Weekly Update for December 5 – 11, 2016

Take a Hike on December 10th!

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

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

Sunday, December 11, 2016-Troop Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

 Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Save the Date: Jan 7th – ILST

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

Lost and Found from Lock in

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

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

Destination 2018: Yellowstone

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

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

In Search of a Leader

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

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

Calling Adventurous Adults! Drivers Needed in July

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

Merit Badge Challenge Registration is Open!

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

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

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

Requirements Changes – January 1st, 2017

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

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

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

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

 Bring out your Tents!!

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

Leadership Projects

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

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

Wanted: Trailer Wranglers for 2017

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

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

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

Weekly Update for November 28-December 4, 2016

Recharter Time!

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

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

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

Two Fundraisers This Week!

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

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

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

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

Scout Master Meeting

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

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

Court of Honor

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

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

Lock in!!

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

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

 Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Drug Program Followup for Second Class

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

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

Merit Badge Challenge Registration is Open!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scouting University – Dec 3rd

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

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

Take a Hike on December 10th!

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

Requirements Changes – January 1st, 2017

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

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

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

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

 Bring out your Tents!!

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

Leadership Projects

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

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

Wanted: Trailer Wranglers for 2017

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

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

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

Weekly Update for November 21-27, 2016

Recharter Time!

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

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

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

Two Fundraisers Coming Next Week!

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

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

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

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

 Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Drug Program Followup for Second Class

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

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

Merit Badge Challenge Registration is Open!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scouting University – Dec 3rd

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

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

Court of Honor and Lock in

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

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

Take a Hike on December 10th!

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

Requirements Changes – January 1st, 2017

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

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

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

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

 Bring out your Tents!!

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

Leadership Projects

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

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

Wanted: Trailer Wranglers for 2017

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

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

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

Weekly Update for November 14-20, 2016

Board of Review Signup:

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

Recharter Time!

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

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

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

Flag Retrieval for Veteran’s Day

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

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

Troop Food Drive Pickup – Service Hours!

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

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

Knights of Columbus Food Drive Help – Service Hours

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

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

Sunday, November 20, 2016-Troop Meeting

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

 Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

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

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

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

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

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

Scouting University – Dec 3rd

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

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

Court of Honor and Lock in

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

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

Requirements Changes – January 1st, 2017

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

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

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

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

 Bring out your Tents!!

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

Leadership Projects

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

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

Take a Hike!

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

Weekly Update for November 7-13, 2016

Board of Review Signup:

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

Flag Posting for Veteran’s Day

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

  • When: Thursday, Nov 10th, 4:45 PM (SHARP!)  for Posting.
  • Event Lead: Mrs. Petit
  • Location: Cemetery on KY 18 next to the Fire Station just down from IHM.
  • Who: Any scout. If you plan to attend please register on the activity registration form and use the “Flag Posting” and/or “Flag Retrieval” as the comment.
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Cost: -Free-
  • Notes:
    • It does not take long to put out the flags. Please arrive by 4:40 PM or earlier in order to be counted! If you show up at 5 or 5:15 it may all be done by then.
    • Volunteer Scouts be sure to make sure your name gets recorded by Mrs. Petit so you can get credit for extra Super Scout points!
    • Look for retrieval information in next week’s update.

Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 – NOVA Woosh!

Do you know the secret to moving the world? Do you wonder how roller coasters are made? The answers to these questions can actually be found at your local playground! Time to put your “Mentally Awake” oath to the test. Come learn about how engineering affects our lives and work on earning the NOVA Woosh! award. The NOVA awards are a set of awards for Scouts that focus on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

  • When: Saturday, Nov 12th, 12:30 PM to 3 PM
  • Location: Boone Woods. We will meet at one of the available shelters.
  • Who: Registration will close on Nov 10th, sign up at using “NOVA” on the activity registration form.
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Cost: -Free-
  • Notes:
    • Mrs. Heilman will be the Nova Counselor for this session. Mrs. Petit will be the Assistant Scout Master at the event.
    • Bring a full water bottle and a small snack. Note the session will be held outside in a shelter, so dress for the weather!
    • Only some of the requirements for Woosh! will be covered at the session. Interested scouts will need to complete the other requirements of the award on their own and follow up with the NOVA Counselor to get them signed off. It is preferred the requirements are satisfied prior to the session, but the merit badge requirement can be completed at a later time. Further information will be sent out via email soon but you can look at requirements 1 and 2 at http://www.scouting.org/stem/Awards/BoyScouts.aspx#whoosh as work that will need to be completed outside of the session.

