Weekly Update January 23-29, 2017

Sunday, January 29th, 2017 – Troop Meeting

  • When: 4 PM
    • PLC: 3:30 PM -4:00 PM
    • All Scouts: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Acree Hall, IHM.
  • Who: All Scouts, Adult Leaders, and Parents
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Notes:
    • Normal PLC Meeting before the meeting.
    • Special presentation by Mrs. Ortwein
    • Continued work on First Aid

Thursday, February 5th, 2017 – Scoutmaster Meeting

The monthly Scout Master meeting will be held at Mrs. Petit’s house.

  • When: Thursday, Feb 2nd– 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Location: Mrs. Pettit’s Hosue (contact Scoutsmaster@bsatroop727.org for address)
  • Who: All Scoutmasters. Parents are welcome.

Sunday, February 5th, 2017 – Scout Sunday

A Scout is Reverent. Please join the troop at IHM for their 12:30 PM service. Our troop will be taking part in the service and celebrating mass with our charter organization. The entire family is welcome, not just the scouts.

  • When: Arrive at 12:00 PM to assemble in the main entrance of IHM for the 12:30 PM Service
  • Location: Front Entrace of  IHM.
  • Who: All Scouts, Adult Leaders, and Families are invited
  • Uniform: Class A (including sashes, neckerchiefs & any medals earned as a Boy Scout)
  • Notes:
    • We ask that scouts stay after the service for some troop pictures.
    • We are looking for some adults who are Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at IHM to volunteer to help at communion that Sunday. Please contact Mark Ihrig or Mr. Wood if you can help.
    • We will also have scouts serving as additional door greeters, servers, and helping with various other aspects of the service.
    • Also watch for more information coming about a collection for a nation wide shoe drive called Soles 4 Souls on Scout Sunday. J. Neils is running this drive for our Troop and will provide additional information on how you can help soon.
      • Look for some old shoes that you can donate and bring them with you!

Sunday, February 5th, 2017 – PLC Meeting

  • When: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Location: IHM Meeting Room 1
  • Who: PLC and Adult Leaders
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Notes:
    • The meeting will get started soon after the service lets out for Scout Sunday.
    • Additional planning for the rest of the current PLC term covering meetings and camp outs.

Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

 NYLT Scholarships

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), hosted at Camp Michaels,  is more than just another summer program; it’s a leadership training course designed to show boys how to lead. Many of our youth leaders have taken this course in the past, and several are now on staff for the course. Find out more about NYLT at Dan Beard by checking out their website.  This year the troop is offering scholarships for up to four boys to help offset the cost (see more below)

Note that NYLT training is a requirement in our troop to run for Senior Patrol Leader, as well as a requirement for the appointed position of Assistant Senior Patrol leader.

Evan announced at the meeting on Jan 22nd that any boy interested in the scholarship should talk to Mr. Wood. The scholarships will be award to the first four boys to contact Mr. Wood and indicate they are interested in them. The cost of NYLT is $275 and the scholarship will pay for half of the training. Any boy receiving the scholarship must commit to actively serve in the troop in a leadership role for two years, or complete a Scoutmaster approved leadership project. Failure to do so may mean that you will need to reimburse the troop.  You must be at least 13 years old and have First Class rank or higher to attend NYLT.

If you have an interest in attending and want the scholarship, contact to Mr. Wood. If you have questions about the training itself, please speak to E. Ihrig, or Mr. Ihrig.

Search & Rescue Camp Out – Feb 17th – 19th

The next outing is the Search & Rescue camp out. This is shaping up to be a weekend of scenarios and challenges to the boys first aid and emergency preparedness skills. Additional information will be provided soon, but the cost will be $10 and the outing will be down at Camp Michaels. Please sign up now if you’re interested.

Note, while the boys will be learning about emergency skills, first aid, and how to perform search and rescue strategies, they will not be working the Search & Rescue Merit Badge directly.

Summer Camp: Camp Falling Rock – July, 9th-15th

Mr. Davies has been working to make the summer camp arrangements for the camp the Troop had voted for this year: Camp Falling Rock. We are locked in for the week of July 9th-15th!

The cost of the summer camp itself is $270 per boy. There will be slightly more cost around gas and travel expenses, but since the camp is just east of Columbus, it won’t be a lot split out across the boys going.  Firmer costs will be announced once we have a better idea of how many boys are interested. Look for additional information coming soon, including a summer camp information session. The deadline to register will be March 19th.

O Captain! My Captain! – Flying Pig Update

We have a Captain for our Flying Pig Marathon fundraiser- Mrs. Petit! But she wasn’t the only one to step forward. We also have Mrs. O’Connor and Mrs. Hayden who will be co-captains for the event. Look for more information coming soon about this fundraiser, but for now, pencil in Sunday, May 7th from 7AM to 1 PM on your calendar (estimated times). This is when we will need the most help! And by help we mean helping keep the runners hydrated and excited as they run in one our regions most popular events.

Last Call for Journey To Excellence 2016 Patch

Scouting’s “Journey to Excellence” is the BSA’s council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA. Troop 727 has been a Gold Level troop (the highest obtainable) for the past several years now. This is a big deal!

The Journey to Excellence, or JTE, Patch is worn on the right shoulder under the patrol emblem and each year the Scout can get swap out the previous years patch with the new one for the level the troop earned the previous year. The troop is happy to purchase the patch for each scout that wants one, but in the past we’ve noticed that not everyone sews them on. To cut back on getting a lot of patches that will go unused, we ask that you sign up on the activity registration page for a JTE patch if you’d like one.  Just add “JTE 2016 Patch” to the Activity name.

This is the last call for the patch. Please register by Jan 29th if you’d like one for your uniform. Note that this replaces previous years patches. There should only be one JTE patch on the shirt.

Saturday, March 4, 2017-Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

We have planned a day of FREE training for our leaders and parents around Youth Mental Health. The training is a day long and is presented by someone from the Boone County Schools who are working via a grant to make this training free. We’ve been working with them since the fall to get a date determined.  The following is a description of the training:

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

  • When: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Saturday, March 4th
  • Location: Boone County Public Library, Florence Branch
  • Who: All Adult Leaders and any Parents that have an interest.
  • Uniform: None
  • Register: Each individual participant must email Nicole Sofranko at nicole.sofranko@boone.kyschools.us or call 859-334-3791 to register. Nicole will provide you with a confirmation of your registration and a reminder for this event.

  • Notes:
    • This is open to ALL of our Adult leaders and parents.
    • This is NOT for Scouts. Please do not bring youth with you to the training.
    • The training is FREE
    • If you can’t make this meeting they have other meetings open to the public. The meeting on the 4th is specifically open to the Troop, but may also have others joining us.
      • Saturday, Jan 21st 9 AM -4:30 PM at Scheben branch of the library.
      • Wednesday, Feb 22nd 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM at Ralph Rush Center in Florence

Requirements Changes – January 1st, 2017

As of January 1st, 2017 ALL SCOUTS must now use the new requirements that were published in January of last year. The Boy Scout Handbook that came out in 2016 has all the new requirements in it, but you don’t have to purchase a new book. They have provided a printable PDF of requirements you can use to track your progress.

If you have a book prior to 2016 please check with a Scoutmaster to work out what requirements can transfer to the new system. Many of the requirements just changed a little and will still count toward a rank that you are working on. Check out the official answer in the FAQ published by the BSA.

Weekly Update January 16-22, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017-Committee Meeting

  • When: 7 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Location: IHM, Main School Building
  • Who: Committee Members, Adult Leaders, and Parents Welcome
  • Uniform: Class A or Civilian
  • Event Lead: Mr. Ihrig
  • Notes:
    • Note this is a change from the normally scheduled time.

Saturday, January 21, 2017-Winter Camporee: The Aftermath – Volunteers Needed

Anyone that went to the camporee this last weekend might well have arrived home looking more like a Mudman than a Scout. We braved the elements, and by all accounts won handily. I can’t say the same for some of our gear (anyone that took home a tent or tarp would likely agree). The dining fly, tables and several other troop items are in need of a good cleaning that can’t wait until the next maintenance day, and the job’s too big to do at a single scout meeting.

We have arranged for an quick maintenance day and need some volunteers to help. This doesn’t have to be people that went on the campout, it’s open to all. We need two shifts of 6 helpers this coming Saturday.

  • When: Saturday, Jan 21
    • Shift One: 8 AM – 10 AM
    • Shift Two: 1 PM – 3 PM
  • Location: SD1 Garage, 1045 Eaton Dr., Fort Wright, KY
  • Who: We need 12 volunteers
  • Uniform: Civilian clothing you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • Register: Please use the event registration form and indicate “Aftermath clean up” and include which shift you want to do.
  • Required Paperwork:
    • Activity Consent Form: This must be signed by parent/guardian and scout. This has been requested by our hosts at SD1.
  • Notes:
    • The first crew in the morning will pull out the tarps, tables and other items that need to be cleaned. They will hose them off and get them situated for drying.
    • The second crew will work with the dried items, do any spot cleaning that may need to occur and then repack everything. The second crew will likely also work a little on organization.

