MISSION - To provide opportunities for young men to have a fun, challenging, supportive and exciting scouting experience.
ACHIEVING THE MISSION - A balance of scouts who are active and enthusiastic, supported by parents who are involved and supportive, in a program that is boy led and outdoor focused.
The scouts run the program at Troop 728. An annual brainstorming and planning session is held for the scouts to come up with ideas for outings and merit badges. This becomes the framework for Troop meeting plans and campouts. Merit badge work is incorporated into the plan where possible.
Troop 728 puts a real emphasis on getting first year patrols going. Patrols are organized by age/grade. Each scout has a good chance of developing lasting friendships this way. New Patrols are assigned a Troop Guide (a First Class scout interested in helping younger boys) to help the first year scouts make the transition to Boy Scouts and Troop 728. The Troop program is designed to enable an incoming scout to have the opportunity to achieve First Class Rank in their first year of scouting, but advancement depends on the individual Scout. Advancement activities are integrated into both Troop meetings and campouts.
Advancement is an important part of Scouting. At this time Troop 728 has five scouts who are working to complete their Eagle rank in the next several months.
Adult participation is critical to the success of any Troop. The Troop 728 policy is to require a minimum of two registered adults to join with each Den that crosses over. Most adults find that they have a great time and enjoy the camaraderie.
Our Troop prides itself on being "Boy lead" and the "Patrol Method." In order to make this work for the patrols, each patrol has a couple adults represent all the adults in a patrol. One adult as the lead Assistant Scoutmaster (ASM) for their patrol. One adult as the lead Committee member (CM). In order to help us stay on track with this, we have arranged our monthly adult meetings (Mondays 7:00-8:30pm after an outing) to have two parts. Part one, 7:00-7:45pm, will require CM participation from each patrol and will handle the committee business. Part two, 7:45-8:30pm, will require ASM participation from each patrol and will handle the troop program "scoutmaster" business.