Troop Resources

Standing At Attention and At Ease Position

posted Sep 9, 2012, 3:29 PM by Greg Jewett   [ updated Nov 25, 2013, 6:57 AM ]

Scouts who are attending official scout functions, troop meetings, and saluting the flag, should understand and practice the following positions for a professional appearance.

hen the command "Stand At Ease" yelled out, scouts should stand and perform the following steps:
  1. Move the left foot about 10 inches to the left of the right foot. Keep the legs straight without locking the knees, resting the weight of the body equally on the heels and balls of the feet.
  2. Simultaneously, place the hands at the small of the back and centered on the belt. Keep the fingers of both hands extended and joined, interlocking the thumbs so that the palm of the right hand is outward (see figure to the right).
  3. Keep the head and eyes facing forward and looking at the person making the call. Remain silent and do not move unless otherwise directed.


hen the command "Stand At Attention" is yelled out, scouts should stand and perform the following steps:
  1. Bring the heels together sharply on line, with the toes pointing out equally, forming a 45-degree angle. Rest the weight of the body evenly on the heels and balls of both feet. Keep the legs straight without locking the knees. Hold the body erect with the hips level, chest lifted and arched, and the shoulders square.
  2. Keep the head erect and face straight to the front with the chin drawn in so that alignment of the head and neck is vertical.
  3. Let the arms hang straight without stiffness. Make a fist like you are holding a roll of quarters.  Keep the thumbs straight, do not curl them or tuck them inside your first.  Keep the thumbs straight along the seams of the trouser leg (see figure to the right).
  4. Remain silent and do not move unless otherwise directed.

Backpacking List

posted Apr 22, 2012, 8:18 PM by Troop 1409 Wells Branch - Austin, TX   [ updated May 27, 2019, 8:26 AM by unused5 unused5 ]

Items in italics are essential (except for cold weather items when summer camping).
Carry in pocket or in accessible location in pack
  • Matches in waterproof case
  • Pocket knife
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Signed permission slip
  • Map of area (troop provided)
  • Pen
  • Sunglasses
  • Wallet
  • Personal prescription medicines
  • Chapstick

Basic Camping Equipment
  • Pack (internal or external; hipbelt; good fit, comfortable)
  • Waterproof pack cover (or large garbage bag)
  • Warm sleeping bag in stuff sack (20F rated; lightweight)
  • Foam sleeping pad
  • Tent, with ground cloth (troop provided)
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries and bulb)
  • Water bottles (At least 2: 1-2 Liter bottles)
  • Eating bowl, drinking cup, spoon & fork
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Plastic garbage bags (at least 2)
  • Plastic zip bags for gear (to hold small items)
  • Assorted rope & twine
  • Insect repellent*
  • Sunscreen*
  • Small notebook & pen
  • Small change (for emergency calls)
  • Small sewing repair kit
  • Small amount of duct tape

  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Hiking boots
  • Wool sweater or fleece*
  • Jacket/parka*
  • Warm hat*
  • Warm gloves*
  • Long polypro underwear*
  • Wool (or other hiking) socks
  • Shirt
  • Long trousers
  • Hiking shorts*
  • Swimsuit*
  • Undershorts
  • Undershirt
  • Lightweight shoes (sneakers, Tevas)
  • Baseball cap
Toilet Articles
  • Soap
  • Small towel
  • Washcloth
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Comb
  • Toilet paper (in plastic bag)
  • Metal mirror

Other Ideas
  • Boy Scout Handbook
  • Trail snacks (dried fruit, granola bar, etc.)
  • Camera and film
  • Fishing gear

Patrol/Troop Equipment (troop provided)
  • Troop first aid kit
  • Food
  • Pots and pans
  • Water ("Jerry") cans
  • Cooking utensils
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Wash pans
  • Sponge/scrub pads
  • SOS pads
  • Paper towels
  • Small saw
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Dining fly
  • Stoves and fuel
  • Duty roster
  • Patrol flag
  • Coleman lantern (with extra mantles)
  • Tarp for firewood
  • Fire grate
  • Weather report

Troop 1409 Officers — Responsibility List

posted Apr 22, 2012, 5:55 PM by Troop 1409 Wells Branch - Austin, TX   [ updated Nov 25, 2013, 7:03 AM by Greg Jewett ]

