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Summer Camp Info

A number of scouts have expressed interest in summer camp. For our troop to be able to select a camp and attend, we are required to provide two deep leadership, which essentially means two registered and certified leaders from the troop. Currently, we have one leader who can do either the 1st or 2nd week in June, and another who can do the 3rd or 4th week in June.

We need one additional leader to assist, and unfortunately none of our other leaders can attend in June. What does this mean? Basically, it means that we need a parent (or 2 parents, half a week each) to volunteer to attend camp with the scouts, or we cannot make summer camp happen this year.

What does this entail? The parent, or two different parents, would have to register as a leader with the council, allow a breakground check to be performed by the council, complete an online youth protection course, and complete a health form, including a doctor or minute clinic type visit. A uniform shirt may also be required. The troop is willing to cover the registration fee to the council.

We know this is asking a lot, so we appreciate anyone willing to step up and help. If you are willing to help, or have questions, please contact Daniel Fisher at dfisherbroker@bellsouth.net, or come see us at any Monday night meeting.

Camp Cards

A reminder that money and/or unsold camp cards are due tonight. Cards not returned will be charged to the scout and will be their financial responsibility.

CAMP CARDS

A reminder that all monies from camp card sales are due Monday, March 1st, with cash or check payable to Troop 502.

If you have unsold cards, please turn them in that evening as well as they need to be returned to the council office. Any scout still in possession of unsold cards not turned in Monday night will be charged for them and will be responsible for payment of same.

Cyber Chip Completion Needed!

Scouts are required to complete BSA Cyber Chip training each year. The content will be reflected by grade level. Scouts, please log in to www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/cyber-chip, do the requirements
and email your 2021 certificate to: SPL@Troop502.com and  SM@Troop502.com

This is something you can do at home, however we do need updated requirements completed as soon as possible by all registered scouts.

Ryan Powers Eagle Scout Project Information

Ryan Powers will be starting his Eagle project this weekend. This will be a two week project, and scouts are asked to assist at least one weekend, or both weekends if you can. Community Service hours will be given to scouts that participate.

When – Saturday, February 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where – Sterling Elementary School, 9601 China Grove Church Rd, Pineville

The first weekend will consist of scouts taking down existing benches and planters. Please bring work gloves (wear work boots if you have) and a hammer, and dress in clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Safety goggles, lunch and water will be provided.

If you can assist, please email Ryan at theryanpowers@gmail.com

Matthews Alive Survey

As most of you know, for the past 20 years or so our troop has been working Matthew’s Alive during the Labor Day weekend holiday. This fundraiser has been extremely profitable in past years, however was unfortunately cancelled last year due to COVID.

We have received contact from the organizers with regards to this year’s event. As of today, they have not made any firm committments on holding the event, however they are in the planning stages of restructuring how the event is presented. If restrictions permit the event will be held, but on a much smaller scale and with less booths whereby people come into contact with one another (for example, an inflatable bounce house). While they have not offered the nature of the restructuring, they have asked us for our thoughts on whether we would participate if it is a go. Also note that they have indicated that due to less booths, there would be less opportunity to accomodate all non-profit organizations.

Please take a moment to fill out the attached survey specific to our troop. Your responses will help determine whether we proceed with participation or pass on the opportunity. It is a difficult decision to end our partnership with the event or stay as participants, so this survery will give troop leadership some insight on parent’s thoughts and concerns. Thanks!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YTW383Y

Community Service Project

On Saturday, March 13th, the troop will be participating in a service project at the church. Hours are from 9 am to noon. Scouts will be spreading pine straw in beds around the church area, and assisting in removing dead shrubery and general clean-up tasks. Bring a mask, water bottle and work gloves.

Note that community service hours are needed for rank advancement, plus this is a good opportunity to give back to the church that sponsors our troop. Please see Ben Doyon at the March 1st meeting to sign-up.

Troop Updates

Regular troop meeting tomorrow, Feb 22nd at 7 p.m.

For those that took Camp Cards, the last date to turn in money for cards sold as well as return unsold cards is Monday March 1st. Any cards not turned in by that time will be charged to the scout and they will responsible for the payment. The Council gives us a specific timeline to turn in unsold cards without being charged for them, so we must adhere to that. On a related note, we do have extra cards available if you want them. You can pick them up at the Feb 22nd meeting. Scouts receive $5 towards their scout account or High Adventure trip fees for each card sold.

Troop Update

A reminder that there is no regular troop meeting tomorrow, February 15th. The PLC only will meet at 7 p.m.

Troop Updates

Court of Honor reminder – tomorrow February 8th at 7 p.m. in front of Hammill Hall. Please bring a chair if you wish to sit.

For those that did not take Camp Cards last week but would like to have some to sell, they will be available immediately after the Court of Honor.

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