GREENBAR / Patrol Leaders Council will meet at 6:30 PM prior to Troop Meeting
Merit Badge Meeting
This Friday March 4, 2015, will be a Merit Badge Meeting. Please remember to bring all your merit badge worksheets, books, and any other necessary items needed for the merit badge that you are working on. Scouts who signed out Merit Badge Books and have completed the merit badge please return them to Librarian. All Merit Badge Books from the Troop library must be signed out.
Merit Badge workbooks and requirements/ information can be obtained at Merit Badge Research Center: http://www.meritbadge.com/
If you need a particular Merit Badge Councilor to be present at the meeting be sure to contact them, it is the Scout’s responsibility.
Troop Librarians please arrive early to set up
Service Patrol: Striking Cobras please arrive early to set up.
Honor Patrol: Rattle Snakes
Know your Knots – This Month –Timber Hitch
Durland Scout Reservation Camping Trip
We are in the process of finalizing plans for the Durland Scout Reservation Camping Trip on the weekend of March 18-20, 2016. It will be cabin camping and the Adults will be cooking. To properly order the appropriate amount of food, supplies, and ensure adequate vehicle transportation we need to know who is attending by Friday 03/04/16, if attending – please bring payment of $30 and a signed permission form. Permission slips are available to printout (click here)
Friday night’s meeting is going to be a preparation for the Klondike Derby. We are building Sleds. NO Uniforms but dress warm, we will be outside for part of meeting. Patrol Leaders bring a winter Backpack packed according to Klondike checklist
If you are attending Klondike Derby on Saturday February 27th, 2016 Please bring Payment of $10.00 to meeting.
Saturday February 27, 2015, 8:00 am
Scouts and Leaders/Adults report to the Camporee Field (across from JCC) at 8:00 AM for check-in and registration, Boots (no sneakers) and appropriately dressed (warm coat/jacket, hat, gloves etc.) Dress in layers. Each Scout should bring a bag lunch to be eaten on the trail. Soup and hot chocolate will be provided at the Red Dog Saloon (Camp Master Cabin). See Klondike Derby Checklist for Patrol and Scout required items checklist
DO NOT GO TO SAINT TERESA’S LOWER CHURCH HALL
Troop Meeting Location this week is at:
The Church of the Ascension
1 Kingsley Avenue (corner of Brookside Ave) 7:30 PM
This week’s Troop Meeting Scouts should be in Class A uniform and be sure to bring their Boy Scout Handbook.
Friday night’s meeting is going to be a preparation for the Klondike Derby. We will also be holding Order of the Arrow Elections.
If you are attending Klondike Derby on Saturday February 27th, 2016 Please bring Payment of $10.00 to the meeting.
For Information about Klondike Derby events, Sleds, Patrol and individual equipment needed to participate see the link to the Klondike Derby Guidebook (here)
Knot of the Month” is Taught Line Hitch. You should also know the knots of the previous months (Square Knot, Sheet Bend, Clove Hitch, Two Half Hitches, Bowline). Be Prepared! Is anyone ready for the “Know Knot Challenge”? Check out Taught Line animated knot link:
Due to expected extreme weather conditions the Valley Forge Encampment hosts have canceled the event.
Troop 37 attendees are demobilizing after lunch and plan to be home tonight.
16 Scouts and 5 Adults from Troop 37 will be braving the cold, camping in Tents at Valley Forge National Historic Park for the weekend and participating in the Valley Forge Encampment and Pilgrimage (VFEP)
Departing from the Troop shed on Friday afternoon (02/12/16) meet there at 3:00 PM
You must wear boots and be sure to bring
[ ] Cup to drink out of
[ ] Nalgene Bottle
[ ] Sandwich for Friday night
[ ] Brown Paper Bag to put your boots into at night
[ ] Day Pack/ String bag
[ ] Hand warmers
Scouts should pack for this trip using a soft duffle or gym bag rather than backpacks to save on space for loading vehicles.
“Be Really Prepared” Pack proper and ample clothes for the weather. Temperatures are expected in the teens. Check the forecast. Dress in LAYERS and pack according to the VFEP Checklist (here) that was also provided.
Remember to what you learned in Cold Weather Training!
The Valley Forge Pilgrimage and Encampment is the oldest annual Scouting event in the World. It was first held on February 22, 1913, and it commemorates the soldiers of the Continental Army who braved the winter of 1777-78 at Valley Forge. Each year more than 2,000 brave the winter chill of the Delaware Valley to participate. The event itself is divided into two parts: the Encampment, in which Scouts camp from Friday through Sunday on the Presidents’ Weekend, and the Pilgrimage which is all day Saturday. During the Pilgrimage, participants move around the Valley Forge National Historic Park to hear volunteer interpreters from the National Park Service tell how the Continentals lived. There will also be reenactments throughout the day. Replicas of the original huts provide a glimpse of daily life. Conditions during the winter were poor, so the stories are also told how more than 2,000 soldiers died from typhus, dysentery, typhoid and pneumonia. To participate in this event Scouts must meet age requirements and were required to undertake a special Cold Weather Camping Training.
