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Frequently Ask Questions


When does Troop 736 meet?
Where does Troop 736 meet?
How often does Troop 736 go camping?
Does Troop 736 go to summer camp?
How does the Troop decide where they will go camping?
Do I have to provide all of my own camping gear?
How do I get a uniform?
How are the youth leaders of the Troop selected?
How much will Scouting cost me?
What options do I have to pay for camps?


When does Troop 736 meet?
Troop meetings are held every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. with few exceptions, the Troop meets every week of the year even through the summer months. We traditionally do not have meetings during the Christmas holidays. All exceptions to the weekly meeting will be noted in the Troop Calendar.

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Where does Troop 736 meet?
Troop 736 is fortunate that our chartered organization, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, provides access to the church for our meetings. The church is located at 21st & Woodchuck across from the Reflection Ridge housing development. The physical address is 7901 W. 21st St. N, Wichita, KS.

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How often does Troop 736 go camping?
The Troop camps or has a planned outing once per month. The campouts take place on the third weekend of the month.

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Does Troop 736 go to summer camp?
Yes, we traditionally attend one week of summer camp at Quivira Scout Ranch, and a second optional summer camp is planned to a location out of state. In the past, the Troop has traveled to Boy Scout camps in South Dakota and Colorado for its second summer camps.

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How does the Troop decide where they will go camping?
The troop has an annual planning meeting in August. At that time, Scouts and adults present their ideas for camping locations to the troop, and a vote is taken. Location, facilities, available activities, and time of year are all considered when selecting which locations and which months we will camp at the locations that are voted on by the Troop. The troop calendar is presented to the Troop Committee for final approval.

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Do I have to provide all of my own camping gear?
The Troop maintains some camping gear for each of the Patrols to use on campouts. This includes tents, a dining fly, a dutch oven, a cooking stove with stand, a lantern and a patrol box with all of the essential items for food preparation and clean up. Each Scout is responsible for his own personal gear including a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, mess kit, compass, chair, backpack, hiking boots, weather appropriate clothing and outerwear, and other season specific items as needed. A list of recommended items for a typically weekend campout is provided on our Troop Resources web page. Additional items are recommended for our week long summer camps, and a packing list for those outings can be found on the same page.

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How do I get a uniform?
Boy Scouts wear the khaki uniform shirt with red shoulder loops and the standard red BSA neckerchief. Occasionally, the Troop may have an experience uniform available as Scouts outgrow a uniform and want to pass it on for someone else to use. Otherwise, uniforms can be purchased at the Quivira Council Scout Shop located at 1555 E. 2nd at the corner of 2nd and New York in Wichita, or you can order the uniform and other Scout supplies on-line at http://www.scoutstuff.org.

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How are the youth leaders of the Troop selected?
Every 6 months, the youth leaders of the Troop are selected through an election process. In order to run for a leadership position, Scouts must bring a signed permission slip from their parents committing them to attend at least 5 out of 6 monthly campouts and 5 our of 6 of the monthly PLC meetings in addition to the weekly Troop meetings. (See the Troop PLC section of the web site for more information.) It is important that the elected youth leaders participate in these activities regularly since serving a leadership role is a rank advancement requirement for the ranks of Star, Life and Eagle. In order for the Scout to get credit, he must fulfill all of the leadership duties and obligations of the role. Once the Scout has permission, he may choose to run for any position. The Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, Scribe, and Chaplain Aid are elected positions. The Librarian, Historian, Troop Guides and Instructors are appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader in consultation with the Scoutmaster. Patrol Leaders and other Patrol positions are elected within the Patrols.

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How much will Scouting cost me?
Weekly dues are $1.50 per Scout. The dues are used to pay for advancement awards, annual registration fees, and other Troop operating expenses. Scouts may pay weekly or lump sums may be paid periodically (i.e. monthly, quarterly, etc.)

Patrols are responsible for planning their meals and purchasing the food for the monthly campouts. The typical food costs for a weekend can range from $10 to $15 per Scout.Occasionally, a monthly campout might include an activity or an event that requires a fee. All efforts are made during the planning process to keep Scouting as economical as possible, and these costs may range from $5 to $15 per Scout.

Week long summer camps typically cost in the range of $150 to $200 per Scout. Out of state camps will have an additional amount that is collected to cover meals and fuel costs for all vehicles while traveling to and from the camp.

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What options do I have to pay for camps?
To ease the burden of paying for summer camp, Troop 736 sets up a monthly payment plan option that begins in February and runs through April where summer camp can be paid for in monthly installments. In addition, annually, the Troop participates in a Council wide fundraising effort that begins in early November and runs through the end of the month. It is an officially sanctioned fundraising activity where the Scouts sell Trails End popcorn. 100% of the money the Troop earns used to pay for camps. Each Scout has a camp account where the money he earns is tracked and can be used to pay for summer camps and other approved camping related expenses. Selling popcorn is a great way for a Scout to earn money to pay for camp. In addition, Camperships are available through the Council office. To apply for a Campership or to get more information about Camperships, contact the Quivira Council office at 316-264-3386 or visit the Quivira Council web site at http://www.quivira.org

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