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Weekly Post, Week of May 5, 2013

posted May 4, 2013, 8:54 AM by Scout Master

Greetings Troop 737!  We held our last PLC last week and planned the rest of the year’s meetings and activities. Please read below for details.

One important thing to note; the church’s decision to reschedule the cleanup day will have some impacts on us as a troop. The reschedule day is on Saturday the 11th, and we have several other things going on next Saturday. If you signed up and committed to work on Patrick Riley’s Eagle Project, please plan on doing that and don’t come to the church cleanup. I am sorry that those scouts will not be able to attend the church cleanup, but Patrick’s Eagle project is just as important to our community and to Patrick. The other big event on the 11th is the JeffCo Regional Track Finals Meet. Tack scouts too will have to miss the cleanup day.

Upcoming Signup Deadlines (see below for details):

·         Church Cleanup day: May 11th, ELC. Again, this is critical, we as a troop owe it to our Church sponsor as a way to say thank you for the facility that we enjoy almost weekly.

·         Wellington Lake Campout: May 17 – 19. Deadline May 13 Troop Meeting.

 

Uniform Night – May 6th – Last Chance to purchase T737 uniform items before summer camp.  Parents, bring your checkbooks to the meeting on May 6th because Mrs. Force will be selling uniforms from 6:30 until 7:45.  This includes used Class A uniforms as well as new Class B.  She will also have our brand new 40 year "737" patches which are $4.  It would help her immensely if you would use this time to take care of any final uniform needs in preparation for summer camps. She will not be setting up the "store" again until the fall.  Please be sure you see her PRIOR to 7:45, as she needs time to box everything back up and get it stored away before the meeting ends.

 

Service Patrol:
The service patrol for May is the NFE Patrol. All members of the NFE Patrol should be inside our meeting room no later than 6:15 PM to help set up for the meeting. The Serpents will be teaching the Barracudas how to be a service patrol in the future.

 

Please read below for details on upcoming events, and always stay current with our Troop Calendar on the web site. This is the best way to have the most current information.

 

Upcoming Activities:

Troop Meeting: Advancement & Uniform Sales Night – Monday, May 6th @ 6:30 to 8:00 PM at ELC:

·         HALO: Mrs. Osborn

·         Advancement: Merit Badges and Baden Powell

·         Last Chance to finish rank and merit badge requirements in time to get the award at the COH.

·         Scoutmaster Conferences & BORs

o   SMC – Jack Winters

·         Uniform Sales: Please see above for details. LAST CHANCE TO PURCHASE BEFORE SUMMER CAMP! Sales end promptly at 7:45 PM!

 

SM & ASM & HALOs for Upcoming Events/Committee/Parents Meeting – May 9th, @ 6:30 PM at ELC:

·         The ASM meeting starts at 6:30 PM and the committee meeting starts at 7:15 PM.

·         All Parents are invited and encouraged to attend any and all parts of both meetings.

·         Agenda is:

o   Wellington Lake Campout – Detailed Planning

o   Summer Camps – It’s time to start assigning Jobs to the HALOs and finish planning both camps.

o   May Court Of Honor

o   Annual Planning Day

o   Grove Sale if needed

o   New Troop Flags – Can we start using them at the COH?

 

Rescheduled Church Cleanup Day – May 11th @ 7:30 to 12:00 PM at ELC

·         HALO: Mr. Pond

·         We are planning to cook our own lunch for this event, so we will need adult volunteers to get the food and do some cooking on the morning of the event.

·         Here are more details:

o   Show Time: 7:30 AM Saturday morning, May 11th.

o   Food: Eat Breakfast before you come. Troop 737 adult volunteers will cook us a nice lunch for when we are finished. We will avoid the tornado effect we had last year, where a bunch of hungry teenage scouts ripped through the church’s food spread like a hot knife through butter!

o   Bring: Yourself! Work gloves and a yard tool or two. Especially helpful are soft and hard rakes, shovels and pitch or rock forks. We will be raking and picking up evergreen needles and pine cones and anything else the church leaders need in the way of light yard work. Depending on the snow cover, we may want a few snow shovels.

o   Uniform: Class B Tee shirt and Hoody, with any other weather appropriate outerwear, there is a high probability that you will get dirty! Generally a good thing for scouts!

o   Pick up time: We should be done by about noon, but any parents that are picking up should be ready and reachable by cell/phone by no later than 11 AM. Please let your son know which phone number he can reach you at. Last year we were done by 10 AM, and ready to leave before 11 AM.

o   Conduct: Let’s please be a very well behaved and polite troop. No pine code or snow ball throwing!

 

Troop Meeting: Capture the Flag & Campout Prep & Patrol Meetings – Monday, May 13th @ 6:30 to 8:00 PM at Flying J:

·         The PLC has decided to take our last meeting outdoors and to Flying J Open Space Park. We will set up in one of the pavilions at the main parking area and take care of all troop business just like usual, but outdoors.

·         Scouts should wear Hiking Boots while playing the game.

·         We will need to hold campout prep at this meeting also.

·         Patrols will need to meet briefly to assign COH food.

 

May Campout at Wellington Lake – Friday, May 17th – Sunday, May 19th:

·         HALO: Mrs. Riley

·         Cost: $12 plus food

·         Meet at ELC on Friday at 6 PM for a 6:30 departure. Eat before you come!

