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Frequently Asked Questions

If you don't see you answer here, please feel free to contact the Scoutmaster or any of the assistant scoutmasters

What is a "Totin' Chip"?

Before a Scout can carry or use a knife or axe in any Scout-related environment, he must first demonstrate that he understands the proper care, handling and safe use of knives and axes. The "Totin' Chip" card is proof that he has accomplished this to the satisfaction of his Troop's Scoutmasters. This "Totin' Chip" can and will be revoked upon any misuse or safety infraction, and would then have to be re-earned.

What is a "Firem'n Chit"?

Before a Scout can start or monitor a campfire, or use match or lighter in any Scout-related environment, he must first demonstrate that he understands the proper care, handling and safe use of fire. The "Firem'n Chit" card is proof that he has accomplished this to the satisfaction of his Troop's Scoutmasters. This "Firem'n Chit" can and will be revoked upon any misuse or safety infraction, and would then have to be re-earned.

What is the difference between Patrol and Troop Meetings?

Patrol meetings are attended by members of each Patrol (Eagle Patrol, Patriots Patrol, etc.). Since Patrol membership is usually around 8 or so, these meetings may be at a Scouts' house or local park. The Patrol Leader is responsible for insuring that their members are notified of the meeting place, time and agenda.

Troop meetings are attended by the entire membership of Troop 3. During the meeting there may be Patrol "Break-Outs", where Dues and other Patrol business is taken care of.

What is a Scoutmaster Conference?

After their requirements for the next rank are signed-off, Scouts must schedule a Scoutmaster Conference and a Board of Review. The Scoutmaster will work with the Scout to make sure that he has completed the requirements and understands the material for the new rank (and for First Class and above: all previous ranks). This conference is a final preparation for the Board of Review. Prior to the conference, Scouts should have reviewed all of the rank requirements and present their Scout Handbook and Troop 148 Scout Guidebook to the Scoutmaster.

A Scout can arrange a Scoutmaster conference by contacting the Advancement coordinator directly or by simply signing-in the "Scoutmaster Conference" sheet at the front table before or after our troop meetings. Scoutmaster conferences can be done at any time, however they should be arranged at least two weeks prior to a Court of Honor for recognition at that Court of Honor.

What is a Board of Review?

After the Scoutmaster has signed-off that the Scout has met his requirements for the next rank, he can schedule his Board of Review. This is his "Boy Scouts of America-Official Review" for advancement. Three or more Scoutmasters and/or Committee members will review the Scout's presentation and paperwork for his advancement. Upon successful review, paperwork is sent to the BSA Council headquarters for logging. The Scout's new rank is official and effective at the end of the Board of Review. His advancement will be publicly announced at the next Court of Honor.

A Scout can arrange for his Board of Review by contacting the Advancement coordinator directly or by simply signing-in the "Board of Review" sheet at the front table before or after our troop meetings. Boards of Review can be done at any time, however they should be arranged at least two weeks prior to a Court of Honor for recognition at that Court of Honor. Scouts must be prepared by having reviewed all of the rank requirements and must present their Scout Handbook and Troop 148 Scout Guidebook to the Board.

What is the difference between Patrol and Troop Meetings?

Patrol meetings are attended by members of each Patrol (Eagle Patrol, Patriots Patrol, etc.). Since Patrol membership is usually around 8 or so, these meetings may be at a Scouts' house or local park. The Patrol Leader is responsible for insuring that their members are notified of the meeting place, time and agenda.
Troop meetings are attended by the entire membership of Troop 148. During the meeting there may be Patrol "Break-Outs", where Dues and other Patrol business is taken care of.

What is a Court of Honor?

In the Boy Scouts of America a court of honor is a troop activity where scouts and their families can come together to get their awards, and have a good time together. It is important for the scouts family members to be there for their scouts receiving his rank advancement, merit badges, and other awards.

What is an Eagle Court of Honor?

The goal of every Scout should be to achieve Eagle. The rank of Eagle Scout is the sign of many years of hard work and dedication to the Scouting program. An Eagle Court of Honor is a wonderful celebration that should be attended by all Scouts.

Where can I purchase BSA literature, uniforms, and other program materials?

This is a full service store
Boy Scouts of America Antelope Valley Scout Shop
42402 10th St W, Lancaster,CA 93534
(661) 942-7820

This one sells only uniforms and badges
Southern Sierra Council, Boy Scouts of America
2417 M Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: 661-325-9036
Fax: 661-325-2122

What is the relationship between Troop, District and Council?

A troop is a group of Scouts guided by a dedicated Troop Committee and chartered by a recognized organization under the Boy Scouts of America . Troop 148 is chartered by the Knights of Columbus of St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Parish.

A District is the local BSA authority over their Troops. We are in the Tahquitz District. Our District holds roundtable meetings the first Tuesday of every month to discuss local and out-of-area scouting events and ideas. The public is welcome to attend.

A Council is regional BSA authority over their Districts. We are in the California Inland Empire Council (CIEC).

What is the Troop Committee?

The Troop Committee are volunteers who handle all the behind the scenes work. including, but not limited to: finances, advancement, troop equipment, arrangements for outdoor activities, and record keeping. The council is also responsible for making sure that there are people to fill the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster roles. By taking care of all of these responsibilities it allows the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters to focus there attentions on the Scouts.

Training available for Committee Members:

New Leader Essentials (2.5 hours)
Troop Committee Challenge
Resources for Troop Committee Members:
Troop Committee Guidebook

What is Scoutmaster Training?

If parents (Mom or Dad) would like to help out with Scouting there are many opportunities. Parents can be involved by becoming Assistant Scoutmasters, Council Members, or by letting the troop know that you are available for occasional help with our activities. Parents that are interested in becoming Assistant Scoutmasters need to go through training that will give you the tools needed to be effective leaders in Scouting.

Training has three parts:

New Leader Essentials (2.5 hours) Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training (2 x 2.5 hours) Overnight Campout In addition to training additional resources should be acquired:

The Scoutmaster Hand Book The Boy Scout Handbook Free online training is also available at the BSA Online Learning Center:

Youth Protection Training Boy Scout Leader Fast Start


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