We are glad that you have decided to learn about Troop 340. You will discover that our program includes many things that were a part of the Cub Scout program, like first aid, nature study, knot tying, hiking and camping. Boy Scouts also learn some new skills such as backpacking, orienteering and lashing. While all of these things are an important part of Scouting, they are only a means to achieving three goals: Citizenship, Character Development, and Mental and Physical Fitness.
These goals are the goals of all of the programs of the Boy Scouts of America from Tiger Cubs to Explorers. In Tiger Cubs, a parent must attend all activiies. At the Bobcat, Wolf and Bear level, parents are encouraged to work with their sons on advancement requirements and verify that this work has been completed. As Webelos, Scouts have overnight campouts under the watchful eyes of their parents. Cub Scouts as well as their siblings and parents attend pack meetings. Family involvement is a key ingredient for a successful Cub Scouting program.
Boy Scouting, however, is not led by adults. There are adult leaders in Troop 340, but it isn't up to them to run Troop meetings and outings. That responsibility rests with our Scouts, as they learn to become effective leaders through hands-on training. Our adult leaders are always present, but we try our best not to interfere. Of course, somethings we teach a skill or conduct a merit badge class. And we won't allow Scouts to follow through on decisions that could cause harm to themselves or others. However sometimes we will stand aside and let the boys learn the hard way.