About Troop 410 and FAQ

Welcome to Boy Scout Troop 410, Northport, NY!

410_medTroop 410 is a member of the Mattinicock district, under the Suffolk County Council, which is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Troop 410 FAQ

Who sponsors the troop?
Our sponsoring organization is St Paul’s Methodist Church in Northport, NY

What is Boy Scouts all about?
The BSA’s goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations. For younger members, the Scout method is part of the program to inculcate typical Scouting values such as trustworthiness, good citizenship, and outdoors skills, through a variety of activities such as camping, aquatics, and hiking.

What are the dues?
$100 per year

How often do we meet?
Every Wednesday night at 7:30pm until 9:00pm (Sept – May)

Who runs the meetings?
Scouts do!!! Starting with the Senior Patrol Leader and his Assistants, they plan and carry out the meeting activities.

Where do I go to buy scout supplies?
First, check with the scoutmaster for troop supplied items (such as neckerchiefs for scouts crossing over from webelos). You can buy many supplied at the The Campsite Sport Shop in Huntington, and even more at the Suffolk County Council Scout Shop in Medford.  Cou can also order online through the Boy Scout catalog at ScoutStuff.org.

Is there any type of schedule of events?
The schedule of events is right here on the troop website calendar.

What is the uniform policy?
A Boy Scout Class A Uniform is required at all meetings, and may also be required for campouts.

What does the troop supply?
Your dues and fundraising efforts pay for the following: Your Boy Scout Handbook and neckerchief, your patrol supplies, your troop supplies, merit badge pamphlets, etc

What should I focus on my first year?
Attaining First Class should be your primary goal. This requires focusing on the requirements listed in your handbook. You will notice that no merit badges are required. So please focus on the everything else. The troop has Assistant Scoutmasters and Troop Guides who are focused on helping you achieve your First Class rank. Please don’t hesitate to get help from them!

What is the troop committee?
Troop 410 has a very active troop committee, made up of 6 experienced scout leaders.

What can a parent do to assist?
Many things! Driving scouts to campouts, assisting with fundraisers, and trip arrangements, and becoming a scout leader – to name a few!

What is a board of review and when do they meet?
Each scout goes before a board of review before every rank advancement. The purpose of the Board of Review is to make sure the scout has passed all of the requirements for the rank advancement. He is often asked to repeat the Boy Scout Oath, Motto, Law, and / or Slogan. The board’s purpose is not to test the scout on every point of the rank advancement, but to verify that the scout has indeed met the requirements for the rank advancement. Scouts are also asked what they have learned, what they enjoy about scouting and the troop in particular, and what they would suggest for improvements. Members of the Board of Review are typically three or more Scout Leaders or committee members.

What is the “Scrub Patrol”?
This is the patrol for all scouts who are working on their rank advancement towards 1st Class rank. As soon as 1st Class rank is achieved, a scout is assigned to another patrol with more experienced scouts.

How does the troop raise money?
The troop raises money for annual expenses through popcorn sales, and car wash events.  410 also raises over $4000 each year for local charities such as the Northport Food Pantry.

Is there anyone designated to work with first year scouts?
Yes, we have several Assistant Scoutmasters, as well as boy scouts who are Junior Assistant Scoutmasters who are tasked in helping new scouts on their trail to First Class. They are available to meet with not only during meetings, but campouts as well.

How can I learn about advancement through scout ranks at 410?
Feel free to visit our Advancement page!

What if I have other questions? 
Interested in hearing more? Interested in signing up? Or just a general question? Drop us a note using our contact us page. We’ll  get back to you!