Joining Troop 125

There are four steps to take to join our troop as a scout!

  1. Scouts BSA Application (including BSA dues)
  2. Complete the BSA Healthform (Part A and B must be submitted before any troop activity and Part C is required for a 72+ hour duration camp, such as Summer Camp)
  3. Complete the Troop Information Form
  4. Pay your troop dues in our Troop Store

Here is our Parent Information Sheet

If you are an interested adult, we have a process for you as well!  Please go to this Adult Registration page for further information.

Scout Meeting Schedule & Communications

Once you have completed the paperwork, the next step is to learn how we communicate!

Registering  & Subscribing (note the Subscribing block on the right or bottom of the page) on the Troop Website to begin to receive announcements and weekly communications.  Additionally, we have a Troop GroupMe, that we use for shorter, burst communication and sharing to everyone. (You will be invited to this once you register to the site.)

  • Responsibility – It is the responsibility of the Scout (with the help of their guardians) to monitor the calendar and know where they are supposed to be and when they are supposed to be there. 
  • Quick Key – Who should attend which events or activities listed in the Troop Calendar?
    • Everyone
      • Troop Meetings – The Scouts and Adult Leaders are expected to attend them all, and we hope that each of the Parents will attend when possible.
      • Campouts & Hikes – Permission slips and payment is often required, but all are welcome.
        • “Middle Adventure” and “High Adventure” are merely descriptors of a camping or hiking activity.
      • Service or Conservation Projects – Sign-up is often required, but all are welcome and the Scouts are required to complete a certain number of hours of each of these activities.
    • Limited Groups or Subsets
      • Committee Meeting – Committee Members are expected to attend these meetings, all supporting adults are welcome.
      • Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) – Scouts who have been elected or appointed to a position of leadership within their Patrol or the Troop are expected to attend, as are the Uniformed Adult Leaders.
      • Patrol Meetings – The Scouts who belong to a given Patrol as well as the Adult Leaders of that Patrol are expected to attend.
      • Boards of Review (BOR’s) – Each Scout must successfully complete a BoR before advancing to the next rank.  Only those Scouts who are ready to advance and who have signed up for a BOR need attend.

The schedule of activities is expected to be known from your own calendar review (I strongly suggest embedding the calendar into your personal calendar*).  There are announcements when permission slips are posted but the meetings and campouts are all scheduled and on the calendar.

Troop Calendar: Troop 125 Google Calendar

Please let me know if you have any feedback or questions on the calendar.  We set the Troop calendar a year in advance and rarely change the dates of activities.

Scouting Gear

Scouts will need both uniforms and camping gear

  • The Uniforms are categorized as Class A, B or C and are described as follows:
    • Class A – This is the traditional uniform of Scouting, which includes (at a minimum) the following:
      • Tan Scout Shirt with the appropriate patches 
      • Scout Pants
      • Scout Belt
      • Troop 125 Bolo Tie
      • Scout Socks
      • Notepad and Pen or Pencil
    • Class B – A Class B shirt, worn with the Class A pants, belt and socks.
    • Class C – A Class B shirt worn with other shorts, pants, swimsuit, shoes, sandals.
  • The Gear (make sure you label everything with your son’s name!) 
    • Troop 125 has a wide range of camping gear, including tents, stoves, pots and pans, cooking utensils, and camp tools.
    • The Scout will need to provide their own:
      • Hiking Boots – Appropriate for uneven, rocky surfaces in all seasons and weather conditions.
      • Backpack – 55-65L is sufficient for most Scouts, larger packs may be necessary as they grow.  Suggest starting with an internal frame, 55-65L, example is Terra 65L or Red Tail 65L
      • Sleeping Bag – Rated for 20 degrees or lower, able to be stuffed into a sack and carried in their backpack.  Suggest a Mummy Bag, synthetic filling for a scouts first bag, example is Alloy +20
      • Mess Kit – Plastic, including bowl, spoon, fork, knife and carrying bag.
      • Flashlight – Suggest a headlamp, example Petzel Tikkina or similar from a sporting goods store
      • Rain Gear – Frogg Toggs are a good option
      • Sleeping Pad – Foam mat is a good start, example is Foam Mat, the foldable ones are nice but the roll is fine
      • Pocket Knife – No fixed blades, Scout must have Tote’n Chip in order to carry with him.
  • Acquiring the Uniforms & Gear
    • The Welcome Kit – A unique tradition of Troop 125 this kit includes a number of the items necessary to get started quickly, including:
      • Uniform Elements
        • Patches 
          • Those to identify our Troop will be in the kit.
          • A personalized name patch will be ordered for each Scout
          • A Patrol patch based on the Patrol name chosen by the Scouts in each new Patrol will be provided to each Scout.
        • Troop 125 Fleece Jacket (Black)
        • Troop 125 Class B T-Shirt (Green)
        • Troop 125 Bolo Tie
      • A Scoutbook and Protective Cover
      • Nalgene (Glow-in-the-Dark)
      • Troop 125 Vinyl Sticker
    • The Troop Closet – Troop 125 has a collection of previously owned Scout Uniform pieces and camping gear that anyone in the Troop is welcome to use.  Contact an adult leader for access to the closet.
    • The Troy Scout Shop
      • Provides sewing services for patches and hemming pants.
      • 1155 East Long Lake Road Troy, MI 48085
      • Scout Shop: (248) 526-0169
      • Uniform Parts – I would suggest you purchase a Tan BSA shirt, with the BSA Crest (blue circular patch above the left pocket) and American Flag on it – most shirts just come with them on. (See image below  for the Flag and the respective “Above the Left Pocket” patch).
      • You will also need to get him some scout pants.  One pair of convertibles in the microfiber material would be a good choice.  You can purchase other pants later, as he determines what he likes.
      • Any olive or gray socks will do for now and a normal belt will be fine.  There may be belts in the troop closet to grab.

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