Troop 103 meets every Monday night at 7:30pm at St. James United Methodist Church in Fellowship Hall.

Troop 103 Calendar

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Backpacking - September 19-21, 2014

What: Backpacking Trip
When: September 19-21, 2014
Where: Buckeye Trail

The attached permission slip is for the next Troop 103 outing, September 19-21, 2014.

We will be hiking a small portion of the 1,444 mile Buckeye Trail ( and an even smaller portion of The North Country Trail’s 4,600 miles in length ).

Patrol Leaders are responsible for collecting permission slip so they can plan patrol food. Adults are encouraged to attend, those permission slips can be turned in to me.

We will be camping at Buckeye Trail property adjacent to Serpent Mound on Friday. We have the option to dividing in to multiple groups, there are opportunities for advanced backpacking skills (stream crossings, Livingston ascents, Alpine starts). All groups will have approximately 4 miles of road hiking on Saturday. Patrols will have an opportunity to explore the earth works at Fort Hill on Saturday morning.

This trip was selected by the patrol leaders council, and as an adult leader I am supporting the PLC in designing, preparing, and training scouts for this backpacking trip. It is my experience that backpacking is one of the finest components in our program to teach life skills in the great outdoors. I encourage Scouts, leaders, and parents to participate in this upcoming outing.

The permission slip can be found on the Troop 103 Forms page.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Community Service Opportunity

Who: Scouts 14 years and older

What: Manning inflatables

When: Sunday Aug. 17th 12:30 - 4:30

Where: St. James United Methodist Church

Why: Earn 4 Service Hours

Contact Molly Vincent at 416-1027 or

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Court of Honor - August 23, 2014

WHAT: Troop 103 Court of Honor
WHEN: August 23, 2014
WHERE: St. James United Methodist Church
TIME: To Be Announced...

             Be sure to mark the calendars so you can join the fun at the 
2014 Troop 103 Court of Honor!

More information and details to follow....

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Rank Advancement Reminders

Scouts and Parents,

Here are some reminders and some new information scouts and parents need to know regarding rank advancement: 

1. Troop positions of responsibility for Star Scout and above: Scouts serving in positions of troop responsibility will work with adult mentors and complete Junior Leadership Worksheets (reminder). Mentor assignments and Junior Leadership Worksheets can be found on the troop web page ( Position of responsibility requirements in scout handbooks must be signed by the scout's position mentor (new). 

2. Merit Badge requirement verification for Star Scout and above: Scouts must request a Troop Master printout from Mr. Head at least one week prior to Scoutmaster conferences and boards of review for ranks Star Scout and above. Troop Master printouts will be used to verify merit badge completion. 

3. Remember to request a Scoutmaster conference and a board of review a week in advance. 

  • Scouts should contact the Scoutmaster verbally or by email ( to schedule a Scoutmaster conference. 
  • Scouts should contact the Troop Committee Chairman verbally or by email ( to schedule a Board Of Review.
  • Scouts must wear Class A uniform to all Scoutmaster conferences and Boards Of Review. 

4. Scouts should bring their Scout Handbook to all Scoutmaster conferences and board of reviews.

Mr. Allaire and Mr. Stumpf

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Eagle Scout Palm Application

Attention All Eagle Scouts:

When earning an Eagle Palm, you are required to fill out the Eagle Scout Palm Application form located on the Troop 103 Forms page.

This form must be completed and submitted to the Rank Advancement Committee Member (Mr. Head) for use in purchasing the Eagle Scout Palm award.

This is an electronic PDF form and can be filled out online and printed.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Merit Badge Reminders

Scouts and Parents,

All Troop 103 scouts who are working on Merit Badges need to meet the following expectations:

1) You need to schedule all meetings with your counselor ahead of time. This can be done by telephone, e-mail, or by asking them in person at a meeting. Do not walk up to your merit badge counselor at a meeting and ask them to meet with you on the spot. Our adult volunteers give very freely of their time, but they are pulled in multiple directions at a meeting. Take responsibility for scheduling your merit badge sessions.

2) Read the merit badge requirements carefully. If there is a requirement to have a discussion with your counselor prior to beginning a merit badge requirement (i.e. Personal Fitness, Family Life, Personal Management, etc.), DISCUSS WITH YOUR COUNSELOR BEFORE BEGINNING THE REQUIREMENT. If you have not fulfilled the discussion requirement prior to beginning the main requirement, it may not be approved. This means that you may have to do even a time requirement again (such as the personal fitness workouts).

3) If a time requirement requires you to record your results over the duration of the requirement, then record them as you go. Do not try to re-construct the records at the end of the requirement.

4) Merit badge worksheets are an excellent idea, but, simply writing down the answer and giving it to the counselor is not sufficient. Scouts need to be able to discuss their answer and be able to answer their counselor's questions on the subject. Answers need to reflect an understanding of the material and not be one-word answers such as "yes" or "no."

5) Two deep adult leadership must be in place at ALL TIMES. Adults; if the meeting is at your house, be home; if the meeting is at the counselor's house, stick around; if the meeting is at the church, don't drop off the scout and take off. This is very important for the protection of our troop as a whole.

Mr. Marcum

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Requirement Sign Off in Scout Handbook


There have been several questions asked about who can sign-off on completed requirements in the BSA Handbook. We have the answer....

The following people are permitted to sign-off completed requirements in the BSA Handbook for Troop 103:
  1. Scoutmaster 
  2. Assistant Scoutmaster 
  3. Committee Member

NOTE: Adult Leaders or Non-Leader Adults are NOT permitted to sign-off completed requirements for their own scout.