New to the Troop?

This is the ‘One Sheet’: Information for new Troop 140 Scouts 

Welcome to Troop 140!

The Troop was chartered in 1980 and is made up of boys from all over Clackamas County.  This ‘One Sheet’ is a brief information page to provide new Scouts and parents with some answers to basic questions new members may have.  Parents are not expected to spend lots of money on Scout gear.  Additional information may be found in the Scouts BSA handbook, Troop 140 Introduction Booklet and other BSA sources.  New families are encouraged to ask other Scout families about how they handled their son’s gear.  

Uniform

Each Scout should have a khaki BSA shirt, known as the Class A shirt.   The shirt comes with an American Flag on one sleeve and the words ‘Scouts BSA logo’ above one pocket.  Families should also purchase and sew on the shirt: a Cascade Pacific Council patch, and the World Crest Scouting patch.  

The Troop provides some specific items at certain benchmarks.
When a Scout...
JOINS AT CROSSOVER: Epaulets, Patrol patch and Red folder

COMPLETES Medical form part A&B, BSA application & all fees (or verified membership with council): 140 patch, Red Troop T-shirt, 
Add epaulets and patrol patch for those that did not join at cross over.

COMPLETES Pamphlet "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse" & Cyber Chip "Parent/Scout internet contract": Red Troop Scout Hat

A uniform inspection sheet is available to provide placement information for patches. Scout wearing shorts should wear BSA green shorts and green BSA socks.  The Troop also sells additional red Troop tee shirts for sporting activity wear, and other Troop logo items. No swim suits, athletic pants or sweats should be worn with your Class A shirt.

Meetings

Troop meetings are held at 7pm most Monday at St. John the Apostle Parish Center cafeteria.  In the summer, we move to the St John the Apostle Cemetery meeting room or gazebo field.  Meetings last 1½ hour’s.   Occasionally meetings are held at other locations.  Planned meeting changes will be scheduled and included in the Troop monthly newsletter, passed at PLC meetings and Troop meetings.

Mandatory meetings are the meeting before a Troop outing.  Scouts attending outings should bring their signed permission slip and cash (amount required on the permission slip) to cover meals during the outing.  Outing planning is a small part of the Troop meeting and Scouts not attending the outing are encouraged to come to the meeting even if they are not attending the outing.

PLC (Patrol Leader Council) meetings are normally held on the Monday after a Troop outing.  The PLC meeting is a planning meeting by the Troop leadership.  The meeting is open to all members, but scouts who are not in an elected office are not required to attend.  Uniforms are optional for PLC meetings.

Camping

Troop 140 has an outing each month.  Most are camping trips.  Here are a few items that may help you prepare for the outing.  

Number one priority items
Dinner plate, bowl, cup, utensil set & sleeping bag. Labeled!
  • A trip to the Goodwill works well.  Many parents purchase fancy ‘mess kits’ for their sons.  Most new Scouts will misplace parts of the kit in the first year.  REI or other outdoor stores offer a low cost plastic set with a plate/bowl/mug in a mesh bag and a set of metal or plastic utensils.
  • There is nothing worse then a cold nights sleep.  A warm sleeping bag made of materials that hold the heat if wet, and dry quickly, is perfect.  Weight and compressed size are secondary.  Good, warm, inexpensive bags are available at places like Costco. A bag rated at +5 should keep a young Scout warm when the temperature drops to freezing.  

Number two priority items: Backpack, rain gear, quick drying pants.

  • Backpacks help the Scout carry his gear to and from the campsite.  Internal frame or external are the choice of the person carrying the pack.  Packs should fit the wearer, have padded shoulder straps and a hip belt.  Basic packs can be checked out from the Troop Quartermaster. Ask other scouts what they like about their packs before buying an expensive pack. Good gear will be sufficient for the Scouts adventures for several years.
  • Rain gear.  This is Oregon!  Rain gear is essential.  Places like Fred Meyer, Target and Walmart offer lightweight rain gear for low prices.  The jacket should have a hood.  Some sets come in small compact sacks to help storage.
  • Quick drying pants are helpful in Oregon wet weather. Many have the bonus of zip-off legs, converting them to shorts.  They are light weight when wet, quick drying, come in many colors and pocket configurations. 
Miscellaneous items: 
  • Wool hat/gloves; stored in a small sack, used year-round on cold evenings.  The wool hat can be used while sleeping to minimize heat loss.
  • Flashlight/head-lamp; a small compact flashlight is essential.  Headlamps are popular for use when setting up camp or doing dishes after dark.  Both are offered with LED’s instead of lamps and are lightweight.  Sale prices of LED models are as low as $10-15.  Spare batteries are smart to have.
  • Socks/shoes; warm tightly woven wool socks are best.  A pair of wicking socks under the wool socks is nice.  Shoes should be comfortable and fit well.   A second pair of shoes are helpful when camping in wet weather.  A pair of water socks/shoes are great for wearing when in camp.  No open toes shoes or bare feet are allowed outside of the shower or waterfront area’s.
  • Personal first aid kit/toiletries; each scout should carry a small first aid kit with bandaids, topical antiseptic, etc.  Scouts should bring personal toiletry items like: tooth brush/paste, comb, etc.
  • Water bottle’s/canteen; plastic 1 liter water bottles are inexpensive and essential.  Water bags are popular but expensive.
  • Misc: Large trash bag; used as a poncho or cover for backpack in the rain.  
  • Small trash bag: pack it in/pack it out.
  • 1/8 roll of toilet paper, in a zip lock bag, never know when it will come in handy!  
  • Whistle/mirror; emergency gear.
  • Clothing Line; used for many camp needs.
  • Matches.  
  • Personal hot chocolate/tea/cider packets; storage when camping in area’s with lots of small animals can be a problem.
Label all equipment

Advancement

Troop 140 offers many opportunities for rank advancement.  New Scouts are encouraged to work on the Trail to First Class, which improves outdoor skills and confidence in their Scouting abilities.

Adults

Adults are always needed to work behind the scenes as Merit Badge Counselors, and drivers for outings, among other things.  Contact any adult in the Troop for more info.

Information

A Troop newsletter is emailed to each family and posted on the website. Information is also announced during Troop meetings, often at the end of the meeting. Scouts are expected to pay attention at the meetings and provide their parents with information.  If a parent feels they need more info, please talk to the Scoutmaster, assistant Scoutmaster, Committee Chair or activity chair.