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Hot Topics in this Edition
May 6: Cancer Walk
May 9: Summer Camp
May 9: Troop Meeting 7:15
with Patrol Leader Elections
May 9: SEA BASE Parents
May 10: Merit Badge Help
May 13- 15th: OA Ordeal at
May 16: Permission slips due
for Swim Meeting at Georgia Tech
May 16: Troop Meeting 7:15
and Board of Review
May 19: Patrol Leader
May 21: 9:00 a.m. THE
GEORGIA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
May 22: Eagle Court of Honor
for Adam Greim and Evan Halladay
May 23: Swim Meeting at
Georgia Tech Olympic Pool (swim test for summer camp)
May 27th to June 4th: Green
May 27th: Fulton County
School is OUT!
May 30th: Memorial Day –
please remember those who have served our Country (no meeting)
Troop 629 presents Mr. Gillis with
QUILT OF HONOR
Troop 629 presented Mr. Gillis with a Quilt of Honor made by the entire
troop to give thanks for his ongoing extraordinary efforts in Leadership
of our Troop. Each and every member feels very fortunate to have Mr.
Gillis guiding our journey in Scouting. Troop 629 gives special thanks
to Leslie Cotney for spearheading the effort. Additional thanks to
everyone else who helped in the creation of the Quit. Mega man/ woman
hours went into the making of the great gift.
IMPORTANT MEETING INFORMATION:
Beginning May 16th all Boy Scout
meetings will be in the South Hall instead of the Chapel. The chapel
will begin construction and will change in size after it is remodeled.
Troop Outings - Overnight adventures!
Georgia Tech Swim Meeting
When: Monday May 23rd departing from
Mount Pisgah at 6:00PM and returning by 9:00 PM. (this is a troop)
meeting night activity – no regular meeting). Sign-up
now by Monday May 16th with permission “slips”. Wear your swim suit, Red
T-shirt and sneakers (no open toe shoes) and bring a towel (changing
facilities will not be used) and other warm up clothes as needed. Cost
$2.00 per swimmer. Scouts will first pass their swim test for summer
camp or Sea Base then finish with an open swim.
SEA BASE 2006
We have 2 crews going to Sea Base in April of 2006 during Fulton County
Schools Spring Break. Those who have signed on for a week of sailing,
sun and fun, please make sure you $100.00 deposit is in ASAP. In
addition to John DiPietro, Mike McGoff, and Lewis Wilkinson, We will
need one more adult who is fully trained up through ITOLS and including
Safe Swim, Safe Boating, and First Aid/CPR to help man the second crew.
Please contact Mr. DiPietro or Mr. Gillis if you are interested in this
adventure in the Florida Keys! Thanks John DiPietro email@example.com
Sea Base 2005 – Bahamas Tall ship
Quick parents meeting with attending scouts at the end of the normal
troop meeting (8:45 PM) on May 9th. Please someone from the family be
there. Look up the last parents meetings notes on our web site under
high adventure sea base tabs. Bring updated parental signed forms. This
will be the last meeting with everyone to finalize details.
Summer Camp 2005
Reservations are wrapping up and everyone should be signed up by now for
the Jun 5-11 stay at Camp Rainey Mountain. Look for the roster sheet at
each meeting to check your status and the classes registered for. Some
scouts are now on the waiting list for a couple of activities and until
we get to Camp we will not know how flexible insertions may be. All
participants have to have their Class I portion of the physicals at
least resigned from last year if not also getting a new Class II if
older than 3 years.
High Adventure in 2005
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.
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.
Parent Meeting Summer Camp Orientation
We will be having a parent meeting on Monday, May 9th in the basement of
the Chapel to provide information to the parents regarding summer camp.
If your son is a new scout, you should plan to attend this meeting as we
will be discussing the details of what to bring, what not to bring and
things that you are not allowed to bring. We will tell you how to pack
it, what best to put it in, and insight on what your son will be doing
at summer camp.
