Thank you for choosing Troop 4 Beverly. Here is a quick introduction to what Troop 4 is all about. Please feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions.
Meeting Information: We meet on Wednesday nights from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant Street. We meet weekly while school is in session (no school, no Scouts!)
Aims of Scouting: There are three main objectives of the Scouting Program - character development; citizenship training & personal fitness
Methods of Scouting: The methods in which the aims are achieved.
- Ideals: The ideals of Scouting are spelled out in the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout Motto and Scout Slogan
- Patrols: The Patrol method gives Scouts responsibility and teaches them how to accept it. Scouts determine the Troop activities through elected representatives.
- Outdoor Program: It's here where Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with each other. Skills learned at meetings come to life and are used in practical settings.
- Advancement: Skills are learned during rank advancement. The Scout progresses at their own pace as they meet each challenge. Scouts are rewarded at each step, which helps grow confidence and self-reliance.
- Association with Adults: Scout leaders can be positive role models. Scouts become comfortable working with adults outside of their comfort circle, which helps foster outside communication.
- Personal Growth: As Scouts progress towards their goals, they experience personal growth. They participate in community service projects and understand the "Good Turn" concept.
- Leadership Development: The program encourages Scouts to learn and practice leadership skills. Each Scout has an opportunity to become a leader in the Troop.
- Uniform: The uniform creates a positive image in the community and gives each Scout a sense of brotherhood.
Camping: The Troop plans monthly camping trips. On occasion, we schedule a day trip or other event in place of a monthly camping trip. Camping trips typically are Friday night - Sunday morning/afternoon. We usually only ask for money to cover the food for those attending, unless we are attending a special event. We also offer the opportunity for Scouts to attend a week of camp during July.
Service Projects: The Troop performs several service projects throughout the year. In the past, we have assisted in the clean-up of Green Hill, cooked for River House, painted the Lynch Park hatch shell and many others. Service time is part of many rank advancements, so we encourage Scouts to participate when possible.
Expected Costs: As with any activity, there are monetary considerations for joining Scouts.
- Yearly registration fee
- Monthly camping costs (typically cost of food, but may include special event costs)
- Uniform & Handbook - Scouts must have a current Scout Handbook and Class A uniform (shirt with patches is minimum required - pants/shorts/hat etc recommended)
- Equipment - Scouts will need certain personal gear/equipment for camping and/or activities. Examples are sleeping bags (temperature appropriate), pads, backpacks and appropriate clothing. Other items may be required for long-term camping.
Volunteer Opportunities: The Troop is always looking for more adult help. Opportunities include anything from driving Scouts to/from events, joining the Troop Committee and becoming a Scout Leader. Volunteering in the Troop is a great way to be involved in the program and helps all Scouts progress towards their goals.