ABOUT TROOP 73
Scout meetings are every Wednesday night (all year round, including summer) from 7:15pm until around 8:45pm. We meet at First Baptist Church, 1515 Santa Clara Ave (corner of Stanton St and Santa Clara Ave).
What your Scout can expect from Troop 73
A high adventure Troop that does a lot of fun outdoor activities (backpacking, canoeing, rappelling, snow shoeing, mountain biking and more!)
Trained leadership that encourages each Scout to do his personal best
A chance to earn Scouting’s highest honor, Eagle Scout
Opportunities to serve the community and earn community service hours
An inclusive Troop that honors and values diversity
What Troop 73 expects from your Scout
Active participation in a scout-led troop
Enthusiasm for high adventure activities
Willingness to do his share (cooking and cleaning up after meals on an outing, shopping for food prior to the outing, etc.)
Sense of responsibility for troop gear and personal gear
Respect for Scouting
What Troop 73 expects from parents/guardians
Allow Scouts to take responsibility for their own actions
Chaperoning shopping trips prior to outings as scheduled, usually once or twice a year
Acting as Trip Champion (confirm location of trip, time to meet, print maps if necessary, etc.), usually once or twice a year
Sitting on Scout Board of Review as scheduled, usually once or twice a year
Driving and chaperoning outings if necessary or as desired
Participation in monthly parent meetings and volunteering as committee members is encouraged
New to Scouting?
The best thing your new Scout can do to get up to speed is to read the Scout Handbook. The handbook has all the information a Scout needs to know about participating and earning ranks. New Scouts can get everything else they need to know during meetings and outings, so it’s important to attend meetings regularly. Scouts should also go on as many outings as they can. The outings aren’t just fun, they are a chance for the Scouts to have hands-on experience applying the skills that they learn during meetings. Parents and guardians can also learn a lot by reading the handbook.
Troop 73 welcomes volunteers who all help the troop run smoothly. All parents, guardians and other interested adults are welcome to volunteer for activities and to participate in the troop committee. The troop committee authorizes expenditures, approves outings, tracks advancements, and does all the other things that go on behind the scenes. Troop 73 prides itself on receiving the Quality Unit award from the Alameda Council each year. One of the qualifications for Quality Unit is that at least 50% of the registered adults complete training, much of which can be done online at your convenience. Training includes Fast Start, Youth Protection and Committee Training. Please contact the Alameda Council to find out more about training.
A medical form was included with the application to join Troop 73. This form must be supplemented by a Class II medical form before your Scout will be allowed to attend summer camp. Please note that this form must be updated annually. In addition, any adult volunteering as adult leadership at summer camp must have a medical form on file; there are additional requirements based on length of time the adult will be in camp and the age of the adult. Troop 73 must have a medical form on file for anyone who participates in any outing.
Outings (Day Trips, Overnights)
Troop 73 typically schedules one day trip and one overnight trip each month. For example, a day trip might be a Rim Rover hike up and down Mount Diablo, or collecting donated food as part of Scouting for Food just before Thanksgiving. Typical overnight trips are backpacking into a campground at Point Reyes or snow shoeing and snow camping in the Sierras. By scheduling lots of outings, Troop 73 tries to ensure that Scouts have many opportunities to participate in outdoor activities. Outings are listed in the calendar on the website. Most trips are organized via email; if email doesn’t work for you, please let us know so we can work out alternate arrangements.
Your Scout will need a permission slip for every outing and they should have a current medical form on file with the troop. Most outings require some payment, usually $15 for a day trip and $30 for overnights for Scouts and $10/day trip and $15/overnight for adults; this pays for food for the trip and camp fees. Any excess goes into troop funds to pay for equipment, etc.
Outings are considered “rain or shine” -- meaning, we will go on a planned trip regardless of the weather. Occasionally the scheduled activity may have to change; for example, if rain made rappelling a safety issue, we would do a day hike or other activity instead.
Where to Buy Scout Gear
Troop 73 is part of the Alameda Council. The Council office is located at:
1714 Everett St
Alameda, CA 94501
The Council office is the place to buy Scout materials like patches and merit badge booklets. You can also purchase a selection of official Boy Scout uniform wear at the Council office; a portion of the proceeds benefits the Alameda Council.
Hours: 2-7PM Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 9AM-12PM Saturday
Another resource for uniforms, clothing, craft supplies, etc is:
East Bay Scout Shop
1001 Davis Street, San Leandro, CA 94577-5602
(510) 633-2005 (Voice) (510) 633-1795 (Fax)
Hours: 9 - 5 Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 9 - 6:30 Tues, 8:30 - 4:30 Saturday
Official scout items may also be purchased on-line at:
Troop 73 supplies neckerchiefs, slides, shoulder loops, numerals (7 and 3) and handbooks to new Scouts. Your Scout needs to supply only their own personal gear for outings: sleeping bag and pad, clothing, mess kit, toiletries. Troop 73 supplies tents, cooking equipment, outdoor equipment (rappelling ropes, snowshoes, canoes, etc.) and food. The troop has its own hats and T-shirts. Troop 73 T-shirts (green microfiber, also known as "class B's") are $18. Troop 73 hats are $10.
Terms you will hear used by Troop 73
SOP: Standard Operating Procedure
Beige Box: Refers to our storage facility in Alameda
Class A’s: Official Scout uniform. Tan uniform shirt with appropriate insignia. (see SOP – Uniforms for more details)
Class B’s: Unofficial Scout uniform. Troop 73 T-shirt or other Scout T-shirt from summer camp. (see SOP – Uniforms for more details)
Blue Card: Merit Badge Application. Your Scout needs to discuss the badge and get the blue card signed off by a leader before beginning work on a merit badge.
Nalgene: Brand name of a heavy duty polypropylene water bottle with a wide mouth and attached lid. Holds up better, holds more liquid, can be filled with boiling water and used as a hot water bottle, etc. Doesn’t have to be Nalgene brand, we use the name like you’d say Kleenex instead of facial tissue.
Dutch oven: Big cast iron pot with a cast iron lid, used on car camping or canoeing trips. Requires special care and cleaning; see documents.
Green Bar: Leadership committee of the troop comprised of elected and appointed leaders that meet directly after the regular meetings.
MRE: Meals Ready to Eat. Emergency rations for earthquake preparedness, etc. A troop fundraiser. The troop purchases cases of MRE’s and resells them at a profit.
OA: Order of the Arrow. Camping organization of the Boy Scouts of America. Individual troops elect some of its qualified members to apply to OA.
PLC: Patrol Leadership Committee, comprised of the patrol leaders, Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader.
CIT: Counselor in Training. Scouts between the ages of 14 and 16 who can volunteer to work at Cub Scout camp for training and for community service hours (unpaid positions).
SPL and ASPL: Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Highest Scout troop positions; not part of any patrol. Responsible for rest of troop.
FOS: Friends of Scouting. Donation to help support local Scouting.
PFD: Personal Flotation Device (aka life jacket or life vest)