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†††††††††† Boy Scout Troop 5 is very fortunate to be sponsored by the VFW Post 3838 of Cape Girardeau. The VFW provides one of its members as a charter representative who serves as a liaison between the chartering organization and the troop. He has close contact of the Troop level activities and with the Troop leadership. The representative helps the troop when requesting funding.


The Scoutmaster is Jerry Hampton. Jerry lives and breathes Boy Scouting and has the support of his family, which consists of three sons who are Eagle Scouts and wife Betty who helps the troop tremendously.


Assisting the Scoutmaster are a large number of Assistant Scoutmasters who work together to guide and train the boys toward attaining merit badges, rank advancements, and leadership skills. These adults provide strength, guidance, understanding and knowledge to the Senior Patrol Leader, Leadership Corps, and Patrol Leaders. The Leaders main goals are to facilitate and provide a learning atmosphere for todayís youth, helping them become mature young men.


The Senior Patrol Leader runs the Troop. He works on planning the weekly meeting agendas and is the main spokesman during the meeting. He holds Patrol Leaders Council meetings with the individual Patrol Leaders, Asst. Patrol Leaders, and at the Patrol Leaders Council meetings, when the scouts plan the monthly meetings and outings. The SPL is an elected position by the boys. It is limited to one 6-month term. You must be a Star Scout and have gone to the JLTC.


The scouts are divided into separate patrols of 8 or less boys. The Patrol Leader and Asst. Patrol Leader work with the scouts on planning patrol activities while on monthly campouts. Overseeing the patrol is an Asst. Scoutmaster. He provides guidance to the scouts, making sure that they are meeting all the requirements to achieve the next rank. Patrols are to meet twice a month to plan what they need for the monthly activity, menus, and work on rank advancements. The Patrol Leader and Asst. Patrol Leader are elected by the Patrol and serve 6-month terms. They may serve more that one term. For the first year the boys rotate every month at being the Patrol Leader.


The Troop Committee is responsible for supporting the troopís activities and handling the administrative duties, which include - Troop Committee Chairman, and volunteers in charge of fund raisers, treasury, advancement records, travel arrangements, and providing communication for all scout families


All of these adults together provide guidance and support to the scouts helping to teach needed leadership and communications skills, which all youth should possess in their adulthood lives. We attempt to provide the scouts with many leadership responsibilities by having a youth ran organization.





Parent participation is a key aspect in scouting. Parents are asked to take an active interest in their sonís life through supporting his interest and his troop while being involved with Boy Scout Troop 5. Supportive parents help boys stay active in scouting and not lose interest in the scouting program.


Parent participation is tremendously beneficial to Troop 5. The Troop has a very effective Troop Committee comprised of the parents, which perform the troopís administrative duties.


Troop 5 committee Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month during the regular Scout Meeting at the VFW. All parents are encouraged to attend these monthly meetings to discuss their interests and concerns. This will keep you informed of the upcoming troop activities.


Parent participation and interest is vital to help influence a scout to have an active interest in the Boy Scout program. The leadership of Troop 5 appreciates your participation.




Troop 5 puts the "OUTING" in SCOUTING!


Our camping program is structured to provide a variety of camping experiences for todayís youth. We balance our camping experiences to focus on both historical and intellectual significance and the love of nature and the outdoors. The troop plans at least one outing per month, 12 months a year and attend 1 week at Camp LEWALLEN each summer.


Our nature and outdoor programs allow scouts to learn the proper way to pitch a tent, build a fire, and to prepare and clean up their own meals. They are taught knots and lashings, and introduced to wildlife, native plants and trees in the area. They learn how to use a compass by experiencing an orienteering course and enjoy the opportunity to establish new friendships with fellow scouts.


Our programs are designed to help the scouts learn the proper methods in working with other people. Through trusting a fellow scout to perform his share of the work, the boy experiences a team effort and helps to promote group accomplishments. These programs help the scouts in building character and confidence in their own Individual talents, which carry over into their adult lives.


