Thank you for offering to help. Any time, talent or resources you may offer to Troop 20 are sincerely appreciated. The health and performance of the Troop, and the boys' success, is predicated on the generosity of volunteers like you. We sincerely respect that you are busy with many responsibilities to other family activities and organizations. We remain flexible and understand the level of your help will vary over time. Depending on your level-of-involvement or position, you may need specific training to perform duties. In all cases, adult leaders must comply with the BSA requirements and PA Act 15 Law relative to Youth Protection and Clearances.
EXAMPLES OF HOW TO HELP TROOP 20
Occasionally help at Troop Events: Offer an extra set of hands to set up furniture/decorations, clean/maintain equipment or provide food/snacks. Please discuss your participation with the event coordinator. If you don't know the event coordinator, please ask the Scoutmaster.
Participate at Troop Events Without Becoming an Assistant Scoutmaster: It's common for Troop 20 Alumni and parents/guardians/grandparents to share in our scouting adventure. We ask those adults respect the Boy-Led-Troop Concept, and we also expect those adults to be active and helpful with the entire Troop during the event. Please discuss your participation with the Scoutmaster prior to the event registration date.
Drive Scouts to Events: When we travel afar, we are thrifty and carpool. Drivers are often needed to transport scouts and/or gear. Sometimes, drivers do not participate in the event; for example, in backpacking trips, drivers often just drop off and pick up scouts. There are specific BSA rules regarding carpooling that can be explained before your trip. If you are interested in being a driver, please tell the Scoutmaster. Then, ask a scout to include you on the event signup sheet.
Participate at the Troop Committee: The Troop 20 Committee meets monthly to administer formal business. Officer positions are often available such a Chairperson, Treasurer & Secretary. Other Committee Members are welcome. Also, Committee Meetings are open for anyone to attend as a non-voting participants. If you have a specific issue or concern, please contact the Committee Chairperson to get on the agenda. For more information about BSA Troop Committees, click here. To view the online training needed for this position, click here.
Coordinate a Fundraiser: The Troop Committee oversees all fundraisers and encourages volunteers to coordinate fundraisers, and funds are administered by the Troop Treasurer. While we have some typical fundraisers, we're always open to new fundraising ideas. For a list of common fundraisers and recent coordinators, click here. If you are interested in coordinating a fundraiser, please contact the Committee Chairperson.
Become an Assistant Scoutmaster: For the adventure of a lifetime, try this! Under the direction of our Scoutmaster, our Assistant Scoutmasters teach, mentor, coach, assist, and supervise the boys' scouting adventure. Assistant Scoutmasters typically try to attend weekly meetings, monthly campouts and ad hoc events, as permitted by their personal schedule and priorities. While it's common for cub scout leaders to transition into Assistant Scoutmaster positions, many Assistant Scoutmasters have no prior scouting experience. To view the training needed for this position, click here. If you are interested in becoming an Assistant Scoutmaster, please contact the Scoutmaster before you begin any Position Specific Training.
Donate: The Troop Committee manages a substantial budget to maintain the Troop Land, Cabin and scouting activities. While dues and conventional fundraisers help cover expenses, the donation of money, equipment, tools, or other items is much appreciated. Please contact the Committee Chairperson or Scoutmaster if you are interested in donating to Troop 20 or if you know an organization that may donate.