Food Drive Leaflet Dropoff – Service Hours!

The troop will be handing out leaflets in the Pebble Creek Subdivision on Saturday after the NOVA event. These leaflets will detail items that can be donated to families in need this Thanksgiving season. This weekend we will be distributing the leaflets and then the following weekend we will be collecting the donations. We need volunteers both weekends.

  • When: Saturday, November 12th, 3:30 PM drop off.
  • Event Lead: Mrs. Petit
  • Location: Meet at the clubhouse of the Pebble Creek subdivision. (3001 Black Tail Way, Burlington, KY 41005)
  • Who: Any scout who needs service hours. If you plan to attend please register on the activity registration form and use the “Food Drive drop off” as the comment.
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Cost: -Free-
  • Notes:
    • This is a leadership project by one of our scouts. Please help him by participating if you can.
    • This will count as service hours for rank advancement. Please have Mrs. Petit sign you service log in the back of your book.
    • Parents: It would be helpful if a few parents could stick around and be available to drive some scouts around in the neighborhood. BSA Youth Protection and Virtus Training is required.

Flag Retrieval for Veteran’s Day

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

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

Knights of Columbus Food Drive Help – Service Hours

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

  • When: Friday, Nov 18th, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM OR Saturday, Nov 19th, 8 AM-12 PM
  • Event Lead: On Your Own (see below)
  • Location: Knights of Columbus Acree Hall at IHM
  • Who: Any scout who needs service hours. If you plan to attend please register on the activity registration form and use the “KoC Food Collection” as the comment. Please indicate which shift you’d like to take.
  • Uniform: Class A with Class B under it.
  • Cost: -Free-
  • Notes:
    • They can use up to 4 people at each shift.
    • This WILL count towards your service hours for your rank advancements, so if you need service hours make sure to sign up!
    • Note that this is not an official event for the troop, so there will be no adult leadership present (except by happenstance if they are working the same shift). This means that we highly recommend that you have your parent stay with you during this event.

 Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Merit Badge Challenge Registration opens Nov 14th!

The various merit badge challenges scheduled for the spring will have their registration open on Monday, Nov 14th. 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 be ready to sign up on Monday the 14th!

Scouting University – Dec 3rd

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

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

Court of Honor and Lock in

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

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

Requirements Changes – January 1st, 2017

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

  • If they were note 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.

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

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

The deadline to pay and sign up for the trip is the Dec. 11th meeting.

Popcorn Money

You got your final orders in to Mrs Goodwin, right? Please bring in any money you have collected from your popcorn orders to turn in at the meeting on Nov 20th.

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!

Spaghetti Dinner Tickets

Just as a reminder, each boy was expected to sell $30 worth of tickets for the dinner. If you have any ticket money you’ve not turned in please do so at the next meeting. If you didn’t quite make the $30 in sales, please see the treasurer at the next meeting to settle up.

Weekly Update for October 31-November 6, 2016

Friday, Nov 4-6, 2016 -Recon Campout

NOTE: We are still looking for one more adult who can stay Friday and Saturday night in order to have a split camp. The volunteer needs to be current on both Virtus training and BSA Youth Protection Training. Please contact Mike Wood at scoutmaster@bsatroop727.org if you can help!

  • Destination: Camp Michaels
  • Trip Lead: Mr. Wood
  • Trailer Wrangler: Rob Cummings
  • Who: Registration is closed. If you haven’t paid, please do so by the Nov 20th meeting.
  • Departure: Boys will need to be dropped off at Camp Michaels at 4:30 PM. PLC members should arrive around 4:15 PM.
  • Return: Boys can be picked up from Camp Michaels starting at 10:30 AM on Sunday.
  • Uniform: Class A Uniform for arrival at camp (wear Class B under your Class A)
  • Cost: $10.00
  • Forms Required: 
    • 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.
  • Notes:
    • Check the local weather for this weekend. Make sure you bring appropriate gear.
    • Camouflage and dark clothing is suggested for the recon challenge on Saturday night. Other tools, like binoculars, are also encouraged.
    • This camp out is a challenge weekend for the boys. The troop will be split into two groups that will then compete against challenges that include games, cooking, pitching the best campsite and, of course, observation skills.

