About Troop 113
Troop 113 is chartered by the Centerport, New York Fire Department and has been striving to fulfill the scouting promise since 1940.
We meet Monday nights from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at
Elwood Middle School
100 Kenneth Avenue, Greenlawn, NY 11740.
The Troop has a Senior Patrol Leader and two Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders. These positions are held by Senior Scouts, (Senior Scouts have achieved the rank of Star or higher). Their job is to run the meetings and to make sure that the patrols are functioning properly.
Troop 113 also has Troop Guides. The Troop Guides are Senior Scouts that work closely with new Scouts and are responsible to help them advance in rank from Scout to First Class. One Troop Guide is assigned to each patrol.
One of the most important positions is that of the Patrol Leader. The Patrol Leader is responsible for running his patrol and coordinating the members of that patrol in preparing for the various trips. This is achieved by delegating responsibilities and duties in the acquisition of various supplies and sharing the load of carrying patrol equipment on hikes and campouts. The Assistant Patrol Leader helps the Patrol Leader in the execution of his duties and will become acting Patrol Leader in the absence of the Patrol Leader.
A Patrol is a group of Scouts (not more than eight) that identify themselves by a patrol name, have a patrol flag, and a patrol yell. This group of Scouts will usually camp together on trips and share the responsibilities of cooking, clean up, and caring for the Patrol’s equipment. All Scouts will have the opportunity to rotate into positions of leadership and responsibility. This will enable the Scout to develop his leadership and problem-solving skills. If any Scout has any questions or concerns he should follow the chain of command. The chain of command begins with the Patrol Leader. If the Patrol Leader can’t help or have a solution, the Patrol Leader will go to the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and the Senior Patrol Leader who will go to the Assistant Scoutmaster and Scoutmaster if the problem or question cannot be solved or answered. It is done this way to help develop and sharpen the problem-solving and leadership abilities of the Scouts. Solving problems without going to adult leadership helps build character and self-esteem.
More About Troop Leadership
Meets once a month. The Troop Committee is made up of parents that administer the Troop Program (calendar of events) and is responsible for making the arrangements for the various activities and trips. Parents are encouraged to join the Troop Committee and to become involved and active in the troop. There are many troop event jobs and sub-committees in which parents are expected to lead or assist. The Committee meets every 1st Wednesday of the month.
The Committee also is responsible to administer the Boards of Review. A Board of Review is made up of three committee members that interview a Scout when that Scout is ready to advance in rank. The Board participates in the celebration of a scout’s accomplishment of earning a new rank. Remember, it is more about the scout’s journey. A badge recognizes what a young man is able to do and how he has grown. It is not so much, a reward for what he has done. The Committee and the Committee Chairman also monitors the progress of the Troop and ensures that the Scoutmaster is doing his job by fulfilling the Troop program.
Troop Meetings are held weekly, one meeting each month is dedicated to the Patrol Leaders Council or PLC. Uniforms are required. A uniform consists of a shirt, Official BSA pants or shorts, belt, hat, neckerchief, and slide. Scout book should be brought to all meetings. Patrol Flags should be brought to all meetings.
To be held as needed and arranged by the patrol leader and within the patrol.
PLC (PATROL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL) MEETINGS
Once monthly. Patrol Leaders (or Assistant Patrol Leaders), Senior Patrol Leaders, Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders, and Adult Leadership attend these meetings. Uniforms are not required at PLC Meetings.
Once monthly. Scouts who are motivated to attain the rank of Eagle should attend regularly.
Troop 113 has established (August 2017) an outreach program for our local Packs. The goal is to help the Cubs transition into Boy Scouts and support our local Packs with assistance as needed. As a former Cubmaster our Outreach coordinator, Edie Pulizzotto, understands how important it is to establish a relationship with the Troops and get the boys excited about Boy Scouts.
Our Troop is available to do demos for your Pack, like how to prepare for a camping trip or how to set up a tent. This can be done on an evening when you might want to speak to the parents about the upcoming year. If you need assistance with some advancement requirements, our Scouts may be able to help.
We can also provide Den Chiefs to your unit. They are a great resource. The Cubs love working with the “big boys” and it is another set of hands at a meeting. It also encourages the boys to move on to Boy Scouts.
We would like to invite your Den to meet our Troop at the upcoming Webelos Woods in October. At this time, we are planning a fire building demonstration. It is a great time to meet some of our Scouts and leadership and get a feel for our Troop.
If you have other needs that we can help you with, please let us know. We look forward to working with you in the future. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Outreach Coordinator.