Parent's Role

Troop Committee
The Parents of Troop 494 are the sponsor for the troop, and all parents are expected to support their scout as well as the troop by assisting in committee positions, in event planning and in transportation. Parent meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month (unless school is not in session) at Kennedy Room C from 7:30-8:30 PM.

These are some of the committee positions:
  • Committee Chairperson
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Friends of Scouting Chair
  • Summer Camp Coordinator
  • Treasurer
  • Advancement Chair
  • Outing Coordinators (11)
  • Fundraiser Chair
  • Eagle Scout Coordinator
  • Merit Badge Counselors
  • Troop Quartermaster (equipment)
  • Court of Honor Chair
  • Parents' Handbook Chair

The troop has a Parents' Handbook that contains information regarding troop rosters, phone lists, troop guidelines, board of review information, troop finance, newsletters and other handouts.

Committee Positition Name   Committee Positition Name
Commitee Chair
Kiran Varshneya   Assistant Chair Geetha Mohan
Advancement Chair
Janet Trankle   Advancement Chair Judy Alberts
BOR/New Scout Coord
Shankar Shenoi   Asst BOR Coordinator Susan Darmawan
Raj Palani   FOS Coordintor Dianne Todd
Outing Coordinator
Ellen Haas   Asst Outing Coord Archana Kumar
COH Coordinator
Usha Samudrala   COH Coordinator Prassana Sathish
COH Coordinator
Viji Vijaykumar   Medical Forms Anne Esparza
Eagle Scout Coord
Himani SIngh   Eagle Scout Coord Nandinii Rao
Fundraising -cookie
Susan Darmawan   Fundraising- Popcorn Dianne Todd
Jane Cheon   Eagle Plaque Stuart Yusem
Summer Camp H-Sierra
Beena Menon   Summer Camp Asst Mona Sohal
Summer Camp-Oljato
Anne Esparza   Philmont Coordinator Vivek Sharma
Training Coordinator
    Uniform Recyling Adnan
    Equipment Deborah Priam

A major reason for the success of the troop are the frequent and varied outings that we have. In order for this to happen, we need parents to help drive up and back. Please do your share in this responsibility. We expect parents to drive several times a year. 

Boards of Review
The troop also needs parents to sit on Boards of Review. The Board of Review interviews scouts prior to obtaining a new rank, except for the ranks of Scout and Eagle. Eagle reviews require a special board. It's not very difficult to sit on a BOR and there is a guide that explains how to do it: Board of Review Guide.
If you prefer, you can read more online at the BSA website: BSA Board of Review Information

Merit Badge Counselors
The merit badge program is part of the advancement plan of the Boy Scouts of America. It has guided the interests and energies of Boy Scouts for 85 years and is one of the most unusual educational programs ever devised. A merit badge is an award that is presented to a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout when he has completed the requirements for one of more than 100 subjects in a wide variety of art, craft, hobby, sport, trade, profession, agribusiness, service, or self-improvement areas. Merit badge counselors are the key to success in the merit badge plan. They offer their time, experience, and knowledge to help guide Scouts in one or more of the merit badge subjects. 

The counselor's responsibility is to:
  1. Assist the Scout as he plans the assigned projects and activities to meet the merit badge requirements.
  2. Coach Scouts through interviews and demonstrations on how to do the required skills of the craft, business, or hobby.
  3. Certify the Scout after he is qualified for the merit badge.

Your task is to satisfy yourself that each Scout who comes to you meets all the requirements for the merit badge. In this sense you are an examiner, though your larger opportunity lies in coaching/helping the Scout meet the challenge of the requirements and making him aware of the deeper aspects of the subject through your knowledge and experience.

What do I agree to do?
As a merit badge counselor, I agree to:
  1. Follow the requirements of the merit badge, making no deletions or additions, ensuring that the advancement standards are fair and uniform for all Scouts.
  2. Have a buddy present with each Scout at all instructional sessions.
  3. Renew my registration as a merit badge counselor annually if I plan to continue serving as a merit badge counselor

How do I become a merit badge counselor?
It's simple, take a Merit Badge Counselor training session at the scout office. The cost is free and the training lasts about 90 minutes.

Last updated on June 27, 2009