Frequently Asked Questions
What is Troop 76?
When and where
does Troop 76 meet?
What kind of activities does
Troop 76 do?
What about advancement?
Is there opportunity for
Where do I
get a Scout Uniform and other Official Scouting stuff?
When do I wear my Scout Uniform?
What equipment should a new Scout buy?
How do I know what Patrol I will be in and who else will
be in it?
What happens if I miss a meeting or a campout?
How many times a year does Troop 76 campout?
What if it rains or snows?
How do I know what to bring to a campout?
Does a Scout have to have his own e-mail address?
My family doesn't go to Jesse Lee Memorial United
Methodist Church. Can I still join Troop 76?
My son is a very picky eater. Will he starve on a
My son has medical or other considerations. How does the
Troop handle this?
What is a Scouter?
Court of Honor & Other Uniform Tips.
Where can I get more information?
- Troop 76 is one of three Boy Scout Troops here in Ridgefield. We meet every Tuesday evening at
Jesse Lee United Methodist Church (who is also our sponsoring organization) from 7:30
p.m. - 8:45 p.m. We refer to our Troop as “boy led, adult supported”. We believe by placing
decision-making and execution in the hands of our Scouts, they learn
invaluable life skills such as: responsibility, leadership, independence,
mentoring and teamwork. These are lessons learned both through successes
and challenges. We may be best known around Ridgefield for our holiday
wreath sale, which has been a Troop 76 tradition for over a decades.
- Troop 76 meets every Tuesday from
September through early June. There is a full calendar on the website which is
regularly updated with meeting and activities
Troop 76 Calendar. The
Tuesday meetings are held at the Carriage House, at Jesse Lee Memorial
United Methodist Church, 207 Main Street in Ridgefield. The Carriage
House is a separate building which borders King Lane and the church parking
lot. If a Scout's patrol is listed as being the Setup Patrol, they
should come 15 minutes early at 7:15 to help set up the meeting room.
Generally, scouts are released by 9:00 PM, after the
room is cleaned.
For troop meetings, the general guideline is that if
there is no school (for vacation, holiday or snow day reasons), there's no troop meeting
there are exceptions. So please check the troop website at
Several times during the year a meeting will be at another location for
some special activity like model rocket launches, a night hike or merit
badge work, but these are
announced well in advance, highlighted on the Troop Calendar and reinforced by e-mails. There are no
formal meetings during the summer school break, although occasionally there may be one or
two planning sessions for optional summer activities and for Adult Scouter and
youth Scout Leaders in
preparation for the next Scouting year.
- Because our activities are decided
on, and planned by, our Scouts, they reflect the variety of interests of our
members (there’s something for everyone!). We have at least one outing a
month, which in the past have included: hikes, back-packing trips, beach
camping, trips to historical sites, an annual ski-trip to Vermont, winter and spring “camporees”
with other area troops, orienteering, and a multi-night “big trip” to
celebrate the end of the school year. Many of our Scouts also participate in
sleep-away summer camp at Camp Sequassen here in Connecticut, as well as
traveling out west to attend Philmont Scout Ranch, a BSA-run national camp
of over 100,000 acres.
- Advancement is also an integral part
of our Troop program, both indoors and outdoors. The requirement for badges
of rank entails plenty of Troop meetings, hikes, and camp activities. As Scouts take part in our Troop programs they learn skills and so
are helped to advance. Ultimately, advancement is a personal and individual
thing, with each boy advancing according to his own interests, abilities,
and participation. Troop 76 is very proud that a majority of our
high-school aged scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
- Service to the
community is at the essence of the BSA and Troop 76. At any given time, our
Scouts are involved in a number of community focused projects including;
food drives, open space improvement projects, and providing set-up and
take-down help for church and charity events. There is no shortage for
opportunity to volunteer.
HERE for information
on locations where Scout Uniforms and other Official
Scouting stuff can be found. The BSA National organization
has opened a webstore at
- The Scout uniform is an important part
of scouting. It signifies who we are as an organization, and what each of our
roles is within the Troop. For this reason, the Troop requires that each boy
have a full uniform and wear it correctly. If a family cannot afford a
uniform, scholarships are available from the Troop Committee. Speak with the
Scoutmaster or Troop Committee Chairman.
