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What's Up at 127

Meetings are 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each Month on Mercy Center’s Patio
Next Meeting December 8, 2009 7:00-8:15

Please note the time change! Meetings have been adjusted to start at 7:00PM, with official activities ending at 8:10, followed by a closing ceremony, and ending promptly at 8:15 so our Scouts can get to bed on time and be fresh for school in the morning. We appreciate your promptness, and will also make sure we respecting your time by finishing on time.

Parents, please consider setting aside some time between meetings to work with your scout on the skills and activities you’ll find in his scout handbook. Your scout needs your time and assistance in order to advance appropriately and earn the greatest benefit from his scouting experience, and I am sure the extra time you spend helping your scout learn and grow will also richly bless you. The meetings are a great time to work on group activities and learn new skills, but many of the skills and activities can only be learned with your help.

A new application is included with this newsletter for the 2010 season. Please bring the completed application with you to the December 8th meeting so there’s no lapse in insurance coverage, magazine subscriptions, etc. The fee for 2010 is $11, and an additional $12 for a year of Boy’s Life Magazine (highly recommended). If the fees present an obstacle, please discuss with Eric at the next meeting so we can make alternate arrangement.

2009 Highlights

Camping: Twilight Camp, Camp Post Cowboy Camp, Camp Roger, Clayton Lake Expedition, Camp Post Spookeree Cub Camp, and Webelos Woods.

Community Service:  Rural Health Fair- hospitality and vendor assistance, Sausage Fest - worked with Catholic Life Insurance to help teachers put their classes back together, Yellow House Art on the Square – distribute flyers and general good deeds, Meals on Wheels Delivery.

 

Top Three Most Awesome Activities:
# 3
The Flag Retirement Ceremony – Elegantly done, clearly enunciated, and FIRE! Hard to get much better.
# 2 Giant Inflatable “planetarium” – The adult leaders had at least as much fun inside the HUGE balloon as the scouts.
# 1 Camp Post – There were a lot of fantastic adventures here, but the stars top it off. From looking at the stars through the tent roof at night to getting up close and personal with Jupiter and his moons through a giant telescope, Camp Post was the star this year.

Most Epic Adventure: Camp Roger – none of us would have ever guessed that the wind could blow that hard straight down at 5 in the morning. One of the coldest, wettest, windiest, and character building campouts ever!

Honorable Mention Activities: archery, building bird houses, baking cookies, archery, shooting things with air guns, the climbing wall, archery, astronomy, blacksmithing, and yes, archery.

Recent News and Events

Popcorn Sales are done, and all money should be in! 15 scouts from our Troop and Pack sold almost $8000 worth of popcorn, earning more than $2000 for our units. Cub Scouts beat Boy Scouts, selling $4239 to the Boy Scouts $3665. Thank you for all your hard work, and we hope you had a fantastic time. Congratulations to our top sellers: Gabriel had the most number of orders (74), and $1174 in sales. Elliot had the highest total sales ($1320). John had the second highest total sales ($834) and the most cash received in advance ($459).

Caden, Elias, Isaiah, and Matthew, and Reagan earned their Bobcat badge, which will be presented in a ceremony at our December 8th meeting. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Michael has completed the requirements for his Webelos badge with Fitness, Citizenship, and Showman pins, becoming the first member of Pack 127 to achieve the rank of Webelos Scout.

Samuel and Joseph completed their 5 mile map-and-compass hike, the last requirement for their Second Class Scout rank, and are on the road to First Class. Samuel and Joseph are the first Scouts from Troop 127 to achieve this rank.

Thank you to Father Nicolas Rendon for educated the Webelos and Boy Scouts on the process of becoming a naturalized citizen and encouraging them in their duty to God, Country, and Others.

Upcoming Events

Boy Scouts Mark your calendars Camp Tres Ritos winter camping January 16-18, 2010.
*****$35 Registration due at the December 8th meeting, as we will make reservations that week.****

Spring Cub Camp March 26-28 @ Camp Post. Open to 1-5th graders ($22) and parents ($17).

It is not too soon to plan for our 2010 summer camps. Camp Post (June 20-26), and/or Camp Tres Ritos (July 18-24). The fee is $175 per camper, per camp. Please start saving now, and encourage your Boy Scout to earn part of the cost for his camp experience. This camp will be open to current Boy Scouts, and to those Webelos Scouts who advance to Boy Scouts (5th grade and Arrow of Light, or completed 5th grade) by June 2010.

Questions? Suggestions? Contact Eric @ 281-7834 or eric@hybner.name

Please visit our website at http://www.slatonchurch.com/scouting, where you can always find newsletters and contact information.

 

Religion that is pure and undefiled
before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world. - James 1:27