Scout-age boys (10-17*) are welcome to visit any of our Troop meetings, preferably with one or both parents. A leader will be happy to talk to you and answer your questions. (For the joining requirements and other items, see the Joining Worksheet.")
*Any boy 11 to 17 years old can join Boy Scouts. A 10-year-old can join if he has completed the fifth grade or has earned the Cub Scout Arrow of Light badge (even if the badge has not been formally awarded). (Note: To earn the Arrow of Light, a Cub Scout must have been active for six months after completing the fourth grade or after becoming 10 years old. This means that most Cub Scouts in Folsom Public Schools who complete their Arrow of Light requirments can join Boy Scouts around the end of November during fifth grade.)
If you would like to have someone contact you about how to join Troop 134 or if you have any questions, please click here and send us your contact information. Someone from the Troop will get back to you as soon as possible.
Before joining a troop, a Scout-age boy should visit a troop meeting or other troop activity to meet the Scouts and adult leaders, observe how the troop operates and learn about the troop’s activities. Ideally, he should visit more than one troop in his area and discuss with his parents which troop is the best fit for him and his family.
Troop 134 generally has troop meetings on the 1st, 3rd, and any 5th Tuesdays of the month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Journey Church Fellowship Hall, 450 Blue Ravine Road near Folsom Middle School.
Troop dues are $108 a year, which includes the which includes the required BSA fee, Troop dues, a subscription to Boys Life, and a tax-deductible contribution of $36 to Friends of Scouting (FOS).
The FOS contribution should be paid by a separate check made out to "Friends of Scouting." The remaining amounts should be paid by a check made out to "Troop 134, B.S.A."
Boys Life magazine and the FOS contribution are recommended but not required. The required BSA fee is either a $1 transfer fee (if transferring from Cub Scouts or another troop) or a $24 yearly registration fee per Scout.
These amounts can be prorated by month for Scouts joining after January. (Monthly amounts: $2 for registration, $3 for dues, $1 for Boys Life, and $3 for FOS, for a total of $9 a month.) Scouts and adults who join in October or later should pay the prorated amounts for the current year plus the dues for the next year.
After receiving the application and fees, the Scoutmaster or Assistant will sign the temporary Scout card on the application form and give the card to the Scout.
Getting Started in Scouting
The Scout badge must be earned before starting on advancement in the Boy Scout ranks: Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle. To earn the Scout badge, the Scout should either read the "Introduction" chapter of the Boy Scout Handbook or a parent or guardian should discuss it with him. (Contact the Scoutmaster (click on “About”) to borrow a copy.)
One requirement of the Scout badge is for a parent or guardian to complete the exercises in the booklet, How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide, with the Scout. The Parent's Guidebooklet is attached inside the front cover of the Scout Handbook and can be downloaded by clicking here.
When he is ready to pass the requirements for the Scout badge, the Scout, or a parent or guardian, should call the Scoutmaster to schedule a conference to pass the Scout on the joining requirements, confirm that the child protection exercises have been completed, and take care of the paperwork.
If several boys join at the same time, we can cover the application, fees, and Scout badge at a Cub Scout meeting or a Troop meeting, and the parents can attend the annual parents' information meeting (it has already been held for 2011-2012). As an alternative, the Scoutmaster can have a single meeting with the Scout and his parents at their home to complete the application and other paperwork, accept the fees, complete the Scout badge requirements, and give the parents an overview of Scouting and Troop activities.
A Medical Form (Parts A and B) is required for both Scouts and adults to participate in outdoor activities. Part C of the form, which requires a medical examination, is required for high-adventure activities like strenuous backpacking treks or campouts over 72 hours including summer camp. The medical form must be renewed every year and should be modified whenever there is a significant change in the person's health.
After he has submitted his application and fees, the Scout should buy a khaki Scout uniform shirt, a Golden Empire Council patch, green shoulder ribbons, the World Scouting badge, and a navy blue neckerchief with silver stitching and edging. He should also buy a Scout Handbook and may want to get an official neckerchief slide and Scout pants. Scouts must wear jeans or dark solid-color pants or shorts with a uniform shirt and neckerchief, a solid-color belt is required to be considered in uniform. (See the Scout Shop flyer or go to http://scoutstuff.org.) The Troop sells "134" numeral patches (for $1), as well as Troop 134 T-shirts and baseball caps. The Troop can order Troop 134 sweatshirts and long-sleeved T-shirts, usually in the spring. On outings, we often wear 3-color desert camo boonie hats, which can be purchased from the Troop or a military surplus outlet. The Troop provides patches for ranks and other awards and a Scout's first patrol patch.
We hope that at least one parent will register as an adult leader, for example as a member of the Troop committee. You can register by filling out the adult leader form listed below and taking "Youth Protection Training," which can be done as an online course at MyScouting.org.
We hope that all parents will take the online training, "This is Scouting," and "Youth Protection Training" at MyScouting.org.
Forms & Handouts
Below are the Adobe Acrobat versions of our membership forms. Please print these out if you need to complete one. Troop leaders also have printed forms.
Boy Scout Application Form [also available as a multi-copy paper form]
Adult Leader Application Form [also available as a multi-copy paper form]
Supplemental Information Form (driver* and second parent information)
*Driver information is required to be eligible for excess liability by BSA: name and license number of registered owner and driver; vehicle make, model, and year; seating capacity with seat belts; liability insurance limits per person, per accident, and for property damage.