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Weekly Post, April 19, 2015

posted Apr 19, 2015, 3:15 PM by Scout Master

Hello Troop 737,

Monday night is the PLC (Patrol Leaders Council) meeting.  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.

REMINDER The Scout Show is this Saturday.  Make sure you sign up. See previous emails from HALO Cheve Meyer.

REMINDER Alex Askins Eagle project was postponed to this Saturday from 10 – 2 at the Aspen Ridge Church.  See previous emails from Alex

Raffle Tickets.  Scouts have been receiving raffle tickets for being on time and in full uniform.  Scout leaders have also been handing out a few for scouts who were especially helpful.  We will be raffling off this cool knife and compass at the Court of Honor at the end of May.  So keep those raffle tickets and bring them to the end of the year COH (Court of Honor).

 

 

SUMMER CAMP Within the last few weeks we have filled the last spots in both our Boundary Waters and Camp Alexander summer trips.  There are a few spots left on the Medicine Mountain trip to SD.  See info below.  All money is currently due for all summer camp programs.  Please make sure you are current with these payments. 

 

On May 17th from 3 – 6pm we will be holding our annual Troop planning meeting.  Scouts will be planning the events for next year.  Parents, this is a scout led troop so the scouts will make the ultimate decision as to what they want to do but we need your suggestions.  Please email me with ideas for campouts, events, meetings, speakers, etc.  We will present them to the Scouts.

 

REMINDER To be included in the Troop 737 group text messages, text @troop737 to (303) 625-7829. This is mainly for Scouts but parents are welcome to join.  You will need to respond to a follow up text by entering your name.  All of this information is now available on our website under Troop Communication.  You can opt-out of messages at any time by replying, ‘unsubscribe @troop737’.

Upcoming signup deadlines

April 20 for the Scout Show on April 25

April 27 for the La Junta campout on May 1 -3

Sign up for Medicine Mountain Scout camp in SD.  See info below.

Scoutmaster Minute Review

Have you ever lost some money?  It is kind of a bummer.  You know what is worse?  If you are injured or get sick and it takes a long time to get well.  You know what is even worse than that … if you lose your integrity.  What is integrity?  Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.  That sounds a lot like living by the scout oath and law.  Living with integrity is a way of life the same as being a Scout.  You can’t just do it when it is easy; you need to do it when it is hard also.  You can’t just do it when people are watching; you need to do it all the time.  If it the right thing to do, do it.  If it is the wrong thing to do, don’t do it.  It has been said that when wealth is lost nothing is lost.  When health is lost, something is lost.  When integrity is lost, all is lost.  Don’t lose your integrity.  Live by the Scout Oath and Law all the time and be a good Scout.

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

 

April 20  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 25, 2015  Scout Show   10:00am to 4pm.  Denver Stock show complex.  HALO Cheve Meyer.  Help man Troop 737s booth where we make our famous Smacos.  Sign up for shifts but make sure to make time to check out all the other cool booths at the show including the Coleman display that has some great deals on all kinds of equipment.

 

May 1 - 3 LaJunta Campout  Leave sometime Friday afternoon since there is no school of Friday .  Highlights include, Indian dancing, sleeping in a Kiva, Bents fort and a hike to see petroglyphs. HALO Mike O’Connor.

 

May 9  Church Cleanup   8:00am – 11:00  Come help clean up the outside of the church, which is our charter organization.

 

May 9  Troop Trailer and Garage Cleanup   11:00am – 2pm.  Come help clean out and organize the Troop garage and trailer.  Make sure that the Troop and your Patrol box is ready for our next outing.  If you can only come for a couple of hours, that is fine.  Lunch will be provided.

 

May 17  Annual Troop Planning meeting   3 – 6 pm ELC  Scouts come and help plan the activities for the upcoming year.  We really need your input.  Parents, this is a scout led troop so the scouts will make the ultimate decision as to what they want to do but we do need your suggestions.  Please email me with ideas for campouts, events, meetings, speakers, etc.  We will present them to the Scouts.

 

Summer camps

Sign up early and make your payments.  The troop will not be fronting costs.  If you do not make your payments on time you will not get the early discounts and you may not be able to go. There is plenty of time for scouts to make money for summer camp.  If money is an issue please contact me,  we can make it happen

Medicine Mountain Summer Camp in South Dakota  In addition to the typical scout camp activities this camp has a special program for high adventure that includes backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, caving and COPE.  There is an extra cost for these activities.  Check out the website for more information.  A couple of other interesting aspects of this camp are that there are no camp activities scheduled for Wednesday.  Participants are encouraged to go check out the sites of the Black Hills.  Also there is a family camp just outside the scout camp where families can set up camp including RVs.  This out of state camp is for scouts who are currently in the seventh grade and above.  The dates are July 12 – 18.  We currently have 8 scouts and 3 adults signed up to go.  There is room for up to 25.  So talk to you buddies and sign up!  http://mountain.blackhillsbsa.org/

Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch in SD – July 12 – 18      Maximum 25 total slots

Standard Scout Price $295            Due Now                            

Standard Adult Price $125            Due Now             

Late Scout Price               After May 2, 2015            total $320           

Late Adult Price                After May 2, 2015            total $150           

Include all merit badge costs

NOTE:  This does not include transportation and food costs to and from camp.

As Scoutmaster of a very active troop, I am constantly being approached about our troop helping out in the community.  The troop policy has been to give our Eagle projects the priority over any other service opportunities.  Instead of bombarding you all with these other opportunities I will keep a list and if a scout wants to participate in a service project or he needs service hours for rank advancement, he can email me for the list.

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