BSA Troop 52











King Street United Church of Christ
Danbury, CT



March 2007


BSA Troop 52




Danbury, CT




It is our pleasure to welcome you to Troop 52 and to another year of Scouting.


This Handbook contains basic information about Troop 52, how it functions, what the Scout needs and what you, as a parent, can do to help.


We want to stress to each family that the program at the troop level is still a family program.  We need every family to volunteer for one job to help the troop accomplish its goals.  These goals are the ones that the boys have established.


The Boy Scout program functions in the outdoors - campouts.  This is where the Scouts learn and master the skills worked on in troop meetings.  These are also the skills that the Scouts need for rank advancement.  For these reasons, we encourage every Scout in Troop 52 to be a regular camper.


If you have any questions about our program, do not hesitate to contact us. We thank you for your support and we look forward to an exciting year in Troop 52.


Yours in Scouting,





Rick Rogers                                                                   

Troop Committee Chairman                                        Scoutmaster






Troop 52
Danbury, CT


Mission Statement


BSA Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and, in other ways, to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their full potential.

The values we strive to instill are based on those found in the Scout Oath and Law:


Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my Country

and to obey the Scout Law;   To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.


Scout Law

A Scout is


Trustworthy                             Courteous                        Thrifty

Loyal                                       Kind                                 Brave

Helpful                                     Obedient                          Clean

Friendly                                   Cheerful                           Reverent




1: OVERVIEW:                                                                                                                                            

q       History                                                              

q       Chartering Organization                                                                                                      

q       Troop Committee                                           

q       Adult Leadership                                                      

q       Troop Method                                                 

q       Uniform                                                           


q       Advancement Process                                 

q       Merit Badges                                                   


q       Overview                                                         


q       Camping Program                                         

q       Courts of Honor                                             

q       Scout Sunday                                                

q       Summer Camp                                              

q       High Adventure                                              


q       Purchase Recommendations                     

q       Packing Lists                                                  

q       Transportation (Fuel Disbursement)          


q       Scoutmasters                                                 

q       Eagle Scouts                                                  


q       T52 Adults                                                       

q       T52 Scouts

q       T52 Scouting Calendar

q       T52 Website & Links





q       Troop 52 was founded in 1964, with the King Street United Church of Christ as the chartering organization. 

Chartering Organization:

q       The chartering organization is the troop's sponsor to Boy Scouts of America's national headquarters. In essence, BSA provides the program and services.  The chartering organization provides the facilities, adult leadership and delivers the program and services to the boys.

q       Our program is part of King Street Church's overall program of service to the youth of the surrounding community.

q       The chartering organization appoints one adult leader, a registered and trained Scouter, as its representative to our district, Scatacook, (, and our council, Connecticut Yankee, (  The Charter Organization Representative is Robert James.

Troop Committee:

q       The Troop Committee is a group of adult volunteers who are registered with Boy Scouts of America. The elected head of the committee is the Troop Committee Chairman. The troop committee has two responsibilities to the troop:

1.      Support the troop program that has been developed and planned by the boys.

2.      Handle the administrative aspects of the troop operation.

Adult Leadership:

q       It is the responsibility of the chartering organization to select a Scoutmaster for the troop. This responsibility is charged to the Charter Organization Representative and a selection committee chosen by the representative.

q       It is the responsibility of the Scoutmaster to select those adults he feels are qualified to hold the position of Assistant Scoutmaster. These recommendations are given to the Charter Organization Representative. The slate of candidates are the approved or disapproved by the troop committee.

q       It is the responsibility of the Charter Organization Representative and the troop committee to see that these adult leaders are properly trained in BSA policies, procedures and methods.