Additionally, the Troop maintains a Uniform Recycling Program, where we make
used uniforms available to any Scout family. As your son outgrows his uniform
parts, if they’re in reasonably good shape (as they often are), we ask that
you turn the parts into the Scoutmaster at any Troop meeting, for recycling.
A full Scout Uniform (Scout shirt, pants, neckerchief & slide, belt) is worn
to all "formal" Scout meetings (Board of Review, Court of Honor) and when the Troop travels to Scouting activities
like campouts. For routine Scout Meetings, recent changes require you only
wear a Scout Shirt and Neckerchief although, of course, you're welcome to
wear the full uniform as well. Sometimes the Scout Uniform is required for Service Projects -
generally, those that have high visibility. Note that BSA introduced a new
design for uniform Scout pants in September 2006. These new
"Switchback" pants are much more comfortable, stylish and functional than
the old cotton trousers and well worth the extra $2. See
Trousers to view the two alternatives.
If an activity requires a full Scout Uniform, any Scout showing up inappropriately
dressed will either have to return home and change or will not be allowed to
participate in the activity. Exceptions to this will be rare!
Finally, the Troop now has an imprinted "Class B" T-shirt which doubles as a
very comfortable wicking, outdoor performance shirt. They're available in a
variety of sized from the Troop for $13. There will be instance where
this shirt will be allowed as an alternative to the "informal" Class A
- New Scouts are
encouraged to shop sparingly until they learn a bit more about Scouting and
their needs. Other than a Scout Uniform and a Scout Handbook, the primary
needs are those associated with camping.
- New Scouts are put into existing or new 6-8 boy "Scout
Patrols" headed by an elected leader and guided by an older, experienced Scouts
in Senior Patrol Leader (SPL), Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and
Troop Guide leadership roles . This way, a batch of new Scouts all are exposed
to the basic Camping and other Scouting skills and information together and it
builds not only a sense of belonging and friendship amongst boys with similar
needs as beginners, but also provides the SPL, APL and Troop Guide experience in guiding
and teaching new Scouts the skills they have mastered since their days as "New
- Although attendance at meetings may be
taken and for sure attendance at campouts is carefully tracked, it is
understood that few scouts make all meetings and even fewer Scouts make every
campout the Troop may have in the course of a Scouting or Calendar year. We
understand that Ridgefield youth have tremendous opportunities and often
conflicting demands on their time. We work to make sure Troop activities are
the kind that our Scouts want to attend, but understand and accept
their not making a meeting or other activity. Campout attendance is carefully
tracked because some awards and merit badges have various camping
requirements. One of the harder and more coveted awards, for example, is the
Year Round Camper award earned when a Scout participates in a Campout for 12
successive months, including those during the Summer Break.
- The Troop tries
to plan a weekend campout every
month during the September to May...the scouting year. And scouts may
attend a week of summer camp,
typically the 3rd or 4th week in July. Most weekend campouts are 1 night, Saturday through Sunday, although
occasionally there will be a 2 night (Friday night to Sunday morning)
activity. One of these is the Annual Ski Trip which is a motor coach bus trip
with a stay in a motel for a skiing weekend in February. There is also often a
special BIG TRIP in the summer. The BIG TRIP and Ski Trip
are special activities whose costs are significantly underwritten by Wreath Sales
and are reserved for Scouts who meet or exceed their sales quota in Wreath
Sales. There is also a requirement for the special outings of 6 hours of
community service work in the 6 months leading up to the event. Of these 6
hours, at least 4 have to be in Troop sponsored service projects or in Troop
- Campouts and other Troop activities
typically take place rain or shine, however Adult Leaders carefully monitor
weather and other conditions and would never hold an event that would risk any
participant's safety or health. The law of averages almost guarantees
a number of rainy or snowy activities so an investment in quality rain gear
and warm clothes and boots and quality sleeping bag is an investment in
- At the Troop meeting immediately before
a campout, both a Permission Slip and an Equipment List specifically made up
for that particular campout will be available. The Permission Slip must be completed and signed by a
Parent and turned in to an Adult Leader, preferably the Leader running the
activity, prior to departure. For insurance reasons, no scout may go on
an outing requiring a Permission Slip without one, fully and properly
completed and signed.
