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Troop Updates

There is no regular troop meeting on Monday, Nov 23rd. PLC only will be meeting at 7 p.m. We will see all scouts on November 30th.

RSVP’s for Troop Holiday party on Dec 14th have begun. Please see troop email of November 19th for details. Below please find link to sign-up.

http://forms.gle/bSiP4HYSFHcNQEhg9

Troop Holiday Party

Our troop holiday party will be held on December 14th from 6 to 8 p.m. at TopGolf, 8024 Savoy Corporate Dr, Charlotte NC 28273.

TopGolf is outdoors, however each golf bay is heated. Each bay will be occupied by no more than 6, and each bay will have its own food and beverage. Scouts will enjoy chicken tenders, beef sliders, tater tots, chips with queso and salsa as well as unlimited soft drinks or water. Scouts will be able to program in the “kid friendly” games of their choice. No prior golf experience or equipment is needed as this is an all age and ability interactive game. A number of our scouts have attended already and it is a lot of fun.

As tradition, we will be collecting socks for distribution to the homeless and less fortunate. We ask that scouts bring at least one pair of new, packaged socks for donation.

Cost to scout to attend the event is $20, with the troop picking up the majority of the scout’s admission. Upon RSVP you will be billed for the fee.

A sign up link is attached, or you can RSVP to Gabriel at any meeting. We ask that you RSVP by December 5th.

http://forms.gle/bSiP4HYSFHcNQEhg9

Camping Trip Details

For those attending the camping trip at Belk Scout Camp this weekend, please plan to arrive there around 5:30 p.m. Friday. Parents, please pre-screen your scout at home by taking their temperature. If they have a temperature of 100 or more, please keep them home. Attached are camp forms as well. Please print, complete and bring them with you. These are the same forms used at Camp Grimes, however Belk requires their own copy. We are not meeting at the church, simply go directly to camp. Once you arrive, we will be at Campsite 12. Please eat dinner before you arrive.

Please anticipate to pick up Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.

Please make sure you bring appropriate clothing (jacket, hat, etc.) as temps in evening and morning will be cold. If you have your own tent you may bring that as all scouts will sleep separately. Normal cold weather camping gear required, including scout handbook, headlamp, mess kit, camp chair, and water bottle.

http://troop502.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/COVID-19-Mitigation-Plan-for-Apache-District.pdf

http://troop502.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/COVID-19-Waiver-of-Liability.pdf

http://troop502.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Pre-Screening-Questionnaire.pdf

Troop Update

The following scouts are signed up to go on the Nov 20-22nd camping trip at Belk Scout Camp:

Gabriel

Jared

Cameron

Marcos

Braeden

Miles

If you want to go camping and are not on the list, please see Gabriel tomorrow night to sign up. All those attending the trip are asked to bring $20 cash for patrol food to tomorrow night’s meeting.

Trip Info Nov 20-22

For those attending the camping trip next weekend, cost for patrol food will be $20. We ask, if possible, that you bring cash to this Monday night’s meeting so that food can be purchased.

Court of Honor Tonight

We will hold court of honor tonight at 7 p.m. in front of Hammill Hall. Please bring a chair and wear a mask.

Looking forward to seeing all family members as we celebrate the achievements of our scouts this year.

TROOP UPDATES

A reminder for all Camporee attendees to print and bring your signed medical form, copy of insurance card (front and back) as well as COVID forms required by Camp Grimes. Links to the forms can be found on our email of October 20th.

Court of Honor will be held Monday, October 26th at 7 p.m. Families are expected to attend and please bring a chair. Scouts please wear your Class A uniform.

We ask that all 2021 High Adventure trip participants remain after Court of Honor for a very brief (10 minute) meeting so we can update you on plans thus far.

Camporee Information and Forms Needed

For those attending Camporee, following please find information:

Camp Grimes, 383 Vein Mountain Rd, Nebo NC 28761

FORMS: If you have not handed in your medical form your MUST bring it Friday with parts A & B completed, as well as front and back copy of insurance card.

