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Troop 3 History

Troop 3 came into being on April 1, 1924 and is chartered to the "Sargent Youth Foundation".  We meet weekly on Tuesday nights following the Groton-Dunstable School District calendar.  

Boy Scouts of America Mission Statement

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Troop 3 Mission Statement

The goal of Troop 3 is to carry out the mission of the Boy Scouts of America, emphasizing respect for and service toward others, the community, our country, and the world.

We accomplish this goal by providing a stimulating and supportive boy-led Scouting program that enhances growth through both intellectual and physical activities. We work to develop leadership capabilities by providing training, excellent role models, and opportunities to lead within the troop. The outdoor program enhances self-reliance and respect for the environment.

Troop 3 Leadership Structure

Youth Leaders

Junior Assistant Scoutmaster

Is nominated by the Scoutmaster and confirmed by the Committee, must be at least 16 years of age but not yet 18. He is responsible for attending regular meetings, helping the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters in running the troop, assist the Senior Patrol Leader, and teach skills to untrained scouts they need for advancement.

Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)

Elected by the troop for a 12 month term of office and hold at least the rank of Star. He must also have been a member of Troop 3 for 1 year and have the Scoutmasterʼs recommendation. He may only hold two consecutive terms of office. The SPL conducts the weekly troop meetings with the JAS and ASPL and runs the Green Bar meetings. He helps prepare and conduct the troop camp programs, and is responsible for the discipline and conduct of the troop.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL)

Nominated by the SPL and approved by the Scoutmaster for a 12 month term. The ASPL must hold at least the rank of First Class. The ASPL fills in for the SPL when needed and helps the SPL conduct troop meetings and outings. He also assists scouts to advance in rank.

Scribe

The Troop Scribe is elected by the troop for a 12 month term and is responsible for attending troop and Green Bar meetings. He takes minutes at the Green Bar meeting and posts those on the troopʼs Website. He also takes roll call and maintains the troop attendance records. The Scribe maintains a record of all upcoming events.

Quartermaster

The Quartermaster is elected by the troop for a 12 month term. He is responsible for maintaining a detailed inventory of the the troopʼs equipment, including Patrol equipment. He inspects the equipment at least once per term and reports any issues to the Green Bar. He attends the Green Bar meetings. He is also responsible for distribution and collection of troop property.

Guides

Guides are elected by the troop and must hold at least the rank of Star Scout and be proficient in advancement skills. A Guide is assigned to each New Scout patrol for a 12 month term to assist them in preparation for outings and to help them with advancement requirements. The Guide attends the Green Bar meetings.

Instructor

The Instructor works closely with both the Troop Guide and with the Assistant Scoutmaster for new scouts. The Instructor is recommended by the SPL and appointed by the Scoutmaster for a 1 year term. He does not have to be an expert but should be able to teach the Scoutcraft skills needed for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks. The instructor must be 14 or older and at least a First Class scout.

Librarian

The Librarian is elected for a 12 month term and is responsible for the troopʼs library of scouting literature and merit badge pamphlets. He uses a systematic method for loaning and collecting library materials.

Historian

The Historian is elected for a 12 month term and is responsible for maintaining a camping log to include locations, dates, attendees, and comments regarding the outing. He also collects and maintains troop photographs, newspaper stories and awards.

Chaplain Aide

The Chaplain Aide is elected by the troop for a 12 month term. He plans and conducts non- denominational religious services. He encourages scout participation in Religious Emblem study programs.

Flagmaster

The Flagmaster, while not an offical BSA leadership position, plays an important leadership role in our troop.  Troop 3 is responsible for setting up the Avenue of Flags on Main and Hollis Streets on appointed holidays.  The Flagmaster is elected by the troop for a 12 month term.  He coordinates work details for putting out and taking in the flags, monitors and maintains the condition of the flags, and collects and arranges for disposal of discarded flags in the flag boxes scattered about town.

The Green Bar

The Green Bar is the youth leadership group for the troop. It consists of the SPL and ASPL, Patrol Leaders, the Scribe, the Quartermaster, and the Guides. The Green Bar hold a monthly meeting to plan for upcoming troop meetings and outings. They are Troop 3ʼs leaders.

Den Chief

The Den Chief is appointed by the Scoutmaster to work with one of the Dens from Cub Scout Pack 11 (defunct) or 12. He attends regular Den meetings and encourages Cub Scouts to join Troop 3 upon graduation. He helps and assists with Den activities and meetings.

