With the growth in size of our Troop we have been considering some changes in our Youth Leadership positions. The goals were to increase leadership opportunities for the Scouts and also to continue the development of each position in terms of responsibility and accountability. The following changes were agreed at the Scoutmaster Corps meeting on Sunday, April 12th.
Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)
Previously we elected a single Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL) for six months and that person automatically became SPL Leader at the end of the six months. That was the process that was in place for the recent ASPL elections, so Ronald H will become SPL in October 2015. Starting with the elections in March of 2016 we will elect the SPL position. To be considered a candidate for the SPL election, the Scout must have previously been either an SPL, ASPL, or Patrol Leader (PL), and must have completed NYLT training.
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL)
We are going to immediately change the ASPL role by moving from a single ASPL to two ASPLs with different assignments. The two ASPL positions will be based on the two highest vote totals at the ASPL election. In March of 2016 when we start the SPL election, the ASPL election will follow one week later so that candidates who did not win the SPL election are still potential candidates for the ASPL election. Patrol Leader (PL) and Assistant Patrol Leader (APL) elections will be held on the same night as the ASPL election and immediately following the ASPL election. ASPL with the highest vote will be ASPL “A” and will fill in for the SPL when he is not able to attend and supervise all of the Youth appointed positions (Scribe, Librarian, etc) and will have 6-8 direct reports. ASPL “B” will be the second highest vote total and will supervise the Troop Guides and Instructor(s). ASPL “B” will have 4-5 direct reports.
Starting with the elections in October of 2015 holding any Youth leadership position will not be allowed for consecutive (or back-to-back) terms. The Scout will be able to run for the same position in the future as long as it is not a consecutive term.
The Troop Guides are mainly responsible to help guide the new Scout patrol(s). We need to develop better and more detailed position descriptions for the Troop Guides and also focus on training and coaching for the Troop Guides.
A new position for the Troop. This Youth leader will focus on the First Class Emphasis (FCE) program, recruit Scouts to help with the FCE program, and work with the FCE Adult coordinator.
Patrol Leaders for new Scout Patrol / Appointed Leaders
Two other subjects were discussed but not resolved. First is the issue of whether the Troop Guides should run the new Scout Patrol until the first round of Troop elections or whether the new Scout Patrol should elect a PL and APL at the first Patrol Meeting and let the Troop Guides coach them. The Second issue was the selection process for the appointed positions. Both of these subjects will be discussed again at a future Scoutmaster Corps meeting and any decisions published.
Mark your calendars for the important Troop events described below. As always the official troop calendar has the latest information on these and all troop events at www.bsatroop1424.com
Canoeing on Village Creek April 24 – 26
Patrol Leadership Council
The PLC meeting for April will take place on Tue, April 28th. The meeting will start at 7:20pm to allow time for participants to complete the Special Olympics service project prior to the PLC.
Thunderwolf District SMS & IOLS Training
Friday, May 1st through Sunday, May 3rd at Camp Mauritz
Sprint for Life Service Project
Saturday, May 2nd at M.D. Anderson
SM Corps Meeting (May)
Sunday, May 3rd from 1:30 – 2:30pm
FCE / MB Workshops / LTE Coaching (May)
Sunday, May 3rd from 2:30 – 4:30pm
Court of Honor
Tuesday, May 5th starting at 6:30pm
Fallen Officers Ceremony Service Project
Thursday, May 14th at 7pm
Swimming at Hamilton Pool, Camping at El Rancho Cima Friday, May 15-17th
Summer Camp Parents Meeting
Information meeting on Summer Camp on June 2nd 7-8pm.
Advancement and Merit Badges
Court of Honor
The next Court of Honor (COH) will be held on Tuesday, May 5th. Liam Balaski will be the Master of Ceremonies. Cynthia Balaski will support Liam as the Master of Ceremonies Coach.
Deadline for earning all rank advancement and merit badges will be Tuesday, April 21st. This is two weeks prior to the COH since the week prior is the PLC and Committee meetings.
Summer Camp Payments
First half payments of $249 for Summer Camp are past due.
Second half payments of $249 for Summer Camp are due by April 20th.
April Campout is a canoeing trip to Village Creek SP. Robert Steffen is the leader.
