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Weekly Post, January 18, 2015

posted Jan 18, 2015, 4:39 PM by Scout Master

Hello Troop 737,

We had an awesome time at the Alexander Cabin trip this weekend … ice climbing, pond hockey, sledding, hiking and hanging out with friends.

 

Monday night is the PLC, Patrol Leaders Conference.  All members of the Patrol Leaders Council come and plan the upcoming meetings and events.  All patrols should be represented.

 

If you want to be included in the upcoming Court of Honor on February 2, all the requirements need to be complete by this Monday night. If you need a Scout master conference or a Board of Review, you need to let me know ASAP.  At the PLC is too late.

 

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 can opt-out of messages at any time by replying, ‘unsubscribe @troop737’.

Upcoming signup deadlines

NOW Boundary Waters sign up now see below.  We still have open spots for Boundary Waters.  Where are all the 14 to 16 year old scouts?  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

February 9 for the Quinzee camping trip on February 14 -16

Scoutmaster Minute Review

What is the Scout Slogan:  Do a good turn daily.  Do you know that the scout slogan helped bring scouting to America?  About a hundred years ago an American by the name of William Boyce was on a business trip in London.  It was a very foggy day and he was lost.  A young man came up to him and asked if he needed some help.  Mr. Boyce told him where he needed to go and the boy led him right to the place.  Mr. Boyce was very impressed with the boy and offered him some money.  The boy said no thank you; I won’t take anything for helping.  I am a Scout and I am doing a good turn.  Mr. Boyce wanted to know more about being a Scout and he ending up talking with Patton Powel, the founder of Boy Scouts.  Mr. Boyce decided that Scouting needed to come to America and on February 8, 1910 the Boy Scouts of America was formed.

Aesop said, “No act of kindness is ever wasted”.  John Wooden once said “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will ever be able to repay you”

When you do a good turn you make someone else they feel better and you feel good also.  Practice it enough and it will become a habit.  By doing a good turn daily you will make the world a better place and you live a more fulfilling life.

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

 

January 18  PLC  Meeting  6:30 – 8pm  All members of the Patrol Leaders Council come and plan the upcoming meetings and events.  All patrols should be represented.

 

February 8 Scout Sunday Please attend your church of choice in your uniform and see if you can help with the service.  Scouts can also attend the Evergreen Lutheran Church and help with the service.

 

February 14 - 16 Quinzee campout  Meet at ELC at 7:30am Saturday morning leave by 8.  Build Quinzees on Saturday. Explore area on Sunday.  Return Monday, Presidents day noon.  Location not finalized but probably up on Guanella pass.  I realize this is over Valentine’s Day and I am sorry.  Maybe you can go out on Friday night on find another special night with your loved one.

 

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                                     $10.00

Early Bird Scout Price      Due March 15, 2015        total $245            after initial deposit $235

Early Bird Adult Price      Due March 15, 2015        total $100            after initial deposit $90

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

Due January 5, 2015                                                        $75 per camper

Due March 2, 2015                                           $100 per camper

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.  The deadline has been extended to January 1st. 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.  A deposit will be needed by 12/1/14 (expect about $100 down).  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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