Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can my son join Boy Scouts if he was not a
A: Absolutely! As long as he is 11 years old or
has finished fifth grade.
Q: How much does it cost to join?
A: There is a yearly Recharter membership fee
$45 and Troop dues of $50 (effective 12/1/2017).
The Recharter fee goes directly to the council.
The Dues stay in the troop to help pay for rank
badges, class B shirt, handbook, insignia, etc. the
troop provides to your son when he joins.
Q: What about the uniform?
A: Each boy should have at least the uniform shirt,
and by the time he reaches the rank of First Class
he should have acquired the full uniform (great
present idea). We do have some outgrown
uniform shirts and pants - just see a leader to ask
Q: My son plays in a lot of sports. Will this affect his advancement?
A: Well, yes and no. Most of our scouts are also in sports, band, church youth
groups and other activities. Since Boy Scouts takes place all year round, there is
always an opportunity for a youth to do Scouting, too. Many of our past Eagle
Scouts have been very active in other extracurricular activities such as sports or
Q: Your troop does a lot of outdoor activities and trips. Can parents or family
members go on any of the trips?
A: Yes! We encourage families to participate in their Scout's activities. Younger
siblings must be accompanied by a parent. On occasion we do an outing that is
restricted to Boy Scouts due to space requirements or the facility's rules.
Q: What is OA?
A: OA Stands for Order of the Arrow. The order is Scouting's national honor
society that recognizes Scouts and Scouters (adults) who maintain camping
traditions and provide cheerful service to others. A scout is eligible to be elected
by his peers (no adult is allowed to vote) when he has reached the rank of First
Class and met the camping requirement of 15 days and nights of Boy Scout
camping during the previous two years, and must include one long-term resident
camp (such as a week at Camp Drake). For more information, visit the national
website for the Order of the Arrow.
Q: Will my son be safe?
A: The leadership of Troop 490 takes your son's safety very seriously. All
leaders are subjected to a criminal background check by Prairielands Council
upon joining. All leaders must complete Youth Protection Training through
National BSA before being allowed to register. Other trainings include Outdoor
Leader Skills, Safety Afloat, Climb On Safely, Hazardous Weather. Most trainings
must be renewed every two years. If you have specific concerns, simply speak
with the Scoutmaster or Committee Chair.
The Boy Scout Oath
has three main clauses which are
good for Scouts to remember and
understand that the oath is meant
to cover all parts of his life:
-DUTY TO GOD AND COUNTRY
-DUTY TO OTHER PEOPLE
-DUTY TO SELF
The Boy Scout Law
The 12 points of the law need
little explanation. These
guidelines will help lead a Scout
to make wise choices in his life.
The Oath and the Law are not
just words in the handbook.
Together the troop recites these
at each meeting, and does their
best to live by them in everyday
Information for Parents
BOY SCOUT TROOP 490 • Monticello, Illinois
The seven Boy Scout ranks
Clockwise from top: Scout,
Tenderfoot, Second Class,
First Class, Star, Life, Eagle.
On my honor
I will do my best
to do my duty
to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all
To keep myself physically
and morally straight.
A Scout is...