Welcome to Boy Scout Troop 261 -
Kansas City, Missouri
Thank you for choosing to join
Troop 261. We look forward to having you in our Troop and
experiencing the adventures of Scouting! Additional information
on Boy Scouting generally is available on the Boy
Scouts of America website.
Troop Meetings: We meet on most mondays at 7pm
in the School Cafeteria, 7202
N.W. Highway 9, Kansas City, Missouri 64152. Scouts are required
to be in full uniform (see below). The Troop Calendar
identifies specific days and times for our Troop Meetings and other
Mission Statement: BSA Troop 261 is committed to the
development of well-rounded young men, is supportive of those activities
that contribute to the positive values of personal responsibility, team
skill development and leadership, and which are consistent with the Scout
Oath and Law.
261 is sponsored by St. Therese Scout Parents, Inc. Troop
261 belongs to the
Heart of America Council and the North Star District.
Troop 261 is run by the Scouts themselves. Our troop hikes,
camps, learns how to tie knots and to build fires. We learn
map and compass and cold-weather camping. We also participate
in service projects and have weekly troop meetings. Further
information on joining Troop 261 is available.
Boy Scout Handbook: Scouts should bring the Boy Scout
Handbook to every troop meeting and campout. The Handbook contains
the requirements for each rank and a record of a Scout's advancement
progress. Another excellent source of information on outdoor
activities is the Boy Scout
Scouts should wear the complete "Field Uniform" or "Class
A" uniform to each troop meeting, except during the summer months
when we wear our "Activity Uniform" or "Class B
uniform." The Field Uniform is also required when traveling to scout activities,
such as campouts.
The Field, or "Class A," Uniform consists of
- Regulation Scout khaki
shirt with proper insignia
- Regulation Scout shorts
or long pants
- A Scout belt
- Scout socks
- Official troop neckerchief (awarded by the troop when the boy
has earned the "Scout" Rank) with a Boy Scout neckerchief
- Preferably, a scout hat
In addition, for a Court of Honor or Board of Review, the Scout
should wear his merit badge sash and Order of the Arrow sash if
he has either.
The Activity, or "Class B," Uniform is the same as above
except that a Scout T-shirt is substituted for the Regulation Scout
khaki shirt and troop neckerchief.
The Boy Scout Handbook has information on where to place insignia.
The Boy Scouts of America publishes a more detailed Insignia
Guide that can be purchased at the Scout Store.
Uniforms can be purchased at the Kansas City Scout
Shop or at Brant's Men's and Boy's Wear, 15 E. Kansas, Liberty,
Missouri (Tel. 781-6234). A uniform exchange program is also
Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC): Once a month
the Patrol Leaders' Council (consisting of the Senior Patrol Leader,
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guides, Patrol Leaders and
Assistant Patrol Leaders) meets with the Scoutmaster to plan the
troop's meetings and activities for the next month. The PLC
usually meets at 7pm in the St. Therese School Cafeteria.
Scouts should wear their uniform. Other Troop office holders may
also be invited to attend.
Court of Honor: Each quarter, the troop holds
a Court of Honor in lieu of its regular meeting. The purpose
of the Court of Honor is to make award presentations and to recognize
the Scouts' progress. The Court of Honor is usually held in
the St. Therese school Cafeteria.
Troop Committee: All Scout parents are members
of the Troop Committee. Its responsibility is generally to
ensure the quality of the Scouting program for the troop and to
support the Scoutmaster. The Troop Committee meets monthly
in the St. Therese School cafeteria as shown on the calendar.
All Scout parents are welcome to attend the meetings.
Camping: The troop tries to conduct an outdoor
activity every month. In January, we normally participate in the
Klondike Derby campout at Smithville Lake, which is a friendly competition
among other troops and a lot of fun! During February through
May, the troop usually has a regular overnight campout. In
June, we typically go on a canoe trip in southern Missouri and spend
two nights at a campsite.
In July, we attend our summer camp at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation
in Osceola, Missouri for nine nights. This is an extraordinary
experience for our boys and their parents and a great opportunity
to earn merit badges. The cost is around $225 per Scout or
full-time adult leader staying the entire time or $35-40 per day
for part-time adult leaders. There is a $100 cancellation
fee. A "campership"
program is available to provide qualifying Scouts with some financial
assistance towards the Osceola fees as needed. Our Osceola
camping is coordinated by our adult Campmaster. Opportunities
exist for older Scouts to serve on the Osceola or Camp Naish staff.
In August, we normally have a troop pool party and no campout.
Then in September through December, we usually have a monthly campout.
We sometimes attend the District Camporee in October. Parents
are encouraged to attend as many campouts as possible. The
cost for each campout is normally around $10 per person depending
upon the food selected.
Equipment checklists are available for cold-weather
camping, and Osceola. Scouts may not bring video games, CD players,
fireworks, etc. The troop supplies tents and patrol cooking
Skiing Event: The Troop usually goes snow skiing
at the Snow Creek facility in Weston, Missouri on a Sunday in January
or February. In connection with this event, Scouts may have
the opportunity to work on their Snow Sports merit badge.
Scout Sunday: Scout Sunday is usually observed
in February, and the Troop attends Mass at the St. Therese Catholic
Church in full uniform.
High Adventure: The Boy Scouts of America maintains
various camping areas, many of which are known as "High Adventure"
areas. The largest such site is the
Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico. This area is
a backpacking camping experience for scouts 14 years of age or older
and adult leaders. Similarly, for the nautically oriented,
there are High Adventure "Seabase" areas in California
and in Florida that offer
sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, etc. The
Boundary Waters area in Minnesota and Canada offers superb camping/canoeing
Lastly, a few Troop 261 Scouts usually attend the National
Jamboree. The next National Jamboree will be held in 2013 at The
Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve near Mount Hope, West Virginia.
And there is even an International Jamboree.
Attendance: Scouts are required to participate
in at least 50% of the troop's activities during the year in order
to satisfy rank participation requirements and to qualify for consideration
for honorary camping societies, such as Mic-O-Say.
Service Projects: Rank advancement often
requires a Scout to participate in a service project. There
are many opportunities during the year to participate in a service
project, which is usually announced at a troop meeting on posted
on this website.
261 has a Venture program open to Scouts who are Star or above and
at least 13 years old.
Newsletter: The Troop
publishes a monthly newsletter, The Eagle's Call, which is
usually distributed at the troop meeting.
Roundtable: Each month, the North Star District
holds its Roundtable, which is a meeting primarily for adult leaders
to discuss and have presentations on topics of interest. At
least one representative from the Troop is expected to attend.
The Roundtable is usually held on the first Thursday of each month
(except July and August) at 7:30 p.m. at Cerner Corporation's Riverport
Facility (The old Sam Town Casino), 6711 N.E. Birmingham Road Road, Kansas City, Missouri.