Parents and Your Support
It is the sincere desire of the Troop’s committee and uniformed adult leadership to deliver a rewarding experience for our youth, accordingly we welcome new members and new ideas. We encourage all parents to take advantage of the leadership training made available through the Santa Clara Council. One of the keys to the ongoing success of Troop 342 is the continual renewal of trained adult leaders to help our Troop thrive.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to participate in one or more of the following ways:
- Encourage their boys to participate actively in the Scout program.
- Provide consistent transportation to and from meetings
- Assist the Troop Committee with Fund-raising activities
- Support the proper uniforming of their Scout
- Volunteer to serve the Troop as:
-Troop Committee Officers
-Troop adult uniformed volunteers
-Merit Badge Counselors
-Drivers for Events
-Resources for Enrichment Program Activities
The Boy Scout Troop Committee is responsible for conducting the business of the troop, setting policy, and helping the Scoutmaster and Scouts with the outdoor program and other planned activities. The committee also has the responsibility to provide adults for boards of review. This is an important responsibility and is one area where help is always needed and appreciated. The committee consists of parent volunteers who fulfill various roles on the committee. The committee may contain positions as follows:
Chartered Organization Representative
The Chartered Organization Representative is the direct contact between the unit and the Chartered Organization. This individual is also the organization's contact with the district committee and the Local Council. The chartered organization representative may become a member of the district committee and is a voting member of the council. The Chartered Organization Representative appoints the unit committee chair.
Troop Committee Chairman
The unit committee chair is appointed by the chartered organization and registered as an adult leader of the BSA. The unit committee chairman appoints and supervises the unit committee and unit leaders.
The unit secretary is appointed by the committee chairman to keep minutes and records, send notices, and handle publicity.
(Margaret D'Alessandro - BSA Troop 342)
The unit treasurer is appointed by the committee chairman to handle unit funds, pay bills, maintain accounts, coordinate the annual Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign, and supervise fundraising.
Troop Advancement Chair
The unit advancement chair is appointed by the committee chairman to ensure that the unit has at least monthly boards of review, quarterly courts of honor, and that the unit has goals of helping each Scout advance a rank each year and for new Scouts to reach First Class rank during their first year. The advancement coordinator is also responsible for record keeping and submitting advancement reports.
Troop Equipment Coordinator
The unit equipment coordinator is appointed by the committee chairman to work with the youth Quartermaster and is responsible for inventory, storage, and maintenance of unit equipment.
Troop Outdoor/Activities Chair
The unit outdoor/activities chair is appointed by the committee chairman to secure tour permits and permission to use camping sites, serve as transportation coordinator, and ensure a monthly outdoor program.
Troop Membership Chair
The unit membership chair is appointed by the committee chairman to help ensure a smooth transition of new Scouts into the unit and provide orientation for new parents.
Troop Training Chair
The unit training chair is appointed by he committee chairman
to ensure training opportunities are available, maintain training
records and materials, and is responsible for BSA Youth Protection Training.