postheadericon Our Troop

postheadericon The Leadership Corps

The Leadership Corps is formed from the Life and Eagle Scouts in the Troop who are committed to leadership in the Troop and supporting the SPL. 

This group functions as its own patrol.  The SPL, ASPL, and Troop QM will be part of the LC while they are in office, even if they are not Life Scouts.

  • The Leadership Corps (LC) becomes the group of sages within the troop
  • If a member of the LC is not SPL, ASPL, or other troop leadership position they are a Trainer
  • Each member of the LC should develop a scout skill specialty.
  • Some members of the LC will act as advisors to the PLC and SPL.  The LC should become the SPL and PLC resource pool for help.
  • The LC will plan and lead high adventure treks.

Initial members of the Leadership Corps:

  • Connor Fox
  • Maclain Gilsdorf
  • Bradley Goebel
  • Trad Groover
  • Chris Rother
  • Tommy Stokes

The Leadership Corps was a staple of Boy Scout leadership in the 1970s and 80s, and was an active part of Troop 470 during that period.  It has been revived in 2010 to help build the core of capable boy leaders which are essential to a boy-led Troop.

You can find out more about the history of the BSA here.

 

postheadericon A Brief History of Troop 470

Troop 470 began as Troop 799 at Fort Detrick in 1955 with 14 boys and had to be restricted to no more than 100 Scouts in ten patrols by 1972. A waiting list was then established with preference given to the brothers of current or former Scouts. During this period 97 Eagles were awarded to Troop 799 Scouts. In 1972 the new Post Commander directed that all Detrick activities were to be restricted to military and families of civilian employees. The Parents Committee of Troop 799 decided to move the troop to the YMCA as Troop 1600 rather than force the removal of non-government associated Scouts from Troop 799. Equipment and dollars were portioned based on the number of military remaining in Troop 799.

Eighty-six Scouts including a number from military families then formed Troop 1600, which remained at the YMCA until 1985. During this time fifty Scouts received the Eagle. As the YMCA expanded its activities the Troop began to have scheduling problems with preference increasingly being given to revenue producing activities. Also disturbing was the added requirement of the YMCA (contrary to the requirement of being a sponsoring institution) that all Scouts pay a membership fee for the use of a meeting room.

Once again the Parents Committee decided to move the Troop in 1985 to its current sponsor the Clover Hill Civic Association. Thirty Troop 470 Scouts have received the Eagle rank thus far, an enviable record of more than one each year since the Troops formation. The Troop number 470 was suggested by Mr. Bradshaw as an extension of the Local Lodge number of the Order of the Arrow. Mr. Bradshaw, then an ASM, was one of the scouts that were initially with Troop 799. Troop 470’s relationship with the CHCA has been strong and mutually beneficial for the past 25 years and continues to strengthen as both organizations seek to provide meaningful programs to the youth of our community.

Dr. Bob Rosato, Chartered Organization Representative

T799, T1600, T470

November 2010

 

 

postheadericon Our Patrols

In Boy Scouts, we are organized into patrols for nearly everything.

Some Frequently Asked Questions about Patrols:

  • What IS a patrol?
    • A patrol is a small group of boys organized for a specific purpose.  That purpose can be to work together as a unit inside the bigger unit of the Troop, or it can be as a team building a shelter during a storm, or taking care of a task that needs doing in the clubhouse, or just about anything else.
    • As we practice working together in small groups, we learn how to cooperate and support one another.  It is in patrols, more than in any other area, that Scouting leadership and character are developed.  In patrols, you learn to get along with one another, and to focus on the mission, with everyone pulling his weight.
    • Baden Powell, who founded Boy Scouting, said "the Patrol Method is not one way of boy scouting; it is the ONLY way."
  • Can a patrol change its name?   Yes, but there are three requirements.
    • The current active patrol members must unanimously agree to the new name
    • The new name has to be approved by your Senior Patrol Leader and Scoutmaster.  It has to be in good (or at least not horrible) taste, and cannot take the name of any current patrol.
    • You have to buy the new patches yourselves  (Patrol patches are typically about $3 each.)
  • What kinds of patches are allowed? 
    • There are thousands of patches commercially available.  We have an entire gallery of patrol patch images here.
    • You can also design your own patch, limited only by your own creativity and artistic ability.  (Of course, custom-made patches are more expensive, but since you are paying for them, that is entirely up to you.)
    • ANY patch, whether commercial or hand-designed, must be approved by the SPL and Scoutmaster, so check it out before you spend money.
  • Can I change patrols?  
    • Frequently the answer is yes, but talk to your Scoutmaster.  It depends on why you want to change, and the number of boys in each patrol must be taken into consideration.  Sometimes boys want to change because they have realized the boys of their own age are in a different patrol, or they want to be with their friends.  Other times, boys have conflict with one another and want to split to different patrols because of the conflict.
    • Patrols are small groups who organize to solve problems and accomplish things.  This is generally a fun and exciting challenge, but sometimes conflicts make it difficult to work together.  In these cases, we want to help you work through the difficulties rather than separate to a different patrol.  What you gain by learning to work together even when there is tension is one of the most valuable lessons in life.
    • In cases in which the leadership feels that different patrols is the best solution for the boys and the patrols, you may be reassigned to a different patrol.
    • Please note that if you are reassigned, you may not be able to choose to which patrol you are reassigned.  We need to keep the patrol numbers relatively balanced.
  • How big/small can a patrol be?
    • There are no set limits by the BSA, so it really depends on you.  If two patrols are both struggling in size and similar in age, they may be combined into one larger patrol.
    • If you are able consistently to bring along a working cadre of three or more from your patrol for weekend campouts, we won't try to combine you with another patrol.
    • As long as a patrol stays active and happy and boy-led, we'll let it be.
  • Current Patrols:
    • Leadership Corps
    • Pedros + Duct Tape (new name in the works?)
    • No Names
    • Opossums
    • Organized Chaos
    • Old Goats (the adult patrol)

 

 

postheadericon The Patrol Method

The Patrol Method is central to how we do things in Boy Scouting. It was set in place by Baden-Powell, and has not changed significantly since then, with one exception. Originally, each patrol had boys in it from Tenderfoot through Eagle, so each boy had older boys in his own patrol who could teach him the skills he needed.  In recent years, most troops organize boys of similar ages together in patrols, and use Troop Guides to teach skills to Scouts in younger patrols.  This still keeps the strong boy leadership of a boy-led troop, but is more fun for the boys, as they naturally congregate with boys of similar age groups.

In the Patrol Method, a group of individuals carrying out an activity is called a patrol.  As much as possible, that patrol is allowed to carry out the activity on their own, without interference.  On a campout, that means that a patrol sets up its own camp, separate from where the other patrols are set up (the Senior Patrol Leader will assign the patrol areas at a troop campsite.)  The patrol also organizes its own cooking, clean-up, and camp chores.  It builds and watches over its own fire, and does all the things needful for a safe, fun campout on its own.  Unless there is an issue of safety, violation of location or Scouting rules, or significant property damage, we want the boys to learn from their own mistakes as much as possible.

Just as the boys on a campout are organized into patrols, the adults on a campout are also organized into a patrol.  This is partly to set an example for the boys of how a patrol functions, but the biggest reason is so that the adults have a way to stay active but out of the way of the boy patrols.  Scouting is for the boys, not the adults, so the adult patrol does not compete with the boy patrols in things, and the campout is generally the only place in which the adults function as an adult patrol.

The other thing that is nice about an adult patrol is that it lets the adults cook some food that the boys might not be motivated to cook for themselves, until they find out how good it smells on a campout.