Troop 51 FAQs
General Scouting questions:
What is Boy Scouting
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) program includes boys of ages
11 to 18. The program develops leadership and values through outdoor
adventure and weekly meetings. The true adventure of scouting is
experienced during the outdoor activities (monthly campouts and summer camp).
How is the Troop
Troop 51 is a boy-led troop that operates within broad
general parameters set by the Troop Committee. The Patrol Leaders Council
(PLC) determines the monthly activities and sets the weekly meeting
activities. Adult leaders provide assistance as
How are the Scouts and
the troop guided?
The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster(s) guide the
Scouts. Also, the troop is guided by a board of directors known as the
Troop Committee which meets monthly. Parents may volunteer for the
What does ‘boy-led’
Scouting is based on the idea that the Scouts plan the events
and follow through on their execution and follow-up. This teaches
organizational and communication skills.
What is the PLC?
The PLC (Patrol Leaders Council) consists of the Senior
Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leaders, Assistant Patrol
Leaders, and elected ‘green bar’ troop positions. The PLC meets monthly and
is guided by the Scoutmaster.
How can Scouts earn
merit badges to become Eagle Scouts when there are so many other activities
Scouts have the opportunity at summer camp to earn a number of badges as well as at Merit Badge Colleges which are
offered by the local Scout council. In addition, the troop offers the
opportunity at meetings to work on badges as a troop. Lastly, the troop
maintains a list of merit badge counselors who could help Scouts with badges
when called on by individual Scouts.
Who is Troop 51’s
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2000 Chestnut Street
Camp Hill, is the chartering (sponsoring) organization for Troop 51. This is
the "home base" for the scout troop activities. Their website is: www.trinitycamphill.org/.
Is there a Cub Scout
Pack affiliated with Troop 51?
Yes, Cub Scout Pack 51 is a very active Pack and is
affiliated with Troop 51. They are also chartered by Trinity Evangelical
Lutheran Church. Their website is: Camp Hill Pack 51 .
Can I visit Troop 51?
Yes! Any Cub Scout, Boy Scout or parent can visit Troop
51. All we ask is that you contact the Scoutmaster to learn the troop
schedule as the troop sometimes meets at alternative locations.
Are uniforms required?
BSA policy strongly recommends uniforms, and Troop 51 follows
that direction. Full Class A uniforms are worn from Labor Day to Memorial
Day. Class B uniforms are worn from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
What do I need to buy
for my son?
Very little is needed to join a scout troop. The
philosophy is to do as much with as little as possible. A new scout
should start with the scout handbook which can be purchased at the New Birth of
Freedom Scout Store located on Baden Powell Lane in Mechanicsburg. The
Scout Store can answer any questions regarding uniforms. Boy Scouts wear
a uniform to meetings, outings, and events as indicated. A full uniform
is not initially required but beginning with a scout shirt and building from
there is a good idea. To help with this, the troop has an inventory of
previously worn uniform items that can be issued (and returned when they no
longer fit). Please check this prior to purchasing any uniforms.
The troop has extra gear (tents, backpacks, etc.) that can be
loaned for specific outings. Scouts will need the basics, cold weather
sleeping bag, mess kit, flashlights, etc.
How often does the
troop go on camping trips?
Troop 51 goes on monthly activities that include camping,
hiking, biking, rafting, plus much, much, more! Troop 51 is an active
participant in numerous Council and District events.
Where does Troop 51 go
to summer camp?
Troop 51 rotates summer camp attendance with every third year
at a New Birth Of Freedom Council camp, Hidden Valley Scout Reservation or Camp
Tuckahoe. The other two years are researched by the Scouts, but generally
are within 6 hours driving distance. This helps keep the adventure in
scouting and keeps the boys interested.
Where do the scouts
There is a weekly troop meeting held at the chartering
organization which is Trinity Lutheran Church on Chestnut Street in Camp Hill
Borough. The troop meeting is at 7pm Thursday evening
How long do the
Troop meetings generally last an hour from 7:00 to 8:00
p.m. Based on the content covered during the meeting, they may last until
8:30. This information will be published prior to the meeting.
How does the troop
decide where to go on camping trips, and how does the troop decide on the
subjects for the weekly meetings?
The Scouts through the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) plan the
program of trips and meetings.
How are Scouts and
parents kept informed?
Troop 51 maintains a web site and sends a monthly
newsletter. Just as importantly to teach good communication skills for
the Scouts, the Patrol Leaders call the Scouts in their patrol to keep the
Scouts informed about PLC and troop activities. Individual Scouts can
offer suggestions to their patrol leaders of ideas to bring up at PLC meetings.
Can individual Scouts
offer ideas about the troop?
Definitely! Scouts should pass ideas along to their
Patrol Leaders to bring up at PLC meetings, or during discussions at regular
troop meetings. Also, at Boards of Review for rank advancements, Scouts
are asked their opinions of what they like about the troop and what they would
like to change.
Who do I call with
Scoutmaster: Mr. David H. Leeds, Cell:
Committee Chair: Mr. Will Hicks; email@example.com
New Birth of Freedom Council: 717 766-1591;
Scout Store (Mechanicsburg): 717 795-2703
How can parents help
Parents can volunteer to be Merit Badge Counselors, prepare
newsletter and web site articles, assist as drivers for monthly trips, and join
the Troop Committee, assist with fundraising, Courts of Honor organization,
Boards of Review, etc. By everyone volunteering a little, it makes it
easier on everyone, and really benefits the Scouts.
How much parental
participation is required?
Parents are strongly encouraged to participate in some
monthly activities, fundraisers, etc. It’s the belief that if all parents
share in the participation that it will make it easier for all and allow them
to enjoy their son’s adventures. Parents are encouraged to attend a bi-annual parents meeting that provides information on Troop
activities, guidelines, and allows the parents to ask questions
Can parents attend
monthly activities and Summer camp?
Parents are encouraged to attend all activities. In
fact, two deep adult leadership is critical to the safety of the Scouts.
Parents are reminded that the growth of their son is by learning with his
How can I volunteer?
We are always looking for parents to get involved in the troop's
administration. Contact the Committee Chair to find out ways you can