December 13, 2015.
Post date: Dec 13, 2015 8:53:32 PM
Hello Troop 737,
Monday night will be Advancement night. The merit badge counselors for Communication and Salesmanship will be available to wrap up your requirements. Mr. Plaehn, the merit badge counselor for Citizenship in the Community, will not be available. You will need to contact him on your own to sign off on your requirements. All other scouts will be playing board games, so bring your favorite board game. We will also be practicing lashings.
Since school start back on Wednesday January 6th we are going to have our second annual activity night the Monday before, January 4th. This year we will be doing it at the Wild Game in Bergen Park from 6 to 9pm. The cost is $25 that includes unlimited bowling, food (cheese pizza, chicken tenders, French fries, chocolate cookies and unlimited soft drinks) and $20 worth of game cards that can be used that night or in the future. We will also be doing the Scoutmaster Challenge again. Any scout who can bowl a higher score that the Scoutmaster gets a special desert. Parents are encouraged to come and pay for their own bowling, games and food. A Signup Genius link will be sent out soon to sign up.
Plans are being finalized for the Ski trip to Grand County on January 23 and 24. We will be leaving early of Saturday morning and skiing that day. Then we will spend the night at Snow Mountain Ranch and spend part of Sunday doing another activity. More details to follow.
Recording service hours. For most rank advancements there some requirement of service hours. This is going to be especially true when the new BSA requirements are implemented next year. These service hours need to be recorded in the Advancement computer by the Advancement Chair, Mr. Landin, in order to meet this requirement. If a scout participates in a troop service project like an Eagle project there should be a sign in sheet and those hours will be recorded. But what about service opportunities that are not troop sponsored. These could be things like volunteering for a non-profit origination, church or school. If there is a question as to whether a project qualifies please ask the Scoutmaster. Scouts need to have some kind of written proof of service hours. There is a form on the troop website under forms that can be used
There is also a Service log page behind the rank requirement pages in the Scout hand book. Both of these forms need to be signed by an adult, preferable not by a parent if possible. It should be signed by the adult in charge. These then need to be taken to Mr. Landin to be recorded in the Advancement computer.
Upcoming signup deadlines
Okpik for the January 8-10 session is full but we have a couple of spots available through the Troop. Contact Mr. Catterson or Mr. Pond if interested in going on this awesome adventure. http://www.denverboyscouts.org/event/okpik-session-1/1795130
January 18th for Ski Trip to Grand County January 22 - 24
Scoutmaster Minute Review
No Scoutmaster minute at PLC
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
December 14 Troop Meeting 6:30 – 8pm ELC Service patrol is the Diamondbacks. Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up. Advancement night, board games and lashings.
December 21 No meeting Christmas Break.
January 4, 2016 Activity night and Scoutmaster Challenge at the Wild Game 6 – 9pm The cost is $25 that includes 3 hours of unlimited bowling, food (cheese pizza, chicken tenders, French fries, chocolate cookies and unlimited soft drinks) and $20 worth of game cards that can be used that night or in the future. Any scout who can bowl a higher score that the Scoutmaster gets a special desert.
January 11, 2016 Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) meeting 6:30 – 8pm ELC If you are a Patrol Leader or in a troop leadership position please come and help plan the upcoming Troop activities. If you are a Patrol Leader and you cannot make it to this meeting you need to talk to your assistant Patrol Leader or someone in your Patrol so that all Patrols are represented at the PLC.
January 8 -10 Okpik high adventure camp See Mr. Ponds previous emails and see sign up link above.
January 22 - 24 Ski trip to Grand County Details still being worked out.
Service Hours Opportunities::Always wear Class B uniform or if appropriate Class A
Ring Bells for Salvation Army. Here are a few tips. Dress warm and HAVE FUN! Do it with friends (sign up for only one door), bring your dog, wear a costume, play music … the crazier the better. If you start the day you will need to get the red kettle, bell and apron from the customer service desk. If you end the day, you will need to return the equipment to the customer service desk. Parents it is up to you if you think you need to accompany your scout or not. If you sign up, please go if at all possible. Each 2 hour session collects about $200. Use this link to sign up at Walmart in Evergreen. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044caea823a75-salvation