Troop 592
Saint Matthias - Milwaukee Wisconsin



Scoutmaster's Corner


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What do I bring to camp?

Each Scout should "Be Prepared" to bring certain items to camp in order to have a successful camping experience. Click this link for a suggested list of what to bring.

Can I bring a lawn chair?

No, but you may bring a camp stool that is collapsible and is not more than 18 inches high when set up.

When will I need paper and a pen?

If you are doing any type of requirement work you should have it along. A small pocket notebook with the spiral binding on the top is ideal. A pen is okay but can run out of ink or leak. A wood pencil can be sharpened with your pocket knife.

What kind of pillow should I bring?

Size is the only problem. It should be washable and able to dry easy. There are small camp pillows that work well. If you have a full size pillow that can be attached without too much bulk to your pack or duffel bag that is okay as well. Just avoid extra large bags or plastic bags that are very big and bulky. You may have to carry your bags to your campsite which can be as much as 1/2 mile away. Anything over that will require a back pack.

How important is attendance at the meetings?

I have written an article about rank advancement. There will probably be some questions after reading the article. I hope all of you understand how important participation is to rank advancement. Feel free to contact me with any specific questions you may have after reading this article. (click here for article)

When my son finishes a requirement in his scout book can I sign his book?

I am often asked the question who signs off the requirements for rank advancement in my son's book? The answer to that question is only the Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmasters are suppose to sign off the requirements for advancement. Now is when the discussion starts. What about the boy run program? The boy run program allows for older boys to help in the instruction of the skills. Once a patrol leader or older scout has helped another boy learn a skill that has not yet been checked off in the book they can send the boy to the Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster to be tested. This saves valuable time as the adult will only have to witness that the scout does know how to do the skill but does not have to go through all the teaching steps as the older scouts have already done that. Each time the older scout teaches a younger scout how to learn a certain skill it reinforces his own knowledge of that skill. That is how the older boys will remember what they learned in those earlier ranks they have already "mastered". When we are at a long term camp such as Tesomas, program areas like Eagle Quest have staff in them that are suppose to be prepared to teach the skills in the ranks sufficient for the boys to be able to master each skill well enough to have his book "signed off". For the most part, we have not had any problems with accepting the recommendations of the staff members in Eagle Quest but we do try and check and make sure the boys are actually learning to perform the skills. When we go to long term, the leaders that are up there can all be considered "in camp assistant scoutmasters". Whoever we assign to work on a particular skill we are confident they are competent to teach that skill. So if we have several dads come along and they have various skills in cooking, compass work, camping, knots, first aid, etc. we can cover a wide variety of requirements. The leaders MUST BE REGISTERED SCOUTERS HOWEVER. On our regular campouts we try and stick to BSA requirements that the Scoutmaster or his assistants are the only ones that can sign off the requirements. I tell the boys over and over again, there is no secret to rank advancement. Read your book. It explains what you need to do and how to do each requirement. If you have a question, dad or mom might be able to help out or call your patrol leader or someone from your patrol who already has the rank. When you feel comfortable with a requirement come and ask to have it checked off. We do so many of these as a group, but there are many that you can do on your own, just one a week. Before you know it you will have advanced another rank.

Where is the campout / how do I get there?

Driving instructions for various camps are listed below

I was never a Cub Scout or I quit Cub Scouts before finishing. Can I still join the troup?

Recruitment of boys for our troop is usually left up to bridge-over scouts from our pack. This will always remain our chief source of new members but it does not have to be the only one! First of all, there are many boys who may have decided not to bridge over when they left the pack. They may be under the impression that they can’t join anymore or that they will be way behind all the other boys. Both are not true. Any boy who is eleven years of age or completed the sixth grade is eligible to join the troop. Since every scout works at his own pace, being behind the boys who have been in the troop a year or two will not affect the fun that everyone has in the troop. With a little work any boy can advance fast enough to “catch up” to his age group. The next misconception is that you have to go to St. Matthias School to join. We have several boys in the troop that attend other schools. Any boy past 8th grade has to go to another school so that myth can be put to rest. The next one is that you have to belong to St. Matthias Parish and/be a Catholic. Neither is true. You can go to any school or church no matter what the denomination (Lutheran, Methodist, etc.)

What can I do as an adult to help the troop?

The troop welcomes any help you can provide. We need drivers and chaperones for outings, someone to plan outings, someone to organize the fundraising activities and merit badge help. If you are interested in helping please contact any troop leader or print out this troop resource survey and give to a troop leader.

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