Visit The Troop
It is recommended that the prospective Scout and parents visit a minimum of one or more Troop meetings and one outing. One of these meetings should be the meeting prior to the outing since this is where final planning for the outing will take place.
Meet The Scoutmaster
Once a Scout and their parents have chosen to join Troop 270, a conference with the Scoutmaster and membership committee persons will be held. During this meeting the Scout, and Scout’s parent(s) will review the roles and responsibilities of the Scout, duties of the Scout’s parent(s) and the role of the Troop in providing a successful Scout program. If you have not yet had a meeting with the Scoutmaster or wish to have another, please see them for an appointment.
The Scout will fill out the new Scout application form, buy his uniform (some uniform parts are available through the adult quartermaster; see details under the section on Uniforms) an official Scouts BSA Handbook and if desired the current, official Scouts BSA Requirements book (suggested). They will then be integrated into a Patrol of Scouts and begin to actively participate in and support the Troop.
No youth will be turned away for lack of resources. There is strong community support for the Scouting programs and no one would want to see an interested young person passed by. Please contact the Committee Chair to discuss the available options.
Rules for acceptance and participation in the program are the same for everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion or disability.
It must be noted that as of January 1st, 2003, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is enforcing its regulations that a Scout must have a belief in God. The following statements should be recognized;
Declaration of Religious Principle
"Article IX. Policies, Section 1
Clause 1. The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God. In the first part of the Scout Oath the member declares, ‘‘On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law.’’ The recognition of God as the ruling and leading power in the universe and the grateful acknowledgment of His favors and blessings are necessary to the best type of citizenship and are wholesome precepts in the education of the growing members. No matter what the religious faith of the members may be, this fundamental need of good citizenship should be kept before them. The Boy Scouts of America, therefore, recognizes the religious element in the training of the member, but it is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that religious training. Its policy is that the home and the organization or group with which the member is connected shall give definite attention to religious life."
— Charter and Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America (May 21, 2015) p. 18
"From time to time, issues related to advancement call for an understanding of the position of the Boy Scouts of America on religious principles.
The Boy Scouts of America does not define what constitutes belief in God or practice of religion. Neither does the BSA require membership in a religious organization or association for membership in the movement. If a Scout does not belong to a religious organization or association, then his parent(s) or guardian(s) will be considered responsible for his religious training. All that is required is the acknowledgment of belief in God as stated in the Declaration of Religious Principle and the Scout Oath, and the ability to be reverent as stated in the Scout Law."
— Guide To Advancement 2017, § 5. Special Consideration, 22.214.171.124 Religious Principles
Please see "Duty to God" in the Troop Handbook.