Scout Master’s Meeting

  • When: Thursday, Nov 3rd, 7 PM -8:30 PM
  • Event Lead: Mr. Wood
  • Location: Mr. Wood’s House
  • Who: Any Scout Master or Parent
  • Uniform: None
  • Notes:

Service Hours Opportunity

  • When: Sunday, Nov 6th, 2:00 PM – 4 or 5 PM
  • Event Lead: Mr. Davies
  • Location: Knights of Columbus Donut Trailer at IHM
  • Who: Any scout who needs service hours. If you plan to attend please registration on the activity registration form and use the “KoC Trailer Service” as the comment.
  • Uniform: Class C (or really anything you don’t mind getting dirty)
  • Cost: -Free-
  • Notes:
    • Mr. Davies is going to be cleaning the Knights of Columbus Donut trailer this weekend and preparing it for Winter.
    • He needs about 6 to 8 boys to help.
    • This WILL count towards your service hours for your rank advancements, so if you need service hours make sure to sign up!

Flag Posting for Veteran’s Day

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

  • When: Thursday, Nov 10th, 4:45 PM (SHARP!)  for Posting.
  • Event Lead: Mrs. Petit
  • Location: Cemetery on KY 18 next to the Fire Station just down from IHM.
  • Who: Any scout. If you plan to attend please registration on the activity registration form and use the “Flag Posting” and/or “Flag Retrieval” as the comment.
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Cost: -Free-
  • Notes:
    • It does not take long to put out the flags. Please arrive by 4:40 PM or earlier in order to be counted! If you show up at 5 or 5:15 it may all be done by then.
    • Volunteer Scouts be sure to make sure your name gets recorded by Mrs. Petit so you can get credit for extra Super Scout points!
    • Look for retrieval information in next week’s update.

Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 – NOVA Woosh!

Do you know the secret to moving the world? Do you wonder how roller coasters are made? The answers to these questions can actually be found at your local playground! Time to put your “Mentally Awake” oath to the test. Come learn about how engineering affects our lives and work on earning the NOVA Woosh! award. The NOVA awards are a set of awards for Scouts that focus on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

  • When: Saturday, Nov 12th, 12:30 PM to 3 PM
  • Location: Boone Woods. We will meet at one of the available shelters.
  • Who: Registration will close on Nov 10th, sign up at using “NOVA” on the activity registration form.
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Cost: -Free-
  • Notes:
    • Mrs. Heilman will be the Nova Counselor for this session. Mrs. Petit will be the Assistant Scout Master at the event.
    • Bring a full water bottle and a small snack.
    • Only some of the requirements for Woosh! will be covered at the session. Interested scouts will need to complete the other requirements of the award on their own and follow up with the NOVA Counselor to get them signed off. It is preferred the requirements are satisfied prior to the session, but the merit badge requirement can be completed at a later time. Further information will be sent out via email soon but you can look at requirements 1 and 2 at http://www.scouting.org/stem/Awards/BoyScouts.aspx#whoosh as work that will need to be completed outside of the session.
    • The boys will be able to go direct from the session to help with the food drive leaflet drop off project in the Kingsgate community.

 Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Food Drive

The food drive is coming! The food drive is coming! On November 12th we will be passing out leaflets to request some items for needy families this year. One of our Scouts will be leading this project as a leadership project. Look for more information about this next week, but please put it on your calendar to have some time set aside on Nov. 12th starting at 3 PM to bring your scout. The following weekend we will be collecting, so there’s two opportunities to help.

Participating in the food drive WILL count towards Service Hours. Just make sure that you are recorded as attending. You can sign up for either Food drive leaflet drop off or item pickup on the activity registration form. Just put down leaflet drop off or item pickup as your comment.

Popcorn Money

You got your final orders in to Mrs Goodwin, right? Please bring in any money you have collected from your popcorn orders to turn in at the meeting on Oct 30th.

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!

Spaghetti Dinner Tickets

Just as a reminder, each boy was expected to sell $30 worth of tickets for the dinner. If you have any ticket money you’ve not turned in please do so at the next meeting. If you didn’t quite make the $30 in sales, please see the treasurer at the next meeting to settle up.

Teasers

In next week’s update look for information about:

  • More information on the Food Drive leaflet drop off on Nov 12th.
  • Flag retrieval for Veteran’s day.
  • Merit Badge Challenge for next spring has registration opening on Nov 14th!
  • Court of Honor and Lock-in.

Weekly Update for October 24-30, 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016-Troop Meeting

  • When: 4 PM
    • PLC: 3:30-4:00
    • All Scouts: 4:00-6:00 PM
  • Location: IHM, Meet at Briitt Hall
  • Who: All Scouts, Adult Leaders, and Parents
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Notes:
    • Registration and camp fees for Recon camp are due.

