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Weekly Post, November 16, 2014

posted Nov 16, 2014, 4:38 PM by Scout Master

Hello Troop 737,

Monday’s meeting is Career Night.  Come hear about 3 fascinating careers; one that deals with dangerous materials and sometimes gross results, a world traveler and something very secrete.  Sparked you interest; come and hear about these interesting careers.

No meeting next week, Thanksgiving break.

Thank you to Sean and Dave Kraemer for organizing a five mile hike on Saturday during the snow.  Four other scouts and most of their parents joined them and they earned several First and Second Class requirements.

Mr. Ballantine has informed me that if we do not get 24 scouts and parents signed up for the Boundary Waters trip it may not be economically feasible.  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).  Sign-up forms will be at Troop 737 meetings on Mondays...we need to start collecting names so 1) we know there is interest, and 2) to show commitment to that interest.  Don't wait long - the trip as a number limit!

We have finalized the dates for summer camp.  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

The instate camp which is for all Scouts in Camp Alexander which is about 45 mile 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

More information about costs and deposit dates for both camps will be available at the meeting.

Any older scouts, 13 and above, interested in going Ice Climbing.  See info below for our trip in January.

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 above.  First payment due December 1st .

Now Ice Climbing for January Camp Alexander cabin trip.

December 1:Winter camp training.  We need trainers as well as participants

December 8: Winter Camp Training. Wulff Lock-in. Webelos welcome

Scoutmaster Minute Review

At Survival Campout the weather was really great but on Saturday night the wind really began to blow.  We were camped among some really tall Douglas Fir trees and it was amazing to see how those huge trees were able to withstand the wind.  Those trees are a good metaphor for a successful person.  When the wind blows those trees bend and are flexible.  When the winds of change, new ideas and challenges blow are you flexible and open?  In our campsite there was a tree that the top had broken off.  It was not flexible enough.  Are you too rigid in your thoughts and attitude to where you let the world break you?  You will be a lot happier and you will learn a lot more if you are flexible and open to new ideas.  Those trees also needed to have a good root system in order to withstand those winds.  In the same way, a successful person needs to have a good moral root system.  Things that he believes in and he will not budge … things like the scout oath and law.  So I encourage you to live like a tree; be flexible when the winds of change, new ideas and challenges blow in and have a good set of moral roots like the scout oath and law.

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

 

November 17  Troop Meeting  6:30 – 8pm  Service patrol is the Titans.  Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up. Career Night.  Come hear about 3 fascinating careers; one that deals with dangerous materials and sometimes gross results, a world traveler and something very secrete.  Sparked you interest; come and hear about these interesting careers.

November 24 No Meeting Thanksgiving break

 

December 1  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.

 

December 6  Winter Camp Training 8:30am – 3pm  ELC Any Scouts or adults who want to go winter camping must attend this training.  The leadership team has been asked numerous times to make an exception to this rule and we have turned it down every time. We want everyone’s winter camp experience, especially the first one, to be a good one. This is a very informative and worthwhile training.   

 

December 12 Wulff Lock-in 9pm –  Saturday 7am  Wulff Rec Center  This is always one of the most well liked events of the year.  We are looking for a HALO (Head Adult Leader Organizer) for this event.

 

January 16 -18 Camp Alexander  Cabin Trip Leave 6pm Friday return late on Sunday (no school on Monday).  We have rented a cabin that sleeps 24.  Activities include broom hockey, sledding and plenty of hiking/snow shoeing.  There is Ice Climbing available for scouts 13 and older for an extra $32 but we need to sign up fairly soon.

 

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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