History: Troop 124 was founded in 1956 so we are now past our 50th year of continuing charter with the Boy Scouts of America. We are a middle size troop of about 50 Scouts and many active, adult-leader trained parents. Ever since Troop 124 was founded, there has been a good mix of older and younger scouts. The older scouts help the younger scouts get started through their Trail to First Class.
Scoutmaster, Bill Royalty: Bill is a former classroom teacher and university professor and has worked in the field of educational publishing since 1980. Bill is well trained in the methods and procedures of scouting and, last summer, completed Wood Badge, the BSA’s highest level of training for adult leaders. Bill will be on staff for Wood Badge 86 this Spring. He was awarded the Northern Light award last year by Circle 10. You will find that Bill is dedicated to Scouting.
Parent Participation:Troop 124 is proud of its many active parents who participate as Scouting trained adult leaders, troop committee members and merit badge counselors.
Troop 124 Program: Troop 124 Scouts achieve their ranks with guidance from senior Scouts, our Scoutmaster, assistant scout leaders, and the many involved parents. Fun for all the boys, safety, learning new life skills, and advancement through the scout ranks are Troop 124’s priorities.
Meetings: Every Monday from 7:30 to 9:00 PM Patrol leaders plan and run the meetings.Campouts: Troop 124 camps every month, rain or shine! We fish, hike, canoe, enjoy boating, and riflery/shotgun. We participate in Summer Camps in at different locations and the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
Trail to First Class: Troop 124 boys work on Trail to First Class and on Merit Badges. Most boys achieve First Class rank within 18 months.Star, Life, and Eagle: We have adult advisors for each rank. Our program success is shown by 60+ Eagle Scouts in our Troop’s history.
Funding, Expenses and Costs:Troop 124 is funded by a $45 annual fee, which includes the rechartering fee and Boys Life Magazine subscription. Other expenses through the year average between $5 and $20 per campout; and the annual canoe trip, summer camps, and winter camps average $50 to $120 per trip.
Troop Equipment and Facilities:Troop 124 has an enclosed trailer with all needed Troop camping, cooking, and related equipment and supplies. The trailer and equipment are stored in a container on the church grounds. Boys are grouped in Patrols that camp together sharing a chuck box and other Patrol gear. Each boy provides his own uniform, tent, and personal gear. Troop 124 has some loaner gear and equipment on a first available basis for boys who request it. There are links on the Library page on Troop 124 web page to sites that have information on camping equipment.
How to Join Troop 124: Your son can join Troop 124 if he has completed the 5th grade, or is 11 years old, or has earned the Arrow of Light Award, but is younger than 18 years of age. Boys and their parents are welcome to visit Troop 124 during any regular meeting. Applications are available for completion at these meetings.
For more information contact:
Bill Royalty , Scoutmaster
Becky Shewchuk, Troop Committee Chair