About Troop 555
Justin Hilber Award
Boy Scout Troop 555 is chartered by Saint
Bartholomew Parish in Columbus, Indiana and is part of the Lenni Lenape District
and Hoosier Trails Council
of the Boy Scouts of America.
We hold our meetings at Saint Bartholomew Catholic School on Monday evenings starting at 7:00pm in the cafeteria.
Other important points
about Troop 555:
Unlike Cub Scouts, the Boy Scouts are boy-led. Every six months, we elect troop officers
and Patrol Leaders (see the Positions of Responsibility under the PLC Resources link at left).
These officers meet as a Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) once a month for an hour and a
half before the Troop meeting starts; a $3.00 pizza pitch-in is available during the PLC.
The PLC makes decisions and assigns duties for the Troop. Adults serve as advisors, sign
off on rank advancement requirements, act as safety-watchdogs and, of course, serve as
drivers. By regulation, there are always at least two trained adults at all Scout events,
and Troop 555 usually has three to five. Once a year, at our Annual Planning Conference,
the PLC schedules the following years outings, fundraisers, and other events.
The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) starts off each weekly meeting by
calling for the presentation of the colors and pledge of allegiance,
followed by reciting the Scout Law or the Scout Oath, and then announcements.
Then, one or two Scouts teach a Skills Instruction to the troop; each Patrol
takes a turn providing Skills Instructors. We then usually gather in Patrol
groups at separate tables to plan the next campout (menu, gear list, and
grubmaster). We always have game time, which is almost always outdoors
(even in the dark and the snow), but occasionally in the gym or even in the
cafeteria, though about the only game we can do in the cafeteria is sockwad dodgeball.
There is usually a little time to work on rank advancement or merit badges
before SPL calls us to attention to retire the colors, and the meeting ends.
- Court of Honor:
A Court of Honor is held quarterly to publicly present advancement and other awards to
Scouts and Scouters. Rank Badges and Merit Badges are presented at Courts of Honor and
the Troop Junior Leaders are sworn in during these meetings. The Red and Green Banquet
is held annually to include all members of the family and present special awards. Full
uniforms are always worn to these events.
- Service Projects:
Duty to others is one of the key points of the Scout Oath. As such, service hours are
required for rank advancement, culminating in an Eagle Service Project. The troop also
participates in service projects, helping reinforce the scout slogan of "Do a good turn daily."