Activities
AS A PARENT WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?

Boy Scouting is a partnership with the parent of the boy. Scouting is an excellent opportunity for you to spend very high quality time
with your son. Since the leaders are not paid we can use all the help you can provide. We encourage all the parents to participate in as
many activities as possible.
The troop has been in existence since 1914 because of the generosity of adult volunteers. There
would be no program without the support and help of the parents.

The help by parents can be very flexible, yet crucial to the success of the troop. It does not have to
be full time. It can be on a part time, semi regular, or on a need basis.
ASSISTANT LEADER
Helps the Scoutmaster in supervising and coordinating all facets of the troop's program. This is a uniformed position, and critical to the
program since Boy Scout rules require that a minimum of two adult leaders be with the scouts on their activities. ASM spend most of their
time on activities interacting with the scouts.
COMMITTEE MEMBER
The troop committee is the troop's board of directors. It ensures quality leadership, provides the
meeting place, advises scoutmaster on policies, supports leaders in carrying out program,
responsible for finances, maintenance of troop equipment, and serves on board of reviews for
rank advancement. Jobs are divided among the committee members. It meets on a regular basis,
ideally monthly or bimonthly.
INSTRUCTOR TRAINER
You can help supervise and train the boy instructors in a skill. If you have special training and qualifications you may want to share this
knowledge with the scouts.


DESIGNATED DRIVER
Transportation is a key issue since we run an aggressive outdoor program. Adults are needed to drive the scouts to their activities. You do
not have to drive to every event. If enough parents volunteer this can be done on a rotating basis, every other trip or every fourth trip for
example. Rotations will depend on the number of volunteers.


LENDING HAND
For those who cannot commit up front to specific jobs but are willing to help on a “on call” basis when the troop needs help or whenever
they are available.
WELCOME TO TROOP 17
WHAT IS BOY SCOUTING?
HOW DOES THE TROOP WORK?
BECOMING A SCOUT
THE FIRST YEAR
THE SECOND YEAR AND BEYOND
HIGH ADVENTURE PROGRAM
ADULT VOLUNTEER LEADERS
BOY JUNIOR LEADERS
COSTS OF SCOUTING
THE PARENT’S ROLE
MORE INFORMATION
VOLUNTEER SURVEY FORM
SOME FACTS ABOUT SCOUTING
FAMOUS EAGLE SCOUTS
LINKS TO OFFICIAL SCOUT WEB SITES

GREATER NEW YORK COUNCILS OF BOY SCOUTS

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA NATIONAL COUNCIL

THE GIRL SCOUT COUNCIL OF GREATER NEW YORK