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Finding a Scout Troop

It is recommended that you visit several Boy Scout Troops in your area to find a troop that best matches your and your son's interests.  All troops, while they work toward the same goals and guidelines, are different.    There may be diferences in the way the troop is managed,  Meeting structures could be different,  meeting days are different,  Troops may focus on different types of outings,  Troops may have different levels of activities, one troop may be more active than another,  Some troops are better organized than another.    There are lots of possible differences between troops which should be considered.

Scout Uniform

The Troop will provide the Scout Book, Neckerchief and Slide, the Green Epaulets and all of the Uniform Patches. The Uniform itself is the parents responsibility and can be purchased at the Scout Shop. There are 2 locations:

Grand Canyon Council Scout Shop
2901 N. Greenfield Rd
Phoenix, AZ

Mesa Scout Shop
In the shopping Center next to
Bass Pro Shop - Dobson and Loop 202

Only the scout shirt is required in Troop 379 - the Boy Scout pants are optional. Approximately 50% of Troop 379 scouts have the full uniform with pants.

Troop 379 Monthly Outings

Troop 379  has a balanced program with one major outing held per month.   Approximately half of the outings are Backpacking trips and the other half divided among Car Camping, Canoe Trips, Winter Skiing or Bicycle Outings.  Parents are always invited to go on the monthly outings.

Expected Costs

Initial Costs

Boy scout uniform (Shirt)  -- Approx. $30-$45

Yearly Costs  (Prorated if joining in mid year)

BSA charges $24.00 -  goes to the National organization
Insurance = $1.20
Troop 379 Annual Dues = $45.00
Boys Life magazine (optional) = $12.00

Possible Monthly Costs

Monthly Outings = $5  (Only if parents do not drive)
Outing Fast Food Stops - varies
Special outings (Canoe Rentals; Grand Canyon fees; Ski lift tickets; etc)

Parent Participation and Help

Boy Scouts is an all volunteer organization and is dependent on parents help to provide the best possible program.    Parents are able to help without actually joining as a leader.    Every month is an Adult Troop committee meeting where the Committee Chairman, Scoutmaster, and other troop leaders meet to review recent activities and future plans.   Parents can attend this meeting and learn how they could help.  This may range from providing transportation to a planned field trip to perhaps  going shopping on behalf of the Troop for a planned picnic.  There are always ways to help on a one time basis or more.

BSA Mission Statement

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.