December 21, 2015

Post date: Dec 21, 2015 7:01:01 PM

Hello Troop 737,

No meeting tonight December 21st. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Thank you to Angela Rinaldo for heading up our Popcorn sales this year. There were quite a few scouts who made a quite a bit of money to fund their activities for the rest of the year. Well done Angela.

See the service hour opportunity at the end of this message.

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. Here is the Signup Genius link.

Our trip to Grand County on January 23 and 24 has changed to the Winter Blast. We will not be downhill skiing. Instead we will be leaving Saturday morning at 10am and heading up to Snow Mountain Ranch to go tubing. That afternoon and evening we will be taking advantage of all the other activities at the camp including: billiards, foosball tables, an indoor swimming pool, indoor roller rink, table tennis, basketball, and volleyball. Then we will go cross country skiing on Sunday. It should be a real blast!! See attached flyer. We only have a total of 12 spots, including adults, so sign up early. We may be able to add more spots later. The plan is to send out a notice on signing up and paying electronically in the near future.

Upcoming signup deadlines

January 1st for Activity night and Scoutmaster Challenge at the Wild Game on January 4th. Sign up here:

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.

January 18th for Winter Blast, January 23 - 24

Scoutmaster Minute Review

During this season of giving not everyone can give money or things. But everyone can give something that is even more valuable; your time. The scout slogan is: Do a Good Turn Daily. This is a great time to really put that slogan into practice. You could shovel a neighbor’s walk or help a person across some ice or load their groceries. You could help one of your classmates or siblings get ready for finals. You could do extra chores around the house. You can also do really simple things like holding the door for someone, picking up trash or being courteous and use words like please and thank you. Whenever you do a good turn only take a “Thank You” for it. Understand that you will get a reward for your efforts: the good felling of knowing that you have made someone’s day a little better. So start being a good scout and do a good turn daily. The world will be a better place and you will be a happier person.

Here is a list of upcoming events:

You can always check out the full schedule on the Troop website at:

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 Winter Blast at Snow Mountain Ranch Leave ELC at 10 AM. Spend the time tubing, cross country skiing and all the activities available at the Camp. Back before dinner on Sunday.

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.

Service Hours Opportunities::Always wear Class B uniform or if appropriate Class A

Christmas tree recycling is happening again this year at Evergreen Lutheran Church on Sat, Jan 2nd and Sat, Jan 9th. We need volunteers to help offload the trees from vehicles and stack them in the church parking lot. We’re trying to fill 2-hour shifts on each Saturday: 9-11am, 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3-5pm. Scouts that are 14 and over can sign up on their own. Scouts 13 and younger need to be accompanied by an adult or big brother because someone needs to be big enough to wrangle full-size trees off the tops of SUVs. Other parents are always welcome. The Christmas tree recycling project is sponsored by Evergreen Lutheran Church (ELC), Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability (EAS+Y) and Lam Tree Service. ELC provides the location, EAS+Y coordinates the event and Lam chips the trees later in January. The program is FREE (EAS+Y accepts any donations) and the mulch that Lam creates is FREE to anyone as well. Sign up here: