Parents’ News Flash, Thursday, January 21, 2016
Mon, Jan 25 Troop Meeting, 7:30PM CANCELLED
Mon, Feb 1 Troop and Troop Committee Meetings, 7:30PM
Sun, Feb 7 Scout Sunday, 11:15AM Service at the Church, Meet in Vestry by
11:00AM (See Below)
Mon, Feb 8 Troop Meeting, 7:30PM
Fr-Mo, Feb 12-15 Annual Ski Trip, Blue Knob Resort near Claysburg, PA 16625
Mon, Feb 22 TLC Meeting
Sat, Feb 27 University of Scouting, Alexandria, VA
Mon, Feb 29 Troop and Troop Committee Meetings
Sa-Su, Mar 12-13 Trip to Submarine U.S.S. Torsk, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD
Sa-Su, Apr 9-10 Merit Badge University, Catholic University, Washington, DC
Su-Sa, Jun 19-25 Summer Camp, Rodney Scout Reservation, North East, MD
Mid-July, 2017 Philmont Scout Ranch Trek, Cimarron, NM (See Below) NEW!
RSVP NOW FOR PRESIDENTS DAY WEEKEND SCOUT SKI TRIP, BLUE KNOB RESORT NEAR CLAYSBURG, PA
Please let Committee Member Mr. Brian Turmail know as quickly as possible whether your Scout, you, or other family members plan to attend. The sooner we have a reasonable headcount, the better.
Listed below are the folks who have told us they plan to attend the February 12-15 Scout Ski Trip to Blue Knob, Pennsylvania. Please contact Brian Turmail if: a) you are not on this list but should be or b) you are on this list, but should NOT be. Right now we have two houses reserved, one with capacity for up to 16 people and the other that sleeps up to 12 folks. So we still have space. The larger house is right in the middle of the ski resort and offers ski in and ski out opportunities. The other house is not ski in/ski out, but is pretty close to the resort. Also, please let me know if you are interested in bringing sisters of the Scouts. This came up during the Parent Meeting last Monday and we wanted to get a sense if folks were a) interested in bring sisters of Scouts and b) make sure nobody had any objection.
TROOP MEETINGS, JANUARY 25 AND FEBRUARY 1 AND 8, 7:30PM
In preparation for the Annual Ski Trip referred to above, at its meeting on January 25 the TLC set an ambitious schedule for the next three Troop Meetings. As with any ski trip, Scouts must BE PREPARED to deal with the rigors of ski slope temperatures, and must practice SAFETY FIRST. During the Ski Trip Scouts must wear a helmet at all times and refrain from engaging in horseplay while on the slopes; moreover Scouts must use the buddy system at all times. Scoutmasters and Adults are authorized to ask Scouts to leave the slopes if they observe Scouts failing to wear a helmet, engaging in horseplay and failing to use the buddy system. During the next three weeks please impress the importance of following the rules upon your Scouts.
In furtherance of learning these rules and how to obey them, at each of the next three Troop Meetings there will be rotations of topics taught by senior leaders and/or Scoutmasters, three topics each meeting, taught to each Patrol. On January 25 the three topics will be Cooking, Identifying and Using First Aid for Hypothermia, and How to Use the Buddy System. On February 1 the three topics will be Identifying and Using First Aid for Frostbite, Slope Etiquette and Safety, and a Jeopardy-type game emphasizing the topics already covered. On February 8 the three topics will be Identifying and Using First Aid for Sprains and Strains, Winter Clothing needed for Comfort and Safety on Ski Slopes and during the weekend, and a Jeopardy-type game emphasizing the topics already covered. Each of the three meetings will include 15 minutes of Patrol Time to be used for planning menus and duty rosters and writing skits and songs for campfires, among other items. Please help your Scout by discussing ideas and concepts focusing on these topics and items.
SCOUT SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 11:15AM SERVICE AT THE CHURCH
We are celebrating Scout Sunday and Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist, our sponsor, on February 7. Please have your Scout wear his Class A Uniform and encourage him to be on his best behavior. This is one of the few times during a year when the Parishioners of Metropolitan Memorial UMC have an opportunity to see the Scouts they so graciously sponsor during the year. We encourage Parents to attend the service as well. Scouts are encouraged to participate in the Service by reading Scripture or assisting in serving Communion. Several Scouts have already volunteered to assist in these duties. If your Scout would like to participate, please contact our Sponsoring Institution’s Representative, Mr. Richard Tilley. If you and your Scout worship elsewhere on February 7, please encourage your Scout to wear his Class A Uniform to that service.
