Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Holiday and has gotten over their food coma. More importantly, I hope you were able to share some time with family and/or friends, and reflect on the blessings in your life. We are in the home stretch to finish off 2016. We have our lock-in this weekend, and are in the middle of our annual Firewood fundraiser. (See update below). We will be starting a Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge class at our Troop meeting tonight, so it you have not completed it already, come prepared to spend about 10-15 minutes discussing it. There will be other activities for those who already have it.
Re-Charter : we are in the middle of re-charter (renewing your registration with BSA), so please start bringing in your re-charter payment of $25.50 per Scout. Registered adults also will owe $25.50. Would be ideal to have collected all re-charter fees by the Troop meeting on Dec 6.
Activities : Summit Climbing Gym lock-in will be Saturday night, December 3 from 9:30 pm until 6:30 am Sunday morning. The deadline to sign up was this past Saturday, Nov 26. If you missed the deadline, see Mr Henning at the meeting tonight. The cost is $30 per per person (whether you climb or not). Scout will have to opportunity to earn the climbing merit badge (they will have a climbing counselor on site), you will need an extra $5 if you want to earn the badge. Bring your money to the Troop meeting tonight.
Summit Climbing Gym has water fountains, as well as a selection of other drinks for sale ranging from $2.00 to $3.50 each. You may want to bring your own water bottle, and maybe a blanket and/or pillow in case you decide to take a nap. This is a great opportunity for “non-camping” Parents to support our Troop and help chaperone the event. As always, all attendees (including adults) need to register on the Troop website.
Note : Each person attending (including parents) MUST have a waiver on file at Summit Climbing Gym. The waiver is completed and signed electronically at www.SummitGyms.com Be sure you select the Grapevine location, complete and sign the waiver. Each person will have to check in at the front desk; anyone who does not have a completed waiver on file will have the opportunity to complete one at the desk. Anyone without a completed and signed waiver will not be allowed to stay.
Parents – Again, even if you don’t stay, please come inside with your Scout to make sure they have a waiver on file.
Fundraiser – Change in Delivery Date : Due to a scheduling conflict, and to give you more time to sell wood, we are changing the pick-up date to Saturdfay, December 10. We will be selling firewood again this year. This is a really good way to raise money to pay for campouts, Summer Camp or even Scout gear, so start telling your friends, family and neighbors. Remember, you should not ask them if they want to buy firewood. You should ask them if they “would like to support Boy Scouts by buying firewood”. If you go door to door, wear your Class A uniform (tucked in, of course). Each bag is 50 lbs, or roughly 2 cubic feet of wood. We are selling it for $15 a bag, which is the same price as at the store; but the difference is we (meaning each Scout) will deliver to their homes. For each bag you sell, $5 will go to your Scout account. you will pick up the firewood on Saturday morning Dec 10 at 10:00 am. You may want to collect payment at time of sale. You will need to pay the Troop for all your bags of wood when you pick up at the shed on Dec 10. You should probably also update the customers who already ordered from you that you will now be delivering on Dec. 10.
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 :
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, December 5 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 :
Nov 29 – (Monday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – E-Prep Merit Badge, Other Activities.
Dec 1 – (Thursday) – 7:30 pm – District Roundtable Meeting – LDS
Dec 3 – (Saturday) – 9:30 pm – Meet at Summit Climbing Gym in Grapevine for Climbing Lock-In
Dec 4 – (Sunday) – 06:30 am – Summit Lock-In ends – Parents – please pick up on time!
Dec 5 – (Monday) – 7:00 pm – Troop Committee Meeting
Dec 6 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – TBA
Dec 10 – (Saturday) – 10:00 am – Meet at Shed to pick up the firewood you sold.
Dec 13 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – TBA
Dec 20 – (Tuesday) – No Troop Meeting – Christmas Break
Dec 27 – (Tuesday) – No Troop Meeting – Christmas Break
Jan 3 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – TBA
Jan 7 – (Saturday) – 12:00 Midnight – Deadline to sign up for January Campout
Jan 10 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – TBA
Jan 13 – (Friday) – 5:30 pm – January Campout – Meet at Shed for immediate departure. Stay tuned…….
Jan 17 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – No Troop Meeting – PLC Only
Jan 24 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – TBD
Jan 28 – Saturday) – 12:30 to 5:00 – Merit Badge College – LDS – stay tuned
Feb 3 – Saturday) – 12:30 to 5:00 – Merit Badge College – LDS – stay tuned