Weekly Post, March 9, 2014

Post date: Mar 10, 2014 12:34:40 AM

Hello Troop 737,

Wow, what a great Quinzee campout. The snow was awesome, the weather was incredible and everyone had a great time. Thank you to Mr. Riley and Mr. Pond for HALOing (Head Adult Leader Organizer) this outing. I also want to thank our Senior Patrol Leader, Zack Barber, for his outstanding leadership over the weekend. 23 Scouts attended this event and Zack handled things beautifully. You all did a great job!! Thanks.

This Monday night the Scouts will be doing final planning for the Troop 737 Cooking Competition on March 17th. The Scouts will be planning and cooking the meal by patrols. All families are welcome to join us. Please tell your scout if you will be attending so they can plan for and buy the correct amount of food. There will be many prizes including the coveted prize for the best all-around meal.

For spring break, we have reserved a group campsite in Arches National Park, see below. Currently we only have 2 families signed up. 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 10 Troop Meeting 6:30 – 8pm Cooking Service patrol is the Stags. Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up. Patrols will be deciding on their final menu for next week’s feast. They will then be making detailed grocery lists. Patrols will then switch and critique each other’s list. Mr. Scutellaro will talk about dehydrating your own backpacking food. Games: tarp flip and human knot.

· March 14 - 16 Nebraska Crane Viewing Trip Leave from ELC Friday at 4pm return Sunday at 2 – 3pm. This is your chance to see thousands of sand hill cranes up-close from specially built viewing blinds. There will also be some other fun and educational side trips. Families can possibly join in on this trip.

· March 15 Search and Rescue Merit Badge workshop 9am Alpine Rescue Team Shack Troop 400 has set up an event where scouts can earn their Search & Rescue merit badge.

· 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.

· 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.

Other important dates:

· Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 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.

· 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