Troop Method:

q       The Boy Scout program is a boy run, adult guided program.

q       From Lord Baden-Powell, we learn the 97 most important words every adult leader in the Boy Scout movement knows and understands:

     "Every Boy Scout troop is made up of patrols, groupings of six to eight boys who work together as a team. Each patrol elects its own leader. The patrol leaders, with an elected Senior Patrol Leader as their head, form the Green Bar. It is the Green Bar's job to plan and run the troop program.
     Each patrol leader represents his patrol on the Green Bar, and interprets to his patrol the plans and decisions the Green Bar makes. Patrols have their own meetings, elect their own officers, and plan and carry out their own patrol activities."

q       The Green Bar consists of the following youth leadership positions:
- Senior Patrol Leader
- Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
- Troop Scribe
- Troop Quartermaster
- Troop Historian
- Troop Librarian
- Troop Bugler
- Head Instructor
- Troop Guides
- Patrol Leaders



q       The proper dress for Troop 52 will be the official Boy Scout uniform. There will be no substitutes. Each Scout is expected to be in full Class A uniform at every meeting.  If uniforms are required for special events, travel and campouts, the Scouts will be notified in advance of the event.

q       The official BSA uniform consists of the following:

1.      Khaki shirt - Appropriate rank, including Arrow of Light, present rank, council strip, unit number, badge of office and trained strip if appropriate, red shoulder loops, quality unit award and patrol patch sewn on. Check the inside covers of your son's Boy Scout Handbook for correct locations.  It is recommended that parents purchase Scouts the short sleeve version of the shirt.  The long sleeve shirts are usually too hot for summer wear.  During winter months the short sleeve shirt can be worn over an appropriate colored solid green, red or beige long sleeve tee shirt.

2.      Scout pants - Official green pants with six pockets.

3.      Troop neckerchief - Each new Scout will have a green Troop 52 neckerchief. The  neckerchief is provided at no cost by the troop at the Webelos cross-over ceremony.

4.      Merit Badge Sash - To be worn displaying merit badges earned by the Scout. Worn over the right shoulder or folded in half and draped over belt with merit badges showing.

5.      Scout shorts - Official BSA issue with the six pockets. When weather permits, to be worn in conjunction with official BSA green socks with the red tops.

6.      Hat - The official hat will be the troop hat.

q       If you have difficulty in purchasing a uniform, please contact the Scoutmaster, the Committee Chairman, or any other adult volunteer. THE TROOP WILL NOT DENY ANY BOY THE BOY SCOUT PROGRAM BECAUSE OF FINANCIAL CONSTRAINT.




Advancement Process:

q       Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class may be worked on simultaneously, but must be earned in sequence. There are no time requirements for these ranks.

q       50% of campouts should be attended to advance to First Class. A campout is defined as three meals and one night of camping with the troop.

q       The ranks of Star, Life and Eagle all have requirements for time, merit badges, service hours which have been approved by the Scoutmaster prior to completion, and leadership positions. The Scout must show leadership beyond his assigned position within the troop. He should attend more than 50% of troop campouts. He must start to give back to the troop by sharing his knowledge and skills with other Scouts.

q       Each requirement must be signed by the Scoutmaster.

q       After all requirements are completed and signed, the Scout must contact the Scoutmaster to set up a time for a Scoutmaster Conference. Scoutmaster Conferences are not done during the troop meeting.

q       Once the Scoutmaster Conference is complete and all requirements are met for rank advancement, the Scout must contact the Advancement Chairperson so that the troop records can be updated and a Board of Review scheduled.

q       Boards of Review are required for the ranks of Tenderfoot through Life. An Eagle Board of Review is conducted by the District Advancement Chair along with the District Advancement Committee.

q       When a Board of review date has been set, the Scout will be notified by the Advancement Chair.

q       Upon successful completion of the Board of review, the Scout will advance to the next rank.

q       The Advancement Chair must be notified by the Scout of any potential rank advancements no later than 3 weeks prior to a Court of Honor or the advancement will be awarded at the next Court of Honor. The Scout will advance but will not receive recognition until the next Court.

q       Scouts will come to the Board of Review in a complete Class A uniform, consisting of a scout hat, scout shirt with proper emblems/ insignias sewn in the proper place, scout pants, scout belt, socks, shoes, neckerchief and slide. They will also bring their Scout Handbook, organized merit badges and any Scout awards earned. It is recommended that a binder be used to organize and save all Scout awards, rank information and materials.  A Board of Review may be rescheduled due to improper attire or if proper merit badges cards, etc. are not brought to the Board. 


