As a new or prospective parent you may have plenty of questions and we’d love to help you. We’ve provided a lot of information here on this site. Scouts are welcome to visit meetings prior to joining except for the third Tuesday of the month as those are Patrol meetings. Most of the questions your SON may have we encourage to be answered in his troop and patrol meetings. See if he likes it.
We feel we have such a special program here. Our campouts are held in extraordinary locations throughout northern California, including canoeing down the Russian River, snow camping in the Sierras, and a night hike through the hills overlooking the Pacific. The Scouts also run a food drive in the fall. There is something for everyone. Some boys enjoy the advancement program and seek to achieve Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout, and some boys just enjoy the outdoor activities. Some enjoy the merit badges – rifle shooting, lifesaving, space exploration, outdoor lore, first aid, Indian lore, wilderness survival, and dozens more. All the Scouts enjoy making new friends, and all participants are successes in Scouting.
Busy with school and activities, parents are often worried about time commitments. We believe Scouting is not a competing activity, rather that it bolsters excellence in academics and other valuable activities. We have Scouts who participate in full sports seasons as well.
Troop 14’s scoutmasters are legendary. Joe Ehrman led the troop for decades. One of his Scouts is Stephen Breyer, now a supreme court judge. The current scoutmaster, Bruce McKelroy, has led the troop for 15 years. A who’s who of successful men who have been Scouts is astonishing. Which famous astronauts were Scouts? The answer is: Most of them. America’s top colleges are swarming with Scouts. An Eagle told me recently that on his freshman orientation trip at an Ivy, he realized that half of the boys in his group were Scouts. The service academies consider scouting experience to be an indication of character, and you cannot throw a stick at the Naval Academy without hitting a former Scout. Many former Scouts trace their career interest back to a merit badge – chemistry, electronics, oceanography, for example.
Scouting is arguably the most powerful, proven tool ever invented for helping raise boys. It creates a clean environment of fun and adventure, an environment with no drugs or alcohol, no smoking and no bullying. The time invested in a boy’s character development in the critical teen years will pay off in his future as a man.
Here is some basic information for new or perspective scouts. A lot of information is also found in the Join Us, Troop Basics, Parent Basics and Events sections of the site. Please join us at a meeting!