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Merit Badge University – UMass Amhearst
These get filled up fast. If you’re at all interested, sign up today. Check back mid-December for UMass, as it usually fills up the same day it opens.
There is no meeting on Halloween. Have fun!
Senior Patrol Leader Minute
It’s been a month since I’ve began working as your senior patrol leader for Troop 25. Here’s what’s new:
Eagle Project Update
My project is to plan and build an 8 x 20 ft pressure treated footbridge over a stream. The bridge will allow our cross country and track teams to compete and train on our trails that are located behind the school. After waiting months for many boards, committees, and agencies including the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and US Army Corp of Engineers, we finally have approval for a footbridge over a small stream. Many thanks to all these decision makers. I hope to tackle this project within the next month or so.
Recent Troop Meetings
This past month we worked on:
- to learn how to tie a tie
- making a camp gadget
- using a GPS on a short night hike to retrieve a prize
- working as a first responder on three different mock first aid drills
Some scouts mastered these skills and had them signed off in their handbooks, while many are still working to master these skills.
Here’s what I’ve learned: Many scouts are anxious to advance. My advice is to read your scout handbook. A well read book is easily recognizable. I read my scout handbook all the time, and I’ve learned lots of things from it. When I plan a meeting, I assume you’ve read the scout handbook. If you don’t read, or especially bring the book, it will be extremely difficult to advance. Not much of a reader or prefer to listen to an audio version of the scout handbook? See this link.
Scouts learn skills by working on their own, with parents, patrols and the troop. Skills take time to learn. The more time you put into practicing, the faster you will learn.
Did you know you can have patrol-specific meetings, activities, and outings? You can! You just need a couple of leaders that have passed YPT training. Talk to your patrol leader. Plan something fun for just your patrol! Get your patrol members’ numbers, emails, and other contacts for easy communication. Let Chris and I know if it’s something you think the whole troop would enjoy.
Think carefully about the activities you want to do in scouting this year.
- Hiking: Where? How far? What seasons?
- Biking: Will you try to earn a merit badge too? It’s not easy, but it is fun.
- Merit Badges: Colleges? Know a counselor? Summer camp? Get your Eagle merit badges, one way or another.
- Camping: Hidden Valley, High Adventure? Camp Bell? Will you try Provo? Up to you.
- Advancement: What rank are you planning to be next month, in the next six month? Have a goal.
- Travel – Where? When? How?
Ideas for Meetings
Remember to throw in some fundraising and community service. Put your specific ideas on a list with your name and give it to your patrol leader. He will present your ideas at our Patrol Leader Council conference.
Let’s make this an epic year. We have a great group of scouts. Thank you for all your hard work and attendance.
Troop 25 had an awesome fire-building competition last night! We tried many different ways to start a basic fire using magnesium, ferro rods, bird nests, log cabins, and unsurprisingly, matches. It seemed that matches were the most successful method. Thanks to everyone who came!
Popcorn season is almost here! If you sell enough, you can pay your way to Hidden Valley, high adventure bases, or even further beyond!
- Online Sales will offer FREE SHIPPING.
Free Shipping for online orders.Yes. It’s true. BOOM!
- The Trail’s End App is LIVE!! DOWNLOAD IT TODAY on your SmartPhone!
Check it out: https://app.trails-end.com/
The app allows Scouts to track and report real-time storefront, wagon (aka; show & deliver) and online sales, accept cash and credit cards, track inventory by Scout and manage storefront shift(s) sign ups.
FREE CREDIT CARD PROCESSING
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Every Scout, every sale, will receive FREE payment processing with swipe capability through the Trail’s End App. The app is powered by Square, the leading credit card solution for units.
If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Koes.
Hey guys. School is OUT, so now we’ve got a little extra time. Let’s talk advancement! Most of you guys haven’t advanced much during the school year. but did you know you’ve probably already completed a lot of the activities needed for your next rank advancement? How do I know? The activities we do at scout meetings and when we go camping are chosen at the PLC because they’re fun, and they help with advancement!
Check out these links, and click on the one you’re trying to complete:
Scout – http://usscouts.org/advance/boyscout/workbooks/Scout.pdf
Second Class – https://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/c/c6/Second_Class_rank.pdf
First Class – https://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/f/f0/First_Class_rank.pdf
Star – https://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/b/b0/Star_rank.pdf
Life – https://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/c/c8/Life_rank.pdf
During the summer, I usually had a couple of these going at a time. You don’t have to use the worksheets, but it does make it much easier to keep track of things and advance. If you need help with something, like a knot, somebody to help with fitness goals, help with figuring out how a compass works, etc., there’s an older scout at the next meeting that can help you. Print them off and get working!
If you bring a completed form to the next meeting this Thursday (June 20th) and schedule a Scoutmaster conference with Mr. Wilkerson, you’ll win a prize! What are the prizes? It’s a surprise!
No printer? No paper? No worries! Your trusty webmaster will print them and deliver them today. Just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let Mr. Wilkerson know you will need a scout master conference so he can set aside the time.
Bushcraft Summit Encampment – Set for 4/13/2019
Sign up to attend our Bushcraft Summit on April 13-14. Experience tracking, wilderness navigation, survival skills. Bring an instrument and join us as we make some music / noise. Event starts at 10:00 AM and ends on Sunday morning at 8:30 AM.
￼￼The 2019 Klondike is coming! It will happen from February 8th to the 10th at the Pelham Fish & Game. The Klondike is an annual winter event in which our troop will divide into two large patrols and will pre-build our sleds before the event. Once, there, we will use our sled to go through the events and gather as many “nuggets” as possible.
The first event is the Skunk Round-up, where you have to tie a clove hitch to a tree as far as possible. The second event is the Bear Bag, where you must hang a bear bag from a tree. The third event is Flag Raising, where you must lash three staves together with your patrol flag at the top. The fourth event is the String Bird, where you have to burn a string with a fire. The fifth event is Knot-ical Knowledge, where you have to tie a randomized knot. The sixth is lunch, where you have to cook lunch on your own. The seventh is Finding the Treasure, where you have to navigate through a course with just your compass. The eighth is Gully Crossing, where the patrol strings a rope to get their sled and patrol across a gully. The ninth is Ice Rescue, where you must pretend to get a scout out of freezing water. The tenth is Traveling City, which you must fill out a worksheet and make up a song and dance.
Sled Equipment List:
- Patrol-sized first aid kit (required to compete)
- 50′ to 100′ of appropriate strength rope
- Scout book
- Proper clothing
- Any other necessary equipment
- Ingredients for lunch
- Cooking equipment
- Cleanup material/trash bags
- Patrol Flag