Friday, Nov 4-6, 2016 -Recon Campout

  • Destination: Camp Michaels
  • Trip Lead: Mr. Wood
  • Trailer Wrangler: Rob Cummings
  • Who: Registration closes on Oct 30th, sign up at using “Recon Camp” on the activity registration form. Please pay by the meeting on Oct. 30th.
  • Departure: Boys will need to be drooped off at Camp Michaels at 4:30 PM. PLC members should arrive around 4:15 PM.
  • Return: Boys can be picked up from Camp Michaels starting at 10:30 AM on Sunday.
  • Uniform: Class A Uniform for arrival at camp (wear Class B under your Class A)
  • Cost: $10.00
  • Forms Required: 
    • 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.
  • Notes:
    • Check the local weather as we get closer. It’s starting to get chilly at night, so make sure you bring appropriate gear.
    • Camouflage and dark clothing is suggested for the recon challenge on Saturday night. Other tools, like binoculars, are also encouraged.
    • This camp out is a challenge weekend for the boys. The troop will be split into two groups that will then compete against challenges that include games, cooking, pitching the best campsite and, of course, observation skills.

Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 – NOVA Woosh!

Do you know the secret to moving the world? Do you wonder how roller coasters are made? The answers to these questions can actually be found at your local playground! Time to put your “Mentally Awake” oath to the test. Come learn about how engineering affects our lives and work on earning the NOVA Woosh! award. The NOVA awards are a set of awards for Scouts that focus on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

  • When: Saturday, Nov 12th, 12:30 PM to 3 PM
  • Location: Boone Woods. We will meet at one of the available shelters.
  • Who: Registration will close on Nov 10th, sign up at using “NOVA” on the activity registration form.
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Cost: -Free-
  • Notes:
    • Mrs. Heilman will be the Nova Counselor for this session.
    • Bring a full water bottle and a small snack.
    • Only some of the requirements for Woosh! will be covered at the session. Interested scouts will need to complete the other requirements of the award on their own and follow up with the NOVA Counselor to get them signed off. It is preferred the requirements are satisfied prior to the session, but the merit badge requirement can be completed at a later time. Further information will be sent out via email soon but you can look at requirements 1 and 2 at http://www.scouting.org/stem/Awards/BoyScouts.aspx#whoosh as work that will need to be completed outside of the session.
    • The boys will be able to go direct from the session to help with the food drive leaflet drop off project in the Kingsgate community.

 Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Popcorn Money

You got your final orders in to Mrs Goodwin, right? Please bring in any money you have collected from your popcorn orders to turn in at the meeting on Oct 30th.

Completed Blue Cards

If you have completed blue cards (meaning you’ve got everything done for the merit badge and it’s signed by the counselor) you can now start turning those in to Mr. Wood.

Spaghetti Dinner Tickets

Just as a reminder, each boy was expected to sell $30 worth of tickets for the dinner. If you have any ticket money you’ve not turned in please do so at the next meeting. If you didn’t quite make the $30 in sales, please see the treasurer at the next meeting to settle up.

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!

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!!

Electronics Merit Badge Opportunity

Got an interest in Electronics Merit Badge? Mr. Volstad, who recently helped us out with the JOTA event, is teaching a class at the Northern KY Maker Space on Tuesday, November 1st. During the session the boys will create a Persistence-of-vision (POV) Wand (which is a fancy way of saying a stick with LEDs on that when you wave it around it creates words. This satisfies two of the bigger requirements for the merit badge, and the boys can do the others at home.

  • When: Tuesday, Nov 1st, 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Location: Boone Woods. We will meet at one of the available shelters.
  • Who: Any middle or high schooler. Registration will close on October 29th.
  • Uniform: Regular street clothes
  • Cost: $14.00 (to the Maker Space, not the troop)
  • Notes:
    • This is NOT a troop event and none of the troop adult leadership will be there. This is a public course offering that happens to qualify for this merit badge requirements and is being taught by a merit badge instructor. If you wish to pursue this please get a blue card at the meeting on the 30th. Like any Merit Badge counselor session not explicitly run by the troop you need to be there with your parent the entire time, or a buddy.
    • Register at: https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0034-0003-25b7255b0f0a4037bb360963e8ba24d5

 

