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Croatan Trails Scout Resources:

If you're new to Scouting, your handbook should be your first stop when looking for information. When all else fails, let Google do your searching, or visit our website to get information specific to our District.

Where Can I Purchase a Scout Uniform?

Before purchasing a uniform and handbook, it's a great idea to visit your son's Scout Unit first, that way you can make a list of things you'll need and avoid having to make multiple trips to the Scout shop. Here are a few options:

Adult Leaders:

Behind every trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent Scout is a long line of committed volunteers (parents) who share those same traits. Volunteering has always been the very bedrock of the Scouting program. Ask any of our volunteers and they’ll tell you, volunteering with Scouting is as rewarding to them as it is meaningful to the kids. Watching kids grow is one thing — leading them through the process is a whole new experience all together. Become a Leader!

How do I become a Scout Leader?

First say, "Yes," and then you'll discover there are plenty leaders within your son's Pack or Troop, CT District, or East Carolina Council who are willing to help and guide you through the process. Here are the first steps:

  • Take Youth Protection (Required): This is an online course offered at and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Even if you're not planning to be a uniformed Scout leader, this is good training for all parents. First time on you will be asked to create a login in order to access the various training modules. User TIP: remember your login credentials, because each account is treated as a separate individual, and when it comes time to re-take the training, the system will not be able to cross-reference you if you have multiple accounts.
  • Get Registered (Required): All adult leaders are required to fill out a BSA Application, which is approved by your son's Scout Unit Chartered Organization, then submitted to East Carolina Council at which time a background-check will be completed. (English , Spanish )
  • Committee Chair, Cubmaster (and Assistants), Scoutmaster (and Assistants), and Den Leaders are the primary positions within a Pack or Troop that do require additional training. Just like Youth Protection, most are offered online; however, some require instructor led and hands-on training.
A Trained Adult Cub Scout Leader:
Note: (r) required, (e) e-Course/online, (i) classroom-practical training
  • Youth Protection (r,e,i)
  • Den Leader Position Specific (r,e)
  • Cubmaster Position Specific (r,e)
  • Pack Committee Position Specific (r,e)
  • This is Scouting (e)
  • Safe Swim Defense (e)
  • Safety Afloat (e)
  • Hazardous Weather (e)
  • If you can hear the rumble of thunder, YOU ARE within striking distance of lightening! Take the course to find out more.
  • Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) (i)
  • required if you plan to take your Pack or Webelos Den camping
  • Find out more about adult training
A Trained Adult Boy Scout Leader:
Note: (r) required, (e) e-Course/online, (i) classroom-practical training
  • Youth Protection (r,e,i)
  • Scoutmaster Specific (r,e, i)
  • Intro to Outdoor Leadership Skills (ITOLS) (r,i)
  • Troop Committee (r,e)
  • Fast Start: Boy Scouting (e)
  • This is Scouting (e)
  • Safe Swim Defense (e)
  • Safety Afloat (e)
  • Weather Hazards (e)
  • If you can hear the rumble of thunder, YOU ARE within striking distance of lightening! Take the course to find out more.
  • Climb on Safely (e)
  • Trek Safely (e)
  • Find out more about adult training
Other Adult Training:
Note: (r) required, (e) e-Course/online, (i) classroom-practical training

Cub Scouts:

When Can My Son Join?

Cub Scouting is a year-round program whose mission is to develop character and ethical decision-making skills for boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth grades (5 to 10 years old).

BSA Applications: English , Spanish

One of the best ways to learn more is to attend monthly leader/parent Roundtable meetings.
When: 1st Thursday each month at 7pm
Where: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3606 Country Club Rd, Morehead City, NC (get directions)

Boy Scouts:

When Can My Son Join?

Boy Scouting, one of the traditional membership divisions of the BSA, is available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light rank and are at least 10 years old or have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10, or who are 11, but not yet 18 years old. The program achieves the BSA's objectives of developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness.

BSA Applications: English , Spanish

One of the best ways to learn more is to attend monthly leader/parent Roundtable meetings.
When:1st Thursday each month at 7pm
Where:The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3606 Country Club Rd, Morehead City, NC (get directions)

Eagle Scout Information & Board of Review:

Ready to start working on your rank of Eagle Scout? Once you've earned your rank of Life, here are the steps you need to follow:

  • Continue working on your rank requirements listed in your handbook.
  • Now you can start planning and working on your Eagle Service Project, but first you must:
  • #1) download Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook
  • #2) download Eagle Scout Application
  • Tip: Don't start working on your Eagle Service Project until it's been officially approved by beneficiary, Scoutmaster, Troop Committee Chair, and Eagle Board of Review Coordinator;
  • #3) Once you've downloaded the Service Project Workbook, take the time to read the instructions as they will help guide you through the process;
  • #4) Meet with the point of contact (beneficiary) for your project and use the Project Proposal & and Plan sections of the workbook to guide your discussion while planning the scope of your Eagle Service Project. Once you have your Proposal completed and filled out, you and your beneficiary will sign off on your Proposal;
  • #5) Then meet with your Scoutmaster and Troop Committee Chair to review your proposal and get their signatures;
  • #6) With your Proposal completly filled out, and once you've gotten all the required signatures, your ready to schedule a time to discuss your project proposal with the Eagle Board of Review Coordinator (see contact info below). Although it's not required, it will help to start filling out your project plan and have that with you when you meet with the BOR Coordinator;
  • #7) If you need to do a fundraiser in order to do your project, be sure you fill out the Fundraising Form located in the Proposal section of the workbook. This is required before you meet with the BOR Coordinator to get your proposal approved.
  • #8) Now you can begin work on your project.
  • #9) Start filling out your Eagle Application. Keep in mind that you'll need 5 references (6 if you're employeed) (see Requirement 2), and you'll need to write a "statement of your ambitions" (see Certification by Applicant listed after Requirement 6) le
  • Eagle Project Board of Review
    • Contact: Mr. Tracy Kruse (phone: 252-732-4280)
    • When: 3rd Thursday each month
    • Where: Camp Sam Hatcher, Sam Hatcher Rd., Newport, NC (get directions)

