Weekly Post, March 16, 2014

Post date: Mar 17, 2014 1:15:08 AM

Hello Troop 737,

Thank you goes out to Mr. Scutallero for doing a presentation at our last meeting on dehydrating your own food for backpacking.

I look forward to hearing about this weekend’s events. Thank you to the Bramer family for organizing the Nebraska Crane viewing event and for Carrie Osborn organizing our scouts and parents for the Search and Rescue Merit badge.

Do you know what is more prestigious than an Oscar award or a Nobel Prize? It is a Troop 737 “Spork Award” or the even more prestigious “Silver Ladle Award” given out the best overall meal. Tomorrow night these awards will be given out at the Troop 737 Cooking Contest. Four patrols will be competing for bragging rights and these prestigious awards. Come see the fun and sample some awesome food.

Myself and Mr. Osborn will be at ELC at 5:30 for those scouts who need to start their coals for Dutch oven cooking or just get a head start on their meal. The plan is to use the south end of the parking lot to set up the Troop cooking equipment. We will be eating inside and plan to start between 6:30 and 7pm. All families are welcome. Hopefully your scout is planning on feeding you. The Old Goat Patrol will be cooking to provide some extra food. NOTE: We will be asking for a $5 donation for each person who will be eating with us. Awards will be presented at about 7:45.

Tomorrow night we will also be conducting Troop Elections. The only positions that the scouts will be voting on is Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader. Scouts need to sign up for all other Troop positions. There were very few signups as of last week. As you all know, leadership positions are needed for advancement for Star, Life and Eagle. If you cannot make it to tomorrow night’s meeting, please email me with what position you want. The Leadership team will be designated by this time next week. All outgoing and new scouts will need to attend the ILST (Introduction to Leadership Skill for Troops) training, which has been switched to Monday March 31st, see below.

Summer camp sign-ups are running behind. This is a not to be missed experience, where scouts can earn merit badges, learn scout skills, great fellowship with other scouts and have a great time. Sign up now and the earlier you pay the cheaper the fee. The in-state camp, Dietler at Peaceful Valley, is for first and second year scouts and all other scout who cannot go to Idaho. The date for this camp is July 6 – 12. We are looking for an HALO (Head Adult Leader Organizer) for this trip. Island Park Camp in Idaho is for third year and about scouts. The date for this camp is July 19 – 27. The first scouts to sign up and pay will get to go. When we fill up we will not be able to take any more.

For spring break, we have reserved a group campsite in Arches National Park, see below. Currently we only have 4 families coming. If anyone is interested in coming for all or part of spring break you need to let us know ASAP. Don’t miss this awesome chance to camp in Arches National Park. If no one else joins us we may have to cancel.

Here is a list of upcoming events:.

· March 17 Troop 737 Cooking Competition 6:30 – 8:30pm All families are welcome to come. Many prizes will be awarded including the coveted prize for the best all-around meal. Some scouts will need to be dropped off as early as 5:30 depending on their duties for the night. The plan is to eat by 7 and be cleaned up by 8:30.

· March 19 Philmont Organizational meeting 7pm at the Crossing Building in Conifer. All Philmont participants need to attend so we can organize our trip of a life time. We will have some Philmont alumni tell us what to bring and what not to bring. We will also be setting up our training schedule.

· No meeting during spring break

· March 23 – 29 Spring Break Arches Family Campout We have reserved a group site in Arches National Park. This is a tent only campground that will accommodate 35 campers. Come and experience this incredibly beautiful setting with other Troop 737 families. We will be hiking, biking, exploring, river rafting, cooking incredible food and whatever else you want to do.

· March 31 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) training ( 9am – 3pm Scouts do not have school, so this will avoid another weekend event. All outgoing and incoming scout leaders will be expected to attend this training. We will be going through all the ILST training which is scheduled for 5 - 6 hours. Lunch will be provided. We need an adult to help us with lunch (pick up pizza, sandwiches etc.)

· April 6 Trainers leave for New Scout Campout 6pm ELC Eat dinner before you come.

April 7 - 8 New Scout Campout 8am ELC new scouts and parents arrive, back 1pm Sunday


· New Scouts *and* at least one Parent required to attend with their Scout are welcome to experience the Troop’s approach and Patrol Method

· Experienced Trainers needed; they ONLY will come up Friday evening for planning/setup

· This outing will include the traditional ‘pig roast’ again provided by our former Scout Master Cary Hoffman

· New Scouts will be eligible to obtain Tenderfoot rank and have many requirements towards 2nd Class rank

· More than 30 requirements will be completed in the areas of first aid, map and compass, ropes and knots, physical fitness, and more

· More detailed information, logistics, planning with Parents will be communicated shortly

· Please see the HALO’s Bill Westfall, Angela Rinaldo, or Mark Bly with any questions

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Internet Safety Program 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the sanctuary of the Church of the Hills in Evergreen.

· Thanks to Aaron Hansen, we have invited the Internet Safety division of the Jefferson County DA’s office to give a presentation to the mountain area Scout groups. The presentation doesn’t directly cover the CyberChip program of the Boy Scouts of America, but we may try to incorporate this into our programming. All parents and siblings in middle school or above are encouraged to attend

April 26, 2014 Scout Show Troop 737 - Outside Booth


· This year’s theme: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

· Solar Smaco’s anyone?

· Scout Show official time: 10:00-4:00 but come when you can or stay all day; it is a blast!!

· Our typical schedule is to be at the National Western Complex by 9:00 for set up through cleanup and departure by 5:00

· Last year we had at least 10 Scouts and 6 adults and a lot of messy fun

· HALOS: Alan McCabe, Bill Westfall

· Other important dates: .

· June 19 – July 3 Philmont If you have signed up for Philmont, the first and second payments are due now. We still do have room so if you are at all interested, please sign up or contact me or Mr. Riley. Philmont is one of the premier scouting events of any scout’s career. All of the scouts and adults who went last time had an awesome time and highly recommend that everyone should take advantage of this opportunity. Troop 737 was VERY lucky to get a chance to go again so quickly. There is a very good chance that if you are 14 or older, you may not get another chance to go Philmont. If cost is an issue, please contact me and we will see what we can work out.

· Summer camps:

o July 6 – 12 Camp Dietler and Peaceful Valley Colorado

o July 19 – 27 Camp Island Park in Idaho