Good afternoon all!
Can you believe we are in the last month of October? One week until Halloween, 4 and a half until Thanksgiving and just under 9 weeks until Christmas! You may have noticed these boxes at different locations around the church :
These are Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. The shoe boxes are filled with treasures for needy/underprivileged children all around the world. FBC Bedford is participating in filling boxes as well as being a collection station for other churches. Pick up a box or two or three, fill them with all you can and return to FBC Bedford no later than Nov. 21. This link https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box/ will help you find out how to fill and label your boxes. Anything included in the boxes that is not allowable will be taken out and discarded so please don’t try to sneak things in that shouldn’t be included. Please include a $7 check or $7 cash per box for shipping.
If you want to bring your box to a Troop meeting, we can get it to where it needs to be. Thanks so much for participating with us and for providing much needed items for the children.
Activities : November – while Summer isn’t quite cooperating just yet, cooler camping weather should be just around the corner. And speaking of camping weather, our next campout is the weekend of November 11. It is at Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, Oklahoma. This is one of more popular campouts, so be sure to register before the deadline on October 29. As always, all attendees needs to register. The cost will be $25; you will also need to bring a Release form (located under “Documents” on our website.
Any Scouts working on the Camp Cooking Requirements for their First Class Rank, or their Cooking Merit Badge should consider going on this campout. Our December actvity does not involve camping, and we may not be cooking at our January activity (Fort Hood). Next campout where you’ll be able to to cook to complete these requirements will probably be in February.
Note : just as a reminder – you cannot “double dip”; you have to cook once for First Rank, and again for Cooking Merit Badge.
December Lock-In at Summit Climbing Gym in Grapevine –
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, amongst 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, November 7 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 :
Oct 25 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – TBA
Oct 29 – (Saturday) – 12:00 Midnight – Deadline to register for Wichita Mountain Campout
Nov 1 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – TBA
Nov 3 – (Thursday) – 7:30 pm – District Roundtable – LDS
Nov 7 – (Monday) – 7:00 pm – Troop Committee Meeting
Nov 8 – (Tuesday) – 7:00 pm – Regular Troop Meeting – TBA