T1424 Weekly Newsletter – Jan 11, 2015

NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHT

Adult Leaders are still needed for the April canoeing trip to Village Creek State Park and the May campout to Hamilton Pool and Pedernales Falls State Park. The dates for each of the campouts may be found on the calendar on the Troop website. 

Adult leaders for the Scouting for Food drive on Saturday, Jan 24th and Saturday, Jan 31st are also needed.

Calendar Reminders
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
 
PLC / Committee Meeting (Jan)
The Patrol Leadership Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan 13th at 7pm. The Troop Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan 13th at 7:30pm.
 
Spring Camping Fees Due
Spring camping fees are due on Tuesday, January 13th. Based on 5 campouts planned for the Spring the fees will be $15 x 5 = $75.
 
Pack 1401/1402/1403  Arrow of Light Ceremony
Sienna packs 1401, 1402, and 1403 will hold their Arrow of Light Ceremony for their Webelos II Scouts on Saturday, January 17th. Our Troop will be there to welcome any Scout joining our Troop. Location is the Sienna Amphitheater.
 
Scoutmaster Corps Meeting (Jan)
Sunday, Jan 18th from 1:30-2:30pm in the Fellowship Hall at NHLC.
 
FCE / MB Workshops (Jan)
FCE will meet on Sunday, Jan 18th from 2:30-4:30pm in the grassy area near the old trailer shed on the west side of the NHLC campus (weather permitting). Merit badges workshops will be held in the Fellowship Hall and Gym from 2:30 – 4:30pm
New Parent Orientation
New Parent Orientation presentation will be on Sunday, January 25th from 2-4:30pm in the Fellowship Hall at NHLC.
Rank Advancement & Merit Badge Completion Deadline for Court of Honor
Tuesday, January 27th is the deadline to complete all rank advancement and merit badges for the Feb 3rd Court of Honor.
 
Scoutmaster Corps Meeting (Feb)
Sunday, Feb 1st from 1:30-2:30pm in the Fellowship Hall at NHLC.
 
FCE / MB Workshops (Feb)
FCE will meet on Sunday, Feb 1st from 2:30-4:30pm in the grassy area near the old trailer shed on the west side of the NHLC campus (weather permitting). Merit badges workshops will be held in the Fellowship Hall and Gym from 2:30 – 4:30pm
 
Court of Honor
The next Troop Court of Honor will be Tuesday, February 3rd.
 
Troop Web Site
 
The “Camping” area of the troop website has been modified to add several documents that will help with planning for a campout. The first two are aides for Campout Leaders and the second two documents are sheets that will help to translate a meal plan into a grocery list for the Grubmaster. Listed are the documents that have been added:
– Campout Leader General Information
– Campout Leader Workbook
– Adult Meal & Grocery Planner
– Patrol Meal & Grocery Planner
 
Checkout these documents – particularly if you are Campout leader and provide us with feedback on areas that can be added or improved.


Advancement and Merit Badges
 
Court of Honor
The next Court of Honor will be held on Tuesday, Feb 3rd. Elvis Dean will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Jason Dean is the ASM advisor for the Court of Honor.
 
Rank Advancement
Remember that all rank advancement work (including completing a successful Board of Review) must be complete by the Tuesday prior to the Court of Honor (COH) in order to receive the advancement at the COH. For the Feb 3rd COH, the deadline will be Tuesday, January 27th. 
 
Merit Badges
All completed merit badge blue cards must be turned in by the Tuesday prior to the COH in order to receive the merit badge at the COH. For the Feb 3rd COH, the deadline will be Tuesday, January 27th.   
 
Camping Fees and Troop Annual Dues Reminder
  
Annual Troop Dues
If you did not pay your Troop Dues Tuesday November 11th they are overdue. Annual dues are $85 per Scout.
 
Spring Camping Fees
Spring Camping fees will be due on the second Tuesday in January of 2015. That will be Tuesday, Jan 13th.
 
