Our Program

Please take a moment to read through the important elements of the Troop 701 Scouting Program described below.

Meeting Time & Location

We meet at Howard Chapman Elementary School Tuesday nights 7:00 – 8:30 Map
The exceptions to this are nights that there is no school due to snow, holidays, or
other days it is closed. In addition, there are nights, such as special elections that we
will not meet at the school. The Tuesday night after a campout will be an
Advancement Night. Scouts should come prepared to work on passing or learning
Scout skills. The session will last from 7:00 to 7:45 for everyone except the older boys.

We Are A Boy Led Program

Now more than ever, Scouting trains boys in important life-skills.  A boy led program provides good practice at both teamwork and leadership.  In addition, Scouts in boy-led programs are responsible for carryout the plans they themselves set down.

Teamwork and leadership practice takes a group, yet in today’s world, youth are increasingly spending too much time in isolation. Too much television, video games, mobile-apps, and online-time all work against a boy’s ability to work in a group and lead.  Scouting is the practice a boy needs which helps him prepare for his life ahead where teamwork and leadership skills are critical, especially in employment settings.

From the Scoutmaster Handbook, Chapter 3 on “The Boy-Led Troop”

 “Empowering boys to be leaders is the core of Scouting. Scouts learn by doing, and what they do is lead their patrols and their troop. The boys themselves develop a troop program, set goals and then take responsibility for figuring out how they will achieve their goals. ”

We organize Scouts by patrols, which are groups of 8 – 10 Scouts ranging in age from 10 1/2 to 14 years old. The patrol is led by an older, more experienced Scout, who is the Patrol Leader. The Senior Patrol Leader is the Scout who is responsible for planning and conducting the troop activities.

Each year at Summer Camp, the Scouts vote to fill these important positions. After being elected to one of these positions, the Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader choose an assistant(s) to help him. Several other older Scouts in staff positions assist him, and together they provide most of the planning, organization and leadership of the troop. These include Quartermasters who maintain and distribute troop gear such as tents, cooking equipment, and food. The Chaplain Aide is responsible for the invocation at Court of Honors and for a small nondenominational service at camp. Instructors are used in the training of both new and older Scouts in various Scoutcraft areas, both at the weekly meetings and campouts.

Camping

One of the most important parts of the Scouting program is the outdoor camping.
Those boys who do not actively camp with the troop will not get the full value of the
program. Troop 701 conducts a year-round program of weekend camps and a one-week
summer camp experience. In addition, a High Adventure trip is offered each
summer to the older Scouts. A Scout will enjoy camping, regardless of the weather, if
he packs the proper equipment. The troop will provide each Scout with a packing list
of the gear he should bring to camp.

We value camping so much at Troop 701 that we even have an award for it. When a Scout camps 12 consecutive times without interruption, he will earn the ‘Year Round Camping Award’. Learn more about our philosophy of camp here.

Community Service

Another very important part of the Troop 701 Scouting program is community service. We strongly believe that each Scout has the obligation to give something back to the community in which he lives. In addition to the Eagle Scout projects we undertake during the course of the year, there are several service projects for various organizations within the Strongsville community. Some are in support of our sponsoring organization, the Strongsville Rotary, while others benefit the Kiwanis Club, city residents during Yard Charge leaf removal, Camp Cheerful, the city of Strongsville, and more.

We value Community Service so much at Troop 701 that we even have an award for it. In one year, when a Scout donates a total of 12 hours of community service from at least four community service projects he will earn the Troop 701 Community Service Award patch that is worn on the Scout uniform. For subsequent years that he earns the awards, he will be recognized with a service pin.

Advancement

As a Scout grows, he advances through the ranks from Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and finally, Eagle Scout. For each rank, the Scout must fulfill requirements that are outlined in the Boy Scout Handbook. He must be an active member of the troop, and must pass a Board of Review for each rank. The Board of Review is made up of parents for all ranks. For Eagle Scout, a representative from the District must also be present. The purpose of this Board of Review is to verify that the Scout has fulfilled the requirements, has grown as an individual, and exemplifies the principles of Scouting in a manner appropriate for the rank he is seeking.

Our Expectations From Scouts

Your Scout is expected to be in regular attendance for meetings and campouts. We also expect him to attend community service projects that occur during the course of the year. He is expected to conduct himself according to the principles of Scouting as embodied in the Twelve Points of the Scout Law. He will be encouraged and offered every opportunity to learn Scout skills, to demonstrate what he has learned, and to complete the steps required to advance in rank. As he gets older, he will also serve in various leadership roles within the troop. At all times, your son is free to move at a pace that he and you agree is appropriate for him. We would like to see every Scout advance through the ranks and become Eagle Scouts, but only about 2% of the boys who enter Scouting achieve this lofty goal. As a member of a patrol, your son will learn to work together with this patrol members in an atmosphere of teamwork. As he learns and grows, he will be offered opportunities for increased leadership. Leadership is an opportunity, not a reward or popularity contest. Scouts in positions of leadership are held to higher standards than the remainder of the troop.

Our Expectations From Parents

We want and need parents to support our program in a variety of ways. All of our
meetings and camps are always open for parents to visit and observe. We do
discourage parents from attending meeting and camps on a regular basis until your
son becomes acclimated to the troop. Experience has taught us that parents tend to
be overly protective of their sons and the boys tend to be more reluctant to join in if
their parents are present. It is important that your son begins to develop
independence and that you also begin to learn to let go.

We offer an excellent opportunity for both things to happen in a controlled, supervised atmosphere.
Watching your son(s) grow and mature into fine young men is the reward that keeps
leaders in Scouting.

At a minimum, we require that parents help the troop by volunteering to serve as a
hall monitor twice a year, and also volunteer to drive either to or from camps twice a
year. You are free to volunteer more frequently if you desire. In addition, we have a
Troop Committee, which meets several times a year to assist the leaders in running
the troop. Parent volunteers can serve in any of the following roles:
Committee Chairmen, Fund Raising, Advancement, Transportation, Treasurer,
Secretary, Eagle Court of Honor, Food Purchasing, Refreshments, and Senior Program.
Your support is greatly appreciated.

How We Communicate

Communication starts with the boys.  Details about upcoming camps and troop activities are communicated from the Youth Leadership Team.  Your Scout’s Patrol Leader is his primary source of information.  For any questions your Scout might have about upcoming camp details, we encourage you to allow your Scout to gather this  information on his own.  This is a very important step in gaining independence.  We also communicate at weekly troop meetings. All parents are invited to attend the closing of each meeting which begins at 8:15 every Tuesday night. There, all the troop’s important information is shared.  Another vital method of communication is the Troop 701 Message of the Week.  All parents should be subscribed to this important newsletter list.   A subscription form is found in the footer of this webpage.
For more than 35 years boys join Troop 701 of Strongsville, Ohio for one simple reason: "Because I want to." Together on the Scouting trail to Eagle they experience Adventure, Discovery & Teamwork.

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