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March 20, 2016

posted Mar 20, 2016, 4:48 PM by Scout Master

Hello Troop 737,

 

No meeting this week. Have a great Spring Break!

 

New Scout Recruitment.  For various reasons, we did not have very many scouts crossover to our troop this year.  So we are going to place special emphasis on recruitment. 

·         For every scout who brings a friend to a meeting they both get a medium size candy bar.

·         If that friend ends up joining our troop the recruiting scout will receive a “Recruiter” badge and a new pocket knife or a slightly use scout hoodie.

We are particularly looking for kids in the 5th – 7th grade.  They do not need any previous scouting experience but if they do that might be a plus.  Scouts and parents do know a friend or a family that loves to do things outside, go on awesome adventures or you would just like to hang out with some more.  Please invite them to a meeting.  This week’s meeting would be a good meeting to invite a potential new scout.

 

It is time to sign up for summer camp. We will be taking the whole troop to one camp this year. July 31 to August 6.  See more information below.

 

Upcoming signup deadlines

Time to sign up for summer camp to Bartlett scout camp in Idaho July 31 – August 6.  See info below.

Scoutmaster Minute Review                                               

There is a lot of good in this world.  There are good people to meet and associate with, wonderful places to go, great organizations to work with and exciting things to do.  Our lives are full of opportunities and we should take full advantage of those opportunities that are beneficial to everyone.  But there are also people, places, organizations and things that are a drag, a burden a bummer or just plain bad.  These things can soil our hearts, our minds, our soul and our lives.  Some of these things are a part of life.  A Scout needs to learn to enjoy the good without too much bad.  Learn to enjoy life’s roses without being dragged down by it’s thorns.

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

NO MEETING DURING SPRING BREAK

March 28  Troop Meeting  6:30 – 8pm  ELC Service patrol is the Spartans.  Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up.  Advancement night. We will be offering Cooking and Personal Management merit badges.  Scouts need to understand that you will need to do quite a bit of work outside of our regular meeting to earn either of these merit badges.  Please remember to print out the worksheets for the merit badge that you choose to work on.  Here are the links:  http://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/8/87/Cooking.pdf  http://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/f/fa/Personal_Management.pdf

We also encourage scouts who need to wrap up a merit badge that they have started at another time to call up a merit badge counselor and meet with them at this time.  There is a list of merit badge counselors on the website.  A list will also be available at the meeting.

 

April 4  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.

 

April 8 - 10 New Scout Campout and Backpacking trip We will be going to Hermit Park which is just outside Estes Park.  The troop will camp together on Friday night and do some new scout activities in the morning.  Then the older scouts will go off on a short backpacking trip over Saturday night.  Then we will all travel back together on Sunday.  Stay tuned for more info.

 

April 14  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. 

 

April 14  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. 

April 16 & 17 Hunter Safety Course   More information to follow.

April 23  Scout Show   Sign up for a shift making Troop 737’s world famous SMACOs.  Make sure to make time to check out all the other cool booths at the show.

May 6 - 8 Chatfield Campout Stop in anytime during the weekend for fishing, biking and hanging out with your friends.  We may have something special lined up for our older scouts so stay tuned.

SUMMER CAMP SIGN UP INFO

It is time to sign up for summer camp. We will be taking the whole troop to one camp this year. July 31 to August 6   Troop 737 is going to Bartlett Scout Reservation, about 20 minutes northwest of Montpelier, ID.  This camp is in the northern end of the Wasatch range, set among tall pines and quaking aspen. Bartlett offers over 50 Merit Badges, a First Year Scout program, and many free time activities.  Summer camp costs $380 per Scout and $161 per Adult for camp and most Merit Badges.  Some Merit Badges have pre-requisites and/or additional fees.  Merit Badge sign-up will occur in April.  An initial deposit of $200 per Scout and $100 per Adult is due no later than the March 28 Troop meeting.  The final camp payment and any additional class fees are due by the May 16 Troop meeting.  There will also be travel related expenses, TBD. The deposit can be paid at http://mountaintroop737.mytroop.us/node/1009  via PayPal or a credit card (note that online payment will also include a 2.9% PayPal fee), or at Troop meetings with a check or their scout account.  For additional information on Bartlett Scout Reservation and the camp owner's guide please go to: https://www.trappertrails.org/bartlett

 

For questions, please contact your HALO Dave Kraemer: outbackswag@yahoo.com

 

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

 

 

 

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