LET US FEAST!

TROOP 888 THANKSGIVING FEAST
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH

Troop 888 will hold it’s first annual Thanksgiving Feast.  SCOUTS will be doing all of the cooking.

Here is the plan:

Each SCOUT will prepare and bring a traditional Thanksgiving dish that will feed 8-12 people. (THESE ARE TO BE PREPARED AT HOME AND BROUGHT TO THE MEETING COOKED)  Homemade food guys!

We could use a few more entrees.

EVEN IF YOU WERE NOT AT THE LAST MEETING….PLEASE JOIN US AND BRING A DISH!

BE SURE TO BRING A SERVING SPOON OR UTENSIL.

Each PATROL will cook one dish at the meeting.  COOKS NEED TO BE AT THE MEETING AT 6PM SHARP READY TO COOK! HAVE AS MUCH OF YOUR PREPARATION DONE AT HOME TO SPEED THE COOKING PROCESS.

Dinner will be served AT 7PM.

Troop will provide lemonade, water, plates, cups, plastic forks, etc.

PATROL LEADERS:  You are responsible for making sure church is spotless before we leave.  NO ONE LEAVES UNTIL CLEANUP IS COMPLETE. NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

WREATH SALES FORMS AND MONEY ARE DUE AT THE MEETING TONIGHT

 

DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR SCOUTING FOR FOOD DONATIONS TO THE MEETING TONIGHT!

2017 Scouting for Food – Bring Food to Nov. Meetings

It is time again for the Annual Scouting for Food Drive! Troop 888 will be participating and donating all food donations to the local Evergreen Christian Outreach Food Bank, located at Bancroft Hall, 27640 Hwy 74, Evergreen, CO.
BRING non-perishable food items to the November Troop Meetings, 7 and 14 November.
LABEL your donation with SCOUT NAME, PATROL NAME, Number of Items Donated, Total time spent collecting food items (for example, 1 hour).
The Patrol with the most items donated will receive a special loopy to wear on their uniform.
See the EChO website for a list of foods needed https://evergreenchristianoutreach.org/needs_list/
WANT TO EARN EXTRA SERVICE TIME?  Meet at  ECHO Food Bank, Monday, 20 Nov 2 @ 5 PM to help deliver al donated food items to the food bank.
EARN SERVICE HOURS: You can earn service hours for all of the time you spent on the Scouting for Food service project.
Have Questions??? Dane Ferguson is the Scout in Charge, three3trees@icloud.com

Report Service Project Hours

SCOUTS: Please write down ALL of your service activities in 2017 in your Service Logs that are located at the back of your Scout Handbook.  Bring a copy of your service log or email your 2017 service activity record to three3trees@icloud.com.
Example:    Activity Description: Work Big Chili Cook-off Water Booth
                   Date:                        9 Sep 2017
                   # of Hours:               2 hours
This is important because:
      1.   Service hours are needed for rank advancement
      2.   Our Troop hopes to earn GOLD for Journey to Excellence (JTE) program again this year.  In order to earn GOLD our Troop needs to have recorded at least 5 service projects over the course of the year.
      3.   Service hours are a requirement for some merit badges
The Troop Service Project Coordinator, Ms. Ferguson, will be available at the Troop meetings in November to review and assist in completing service records in scout handbooks.
PARENTS:  Please assist your scout as needed to complete their 2017 service logs and send a copy with them to a November Troop meeting or to three3trees@icloud.com by 28 Nov.  Information needed:
                                                                                          Activity description:
                                                                                          Date:
                                                                                          # of Hours:

Salvation Army Bell Ringers Needed

Scouts and Parents,

Salvation Army is looking for Bell Ringers at the Bergen Parkway King Soopers from 19 November through 24 December. If you are interested, please sign up at the sign-up genius link below:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c49a8ac2ea3f58-holiday

Full Scout Uniforms are to be worn.
Send a copy of your sign-up email confirmation to three3trees@icloud.com so that your service hours can be recorded.

NOTE: There will not be a Troop Adult present at these time slots. A sign-up will require the scout and an adult to be present for the full time of the sign-up commitment.

 

STAR LIFE AND EAGLE CLIMBING ACTIVITY:
Rank has privileges!  You all have earned it and Troop 888 has a great opportunity… JUST FOR YOU!

SATURDAY , NOVEMBER 11th at 1pm at EARTH TREKS in Golden.

