Newsletter

November, 2004

Scoutmaster's Minute Link

Fund Raising Activities

Thanks again to Mr. Chad Colopy for running a great flower sale fund raiser for the scouts and Pop corn sales has also been another great success under Mr. Alvaro Munoz guidance. Many high adventure accounts will be well on their way to paying for a scouts adventure of a lifetime. Look for details of our next activity, annual Christmas tree pick up to be held on Sunday Jan 2nd.  This will be a special challenge for us due to the scheduling date and day issues and Mr. Chris Cotney is heading up that effort.

Next Board of Review

After a scout completes his Scoutmaster conference, he must notify Mrs. Smith, Troop Advancement Chairperson, that he is ready for the next BOR. Future Boards of Review are scheduled for November 15 and December 20. Reminder: Full Class “A” uniform and Scout handbook are required for participation in a Board of Review. 

Rank Advancement

Eleven boys advanced in rank at the September Board of Review. Congratulations! 

Tenderfoot:  John Briski
    Second Class: James Deaton
Star: Boris Aksenov
Life: Trey Hanson
Eagle: Adam Greim

Troop Outings

AT Overnight Hike

When: Saturday November 20 – Sunday November 21, 2004
Depart: Mt. Pisgah Saturday at 7:30 AM, November 20
Return: Sunday at 3:00 PM, November 21
Cost: Food that "the scout purchases" plus money for fast food lunch stop on return. 
Each scout will select a buddy and will be cooking, eating and sleeping as a team. Everything needed (water, food, equipment) will be brought by the team, packed in and out "up to 8 miles" each day!

Flyer, Pack List, & Permission Slip

The permission slip needs to be returned by November 14, 2004 along with a pack and food check that night.

Only scouts that pass the pack check on November 15th will be allowed to attend

January Ski Trip: The annual ski outing to West Virginia slopes is again set for the Martin Luther King holiday weekend Jan 14-17, 2005. Some details are out on the bulletin board and sign up will start in December. Note: Older scouts are looking into another trip to NH slopes Feb 18-22 weekend. See venture patrol “C” for details if you are 14 or older. 

Summer Camp 2005: The patrol leader’s council has asked to attend a different summer camp in the summer of 2005. We now have confirmed reservations for Camp Rainey Mountain June 5-11 (this is a calendar change) and details as they become known will be posted and provided on handouts.

December Lock-in: Our annual overnight lock-in at Mt Pisgah is scheduled for Dec 3-4. Look for details a few weeks prior both as a handout at a meeting, on the bulletin board or our web site

Uniforms

At all troop activities a designated uniform is specified. Also during Troop meetings the proper wear of the uniform is expected and all great scouts are not without their handbook to make a complete uniform. Proper uniform includes your short tucked in and closed toe shoes!

Lending Closet

The Troop maintains a scout uniform exchange or drop off point for all to use. With growth spurts for young scouts it’s hard at times to keep them outfitted for activities. Bring in your used or any pieces you come across and add to closet and feel free to pick up an item at any meeting. Ask for other items that may be store at another of our locations.


Merit Badge Reminder

It’s hard to believe but scouts are still coming forward to work on a merit badge WITHOUT reading the whole MB book from cover to cover. This is not a negotiable and it doesn’t matter where the MB was started or with who. To complete the summer camp merit badges or any other follow the simple rules. Read the book from cover to cover.  Bring any completed paperwork to a meeting or merit badge help night and coordinate an approved counselor from the scoutmaster. Sit down with the counselor and explain, show or complete the requirements as detailed. Its not about a memory test – it is about comprehension and covering the material as stated. 

To complete the summer camp merit badges follow the simple rules. Read the book from cover to cover.  Bring any completed paperwork to a meeting or merit badge help night and coordinate an approved counselor from the scoutmaster. Sit down with the counselor and explain, show or complete the requirements as detailed. Its not about a memory test – it is about covering and understanding the material.

The second Tuesday of every month the SM will be available at the Mt Pisgah chapel from 6-7 PM for those who need extra help with merit badge requirements or advancement.  The next one is scheduled for November 9, 2004

Service Projects

Patrol food items:  Non Perishable (left over) from camping trips that can be reused need to be turned in with the patrol gear at the end of each trip and are stored by the troop in special patrol containers.  This will help cut back on some cost for future trips and eliminate some waste now ongoing.  A scout buying food will get a menu to use with a budget to follow. It’s important to follow the list and items/quantities specified as the menu has been planned for patrol guest and other program considerations. Purchase slips are turned into the Troop Treasurer for reimbursement after each trip by the patrol scout grubmaster for that trip.

November brings opportunities to help at Mt Pisgah:

November 2 Election Day refreshments at Mount Pisgah

Scout Master Notes: The Troop frequently has last minute service project opportunities for scouts to participate in.  Keep an eye out for them weekly, look on the bulletin board and pick up the flyers that are usually at the meeting.

Order of the Arrow

Every month on the second Thursday there is a district OA gathering OA members can attend.  See your OA rep for details.

Eagle Project Service Hours

Attention Life Scouts working on your Eagle project - please give Mrs. Smith a list of all scouts/adult leaders (and hours worked) who help with your project.

Merit Badge Counselors
Parents, if you are not currently registered as a Merit Badge Counselor for the Troop but would like to be, please see Kathy Smith, Advancement Chair, during Troop meetings, or contact her at 770-998-6752 or smithta@mindspring.com. No formal training is necessary.

