Thanks to all who supported the quartermaster take down tonight, gear was taken down and stored in less than half an hour....but attendance was low.....the PLC started at 5:30 PM with all but Phoenix represented.
The Order of the Arrow Pow-Wow and the Troop camp out at the Brock's Gap Training Center were well attended and went as well as expected with good weather.
In the immediate future, the Troop (SPL and JASMs) will all decide what the main entre will be at the supper meal for the patrols to prepare as a general rule with a "trophy" Golden Spatula" a NYLT award --suggested by Corry Hutchens --awarded to the most deserved for taste, appearance, and appeal..for instance, if Italian is chosen, then the patrols will compete with an Italian dish. Winners (based on leaders as judges) will win the golden Spatula for the campout and be first in line for the campfire cobbler. ice cream, or other desert. The idea was suggested by Mr. Horn at the completion of the last campout to increase the variety of meals as well as to increase planning and preparation by the Scouts...We'll see......
We need a volunteer to team up with Mr. Camp for a proposed Yard Sale on May 25 in the Bluff Park community area.
We need one or two volunteers to coordinate the "Scout Card" program the Council is having again this year..Sales along with pop corn sales will equal a Summer Camp discount.
We need a volunteer coordinator for the 2014 Northern Tier trip, Attikoken base
Congratulations to the WEBELOS for crossing over tonight from Pack 321. The Troop was well represented in attendance in the welcoming for the WEBELOS.
We will have a new Scout orientation on at 6:30 PM at the Hut on March 18th..The meeting will last about an hour or so and will include registration, distribution of Troop information, policy, guidelines and requirements and other information critical for the family and the new Scout in understanding the Troop. There will be a make up April 4, again at the Hut at 6:30 PM. The Scout should wear his tan shirt shirt for a "first" picture, as a new Scout since joining....
There will be a new Scout Campout on Apil 6 at Oak Mountain....we will need Scouts and leaders to assist the new Scouts in basic Scouting and the beginning of their rank advancement. We will meet at 8:00 AM on Saturday and return around 10:00 AM on Sunday..Parents are welcome to attend to understand the Troop's camping policies, routine, and expectations. We will take a head count at the April 1 meeting.
Thanks to Mrs. Kidd, the merit badge day at Oak Mountain is set and scheduled for the 17 Scouts who have signed up for a great number of outdoor merit badges. Remember..the cooking merit badge will be required of all Eagles after january 1, 2014. If you are assisting with Transportation, thanks in advance for making the day possible.
If the Scout is attending the Zip Lining campout at Camp Butter and Eggs (Troy, Al) during the weekend of April 12-14, he will have to attend the April 1 meeting (Ham Radio merit badge) for an accurate head count. Patrol leaders will call for the same also.
We will have Troop and Order of the Arrow (OA) Elections on April 8...as many Scouts as possible should be present to assure our numbers. We have to have 50% of the Troop present for the OA elections.
Thanks for all your support and for encouraging attendance.
Yis, Dan s "Delivering the Promise"
The next few weeks will be some of our busiest as they usually are in the Spring.
Please note Mr. Simon's earlier memos on summer camp....the prompt payments and merit badge reservations are important.
We will also need his annual 2013 BSA medical physical -parts a, b, and c (found on the Troop web site) in order to get into the camp. Adults are welcome as always and as described. We have already paid a Troop down payment to reserve our site.
