What is my role as a Parent?
Most importantly, parents, please support your child. Be a good listener and promote their positive activities like Scouting. Participate in various Scouting activities as a parent. Your help is important to keep the scout troop on a solid foundation and to provide scouts those things that they will not find in any other organization. To be sure, there are many distractions from all directions. As a parent you can help your child make the right decisions for themselves. Scouting helps develop youth into great young people and future leaders of the community.

New Parents
Transitioning from WEBELOS to Scouts BSA is a big adjustment for Scouts and Parents. Troop 98 has written a New Scout Parent Hanbook to help provide guidance and answer your questions.

Parent Involvement
None of Troop activities would be possible without the solid support and involvement of the Scout Parents. Each Scout has a set of responsibilities in the Troop, and we ask that Parents support their Scout with a similar set of responsibilities.
  • Staying Connected
  • Learn how the Troop works
  • Stay up to date on Advancements
  • Share in all the fun your Scout is having
  • Keep track of upcoming events
  • Check on the forms you need
  • Check on your Scout's Scout Savings Account
  • Make sure your Scout is ready to go camping
Staying Connected
One of the responsibilities of being a Parent is to stay connected with the Volunteers, known as Scouters, in the Troop. Scouters should communicate regularly with the Parents in the Troop. Parents should make sure they are reading messages and the newsletter, asking their Scout questions, and sending the Volunteers feedback about the Troop.

Learn how the Troop works
To support your Scout in reaching his goals, you have to know how the Troop works. Check out our Structure page to learn more about how the Troop is organized. You can also read up on Troop Policies to learn how the Troop operates.

Stay up to date on Advancements
Your first source of information for anything in Scouts is the Scouts BSA Handbook. Make sure your Scout is up to date with the new rank requirements in the 13th Edition of the Handbook. In addition to being an informative guide to scouting, it is used to record completion of the steps required to advance in rank. It will be a part of your Scouts every Scouting activity. You can learn how more about how advancement works and keep track of all your Scouts advancements with tips and information on our Advancement page. 

Share in all the fun your Scout is having
Scouting is full of opportunities to make lifelong memories. The next time your Scout returns home full of stories from camp you can keep track of and share these memories with the Troop and your friends on our News & Photos page.

Check on the forms you need
Part of being prepared is making sure you have all the forms you need for an activity. The most important  thing you need to do is make sure you fill out the BSA health form before your  Scout signs up for any overnights. The form must be renewed annually. Other important forms you should check on are the Merit Badge Counselor Form, and the Troop Resource Survey.

Check on your Scout's Scout Savings Account
Part of being a Scout is being responsible for paying dues. Scout dues are $2.00 per month, and should be paid at the first meeting of each month. You can check our Finances page to stay up to date on your Scout's dues. The Troop can also help you save money to pay your dues, campout fees, or go to Summer Camp. You can also check the Finances page to check on your Scout Savings Account.
Youth Protection The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, and Venturing programs. All registered Volunteers are Youth Protection trained and must retake the training every two years.

Training for Parents
The more a Parent knows about the BSA programs the better they are able to support their Scout. The BSA offers a variety of training courses for Parents and Volunteers. Training can be found covering topics such as; a program overview, youth protection, position specific, supplemental, and outdoor skills. You can find all of the online BSA Training for Adults at the BSA website.

Cyber Chip
Today's youth are spending more time than ever using digital media for education, research, socializing, and fun. To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the Boy Scouts of America introduces the Cyber Chip. In developing this exciting new tool, the BSA teamed up with content expert NetSmartz®, part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® and training expert for many law enforcement agencies. You can learn more about the Cyber Chip at the BSA website. 

Troop Process
Whether you have a question or a conflict we want to make sure you know who to call. When a Parent has a question or a concern they can check our Parent process chart below. The process allows the Scout Parent Coordinator, Scoutmaster Corps, and the Troop Committee to fulfill their roles as leaders.  If a Parent should be concerned about their Scouts or another Scout's health or safety, they should find an adult volunteer immediately.

To find what Uniform items your child needs you can learn about the Scouts BSA Uniform  or visit the Council Scout Shop. If you need a uniform check out our Volunteer page.

Make sure your Scout is ready to go camping
Camping is the most exiting thing about being in Troop 98. To have fun on a campout your Scout needs to work to get ready before hand. Each Scout should check out the information in the Camping folder. Here you can find information and tips about what to bring and how to stay warm and dry. You and your Scout can check out the Troop Inventory to make sure their Patrol has everything they need for a fun campout.

Keep track of upcoming events
You can check out the  Calendar page to make sure you do not miss any of the Troops exciting activities. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to learn how to add the Calendar to your phone, tablet, or computer. Also take a look at our  newsletter.