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Weekly Post, November 3, 2013

posted Nov 3, 2013, 7:35 PM by Scout Master

Hello Troop 737,

What a glorious fall weekend!!  I love living in Colorado!!  

Thank you to Jack Winters for stepping up to help with the leadership training last week.  Both the incoming and outgoing Senior Patrol Leaders (SPLs) were tied up at other events. 

I will not be able to make tomorrow’s meeting.  Mr. Osborn will be doing Scoutmaster Conferences after 7pm.  Mr. Scutellaro will be doing announcements and the Scoutmaster minute.  Thanks guys.

If we have less than 20 people signed up for the KOA Station Tour we can open it up to anyone else, contact me for more information.

 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 we do not get some more sign ups fairly soon, we will have to start offering this opportunity to other troops in the area.  If cost is an issue, please contact me and we will see what we can work out.

Here is a list of upcoming events:

·          November 4 Troop Meeting: Advancement  Service patrol is the Barracudas.  Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up.   Citizenship in the Community, Veterinarian Medicine, American Heritage, Geology and Computers along with Programing.  All Scouts who are not First Class or fairly close will need to meet in the kitchen area to work on Trail to First Class.  Older Scouts, like the Troop Guide or Trainers, will help you on your requirements.  If you are a Troop Guide or a Trainer this is your time to shine so please show up!

·         November 10 KOA Radio station Tour Come see what goes on behind the scenes of at the KOA radio station during a Bronco game.  Meet at ELC at 1pm and leave by 1:15.  After touring the station at 2pm we will stop and get some ice cream on the way home.  We should be back at ELC by 4:30, just in time to see the end of the Bronco game.  Scouts, if you need this for advancement (Radio, communication{?} etc. ) make sure you bring your blue cards.

·         November 11 Troop Meeting: Troop Tent inventory and Campout prep   Service patrol is the Barracudas.  Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up.  We will be taking an inventory of all the Troop tents by setting up and inspecting all the tents in our regular meeting room.  The patrol that sets up the most tents will receive an awesome prize.  Quartermasters need to come to this meeting.  We will also be doing campout prep for the Chatfield Reservoir Campout.

·         November 15 -17 Chatfield Reservoir Campout  This is shaping up to be a really FUN campout We will be hiking, biking, fishing, orienteering, geocaching and having a great time.  We will be working on cooking, biking, orienteering, geocaching and other merit badges along with Trail to First class requirements. We are also looking into a model airplane club that meets nearby on Sundays.  Since this campout is so close, Scouts will be able to come and go.  So, they can go to other activities and come back to join us.  There are very few good excuses for not coming to this campout.  See you there!  You will not need Winter camp training to go on this campout.

·         December 6  Adult Brainstorming session  Troop 737 is an excellent troop but we can always make it better.  If you have some ideas on how we can make Troop 737 better, please plan on joining us.  I would especially like to hear from people who were in scouts as a youth and people who have recently been involved in other troops.   More details to follow.

·         December 7  Winter Camp Training 8am – 3pm  This is a very important training for our new scouts.  You must attend this training once, if you want to go on any of our outdoor winter camping trips, which is November through March!  This is true for adults also.  Every year we are asked to bend on this policy but we have never made an exception.  The Leadership Team feels that this training is essential for safety of scouts and adults.  We also want to make sure everyone has a good winter camping experience.

·         December 13 – 14 Lock-in at Wulf Rec Center   This is one of our most popular events.  The pool, gym and gymnastics room will be open.  We are still looking for a HALO (Head Adult Leader Organizer) for this event.  This is a fairly easy event to organize especially now that it is in town.  Steve Landin who has HALOed this event for the last two years is available to help.

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