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.!…….
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