Weekly Update March 20-26, 2017

Friday March 24- Swim Tests and Swimming MB

If you are not a member of the YMCA you will need to sign in and have your parent sign a waiver. Parents: please ensure you come in with your child when you drop them off to sign the waiver the YMCA has, otherwise they can not swim or even stay on the property.

  • When: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Location: R.C. Durr YMCA
  • Who: Any Scout wishing to pass their swim tests for summer camp, Northern Tier, rank advancement and ALL boys who are registered for Swimming MB.
  • Uniform: Please bring your swim suit, a towel and a change of clothes.
  • Event Lead: Becky Ortwein
  • Notes:
    • If you are working on Swimming MB or your rank advancements related to swimming please bring your book.
    • Those just taking the Swim test can show up between 6 PM and 7 PM to be worked into the tests.
    • Those taking Swimming MB should expect to be at the pool for the duration.
    • Another Swim Test opportunity will be on April 30th for Northern Tier and Summer Camp.

Sunday, March 26th  – Troop Meeting

  • When:
    • PLC: 3:30 PM -4:00 PM – Regular PLC meeting
    • All Scouts: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Acree Hall, IHM
  • Who: All Scouts and Adult Leaders
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Notes:
    • Deadline to sign up and pay for Summer Camp – Falling Rock
    • Deadline to pay the deposit for Florida Seabase in 2018
    • Regular PLC Meeting before the meeting.
    • Actual Elections and possible appointments for positions! If were you not at the last meeting and are interested in a position, please email the scoutmaster@bsatroop727.org to indicate which position you are interested in.

Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Summer Camp – Falling Rock!

Falling Rock offers so much more than just merit badges. Please check out the information found on our websiteDeadline to sign up and pay is March 26th.  Anyone signing up after the deadline will end up paying $20 additional late fee imposed by the camp itself (not us).

If for any reason finances are a reason you are hesitant to sign up, please reach out to the Scoutmaster. This can be handled privately. We can set up payment plans as an option and there are funds available so that money is never a reason for a Scout not to participate.

Fish Fry Volunteers Still Needed – March 24 – April 7

We still need some help filling some slots to help bus tables at the Friday Fish Fry meals at IHM. The shift is from 4:45 PM to 8:30 PM. We especially need help on March 24th, 30th and April 7th.

Note that on April 7-9 is a scheduled campout, so those not planning on coming to the campout, or wishing to come late, please fill those spots! Please register on the event page using “Fish Fry Bus Tables” as the event title. Please indicate which dates you will be able to participate. Check the “Special Sign Ups” to see where we need help! This counts towards Service Hours for rank advancement! If you need them make sure a Troop leader gets your name that you were there.

Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, April 2nd

The Pancake breakfast is one of our major fundraisers for the troop. It will take place on April 2nd and we’ll need volunteers to help staff the event, plus ALL Scouts are expected to sell tickets. Here’s how this works:

  • We have a few major fundraisers in the year and each Scout must work as a volunteer at least two of them. The pancake breakfast is one of these opportunities. Other opportunities will be later in the year (Spaghetti dinner, donuts and the flying pig marathon).
  • We will have two shifts: Shift One (also known as the O-Dark-Thirty shift) is at 6:30 AM to 10:00 AM. Shift Two is at 9:30 AM to 1 PM. Note that there is overlap on these shifts on purpose.
  • Scouts please sign up for a shift by using our registration page. Please indicate which shift you can do!
  • Each Scout, regardless of if they can help at the actual breakfast date, is asked to sell at a minimum $25 worth of ticket sales. The costs of the tickets are $5/adult, $3 for ages 10 and lower and anyone under is 2 is free. A family of five ticket can be sold for $16. Sell two family tickets and you meet your minimum.
  • Scouts and Scout families do not eat for free. So, there is at least some of your tickets right there!
  • When selling the tickets mention that the proceeds go to both the Scout Troop itself, as well as we will be donating a percentage to the Feed My Starving Children organization. The boys voted on this charity at the last meeting.
  • Any amount sold over the $25 minimum goes straight into the boys’ Scout Account to help pay for Scouting events like summer camp, campouts, etc. It’s a great way to subsidize the cost of the events throughout the year.
  • Any amount not meeting the minimum amount of sales is expected to made up by the family of the scout. If you see only $20 worth of tickets you’ll need to provide the remaining $5.
  • Since this is a fundraiser specifically for the troop it does NOT count as service hours.

Florida Seabase Opportunity! Deadline March 25th

Really short notice on this one, but we were selected for a slot at the BSA Florida High Adventure Seabase! This is a great opportunity, but the spaces are limited to 2 adults and six boys. This opportunity was announced last week via email as well as at the meeting on Sunday.

The date is July 19th-25th, 2018. The estimated cost will be $1,400 to $1,500 per boy to cover the entire trip (including transportation, the adventure and food). We have put a limit of boys ages 14 and older for this trip. If we get more interest than six boys we will select based on age, then rank.

Contact Mr. Cummings or the Scoutmaster@bsatroop727.org if you wish to go by Noon on Saturday, March 25th.  A deposit of $100 per participant is due on March 26th. 

Sign up to help us raise money at the Flying Pig in May!

We are in need of 40 volunteers to sign up and attend the Flying Pig Marathon on Sunday, May 7! This is a big fundraiser for the troop, and it is fun! Mrs. O’Connor, Ms. Hayden and Mrs. Pettit worked a trial run at the Mini Heart Marathon on March 12! They arrived at 6:30 AM to great music, fun attitudes and very grateful runners to work the Fluid Station (giving runners water and Gatorade). This is what we will be doing when all of us work at the Flying Pig! Hours will be 6:30 am to approximately 12:30 PM. So far, we have 10 volunteers registered. We need 30 more!

We also were informed that we could make more money if we receive First, Second or Third place in decorating our station and making it a station the runners will not forget! So, we will have music and please send in your creative ideas on how we can win! See below on how to register!

