Troop 212 is chartered in the Pacific Harbors Council and is sponsored by the Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church.
To register as a Scout, you must be 11 years old, or be 10 1/2 years old and have completed the 5th grade. You must complete a Scout Application and return it with a registration fee to the troop Scoutmaster. At the same time, you may wish to subscribe to Boy's Life magazine, the monthly Boy Scout magazine. At the time the Scoutmaster accepts the application, you will have a discussion with him concerning the understanding and subscribing to the Scout Oath and Law; understanding the Scout Motto, Slogan, Salute, Sign, and Handclasp, and that you know the significance of the Scout Badge and Outdoor Code. Upon completion of these requirements, you become a Scout and will be assigned to a patrol.
Troop meetings are conducted every Tuesday, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church. Courts of Honor, campouts, and special events will be announced as they are set.
The troop uniform consists of the Scout shirt, Scout shorts or pants, and Scout socks. A troop neckerchief will be awarded upon advancement to the rank of Tenderfoot. A troop-wide Scout hat is being considered, but is not required at this time. The Scout uniform will be worn to all Scouting functions unless determined by the Scoutmaster as not required. The Boy Scout Handbook is recommended as part of all non-backpacking camping equipment.
Parent/Guardian involvement in the troop begins even before the boy joins as you complete the registration form. The parent/guardian will provide individual Scout records documenting previous Scouting experiences. Another adult participation event is the Court of Honor, held every three months, where the Scouts receive advancement recognition. Adults may be asked to provide transportation for a project, fund raiser, or campout. You may be asked to maintain troop equipment or become a merit badge counselor. As a parent/guardian, you are considered part of the Troop Committee and are encouraged to participate in committee meetings. You need to be a registered Scouter to attend outings. Encourage your son to take part in all patrol/troop meetings and activities.
Scouting encourages a Scout to pay his own way. Dues are $1.00 per week, paid at each meeting. Money earning projects are undertaken by the Troop to cover large expense equipment/projects. Large expenses include the annual week-long Summer Camp, and numerous long-term outdoor events, with the troop covering part of the cost for the attending boys. Part of your son's responsibilities as a Scout will be to do his share on these fund-raising projects. The Troop's primary money raiser is the recycling of newspapers. The paper collection point is a box in the Gig Harbor Thriftway parking lot. On a rotating basis, it is the Scout's responsibility to assist his patrol in delivery of the newspaper from this collection box to the paper storage dumpster, located in the upper parking lot of Covenant Church, in Gig Harbor. Approximately once a month the paper is taken to a local recycler and payment is made to the Troop. This recycling helps to defray the costs of running an active program in Scouting.