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Weekly Post, March 2, 2014

posted Mar 2, 2014, 3:26 PM by Scout Master

Hello Troop 737,

Yesterday, we had a great New Scout and Parent Orientation.  I am very excited about the group of new scouts and the parents that are joining Troop 737.  I want to thank Dan Osborn for HALOing this event and for updating our presentation.   Thank you also to Christy Pond who was in charge of lunch.  We also had a lot of people who helped with the adult presentation including; Michael Johnson, Sean Riley, Carrie Osborn, Wendy Barber and Tracy Hanson.  Thanks to all the scout trainers who helped with our new scouts and I especially want to thank Zack Barber for leading this crew.  You all did a great job!
Thanks to Steve Landin for putting together the Quinzee presentation for our last meeting. This included Sean Riley’s excitement.  Guys, it worked well; we have 28 scouts and adults signed up for this campout.  Remember we will be doing campout prep including vacuum sealing our food at this Monday’s meeting.

This Wednesday will be our first organizing meeting for this year’s Philmont crew.  We are still working out a time and a place to meet so keep an eye on your email.  We still need one other adult (18 or older) to join us and we have space for one more scout.  If you are interested please contact me or Mr. Riley.

The PLC (Patrol Leaders Council) has decided that the theme for the upcoming unit will be cooking.  This will be culminating in a Troop 737 Cooking Competition on March 17th.  The Scouts will be planning and cooking the meal by patrols.  All families are welcome to join us.  There will be many prizes including the coveted prize for the best all-around meal.

For spring break, we have reserved a group campsite in Arches National Park, see below.  Currently we only have 2 families signed up.  If anyone is interested in coming for all or part of spring break you need to let us know ASAP.  Don’t miss this awesome chance to camp in Arches National Park.  If no one else joins us we may have to cancel.

Here is a list of upcoming events:

·         March 3  Troop Meeting  6:30 – 8pm  Cooking  Service patrol is the Stags.  Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up.  Scouts will learn about one pot meals, including a demonstration and a tasting.  Quinzee crew will be doing campout prep including demonstrating prepping for retort cooking.  Game: rubber ball relay.

·         March 5  Philmont Organizational meeting  Time and place to be determined, watch for more information.  All Philmont participants need to attend so we can organize our trip of a life time.

·         March 7 - 9 Quinzee Campout Leave ELC at 6pm, return Sunday at 1pm.  We have rented a lodge (sleeps 18) up at Tahosa Scout Camp for Friday and Saturday night.  We will sleep in the Lodge on Friday night.  Then on Saturday we will build our Quinzees and sleep in them that night.  This is one of my favorite campouts!  Building a Quinzee and sleeping in it is a very rewarding experience.  The Scouts love destroying the Quinzees, which is not very easy, on Sunday morning.  We have also invited our multicultural scout friends from Denver to join us on Saturday and Sunday.

·         March 10 Troop Meeting  6:30 – 8pm  Cooking  Service patrol is the Stags.  Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up.  Patrols will be deciding on their final menu for next week’s feast.  They will then be making detailed grocery lists.  Patrols will then switch and critique each other’s list.  Mr. Scutellaro will talk about dehydrating your own backpacking food.  Games: tarp flip and human knot.

·         March 14 - 16 Nebraska Crane Viewing Trip  Leave from ELC Friday at 4pm return Sunday at 2 – 3pm.  This is your chance to see thousands of sand hill cranes up-close from specially built viewing blinds.  There will also be some other fun and educational side trips.  Families can possibly join in on this trip.

·         March 15  Search and Rescue Merit Badge workshop  9am Alpine Rescue Team Shack  Troop 400 has set up an event where scouts can earn their Search & Rescue merit badge.

·         March 10  Troop 737 Cooking Competition  6:30 – 8:30pm  All families are welcome to come.  Many prizes will be awarded including the coveted prize for the best all-around meal.  Some scouts will need to be dropped off as early as 5:30 depending on their duties for the night.  The plan is to eat by 7 and be cleaned up by 8:30.

·         March 23 – 29 Spring Break Arches Family Campout  We have reserved a group site in Arches National Park.  This is a tent only campground that will accommodate 35 campers.  Come and experience this incredibly beautiful setting with other Troop 737 families.  We will be hiking, biking, exploring, river rafting, cooking incredible food and whatever else you want to do. 

Other important dates:

·         Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 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. 

·         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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