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Introduction to the Troop 77 Program

     Troop 77 invites every boy to join our fellowship for friendship, fun and adventure, to develop character and citizenship, and to grow in the spirit of Scouting -- preparedness, readiness to help others, honesty, and responsibility. 

   Troop 77 is a chartered troop of the Boy Scouts of America and is part of the: 

Silver Gate District 
400 Contra Costa Way, Vallejo


 Mount Diablo Silverado Council
 800 Elinwood Way, Pleasant Hill


 Our Chartered Organization is the:
 Community Presbyterian Church 2800 Georgia Street, Vallejo

      Troop 77 is run by Scouts, notably the boy-elected Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders, and Patrol Leaders. We have approximately 45 boys registered in the troop. A Troop Committee, made up of parents, provides overall guidance and policy for the troop. Adult leadership and oversight is provided at all Troop 77 activities by the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters, many times former scouts or parents of boys in the troop.

      The purpose of Troop 77 and the Boy Scouts of America is to provide youth with an effective program designed to enable them to experience: 

Growth in moral strength and character 


This may be defined as what the boy is himself: his personal qualities, his values, his outlook.


 Participative citizenship 

       Used broadly, citizenship means the boy's relationship to others. He comes to learn of his obligations to other people, to the society he lives in, and the government that presides over that society.

  Development of physical, mental, and emotional fitness 


     Fitness includes the body (well-turned and healthy), the mind (able to think and solve problems), and the emotions (self-control, courage, self-respect, and self-confidence). 

Respect for others, the environment, and himself

In the Boy Scouts, we use many different methods to help achieve this:

    Ideal


      The ideals of Scouting are spelled out in the Scout Oath, Law, motto, and slogan. The Scout measures himself against these ideals and continually tries to improve. 

Patrols

     The patrol method gives Scouts an experience in group living and participating citizenship. It places a certain amount of responsibility on young shoulders and teaches boys how to accept it. 

Outdoors 

     Boy Scouting is an outdoors program. It is in the outdoors that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with each other. It is here that the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose. 

Advancement 

     Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps to overcome them through the advancement method. The Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he overcomes each challenge. The Scout is rewarded for each achievement (e.g., badges of rank, merit badges, etc.), which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a boy to grow in self-reliance and the ability to help others. 

Adult Association 

     Boys learn from the example set by their adult leaders. Troop leadership may be male or female, and association with all adults of high character is encouraged at this stage of a young man's development.

 Personal Growth 

     As Scouts plan their activities and progress towards their goals, they experience personal growth. The Good Turn concept is a major part of the personal growth method of Scouting. Boys grow as they participate in community service projects and do Good Turns for others. 

Leadership Development

     Boy Scouting encourages boys to learn and practice leadership skills. Every Scout has the opportunity to participate in both shared leadership and total leadership situations. Understanding the concepts of leadership helps each boy accept the leadership roles of others and guides him toward the citizenship aim of Scouting. 

Uniform 

     The uniform makes the Scout troop visible as a unified force and creates a positive youth image in the community. Wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Scout's commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals.  

     Troop 77's goal is to encourage each Scout's development in leadership, responsibility, and public service through providing a variety of enjoyable activities. However, in order for the Boy Scouts to be an effective program for our sons, we need parent involvement and participation. Troop 77 currently has a fine group of parents who help according to their availability and abilities. We invite all parents to add their talents and interests so that we, as a team, can work together to develop the best possible program for each boy and his fellow Scouts.