Your Scout must be 14 or over to help out, but PLEASE help us out! For those Scouts ages 14-18, we will need 1:3 ratio of adults. I know the WHOA weekend is also during this time, so for those of you older scouts and adults not going to WHOA, please come and join us! The deadline to register is April 25th, or another group may be assigned to take over our station!

Note that this year working the Flying Pig Marathon will count as working one of the two required fundraisers for the year!

1) Follow the direct link to our online volunteer registration site: http://volunteer.getmeregistered.com/events/open_opportunities.php?id=268
2) Find and select Boy Scout Troop 727 from the Group list
3) Complete Required Volunteer Information
4) Use 727 as the group password when asked near the end of the form.
5) Click “Get Me Registered” to submit your information
6) Email flyingpig@bsatroop727.org to tell Mrs. Pettit you’ve registered!

Get the New Requirements!

Near the end of the last year and throughout January we announced that the new 2016 rank Requirements would take affect at the start of 2017 for ALL Scouts. For anyone with an old book (prior to 2016) the Scoutmasters will no longer be signing requirements out of that book. You can download a free pamphlet with the new requirements so you don’t have to purchase a new book if you do not wish to.

First Aid Merit Badge Wraps up– 26th

For those working on the First Aid Merit Badge with Mr. Davies, the classes wraps up on March 26th. The session will be at the Boone Co. Sheriff’s office on Conrad Lane.

An Environmental Service Opportunity, March 25th

You can help restore the native woodlands around the Piner property of Big Bone Lick State Park. The NKY Urban Forestry group will be planting trees along Gum Branch Creek from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Got to http://www.nkyurbanforestry.org/reforest-nky.html to register.

This is not a troop led service project, so please make sure you attend with a parent or buddy. There may not be any adult leaders from the troop present. f you do participate make sure to get one of the organizers to sign your book for what you helped with and how long you were there for your service log. Contact reforestnky@gmail.com if you have additional questions.

A Service Opportunity, April 1st

The Mobile Food Pantry will be at Grace Episcopal Church on April 1st from 9:15 AM to 12:30 PM. They could use some help moving the donations around, loading the truck and more. This would be a good opportunity to show how Scouts give to the community and make an impact on people’s lives. This service will be pretty physical, including lifting heavier boxes.

This is not a troop led service opportunity, so please make sure you attend with a parent or buddy. There may not be any adult leaders from the troop present. If you do participate make sure to get one of the organizers to sign your book for what you helped with and how long you were there for your service log.

If you have questions please contact 859-371-5951 for more information.

Help Pack 727 Collect Plastic Lids!

The Cub Scout Pack at IHM is collecting plastic lids to complete their World Conservation award. They need 400 lbs of lids! Please start saving your lids now. The Pack will start collecting them in the near future and will be collecting for several months. More information on dates they’ll start collecting will be coming soon.

Weekly Update March 13-19, 2017

Tuesday & Wednesday, March 14th  & 15th – Feed My Starving Children Service

  • When: Please arrive at 5:15 PM in order to sign in! Packing is from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Location: IHM, Britt Hall
  • Who: All who previously signed up. Please come on the night you signed up for. You can check the Special Sign up list for your name.
  • Uniform: For Scouts wear Class A with Class B underneath. For Parents and family members, please wear a Red Scout shirt if you have one (like from Grand Canyon) or a Red shirt.
  • Event Lead: Mr. Wood on Tuesday night. Mr. Ihrig on Wednesday Night.
  • Notes:
    • Please make sure to sign in, and ensure that the Event lead gets your name down for service hours.

Thursday, March 16 -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

Sunday, March 19th  – Troop Meeting

  • When:
    • PLC: 3:30 PM -4:00 PM – Regular PLC meeting
    • All Scouts: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Britt Hall, IHM
  • Who: All Scouts and Adult Leaders
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Notes:
    • Regular PLC Meeting before the meeting.
    • Please see Mrs. Hagedorn for Scout Account Balances.
    • Campaigning for positions! If you are interested in a position, please look for an email specific to that coming out this week.
    • Boys interesting in applying for Senior Patrol Leader: You must have completed at least First Class Star and be actively pursuing your next rank. You must  have demonstrated Scout Spirit, a responsible attitude, maturity and leadership ability through example and action. You must have attended Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) and National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) to be considered. If you meet these requirements, please email Mr. Wood at scoutmaster@bsatroop727.org and inform him you wish to run.
    • Elections are the following week on the 26th.

Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

 Fish Fry Volunteers Still Needed – March 17 – April 7

We still need some help filling some slots to help bus tables a the Friday Fish Fry meals at IHM. The shift is from 4:45 PM to 8:30 PM. We especially need help on March 24th, 30th and April 7th. The other days are pretty well handled.

Note that on April 7-9 is a scheduled campout, so those not planning on coming to the campout, or wish to come late, please fill those spots! Please register on the event page using “Fish Fry Bus Tables” as the event title. Please indicate which dates you will be able to participate. Check the “Special Sign Ups” to see where we need help! This counts towards Service Hours for rank advancement! If you need them make sure a Troop leader gets your name that you were there.

Summer Camp – Falling Rock!

Look for an email from the Scoutmaster with information on Camp Falling Rock, including what Merit Badges will be offered, cost and more. Deadline to sign up with be March 26th.  

Information can be found on our website.

Don’t forget that we are also planning a trip to New River Gorge a few days after summer camp. Details are still being worked out, but it will cost roughly the same as summer camp and will include at least one day at the National Scout Jamboree Visitor Center while the Jamboree is in session!

Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, April 2nd

Look for additional information coming out on the Pancake breakfast from the Committee. This is one of the options for working our two out of three mandatory fundraisers per year. Note that ALL boys will be expected to sell tickets. The minimum dollar amount to sell will be sent out with the notification about the event. Please look for more information to follow.

