What does Boy Scouting offer? The program offers boys fun and friendship, gives them a chance to set and reach their own goals, allows them to be independent and responsible, and provides a compliment to family life.
Top Ten Reasons Why Boys Like Scouting
- Hanging out
- Extreme Adventure
- Water Fun
- Summer Camp
- Getting Outside
- Cool Gear
- Building Stuff
- Great Grub
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The Troop 507 program achieves the BSA's objectives of developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness.
Scout Oath (or Promise)
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
brave, clean, and reverent.
What makes a Boy Scout Troop the right Boy Scout Troop for you (or your son)?
The first step to finding a good Troop is to find Troops in your area. If you live in Winchester, or a surrounding town/city, a good start is to call the Boston Minuteman Council office, 617-615-0004 (www.bsaboston.org). The District Executive for your area will give you the locations of the Troops in your area. Remember, the closest Troop is not always the best Troop for you. We suggest that you attend meetings of each Troop in your area. Each Troop has its own personality and I am sure you will know where you fit in best…
Here are some things to look for:
Here are some questions to ask:
- Make sure the Troop does the kind of activities you like. Take a look at their calendar. Do they go camping every month? Do they go to summer camp?
- Take a look at several Troops. Attend their meetings. Do they seem organized?
- Do the adults, older Scouts, and younger Scouts all treat each other with respect?
- Do they seem to be accomplishing something? Are they having FUN?
- Is the Troop run by boy leaders, or are adults doing everything?
- How much Scouting experience has the Scoutmaster had?
- Are there any Assistant Scoutmasters to help the Scoutmaster?
- How many of their Scouts have earned the Eagle Scout rank?
- Are most of the Scouts older or younger, or do they have a good mix of ages?
- How large is their Troop Committee?
- How is transportation for Troop events handled?
- How does the Troop get the money it needs?
- How does the Troop handle parents who want to get involved?
If it is possible, talk to some of the parents of the Scouts present. Are they happy with the Troop? Do the boys seem happy? Please remember that this is a big decision for you. Hopefully the Troop you choose will be a big part of your life for the next several years. It is worth a little effort up front to make sure that this Troop is right for you. Some Troops do a great deal of canoeing, some go backpacking, and other Troops do other things.
Remember, whether you join Troop 507 or not, scouting WILL be a great experience!
<h2 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px">THE AIMS AND METHODS OF BOY SCOUTING
The Scouting program has three specific objectives, commonly referred to as the "Aims of Scouting." They are character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.
The methods by which the aims are achieved are listed below in random order to emphasize the equal importance of each.
<h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px">Ideals
The ideals of Boy Scouting are spelled out in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout motto, and the Scout slogan. The Boy Scout measures himself against these ideals and continually tries to improve. The goals are high, and, as he reaches for them, he has some control over what and who he becomes.
<h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px">Patrols
The patrol method gives Boy Scouts an experience in group living and participating citizenship. It places responsibility on young shoulders and teaches boys how to accept it. The patrol method allows Scouts to interact in small groups where they can easily relate to each other. These small groups determine troop activities through their elected representatives.
<h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px">Outdoor Programs
Boy Scouting is designed to take place outdoors. It is in the outdoor setting that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with one another. It is here that the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose. Being close to nature helps Boy Scouts gain an appreciation for God's handiwork and humankind's place in it. The outdoors is the laboratory for Boy Scouts to learn ecology and practice conservation of nature's resources.
<h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px">Advancement
Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.
<h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px">Association with Adults
Boys learn a great deal by watching how adults conduct themselves. Scout leaders can be positive role models for the members of their troops. In many cases a Scoutmaster who is willing to listen to boys, encourage them, and take a sincere interest in them can make a profound difference in their lives.
<h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px">Personal Growth
As Boy Scouts plan their activities and progress toward their goals, they experience personal growth. The Good Turn concept is a major part of the personal growth method of Boy Scouting. Boys grow as they participate in community service projects and do Good Turns for others. Probably no device is so successful in developing a basis for personal growth as the daily Good Turn. The religious emblems program also is a large part of the personal growth method. Frequent personal conferences with his Scoutmaster help each Boy Scout to determine his growth toward Scouting's aims.
<h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px">Leadership Development
The Boy Scout program encourages boys to learn and practice leadership skills. Every Boy Scout has the opportunity to participate in both shared and total leadership situations. Understanding the concepts of leadership helps a boy accept the leadership role of others and guides him toward the citizenship aim of Scouting.
<h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px">Uniform
The uniform makes the Boy Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. Boy Scouting is an action program, and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Boy Scout's commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Boy Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals. The uniform is practical attire for Boy Scout activities and provides a way for Boy Scouts to wear the badges that show what they have accomplished.
Boy Scouting is available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old or have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10, or who are 11, but not yet 18 years old.
What will change as my Cub Scout becomes a Boy Scout?
- The uniform changes from blue to tan. This may have already occurred if you bought a larger uniform as a Webelos Scout
- The shoulder loop (epaulet) changes from blue to red.
- The Scout is now part of a Troop, not a Pack.
- Scouts become part of a Patrol rather than a Den.
- Boy Scout activities are designed to meet the older boys abilities and interests
If you had fun in Cub Scouts, then being a Boy Scout will be FUN too!
Tell me more about the Boy Scout uniform...
The Troop supplies the Troop 507 neckerchief and a Scout handbook, to Scout at time of crossover or when application to Boy Scouts is made to Troop 507.
The Scout handbook, on the inside front and back covers, has information about specific patches needed and placement on the Scout uniform shirt. The Scout store employees are very helpful in providing assistance in getting what you need. In general, you need the world Scouting badge, a Boston Minuteman shoulder patch, the Troop numerals 507 and a 75 year bar that goes over the 507 numerals. Also, get the red shoulder loops (epaulets) for the Boy Scout uniform. The Arrow of Light badge is the only badge other than the religious knot (if earned), that can be carried over from Cub Scouts to the Boy Scout uniform.
Woburn Scout Shop, 400 West Cummings Park, Woburn, MA 01801, 781-937-4282 Store Hours: M-F 9:30 -6:00 PM, Saturday 9:30 am -3:00 PM, Sunday: Closed
Class "B" Troop 507 T-shirts are supplied to boys and adults usually at the end of the school year time frame, either for the year end trip or if you are going to Troop 507 week at TL Storer summer camp.