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Here We Go!!

posted Aug 12, 2015, 11:18 AM by Scout Master

Hello Troop 737,

 

I hope you all had a wonderful summer.  It is hard to believe that it is already coming to an end.

 

The troop has had a fairly busy summer.  We had four fabulous activities this summer:

·         Boundary Waters, HALOed by Kurt Ballantyne

·         Lost Creek Backpacking trip, HALOed by Bill Plaehn

·         Medicine Mountain, SD, HALOed by Mike O’Connor

·         Camp Alexander, HALOed by Dave Kramer

Thank you to all the HALOs (Head Adult Leader Organizer) for all the trips.  Thank you to all the other adults who took time out of their summer to make these activities a huge success.  Thank you also to the Scout leaders who organized and ran these activities.

 

There were also about 10 scouts who went to Big Horn training this year and a few scouts who were instructors.  I look forward to seeing you use some of the leadership skills you learned.

 

Thank you to all the scouts who helped with the Grove sale prep.  The church members really appreciated all your good work.  Thank you to Carolyn Kline and Julie McCabe for organizing the scouts.

 

Two scouts completed their Eagle projects and there is another one coming up this week.

 

We have one other event before our first meeting.  This Saturday we will be climbing a 14er, Missouri Mountain.  Please see emails from Deron Lawrence or email him at deron38@gmail.com.  This is a very early morning but it should be well worth it. 

 

The Troop calendar is up and set.  We will do our best to keep these dates especially for the outings but sometimes we have to change our plans.  You will notice that we have tried to make the first meeting of the month the PLC (Patrol Leaders Council) meeting whenever possible.  Hopefully this will make it easier for people to plan. 

 

Upcoming signup deadlines

NOW for climbing Missouri Mountain this Saturday.  See above.

Scoutmaster Minute Review

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Here is a list of upcoming events:

You can always check out the full schedule on the Troop website at: https://sites.google.com/a/themountaintroop.org/troop-737-home/troop-calendar

 

August 14  Devin  Thompson’s Eagle project   11am – 6pm.  See attached flyer

August 15Climb 14er, Missouri Mountain  3:45am ELC Leave 4am  See Mr. Lawrence’s emails or contact him at deron38@gmail.com 720.989.8442.  This is very early but you can sleep in the and the view and the feeling of accomplishment will be incredible.

August 17  Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) meeting  6:30 – 8pm  ELC If you are a Patrol Leader or in a troop leadership position please come and help plan the upcoming Troop activities. If you are a Patrol Leader and you cannot make it to this meeting you need to talk to your assistant Patrol Leader or someone in your Patrol so that all Patrols are represented at the PLC.

 

August 20 Program Committee meeting 6:30 pm ELC All adults are welcome.  We will go over the upcoming activities.  We meet in the basement under the main sanctuary.  All adults are welcome.. 


August 20 Troop Committee meeting 7:15pm ELC All adults are welcome.  This is when the business of the Troop is discussed.  There are quite a few open positions on the committee. 

August 24  Troop Meeting  6:30 – 8pm  ELC  First regular meeting of the year.

 

August 30  Parents Potluck Dinner 5:00 pm  ELC  Come learn about the upcoming Troop events and how you can help out.  Also get to know some of the other adults in the Troop.  REMINDER:  We ask that every family has at least one adult who does something for the Troop.  It takes a community to run a quality scout Troop.  Yes, scouts do like to go camping and learn outdoor skills but there are plenty of jobs that do not involve camping. 

 

September 18 - 20Denver Area Council Camporee  6pm Friday ELC return 1pm Sunday.  Come to Peaceful Valley scout camp to celebrate it’s 50 year anniversary.

 

October 10  Scout Day at the Air Force Football game  vs. Wyoming. Details TBD

 

October 16 -18  Family Camping trip to the Sand Dunes

 

Service Hours Opportunities::Always wear Class B uniform or if appropriate Class A

1.       I wanted to invite Troop 737 to join with Troop 400 next Thursday (8/13) and/or Saturday (8/15) for some service hour work (trail conservation) at Staunton State Park. 

It will be next Thursday (August 13) from 8:30am-1:00pm, and the following Saturday (August 15) from 8:30am-1:00pm, at Staunton State Park.  Come either day, or come both days.  We are doing this before school starts, before our schedules get too busy.  We might do something in Sept as well, but at the moment I am only planning on Aug 13 and Aug 15.

We will be doing conservation trail work for a Connector Trail to the Mason Creek trail.  We are only working in the morning, while it is still cool outside.  Work will be varied and involve typical trail maintenance tasks, such as digging, pulling rocks, wheelbarrowing gravel, etc.  The jobs are difficult, but breaks will be plentiful in addition to a slow pace of work.  We will have fun, much conversation, and we will be making a difference in our community.

                The adult YPT supervision is in place (more adults are always welcome) and I will provide tools, etc.  What I need is a headcount of scouts, so I know how many people to plan on.

                I will provide Staunton State Park with a list of scouts attending, and they will waive the daily park fee.  We will stop working at 1:00pm, and you are welcome to stay in the park to hike/fish/etc afterwards.

                Items to bring:  Work clothes/boots/gloves, Water, Shovels/Rakes (if you have them – but I will bring extras as well), and snacks.   Bring a lunch, to eat when we finish.  Take time to enjoy the horseshoe pit that Brian Moutoux built.

                Action Item:  Let me know if you will be joining us, so that I know how many people to plan on.

 

Thanks,

Jacob Russell

JacobRussell_0531@msn.com

2.       My name is Charles Harrison, I am the new Cubmaster of Pack 435 at Our Lady of the Pines.

Our Pack is sponsoring the Children's Play Area at the Conifer Mountain BBQ Challenge.  This is a 2 day event with music, vendors and BBQ at Meyers Ranch.  This year's event is on Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15th. This is a great event and it will promote scouting to the community.  Also it will be tons of fun.  Parents I would encourage you to attend this event while your scouts are doing their service hours.

Last year we put together an obstacle course for kids to run through.  It was a smashing success!  We will be putting together a similar course this year.  Our only downfall last year was not having enough people in our Pack to staff the area for the entire event.  

So I have talked to Timothy Hardy, our Timberline District Exec.  He believes this is a great platform for us raise awareness of Scouting in our community up here in the foothills and recruit new scouts for the various packs and troops.  The Council is going to provide us with promotional material and signage to help dress up the area and provide info about Scouting.  They, unfortunately, are unable to provide any manpower. 

 I am asking for volunteers from all the Packs and Troops in the Conifer/Evergreen area to help us staff the event.  Volunteers will monitor the obstacle course and hand out a prize for completing the course.  (Last year we gave out leave no trace behind material once kids completed the course.)  It is a great time to engage parents and let them know about Scouting activities in our area.  

 I will also need a couple of volunteers to help set up the course on Thursday evening.  

 This can be a great way for Scouts to get community service time or Packs to get started recruiting.  I do ask that the boys wear their scout uniforms.  If adult leaders help out it would be great to have you in uniform as well.

 The Rotary Club has a SignUpGenius page for volunteers to sign up for the hours they have time to donate. Please use this link to get there.  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49aaaa22a7ff2-conifer.  Sign up on Friday or Saturday under “Monitor Kids Play Area”.

If you can not do the whole time slot please note that in the comment section.  If the slots are full please email me and I will make sure you are on the list.  I would rather have too many than too few.

If anyone has questions you are welcome to call my cell phone or reply to this email.

 Thank you for your assistance.  

 Charles S Harrison

Pack 435 -- Cubmaster 
Rotary Club of Conifer
Membership Director
303-981-5999
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