Get the New Requirements!

Near the end of the last year and throughout January we announced that the new 2016 rank Requirements would take affect at the start of 2017 for ALL Scouts. For anyone with an old book (prior to 2016) the Scoutmasters will no longer be signing requirements out of that book. You can download a free pamphlet with the new requirements so you don’t have to purchase a new book if you do not wish to.

Swimming Merit Badge Continues– March 24th

Don’t forget for those of you taking Swimming MB with Mrs. Ortwein, the pool session will be Friday, March 24th from 6 PM to 7:30 PM at the RC Durr YMCA.

First Aid Merit Badge Continues– March 19th & 26th

For those working on the First Aid Merit Badge with Mr. Davies, the classes continue on March 19th and 26th. All sessions will be at the Boone Co. Sheriff’s office on Conrad Lane.

An Environmental Service Opportunity, March 25th

You can help restore the native woodlands around the Piner property of Big Bone Lick State Park. The NKY Urban Forestry group will be planting trees along Gum Branch Creek from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Got to http://www.nkyurbanforestry.org/reforest-nky.html to register.

This is not a troop led service project, so please make sure you attend with a parent or buddy. There may not be any adult leaders from the troop present. f you do participate make sure to get one of the organizers to sign your book for what you helped with and how long you were there for your service log. Contact reforestnky@gmail.com if you have additional questions.

A Service Opportunity, April 1st

The Mobile Food Pantry will be at Grace Episcopal Church on April 1st from 9:15 AM to 12:30 PM. They could use some help moving the donations around, loading the truck and more. This would be a good opportunity to show how Scouts give to the community and make an impact on people’s lives. This service will be pretty physical, including lifting heavier boxes.

This is not a troop led service opportunity, so please make sure you attend with a parent or buddy. There may not be any adult leaders from the troop present. If you do participate make sure to get one of the organizers to sign your book for what you helped with and how long you were there for your service log.

If you have questions please contact 859-371-5951 for more information.

Help Pack 727 Collect Plastic Lids!

The Cub Scout Pack at IHM is collecting plastic lids to complete their World Conservation award. They need 400 lbs of lids! Please start saving your lids now. The Pack will start collecting them in the near future and will be collecting for several months. More information on dates they’ll start collecting will be coming soon.

Weekly Update March 6-12, 2017

March 10th – 11th –  Scout Skills Campout

UPDATE: Due to very cold temperatures we are shifting the event to be on Saturday only. Twilight Ninjas will not be staying out on Saturday night either. See updated times below!

  • When: Saturday, March 11th
  • Drop off: Saturday 9:00 AM (8:00 AM for the PLC)
  • Pickup: Saturday 4:30 PM
  • Trailer Wrangler: Mrs. Ortwein & Mr. Cummings
  • Event Lead: Mr. Wood
  • Location: Camp Michaels. Drop off and pickup in the main parking lot. Camping will be at Shelter #2.
  • 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 is closed.
  • Notes:
    • Even though we are just meeting for the day, please bring your mess kit, a water bottle, your scout book and a cup that you can have a hot beverage in.
    • The weather will be very cold. Please pack appropriately!
    • The boys will be working on outdoor related skills for the ranks of Scout thru First Class.
    • The Scouting 101 for Parents has been postponed. It will not occur at the campout.

March 11th – Journey to Eagle Session

After the Scout Skills outing wraps up on Saturday evening we have asked Mr. Rick Klein from the Trailblazer district to come speak with our Star and Life scouts. Mr. Klein reviews Eagle Scout projects and serves as the district representative for our Eagle Board of Reviews. He’s also a Troop 727 Alumni! Mr. Klein will speak about the requirements for Eagle, walking through what the boys need to have ready, and to answer questions. This is a perfect time to get your questions answered and start your plans to complete your journey to Eagle!

  • When: February 11th, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Event Lead: Mr. Wood
  • Location: Currently scheduled for Camp Michaels at Shelter #2. Any changes will be communicated via email.
  • Who: This is for Star and Life Scouts only. See Special Sign ups for who’s attending
  • Required Paperwork: None
  • Register: Register on the event page and use “Journey to Eagle” as the code. Please register by Thursday, March 9th. Food will be provided for the boys.
  • Notes:
    • The session may last less than 90 minutes.

Sunday, March 19th, 2017 – Troop Meeting

  • When:
    • PLC: 3:30 PM -4:00 PM – Regular PLC meeting
    • All Scouts: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Boone Co. Sheriff’s Office, Conrad Lane
  • Who: All Scouts and Adult Leaders
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Notes:
    • Regular PLC Meeting before the meeting.
    • Campaigning for positions!

Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

 Fish Fry Volunteers Still Needed – March 10 – April 7

We still need some help filling some slots to help bus tables a the Friday Fish Fry meals at IHM. The shift is from 4:45 PM to 8:30 PM. We especially need help on March 24th, 30th and April 7th. The other days are pretty well handled.

Note that on April 7-9 is a scheduled campout, so those not planning on coming to the campout, or wish to come late, please fill those spots! Please register on the event page using “Fish Fry Bus Tables” as the event title. Please indicate which dates you will be able to participate. Check the “Special Sign Ups” to see where we need help! This counts towards Service Hours for rank advancement! If you need them make sure a Troop leader gets your name that you were there.

Scouting 101 for Parents

There were some initial plans for a Scouting 101 for Parents session at the upcoming Scout Skills weekend, but this will be postponed. A future date will be announced once it is known.

Wednesday, March 15th – City of Florence Youth in Government Program

This event is hosted by the City of Florence at the Florence Government Center Community Rooms. It will run from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Scouts can complete a rank requirement, such as speaking with a civil servant (First Class 9a). If you attend and work on this make sure to get a note of who you talk to and have them sign the note.

