Welcome to Troop 818! We are excited that you made the decision to join us. Now, lets get started so that you can begin your adventure in Scouting and Troop 818.

 Joining Troop 818 Checklist


 New Boy Scout

  • Complete the official BSA youth application. These are available in the Scout Hut. Once complete turn into the Scoutmaster.
  • Complete parts A&B of the BSA Health Form. This does not require a physicians signature.
  • http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/ahmr.aspx
  • If you are transferring from a pack  and have a Scout Account your unit can send a check to Boy Scout Troop 818, c/o Stillwater First United Methodist Church, 400 W 7th Ave, Stillwater, OK 74074. Please include the Scouts name in the memo line and make the check payable to Troop 818.

Transferring Boy Scout

  • Complete the official BSA youth application. These are available in the Scout Hut. Once complete turn into the Scoutmaster.
  • Complete parts A&B of the BSA Health Form. This does not require a physicians signature.
  • http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/ahmr.aspx
  • If you are transferring from a troop who has individual Scout accounts your unit can transfer funds by issuing a check to Boy Scout Troop 818, c/o Stillwater First United Methodist Church, 400 W 7th Ave, Stillwater, OK 74074. Please include the Scouts name in the memo line and make the check payable to Troop 818.
  • Request your old council send an individual membership report from Scoutnet to you. Share this report with the Scoutmaster so that your records can be updated with your information.
  • Request your old troop send any information on your activities to Troop 818. These may be emailed to the Scoutmaster. This can include your service hours, camping nights and anything that your troop tracks. This may be from Troopmaster, Scoutbook or other troop management software. It can also include advancement that is properly verified so that you can connect with people to assist in your advancement in Troop 818.
  • If you are a member of the Order of the Arrow you can complete  membership form with the Ema 'O Mahpe lodge . The form is avaliable on the council website http://www.cimarronbsa.org

New or transferring adults

  • Complete the official adult application. These are available in the Scout Hut. Once complete turn into the Scoutmaster.
  • Complete parts A&B of the BSA Health Form. This does not require a physicians signature.
  • http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/ahmr.aspx
  • If you are a member of the Order of the Arrow you can complete  membership form with the Ema 'O Mahpe lodge . The form is avaliable on the council website http://www.cimarronbsa.org

Scout Uniform


Scouting uses the uniform both as a equalizer between youth from families of modest means and those who are well off. The uniform, apart from erasing any class distinctions, also fosters the spirit of belonging into a single society in which all members are equal to one another and responsible to one another. It gives the scouts a sense of pride of belonging to a worldwide movement.

 

Scout Rank


The first rank you will earn is the Scout rank. In addition to your Scout Handbook (which is the best Scout resource) we have put together some information that may help you. These website are linked and will take you away from our Troop website.

  1. Meet the age requirements. Be a boy who is 11 years old, or one who has completed the fifth grade or earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old, but is not yet 18 years old.
  2. Find a Scout troop near your home.
  3. Complete a Boy Scout application and health history signed by your parent or guardian.
  4. Repeat the Pledge of Allegiance.
  5. Demonstrate the Scout sign, salute, and handshake.
  6. Demonstrate tying the square knot (a joining knot).
  7. Understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath, Scout Law, motto, slogan, and the Outdoor Code.
  8. Describe the Scout badge.
  9. Complete the pamphlet exercises. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide".
  10. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference. Turn in your Boy Scout application and health history form signed by your parent or guardian, then participate in a Scoutmaster conference.

 Handbooks, Merit Badges Cards, Rank Cards and Good Habits


Boy Scout Advancement Card HolderYour new Scout should begin to develop good habits from their first day as a Scout. The Boy Scout Handbook is the official record for a Scout and should be brought to each meeting and should have each met requirement signed off and dated in his book. When a Scout has passed his Life Rank board of review his book will be matched against ScoutNET records. If there are discrepancies the book will be used to correct the records. 

You may wish to photocopy the handbook when pages are signed off in case the book becomes lost. If a handbook is unusable and a new one is purchased be sure to keep the old book as well as having the new book signed going forward.

As a backup to the handbook, new Scouts should purchase a three ring binder with baseball card holders. Each card that is given to the Scout when they earn a merit badge, rank or award should be entered. Make sure that all cards are signed and dated upon receipt. This is also a great place to keep Blue Cards as your Scout works on merit badges.

(Troop records entered into Troop management software cannot be used as records. Please do not rely on Troop records.)