March, 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 are available on the Troop web site under the camping tab. Sign up is on going.

Aprilís Cumberland Island trip

Currently this trip has not been solidified. Some changes can be expected so look for upcoming details.

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. 

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.



Countdown- 45 more days till the GARAGE SALE AND CAR WASH!
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
Look for the sign up sheets Monday March 7th. Helpers are needed to sort and price Friday night when the items arrive, Saturday morning to set-up, Saturday to cashier, Saturday to run the concession stand and Saturday to help with the Car Wash. Service hours will be awarded to the scouts participating. If you would like to sign up already please contact Dorothea Norris for the Garage Sale and Jerry Sevy for the Car Wash

Semi-annual Flower Sale Kick Off!
During the last meeting in February, Kathleen Narayanan announced the exciting kick off of the semi-annual flower sale fund raiser. The sale lasts until April 18th, at that time all orders and money will be due. The flowers are scheduled to be delivered Friday April 22nd with pickup at Mount Pisgah. Mrs. Narayanan quotes three ways to sell flowers:

  1. Use the order forms and simply take orders from family, friends and neighbors

  2. Post or hand out a flyer with your email address

  3. Hand our or post a flyer with the Troopís website (, the customer can place orders online.

If you have any questions or are in need of additional order forms please contact Mrs. Narayanan at 770-740-8496 or

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

Rank Advancement

Two New Eagle Scouts!
Congratulations to Doug Mitchell and Chris Davies, Troop 629ís newest Eagle Scouts. Both passed their Eagle Board of Review on February 24, 2005.

The following boys advanced in rank in January. Congratulations! 
Second Class: Seth J.
First Class: Jonathan A.
Star: Neal R., Ryan D.

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. The annual Order of the Arrow elections are set for the March 7th meeting. Scouts who are eligible should be present to make sure they have the best chance to be elected. To read more about Order of the Arrow : 

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.

Scout Merit Badge Opportunities

NESA Advancement Day - Mark your calendar for March 19, 2005, which is tentatively set as the next NESA Advancement Day. Details to follow soon. (NESA Advancment Days are organized by AAC offering an opportunity for boys to attend organized instruction to earn Eagle required merit badges. Usually 8-10 different MB classes are offered. The boys sign up for one. It's all day instruction (9 AM -3 PM). The last one was offered in October at Centennial HS. Stay tuned for March's NESA Adv. Day )

Railroading Merit Badge Clinic - April 16, 2005 from 9:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the Southeastern Railway Museum. Space is limited, make reservations soon. Reservations close April 1, 2005. For more information visit For Reservations write, or email John Stevens, 175 Roscommon Ct Tyrone, GA 30290 or If a Troop parent would like to make this a group activity, please approach the Troop Committee (or Linda Dembowski, Troop Committee Chair) first.

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.

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
NLE will be held March 8 and April 24, SALT and ITOLS will take place in April, CPR Saturday is March 19.

Chance of a life timeÖ. Be a Court of Honor Coordinator!
The Troop needs a parent volunteer to take responsibility for coordinating future Troop Courts Of Honor. This job requires very little time, 3 times each year (Troop COHs are typically held in February, May and August or September.) Court of Honor Coordinator would be responsible for creating a committee and/or soliciting volunteers to help with refreshment table setup/cleanup, providing paper goods and refreshments, and serving refreshments at each Court of Honor. Please contact Kathy Smith, Advancement Chair, at 770-998-6752 or

Upcoming Troop Board of Reviews:

  • 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. 

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 March 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 shirt 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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