This is not a troop led event, so please be sure to go with a parent or buddy.

Summer Camp – Falling Rock!

Look for an email from the Scoutmaster with information on Camp Falling Rock, including what Merit Badges will be offered, cost and more. Deadline to sign up with be March 26th.  

Information can be found on our website.

Don’t forget that we are also planning a trip to New River Gorge a few days after summer camp. Details are still being worked out, but it will cost roughly the same as summer camp and will include at least one day at the National Scout Jamboree Visitor Center while the Jamboree is in session!

Sign up to help us raise money at the Flying Pig in May!

We need volunteers to come help run a water station on the famous Flying Pig Marathon route! If we bring out at least 40 volunteers we can make some money for the troop while we cheer on the runners of this awesome regional event. Only volunteers 14 and older will count. This is where we can really use some family help to bring parents, grandparents, older siblings, neighbors and friends.

We will start very early at about 6:30 AM and be out until 12:30 PM that day.

1) Follow the direct link to our online volunteer registration site: http://volunteer.getmeregistered.com/events/open_opportunities.php?id=268
2) Find and select Boy Scout Troop 727 from the Group list
3) Complete Required Volunteer Information
4) Use 727 as the group password when asked near the end of the form.
5) Click “Get Me Registered” to submit your information
6) Email flyingpig@bsatroop727.org to tell Mrs. Pettit you’ve registered!

Get the New Requirements!

Near the end of the last year and throughout January we announced that the new 2016 rank Requirements would take affect at the start of 2017 for ALL Scouts. For anyone with an old book (prior to 2016) the Scoutmasters will no longer be signing requirements out of that book. You can download a free pamphlet with the new requirements so you don’t have to purchase a new book if you do not wish to.

Swimming Merit Badge Continues– March 24th

Don’t forget for those of you taking Swimming MB with Mrs. Ortwein, the pool session will be Friday, March 24th from 6 PM to 7:30 PM at the RC Durr YMCA.

First Aid Merit Badge Continues– March 19th & 26th

For those working on the First Aid Merit Badge with Mr. Davies, the classes continue on March 19th and 26th. All sessions will be at the Boone Co. Sheriff’s office on Conrad Lane.

A Service Opportunity, April 1st

The Mobile Food Pantry will be at Grace Episcopal Church on April 1st from 9:15 AM to 12:30 PM. They could use some help moving the donations around, loading the truck and more. This would be a good opportunity to show how Scouts give to the community and make an impact on people’s lives. This service will be pretty physical, including lifting heavier boxes.

This is not a troop led service opportunity, so please make sure you attend with a parent or buddy. There may not be any adult leaders from the troop present. If you do participate make sure to get one of the organizers to sign your book for what you helped with and how long you were there for your service log.

If you have questions please contact 859-371-5951 for more information.

Help Pack 727 Collect Plastic Lids!

The Cub Scout Pack at IHM is collecting plastic lids to complete their World Conservation award. They need 400 lbs of lids! Please start saving your lids now. The Pack will start collecting them in the near future and will be collecting for several months. More information on dates they’ll start collecting will be coming soon.

Weekly Update February 27-March 5, 2017

Tuesday, February 28th – Adult Marketing Fundraiser & Skyline Chili Night

The Adult marketing fundraiser is an extremely easy way for the troop to make some money. We need is at least 100 adults to sign up and take up to 45 minutes of their time on answer some survey questions. The volunteers don’t have to pay for anything. Just Sign up and ask your neighbors and other adult family members to as well! For each attendee the troop is paid between $7 – $10 per person. This is a chance for us to earn up to $800 without asking other people for money! All we ask for is their time.

After they are done, if they like Skyline Chili, they can stop over at the Burlington Skyline close by and everything purchased between 5:00 PM and 9:30 PM will send 20% of that to the troop. Make sure to bring out one the flyers Mrs. Hamm sent out earlier in the week! If you didn’t get one let the Scoutmaster know.

  • When: 15 min survey slots starting at 3:30-7:30 PM
  • Who: Any Adult aged 18 to 65! We need at least 100 adults to sign up or we will miss the 100 participant requirement (This is Crucial). 
  • Location: Acree Hall, IHM Complex
  • Register:

Thursday, March 2nd– Scoutmaster Meeting

The monthly Scoutmaster meeting will be held at Mrs. Pettit’s house.

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

Saturday, March 4th – The Youth Mental Health First Aid

This is an excellent opportunity for FREE training for all of our parents and adult leaders. Please sign up if you can make it. Note this is for adults only and boys should not attend. Lunch will be provided.

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: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Saturday, March 4th
  • Location: Grace Pointe Church, 1438 Cox Ave, Erlanger, KY 41018
  • 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.
  • Please also send an email to Scoutmaster@bsatroop727.org to let Mr. Wood know you’ve registered.
  • 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

First Aid Merit Badge – March 5th, 19th & 26th

  • When: March 5th, 19th & 26th 12:00 PM Noon to 3:00 PM
  • Where: Boone Co. Sheriff Office on Conrad Lane
  • Who: Any scout needing First Aid Merit Badge
  • Register: Use the registration form to sign up. Indicate First Aid Merit Badge as the event. Deadline to register is this Friday night (March 3rd).
  • Event Lead: Mr. Davies
  • Notes:
    • If possible purchase a new First Aid Merit Badge book as the requirements have changed in 2016.
    • Bring the First Aid Merit Badge book, your Scout Handbook, the printed First Aid Merit Badge worksheet, a pen/pencil and a water bottle.
    • You’ll need to make all three sessions.

