General Parent Information
Parents of new and returning scouts are encouraged to read the
Parents Welcome Letter and Handout
and the Troop Information and Handbook
Troop 42 is a uniformed organization. All scouts and
leaders are expected to wear their official uniforms for each weekly
meeting and other troop functions unless instructed otherwise.
The troop's official uniform,
sometimes also called a "Class
A" uniform consists of the
official Boy Scout
long-sleeved or short-sleeved shirt with shoulder
loops (If you need information on where to sew patches onto the official
uniform, take a look at the
Uniform Inspection Sheet.),
(long, short, or zip-offs, which give you both)
Scout belt and buckle
Scout socks or knee socks
neckerchief (provided by
the troop) with slide
merit badge sash
The Scout Handbook should be
brought to each meeting
An activity uniform, sometimes also called a "Class
B", utility, or field uniform, is worn when the official uniform is not
comfortable or appropriate. The scout will be told when to wear
the activity uniform. It generally consists of:
- a scouting tee-shirt or other troop or camp shirt
- Scout pants or shorts
Uniforms can be purchased from the
official on-line store or from a a
If your scout has outgrown any pieces of his uniform, please
contribute it to the Troop Uniform Bank so that other scouts
may make use of it. The uniform bank list
currently available. Please contact the
Troop Uniform Bank Coordinator
if you can contribute
something in the bank.
Courts of Honor
Courts of Honor are possibly the most important events for your son's
scouting career. They are held
three times a year (fall, mid winter, and late spring)
individual scout's achievement as well as troop activities. Parents are
encouraged to attend all Courts of Honor to share with their son the
pride of accomplishment, and the achievements of their fellow patrol and
troop members. Scouts are required to wear their full or 'class A' uniforms.
The troop has a participation policy
rank advancement and an explanation of
for parents. For more information, check the Advancement page
Parents are invited
to all troop meetings, and might
find it especially interesting at the beginning and end of the meetings
when announcements are made. Parents are also invited on all camping
trips. Parents camp away from, but not out of ear-shot, of the
boys, and often assist in running programs for the boys. The
parents' patrol, known as the Big Kahunas, is well known for excellent
food and great company.
Parents are also invited to all Troop Committee meetings.
The troop is always looking for people to serve. If you can
help, please contact the
- a 2nd adult Quartermaster to help track and organize the
- a Fundraising Coordinator to lead the annual Wreath and
Poinsettia sale and coordinate other fundraisers
- Merit Badge Counselors to teach merit badges.
Counselors can choose from a wide variety of subjects in which they
themselves have interest. The BSA National Council publishes
information on how to become a counselor.
- a Range Master for teaching rifle and shotgun shooting
merit badges (must be NRA certified).
- Troop Committee members. You do not need scouting experience to
contribute. Troop Committee meetings are held once a month, and are posted in the
- Assistant Scoutmasters to help the boys run the program.
Annual troop dues are $114.00 per boy and are paid in October. If paying dues will
cause a financial hardship, please speak to the
boy will be refused because of financial hardship.
How are Troop Funds Used?
troop funds support Troop 42 camping programs, awards, and training,
but a significant portion is paid to the Boy Scouts of
America national and district .
The primary fundraiser for the year is the Annual Wreath &
Poinsettia sale that runs from Mid-October thru Thanksgiving weekend.
To reach the goal we again need full participation by the troop. So the plan is to:
a. Collect a fund raising fee of $100 per
scout, which will be collected in December when the drive is
over. To encourage participation, there are a number of rewards:
b. Refund $50 of the fund raising fee if sales of $150 - $249 are made.
c. Refund the full $100 fund raising fee if sales of $250 or more are made.
d. If sales exceed the $250 goal, then a
credit of $5 toward dues or summer camp will be granted per $50 of
The success of this effort helps keep the annual dues reasonable and
makes the program put together by the boys possible. Over the past few
years, the troop added the July 4th Pancake Breakfast, which has
yielded important funds for the Troop and generating great publicity at
the same time. Breakfast at Applebee's has also become an annual
event helping to fund our camping activities. The Troop Fundraising
committee continues to look for new ways to generate funds for the
troop program. Anyone with additional ideas for fundraising
should contact our
Friends of Scouting
Every fall you are asked to pay local dues to your unit. These fees keep
your pack, troop or crew operating and maintain registration with the
Boy Scouts of America. This income does not support your local
Connecticut Yankee Council. The Council is supported primarily through a
partnership program called Friends of Scouting (FOS).
Friends of Scouting provides for liability insurance, training courses,
program events, four first class outdoor camping facilities and special
outreach programs. Connecticut Yankee Council provides direction,
consistent quality programs and protection for youth involved in your
local Scouting unit. Friends of Scouting also helps provide much needed
Scouting opportunities for "at risk" youth in the inner-city areas.
Your support of Friends of Scouting allows your Council to provide
quality summer camp programs at affordable prices. Friends of Scouting
dollars provide camp scholarships, or "camperships," that give every
youth the opportunity to attend summer camp. Friends of Scouting dollars
also help to ensure that when your unit needs assistance, a lending hand
is there to help. Friends of Scouting is truly a partnership between
families and their Boy Scout Council.
Web Site Photo Policy
Troop 42 abides by the National BSA
. Last names and contact information of youth members
are not published on the troop web site. Photos of activities are
published, but without names or identified photos.
If you do not want images of your son to be published, please contact
webmaster and no image including your son will be used.
Controlled Substance Policy
The troop has a controlled substance policy
that applies to all troop activities.