The Scouts Emphasize Duty to God, Country, Others and Self
St. Hubert has sponsored Troop 399 for 27 years, and the troop was selected district troop of the year in 2000. The troop currently serves 45 boys, and in the last two years, 10 boys have earned the highest rank, Eagle.
Boy Scouts have served as a youth organization for more than 90 years. The Boy Scouts provide a structured environment for boys ages 11 to 18 to learn individual and teamwork skills. The Scouts emphasize duty to God, country, others and self. Troop 399 emphasizes religious duty through a program of monthly attendance at Scout masses and religious awards programs.
Boy Scout Troop399 teaches skills such as first-aid, cooking, camping and citizenship to boys. The troop also seeks to develop leadership skills and values.
Scouting has service to the community as one of its core values. To instill this value, the scout troop participates in an annual food drive held each May. Boy Scout Troop 399 provides annual service to the Taste of St. Hubert. In conjunction with its religious awards program, older boys will develop and lead service projects as part of their requirements to earn the Eagle rank. Recent service projects included installation of landscaping at a WINGS shelter and collection of clothing for the Peace Center.
The scouting program emphasizes development of citizenship by covering the basic rights and duties of citizens as a requirement of early rank advancement and earning three merit badges: Citizenship of the Community, Citizenship in the Nation and Citizenship in the World.
Being a Leader
Being a scout leader requires an ability to work and communicate with young boys. The scouting program offers basic leader training twice a year, as well as specific training for scoutmasters, committee members, advancement chairs, etc. There also are specialty training courses in first aid, safe boating, safe swimming, cold weather camping, and so forth. The basic courses are offered two or more times a year, while the more advanced and specialty courses are given once a year. Courses schedules are posted by the council at varying intervals.
There is a common saying that scout leaders need only volunteer one hour per week. The reality is that scouting needs varying levels of commitment for different adult positions, almost all of which are filled by the parents of boy scouts. Some positions require a commitment of several hours per week, while others require only a few hours per month.
Boy Scout Troop meetings are held weekly on Monday nights from 7:20 – 9:00 p.m. Scout leaders meet monthly and the adult committee members also meet monthly, usually in the home of one of the members.
For more information, contact Marie Staffa at 847-885-7700 x124.