BOY SCOUT TROOP 666, NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA COUNCIL
Parents’ News Flash, Thursday, October 20, 2016
Mo, Oct 24,2016 Troop Meeting and New Scout Open House (7PMClasses)
Mo, Oct 31, 2016 No Meeting (Halloween)
Su-Sa, Nov 5-6 Philmont Shakedown Hike
Mo, Nov 7 Troop and Troop Committee Meetings
Sa, Nov 12 Scouting For Food
Mo, Nov 14 Troop Meeting
Sa-Su, Nov 19-20 November Campout
Su-Sa, Jun 18-24, 2017 666 Summer Camp, Rodney Scout Reservation, North East, MD
Th-Mo, Jul 20-31, 2017 666 Summer High Adventure Trek, Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, NM
Mo-Fr, Jul 22-Aug 2, 2019 International Scout Jamboree, The Summit, WV
(Hosted by BSA, Scouts Canada and Associación de Scouts de Mexico)
TROOP MEETING AND NEW SCOUT OPEN HOUSE, MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, IN THE VESTRY
Our Troop Meeting this evening will be devoted to showing visiting Scouts how our Troop operates through welcoming them and taking them through classes in several Scouting skills which will add to their learning and ability to achieve advancement. At the meeting last Monday evening the TLC members chose the skills to be taught; Scouts should work with their Patrol Leaders and TLC members this evening to teach our guests those Scouting skills.
7PM CLASSES, MONDAY OCTOBER 24
Rank Advancement Through First Class – Do you have a new Scout that is looking to advance through the early ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot and Second Class? Mr. Jeff Jacobs will be working with the younger scouts at 7PM on Mondays before the meetings (at the Church). These sessions will start Monday October 24th. If you are interested please send a note to Mr. Jacobs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Citizenship in the Nation – Mr. Ashe will be continuing to work with the Scouts on their Citizenship in the Nation merit badges. Scouts need to obtain a Blue Merit Badge Card Monday from the Scoutmaster for the badge. Also, on Monday, Scouts should come prepared to discuss merit badge requirement #7 (which we started – but did not complete) and we will start #6. Scouts should be reading the Merit Badge pamphlet in advance of the meeting to answer these questions – and fill out their answers in the attached merit badge worksheet – which should be completed and brought to the meeting. I will only check the items off on blue cards if they bring the written answers to the question to the meeting – which we will discuss at the meeting. Questions? Please e-mail Mr. Ashe (email@example.com).
#7 Name the three branches of our federal government and explain to your counselor their functions. Explain how citizens are involved in each branch. For each branch of government, explain the importance of the system of checks and balances.
#6. With your counselor’s approval, choose a speech of national historical importance. Find out about the author, and tell your counselor about the person who gave the speech. Explain the importance of the speech at the time it was given, and tell how it applies to American citizens today. Choose a sentence or two from the speech that has significant meaning to you, and tell your counselor why.
Cooking – Mrs. Duncan will continue to work with Scouts who are working to pass rank requirements for cooking as well as those developing menus for future campouts. You may contact Mrs. Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PREPARATION FOR NOVEMBER CAMPING TRIP, NOVEMBER 19-20
The November camping trip will be weekend of Saturday-Sunday, November 19th-20th, and will include an action packed 3 hour ropes course adventure followed by a night of camping on the Antietam battlefield. The cost of the trip is $45 per person and we need to have a list of all Scouts and Adults by Wednesday, November 9th. Please RSVP by updating the Google form; this form will appear in a separate mailing. A waiver for each participant will be required for this trip, which you can obtain from https://rruuc.org/uploads/media/teambuildingwaiverCOA2010_01.pdf. See also a LINK to a video [Highlight, then CTRL-LEFT CLICK] that provides an overview of the day. A list of what to bring is also attached. If you have any questions please contact Jeff email@example.com
PLEASE HELP BEN WITH HIS BAR MITZVAH SERVICE PROJECT – DONATING NEW AND USED SPORTS EQUIPMENT
Our fellow Troop Member Ben is doing a project that helps kids who don’t have any sports equipment. It is tradition to do a community service project as part of the Bar Mitzvah and he would appreciate your help. as part of. He is performing this service as part of his Bar Mitzvah and it is tradition to do a community service project. He would appreciate your help. He is collecting new and used sports equipment to donate to Leveling the Playing Field (http://www.levelingtheplayingfield.org/). Leveling the Playing Field gives the equipment to schools and programs in need, mostly in the greater Washington area. At this link you can see a detailed list of the types of new or used (must be clean) equipment you can donate: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4T5uZhNf-Aud1ZhaTY4OVA0bFU/view?usp=sharing. If you have any extra sports equipment new or used, please consider donating it to Leveling the Playing Field as part of Ben’s project. Please use this link to tell me what equipment you have to donate: https://goo.gl/forms/LhVYUuIZB0GGmhZu2. He will then contact you to arrange for pick up. It would be great if you could share this information with your family and friends in the greater DC area. If you have any questions please contact Assistant Scoutmaster Mitch Wander, firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you..
