Newsletter

January, 2005

Scoutmaster's Minute Link

Troop Outings - Overnight adventures!

Summer Camp 2005
The patrol leaderís 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.

High Adventure 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.

Short on Cash, but love to travel?
For all scouting activities the Troop has set up a scholarship fund to help any individual who may just not capable to participate at any particular time or event through a service hour trade off agreement with the SM. Let the Committee Chair know you if you have any individual needs. Our goal is not to deny any scout an opportunity they truly want to participate in. The high adventure bases and camps also normally run scholarship applications for those various events, just ask us for the forms if help is needed for a particular event.

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.

Rank Advancement

The following boys advanced in rank in DecemberCongratulations! 
    Tenderfoot: Joseph N., Brandon P.
Second Class: Derrick G., Zack P.
Star: James P.

Junior Leader Orientation Workshop
Before you can go to Green Bar training you need to be finished the Troop level JLOW one day schedule. All scouts need to attend the Feb 5th event if they havenít already; you are at least Second Class and at least 12.

Green Bar-National Youth Leadership Training
Staff applications are now available on the Atlanta Area Council BSA web site under the training tab. Interviews are Jan 30th and SM recommendations are due in by the 15th along with your request. Next years participant application should also be available by the middle of January. 

Board of Review
January 24 is the next Board of Review. After a scout completes his Scoutmaster conference, he must notify Mrs. Smith, Troop Advancement Chairperson, that he is ready for a BOR. Full Class ďAĒ uniform and Scout handbook are required for participation in a Board of Review. 

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. Send to smithta@mindspring.com.

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 January 27th , 7:00 p.m. 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.

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.

Merit Badge Reminder from Scout Master Gillis
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 doesnít 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 Ė it is about comprehension and covering the material as stated.

The second Tuesday of every month the SM will be available at Mount Pisgah Rm A017 from 6-7 PM for those who need extra help with merit badge requirements or advancement. The next one is scheduled for January 11th.

SERVICE PROJECTS:
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.

Philmont is currently accepting staff applications for the 2005 Season

Philmont is the pinnacle of high adventure program experiences. Situated in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range of northern New Mexico, Philmont is owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America and annually hosts more than 25,000 participants in backcountry hiking/camping programs and training conferences for Scouters and their families.

Working at Philmont
Each season, Philmont employs more than 1,000 staff members. A wide variety of paid positions are available, including rangers, backcountry program counselors, and training center and base camp support staff. Applicants must be 18 or older. Previous Philmont or other high-adventure experience is helpful.

Other opportunities are available for Scouts and Venturers willing to work on trails or perform other tasks during their stay. Those special experiences include Order of the Arrow Trail Crew and R.O.C.S., the Roving Outdoor Conservation School.
Employment Details: 

  • Salaries: Starting at over $800 per month plus room and board

  • Season: Mid May through Mid August

Click on the following link (or input into your web browser) to get more information and an application.

http://www.philstaff.com/stafap.html

ATTENTION ADULTS
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.

Adult volunteers
A lot of behind the scene necessary support in running an active Troop comes from many adults giving special efforts in their own way. If you are one of the adults that just isnít able to lock in a routine support directly with the program other support needs are there waiting. Contact our committee chair for a list of those opportunities to help the evolving dynamic program.

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

There are currently several KEY positions which are in need of new volunteers!!! If you are interested in helping out, please contact Linda Dembowski at lindahd@ofsoptics.com or call her at 770-552-1472 to volunteer.

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.

Meeting Announcement
Calling all Troop 629 Volunteers, including but not limited to Assistant Scoutmasters, Merit Badge Counselors, Board of Review Volunteers, Drivers, Interested Parents and anyone who would like to attend!

The Adult Leaders are planning a quarterly or semi-annual meeting led by Fran Gillis to discuss the following:

1. Assignment of patrol mentors, how to be an effective patrol mentor and how to be more engaged with the patrols.

2. The troop's approach to merit badge counseling and how the process should work. Are there any differences in testing a scout if he worked on the badge at summer camp versus the scout working on the badge himself?

3. Different ways of volunteering that suit the volunteer's interest, and what activities need a chairperson.

4. If you have signed on as an ASM, what do you do now? What are your options?

5. I do not want to be an ASM but have an idea on how to make something better for the troop.

6. What type of training do I need to be an ASM? a Committee Member?

These are just a few of the topics that would be covered, and in greater detail than our regular Adult Leader Meetings This would be a great opportunity to get to know the other leaders, outside the setting of Monday night. The first meeting will be held at Mount Pisgah on Wednesday, January 26th from 7:30-9:00 PM. Please meet in front of the chapel since room assignment has yet to be determined.

KROGER Debit Cards are going FAST! 
Kroger Debit Cards continue as a fabulous Troop fund raising activity. Itís painless and easy for families to help support the Troop by just participating in a no cost to you program and it is in conjunction with your normal routine of buying groceries for the family. Why not participate? The new Kroger debit card which will allows you to have actual cost deducted on each purchase rather than the set amount on the gift certificates have been a great convenience. Thanks ever so much to Mrs. Israeli for heading this program up.

Patrol Leaders Council 
Once a month our Senior Patrol Leader leads his Patrol Leader Council 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. Next PLC is set for Jan 20th. Another reason to check the Troop bulletin board or web site to keep the ever dynamic and fluid scouting calendar up to date.

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 itís 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.

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. Itís 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.

LETTERS FROM THE FIELD:

Venture C Patrol Outing
By: David W
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Sunday December 19th was a cold day with slight snowing. Although the dreary weather kept many indoors it did not stop Venture C from beautifying Horseshoe Bend. Venture Crew Chief David White, Greg Yakrus, Pete Knoetgen, Tim Reidy and Alex Sevy all picked up trash around the neighborhood despite the cold weather. Once we were finished the streets sparkled with a new sheen not even the most experienced street sweeper could ever do. After the cleaning of the neighborhood, we all headed back to my house (David Whiteís) to watch and enjoy Spiderman 2. Thanks to Venture C member Greg Yakrus, none of us were ever confused about any of the dialogue in the movie because he could repeat any line with ease. We all feasted on the finest culinary masterpieces Kroger had to offer including chips, dip and cupcakes (with holiday colors). The merriment and camaraderie from the patrol outing truly solidified the bonds of scouting between us all and we are all looking forward to next years riveting patrol outing. 

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

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