Scouts will attend 6 days and 5 nights camping at Boy Scout Camp LEWALLEN. While at summer camp, the scouts have the opportunity to meet boys of many other troops and to work towards earning several merit badges. Summer camp is a week full of new experiences. Troop 5 will be camping together in a campsite assigned to them only and will spend the day with other scoots while attending merit badge sessions. FAMILY NIGHT is on Wednesday. Parents and family are welcome to come to camp after 3:00 and spend the evening with their scout. Each family brings a dish to share with the other Troop 5 families for a potluck dinner at the campsite. At 7:00 PM the parents and scouts walk to Lake Potashnick to watch the scouts present songs and skits for the families. After the entertainment, the members of the Order of the Arrow perform ceremonial dances and initiate a callout ceremony to induct new scouts into the Order of the Arrow program.





Boy Scout Troop 5 Leaders provide their time and talents to teach the scouts proper values in todayís society and provide an excellent scouting program. We are able to accomplish this task when scouts parents share the responsibility in instructing their sons as necessary. Discipline in a Boy Scout Troop is not meant to demean or punish any boy, but to help them understand the rights of their fellow scout. They may not infringe upon others for their individual pleasure or personal gain.


When a boy joins the troop, he is another one of Jerry Hamptonís sons. You as a parent are consenting to allow another parent, scout leader and or Scoutmaster to reprimand a scout for improper conduct while on a scouting event. The leadership in Troop 5 works to guide the scout in developing proper values and behavior, but the primary responsibility for a scoutís behavior rests with his parents.


Forms of behavior that will not be tolerated include fighting, stealing, lying, smoking and possession of harmful devices while on a scout activity. Scouts should not harass or tease another scout. Such acts hurt others and do not allow individuals to benefit and take pleasure in the scouting program. The condoning of these acts would be a disservice to the troop and the individual scout. The Scoutmaster has the option to have a parent come and get their son whatever time it is if the deed warrants.




Service projects allow the scout to understand the importance of working for a worthy cause towards bettering themselves and their community. Scouts receive direct benefit from their time and unselfish devotion to scouting and their respective community.


Service hours and or projects are required for every scout in order to advance in rank. Each scout takes part in six hours project in order to obtain the ranks of Star and a six-hour project for Life. This time can be spent helping their community, school, or religious organization.


Projects should be submitted in writing to the Scoutmaster for approval before starting. Helping another scout with their project does not count for your service project. After the project has been completed, a representative from where the project was performed should submit in writing that the service project was completed satisfactorily.


For service hours, Troop 5 stays very active. Troop 5 performs many service hours for the community every year by participating in the Scouting for Food Drive, service projects for the VFW, selling poppies for the VFW, etc. Helping another scout with their service project does not count as an activity. For service projects for the rank of Eagle, follow the requirements in the Life to Eagle packet provided by the Scout Office to all Life Scouts.




The scouting program offers over 120 different merit badges for a scout to earn. A scout must earn a required number of merit badges to advance in rank (see scout handbook for specific rank requirements). The scouts may work on merit badges in a group with the troop, individually, and at summer camp.


The Troop Advancement Chairman keeps records of all the requirements that each scout has completed towards earning a merit badge or advancing in rank. This will include troop activities / campouts attended, merit badges earned, service projects/hours completed, and all of the Individual requirements required to complete the rank advancement. The scout may use the Assistant Scoutmaster for his patrol or the Advancement Chairman as a resource to inquire which requirements he currently lacks to obtain advancement.


A scout must complete a merit badge application for each merit badge they are working on. The application must be signed by the Scoutmaster to be valid.

A scout must call the merit badge counselor himself to set up the class.


Merit badges are a learning experience for the scout and help them become more competent and independent on beginning a project and overseeing every obstacle, becoming aware of new information, and develop experience making an initial contact with an adult counselor to review his work. Merit badges help the scout appreciate and fully understand the scouting program.




When scouts are ready to advance in rank, they request a Board of Review. At the board of review, scouts will meet with three adults from the troop and discuss questions concerning the rank that they have been working on, their participation in troop activities, merit badges earned, Scout Oath, Scout Law, personal feelings about the troops activities, etc.


