T1424 Weekly Newsletter – Feb 8, 2015


NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTMay Campout to Hamilton Pool

We are still looking for a leader for the May campout to Hamilton Pool and Pedernales Falls State Park. 

If you are interested in leading this campout please contact Mike Schultz and let him know. 

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
February Campout
Saturday, Feb 14th departure with return on Monday, Feb 16th.
PLC / Committee Meetings (Feb)
The Patrol Leadership Council (PLC) and Troop Committee meetings will be held on Tuesday, February 17th.
SM Corps / FCE / Merit Badge Workshops (March)
Monthly Scoutmaster Corps meeting, First Class Emphasis, and merit badge workshops meet on Sunday, March 1st.
Troop Elections
Troop elections will be held on Tuesday, March 17th. Now is the time for Scouts to start planning if they are ready to take on the challenge of being part of the Patrol Leadership Council. If you are interested in running for Assistant Senior Patrol Leader / Senior Patrol Leader please contact Mr. Alcorn or Mr. Blanchard to get on the list and to work on your election campaign.
Troop Web Site
New Parent Orientation presentation and Webelos Family Welcome package have been added to the resource section of the website.
Advancement and Merit Badges
Court of Honor
The next Court of Honor (COH) will be held on Tuesday, May 5th. Deadline for rank advancement and completion of merit badges will be the last Troop meeting prior to the COH which will be Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Tuesday, April 28th will be the PLC and Committee meeting following the April campout so the deadline will be two weeks prior to the COH..
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 were due on January 13,2015. Based on 5 campouts planned for the Spring the fees will be $15 / campout x 5 campouts = $75.
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 Bovay Scout Ranch. Mike Schultz is the leader.
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 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 2015 – A trek 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.
High Adventure 2016 – We remain on the waiting list for High Adventure Trek to Philmont Scout Ranch in July of 2016. We have a very high probability of receiving an offer for a trek in the next few months. 
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 27, 2016 with return on Jan 1, 2017.
Florida Sea Base 2017
Long range plans are to attend Florida Sea Base in the Summer of 2017.

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 would like information on how to connect your Kroger card to the Troop account please contact Jim Jarecki at jim.jarecki@halliburton.com

Scout fair is just around the corner on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at NRG park. Scout fair coupon book sales are underway and we have reserved the following dates at the local Kroger stores for sales::

Sunday, March 1st   12-4pm   Kroger at 6200 Hwy 6 (near Murphy Road)

Saturday, March 7th    12-4pm Kroger at 6200 Hwy 6 (near Murphy Road)

Saturday, March 7th     12-4pm Kroger at 10250 Hwy 6 (near Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road)

Sunday, March 15th      12-4pm Kroger at 10250 Hwy 6 (near Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road)

Check out the great PRIZES you can earn for selling 15 or more coupon books:http://www.samhoustonbsa.org/scout-fair-leader-page#prizes

PLUS… 40% of your sales (That’s $4 for every $10 coupon book sold) goes into your troop sub-account to use for Summer Camp, troop fees, and other scouting costs.
PLUS… Earn an extra bonus for turning-in Scout Coupon Book sales early

Reminders about selling Coupon books at Kroger:

– Cash only – do not accept personal checks

– Wear your Class A Uniform

– DO NOT block customers from entering or leaving the store – leave a wide path

– Thank each person even if they don’t buy a book

– Keep a log of donations you receive

– Smile – be friendly and courteous at all times

Please email Jim Jarecki to sign-up for any of the available dates.

Service Projects
The next Troop service project will be the Sprint for Life at M.D. Anderson in early May followed by the Missouri City Police Fallen Officer ceremony in mid-May.


Troop Committee Challenge Training

For registered members of the Troop committee you are required to complete Troop committee challenge to be considered fully trained.
Assistant Scoutmaster 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. In addition, SMS will be offered at the University of Scouting training on Saturday, Feb 7, 2015.
University of Scouting
Simply stated, the University of Scouting 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 at Benjamin Davis High School in the Aldine School District. Registration is currently open and classes fill quickly so go online and register today at www.samhoustonbsa.org/university-of-scouting
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 in late December. 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. Registration is currently OPEN. Classes fill quickly so if you want to attend please contact Mr. Schultz at your earliest convenience to confirm you meet the minimum requirements and get signed up today. 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
NYLT Staff
If you have completed NYLT and are want to staff a future NYLT class, there will be interviews for interested candidates on January 24th and February 7th, 2015. For more information see the following link on the SHAC website. www.samhoustonbsa.org/nylt#staff.
National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)
If you have completed ILST and NYLT and are interested in experiencing the ultimate in youth leadership training that BSA has to offer consider attending NAYLE. This training is now held at all 4 of the BSA high adventure bases – Philmont, Florida Sea Base, The Summit, and Northern Tier. Contact Mr. Schultz for more information.
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