Information About Troop 172

Troop History

  • Troop 172 has advanced over 40 boys to the highest rank in scouting: Eagle
  • Our scouts participate in one outing per month. Types of outings include: day hikes, car camping and backpacking.
  • We participate in many council activities, such as Scout-O-Rama and Scouting for Food
  • We attend summer camp in the cool pines north of Phoenix
  • We have strong parent support and participation

Troop 172 is sponsored by Dayspring United Methodist Church in Tempe, Arizona. Our meetings are generally held in the fellowship hall. You can view a map and directions to the church and a printable campus map of the church. We meet weekly on Monday nights from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. with most school holidays off, and these are listed on the troop calendar. Boys need to attend the meetings whenever possible, with their Scout Book and Scout Notebook. We understand about school, homework, and family activities, but a lot of information is passed on in meetings. Also there is a certain amount of team building and camaraderie built during meetings that tends to make boys feel like outsiders when they only come once in a while.
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Troop Structure
Troop 172 is in the Salt River District which is under the Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The troop's organization is based on the structure found in the BSA Troop Committee Guidebook. The adult leadership of our troop is comprised of two groups. 

The first is the Troop Committee, which is the governing body of the troop and meets on a monthly basis. This group establishes the policies, oversees and approves activities, and facilitates the outings of the troop. They are also responsible for handling most of the paperwork associated with advancement, merit badges, and awards. The committee is comprised of the Chairperson, Outdoor Activities Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary/Newsletter Editor, Advancement Chairman, Chartered Organization Representative, and members at large. The second group of adult leaders consists of the Scoutmaster and the Assistant Scoutmasters.

The patrols are arranged with no more than 8 boys.  Each patrol has a Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader who report to the leaders of the troop. These are the Senior Patrol Leader and the Assistant Senior Leaders. The Patrol also has a Quartermaster to keep track of equipment and a Grubmaster who buys the food before each outing for the patrol. Youth leaders are elected by their peers twice each year to run the troop.  The major emphasis is on the troop, not the patrol, and the boys learn to interact with all the boys in the troop. The patrol and the troop are run by the boys, who plan their own activities through the Patrol Leaders Council. Adults do not plan activities, although they do supervise and make sure the activities are safe.

We also have a co-ed Venturing Crew for the older members in the troop who take part in more challenging outings.
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Boy Scouts is a program designed to build leadership and responsibility through a structured program of activities with a strong outdoor component. In addition to the weekly evening meeting, there is a weekend outdoor activity once a month. In between there are District and Council activities, fund-raisers, and service projects. We try to make the boys aware of all their options, but no one boy or adult is expected to do everything. The boys are responsible for planning and running their own program. To find out more about scouting and if it's right for you, visit The Scout Zone.
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The Boy Scout uniform is worn for a purpose.  It identifies us as Scouts, something of which they should be proud, and it tells others we are Scouts. The full uniform is worn with the proper respect, i.e. shirt tucked in, at all meetings, while traveling, for Courts of Honor, and at District events. For more information on the official Boy Scout uniform and insignia placement, download the Boy Scouts of America uniform inspection sheet.
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We have an Outdoor Coordinator who takes care of medical forms, permission slips, arranging transportation, tour permits, and any required camping permits. The boys are responsible for their own equipment and each patrol arranges their food, equipment, and sleeping arrangements for the patrol. Parents are welcome to join - check out the troop's active schedule posted on the calendar.
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Advancement is one of the ways a Scout grows and become eligible for leadership positions. The ranks begin with Scout and continue to Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and finally Eagle.  Most advancement work is done in troop meetings and on outings. It is our goal to have every boy reach First Class at the end of his first year.  The requirements leading to First Class teach basic scout skills and we believe that it takes a year to master them.  We do not encourage boys to rush through them.  After First Class, advancement to Eagle is very different. Each level requires Merit Badges, Leadership, Service, and Scout Spirit. The Scout has to put forth the effort to make each rank. Merit Badges must be completed to the satisfaction of various Merit Badge counselors. Not every scout makes Eagle. We do everything we can to encourage and help the boys, but the program is structured so they earn the rank themselves, which is why the Eagle rank is so respected by the world.

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