Sunday, March 5th, 2017 – Troop Meeting

  • When:
    • PLC: 3:30 PM -4:00 PM – Regular PLC meeting
    • All Scouts: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Boone Co. Sheriff’s Office, Conrad Lane
  • Who: All Scouts and Adult Leaders
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Notes:
    • Regular PLC Meeting before the meeting.
    • Theme: Gear!
    • Deadline to sign up and pay for the Scout Skills Campout! $6

Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

 Fish Fry Volunteers Still Needed – March 3 – April 7

Each year the Troop helps with the Friday Fish Fry meals at IHM. We are still looking for 4 boys each Friday for a shift from 4:45 APm to 8:30 PM to bus tables. If you are interested in helping bus tables please register on the event page using “Fish Fry Bus Tables” as the event title. Please indicate which dates you will be able to participate. Check the “Special Sign Ups” to see where we need help! This counts towards Service Hours for rank advancement!

Scout Skills Camp Out – March 10th-11th

The outing in March is the Scout Skills campout. This will be the first campout with our new crossover scouts! We will just be staying Friday night and pickup will be about 4:30 PM on Saturday. At least one patrol has elected to spend Saturday night as well! Additional information will be provided soon, but the cost will be $6 for those coming only Friday and Saturday and the usual $10 for those staying both nights. The outing will be down at Camp Michaels. Please sign up now if you’re interested. Deadline to sign up and pay is this coming Sunday.

If you are a scout that still needs requirements for First class, this it the event to come to! If you are an older scout, we need your help in teaching our younger scouts. Please come and be prepared to teach, learn and have some fun.

Journey to Eagle Meeting – March 11th

After the Scout Skills outing wraps up on Saturday evening we have asked Mr. Rick Klein from the Trailblazer district to come speak with our Star and Life scouts. Mr. Klein reviews Eagle Scout projects and serves as the district representative for our Eagle Board of Reviews. He’s also a Troop 727 Alumni! Mr. Klein will speak about the requirements for Eagle, walking through what the boys need to have ready, and to answer questions. This is a perfect time to get your questions answered and start your plans to complete your journey to Eagle!

This will be held from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM on Saturday, March 11th at Shelter #2 at Camp Michaels. If you plan on attending please register for this so we can have a count (even if you are planning on coming to the Scout Skills day as well, register for this separately). Register on the event page and use “Journey to Eagle” as the code.

Wednesday, March 15th – City of Florence Youth in Government Program

This event is hosted by the City of Florence at the Florence Government Center Community Rooms. It will run from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Scouts can complete a rank requirement, such as speaking with a civil servant (First Class 9a). If you attend and work on this make sure to get a note of who you talk to and have them sign the note.

This is not a troop led event, so please be sure to go with a parent or buddy.

Summer Camp – Falling Rock!

Look for a separate email coming early this week with information on Camp Falling Rock, including what Merit Badges will be offered, cost and more.

Sign up to help us raise money at the Flying Pig in May!

We need volunteers to come help run a water station on the famous Flying Pig Marathon route! If we bring out at least 40 volunteers we can make some money for the troop while we cheer on the runners of this awesome regional event. Only volunteers 14 and older will count. This is where we can really use some family help to bring parents, grandparents, older siblings, neighbors and friends.

We will start very early at about 6:30 AM and be out until 12:30 PM that day.

1) Follow the direct link to our online volunteer registration site: http://volunteer.getmeregistered.com/events/open_opportunities.php?id=268
2) Find and select Boy Scout Troop 727 from the Group list
3) Complete Required Volunteer Information
4) Use 727 as the group password when asked near the end of the form.
5) Click “Get Me Registered” to submit your information
6) Email flyingpig@bsatroop727.org to tell Mrs. Pettit you’ve registered!

Weekly Update February 20-26, 2017

Friday, February 24 – Swimming Merit Badge

  • When: 6 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Location: Boone Co. Public Library, Main Branch on KY 18.
  • Who: Scouts who have Registered for Swimming MB
  • Register: Use the Registration form and indicate Swimming MB. Deadline to register is Thursday, February 23rd.
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Event Lead: Mrs. Ortwein
  • Notes
    • This is for Swimming Merit Badge, the ability to swim is a prerequisite.
    • The first session is class room only and will not require swim gear.
    • Please read the Swimming MB book if you can get it and bring it and the worksheet to the class with you.
    • The second session will be at the RC Durr YMCA on March 24th.

Sunday, February 26th, 2017 – Troop Meeting

  • When: 4 PM
    • PLC: 2:30 PM -4:00 PM – Extended PLC meeting
    • All Scouts: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Britt Hall, IHM.
  • Who: All Scouts and Adult Leaders
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Notes:
    • Extended PLC Meeting before the meeting.
    • Theme: Patrol Method
    • First meeting for our new Crossovers!

Tuesday, February 28th – Adult Marketing Fundraiser & Skyline Chili Night

The Adult marketing fundraiser is an extremely easy way for the troop to make some money. All we need is at least 100 adults to sign up and take up to 45 minutes of their time on answer some survey questions. They don’t have to pay for anything. Just Sign up and ask your neighbors and other adult family members to as well! For each attendee the troop is paid between $7 – $10 per person. This is a chance for us to earn up to $800 without asking other people for money! All we ask for is their time.

After they are done, if they like Skyline Chili, they can stop over at the Burlington Skyline close by and everything purchased between 5:00 PM and 9:30 PM will send 20% of that to the troop. Make sure to bring out one the flyers Mrs. Hamm sent out earlier in the week! If you didn’t get one let the Scoutmaster know.

  • When: 15 min survey slots starting at 3:30-7:30 PM
  • Who: Any Adult aged 18 to 65! We need at least 100 adults to sign up or we will miss the 100 participant requirement (This is Crucial). 
  • Location: Acree Hall, IHM Complex
  • Register:

Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

The Troop Grows!

This last Sunday we welcomed nine new boys to the troop at the Pack 727 crossover ceremony. Congratulations to the new boys on their Arrow of Light, and welcome to the Troop!

