“Lead, follow or get out of the way!”

The members of Troop 121 extend a hearty welcome!  Troop 121 is one of the oldest Boy Scout Troops in the council.

As of September 2010, Troop 121 has nearly 40 registered scouts.  Our goal is not to be the largest Boy Scout troop in Aquia District.  Rather, our adult leadership aims to focus on the individual Scout in order to help develop character and leadership qualities through application of the aims and methods of Scouting formulated by founder Robert Baden-Powell nearly a century ago:

We are a Scout-lead troop. This is the basics of the Scouting movement.  We provide the opportunity for Scouts to learn basic skills, leadership and citizenship.  The adult leadership acts as mentors to the Scouts, providing leadership training and guidance through the patrol method.

The Patrol is the unit of Scouting, always, whether for work or for play, for discipline or for duty.  An invaluable step in character training is to put responsibility onto the individual. This is immediately gained in appointing a Patrol Leader to responsible command of his Patrol. It is up to him to take hold of and to develop the qualities of each boy in his Patrol.

Lord Baden-Powell

As a new Scout parent possibly coming from a well-organized Cub Pack, it may well appear to you that some of Troop 121’s meetings, outings and other activities are a bit disorganized.  They are.  But again this is the learning experience.  The Troop adult leadership maintains safety of the Scouts without interfering in the duties and responsibilities of the Scouts.  As your Scout gains self confidence and skills you will see him flourish in the troop’s activities and leadership roles.

The troop’s role is not to produce Eagle Scouts but to help your son mature into a fine, well rounded, self-secure young man who, through hard work, may attain the rank of Eagle Scout, if he wishes.

We have prepared this booklet to tell you about our troop and help answer some of the many questions most new Scout families have when they join Troop 121.   You will also learn about the Troop Leaders and their roles so you can decide what role you want to play in the troop’s program.  There are plenty of activities for everyone!

We also want you to know what your responsibilities are as a new family member of our troop and what the troop program will do for your Scout(s).  We expect every family to support their son and to take an active role in the troop program and make it more fun.

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