May Campout is to Hamilton Pool near Austin and camping at El Rancho Cima. Alex Fuhrmann is the leader.
Summer Camp 2015 will be at Camp Hale near Talihina, Oklahoma from June 28th through July 4, 2015. Robert Steffen is the campout leader.
High Adventure 2015 – The Summit Bechtel Reserve. Mike Schultz is the leader.
High Adventure 2016 – Philmont Scout Ranch in July / Aug of 2016. Mike Schultz is the leader.
High Adventure Winter 2016 – We will begin gauging interest in the winter OKPIK high adventure program at Northern Tier High Adventure base in Minnesota for December 2016. The minimum age for this trek is 13. Dates will be departure on Dec 26, 2016 with return on Jan 1, 2017.
High Adventure 2017 – 2019
Long range plans include:
Florida Sea Base in the Summer of 2017
The Summit Bechtel Reserve in Summer of 2018
Philmont Scout Ranch in Summer of 2019
We have several upcoming service opportunities that you should know about. Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the roster for any of these events.
We are scheduled to volunteer with the Special Olympics soccer team. Practice is from 6-7:15pm on Tuesday April 28th. Please reply to email@example.com if you would like to be added to the roster.
Sprint for Life Annual 5K Run/Walk – The Troop has participated in this event since its inception in 1998. The event has raised over $4.3M for Ovarian Cancer research over the years. The Troop participates in the opening ceremony and passes out water to the runners / walkers in the event. This event will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the M.D. Anderson campus in the Texas Medical Center.
Missouri City Fallen Officers Ceremony – The Troop has participated in this ceremony for the past 4 years. The Troop participates in the opening ceremony and helps to distribute flyers to the attendees. We have also helped by placing blue ribbons on all the trees along Cartwright Road the week prior to the ceremony.
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) and Scoutmaster Specific (SMS)
Thunderwolf district has decided to combine the Spring 2015 IOLS and SMS training for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters into one weekend training event. The training will take place May 1-3, 2015 at Camp Mauritz near Ganado, Texas. Registration is open on the district website www.thunderwolfdistrict.com
First Aid Training
Carlos de Carlos has graciously volunteered to organize a Troop level CPR certification. Carlos can certify up to 6 people at a time with the training class. We plan to organize several classes to get a majority of the Troop trained and certified. The first class should be held in May. More info to come on dates and times.
Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
WFA will be offered on the following upcoming dates:
April 25-26 in Spring
April 25-26 in Tomball
May 2-3 in Spring
May 2 and 9th in Rosenberg
May 9-10 in Spring
May 16-17 in Missouri City
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
The training dates for 2015 are as follows:
June 7-12, 2015 at Bovay Scout Ranch.
June 14-19, 2015 at Bovay Scout Ranch
December 26-31, 2015 at Bovay Scout Ranch
Come Learn the EDGE training model and gain self-confidence through hands-on training experiences! This course will give you the tools to present an effective and exciting training. Learn ideas and methods to improve your presentations. Training will be Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 8:30 – 3:30pm at the Cockrell Scout Center.
(by Ethan N, Troop Quartermaster)
Scout Fair Readiness
The Big Bertha is in the trailer and we have loaded the “wok” (oval shape cook for quesadillas). It is ready for the Scout Fair. Fire extinguishers are in the trailer too.
Designated Patrol Quartermaster
All Patrol Leaders will have to select a patrol quartermaster before the April campout. Patrol Quartermasters will make sure everything is in the gearbox & all supplies are in its place after campouts.
Camping Tent Check-in
Patrol Leaders are responsible for tent check-in to quartermaster at patrol meetings.
Tent #11 is still missing (Kyle F).
Order of the Arrow Report
(by Ben A, Troop Order of the Arrow Representative)
Arrowman Bash will be held May 1-3, 2015 at Bovay Scout Ranch. Activities include games and competitions, giveaways, free stuff, shooting sports, rock climbing, American Indian crafts, American Indian Pow-wow, Service Projects, Special Guests, and much more…
OA members that were elected in the Fall of 2014 are signed-up to attend their Ordeal on May 1-2, 2015 at Bovay Scout Ranch. Participants may also stay overnight on Saturday night and participate in the Bash activities.
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