Details are on the Sign-up Genius on the website.  There is a bit of paperwork so be sure to sign-up and pay attention to the details.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4cabaf2fa46-climbing

Max G. has requested any worn or tattered flags you may have, for a Flag Retirement Ceremony.  Please bring them to the meeting Tuesday.
We are doing menu planning and logistics this Tuesday for our Thanksgiving feast on the 14th.  Come with menu ideas and recipes…LETS GET OUR FEAST ON GUYS!!!

We have seen someAMAZING cooking on the last few camping trips…Lets see what you can do for Thanksgiving!

 

 

THERE ARE A BUNCH OF OTHER EMAILS IN YOUR INBOXES TODAY.  PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THEM ALL.

THEY INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT:

  • SCOUTING FOR FOOD
  • SERVICE RECORD RECORDING
  • SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING

PLC and CAMP PREP for BEAVER RANCH

PLC and CAMP PREP for BEAVER RANCH

TUESDAY,OCTOBER 24TH.  We will have a PLC and Camp Prep for Beaver Ranch trip scheduled for November 3-5.

SIGNUP FOR BEAVER RANCH CLOSES MONDAY, OCTOBER 23RD AT 7PM!  GO TO SIGNUP GENIUS ON WEBSITE.

IF YOU HAVE ANY TROOP GEAR AT HOME .  PLEASE BRING IT BACK TO THE QUARTERMASTER ASAP.  GEAR SHOULD BE CLEAN AND READY FOR NEXT USE.

 

 WEBLOS NIGHT  October 17th 7pm to 8:30pm.

 

Come join the Scouts of Troop 888 for a fun filled Weblos open house.  Work on Arrow of Light requirements while learning how a Scout Troop works.  We will have opportunities to work on fire building, knots, Whitlin’ Chip, Scout traditions and knowledge, first aid, and COOKING!

Learn why Troop 888 needs to be part of your future in Scouting.

TUESDAY OCTOBER 17th, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Lutheran Church of the Cross

28253 Meadow Drive (Next to the Hiwan Homestead)

 

 

 

Camp Alexander, Weblos Night, Beaver Ranch, and NEWS

Camp Alexander Oct. 13th -15th.  Sign-ups close Sunday Oct. 8th at 5pm. USE SIGNUP GENIUS  This is going be a great trip to a camp that we have not been to before.  Signup TODAY.  Menu planning and camp prep on Tuesday Oct 10th.

 

  Eagle Scout Candidates need your help.  Check out Signup Genius to offer you help and earn hours.

 

  If you have any troop gear from past trips at home, please return it to the shed ASAP.  Gear should be returned clean and dry and ready for use.  if there are problems, please let quartermaster know.

 

Weblos Night planning and camp prep.  PATROL LEADERS:  You have your assignments for Weblos night on Oct. 17th.  BE PREPARED for putting on a great program for our guests.  ALL SCOUTS:  Please make an effort to be at this meeting.  We want to make a great presentation to our potential Weblos guests and encourage them to join us.

 

 WEBLOS NIGHT Oct. 17th…BE THERE!

 

 

 NOVEMBER 3rd-5th.  This one is close to home in Conifer and is gonna be fun.  Having access to a great campground so close to home is awesome.  We are even working out access to the disc golf course…More details to follow.  We will also be doing a small conservation project.  If you need hours, this is a great opportunity.  SIGNUP GENIUS WILL BE POSTED SOON FOR THIS!

 

  Check out the Signup Genius to sign up for Show and Sell opportunities.  Stuff your Scout Passbook account and pay for your trips.  A Scout is THRIFTY!

 

 

COOKING MERIT BADGE WILL BE OFFERED AT THE TROOP MEETING ON 8/5/17.

Mrs. Mathues has generously offered to be at the meeting to work on some of the non cooking requirements so that you can then proceed to work on the actual cooking requirements at your own pace.

THERE IS A LOT OF MATERIAL TO COVER….A SCOUT IS COURTEOUS….PLEASE BE ON TIME AND PREPARED.

IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CLASS:

1)  YOU MUST PRINT OUT AND BRING THE WORKBOOK:
https://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/8/87/Cooking.pdf

2)  YOU MUST COMPLETE REQUIREMENTS 1-3 IN THE WORKBOOK AND BE PREPARED TO DISCUSS.

3)  BRING YOUR BLUE CARDS OR PARTIALS IF YOU ALREADY HAVE THEM FOR SIGN-OFF.  Mr. G will have blue cards for Scouts that have not already opened the MB.
You can use the Cooking MB booklet that discusses all of the topics or use other resources to answer the questions.

