Wellesley Boy Scouts
Welcome, new scouts and parents, to Troop 185 Wellesley
Troop 185 offers boys the opportunity to experience Boy Scouting and
learn leadership skills that help them grow into well rounded young men.
Founded in 1972, our troop has a long history of producing scouts who
are grounded in the responsibilities of citizenship, leadership and
outdoor skills for which scouting is known worldwide.
Our troop is chartered by Saint John the Evangelist Church of Wellesley,
and is comprised of a diverse group of boys from many backgrounds and
Troop 185 welcomes any
interested boy of Scout age (minimum age 10 and either have completed
5th grade OR have earned the Arrow of Light OR be 11 years
old, whichever occurs first). A boy does NOT have to graduate from Cub
Scouts or Webelos to join.
Boys can join any time
during the year, but most enter in late winter or early Spring. Going to
summer camp soon after joining is important, and it helps to have a
couple of months in the troop before his first camp.
Leadership & Cooperation
“A game with a purpose” is how Baden Powell first described
the aims of scouting nearly a century ago. The activities and lessons of
scouting build confidence, teamwork and leadership. Developing leadership
and cooperation are just two of our goals. Troop 185 is a boy-run troop,
because this is the best way to teach leadership. That means, our boys
plan the program, run the activities and follow the patrol method to the
best of their ability. Each patrol is an important part of our troop and
leadership and cooperation are learned starting at the patrol level.
The Boy-led Troop
Unlike Cub Scouts, where adults provide all the planning and leadership,
our boys, with adult guidance, provide the planning and leadership for
meetings, advancement of rank and outings. This takes some getting used
to, especially when we adults think we can run things more efficiently
than the boys can. But remember, it takes practice to learn anything,
including leadership. Your son will help elect his patrol leaders, and
later, will hold some of these offices himself because leadership service
is a requirement for advancement beyond First Class rank.
We meet on Monday nights from 7:30-9:00 PM from September through June
(except holidays). Troop meetings are held at Saint John's School
hall. We ask that boys be on time or a little early to help set
up. You can reach our scoutmaster, John Fortini, at 781-237-0107
We expect each of our scouts to be active, to advance regularly, to wear
his full Scout uniform when appropriate, to practice good manners and
behavior, and to do his best to live up to the Ideals of Scouting as
expressed in the Scout Oath and Laws. The troop may suspend Scouts for
poor behavior in accord with our Code of Conduct.
The key to successful Scouting is the outdoor program, and only active
Scouts can reap the full benefits. We expect our Scouts to attend
overnight campouts year-round, and to make every effort to attend our
vital week at summer camp.
We also expect parents to be actively involved with their son in
Scouting, since boys with involved parents gain the greatest benefits
from Scouting. This will range from helping at troop meetings and
campouts, serving on the troop committee, merit badge counseling or in
many other capacities.
Just as a sports uniform identifies a boy with a team, the Scout uniform
identifies a boy with the largest youth movement in the world. The Scout
uniform tends to diminish the importance of a person’s financial,
social, and ethnic background, while clearly showing each
individual’s Scouting accomplishments.
Troop 185 requires scouts to wear only a troop-specific uniform,
consisting of the following official BSA parts:
(short sleeves are more practical)
Troop 185 neckerchief with slide
(provided to new scouts)
Merit badge sash
(for formal occasions)
The shirt needs the following insignia:
red shoulder loops
Badge of rank and Arrow of Light
on left pocket
nametag above right pocket flap
Knox Trail Council shoulder patch on upper left sleeve
Troop 185 numerals and 30 yr patch
American flag & patrol patch on upper right sleeve
World Scout crest
(above left pocket, 3” below shoulder seam
For summer camp, a full Class-A uniform is needed. This means in
addition to the standard troop uniform above, please add scout shorts
and belt with buckle, and red-top scout socks.
The troop gives each Scout a troop tee shirt which is used at summer
camp as well as for all warm weather outings and trips. Additional
shirts can be purchased. We also give the scouts a troop ball cap with
logo upon reaching First Class rank.
The Scout handbook (provided to new Scouts) has full-size sewing
templates on the inside front and back covers and a printout is included
here as well.
The nearest source for Scout supplies is the New England Scout Shop, at
23 Turnpike Rd (Rt 9W), Southborough. 508-229-2396
We believe our troop functions should be activities where all Scouts can
feel physically and emotionally secure. To accomplish this, we expect
all Scouts (and adults) to set a positive example and do their best to
live by the Scout Promise and Law; to refuse to tolerate put-downs,
name-calling, physical intimidation, or hazing; to communicate
acceptance of all others through positive feedback and by showing
appreciation whenever possible; and by creating an environment based on
learning and fun, seeking the best from all members and striving to help
them achieve it.
Please see our enclosed troop Code of Conduct.
Throughout all our activities, the importance of safety is paramount.
Therefore, great care is taken when organizing everything from troop
meetings to more complex outings involving elements of risk. Such events
may include bicycle trips, hiking and climbing, canoeing and swimming,
winter camping, and wilderness trekking. In any event, attention is given
to the level of physical fitness required, as well as the need for
adequate training before a Scout is allowed to participate.
For many high-adventure activities, the minimum age will be 13,
and a further requirement is that a Scout have achieved First Class rank
to ensure he has the basic camping skills mastered. While these are
guidelines for activities, it is also recognized that some Scouts are
ready sooner than others, and the ultimate decision to participate rests
with the Scoutmaster.
In Scouting, we make constant use of the “Buddy System”.
This means that no Scout will go anywhere alone. There will always be at
least two boys together ... swimming, hiking, in a tent or even a public
bathroom. Buddy’s look out for each other, and are able to get
help if the other is injured. This does not, however, preclude the need
for qualified adult supervision. We will always require that there be at
least two adults on hand for all activities, one of them over the age of
We also make a very serious issue of training Scouts in First Aid, and
handling emergency situations. Basic First Aid skills are required for
each of the first three Scout ranks. Our attention to safety does not
stop there. We will always encourage youth and adult members of the troop
to certify in First Aid, CPR and water safety instruction. Scouts and
adults wear bike helmets and life jackets when needed—with no