I hope you had a nice summer vacation.
Welcome to the new School/Scouting year. We have a lot planned this year and look forward to a lot of fun outings. Hopefully we’ll learn something along the way as well.
If you’ve not heard yet, I’ll be taking over Scoutmaster duties from Mr. Aiello. Mr Aiello will be staying on as an Assistant Scoutmaster and will be leading our effort in advancing our young scouts. I’d like to thank Mr. Aiello for all he has done the past few years leading the troop.
Please find the schedule of events for this year. The leaders and Scout Leadership are excited for all of these trips. A lot of work went into creating this schedule There’s a lot of great camping trips and two backpacking trips scheduled. Hope you’re as excited as I am about this year.
Our first meeting will be September 14th at St. Paul’s. We start at 7:30 and I hope that you’ll be on time and prepared. Being prepared means that we’re in uniform and have our books ready for general review or for sign offs on advancement tasks completed. Our uniform code for regular meetings is our uniform shirt. For Court of Honor meetings or community events, we require the class A uniform. Class A uniform consists of shirt, neckerchief, slide and we ask that there are no sweat shorts or sweat pants with the class A. Khaki or denim jeans shorts/pants are fine. We’ll try to remind you with an announcement at a regular meeting on what the dress code will be for an event. If you missed a meeting and aren’t sure what the dress code is for an event, please find out from another leader or scout.
During our first meeting, the scout leadership will inform you of the patrols.
Parents – We always need volunteers for troop activities. We’ll need drivers for trips. We’ll need folks to help plan some of our Court of Honor family pot luck and BBQs later in the year. If you are really up for a volunteer position, I’d suggest that you look at an Assistant Scoutmaster position or becoming a Merit Badge counselor. If you have an Merit Badge area that you can mentor on, please see me at a meeting and I’ll get you started on the path to Merit Badge Counselor.
The BSA website explains it best:
"The merit badge counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications)—as a merit badge counselor, you can play a vital role in stirring a young man’s curiosity about that particular topic. By serving as a merit badge counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest."
We hope you can find some time to help out with the troop this year.
If you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org