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2017 Jamboree Info

The 2017 jamboree follows on the heels of the wildly successful 2013 jamboree, the first jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia’s New River Gorge region.  The Summit is the permanent jamboree home having used Fort A.P. Hill from 1981 to 2010.  Located on a sprawling 10,600 acres, the property includes more than five miles of zip line, canopy tours, whitewater rafting, challenge courses, 36 miles of mountain bike trails, and 13 acres of shooting sports ranges, as well as venues for kayaking, rock climbing, bouldering, skateboarding, BMX, a day of service to the local community and various other activities.  To see some of these activities, go to

The jamboree will be held July 19 – 28, 2017 and while it may seem early to begin recruiting, Pacific Skyline has already committed to one troop (36 participants, four leaders) and one-half of a Venture crew (20 participants).  We are currently in negotiation with two tour companies for a four to six day tour prior to the Jamboree.

Youth must be 12 years of age and a First Class Scout by July 1, 2017 but not have reached their 18th birthday by July . . . → Read More: 2017 Jamboree Info

Adult Leaders

Boy led is what Boy Scouts is all about.  But even with excellent boy leaders, BSA & Troop 61 still need adult help.  Below are some of the Adult Leader positions within the Troop.  If any of them interest you  or you just want to learn more, please contact the Scoutmaster at scoutmasterrwstroop61orgemobascript(‘%73%63%6F%75%74%6D%61%73%74%65%72%40%72%77%73%74%72%6F%6F%70%36%31%2E%6F%72%67′,'<span class=”emoba-em”>scoutmaster<img src=”” alt=”at” class=”emoba-glyph” />rwstroop61<img src=”” alt=”dot” class=”emoba-glyph” />org</span>’,’emoba-8751′,”,”,’1′);

Scoutmaster (SM)

The Scoutmaster is the adult responsible for working directly with the Scouts to help them create the program for the troop. The Scoutmaster trains boy leaders to run the troop by providing direction, coaching, and support.  In other words, the Scoutmaster is the adult leader that spends the most time with the boys helping them develop the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful.  The Scoutmaster will also lead the monthly Troop adult leader meeting and attend the monthly PLC.

Assistant Scoutmasters (ASMs)

While there is only one Scoutmaster in the Troop 61, there are many ASMs.  An ASM is a uniformed adult who like the Scoutmaster works directly with the boys.  Like the SM, ASMs should complete appropriate training including . . . → Read More: Adult Leaders

Life to Eagle

This page is a reference for Boy Scouts who have attained their Life rank and want to know what they need to do to attain the next rank, Eagle.  Eagle Scout Requirements:

1.Be active in your troop and patrol for at least six months as a Life Scout.

2.Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Law in your everyday life.

3.Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than you already have for the rank of Life Scout.

4.While a Life Scout serve actively for a period of six months in a position of responsibility in your unit.

5.While a Life Scout, plan, develop and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school or your community.

6.Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.

7.Successfully complete an Eagle Scout Board of Review.



. . . → Read More: Life to Eagle

Are you trained?


Can’t remember when (or if) you took a training class? Here’s how you can find out.

First, visit the national scouting web site at and view your account.


If you don’t already have an account there’s a button to help you set one up. If you’ve forgotten your username or password, there are links to help you recover them.

Next, click on the “Training Validation” link. You will be taken to another page where you can enter your username a second time. Click on the “All Training” button and then press “Search”.

And at last you will be able to view your scouting training history. (It may go on for a couple of pages, as shown here.)

If you have not already done so, please capture a screen shot of your training records and send it to John De Voy  (johndevoycom)  emobascript(‘%6A%6F%68%6E%40%64%65%76%6F%79%2E%63%6F%6D’,’send it to John De Voy’,’emoba-5055′,”,”,’1′); , our Troop 61 adult training lead.

Thanks for being a part of . . . → Read More: Are you trained?

Adult Training Information


(This page is still a work in progress, but we’d like to get what information we have out to all of you. If you have questions about training and cannot find your answers here, please contact Joel McCandless  (heykiddegogmailcom)  emobascript(‘%68%65%79%6B%69%64%64%65%67%6F%40%67%6D%61%69%6C%2E%63%6F%6D’,’Joel McCandless’,’emoba-2064′,”,”,’1′); directly.)

