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Weekly Post, May 17, 2015

posted May 17, 2015, 6:08 PM by Scout Master

Hello Troop 737,

Thanks to everyone who helped with the church clean up and the reorganizing of the troop garage and trailer.  Luckily we had both the church and trailer clean up done before the hail started.  We were able to work in the garage while it was raining.  Everything looks a lot better!!

 

Thank you to everyone who attended annual Troop planning meetingWe have a great set of outings planned for next year including new outings like climbing a 14er, ski trip to Grand Country and a fly fishing trip.  There will some old favorites like Klondike, New Scout Campout and Mystery Campout.  There are also plenty of family outings including the Sand Dunes, Sandhill Crane viewing and a trip to Glenwood.  The calendar will be finalized over the next few months watch your email.

 

I have been asked to gage the interest in going to Sea Base in 2017.  Scouts need to be 14 by the summer of 2017.  Is there anyone willing to organize this outing?

 

Monday night is our Spring Court of Honor.  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.  The theme is Star Wars so “bring no whole foods, bring tons of GMO’s and Chemicals” The meeting will be outside so dress appropriately.  If it is raining we will move inside.

 

Here is the link to the sign up for the Lost Creek backpacking trip on June 26 -28.  Mr. Plaehn is the HALO (Head Adult Leader Organizer) for this trip.  Look for emails from him on more details. www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C044DA9AE22AA8-t737/[SignUpGenius.com]

 

On June 29th we will be holding our annual summer camp prep meeting at our regular meeting time and place. This is for both scouts and parents.  Come learn how your scout can get the most out of his summer camp experience and learn about what needs to be done before and during camp.  This is especially important for new scouts and their parents.

 

Bring your Raffle Tickets to this Monday’s Court of Honor.  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. 

 

 

 

Upcoming signup deadlines

Sign up by June 15th for the Lost Creek backpacking trip which will be June 26 - 28.  Here is the link www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C044DA9AE22AA8-t737/[SignUpGenius.com]

Scoutmaster Minute Review

A few weeks ago I went to “Diversity Day” day at Evergreen High School and heard Joe Chavez speak.  He told a story about 2 brothers who were very similar; they may have even been twins.  They grew up in a tough neighborhood.  Their Dad was a drunk.  He was always in trouble with the law.  He couldn’t keep a job.  He was not home very often and when he was he was belligerent.  Sometimes he beat the boys.  One of the boys worked hard in school, earned a scholarship, graduated from college and got a great job.  The other brother kind of followed his Dad.  He got into drugs, was always in trouble with the law and couldn’t keep a job. One day a reporter heard about these 2 brothers and decided to do a story about them. She first went to druggy brother and asked him some general questions.  Then the reporter asked him “What is the biggest reason your life turned out the way it did?  His answer, “What do you expect with a Dad like mine.”  Logical.  Then the reporter asked the successful brother the same kind of questions including, “What is the biggest reason your life turned out the way it did?  His answer, “What do you expect with a Dad like mine.” …  Interesting; same parents, same upbringing, same opportunities, even same motivation, but totally different results.  Why is that?  The druggy brother let his circumstances dictate his life.  The successful brother decided to take control of his life.  He changed his circumstances and created the life he dreamed of.  We all have different life circumstances; some good, some bad, some we can control, some we can’t.  The one thing we can control is how we react to those circumstances.  The thing that is really cool about this whole thing is that you get to choose.  Do you want a life more like the druggy brother or a life more like the successful brother?  I hope you make the right choice.

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

 

May 18  Troop Meeting  6:30 – 8pm  Court of Honor  Service patrol is the Atomic Swordfish.  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.  Theme is Star Wars so “bring no whole foods, bring tons of GMO’s and Chemicals”  Meeting outside so dress appropriately.

 

May 22 Place flags on Veteran’s graves for Memorial Day   5:00pm. Meet Mr. Gutz at Bear Creek Cemetery just up the hill form Christ the King Catholic church in Evergreen.  See Mr. Gutz’s emails for more info.

 

May 23 Place flags on Veteran’s graves for Memorial Day   9:00am. Meet Mr. Gutz at Evergreen Memorial Park in Marshdale.  See Mr. Gutz’s emails for more info.

 

May 24 Zack Barber’s Eagle Court of Honor   2:00pm  First Baptist Church fo Evergreen on Troutdale Drive.  Come help Zack and his family celebrate this great accomplishment.

 

June 26 - 28 Lost Creek Backpacking trip HALO is Mr. Plaehn.  Details to follow.

 

June 29  Summer Camp prep  Meeting  6:30 – 8pm  ELC  This is for both scouts and parents.  Come learn how your scout can get the most out of summer camp and learn about what needs to be done before and during camp.  This is especially important for new scouts and their parents.

 

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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