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Merry Christmas Troop 37 Family!

 

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Linus Van Pelt: “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'”

Linus Van Pelt: That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

Please enjoy a safe and Merry Christmas!

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Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetary – A job well done!

Arlington National Cemetary 2014

Arlington National Cemetary 2014

On our way to the section we had selected for laying wreaths, we encountered an Air Force major and three members of the Civil Air Patrol who had been tasked with offloading an entire 18-wheeler stacked floor-to-ceiling, and wall-to-wall with cases of wreaths. He was profoundly grateful for our offer to assist.

The boys took turns working on the truck, as the rest either grabbed boxes of wreaths off the back, or broke down and stacked the empties on pallets, all while going out and laying wreaths on the graves.

They worked quietly and diligently throughout. When a colonel came by and complimented the major on the smooth and efficient operation, he replied that the credit belonged to the thirty scouts and leaders who offered to help and just started working. As they stood watching in admiration, the major told the colonel that he wished his lieutenants in training were as self-motivated as these scouts. The colonel suggested he tell them on Monday morning, then got in on helping to offload the truck.

The boys from both troops were terrific, and several assisted elderly vets in laying wreaths on the graves of fallen comrades. Words cannot express how proud we are of every one of you guys.

For more photos click here…

Gerard Nadal

Assistant Scoutmaster/Troop Chaplain


Coast Guard ensures safety for 2014 NYC Marathon

Mike Di Trani, command security officer at U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York and Troop 37 Scoutmaster, debriefs members of the Coast Guard Police Department, Maritime Safety and Security Team New York, Coast Guard Investigative Service, Sector New York and Coast Guard Auxiliary after the last group of runners cross the start line of the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon on Fort Wadsworth, Nov. 2, 2014. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ann Marie Gorden

For the Coast Guard, the marathon isn’t just a one day event. Mike Di Trani, command security officer at Coast Guard Sector New York spent the last six months mapping out security detail. – Click here to read more…


Friday, Oct. 31, 2013 – Halloween Meeting and more….

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This Friday we will be having a Troop Halloween Party so pick out your best costume and come on down for some games and fun! Meeting starts at 7:30PM in LCH.
Service Patrol should arrive no later 7:15pm for setup.

B. Lattanzio Eagle Project (Click here to download flyer)
WHEN: Nov 1, 2014 starting @ 8:30 AM with breakfast.
WHERE: Westerleigh Park @ the Bandstand. 
WHAT: For The Friends of Westerleigh Park. Waterproofing area of bandstand to protect electrical panel room under bandstand. Conducting the Fall season clean-up by raking, weeding, and gardening to help keep the park’s trees, bushes, lawn and plants healthy. We will also bag the yard waste for composting. 

Pancake Breakfast/Chinese Auction: The biggest fundraiser our Troop conducts to help support the Troop for trips and equipment. If you have not turned in your raffle basket, please bring it to this Friday’s meeting.

Set Up: Saturday, Nov. 1st at 4:30pm at Conran Hall
(Yes! Following Ben’s Eagle Project! You are needed for both!!!) .  All scouts expected to help.  “Many hands make light work!”

Breakfast: Sunday, Nov. 2nd,
Scouts are to arrive No Later than 7AM and are required to wear Class A Uniforms. Please ensure that they are cleaned and pressed. We are presenting the public face of the Troop for the parish, most of whom only see us once a year, so look sharp!


Friday, October 24, 2014 – Court of Honor

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On Friday we be conducting the Fall Court of Honor for our scouts.

A Court of Honor, as the name states, is a ceremony held to present scouts with awards they have earned such as merit badges and rank badges which recognize their achievements.

Scouts should be in Full Class AUniform with merit badge sashes worn over the shoulder (Not folded over the belt).

Senior Patrol and Service Patrol should arrive at 7:00 pm for setup.

All Parent and Family are requested to attend.

Troop 37 conducts a Court of Honor three times a year, usually in February, June and October. The Court of Honor recognizes all Scout appointments, elections, awards and advancements since the last Court of Honor. Merit badges and Special Awards are distributed as we are reminded of the significance of Scouting.   Refreshments are served following the Closing and Retrieval of the Colors.  Even if a Scout is not advancing, he should come to every Court of Honor to encourage other Scouts and to be inspired to move forward.  Many important announcements are also shared at Courts of Honor, since that is when most parents are present. The Court of Honor is a public ceremony, and is a chance for the Scouts to be publicly recognized for their achievements.

