Frequently Asked Questions / Miscellaneous

When was Troop 59 started?

Troop 59 was chartered to North Chapel Hill Baptist Church on January 5, 2004. Troop 59 started with an initial membership of four boys. Troop 59 welcomes new members.

When does Troop 59 meet?

Troop 59 meetings are Wednesdays during the school year from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. See our calendar for complete lists of events.

Where does Troop 59 meet?

Most of our activities start at North Chapel Hill Baptist Church, 7707 Airport Road, just south of I-40, across from Harris Teeter and the Chapel Hill North shopping center.

What is the Troop 59 uniform?

The Boy Scout uniform is an integral part of the Scouting program. Every Troop 59 Scout should wear his full uniform to Troop meetings, as well as during travel to and from Troop outings.

The Troop 59 uniform consists of:

  • Long pants for cool weather
  • Short pants for warm weather
  • Shirt (short sleeve is suggested for year round wear)
  • Belt
  • Socks
  • Sash for patches is optional for special ceremonies
  • Once earned, the Arrow of Light sash is optional for special ceremonies

At this time, the Troop uniform does not include a hat or neckerchief.
Instead of the Occoneechee Council shoulder patch, Troop 59 wears a "Chapel Hill, NC" community strip, which is available from the Troop.

Where do I get a uniform?

The Troop maintains a lending closet of previously owned uniforms. Used uniforms can be purchased at eBay. New uniforms and other Scouting paraphernalia can be purchased at the Scout Shop in Raleigh or online through the BSA National Supply Division. Note that the Scout Shop will take telephone orders and ship the items to you by UPS if you don't want to make the trip to Raleigh.

Where do I sew all those patches?

For a diagram showing the correct placement of insignia on the Boy Scout uniform, click here.

How do I know what I am doing?

Each Scout needs a Boy Scout Handbook. These should be brought to meetings and campouts. The cost is about $10 for standard bound and about $16 for spiral bound. The spiral bound version is easier to use and will usually last longer.

How does advancement work in Troop 59?

Scouts earn rank advancement through successful completion of the requirements outlined in the Boy Scout Handbook. Merit Badges are earned to give Scouts more skill in things they already like to do; and give Scouts a chance to try out new activities. Troop 59 believes that the Scouts develop responsibility by taking charge of their own advancement and badge work, and offers support and encouragement along the way.

How does Troop 59 celebrate advancement?

Rank advancement, merit badges, and other awards are presented at Troop Courts of Honor. These are held 2-3 times a year and take place in the church sanctuary. Families are encouraged to bring either a healthy or home-made snack to share after the ceremony.

How often does Troop 59 go camping?

Troop 59 plans at least one outing every month. Most campouts are two nights and are on the weekend. Each summer, the Troop goes together for a week of summer camp at a BSA camp. Scouts are charged a fee to cover the costs of each campout. Costs may include: food, transportation, campground fees, supplies, and program fees. Money for campouts is due at the Troop meeting before the event. For Camporees, Summer Camp, and big trips, an advance payment schedule will be set up.

What's the leadership structure for Troop 59?

Troop 59 is a boy-led Troop. The Scouts operate under their own elected leadership of a Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leaders, and various support officers. Each Scout is assigned to a Patrol whose members support, work, and compete together. Trained adult leaders supervise, manage, and advise the boys. Our Scoutmaster, Jimmy Workman, is Woodbadge trained and has 50 years of Scouting experience. Assistant Scoutmasters Terry Fields and Will Workman are also Woodbadge trained.

What are the safety rules?

Troop 59 follows Safe Scouting policies and procedures from the Boy Scouts of America. All leaders have Youth Protection training, and at least two non-related adults are present at all times with the Scouts. In order for a boy to earn the first rank of Scout, his parent/guardian must read the section "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide" at the front of the Boy Scout Handbook and discuss the material with their Scout.