PLC Meeting Tonight

Hello Troop 7,
We will be having a PLC meeting tonight at 7:30 to 8:45.
There will be a PLC pre-meeting involving Assistant Scout Masters and the ASPL at 7:10.
All leadership is required to attend. Everyone else is strongly encouraged to come since we are making campout decisions.
Admin

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Hello Troop 7,
Our schedule is different for November and December, as we are fitting in Leader Specific Training and PLC Planning meetings.
November 14:   Scoutmaster Conferences, Board of Reviews, and tent/equipment return at 7:30 PM.
November 19:  Leaf Raking starting at 8:00 AM, followed by our Fall Court of Honor at 11:00 AM.

November 21: Leader Specific Training  (7:30 PM to 8:30 PM)
November 28:  Leader Specific Training (7:30 PM to 8:30 PM)
December 5 : Leader Specific Training (7:30 PM to 8:30 PM)
Leader Specific Training is for every Scout who holds a leadership position.
December 12: PLC and year planning meeting
December 19: PLC and year planning meeting
Scoutmaster

Haunted Woods

Hello Troop 7,

We are going to the Haunted Woods this weekend.  Here are some of the details.
The details:
  • Meeting at the McDonald’s on Plymouth Road and Nixon (Have the permission slip and payment ready)
  • Set-up scare station from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Set-up camp and eat dinner 5:00 PM
  • Camp Saturday night
  • Take down Sunday morning
  • Arrive back at McDonalds
The food:
  • All the food will be provided.
Bring:
  • Costumes
  • Halloween props
  • Warm sleeping gear (clothes, bag, and pad)
  • Mess kit
  • Permission form + payment
For more details, please see the email and the permission slip that was sent out.
Admin

Upcoming Activities

Hi Troop 7,

Here is our list of campouts for this year. The campouts were decided at the recent PLC and were based on the responses we got over email from patrol members.
  • September 24: Rendezvous 2016 Scout Fun Day
  • September 30 – October 2: Canoeing
  • October 21-23: Haunted Woods at Camp Munhacke
  • November 5-6: Backpacking at Huron National Forest
  • December 2-4: Cabin Campout (possibly with sledding)
  • January 14-15: Silversides Submarine
  • February 3-5 or 10-12 or 17-19: Skiing at Caberfae Peaks
  • March 24-26: Biking Campout
  • April: Troop Soapbox Derby
  • May 12-14: Dorchester International Brotherhood Camporee
  • May 26-29: Spelunking
  • June 25-July 1: Summer Camp at Gerber Scout Reservation
  • July 19-28: International Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Reserve (This is only for people interested, our entire troop is not going)
  • August: Troop Day Picnic (Date to be determined)

Last Meeting This Year

Hello Troop 7,

Our last troop meeting is Monday, June 6th.  We will discuss summer camp packing and logistics.  I encourage parents to attend.
This is also my call for any troop equipment you may have–tents, pots/pans, etc.  Please bring them back this coming up Monday.
Thank you,
Scoutmaster

Swim Test

Hello Troop 7,

On Monday, May 16, we will be meeting at Mack Pool to take our swim tests.  Please arrive at 7:50 PM.  If you are going on the Whitewater Rafting Trip and/or Summer Camp, we strongly recommend that you come.

Admin

White Water Rafting Trip

Hi Troop 7,

This memorial day weekend (May 27-30th), we are going white water rafting in West Virginia.  The permission slip and waiver were sent out by email.  This is our biggest trip of the year and we need the permission slips and money turned in ASAP, preferably by tonight’s meeting.
We have a lot of younger scouts attending the White Water Rafting trip this year.  Many of the younger scout will not reach the height and age requirements for Sunday’s rafting adventure, (especially if the water is rough) so we will be splitting into two groups; one group doing the more advanced white water rafting and the other will either go to a water park or go on a less intense section of the river.

Capture the Flag Campout

Hello Troop 7,

This weekend, we will be doing a Capture the Flag Campout.  The permission slip and more details were sent out by email.

What: Capture the Flag Campout
When: Friday, April 29th to Sunday, May 1st.
Where: Camp Teetonkah
Who: Troop 7 Scouts and Parents.

Meeting This Monday

Hello Troop 7,

There is a regular troop meeting on Monday.  We will be cleaning our patrol boxes.  Please arrive at 7:15 pm to help unload them.

Thanks,
Admin

Backpacking Trip

Hello Troop 7,

We will be having a backpacking trip this Saturday on the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail.  If you are going, please meet at Village Kitchen at 9:00 am.  We will be returning at 11:00 am on Sunday.

Please bring the following:  A sleeping bag, sleeping pad, small pillow, warm clothes, sleeping clothes, food (by patrol), water bottle, toilet paper, and paper towels.  Scouts will also be carrying tents, stoves, pots/pans, rope, and other troop equipment.

The permission slip was sent out by email.  Please fill it out and bring it with you to Village Kitchen.

Meeting Tonight

Hello Troop 7,

We will have a meeting tonight from 7:30 to 8:30 (our normal meeting time).  We will be choosing our Merit Badges for Summer Camp.

Admin

Winter Update

Hello Troop 7,

Following is the update on our troop from winter break to current.
Scoutmaster, Troop 7

Troop 7 Winter Update

Membership

This winter, we are having a great year with recruiting new members.  We have had 4 new Webelos crossover into Troop 7, and we are expecting 4 additional Webelos in the next month.  We also had one new Scout join us from Troop 131 (which folded this year).

We currently have 28 active Scouts, soon to be 32 Scouts.  We had two Scouts age out as Eagles this winter.

Recruiting will still be important for us, since we will have 4 Scouts aging out this summer and fall.  However, we have good contacts with several local packs, plan to place Scouts as den chiefs, and hope to have continued enrollment from these packs.

Eagle Projects

We have had two Scouts finish their Eagle projects since my Fall report—

  1. Building handicapped-accessible picnic tables for a children’s hospital.
  2. Designing and placing trail markers at Scarlett Mitchell Preserve.

Service

  • We participated in Scout Sunday on February 7, handing out programs to the members of First Presbyterian, showing our presence, and thanking them for their continued support.
  • Our next service project will be on March 26, helping Pittsfield Township with their annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Activities

January — we planned on having ski nights to prepare for our February ski trip; however, weather and school finals prevented us from doing so.

February —  we had 13 boys ski Caberfae Peaks and stay at Center Lake Camp.  The trip helped the younger Scouts get to know and bond with the older Scouts.  In addition, this was the first time skiing for three of the Scouts.  The troop arranged lessons for them, and they all went home feeling successful.  The boys’ comments at the subsequent meeting included rave reviews about the camp, skiing, and the experience.

Future Activities

March — Hiking the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail

April — Campout, possibly biking the Kal-Haven Trail or challenging another troop to Capture the Flag

May — Whitewater Rafting on the New River, WV

June  — Summer Camp

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