ABOUT TROOP 70 PEACEMAKERS

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the
Scout Oath and Law.

Joining Troop 70
To join Troop 70 a boy must:

Chartering Organization
Troop #70 is chartered by and meets at Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, located at 1406 Philadelphia Pike; Wilmington, DE 19809.

Troop Meetings
Troop 70 meets on Thursday nights at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held from September through early June. Meetings are held at Saints Peter and Paul
Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which is located at 1406 Philadelphia Pike in north Wilmington. Scouts should attend troop meetings in uniform and
bring their Handbook, a notebook and a pen(cil). Meetings end at 8:30 PM. It’s always good to arrive early and expect to stay a few minutes late.

Patrol Method
Patrols are the building blocks of a Boy Scout troop. A patrol is a small group of boys who are similar in age, development, and interests. Working
together as a team, patrol members share the responsibility for the patrol's success. They gain confidence by serving in positions of patrol
leadership. All patrol members enjoy the friendship, sense of belonging, and achievements of the patrol and of each of its members.

Troop 70 is divided into three patrols, each of which has its own elected Patrol Leader who reports to the SPL. New Scouts crossing over from a
Webelos Scout den join our "New Scout" patrol. Members of the "New Scout" patrol come up with their own patrol name, flag, and cheer each spring.
After one full year and after earning their First Class rank, these new Scouts "graduate" to either the Warrior or the Brave patrol.

Patrol Leaders Council (PLC)
Boy Scouts is "Boy-Led." The Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC), not the adult leaders, is responsible for planning and conducting the troop's activities.
The Scoutmaster (and assistant Scoutmasters) provide direction, coaching, and training that empowers the boy with the skills he will need to lead
his troop. The Troop Committee provides resources to help the PLC.

Through the Patrol Leaders' Council, patrols share the responsibility for the patrol's success. They gain confidence by serving in positions of
leadership. The Patrol Leaders are elected by their patrols to representative them at the PLC meetings. Each Patrol is always represented at each
monthly PLC meeting. If the Patrol Leader is not able to attend, the Assistant Patrol Leader or another Scout from the patrol will attend the PLC. The
Patrol Leaders present the ideas and concerns of their patrols and in turn share the decisions of the patrol leaders' council with their patrol members.

The patrol leaders' council is made up of the Senior Patrol Leader, who presides over the meetings; the Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders, all Patrol
Leaders, Troop Guides, and others as determined by your PLC. The patrol leaders' council plans the yearly troop program at the annual troop
program planning conference. The PLC then meets monthly to develop plans for upcoming meetings and activities.

Our PLC holds its Annual Planning Conference on the last Thursday of August from 6:00 - 8:30 PM and meets monthly on the first Thursday of
October through June from 6:00-7:00 PM.  All Scouts holding a Position of Responsibility are expected to attend.

Positions of Responsibility
Troop 70 holds youth leader elections twice a year: in December for the January through June leadership term and again in May for the July -
December leadership term. The troop elects its Senior Patrol Leader. Patrols elect their Patrol Leaders. With the guidance of the Scoutmaster, a new
Senior Patrol Leader will appoint other junior leader positions. Youth leaders are expected to participate in all troop meetings and activities and
complete the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops training each year.

Troop Committee
The Boy Scout Troop Committee is responsible for conducting the business of the troop, setting policy, and helping the Scoutmaster and Scouts with
the outdoor program and other planned activities. The committee also has the responsibility to provide adults for boards of review. This is an
important responsibility and is one area where help is always needed and appreciated. The committee consists of parent volunteers who fulfill
various roles on the committee.

Our Troop Committee meets the First Sunday of each month (September through June, holidays allowing), 2:00 - 4:00 PM, at Brandywine Hundred
Library.  Committee meetings are open.  Troop committee members are expected to attend.  Assistant Scoutmasters and parents are welcome at
any time.

Parent Participation
Parent participation is required for all members of Troop 70, whether in a formal registered capacity or on an informal basis. Parents can assist the
troop in a number of ways, whether as an Assistant Scoutmaster, in a role on the troop committee, by helping to coordinate activities, driving to or
attending camping trips, or even just helping out at troop meetings. There is training available for any potential troop leader or committee member.
Please see our troop committee chairman at the next troop meeting or attend the next committee meeting. Troop Committee meetings are held
monthly to administer to the troop's programs and needs.

Meeting/Activity Cancellation
In the case of inclement weather or other situations requiring the cancellation or rescheduling of a meeting or other activity, an e-mail will be sent to
the troop or the patrol phone tree will be enacted. If you don't receive an e-mail or a call canceling a meeting or activity, then the meeting or activity is
still on.

Annual Dues
Dues cover registration ($24.00), Boys' Life ($12.00), insurance, awards, Courts of Honor, and most camping fees. Scouts joining Troop 70 and
paying dues for the first time will receive a Boy Scout Handbook ($10.00), troop neckerchief ($8.50, green shoulder loops ($3.00), and troop numerals
($3.00) for their uniform. Dues also cover mandatory fundraising, in that each rechartered Scout will receive twelve Pancake Breakfast tickets which
he may sell to recoup $60 of his Dues costs. The total sum of $160.00 is due no later than the last meeting held during October. Checks should be
made payable to Troop 70, BSA. Scouts who do not pay annual dues are not rechartered and their unit membership will expire with the current
charter. Parents of Scouts who are unable to pay dues due to financial difficulties should inform the Troop Committee Chairman, as the troop will
gladly come up with an alternative payment plan or fundraising solution. NOTE: Pricing as of January 1, 2014.

Scouts joining, transferring into, or aging out of Troop 70 part way through the year will owe prorated dues as follows:









Annual Health & Medical Record
At the end of each Scouting year, prior to summer camp, the form is to be completed by all BSA unit members. Parts A & B are required for all unit
members while Part C is required for any members attending summer camp, any event that exceeds 72 consecutive hours, another resident camp,
or when the nature of the activity is strenuous and demanding, such as service projects, work weekends, or high adventure treks. A copy of your
insurance card should also be provided.

Uniform
Scouts should wear the complete official Boy Scout field uniform to all troop meetings and activities, including travelling to and from specified
camping weekends.  Current badges should be worn in the proper place.  The official uniform consists of the decorated shirt, Scout pants or shorts,
belt, socks, and troop neckerchief with slide. Parents should discourage the wearing of partial uniforms or non-Scouting articles.  The troop
maintains extra donated uniform parts for the boys’ use. If you have gently worn uniform parts please give them to the troop Quartermaster. Troop 70
also sells a t-shirt each spring which may be worn with Scout pants/shorts as an activity uniform for use at summer camp and other patrol and troop
activities.

Camping
Troop 70 holds monthly weekend camping trips from September through June. Scouts are expected to attend 50% of camping trips for advancement.
Patrols are responsible for collecting funds and securing their own food for weekend outings. Weekend trips generally cost $20.00 for food.
Sometimes weekends will require additional fees to cover special activities such as canoing, rock-climbing, tours, etc. Sign-ups for camping and
activities are generally held three meetings prior. Troop #70 depends on parents to transport boys and gear to camp. Parents are welcome to stay
through the weekend, and are encouraged to join the troop for camping activities.

Camping Equipment
Troop 70 provides tents and patrol gear for its Scouts, but individuals are responsible for their own personal camping equipment. This includes
clothing appropriate for the season, sleeping bag and pad, mess kit, toiletries, notebook and pen(cil), pocket knife (once Totin’ Chip is earned),
personal first aid kit, rain gear, water bottle, flashlight with extra batteries, matches, and compass. Refer to the Scouting Essentials in the Boy Scout
Handbook. Scouts should pack their own gear.

Summer Camp
One week of summer camp per year at a Boy Scout camp chosen by the boys, generally in July or August. First Year Scouts participate in the camp's
new Scout program. Older Scouts complete in the camp's merit badge programs and other activities.

High Adventure
High Adventure activities are held every other year, alternating locations and activities each time. Intervening years are devoted to such activities as
National Jamboree and the National Order of the Arrow Conference.

Advancement
A Scout is expected to work on advancement requirements as part of the Scouting program, both on his own and at troop meetings and activities.
Scouts are responsible for their own advancement and should be aware of their outstanding requirements. These are tracked in the Boy Scout
Handbook. After learning new skills or fulfilling requirements, a Scout must demonstrate his knowledge to an adult to have the requirement signed-
off, after which he must show signatures to the advancement chairperson so troop records can be updated. A new Scout’s goal is to earn First Class
rank within a year of joining, but this is only possible if the Scout regularly attends troop meetings and activities. Advancement is awarded soon after
being earned, and all Scouts are recognized during a troop Court of Honor, held in November and June. After earning First Class rank Scouts will
devote more time to working on merit badges.

