Weekly Post, September 21, 2014

Post date: Sep 19, 2014 9:14:40 PM

Hello Troop 737,

I am sending out my weekly email early because this Monday night is advancement night and the scouts need to do some homework. We will be offering 5 merit badges: Entrepreneurship http://usscouts.org/mb/mb134.asp , Engineering http://usscouts.org/mb/mb046.asp , Chess http://usscouts.org/mb/mb147.asp, Citizenship in the Community http://usscouts.org/mb/mb002.asp and Citizenship in the Nation http://usscouts.org/mb/mb003.asp . There will be 2 or 3 more Advancement nights this semester where scouts will be working on the same merit badges. We are going to ask that the scouts be more involved in the Advancement night than in the past. We are asking the scouts who would like to work on one of the above merit badges to:

1. To review the requirements of each merit badge offered to be certain of the one they choose. Don't choose one because that's the one their friend decided on.

2. Each scout must print their own worksheets. See links above. None will be available at advancement night.

3. Each scout will need to prepare a blue card, which will be available at the meeting. The counselor will not provide blue cards.

4. The troop will provide a folder if the scout chooses, to hold the work sheets and blue card.

5. Scouts should be prepared - bring a pen!

For those scouts who have not reached First Class we will have a special session in the kitchen where older scouts will be helping you with your Trail to First Class requirements. We ask that all scouts who have not achieved their First Class that they not work on a merit badge until this rank is achieved or very, very close.

Older scouts we could use some help with our Trail to First Class. I suspect that some of you need to fulfill the requirement of teaching a younger scout a skill using the EDGE method. This is your chance.

Warning, wondering around and doing nothing will not be acceptable during Advancement Night.

At about 7:45 this Monday, Mr. Ballantyne will be doing a presentation on our upcoming canoe trip to the Boundary Waters in June. All scouts and parents are encouraged to come and learn about this fantastic trip.

Upcoming signup deadlines


Scoutmaster Minute Review

I have been asked by a few parents to include a summary of last week’s Scoutmaster Minute. I am not sure I will have enough time to do this every week but I will do my best.

This SM minute involved some participation by the scouts:

· Everyone pair up with one another scout

· One scout make a tight fist and his partner is responsible for opening it, GO

· Now switch positions.

· How many were able to open your partner’s hand?

· How many used force to open the hand?

· How many asked you partner to open his hand?

· How many offered a reward to your partner if he opened his hand?

· We all have many powers to open the hand … to get what we want. There is the power of communication, the power of persuasion and the power of force to name a few. We all have different powers and we need to decide how to use them. Also, violence and force is may not be the most effective way to get what you want.

.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

September 19 - 21 Timberline District Camporee Leave 6pm Friday return Sunday 11am. Camporee will be up at Kenosha pass. The theme for this year’s Camporee is "Colorado History." Most of the activities will be themed around a Colorado's rich history and Mountain Man historical adventure. Pioneering, Indian Lore and associated activities are some of the most exciting and fun of the outdoor adventures in Scouting.

September 22 Troop Meeting 6:30 – 8pm ELC Advancement night Service patrol is the Titans. Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up. Merit badges offeredEntrepreneurship, Chess, Engineering and Citizenship.

September 29 Court of Honor 6:30 – 8pm ELC Service patrol is the Titans. Please show up 15 minutes early to help set up. All scouts who have achieved a new rank or merit badges since our last Court of Honor will be recognized. All parents are encouraged to come, especially Mothers

October 4 & 5 Air Force Football game campout Scout Day at Air Force. Come see Air Force play Navy. The plan is to camp somewhere around Woodland Park on Friday and Saturday for those who would like to camp. Some people are just coming to the game.

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

earn you survival merit badge.

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.