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Welcome to Troop 12.

Our Charter Organization is Faith United Methodist Church where we meet every Tuesday night at 7:00pm, Located at:
300 9
th Street NW
North Canton, Ohio
330-499-6040
We try to complete all our meetings by 8:30pm.

Our Scout Master is Mark Staib. Mark is an Eagle Scout, earned in 1973 from Troop 12.

Our Committee Chairman is Bob McMaster. Bob is an Eagle Scout, earned in 1979 from Troop 12.

Troop 12’s logo, seen in the upper right corner, was adopted when the Troop was formed in 1964. It represents “Fortitude” as one of the Four Cardinal Virtues of Plato. Fortitude from the Latin “Fortis” means strong, it is the strength of will. The mighty oak tree is a symbol of strength and also represents the values of Scouting as they relate to the outdoors and conservation.

We are a Scout led troop. That means we have Scouts, who are elected by all the Scouts in the Troop, to be the Senior Patrol Leader and the Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders. This election is done once per year at Summer Camp. In addition to that, each patrol elects a Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader for their patrol, they serve for 6 months in this position, elections are twice per year.

The Scouts BSA have a Patrol Leader Council which meets the first Tuesday of each month to decide what activities we are going to do at the meetings and where we are going for our monthly campouts. Any other activities that our troop does, from projects to service projects, we schedule through Patrol Leader Council.

On our calendar, you will see we have many activities. Some of the highlights are:

  • Court of Honor – 3 per year where the scouts receive their advancement and any awards they have earned since the last Court of Honor.
  • Service Projects - North Canton Parks, Quail Hollow State Park and the Hall of Fame Parade.
  • Monthly Campout
  • January- Gold Rush Campout
  • Spring Trip – Mammoth Caves, Ky
  • Summer Camp – Seven Ranges in June
  • High & Low Adventure Trips

What does it cost to belong to Troop 12?
As long as you are paid in full from your recharter with the Pack, a new application for the Boy Scout Troop needs to be filled out for the Scout and the Adult with a $1.00 transfer fee for each.

When we recharter in January, we will collect money for the yearly dues.

All checks made out to Troop 12.

Summer Camp fees: $320 per Scout, $140 per Adult. We are scheduled June 23 (Sunday) through June 29 (Saturday), the last week of June. There are “early bird” discounts, where you can reduce the cost by $10 per scout.

All Scouts and Adults MUST have an annual physical. In April we will have Physical Night where you can come and get your physicals for free. You may also choose to have your own doctor fill out your physical forms, they are due by April 9th.

Camping Trip fees are adjusted by the trip, depending on where we are going and what activities we are doing. Except for Summer Camp and our Spring Trip the cost is normally around $15. Campouts, such as Kalahari, may also be a little higher.

We do fundraisers during the year. Our biggest is the District Popcorn Sale. We also do Spaghetti Dinners, Pancake Breakfasts. These ate on the calendar.

We encourage our parents to become involved with activities in the Troop; come to the weekly meetings, campouts and service projects. The adults have Troop Committee Meetings once per month where we review plans for the Troop and work to keep Scouts advancing. We also plan how to make the activities for the Troop work. There are many positions to be held in the troop for adults, we hope that you will enjoy scouting as much as we do and get involved in this Troop.

There are many opportunities throughout the year for adults to participate in specialized training, if you want to get involved but are afraid that you don’t know what you need to know Troop 12, Hetuck District and Buckeye Council has the right trainings to help you get there. A good opportunity is in February at BPI (Baden Powell Institute). They offer may good classes.

How do we communicate in Troop 12? We use a telephone system call “one call” to notify Scout families of upcoming events and changes. We also send flyers for Troop 12 news and events by email. We also provide flyers at Troop 12 meetings for your scouts to bring home to you. Patrols may also use the phone tree system to call each person in a particular patrol to communicate.

You will find as parents, that the boys will have an easier transition into Scouting than you do. In Cub Scouts you were the parent, the leader the Akela and you helped the scouts with everything, you made all the plans, you checked off on the achievements. In Scout BSA the scouts do the planning, we are here to help them succeed. The scouts do the training, we are here to help them get trained. Your toughest job now is to “let you child become independent” from you in scouting.

Advancement for the first-year scouts start with Scout and transitions with training and achievements to Tenderfoot, Second Class, and then First Class Scouts. In the Scout BSA handbook, there is a list of requirements for each step in the advancement. We have Scouts in the Troop that are “Troop Guides” that will work with the scouts until they reach the First Class Scout rank. The best way to get your child to First Class is to get them to the meetings, let them go on camping trips, and let them participate in the service projects.

Once the Scout is a First Class Scout, they become more independent and make the next advancements for Star Scout, Life Scout and Eagle Scout by completing merit badges and other activities that are also outlined in the Scout BSA Handbook.

Merit Badges are required to advance past First Class Scout. In our Troop the scouts need to pick out a merit badge they want to complete. The can go online and use some the search engines to look up the different merit badges and look at the requirements for completion. All the first-year scouts will work on their first merit badge at summer camp together. To get a merit badge, they must see the Merit Badge Coordinator to receive a blue card and have a Merit Badge Counselor assigned. The scouts are then responsible to contact the Merit Badge Counselors to make arrangements for completing the Merit Badge. There are Merit Badge books available from the troop or at the Scout Store at the Council Offices.

Anyone can be a Merit Badge Counselor, they must first apply to be a counselor with the Buckeye Council and be approved in the merit badge that they wish to teach. This is a great way to get involved in scouting!

So, what do you need to be a Scout in Troop 12?

  • Scout BSA Handbook
  • Time on Tuesday nights from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
  • Interest in the Scouting program

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

The Boy Scouts of America Vision Statement:
The Boy Scouts of America in the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and value-based leadership training. In the future, Scouting will continue to: Offer young people responsible fun and adventure; Instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law; Train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership; Serve America’s communities and families with its quality, values-based program.

Scout Oath:
On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law:

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

Boy Scout placing flags on Memorial Day
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Boy Scouts FleurDeLis emblem
Cub Scouts badge
Boy Scouts Seven Ranges campground logo