About adult training

Trained leaders help make Troop 61 a success. We need adults who know how to keep our boys safe, focused and moving along the trail to becoming the best Scout that they can be. Many of our activities or outings cannot even happen without a number of properly trained adults available to supervise and guide our scouts.

If you have completed any training courses please let Joel McCandless  (heykiddegogmailcom)  emobascript(‘%68%65%79%6B%69%64%64%65%67%6F%40%67%6D%61%69%6C%2E%63%6F%6D’,’Joel McCandless’,’emoba-5322′,”,”,’1′);  know so that you get the appropriate credit and recognition.

What training do you need? That depends upon your role and responsibilities within the troop. To start with, we hope that every parent or guardian will take Youth Protection Training. This will help you to understand how the Boy Scouts of America works to protect their youth membership, and allow you to help us keep Troop 61 a safe and fun place for our boys.

Other leadership . . . → Read More: Adult Training Information

Parent Information

Welcome Parents

We are glad your son decided to join Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and Troop 61.  Please refer to the Troop 61 Reference Manual for detailed information on Troop Operations.  For many scouts, Boy Scouts is a continuation of a journey started as Cub Scouts.  I want to emphasize that although the ideals of the programs are the same, the Boy Scout program differs in that it is now the boys that lead the Troop.  Adult leaders (now called ASMs) are still there to provide guidance and teach skills – but it’s the boys that are setting the direction for the troop.

Patrols, Patrol Leaders, Patrol Leader Council (PLC), and Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) are some of the new terms you will hear.  These are the organizational units within the Troop (made up of scouts) that form the leadership of the Troop.

Boy led is what Boy Scouts is all about.  But even with excellent boy leaders, BSA & Troop 61 still need adult help.   If you are interested in helping our Troop, please feel free to contact out Scoutmaster at scoutmasterrwstroop61orgemobascript(‘%73%63%6F%75%74%6D%61%73%74%65%72%40%72%77%73%74%72%6F%6F%70%36%31%2E%6F%72%67′,'<span class=”emoba-em”>scoutmaster<img src=”” alt=”at” class=”emoba-glyph” />rwstroop61<img src=”” alt=”dot” class=”emoba-glyph” />org</span>’,’emoba-5077′,”,”,’1′); .

. . . → Read More: Parent Information

Merit Badges

Merit badge Counselors: How to Fill Out a Blue Card

Merit badges are awards earned by youth members of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), based on activities within an area of study by completing a list of periodically updated requirements. The purpose of the merit badge program is to allow Scouts to examine subjects to determine if they would like to further pursue them as a career or avocation.

Each merit badge has a pamphlet (booklet) published by the Boy Scouts of America associated with it; the pamphlet contains information on completing the requirements for the badge. Scouts are designated merit badge counselors for each badge, and a Scout would meet with a counselor to demonstrate that he’s completed the requirements. The counselor would then ‘sign off’ on each one. Scouts can purchase merit badge pamphlets at the local scout shop (click here for location and hours).

There are several ways to start a Merit Badge.   For example:

  • The Scout speaks with his Scout Master and expresses an interest in a particular Merit Badge.  The Scout Master will work with the Scout to identify a trained MB counselor . . . → Read More: Merit Badges

General Reference

The following reference information applies to both Boy Scouting in general and Troop 61 activities. 

What to bring to meetings
Boy scouts should wear their Class A uniform to every Troop meeting unless otherwise instructed.  The “Boy Scout Handbook” should also be brought to every meeting. Boy Scout 10 Essentials
Every Boy Scout should bring the following 10 essentials to every Troop meeting and every Boy Scout outdoor activity (additional 10 essentials description)

  1. Pocket knife (if scout has TotinChip)
  2. Personal First Aid kit
  3. Extra clothing
  4. Rain gear
  5. A flashlight
  6. Trail food
  7. Water
  8. Matches or other fire starting hardware (if Scout has Firem’n Chit)
  9. Sun protection (hat and/or sun screen)
  10. Trail map & compass

Troop 61 Camping Trip Personal Gear List
This is a Troop 61 Camping Trip Personal Gear List for a typical weekend camping trip. You should take your flashlight and rain gear in the car with on the trip down.  Personal gear is the last thing out of the car.  Class A should be work while going to/coming from the . . . → Read More: General Reference