Sep 02

The troop is spinning back up for the fall!

I hope you had a great summer!  The troop is spinning back up and there are a lot of important things to go over, so please read this through.

First, this week we will transition back from summer meetings to the first of the regular scheduled meetings of the fall. As it is the first Wednesday of the Month, it is Class A.

We are only one week a way from the Troop Fall Kickoff Picnic and Court of Honor!  If you have not signed up, please do so ASAP! Help the planners plan! www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c48a4ae238-2018 The picnic/CoH is at CoF and goes from 5pm to 7:30pm on Sunday, Sept 9th.

IMPORTANT: I have received reports that there was only ONE advancement (increase in rank) reported to Mr. Tucker since the last Court of Honor.  I know there are more than that! That means that scouts who advanced over the summer did bring their books back to Mr. Tucker to get it entered into Toopmaster. Scouts are reminded to do this at everymeeting. If you think your scout moved up in rank since the last CoH, please contact me immediately. We need to get patches, and add them to the program. Your scout must also bring their scoutbook to Wednesday’s meeting.

We have a busy, and exciting September. Our first campout is the Flying Circus Fall camporee. This is the weekend of September 28th. We will leave Friday at 4PM, and return Sunday Morning. We will use the September meetings to get our trailer and chuckboxes ready ahead of the camporee. So scouts should try to attend the next few meetings to help out. The camporee is not only a fun time, but an opportunity to reach out to webelos from nearby packs, as well as work on Merit badges. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4AACAE2CA7FA7-powhatan   More details on the camporee and merit badges offered will come out soon.

YIS, Gregg Dorn

 

More details on the camporee and merit badges offered will come out soon.
YIS, Gregg Dorn
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Jul 01

Your Scout is back from camp now what?

Has your Scout recently returned from camping and now has time on his hands? The summer is a great time to work on some Merit Badges. Parktakes and other local places offer a variety of badges at a reasonable cost.
To help guide your Scout with earning a Merit Badge: 1) Decide with your Scout what badge(s) he would like to work on. If he would like to go through a badge on his own, please get with me on who the Merit Badge Counselor is for the badge.
2) Get a blue card from Mr. Ed at Wednesday night’s meeting.
3) Fill in the blue card.
4) Have Scout Master Gregg Dorn sign the blue card.
5) Keep the blue card in your Scout binder.
6) Work on the Merit Badge or attend the Merit Badge class.
7) Once a badge is completed the blue card is to be given to Mr. Ed.
8) Congrats on finishing a Merit Badge.
For more information check out the Troop’s website: troop158va.org/wp/?page_id=30 – Charlene Meny

Jun 18

Volunteers

What makes any good organization Great? It is the help of you – a Volunteer (a person who freely offers to be a part of an organization). As a volunteer you are not investing time into our Boy Scout Troop but you are also spending time with your son. A volunteer can be a dad, mom, grandpa, grandma, uncle or aunt. We have various positions available such as:
– Roadside clean up (once a quarter) – co-equipment manager – Merit Badge Counselors – and many more that do not require much time to organize
Some of the positions only require an hour or 2 a month; we are working on descriptions for each job, and the best part you are NOT doing it alone but joining a team.
While the boys are away next week, please think about how you can help the Troop to be a Great Troop for your son to continue attending.
– Charlene Meny

Jun 10

Official Troop Swim test is this Wednesday at Pincecrest. No Meeting at CoF!

Sorry for the late notice, but we are going to hold the annual troop swim test *this Wednesday at Pinecrest Pool in place of Wednesday’s meeting. * Our attempts to get this done earlier with Oak Hill Community Center have been unsuccessful, so with time running out, we have elected to move the event to Pinecrest Pool, which is on the corner of Pinecrest Dr and Fox Mill Rd.
*If anyone is still in need of Scoutmaster Conferences please contact me. For Board of Reviews, please contact Mr. Tucker. *We will find a way to get these done this week.
*ALL active scouts and ASMs are requested to attend and take the test, regardless of whether you are going to summer camp. *
*Scouts and ASMs going on summer camp are expected to be there if at all possible.*
The swim test is an official BSA test that identifies each person as a *SWIMMER, BEGINNER or NONSWIMMER. * It must be taken every year, and held by a certified lifeguard. * All persons are considered nonswimmers until they take the BSA test with the troop. No exceptions. *
*If scouts and ASMs going to summer camp cannot take the test this Wednsday, they will need to do so at Camp Shenandoah. *That is historicaly a significant inconvenience, as you will get batched in with a few hundred other people.
The following is a description of the tests:
*Swimmer*
– Jump feet first < meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Diving> into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming. – Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke < meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Sidestroke>, breaststroke < meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Breaststroke>, trudgen < meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Trudgen>, or crawl < meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Crawl>; then swim 25 yards using an easy resting backstroke < meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Backstroke>. – The 100 yards must be completed without stops and must include at least one sharp turn < meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Swimming_turns>. – Rest by floating < meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Floating>…Long enough to demonstrate ability to rest when exhausted.
*Beginner*
– Jump feet first <
meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Diving> into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming. – Swim 25 feet on the surface. – Stop, turn < meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Swimming_turns>, and resume swimming back to the starting place.
*Non-Swimmer*
– Did not complete either of the swimming tests.
Any questions, please let me know.
YIS, Gregg Dorn
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