Saturday, January 21, 2017-Opportunity for Environmental Science MB

NOTE: The class is now full.

Two scouts have expressed an interest in earning the Environmental Science Merit Badge and Mrs. Topmiller, our in troop counselor for that badge, is having the first meeting on Jan 21st. She is opening up the class to more scouts that might have an interest as well. Note that this can count as one of your required merit badges for Eagle.

  • When: Saturday, Jan 21 – 10 AM – 12 PM
  • Location: Main Branch of the Boone County Library, Meeting room A
  • Who: Any Scout needing Environmental MB who registers with Mrs. Topmiller before the event.
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Register: Please contact Mrs. Topmiller. Use the email addresses provided in the weekly email update.
  • Notes:
    • You must register with Mrs. Topmiller to attend. See the weekly update email or earlier email that was sent with her email addresses. If you didn’t receive the previous emails contact the Scoutmaster directly.
    • Please bring a water bottle, writing instrument and paper.  Mrs. Topmiller will let you know about any additional items or prep you may have to do.
    • Blue cards will be available at the session.

Sunday, January 22, 2017-Troop Meeting

  • When: 4 PM
    • PLC: 3:30 PM -4:00 PM
    • All Scouts: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Acree Hall, IHM.
  • Who: All Scouts, Adult Leaders, and Parents
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Notes:
    • Normal PLC Meeting before the meeting.
    • Meeting focus will be First Aid

Sunday, January 29, 2017-Troop Meeting

  • When: 4 PM
    • PLC: 3:30 PM -4:00 PM
    • All Scouts: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Acree Hall, IHM.
  • Who: All Scouts, Adult Leaders, and Parents
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Notes:
    • Normal PLC Meeting before the meeting.

 Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

 Scout Sunday, February 5th, 2017

A Scout is Reverent is one of the points of the Scout Law and Scout Sunday is coming next month!

As a Troop we will be gathering at IHM for their 12:30 PM service. More information will be coming as we get closer, but please mark your calendars and be ready to attend in full uniform if you can. If you can’t attend the IHM service, but will be attending your own place of worship that day, please wear your uniform. Show your community the Scout Law isn’t something we just repeat, it’s something we live.

Also watch for more information coming about a collection for a Nation wide show drive called Soles 4 Souls on Scout Sunday. J. Neils is running this drive for our Troop and will provide additional information on how you can help soon.

Journey To Excellence 2016 Patch

Scouting’s “Journey to Excellence” is the BSA’s council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA. Troop 727 has been a Gold Level troop (the highest obtainable) for the past several years now. This is a big deal!

The Journey to Excellence, or JTE, Patch is worn on the right shoulder under the patrol emblem and each year the Scout can get swap out the previous years patch with the new one for the level the troop earned the previous year. The troop is happy to purchase the patch for each scout that wants one, but in the past we’ve noticed that not everyone sews them on. To cut back on getting a lot of patches that will go unused, we ask that you sign up on the activity registration page for a JTE patch if you’d like one.  Just add “JTE 2016 Patch” to the Activity name.

Please request one by Jan 29th if you’d like one for your uniform. Note that this replaces previous years patches. There should only be one JTE patch on the shirt.

Saturday, March 4, 2017-Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

We have planned a day of FREE training for our leaders and parents around Youth Mental Health. The training is a day long and is presented by someone from the Boone County Schools who are working via a grant to make this training free. We’ve been working with them since the fall to get a date determined.  The following is a description of the training:

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

  • When: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Saturday, March 4th
  • Location: Boone County Public Library, Florence Branch
  • Who: All Adult Leaders and any Parents that have an interest.
  • Uniform: None
  • Register: Each individual participant must email Nicole Sofranko at nicole.sofranko@boone.kyschools.us or call 859-334-3791 to register. Nicole will provide you with a confirmation of your registration and a reminder for this event.

  • Notes:
    • This is open to ALL of our Adult leaders and parents.
    • This is NOT for Scouts. Please do not bring youth with you to the training.
    • The training is FREE
    • If you can’t make this meeting they have other meetings open to the public. The meeting on the 4th is specifically open to the Troop, but may also have others joining us.
      • Saturday, Jan 21st 9 AM -4:30 PM at Scheben branch of the library.
      • Wednesday, Feb 22nd 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM at Ralph Rush Center in Florence

Requirements Changes – January 1st, 2017

As of January 1st, 2017 ALL SCOUTS must now use the new requirements that were published in January of last year. The Boy Scout Handbook that came out in 2016 has all the new requirements in it, but you don’t have to purchase a new book. They have provided a printable PDF of requirements you can use to track your progress.

If you have a book prior to 2016 please check with a Scoutmaster to work out what requirements can transfer to the new system. Many of the requirements just changed a little and will still count toward a rank that you are working on. Check out the official answer in the FAQ published by the BSA.

Weekly Update January 9-15, 2017

January 13th-15th – Winter Camporee

This years’ winter camporee will be at Central Park in Boone County. Working with Northern Kentucky University the Trailblazer District will be presenting the Astronomy merit badge! Boys will be bused over to NKU to learn about astronomy from the college professors at the planetarium. Other activities will be planned as well.

Registration is closed for the Winter Camporee. Please note that the weather is calling for a pretty cold and wet trip. Be prepared! Look for another email to come out closer to the weekend.

  • When: January 13th-15th
  • Drop off: 7:00 PM
  • Pickup: 10:00 AM
  • Trailer Wrangler: Mrs. Ortwein
  • Event Lead: Mr. Wood
  • Location: Boone County Arboretum, Central Park. Soccer Fields 4 & 5. Look for the trailer.
  • Who: See Who’s Camping for who’s signed up.
  • Required Paperwork:
    • Activity Consent Form: This must be signed by parent/guardian and scout.
    • BSA Health Medical Forms: If we don’t have one on file for you we need a standard Medical form completed, both A & B parts.
    • Optional Medication Form: If you are bringing medication please complete one of these and turn it in when you arrive. Please be sure to fill out the medication form completely.
  • Register: Registration Closed
  • Notes:
    • It is likely be pretty cold. Please be aware of the weather and bring appropriate clothing and footwear. Remember what Evan and the PLC taught you last December!
    • We will be camping on the back soccer fields 4 & 5 at Central Park.
    • It is likely that the boys will leave with a start on the Astronomy MB as it requires performing star counts on multiple nights.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017-Committee Meeting

  • When: 7 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Location: IHM, Main School Building
  • Who: Committee Members, Adult Leaders, and Parents Welcome
  • Uniform: Class A or Civilian
  • Event Lead: Mr. Ihrig
  • Notes:
    • Note this is a change from the normally scheduled time.

Sunday, January 22, 2017-Troop Meeting

  • When: 4 PM
    • PLC: 3:30 PM -4:00 PM
    • All Scouts: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Acree Hall, IHM.
  • Who: All Scouts, Adult Leaders, and Parents
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Notes:
    • Normal PLC Meeting before the meeting.
    • Meeting focus will be First Aid

 Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Journey To Excellence 2016 Patch

Scouting’s “Journey to Excellence” is the BSA’s council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA. Troop 727 has been a Gold Level troop (the highest obtainable) for the past several years now. This is a big deal!

The Journey to Excellence, or JTE, Patch is worn on the right shoulder under the patrol emblem and each year the Scout can get swap out the previous years patch with the new one for the level the troop earned the previous year. The troop is happy to purchase the patch for each scout that wants one, but in the past we’ve noticed that not everyone sews them on. To cut back on getting a lot of patches that will go unused, we ask that you sign up on the activity registration page for a JTE patch if you’d like one.  Just add “JTE 2016 Patch” to the Activity name.

Please request one by Jan 29th if you’d like one for your uniform. Note that this replaces previous years patches. There should only be one JTE patch on the shirt.

Help Collect Clothes!

You probably saw an email from Zach Lind last week asking for donations of clothes of all kinds. He is gathering these donations as part of a Leadership Project. He’s asked that if you have donations to provide to respond to his email and then have the donations available for him to pick up on the afternoon of Jan 16th.

Please do check through to see if you have some clothes you can donate, but in addition, please share this donation information with your neighbors, family and friends. Let’s gather up as much as we can! The donations will be provided to Master Provisions in Florence.

