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Scout Oath
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.

Scout Law
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

New Scouts

Welcome to Troop 442! Whether you are advancing from Cub Scouts, transferring from another troop, or simply new to the Scouts BSA experience, we are pleased that you have decided to be part of our family.

First steps

To officially join the troop, please ensure that the Scout has filled in/signed and submitted the following:

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RANK ADVANCEMENT

It is the Scout’s responsibility to schedule a Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review when she has completed the requirements for rank advancement.

Scout Rank

A Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review are NOT required for this rank.  The Scout should turn in a copy of these pages from their Scouts BSA Handbook to the scribes so that he can be recognized.

Scoutmaster Conference

The steps for a Scoutmaster Conference are as follows:

  1. The Scout must have their Scouts BSA Handbook, show up on time and be prepared for the Scoutmaster conference.  The Scout should bring their camping log and service hour log with them.  These logs can be printed from ScoutBook.  They should also bring copies of their leadership forms if leadership experience is required for their rank.
  2. The Scoutmaster of the troop conducts all Star, Life and Eagle conferences.  For other ranks, the Scoutmaster or ASM for the Scout’s Patrol will conduct the conference.  The Scout should contact the Scoutmaster or Patrol ASM by email or in-person to schedule the meeting.
  3. For the rank of Life and Eagle, the scout is required to wear a Class A uniform. 

Board of Review

Once a Scout has completed their Scoutmaster Conference, the last step for advancement is completing a Board of Review.  The steps for a Board of Review are as follows:

  1. Sign up for a Board of Review
  2. Bring their Scout BSA Handbook showing completion of all rank requirements.
  3. Bring the following forms printed from Scoutbook:
    • Boy Scout Individual History Report
    • Service log
    • Camping log
  4. Come dressed in full Class A uniform (sash, socks, belt, pants/shorts, etc).

Recognition for completion of rank will be made at the earliest troop meeting possible. Scouts are recognized again at a formal ceremony called Court of Honor.  Families are encouraged to attend all Courts of Honor.

Adults needed for a Board of Review

When a Scout has completed all of the requirements for a rank, they must appear before a Board of Review (BOR).

All adults in the troop except for ASMs can participate in a Board of Review. A minimum of three (3) adults is needed for each BOR.  Please remember adult participation is necessary for Scouts to advance.

Advancement

Scouts progress through a series of ranks in the program, gaining critical skills along the way and growing in self-reliance. Use the Scout Handbook as a reference for the requirements for each rank, or go to the Advancement and Awards Guide on the BSA website.

It is the Scout’s responsibility to schedule a Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review when he has completed the requirements for rank advancement.

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Merit Badge

There are around 135 Merit Badges that a scout can earn while learning new skills, concepts and behaviors.  Things learned may shape future interests and affect career choices, fields of study, or areas of service.

To earn each Merit Badge, a scout must complete the list of requirements with the guidance of a Merit Badge Counselor.  Once all requirements are met, they will be signed off by the Merit Badge Counselor.  Completed blue cards should be turned in to the scribes.

Merit Badge sessions are offered at Summer Camps, Merit Badge Fairs, and many other locations around Houston.

Resources

Court of Honor

Court of Honor (COH) is held three times per year to celebrate the achievements of our scouts on Rank Advancements, Merit Badges, and other special awards.  Families and friends are invited to attend to celebrate with their scouts.

Documentation of all awards to be given must be turned in two to three weeks before the COH presentation.  This allows time for records to be reviewed and validated, awards to be purchased and for the information to be posted in the national BSA database.

Although those who achieve Eagle Rank will be recognized at Troop COH, they also have a separate special Court of Honor ceremony to recognize this accomplishment.

Camping

We always look for new ways of keeping our scouts engaged.

Our troop schedules weekend campouts every month during the school year, providing opportunities for scouts to hone their scouting skills and build camaraderie with their fellow scouts. Campsites for these are typically a 45-minute to 4-hour drive away from Sugar Land, departing late Friday afternoon and returning by Sunday noon.

Summer camps are usually week-long, are located in or out of state, and are planned months in advance.

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