If you haven't mailed Mr. Elmore your annual troop charter/registration dues, please do so..it is important for assuring we carry out our plans for 2013. there are twenty-two families who are late at this time and should assure the payment is timely...if you have not received a Troop invoice from him, please call him
March 21 6:30 PM New Scout Orientation at Hut
March 25 No meeting due to Spring Break
April 5 Regular meeting Ham Radio program/coordinated by Mr. Hanke
Scoutmasters Minute: SPL E Kidd
April 6 Shelby County Merit Badge day coordinated by Mrs. Cathy Kidd
New Scout Campout at Oak Mountain State Park
April 6- April 7
April 8 Regular Meeting
First half Troop and OA Elections
Second half patrol meals prep and work roster for trip
Scoutmaster's minute: ASM Nevin Cox
April 11 District Eagle Board of Review..Mr. Morrow
Troop/patrol quartermasters prepare for trip
April 12-14 Zip line trip to Camp Bread and Butter/Troy Alabama Mr. Horn coordinator
April 15 6:30 PM Equipment take down Troop and Patrol Quartermasters
7:00 PM PLC (Patrol Leaders Conference)
8:00 PM Troop Committee Meeting
April 20 Troop Junior Leader Training (JLT) (required for Senior Patrol leader and
NYLT-National Youth Leadership Training) 8:00 AM to Noon at the
Hut...Uniform: Class B (red Troop t Shirt)
April 22 Regular meeting Guest Speaker: Eagle Scout John Clark?Mr. Dick Clark
Scoutmaster's minute: ASM Chris Morrow
April 29 Troop Court of Honor BPUMC Reid Crotty Fellowship Hall (Agenda TBA)
If your son is the patrol quartermaster, you will be re-imbursed for groceries the Friday night we leave for the trip..please bring your receipts and try to stay within the general limit of $3.00 per person per meal. Mr. Elmore will write you a Troop check for your expenses. If you shop Walmart or the Piggly Wiggly, for Troop meals, see Mr. Elmore for tax exemptions cards with required Troop numbers.
Remember: Don't buy tin foil, soft drinks, baggies, sweet tea, paper plates or plastic eating utensils...the tin foil and Kool Aid, baggies are provided by the Troop..so are dutch oven liners and turkey roaster bags..the Scout supplies his own cup, plate, fork and spoon. The patrol can brew tea, but are not permitted to purchase the standard gallon jug...if they choose to buy the gallon contained of tea..it won't be reimbursed by the Troop. Normally, the Troop will have turkey roasting bags on hand for pot cooking in boiling water to assist with the KP effort.
The Troop provides charcoal, propane fuel, and tents. If the Scout wants to bring his own tent, he needs the Scoutmaster's permission...otherwise he shares a Troop tent w/his patrol...Tents are provided for leaders also, but they may bring their own. Cots are not authorized in Troop tents as they break holes or weaken material in the tent floor..if leaders share a Troop tent, a large air mattress which would minimize a tent partners space in the same tent is not permitted.....
During recent years, food portioning handouts normally passed out at the SMLT and OLS courses have been passed out to families at new Scout orientations....they give a good idea of portions for the patrol as they were prepared by experienced Scouters for that reason. Portions on cans and boxes of food stuffs are usually not sufficient for Scouts and leaders after active days in the outdoors w/strenuous activity.
Thanks in advance for your support and for encouraging attendance.
Encouraging attendance is important as the time spent w/the Troop and it's activities meets the requirements for earning his rank and advancement....the Eagle is not earned by correspondence courses or from sporadic attendance....attendance is earned through attending as many Eagle Courts of Honor, Troop Courts of Honor, Eagle Projects, Order of the Arrow activities, Camping weekends, summer camp, Monday meetings, Troop service projects, PLCs, and all other Troop activities throughout the year as possible with consideration of all else that is important to schedule during his busy weeks ahead. "Fun with a purpose" with emphasis on learning critical skills, leadership and teamsmanship are several of the many goals of the Program, while all along preparing him for his role as a better son, brother, father, neighbor, employee, and citizen for the years ahead.
Finally, Make sure he is marking all his camping activities and service activities on pages 444-447 in his Scout Handbook..he will need this information for all his Scoutmaster Conferences, Troop Boards of Review, and his Eagle Board. This is a requirement for advancement as he earns his rank over the next few years.
If your son entered the Troop last year, he should be very close to the rank of 1st Class provided he meets the written requirements in his Scout Guide..Usually the biggest hurdle is the ten required activities, including camping, which should be documented on pages 444-447. If he is close, he needs to bring his book into a meeting for a Scoutmaster's conference to see where he is and to be set up for a Troop Board of Review.
Thanks for all your support and for encouraging attendance.
YiS dan s "Delivering the Promise"