Weekly Update for October 17-23, 2016

Friday, October 21-23, 2016 – Mammoth Cave Campout

  • Destination: Mammoth Cave, KY
  • Trip Lead: Mr. Bowdler
  • Who: Registration is Closed, check out Who’s Camping for attendees.
  • Departure: Leaving from IHM. Please arrive no later than 4:15 PM, planned departure time is 4:30 PM
  • Return: Planned return to IHM is 12:00 PM (Noon) on Sunday. Updates will be provided if that changes. Please watch your email that morning.
  • Uniform: Class A Uniform for travel (wear Class B under your Class A)
  • Cost: $45.00
  • Forms Required: 
    • 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.
  • Notes:
    • Please arrive at IHM by 4:15 PM with your gear, any required forms and positive attitude. Also, since it’s a long trip down to Mammoth Cave you may want to bring a non-messy snack with you if you can’t catch dinner before you leave.
    • Check the weather for Mammoth Cave, KY. It’s starting to get chilly at night, so make sure you bring appropriate gear. Also, it’s a balmy 54° F in the cave all year round.
    • If you previously signed up prior to the deadline and now have changed your mind you will still have to pay for the Cave Tour and food costs that the troop has purchased or handed to grubmasters for you.
    • If you have changed your mind and are no longer going please email scoutmaster@bsatroop727.org immediately.

Sunday, October 30, 2016-Troop Meeting

  • When: 4 PM
    • PLC: 3:30-4:00
    • All Scouts: 4:00-6:00 PM
  • Location: IHM, Meet at Briitt Hall
  • Who: All Scouts, Adult Leaders, and Parents
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Notes:
    • Registration and camp fees for Recon camp are due.

Friday, Nov 4-6, 2016 -Recon Campout

  • Destination: Camp Michaels
  • Trip Lead: Mr. Wood
  • Trailer Wrangler: Rob Cummings
  • Who: Registration closes on Oct 30th, sign up at using “Recon Camp” on the activity registration form. Please pay by the meeting on Oct. 30th.
  • Departure: Boys will need to be drooped off at Camp Michaels at 4:30 PM. PLC members should arrive around 4:15 PM.
  • Return: Boys can be picked up from Camp Michaels starting at 10:30 AM on Sunday.
  • Uniform: Class A Uniform for arrival at camp (wear Class B under your Class A)
  • Cost: $10.00
  • Forms Required: 
    • 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.
  • Notes:
    • Check the local weather as we get closer. It’s starting to get chilly at night, so make sure you bring appropriate gear.
    • Camouflage and dark clothing is suggested for the recon challenge on Saturday night. Other tools, like binoculars, are also encouraged.

 Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Final Popcorn orders due – Thursday, Oct 20th

We are in the home stretch! Please have all of your popcorn orders in to Sue Goodwin by this Thursday. Check your emails for any additional popcorn info coming from Sue.

2017 Annual Plan

The Patrol Leader Council met last Friday at Mr. Adkins house for annual planning. The Troop Calendar has been updated to reflect the meetings and trips scheduled for the troop next year. Please take a look and start penciling in dates on your calendars for what you want to attend. Note that there may be some final tweaks that need to be done, and additional events and opportunities may come up throughout the year.

First NOVA Session: Woosh!

Do you know the secret to moving the world? Do you wonder how roller coasters are made? The answers to these questions can actually be found at your local playground! Time to put your “Mentally Awake” oath to the test. Come learn about how engineering affects our lives and work on earning the NOVA Woosh! award. The NOVA awards are a set of awards for Scouts that focus on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

  • When: Saturday, Nov 12th, 12:30 PM to 3 PM
  • Location: Boone Woods. We will meet at one of the available shelters.
  • Who: Registration will close on Nov 10th, sign up at using “NOVA” on the activity registration form.
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Cost: -Free-
  • Notes:
    • Mrs. Heilman will be the Nova Counselor for this session.
    • Bring a full water bottle and a small snack.
    • Only some of the requirements for Woosh! will be covered at the session. Interested scouts will need to complete the other requirements of the award on their own and follow up with the NOVA Counselor to get them signed off. It is preferred the requirements are satisfied prior to the session, but the merit badge requirement can be completed at a later time. Further information will be sent out via email soon but you can look at requirements 1 and 2 at http://www.scouting.org/stem/Awards/BoyScouts.aspx#whoosh as work that will need to be completed outside of the session.
    • The boys will be able to go direct from the session to help with the food drive leaflet drop off project in the Kingsgate community.