Merit Badges:

q       Merit badges may be earned in any order.

q       No merit badges are required for Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class or First Class ranks. Merit badges can be earned while working on these rank advancements. It is strongly recommended that the swimming merit badge be taken as one of the first merit badges.

q       Star rank requires 6 merit badges, including 4 of the required Eagle badges. One of these should be a Citizenship merit badge.

q       Life rank requires an additional 5 merit badges. 3 of these must be required Eagle badges. A second Citizenship merit badge should be earned at this point. The Scout will now have a total of 11 merit badges.

q       The Eagle rank requires a total of 21 merit badges. Of these, 12 must be from the required Eagle badges. The other 9 merit badges are of the Scout's choice.

q       The Boy Scout Handbook or the Boy Scout Requirement Book has a listing of all merit badges and further information.

q       Before any Scout begins work on any merit badge, he must first obtain a blue card from the Scoutmaster. The card must be signed and dated by the Scoutmaster.

q       After obtaining a blue card, the Scout must then contact a registered merit badge counselor. The Advancement Chairperson keeps a complete listing of all registered counselors in the District.

q       Once the merit badge is completed and the counselor has signed off on the blue card, the Scout must return the completed blue card to the Advancement Chairperson. The counselor will keep their portion of the blue card.

q       Merit badges are awarded at the Troop 52 Courts of Honor.

q       All completed blue cards must be turned into the Advancement Chairperson 2 weeks prior to the Court of Honor. If not, the merit badge will be awarded at the next schedule Court.

q       All blue cards and white merit badge cards must be saved. They are brought to all Boards of Review. Plastic baseball card sheets for 3-ring binders work well to organize these cards. The blue and white cards are proof to Council that the badge was earned and received in case of a mix up in records.

q       If you have any questions concerning advancement or merit badges, please contact the Scoutmaster or the Advancement Chairperson.





Exit 2 Service Project - Overview:

q       Troop 52 is a non-profit organization.  We do not receive any monetary support from our chartering organization.  Therefore, we are responsible for raising the funds needed to operate, to supply the proper equipment for the Scouts, and to pay for insurance coverage.  In addition to covering these expenses, the net proceeds earned at Exit 2 subsidize our camping trips, such as the rafting trip, ski trip and Feast.

q       For our service project, the troop staffs an outdoor hospitality stand at the Exit 2 rest area of Interstate 84 on selected holiday weekends.  We supply free coffee and donuts to travelers on the most heavily trafficked holidays.

q       The weekends are:
- Memorial Day
- 4th of July
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Thanksgiving weekend

q       This service project / fund raising project is a major undertaking. We are required to staff the site 24 hours per day for the weekends we are there.  In addition, donut pick up runs are required to the Danbury area Dunkin' Donuts. In addition, the set-up and takedown of the operation requires numerous personnel. We ask all to share in this effort.

q       We ask that each family sign up for one 4 hour shift per weekend. Sign ups for shifts are done at the Tuesday night troop meetings in advance of the weekend. Pick up coordination also takes place at the troop meetings.

q       Each Scout who completes the minimum number of shifts will receive a credit towards summer camp.

q       The troop treasurer keeps updated attendance records for each Scout and his family.

q       We strongly encourage each Scout to be "Thrifty", to save his money and earn part of his way to summer camp. Our fund raising program offers each Scout in the troop that opportunity.




Camping Program:

q       We would like to stress several important points at this juncture for the Scout's health, safety and comfort.

q       The troop camping program is partially a backpacking program.  The Scouts are only to bring absolute necessities on campouts.  Electronic gear such as Walkmans and Game Boys are not allowed on campouts.

q       In addition to their personal gear, they will be required to carry troop and patrol gear in or on their backpacks.  This will include items such as tents, cook sets, empty water jugs, entrenching tools, saws, rope and food.  Weight will become a very important factor.  The recommendations made in this packet have been made with all of the above in mind. Experience has taught us a lot in the past years.  Keep these points in mind when purchasing equipment.

q       Let your Scout pack his own gear.  He really does know what he needs to pack and in what quantity.


