Weekly Post, November 9, 2014

Post date: Nov 10, 2014 3:08:29 AM

Hello Troop 737,

At this weekend’s Survival Campout we did more than survive, we thrived!! Scouts learned valuable skills, earned a merit badge and had a blast. Check out the “Rock Burgers” below … “Caveman Fast Food”.

Monday’s meeting is an advancement night. Please come with all your materials.

We have finalized the dates for summer camp. For the out of state we will be going to Medicine Mountain Scout camp in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This is for scouts who are currently in the seventh grade and above. The dates are July 12 – 18. We have reserve a total of 25 spots. The first 20 scouts who sign up and pay the deposit will be set to go. The other 5 spots are for adults. We are looking for a HALO (Head Adult Leader Organizer) to head up this group. Here is a YouTube video about the camp. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EEWMdCk6uY

The instate camp which is for all Scouts in Camp Alexander which is about 45 mile west of Colorado Springs. The dates for this camp are July 26 – August 1. We have signed up for a campsite that accommodates 21 to 27 people. So again, first come first serve. Dave Kraemer has agreed to be the HALO for this event. Here is a video about Camp Alexander https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lfDd-s9_AkQ

More information about costs and deposit dates for both camps will be coming later this week.

Any older scouts, 13 and above, interested in going Ice Climbing. See info below for our trip in January.

Sean Kraemer is organizing a five mile hike, especially for Trail to First scouts, but anyone is welcome to join. Meet at West Parking Lot (Buffalo Park Road) at Alderfer 3-Sisters at 12:30 P.M. on Saturday, November 15, 2014. We will complete Second Class Requirement: 1b, five mile hike. We may complete Second Class Requirement: 6, identify 10 animals and First Class Requirements: 6, identify 10 plants. Please bring the 10 essentials, a compass, and please eat lunch before the hike. The hike will end at about 4:00 P.M. Thank you Sean and Mr. Kraemer for organizing this outing.

REMINDER To be included in the Troop 737 group text messages, text @troop737 to (303) 625-7829. This is mainly for Scouts but parents are welcome to join. You can opt-out of messages at any time by replying, ‘unsubscribe @troop737’.

The Troop plans for the Boundary Waters is firming up. The dates are 6/9/15-6/18/15, which includes one travel day each way to/from Minnesota. The final cost will be determined after we buy group-plane tickets, which won't be until spring, 2015, but the total cost will be about $900 per person. A deposit will be needed by 12/1/14 (expect about $100 down). This is a trip NOT to be missed by any Scouts at 14 ages or above (13 years old is allowed with a parent). Sign-up forms will be at Troop 737 meetings on Mondays...we need to start collecting names so 1) we know there is interest, and 2) to show commitment to that interest. Don't wait long - the trip as a number limit!

Upcoming signup deadlines

Boundary Waters sign up now see above. First payment due December 1st.

Scoutmaster Minute Review

Madeline Bridges once said “Give the best you have and the best will come back to you” The world is like that. Do good and good things will come to you or do bad and bad things will come to you. They may not come to you right away but they will happen. I remember one time I did a presentation to build a house for someone. I worked really hard on the presentation and I was really proud of it. I did not get the job and I was really disappointed. But I kept doing good work and in two or three months I had multiple jobs that kept me much busier than if I had gotten that first job. In the scout oath we say “On my honor I will do my best, “. I encourage you to live this out all the time because if you give the best you have the best will come back to you.

Here is a list of upcoming events:

You can always check out the full schedule on the Troop website at: https://sites.google.com/a/themountaintroop.org/troop-737-home/troop-calendar

November 10 Troop Meeting 6:30 – 8pm Service patrol is the Titans. Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up. Advancement night.

November 13 Program Committee meeting 6:30 pm ELC All adults are welcome. We will go over the upcoming activities.

November 13 Troop Committee meeting 7:15pm ELC All adults are welcome. This is when the business of the Troop is discussed. There are quite a few open positions on the committee.

November 17 Troop Meeting 6:30 – 8pm Service patrol is the Titans. Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up. Career Night.

November 24 No Meeting Thanksgiving break

December 6 Winter Camp Training ( 8:30am – 3pm ELC Any Scouts or adults who want to go winter camping must attend this training. The leadership team has been asked numerous times to make an exception to this rule and we have turned it down every time. We want everyone’s winter camp experience, especially the first one, to be a good one. This is a very informative and worthwhile training.

December 12 Wulff Lock-in ( 9pm – Saturday 7am Wulff Rec Center This is always one of the most well liked events of the year. We are looking for a HALO (Head Adult Leader Organizer) for this event.

January 16 -18 Camp Alexander Cabin Trip Leave 6pm Friday return late on Sunday (no school on Monday). We have rented a cabin that sleeps 24. Activities include broom hockey, sledding and plenty of hiking/snow shoeing. There is Ice Climbing available for scouts 13 and older for an extra $32 but we need to sign up fairly soon.

As Scoutmaster of a very active troop, I am constantly being approached about our troop helping out in the community. The troop policy has been to give our Eagle projects the priority over any other service opportunities. Instead of bombarding you all with these other opportunities I will keep a list and if a scout wants to participate in a service project or he needs service hours for rank advancement, he can email me for the list.