Conservation Project-Volunteers Needed

To honor Mary Kathryn Dickerson, a community leader and nature education teacher,  volunteers are meeting at Tower Park on S. Fort Thomas Avenue in Fort Thomas on Saturday to plant trees for a memorial grove.  If you aren’t going to Mammoth Cave, please see if you can attend and help.

  • Location: Tower Park in Fort Thomas. See notes for more info.
  • Who: Any Scout, Scouter or Parent who wish to honor someone who gave years to her community.
  • When: Saturday, Oct 22nd, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Uniform: None Required, though wearing a troop shirt would be nice. Wear clothes that are okay to get dirty and bring gloves!
  • Cost: -Free-
  • Notes:
    • This is a volunteer opportunity which we highly encourage the boys participate in; however, this is NOT a troop run event. It is not suggested to drop the boys off and leave them.
    • You can earn service hours by helping. Please see a representative leading the event to sign your book for service hours. Make sure to talk to them when you arrive and inform them that you’d like to get service hours signed.
    • Bring a shovel if possible (with your name on it)
    • Lorna Harrell is the contact name of the organizer.
    • See your email for additional information, contact phone numbers and more. Mrs. Ortwein sent out a notice about it on Monday.
    • Tower Park is located in on S. Fort Thomas Avenue  in the heart of the Fort Thomas business district. According to the city administration, you can find the exact location of our planting site by putting “980 Cochran Ave., Ft. Thomas” into your GPS. If not using GPS, simply look for the large stone tower near the park entrance on the east side of S. Fort Thomas Ave. and turn in. Upon entering the park, continue a short distance and then turn right onto Cochran Ave. (a playground is nearby).  Continue on Cochran past the military museum and tennis courts and look for a small shelter house located near the basketball courts on your left  (the VA Hospital will be on  your right). Park in the lot near the basketball courts and come to the shelter house to sign-in.

Troop Apparel

Proudly display your troop membership with Troop 727 apparel! Check out the options on the website. It’s starting to get cold outside, so pickup a hoodie and beanie cap to keep you warm! We also have the Dri-Fit T’s and Polo shirts to serve as class B uniforms.

Contact Melinda Hamm by email melinhamm3@twc.com or phone 859-803-4053

WEEKLY ACTIVITY for October 10-16, 2016

WEEKLY ACTIVITY for October 10-16, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016-PLC Annual Planning Meeting

  • What: Anual Planning Meeting
  • Who: PLC, Scoutmasters, and Parents
  • Where: 2712 Sunchase Blvd, Burlington, KY
  • When: 6-9 PM
  • Uniform: Class B
  • Note: Patrol Leaders should have reached out to patrol members for ideas on activites for 2017.

Saturday, October 15, 2016, Spaghetti Dinner

  • What: Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
  • Who: All Scouts, Adult Leaders, Committee, and Parents
  • Where: Britt Hall
  • When: 4-8 PM
    • Shift #1: 4-6 PM
    • Shift #2: 6-8 PM
  • Uniform is Class B

Sunday, October 16, 2016-JOTA 

  • What: Jamboree Over The Air (Ham Radios)
  • Who: All Scouts Welcome
  • Where: IHM, Library
  • When: 12-4 PM
  • Uniform: Class A

Sunday, October 16, 2016-Troop Meeting

  • What: Troop Meeting
  • Who: All Scouts, Adult Leaders, and Parents
  • Where: Meet at ACREE HALL, IHM
  • When: 4 PM
    • PLC: 3:30-4:00
    • All Scouts: 4:00-6:00 PM
  • Uniform: Class A

 Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser-October 15th

  • As a reminder, all scouts must participate in at least 2 of our 3 annual fundraisers. Pancake Breakfast, Holy Donuts, and Spaghetti Dinner.
  • There are two shifts: 4-6 PM and 6-8 PM. First Come, First Serve on the shifts. First shift only has 1 or 2 spots lefts. All other scouts will need to work the 2nd shift.
  • Each scout is required to sell 6 tickets. Any tickets sold above that will be placed in their scout account. Tickets are $5 each.
  • There is a monetary penalty for not working the required fundraisers
  • Please sign up on the troop’s web site.

Jamboree Over the Air

Come participate in the largest scouting event in the world: Jamboree Over The Air (JOTA). If you are interested please sign up as soon as possible. Learn about amateur radio (“ham radio”) and how it can be used in Scouting to be prepared. The event will also be very hands on with as each Scout will take a turn at contacting other scouts from around the world using the radio! There will also be some fun using Morse code that is translated by a Arduino, as well as some “fox-hunting” (which is using radio to find hidden transmitters).

