Weekly Post, October 26, 2014

Post date: Oct 27, 2014 12:32:48 AM

Hello Troop 737,

On Monday night we are going to be holding our patrol fire starting contest. Each patrol needs to bring all their own materials. The Troop will only be providing a metal surface to start you fire on. We will be outside so dress appropriately. Each participating member of the winning patrol will receive a packet of water proof matches and a fuel tablet:

Monday night we will also be holding our Troop elections. Scouts can sign up at the meeting for all Troop Leadership positions. Positions will then be assigned by the scoutmaster. If you need a leadership position for advancement and you cannot make it to the meeting, please email me. Scouts will also be electing patrol leader, assistant patrol leader and patrol quartermaster. All current leaders and new leaders are expected to attend ILST training on Saturday November 1st. For clarification; the only positions that qualify for leadership positions for advancement are the Troop leadership positions and patrol leader.

This Tuesday night at 6pm at ELC is Patrick Riley’s Eagle Court of Honor. Come and help Patrick and his family celebrate this accomplishment. It should be a lot of fun and everyone is welcome. This will count as one of the ten scouting activities that the Trail to First Class need for advancement.

See Merit Badge College info below.

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!

Make sure you pick up your special scout coupon for Dicks Sporting Goods.

Upcoming signup deadlines

November 3 Survival campout

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

Scoutmaster Minute Review

This week I saw Ted Ming, our Jefferson County Sheriff, speak. One of the things that he always tries to do is to “do the right thing for the right reason”. Last Sunday night Peyton Manning passed for a record 509 touchdown passes. Why did he do that? For all the personal recognition … No. He did it to help his team win games. He did the right thing for the right reasons. How do you know what is the right thing and the right reason? One way is to think about the scout oath and law. A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful … On my honor I will do my best … In your life, I encourage you to think about what you have learned in scouts and try to do the right thing for the right reason.

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

October 27 Troop Meeting 6:30 – 8pm Service patrol is the “Older Scouts”. Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up. Troop Elections and fire starting patrol contest.

October 28 Patrick Riley’s Eagle Court of Honor ( 6pm ELC Come and help Patrick and his family celebrate this accomplishment. It should be a lot of fun and everyone is welcome. This will count as one of the ten scouting activities that the Trail to First Class need for advancement.

November 1 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) training and Patrol Leader’s Council (PLC) meeting ( 9am – 3pm ELC 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.

November 7 - 9 Survival campout Leave 6pm Friday return Sunday 1pm. Come learn survival skills and

earn your survival merit badge.

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.

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.

2014 Frontier District Merit Badge College

Welcome to the 2014 Frontier District Merit Badge College. This years event will be held on five different dates, November 8, 15, 20, 21 and 22. The classes on November 21 will be held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and on November 22 from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Building, 2710 S. Monaco Parkway, Denver CO.

Cost is $15 per Scout, with your paid registration, before October 1, 2014. On the morning of 10/1/14 a late fee of $5 will be assessed for registrations created and/or paid after that date. Registration closes on October 24, 2014. After that date, you can walk- in. Cost for walk-in's will be $25 and classes will be severely limited as 99% of Scouts register and pay online before Merit Badge College.

Class List and Availability

Here is a listing of the off-campus classes that are available throughout the month of November.

November 8, 2014 Classes

November 15, 2014 Classes

November 20, 2014 Class

Stay Tuned! Valley District Merit Badge College 11/8/2014