Troop 8 Public Home Page

 

 

Troop 8 is a new Boy Scout Troop in Spartanburg, SC that is chartered by Westminster Presbyterian Church.  We meet on Sunday nights from 6:30 to 7:45 at the Emory Road House building next to the church where many of our church youth programs meet.

We are a small troop that just formed in May 2016, so we are always interested in new scouts joining.  Currently, we have mostly first year scouts but are open to boys from Sixth grade (second year of fifth grade if coming directly from Cub Scouts) up to their 18th birthday.

If you are interested in learning more about Troop 8, you can reach our Scout Master, John Lodmell, at john.lodmell@gmail.com.

 

Troop 8 Philosophy

  • General
    • Boy Led Troop, the intent is to have Older Boys teaching younger boys.  When the boys don't have the skills knowledge, Adults will teach them
    • We learn by doing whenever possible
    • We will let boys fail since some lessons are best learned through failure
  • Expectations for Behavior
    • We expect mutual trust and mutual respect for all boys and leaders
    • Boys will refer to adults as Mr or Mrs (Lastname)
    • Boys will address issues between other boys directly and respectfully
      • Issues no resolved will be escalated to Patrol Leader/ SPL/ Scoutmaster (in that order)
    • The Scout Troop does not administer discipline of any kind.  Any issues with behavior will be brought to the attention of the parent or guardian and in severe and/or recurring issues, the Scout may be removed from the Troop
  • Uniform
    • Scout Shirt
    • Belt
    • Troop Neckerchief - Purchased from Troop
    • Troop Beret - Purchased from Troop
    • Hope to add a Troop T-Shirt in the near future and a ball cap option for more of a Class B/Activity uniform
  • Events
    • Our plan is to have 1 outdoor outing a month
    • Prefer Primitive low cost camping instead of premier destination camping
    • Adults (non-Scoutmasters) may attend scouting outings if additional supervision is needed.  To do so, the adult will need to be a registered member of Boy Scouts of America and complete YPT
  • Gear
    • The troop has been accumulating and purchasing patrol and troop level gear that is to be used by the group
      • Group Cooking Gear
      • Lanterns
      • First Aid Kits
      • Tents
      • Tarps/Structures
    • It is expected that the Scouts will be able to provide their own personal gear
      • Sleeping Bags
      • Mess Kit
      • Backpacks
    • If a Scout (or an Adults) does not have a specific piece of personal gear needed for a particularly outing, there are many opportunities to borrow the necessary gear (many of us have extra gear that we can lend versus needing a family to go out and buy new stuff all at once)
  • Communication and Planning
    • We utilize TroopTrack as our Scout Management System
      • Handles calendar, event payment, registration, rank advancement, communication (email and text), website
  • Financial
    • We do not receive any regular financial support from outside groups for Scouting
    • We do fundraisers including Popcorn and the money that each boy earns goes into an individual scout account that can be used to pay for any expenses
    • Each event is a pay to play event (boys pay and adults pay)
    • There will be some dues charged this year to cover administrative costs and re chartering
  • Advancement
    • Some requirements will be covered in meetings
    • Some requirements will need to be covered at home
      • For those "home work" items Scout (not parent) is required to provide evidence of their completed items and discuss with a Scoutmaster 
      • Older Scouts may review younger Scouts completed items and notify a Scoutmaster that the work has been successfully completed (exception - siblings cannot sign off)
    • Once Scoutmaster accepts, the record is updated in Scouttrack
    • Scoutmaster will perform Scoutmaster conference (discussion of scouting lessons learned and not a knowledge test)
    • Committee will have Board of Review to review Scouts progress and discuss scouting program (not a knowledge test)
      • Whenever possible, we desire that members of the charter organization participate in the board of review as a "quality check" and feedback tool on how the troop is performing in meeting its mission
  • Troop Committee
    • We believe that a healthy Scout troop has an active and involved committee behind it
    • We encourage every family to have an adult involved in the committee in some capacity
      • Committee responsibilities are intended to be aligned to match up skill sets and availability
      • Prefer to operate under the philosophy of "Many hands make light work" as well as gaining different viewpoints and inputs on the direction of the troop