Please be aware that regularly scheduled Mass will be going on at the same time. Be respectful and quiet as you make your way to the library. If you are a IHM parishioner that normally attends the Noon Mass make sure to attend one of the other offered services.

  • Who: Any Scout
  • When: Sunday, Oct 16th, Noon to 4 PM.
  • Where: Meet at the IHM Library, we will then move to Boone Woods
  • Cost: $4.00
  • You are asked to bring a small snack and a full water bottle.
  • Get signed up at : http://bsatroop727.ipage.com/index.html (use JOTA as the event name)

Mammoth Cave-10/21-23/2016

  • If you previously signed up prior to the deadline and now have changed your mind you will still have to pay for the Cave Tour that the troop purchased for you.
  • If you have changed your mind and are no longer going please let someone know.

First NOVA Session: Woosh!

Do you know the secret to moving the world? Do you wonder how roller coasters are made? The answers to these questions can actually be found at your local playground! Time to put your “Mentally Awake” oath to the test. Come learn about how engineering affects our lives and work on earning the NOVA Woosh! award. The NOVA awards are a set of awards for Scouts that focus on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

  • NOTE: Only some of the requirements for Woosh! will be covered at the session. Interested scouts will need to complete the other requirements of the award on their own and follow up with the NOVA Counselor to get them signed off. It is preferred the requirements are satisfied prior to the session, but the merit badge requirement can be completed at a later time. Further information will be sent out via email soon but you can look at requirements 1 and 2 at http://www.scouting.org/stem/Awards/BoyScouts.aspx#whoosh as work that will need to be completed outside of the session.
  • Who: Any Scout
  • When: Saturday, Nov 12th
    • 12:30 PM to 3 PM.
  • Where: TBD (planning for it to be at a Boone Woods Shelter).
  • You are asked to bring a small snack and a full water bottle.
  • The boys will be able to go direct from the session to help with the food drive leaflet drop off project in the Kingsgate community.

Get signed up:HERE

Conservation Project-Volunteers Needed

  • VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO PLANT THE MARY KATHRYN DICKERSON EDUCATIONAL GROVE in Ft. Thomas on Saturday, October 22, 2016.  Dedication will be in spring 2017.
  • Contact Becky Ortwein for details if you would like to be part of this event.

Troop Facebook Page

  • Join the Private Troop Facebook Page by Clicking Here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/BSATroop727/
  • The Facebook Page is open to all Scouts, Scout Family Members, and Leaders.
  • The page will be used to post pictures of our adventures, provide reminders/announcements, and offer a forum for asking questions.
  • The Facebook page supplements, but does not replace, the website or weekly Scoutmaster e-mail.

Troop Apparel

 Troop 727 Dri-Fit T’s (Class B Uniform), Ball Caps and Beanies are available for purchase. 

  • All Sizes have arrived-Get em while there hot!!
  • Dri-fit T-shirts – $12.
  • 50/50 T-Shirts – $10.
  • Baseball Caps w/Troop logo embroidered-$12
  • Beanie Caps w/Troop logo embroidered-$10

Contact Melinda Hamm by email melinhamm3@twc.com or phone 859-803-4053

WEEKLY ACTIVITY for October 3-9, 2016

WEEKLY ACTIVITY for October 3-9, 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016-Peterloon Trailer Load-Up

  • What: Trailer Load-Up for Peterloon
  • Who: Scouts, Adult Leaders, and Parents going to Peterloon
  • Where: IHM
  • When: 5-6 PM

Thursday, October 6, 2016-Scoutmaster Meeting

  • What: Scoutmaster Meeting
  • Who: All Scoutmasters
  • Where: Darla Pettit’s Residence
  • When: 7-8 PM

Thursday, October 6, 2016-Peterloon Camp Setup

  • What: Peterloon Camp Setup
  • Who: First Class Scouts and Above
  • Where: Meet at IHM
  • When: 4 PM

Friday, October 7, 2016-Peterloon Departure

  • What: Peterloon Jamboree
  • Who: All Registered Participants
  • Where: Meet at IHM
  • When: 4 PM

 Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Peterloon Jamboree Details 

Trailer Loading

  • The Troop trailer will be available on Wednesday from 5-6 pm to load personal gear for the weekend.  This is optional, but please be advised that you may need to carry your gear on the shuttle bus and take it a long distance on Friday if you don’t pre-load on Wednesday.

