A world of adventure is waiting for you with Troop 175: White water rafting, backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing… all things the troop does each year; and we’re always looking for new things to do. As well as all this, you’ll learn new skills like firelighting and first aid, cooking and campcraft, and you’ll get to understand more about the world we live in, it’s nature, and yourself. You’ll spend time helping other people by taking part in service projects near and far.

Most important of all though, you’ll have fun!

Being a Boy Scout is all these things and more, and you’ll do it all with a ‘Patrol’ of friends, and make new friends along the way who will last a lifetime.

As you’ll see, Boy Scouts is very different to Cub Scouts. In Boy Scouts the planning and execution of the meetings and activities is the responsibility of the Scouts themselves, not the adults – though we’re always here for advice when needed and to make sure everyone stays safe. You shouldn’t feel overwhelmed though: as a new Scout patrol you’ll have an older Scout called a ‘Troop Guide’ assigned to your patrol who will work with you to understand what to do in Troop meetings and also to help you as you advance to First Class rank.

By the way, if your parents enjoy being in the outdoors and think the activities we do look interesting, they are welcome to join the ‘Geezer Patrol’ for a trip and experience the adventure for themselves. We are always looking for adults to help out on trips and, maybe one day, volunteer as an adult leader.

If you have any questions at all, ask your Patrol Leader; if he doesn’t know, ask your Troop Guide; if he doesn’t know, ask your Senior Patrol Leader; if he doesn’t know, ask your patrol’s Assistant Scout Master and if he doesn’t know, ask me!

Welcome to Boy Scouts!

Barrie Dickinson
Scoutmaster, Troop 175
Foster City, CA
M. 650.245.2251