New and Prospective Parents

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!

Parent Meetings

Parent Meetings are held every first Tuesday upstairs from where the troop meeting is held. At least one parent of a scout is expected to attend as an essential part of the workings of the Troop. The meetings are a great place to meet both new and long time parents that can probably answer any questions, as well as possibly become life long friends.

Uniforms

As a prospective scout, one of the first things you’ll need if your son decides to join is to fill out an application (http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-406A.pdf) and acquire your Uniform and handbook. All required before his joining ceremony.

The official full scout uniform (the “Class A” uniform) may be purchased at local Scouting shops or online.  A list of local area shops is posted below. Some official Troop 14 uniform items which you do NOT need to buy are: Troop neckerchief, Troop Numerals, a San Francisco strip, red epaulettes, a name tag, a Class B shirt, and socks, as they will be provided to you. Our socks are purchased from the Troop directly as they are no longer made in our traditional style.  They cost $3 per pair.

East Bay Scout Store

Peninsula Scout Shop

Marin Council Scout Shop

Scout Stuff (Online store)

You are strongly encouraged to phone ahead before traveling to any of the Scout stores, as inventory and service hours can be variable.  You also are encouraged to check the Gear Swap page on the website, where you can post for gear you have or gear you need.   EBAY is also a good source for experienced uniforms and other Scout gear.

The scout handbook is ordered from the scout store, as well.

JOINING FORMS

Seriously Interested in joining Troop14? Great. Welcome! We’re happy you found us.

Here are the joining forms that you may need if your boy did not pick them up while visiting a meeting. Although much of scouts is learned and addressed as your boy visits the meetings we know how important it is, especially for the young scouts, for their parents to be aware of what’s going on. Patience during a boys first few months, as you and your boy figure out all the aspects of scouting is a great lesson. Remember, we hope that your boy is with us for years to come, so rushing any aspect of joining is not the goal.

JOINING MATERIALS—Instructions
JOINING MATERIALS—Forms
Adult Member Application