So you're thinking you might be interested in skiing, kayaking, shooting, hiking, climbing, diving and all the rest?
Troop 8 is open to boys who are close to graduating 5th grade (age 11) or older, who are willing to tackle insane outdoor adventures and live up to our scouting code. We generally accept new members only in the spring, so that you get a summer's worth of camping with us before we hit snow camping and backpacking on skis! Occasional exceptions are made for older boys who are transferring into the area and those who have considerable prior outdoor experience. Troop 8 does not accept transfer scouts above First Class rank, but we'll help you find another local troop to finish your Eagle quest.
If you're a 5th grader, or an older guy looking to join, we hold a number of events throughout the fall, winter, and spring which are open to guests and possible recruits. In the fall, these include "fun nights" like trips to Whirly Ball, visits to our troop meetings, or our guys visiting you on a cub campout. In the winter, we'll have some events which are day trips, like joining us for a day of downhill skiing or other fun activity. By March and April, you'll be joining us for swim nights and some meetings, and then at our "Crossover" joining campout in May you'll become a full-fledged troop member who can come on everything! At the end of May, admissions to Troop 8 are usually "closed" until the following year.
Are you interested? Great! Then the first step is to let us know how to tell you about stuff. Follow the link on the bottom right to sign up for a web account as an interested parent or scout.
One of the first steps if you're thinking about joining Troop 8 is to sign up online so that we can send you more information! By giving us your contact information you'll be informed of upcoming events that are open to potential new members, and will receive forms and information by email or snail mail that explains the paperwork process of joining up.
Unfortunately, do to spam, we have turned off the feature of allowing any user to apply for an account. If you're interested in troop 8, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and he will get you setup.
Welcome to the Boy Scouts of America and to St. Thomas Troop 8! We hope you will decide to become a member of our organization, and join us for meetings, activities, outings, and a lot of fun. By now we expect you’ve read all the other information on our program, and you know all about our extensive outings, the kinds of things we can help you learn about the outdoors and other fun hobbies, and the sort of service work we perform. If you’re still interested, we’d like to welcome you aboard!
In order to do that, though, we have to ask you to take care of some paperwork and agree to a few things which we feel are important to what we do. Don’t worry, they’re not too hard! And if you have any questions, call us!
In order to join Troop 8 and the Boy Scouts, you must be nearly done with 5th grade and fulfill each of the following requirements (see the Scout Handbook). Troop 8 generally accepts new scouts only in the spring (or early fall for older boys). Troop 8 does not accept transfer ranks above First Class. To participate in ANY outing while you work on finishing the requirements, you MUST have the first two steps completed and returned to the scoutmaster:
Boys who are joining Boy Scouts for the first time (as opposed to transferring from another troop) must also do the following (which webelos scouts will recognize from the Arrow of Light requirements).
At your scoutmaster conference, the scoutmaster will ask you about these things as part of the conference. You should also bring your Scout Handbook, so it can be signed officially!
Congratulations, you’ve chosen to join a very active, very outdoor-oriented troop. In order to have fun in the wilderness (no matter what the weather!), it’s important to live up to the scout motto: Be Prepared. That means having the right gear for camping and for in-town scouting.
A few words about gear. The troop does maintain some “loaner” gear if you don’t have your own personal stuff yet, or can’t afford to buy it all at once. We’re also really picky about gear quality and fit for some outings, so it’s important that you talk to one of the adult leaders before you go buy anything expensive, because there’s some stuff we won’t allow. Most guys start out with the things marked R (required - we don’t have loaners) and SR (strongly recommended - we have a few loaners), then build up from there. We will always provide what’s necessary when family means cannot. Most families find that over the course of the first year or so, normal purchases of jackets, pants, shoes, etc. can "double" as scouting and in-town gear with careful selection.
The troop also arranges several discount group purchases each year through local and on-line vendors Bivouac to help families. As we hear of them, we will send information about special sales out via email. We encourage families to patronize our Troop 8 Recommended Outfitters as these businesses we've found to sell reliable gear and offer decent assistance and prices over the years. Many local vendors have long-term relationships with the troop, and deserve your support.
There are a few items you need to have as a Boy Scout. These can be purchased from the Council office on Huron Parkway (just North of Washtenaw).
Except for these items, we can not recommend any other gear from the scout shop.
Troop 8 camps in a wide variety of weather conditions. To ensure the comfort and safety of scouts, we require equipment checks prior to most outings. The following items are generally expected for most outings year-round. The troop is able to provide a limited amount of gear-for loan when necessary, but we would encourage you to consider these items for purchase.
Because so much clothing (including blue jeans, sweat clothes, and flannel) is made of cotton fibers, we tend to see a lot of cotton on campouts. Please understand that while cotton is soft and cool on a sunny day in the summertime, it makes very poor outdoor clothing in other conditions. Cotton, when wet, holds a great deal of water and acts as a NEGATIVE insulator, actually cooling the body more than if it were unclothed. Sweat clothes, in particular, become baggy and very difficult when soaked. We therefore expect scouts to own non-cotton outdoor clothing, either wool or synthetic. On most campouts, a layered insulating system of non-cotton clothing will be required for comfort and safety.
You can look in our recommended publications section on the web site to find a number of fun outdoors and resource books that you might enjoy. However, we do want to strongly recommend getting a copy of Wilderness First Aid: Emergency Care for Remote Locations. This book is the “official” Troop first aid text, which replaces the information in the BSA literature. SR
Troop 8 provides all group gear for your trips. This includes 2-man North Face tents, stoves, pots, pans, first aid kits, lanterns, rain flies and other gear for the patrol. We do not recommend scouts purchase their own tenting or cooking equipment until they are Venturers in high school. Occasionally, scouts inquire about bringing their own tent on a campout. This is OK with the permission of the patrol leader, provided the scout is familiar with the tent setup, the tent is appropriate for the type of campout we are doing.