Welcome to Troop 10. Following are some frequently asked questions from prospective boy scouts and their parents.

Who can join Boy Scouts?

Any boy, aged 11-17 can join a Boy Scout Troop. In addition, any 10 year old who has earned his Arrow of Light or completed 5th grade is also eligible. Most of our new scouts come from local Cub Scout packs, however each year we also have boys join who have never been in cubs. Troop 10 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, religion, or sexual orientation.

Our boys are a diverse group with varied interests. Nearly all of them are involved in other activities outside of scouting, including several who play travel sports and they are generally able to fit scouting into their schedule. However, to progress to the higher ranks (Star, Life, and Eagle), scouts need to be considered "active" in the troop which we define as attending at least two troop meetings/activities per month. These ranks also require holding a "Position of Responsibility" which may carry its own participation requirements.

How are Boy Scouts different than Cub Scouts?

The most fundamental difference is that Cub Scouts are "parent-led" and Boy Scouts are "boy-led". Adult leaders provide training and guidance, but as much as possible, the troop is run by the boys. They choose where we camp, plan the program, teach the younger scouts, and run the meetings. In order to become a leader, a boy must have an opportunity to lead, so that's how we roll.

Boy scout troops are organized into "patrols" of about 10-12 boys each. They camp together including planning and cooking their own meals, working on advancement, and generally having fun. Their elected Patrol Leader leads the patrol and represents them at the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) meetings, which is the primary planning body in a boy scout troop.

Advancement in Cub Scouts is based on age/grade. In Boy Scouts, each boy progresses at his own pace as he learns skills, earns merit badges, accepts leadership responsibilities, and completes community service requirements.

We see lots of boys who stick with Cub Scouts through 5th grade and then drop out because they are "tired" of scouting. This is a shame because the fun in scouting is really just beginning. We would encourage them to try boy scouts for a year. Even if they decide not to continue, at least they really get to see what it's all about.

What is Troop 10 like?

We are an outdoor-oriented troop. We tent camp every month including the winter. Many of our trips are activity-focused (canoeing/kayaking, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, etc.) while others are destination-focused (military academies, historical sites, cities, etc). We go to a wide variety of destinations and try to find some new places to go each year. Each summer, we participate in a week of summer camp and usually do a high adventure trip for older scouts. All of our scheduled trips are listed on our home page and previous trips can be found on the photo page. We tend to eat well - this is a matter of pride for us. Each month we hold a cooking competition and reward the patrol with the best meal. No hot dog dinners here!

In addition to camping, we do frequent community service projects. We have "adopted" Afton Avenue and do at least four cleanups a year. We also help with other service projects throughout the year.

Our troop meets every Thursday at Yardley United Methodist Church. During the meetings, the boys learn scouting skills, earn merit badges, play games, and prepare for upcoming camping trips. We are very grateful to Yardley UMC for providing us with meeting space, however we have no formal connection to them. We are a self chartered troop and our scouts come from diverse religious backgrounds.

We are a fairly large troop. We typically have about 70 scouts. Running a troop this big is very much a team effort. We are very fortunate to have a large number of parents involved including 12+ trained Assistant Scoutmasters, many of whom are Eagle Scouts themselves. We've found that scouts whose parents are involved in the troop are more likely to stay and reach Eagle Scout rank.

Speaking of Eagle Scouts, we have had 8-12 boys achieve Eagle rank in each of the past few years. Our Eagle Scout rate is significantly higher than BSA in general, and higher than the Bucks County average as well. This is the result of a program which appeals to older boys as much as younger ones.

What will the first year be like?

Most boys join the troop in the early spring and are placed in a New Scout or "Newbie" Patrol along with scouts from other cub packs. Beginning with their first trip, the boys will be setting up camp and cooking for themselves. A couple of older scout "Guides" will work closely with the boys during the first year to help them learn the basics of scouting and begin advancement. Typically the "newbie" patrol breaks up around January and the boys choose which regular patrol they would like to join.

Our goal is for new scouts to reach First Class rank within their first 12-15 months. To achieve this, it is very helpful for them to participate in summer camp, and as many meetings and camping trips as possible.

How do I learn more?

We work closely with the local Cub Packs so that Webelos II's have plenty of opportunities to get to know us and decide if we are a good fit for them. If your son is involved in Cub Scout packs 10, 30, 46, 230, or 95, David Rishel, our Webelos Transition Coordinator, will work with your Den Leader to schedule visits to troop meetings and participation on camping trips (these are also requirements for the Arrow of Light). There will also be opportunities for parents to meet with our adult leaders throughout this process.

If your son is not in one of these cub packs, or If you have other questions, please contact Chris Janzen or any of the adult leaders. You will find them to be very enthusiastic about the troop and happy to tell you all about it.

You can also read our Orientation Guide which contains a lot of useful information for parents of new Troop 10 Boy Scouts.