Saturday, March 4, 2017-Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

We have planned a day of FREE training for our leaders and parents around Youth Mental Health. The training is a day long and is presented by someone from the Boone County Schools who are working via a grant to make this training free. We’ve been working with them since the fall to get a date determined.  The following is a description of the training:

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

  • When: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Saturday, March 4th
  • Location: Boone County Public Library, Florence Branch
  • Who: All Adult Leaders and any Parents that have an interest.
  • Uniform: None
  • Register: Each individual participant must email Nicole Sofranko at nicole.sofranko@boone.kyschools.us or call 859-334-3791 to register. Nicole will provide you with a confirmation of your registration and a reminder for this event.

  • Notes:
    • This is open to ALL of our Adult leaders and parents.
    • This is NOT for Scouts. Please do not bring youth with you to the training.
    • The training is FREE
    • If you can’t make this meeting they have other meetings open to the public. The meeting on the 4th is specifically open to the Troop, but may also have others joining us.
      • Saturday, Jan 21st 9 AM -4:30 PM at Scheben branch of the library.
      • Wednesday, Feb 22nd 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM at Ralph Rush Center in Florence

Requirements Changes – January 1st, 2017

As of January 1st, 2017 ALL SCOUTS must now use the new requirements that were published in January of last year. The Boy Scout Handbook that came out in 2016 has all the new requirements in it, but you don’t have to purchase a new book. They have provided a printable PDF of requirements you can use to track your progress.

If you have a book prior to 2016 please check with a Scoutmaster to work out what requirements can transfer to the new system. Many of the requirements just changed a little and will still count toward a rank that you are working on. Check out the official answer in the FAQ published by the BSA.

Weekly Update January 2-8, 2017

Saturday, January 7, 2017-ILST and PLC Meeting

  • When: 9 AM – 3 PM
  • Location: Boone County Main Library on KY 18, Meeting Rooms B & C
  • Who: ALL PLC members and any Scout who wishes to attend NYLT, or any scout just wanting to learn more about how the youth leadership works.
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Event Lead: E. Ihrig
  • Notes:
    • Please bring a packed lunch.
    • There will be a PLC meeting for planning future meetings which will also be used ot teach out PLC meetings are conducted. Very Meta.
    • ALL PLC are requested to attend, even if they have had the training in the past as well.
    • If you are on the PLC and can NOT make this event please contact the SPL with the reason why.

Sunday, January 8, 2017-Troop Meeting

  • When: 4 PM
    • PLC: 3:30 PM -4:00 PM
    • All Scouts: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Britt Hall, IHM.
  • Who: All Scouts, Adult Leaders, and Parents
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Notes:
    • Normal PLC Meeting before the meeting.
    • Grubmasters for WinterCamporee should pick up their funds for the trip.

January 13th-15th – Winter Camporee

This years’ winter camporee will be at Central Park in Boone County. Working with Northern Kentucky University the Trailblazer District will be presenting the Astronomy merit badge! Boys will be bused over to NKU to learn about astronomy from the college professors at the planetarium. Other activities will be planned as well.

Registration is closed for the Winter Camporee. If you signed up and have NOT paid, please pay Mrs. Hagedorn. Cost is $23 per boy and $10 for adults. This covers the District Camporee fees and food.

  • When: January 13th-15th
  • Drop off: 7:00 PM
  • Pickup: 10:00 AM
  • Trailer Wrangler: Mrs. Ortwein
  • Event Lead: Mr. Wood
  • Location: Boone County Arboretum, Central Park.
  • Who: See Who’s Camping for who’s signed up.
  • Required Paperwork:
    • Activity Consent Form: This must be signed by parent/guardian and scout.
    • BSA Health Medical Forms: If we don’t have one on file for you we need a standard Medical form completed, both A & B parts.
    • Optional Medication Form: If you are bringing medication please complete one of these and turn it in when you arrive.
  • Register: Registration Closed
  • Notes:
    • It is likely be pretty cold. Please be aware of the weather and bring appropriate clothing and footwear. Remember what Evan and the PLC taught you at the last meeting!
    • We will be camping on the back soccer fields at Central Park. More information for drop off will be sent out closer to the event.
    • It is likely that the boys will leave with a start on the Astronomy MB as it requires performing star counts on multiple nights.

 Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Saturday, March 4, 2017-Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

We have planned a day of FREE training for our leaders and parents around Youth Mental Health. The training is a day long and is presented by someone from the Boone County Schools who are working via a grant to make this training free. We’ve been working with them since the fall to get a date determined.  The following is a description of the training:

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

  • When: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Saturday, March 4th
  • Location: TBD
  • Who: All Adult Leaders and any Parents that have an interest.
  • Uniform: None
  • Register: To register please go to http://bsatroop727.ipage.com/index.html  and enter YMHFA or Mental Health First Aid into the notes field. Please include your name. The list of attendees will not be posted online.
  • Notes:
    • This is open to ALL of our Adult leaders and parents.
    • This is NOT for Scouts. Please do not bring youth with you to the training.
    • The training is FREE

Reminder of BSA Email/Electronic Communications Policies

We live in a digital age and a lot of the communications outside of the meetings fall two main categories: Text and Emails. In order to maintain the BSA’s Youth Protection Policies there are some policies that all scouts, scouters and parents should be aware of.

  1. When you send an email to a Youth in scouting there MUST be additional people on the email. If you are an adult leader of any sort (Scoutmaster, Merit Badge Counselor or Committee member) and you send an email to a youth you MUST CC, or Copy, another adult. Preference would be to copy the boy’s parents. If you aren’t sure which email is read by a boy or a parent, err on the side of caution and copy another adult leader. Always feel free to copy the scoutmaster <at> bsatroop727.org address. This covers the no one on one contact rule in youth protection. Do not BCC, or Blind Copy, the other adult since it isn’t apparent you were following the rules.
  2. If you send a text message the same rule above applies. Send it also to their parent or another adult. Since not everyone can receive Group texts, or see that a text went to multiple people it’s preferred just to use email or another form of communication.
  3. If you are a Scouting Youth and are sending an email, or text,  to an adult you MUST copy another adult, preferably your parents, but it can be an adult leader.
  4. If you receive a text, or email, from someone make sure that when you respond you are also following the rules. If they were following the rule and included an additional adult you can just copy in the same adult, or include the parents of the youth.
  5. I know it’s a bit old fashioned, but If you use a phone to call a youth, or as a youth you are calling an adult, the same rules apply. There MUST be another adult who can hear the conversation on either end of the phone. Speaker phones work great for this…. well, as good as speakerphone work in general anyway.

Please remember these rules. If someone forgets, please politely remind them in your response (and included another adult!).  These rules are in place to keep our youth safe.

On a somewhat related note, if you ever feel like someone is communicating inappropriate messages or information via ANY form of communication related to Scouting, please let the Scoutmasters know immediately. If the concern involves one of the Scoutmasters please contact Mr. Wood or someone on the Committee.

Requirements Changes – January 1st, 2017

As of January 1st, 2017 ALL SCOUTS must now use the new requirements that were published in January of last year. The Boy Scout Handbook that came out in 2016 has all the new requirements in it, but you don’t have to purchase a new book. They have provided a printable PDF of requirements you can use to track your progress.

If you have a book prior to 2016 please check with a Scoutmaster to work out what requirements can transfer to the new system. Many of the requirements just changed a little and will still count toward a rank that you are working on. Check out the official answer in the FAQ published by the BSA.

Weekly Update December 19-25, 2016

Saturday, January 7, 2017-ILST and PLC Meeting

  • When: 9 AM – 3 PM
  • Location: Boone County Main Library on KY 18, Meeting Rooms B & C
  • Who: ALL PLC members and any Scout who wishes to attend NYLT, or any scout just wanting to learn more about how the youth leadership works.
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Event Lead: E. Ihrig
  • Notes:
    • Please bring a packed lunch.
    • There will be a PLC meeting for planning future meetings which will also be used ot teach out PLC meetings are conducted. Very Meta.
    • ALL PLC are requested to attend, even if they have had the training in the past as well.
    • If you are on the PLC and can NOT make this event please contact the SPL with the reason why.

Sunday, January 8, 2017-Troop Meeting

  • When: 4 PM
    • PLC: 3:30 PM -4:00 PM
    • All Scouts: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Britt Hall, IHM.
  • Who: All Scouts, Adult Leaders, and Parents
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Notes:
    • Normal PLC Meeting before the meeting.
    • Grubmasters for WinterCamporee should pick up their funds for the trip.

January 13th-15th – Winter Camporee

This years’ winter camporee will be at Central Park in Boone County. Working with Northern Kentucky University the Trailblazer District will be presenting the Astronomy merit badge! Boys will be bused over to NKU to learn about astronomy from the college professors at the planetarium. Other activities will be planned as well.

