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, Nov. 7th – Greenbar and Regular Troop Meeting and more…

This Friday we begin with our Greenbar meeting, so all Greenbar members need to be in Lower Church Hall at 6:30pm and have their meetings ideas for this month for a lively conversation.

The Troop meeting begins @ 7:30pm. All scouts should be in Class “A” Uniform and have their handbooks.

 Pouch Camp Backpacking Trip: (Pouch_Hike_2014_permissionslip)

Signed permission slip and $25.00 payment must be submitted at this Friday’s meeting in order to attend trip. We need to have an accurate headcount in order to plan and purchase enough backpacking meals.

Don’t forget about “The Ten Essentials” which can be found here. (THE 10 ESSENTIALS)

M. Fabisenski Eagle Project – Nov. 8th and 9th: (Mike Fabisenski Eagle Project Flyer)

WHEN: Nov 8 and 9, 2014 starting @ 8:30 AM with breakfast.

WHERE: Westerleigh Park @ the Bandstand.

WHAT: For The Friends of Westerleigh Park, we will:

1. On Saturday [Nov 8], we will scrape & prepare to paint the Bandstand floor, columns, rail & ceiling.

2. On Sunday [Nov 9], we will paint the Bandstand floor grey and paint its columns, rail & ceiling white.

Scouting for Food: We will be meeting at the Key Food Supermarket on Manor Road at 9am to collect food donations for local food banks. The cub scouts will be taking over at 12 noon.

 

 


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.


Friday, October 17th –19th Alpine CampingTrip.

We will be mustering at the shed be there no later than 4:30PM, Alpine Camping Trip for the Historic Palisades Trail Hike.

All scouts attending:

  • Everyone MUST be present in Hiking Boots! No sneakers! (Sneakers can be packed)
  • Pack in Backpacks – Proper Clothing for weather (Cold and Wet)
  • Have Day Packs in backpack for Saturday.
  • Day Packs should have room for the Ten Essentials!(THE-10-ESSENTIAL.pdf)
  • Have at least two FULL water bottles.
  • Be in Class “B
  • Patrol Leaders have a gear list of items you will need from shed.

There is NO TROOP MEETING this week.


Troop Meeting Friday October 10, 2014

Uniform: “Class A” We are holding a Uniform Inspection- Patrol Points
Please also be sure to bring your Boy Scout Handbook-
This week Scout Skills Instruction we will work on Hiking Skills – review Boy Scout Handbook pages 262-283. We will also be prepping equipment for the Alpine / Palisades Historic Trail Hike Camping Trip Oct. 17, 18 & 19

REMINDER: Last Year’s Patrol Leaders need to:
[ ] Return their Patrol Boxes at this week’s Meeting.
[ ] Conduct an inventory of their Patrol box and bring completed report and Patrol Box to meeting. Report can be found on Troop web site in the resources section.

Board of Reviews will be conducted- by Committee members/Parents

Service Patrol: Screaming Eagles please arrive early to set up.
Honor Patrol: Blackhawks

Knot of the Month is Sheet Bend. You also need to know the knots of the previous months (Square Knot). Be Prepared! Is anyone ready for the “Know Knot Challenge”? Check out Sheet Bend animated knot link: http://www.animatedknots.com/sheetbend/

Green Bar Meeting Evaluation- immediately following Troop Meeting.

 

Reminder: Please bring your sold raffle tickets and monies to any Troop meeting to turn in to Mrs. Bilotto.  Haven’t sold any tickets?  What are you waiting for?  Get out there and talk to your friends and neighbors and ask them to support you and your Troop by purchasing a raffle ticket and be sure to invite them to the Troop Pancake Breakfast on November 2nd.

All unsold raffle tickets may be returned at October 31st’s Troop meeting.


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.

 


Friday, October 3rd – Merit Badge Meeting

Alpine Historic Hike Trip Payment due *** CUT OFF DATE THIS FRIDAY***                                                 If you plan on attending the Alpine Scout Camp / Historic Hike on the Palisades Trip on October 17th,18th, &19th. Please be sure to bring $30.00 payment and signed a Permission Slip (PermissAlpinehike with you to the meeting this Friday.

Merit Badge Meeting                                                                                                                                          This Friday October 3, 2014, 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 from Summer Camp please return them to Librarian if finished. All Merit Badge Books from the Troop library must be signed out. Troop Librarians please arrive early to set up

 Service Patrol: Pink Panthers please arrive early to set up.                                                                          Honor Patrol: Roaring Tigers

 GREENBAR / PLC will meet at 6:30 PM prior to Troop Meeting

 Knot of the Month is Sheet Bend. You also need to know the knots of the previous months (Square Knot). Be Prepared!  Is anyone ready for the “Know Knot Challenge”?  Check out Sheet Bend animated knot link:http://www.animatedknots.com/sheetbend/

 


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/