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Weekly Post, April 6, 2014

posted Apr 6, 2014, 7:47 PM by Scout Master

Hello Troop 737,

Thank you to all the Scouts who participated in ILST (Introduction to Leadership Skills) training on Monday.  We had a very productive day and we all learned a lot.  We also had some fun.  There is some talk about conducting another training because so many scouts missed the training.  Thank you to Mr. Osborn for helping out and to Mrs. Podd for an awesome chili cheese dog lunch.

After the ILST training our new PLC (Patrol Leaders Council) planned out the last 7 weeks of this session including the Court of Honor on our last meeting.  We have an exciting set of meetings in the next 2 months.

Tomorrow night the majority of our program will be outside so please dress accordingly and it might be good to bring a flashlight.

Fundraising:  The troop has several ways of raising money for summer camp or other outing,s including King Soopers or Safeway cards, camp cards (old scout show cards) and See’s candy bars.  If you have any interest in any of these opportunities let me know and I will get you in touch with the appropriate volunteer.  Ginny Riley will be selling boxes of See’s candy bars at the end of next couple of meetings.  A box of candy bars costs $24.  At least $12 will go into your scout account.  You can mix and match and buy half boxes.  We are looking for an adult to coordinate next year’s spring fundraising program.   If you are interested, please contact me or Ginny Riley.  

Upcoming signup deadlines

This is the last week to sign up for the new scout campout.

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 7  Troop Meeting  6:30 – 8pm  Search and Rescue and Campout Prep Service patrol is the Barracudas.  Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up.  Troop mobilization exercise and campout prep for New Scout campout.  Capture the Flag

April 11 Trainers leave for New Scout Campout  6pm ELC  Eat dinner before you come.

April 12 - 13 New Scout Campout  8am ELC new scouts and parents arrive, back 1pm Sunday

·         SIGN UP NOW!

·         New Scouts *and* at least one Parent required to attend with their Scout are welcome to experience the Troop’s approach and Patrol Method

·         Experienced Trainers needed; they ONLY will come up Friday evening for planning/setup

·         This outing will include the traditional ‘pig roast’ again provided by our former Scout Master Cary Hoffman

·         New Scouts will be eligible to obtain Tenderfoot rank and have many requirements towards 2nd Class rank

·         More than 30 requirements will be completed in the areas of first aid, map and compass, ropes and knots, physical fitness, and more

·         More detailed information, logistics, planning with Parents will be communicated shortly

·         Please see the HALO’s Bill Westfall, Angela Rinaldo, or Mark Bly with any questions

 

April 14  Troop Meeting  6:30 – 8pm  Map and Compass skills Service patrol is the Barracudas.  Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up.  Scouts will learn basic map and compass skills.  Bring your compass and a contour map if you have one.  A group of older scouts will create an orienteering course that the troop will do next week.

 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Internet Safety Program 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the sanctuary of the Church of the Hills in Evergreen. 

·         Thanks to Aaron Hansen, we have invited the Internet Safety division of the Jefferson County DA’s office to give a presentation to the mountain area Scout groups.  The presentation doesn’t directly cover the CyberChip program of the Boy Scouts of America, but we may try to incorporate this into our programming.  All parents and siblings in middle school or above are encouraged to attend

 

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

 

 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.

 

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

 

May 10, 2014 Church Cleanup     9am – 12  Help our Charter organization clean up the church grounds.  We will also be cleaning up around the Troop 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 Come experience this incredible setting.  More details to follow.

 

April 21  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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