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Weekly Post, April 20, 2014

posted Apr 20, 2014, 3:53 PM by Scout Master

Happy Easter Troop 737!

Thank you to Aaron Hansen for organizing the Internet Safety program.  It was very informative.

Friday night was the Court of Honor for Micah, Mitch, Nick and Luke.  It was very inspiring as well as a lot of fun.  This is an awesome group of Eagle Scouts who are quality young men.  We will miss you but you are always welcome to visit Troop 737.  The next Court of Honor for some of our Eagle Scouts will be May 4, see below.

Tomorrow night we will be doing an orienteering course outside, so please bring your compass and dress appropriately.  There will be a short PLC meeting sometime during the meeting to discuss the upcoming Court of Honor.

Next week, on April 28, we are going to have our only Advancement night of the semester.  This will only be to sign off completed merit badges or to complete the final requirements.  We are currently trying to line up counselors for: Citizenship in the Community and the World, First Aid, Emergency Prep, Communications, Veterinary Medicine and Snow Sports.

We are in the process of working out the details for our Sand Dunes Campout on May 16 – 18.  This campout is a family campout so all parents and siblings are welcome to join us.  This is a very unique place that is a lot of fun.  Some of the potential activities include: climbing the dunes, running, skiing or boarding down the dunes, playing in the creek in front of the dunes, checking out all the cool bugs or just hanging out with your friends.   There are also potential side trips to Zapata Falls, Sand Dunes Hot Springs Pool and the Alligator Farm.  We have found a group campsite at the entrance to the Dunes but it is a little expensive.  Total cost for the trip will be around $40 including food and gas.  Before we make a commitment we want to make sure we have enough people going.  Please sign up tomorrow night or sent me an email.

Upcoming signup deadlines

Scout show is Saturday  See below

Sand Dunes Campout May 16 – 18  See above or below

Summer camp sign-ups are running behind.  This is a not to be missed experience, where scouts can earn merit badges, learn scout skills, great fellowship with other scouts and have a great time.  Sign up now and the earlier you pay the cheaper the fee.  The in-state camp, Dietler at Peaceful Valley, is for first and second year scouts and all other scout who cannot go to Idaho. The date for this camp is July 6 – 12. Merit badge sign up is April 28th.  We need to have our roster fairly well set so we can sign up for the appropriate merit badges. We are looking for an HALO (Head Adult Leader Organizer) for this trip. 

Island Park Camp in Idaho is for third year and above scouts.  The date for this camp is July 19 – 27.  All the scouts who have gone to this camp in the past have loved it.  The first scouts to sign up and pay will get to go.  When we fill up we will not be able to take any more.

Here is a list of upcoming events:

April 21  Troop Meeting  6:30 – 8pm  Orienteering  Service patrol is the Barracudas.  Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up.  Scouts will do an orienteering course and relay set up by older scouts. Balloon Battle

 

Wednesday, April 23 Philmont organizational meeting  7pm Angry Llama restaurant in the Crossing building in Conifer.

 

 April 26, 2014 Scout Show  Troop 737  - Outside Booth

·         PLEASE SIGN UP NOW FOR A TIME SLOT(S) THAT WORK FOR YOU

·         This year’s theme: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

·         Solar Smaco’s anyone?

·         Scout Show official time: 10:00-4:00 but come when you can or stay all day; it is a blast!!

·         Our typical schedule is to be at the National Western Complex by 9:00 for set up through cleanup and departure by 5:00

·         Last year we had at least 10 Scouts and 6 adults and a lot of messy fun

·         HALOS: Alan McCabe, Bill Westfall

 

April 28  Troop Meeting  6:30 – 8pm  Advancement  Service patrol is the New Scout 1 patrol.  Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up.  This will be a catchup night for all scouts who have new to be signed off on merit badges or who only have a few requirements left.  Night at the Museum.

 

Sunday, May 4 Eagle Court of Honor for Cole Wagenhals and Josh Sperry 2pm Evergreen Lutheran Church.  Come join in the celebration of these Eagle scouts.  RSVP to cwalker@propics​photo.com

 

May 5  Troop Meeting  6:30 – 8pm  Search and Rescue Dogs demonstration  Service patrol is the New Scout 1 patrol.  Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up.  Come see this very cool demonstration.  Sharks and Minnows

 

May 10, 2014 Church Cleanup and Garage/Trailer reorganization   8:30am – 12  Help our Charter organization clean up the church grounds.  Once we have that completed we will be reorganizing the Troop trailer and garage.

 

May 12  Troop Meeting  6:30 – 8pm  Astronomy  Service patrol is the New Scout 1patrol.  Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up.  Come learn how to identify constellations and do the paper work for Astronomy merit badge.  Hopefully we can use our new knowledge at the Sand Dunes Campout.  Crows and Cranes.

 

May 16 - 18 Sand Dunes Campout Leave around 6pm on Friday and be back at ELC between 3 – 4 pm Sunday.  This campout is a family campout so all parents and siblings are welcome to join us.  This is a very unique place that is a lot of fun.  Some of the potential activities include: climbing the dunes, running, skiing or boarding down the dunes, playing in the creek in front of the dunes, checking out all the cool bugs or just hanging out with your friends.   There are also potential side trips to Zapata Falls, Sand Dunes Hot Springs Pool and the Alligator Farm.  We have found a group campsite at the entrance to the Dunes but it is a little expensive.  Total cost for the trip will be around $40 including food and gas.  Before we make a commitment we want to make sure we have enough people going.  Please sign up tomorrow night or sent me an email.

May 19  Troop Meeting  6:30 – 8pm  Court of Honor Service patrol is the New Scouts 1 patrol.  Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up.  All scouts who have achieved a new rank or merit badges since our last Court of Honor will be recognized.  All parents are encouraged to come, especially Mothers.

 

May 31, 2014 Day Rafting trip     Details to follow.

 

·         Other important dates: . 

·         June 19 – July 3 Philmont  If you have signed up for Philmont, the first and second payments are due now.  We still do have room so if you are at all interested, please sign up or contact me or Mr. Riley. Philmont is one of the premier scouting events of any scout’s career.  All of the scouts and adults who went last time had an awesome time and highly recommend that everyone should take advantage of this opportunity.  Troop 737 was VERY lucky to get a chance to go again so quickly.   There is a very good chance that if you are 14 or older, you may not get another chance to go Philmont.  If cost is an issue, please contact me and we will see what we can work out.

·         Summer camps:

o   July 6 – 12 Camp Dietler and Peaceful Valley Colorado

o   July 19 – 27 Camp Island Park in Idaho

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