How to Join Us!

Troop 103 is one of the most active and fun troops in the area! 
We welcome new members to our troop at any time, whether new to Scouting, transitioning from Cubs, or transferring from another troop. Just attend a meeting, get to know our leaders and scouts, and join in the fun!
We offer the Boy Scouts of America program to all boys in the community who are between the ages of 11 and 17, and to those who are not yet 11 but have completed fifth grade or earned the Arrow of Light.

In order to officially join us, please complete the Registration Packet listed below. We will then give you a Scout Handbook, a Troop 103 neckerchief with a slide and you’re in!

Registration Packet for Troop 103

All the requested information is important to the Troop or BSA for various reasons - at least two very important ones - health and safety.

FOR SCOUTS
The Youth Application form will be turned into the Pacific Skyline Council and will register your son with BSA on the National level. The Troop retains a copy of this completed form. Our Membership chairperson, Mrs. Kava, can supply you with a copy of this form or you can download the form, fill it out and bring us two signed copies. 

Please complete only Parts A and B of the Medical Form at this time. Make copies of front and back of your insurance card and submit with the form. This information is critical so that we are aware of any health/medical issues we may need to deal with and allows us to ensure the continued safety and good health of your son and the other scouts in the troop. The information on the Health Form will be kept strictly confidential at all times.
Note: Parts A and B of the Health Form are required before going on any activity. Part C is required before attending any activity > 72 hours (i.e. summer camp) and must be completed by a certified and licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or a physician's assistant.

FOR PARENTS:
3. BSA Adult Application (click here)
Please complete the entire form for the parent who will most likely be attending our activities. Please include adult basic info, experience, references, questions and include your signature to verify and authorize a background check.

Note: This is the same Health Form as for the scouts, but completed for adults participating in activities. 
Please make copies of front and back of your insurance card and submit with the form.

Per the Parent Committee decision from February 8, 2015, the YPT training needs to be completed by all parents of a scout in Troop 103. Certificates should be on file with the Troop and the Pacific Skyline Council. This very short training is free and available on-line. 

6. Safe Environment Training (English)
Youth Protection Course: Protecting God’s Children (PGC)
VIRTUS Training Link: www.virtusonline.org 
– First-Time User Registration: Registration Link https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/23188/reg_2.cfm?theme=0
– Youth Protection Registration Instructions: Instructions https://www.dsj.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VIRTUS-Online-registration-instructions_San-Jose_October-2017_PGC.pdf

Please contact one of these facilities for fingerprinting.  Please indicate St. Simon Parish on your fingerprinting form.
San Jose Sheriff’s Office (408) 808-4760 55 W. Younger Ave., San Jose, CA.  95110
West Valley Sheriff’s Office (408) 868-6614    1601 S. DeAnza Blvd., Cupertino, CA  95014
San Martin Sheriff’s Office (408) 686-3651 12431 Monterey Rd., San Martin, CA.  95046 
Stanford Sheriff’s Office (650) 725-2499  711 Serra St., Stanford, CA.  94305 
Verify Group (408)761-2155  161 Curtner Ave., Campbell, CA 95008 
Please note that fingerprinting in other areas, for your job or in another Diocese, does not provide clearance at St. Simon, as institutions do not share fingerprinting results with other institutions.  As of February 1, 2013, we may only allow volunteers that have completed these procedures.  We appreciate the time and effort this volunteer clearance procedure will require for our community. It is in the best interests of our children.

ALL BOY SCOUTS AGES 14-17
Your child may need assistance in setting up the registration online.  Please assist.
Youth between the ages of 14 up to their 18 birthday, must complete the VIRTUS® Healthy Relationships for Teens online training course for volunteer service eligibility and must renew the training every 2 years to maintain eligibility up to 18 years of age. Once the teen reaches 18 years of age, they are required to take the adult training programs in order to continue their service. Teen Training Course: Healthy Relationships for Teens (LINK)
– First-Time User Registration: Registration Link
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Healthy Relationships for Teens Registration Instructions: Instructions https://www.dsj.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VIRTUS-Online-registration-instructions_San-Jose_October-2017_Teen-Program.pdf

7. Pay Registration Fee
Please make the check payable to "Boy Scout Troop 103" in the amount of $195 if joining in September. If joining at any other time of the year, the prorated amount is $16.25 per month.

Troop dues are used to pay for the following:
         1. Outing costs: food, campground fees, and transportation.  Planned outings for this period include:
    • o        Oljato work parties

      o        Gold Rush (aka Mountain Man Rendezvous)

      o        Henry Coe Camping/Hiking

      o        Yosemite Hiking/Camping/Skating

      o        Russian River Ice Skating/Camping/Kayaking

      o        MacDonald Ranch Hiking/Camping/Orienteering

      o        Camp Sylvester Snow Camping/Caving

      o        American River White Water Rafting/Camping 

      o        New Brighton State Beach Family Camping

    2. Boy Scout Registration/Rechartering Fee (Pacsky Council and National) $33/scout
    3. Boy's Life magazine $12/scout
    4. Advancement costs, such as merit badges and rank patches/pins and COHs
    5. Troop gear

This fee covers the period from September 1 to August 31.   
 
Oljato summer camp is a separate expense, as are admissions to activities, such as AdvanceCamp.  

8. Donation to the BSA for Friends of Scouting (formerly Fair Share)
Please make the check payable to "BSA" in the recommended amount of $185 or in any amount you can afford. We are hoping to get 100% participation regardless of the amount donated. For more information about the purpose of this request please click on Where does the money go?

9. Please bring the entire packet to our next Troop or Committee meeting. 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Contact

Boy Scout Troop 103, 1860 Grant Road Los Altos Email: admin@troop103losaltos.org