High Adventure Update

Planning is well underway for the Troop to participate in any of the National BSA high adventure Camps in 2005.  Tall ship sailing with Sea Base in the Bahamas over the summer, Philmont with the Council contingent and a National Jamboree in Virginia.  See the notices and sign up with your deposit now so you to can be included.  Look for details from the Scoutmaster.

We really need you to tell us now what your plans are and confirm to ensure we have you on the list.

“New and Improved” Kroger Gift Card Fundraiser

Mrs. Terri Israeli reports that the new gift cards are working great - everyone loves using them and more families have signed up to participate!  The new cards allow you to have the actual cost deducted on each purchase and are much handier than the previous certificates.  If anyone would like to increase their amount, or has questions, please contact Terri at  terri_israeli@earthlink.net or 770-643-0885 (home)  770-751-9555 (work). In April we start up with a new Kroger debit card which will allow you to have actual cost deducted on each purchase rather than the set amount on the gift certificates we have been using. Thanks ever so much to Mrs. Israeli for heading this program up.

Adult Training

All adults are required by this troop to be properly trained for the event they are participating in.  From being properly prepared just for a weekend outing to getting all the specialized training for high adventure now is the time to get yourself into those classes so you can help be ready on time. 

Our adults are encouraged to participate in one of the many training opportunities available for scouting. A great way to get started is by completing the online Boy Scout Fast Start or Youth Protection Training located at the Chattahoochee web site via a link from our troop's web site: www.troop629.org.

To participate as an adult leader in the troop on overnight camping, you must complete Youth Protection Training, Fast Start and review the Troop 629 Adult Guide.

Assistant Scoutmasters and Committee Members must complete the above training and New Leaders Essentials, SALT, ITOLS and/or Committee Training.  Information on these training opportunities are available on the Chattahoochee District web site.

To participate in High Adventure, leaders must complete all the above along with special classes such as CPR, FA, safety afloat, and safe swim.

*  NOTE: For Youth Protection and Fast Start, print from web site your completion form page and pass to the unit's training chairperson.

When you have completed any of the BSA training, please notify our Committee Chair, Linda Dembowski.  

To ensure the accuracy of our Troop adult leader training database, please give a copy of the course “completion” card to Kathy Smith after any BSA training you complete. 
Since 9/1/04, the WinScout adult leader training database has been updated with the following information:

Fast Start Training
Cliff Brown

ITOLS
John DiPietro
Frank Rocchio

New Leader Essentials
John Briski
Cliff Brown

SALT
John Briski
John DiPietro

Safe Swim Defense
John DiPietro

Youth Protection Training
John Briski

Adult Volunteers

Much adult support is essential to provide a quality program for our scouts. Even if you cannot commit to a helping on a scheduled basis, we can still use your valuable assistance whenever possible. Contact Mrs. Linda Dembowski, Committee Chair, for a list of those opportunities which will benefit this exciting program.

On all trips we request that adults clearly state their intentions if providing transportation support. Please indicate on the permission slip the number of passengers that you can handle in the vehicle being used. 

If you are interested in helping out, please email Linda Dembowski to volunteer.

Religious Award Program

Each scout can earn a specific religious award and medal based around their own individual faith. These are self-paced booklets and work is done over the year with a religious counselor. The annual “Duty to God” campout at Bert Adams to help work on your award is set for Oct 8-10th. For details or to get started contact your Scoutmaster.

Scholarships

The Troop has set up a scholarship fund for all Scouting activities to help any individual who may not otherwise by able to participate in a specific activity. This is available through a service hour trade-off agreement with the Scoutmaster. Let the Committee Chair know you if you have any individual needs. Our goal is to not deny any Scout an opportunity he truly wants to participate in. 

The High Adventure bases and camps also normally have scholarship applications available for those individual events.

Just ask the Scoutmaster for the form if help is needed for a particular event.

Patrol Leaders Council

Once a month our SPL leads his PLC to formulate the plans for meetings and activities.  Changes and or improvements are discussed at that time and all scouts should be making sure their representative is up to date on issues, concerns and program request. Another reason to check the Troop bulletin board or web site to keep the ever dynamic and fluid scouting calendar up to date.

NESA Advancement Day - Centennial High School
On Saturday, November 13, an Eagle specific advancement clinic will be held at Centennial High School from 9:00 AM to 3:15 PM. Any scout may participate in earning one of the following merit badges: Communications, First Aid, Emergency Preparedness, Personal Fitness and Citizenship in the Community/Nation/World. The cost if $5 per Scout (by November 11), $10 for walk-ins. Please see Mrs. Smith for registration information/forms. NOTE: Each Troop must provide one adult for every 4 boys who participate. Return completed forms, with payment (checks payable to Troop 269) to Mrs. Smith by November 8. 

Life-to-Eagle Clinic
Life Scouts are encouraged to attend the district Life-to-Eagle advancement forum before beginning their Eagle project workbook. The next Life-to-Eagle advancement clinic will be held on Thursday, December 2, 7 PM at Zion Missionary Baptist Church (Room 322) in Roswell. For detailed information, please contact Eric Mintz, Chattahoochee District Life-to-Eagle Coordinator, at eamintz@mindspring.com.

View the bulletin board and troop web site for latest details.

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