This is a collection of questions about the organization of scouting and our troop in particular. Click on a question to see the answer.
1. Who are the Adult Leaders of the Troop?
The Troop has a large collection of Adult leaders. The leaders that the scouts have the most interaction with are the Scoutmaster and the Assistant Scoutmasters. These currently are:
Scoutmaster: Steve Davis
Assistant Scoutmaster: Mike Testa
Assistant Scoutmaster: Steve Feller
Assistant Scoutmaster: Jim Pelech

In addition, there are adults that make up the Troop Committee. These adult volunteers perform a host of behind the scenes work for the troop, including most of the these jobs.

2. Who are the Scout Leaders for the Troop?
The scouts are led by the Senior Patrol. For our troop this consists of a Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and 2 Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders (ASPLs). The SPL is elected by the troop at the end of the previous year and serves for one year. The SPL selects the ASPL, in consultation with the Scoutmaster.
 The Senior Patrol is responsible for running all troop activities, they plan and run the troop meetings, the camping trips, etc.
3. How are the Scouts Organized in the Troop?
The scouts in the troop are organized into patrols. Each patrol has a patrol leader that is normally selected by the patrol. The patrol is expected to act as a group with the Patrol leader being the organizer for the patrol. The patrols often compete against each other during troop meetings.
4. Who leads the activities?
Most activities are lead virtually exclusively by the scouts themselves. They plan the activities (including the troop meetings) and then carry out that plan to the best of their abilities.
 For some activities, such as fund raising and service projects, the adults are the main leadership.
5. What is the role of the Adult Leaders?
Mainly, the adults are responsible for providing for the health and safety of the scouts. The scouts are responsible for the program itself and the adults make sure that it happens in a safe manner.
6. How can a parent get involved with the troop?
There are many ways to get involved with the troop. We are always in need of volunteers to help with the outings, especially to help provide adult coverage (we have to have a minimum of 2 adults where ever we go, often more are needed), fund raising, recruiting, record keeping, you name it!
 The best way to get started is to talk with one of the current leaders (the scoutmaster or his assistants) or a member of the troop Committee. You can find a list of the current adult leaders here.
7. What Adult Leader Positions are there?
The list of adult leader positions is long. For a full list please to refer to this link. Some of the more visible positions for adult leaders are
  • Committee Chair: runs the committee, which oversees the troop
  • Treasurer: manages the funds for the troop
  • Advancement Chair: responsible for overseeing scout advancement (administratively)
  • Outdoor Chair: In charge of organizing the outdoor activities (making reservations, securing permissions, etc)
  • Scoutmaster: Main contact with the scouts, mentors the Senior Patrol Leaderss
  • Assist Scoutmasters: Helps the scoutmaster, fills in in his absence.
8. How can I contact the troop?
Contact information is available on the Contact Us Page. We also maintain a mailing list at bsa-troop139@googlegroups.com. If you are a member of this group (you receive email from that address) you can send an email to the entire troop by sending to this address.
9. How is Boy Scouts Different from Cub Scouts?
The chief difference between Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts is that in Boy Scouts, the scouts are the main leaders in the program. The scouts decide what they will be doing at the meetings, what outside activities they will do, and how they will be run. The older scouts are the leaders and this provides them the opportunity to learn how to lead a group.
 The other important difference between Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts is that in Boy Scouts advancement is the responsibility of the scout himself. While the troop will provide lot's of opportunities for advancement, it is up to the scout to take advantage of thoe opportunities and to work on advancement. This is a core philosophy of Boy Scouts, taking responsibilities for ones own actions.
10. What is the Overall Troop structure?
The troop belongs to the Patriots Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Our Troop is chartered by the Community Presbyterian Church in Chester. This means that they are our Sponsoring Organization. We are not an group or organization of the CPC itself. We welcome all boys who wish to join scouts, regardless of religious affiliation.

Within the troop with have an adult committee that oversees the troop activities and sets overall direction for the troop. Under the committee is the Scoutmaster and his assistants. They are responsible for the health and safety of the scouts and act as mentors to the Senior Scout Leaders.

At the scout level, there are 3 members of the Senior Patrol. The run the troop at the scout level. The scouts themselves are divided up into patrols, typically with 6- 8 scouts in a patrol. A patrol leader (a scout) is in charge of the patrol.