Courts of Honor:

q       Two or three Courts of Honor are scheduled each year.  They are the troop equivalent of the monthly pack meetings that most of you still remember.

q       The primary purpose for Courts of Honor is to publicly recognize rank advancement and the earning of merit badges.  Any other praise-worthy accomplishment by a scout or an adult volunteer is also recognized.  Examples might include election to Order of the Arrow, special awards from summer camp, and changes in youth or adult leadership positions.

q       Courts of Honor are also excellent opportunities to share information.  Presentations like Friends of Scouting are often made at these functions.

q       Attendance by scouts and parents/guardians is strongly encouraged.  

Scout Sunday:

q       Annually, on the first or second Sunday in February, the scouts and adult leaders of Troop 52 actively participate in a Sunday morning service at King Street United Church of Christ.  Scouts perform the readings, provide musical accompaniment, etc.  This is an opportunity for the troop to share its accomplishments (and showcase the scouts) with the general membership of our chartering organization.

q       Attendance by scouts and parents/guardians is strongly encouraged.  

Summer Camp:

q       Beginning in the summer of 2001, Troop 52 selected Camp Sequassen in New Hartford, CT as the site of the annual week-long summer camp.  The feedback from the scouts and adults who attended this inaugural session was overwhelmingly positive.

q       An information packet is prepared and distributed to parents in early spring of each year, with costs, packing lists, medical requirements, etc.

High Adventure:

q       Based on input from the older scouts, an optional week-long “high adventure” campout is planned for each summer.

q       In recent years, these high adventure outings have included hiking the High Peaks of the Adirondacks and a canoe trip on 90 miles of the Allagash river in Maine.




Purchase Recommendations:

1.      Sleeping bag.  We camp year round and winter weekends do get cold.  A sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees or below is strongly recommended.  It should be a mummy style.  A reminder to make sure you have a storage bag for your sleeping bag.  This is for when the bag is not in use.  You also need a compression sack for your sleeping bag.  This is used when you carry your bag on your pack.  The compression sack reduces the size of your sleeping bag by 25% to 40%.  Also consider purchasing a sleeping bag liner or making one from an old bed sheet.  The liner will protect and extend the life of the sleeping bag.

2.      Ground pad. This is used as an insulator from ground moisture and cold. It also offers a large degree of comfort after a long day of activities. The ground pad can be a foam bedroll or a self - inflating bedroll. Air-mattresses are not consider effective for cold weather camping as the air never warms up in the mattress.

3.      Backpack.  A quality frame backpack is a necessity at this level.  Do not shop just for price, though a just consideration.  Shop for a durable, well-made pack that will fit your Scout and grow with him.  This will help insure an enjoyable experience on the trail.  The backpack will not only be used for the Scout's personal gear but also for carrying his share of his patrol gear/ food.  We recommend an external frame pack for this area of the country and our style of camping.

A word on internal frame packs. Internal frame packs are gaining in popularity in this region of the country. These packs are great on the back and can hold a large amount of gear. They are, however, more expensive than frame packs and more difficult to fit and pack. We do not recommend these for young, growing Scouts. Internal frames can be considered when your son stops growing and has shown a strong commitment to backpacking.

For external frame packs, there are several brands, styles and load capacities available. Included with this packet is a listing of companies that supply frame packs and other camping gear. You will also need to purchase at least four (4) 3/4" x 48" lashing straps for the pack. Straps are used to hold gear carried on the pack in place. Do not use rope or bungee chords. They're poor substitutes and will break under stress.

4.      Foot gear and socks. Sneakers and cotton socks are the poorest choices for any camping program. Neither offers the support and protection a Scout needs in the outdoors.

Each Scout needs a pair of hiking boots. There are several brands such as Nike, Coleman, Hi - Tec, Reebok and others to choose from. These boot companies make boots from leather and nylon. These boots have proven to be very durable. They are also inexpensive by comparison to today's sneaker prices.