Registration is closed for the Winter Camporee. If you signed up and have NOT paid, please pay Mrs. Hagedorn. Cost is $23 per boy and $10 for adults. This covers the District Camporee fees and food.

  • When: January 13th-15th
  • Drop off: 7:00 PM
  • Pickup: 10:00 AM
  • Trailer Wrangler: TBD
  • Event Lead: Mr. Wood
  • Location: Boone County Arboretum, Central Park.
  • Who: See Who’s Camping for who’s signed up.
  • Required Paperwork:
    • Activity Consent Form: This must be signed by parent/guardian and scout.
    • BSA Health Medical Forms: If we don’t have one on file for you we need a standard Medical form completed, both A & B parts.
    • Optional Medication Form: If you are bringing medication please complete one of these and turn it in when you arrive.
  • Register: Registration Closed
  • Notes:
    • It is likely be pretty cold. Please be aware of the weather and bring appropriate clothing and footwear. Remember what Evan and the PLC taught you at the last meeting!
    • We will be camping on the back soccer fields at Central Park. More information for drop off will be sent out closer to the event.
    • It is likely that the boys will leave with a start on the Astronomy MB as it requires performing star counts on multiple nights.

 Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Happy Holidays!

A reprieve from the onslaught of announcements and emails! Enjoy your family and friends this season. Look for the next announcement email to come out on January 2nd.

Weekly Update December 12 – 18, 2016

Saturday, December 17 & Sunday December 18, 2016-Please Help !

For the past eight years IHM has had an event to gather donations of items (toys, clothes, furniture, etc) for the area’s needy. Over the week of Dec 12th they will be gathering donations and placing them in a large moving truck in the parking lot. Then on Saturday, Dec 17th they will be unloading the truck to get all the items into Britt Hall. On Sunday they will open the doors for the event itself.

The church needs help on both Saturday, December 17th and Sunday, December 18th. There are three shifts you can choose from. They can use about 12 to 17 helpers on both Saturday and Sunday. We need both Scout and Adult help. We need at least a couple of adults each shift that are Virtus and YPT certified.

  • When (3 Shifts to choose from!):
    • Shift 1 – Saturday 10 AM – 1 PM PM
    • Shift 2 – Saturday 1 PM – 4 PM
    • Shift 3- Sunday – 2 PM – 6 PM
  • Location: Britt Hall, IHM
  • Event Lead: Mrs. Petit
  • Who: All Scouts, Adult Leaders, and Parents
  • Uniform: Class B
  • Notes:
    • If you can volunteer for one or more of the shifts, please go to http://bsatroop727.ipage.com/index.html and sign up. Use “TGIF event” as the code and make sure to indicate the shift you want to sign up for. To see if there are spots left take a look at the Special Sign ups. I’ll try to keep that up to date as people volunteer and take up slots.
    • Volunteering for this can count towards your service hours. Just be sure to have Mrs. Petit sign your book in the service log, or get a signed, written notice of how long you worked and what you did.

Saturday, January 7, 2017-ILST and PLC Meeting

  • When: 9 AM – 3 PM
  • Location: Boone County Main Library on KY 18, Meeting Rooms B & C
  • Who: ALL PLC members and any Scout who wishes to attend NYLT, or any scout just wanting to learn more about how the youth leadership works.
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Event Lead: E. Ihrig
  • Notes:
    • Please bring a packed lunch.
    • There will be a PLC meeting for planning future meetings which will also be used ot teach out PLC meetings are conducted. Very Meta.
    • ALL PLC are requested to attend, even if they have had the training in the past as well.
    • If you are on the PLC and can NOT make this event please contact the SPL with the reason why.

Sunday, January 8, 2017-Troop Meeting

  • When: 4 PM
    • PLC: 3:30 PM -4:00 PM
    • All Scouts: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Britt Hall, IHM.
  • Who: All Scouts, Adult Leaders, and Parents
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Notes:
    • Normal PLC Meeting before the meeting.
    • Grubmasters for WinterCamporee should pick up their funds for the trip.

January 13th-15th – Winter Camporee

This years’ winter camporee will be at Central Park in Boone County. Working with Northern Kentucky University the Trailblazer District will be presenting the Astronomy merit badge! Boys will be bused over to NKU to learn about astronomy from the college professors at the planetarium. Other activities will be planned as well.

Registration is closed for the Winter Camporee. If you signed up and have NOT paid, please pay Mrs. Hagedorn. Cost is $23 per boy and $10 for adults. This covers the District Camporee fees and food.

  • When: January 13th-15th
  • Drop off: Times TBD
  • Pickup: Times TBD
  • Trailer Wrangler: TBD
  • Event Lead: Mr. Wood
  • Location: Boone County Arboretum, Central Park.
  • Who: See Who’s Camping for who’s signed up.
  • Required Paperwork:
    • Activity Consent Form: This must be signed by parent/guardian and scout.
    • BSA Health Medical Forms: If we don’t have one on file for you we need a standard Medical form completed, both A & B parts.
    • Optional Medication Form: If you are bringing medication please complete one of these and turn it in when you arrive.
  • Register: Registration Closed
  • Notes:
    • It is likely be pretty cold. Please be aware of the weather and bring appropriate clothing and footwear. Remember what Evan and the PLC taught you at the last meeting!
    • Still waiting to hear more information from District.
    • It is likely that the boys will leave with a start on the Astronomy MB as it requires performing star counts on multiple nights.

 Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Lost and Found from Lock in

Thank you for those that picked up some of their lost items at the last meeting. We still have the items below. These will be taken to the little Red trailer at IHM and put in a box.

  • A pair of boots
  • A red Scout hat with JXG written in the head band

Raise Money for the Troop by buying your Groceries!

Did you know Troop 727 can earn money every time you shop at Kroger’s or Remke’s?
All you have to do is sign up and use your card when you check out!

Register your Kroger Plus card at www.kroger.com and in your account under the Community Rewards section click “Boy Scout Troop 727” and they will give us a percentage of your purchases.

You can also register your Remke Preferred Card at www.remkes.com and in your account under the Caring Neighbors section click the drop down box and designate “Boy Scout Troop 727”.

This is an easy way for the Troop to earn money without having to sell anything.  Tell your friends and family to enroll too and we will earn extra money!

Please spread the word to help support these great programs and happy shopping!

P.S. Don’t forget if you have multiple organizations you would like to support, you can always change them monthly, quarterly, or mid-year.  That way you can help support more than one!! Also, look for Amazon Smile coming soon!

Destination 2018: Yellowstone

The boys voted a few meetings ago and have selected to go to Yellowstone as the big trip destination for 2018!

SCOUTS: We will start initial planning soon. If you have ideas of things to do, or activities you have an interest in please communicate these directly to your patrol leaders, who should then be passing these on to the SPL and Scoutmasters.

Calling Adventurous Adults! Drivers Needed in July

July 19th-24th the troop has plans to take a trip to New River Gorge in West Virginia. We will be spending a few days visiting the Summit Bechtel Scouting Reserve, home of the National Jamboree, and then some time doing other, yet to be determined, activities in the area. We have already reserved a campsite right on the New River in the National Park. This trip is going to require many drivers who are willing to stay for the entire trip. The number of boys that can go will be determined by how many drivers (seats) we have. If you have an interest in going, please contact me at scoutmaster@bsatroop727.org and let me know. We are just gathering interest in drivers at this stage.

Merit Badge Challenge Registration is Open!

The various merit badge challenges scheduled for the spring will have opened registration. You can take a peek at the schedule and merit badges offered as the options have been posted online. Pick out your merit badges, read about the prerequisites and then sign up!

Please note that for younger scouts there are some recommended Merit Badges listed in their handbook.

If you have questions about which Merit Badges you should take, contact the Scout Masters and we’ll give you some guidance.

Requirements Changes – January 1st, 2017

In January of this year, new requirements were released for rank advancements. 2016 was considered a transition year, meaning that any boy who was registered prior to 2016 could continue to work with the older requirements under certain conditions.

  • If they were not yet First Class they could continue with the old requirements until reaching First Class. At that point they would switch to the new requirements.
  • If they were First Class or higher (Star, Life & Eagle) they could finish the rank they were currently working on, but then had to shift to the new requirements.

As of January 1st, 2017 ALL SCOUTS must now use the new requirements. The Boy Scout Handbook that came out in 2016 has all the new requirements in it, but you don’t have to purchase a new book. They have provided a printable PDF of requirements you can use to track your progress.

A common question is “Does this mean they may have to Start over on a rank if they don’t complete it by 2017. The answer is not really, but they may have additional things they need to complete. Check out the official answer in the FAQ published by the BSA.

 Bring out your Tents!!

The last campout of the year is completed. Please bring in ALL troop tents that may be hiding out in your garages, basements or trunks. They should all be cleaned and returned as soon as possible. Our next campout is in January and we need to have a chance to go through all the tents to verify their readiness.

