February, 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.

Attention Life Scouts and Parents 
Life Scouts are invited to attend Chattahoochee Districtís Life to Eagle Advancement Forum workshops typically held on the fourth Thursday of every month at Zion Missionary Baptist Church Annex, 181 Norcross Street, Roswell, GA, (770) 993-8587. This workshop is highly recommended for all scouts starting to plan their Eagle Projects and their parent(s). Upcoming forums are scheduled for February 24, March 24, April 28. There is no fee and no sign up. Scout uniform is required.

You may download the following ďLife-to-EagleĒ forms from the Atlanta Area Council website at

  • Life to Eagle Packet

  • Leadership Service Project Workbook

  • Workbook Guidelines

  • Eagle Scout Rank Application

Parents need for merit badge counselors
Parents, we need you as merit badge counselors. No formal training is necessary. Sign up today. See Kathy Smith, Advancement Chair, during Troop meetings, or contact her at 770-998-6752 or Two forms are required for MB Counselor registration - Adult Leader application and Merit Badge Counselor application (see 

Parents Needed for Troop Boards of Review
A troop Board of Review (BOR) provides a great opportunity for Scout parents to better understand rank advancement and to get to know the Scouts. Each Board consists of three troop parent volunteers. Boards of review are typically held each month for those Scouts who have completed all requirements and Scout Master conference for rank advancement. Any parent interested in participating as a Troop BOR member, please contact Kathy Smith at 770-998-6752 or No experience required. (Unfortunately, unit leaders and assistant unit leaders may not serve as a BOR member.)

Upcoming Troop Board of Reviews:

  • February 28, 2005

  • March 21, 2005

  • April 18, 2005

  • May 16, 2005

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

Rank Advancement

Our Newest Eagle Scout
Congratulations to Michael Benjamin, Troop 629ís newest Eagle Scout. Michael passed his Eagle Board of Review on January 27, 2005.

The following boys advanced in rank in January. Congratulations! 
    Tenderfoot: Jacob M., Aroon N.
Second Class: Jacob M., Joseph N., Will P.
First Class: David D.
Star: Grayson C., Joe D.
Life: Alex S.

Den Chief Training  

District den chief training is scheduled for Sunday, 2/13/05, from 1-6 at St. Davidís Episcopal Church. Any Scouts that are First Class and above and need a leadership position in the Troop should take advantage of this opportunity. Registration can occur at the above-referenced website or contact ASM Frank Cook at 770-992-1950..

District recommendations for a Den Chief to be effective are as follows:

  • Second Year Scout 

  • First Class or higher rank 

  • Works well with younger kids 

  • Recommended by his Scoutmaster

Green Bar-National Youth Leadership Training
Participant applications are now available on the Atlanta Area Council BSA web site under the training tab. Scout Master recommendations are due along with your request. Scouts must be 13 and First Class by application time, graduate of Junior Leaders Orientation Workshop (JLOW) and have at least two week long camping experiences (Hopefully a "pleasant experience").

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.

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 the 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 February 8 and March 8th.

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.

Spring Cleaning Made Easy!
Save your unwanted items. Tell your neighbors to save theirs, too. Donate them to Troop 629 Annual Garage Sale. Items can be brought to the Mt. Pisgah Chapel (South Campus) Friday April 15th from 4 to 9 pm. ( Desired Garage Sale items: household items, furniture, small appliances, tools, hardware, clothes, sporting goods, bikes, collectibles, computer hardware and software.) All funds raised from the sale of donations go to the Troop for camping equipment and Troop supplies.

While you browse at the Garage Sale have your Car washed by the Scouts!
The Annual Garage Sale/Car Wash is Saturday April 16th. 

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:

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 or call her at 770-552-1472 to volunteer.

Troop Committee Training
Training will be held Sunday, Feb. 27., NLE will be held March 8 and April 24, SALT and ITOLS will take place in April, CPR Saturday is March 19

CPR Training
Each March, the Metro Atlanta Red Cross provides a day of free Adult CPR training -- our way of thanking the community for its incredible support. A well-known and highly anticipated event throughout Atlanta, CPR Saturday helps make our communities safer by training thousands of people in this valuable, life-saving skill. 

CPR Saturday is made possible with the help of hundreds of volunteers and the support of our sponsors. Registration begins on February 7 online at: 

The Troop recognizes these adults for their outstanding service to our youth:

  • Chad Colopy, for 4 years as chairman of Flowers Sales

  • Wendy Kramer, for an excellent job assisting our Scoutmaster with the Silver Comet Camporee

  • Alvaro Munoz, for three years of service as Popcorn Chairman

  • Chris Cotney, for a great job with the Christmas Tree Pick Up and Recycling

  • Jack Conter, for 4 years of service coordinating our ski trips

  • Mike Furick, for organizing the Scouting for Food and Scout Sunday events 

Congratulations to Assistant Scoutmaster Frank Cook for completing the Woodbadge Course. A Ceremony will be held in his honor this Spring.

The Troop thanks the following adults for completing leader training:

BSA Fast Start Training

  • Chris Atz 

  • Cliff Brown 

  • Kathleen Narayanan 

Youth Protection Training:

  • Chris Atz 

  • John Briski 

  • Kathleen Narayanan 

  • Jim White 

  • Bob Walker

  • Frank Cook

  • Gregg Brasher

  • Fran Gillis

New Leader Essentials (NLE)

  • John Briski 

  • Cliff Brown 

Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Training (SALT)

  • John Briski 

  • John DiPietro 

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (ITOLS)

  • John DiPietro 

  • Pete Knoetgen 

  • Frank Rocchio 

Upcoming District Training Information and Registration can be found at the "Training" link on our website,

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. Please contact Susan Cook at 678-297-7766 for these great funding raising cards!

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 Feb 17th.. Another reason to check the Troop bulletin board or web site to keep the ever dynamic and fluid scouting calendar up to date.

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.

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

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