Camping
February Campout is a backpacking trip to Colorado Bend SP. This campout is on President’s Day weekend so it will include a Saturday morning departure from NHLC and Monday afternoon return to NHLC. The trip will include a stop at the State Capitol in Austin and the State History Museum in Austin on Saturday. Mike Schultz and Michael Nguyen are the co-leaders.
March Campout is Thunderwolf district Camp-o-ree at Camp Brosig. Mike Schultz is the leader.
April Campout is a canoeing trip to Village Creek SP. A leader is still needed.
May Campout is to Hamilton Pool near Austin and camping at Pedernales Falls SP. A leader is still needed.
Summer Camp will be at Camp Hale near Talihina, Oklahoma from June 28th through July 4, 2015. Robert Steffen is the campout leader.
High Adventure Campout to the The Summit Bechtel Reserve in June of 2015 has been reserved. Program selections have been requested and half of the program fees have been paid to the Summit. Mike Schultz is the leader.
 
Fundraising

Kroger Community Rewards program is a benefit to the troop for all families that have tied their Kroger rewards card to the troop account. 1% of the amount spent by each family is donated to the troop. Please register your card with the troop and consider shopping at Kroger to support the troop.

Service Projects
 
The Fort Bend Falcons (Special Olympics) have once again reached out for our assistance. They have asked for our participation with their basketball team which practices at Lake Olympia Middle School every Tuesday starting in January. We have committed the Troop to assist on Tuesday, January 20th and again in late February / early March. Practice begins at 6pm so please arrive at Lake Olympia Middle School at 5:45pm on Tuesday, January 20th to help.
As many of you know January is the annual Scouting for Food drive. We have already registered our Troop for the annual food drive. The first step is the distribution of flyers on Saturday, January 24th. Pickup of donated Food will be Saturday, January 31st. Our Troop is already registered to participate and we are looking for two adults to be leaders for this service project.

Training

Troop Committee Challenge Training

For registered members of the Troop committee you are required to complete Troop committee challenge to be considered fully trained. There are 7 individuals who are registered as committee members who have not completed the Troop committee challenge training.
Assistant Scoutmaster Training
There are 5 members of the Scoutmaster Corps who have not completed their training. To be fully trained you need to have current Youth Protection Training (YPT), complete Scoutmaster Specific (SMS) class, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) training.
 
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)
Thunderwolf district will have their next semi-annual IOLS training session on May 1-3, 2015 and the location is still TBD.
Scoutmaster Specific (SMS)
Thunderwolf district will have their semi-annual SMS training class for the Spring on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Location is still TBD.
 
University of Scouting
University of Scouting is designed to be a day of learning while having fun. Simply stated, it is the finest one-day supplemental training offered in the BSA and intended to give you confidence and skills necessary for an exciting program. This training offers a variety of courses designed to give additional information to help in all areas and programs of the Boy Scouts of America.  Some of the methods touched upon in different basic trainings are treated in greater depth and there are no prerequisites. You can take one, two, or up to 5 classes in one day. There are over 100 training courses available and they cover everything from required training for your position to classes on shooting sports, dutch oven cooking, or even how to make your Troop better! University of Scouting will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015. Location is still TBD.
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
NYLT is the second step in the youth training program. It is provided by SHAC and takes place on a campout over 5 days in both the summer and winter. Our Troop had 6 Scouts complete NYLT last summer and 4 more complete the training just last week. They are all fired up to put their new leadership skills to work with our Troop. Several of the Scouts have even returned with so much enthusiasm they are planning to volunteer as “Staff” for a future NYLT course. If you aspire to run for ASPL / SPL then you should sign-up for NYLT at your earliest opportunity. It will provide you with many tools to make your leadership opportunities a success. Minimum requirements for NYLT are to be 14 years of age, First Class Scout, have completed Troop level training (ILST), and be approved by the Scoutmaster. You may attend at 13 with permission from the Scoutmaster. The training dates for 2015 are as follows:
Summer
June 7-12, 2015 at Bovay Scout Ranch.
June 15-20, 2015 at Bovay Scout Ranch
Winter
December 26-31, 2015 at Bovay Scout Ranch
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