Each Scout needs to wear wool socks and polypro liners on campouts for their health and safety. The liner removes the moisture from the foot and transfers it to the sock where it can evaporate. Cotton socks act like a sponge and absorb the moisture. This moisture retention is what causes blisters and the start of hypothermia and frostbite.

q       Please do not be overwhelmed with all the equipment required. If you find that you need assistance or cannot afford some equipment at this time, please see us. We will make arrangements so your son will have the needed equipment.

q       If you have any questions on equipment purchases, talk to us. We will be more than happy to assist you in acquiring the correct equipment for your son.


Packing Lists:

q                                                    BACKPACKING EQUIPMENT LIST

q       Frame pack

q       Eating utensils

q       Toten’ Chip

q       Hiking boots

q       Cup

q       Compass

q       Ground cloth

q       Plate

q       Flashlight

q       Sleeping bag

q       First Aid kit

q       Extra batteries

q       Sleeping pad

q       Pocket knife

q       Toilet Paper

q       Sleeping bag liner

q       Space blanket

q       Soap (biodegradable)

q       Rain gear

q       Matches

q       Water Bottles (2)

q       Hat

q       Watch

q       Bandanas

q       Toothbrush

q       Toothpaste

q       Pillow (optional)

q       Face Cloth

q       Small Towel

q       Lantern (optional)

q       100 ft. of twine

q       Medication (if req’d)



q                                                         WARM WEATHER CLOTHING

q       Long sleeve shirt

q       T - shirts

q       Long pants

q       Hiking shorts

q       Sweater/ light jacket

q       Underwear

q       Wool Socks

q       Sock liners


q                                                         COLD WEATHER CLOTHING

q       Long sleeve shirt

q       Wool shirt/ Sweater

q       Thermal underwear

q       Wool/ Thermal socks

q       Long pants

q       Coat/ Parka

q       Insulated boots

q       Stocking cap

q       Mittens/gloves (2 pair )

q       Sock liners


q                                                   SUMMER CAMP PACKING LIST

q       Sleeping bag w/ liner

q       Swim suit

q       Foot locker w/ lock

q       Pillow

q       Long pants

q       Hiking boots

q       Mosquito net for bunk

q       Rope / clothes line

q       Merit badge books

q       (2)Uniform shirts, Cl.A

q       Soap

q       Sequassen manual

q       (2)Troop shirts, Cl. B

q       Toothbrush & paste

q       Scout Handbook

q       Light jacket

q       (2) towels

q        Water bottle

q       Rain gear

q       Cup or mug

q       Toten’ Chip

q       Hat

q       Mess kit & utensils

q        Compass

q       (7) Scout Tee shirts

q       Flashlight & batteries

q        Lantern (optional)

q       (7) pair underwear

q       Day pack

q       Paper & pencil, pen

q       (7) pair white socks & (7) pair Scout socks

q        Insect repellent (non-aeresol)

q       Fishing pole (optional)

q       Sneakers

q        Medication (if req’d)

q        Bedsheet (optional)

q       Water shoes

q        Spending money









IRS Rate


# of Attendees

# of drivers

Charge per Attendee




































































Fuel disbursement program objectives are to encourage car pooling which helps fuel conservation, encourages adult involvement, helps people to get to know each other better, and creates interaction and interdependency in accomplishing Troop excursions. There are also many times that parking is limited where we camp.


Payment will be based upon vehicle trip and mileage only with no basis for number of people transported. This makes it fairer for trucks transporting mostly equipment and less Scouts.


All regular vehicles will be paid upon official IRS mileage for non-profit groups which is $0.14/mile (2007). Vehicles such as large vans carrying more than 6 – 8 Scouts or pick-up trucks carrying a majority of Troop equipment will be reimbursed two times the IRS rate or $0.28 per mile.  These figures are based upon regular vehicles averaging about 20 mpg and vans and trucks that average 10-12mpg.  This is fair based upon Troop history where we have a few very involved leaders giving of their time and large vehicles to help make the program work.


Trip mileage based upon Mapquest or estimated agreed mileage.

