Weekly Posting, January 9, 2011

Post date: Jan 9, 2011 4:12:02 PM


I hope you all had a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday break. Over the break we had a fantastic time on the backcountry yurt trip outside Leadville, a good day shredding at Echo Mountain Ski Area, and a great OKPIK winter camping trip at Camp Tahosa this weekend.

Here’s the buzz with upcoming meetings and events:

January 10, 2011. 6:30, ELC. Patrol Leader's Council. The SPL, ASPLs, Patrol Leaders (or assistants), and Scribe need to attend. Please print out the necessary planning paperwork from the website. You can find it here. Mr. Luebbe has another load of bricks to unload, so please arrive 20 minutes early with some gloves to help unload. Due to work, I will not be in attendance. Mr. Hoffman to be HALO.

January 17, 2011. 6:30, ELC. Advancement.

January 24, 2011. 6:30, ELC. Career night.

January 31, 2011. 6:30, ELC. Order of the Arrow Elections. This is a critical event for our troop. The Order of the Arrow (OA) is Scouting’s National Honor Society. The fourfold purpose of the OA is:

· To recognize those campers – Scouts and Scouters – who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives, and by such recognition cause other campers to conduct themselves in such manner as to warrant recognition.

· To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit.

· To promote Scout camping, which reaches its greatest effectiveness as a part of the unit’s camping program, both year-round and in the summer camp, as directed by the camping committee of the council.

· To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

Each year we elect by secret ballot our Order of the Arrow representatives. WE NEED AT LEAST 50% ATTENDANCE by requirement for the elections to be held. You will need to dress warmly – the ceremony is outside.

February 7, 2011. 6:30, ELC. Klondike Derby campout prep and sled repair/tune-up. Please bring tools, extension cords, etc.

February 18-20, 2011. Timberline District Klondike Derby Winter Campout. Mr. Wickham is the HALO. This is a great event held every year by the Timberline District which brings together troops from across the district to camp and complete. Signup deadline is February 5 (registration ends February 6). This year it is being held at Camp Tahosa in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, the crown jewel facility of the Denver Area Council. We will need to tune up/repair the sleds and start planning our Klondike event. Cost is $25 per person.

February 26/27, 2011 . Saturday/Sunday. Oceanography Merit Badge. HALO is Mrs. Henderson. Signup Deadline is February 14. This is an OVERNIGHT event, at the Downtown Aquarium and have changed the date due to a conflict with the Winter Klondike. Truly an opportunity to Sleep with the Fishes (What? Come on, I had to.) This event includes dinner at the Aquarium Restaurant, merit badge instruction & materials, activity patch, guided tour, snacks, sleepover, hot breakfast, and a morning activity (feeding the fish). The overnight program concludes at 9 am the next morning. The cost for this event is $70 per person. We will meet at the church at 4 pm and carpool. Adults should plan to fetch their Scouts at ELC at 10 am on Sunday morning. If you need additional information about this event, please call Mrs. Henderson or visit their website at: http://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumdenver/default.asp; Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water Street, Denver, CO 80211, 303-561-4450