The meeting will be held at the basement of the Chapel (same building
that your son attends the troop meetings, come in the front door and we
will show you where to go) at 7:15 on Monday, May 9.
Upcoming Eagle Scout Courts of Honor
The Troop is proud to honor scouts who have recently attained the rank
of Eagle. Please join us for their ceremonies:
Eagle Court of Honor for Adam Greim and Evan Halladay
Date: Sunday, May 22
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Autrey Mill Nature Preserve
Directions: From Mt. Pisgah, travel north on Old Alabama
Rd., pass the new Middle School. Turn left onto Autrey Mill Rd.,
proceed 1/2 mile to parking lot on left.
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 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.
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 March
PLEASE UNDERSTAND OUR POLICY: TROOP MEETINGS ARE FOR GROUP AND TEAM
DEVELOPMENT AND NOT GENERALLY FOR MERIT BADGE TIME. THERE IS TO BE NO
MERIT BADGE WORK DURING PATROL MEETING TIME, INSTRUCTIONAL TIME AND
COMPETITION TIMES. THE ONLY EXCEPTION ON MONDAY’S IS THAT SCOUTS CAN OPT
TO WORK ON MERIT BADGES DURING GAME TIME.
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.: http://www.cdbsa.org/Pages/OA.htm
Scout Merit Badge Opportunities
Check Out Merit Badge University
The Merit Badge Calendar offers many merit badge opportunities. Scouts
follow the links to download Registration Forms and Merit Badge fliers.
The Merit Badge Calendar is updated as new merit badge opportunities
become available. Check out Merit Badge University at:
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.
Upcoming Troop Board of Reviews: 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 “A” uniform and Scout handbook are required for
participation in a Board of Review.
ATTENTION ADULTS: TROOP 629 NEEDS YOU!
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
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.
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 isn’t 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 770-552-1472 to
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.
Next PLC is set for May 19th. Another
reason to check the Troop bulletin board or web site to keep the ever
dynamic and fluid scouting calendar up to date. Of special note: May
will be elections time again for SPL and PL on the 9th and then the May
19th PLC will be our annual calendar preparation meeting. Important time
for all our scouts to get the input in to help develop what they want
next years scouting calendar to look like for us.
KROGER Debit Cards are going FAST!
Kroger Debit Cards continue as a fabulous Troop fund raising activity.
It’s 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!
At all troop activities a designated uniform is specified.
Also during Troop meetings the proper wear of the uniform shirt during
the school year 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! Please dress for the weather as some
activities are outside.
REMINDER: It is the BSA insurance policy that no open toe
shoes to be worn on any activity. This includes meetings, camping and
water activities. The only exception is flip flops for showers but
sandals are a no go for any activity we do including weekly meetings.
Scouts will not be allowed to participate if they show up with open toe
shows. Once school is out we will conduct meetings with our Troop Red
Field T-shirt as the primary uniform throughout the summer.
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.
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.
CALENDAR AND WEB SITE INFORMATION
The Troop has its annual calendar published and it’s available for all on
the web site www.troop629.org
Our Chattahoochee District (www.cdbsa.org)
and Atlanta Area Council (www.atlantabsa.org)
have web sites as well where additional information is also available
concerning upcoming events.
Please note that Troop meeting start time at 7:15 and closing at 8:45 PM
on Mondays. Please show up on time so we can start the program on time.
Keep an eye out for new opportunities that crop up for special events and
classes being offered. Details can be found on the bulletin board for
emergency disaster exercises looking for scouts to participate in,
special merit badge sessions for railroad MB and nature events. Those
kind of events are open to all scouts but generally are not organized
for attendance as a Troop activity. Normally an individual parent takes
on the lead to help arrange rides and details.
Keep us updated on changes to phone numbers, address and e-mail
accounts. Communication channels works best when everyone is getting and
giving timely information.
View the bulletin board and troop web site for latest details.
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