Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.       --- Proverbs 22:6

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The Troop Committee consists of scouts' parents and other interested adults from the community who support the troop in two critical areas -- finances and advancement.  The Troop Committee plans and directs all troop fund-raising efforts.  They also track and administer the boys' summer camp fund.  The Advancement subcommittee conducts monthly Boards of Review for rank advancement.  Many members of the Troop Committee also serve as merit badge counselors in their areas of expertise.  Parent support is a vital asset to any healthy troop and Troop 868 is proud to have a very high percentage of parents participate on our Troop Committee.

  

Some members of the Troop Committee discuss fundraising ideas and other business.  The Committee meets while the scouts are having their weekly troop meeting on the third Tuesday of each month.

One major committee project is the troop's annual Plant Sale, held each spring over the weekend that includes the first Saturday in May (Kentucky Derby Day).  Parents take scouts through neighborhoods in January, February, and March as the boys seek orders from residents.  Then, on order pickup weekend in May, parents are present to checkout the orders and collect payment while the scouts keep the plants watered and carry purchased plants to the customer's vehicle.

Troop parents and scouts team up to unload a
delivery truck and arrange plants for sale.  

Mr. Kallin lends a hand and a height advantage
as scouts erect a canopy for the check-out area.

Mrs. McClure enters a customer's order
into the computerized point-of-sale system.  

Mrs. Kmiec with scouts Adam and Nick check
on plants in the pre-sold orders area.

Mrs. Brown bags up an order as scouts wait
to carry it out to the customers' vehicle.

Former Troop Treasurer and resident software tester
Denise Guelda checks on an order.

Twice a year the troop sells World's Finest Chocolate bars in front of area merchants.  And once a year the troop sells American Flags in the same way.  Though scouts do the actual selling, parents provide supervision.

Assistant Scoutmaster Chuck Davis and Troop
Committee Member Christina Vissers supervise
scouts during a shirt at a local Kroger store.

Assistant Scoutmaster Clinton Vissers
works with scouts J.D. and Clinton.

Troop parent Deanna Jarrell sits with
scouts Connor and Philip.

Scoutmaster Bob Meek with scout Alex
as another successful sale nears its end.

A new fundraising project for the 2012~2013 program year was a pancake breakfast.  This idea was suggested by the Patrol Leaders' Council and the Troop Committee endorsed it.  Though scouts sell the tickets and do the serving and clean-up, troop parents handle all the "behind the scenes" preparation and setup, acquire the food, and are present in force to do much of the cooking and provide guidance to the scouts.
Perhaps the largest project undertaken annually by our Troop Committee is hosting the Merit Badge University program.  For this event, held annually on the last Saturday in February, the help of virtually every troop parent is sought.  Some parents counsel merit badge classes.  Others run our food service operation that feeds lunch to about 1,800 people.  Others drive buses or vans to shuttle scouts to and from offsite locations.  Still others help with registration and check-in, handle First Aid, and provide general supervision and hall monitoring at each of the schools we use.  It is truly a major logistical undertaking that requires all available adult manpower.

Former Assistant Scoutmaster Tom Guelda, a
licensed plumber by profession, teaches scouts
to thread pipe in the Plumbing MB class.

Troop parent Julia Brown, teaches the Computers
MB.  Here she is supervising scouts doing some
project work in one of the computer labs.

Assistant Scoutmaster Jeff Hagerman counsels
the Chemistry Merit Badge.

Troop parents Chuck Hall, Sean Spalding, and
Vicki Dever handle the registration and help desk.

In Troop 868, there is definitely an important role that can be played by any parent interested in participating in the Scouting program with their son.