CANCELLED – Weekend Campout – Dry Falls – Due to some unforeseen circumstances, we are not able to have the campout this weekend at Dry Falls. So sorry to inconvenience anyone!
Popcorn – All unsold popcorn needs turned into Felicia by Tuesday 10/22. Orders can be taken in the app until 10/24 with product delivery either 10/29 or 11/19 depending on inventory. If you have any questions please text her at 509-951-9135 or e-mail at Felicia.Boyle@scouting.org. If your Scout sold over $1,000, please see her about your bonus prizes if you haven’t already.
TROOP DUES – Our Charter and all Troop Dues for the year 2020 are due in December. Troop 313 dues will be $120 for active scouts. It will be a bit more if you want Boy’s Life. Eagle Scouts wishing to continue to participate (under 18) and registered adults will be $40. I will be applying any popcorn sales and JBF funds earned as soon as I know those amounts, and then send an email to each family with the balance for your son(s).
1st Class ORIENTEERING COURSE – The boys working on this first-class requirement did not get to finish a few weeks ago. Mr. Davis is going to finish off this requirement with the boys on October 27, from 1-3 PM. Please be at the picnic tables at the northwest corner of the Park promptly at 1 PM. Have the boys bring a compass, and a phone/item that has a phone with GPS capability if possible. THEY NEED AN ACTUAL COMPASS. Not just a phone compass. Boys can share, if needed.
Merit Badge Help – As Bob reminds us at every Court of Honor, this troop is so successful because of parent involvement. I sometimes take it for granted, but WE ARE SO LUCKY to have the involved parents that we do, that share their time and life experience with our boys. Teaching a merit badge related to one of your skills can really enrich and expand the horizons of the kids in our troop. For our newer parents, most are able to be completed in a few hours, which can take place right before our regular scout meetings, one hour week for a few weeks.
Can you teach something required for Eagle? Communications? One of the Citizenships? I always thought that American Heritage might be a good one, which is not Eagle required 🙂 Here is the list of badges they can earn. Please think about sharing something you love with the kids! If you are not signed up to be a merit badge counselor, come see me and we’ll get you a form to register with the council! We don’t have a merit badge class scheduled for January…. so give it some thought! Thanks!
Monthly Programs – One of the most common suggestions we get from the boys in our Boards of Review is that the meetings can get a little boring once they move out of Mr. Davis’ class. In addition, one of the things I hear from boys AND parents, is that once they get past 1st class, the skills they earn can sometimes get rusty. So, Craig and Bob started a year or so ago trying to have refresher courses at each meeting when there wasn’t something else going on, like a campout planning.
If you are good at first aid, knot tying, practical tips for camping and hiking, have great ideas for camp meals, etc and would be willing to talk to the boys for 10-15 minutes during a meeting, or facilitate an activity, let me know. Feel free to get creative! The kids enjoy having these things presented in new ways and through competitions or activities.