Here is a link for the kindle version if you cant get a hard copy of the book:
https://www.amazon.com/Cooking-Series-Boy-Scouts-America-ebook/dp/B00MAUC9X4

STAR, LIFE, AND EAGLE SCOUTS:

If you already have Cooking MB, there will be plenty for you to do too.

Tired of standing around at the front of the meeting with nothing to do?  Want to change all that and make YOUR scouting experience more fun?  Let’s take some time together and figure it out.  Adult leadership has a few ideas and we want to hear yours.  Let’s make it happen.

 SCOUTMASTER’s MINUTE:

 

Troop 888 Scouts and family.

It is my honor and high privilege to be entrusted with the role of Scoutmaster for Troop 888.  My role is to continue and build upon the finest traditions and values of Scouting for our Scouts.  A robust outdoor program supplemented with practical leadership training has been a cornerstone of the greatest youth program for young men for over a century.  I am, but a steward, of that tradition.  Scouting is a unique opportunity for young men to learn multiple skills for success in an environment where it is safe to fail and have a ton of fun in the process.

Leaders of Troop 888 that have come before me have set a high standard.  I intend to embrace those standards and expand upon them.  I will draw frequently from the experience and skills of those adults that have dedicated themselves to the betterment of the Troop over the years and end enlist the same from those that are newcomers.  Our Scouts will be actively engaged in developing and executing our program.

“ARE WE HAVING FUN YET”? If yes, great, let’s do more of that.  If not, WHY?  Our Scouts will be in charge of and accountable for their own happiness.  As adult leaders, we are there to help them along in the process.  It is critical to give Scouts ownership of their enjoyment of Scouting.  Pick it, plan it, do it. Evaluate.  What went right? What went wrong?  What can we do better next time?  Repeat as necessary.

It is a goal to reengage and reenergize our older cadre of Scouts.  Adult leadership will focus upon working with them to better utilize and balance their advanced skills and maturity to benefit the Patrols and Troop as a whole while affording them the opportunity to experience adventures and activities more appropriate to their age group either in the context of Troop events or independently.

The Patrols of Troop 888 will be the very foundation of the Troops continued success.  The Patrol Method, as embraced by Scouting’s Founder, Baden Powell, is the essence of the Scouting program.  Designed around the concept of small unit leadership, the Patrol Method allows Scouts to have a manageable and age appropriate leadership opportunity.  It is my goal to work closely with the youth leadership of the troop to facilitate this.

Scouts and adults will often hear me refer to our Scouts as young men or gentlemen.  This is not by accident; it is a standard by which Scouts will be expected to comport themselves.  There will be lots of time for fun and games and for boys to act like boys.   FUN is a huge part of Scouting.  By treating these young men with a culture of respect and maturity, the plan is to cultivate such behavior and build respect between those that lead and those that follow their leaders.  The followers will someday be leaders too, and leaders will again become followers and part of the team.

We will also be expanding our communications tools.  Our website and email systems have undergone major changes and will continue to improve under the leadership of our Webmaster, Historian and Scribe along with ASM support.  Look out for the possible addition of a text messaging system to be added as well in the future.  The website will be the centerpiece of resources for the Troop with a frequently updated calendar, links to important resources, activity signups, forms and advancement information.  Latest news and updates will be featured at the blog at the top of the page.

If a parent or Scout ever has a concern or an idea, I am available to help.  Scouts should know that their first resources for answers are, in order, their handbooks, troop website, Patrol Leaders, ASPL’s, SPL and then the adult leaders.  It is not that we don’t want to interact with Scouts….we did volunteer for this.  Doing your own legwork, thinking independently to solve problems and planning is all part of the program.  Think:  Give a man a fish vs teach a man to fish.

We have big plans and a bright future.  Scouts and adults have busy lives and full schedules, yet an effective Scouting program needs the ACTIVE involvement of our Scouts.  The Patrols function better and scouts have more fun when everyone shows up and participates.  Plans quickly fall apart when a patrol cannot muster enough Scouts for a campout as a Patrol or when there are activities that are Patrol based challenges.  Everyone has more fun when the unit can function as a team.  Scouting is one of the few places in their youth where young men get the chance to make their own choices and chart the path of their own fun.  LET’S HAVE SOME FUN!

Yours in Scouting,

Mitch Goldenberg
Scoutmaster, Troop 888