PHILMONT TRAINING HIKE, SATURDAY-SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5-6
The Philmont Crew will have a training hike on November 5-6. We will meet at the Church on Saturday, 5 November, and plan to be back by 6PM on Sunday. Scouts going on this trip should bring all personal gear necessary for a two week trek into the backcountry.
Scouts needing additional equipment now have an additional outlet here in D.C. REI has just opened a new outlet at 201 “M” Street, N.E.
Sustained preparation over the next ten months is required for the Philmont Trek because we have several challenges to overcome due to differences in geography between where we live every day and the geography of Philmont in northeastern New Mexico: (1) DIFFERENCES IN ALTITUDE-we live at sea level and Philmont altitudes range from 5,000 to 11,000 feet where, for us, it is much more difficult to hike with heavy backpacks; (2) DIFFERENCES IN LATITUDE-we live in a lush, very humid area whereas Philmont is further south and basically a desert where high temperatures and the sun are important factors; (3) DIFFERENCE IN POPULATION-we live among other humans with some recognition of domesticated animals, rarely wild animals, whereas at Philmont we share the landscape with several species of large and poisonous wild animals so we must observe differences in our everyday lifestyle; and (4) DIFFERENCES IN LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY-we are not used to hiking 10-20 miles per day for twelve consecutive days carrying 50-60 pound packs in long-sleeved shirts, long pants and broad-brimmed hats while simultaneously maintaining a healthy level of hydration.
Scouts not going on this trip should reconsider their commitment to joining our outing to Philmont in July 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Bastian email@example.com;
WELCOME INTERNATIONAL PUBLICITY FOR SCOUTING
Today, President Obama mentioned the Boy Scouts during the Arrival Ceremony for the Prime Minister of Italy at the White House: “As our Italian friends know, [Italian Prime Minister] Matteo [Renzi] began his life of faith and service in the Scouts. And ever since, he’s been guided by the words of the Scout’s founder (Robert Baden-Powell) — “leave this world a little better than you found it.” Well, Matteo, [Italian First Lady] Agnese [Landini] — and to the Italian people — we are proud to call you allies and friends, today and always, because we know that when we stand together as Americans and Italians, we can leave the world a little better than we found it.”
REMINDER WHEN PAYING DUES
Our Troop Treasurer Ms. Carol Schultze asks Parents to please put their Scout’s first and last names on the memo line of the check when they are paying dues in order to make record keeping easier and more accurate. Dues are $120 for returning Scouts and $140 for new Scouts. The Troop asks you to add $20 per family for the end of the year gift to our Scoutmasters.
WE NEED DRIVERS TO RETRIEVE POLES/SPARS OUR SCOUTS FASHIONED DURING THE RECENT CAMPOUT AT FLYTHE FARM
The Troop was not able to transport poles and spars our Scouts fashioned while at Flythe Farm. This type of equipment is particularly important in developing useful outdoor skills such as knots and lashings, building pioneering-type projects such as bridges, sleds and travois, etc. Sometime during the next month we will need several drivers with vehicles sized to transport the poles and spars from Flythe Farm to the Troop Room at a mutually agreed-upon time for the transport. If you can help, please contact Mr. Mailley, firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE RETURN TROOP EQUIPMENT
Now is a good time to find all of the Troop equipment we have used during the past months and return it to the Troop, either to the Quartermaster or to Mr. Tilley or Mr. Reusch.