Leadership Projects

Given the size of our troop it’s not possible for all boys to get a chance to be in one of the positions such as Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, etc. In order to meet the leadership requirements you can instead perform Leadership Projects! Mr. Wood has a couple of leadership projects available, or if you have your own project in mind please see him.

There is the opportunity for a leadership project now for organizing a shoe collection for Soles for Souls. This is a one-time collection on Scout Sunday and we are looking for a boy to lead the advertising, organizing and collecting of the shoes. This one is time sensitive, so if you have an interest please contact Mr. Wood directly!

Wanted: Trailer Wranglers for 2017

Some of the biggest assets we have (bother literally and figuratively) are our Trailers. They let us move a lot of gear for those outings where we aren’t backpacking. We have had a lot of great volunteer scouters and parents who help ensure we got those trailers where we needed them. We appreciate each one of you who have pulled and parked these trailers over the years – THANK YOU!

For 2017 I’d like to put out the call for all those that are willing to pull the trailers. I’m going to start a new email list just for those that volunteer. About a month or more before an outing I’ll email this list to identify a trailer wrangler for the trip.

If you can pull a trailer and are willing to do so, please let Mr. Wood know directly. If you have done so in the past and are still willing, I’d still like to hear from you (though if I don’t hear from our “usual suspects” you can probably expect a call or an email just be sure).  If you need to keep it scoped down to just pulling the small trailers, or only traveling as far as Camp Michaels, just let us know.

Weekly Update for December 5 – 11, 2016

Take a Hike on December 10th!

Interested in a brisk hike? E. Wyant, Patrol Leader for the Eagles, has set up for us to have a hike at Middle Creek Park on Saturday, December 10th. The hike will start at 10 AM. You’ll want to dress warmly and be aware of the weather.

  • When: Saturday, Dec 10th – 10:00 AM
  • Starting : 10 AM
  • Pickup: Get an estimated pick up time from E. Wyant when you arrive.
  • Event Lead: E. Wyant
  • Location: Middle Creek Park
  • Who: All Scouts are welcome.
  • Required Paperwork: None
  • Register: http://bsatroop727.ipage.com/index.html (use Dec 10 Hike as the event code)
  • Notes:
    • Remember to dress for the weather and wear footwear.

Sunday, December 11, 2016-Troop Meeting

  • When: 4 PM
    • PLC: 2:30 PM -4:00 PM
    • All Scouts: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Boone County Sheriff’s office on Conrad Lane.
  • Who: All Scouts, Adult Leaders, and Parents
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Notes:
    • Note that the PLC is having an extended meeting and meet starting at 2:30 PM rather than 3:30. The 2:30 PM was not a typo.
    • Deadline to sign up for the Winter Camporee in January. See below.

Deadline to Sign up for the January Winter Camporee is this coming meeting on December 11th

This years’ winter camporee will be at Central Park in Boone County. Working with Northern Kentucky University the Trailblazer District will be presenting the Astronomy merit badge! Boys will be bused over to NKU to learn about astronomy from the college professors at the planetarium. Other activities will be planned as well.

The deadline to pay and sign up for the trip is the Dec. 11th meeting. Cost is $23 per boy and $10 for adults. This covers the District Camporee fees and food. 

  • When: January 13th-15th
  • Drop off: Times TBD
  • Pickup: Times TBD
  • Event Lead: Mr. Wood
  • Location: Boone County Arboretum, Central Park.
  • Who: All Scouts.
  • Required Paperwork:
    • Activity Consent Form: This must be signed by parent/guardian and scout.
    • BSA Health Medical Forms: If we don’t have one on file for you we need a standard Medical form completed, both A & B parts.
    • Optional Medication Form: If you are bringing medication please complete one of these and turn it in when you arrive.
  • Register: http://bsatroop727.ipage.com/index.html (use Winter Camporee  as the event code)
  • Notes:
    • It is likely be pretty cold. Please be aware of the weather and bring appropriate clothing and footwear.
    • Still waiting to hear more information from District.

 Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Save the Date: Jan 7th – ILST

Introduction to Leadership Skills Training (ILST) will be held on January 7th. Plans are to have it at the Main Boone Co. Library on KY 18. Times will be announced at the next meeting. This training is for all boys who hold a rank of responsibility position. Other boys may attend as well.

Lost and Found from Lock in

Are you missing your pants? How about a pillow? Several items were left at the Lock in over the weekend. They will be brought to the next scout meeting. Just come ask Mr. Wood for the item and be able to describe it.

  • A pair of boots
  • A pillow
  • A light and dark blue hoodie
  • A pair of pants
  • A red Scout hat

Destination 2018: Yellowstone

The boys voted a few meetings ago and have selected to go to Yellowstone as the big trip destination for 2018!

SCOUTS: We will start initial planning soon. If you have ideas of things to do, or activities you have an interest in please communicate these directly to your patrol leaders, who should then be passing these on to the SPL and Scoutmasters.

In Search of a Leader

There is a Soles 4 Souls drive that culminates in a shoe collection on Scout Sunday in February. We need a Scout who is ready to help drive awareness of the collection at IHM and then be prepared to organize intake of the donated shoes on Scout Sunday, as well as plan their delivery to the drop off point specified by Council. If you have an interest in this Service Project please contact Mr. Wood as soon as possible. Time is running short to get started with planning.

This Service Project could count toward your requirement to hold a leadership position. Please see Mr. Wood for more information.

Calling Adventurous Adults! Drivers Needed in July

July 19th-24th the troop has plans to take a trip to New River Gorge in West Virginia. We will be spending a few days visiting the Summit Bechtel Scouting Reserve, home of the National Jamboree, and then some time doing other, yet to be determined, activities in the area. We have already reserved a campsite right on the New River in the National Park. This trip is going to require many drivers who are willing to stay for the entire trip. The number of boys that can go will be determined by how many drivers (seats) we have. If you have an interest in going, please contact me at scoutmaster@bsatroop727.org and let me know. We are just gathering interest in drivers at this stage.

Merit Badge Challenge Registration is Open!

The various merit badge challenges scheduled for the spring will have opened registration. You can take a peek at the schedule and merit badges offered as the options have been posted online. Pick out your merit badges, read about the prerequisites and then sign up!

Please note that for younger scouts there are some recommended Merit Badges listed in their handbook.

If you have questions about which Merit Badges you should take, contact the Scout Masters and we’ll give you some guidance.

Requirements Changes – January 1st, 2017

In January of this year, new requirements were released for rank advancements. 2016 was considered a transition year, meaning that any boy who was registered prior to 2016 could continue to work with the older requirements under certain conditions.

  • If they were not yet First Class they could continue with the old requirements until reaching First Class. At that point they would switch to the new requirements.
  • If they were First Class or higher (Star, Life & Eagle) they could finish the rank they were currently working on, but then had to shift to the new requirements.

As of January 1st, 2017 ALL SCOUTS must now use the new requirements. The Boy Scout Handbook that came out in 2016 has all the new requirements in it, but you don’t have to purchase a new book. They have provided a printable PDF of requirements you can use to track your progress.

A common question is “Does this mean they may have to Start over on a rank if they don’t complete it by 2017. The answer is not really, but they may have additional things they need to complete. Check out the official answer in the FAQ published by the BSA.

 Bring out your Tents!!

The last campout of the year is completed. Please bring in ALL troop tents that may be hiding out in your garages, basements or trunks. They should all be cleaned and returned as soon as possible. Our next campout is in January and we need to have a chance to go through all the tents to verify their readiness.

Leadership Projects

Given the size of our troop it’s not possible for all boys to get a chance to be in one of the positions such as Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, etc. In order to meet the leadership requirements you can instead perform Leadership Projects! Mr. Wood has a couple of leadership projects available, or if you have your own project in mind please see him.

There is the opportunity for a leadership project now for organizing a shoe collection for Soles for Souls. This is a one-time collection on Scout Sunday and we are looking for a boy to lead the advertising, organizing and collecting of the shoes. This one is time sensitive, so if you have an interest please contact Mr. Wood directly!

Wanted: Trailer Wranglers for 2017

Some of the biggest assets we have (bother literally and figuratively) are our Trailers. They let us move a lot of gear for those outings where we aren’t backpacking. We have had a lot of great volunteer scouters and parents who help ensure we got those trailers where we needed them. We appreciate each one of you who have pulled and parked these trailers over the years – THANK YOU!

For 2017 I’d like to put out the call for all those that are willing to pull the trailers. I’m going to start a new email list just for those that volunteer. About a month or more before an outing I’ll email this list to identify a trailer wrangler for the trip.