Thursday Set-Up

  • Experienced Scouts are needed to travel to Peterloon on Thursday afternoon to set-up our campsite. We will depart IHM at 4 pm and return to IHM by 8 pm. Please let Evan and Mr. Cummings know if you can help with this.

Friday Departure

  • All Peterloon participants need to be at IHM – Acree Hall by 3:30 pm on Friday.
  • Class A Uniform is required for travel to/from Peterloon.
  • Please complete the activity consent form prior to arriving at IHM and bring it with you.  .

Sunday Return

  • We estimate returning to Acree Hall by 12:30 pm on Sunday.  We will provide an update Sunday morning.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser-October 15th

  • As a reminder, all scouts must participate in at least 2 of our 3 annual fundraisers. Pancake Breakfast, Holy Donuts, and Spaghatti Dinner.
  • There are two shifts: 4-6 PM and 6-8 PM. First Come First Serve on the shifts.
  • Each scout is required to sell 6 tickets. Any tickets sold above that will be placed in their scout account. Tickets are $5 each.
  • Please Sign Up for your shift

First NOVA Session: Woosh!

Do you know the secret to moving the world? Do you wonder how roller coasters are made? The answers to these questions can actually be found at your local playground! Time to put your “Mentally Awake” oath to the test. Come learn about how engineering affects our lives and work on earning the NOVA Woosh! award. The NOVA awards are a set of awards for Scouts that focus on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

  • NOTE: Only some of the requirements for Woosh! will be covered at the session. Interested scouts will need to complete the other requirements of the award on their own and follow up with the NOVA Counselor to get them signed off. It is preferred the requirements are satisfied prior to the session, but the merit badge requirement can be completed at a later time. Further information will be sent out via email soon but you can look at requirements 1 and 2 at http://www.scouting.org/stem/Awards/BoyScouts.aspx#whoosh as work that will need to be completed outside of the session.
  • Who: Any Scout
  • When: Saturday, Nov 12th
    • 12:30 PM to 3 PM.
  • Where: TBD (planning for it to be at a Boone Woods Shelter).
  • You are asked to bring a small snack and a full water bottle.
  • The boys will be able to go direct from the session to help with the food drive leaflet drop off project in the Kingsgate community.
  • Get signed up at :

     

Conservation Project-Volunteers Needed

  • VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO PLANT THE MARY KATHRYN DICKERSON EDUCATIONAL GROVE in Ft. Thomas on Saturday, October 22, 2016.  Dedication will be in spring 2017.
  • Contact Becky Ortwein for details if you would like to be part of this event.

Jamboree Over the Air

Jamboree Over the Air

Come participate in the largest scouting event in the world: Jamboree Over The Air (JOTA). If you are interested please sign up as soon as possible. Learn about amateur radio (“ham radio”) and how it can be used in Scouting to be prepared. The event will also be very hands on with as each Scout will take a turn at contacting other scouts from around the world using the radio! There will also be some fun using Morse code that is translated by a Arduino, as well as some “fox-hunting” (which is using radio to find hidden transmitters).

Please be aware that regularly scheduled Mass will be going on at the same time. Be respectful and quiet as you make your way to the library. If you are a IHM parishioner that normally attends the Noon Mass make sure to attend one of the other offered services.

  • Who: Any Scout
  • When: Sunday, Oct 16th, Noon to 4 PM.
  • Where: Meet at the IHM Library, we will then move to Boone Woods
  • Cost: $4.00
  • You are asked to bring a small snack and a full water bottle.
  • Get signed up at : http://bsatroop727.ipage.com/index.html (use JOTA as the event name)

Troop Facebook Page

  • Join the Private Troop Facebook Page by Clicking Here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/BSATroop727/
  • The Facebook Page is open to all Scouts, Scout Family Members, and Leaders.
  • The page will be used to post pictures of our adventures, provide reminders/announcements, and offer a forum for asking questions.
  • The Facebook page supplements, but does not replace, the website or weekly Scoutmaster e-mail.

Troop Apparel

 Troop 727 Dri-Fit T’s (Class B Uniform), Ball Caps and Beanies are available for purchase. 

  • All Sizes have arrived-Get em while there hot!!
  • Dri-fit T-shirts – $12.
  • 50/50 T-Shirts – $10.
  • Baseball Caps w/Troop logo embroidered-$12
  • Beanie Caps w/Troop logo embroidered-$10

Contact Melinda Hamm by email melinhamm3@twc.com or phone 859-803-4053

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