T1424 Weekly Newsletter – Oct 27, 2014

Annual Troop Dues
Our annual Troop Dues need to be paid by the second Tuesday in November. That will beTuesday, November 11th. Annual dues are $85 per Scout.

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
Tuesday, Oct 28 at NHLC. PLC meetings starts at 7pm and Committee meeting starts at 7:30pm.
Scoutmaster Corps Meeting (Nov)
Sunday, Nov 2nd from 1:30-2:30pm in the Fellowship Hall at NHLC.
FCE / MB Workshops (Nov)
FCE will meet on Sunday, Nov 2nd 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
Tuesday, Nov 4th is our next Court of Honor. Time to get those blue cards finished up and rank requirements completed. Sign-ups for Scoutmaster conferences and Boards of Review will be available at all troop meetings leading up to the COH. The troop meeting on Tuesday (Oct 21st) will be the last opportunity to turn in blue cards and also to schedule a Scoutmaster conference and / or Board of Review.
Load-up and Prep for Garage Sale
Friday, Nov 7th starting at 6pm we will start pick-up, sorting, organizing, and loading of goods for the Garage Sale. Meet at the NHLC parking lot at 6pm to get your assignment. 
Garage Sale
Saturday, Nov 8th is our annual Garage sale at Colony Creek Community Church (CCCC) on Hwy 6 right next to Center Court pizza. We will start setup at 6am and sales start at 8am. Everyone is needed to help with this important fundraiser for both the Scouts and our Troop.
November Campout
Friday, Nov 14 – Sunday Nov 16 at El Rancho Cima. Sign-up for this campout will start at the next troop meeting.
Scoutmaster Corps Meeting (Dec)

Sunday, Dec 7th from 1:30-2:30pm in the Fellowship Hall at NHLC.

FCE / MB Workshops (Dec)
FCE will meet 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.
December Campout
Friday, Dec 12 – Sunday Dec 14 at Brazos Bend SP. Main activity will be cycling.
Troop Web Site
Two new documents have been loaded to the Troop web site. Under the RESOURCES menu option there is a new sub-menu for Newsletters where each of the weekly newsletters will be stored. Also the Webelos Woods information was loaded under Troop News for easy reference for Scouts and our visiting Webelos families.
 
Camping Fees and Troop Annual Dues Reminder
Annual Troop Dues 
Our annual Troop Dues need to be paid by the second Tuesday in November. That will be Tuesday, November 11th. Annual dues are $85 per Scout.
November Campout Surcharge
The November campout will be to El Rancho Cima which is always a very popular campout. Mr. Schultz will be leading the campout and is currently reserving the rifle range and looking into horeseback riding as an activity. This campout will cost more than our typical $15 / campout. Once the reservations are final and the Scouts have signed up for the activities they want you will receive an invoice for the Surcharge difference between the cost of the activities and the normal $15 campout fee.
If you need to discuss a payment plan for any of the fees, dues, or surcharges please see our Treasurer Vijay Koka at a Troop meeting to make arrangements. If you have questions about these charges or any other troop charges on your invoice please see Vijay at the next Troop meeting.
Camping
October Campout was to Camp Brosig for Webelos Woods. This was a fun campout and the Troop hosted a group of over 60 Webelos families, Scouts, and Scouters. Camp Brosig proved to be a much better location for Webelos Woods than Camp Mauritz in Ganado. Thanks to Brett Schimanski and Carlos de Carlos for leading this campout. Thanks to Robby Frank and Robert Steffen for cooking massive and very tasty meals for the  large group. There were long lines for second helpings and even thirds by some accounts. Thanks to Carlos de Carlos, Michael Nguyen, and Tan Kulachanpises for working with several Scouts to finish rank requirements so they could have a Board of Review at camp. Thanks to Robert Steffen, Robby Frank, Joe Alcorn, George Vassilas, Tan Kulachanpises, and Brett Schmanski for participating in the Boards of Review for 4 Scouts who will receive their new rank at the Court of Honor on Tue, Nov 4th. Thanks to Mike Schultz and Alex Fuhrmann for manning the camp first aid station Saturday night. Thanks to Mike for also teaching the Forester Webelos pin in the morning and afternoon. Thanks to Jack Frank, Christian Hood, and Carlos de Carlos, Jr. who led the Troop presentations to the Webelos families that were visiting from other packs. Thanks to Jack Frank and Christian Hood who were the master of ceremonies for the Saturday night campfire for the entire camp.  Jack and Christian were recognized for leading the campfire during the Sunday morning campfire. The troop also won best campfire song during the Saturday night campfire.
By many accounts this was the best Webelos Woods campout yet. Thanks for everyone for making this a fun and memorable campout for the Webelos families who all seemed to have a great time.
November Campout is to El Rancho Cima in the Texas Hill Country. Mike Schultz is the campout leader.
December Campout is to Brazos Bend SP with cycling being the primary activity. Jeff Blanchard is the campout leader.
Winter Camp is still finalizing dates and location but looks to be Lost Pines Scout Reservation near Bastrop from Dec 26 – 31, 2014. Ron Hood is the leader.
January Campout is to Goose Island SP with Brett Schimanski and John Shoemaker the co-leaders.
February Campout is a backpacking trip to Colorado Bend SP. 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 location and dates are still being investigated. Robert Steffen is the campout leader.
High Adventure Campout to the The Summit Bechtel Reserve in June of 2015 has been reserved and deposits are due. Mike Schultz is the leader.
 
High Adventure Campout to Philmont Scout Ranch in June of 2016. List of interested participants has been prepared. We will enter the lottery in November for two troop crews and if selected will proceed with registration and payment of deposit.
Fundraising
Popcorn sales are underway. Great fundraising opportunity to raise funds for all the campouts and high adventure trips listed above. Contact Jim Jarecki for more information.
Garage Sale is scheduled for Sat, November 8th at Colony Creek Community Church. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED. Please see adult duty roster sign-up genius on the troop web site to sign-up and help.
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.
If you have news you would like added to the next newsletter send an email message to the troop email account atbsatroop1424@gmail.com