About Troop 123
BSA Troop 123 is based in Rochester, Michigan. Troop 123 is one of the older Boy Scout Troops in the Rochester area and is part of the Great Lakes Council. We have been in existence since June 1, 1958. We have a large contingent of adult leaders who are committed to making the troop successful. We continually strive to maintain and upgrade our equipment to ensure a pleasant and enlightening camping experience for the boys in the troop. We are proud of our Troop's history, and have had over 95 scouts climb to the rank of EAGLE, the highest rank a youth can achieve in scouting.
Scouting reinforces the skills and values we want our sons to learn while they're having fun. Our goal at Troop 123 is to continually develop a program that will challenge the youth of our community to make a difference in the environment they live. Scouting goes far beyond camping, canoeing, hiking, earning merit badges, rank advancement. Scouting is a way of life, a set of values and standards we try to teach these young men.
If we are able to influence our youth with the right values, morals and standards now, this will become their way of thinking - which will govern how they make decisions in the future. At some point in our future, these same young men will be making decisions, judgments, laws, and other life changing actions that will affect our lives. Those decisions will be in our best interest if we have given them the proper foundation to build their way of thinking and reasoning.
Below you will find some basic information on our unit. If at any time you have questions, please feel free to ask any of us.
At Troop 123, we strive to keep scouting affordable to everyone. We want to reach as many youth as possible in an effort to train them as individuals, a team and future leaders. All you have to do to join is simply come out to any of our meetings and talk to us. We will have applications available to fill out at any time.
Troop 123’s annual membership costs are $80.00 a year (prorated at $6.67 a month). It includes a subscription to Boy’s Life magazine.
Individual Scout accounts
Each scout will have his own “scout account”. These are special accounts, maintained by the Troop 123 Treasurer whereby money earned by the Scout’s fundraising events is kept. The money available for the scout to pay for camping trips, or scout related expenses (i.e., camping equipment, scout uniforms, hiking boots, etc.).
The net profit of all fundraising will be split as follows:
- The first $200 of net profit earned by a scout will be divided 50% to the Troop 123 general fund, and 50% to individual scout.
- Any net profit earned by the scout exceeding $200, during the same calendar year shall be divided %10 to the Troop 123 general fund, and 90% to individual scout.
- Please see the Troop 123 Handbook for specific details on the membership dues and the individual scout accounts.
Time - Monday night at 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
We do meet all year. Most units follow a school schedule. We believe scouting is a full time way of life. In order to help support that belief, we feel that the scout needs to have regular contact with other scouts to help each other. This builds bonds and strengthens friendships.
We are a fully youth run unit. This means your son will vote on an election night as to who he would like to lead him from his peers in his troop. The elected youth will plan, organize, and conduct the meetings with the mentoring of an adult leader. Adults do not take control of meetings.
New Scout CampoutAs a general rule, we camp once a month except December. Yes, even in winter. We do teach the youth how to properly camp in cold weather. There may be a month where we are committed to a service project, and due to schedule conflicts, we may not be able to get in a camping trip.
When we camp, on the Friday night, we meet at St. Paul's United Methodist Church (or a local spot near a freeway) and carpool to the campsite. On Sunday, we return typically at 12 noon.
Camping fees are always minimal. We average $7 - $10 for meals for an entire weekend. We DO NOT provide meals on Friday night (typically we only bring a snack). They need to eat at home, or bring it with them as they head to the campsite. The scouts do their own meal planning and cooking. All cooking is done outdoors over campfire, or troop stoves. Typical local campouts are $20-$30 total for a weekend. Some campouts that involve activities that require additional funds will increase this price (ski trip to Hanson Hill - $63-$79 total, depending on rentals or needing lessons).
Meals are planned two meetings before a campout. This is a group effort. If your son has particular likes and dislikes, make sure he is there to voice his vote. If your son is allergic to a food, make sure it is on his health form and tell the leaders about his allergy. This will definitely affect meal planning. We accommodate health issues.
Summer camp is a big part of your son’s scouting experience. Not only will be advance in rank and merit badges, but he will also grow as an individual and grow with other scouts as a unit.
A big part of the payment for summer camp has come from fundraisers. I believe if a scout wants to participate in an activity, they need to have invested in that activity. We pies near Easter, sell popcorn and wreaths in fall. Get your scout involved in these activities. Any money we raise goes directly back into the program to enhance it more for your youth.
We are here to make a difference in our community one project at a time. We have participated in a wide range of service projects. If we do not get the scouts active in our community, they will never see that they can have a positive impact on a negative situation for someone. We want them to see they can make a difference if they will just do something.
We have one on going service project that we do twice a year. In conjunction with the VFW, we place flags on the graves of veterans for Memorial Day and Veterans Day. While this does meet the requirement for service hours, this is not the only project we expect our scouts to participate.
Without commitment from the parents, we would not have a troop. By commitment I mean being committed to bringing your son to each meeting. If you miss a meeting, you will miss something important about upcoming events. By commitment I mean being committed to being aware of what is going on in terms of activities and events. By commitment I mean being committed to getting your scout to work on advancements at home.
While you do not have to commit to being a leader, you can commit to being an active scout parent. We can teach your son how to make decisions and be independent, but unless you are aware of what we promote, you cannot help enforce that at home. It all goes back to scouting being a way of life, not just a meeting and a campout. We need you to help us make this a full circle in your son’s life. We as leaders have nothing to gain. You, as a parent, have a lot to gain.