Troop 1409 Officers — Responsibility List
March 2012

Senior Patrol Leader Plan and run all PLCs and Troop Meetings in conference with Scoutmaster.  Appoint all Troop Officers after approval by Scoutmaster (except Patrol Leaders and Patrol officers).  Lead all Troop outings and activities.  Help train all Troop Officers.
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Assist Senior Patrol Leader in managing the Troop, and substitute for the SPL when he is absent.  Supervise the performance of all appointed Troop Officers, and help train them in their roles.
Patrol Leaders Plan and lead patrol meetings and activities.  Assign each patrol member a job and help them succeed.  Represent the patrol members at PLC, and keep the patrol members informed of discussions and decisions.  Prepare the patrol to take part in all troop activities.  Develop patrol spirit.
Assistant Patrol Leader Serve also as Patrol Quartermaster, in charge of Patrol chuck box.
Quartermaster Be responsible for all Troop equipment stored in closet.  Create inventory of Troop equipment.  Check gear in and out, inspect that everything is kept clean, update check-out records.  Keep track of inventory and supplies, notify SM if equipment needs servicing or replacing.  Before each campout check: propane (or butane) supply; lantern batteries and bulbs; red cooking supply box supplies; First Aid Kit; any ropes need repair?
Scribe Keep the Troop calendar and provide updated calendar to PLC & adults.  Make and keep records of all PLC meetings, maintain records of all campouts and attendance, keep records for National Camping Award, maintain records of service projects and participation, and special event participation.  Update Troop Advancement Poster as appropriate.        
Troop Guide Coach the New Patrol Leader, provide guidance, teaching, and support to the New Scout Patrol members.
Instructor Teach new Scouts the skills necessary for camping and for advancement through Tenderfoot, Second, and First Class ranks.
Order of the Arrow Representative Represent Troop at all OA meetings and elections.  Serve as communication link between Troop and OA chapter.  Encourage Arrowmen to advance to Brotherhood.  Encourage camping and participation in high adventure activities.
Librarian Be responsible for all Troop books and historical records, including trophies and awards.  Keep merit badge library and other books in order and up to date, check books in and out, post and store all posters during meetings, maintain supply of Troop calendars and rosters.
Historian/WebReporter Maintain Troop Web site current events.  Create and upload reports and photographs of troop activities.  “The historian’s primary duty is to develop a trip report for each campout.  This report should include a written summary of the trip, as well as photographs and other documentation, working with the scribe, the historian should include a list of all Scouts who attended.”
Den Chief Serve as activities assistant at den meetings.  Meet regularly with Den Leader to review den and pack meeting plans.  Set a good example and help prepare Cubs/Webelos for Boy Scouting.

Camping Equipment List

posted Apr 22, 2012, 12:33 PM by Troop 1409 Wells Branch - Austin, TX   [ updated May 8, 2012, 7:59 AM by Greg Jewett ]

This is the Troop 1409 recommended camping equipment packing list, with required items, and fall, winter, spring, and summer additional pack lists.
   Camping Equipment List
Required List
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Mat
  • Tarp or Ground Cloth
  • Flashlight & Extra Batteries
  • Pocket Knife & "Totin Chip"
  • Sleeping Bag or 2 blankets & sheet
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Poncho or Rain Jacket
  • Water Bottle or Canteen & Cup
  • Signed Medical Report Form
  • Scout Uniform and Belt
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Pen or Pencils
  • Boy Scout Handbook
  • Socks and Scout Socks (7 or 8 pair)
  • Shorts and Scout Shorts
  • 5 or 6 T-shirts (no tank tops)
  • Shoes (closed toe) or Hiking Boots
  • Underwear
  • Pajamas or sleeping clothes
  • Towels & washcloth
  • Soap and Shampoo
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Comb, Brush, & Mirror
  • Sun Screen
Fall/Winter/Spring (Cold) Camp List

  • Sweat Shirt and Heavy Jacket (Layers)
  • Gloves
  • Warm Hat
Summer Camp List

  • Insect Repellent (non-aerosol)
  • Swim Suit (no cut-offs)
  • Cap or Hat for sun protection

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