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Weekly Post - January 8, 2012

posted Jan 8, 2012, 10:11 AM by Scout Master   [ updated Jan 8, 2012, 4:00 PM ]

Greetings Troop 737! It is about time to start our first meetings of 2012. We will kick off this year with a PLC tomorrow evening and the SM & ASM & HALOs for Upcoming Events Meeting and Committee Meeting on Thursday evening. All three of these very important planning meetings will help us start the year off on a high note. In the following weeks and months, we have our usual assortment of regular meetings, advancement meetings and other activities, including the bulk of our winter camping.

Please read below for details on upcoming events, and always stay current with our Troop Calendar on the web site. This is the best way to have the most current information.

Service Patrol:
The service patrol for January will be determined at the PLC on the 9th.

Past and Current Activities:

Okpik - January 6 -8, 2012:
Mr. Trower and the crew are still in the high country so I don't yet have an update on how the Okpik went this year. It looks to me like they woke up today with beautiful weather and with a fresh blanket of snow. My only hope is that they had enough snow to build their quinzees. I will let you know how it went next week.

Cubscout Pack 50 Flag Retirement Ceremony - Yesterday, January 7th:
Wow, we had a great flag ceremony yesterday. This was the best I have ever seen and I learned a lot about the right way to retire a flag. We will take some of ours and retire them at the new scout campout. We had a fair turnout considering this was a campout weekend. In attendance were:
  • Alexander Wood
  • Eli Wulff
  • Keenan Wulff
  • David Stalter
  • Jack Winters
  • Mr. Stalter
  • Mr. Winters
  • Mr. Gutierrez
  • Mr. Wood
  • Mr. Wulff
  • Melissa Gutierrez
  • Oh yeah, and me!
I want to thank each of these scouts and scouters for helping us support the community and represent our troop. In addition to retiring over 100 flags, they got to drill with the American Legion, Post 2001, and shoot their M1 Garand Riffles.

Melissa Gutierrez was able to take some photos and get the link the Pack 50 photos, please check out this really grand Evergreen event:

Upcoming Activities and Sign up & Payment Deadlines:
PLC Meeting - January 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM at ELC:
The PLC needs to start planning for the first month or two of 2012. Please be on time, in your Class A uniform and be ready to jump right into the planning activities for 2012. HALOs for all upcoming events between now and the next PLC are strongly encouraged to attend so you can help the PLC plan, and they can help you! Mrs. Anderson; we will also be discussing advancement.

SM & ASM & HALOs for Upcoming Events Meeting/Committee Meeting - January 12, 2012 at 6:30 at ELC:
We would like to start off the new year with as much parent participation as possible. There is a lot to talk about and plan for the new year:
For the ASM meeting starting at 6:30 PM: Need to discuss upcoming events with HALOs. If you are a HALO for any events listed below in this section, please attend so we can get you off to a good start planning for your activities. We can also get you all sorts of help if you need it.
For the committee meeting starting at 7:00 PM: We need to discuss planning for Summer Camp and help our new Quartermaster get off to a good start. Thank you to Patrick Winters for volunteering for this very important job. We will also discuss our regular topics including; finances, advancement meetings, summer camp, etc.

If you have never been to one of these meetings, please come by and see what we do and give us your ideas! I will send our an agenda for these meetings later today.

First Regular Troop Meeting of 2012 - January 16, 2012:
Details will be planned by the PLC on January 9th, please stand by.

Mystery Campout; January 20 to 22, 2012:
  • HALOs: Mike and Shelly Askins
  • Signup Deadline: 01/16/2012
  • The cost and details are still being worked out, but this one is a whole lot of fun. For scouts, you just show up to be whisked away on a weekend of adventure around the Denver Metro Area. Sign up soon.

Court of Honor - January 23, 2012 at ELC:
  • HALO: Mrs. Furman - we would like to request that she attend the ASM meeting.
  • Details and theme to be worked out at the PLC.

Regular Troop Meeting - January 30, 2012:
Details will be planned by the PLC on January 9th, please stand by.

Semi Annual Planning Meeting - February 4, 2012 at ELC:
  • HALO: Kim & Mark Freeman
  • Details and theme to be worked out at the PLC.

Timberline District Klondike - February 24 - 26, 2012 at ELC:
  • HALO: Sean Riley
  • Details TBD

Troop Elections - March 5, 2012 at ELC:
  • HALO: Becky Roche
  • Details TBD

Peaceful Valley Summer Camp; July 08 to 14, 2012:
  • HALOs: Steve Stelter and Allan McCabe
  • Signup and Payment Deadline is rapidly approaching
  • While we do not have an exact deadline, the merit badge registration opens in about February and we need to have names and deposits in order register scouts for the badges they need and want. The most popular badges fill up quickly, so if you want to shoot, or something similar, we need you to sign up and put your deposit in ASAP. The fee for each scout for summer camp is $250. A$30 deposit is required for each scout to put their names in and we can register scouts on the Peaceful Valley Web Site as we get the deposit. The payment schedule is as follows:
    • As soon as possible, a $30 deposit. We will register scouts by name as soon as we get this deposit
    • March 5th, 30% including the $30 deposit.
    • April 2nd,the next 30%
    • May 7th, the final 30%
    • The fee for the adults still needs to be determined by the number going. We get the first two slots for free, so we have some options.

District and Council News and Upcoming Activities:
2012 Big Horn Information:
 Summer 2012 dates are posted. If you are interested, more information will posted as it comes out. This training is required for all Scouts desiring to hold the Senior Patrol leader position.

As always, please read the troop web site, especially the calendar, for the most current information on all upcoming and scheduled events.

Mr. Hoffman
Scoutmaster

Troop 737

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