Work DayShould our unit have a checking or savings account?
Does a pack or troop need its own tax identification number?
Who is responsible for the finances of the unit?
Should our unit consider insuring our unit equipment?
Can our unit deposit funds with the local council?
What happens to the unit funds and equipment should the unit dissolve?
When should our unit submit a BSA Unit Money-Earning Application?
Is our pack or troop considered tax-exempt by the IRS?
What is the IRS Form 990-N and does our unit need to file annually with the IRS a
electronic postcard 990-N?
Can our pack or troop be covered under the BSA’s group exemption?
Form SS-4 asks us for a “GEN.” What is that – and do we have one?
A volunteer suggested that our unit apply for its own tax-exempt status. Can we?
We can’t solicit gifts for our unit?
Does that mean people can’t make gifts to our troop?
Can gifts go to the local council to benefit our unit, then “pass through” the council to
My local company has employee volunteerism grants and they will contribute to charities
where I volunteer my time. Can these gifts go to our unit?
The next Council Properties Committee sponsored work day at Rhodes France Scout Reservation will be held on Saturday, November 16th from 9:00am – approximately 3:00pm. Lunch will be provided for all of those in attendance.
As you know we did a wood splitting work day in Sept. We put up a lot of wood for next year. Then came fall camporee with 200+ and spookeree with 600 in attendance. Needless to say we do not have enough wood up to run us thru summer camp next year. So, the November work day will again be wood cutting and splitting. Having wood available for campers has been a huge success and we would like to make sure we have enough for next year. The ranger will have wood at the wood shed so mostly all we need are adults to operate the 3 splitters and youth stack the wood. Please try to attend and help us provide this service to our campers.
Argenta-Oreana Merit Badge Fair
Boy Scout Troop 31 is hosting the 5th Annual Argenta-Oreana Merit Badge Fair on February 15th at the Argenta-Oreana High School. There will be full day classes and some half day classes as well. Adults must also register and can take part in the Adult Workshops. Lunch will be served to all in attendance and all paid participants will receive an event patch. Pre-registration is required - NO WALK-INS ALLOWED!
Read the flier here.
The November - December Trailblazer is available now.
2013-2014 Council Calendar
The new council calendar is online here and in the menu system above.
FISCAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR BSA UNITS
This document contains answers to many of teh frequently asked questions on unit financial procedures.
Read the answers.
Camp Usage Form
The Camp Usage Form has been revised to reflect changes made at Rhodes-France. If your unit wants to request the use of any of the camp facilities please use the new form found in the resources menu above.
View the form here
Recently, the Boy Scouts of America announced important changes to its Youth Protection policies. The purpose of these changes is to increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist today in Scouting.
Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of their position.
New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before submitting an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time the application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer's Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.
To find out more about the Youth Protection policies of the Boy Scouts of America and how to help Scouting keep your family safe, see the Parent's Guide in any of the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting handbooks, or go to
To take the training online go to https://myscouting.scouting.org