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Meetings and Activities

Outdoor Program

Troop 11 is an active outdoor unit, operating on the philosophy of “Keep the Outing in Scouting.” Troop 11 annually attends the Penn’s Woods Council’s Summer Resident Camp at Camp Seph Mack on the north shore of Yellow Creek Lake. Additionally, Troop 11 schedules camping activities in at least seven (7) other months of the year. These outings provide the scouts with the opportunity for approximately twenty camping days each year. The troop has camped on the battlefields of Gettysburg, biked the C&O Canal from Cumberland, Md., to Washington, D.C.:, canoed the Allegheny, Clarion, and Youghiogheny Rivers, and hiked the Laurel Highlands Trail.

Troop 11 also participates in “High Adventure” treks. These adventures have taken troop members, both youth and adult, to the BSA national bases at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, the Florida Sea Base at Islamorada in the Florida Keys, and the Haliburton Scout Reservation at Haliburton, Ontario, Canada.

The camping and outdoor program gives the scouts the opportunity to stretch their vision of themselves and the world around them. The scouts are encouraged to participate in as many camping opportunities as possible. These activities help to build self-confidence, friendship, and scout spirit.

Guidelines for High Adventure Trips

Scouts or scouters who participate in High Adventure trips must meet the age, rank, and health requirements established by the Boy scouts of America, the troop, and the host location. All participating scouts and scouters must demonstrate their maturity, cooperation, responsibility, and adherence to the ideals of scouting to the satisfaction of the scoutmaster and the activity leader.

Participation in High Adventure is a privilege, subject to the approval of the scoutmaster and the Troop Committee.

Occasionally, scouts from other units may join with Troop 11 to participate in High Adventure activities. These scouts must meet the same high standards required of Troop 11 members. These scouts must have written approval of their scoutmaster, which must include, but not be limited to, reference to their character, advancement, and disciplinary record for the past two (2) years.

Troop Events

All scouts are expected to attend troop meetings and activities. This is particularly important for the last two meetings preceding any troop outing or camping trip. The scouts must attend to be involved in the planning process, work assignments, and transportation planning.

Each scout and adult attending a troop outing or camping trip will pay a prorated share of the expenses of the activity, including but not limited to food costs, registrations, etc. Fees are deducted directly from the individual scout’s account. Except in case of extenuating circumstances, scouts registered to attend an event will be charged their share of the expenses whether they attend or not.

Scouts are required to have a parental permission slip to participate in any troop outings. If the parents are planning to be away from home while the troop is on an outing, they must provide the outing leaders with alternative telephone numbers or contacts, in case of an emergency.

If a scout intends to travel to or from an outing by means other than that arranged by the troop, or if a scout intends to arrive or depart from an outing or activity at other than the scheduled time, the scout must notify the scoutmaster or outing leadership in writing, signed by the parent(s), prior to the beginning of the outing or activity.

Meetings

Troop 11 meets on Monday evenings in the cafeteria of the RobertShaw Building on the campus of IUP, along South 13th Street Extension, unless otherwise designated by the scoutmaster or the senior patrol leader. Enter the building through the front door labeled Nossen Incubator. The cafeteria is through the first set of double doors, on the right. The conference room is just further down the hall.

Meetings begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. and end at approximately 8:30 p.m. Supervision of the scouts ends at the end of the meeting. Timely pick up of the scouts is required.

Troop 11 follows the schedule of the Indiana Area School District, unless otherwise notified by the scoutmaster or patrol leaders.

In the event that Indiana Area schools are cancelled or dismissed early due to inclement weather, the troop meeting is also cancelled.

Courts of Honor

Courts of Honor are held three times each year—January, June, and September—to recognize scouts for their advancements and accomplishments. These events are hosted by patrols on a rotating basis. Each troop family will be contacted by a member of the host patrol to determine attendance. Each patrol will be assigned a type of covered dish or dessert (enough for fifteen to twenty people) to bring to the event. The troop will provide the main course and breads for each dinner. Each family should provide their own table service (i.e., plates, cups, and flatware) for covered dish dinners. The Court of Honor is a family event.

The troop will charge a nominal fee per person to defray expenses. Reservations must be cancelled at least 24 hours in advance so that food purchases may be adjusted accordingly. Any reservations that are not cancelled will be charged to the scout’s account at the prevailing per person fee. (Amended 8/00)

Special Courts of Honor, to recognize those scouts who achieve the rank of Eagle, will beplanned and hosted by the Eagle Scout’s family.

  • Troop Meetings
  • Each Monday
  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Based on IASD calendar
  • Check “Events” for specifics