Troop 301 Basics
Troop 301 Overview
Troop 301 is run by its youth leaders with guidance of the Scoutmaster and assistants. The scouts plan the program, conduct troop meetings, and provide leadership among their peers.
We are very proud of the program we offer. Troop 301 strives to have an active program including: day trips, hikes, kayaking, weekend campouts, merit badge classes, STEM, youth leadership training and summer camp
Troop Meetings: Tuesdays from 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Chartered Organization: Love of Christ Lutheran Church, 1525 N. Power Rd, Mesa, AZ 85205
Contact the troop by email at email@example.com
In scouting, we as Scouts, Scouters and Scouting Families strive to live up to the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. These represent the higher expectation that society places on those involved with scouting. It is our duty to strive to live up to these in our daily lives in and out of scouting. Remember, you are always representing yourself, your family, Boy Scouts of America in your words and deeds.
A Scout is...
TRUSTWORTHY. A Scout tells the truth. They keeps their promises. Honesty is part of their code of conduct. People can depend on them.
LOYAL. A Scout is true to their family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.
HELPFUL. A Scout is concerned about other people. They do things willingly for others without pay or reward.
FRIENDLY. A Scout is a friend to all. They are a brother or sister to other Scouts. They seek to understand others. They respect those with ideas and customs other than her own.
COURTEOUS. A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. They know good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
KIND. A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. They treat others as they want to be treated. They do not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
OBEDIENT. A Scout follows the rules of their family, school, and troop. They obey the laws of their community and country. If they think these rules and laws are unfair, they try to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
CHEERFUL. A Scout looks for the bright side of things. They cheerfully do tasks that come their way. They try to make others happy.
THRIFTY. A Scout works to pay their way and to help others. They save for unforeseen needs. They protect and conserve natural resources. They carefully use time and property.
BRAVE. A Scout can face danger even if they are afraid. They have the courage to stand for what they think is right even if others laugh at or threaten them.
CLEAN. A Scout keeps their body and mind fit and clean. They go around with those who believe in living by these same ideals. They help keep their home and community clean.
REVERENT. A Scout is reverent toward God. They are faithful in their religious duties. They respect the beliefs of others.
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
Do a Good Turn Daily
As an American I will do my best to...
BE CLEAN IN MY OUTDOOR MANNERS, I will treat the outdoors as a heritage. I will take care of it for myself and others. I will keep my trash and garbage out of lakes, streams, fields, woods, and roadways.
BE CAREFUL WITH FIRE, I will prevent wildfire. I will build my fires only where they are appropriate. When I have finished using a fire, I will make sure it is cold-out. I will leave a clean fire ring, or remove all evidence of my fire.
BE CONSIDERATE IN THE OUTDOORS, I will treat public and private property with respect. I will use low-impact methods of hiking and camping.
BE CONSERVATION-MINDED. I will learn how to practice good conservation of soil, waters, forests, minerals, grasslands, wildlife, and energy. I will urge others to do the same.
Leadership roles in the troop are for a term of six months. Troop 301 encourages Servant Leadership in all roles. Troop positions include, but not limited to:
Patrol Leaders Council - PLC
Senior Patrol Leader
Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders
Order of the Arrow Youth Troop Representative
Additonal Positions of Responsibility
Assistant Patrol Leaders
Outdoor Ethics Guide
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
The Scoutmaster Corps provides the primary operational leadership for the troop. The Scoutmaster Corps works closely in supporting and mentoring the PLC.
Scoutmaster: Jon Zakaras
Assistant Scoutmasters: Brett Arthur, Jack Hemphill, Ken Jacox, Josephy Koberna, David Lucas, Mike Mancuso, Jack Vincent, Amber Seedane, Daryn Wright, Keith Zelinski
Scouter Reserves: Justin Beumler, Michael Innes, Dennis Keith, Jacob Klein, Wayne Kunz, Russ Mooney, Michael Obert, Bridget Stinson, Michael Williamson, Maria Zarr
College Scouter Reserves: Sonny Luzzi-Rodriguez, John Marceau
The troop committee is a cross between a board of directors and a parent support group. It sets troop policies and handles administrative functions, allowing the Scoutmaster (SM) and assistants (ASM) to focus on working directly with the Scouts.
