Weekly Post, Week of August 5, 2012

Post date: Aug 5, 2012 9:44:08 PM

Greetings Troop 737!

I wanted to remind everyone that this week starts the Grove Sale at Evergreen Lutheran Church, our charter organization. We need to get as much participation as possible. I have heard from a number of scouts on when they are planning on being at the Grove Sale. Once you do work at the sale, please email me with your time, day and hours worked so we can give you credit in the troop database. The church called me and gave me some updated hours that may make it easier to participate: Monday through Thursday 9 AM to 8 PM, Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM. Please see below for more details. I have also changed the uniform to Class B tee shirts.

Upcoming Activities and Sign up & Payment Deadlines:

Evergreen Lutheran Church Grove Sale; August 6 - 10, Monday through Thursday 9 AM to 8 PM, Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM at ELC:

This is our charter organization’s big annual fund raising event for the year and they are always looking for help. The grove sale is one of the area’s largest “garage” sales each year. The sale is on Saturday but a five day period of preparation precedes the actual sale.

· This is an individual activity where our scouts show up and work for a few hours on a few days to help them organize the donations as they come in. I would like to ask that all scouts plan on putting in at least two hours during this week. Get together with your friends and work as a team; it’s a lot more fun than being on your own. If you can’t get a group of friends, ask your parents and family to help, they are more than welcome.

· Uniform: Class B Tee shirts.

· Please let me know via email or phone when you are planning on going and with whom. After you complete your work, let me know via email that you have finished and how much time you spent volunteering.

· I will publish more details in the coming weeks.

Special Scoutmaster Conference Meeting – August 13, at 6:30 to 8 PM at ELC:

Every year we get in a time crunch trying to get scoutmaster conferences, boards of review and data entered for awards prior to the first Court of Honor. This year I am going to conduct this meeting to see if it helps. Mr. Riley will also be there to get a head start on entering all the summer achievements into the troop database. If you want to get a head start on the program year, and be sure that your awards are ready to be presented at the first Court of Honor, make sure you participate.

Here is how this is going to work:

· Scout Master Conferences are by appointment only. If you want to participate in this meeting, please email me and I will schedule you for the next available appointment. Appointments will start promptly every 15 minutes, with the last one starting at 7:45 PM. There will be a total of 8 appointments accepted for this meeting.

· I will schedule each scout in the order that I receive the email requests.

· You do not need to stay the entire time, but your parent(s) need to stay with you because I need two deep leadership for YPT.

· This will leave you three regular troop meetings to schedule your Boards of Review with Mr. Sperry before our first Court of Honor.

Scoutmaster Invitational Backpacking Trip – August 17 to 19:

This special all-expense paid trip is by invitation only. Those scouts and adults that went beyond the required participation to help our troop run have been invited in a separate email. I will discuss what it takes to get an invitation at our first meeting.

Annual Parent’s Only Potluck – August 19 from 4 PM until about 6 PM at ELC:

Every year the troop’s parents gather prior to the beginning of the program year and go over the activity calendar, ask for volunteers to help plan and conduct activities, join the committee or volunteer in some other way. We also share some good food and have fun getting to know each other.

It is troop policy that all families volunteer in some way to help us run this troop and put on the program that the scouts developed. This is your chance to come and volunteer for the job that you want and that suits your talents and interests.

Your scoutmaster has become less inhibited with asking for help from adults that are not already volunteering. If you are not present at this even, please expect to get one of the jobs that are not filled on this evening.

First Patrol Leader’s Council (PLC) Meeting – August 20 at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at ELC:

The Senior Patrol (SPL), Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders (ASPL), Troop Guide and all Patrol Leaders (PL) are required to attend. If you cannot come, please let me know who will be going in your place. For the SPL, choose one of your ASPLs, for PLs, choose your APL.

First Regular Troop Meeting – August 27 at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at ELC:

The PLC will set the agenda. Plan on getting all your summer advancement to Mr. Riley and schedule Scoutmaster Conferences and Boards of Review.

Troop Garage Cleanup – September 8 at 8 AM to about 10 AM at the troop garage:

Details are TBD – this date may change to the 15th, stay tuned.

Fourteener Day Trip – September 9:

All details are TBD – We need a HALO for this to happen. Adults; please let me know if you would like to organize and lead this trip.

As always, please read the troop web site, especially the calendar, for the most current information on all upcoming and scheduled events.

Mr. Hoffman


Troop 737