F.A.Q. – Boy Scouts

A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens. - Robert Baden-Powell

What will my son learn in Boy Scouts?

Boy Scouting is a great way for your son to learn principles and values that will help him become independent, a strong leader, and a good man.  Boy Scouting’s value system is based on the 12 points of the Scout Law. A Scout is…

  1. Trustworthy
  2. Loyal
  3. Helpful
  4. Friendly
  5. Courteous
  6. Kind
  7. Obedient
  8. Cheerful
  9. Thrifty
  10. Brave
  11. Clean
  12. Reverent

How old does my son have to be to join Boy Scouts?

Boy Scouts is for boys 11 years old or have completed the fifth grade, or earned the Arrow of Light Award (in Cub Scouts) and is at least 10 years old, but is not yet 18 years old.

Scouts are put into patrols, either "birds or beasts". Shown is the patch for the "Bobwhite Patrol."


How are the Boy Scouts organized?

Our Boy Scout troop is led by our Scoutmaster and a host of other adult leaders in various positions that oversee logistical operations of the units.

The majority of the activities in our Boy Scout troop are “Boy Led”.  There are various positions the boys hold within the troop, and we have elections for those positions every 6 months, where the boys elect new boy leaders.

The boys are organized by Patrols which are small groups of 5-10 boys of various ages that work together as a team. Each patrol has an elected “Patrol Leader” that is accountable for the patrol. And the troop has a “Senior Patrol Leader” and “Assistant Senior Patrol Leader” that are accountable for the patrols.  Upon joining 393 your son will be placed into a patrol after his Scoutmaster conference (a brief meeting with the Scoutmaster), and when eligible, may run for specific positions within the Troop.

What are the ranks in Boy Scouting?

Boy Scouts are ranked as follows:

  1. Scout
  2. Tenderfoot
  3. Second Class
  4. First Class
  5. Star
  6. Life
  7. Eagle Scout

Boys joining 393 that have earned the Arrow of Light award in Cub Scouts, will be recognized as “Scout” rank immediately.  Boys that have not earned the AOL, will have some work to do to achieve that rank. The rest of the ranks they will work to earn in the order they appear above

The Boy Scout Handbook is your guide to scouting. Scouts and parents should become familiar with it.


How does my son advance in Boy Scouting?

Rank must be completed in order (as outlined above). Each rank has specific requirements that are outlined in the Boy Scout Handbook. See your handbook for details on specific requirements per rank.

Can we work on things at home or outside of the events and meetings? Can parents sign off on their son’s work?

Typically no.  Boys are given the opportunities in our events and meetings to work on their required advancements. Boys wishing to work on specific merit badges will need the Scoutmaster’s approval of the merit badge counselor. Troop 393 has counselors available for nearly every merit badge and will assist you in locating one for your work. Scouts that have completed rank or merit badge work will attend at least three board of reviews each year, and a designated committee member or Assistant Scoutmaster familiar with the rank or advancement will sign the book. If there is an item in the book or a merit badge that you or your son may be interested in, but it is not something we typically do, ask the Scoutmaster what can be done.

How often do the Boy Scouts meet?

A year of scouting is comprised of many troop meetings, campouts, activities and ceremonies:

  1. Troop Meetings – Troop meetings are held the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Troop meetings are where you son will work on the bulk of their Rank Achievements and Merit Badges. Troop meetings are usually held at Knights of St. John, but are occasionally held at another site, depending upon the content of the achievements being worked on.
  2. Activities & Ceremonies – Throughout the year there will be other activities scheduled such as Court of Honor, Eagle Ceremonies, Service Projects.
  3. Camping and Overnights – Troop 393 typically hosts 1 overnight or campout per month at a variety of adventurous locations.
  4. Extended Camps – Troop 393 will also host extended week-long camps.  These are typically in the form of summer camps or destination trips outside of our council.

Eagle Scout MedalHow long does it take for a boy to become an Eagle Scout?

The answer to that question is as unique as the boy you are asking it for, and depends greatly on his ability to come to meetings and events, and the speed and precision in which he works on his advancements.  We have had boys achieve Eagle Scout in as few as 4 years, and we’ve had some that have taken nearly twice that long taking it right up to their 18th Birthday (boys must complete Eagle requirements before they turn 18 years of age). Keep in mind that it is not as important how long it takes to become an Eagle as it is to become an Eagle.

What happens after Eagle Scouts?

Troop 393 offers many opportunities to extend the scouting experience after Eagle with leadership positions within the unit and with our Venturing Crew.

Who are the leaders in Boy Scouts?

The leaders of all Cub Scout Packs, including 393 are volunteers (usually parents of Scouts and former Scouts), who are trained by our unit and by the Buffalo Trace Council. Volunteering is a large part of Scouting.

For more information on the leaders of Troop 393, please visit our “About” page.

What are the uniform requirements for Boy Scouts?

Please visit our Uniform Requirements page for specific requirements for Boy Scout uniforms.

Where do I put this patch?

Looking for where to put all those patches, and pins? Click here to visit our Insignia page for full details on where to place advancements (PDF, 88KB).

I’m ready! How do I join?

For more information on joining Troop 393, please visit our “How to Join” page

Still have questions? Please contact the Scoutmaster.