Info for Parents


Weekly Troop Meetings

  • The troop is scheduled to meet every Tuesday night during the school year at Sudbury Methodist Church at 7:30.

  • The Troop works on rank advancement, trip and event planning, merit badges, community service projects, and other scout activities.

  • Scouts are not penalized for missed meetings, however, advancement may be delayed if rank advancement activities at meetings are missed by the scout.

Trips, Community Service Projects and Other Scouting Activities

  • The troop schedules multiple events each month, including trips and community service projects. Many of these trips and projects are designed to provide rank advancement activities, and to serve the community.

  • The troop also provides safety and first aid training as part of rank advancement.

  • Eagle service projects also provide a way for scouts to serve the community. These projects are scheduled on various weekends during the year depending on the number of Eagle candidates and project timing. Scouts are strongly encouraged to participate in Eagle projects organized by Eagle candidates.

Summer Camp

  • Scouts are expected to attend summer camp for one week (more if they wish). Camp is a fun and rewarding experience which also provides merit badge instruction along with instruction in other scouting skills.

  • Missed camp may delay advancement because certain merit badges may be difficult to complete outside of summer camp.



To realize the greatest benefits from the scouting program, scouts will regularly attend troop meetings and other troop activities, advance in rank and earn merit badges. Scouts are expected to follow scouting principles.  

Parents -

  • are critical to the success of the scouts and of the troop. Our troop’s goal is 100% parent participation in troop roles and activities designed to provide many enjoyable and rewarding experiences with your scout(s) and with the troop.

  • are needed to support and coach the scouts, and to enhance the scout experience.

  • are strongly urged to attend overnight and other trips, help with trip logistics (e.g. food, transport, equipment), and participate in community service and Eagle projects.

  • are strongly urged to volunteer in troop roles (coordinators, holiday tree sale, merit badge counselors, advancement, award dinners, etc.).

  • are strongly urged to “shadow” or to be “in-training” for troop roles to replace parents of graduating scouts

  • are strongly urged to attend Courts of Honor and Eagle Award dinners.



  • A scout has the opportunity to progress through levels from the entering Scout Rank, to Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Star, Life and Eagle.

  • Scouts work on rank advancement under the tutelage of the Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters, other adult leaders, and older scouts.

  • Many troop activities, including activities during meetings and overnights, are designed to meet rank advancement requirements. These activities include cooking, planning, tool use, fire safety, and orienteering.

Merit Badges

  • Specific Merit Badges are required to advance in rank. In addition, Merit Badges are initiated by a scout’s interest and are intended to develop skills and allow for career and vocational exploration. Merit Badge courses are let by counselors who come from within the troop and the community. Parents are important volunteers as counselors.

  • Merit Badges are earned at troop meetings, at summer camp, and at Merit Badge colleges.

Advancement Process

  • After a scout completes all requirements for advancement in rank, he will arrange for a Scoutmaster Conference with the Scoutmaster.

  • If the Scoutmaster Conference is successful, the scout will schedule a Board of Review with the Advancement Chair.

  • The Board of Review consists of adults associated with the Troop. The Board will question the scout in an interview format, and determine with the scout whether advancement requirements have been met. The Board will also discuss the scout’s experiences in the troop in general.  

  • Formal recognition of rank advancement and Merit Badge awards is made at Courts of Honor held at least twice per year.


The handbook is an important reference guide developed as the result of many years of scouting experience. You and your scout should read the handbook regularly for information including scouting skill development, scouting principles, and rank requirements. The handbook also contains the written record of the scout’s rank advancement because scout leaders sign off on rank requirements in the scout handbook. Each scout must bring his handbook to weekly troop meetings and the scout’s Boards of Review. The handbook should be kept in top physical condition as it will accompany the scout throughout his scouting career.


  • Learning scouting skills, principles, and values

  • Developing leadership skills, organizational skills, teamwork skills, work ethic, and camaraderie

  • Community Service

  • Individual growth - each scout progresses according to his ability

  • A balance of fun, adventure, and safety

  • A strong troop community