THIS WEEK – Our meeting on Tuesday will finish off our preparations for the back packing trip next weekend. GEAR LOADING FOR ADULTS – If you plan to go and want Bob to bring your gear, YOU MUST BRING IT TO THIS WEEKS MEETING. Also, Bob will not be making meals for adults this time, but he will have hot water.
All backpackers – You need to bring your own water, and a water filter for lake water if you have it. Also please let us know ASAP if you need to borrow some gear. For those who want to go up Friday, here is the map provided by Julie.
RECHARTERING – It is that time of year again! We need to register our troop and all the scouts. The fees for scouting has increased again this year, The yearly national dues are now $72. We ask our scouts to pay $120. The extra is used to pay camp site fees (when applicable) merit badge patches, rank patches and pins, awards such as the STAR bolos, and the Buck knives for LIFE, and many other things. However, our troop has been stewarded so well by those who came before us, and we are supplemented by all of the aluminum cans that you all collect, that we are in really good financial shape. So, we are not going to raise the dues for this troop this year. Depending on what happens next year with the National and Local Councils, please be aware that we may have to revisit this for 2023.
I can start taking your payment of dues right away, as we have to be finished by December 1.
Adults Leaders – All Adult leaders please retake your Youth Protection if you have no done so in the last month or so. The local council requires it every year. You will have to have an account with my.scouting.org. Once you log in, there should be a MENU in the tope left hand corner, Click there and choose “My Training” You should see the link to Youth Protection Training there. Pro- Tip: Try t do this sooner rather than later. Once it gets closer to December 1, thousand are trying to get it done and the traffic on the site slows the video playback to infuriating levels, or buffers for six hours. If you want to teach merit badges, go to camp, or be a committee member, pease do with, and then see me of you have not filled out an adult application. Fees for registered adults is $45.
SCOUTING FOR FOOD – Saturday November 6 is the “bag handout” This usually goes pretty quickly. Plan to meet at the church parking lot a 9:30 am. THIS IS A MANDATORY TROOP EVENT.
SUMMER CAMP/HIGH ADVENTURE – We are still debating possible locations. Please take this brief survey to let us know what is important to you so we can make the best choice. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XHRMPLH
As for High Adventure, Bob has secured another source of boats, so we are contemplating a Missouri River trip, with the possibility of a side trip for gold panning. We are thinking second week of August. Scouts unaccompanied by a parent must be first class and have the swimming merit badge. This trip os open to all family members.
Summer Camp Medical Forms – If your scout went to Bonaparte, please come pick up the medical form in the kitchen windows at meetings if you want it. If not, I will securely shred them at the end of the year.
Fun night – October 26, there is no meeting as we will be doing a fun night at Altitude Trampoline Park. 6-8 PM. You are responsible for costs. Here is the website to sign the waiver ahead of time.
Merit Badges – We are continuing with Communication this month. Next month will be First Aid.