Pit Crew Needed for Formula 1 Racing: Parents Role in Boy-Led Troop

Pit CrewBoy Led Doesn’t Mean No Parental Involvement

One of the mantras that you will hear touted around a Boy Scout Troop is “Boy Led.” This means that the activities and order of the day is led by the young men of the troop. Adult leaders are there for support, or as I like to say “health, morale, safety, and discipline.”  It allows the young men of our troop to develop solid leadership skills. It isn’t easy, often chaotic. It is hard sometimes to sit on one’s hands or keep one’s mouth shut when the adults know how to get it done more efficiently and effectively. In Formula 1 racing, most of the car’s crew has to stay behind a wall.

However, where does that leave parents? How can they be a part of the great adventure of Scouting without getting in the way of the boy-led program? How can you help with the tires, fuel, and keep the car racing?

Our troop needs parents. We can’t function without a strong support team. Much like Formula 1 racing, the pit crew keeps the troop’s car on the track.  If we don’t get help, we run the risk of burning out our leaders and the few folks who have stepped up to volunteer. The troop falters, and eventually collapses due to the lack of parental support. The car wrecks despite the best efforts of the youth leaders.

Be A Role Model

The tween/teenage years are a precarious time. More peer interaction seems to reduce the amount of time parents have with their sons. Volunteering with our troop is a great way for your son to see his parents do something important for not only themselves, but especially for others. It is a great way to spend time with your son.

Pit Crew Positions

Do you have a special talent or skill? Take a look at the many merit badges offered through scouting. Could you sign up and be a merit badge counselor for one of those merit badges?

Could you sign up and be one of the additional adults on a camping trip? We have about 10 trips a year. Could you do one or two? Could you offer to be the chief cook for the adults on a trip? Can you tow a trailer or canoe rack? Can you help with car shuttles on trips that have us starting in one spot and ending in another?

Do you know of a special trip that would be fun to go to as a troop? Could you help with the planning and booking of a trip?

Do you have some great fundraising ideas? Could you take on the role of Chief Chocolatier for the Easter candy sales?

Do you have a couple hours a month to help a boy advance? Could you serve on the committee?

You can do the job. There is plenty of training, transitional time, and some hand holding. We can’t run the troop without you.

Each family should take on a supporting role in the troop. We need you in our pit crew.

October 2017 Outing – C &O Canal Hike

The troop camped at McCoy’s Ferry, and hit the trails on Saturday morning. The weather was perfect for a hike. Eric gave a mini history lesson about the lock systems and the canal. The hike ended at the town of Williamsport. The aqueduct is being repaired, so the troop was detoured through the edge of town. A GPS measurement gave the final mileage count at 13 miles. C and O 8C and O 2 C and O 7 C and O 4 C and O 6C and O 3C and O

Boy Scouts of America Seeks to Inspire Next Generation of Explorers with the Launch of the New Exploration Merit Badge

National Geographic to sponsor the interactive Exploration Merit Badge Experience at the 2017 National Scout JamboreeExploration

Irving, Texas – (February 23, 2017) New discoveries are made every day, thanks to technological advancements and the keen curiosity of today’s explorers. To encourage future discoveries, the nation’s largest youth-serving organization is working to inspire the next generation of explorers by introducing the new Exploration Merit Badge. Created and developed by experts in the field, the Exploration Merit Badge is the 137th addition to the BSA’s bank of merit badge programs and is now available to Scouts nationwide.

“We have a wealth of experience encouraging Scouts to use their natural curiosity to learn how the world works, and now we’re putting that energy and adventure into a new merit badge,” said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA’s Chief Scout Executive. “The Exploration Merit Badge adds to our broad range of STEM topics and programs Scouts can experience.”

To earn the Exploration Merit Badge, Scouts will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of exploration, as well as its history and importance in today’s world. They will complete hands-on projects about real-life explorations and have the opportunity to complete an exploration in a lab or in the field. The badge culminates with the Scout planning, preparing for and completing their own expedition. Throughout the program, they will also learn more about career opportunities across various fields such as oceanography, archeology, weather and biology, drawing inspiration from famous explorers and expeditions of our time.

To create this dynamic program, the BSA partnered with a diverse group of exploring experts from a variety of fields, organizations, professions and programs. These experts live and breathe exploring and their stories give Scouts great examples and advice of how to turn curiosity and interests into a results-driven adventure.

Michael Manyak, Distinguished Eagle Scout and expedition medicine expert, led the charge for the development of this merit badge and worked closely with the BSA and other explorers to make it come to life.

“Exploration is what drives innovation, whether in science, economics, or business – we need exploration to spur discoveries that help enhance their lives and improve our world,” said Manyak. “The possibilities for exploring are endless and require teamwork and dedication. We look forward to seeing Scouts become future change-makers through their experiences with this badge.”

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and Paleoanthropologist Lee Berger, who is also an Eagle Scout, contributed to the guidelines for the Exploration Merit Badge. That’s why this summer, National Geographic is thrilled to team up with the BSA as a presenting sponsor to offer Scouts the opportunity to begin earning the badge during the 2017 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. At the Jamboree Exploration Merit Badge Experience, Scouts will learn alongside real-life leaders in exploration while also attending Scouting’s premier destination for high adventure and fun. Additionally, as part of National Geographic’s ongoing support of the badge, Scouts will be able to enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to the 2018 Explorers Symposium at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Exploration Merit Badge is available to Scouts in print format to youth members, ages 11-18, who participate in the Boy Scouts program. For more information, visit BeAScout.org.