Parents join the Troop when their son joins. Your assistance is needed in making the Scouting program a success. Events will be cancelled if there are not at least 3 registered leaders over 21 years of age and another adult leader 18 and over.
A partial list of areas for parent participation include:
- To complete the required forms in the membership packet and turn them in as soon as possible.
- Attend Courts of Honor, Parent meetings, Family camp outs, etc.
- Volunteer to lead or actively participate as a key contributor in any two of the following committees: Camping, Summer Camp, High Adventure Treks, Equipment, Advancement Chairman, Merit Badges, Eagle Scout Candidates, Leadership Training, Service Projects, Fundraising, Newsletter, Board, Mailing, Phone Bank, Calendar, Roster, and Treasurer -- to name but a few.
- All parents are required to volunteer to provide assistance with transportation to and from a minimum of two Troop 8787 sponsored events.
- Participate in Youth Protection Training within 90 days of joining the troop or within the next 2 scheduled training sessions.
- Maintain an awareness of your son's participation, progress and behavior within the troop.
- Participate in a parent/scout feed back meeting to be held annually with a key Committee Member and/or the Scout Master.
- Teach some skill at which you are an "expert" (Knots, First Aid, etc.)
- Serve as a Merit Badge Counselor
- Help with equipment repair.
- Be aware of your son’s fundraising activities and encourage him to help support the Troop.
- Help serve refreshments at various Troop functions.
Parents should make it a point to attend each Court of Honor. Parents should check the calendar of events issued by Troop 8787 so that they will know what events call for their attendance. Parents are encouraged to attend regular meetings and to allow the boys to demonstrate the Scouting program in action and for the parent to be aware of his son's level of participation and behavior within troop activities.
The Troop schedules one activity each year that allows for family participation, and parents are welcome to come to any other camping and hiking events to "observe". Troop 8787 strives to be strictly boy run by the Patrol Method. Parents should keep in mind that they are visitors and they should not interrupt the Troop’s tasks such as cooking, fire-building, and other duty roster responsibilities. As each Patrol member shows respect for other Patrol members and campsites, parents are expected to do likewise. For example, you may not enter a Patrol campsite without specific permission from that Patrol and Scoutmaster.