If the reviewers believe that the scout has fulfilled all the requirements and is participating they will inform him that he has passed the Board of Review. If they do not feel that he has fulfilled all the requirements or is not participating in troop activities, they may give him an assignment to complete before advancing. These decisions are not meant to punish a scout but to help him to fully understand and appreciate the scouting program.


Board of Reviews are held each month. Parent involvement is often necessary to help conduct full Board of Reviews.


††††††††††† All requirements for rank advancement must be finished before a boy may go before a Board of Review.




After a scout has fulfilled all the rank requirements and had a board of review, he is ready for a Scoutmasterís Conference. At the Scoutmasterís Conference, the scout and Scoutmaster review what he has done and what he plans to do.





Troop 5 awards merit badges and rank advancements earned by the scouts at quarterly ceremonies called Court of Honor. At the Court of Honor, Troop 5 welcomes all family members to watches their scout receive these honors. A Court of Honor is a highly revered and special night when scouts are applauded for their hard work and accomplishments in the scouting program.




The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest honor a scout can achieve in the scouting program. Nationally, only 2% of youth that enter the Boy Scouts of America will ever obtain the rank of Eagle. Troop 5 has had an excellent success rate of scouts earning the rank of Eagle. Troop 5 attributes this to the great leadership given by our Scoutmaster, Asst. Scoutmasters, parent participation and solid scouting program.


When a scout has earned the rank of Life and is ready to continue on the trail of Eagle, he will get an Eagle packet from the scout office. This packet has all the information that he will need to carry out his Eagle project, additional merit badges that are required, etc. The leaders of Troop 5 are always available to guide a scout along this trail.





The elite corps in the scouting program is an organization within the Boy Scouts of America called the Order of the Arrow. The Order of the Arrow is the only organization known which allows non-members to elect candidates to become members. The name of the organization means Brotherhood of Cheerful Service The Order of the Arrow helps provide a vast majority of service to Camp LEWALLEN and to the council.


In order to be eligible, a scout must be at least First Class in rank, have fifteen days and nights of camping, with at least one long-term camping activity within the last two years. They must have the Scoutmaster approval. Adult eligibility requires the same camping requirements, must be nominated by the Troop and he approved by the local Council office. Elections for Order of the Arrow nominees are held once a year at summer camp and the callout ceremony is held at the Wednesday evening Order of the Arrow ceremony.

Boys only vote for boys.

Adults only vote for adults.


A scout becomes inducted into the Order of the Arrow by taking an Ordeal at Camp Lewallen one weekend during the year. The scout may take his Ordeal at either the fall or at the spring reunion. The Ordeal requires the scout to perform a series of tasks, which tests their physical strength and endurance. Upon completion of the Ordeal, the scout will be inducted into the Order of the Arrow during a ceremony.


There are three levels in the Order of the Arrow - Ordeal, Brotherhood and Vigil this gives the scout the chance to grow as he is advancing.


Once the scout has been inducted into the Order of the Arrow, he is entitled to every right and privilege as his fellow brothers in the program.




The Scribe at the beginning of each meeting collects monthly dues of $5.00. This money goes towards the purchase of badges. You may pay by the year.


All outstanding dues must be paid before receiving awards at the Court of Honor.




Class A Uniform

The class A uniform is the khaki scout shirt, green scout pants or scout shorts, scout belt, scout socks and Troop 5 hat. This is the uniform that is worn at all scout meetings, Court of Honor ceremonies, campouts, flag ceremonies, and all scout functions as instructed. This is the uniform we wear when we are traveling.



The class B uniform is the Troop 5 red T-shirt, green scout pants or scout shorts, scout belt, scout socks and Troop 5 hat. This is the uniform that is worn when you are not in your class Aís.


This dress code is for all scouts and all Scoutmasters and Asst. Scoutmasters.