·         Return to ELC at 12:30 PM for a 1 PM pickup

·         Reminder; this is active critter season:

o   We will be camping in bear country during active bear season. This includes the most dangerous and destructive of all bears: the Rocky Mountain Mini-bear. These 5 ounce, 4 inch long critters can tear through your tent and packs faster than you can say; “who stole my toothpaste and who tore that hole in my pack?”

o   Please be very prepared to have all smellables out of your tents and into the trailer all weekend long. Pack all smellables in a mesh or other bag with your name on it and plan on storing it in the trailer from Friday evening until departure time.

o   If you have to ask someone if it’s a smellable, it is!

o   Bring no snacks for yourself.

o   All food should be purchase and controlled at the patrol level. This includes whatever snacks your patrol members want for between meals.

o   All food needs to be packed in ice chests and/or food storage containers and stored in the trailer at all times except for meal preparation and meal time.

o   Patrol Boxes need to be stored in the trailer except during meal preparation and meal time.

o   The trailer needs to be closed and locked except for during meal preparation and meal time.

o   Patrol sites will be thoroughly cleaned and inspected after every meal.

o   The wash station will be properly cleaned and inspected after every meal and waste water properly disposed of away from camp and any surface water at the camping area.

o   What am I missing?

 

Court of Honor – Monday, May 20th @ 6:30 to 8:00 PM at ELC (outside):

·         HALOs: Mr. and Mrs. Borns

·         We will have our Court outside in the outdoor worship area on the north side of the church house.

·         Theme: Super Heroes: come as your favorite super hero as your outer layer of clothing. Remember, you must shed your super hero garb to receive your awards and rank advancement in your Class A Uniform.

·         Masters of Ceremony: Sawyer and Ethan Halingstad, Joey Bremer and Devon Thompson

·         Patrol Food List:

o   Autobots: Assorted Candy

o   Flaming Eagles: Drinks

o   Panthers: Super Hero Cake

o   Stags: Drinks

o   Serpents: Vegetable Tray and Dip

o   Titans: Sherbet

o   NFE: Chips & Salsa

o   Falcons: Cookies

o   Sharks: Fruit Tray

o   Barracudas: Beef Jerky

o   Wolverines: Gummy Lifesavers

 

Annual Scout Planning Meeting; June 1, 2013 @ 8:00 to Noon @ TBD:

·         This is your chance to plan what activities we will do as a troop next year. The PLC would like each scout to come prepared with six suggestions for the troop. If you want a say in what this troop will do for the entire 2013-2014 program year, you need to participate.

·         Save this morning. We are still working out the location and details, but we want to hold our planning meeting earlier this year due to Boundary Waters.

·         We will have more details very soon!

 

June Backpacking Trip – Friday – Sunday, June 7th – June 9th:

·         HALO: Mr. Catterson

·         Meet at ELC at 1pm on Friday June 7th

·         We will be backpacking in 3 miles into the Lost Creek Wilderness area from the Goose Creek entrance near Deckers. 

·         Saturday will be spent exploring and doing day hikes.  We will also spend some time working on requirements and scout skills. 

·         Sunday we will cook a good breakfast.  Then pack up and head back.

·         Estimated arrival time will be early afternoon.

·         The hike is not real strenuous so all scouts are invited to come.

·         Mandatory campout prep and equipment check will be Monday June 3rd.  If you do not attend this meeting you cannot go on the trip.  Every scout will be expected to have his own backpack, sleeping bag and pad, utensils and 10 essentials.   The troop will provide tents, stoves and cooking utensils, but if you have some of your own, please bring them.  A more complete list will be put together later.

·         The sign-up sheet will be available at the next meeting. 

 

Ben Delatour Parent’s only Meeting; June 3, 2012, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at ELC:

·         This parent’s only meeting is designed to let parents know what summer camp is like, and how Troop 737 conducts a summer camp trip. This is your chance to get a lot of valuable information about peaceful Valley and summer camp and to ask any questions you might have. You will not want to miss this meeting.

·         Please note that this meeting is parents only so that we can talk privately about some important and sometimes candid health and safety issues; please do not bring scouts and siblings.

·         For Idaho, no meeting required on this date. You will meet one time on June 24th.

 

Ben Delatour & Idaho Parent’s and Scout’s Meeting; June 24, 2012, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at ELC:

·         This meeting is to let scouts know what to expect on departure day and at camp. We will let you know about banking your spending money, what to pack, and what else to expect on this adventure. Please plan on participating in the meeting.

·         For Idaho camp, this is your one and only meeting to work out final details and pass final information.

 

Island Park Summer Camp, out of state, July 6-14:

·         HALO: Mrs. Fizgerald, Mr. Kleist, Mr. Martin, Mrs. Wilkinson

·         This out of state adventure is mostly for mostly older scouts, year three and up. This camp is outside the west entrance of Yellowstone and is a two day trip to and from camp. The troop leaves on Saturday, July 6, and arrives back on Sunday, July 14. It is a full 12 hour drive so we need parents to drive and stay for the week.

 

Camp Ben Delatour Summer Camp, in state, July 14-20:

·         HALO: Mr. Snyder, Mr. Gutierrez, Mr. Auer, Mrs. Baty

·         Camp Ben Delatour is in the Red Feather Lakes region west of Fort Collins. This camp is for first and second year scouts and any other older scouts that will be working on Trail to First Class and/or Merit Badges.

 

As always, please read the troop web site, especially the calendar, for the most current information on all upcoming and scheduled events.

Mr. Hoffman
Scoutmaster

Troop 737

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