at least a few parents on each trip.
The adult leaders of any Scout Troop are unpaid volunteers. They pay fees and camping expenses just as the scouts do. Often times they absorb the additional hidden expenses of a Troop trip (e.g. travel or extra equipment). Their only compensations are the fun of participating in Scouting's activities and the pride of watching young men grow into responsible adults. Please treat these people with respect.
Adult volunteers may or may not have sons in the Troop. All parents are encouraged to volunteer their talents as an adult leader, a merit badge counselor, or another position for which they feel qualified. Application forms are available from the Scoutmaster or the Advancement Chairman.