WELCOME! to Troop 295 aka “The Eagle’s Nest”. Troop 295 American Legion Post 295. As Of: January 1, 2009. Introduction. This guide was developed to provide new Scouts and family members with an overview of who we are, and what we are all about.
Troop 295aka“The Eagle’s Nest”
American Legion Post 295
As Of: January 1, 2009
This guide was developed to provide new
Scouts and family members with an overview
of who we are, and what we are all about.
Some of the information we have included can
be used as a general reference at whatever Troop
your Scout chooses as his "home".
If after reading this guide you have any questions,
please come see us. If you need more
detailed information, please ask for a copy of
our Troop's Bylaws.
Thank you for visiting. If we offer what you're
looking for, we would be excited to have you
join our Troop!
4th & 5th Graders (ages 9-10).
Transition from Cub Scout to
Boy Scout. Webelos wear the Boy
Scout Uniform, go more places, and
do more on their own.
Den Leaders, moms & dads help the
Webelos with rank advancement.
Webelos have weekly Den Meetings
and attend Pack Meetings monthly.
Boys aged 11-17 or those who have earned the Arrow of Light and are 10 or have completed 5th Grade.
Camping, hiking, leadership and other fun outdoor activities.
Scouts begin to learn leadership skills. They plan & conduct their own meetings and activities.
Boy Scouts have weekly Troop
meetings on Wednesday’s at 7 PM & usually have monthly outings.
Scout Led, Adult Led Adult Mentored
Motto: The Eagles Nest
Provide a scouting program that is safe, interesting, challenging, educational, and
fun for the scouts!
The Aims and Methods of Boy Scouting are the building blocks Troop 295 uses to deliver our promise.
Physical, Mental &
Ideals Adult Association
Patrols Personal Growth
Outdoors Leadership Development
Troop 295 meets Monday evenings from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at Lincoln Trailer Park, Lincoln & Bloomfield.
Scouts are required to be in
uniform, bring their Scout
handbook, Log, paper, and
pen or pencil.
Patrols meet by exception.
Times and locations are at the
discretion of the Patrol Leader.
Every effort is made to schedule monthly
outings. Details are announced at Troop meetings and information is posted to our website: http://troop295.ocbsa.org & http://councciltraining.net/295
Lord Baden Powell
Founder of Scouting
Uniforms for the scouts and all leaders of Troop 295 are described as follows:
1. Official Uniform. Standard BSA uniform (shirt, pants,
belt, and socks; BSA hats are optional). Includes
distinctive Troop 295 neckerchief.
2. Activity/Field. Scout shorts or pants, scout
socks, and distinctive Troop 295 T-shirt.
At a minimum, Scouts and Scouters are required to have an Official Uniform shirt with all appropriate patches, insignia, and distinctive neckerchief within 30 days of joining the Troop. The remainder of the uniform should be purchased within 90 days. Exceptions/waivers can be made when financial hardships exist.
Note - The uniform makes the Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. Wearing the uniform shows each Scout's commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Scout identity and provides a way for Scouts to wear badges they have earned.
"Previously Owned uniforms" (adult & youth; great for campouts!)
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Youth Leadership & the Patrol Method
The Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) is the backbone of any Troop. They meet weekly before the regular Troop meeting to plan, develop, and execute the Troop's program. It is the Patrol Leaders job to bring the interests of the Scouts in their patrol to the discussion table. During the PLC, the Scoutmaster and his assistants provide guidance. The PLC consists of:
Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)
Assistant SPL Patrol Leaders
Quartermaster Troop Guide
Historian Junior Assistant
Scribe Scout Master
(Qualifications for each position is prescribed in the Troop SOP)
Barry Veale, Chairman
After satisfying a few simple requirements, the Scout Badge (first rank) is earned. Although there is no requirement for Scouts to advance in rank within a certain time frame, Scouts are encouraged to attain the rank of First Class within the first year.
The Scoutmaster (SM), Assistant SM (ASM), and youth members (approved by the SM) can sign off requirements for the next three ranks. Parents are discouraged from signing their Scout's requirements.
Before advancing to each rank, a Scout must meet with the SM to review his progress. Following the SM Conference, the Scout goes before a Board of Review (BOR). The board is not a test, but an opportunity to review how he got where he is, and set goals for himself.
By interacting with his Scoutmaster, Assistants, Committee,
and adults at home, we work to dispel the myth: "adults just don't understand!"
Each MB must be earned by working with a counselor
certified by the district and registered with the counsel.
The Troop maintains a list of certified counselors.
It is the Scouts responsibility to make contact with a
counselor and initiate a MB Application ("Blue Card"). The
card is divided into 3 parts. Once completed, copies go to
the counselor, Scout, and Troop Advancement Chairman.
After the requirements are completed and results
are recorded, the badge is awarded to the Scout, along
with a certificate, during a Court of Honor. The certificate
and/or Scout copy of the Blue Card serve as proof that the
badge was earned. The badge itself is not proof.
In addition to the Scout exercising individual initiative, opportunities
for taking MB workshops occur during summer camp and district
Throughout all our activities, great care is taken when organizing
Troop activities. We make a constant practice of the "Buddy System".
Prior to any activity involving elements of risk, leaders consult the:
Guide to Safe Scouting latest Edition
A Unit Leader's Guide for Current Policies and Proceduresto Safe Activities
- Preface -
The purpose of the Guide to Safe Scouting is to prepare adult leaders to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner. The policies and guidelines have been established because of the real need to protect members from known hazards that have been identified through eighty-plus years of experience. Limitations on certain activities should not be viewed as stumbling blocks; rather, policies and guidelines are best described as stepping stones toward safe and enjoyable adventures. Unit leaders should be aware of state or local regulations that supersede Boy Scouts of America policies and guidelines. When considering activities not specifically addressed in Scouting literature, activity planners should evaluate the benefit to the Scouting program versus the risk of injury. The benefit side includes the question: "Does the activity further the aims and methods of Scouting?"
Scouts receive basic First Aid skills for each of the first three ranks.
The troop offers and encourages scouts and adults to become certified
in: First Aid, CPR, and water safety instruction.
http://troop295.ocbsa.orgTroop Home Page
http://counciltraining.net/295 Troop 295 Communication Portal
http://orangefrontier.ocbsa.orgOrange Frontier District
http://ocbsa.orgOrange County Council
Thank you for taking the time to learn
about our Troop. Remember, if you would
like to know even more, visit our websites,
speak with an adult leader or ask for a copy
of our Bylaws & discipline policy.
We hope you have a great visit and encourage
you to support the BSA Program.