Weekly Post, February 21, 2010

Post date: Feb 22, 2010 12:22:31 AM

Greetings Scouts, Scouters, and Parents,

Tomorrow night is Advancement and Election Signup. Mr. McLean will be working with Scout, Tenderfoot, and Second Class Scouts on Trail to First Class. Bring your books. All scouts NOT participating in a merit badge will need to assist with Trail to First Class. Election sign ups will also be out. Make sure you sign up for a leadership position. Troop Webmaster and Leave No Trace trainer are two new leadership positions. We will hold elections at the meeting on March 1.

Quinzee Campout, March 12-14. SMIC is Mr. Trower. The last day to sign up for this camp is next Monday, February 22. So, please talk this over with your parents and get yourself signed up this Monday. Any scout or adult that has winter camp training is encouraged to come! This is NOT High Adventure, so any scout can attend as long as he has completed Winter Camp Training or OKPIK.

A Note on Trail to First Class. ALL scouts that are not yet First Class should be focusing on Trail to First Class at advancement meetings and at Summer Camps. Trail to First Class is a program that helps new scouts work on and complete rank advancement requirements toward First Class rank. That includes all requirements for the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class. We urge all scouts to achieve the rank of First Class within the first year of scouting. Our Trail to First Class Coordinator is Mr. McLean, but any First Class or higher rank scout can sign off on these requirements.

New Eagle Scout. A super special congratulations to Eric, our newest Eagle Scout. Great job Eric!! Hooooa!

Klondike Weekend. This weekend was the Klondike Campout at Golden Gate. A great time. Good snow and the Klondike Trail events were a blast. According to our thermometer, it reached 0 degrees last night! Piece of cake. Look for photos on the site soon.

2010 Rank Requirement Changes. Remember that several rank requirement changes took effect on January 1, 2010 (listed below). Make sure you have these completed, even if you started the rank requirements before 2010. For your reference, I have added a new page to the site titled Rank Advancement.

    • Tenderfoot - A Scout must teach another person how to tie a square knot using the EDGE model (explain, demonstrate, guide, and enable). He must also be able to discuss four specific examples of how he lived the points of the Scout Law in his daily life.
    • Second Class - A Scout must discuss the principles of Leave No Trace and explain the factors to consider when choosing a patrol site and where to pitch a tent. He must explain what respect is due the flag of the United States. He must again discuss four examples of how he lived four different points of the Scout Law in his daily life. He must earn an amount of money agreed upon by the Scout and his parents and save at least 50 percent of it.
    • First Class - An additional requirement to the 10 separate troop/patrol activities states he must demonstrate the principles of Leave No Trace on these outings. He must discuss four more examples of how he lived the remaining four points of the Scout Law in his daily life.
    • Life - A Scout must use the EDGE model to teach a younger Scout a specified skill.

Webelos Crossovers. Mr. Kerber is arranging the crossovers and will have a sign up book at the Monday meeting. The goal would be to have a minimum of 4 scouts and two adults for each crossover. Den Chiefs must attend to receive credit for the position for advancement. Scheduled crossovers are:

  • Pack 400: Wed Feb 17 6:30 (Mountain High Christian Center; the church across 285 from Intercanyon Fire Station)
  • Pack 50: Thursday Feb 18 6:00pm (Evergreen High School cafeteria)
  • Pack 497: Thursday Feb 18 3:35 pm (Location TBD)
  • Pack 285: Friday Feb 19 6:30pm (Shepherd of the Rockies Lutheran Church - 106 Rosalie Rd, Bailey)
  • Pack 39: Tuesday Feb 23 6:30pm (Sanctuary Room of the Conference Baptist Church 27154 North Turkey Creek Road, Evergreen)
  • Pack 507: Tuesday Mar 23 6:30 pm (King-Murphy Elementary School)

Automobile Maintenance Merit Badge. Mr. Riley and Mr. Wagenhals will be pulling an engine and replacing the crank shaft. The project is currently scheduled for March 5-6. If you are interested in participating, it will go a long way toward your Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge. Contact Mr. Riley.


These are now in the troop calendar and, as a reminder, in Announcements. Please see announcements regarding:

  • Troop photos
  • Upcoming deadlines
  • Service Patrol
  • Philmont 2011
  • Merit Badges for this round of advancement
  • Truck Transportation MB, American Business MB, Pioneer Trails MB, and First Aid MB
  • Historic Merit Badges
  • Council Order of the Arrow Banquet

UPCOMING - Click here for the current Troop Calendar.

ADULT TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES. (…it’s not just an opportunity, it’s an expectation…)

Click here for the location on the webpage.

Complete listing. Register online at www.Denverboyscouts.org.

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Matt Wickham

Scoutmaster, Troop 737

Home: (303) 816 9207

Cell: (720) 318 2219


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