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Welcome to Troop 444!
Troop 444 has been serving the youth in the Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Apex and Angier for nearly 10 years. During 1922, The National Knights of Columbus Convention adopted scouting as the official program for boys 11 to 17 years of age. As a ministry of the St. Bernadette Catholic Church, we meet every Monday evening at 7:00 pm in the Social Hall of the church building. We have 25-30 Scouts and 10-15 Leaders registered with the BSA, and can always use more; the more the merrier.
Scouts run the program; Lord Baden-Powell – the founder of scouting in 1910 – developed the Patrol Method. This allows the Scouts to lead the troop as they see fit. Adults take on the role of advisers, and safety monitors. The Senior Patrol Leader is truly in charge of the troop, and he has his leadership Team, the Patrol Leaders Council, to ensure what he decides as an activity is what a majority of the members of the troop want to do. Scouts, each and every one of them, have a say in what the troop does, and does not do.
Helicopter Parent? You might want to read this...
WHEN THEY FIRST TOOK FLIGHT a decade or so ago, helicopter parents made an easy target for criticism. After all, what kind of parent would call a college professor to dispute his child’s grade or submit a job application on her child’s behalf?
The picture became murkier, though, when academic researchers got involved. Depending on which study you read, the children of helicopter parents receive poorer grades in college, or they report better psychological adjustment, or they take more medications for anxiety and depression, or they have stronger relationships with their parents.
What to believe? How can you support your children—something Scout parents do especially well—without smothering them? To find out, we talked with two experts in the field: Laura Padilla-Walker, Ph.D., an associate professor in Brigham Young University’s College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, and Peter Love, Ph.D., an educator and professional learning-disabilities coach in East Hampton, Conn.
Boys' Life Flashback - A Season of Service
What is your Favorite Scouting Memory?
This month we flash back to a year when Conservation was a necessity. It was also the pinnacle issue that had "The Scoutmaster" on the front, which is world renowned.
Green Bar Bill has two great articles in how to have fun as a patrol, and he also has another one called "Get Tough"
At our Next camping trip, we will be issuing the next cooking challenge - cooking a hotdog - with only the sun. Watch for more information. And don't forget - the dutch oven cookoff!
Read the February 1956 issue here
The Reason for the Patrol
It's difficult to describe how important patrol spirit is to becoming a real patrol. If you've been in Scouting for any length of time at all you've probably heard the term "Scout Spirit", and you know that it means doing your best to live up to the Scout Oath and Law. Well, "Patrol Spirit" means pretty much the same things, except that it's the patrol that does its best together. It doesn't just happen overnight. A lot of things have to happen to a patrol for it to develop the sense of "team" spirit that they'll need.
As their Patrol Leader, your job will be to start them on the road to doing just that. You'll start by making some pretty important decisions together from the beginning. Then, you'll show them how to be a good Scout, and what it means to be a member of a patrol through your actions as Patrol Leader. Little by little they'll get the idea, and pretty soon the patrol will have developed "Patrol Spirit." After that it will be up to each member of the patrol, you in particular, to nurture that spirit and make it a part of everything you do.
So, let's take a look at the decisions your patrol will have to make to start down that path, and some of the things you'll have to develop over time. Remember, you are all in this together. It's not just your patrol, it's our patrol. Every member has to be involved in building the patrol.
2016 Boy Scout Program Changes
New Boy Scout Handbook, other Boy Scout program tweaks due in 2016
The saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” could be used to describe some tweaks coming to the Boy Scouts program in 2016.
The merit badge program has been getting stronger with the release of each new merit badge, and the trail to Eagle Scout continues to produce terrific young men. Neither will change.
We are getting a new Boy Scout Handbook, but the 13th edition, due out in January 2016, will keep most of its content from the 12th edition (released in 2010). The design and images inside will be updated, but much of the text will be unchanged.