T1424 Weekly Newsletter – Jan 18, 2015

NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTWelcome to our new Scouts from Pack 1401:

Tracy Baskin, Ricardo Blanco, Hayden Chilcote, Creighton Griggs, Connor Hendrie, Daniel Jones, Tyler Kersey, Joshua Lara, Christopher Lew, Lucas O’Neill, Aiden Perry, Guerin Riffle, Liam Ruchhoeft, and Jack Simmons.

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
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.
SHAC University of Scouting
Day full of over 100 training opportunities for adult leaders on Sat, Feb 7th. See Training section of this newsletter for more information.
February Campout
Saturday, Feb 14th departure with return on Monday, Feb 16th.
PLC / Committee Meetings
The Patrol Leadership Council (PLC) and Troop Committee meetings will be held on Tuesday, February 17th.
P282 AOL Ceremony
Sat, Feb 21st at Brazos Bend State Park
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 to start planning if you 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
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 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 Camp Brosig. 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 Norther Tier High Adventure base in Minnesota for December 2016. The lottery for registration is currently open. 

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.

Jim Jarecki will be at the Troop meeting on Tuesday, January 20th to distribute prizes for those who sold popcorn.

Scout fair is just around the corner on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at NRG park. That means that sales for Scout Fair coupon books will start soon. This is an excellent way to provide fundraising to your Scout account for future camping trips. The Troop traditionally signs up for several weekends to sell the coupon books in front of the Kroger at Murphy Road and also the Kroger at the Fort Bend Tollway. Since there are Kroger coupons in the book it tends to be an easy sell in front of Kroger.

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.


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
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.
If you have news you would like added to the next newsletter send an email message to the troop email account at bsatroop1424@gmail.com