If you can pull a trailer and are willing to do so, please let Mr. Wood know directly. If you have done so in the past and are still willing, I’d still like to hear from you (though if I don’t hear from our “usual suspects” you can probably expect a call or an email just be sure).  If you need to keep it scoped down to just pulling the small trailers, or only traveling as far as Camp Michaels, just let us know.

Weekly Update for November 28-December 4, 2016

Recharter Time!

The deadline to re-charter (renew membership) with Troop 727 for 2017 is this coming Saturday.  Your intent to re-charter is due by Saturday December 3, 2016.  The process that we are using to re-charter is to use the link http://bsatroop727.org/troop-727-web-page_016.htm   If the link does not work you can go to the troop webpage and select the Re-charter 2017 link from the left side.

Our goal is for 100% of our boys to continue their Scouting career and experience all the adventures with Troop 727.   Please let me know your intent to re-charter by December 3, 2016 by filling out the online form. If for some reason your son is not going to re-charter please contact us and let us know that he will not be re-chartering. In that contact please let us know the reason for your son is not re-chartering (short reason). The council collects the reasons for not staying in scouts so they can make changes if needed to retain boys in the program.

Payment can be made at the Court of Honor. If there is a circumstance that prevents you from making payment by December 3rd, contact Mark Ihrig or Beth Hagedorn to discuss options.  Financial hardship should never be a reason a boy misses out on Scouting. We can help.

Two Fundraisers This Week!

Next week we have two fundraisers coming on the same night that do NOT require you to go door to door, or sell anything! All we need from folks is a little time, and for them to be hungry. Yes, hungry.

The first fundraiser is the Marketing Fundraiser we’ve done a few times now. This consists of parents and adults signing up for a time to come to Acree Hall and answer some questions on products. These are the “please tell us which fabric is softer”, or “do you like this color better than this other color” type of questions.  You sign up for a time slot and it can take up to 45 minutes. There are lots of time slots to sign up for, so pick one during a time that works for you (hint: the earlier you sign up the more slot choices there are to choose from)!

After you’ve answered all the questions maybe you’ve worked up an appetite? If so, our second fundraiser is also on the 29th and is at Skyline Chili! Take one of the flyers that Mrs. Hamm is sending via email and get dinner. The troop will get 20% of anything sold using a Flyer between 5 PM and 9:30 PM.

  • When: Tuesday, Nov 29th (reservations start as early as 3:30 PM and to to 7:00 PM for the marketing fundraiser. Skyline runs 5 PM to 9:30 PM)
  • Event Lead: Mrs. Hamm
  • Location: Acree Hall on the IHM Campus & Skyline Chili at 6091 Limbaburg, Rd.
  • Who: Anyone between the ages of 18-65+ for the Marketing Fundraiser. For the Skyline fundraiser anyone with a taste for chili will work.
  • Notes:
    • No scouts are needed for the Marketing fundraiser, but please tell your friends, neighbors and families to sign up if they can. We get anywhere from $7 to $10 per participant with the potential to get more than $800!
    • We need at least 100 people in order for us to participate and get money out of the event.
    • Sign up for slots at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4fa9a92aa5fe3-marketing

Scout Master Meeting

Monthly Scout Master meeting will be held at Mrs. Petit’s house.

  • When: Thursday, Dec 1st – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Location: Mrs. Pettit’s Hosue (contact Scoutsmaster@bsatroop727.org for address)
  • Who: All Scout Masters. Parents are welcome.

Court of Honor

The last Court of Honor of the year is this Saturday night. We will have a guest speaker at the event and will be recognizing the achievements of the boys over the past several months. Please make plans to attend. These ceremonies are designed to help showcase what your scouts have been up to and celebrate their achievements.  You should have already gotten an email from Mrs. Hamm about the times and requests for food.

  • When: Saturday, Dec 3rd – 7:00 PM. PLC needs to arrive by 6:00 PM for practice.
  • Event Lead: Mrs. Hamm
  • Location: Britt Hall on the IHM Campus
  • Who: All Scouts, Parents, Committee members and Leaders!
  • Notes:
    • Please check your email for an email from Melinda Hamm requesting RSVPs for side dishes.

Lock in!!

Starting after the Court of Honor we will begin the annual lock in. We will be joined by the Webelos, who will be staying until about midnight. After the younger boys leave, the troop will remain to play games and have a  night of ‘well-mannered frivolity’.

  • When: Saturday, Dec 3rd – 9:00 PM-ish
  • Pickup: Webelos should be picked up at Midnight. All other scouts can be picked up at 8:00 AM on Sunday, Dec 4th.
  • Event Lead: Mr. Wood
  • Location: Britt Hall on the IHM Campus
  • Who: All Scouts. Webelos are welcome to attend 9 PM to Midnight.
  • Notes:
    • Webelos and Boy Scouts will have access to the Gym throughout the night.
    • Boy Scouts are allowed to bring electronics, video and board games (The games and electronics will be allowed out AFTER the Webelos have retired for the night). Be aware not all games are suitable to bring so please use good judgement
    • Boy Scouts are encouraged to bring snacks that they like.
    • In the complete off chance that a boy may want to take a short power nap, bringing a pillow probably isn’t a bad idea.

 Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Drug Program Followup for Second Class

Scouts: If you attended this last meeting on the 20th and are not yet Second Class then you can knock out your requirement 7c in the new book, or 9a in the old book. There were about 30 boys in the troop that needed this requirement so it’s awesome that the PLC arranged this!

If you are missing this requirement and attended on Sunday, the ball is now in your court to do the rest. All that needs to be done to complete that requirement is to talk to your family about the dangers of substance abuse. Then have a conversation with a Scout Master about how what you learned ties to the Scout Oath and Law.

Merit Badge Challenge Registration is Open!

The various merit badge challenges scheduled for the spring will have opened registration. You can take a peek at the schedule and merit badges offered as the options have been posted online. Pick out your merit badges, read about the prerequisites and then sign up!

Please note that for younger scouts there are some recommended Merit Badges listed in their handbook.

If you have questions about which Merit Badges you should take, contact the Scout Masters and we’ll give you some guidance.

Deadline to Sign up for the January Winter Camporee is December 11th

This years’ winter camporee will be at Central Park in Boone County. Working with Northern Kentucky University the Trailblazer District will be presenting the Astronomy merit badge! Boys will be bused over to NKU to learn about astronomy from the college professors at the planetarium. Other activities will be planned as well.

The deadline to pay and sign up for the trip is the Dec. 11th meeting. Cost is $23 per boy and $10 for adults. This covers the District Camporee fees and food. 

Scouting University – Dec 3rd

The Scouting University is a great opportunity to catch up on some training for both boys and adults. This is offered by the council and will be held at the council office in Cincinnati. You can find out more about the offerings on the Dan Beard website. http://www.danbeard.org/ScoutingU. If interested, register and attend on your own.

NOTE: Den Chiefs: one of the requirements to earn the Den Chief award is to attend Den Chief training which is offered at Scouting U. Be aware this is the same day as the Court of Honor and Lock-in so it’s going to be a long day for many scouters.

Take a Hike on December 10th!

For those boys who need to complete a hike as part of their requirements an opportunity is coming! E. Wyant is planning a hike for Saturday, December 10th. More information to come. You’ll want to dress warmly and be aware of the weather.

Requirements Changes – January 1st, 2017

In January of this year, new requirements were released for rank advancements. 2016 was considered a transition year, meaning that any boy who was registered prior to 2016 could continue to work with the older requirements under certain conditions.

  • If they were not yet First Class they could continue with the old requirements until reaching First Class. At that point they would switch to the new requirements.
  • If they were First Class or higher (Star, Life & Eagle) they could finish the rank they were currently working on, but then had to shift to the new requirements.

As of January 1st, 2017 ALL SCOUTS must now use the new requirements. The Boy Scout Handbook that came out in 2016 has all the new requirements in it, but you don’t have to purchase a new book. They have provided a printable PDF of requirements you can use to track your progress.

A common question is “Does this mean they may have to Start over on a rank if they don’t complete it by 2017. The answer is not really, but they may have additional things they need to complete. Check out the official answer in the FAQ published by the BSA.

 Bring out your Tents!!

The last campout of the year is completed. Please bring in ALL troop tents that may be hiding out in your garages, basements or trunks. They should all be cleaned and returned as soon as possible. Our next campout is in January and we need to have a chance to go through all the tents to verify their readiness.

Leadership Projects

Given the size of our troop it’s not possible for all boys to get a chance to be in one of the positions such as Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, etc. In order to meet the leadership requirements you can instead perform Leadership Projects! Mr. Wood has a couple of leadership projects available, or if you have your own project in mind please see him.

There is the opportunity for a leadership project now for organizing a shoe collection for Soles for Souls. This is a one-time collection on Scout Sunday and we are looking for a boy to lead the advertising, organizing and collecting of the shoes. This one is time sensitive, so if you have an interest please contact Mr. Wood directly!