Fish Fry Volunteers Needed – March 3 – April 7

Each year the Troop helps with the Friday Fish Fry meals at IHM. This year we are looking for volunteers in two ways (both of which will count towards service hours for rank advancement):

IHM Student Volunteers – Fridays March 3 – April 7

We are looking for 6th – 8th grade scouts who attend IHM to help out each Friday between March 3rd and April 7th from 2:15 PM to 4:00 PM. They will be helping set up tables and get things arranged for the dinners.

If you are interested in helping on setting up please register on the event page using “Fish Fry Setup” as the event title. If possible they are looking for the same boys every Friday.

All Scouts – Fridays March 3 – April 7

For the Fish Fry Dinners we will looking for 4 boys each Friday with 4 boys on each shift to bus tables. The times are from 4:45 PM to 8:30 PM.

If you are interested in helping bus tables please register on the event page using “Fish Fry Bus Tables” as the event title. Please indicate which dates you will be able to participate.

Saturday, March 4th – The Youth Mental Health First Aid

The Youth Mental Health First Aid class has moved locations and time. It is still on Saturday, March 4th, but the location is now Grace Pointe Church, 1438 Cox Ave, Erlanger, KY 41018  and the times are from 8 AM to 4 PM.

This is an excellent opportunity for FREE training for all of our parents and adult leaders. Please sign up if you can make it. Note this is for adults only and boys should not attend. Lunch will be provided.

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: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Saturday, March 4th
  • Location: Grace Pointe Church, 1438 Cox Ave, Erlanger, KY 41018
  • 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.
  • Please also send an email to Scoutmaster@bsatroop727.org to let Mr. Wood know you’ve registered.
  • 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

First Aid Merit Badge – March 5th, 19th & 26th

  • When: March 5th, 19th & 26th 12:00 PM Noon to 3:00 PM
  • Where: Boone Co. Sheriff Office on Conrad Lane
  • Who: Any scout needing First Aid Merit Badge
  • Register: Use the registration form to sign up. Indicate First Aid Merit Badge as the event.
  • Event Lead: Mr. Davies
  • Notes:
    • If possible purchase a new First Aid Merit Badge book as the requirements have changed in 2016.
    • Bring the First Aid Merit Badge book, your Scout Handbook, the printed First Aid Merit Badge worksheet, a pen/pencil and a water bottle.
    • You’ll need to make all three sessions.

Scout Skills Camp Out – March 10th-11th

The outing in March is the Scout Skills campout. This will the first campout with our new crossover scouts! We will just be staying Friday night and a pickup will be about 4:30 PM on Saturday. Additional information will be provided soon, but the cost will be $6 and the outing will be down at Camp Michaels. Please sign up now if you’re interested.

If you are a scout that still needs requirements for First class, this it the event to come to! If you are an older scout, we need your help in teaching our younger scouts. Please come and be prepared to teach, learn and have some fun.

Journey to Eagle Meeting – March 11th

After the Scout Skills outing wraps up on Saturday evening we have asked Mr. Rick Klein from districts to come speak with our Star and Life scouts. Mr. Klein is who reviews Eagle Scout projects and serves as the district representative for on our Eagle Board of Reviews. He’s also a Troop 727 Alumni! Mr. Klein will be speak about the requirements for Eagle, walking through what the boys need to have ready, and to answer questions. This is a perfect time to get your questions answered and start your plans to complete your journey to Eagle!

This will be held from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM on Saturday, March 11th at Shelter #2 at Camp Michaels. Look for more information coming soon.

Wednesday, March 15th – City of Florence Youth in Government Program

This event is hosted by the City of Florence at the Florence Government Center Community Rooms. It will run from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Scouts can complete a rank requirement, such as speaking with a civil servant (First Class 9a). If you attend and work on this make sure to get a note of who you talk to and have them sign the note.

This is not a troop led event, so please be sure to go with a parent or buddy.

Weekly Update February 13-19, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 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

February 18th – Search & Rescue Campout

UPDATE: The campout has turned into an outing. It’s now the 18th ONLY and cost is dropped to $6. Registration is closed.

The deadline to register and pay for the Search & Rescue campout is this coming Sunday! This is shaping up to be a weekend of scenarios to challenge the boy’s first aid and emergency preparedness skills. We have also asked for a presentation and demonstration by Search & Rescue professionals!

  • When: February 18th ONLY
  • Drop off: Saturday 9:00 AM (8:00 AM for the PLC)
  • Pickup: Saturday 9:30 PM (9:45 PM for the PLC)
  • Trailer Wrangler: Mr. Cummings
  • Event Lead: Mr. Wood
  • Location: Camp Michaels. Drop off and pickup in the main parking lot. Activities will be at Shelter #4 near Gillwel Field (turn right at bottom of the hill and follow the road back to the last shelter)
  • 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 is closed.
  • Notes:
    • While it is getting somewhat warmer than our last campout it is still likely to be pretty cold. Please be aware of the weather and bring appropriate clothing and footwear. This includes waterproof shoes or boots.
    • 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.

Sunday, February 26th, 2017 – Troop Meeting

  • When: 4 PM
    • PLC: 2:30 PM -4:00 PM – Extended PLC meeting
    • All Scouts: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Britt Hall, IHM.
  • Who: All Scouts and Adult Leaders
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Notes:
    • Extended PLC Meeting before the meeting.
    • Theme: Patrol Method
    • First meeting for our new Crossovers!

Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

NYLT Scholarships

If you have an interest in attending National Youth Leadership Training and want a scholarship which covers half the cost, contact Mr. Wood. There is ONE slot left at this time. If you have questions about the training itself, please speak to E. Ihrig, or Mr. Ihrig.

Feed My Starving Children Volunteers needed – March 14th & 15th

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Hebron Lutheran and Hopeful Lutheran will be working together with Feed My Starving Children to package nutritious food for hungry children in the world. ANYONE can participate (scouts, parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors… even your barber) and we sincerely hope each and every family will participate financially or by volunteering.

