Don't forget to email me TONIGHT if you're coming to this weeks' climbing treks. We'll need forms and permissions Monday as well. ALSO: Monday night is ELECTIONS!
While we're still looking forward to this week's SKI TREK, it's not too early to begin prepping for the APPALACHIAN TRAIL overnight, scheduled for March 22. It'll be the first or second trek for a lot of our new Scouts, but there's no better way to learn about the trail than walking it. While Scouting has grown to encompass many activities during its 100+ year history, the trail, a pack, a tent, a fire, friends -- it remains at the heart of Scouting experience. See you there!
Bonds of Courage! Troop Leadership Training! Cabin camping and movie night! This month we're closing in on rank advancement for the year end Court of Honor.
Later this month, the Scouts will be assembling their own towns, using their lashing skills to build shelters, tables, chairs, and more -- then live in it! Looking for the permission forms?
Click on Forms/Downloads on the navigation bar at left.
November 20th Trek will be a gorge-fest, and a chance for all Scouts to move ahead on their cooking requirements for advancement and merit badge. Bring your best ideas to tonight's meeting for the most awesome dinners, desserts, breakfasts, etc. for your patrol. ALSO: PLEASE BRING ANY EQUIPMENT YOU HAVE. We need to check the contents of the patrol boxes to ensure you have everything you need to cook like crazy in November.
Conor Donellen is our new webmaster and will be maintaining this site. It is a great pleasure to welcome a Scout of his caliber into this key role. Please join me in thanking Conor for his service.
We've loaded a series of new pics of summer camp and our last trek up to the A.T. Expect to see some narrative here shortly, but here's a teaser. All in, it was a busy summer.
Camp is just a few days away, and so a few critical reminders:
1. Look at the Summer Camp section of the "Forms/Downloads" page on this site. Have you:
- returned a Medical Form and Meningitis to Lisa Murray or myself, signed by your doctor?
- did you return the "3 strikes" notice, signed by both parents and Scout?
- did you review the Personal Equipment List?
2. We also recommend:
- good bug repellent, good sun cream and gear including hats.
- a pack cover or other waterproof covering so you can store you pack outside of your tent (at REI for $25)
- ALL personal gear, clothing, should be protected in zip-loc type bags. 2 gallon size is the best size.
3. We have a meeting tonight at 7:30PM at the Church (the usual spot) to cover duty rosters, patrol flags, and other last minute details. Parents: stop in if you have questions!
We're in the midst of creating permanent flags for each patrol (you patrol leaders are in charge.) We've picked up large, 2 foot by 3 foot backgrounds, 6 foot flag poles, and now its up to you to get your image on it.
Over at the Old Goat patrol, we've been working on ours as well, and I thought it might be helpful to share the process and some "in progress" shots.
1. Found a cool image for the Old Goat Patrol on the Internet.
I liked it so much, I'm planning to get these for our shoulder patches.
2, Blew it up in a pain program so that the central image fit on a 9" x 7" square. The troop bought a bunch of felt for everyone to use in making flags, but the largest swatch is 7" x 9", so the goat (minus his horns, which are a different color) had to be 7" wide. Easily done with Paint or just a copier.
3. The I printed it out, and cut out each of the image areas. So the horns are brown, so I cut those away from the head, which is white. I also cut out paper templates for the glasses, eyes, and the little patches inside the ears. I'm using tan, white and silver felt and labelled each piece the color I want it.
4. I laid out the whole thing on the flag background and added some pretend letters, just to see how it would look. I like it!
5. Now the real work begins. Tomorrow I'm going to trace my paper templates onto the felt, then cut it out and hot glue gun it to the flag background. Then I'm going to add the letter. Finally, I'm going to fold a flag over on the side, and glue that down to make a seam -- the flag pole fit in that.
But for now, the key is to FIND YOUR CENTRAL IMAGE. We'll work on the rest tomorrow and next week!
With the Court of Honor just a week away, we've a number of key events THIS WEEKEND to prepare:
1. Saturday May 28: Troop Leadership Training. (that's tomorrow!)
Troop Leadership training is a requirement to hold a troop position, including Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader. If you are 2nd class or above be at Lower Memorial Hall NO LATER than 12 noon. If you have already gone through your training and are planning on running for a troop or patrol office -- PLEASE ATTEND TO TEACH! You are the troop; without your participation the troop does not exist.
2. Sunday, May 29: The Very Last Patrol Leaders Council for this leadership crew.
8:30AM at the Broadway diner. If you are a greenbar or Patrol Leader be there. (and if can't be there send a replacement.) Note that the new scout patrols should be represented by Alex and Jake, the Patrol Leader for June.
3. Sunday, May 29: Need JUST ONE more requirement to advance?
At 11AM -- right after the Patrol Leaders Council -- meet us at Stanley River Park (by the bridge) on River Road. We'll be taking a hike to get Plant Identification done, and can also complete other lingering requirements. Prepare yourself and be ready to be tested. Be Prompt and Be Prepared.
Other upcoming items:
- Swim Test -- required for all Scouts coming on the canoeing trek who have not yet passed their First Class swim test. this will be sometime this coming week
- Passaic River service project -- Sunday June 5, 8:30AM
- Climbing Merit badge completion session -- Sunday, June 5, 11AM
- Court of Honor and Picnic -- Sunday June 5, 5PM