How to Join & Info
Troop 130 welcomes new scouts and parents !
We are an active, boy-led troop, age 12-18, from a multitude of countries, which is passionate about Scouting ideals and having fun in beautiful Switzerland! We invite boys* to join in with one of our scouting activities to try it out and meet the scouts, and for parents to meet the scoutmasters and other adults.
* Scouts BSA is now open also to girls. Contact us if you are interested in forming a new troop for girls linked to our boys troop. Or check out Troop 77 which has a girls troop.
What do we do?
We have a regular troop meeting once a month in the Versoix woods where we learn scouting skills, play games and enjoy fellowship. We also have a regular schedule of weekend activities, both one-day and overnight. Some of the activities we plan in 2022-23 include canyoning in the Alps, wilderness camping, skiing, hiking, and both winter and summer camps at the Scout Center in Kandersteg. We also do community service projects, earn merit badges, and learn valuable leadership and life lessons. We welcome new ideas and suggestions for fun!
When and where are we located?
Troop meetings are held once a month on a Monday from 19h00 to 20h30. Locations vary but we have historically been associated with the “Terre Sainte” area of Canton Vaud, and we have participating scouts from Lausanne to Geneva.
What is the time commitment?
Each scout participates as much as he wishes: we are happy to see them for as much time as they have!
What do parents do?
Parents play a vital role in supporting the scouts in developing, managing, and carrying out the Troop plan each year. Parental involvement is key to maintaining the organization of the Troop as a chartered member of the Boy Scouts of America as well as providing adult role models and mentorship. We actively encourage all parents to volunteer to help the Troop either as Committee Members, Assistant Scoutmasters, Merit Badge Counselors, or just helping plan or escort some activities.
Scout uniforms can be purchased via the troop.
An official scout shirt costs around 40 CHF.
For camping, the Troop provides tents and cooking equipment.
Your scout will be required to have items such as the following:
Sleeping bag: good quality, made for camping. Look for a sleeping bag which will keep your son warm in freezing temperatures. Our scouts generally camp regardless of the weather!
Sleeping roll or mat: Standard sleeping mat available at most camping shops. Inflatable sleeping mats, known as "flocks" are also possible - not to be confused with inflatable mattresses.
Backpack : Usually with a hip belt and internal frame it should be able to pack all equipment (including sleeping bag) without the need for additional bags. Get one with an adjustable *frame* (not the same thing as simply adjustable straps) so that it continues to fit your scout as he grows.
Lightweight backpack / day pack – for shorter hikes.
Hiking boots ‐ Good quality, with Gore‐Tex that will keep feet dry and comfortable.
Water bottle & Mess kit ‐ Please ensure that this is good quality and will last for some time, yet lightweight.
Flashlight – Lightweight and water resistant. Head torches are best.
The Annual registration fee is 300 CHF per year for the first child and 250 CHF for the second and subsequent child from the same family.
Outdoor activities are not included in the fees and depend on the activity. We try to keep the costs reasonable and promote low cost events such as camping.
Fees should be paid to the troop account: **
Account Name: Boy Scout Troop 130
IBAN: CH97 0024 0240 2351 4000 L
Bank: UBS SA, Case Postale, 1260 Nyon
** For our families living in France with bank accounts in EUR, please consider making a transfer via a cheap online forex service such as Wise (wise.com) or other service provider (monito.com) to exchange your EUR for CHF at a good rate and ensure that the troop account receives the right net amount in CHF with no additional charges.
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