Reminder: Committee member, Mrs. Naughton,  will be collecting the completed and wrapped raffle baskets assigned at registration for the Pancake Breakfast/Chinese Raffle. Also… Do you have a gift that you received but have not used? Or a knick-knack that could use a good new home? Why not re-gift it in the form of a basket filler for the Chinese auction?  Mrs. Naughton will be accepting these as well.


M. Bilotto Eagle Project Postponed

Due the inclement weather Mike and the Conference House staff agreed to postpone the project.

The project has been rescheduled for Monday, October 13th, which is Columbus Day, at 9am at the Conference House Park.  An announcement will be made at the next meeting.

If you don’t have plans for that weekend, here is an excellent opportunity to help your fellow scout on his journey to Eagle.

Please respond to Mike via email or our Facebook group page whether you will be able to attend or not so he may plan accordingly.

 


M. Bilotto Eagle Project – Saturday, October 4th

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Greeting Scouts, Parents, and Leaders,

The time has finally come for my eagle project. I will be needing assistance from as many of my fellow scouts and leaders as possible. The project will be at Conference House Park, on Saturday, October 4th. The project will consist of removing vines, shrubs, weeds, etc. from behind the visitor center of the park. This will allow the park to build raised garden beds in the spring for disabled and elderly people.

Click here to read more and download the flyer with directions….


J.L.T. and Service Project Gulf Avenue Clean Up

If you received an invite to JLT, Congratulations!

YOU MUST Contact Senior Patrol Member as listed below by Tuesday 9/23/14 to inform them if you are attending or not.

If your Last name ends in:
A through L contact Dean Berato d.berato@aol.com
M through Z Contact Mike Bilotto metfan1100@aol.com

If you cannot make it due to other obligations – this is not a problem. You will still have a leadership position. However you must still contact Senior Patrol as directed either way.

What is JLT? JLT Training is the leadership training given primarily by the Scoutmaster and Assistants to all the youth leaders in their troop. ALL Boy Scout troops should conduct the JLT course with every leadership shift—whether it is when the youth get a new troop position or a patrol leadership role.

Meet at Shed 4:30 PM Sharp Friday September 26, 2014
Class B Uniforms
Camping- Sleeping in Tents
Food – Adults are Cooking-No Patrol Cooking
No Backpacks- Use a soft Bag or Duffle /gym Bag

Must Bring:
1)Permission Slip, signed by Parent /Guardian (Click here to download)
2)$10.00 Pay for Trip (food& Transportation)
3)A Cup to Drink out of
4)Pack a sandwich for Friday dinner (not stopping)
5)Appropriate clothing for cooler temperatures.

Camping/Folding Chair –Recommended


Troop 37 Service Project Gulf Avenue Clean Up
Saturday September 27, 2014

In return for Troop 37 Scouts participation in this clean- up along Gulf Avenue the Staten Island Marine Development offered the Boy Scouts of America, Greater New York Council a sizable donation.

All Scouts not attending JLT – Please show your Troop 37 and Scout Spirit by participating. Parents  are welcome to assist!!!!!!!!

Roadside Trash Clean up along Gulf Avenue.

What time should the boys arrive? 9:30 AM.

Roughly, how long will the clean-up be? 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Afterwards, SIMD will provide lunch at a restaurant of your choice (Five Guys?).

We will meet at Staten Island Marine Development, LLC (SIMD) office at 201 Edward Curry Ave, New York, NY 10314 and go through a quick debriefing on safety, etc.

What equipment will be provided for the boys?
SIMD to ensure the safety of our Scouts will provide all required safety equipment, including high visibility safety vests, road cones, and trash bags, Gloves, and Water.

All time spent there will count as Service hours towards advancement.

Please let Assistant Scoutmaster Vincent Villani know if you will be able to volunteer email your reply to VVill53584@aol.com or Call him on the phone number provided in the email from Mr. Di Trani on Friday, Sept. 19th.

We need to provide a headcount. The safety of our Scouts is our priority; we will be working with the Marine Development to ensure the site is safe.

This is a great opportunity for our Scouts to get involved in the community and great opportunity for exposure for Staten Island scouting.

A very short description of the company.–Staten Island Marine Development, LLC (SIMD) specializes in the redevelopment of environmentally impacted maritime sites and the construction of sustainable industrial infrastructure. SIMD is implementing a redevelopment program on the former GATX Oil Storage facility, a 676 acre tract of land located on Staten Island adjacent to the Arthur Kill.

More good info about SIMD at http://simd.com/