September Newsletter Troop 315
Hello scouts and parents. Summer is winding down and school is now back in session. That's a whole new world for me. Crash coarse in parenting has me excited and very much ready for school from "a break "perspective. The troop has been doing a lot of brainstorming and giving lots of ideas on what we should be doing to keep ourselves moving forward and growing. High adventure, hikes, canoe trips, survival camps and the usual silly and fun outings are all being planned out.
We do understand that some scouts really want to push the envelope and climb a mountain, white water raft or go to a National Jamboree. So ... We are going to network into the other troops in our area. Black Swamp and Erie shores troops plan big outings all year and open the doors for scouts from all areas to participate. That means that Troop 315 has an opportunity to go on high adventure, even if it's only 2 - 4 scouts. but. If we have a larger group. We can plan our own and have other troops send scouts our way. Some outings are easy on the wallet, such as a canoe trip in Michigan. This would cost less than $100.00 while a Philmont trip would be upwards of $1600.00. That's where fundraising plays a big role.
So here's the Scoutmaster's question to our troop and parents. Are we ready for this big step?. Shake downs and in town hikes would be our conditioning to prepare for some of the larger challenges such as a 20 mile hike / canoe trip and camp. We'll elaborate on this at our troop meetings but we will need to plan early morning hikes and weekend local campouts to get our scouts trained in efficient back pack packing, survival training and strength training for the long hikes.
Troop committee . We are planning a meeting for Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30pm. Upcoming camps, calendar, treasurer report, T-shirts are all on the agenda. I understand that this is a busy time of years and not all members have the same schedule. We will send out the minutes after the meeting . If you have a topic that needs attention. Please email me Also. Parents are welcome to join our committee, We meet quarterly and help with planning and oversight of our GREAT troop. Plus a little volunteering along the way.
Ability Center Visit
On September 6, 6:00 PM, during our scout meeting, The Ability Center of Northwest Ohio will be sending a person to talk to scouts about disabilities. It will be informative. We encourage our scouts to not miss the meeting. Please wear your uniform to the meeting that day. Always good to make a good impression.
September 11 at 7:00pm. Were are teaming up with our cub pack for scout roundup night at the American Legion. If any of our scouts can participate. Please be in class A uniform and you will be asked to , talk to prospective parents and help with games for cub aged youth during the event. Plan on the event running til 8:30pm. This event is an effort to recruit new youth for the Scouting program in North Baltimore and is council wide, meaning every town in our area is having a recruiting night.
We are involved with the Luckey fest again this year. The dates are Friday , September 26 - Sunday 28. The troop will be serving food with Bloomdale troop in a fundraising effort. A possible 5 shares can be earned during the weekend. Fri counts as 1 share, Sat, counts as 2 shares and Sunday , 1 share. I will be at the event all weekend but will need a driver to transport scouts to and from the event on sat morning and night to swap out shifts. Camping will be available at Scoutmaster Bailey's farm on S.R.582. Some of our scouts did very well last year earning as much as $80.00 per scout for the entire weekend.
I will need a tally of scouts and which or all shifts they can work. We will be feeding the scouts through the day and we will also be rotating scouts in and out of work detail through the day. Jobs description are, Cook - with Mr Bailey, Customer service with me in front, and janitorial will Bill, from troop 337. It's hard work and tiring but should be a good fundraiser. The shifts are:
Friday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday 6:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday 3:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday 6:00am - 3:00pm Parents. please email me your scouts intentions for the event.
First Aid merit badge
Ed Kaman will be teaching First Aid Merit badge to our scouts this month. It is an Eagle required merit badge and for those who already have it. It's a good refresher and also gives you skill in a first responder setting. Bring your scout handbook
Baden Powell Quote
Be Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.