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Boy Scout Troop 634


Batesville, Indiana





When and where does the troop meet?

Troop Meetings

Our troop meetings are held during the school year.  We meet on Thursday nights.  We normally meet at the Scout Cabin located behind Batesville Middle School but in the winter we meet at St. John's Church on Huntersville Road. Meeting times are 7pm until 8:30pm.

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month.  Parents are invited to attend anytime.  The time of the meeting is 6pm to 7pm.

How do I contact someone in the troop?

Go to the Contact Us section of this site to get the names and phone numbers of the Troop Leadership.

What is the definition of an "Active" scout?

An active scout:

  1. Attends at least 50% of the weekly meetings

  2. Attends at least 50% of the camp outs/monthly activities

  3. Works at a minimum of 50% of the troop's fundraisers.

Whether you are active or not will have a bearing on your advancement and your eligibility for High Adventure, including Philmont.

What are "Service Hours"?

Hours used to fulfill the requirement for service hours should be:

  • Approved in advance by the Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster.

  • Performed for some church/civic organization outside of scouting.

What is the "Patrol Method" used by the Troop?

"The patrol system is not one method in which Scouting for boys can be carried on. It is the only method.'"

óLord Baden-Powell, Scouting's founder

The Patrol

The patrol is a group of Scouts who belong to a troop and who are probably similar in age, development, and interests. The patrol method allows Scouts to interact in a small group outside the larger troop context, working together as a team and sharing the responsibility of making their patrol a success. A patrol takes pride in its identity, and the members strive to make their patrol the best it can be. Patrols will sometimes join with other patrols to learn skills and complete advancement requirements. At other times they will compete against those same patrols in Scout skills and athletic competitions.

The members of each patrol elect one of their own to serve as patrol leader. The troop determines the requirements for patrol leaders, such as rank and age. To give more youths the opportunity to lead, most troops elect patrol leaders twice a year. Some may have elections more often.

Patrol size depends upon a troop's enrollment and the needs of its members, though an ideal patrol size is eight Scouts. Patrols with fewer than eight Scouts should try to recruit new members to get their patrol size up to the ideal number.

Types of Patrols

There are three kinds of patrols: new-Scout patrols, regular patrols, and Venture patrols.

1. New-Scout patrols are for 11-year-old Scouts who have recently joined the troop and are together for the first year in the troop. An older, experienced Scout often is assigned as a troop guide to help the new-Scout patrol through the challenges of troop membership. An assistant Scoutmaster should also assist the new-Scout patrol to ensure that each Scout has every opportunity to succeed right from the start.
2. Regular patrols are made up of Scouts who have completed their First Class requirements. They have been around Scouting long enough to be comfortable with the patrol and troop operation and are well-versed in camping, cooking, and Scouting's other basic skills.
3. A Venture patrol is an optional patrol within the troop made up of Scouts age 13 and older. These troop members have the maturity and experience to take part in more challenging high-adventure outings. The Venture patrol elects a patrol leader, who works with an assistant Scoutmaster to put the patrol's plans into action.