Troop 250 News – Week of February 20, 2017

Hello all,

We had 10 Scouts come out Saturday morning to pick up the donated food items for our Scouting for Food Drive.  We collected just under 300 artciles of food and delivered them to the NEED Food Pantry in Hurst.   Great job to the Scouts who distributed flyers Tuesday night, as well as those who picked up Food Saturday morning.   And extra thanks to the parents who volunteered to drive the Scouts around to distribute flyers and pick up food.

After we finished with Scouting for Food, 7 Scouts stayed around for a Troop conservation project.   We cleaned the entire field behind the church, picking up trash and raking all the leaves along the fence lines.   We also cleaned out the fenced area by the gym, as well as the one on the west side.   We completely filled the dumpster and had about 10-12 large bags of leaves left over.    Obviously it is a good thing to help out our Charter Organization and host – they have already expressed their deep appreciation.

T250 and P254 February Campout – Ft Hood !!! –  We have 24 Scouts and Webelos attending this coming weekend, so we’ll have 3 Patrols.  Including parents and siblings, we’ll have close to 60 campers!  Pack 254 will also be coming to our Troop meeting Tuesday night (Feb 21) to get a feel for how we operate.   We will briefly discuss the campout, break out into 3 Patrols for a quick meeting, and then show them how we load the trailer.    There will be quite a few parents there as well, be sure to greet them with a friendly “hello”. 

The fee for this campout is $20, if you have not yet paid for this campout, bring your money tonight.   As always, cash should be placed in an envelope (available in the Scout Room) with your name, the dollar amount and what it is for written on the outside.   You can pay for multiple things (campouts, dues, etc…..) in one envelope; just make sure all are listed so you payment can be applied correctly.    

Rank Advancements – As you know, Rank Advancement Requirements changed on January 1, 2016.  Scouts were allowed to continue using the old requirements until December 31.  However, as of January 1, 2017, the new requirements must be followed for all ranks.     Most of the changes are  minor; one notable change is the Community Service Requirement for the Rank of Life – 3 hours must be as part of a Conservation Project.    Here is the link for the new Requirements : 2016 Boy Scout Rank Requirements (524-012)

Other News :

Fundraisers : We will again be selling Camp Cards in order to raise money for your Scout activities.   We should receive Camp Cards at the beginning of March, so we should be able to distribute them at our Troop Meeting Tuesday, March 7.   

Cards sell for $10; and offers many discounts to area merchants.   One of the bigger draws is they have a coupon for $10 off at Albertsons or Tom Thumb, so there is literally no cost to the buyer.   Each card you sell will generate $5 for your Scout account.  This money can be used to for Summer Camp, regular campouts, Troop activities and even Scout gear.  

Summer Camp : As of today, we have ZERO Scouts signed up for Summer Camp at Hale Scout Ranch on Oklahoma.   Our first installment was due January 31, but we need to know if we will have any Scouts and at least 2 adults who want to go to camp.    We will discuss at the Troop meeting tonight.   If you plan ongoing to Summer Camp, you need to register A.S.A.P.!…….   

Future Campouts

Black Farm Campout has been moved back two weeks to the weekend of April 7 thru 9 due to a scheduling conflict.  

Enchanted Rock Campout has been moved back one week to the weekend of April 28 thru 30.  

As a reminder – Registration for all campouts between now and Summer Camp is open on the Troop website.   We especially need to get an idea of how many Scouts will be going to Summer Camp as the first payment is due January 31.    

Dues – Be sure you are up to date on your monthly dues – it is $5 a month / $60 per year.   You can pay in advance, or per month.   If you fall more than 3 months behind, you must get caught up before you can attend a campout or activity other than a Troop meeting.

Troop Committee Meeting – just a reminder, we have a monthly Troop Committee Meeting where Troop Adults and Parents discuss our activities and review finance and equipment needs, among other things. Even if you are not an avid camper or super active in Scouts, you can help out by attending the Committee Meetings. The Committee Meeting is the 1st Monday after the first Thursday of each month. A little confusing, yes, but the District Roundtable is the first Thursday of the month, so we hold our Committee Meetings the following Monday so we can share and discuss news from Roundtable.  Our next Committee Meeting is Monday, March 6 at 7:00 pm. We also welcome you to attend Troop events and/or campouts so you can see your son and his fellow Scouts in action.