    Order of the Arrow:

    For more than 95 years, Scouting's National Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow (OA), has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, developing leaders, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support, and help to extend Scouting to America's youth.

    Croatan Trails District, OA Coree Chapter

    Friends of Scouting

    Friends of Scouting is the annual campaign where the East Carolina Council, BSA asks Scouting families, businesses and civic-minded citizens to support our mission of providing the Scouting program to thousands of young people in eastern North Carolina. By being a supporter, you're helping to fund efforts to maintain awesome Scout properties within our Council, and pay salaries to a very few number of professional Scouters who manage the program. Without the support of Friends of Scouting, our program would not be what it is today. Thanks for your support! Want to find out more?

    Scouts with Special Needs

    Youth with physical disabilities and youth and adults with developmental or cognitive challenges are welcome in the Boy Scouts of America. As outlined in this section, various accommodations exist to facilitate advancement. These youth do not need to join a special unit oriented to serving members with disabilities, although those exist and may be beneficial in some cases. The severity of disability will indicate how members should be registered. See “Registering Qualified Members Beyond Age of Eligibility,”

    When knowledgeable parents or volunteers are able to provide assistance and oversight, most anyone can be a member. While leaders should be enthusiastic about helping those with special needs, they should also recognize the demands that will be placed on their patience, understanding, and skill in working on advancement. Scouting for those with special needs

    Scouts with Food Allergies

    Millions of children and adults in the United States have been diagnosed with specific food allergies that can be life-threatening. It is very important for parents to communicate with your son's Scout leaders so that they understand how to take precautions. Reading ALL food ingredient labels is the first step in keeping Scouts safe. For example, a Scout with a peanut allergy will know to avoid the obvious, like peanut butter, if they are allergic to peanuts. However, not all things are that obvious. For those with a peanut allergy, a hotdog or hamburger bun may seem like a harmless choice because they clearly do not contain peanuts. Would you agree? If you do, then you could have just made a decision that would have cost a Scout his life! Watch out for "Processed in a facility, or on equipment, that also processes peanuts" It is important to realize that there are lots of food items that have been "processed in a facility that also processes peanut products," which can be a problem due to cross-contamination. Just because the name of the allergen is not included in the product's name, or one of the ingredients does it mean it is safe. Communicate with parents, and read all food labels to be safe, rather than sorry.

    Did you know?
    • 8 foods are responsible for more than 90% of food allergies: cow's milk, eggs, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish
    • of those, peanuts account for the largest number of allergy-related deaths and the greatest incidence of anaphylaxis
    • Reactions are not always immediate, and can recur 1 to 8 hours after the initial symptoms have been resolved
    • A peanut contains approximately 200 grams of protein, studies have shown that as little as 100 micro-grams (or one-millionth of 1 gram) of protein can cause a reaction
    • A mild reaction one time does not mean that the next reaction will be the same - severity is not predicatable
    • Never assume any food is safe. Always take a few extra seconds to carefully read labels. Those few seconds of your time may mean the difference between life and death.
      How do I read food labels - list of ingredient?
      Not sure which is more complicated, reading a food label or rocket science? Fortunately, In 2006 the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) was passed mandating that all labels of food containing food allergens declare the allergen in plain language, either in the ingredient list or via:
      • the word "Contains" followed by the name of the major allergen - for example, "Contains: Milk, Wheat"
      • a parnthtical statement in the list of ingredients - for example, "albumin (egg)"
      • Food labels may also contain: "processed in a facility, or on equipment that also processes peanuts." Although not required by FALCPA, it is important to watch for this too since cross-contamination is very possible.
      What Does Knowing About Food Allergens Have to do with Scouting?

      Any time food is shared it's important to those with allergies to know what's in the food being served. Since Boy Scouting uses the Patrol method, and generally assigns cooking responsibilities to patrols on a rotating basis, it's important that all Scouters know how to incorporate any food allergies issues into their meal planning and preparations.

    • Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies

    Hazardous Weather

    If you like Scouting, one of the reasons is probably that you like being outside. Outside is not always good, especially during severe weather. That's why it's important that ALL Scouters understand and recognize potential weather threats before it's too late. Although it is not required to be considered a "trained" Scout leader, it doesn't hurt to take a few minutes to take BSA's Weather Hazards online training

    Did you know?
    • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
    National Weather Service (Weather Safety)

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