To find out more about joining Troop 451, attend a
troop meeting or contact an adult leader of the troop.
Check out the calendar page
to find out the date and time of the next troop
meeting. The Past
Events page contains information and photos from
our outings. To contact the troop please refer
to the Site Info page.
Once you join, you will become an important part of a group of boys your own age and older that enjoys an active year-round program and goes camping at least once a month, even during cold weather. Troop 451 is also a good place to learn fun new skills and find out something about yourself by earning merit badges and Boy Scout ranks.
In order to officially join us, parents must fill out
an application form and the medical authorization sheet,
and submit a check payable to Troop 451, as follows:
Dues, fees, and Boy's Life subscriptions are based
on an annual figure, prorated if you are joining
during the charter year. We collect annual dues at
Registration night on the first Tuesday in
January. Troop dues are used to defray such
troop operating expenses as camping equipment,
advancement awards, leadership training, etc.
You should be prepared for other expenses during the year, such as food and transportation costs for regular camping trips, or costs for special troop outings outside the "norm" of the regular camping trips.
You need two things right away to get into troop activities - a full Scout uniform and a Boy Scout Handbook. You can buy the uniform, Handbook and other Scout supplies at the Council Scout Office in Raleigh, or by BSA Catalog Sales at 1-800-323-0732. The Uniform page has detailed information about what you need to buy and how to wear the Boy Scout Uniform. Be sure to get the current Scout Handbook, which is the Twelfth Edition with the Eagle, waving flag and rafters on the front. Also, be sure to write your name in the handbook as soon as you get it!
We meet at Westminster Presbyterian Church which is located at 3639 Old Chapel Hill Road in Durham, North Carolina. Directions.
Troop meetings are held on Tuesday nights (except the first Tuesday night of every month) at 7:30 PM sharp, and last until 9:00 PM sharp, when someone must be there to pick you up, at Westminster Presbyterian Church's Scout Hut (aka the Calhoon Cabin).
The first Tuesday night of each month is set aside for meetings of the Troop Committee (adult leaders and parents) in the Scout Hut. The Troop Leader Council (youth leaders such as the Senior Patrol Leader and Patrol Leaders) meets on the second Tuesday night of every month at 7:00 PM in the Scout Hut.
During the summer months the troop may go on an irregular Tuesday night meeting schedule. Check the troop's website and Troop Calendar regularly for up-to-the-minute information.
When you come to your first troop meeting after
joining, you will become a member of one of our
"patrols." A patrol is a group of scouts that is
led by the Scouts themselves. Rising and new
sixth graders joining in the spring are usually
assigned to New Scout "training patrols" to help them
learn basic skills quickly. We have a very
special program for you that lasts for about 9 months.
Each patrol is part of the troop, but it works together as a separate team. The patrol has its own flag and identity, and it camps, eats, learns, and works together. The leader of the patrol is a Scout and is called, you guessed it, the Patrol Leader. His job is to lead the patrol and help YOU with anything you need to learn and advance as a Scout. The Troop Guide is the patrol leader for a training patrol. The Senior Patrol Leader (the KING and head honcho of the boys) is elected by the entire troop every six months. The Patrol Leader is elected by the members of his patrol every six months. Elections for Senior Patrol Leader and Patrol Leader occur several times during the year, to give everyone a chance at learning how to lead. You will find that these boy leaders, not the adults, run the troop and plan the program. Be a cheerful and helpful follower, and take this time to learn your Scout skills well - because sooner than you think, it will be your turn to be one of the leaders of the troop.
The troop program is determined by the Patrol
Leaders and Senior Patrol Leader, assisted by other
leadership Scouts, a few times each year in a meeting
called the TLC (Troop Leaders Council). If you have
something you'd like to see the troop do, be sure to
tell your Troop Guide or Patrol Leader so he can bring
it to the TLC.
Remember, the boys should run the troop, and the
adults should help make it happen.
The troop camps at least once a month, following a
published schedule planned in advance by Scouts and
approved by the Troop Committee (parents and adult
leaders). Class A uniforms are always worn when
travelling to and from any scout trip.
The troop will attend thse summer camps.
Check the troop calendar
for exact dates.
You should definitely plan to go to summer camp,
because it gives you a chance to earn many of the
merit badges and learn many of the skills you will
need for the next year in Scouting, and because it is
FUN. Swimming, canoeing, archery, rifle shooting and
many other activities are available, and make summer
camp one of the highlights of the year. Photos
of Summer Camp from the past few years at Raven Knob,
along with other camping photos, are posted in the PHOTOS section of this
At Scout meetings, you will learn what to bring on
camping trips and how to stay comfortable outdoors.
For many of our trips, you can bring your personal
gear in a duffel bag or even a small suitcase. Later,
you will want a backpack and other special camping
Don't buy any of that stuff yet - wait until
you've been in the troop a while and learn from the
older boys what is the most useful equipment.
Backpacks, for example, can be borrowed while you find
what is right for you.