Upcoming Activities :   

Feb 21 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – Pack 254 will visit our Troop Meeting.   Amongst other things, they will watch / help us load the trailer. 

Feb 24 – (Friday) – 5:30 pm – Ft Hood Campout – Meet at shed for immediate departure.

Feb 28 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – No Troop Meeting – PLC Only

March 2 – (Thursday) – 7:30 pm – District Roundtable – LDS

March 6 – (Monday) – 7:00 pm – Troop Committee Meeting

March 7 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting- distribute Camp Cards

March 14 – (Tuesday) – No Troop Meeting – Spring Break

March 21 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – TBA

March 25 – (Saturday) – Midnight – Deadline to sign up for Black Farm

March 28 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – TBA

April 4 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – TBA

April 6 – (Thursday) – 7:30 pm – District Roundtable – LDS

April 7 – (Friday) – 5:30 pm – Black Farm Campout – Meet at Scout Shed for immediate departure

April 10 – (Monday) – 7:00 pm – Troop Committee Meeting

April 11 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – TBA

April 15 – (Saturday) – Midnight – Deadline to sign up for Enchanted Rock

Troop 250 Update – Scouting for Food and Conservation Project at FBC Today

Hello all,

Just a reminder – we will be meeting at the Scout Shed at 09:00 am this morning to pick up the Scouting for Food Donations.   This should take 2-3 hours.   Once we are finished, we will be doing a Conservation Project at the church.  As we’ve discussed in the past couple Troop meetings, anyone who needs Community Service Hours and/or a Conservation Project should plan on attending if at all possible.

Everyone will need to bring a water bottle and a sack lunch.    If you can, please also bring leaf and/or garden rakes as we may need them.     Be sure to check in when you arrive, and check out before you leave, and bring you Scout Handbooks so your hours can be recorded. 

Adults – if you have a gas powered string trimmer or blower, please bring those as well.   (Suggest bringing extra string for the trimmer).   

 

Week of February 13, 2017 – Scouting for Food

Hello all,

   Happy Valentines Day!  We held our Troop Elections last week; and I am pleased to announce that Gary Glenewinkel will be our new Senior Patrol Leader for the next term which runs February 28 thru August 28.   He has selected most of his PLC; but we have not yet been able to discuss with the Troop Committee, so it may be next week before we announce.   

Community Service – Scouting for Food – Our Troop meeting tonight (Feb 14) will be spent distributing Scouting for Food flyers.   Everyone participating tonight will earn 1 hour of Community Service that can be used for some of your rank advancements.  Be sure to check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.   At the very least, you will want a jacket and probably a hat.   Rain gear might also be a good idea and there is still a slight chance of light rain.     Each of you should bring a sack lunch as our activities will probably take us up to 2 or 3 p.m.  

Part 2 of Scouting for Food will start at 09:00 a.m. this Saturday morning (Feb 18).   We will meet at the Shed and break into teams to pick up the donated food.   You should be able to earn at least 2 more hours of Community Service.   As always, be sure to record your hours in your Scoutbook, and get it signed. 

After we finish with Scouting for Food; we will be doing a Conservation Project at the church.   We will be cleaning the grounds (picking up trash, leaves, etc…) and they may have a couple other small projects for us to do.    As mentioned above, we should finish no later than 3 p.m.   Those of you who need a Conservation Project for your Life rank or a Merit Badge should make every effort to attend.   