Collections and payments are only for monthly trips. All other patrol outings or training etc. driving is up to individuals if they want to charge for driving.


Money will be collected from all trip attendees, Scouts and adults, at time of trip sign-up.

Money will be disbursed upon return of trip at next Tuesday night meeting.

Note: If you choose to drive with only your son and no other Scouts or equipment then you will pay the standard trip charge but will only be reimbursed one half of the amount. This extra money will be used to offset the cost of drivers with large vans and vehicles that drive numerous Scouts and equipment. This is enforced to encourage carpooling.


Jiminy Peak Ski Trip Example:

120 miles up, + round trip to Ski Area (60 miles) +120 miles return = 300 miles

300 miles x $0.28 = $84.00 (large truck)

300 miles x $0.14 = $42.00  (car / small SUV)

Estimate of number of Scouts/Adults attending 10 adults, 25 Scouts, 10 drivers

8 cars x $42 = $336

2 trucks x $84 = $168

Total estimated cost = $504 / 35 attendees = $14.00 per person


Gettysburg: 275 miles x 2 round trip,  plus 3 daily trips of 15 miles = 595 miles

595 x $0.14 = $83.30

595 x $0.28 = $ 166.60

Tolls: TZ bridge = $4, PA 78 = $1x 2 , = $6


35 attendees, 10 vehicles, 8 cars, 2 trucks = 2($167) + 8($83) = $334 + $664 = $998 + tolls (10 x $6 = $60) = $1058 / 35 attendees = $30/attendee.


Block Island: 145 miles each way x 2 = 290 miles (no tolls)


Lehigh Rafting: 180 miles each way + run to river 30 miles each way = 420 miles

            Toll at Newburgh Beacon Bridge, & PA Turnpike & Rt. 78






q       1965               Arthur Legere    

q       1965 - 1966   Guy Badger        

q       1966 - 1967   Ralph Garten     

q       1967 - 1968   Guy Badger

q       1968 - 1969   Edward LaFlam

q       1969 - 1971   Joseph Hendericks      

q       1972 - 1973   Kenneth Kelly

q       1973 - 1975   Dave Patton

q       1975 - 1978   Robert James

q       1978 - 1990   John Marsicano

q       1990 - 1994  John Cooke

q       1994 - 1997  Lyle McGlothlin

q       1997 - 1998   Russ Chave

q       1998 - 2001   John Cooke

q       2001 - 2005   Eric Larson

q       2005 -             Robert Fedge

Eagle Scouts:

q                   1972         Joseph Walker, III

q                   1974         Paul Trompetter

q                   1976         William Erickson
                  Douglas James

q                   1977         Paul Badger
                  David Flynn

q                   1987         Eric Davison

q                   1990         Chris Sanzeni

q                   1991         David McDermott

q                   1992         Jeffrey Makuch

q                   1993         Edward Hannan, Jr.
                  Andrew Jesse

q                   1994         Ajay Rajadhyaksha
                  Joseph Yannielli
                  Michael Ohsann
                  Patrick Ohsann

q                   1995         Scott R. Werner
                  Matthew P. Kallinikos
                  Michael T. Valluzzo

q                   1996         Robert Long
                  Barry W. Rickert, II
                  J. T. Cooke
                  W. Jay McGlothlin

q                   1999         Christopher M. Kolodziej

q                   2000         David Larson

q                   2001         Brian Fantel

q                   2002         John Lucchesi

q                   2003         Chris Nisch

q                   2004         Michael Lucchesi

q                   2005         Michael Carozza
                  Stephen E. Jones
                  Christopher J. Stevens
                  Brandon M. Kenyon


q           2006      Colin O’Brien

                         Christopher Carozza


q            2007

T52 Adults:

q       Refer to published Troop Roster (issued annually via email & hard copy at meeting)

T52 Scouts:

q       Refer to published Troop Roster  (issued annually via email & hard copy at meeting)

T52 Scouting Calendar:

q       Refer to published “Troop 52 Calendar” (issued annually in September)


T52 Websites:

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