SUMMER CAMP (INFORMATION FROM TROOP COMMITTEE CHAIR MR. BOB MAILLEY)
The Troop is now registered for Summer Camp at Rodney Scout Reservation (North East, MD) for the week of June 19 – June 25. We are registered for the Dining Hall Program. The Early Bird Rate is $419 for the week. This must be paid in full by May 1st. A non – refundable down payment of $50 per Scout is due February 1st. Merit Badge Registration Opens on April 1st. More to come on when and who to pay etc., but I wanted to share this update with you right away. While this week doesn’t work for all Scouts, it is the week that works for the most Scouts. Scouts can also use the provisional method to attend summer camp for more than one session. There is information about registering provisionally (i.e. going without the troop on a different week) on the Camp Rodney website at http://www.delmarvacouncil.org/rodney/summer. To make your selection of date and camp, please contact our Committee Chair Mr. Bob Mailley. Note: While you will find a lot of useful information on this link, the following path might help you zero in more quickly…starting on the left hand side in blue box click ….Camping – Boy Scout Camping – Rodney Scout Reservation – Summer – Camp Planning & Leaders Guides
If your Scout has committed to attend Summer Camp, please send a $50 check made out to “Troop 666, B.S.A.” with your Scout to the Troop Meeting on Monday, January 25 so that we can meet the February 1 down payment at Camp Rodney.
MARCH OUTING, OVERNIGHT ON SUBMARINE U.S.S. TORSK IN BALTIMORE’S INNER HARBOR, MARCH 12-13, 2016
If your Scout wishes to participate in the overnight trip at the submarine U.S.S. Torsk in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, March 12-13, please contact Committee Chair Robert Mailley.
LEADERSHIP TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADULTS AND OLDER SCOUTS
Adult Leader Training in Montgomery Co, MD
All day – March 5, 2016
2 Tuesday nights: Must attend both dates
April 12 & 19 – 2016
Outdoor Training – must attend all sessions
April 17, 23 & 24, 2016Boy Scout Indoor & Varsity
Paul Black, 301-947-7598
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
Course Director (IOLS)
Bill Majurski 301-869-5309,
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
Also known as IMPEESA
Should be 14 years old and 1st Class
The Troop will pay for the training. You will need to transport your son to the camp.
2016 Course Dates19 – 24 June 2016
10 – 15 July 2016
31 July – 5 August 2016All courses will be held at the American Legion Youth Camp at 9201 Surratts Road, Cheltenham, MD
For more information put “IMPEESA” into Google and look for National Capital Area Council
NEWS ABOUT THE NEW SCOUT RELIGIOUS EMBLEMS PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO B.S.A. MEMBERS (THANKS TO COMMITTEE MEMBER MR. MITCH WANDER FOR THIS INFORMATION)
A Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion. To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed the following religious emblems programs. The Boy Scouts of America has approved of these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. The various religious groups administer the programs. Check with your local council service center or contact the religious organization directly to obtain the curriculum booklets. http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Awards/ReligiousAwards.aspx
How Do We Get Started on These Programs?
- Youth members must obtain the specific booklet for their religion.
- Check with your council store or contact the religious organization directly (see the chart on this site).
- Each youth member needs his or her own booklet to document progress.
- Some religions offer adult manuals for counselors and mentors.
- Parents must review the program guidelines.
- Some programs require participants to be official “members” of the religious institution.
- Age/grade requirements vary from program to program.
- Each program sets its own guidelines as to who may serve as counselor. Some programs require clergy to serve as counselors; other programs allow parents or other family members to serve as counselors.
- Families should talk to their religious leaders and show them the booklet before beginning any program.
- Most programs require that they be completed under the auspices of that religious organization.
- Many programs require the signature of the local religious leader.
- The youth member needs to complete the requirements, obtain the proper signatures, and follow the instructions to order the emblem.
- These emblems are not available from your local council store (follow the instructions in your booklet).
- The emblem should be presented in a meaningful ceremony, preferably in the member’s religious institution.
Where is the emblem worn on the uniform? The universal religious square knot is worn over the left shirt pocket of the Scout uniform. The medallion is pinned over the square knot for full uniform occasions. For more information about this program please contact Mr. Wander.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TROOP 666 FAMILIES! (FROM ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTER MR. JAY THAL)
Clap your hands together and applaud yourselves. And, pat your appreciative tummies. The drive to collect the Safeway/Cuisinart Coupons exceeded our expectations. Your boys, and future Troop-666 Scouts, now have higher quality cutlery sufficient for four patrols (forward thinking) to slice and dice well into the future. Through your joint efforts we have secured nearly $250 (MSRP) worth of knives ranging from Paring Knives to Chef Knives.
The tally is: (2) 8″ Chef Knives; (5) 8″ Slicers; (4) 7″ Santokus; and (8) 3.5″ Paring Knives. Thank you!
–Please return any stray equipment to the Troop on Monday evenings. The Troop would also like to receive any uniform donations available.
–Please donate Merit Badge pamphlets you are not using to the Troop Library; please note that, despite age, the material therein often remains viable. If your Scout decides to work on the Merit Badge, always check the Internet for the most recent requirements.
—If your Scout is interesting in attending Philmont during two weeks in July during the summer of 2017, he should contact our Scoutmaster, Mr. Joseph Bastian. To be eligible a Scout must have reached age 14 before he arrives at camp, and in the estimation of the Scoutmaster and the crew leader, possess the physical strength and emotional maturity to endure the rigors of a strenuous two week trek in the wilderness. Please contact Mr. Bastian