Wanted: Trailer Wranglers for 2017

Some of the biggest assets we have (bother literally and figuratively) are our Trailers. They let us move a lot of gear for those outings where we aren’t backpacking. We have had a lot of great volunteer scouters and parents who help ensure we got those trailers where we needed them. We appreciate each one of you who have pulled and parked these trailers over the years – THANK YOU!

For 2017 I’d like to put out the call for all those that are willing to pull the trailers. I’m going to start a new email list just for those that volunteer. About a month or more before an outing I’ll email this list to identify a trailer wrangler for the trip.

If you can pull a trailer and are willing to do so, please let Mr. Wood know directly. If you have done so in the past and are still willing, I’d still like to hear from you (though if I don’t hear from our “usual suspects” you can probably expect a call or an email just be sure).  If you need to keep it scoped down to just pulling the small trailers, or only traveling as far as Camp Michaels, just let us know.

Weekly Update for November 21-27, 2016

Recharter Time!

The deadline to re-charter (renew membership) with Troop 727 for 2017 is approaching.  Your intent to re-charter is due by Saturday December 3, 2016.  The process that we are using to re-charter is to use the link http://bsatroop727.org/troop-727-web-page_016.htm   If the link does not work you can go to the troop webpage and select the Re-charter 2017 link from the left side.

Our goal is for 100% of our boys to continue their Scouting career and experience all the adventures with Troop 727.   Please let me know your intent to re-charter by December 3, 2016 by filling out the online form. If for some reason your son is not going to re-charter please contact us and let us know that he will not be re-chartering. In that contact please let us know the reason for your son is not re-chartering (short reason). The council collects the reasons for not staying in scouts so they can make changes if needed to retain boys in the program.

Payment can be made at the Court of Honor. If there is a circumstance that prevents you from making payment by December 3rd, contact Mark Ihrig or Beth Hagedorn to discuss options.  Financial hardship should never be a reason a boy misses out on Scouting. We can help.

Two Fundraisers Coming Next Week!

Next week we have two fundraisers coming on the same night that do NOT require you to go door to door, or sell anything! All we need from folks is a little time, and for them to be hungry. Yes, hungry.

The first fundraiser is the Marketing Fundraiser we’ve done a few times now. This consists of parents and adults signing up for a time to come to Acree Hall and answer some questions on products. These are the “please tell us which fabric is softer”, or “do you like this color better than this other color” type of questions.  You sign up for a time slot and it can take up to 45 minutes. There are lots of time slots to sign up for, so pick one during a time that works for you (hint: the earlier you sign up the more slot choices there are to choose from)!

After you’ve answered all the questions maybe you’ve worked up an appetite? If so, our second fundraiser is also on the 29th and is at Skyline Chili! Take one of the flyers that Mrs. Hamm is sending via email and get dinner. The troop will get 20% of anything sold using a Flyer between 5 PM and 9:30 PM.

  • When: Tuesday, Nov 29th (reservations start as early as 3:30 PM and to to 7:00 PM for the marketing fundraiser. Skyline runs 5 PM to 9:30 PM)
  • Event Lead: Mrs. Hamm
  • Location: Acree Hall on the IHM Campus & Skyline Chili at 6091 Limbaburg, Rd.
  • Who: Anyone between the ages of 18-65+ for the Marketing Fundraiser. For the Skyline fundraiser anyone with a taste for chili will work.
  • Notes:
    • No scouts are needed for the Marketing fundraiser, but please tell your friends, neighbors and families to sign up if they can. We get anywhere from $7 to $10 per participant with the potential to get more than $800!
    • We need at least 100 people in order for us to participate and get money out of the event.
    • Sign up for slots at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4fa9a92aa5fe3-marketing

 Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Drug Program Followup for Second Class

Scouts: If you attended this last meeting on the 20th and are not yet Second Class then you can knock out your requirement 7c in the new book, or 9a in the old book. There were about 30 boys in the troop that needed this requirement so it’s awesome that the PLC arranged this!

If you are missing this requirement and attended on Sunday, the ball is now in your court to do the rest. All that needs to be done to complete that requirement is to talk to your family about the dangers of substance abuse. Then have a conversation with a Scout Master about how what you learned ties to the Scout Oath and Law.

Merit Badge Challenge Registration is Open!

The various merit badge challenges scheduled for the spring will have opened registration. You can take a peek at the schedule and merit badges offered as the options have been posted online. Pick out your merit badges, read about the prerequisites and then sign up!

Please note that for younger scouts there are some recommended Merit Badges listed in their handbook.

If you have questions about which Merit Badges you should take, contact the Scout Masters and we’ll give you some guidance.

Deadline to Sign up for the January Winter Camporee is December 11th

This years’ winter camporee will be at Central Park in Boone County. Working with Northern Kentucky University the Trailblazer District will be presenting the Astronomy merit badge! Boys will be bused over to NKU to learn about astronomy from the college professors at the planetarium. Other activities will be planned as well.

The deadline to pay and sign up for the trip is the Dec. 11th meeting. Cost is $23 per boy and $10 for adults. This covers the District Camporee fees and food. 

Scouting University – Dec 3rd

The Scouting University is a great opportunity to catch up on some training for both boys and adults. This is offered by the council and will be held at the council office in Cincinnati. You can find out more about the offerings on the Dan Beard website. http://www.danbeard.org/ScoutingU. If interested, register and attend on your own.

NOTE: Den Chiefs: one of the requirements to earn the Den Chief award is to attend Den Chief training which is offered at Scouting U. Be aware this is the same day as the Court of Honor and Lock-in so it’s going to be a long day for many scouters.

Court of Honor and Lock in

The last Court of Honor of the year will be Saturday, Dec 3rd. We will be recognizing the achievements of the boys over the past several months, as well as handing out some special recognitions. Please make plans to attend. These ceremonies are designed to help showcase what your scouts have been up to and celebrate their achievements.  You should have already gotten an email from Mrs. Hamm about the times and requests for food.

Starting after the Court of Honor, we will begin the annual lock in. We will be joined by the Webelos, who will be staying until about midnight. After the younger boys leave, the troop will remain to play games and have a  night of ‘well-mannered frivolity’ (seriously, no one caught that reference last week?!).

Take a Hike on December 10th!

For those boys who need to complete a hike as part of their requirements an opportunity is coming! E. Wyant is planning a hike for Saturday, December 10th. More information to come. You’ll want to dress warmly and be aware of the weather.

Requirements Changes – January 1st, 2017

In January of this year, new requirements were released for rank advancements. 2016 was considered a transition year, meaning that any boy who was registered prior to 2016 could continue to work with the older requirements under certain conditions.

  • If they were not yet First Class they could continue with the old requirements until reaching First Class. At that point they would switch to the new requirements.
  • If they were First Class or higher (Star, Life & Eagle) they could finish the rank they were currently working on, but then had to shift to the new requirements.

As of January 1st, 2017 ALL SCOUTS must now use the new requirements. The Boy Scout Handbook that came out in 2016 has all the new requirements in it, but you don’t have to purchase a new book. They have provided a printable PDF of requirements you can use to track your progress.

A common question is “Does this mean they may have to Start over on a rank if they don’t complete it by 2017. The answer is not really, but they may have additional things they need to complete. Check out the official answer in the FAQ published by the BSA.

 Bring out your Tents!!

The last campout of the year is completed. Please bring in ALL troop tents that may be hiding out in your garages, basements or trunks. They should all be cleaned and returned as soon as possible. Our next campout is in January and we need to have a chance to go through all the tents to verify their readiness.

Leadership Projects

Given the size of our troop it’s not possible for all boys to get a chance to be in one of the positions such as Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, etc. In order to meet the leadership requirements you can instead perform Leadership Projects! Mr. Wood has a couple of leadership projects available, or if you have your own project in mind please see him.

There is the opportunity for a leadership project now for organizing a shoe collection for Soles for Souls. This is a one-time collection on Scout Sunday and we are looking for a boy to lead the advertising, organizing and collecting of the shoes. This one is time sensitive, so if you have an interest please contact Mr. Wood directly!

Wanted: Trailer Wranglers for 2017

Some of the biggest assets we have (bother literally and figuratively) are our Trailers. They let us move a lot of gear for those outings where we aren’t backpacking. We have had a lot of great volunteer scouters and parents who help ensure we got those trailers where we needed them. We appreciate each one of you who have pulled and parked these trailers over the years – THANK YOU!

For 2017 I’d like to put out the call for all those that are willing to pull the trailers. I’m going to start a new email list just for those that volunteer. About a month or more before an outing I’ll email this list to identify a trailer wrangler for the trip.

