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For Boys and their Parents

We are pleased that you are considering joining Boy Scout Troop 389. It is our hope that you will find your time with Troop 389 a rewarding and, most of all, fun experience in which to continue or begin your Scouting adventure.

We have an active program, attempting to camp one weekend out of each month and to schedule as many varied camping locations and experiences as possible throughout the year. There will be backpacking camp outs and longer hikes on some outings. We encourage attendance at as many activities as you can make. If you miss one camp out you may lose out on an advancement or merit badge opportunity that may not be offered again for some time. Some activities require that you have participated in prior events to gain the knowledge and skills to safely participant in the current activity.

Our Troop meetings are planned by and for the Scouts, not adult leaders. This is your Troop and your responsibility to run it as you feel will allow all of you to meet and exceed the scouting ideals. A Patrol Leader's Council (PLC) made up of Scouts takes the lead in planning and executing our Troop program under the guidance of the Scoutmaster. These boy leaders are elected by their peers.

We want your parent to be active as well! We have a variety of areas in which we need and would appreciate their participation. We have a Troop Committee made up of parents and other adults that meets monthly to discuss and initiate planning for scouting events, camp outs, facilitate transportation and fund raising necessary to help our troop go and support the final plans made by the Patrol Leader's Council.

All parents are invited to paticipate the Troop. We encourage parents to consider a role in which they can best use their talents and skills (i.e., Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Fund raising, Advancement, Activities Chairs, Transportation, Merit Badge Counselors, or as an assistant to one of these positions). We have found that in most cases the Scouts who have parents who take an active role in the Troop's leadership are the Scouts who make a strong commitment to and get the most of their Scouting experience. There are training classes to get you started from Fast Start, to Scoutmaster Fundamentals (North Star), to more advanced (Woodbadge) training. All of the current adults started out where you are--so just jump right up and ask the Scoutmaster or Committee Chair how you can help. Filling out the Troop Resource Survey is a good place to start.

Parents--Shhhh-don't tell the scouts, but sometimes we have as much or more fun than the scouts do!

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Troop Dues and Fees

Scouts Monthly Dues:     $5.00  

  • Boy registration fee: $7.00
  • Insurance premium: $1.00
  • Adult Registration Fees: $8.58
  • Optional - Boys Life: $9.00
  • Webelos transferring in Spring to Troop: $1.00

Please note that part of these fees are prorated based on the month in which you join. The yearly Dues are adjusted if you join during the last three months of the year.

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Age Requirements

In order to join the Boy Scouts of America a boy must have completed the fifth grade or be 11 years old or has earned the Arrow of Light Award, but is under 18 years old. Prior to this time the boy can participate in the Cub Scout Program. You DO NOT need any previous scouting experience to join Troop 389 --just the desire to learn, have fun, spend time outdoors, and agree to live by the Scout Oath, Law and Promise.

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Application Form

We suggest that a prospective scout schedule a visit to one of our Troop Meetings before deciding to join the Troop. This will give the you and your parents a chance to meet with us and see how the Troop operates before joining. Once you decide to join us, then you will need to fill out an application form which can be obtained from the Scoutmaster. Once the application is filled out it needs to be submitted to the Scoutmaster with the applicable fees.

Parents, we encourage you to submit your application at the same time. Our boys and our Troop benefit the most when one or both parents or legal guardian become registered and active in the Troop. All of the adults who participate in the Troop are busy with their jobs, families, churches, clubs and other activities, too. Being "too busy" is usually not considered a valid excuse for a lack of support for our boys and our Troop.

We believe that your son will get out of scouting as much as you are willing to put into the program--a few hours is a small investment in your son's future. Please discuss with the Committee Chair or Scoutmaster what talents you have that can assist the Troop. Even if you can only drive on camp outs, that may be enough. We don't expect you to devote all your waking hours to the Troop, but we do ask that you assist where and when you can.

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