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)
- 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
- 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)
- 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 email@example.com 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.
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.