- We ask that each family provide, if at
all possible, at least one e-mail address that is regularly (preferably daily)
checked that the Troop can use for timely communications with both the Scout
and his Family. We understand that many Scouts, especially the younger ones
will not have personal e-mail addresses and that's quite ok, but the
availability of an e-mail address the Troop and its adult Scouter and youth Scout Leaders
can use for fast communications about Troop 76 matters greatly facilitates our
ability to communicate with our Scouts. The Troop emphasizes Patrol calling chains
and telephone trees in its communications planning to make sure needed information gets to the Scout
and his Parents in a timely fashion. Even so, a regularly checked e-mail
connection is a very useful part of the communications mix and is often much
more effective and accurate than lots of telephone tag and chains of answering machine messages.
- Although the Boy
Scouts of America emphasizes a belief in
God, scouting is non-denominational so there is no requirement that a Scout be
affiliated with any particular church for that matter even any church. Jesse
Lee Memorial United Methodist Church is Troop 76's Charter Organization, but
that is more a role of providing the Troop access to their facilities for
meetings and gear storage and
performing certain oversight functions to insure the Troops Leaders are properly
selected and trained and the Troop is well managed than any specific religious
- For campouts, each Patrol designs its
own menus with adult Scouter and youth Scout Leader review to make sure certain basic
requirements are met. Thus, the Scouts themselves are responsible to select foods all
Patrol members will eat.
If a Scout has special dietary requirements, the
Troop will help in any reasonable way it can, but there are limits in what can
be done. Any Scout can bring his own meal and do his own personal meal
preparation if that is required, but Scouts with special needs should review
them first with the Scoutmaster or other Adult Leader to be sure those needs
can be reasonably met. Camping is, after all, usually inherently "rustic."
- It is very important that the
parents of any Scout with special medical needs or considerations discuss them
with the Scoutmaster or Troop Committee Chair. Such information will be
treated confidentially and shared only to the extent that it is essential to
the affected Scout's safety and that of his fellow Troop members. At campouts,
a Scout requiring medication must give that medication to the
Scoutmaster or other designated Adult Leader who will keep the medication and
will insure it is properly administered in a timely fashion. Each case is
different so early consultation is important.
- A "Scouter" is the term used to
differentiate a youth Scout from Adult Scout. In general, the age of 18 is
the dividing line between Scout and Scouter. Scouter refers to any adult in
a Scouting activity, not just to Adult in Scout Program Leadership roles
like Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster.
- COURT OF HONOR UNIFORM TIPS: Full Uniforms are
required at the Court of Honor. A "Full Uniform" comprises a "Class
A/official BSA" Shirt (long or short sleeved), official BSA uniform Pants or
Shorts (and official uniform BSA socks with shorts), BSA Belt, Neckerchief,
Neckerchief clasp. If you would like to see what might be available in our
used uniform supply area - please contact Mrs. Johnson (894 1626) to make
arrangements to get into our Quartermaster Room. The Troop typically
has quite a few smaller sizes. All Scouts are encouraged to take
advantage of this inventory. Neckerchiefs and Neckerchief clasps will be made available from the
Scoutmaster at the Court of Honor for new scouts who have not yet received
them. These are provided by Troop 76 directly and are not purchased.
Replacement Troop 76 green neckerchiefs are $10 and replacement clasps can
be purchased at the Joy of Movement etc if you've lost yours. USED
UNIFORM COLLECTION: If you have uniform pieces your scout has outgrown -
please bring them to a Troop meeting or Court of Honor for collection and
- An abbreviated version of the important highlights can be found in the
Troop 76 Parents Guide.
also phone or e-mail questions to any of the Troop's Adult and Youth Scout Leaders. You'll
find contact information at: