Thursday, July 29, 2010

Court of Honor Monday at BPUMC

The Troop Court of Honor will be held in Reid Crotty Fellow Ship Hall of the Bluff Park United Methodist Church, 733 Valley Street, Hoover (same place as usual off of Valley).

The Host Patrol is the Phoenix Patrol so they should be there at 6:00 PM to assist in the set up. The ceremony will start at 6:30 PM. As usual, this is a family affair and a Pot Luck style dinner.

Venture I and II Entre and salad or bread
Sharks Entre and deserts
Fox Entre and vegetable
Phoenix Entre and salad or bread

There is an attached, working agenda. Please make a copy for your son and yourself.

We will talk to some Troop business, but more reports on all our activities that will be covered by the Scouts that were a Summer camp, Northern Tier, and whitewater , not to mention all the rank advancement and merit badges.

Thanks for you support and encouraging attendance.

YiS Dan s "Delivering the Promise"

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Whitewater trip this weekend

The meeting last night was well attended. There was an excellent presentation by Chief Stacy Cole, Battalion Chief, Mountain Brook Fire Department about the fire service, it's history , state of the art, and career opportunities.

The cost for the white water trip to the Nantahalla (Scouts) is $60.00 and for the Ocoee (Venture Scouts) $127.00 as broken down in the July 12 newsletter. We are having to take the bus, Frank Tank, and four cars.

We will meet at the Hut at 5:00 PM Friday (23) and plan on returning between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM on Sunday (25).

He should have a water bottle to tie to the raft for drinking the time we are on the water and be prepared for rain or cool weather on the water (rain jacket).

Remember..the troop supplies soft non-carbonated drinks for lunch and supper. Do not purchase carbonated drinks or other soft drinks (ice tea) for meals as part of the menu (except milk and orange juice for breakfast. Same for deserts..the Troop provides these at lunch and at the Campfire Saturday night. The cost for groceries should be about $3.00 per person per meal.

He should bring a change of clothes and dry shoes to wear after the rafting as it is a two hour or more trip back to the camp site and there is no need to wear his river clothes and shoes on the way back.

Uniform on the way up and back is red troop t shirt, scout shorts, scout belt, and Scout socks on Friday and Sunday. We will wear river clothes from the camp site to the Nantahalla Outfitters rafting site on Saturday.

The uniform for all regular meetings and travel on the bus is always the red t shirt, official scout shorts, Scout socks, and Scout belt. Some of the boys are not wearing scout socks and should have two pair in case one gets wet and two red shirts in case one becomes soiled. the Socks can be purchased at the Scout Service shirts are available at the Hut. If he doesn't wear the complete uniform, he will have to stay on the bus when the Troop gets off for bathroom breaks or meals. Please help out with this.

Since this is an official Scout trip....If you are a adult leader, and we do not have a BSA Medical form, please have it filled out as much as possible to include a copy of your insurance card in case of an emergency.

The completing of Youth Protection requirement on is also required for all leaders.

For safety purposes, only Scouts who have passed the BSA swimming test are permitted on this trip. Non-swimming adults should also not consider attending as the trip requires swimming if suddenly dumped in the water from extreme turbulence found in most of the Ocoee and some of the Nanatahalla.

There will be a mandatory quartermaster night for all the Patrol and Troop Quartermasters this Thursday, July 22 starting at 6:30 PM to load our gear. if he is a quartermaster, please make sure he attends to help out. If he is not coming on the trip, and he is quartermaster, he still needs to be there to help.

YiS Dan s "Delivering the Promise"

Monday, July 19, 2010

Tonight Meeting

Tonight we will talk to white water safety and preparation, three guest speakers on career planning and one other subject, and finally meal preparation for the trip. If he isn't going on the trip he should be there for the guest speakers.

Unless he has a reason not to be there..he needs to be there.

Uniform remains Scout t shirt red troop t shirt or any official scout t shirt, Scout shorts, Scout belt, and Scout socks. If he has earned any rank requirements he should bring his Scout Guide to be signed off by leaders.

Thanks for your continued support and encouraging attendance.

YiS Dan s "Delivering the Promise"

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Troop News

The white water trip coming up on the weekend of the weekend of the 23-25 does not look as strongly attended as planned for and we are going to have to change our reservation numbers by this coming Friday..

If your son is coming, or a parent is coming, on the trip please reply to this email with who or both are attending. If you don't reply we will assume the Scout and parent is not coming on the trip. We need an exact amount as possible for the reservations. As stated at the meeting tonight, If your son is the Patrol Leader, please have him call his patrol and also see who is coming and advise the Senior Patrol leader, J Ng, by Friday evening.

The raft cost to attend the Nantahalla is $21.00 per person. The raft cost to attend the Ocoee is $91.00 per person just to get on the raft..this doesn't include food, fuel, or our camping fee. It is likely that the camping fee is $4.00 and the food is $3.00 per person per meal or $12.00, Gas will be a minimum of $20.00 per person to fuel the Bus, Frank Tank, and three advance party vehicles. if less people go the pro rated cost may increase to meet our minimums...or:

A this time the Nantahalla is 60.00 per person;and, the Ocee is 127.00 per person

We usually always camp at Gee State Park and require an early party to leave Friday (23rd) morning to reserve our space and set up the tents and tarps. Mr. Branin will head the early party and needs to know who will go early (516-0108). It is important to have an early party in order to get the space we need at the camp ground, so please think about volunteering..Feel free to bring your son along if he can be excused from school.

Remember to please reply if you or your son is going to help us with this count.

There will be a regular meeting on the 19th for all who are attending to hear a required safety briefing and planning for meals.

There will be a quartermaster meeting at 6:00 PM on the 22nd to load the Frank Tank and we will be at the Hut at 5:00 PM on the 23rd for the departure for Tennessee. We plan on returning before 1:00 PM on Sunday the 25.

We plan on returning the bus with all the Norther Tier Gear tomorrow. and will park it at the Hut. I will be available to unload your gear at 6:00 PM on Wed (14th) and Thursday (15th) Nights for about a half hour each night.

Don' forget to assure you and your son assist J Ng in his Eagle Project at Bumpus Middle School this coming Saturday , July 17th all day or in the morning or afternoon.

Thanks for all your support and for encouraging attendance to assure the program remains successful.

Dan s "Delivering the Promise"

Monday, July 12, 2010

Troop News

Thanks to the planning, preparation, organization, and hard work by Mr. Larry Young, trip coordinator, the trip to Northern Tier was certainly our best trip/trek yet....since we ( with several members of Troop 254) left on the bus on the 29th of June, started the trek at the BSA High Adventure Base at Bissett, in Manitoba, Canada, just west of Winnepeg in the Canadian wilderness. There was a total of 26 members in the the group, which was later separated into three crews of Scouts, leaders, and a Guide (Interpreter).

We arrived in Hoover in the early evening, yesterday, July 11, following the members who had flown and arrived two days before.

We will have a regular Troop meeting tonight (July 12) for the boys and leaders who participated to talk to the Trek tonight as well as other troop issues, business, and this month's coming activities (white water rafting) as usual.

Pictures taken of the Trek by members will be posted on the Troop web site as soon as Mr. Simon can acquire them and we will finish up comments an experience by the three crews at the August 2 Court of Honor.

Don't forget that we will be supporting J Ng this coming Saturday with his Eagle Project at Bumpus. We will need leaders and Scouts to make this work out well. A notice was mailed last nigh explaining the details.

Thanks for all the support and encouraging attendance in making it all possible.

YiS Dan s "Delivering the Promise"

Sunday, July 11, 2010

J Ng Eagle Project this Saturday 8:30am @Bumpus Middle

J Ng's Eagle Project!

We will be building 4 large benches for use in Bumpus Middle School's new outdoor science laboratory/classroom.

July 17 (This Saturday) from 8:30 to around 4:00 (or whenever we finish them)

Bumpus Middle School
1730 Lake Cyrus Club Drive
Birmingham, AL 35244-4182
(205) 439-2200,-86.888638&spn=0.15858,0.32444&z=12

What to bring:

We have some of the tools required, but it would be a great help if you could bring any of the following:
power drills
3/8 drill bits
phillips head drill bits
wood clamps
measurement tapes
safety goggles
extension cords
saw horses
circular saws
We will provide water, drinks, snacks, and lunch.


The total cost of the materials for the project is around $430. I still need any donations since I only have $20 right now. Any amount would be greatly appreciated; just a couple of dollars from a couple of people builds up to a lot.

Thank you,

J Ng