). Because of accessibility of boating, fishing and water sports in our area, the troop places special emphasis on each scout's ability to care for himself and others in the water. All scouts are expected to participate in these swimming classes either by assignment as a part of their skills development, or by choice as training is needed.
Meetings - Troop 16 meets every Tuesday evening from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. in the St. Joseph Church Hall. Members are expected to acquire and wear complete uniforms to meetings throughout the fall, winter, and spring, and other required events. Exceptions are made at the discretion of the scoutmaster. Scouts who have outgrown their uniform are encouraged to donate it to the troop for re-use by an incoming scout.
Dues / Finances - A monthly dues of $3.00 is required of each scout. As a practical demonstration of the 9th point of the Scout Law - "A Scout is Thrifty", dues should come from the boy's own earnings whenever possible. Monthly dues cover the annual registration fee of each scout.
Committee - The Troop 16 committee oversees the troop's finances and general operation. It provides its full support to the scoutmaster and his staff and is dedicated to provide a superior scouting program to its members.
- Supplemental moneys needed for the swimming program, troop insurance, badges of rank, troop equipment (tents, cook gear, etc.), winter and summer camp reservations and other associated items are raised by an annual fund raiser sponsored by the troop committee. Scout families, friends, and relatives are encouraged to support this event.
- Troop 16 collects aluminum cans to help defray operating expenses and keep dues at a minimum. Families can support this effort by bringing in their cans in to any Tuesday meeting.
- Regular installment savings toward the summer camp fee ("Camp Savings") are encouraged from each boy and can be paid into an account maintained in the scout's name by the troop treasurer Incremental payments can be made each meeting from October through May. This plan helps to spread out the cost of summer camp over the better part of the year and encourages each boy to bear some or all of the expense himself. Cash payments made to this "Scout Account" are refundable to the scout in the event that he leaves the troop and has no outstanding debt owed to the troop.
- Moneys earned through the sale of popcorn, or other troop sponsored (special) fund raisers are placed in the general troop treasury. Such moneys may be designated for placement into an individual "Scout Account" at the discretion of the troop committee. These moneys are not available to be released to the scout in the event that he leaves the troop and will be transferred back into the general troop treasury.
Expectations - What is expected of every scout of Troop 16:
- Regular attendance at meetings and events.
- Honoring dues obligations regularly.
- Diligence in studying the Scout Handbook and maintaining a regular advancement schedule.
- Full participation in summer camp and other camping activities.
- Regular practice of his faith (a scout is reverent), fidelity to our country (a scout is loyal), and a serious effort to live up too the Scout Oath and Law.
- Ongoing respect to all scouts and troop leadership. Disrespect and disorderly behavior will not be tolerated.