Valley Forge Encampment and Pilgrimage- Cutoff Date This Friday
If you plan on attending the Valley Forge Encampment and Pilgrimage Trip held on February 12th,13th, &14th. You Must Be at least 13 Years old. Please be sure to bring $45.00 payment and BOTH signed a Permission Slip (attached) and Medical Consent Form (attached) with you to the meeting this Friday.
Troop Meeting Friday February 5, 2016
This Friday February 5, 2016, we will wear Class B” T-shirts, Troop Sweatshirts, or Fleece so that everyone’s uniform shirt and pants will be cleaned / pressed and looking sharp for Scout Sunday February 7th at 10:00 AM Mass and the 11:45 Breakfast at the Staaten. At the meeting we will be conducting Board of Reviews, continuing Cold Weather Camping Training and preparation for the Valley Forge Encampment / Pilgrimage Trip.
Service Patrol: Screaming Eagles please arrive early to set up.
Honor Patrol: Black Hawks
“Knot of the Month” is Two Half Hitches- You also will need to know the knots of the previous months (Square, Sheet Bend, Clove Hitch, Bowline). Is anyone ready for the “Know Knot Challenge”? Check out animated link to Two Half Hitches http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Two_Half_Hitches
SCOUT SUNDAY REMINDER
This year’s Scout Sunday mass will be held this Sunday, February 7th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Scouts are requested to assemble in the Lower Church Hall in full Class A uniforms no later than 9:30 a.m. The cost of the breakfast, remains the same as last year, $25.00 per person regardless of age. All current scouts attending are FREE and will be paid for by the troop. Parents If you have not paid for your tickets yet, please make arrangements with Mrs. Nadal
February 19th Order of the Arrow (OA) Elections
OA Scouting’s National Honor Society (see attached)
Cold Weather Camping Training for Valley Forge Trip
This week’s Troop Meeting we will be conducting Cold Weather Camping Training in preparation for the Valley Forge Encampment & Pilgrimage (VFEP). The Merit Badge Meeting is postponed. This Training will benefit all Scouts. To participate in the VFEP Scouts must meet age requirements and are required to undertake a special Cold Weather Camping Training. If you plan on attending the Valley Forge Encampment and Pilgrimage Trip held on February 12th,13th, &14th.You Must Be at least 13 Years old. Please be sure to bring $45.00 payment and BOTH signed a Permission Slip (attached) and VFEP Medical Consent Form (attached) with you to the meeting this Friday or next cutoff date next Friday, February 5, 2016.
Scout Sunday Court of Honor
Mass and Breakfast
February 7, 2016 (Tickets)
Scout Sunday is Sunday, February 7th, 2016. The day will begin with mass at St. Teresa’s Church at 10:00 am. Scouts must be at Lower Church Hall in CLEAN Class A Uniform by 09:20. Following the mass, we will have our Annual Court of Honor Breakfast at LiGreci’s Staaten, 697 Forest Avenue beginning promptly at 11:45. All Troop 37 Families, Friends, Scouts past and present are welcome to attend. The cost of the breakfast, remains the same as last year, $25.00 per person regardless of age. All current scouts attending are FREE and will be paid for by the troop. Parents If you have not paid for your tickets yet, please make arrangements with Mrs. Nadal.
CANCELLED – WEATHER CALL
A Winter Storm Watch has been posted for most NJ counties for Friday night through Sunday morning Winds may gust to 20-35 mph inland and 50-60 mph at the coast. Snow totals are forecasted to be greatest in SouthWest NJ and lowest along the coast and in the north.
Impacts may include travel hazards, high winds, coastal flooding and cold temps. Coastal locations should be prepared for moderate to major flooding. Power outages may occur with high winds and heavy, wet snow accumulation on trees and power lines. Flooded and icy roadways and snow will create slippery areas on untreated roads and sidewalks.
Reimbursements will be made at a future date.
“If you err on the side of caution when you are deciding what to do, you do the thing that is safe instead of taking unnecessary risk.” – Mr. Di Trani
Review “Lashing” Chapter in your Boy Scout Handbook starting on pgs. 392-400 pay special attention to Square and Diagonal lashing and be sure to bring your handbook to the meeting. (Patrol Points)
We will be holding a Uniform Inspection please be in full “Class A” uniform (Patrol Points)
This Friday is the cutoff date for the January 22-23 Cabin Camping Trip to Alamuchy Scout Reservation Cost $30.00 payment and Permission Slip is due.
Reminder: Save the Date February 7, 2016
Troop 37 Scout Sunday Breakfast at the Staaten