The times 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM on both March Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th at IHM. If you can help please register online using the event name “Feed My Starving Children” and indicate which night you can help on, as well as who all may be coming (you can list multiple names on a single registration. The deadline to sign up is Feb 19th as the registration then needs to be passed on to to the organizers.

We can use as many people as we can get for project. This will also count towards service hours for rank advancement. Thank you and hope to see you there!

Fish Fry Volunteers Needed – March 3 – April 7

Each year the Troop helps with the Friday Fish Fry meals at IHM. This year we are looking for volunteers in two ways (both of which will count towards service hours for rank advancement):

IHM Student Volunteers – Fridays March 3 – April 7

We are looking for 6th – 8th grade scouts who attend IHM to help out each Friday between March 3rd and April 7th from 2:15 PM to 4:00 PM. They will be helping set up tables and get things arranged for the dinners.

If you are interested in helping on setting up please register on the event page using “Fish Fry Setup” as the event title. If possible they are looking for the same boys every Friday.

All Scouts – Fridays March 3 – April 7

For the Fish Fry Dinners we will looking for 4 boys each Friday with 4 boys on each shift to bus tables. The times are from 4:45 PM to 8:30 PM.

If you are interested in helping bus tables please register on the event page using “Fish Fry Bus Tables” as the event title. Please indicate which dates you will be able to participate.

Scout Skills Camp Out – March 10th-11th

The outing in March is the Scout Skills campout. This will the first campout with our new crossover scouts! We will just be staying Friday night and a pickup will be about 4:30 PM on Saturday. Additional information will be provided soon, but the cost will be $6 and the outing will be down at Camp Michaels. Please sign up now if you’re interested.

If you are a scout that still needs requirements for First class, this it the event to come to! If you are an older scout, we need your help in teaching our younger scouts. Please come and be prepared to teach, learn and have some fun.

Journey to Eagle Meeting – March 11th

After the Scout Skills outing wraps up on Saturday evening we have asked Mr. Rick Klein from districts to come speak with our Star and Life scouts. Mr. Klein is who reviews Eagle Scout projects and serves as the district representative for on our Eagle Board of Reviews. He’s also a Troop 727 Alumni! Mr. Klein will be speak about the requirements for Eagle, walking through what the boys need to have ready, and to answer questions. This is a perfect time to get your questions answered and start your plans to complete your journey to Eagle!

This will be held from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM on Saturday, March 11th at Shelter #2 at Camp Michaels. Look for more information coming soon.

Weekly Update February 6-12 , 2017

Sunday, February 12th, 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 and Adult Leaders
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Notes:
    • Normal PLC Meeting before the meeting.
    • Theme: Loyal
    • Scoutmaster Ask Me Anything (AMA) will be hosted in the library for parents.

Sunday, February 12th, 2017 – Scoutmaster AMA

AMA means Ask Me Anything. Mr. Wood will be hosting a Scoutmaster AMA for parents to run concurrent with the majority of the regular scout meeting on Feb 12th. As Mr. Wood has just started as the Scoutmaster there are bound to be some questions or concerns. Please bring them to this meeting. The questions can be anything: what the vision is for the troop, how to support your scouts, what is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow, etc. (no guarantee all questions will have a correct answer… especially the airspeed one.)

  • When: 4 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Location: Library, IHM. If you aren’t familiar with IHM, enter through Britt Hall and pass through the glass doors across the room. Continue straight down the hall, it will be on the left.
  • Who: Parents of any scout or perspective scout

February 18th – Search & Rescue Campout

UPDATE: The campout has turned into an outing. It’s now the 18th ONLY and cost is dropped to $6. Registration is closed.

The deadline to register and pay for the Search & Rescue campout is this coming Sunday! This is shaping up to be a weekend of scenarios to challenge the boy’s first aid and emergency preparedness skills. We have also asked for a presentation and demonstration by Search & Rescue professionals!

This campout we will also be out at Gillwel field, meaning that each patrol group will have it’s own campsite. True patrol camping!

The cost is $6 $10 per boy for food.

  • When: February 18th ONLY  17th-19th
  • Drop off: Saturday 9:00 AM (8:00 AM for the PLC)
  • Pickup: Saturday 9:30 PM (9:45 PM for the PLC)
  • Trailer Wrangler: Mr. Cummings
  • Event Lead: Mr. Wood
  • Location: Camp Michaels. Drop off and pickup in the main parking lot. Activities will be at Shelter #4 near Gillwel Field (turn right at bottom of the hill and follow the road back to the last shelter)
  • 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 closes on Feb 12th! You must register online AND pay by the meeting on the 12th.
  • Notes:
    • While it is getting somewhat warmer than our last campout it is still likely to be pretty cold. Please be aware of the weather and bring appropriate clothing and footwear. This includes waterproof shoes or boots.
    • There will be cracker barrel planned for food on Friday night, but it won’t be until late, so make sure the boys eat something before they arrive.
    • 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.

Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Valentine or Spring Gifts for your Scout or Scouter!

This last week you may have seen an email from Mrs. Hamm about purchasing some gifts for your Scout or Scouter. Lots to choose from:

  • Water Bottles – $10 – The boys need to stay hydrated at pretty much EVERY event.
  • Car Magnets – $4 – Display your troop pride on your car!
  • Bag Tags for luggage – Start at $2.50 but the more you buy the less they are. These are great to recognizing your bags when you travel!
  • Beanies – $10 – Great for having for the winter campouts!
  • Ballcaps – $12
  • Dri Fit T-Shirt – $12

Order online by emailing Mrs. Hamm. Pay and pick up this coming Sunday, just in time for Valentines! They are even offering to gift wrap these!

 NYLT Scholarships

If you have an interest in attending National Youth Leadership Training and want a scholarship which covers half the cost, contact Mr. Wood. There is ONE slot left at this time. If you have questions about the training itself, please speak to E. Ihrig, or Mr. Ihrig.

