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Weekly Post, April 5, 2015

posted Apr 5, 2015, 12:42 PM by Scout Master

Hello Troop 737,

This Monday night we will be doing campout prep for the New Scout Campout (NSC).  New scouts will be going over what they need to bring and what is expected.  First and Second year scouts will be reviewing skills needed for stations.  Older scouts will be discussing potential activities including hiking up Cathedral Spire, fishing on the South Platte or doing an awesome pioneering project.  There will be a meeting for all adults who will be attending the NSC at 7:30.  

 

On Saturday night of the NSC we will be holding the Troop 737 Chili Cook Off.  Each patrol will be cooking their own pot of chili and prizes will be awarded.  Special consideration will be given for any chili beyond the basic hamburger chili, like green or chicken chili.  So break out your favorite chili recipe and bring it to the meeting.

 

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 COH.

 

We have spots available in all three of our scheduled summer camps, Camp Alexander (in state), Medicine Mountain (South Dakota) and Boundary Waters.  It is especially important for all of our new scouts to sign up for Camp Alexander.  This is the best way to get scouts engaged and well on their way to earning First and Second Class. Most of all, they will have a BLAST.

 

There is only one spot left for the Boundary Waters trip.  This is for a scout 13 and older.  Don’t miss this trip of a life time.    See previous emails and info below,

Camp Alexander in Colorado.  This camp is located west of Colorado Springs near Lake George.  We went to this camp in January and it looks great.  There is a nice swimming pool, large lake, great shooting ranges and a Kiva for ceremonies.  All new scouts and anyone who cannot make it to the SD camp are encouraged to go to this camp.  We have reserved a campsite for the week of July 26 – August 1 that will accommodate up to 27 people total.  See payment schedule below.

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/

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 6 tonight for New Scout Campout on April 10 - 12

Boundary Waters sign up now see below.  We still have one spot for Boundary Waters.  Don’t miss this chance of a lifetime! See info below

 

Sign up for summer camps now … see costs and payment due dates below.

 

Sign up for Big Horn training http://www.denverboyscouts.org/openrosters/view_homepage.aspx?orgkey=1897

Scoutmaster Minute Review

PLC meeting last week.

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 6  Troop Meeting  6:30 – 8pm  Service patrol is the Sharks.  Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up. Campout prep for New Scout Campout.  New scouts will be going over what they need to bring and what is expected.  First and Second year scouts will be reviewing skills needed for stations.  Older scouts will be discussing potential activities including hiking up Cathedral Spire, fishing on the South Platte or doing an awesome pioneering project.  Capture the flag outside

April 9 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.. 

April 9 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 10 New Scout campout trainers organize 6pm ELC All older scouts come organize the weekend’s activities for the new scouts.

 

April 11 and 12 New Scout Campout  7 am Sat. ELC  Return 1 pm Sun. New scouts and at least one parent are encouraged to come learn basic scout skills and how Troop 737 camps.  By the end of the weekend all new scouts will have earned their Tenderfoot badge and quite a few Second and First class requirements.  For the older scouts we are looking into a special hike, fishing or pioneering project.  On Saturday night we will be holding the Troop 737 Chili Cook Off.  Each patrol will be cooking their own pot of chili and prizes will be awarded.  Special consideration will be given for any chili beyond the basic hamburger chili, like green or chicken chili

 

April 13  Troop Meeting  6:30 – 8pm  Service patrol is the Sharks.  Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up. Fire starting and cook food over fire contest.  Key game.

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.  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.

 

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

For the out of state we will be going to Medicine Mountain Scout camp in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  This is for scouts who are currently in the seventh grade and above.  The dates are July 12 – 18.  We have reserve a total of 25 spots.  The first 20 scouts who sign up and pay the deposit will be set to go.  The other 5 spots are for adults.  We are looking for a HALO (Head Adult Leader Organizer) to head up this group.  Here is a YouTube video about the camp. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EEWMdCk6uY 

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

Deposit due at initial sign-up scouts                    $10.00

Deposit due at initial sign-up adults                    $5.00

Standard Scout Price                      Due May 1, 2015               total $295            after initial deposit $285

Standard Adult Price       Due May 1, 2015               total $125            after initial deposit $115

Late Scout Price                After May 2, 2015            total $320            after initial deposit $310

Late Adult Price                After May 2, 2015            total $150            after initial deposit $140

Include all merit badge costs

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

The instate camp which is for all Scouts is Camp Alexander, which is about 45 miles west of Colorado Springs.  The dates for this camp are July 26 – August 1.  We have signed up for a campsite that accommodates 21 to 27 people. So again, first come first serve.  Here is a video about Camp Alexander https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lfDd-s9_AkQ  See costs and payment dates below.

Camp Alexander in Colorado – July 26 – August 1             Maximum 27 slots

Total Costs          Scout $320         Adult $235

Payment Schedule:

Initial deposit due upon sign-up                                              $35

All remaining fees due April 27, 2015                       $110 per scout, $25 per adult     

Some merit badge costs are extra.          

 

Boundary Waters:  It is time to make your deposit of $100 so that the planning can start on crew make-up, transportation and entry points.  As it now stands we have 19…only 8 scouts and  11 adults..  (Isn’t this supposed to be a trip for the older Scouts?).  Parents need to understand and encourage the older scouts to attend.. where are all the 14-16 year old Scouts… It is the best way to keep those older scouts in Scouting and moving towards achieving Eagle. We need at least 5 more scouts to sign up so we can have 3 full crews of 8.  Please sign up or let me let me know if you are interested.   The dates are 6/9/15-6/18/15, which includes one travel day each way to/from Minnesota.  The final cost will be determined after we buy group-plane tickets, which won't be until spring, 2015, but the total cost will be about $900 per person  This is a trip NOT to be missed by any Scouts at 14 ages or above (13 years old is allowed with a parent). 

 

Big Horn Training.  This is the preeminent Boy Scout leadership training.  All the scouts that have attended this training have had a great time and found the training to be invaluable.  All scouts who are 13 years old or older and have achieved at First Class can attend.   I know I wish I had the opportunity to take this training when I was in school.  Here is a link for more info: http://www.denverboyscouts.org/openrosters/view_homepage.aspx?orgkey=1897

 

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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