Welcome to Boy Scout Troop 261 - Kansas City, Missouri
Thank you for choosing to join Troop 261. We look forward to having you in our Troop and experiencing the adventures of Scouting! Additional information on Boy Scouting generally is available on the Boy Scouts of America website.
Troop Meetings: We meet on most mondays at 7pm in the School Commons, 7207 N.W. Highway 9, Kansas City, Missouri 64152. Scouts are required to be in full uniform (see below). The Troop Calendar identifies specific days and times for our Troop Meetings and other activities.
You are eligible to join Boy Scouts if you are a boy who has done at least one of the following:
Turned 11 years old and not yet turned 18;
Earned the Arrow of Light award;
Completed the fifth grade.
Mission Statement: BSA Troop 261 is committed to the development of well-rounded young men, is supportive of those activities that contribute to the positive values of personal responsibility, team skill development and leadership, and which are consistent with the Scout Oath and Law.
Overview: Troop 261 is sponsored by St. Therese Scout Parents, Inc. Troop 261 belongs to the Heart of America Council and the Northern Lights District. Troop 261 is run by the Scouts themselves. Our troop hikes, camps, learns how to tie knots and to build fires. We learn map and compass and cold-weather camping. We also participate in service projects and have weekly troop meetings. Further information on joining Troop 261 is available.
If you would like to join Troop 261, please attend our next troop meeting as shown on our Troop Calendar. We meet in the St. Therese School Great Commons located at 7207 N.W. Highway 9, Kansas City, Missouri 64152. When you arrive at the meeting, please speak with our Scoutmaster about joining Scouts. If you are new to Scouting, you will then be able to complete a scout registration form, which you can obtain at the meeting. If you are transferring from another troop, please be sure to bring your transfer form so that we can credit you with your advancement thus far. The annual registration fee is $30 per year for the first Scout in a family, which includes a subscription to the Boys' Life magazine, and $22 per year for each additional scout in the same family. In addition, annual dues are $35 per scout. Eagle Scouts pay $17.50 annually for registration. The annual registration fee is payable each October. More information is available about Troop 261 and the Boy Scouts of America, and you can contact us by e-mail.
A Boy Scout Troop is run by the Scouts themselves and not by the adults. However, Scout mothers and fathers provide adult leadership that is essential to success. Adults wishing to become registered adult scout leaders should attend a troop meeting and complete an adult registration form available at the troop meeting. The annual registration fee for adults is $17.50. We encourage parents to participate and help our boys grow through Scouting! Adult leader training is available to help adults learn more about Scouting. Scout parents are invited to the monthly Troop Committee meeting, held on the third Monday at 7pm, even if not formally registered as an adult scout leader.
Boy Scout Handbook: Scouts should bring the Boy Scout Handbook to every troop meeting and campout. The Handbook contains the requirements for each rank and a record of a Scout's advancement progress. Another excellent source of information on outdoor activities is the Boy Scout Fieldbook.
Scouting- Where boys become men and men become boys again.
Uniform: Scouts should wear the complete "Field Uniform" or "Class A" uniform to each troop meeting, except during the summer months when we wear our "Activity Uniform" or "Class B uniform." The Field Uniform is also required when traveling to scout activities, such as campouts.
The Field, or "Class A," Uniform consists of
Regulation Scout khaki shirt with proper insignia
Regulation Scout shorts or long pants
A Scout belt
Official troop neckerchief (awarded by the troop when the boy has earned the "Scout" Rank) with a Boy Scout neckerchief slide (Or Mic-O-Say neck ware)
Preferably, a scout hat
In addition, for a Court of Honor or Board of Review, the Scout should wear his merit badge sash or Order of the Arrow sash if he has either.
The Activity, or "Class B," Uniform is the same as above except that a Scout T-shirt is substituted for the Regulation Scout khaki shirt and troop neckerchief.
The Boy Scout Handbook has information on where to place insignia. The Boy Scouts of America publishes a more detailed Insignia Guide that can be purchased at the Scout Store.
Uniforms can be purchased at the Kansas City Scout Shop on Barry Road or at Brant's Men's and Boy's Wear, 15 E. Kansas, Liberty, Missouri (Tel. 781-6234).
Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC): Once a month the Patrol Leaders' Council (consisting of the Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guides, Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders) meets with the Scoutmaster to plan the troop's meetings and activities for the next month. The PLC usually meets at 7pm in the St. Therese School Cafeteria. Scouts should wear their uniform. Other Troop office holders may also be invited to attend.
Court of Honor: Semi-annually, the troop holds a Court of Honor in lieu of its regular meeting. The purpose of the Court of Honor is to make award presentations and to recognize the Scouts' progress. The Court of Honor is usually held in the St. Therese school Cafeteria.
Troop Committee: All Scout parents are members of the Troop Committee. Its responsibility is generally to ensure the quality of the Scouting program for the troop and to support the Scoutmaster. The Troop Committee meets monthly in the St. Therese School cafeteria as shown on the calendar. All Scout parents are welcome to attend the meetings.
Camping: The troop tries to conduct an outdoor activity every month. During February through May, the troop usually has a regular overnight campout. In June, we typically go on a canoe trip in southern Missouri and spend two nights at a campsite. Some of our campouts have been to air museums, observatories, horseback riding, biking the Kati Trail, wilderness survival themes, and that is only to mention a few. Each campout is a time to learn skills, practice cooking and enjoy the outdoors. Sunshine, snow, rain, we camp in all the elements.
In July, we attend our summer camp at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation in Osceola, Missouri for nine nights. This is an extraordinary experience for our boys and their parents and a great opportunity to earn merit badges. The cost is around $340 per Scout or full-time adult leader staying the entire time or $50-55 per day for part-time adult leaders. There is a $100 cancellation fee. A "campership" program is available to provide qualifying Scouts with some financial assistance towards the Osceola fees as needed. Our Osceola camping is coordinated by our adult Campmaster. Opportunities exist for older Scouts to serve on the Osceola or Camp Naish staff.
In August, we normally have a campout at Smithville Lake with boating and shotgun shooting. Then in September through June, we usually have a monthly campout. We sometimes attend the District Camporee in October. Our December campout is at Ibex in Blue Springs, where we climb indoors late into the the night and spend the night in the indoor camping area. Parents are encouraged to attend as many campouts as possible. The cost for each campout is normally around $30-35 per person depending upon the food selected although some campouts are more, depending on the activity we are doing.
Equipment checklists are available for cold-weather camping, warm-weather camping, and Osceola. Scouts may not bring video games, phones, fireworks, etc. The troop supplies tents and patrol cooking equipment.
Skiing Event: The Troop usually goes snow skiing at the Snow Creek facility in Weston, Missouri on a Saturday/Sunday in January or February. In connection with this event, Scouts may have the opportunity to work on their Snow Sports merit badge.
Scout Sunday: Scout Sunday is usually observed in February, and the Troop attends Mass at the St. Therese Catholic Church in full uniform.
High Adventure: The Boy Scouts of America maintains various camping areas, many of which are known as "High Adventure" areas. The largest such site is the Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico. This area is a backpacking camping experience for scouts 14 years of age or older and adult leaders. Similarly, for the nautically oriented, there are High Adventure "Seabase" areas in California and in Florida that offer sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, etc. The Boundary Waters area in Minnesota and Canada offers superb camping/canoeing opportunities.
Lastly, a few Troop 261 Scouts usually attend the National Jamboree. The next National Jamboree will be held in 2013 at The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve near Mount Hope, West Virginia. And there is even an International Jamboree.
Attendance: Scouts are required to participate in at least 50% of the troop's activities during the year in order to satisfy rank participation requirements and to qualify for consideration for honorary camping societies, such as Mic-O-Say.
Service Projects: Rank advancement often requires a Scout to participate in a service project. There are many opportunities during the year to participate in a service project, which is usually announced at a troop meeting on posted on this website.
Roundtable: Each month, the Northern Lights District holds its Roundtable, which is a meeting primarily for adult leaders to discuss and have presentations on topics of interest. At least one representative from the Troop is expected to attend. The Roundtable is usually held on the first Thursday of each month (except July and August) at 7:00 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at 5409 NW 72nd St, Kansas City, MO 64151.