Troopmaster Web
Scouts and parents are given access to Troopmaster Web so that they can view their transcripts and update personal information. If you need
access, are having trouble, or forgot your User ID or Password, or if you have any corrections to your personal information, please contact the
Advancement Coordinator or the Scoutmaster. Members may also run reports, including a troop roster and phone list, from Troopmaster Web.

Courts of Honor
Advancement is recognized at special Court of Honor meetings in November and June. Family members are invited to the presentation. June's Court
of Honor is usually accompanied by a dinner.

An Eagle Court of Honor is held for each member of the troop that attains the rank of Eagle. These ceremonies are held specifically to honor that
Scout and are followed by a reception for family, friends, and troop members.

Fundraising
Paying your own way is a fundamental principle of the Boy Scouts of America. It is one of the reasons why no solicitations (requests for contributions
from individuals or the community) are permitted by units. Young people in Scouting are taught early on that if they want something in life, they need to
earn it. The finance plan of any unit should include participation by the Scouts. Troop 70 offers several fundraising opportunities:

    Popcorn Sale -- Popcorn sales generally begin every year on October 1 and is delivered in early December.  Those Scouts who participate
    have found that the income is very high compared to other organizations' fundraisers.  All proceeds for this fundraiser go into a Scout's Boy
    Account.  Visit Trails End website for product details.  Please contact the troop Popcorn Kernel with any questions.

    Pancake Breakfast -- Troop #70's holds an annual pancake breakfast to help offset costs of gear replacement, awards, camping fees, etc.  
    This is truly a troop event.  Parents and Scouts plan and run the event.  Please refer to the troop's schedule for the date of the next pancake
    breakfast, or contact the Troop Fundraising Chair with any questions. Each dues-paying Scout will receive twelve Pancake Breakfast tickets
    which he may sell to recoup $60 of his Dues costs. Funds raised for additional tickets sold are to be turned over to the troop.
 
    Amazon.com -- Amazon.com's Associate program pays the troop a referral fee for any product purchased as a result of a referring link from
    the Troop #70 website.  The troop earns a percentage on all purchases of books, CD's, DVD's, and videos made via our links.  Please contact
    Matt Bib with any questions, or visit Amazon.com using this link to shop for products.  Please note that products saved into a shopping cart will
    not reflect the troop's referral during subsequent visits.

    Grotto Pizza Community Night -- On a pre-determined date, Grotto Pizza in Fairfax Shopping Center will donate 20% of all dine-in and take-out
    orders between 4PM-9PM when a voucher is presented. Scouts distribute a flier to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc.

    Troop 70 Exchange -- The purpose of this program is to allow scouts the opportunity to earn money for their boy accounts and give our scout
    families the ability to get gently used equipment or uniforms for free or reduced prices.  Visit www.t70peacemakers.webs.com to view
    available items. Please send an email with the item number you are interested in and if it is still available, arrangements will be made to get it
    to you.

    Boy Accounts -- Boy Accounts are maintained to help offset the costs of summer camp and high adventure activities.  Boys earn portions of
    various fundraisers.  Accounts may be applied to either of the aforementioned activities.  Boy accounts are closed every other year, on  August
    31 following a high adventure activity.  Unused balances remaining in individual Boy Accounts at that time revert to the general troop treasury.
    Contact the troop Treasurer to obtain current account balances.  Statements for Boy Account balances are made available at each troop court
    of honor.

BSA Social Media Guidelines
Scouts and parents should review the guidelines found at http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/Marketing/Resources/SocialMedia.aspx. To
summarize, while it's permissible for adults and youth to be "friends" on social media, all communication between adults and youth should take
place in a public forum, or at a bare minimum, electronic communication between adults and youth should always include one or more authorized
adults (i.e. a parent) openly “copied” on the message or message thread. This applies to facebook, messenger tools, twitter, e-mail, texting,
YouTube, etc.

    “Never do for a boy what he can do for himself.” – Lord Baden Powell