February Campout – Ft Hood !!! –  We have a good sized group signed up for Ft Hood the weekend of February 24.     This should be a really unique experience and a lot of fun.   We will be camping on the base at the picnic grounds, and Cub Scout Pack 254 will be joining us.    Younger Scouts will camp with their families; but their Webelos will camp as part of our Scout Patrols, so we will have another chance to recruit new Scouts.   Ft Hood will be setting up an itinerary for us; some of the things we could do are 1) visit the Army Museum on the Base, 2) visit the Mounted Battalion stables,  3) a tour of the vehicle pool (trucks, tanks, armored vehicles, etc….) and/or the Airfield, and 4) Engagement Skills Training (weapons simulation).     We will have more specifics as the date gets closer.   This is a unique opportunity that doesn’t come along every day, and as mentioned above, gives us another chance to recruit new Scouts and adults.  

The fee for this campout is $20, please bring your payment to one of the next Troop Meetings.   As always, cash should be placed in an envelope (available in the Scout Room) with your name, the dollar amount and what it is for written on the outside.   You can pay for multiple things in one envelope; just make sure all are listed so you payment can be applied correctly.    

Rank Advancements – As you know, Rank Advancement Requirements changed on January 1, 2016.  Scouts were allowed to continue using the old requirements until December 31.  However, as of January 1, 2017, the new requirements must be followed for all ranks.     Most of the changes are  minor; one notable change is the Community Service Requirement for the Rank of Life – 3 hours must be as part of a Conservation Project.    Here is the link for the new Requirements : 2016 Boy Scout Rank Requirements (524-012) .  

There are several of you who working towards Life and/or your Camping Merit Badge; we will try to schedule a Troop Conservation project to help with this requirement.

Recruiting : As we’ve discussed in our last few Troop meetings – we are in the middle of Recruiting season.   If you know any Webelos 2’s, or have any friends who are in the 6th grade or older, invite them to come to a Troop meeting to see what we are all about.

Other News :

Fundraisers : We will again be selling Camp Cards in order to raise money for your Scout activities.   Each card is now $10; and offers many discounts to area merchants.   One of the bigger draws is they have a coupon for $10 off at Albertsons or Tom Thumb, so there is literally no cost to the buyer.   Each card you sell will generate $5 for your Scout account.  This money can be used to for Summer Camp, regular campouts, Troop activities and even Scout gear.  

Summer Camp : As of today, we have ZERO Scouts signed up for Summer Camp at Hale Scout Ranch on Oklahoma.   Our first installment is due, but we need to know if we will have any Scouts who want to go to camp.    We will discuss at the Troop meeting tonight.   If you plan ongoing to Summer Camp, you need to register A.S.A.P.!…….   

Future Campouts – We may have to move Black Farm back one week to the weekend of March 31 thru April 2 – stay tuned.  

As a reminder – Registration for all campouts between now and Summer Camp is open on the Troop website.   We especially need to get an idea of how many Scouts will be going to Summer Camp as the first payment is due January 31.    

Dues – Be sure you are up to date on your monthly dues – it is $5 a month / $60 per year.   You can pay in advance, or per month.   If you fall more than 3 months behind, you must get caught up before you can attend a campout or activity other than a Troop meeting.

Troop Committee Meeting – just a reminder, we have a monthly Troop Committee Meeting where Troop Adults and Parents discuss our activities and review finance and equipment needs, among other things. Even if you are not an avid camper or super active in Scouts, you can help out by attending the Committee Meetings. The Committee Meeting is the 1st Monday after the first Thursday of each month. A little confusing, yes, but the District Roundtable is the first Thursday of the month, so we hold our Committee Meetings the following Monday so we can share and discuss news from Roundtable.  Our next Committee Meeting is Monday, February 6 at 7:00 pm. We also welcome you to attend Troop events and/or campouts so you can see your son and his fellow Scouts in action.

Upcoming Activities :   

 

Feb 14 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – Scouting for Food (Community Service Hours)

Feb 18 – Saturday) – 9:00 am – Scouting for Food – pickup donations and deliver to N.E.E.D Food Bank, Troop Conservation Project at FBC

Feb 21 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – Pack 254 will visit our Troop Meeting.   Amongst other things, they will watch / help us load the trailer. 

Feb 24 – (Friday) – 5:30 pm – Ft Hood Campout – Meet at shed for immediate departure.

Feb 28 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – No Troop Meeting – PLC Only