Weekly Post, Week of May 12, 2013

Post date: May 12, 2013 2:32:15 PM

Happy Mother’s Day to all Troop 737 Moms!! We are winding our program year down rapidly. This week’s meeting is our last regular troop meeting of the school year and we are taking it outside by meeting at Flying J Open Space Park for a classic scout game of capture the flag. We will conduct most troop business as normal under the pavilion. Everyone should bring a camp chair if they want a place to sit during the meeting. We will also need parents to supervise the game.

Upcoming Signup Deadlines (see below for details):

· Wellington Lake Campout: May 17 – 19. Deadline May 13 Troop Meeting.

· Idaho Summer Camp final Payment: May 12. Total cost for the week is $190. Most scouts owe the balance from the $95 already paid. There will also be travel costs for this camp. Last time it came to about $50 dollars per scout. The HALOs are busy working the last minute details out.

Service Patrol:

The service patrol for May is the NFE Patrol. All members of the NFE Patrol should be inside our meeting room no later than 6:15 PM to help set up for the meeting. The Serpents will be teaching the Barracudas how to be a service patrol in the future.

Please read below for details on upcoming events, and always stay current with our Troop Calendar on the web site. This is the best way to have the most current information.

Upcoming Activities:

Troop Meeting: Capture the Flag & Campout Prep & Patrol Meetings – Monday, May 13th @ 6:30 to 8:00 PM at Flying J:

· The PLC has decided to take our last meeting outdoors and to Flying J Open Space Park. We will set up in one of the pavilions at the main parking area and take care of all troop business just like usual, but outdoors.

· Uniform for this meeting is Class B (Troop Tee Shirt).

· Scouts should wear Hiking Boots while playing the game.

· We will need to hold campout prep at this meeting also.

· Patrols will need to meet briefly to assign COH food.

May Campout at Wellington Lake – Friday, May 17th – Sunday, May 19th:

· HALO: Mrs. Riley

· Cost: $12 plus food

· Meet at ELC on Friday at 6 PM for a 6:30 departure. Eat before you come!

· Return to ELC at 12:30 PM for a 1 PM pickup

· Reminder; this is active critter season:

o We will be camping in bear country during active bear season. This includes the most dangerous and destructive of all bears: the Rocky Mountain Mini-bear. These 5 ounce, 4 inch long critters can tear through your tent and packs faster than you can say; “who stole my toothpaste and who tore that hole in my pack?”

o Please be very prepared to have all smellables out of your tents and into the trailer all weekend long. Pack all smellables in a mesh or other bag with your name on it and plan on storing it in the trailer from Friday evening until departure time.

o If you have to ask someone if it’s a smellable, it is!

o Bring no snacks for yourself.

o All food should be purchase and controlled at the patrol level. This includes whatever snacks your patrol members want for between meals.

o All food needs to be packed in ice chests and/or food storage containers and stored in the trailer at all times except for meal preparation and meal time.

o Patrol Boxes need to be stored in the trailer except during meal preparation and meal time.

o The trailer needs to be closed and locked except for during meal preparation and meal time.

o Patrol sites will be thoroughly cleaned and inspected after every meal.

o The wash station will be properly cleaned and inspected after every meal and waste water properly disposed of away from camp and any surface water at the camping area.

o What am I missing?

Court of Honor – Monday, May 20th @ 6:30 to 8:00 PM at ELC (outside):

· HALOs: Mr. and Mrs. Borns

· We will have our Court outside in the outdoor worship area on the north side of the church house.

· Theme: Super Heroes: come as your favorite super hero as your outer layer of clothing. Remember, you must shed your supper hero garb to receive your awards and rank advancement in your Class A Uniform.

· Masters of Ceremony: Sawyer and Ethan Halingstad, Joey Bremer and Devon Thompson

· Patrol Food List:

o Autobots: Assorted Candy

o Flaming Eagles: Drinks

o Panthers: Super Hero Cake

o Stags: Drinks

o Serpents: Vegetable Tray and Dip

o Titans: Sherbet

o NFE: Chips & Salsa

o Falcons: Cookies

o Sharks: Fruit Tray

o Barracudas: Beef Jerky

o Wolverines: Gummy Lifesavers

Annual Scout Planning Meeting; June 1, 2013 @ 8:00 to Noon @ TBD:

· This is your chance to plan what activities we will do as a troop next year. The PLC would like each scout to come prepared with six suggestions for the troop. If you want a say in what this troop will do for the entire 2013-2014 program year, you need to participate.

· Save this morning. We are still working out the location and details, but we want to hold our planning meeting earlier this year due to Boundary Waters.

· We will have more details very soon!

June Backpacking Trip – Friday – Sunday, June 7th – June 9th:

· HALO: Mr. Catterson

· Meet at ELC at 1pm on Friday June 7th

· We will be backpacking in 3 miles into the Lost Creek Wilderness area from the Goose Creek entrance near Deckers.

· Saturday will be spent exploring and doing day hikes. We will also spend some time working on requirements and scout skills.

· Sunday we will cook a good breakfast. Then pack up and head back.

· Estimated arrival time will be early afternoon.

· The hike is not real strenuous so all scouts are invited to come.

· Mandatory campout prep and equipment check will be Monday June 3rd. If you do not attend this meeting you cannot go on the trip. Every scout will be expected to have his own backpack, sleeping bag and pad, utensils and 10 essentials. The troop will provide tents, stoves and cooking utensils, but if you have some of your own, please bring them. A more complete list will be put together later.

· The sign-up sheet will be available at the next meeting.

Ben Delatour Parent’s only Meeting; June 3, 2012, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at ELC:

· This parent’s only meeting is designed to let parents know what summer camp is like, and how Troop 737 conducts a summer camp trip. This is your chance to get a lot of valuable information about peaceful Valley and summer camp and to ask any questions you might have. You will not want to miss this meeting.

· Please note that this meeting is parents only so that we can talk privately about some important and sometimes candid health and safety issues; please do not bring scouts and siblings.

· For Idaho, no meeting required on this date. You will meet one time on June 24th.

Ben Delatour & Idaho Parent’s and Scout’s Meeting; June 24, 2012, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at ELC:

· This meeting is to let scouts know what to expect on departure day and at camp. We will let you know about banking your spending money, what to pack, and what else to expect on this adventure. Please plan on participating in the meeting.

· For Idaho camp, this is your one and only meeting to work out final details and pass final information.

Island Park Summer Camp, out of state, July 6-14:

· HALO: Mrs. Fizgerald, Mr. Kleist, Mr. Martin, Mrs. Wilkinson

· This out of state adventure is mostly for mostly older scouts, year three and up. This camp is outside the west entrance of Yellowstone and is a two day trip to and from camp. The troop leaves on Saturday, July 6, and arrives back on Sunday, July 14. It is a full 12 hour drive so we need parents to drive and stay for the week.

Camp Ben Delatour Summer Camp, in state, July 14-20:

· HALO: Mr. Snyder, Mr. Gutierrez, Mr. Auer, Mrs. Baty

· Camp Ben Delatour is in the Red Feather Lakes region west of Fort Collins. This camp is for first and second year scouts and any other older scouts that will be working on Trail to First Class and/or Merit Badges.

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