Troop 6 - Boy Scouts of America - Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901  
 
United Methodist Church - Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Welcome to Troop 6!

Boy Scouts of America Troop 6 is sponsored by the Doylestown United Methodist Church. Troop 6, founded in 1923, is a Scout led Troop and has produced 107 scouts of Eagle rank – 23 since 2010. We have 46 scouts and 14 uniformed leaders as well as a robust Committee who all put a lot of emphasis on helping newer scouts progress in rank. We camp 8-9 weekends a year, spend one week at summer camp, have day trips, and perform several community service projects. This year’s activities include skiing, hiking, shooting, biking, deep sea fishing, Gettysburg, a fun weekend at Hershey Park and participating in District events as the Indoor Rally, Klondike Derby, Swimoree, and Jambo 2014.  Also, last year, we sent two crews of scouts and adults to Philmont Scout Reservation in the New Mexico Rockies on a 2-week backpacking trek.  In addition to Philmont, the Troop has attended Sea Base in the Florida Keys and will be returning in 2015. The Troop meets regularly on Monday evenings at 7:30PM at the church.

What's New in the Troop:

IT’S TIME FOR FISHING!

Come on out aboard the Miss Michele fishing boat leaving at 6 AM from Pt. Pleasant, NJ and returning to DUMC at 2 PM.  This is a private charter for members Troop 6 as well as family and friends.  This is a great opportunity to spend a day on the water and catch fish that may include Fluke, Sea Bass and other local fish that are great fun to reel in and excellent on the dinner table.

The cost includes rod and reel, bait and a tip for the mates who work hard to keep your hooks in the water. Please bring any food and non-alcoholic beverages that you may want.  Coolers and ice will be provided by the boat.  Permission slips for Scouts and Leader found under FORMS.

REVISED BSA MEDICAL FORM-ALL SCOUTS & LEADERS TO COMPLETE!

All scouts and uniformed leaders are required to submit a BSA Medical form each year.  They are due on June 2nd this year.  The new version can be found under FORMS (BSA Medical Forms).  Parts A, B & C must be completed in order to attend summer camp or any scouting activity of 72 hours or more.  You can save the form on your computer and enter the information and then print out for the physician’s exam.  Be sure to submit to Pam Galante WITH a copy of your medical insurance card.  Questions? Email Pam atcpmpg@aol.com 

REVISED PARENT’S HANDBOOK!

The 2014 Parent’s Handbook is now available.  Simply click on RESOURCES in the left-hand margin.  If you are a parent of a visiting Webelos, a Den Leader or Cubmaster, we urge you to review so you can learn all about Troop 6 and how we tick!

 MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR LIST!

The 2013 Lenape District Merit Badge Counselor list can be found under Resources.  If you have a partial badge and Troop 6 doesn’t have a counselor for that badge, you should contact those on the list to complete your partial

NEEDS BASED FUNDING APPLICATION

Troop 6 offers  need based funding for any Scout and family that may be encountering financial difficulties.  Scouting can be expensive considering monthly and summer camps, uniforms and personal gear.  The leaders and Committee of Troop 6 do not want to see a Scout miss out due to financial issues.  The application can be found in FORMS and should be addressed directly with the Scoutmaster.

TURN IN YOUR USED MERIT BADGE BOOKS!

Did you borrow a merit badge book from the Troop Library or perhaps bought anew one for camp this summer? If you are done with the badge, please donateas keeping an inventory of books holds down cost for families!
 
NEW EAGLE SERVICE PROJECT WORKBOOK ON WEBSITE!

As of January 1, 2012 the process and workbook for an Eagle Service Project has changed.  The new form is totally electronic and is a PDF that can be found under the Forms section.  Do not commence on working on an Eagle Project until you have discussed with your Scoutmaster and a Project Coach has been assigned
 
NEED BADGES SEWN ON UNIFORMS

If you’ve never learned the art of sewing or don’t have the time, here is a contact for all the sewing of uniforms and merit badge sashes:

Ellen Phillips

61 Green Tree Drive, Doylestown. 267-716-4209 or phillipsem@comcast.net

ADULT BACKGROUND CHECKS - IMPORTANT NEWS!

Recently all Troop 6 families were sent a letter from our Committee Chair
regarding the DUMC Safe Sanctuaries program.  As a result, ALL adults that
are not currently registered with the BSA will need to have a background
check performed and submitted in order to be a driver for camping
trips/events, attend campouts/events with the Scouts.  This policy is
effective October so please jump on this now to avoid a lack of drivers for
campouts or dads having to miss out on attending fun camping trips or day
events!  The letter from Committee Chair can be found under FORMS.

STAR & LIFE SERVICE PROJECT OPPORTUNITIES!

Under “Resources” you will find a list of potential project ideas for those Scouts needing their Star or Life service hours. Some of these are helping with annual projects our Scouts have supported in the past and the sponsor reaches out to the Troop for help each year.  This list also gives you some ideas on where to look for service hour opportunities in our community or with non-profit organizations!
 
WORN, TATTERED FLAGS NEEDED FOR RETIREMENT CEREMONY!

Troop 6 prides ourself in teaching our Scouts how to properly and respectfully retire our nation’s flag when it is worn and tired.  However, donations have not occurred and we are now out of a supply of flags!  Please help us by bringing us your flags or reach out to neighbors or places of businesses so we can continue this campfire activity.

Let Us Know When Your Email Address Changes!

Please remember to inform us if your email address has changed. Without the correct email you will not receive information. Besides letting us know of your new address, please include in the email that it is replacing. Thank you for helping us maintain an accurate listing of contacts! Send your notice to: 

Troop6_Doylestown@verizon.net

Label Personal Gear!

We continue to end up with lost & found items.  MOST are never claimed for some unknown reason even when we show Scouts the items!  You can avoid costly and inconvenient loss of your personal gear by scribing or labeling your name on each and every item! 


Scoutmasterís Message:

 As the school year ends and our Scouts and families gear up for summer, I am really excited about the activities and events the Troop has planned to enjoy during the break. The trip we took in June to Ricketts Glen State Park was spectacular in terms of the natural beauty and the Falls Hike. Summer Camp at Camp Rodney in July on the Chesapeake Bay promises to be a great trip, and we are so excited about all our new Pedro Patrol Scouts that will be involved in the BrownSea Program. Your advancement since crossing over earlier this year has been outstanding, and you are making us all proud! We also have some of our more senior Scouts working as counselors at other BSA summer camps, we have a high adventure 5 day backpacking trek planned for July in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, and a deep-sea fishing trip scheduled for August. These trips are in addition to our key Service Project – Peach Fest – for our Sponsor, Doylestown United Methodist Church. Plenty to keep us all engaged. Across the board, the troop is vibrant and well with active involvement from our Scouts, Committee, Uniformed Leaders and Parents. Enjoy your summer, and I’m look forward to sharing our upcoming adventures and events with each of you. 

ScoutMaster Steve King


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