Chartered Organization Representative: Mike Barker
Committee Chair: John Leitch
Secretary: Catherine Marceau
Advancement Chair: Jason Coons
Equipment Chair: Chris Nutter, Keith Zelinski
Fundraising Coordinator: Marci Beumler, Kristina Rodriguez
Outdoor / Activities Coordinator: Luc Marceau, Mel Jacox
Board of Review Coordinator: Matt Rodriguez
Life to Eagle Coordinator: Luc Marceau
Merit Badge Coordinator: Lisa Hemphill
Health & Medical Coordinator: Krystina Pesterfield
Members at large: Elizabeth Wright
Community & Business Development: Open
Servant leadership is about making the choice to lead, to give more than you receive, and to make a difference.
Ranks include: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle
Rank progress is on each Scout's own individual timeline
Each rank has its own requirements from outdoor skills to community service
Rank completion is celebrated at a bi-annual Court of Honor
Special topics of interest
Earned by a Scout mastering topics with an adult counselor
Documented on blue card obtained by the Scoutmaster
For Scouts and Scouters alike, the full uniform consists of:
Scout BSA Tan Uniform
Olive Green Uniform pants or shorts
Insignia: shoulder loops, unit number, patrol patch, council shoulder patch, world crest ring and the world crest emblum
Only registered members are allowed to wear the Scout Uniform
Everyone who is wearing a uniform is part of the same team and is working towards the same goal: to become the best scouts they can be!
Wearing uniforms gives scouts a sense of belonging and community. Uniforms remind scouts that they’re all equally deserving of respect. Every time a scout properly wears their uniform, the Scout Oath, Law, Slogan, and Motto are reinforced within them. In Troop 301 wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Scout’s commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting.
The purpose of Troop Meetings:
Prepare for outings
Learning and practice Scout Skills
Promoting Advancement and Personal Growth
Troop Meetings include the following:
Group Instruction (Program)
Inter-Patrol Activity (like a game)
After the Meeting
Camping is a vital ingredient of Scouting, and Troop 301 will camp frequently.
Most camping trips will be from Friday 6:00pm to about noon on Sunday of the same weekend. We leave and return to the LOC parking lot. Details to be planned at the PLC meetings.
See Troop Calendar for upcoming trips
How to Join Troop 301
There are two ways to join Troop 301, as a Webelos and crossover from your Cub Scout pack or as a Walk-on.
Webelos: All Webelos Troop candidates and their parents will attend a mandatory orientation meeting and will work on transferring BSA membership to the Troop. Placement of Webelo Scouts in “New Scout” Patrols or existing Patrols is at the discretion of the Scoutmaster.
“Walk-On”: A “Walk On”, a scout who is interested in joining BSA Scouts without a Cub Scout Pack relationship, must meet with the Scoutmaster along with their parents prior to acceptance of a registration form by our Membership Chairperson.
Application Process (Easy as 1-2-3!)
All Applications must be completed at beascout.scouting.org
Complete Parent Talent Survey
Complete BSA Health & Medical Form (Parts A&B required) and return to firstname.lastname@example.org
Troop Dues + Additional Costs
Yearly dues: $150 (evaluated annually)
Uniform-Class A shirt, pants, socks, belt, sash (purchase a scout shop
Shirt insignia Class A (patches and shoulder loops)
Troop 301 class A garrison hat ($20)
Troop 301 Class B T-Shirt ($15 each)
Troop 301 Class B Jacket ($30)
Campouts (most monthly camps will be $30)
Summer Camp ($350 - $1,600)
(You are welcome to pay in installments-see cost under “Scouting Costs” -- please speak to Troop Treasurer or Scoutmaster for arrangements)
Turn in camp medical form (Part C) signed by parent & doctor to scoutmaster. Physicals will be done in May at the troop meeting.
Make sure you have the items on the summer camp checklist, including complete Uniform and merit badge pamphlets pre-requisites.
Sign up for camp through Scoutmaster Minute weekly newsletter and pick all the merit badges classes
Keeping in touch
To see latest newsletters and subscribe: Scoutmaster Minute Weekly Newsletter
Our weekly newsletter goes out at 3:00pm on Mondays. We will also send out special newsletters for changes or focused topics from time to time.
If you have any communications that you would like to include in the newsletter, please contact Scoutmaster.
Facebook Page & Group
We have a public Facebook page: @officialtroop301
We also have a private page for members: Friends of Troop 301
For general questions, use our troop email: email@example.com
We will put you in touch with the right person.
As always, you can contact the Scoutmaster or Committee Chair as well.