If you can pull a trailer and are willing to do so, please let Mr. Wood know directly. If you have done so in the past and are still willing, I’d still like to hear from you (though if I don’t hear from our “usual suspects” you can probably expect a call or an email just be sure).  If you need to keep it scoped down to just pulling the small trailers, or only traveling as far as Camp Michaels, just let us know.

Weekly Update for November 14-20, 2016

Board of Review Signup:

The next meeting on November 20th is the last meeting prior to the Court of Honor. If you need to have a board of review it will be your last chance to sign up for one. There are only so many slots for the boards available.  If you miss your slot, don’t worry. You may not receive your rank at this Court of Honor, but as soon as you pass a board of review you are officially that new rank! You’ll be recognized the following Court of Honor.

Recharter Time!

The deadline to re-charter (renew membership) with Troop 727 for 2017 is approaching.  Your intent to re-charter is due by Saturday December 3, 2016 at the Court of Honor.  The process that we are using to re-charter is to use the link http://bsatroop727.org/troop-727-web-page_016.htm   If the link does not work you can go to the troop webpage and select the Re-charter 2017 link from the left side.

Our goal is for 100% of our boys to continue their Scouting career and experience all the adventures with Troop 727.   Please let me know your intent to re-charter by December 3, 2016 by filling out the online form. If for some reason your son is not going to re-charter please contact us and let us know that he will not be re-chartering. In that contact please let us know the reason for your son is not re-chartering. (short reason) The council collects the reasons for not staying in scouts so they can make changes if needed to retain boys in the program.

If there is a circumstance that you will not be able to make the payment by December 3rd contact Mark Ihrig or Beth Hagedorn to discuss options.  Financial hardship should never be a reason a boy misses out on Scouting. We can help.

Flag Retrieval for Veteran’s Day

It is an honor for our boys to post flags at the grave sites of our veterans. Each year for Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day we post flags and then the following week retrieve them.

  • When: Wednesday, Nov 16th, 4:45 PM (SHARP!)  for Retrieval.
  • Event Lead: Mrs. Petit
  • Location: Cemetery on KY 18 next to the Fire Station just down from IHM.
  • Who: Any scout. If you plan to attend please register on the activity registration form and use the “Flag Retrieval” as the comment.
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Cost: -Free-
  • Notes:
    • It takes less time to retrieve the flags than it does to put them out! Please arrive by 4:40 PM or earlier in order to be counted! If you show up at 5 or 5:15 it may all be done by then.
    • Volunteer Scouts be sure to make sure your name gets recorded by Mrs. Petit so you can get credit for extra Super Scout points!

Troop Food Drive Pickup – Service Hours!

Last Saturday, members of the Troop walked the Pebble Creek subdivision and dropped off leaflets containing a list of items for the needy this season. The troop is scheduled to return this coming Saturday to pick up any of the donations. I know the title is “Food Drive” but that’s a hold over from previous years. We are picking up donations of items that are mostly household items.

  • When: Saturday, November 19th, 3:00 PM
  • Event Lead: A. Apollonio
  • Location: Meet at the clubhouse of the Pebble Creek subdivision. (3001 Black Tail Way, Burlington, KY 41005)
  • Who: Any registered scout. If you plan to attend, please register on the activity registration form and use the “Troop Food Drive pickup” as the comment.
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Cost: -Free-
  • Notes:
    • This is a leadership project by one of our scouts. Please help him by participating if you can.
    • This will count as service hours for rank advancement. Please remember to have an adult sign your service hour log in your book.
    • Parents: It would be helpful if a few parents could stick around and be available to drive some scouts around in the neighborhood. BSA Youth Protection and Virtus Training is required.

Knights of Columbus Food Drive Help – Service Hours

The Knights of Columbus are collecting food for the needy. They will be doing intake and organization of the food on Nov 18th and 19th. They are looking for some volunteers to come move food around, help organize and other tasks. If you have availability please sign up. This is different than the Troop organized pickup going on Saturday.

  • When: Friday, Nov 18th, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM OR Saturday, Nov 19th, 8 AM-12 PM
  • Event Lead: Mr. Davies
  • Location: Knights of Columbus Acree Hall at IHM
  • Who: Any scout who needs service hours. If you plan to attend please register on the activity registration form and use the “KoC Food Collection” as the comment. Please indicate which shift you’d like to take.
  • Uniform: Class A with Class B under it.
  • Cost: -Free-
  • Notes:
    • They can use up to 4 people at each shift.
    • This WILL count towards your service hours for your rank advancements, so if you need service hours make sure to sign up! Have Mr. Davies sign off on your service log before you leave.

Sunday, November 20, 2016-Troop Meeting

  • When: 4 PM
    • PLC: 3:30-4:00
    • All Scouts: 4:00-6:00 PM
  • Location: Boone County Sheriff’s office on Conrad Lane.
  • Who: All Scouts, Adult Leaders, and Parents
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Notes:
    • A program will be presented on the dangers of Drug use. There are MANY boys in the troop who need this to complete Second Class requirement 7c (or 9a in the old requirements). This is the perfect time to get this knocked out!

 Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Merit Badge Challenge Registration opened Today! (Nov 14th)!

The various merit badge challenges scheduled for the spring will have opened registration. You can take a peek at the schedule and merit badges offered as the options have been posted online. Pick out your merit badges, read about the prerequisites and then sign up!

Deadline to Sign up for the January Winter Camporee is December 11th

This years’ winter camporee will be at Central Park in Boone County. Working with Northern Kentucky University the Trailblazer District will be presenting the Astronomy merit badge! Boys will be bused over to NKU to learn about astronomy from the college professors at the planetarium. Other activities will be planned as well.

The deadline to pay and sign up for the trip is the Dec. 11th meeting. Cost is $23 per boy and $10 for adults. This covers the District Camporee fees and food. 

Scouting University – Dec 3rd

The Scouting University is a great opportunity to catch up on some training for both boys and adults. This is offered by the council and will be held at the council office in Cincinnati. You can find out more about the offerings on the Dan Beard website. http://www.danbeard.org/ScoutingU. If interested, register and attend on your own.

NOTE: Den Chiefs: one of the requirements to earn the Den Chief award is to attend Den Chief training which is offered at Scouting U. Be aware this is the same day as the Court of Honor and Lock-in so it’s going to be a long day for many scouters.

Court of Honor and Lock in

The last Court of Honor of the year will be Saturday, Dec 3rd. We will be recognizing the achievements of the boys over the past several months, as well as handing out some special recognition. Please make plans to attend. These ceremonies are designed to help showcase what your scouts have been up to and celebrate their achievements.  Watch your email for specific information about the Court of Honor as we get closer.

Starting after the Court of Honor, we will begin the annual lock in. We will be joined by the Webelos, who will be staying until about midnight. After the younger boys leave, the troop will remain to play games and have a  night of ‘well-mannered frivolity’ (anyone catch that reference?).  Look for more information about the lock-in coming soon.

Requirements Changes – January 1st, 2017

In January of this year, new requirements were released for rank advancements. 2016 was considered a transition year, meaning that any boy who was registered prior to 2016 could continue to work with the older requirements under certain conditions.

  • If they were not yet First Class they could continue with the old requirements until reaching First Class. At that point they would switch to the new requirements.
  • If they were First Class or higher (Star, Life & Eagle) they could finish the rank they were currently working on, but then had to shift to the new requirements.

As of January 1st, 2017 ALL SCOUTS must now use the new requirements. The Boy Scout Handbook that came out in 2016 has all the new requirements in it, but you don’t have to purchase a new book. They have provided a printable PDF of requirements you can use to track your progress.

A common question is “Does this mean they may have to Start over on a rank if they don’t complete it by 2017. The answer is not really, but they may have additional things they need to complete. Check out the official answer in the FAQ published by the BSA.

 Bring out your Tents!!

The last campout of the year is completed. Please bring in ALL troop tents that may be hiding out in your garages, basements or trunks. They should all be cleaned and returned as soon as possible. Our next campout is in January and we need to have a chance to go through all the tents to verify their readiness.

Leadership Projects

Given the size of our troop it’s not possible for all boys to get a chance to be in one of the positions such as Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, etc. In order to meet the leadership requirements you can instead perform Leadership Projects! Mr. Wood has a couple of leadership projects available, or if you have your own project in mind please see him.

There is the opportunity for a leadership project now for organizing a shoe collection for Soles for Souls. This is a one-time collection on Scout Sunday and we are looking for a boy to lead the advertising, organizing and collecting of the shoes. This one is time sensitive, so if you have an interest please contact Mr. Wood directly!

Take a Hike!

For those boys who need to complete a hike as part of their requirements an opportunity is coming! E. Wyant is planning a hike for early December. Please watch next week’s announcements for the date and times!

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