Patrols

Troop 3 follows the Patrol Method. A patrol consists of 5 to 8 boys of the same or similar ages (and usually rank) who work and camp together. The patrol is responsible for planning, purchasing and preparing its own meals at camping events. A Guide is assigned to Patrols made up of new scouts., usually for their first year in the troop. The Guide helps the boys prepare for outings, learn outdoor skills, teaches Patrol and Troop leadership responsibilities, and helps the boys with their advancement requirements (usually from Tenderfoot to First Class). The patrol has its own leadership structure as described next.

Patrol Leaders (PL)

The patrol elects a Patrol Leader for a 6 month term, up to 2 consecutive terms. The Patrol Leader coordinates the Patrolʼs activities and works with the SPL to prepare for outings and troop meetings. He plans and conducts Patrol Meetings and discusses potential outings and activities with the patrol. He is responsible for assuring communication between the patrol and the troopʼs leadership.

Assistant Patrol Leaders (APL)

Assistant Patrol Leaders are also elected for a 6 month term. They assist the Patrol Leader when needed.

Adult Leaders

Troop Committee

The Troop Committee is the troopʼs board of directors and supports the troopʼs program. It is open to any parents and responsible adult supporters of the troop. The committee normally meets monthly on the fourth Monday of the month during the school year.

Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmasters

The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters assist the Green Bar in developing and delivering the troopʼs program.

Rank Advancement

The Boy Scout Handbook is an absolutely necessary part of rank advancement. It is the primary way the boys keep track of their advancement and learn about the requirements.

The Boy Scout ranks are:

Scout

Tenderfoot

Second Class

First Class

Star

Life

Eagle

The requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class can be worked on simultaneously but the ranks must be earned in sequence. Requirements can be completed during Patrol Time at troop meetings, at outdoor events (campouts), and at home. There are 2 places in the Handbook where the lower rank (Tenderfoot through First Class) advancements are recorded - in the rank chapters in front of the Handbook and in the advancement sections in the back of the Handbook. As requirements are completed, you should review them with the scout and check them off with the completion date. The scouts should then have the completed requirements reviewed by the Scoutmaster, one of the Assistant Scoutmasters, the Senior Patrol Leader, the Troop Guide, the Instructor, or one of the senior scouts. They will initial and date the advancement sections in the back of the book.

Once all of the rank requirements are completed, the scout must request a Scoutmaster Conference. After completing the Conference, the scout will meet with a Board of Review made up of 3 members of the Troop Committee. Finally, after completing the BoR, the scout receives his advancement at the next Court of Honor. Details on these are provided in the next sections.

Scoutmaster Conference

Once the scout feels that they have completed the requirements for a rank, they need to contact the Scoutmaster for a Scoutmaster Conference. They can call or send an email requesting a conference no later than 8pm the day before the Conference. Messages from parents are not accepted.

Reviews are scheduled the 1⁄2 hour prior to the start of the troop meeting (usually from 6:30 to 7:00pm). Reviews are usually not held during troop meetings. The scout must have their Handbook for review and wear a complete Class A uniform. The review will take 10-15 minutes. The review is not meant to be a final exam. If the Scoutmaster feels that the scout may not have satisfactorily completed a requirement, he may ask the scout to return the next week. All requirements for the rank, other than the Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review, should be signed off before the Scoutmaster Conference.

Board of Review

After completing the Scoutmaster Conference the scout will meet with the Board of Review which is made up of 3 members of the Troop Committee. Scouts must bring their Handbook and be in a complete Class A uniform, including a neckerchief. Scouts appearing for Star, Life or Eagle ranks should wear their merit badge sash.

The BoR will review each of the requirements with the scout. They will also ask questions on the scoutʼs future plans for leadership and troop participation. A BoR will typically last between 15 and 20 minutes. BoRs are usually planned for the 1st and 3rd meetings of the month but additional times may be added if needed.

Court of Honor

The Court of Honor is a formal simi-annual event performed to recognize the scoutsʼ advancements and merit badges over a several month period. When a scout earns a new rank, we usually acknowledge the advancement and award the badge at the next troop meeting. The official advancement record card is kept and presented at the next Court of Honor. Merit badge award cards are also presented at the Court of Honor.

Star, Life and Eagle Ranks

The Star, Life and Eagle ranks require merit badges, service time, project leadership, a troop leadership position, and calendar time. Star requires 6 merit badges with 4 Eagle required merit badges. Life requires 11 merit badges with 8 being Eagle required. Eagle requires 21 merit badges, with 12 Eagle required merit badges.

Scouts are required to perform service hours for these badges as well. There are many opportunities to earn service hours including working at a soup kitchen, town cleanup, or working on another scoutʼs Eagle project. Service projects and opportunities must be approved by the Scoutmaster. We also encourage these older scouts to lead one of our service projects.

Merit Badges

There are several ways to earn merit badges. Summer camp at Camp Wanocksett, Troop 3ʼs merit badge college, Nashua Valley Councilʼs merit badge college, and independent study. Merit badge requirements are tracked on blue cards. These are simply a paper card that the merit badge councilor uses to track and sign when the merit badge is complete.

Troop 3 Merit Badge College

Our troop conducts a merit badge college during the winter months (usually January through March). These usually take place at every other troop meeting for 6 meetings. Scouts have the opportunity to earn 2 to 4 merit badges, including several Eagle required badges. Emphasis is placed on these Eagle required merit badges. Parents and other adult volunteers are needed to teach merit badges during this period. This is a great opportunity to help the troop and your scout!

Camp Wanocksett

Summer camp is an excellent opportunity for the scouts to earn merit badges - especially outdoor oriented badges like swimming, sailing, canoeing, and wilderness survival.

Nashua Valley Council Merit Badge college

Nashua Valley Council holds their own college over 3 weekends in February and March. They have some unique badges that we do not offer in the troop. This event is usually held at Mt Wachusett Community College in Gardner.

Independent Study

Scouts can get merit badge books from the troop library or scout store. Free material is available at www.meritbadge.com. The scout works with a parent or another trained adult.

Campouts

We need adults to come on campouts to supervise and have fun. Boy Scouts is a boy lead program and the adults are there to make sure that things happen on time and in a safe manner. There is an event signup sheet for volunteers to coordinate an outing. Coordination usually involves collecting names of scouts and adults attending the event, obtaining permission, and coordinating with the Green Bar. It is a great, easy way, to get involved with your scout and his troop!

Adult Roles in the Troop

There are many opportunities for adults to participate in Troop 3ʼs scouting program. Some opportunities only require an hour or two, others may take a bit longer. There is something for everyone, so please get involved! Some positions have a longer term like the following:

#Committee Chair -  The troop committee chair is appointed by the chartered organization and registered as an adult leader of the BSA. The unit committee chairman appoints and supervises the unit committee and unit leaders.

#Committee Members

#Advancement Coordinator - The unit advancement coordinator is appointed by the committee chair to ensure that the unit has regular boards of review, quarterly courts of honor, and that the unit has goals of helping each Scout advance a rank each year and for new Scouts to reach First Class rank. The advancement coordinator is also responsible for record keeping and submitting advancement reports.

#Eagle Project Mentors

#Secretary

#Treasurer

Activity Coordinator

Some opportunities that do not require a long time commitment are:

#Outing Leader

#Event Planner

#Merit Badge College instructor

#Popcorn Kernel

The Harold Sargent Sr. Fund

Harold Sargent Sr. was the first Eagle Scout of Troop 3, a Scoutmaster, and a benefactor of the councilʼs summer camp, Camp Wanocksett. After his passing in 2008, a fund was set up to help boys who may not otherwise be able to participate in Scouting enjoy the full experience of Scouting in Troop 3 Groton. The Troop Committee asked Mr. Rick Sargent, Haroldʼs son and a Troop 3 Eagle Scout, for direction in how he would like the funds dispersed. Mr. Sargent felt that the funds should be used in remembrance of his fatherʼs long interest and support of the Troopʼs annual summer camp week at Camp Wanocksett. He thought that the Troop Committee should use the Fund to cover the cost of the camp, uniforms, equipment and other necessary expenses directly related to Scouting on an individual basis. Mr. Sargent believes that a week of Boy Scout summer camp is a rewarding and potentially life changing experience for boys.

More details on eligibility and requests will be published later this year. In the interim, requests may be made to the Scoutmaster or member of the Troop Committee and will be held in confidence.

Troop 3 Eagle Scout Roster

Harold H. Sargent, Sr. was the troop's first Eagle in 1939.  As of 2018, there have been 99 more Eagles that have soared since then.  The full list of Eagles can be found here:

https://www.troop3groton.org/node/3405