You will, however, want to get a good sleeping bag
that is rated for cold weather before you go camping
in the fall, and you should talk over this purchase
with the Scoutmaster, your parents, and especially
your patrol leader, Troop Guide or senior leadership
Many of our outings take place during moderate
weather, which means that only light sleeping gear is
required. However, we camp year-round. A
good zero-degree or -10 rated sleeping bag is a
reasonable gift request.
The troop owns a number of good tents that can be
checked out at no cost by your Patrol Leader from the
Troop Quartermaster. The Troop Quartermaster is an
older Scout, with the help from an adult
Quartermaster, who is in charge of all the troop
equipment including cooking, camping, and other
Eventually, you may want to buy your own tent and camping gear, but don't rush into it - the stuff is expensive and you can run up a big bill in a hurry. For the moment, we would really prefer that you use troop tents. We know they will deep you dry.
Some special rules about troop equipment:
The troop's equipment has been purchased over the
years from annual dues paid by Scouts. Much of it is
expensive to replace. Scouts who check out and borrow
equipment from the Troop Quartermaster are responsible
for its safekeeping. We understand that Scouts may
accidentally damage equipment, and that equipment does
over time wear out. However, we ask that every Scout
treat the Troop's equipment with respect, just like it
was his. If you break or lose a part of a tent,
please let us know so we can get it replaced before
the next Scout needs it.
There are seven ranks in Scouting: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle. You start out at Scout, and work your way up to Eagle, the highest rank. New Scouts in the training patrols will work hard on completing the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class Scout within their first year. The Advancement page has detailed information about the ranks and the requirements for advancement.
There are several ways that you can earn merit badges. Adult leaders and parents from the troop volunteer to teach merit badge classes to Scouts in the troop, and you get opportunities to sign up for those classes several times each year. Also, you can earn three, four or five merit badges at any of our week long summer camps. There are also special events where you can earn merit badges, like Council Camporees and the railroading show in Raleigh each year. Adult leaders will let you know what badges you can earn and when they're going to be offered. You need to listen, sign up, and do the work to earn the badges!
The Merit Badges page has more detailed information.
The most important jobs in the troop, Patrol
Leaders and Senior Patrol Leader, are elected twice a
year. Elections take place during the troop meetings
on the last Tuesdays in March and September.
Other leadership positions, such as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, Librarian, Historian, and Scribe, are appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader with the consultation of the Scoutmaster. The Instructor and Troop Guide leadership positions are appointed by the Scoutmaster. Many Scouts get their first leadership experience either as a Den Chief, or in one of the appointed positions. Den Chiefs are basically patrol leaders to a den of Cub Scouts. The Den Chief is a very important leadership position, since they set the example for young Cub Scouts thinking about one day joining the Boy Scouts. A Scout can be a Den Chief for as long as the adult den leader wants and needs him.
Elected leadership positions are for a six-month term running from election to election. The troop generally elects its new leaders during the last Tuesdays in February and August. Appointed leadership positions are for the length of term of the Senior Patrol Leader.
In order to advance beyond First Class Rank, a
Scout must hold a leadership position. Since we have a
large number of Scouts who aggressively Climb
the Trail to Eagle, sometimes Scouts find it hard to
obtain an elected leadership position. When this
happens, the Scoutmaster and the Scout can work on
getting a special leadership service project together
as a substitute. Den Chiefs for Cub Scout Day
Camp in June is often a favorite leadership role for
In order for a Scout to advance beyond First Class Rank, he must also put in service hours. There is also a one-hour service requirement for Second Class rank. This can be satisfied by community service through the Eagle service project of a fellow Scout, to Westminster Church or the Scout's home church, or to a community organization such as the library or soup kitchen. Troop 451 occasionally has troop-wide service projects, but they are rare. These projects do not count as service hours, but do count as activities for the lower ranks. Troop service projects are part of the Scout's commitment under the Scout slogan to, "Do a good turn daily." Scouts should always be on the lookout to be of service to others.
These leaders, along with many others, volunteer to work with the troop because they like to have fun too, and they also want to make sure you have a good time in Scouts.
The youth in charge of organizing the scouts is called the Senior Patrol Leader. His job is to run the troop meetings, and work with the Patrol Leaders to make sure things get done. You'll learn his name soon enough. You won't know the name of your Patrol Leader or Troop Guide until you join the troop, but he will become the most important Scout in the troop for you in the beginning. Make sure you get his telephone number and put it in a safe place where you can find it.
Parents, without your support and participation, Troop 451 could not exist and could not put on the quality program of which it is so proud. It is also in large part due to your support and encouragement that your son will advance in Scouting and realize his full potential. The stated primary goal of Scouting is to help boys grow into honorable and responsible men, and therefore each parent must face the question: "What quality of experience do I want my son to have in Scouts?". We need you to do your part to make this experience the best possible for your son and for all the boys in the troop. Our basic rule is that if your son joins the troop, so do you. BSA does NOT mean Baby Sitters of America!
We ask that you try to camp with the troop at
least one night a year. Check out the posted
Troop 451 Calendar page
for the many choices you have. Good choices
would be district camporees, either or both of our
summer camps, our annual summer and winter trips to
Kerr Lake and Raven Knob, and our annual rafting trip
on the French Broad River. We will take good
care of you. Let us know if you require any