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.

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: 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 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: 9:00 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.

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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.

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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.

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