Junior Leader Training Camp is offered twice in the summer at beautiful S-F Ranch. It is a week of intense training to help our scouts to be a leader. Troop 5 sends five young men to this camp each year. The VFW has always paid for this camp.

To go to JLTC you must be a First Class Scout and have at least one week of summer camp. Your son will be recommended on a vote of the Scoutmaster and Asst. Scoutmasters. If the scout elects not to go, the Scoutmaster must be notified so that another scout may be offered the opportunity to go.


If a scout accepts the opportunity to go to JLTC and then does not go, he will be expected to pay back the cost of the camp fees.


National Scout Jamboree


The national Scout Jamboree is presented every four years. Details on this event come out well in advance. If your son has the opportunity to go, it will be an event of a lifetime for him.





The 50+ mile float trip is offered each summer to all Star Scouts and above, that have gone to two weeks of summer camp. This is an exciting trip that the scouts usually really enjoy.


Each scout is responsible for his own food, equipment and means of carrying it. A mandatory-planning meeting is offered before the trip for all scouts and parents that are taking this adventure.††


Cost for this trip is usually less that $100.00. for 5 days on the river.


Camping Beads


Camping beads are given out after each activity. They may be worn on a tote that hangs from your belt. These totes are available for a small cost from the Scoutmaster.






Red--------Long Term Camping






Philmont Scout Ranch


Philmont Scout Ranch is an opportunity for the boys to go and spend 10 days on a back packing trail. It is very difficult to get reservation. If you feel that you would like to go, contact the scout office for more details and reservation information.


Adult Basic Leader Training


Adult Basic Leader Training is offered twice a year at Camp Lewallen. It is required for all Asst. Scoutmasters of Troop 5 to attend this fun filled weekend. It will increase your confidence in scouting and improve your leadership skills. You will have a good time, too.




The Trade-O-Ree is a fun event that has been put together by our Scoutmaster Jerry Hampton. Scouters from all over the US come together to buy, sell, or trade scout items and scout patches. The Trade-O-Ree is also a great fundraiser for the Scout Accounts. Money is generated by the rental of tables to the traders and from the sale of food. We try to get all the food donated for this worthwhile cause. Scout parents may be asked to bring baked items to sell. The scout parents in the VFW kitchen do all cooking.Only scouts that are Star or above may work. There is an admission fee at the door, but any one that is in full scout uniform will get in free. This event is great fun. It is recommended that all scouts and scout family come by.



Camping Guide Line


As a camper with Troop 5 a scout will be expected to be accounted for before leaving to go on the camp out. If a scout becomes sick or must leave for any reason, they must check out with the Scoutmaster in charge. Scouts are expected to arrive with the Troop 5 and leave with the Troop 5, unless it is an emergency.


Scouts are expected to have a duty rooster that has been completed at a patrol meeting with a menu. The scouts should have the food to cook that goes with the menu they planned. The money for the food is to be paid in advance to the scouts that are shopping for the food.

Scouts are to provide their own cups, knife, forks, spoons, and plates. Scouts will provide a ground cloth for the tent they are sleeping in (tarp or plastic).Scouts are to provide paper towels for their own use. Scouts are expected to set up by patrols, and use the patrol method.††


Scout Accounts


A Scout Account is money that a scout has earned in a Troop activity. Examples of this would be the money that Star and above scouts earn at the Trade-O-Ree.Money from various fundraisers has gone into these accounts.


The money in this account can only be used for high adventure, long term camp or equipment needed for related camping. Before any money is released, the Scoutmaster must approve it.


If a scout leaves the troop and does not recharter with Crew 5 after one year any money left in his scout account will return to the general fund.




Troop 5 strives to provide some of the finest equipment for the scoutsí use, but we need your help.Equipment is one of the largest expenses the troop has. Tents run about $135.00 each and when we order we usually have to order 10 at a time or over $1,350.00.We understand normal wear and tear, but neglect and misuse will not be tolerated. You will be expected to replace equipment that has been destroyed by malice or neglect. If you leave a wet rolled up tent in the garage for a week you can plan on buying it, this would be neglect.††