In 1962 Troop 342 was chartered as a Boy Scout Troop
by the Glennon Heights Elementary School PTA. It was combined with
members of Troop 477 in 1978, when the Sun Valley Elementary School was closed.
Ironically, Troop 342 now meets at the Green Mountain Christian Church, which
sits on the same site as the Sun Valley Elementary, but the Troop remains chartered to
Heights Elementary School PTA.
The philosophy of our Troop is expressed in the
mission statement of the Boy Scouts of America:
"It is the mission of
the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young
people and in other ways prepare them to make ethical choices over their
lifetime in achieving their full potential"
We believe in the "Youth-led, Adult-sponsored"
philosophy. The Scouts lead and run the meetings, outings, and calendar
planning, and the adults make sure the Scouting Program is delivered. We ask that
each family that joins the Troop also register at least one adult, and that the
adult participate actively with the Troop.
The Troop charges initial dues of $45, which covers
the cost of registration, Boys Life Magazine, accident insurance, the Troop
neckerchief, the Troop shoulder patch, and the Troop activity shirt..
Annual dues drops to $35 after the Scout's first year.
Most (monthly) weekend activities cost $25 per
person with high-adventure activities, summer camp, and ski trips costing
Scouts and leaders must provide personal camping equipment, such as sleeping
bags, hiking boots, rain wear, and a mess kit. The Troop provides tents,
cooking equipment/utensils, and a storage facility for Troop-owned equipment.
The Troop provides several annual fund-raising opportunities for Scouts to earn
their personal funding for the program. Many Scouts are able to fund their entire
year of Scouting on a single fund-raising activity. The Troop typically
provides at least
three opportunities each year for the Scout to earn funds for their personal
Troop 342 believes in the uniform policy of the BSA.
Each Scout and adult activity leader is expected to wear the official Boy Scout
Field Uniform to meetings and activities. "Experienced" uniforms are often
available from several sources. Scouts are presented with all awards and
recognition items for the uniform, as well as the Troop neckerchief, paid
with Troop funds. Troop funds rely on a single fund-raising yard sale,
and as such Scouts and parents are expected to support that endeavor.
We believe in instant recognition of Scouts that
advance in rank, and the Scouts receive those awards as soon as they are earned.
Three times each year, the Troop will hold a special "Court-of-Honor" to
formally recognize each Scout for their achievements, including Merit Badges and
special awards. These receptions generally include a pot-luck dinner or
the Scouts, their families and friends. Eagle Scouts have a special
Court-of-Honor, planned and paid for by the parents, and supported by the Troop.
Adults and youth have numerous opportunities for
leadership training. Assistant Scoutmasters and senior youth leaders are
required to be BSA-trained. All parents wishing to participate in overnight
activities must have "Youth Protection Training", as provided by the Boy Scouts