Feed My Starving Children Volunteers needed – March 14th & 15th

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Hebron Lutheran and Hopeful Lutheran will be working together with Feed My Starving Children to package nutritious food for hungry children in the world. ANYONE can participate (scouts, parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors… even your barber) and we sincerely hope each and every family will participate financially or by volunteering.

The times 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM on both March Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th at IHM. If you can help please register online using the event name “Feed My Starving Children” and indicate which night you can help on, as well as who all may be coming (you can list multiple names on a single registration. The deadline to sign up is Feb 19th as the registration then needs to be passed on to to the organizers.

We can use as many people as we can get for project. This will also count towards service hours for rank advancement. Thank you and hope to see you there!

Fish Fry Volunteers Needed – March 3 – April 7

Each year the Troop helps with the Friday Fish Fry meals at IHM. This year we are looking for volunteers in two ways (both of which will count towards service hours for rank advancement):

IHM Student Volunteers – Fridays March 3 – April 7

We are looking for 6th – 8th grade scouts who attend IHM to help out each Friday between March 3rd and April 7th from 2:15 PM to 4:00 PM. They will be helping set up tables and get things arranged for the dinners.

If you are interested in helping on setting up please register on the event page using “Fish Fry Setup” as the event title. If possible they are looking for the same boys every Friday.

All Scouts – Fridays March 3 – April 7

For the Fish Fry Dinners we will looking for 4 boys each Friday with 4 boys on each shift to bus tables. The times are from 4:45 PM to 8:30 PM.

If you are interested in helping bus tables please register on the event page using “Fish Fry Bus Tables” as the event title. Please indicate which dates you will be able to participate.

 Scout Skills Camp Out – March 10th-11th

The outing in March is the Scout Skills campout. This will the first campout with our new crossover scouts! We will just be staying Friday night and a pickup will be about 4:30 PM on Saturday. 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.

If you are a scout that still needs requirements for First class, this it the event to come to! If you are an older scout, we need your help in teaching our younger scouts. Please come and be prepared to teach, learn and have some fun.

 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: 9:00 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.
  • Please also send an email to Scoutmaster@bsatroop727.org to let Mr. Wood know you’ve registered.
  • 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

Weekly Update January 30-February 5 , 2017

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 – Scoutmaster Meeting (Moved!)

The monthly Scout Master meeting will be held at Mrs. Petit’s house. This was moved from Thursday to allow for a crossover information meeting with Webelos.

  • When: Wednesday, 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.
    • J. Neils has requested scouts to come to other services to help collect shoes for the Soles 4 Souls drive.
      • We need scouts at the 5 PM Mass on Saturday and then the 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:45 AM and 12:30 PM masses on Sunday. Please respond to the email sent out on Saturday from J. Neils to volunteer, contact him directly or contact the scoutsmaster@bsatroop727.org email address. It will count toward your service hours AND super scout points.

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.

Sunday, February 12th, 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.
    • Theme: Loyal
    • Scoutmaster Ask Me Anything (AMA) will be hosted in the library for parents.

Sunday, February 12th, 2017 – Scoutmaster AMA

AMA means Ask Me Anything. Mr. Wood will be hosting a Scoutmaster AMA for parents to run concurrent with the majority of the regular scout meeting on Feb 12th. As Mr. Wood has just started as the Scoutmaster there are bound to be some questions or concerns. Please bring them to this meeting. The questions can be anything: what the vision is for the troop, how to support your scouts, what is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow, etc. (no guarantee all questions will have a correct answer… especially the airspeed one.)

  • When: 4 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Location: Library, IHM. If you aren’t familiar with IHM, enter through Britt Hall and pass through the glass doors across the room. Continue straight down the hall, it will be on the left.
  • Who: Parents of any scout or perspective scout

Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

 NYLT Scholarships

We still have two slots for National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) scholarships. 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. There are two slots left at this time. If you have questions about the training itself, please speak to E. Ihrig, or Mr. Ihrig.

Feed My Starving Children Volunteers needed – March 14th & 15th

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Hebron Lutheran and Hopeful Lutheran will be working together with Feed My Starving Children to package nutritious food for hungry children in the world. ANYONE can participate (scouts, parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors… even your barber) and we sincerely hope each and every family will participate financially or by volunteering.

The times 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM on both March Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th at IHM. If you can help please register online using the event name “Feed My Starving Children” and indicate which night you can help on, as well as who all may be coming (you can list multiple names on a single registration. The deadline to sign up is Feb 19th as the registration then needs to be passed on to to the organizers.

We can use as many people as we can get for project. This will also count towards service hours for rank advancement. Thank you and hope to see you there!

Fish Fry Volunteers Needed – March 3 – April 7

Each year the Troop helps with the Friday Fish Fry meals at IHM. This year we are looking for volunteers in two ways (both of which will count towards service hours for rank advancement):

IHM Student Volunteers – Fridays March 3 – April 7

We are looking for 6th – 8th grade scouts who attend IHM to help out each Friday between March 3rd and April 7th from 2:15 PM to 4:00 PM. They will be helping set up tables and get things arranged for the dinners.

If you are interested in helping on setting up please register on the event page using “Fish Fry Setup” as the event title. If possible they are looking for the same boys every Friday.

All Scouts – Fridays March 3 – April 7

For the Fish Fry Dinners we will looking for 4 boys each Friday with 4 boys on each shift to bus tables. The times are from 4:45 PM to 8:30 PM.

If you are interested in helping bus tables please register on the event page using “Fish Fry Bus Tables” as the event title. Please indicate which dates you will be able to participate.

 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.

 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: 9:00 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.
  • Please also send an email to Scoutmaster@bsatroop727.org to let Mr. Wood know you’ve registered.
  • 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

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: 9:00 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: 9:00 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.

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