COVID FORMS – Please review, sign and bring Friday

Links to all forms are below GIVE ALL FORMS TO MR. RAYAPALLI AT CAMP

ARRIVAL: Scouts should eat dinner before arriving at Camp Grimes. Please arrive between 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. but the earlier the better so camp can be set up and parents can get back on the road before dark.

UNIFORM: Wear your Class A for traveling. Make sure all your current patrol emblem and position patches are sewn on.

VEHICLE SAFETY: Camp speed limit is 10 mph. Vehicles must remain parked until Sunday after closing ceremonies.

COVID safety check-in. Please review the COVID mitigation plan and bring the SIGNED waiver and SIGNED questionnaire.  Each participant must have this as they arrive, as that is where we will record temperatures. If anyone is running a temperature of 100.4 or higher, they will not be allowed to enter camp and must submit to a second temperature check 10 minutes later.  If it is persistent, the entire car will leave camp. 

CAMPSITE & PARKING: Troop 502 campsite 12 (Saura) same as 2019  – LEFT past the mess hall, LEFT just past Shower #2 and straight ahead). https://www.mycampgrimes.org/cgprmap.phtml Drop-offs OK, but only one trailer and one vehicle are permitted at campsite. No parking permitted on side of any roads. Vehicles may be parked at main parking lot, smaller staff lot, and overflow parking in grass by the dam (as you are coming into camp, after crossing the dam, use the grassy area on your left as overflow parking).  Vehicles must remain parked until Sunday after closing ceremonies. No one is allowed to drive between events.

COVID safety when at camp. Bring a few cloth masks and personal hand sanitizer. NC Phase 3 requires Masks in all buildings and if 6ft physical distancing is not possible. “Children 11 years or older must wear face coverings at day or overnight camps when they are or may be within 6 feet of another person The Troop will follow our normal sanitation standards, hot water, hand soap, paper towels, three tub cleaning system and bleach spray at chuckboxes and campsite.  

CAMP CHAIR: bring a chair for the campfire.

PERSONAL CAMPING GEAR: Scouts should have the “10 Essentials” always with them during camporee. (The Scout Basic Essentials in scout book pg 268). In addition, scouts need a backpack with clothes and undergarments for layering, rain gear (frog togs, poncho), sleeping gear, eating kit, and cleanup kit.

TROOP GEAR provides tents, chuck boxes, cooking kit, cleanup kit and dining canopy and other trailered gear. You may bring your own tent if you wish, all scouts will sleep alone in their personal tent or troop tent.

WEATHER: Pleasant days, cool nights 30 to 60% chance light rain   https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/nc/nebo/28761

MONEY: If you have not yet paid your $15 for patrol food, please give to Mr. Fisher at the camp. Additional money for snacks at camp, etc. at parent’s discretion.

SUNDAY PICKUP – Ceremonies are over at noon on Sunday, parents please be on time for pickup

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http://troop502.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Camp-Health-Screening-Questonaire.pdf

http://troop502.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/COVID-19-At-Risk-Statement-and-Waiver-fo-1.docx

http://troop502.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/BSA-Medical-Form.pdf

Court of Honor Time Change

Our court of honor is scheduled for Monday, October 26th. Please note time change from previous announcement – we will begin at 7 p.m. not 6 p.m. as originally indicated.

We will assemble in the parking lot near Hammill Hall to allow for social distancing. Please bring chairs needed for your family.

We encourage all scout families to attend as we congratulate scouts on their achievements this year.

Medical Forms due tonight!

Medical forms for all scouts and leaders are now expired. For those attending camporee, it is urgent that we have your form by tonight, October 19th. Only Parts A and B are needed, along with your immunization record. It is also extremely important that we also have a copy of your insurance card, front and back, attached to the form. Parts A and B do not require a doctor visit, so please make sure every effort is made to bring the completed forms with you to Monday night’s meeting. Scouts cannot travel with the troop unless the form is submitted.

A link to the form is attached below.If you are not attending camporee we still encourage you to bring the completed forms Monday as well. If you have any questions, please contact Bala Rayapalli at rayapalli@gmail.com.

NOTE – If you submitted a medical form at some point in 2020, you do not need to have an updated one submitted tonight. Forms are valid for one year from date of signature.

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