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Troop Meeting Monday!

Due to the cancellation of this weekend’s trip, the troop will be meeting as usual Monday Feb 24th.

PLC will meet at 6:30 prior to the regular troop meeting.

Congaree Trip Cancelled

Sorry for the late notice, however unfortunately, we are needing to cancel this weekend’s trip.  We will attempt to reschedule at a later date.

For those scouts that purchased food for merit badge credit, please cook at home and provide leader(s) with some details regarding same so you can receive credit for the task.

If you have any questions, please email Mr. Reeves at jreeves@smeinc.com

Camp Cards and Troop Meeting Update

Our camp card fundraising event will end on March 2nd.  Please return money as well as any unsold cards by that date.  Any cards not turned in by that evening will be charged to the scout.

There is no regular troop meeting on Feb 24th, however the PLC will be meeting at 7 p.m. on that day.

 

Congaree Trip Reminders

For those attending the trip this weekend, please be on time.  Planned departure is 5 p.m.

Be prepared for weather conditions (cold, wet), and remember to bring a mess kit, water bottle, headlamp and scout book along with your normal camping gear.

For those that are cooking, please bring all ingredients necessary for your meal, and bring your receipts for food purchase as well.

National BSA Update

Scouts and families –

We are sure you have seen recent news articles regarding the beginning of the bankruptcy process for the BSA.  We felt as leaders and committee members for our troop that we should keep you informed and forward to you information regarding same.  Following please find a notice that was received on behalf of the National organization.  There are no direct impacts to our troop or council, however if you have any questions please feel free to contact our Scoutmaster Jason Reeves for further clarification.

 

Dear Scouting Family,

Today, the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to achieve two key objectives: equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue to carry out Scouting’s mission for years to come.

While the word “bankruptcy” can be intimidating, it is important to know that Scouting programs will continue. Your regular unit meetings and activities, district and council events, other Scouting adventures and countless service projects will take place as usual.

We took this action today amid increasing financial pressure on the BSA from litigation involving past abuse in Scouting. We are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to abuse innocent children and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting. We believe victims, we support them, we provide counseling by a provider of their choice, and we encourage them to come forward. Our plan is to use this Chapter 11 process to create a Trust that would provide equitable compensation to these individuals.

As we go through this process, we want to make certain that all Scouting parents and volunteers know the following:

  • Scouting is safer now than ever before. Approximately 90% of the pending and asserted claims against the BSA relate to abuse that occurred more than 30 years ago. As someone close to Scouting, you know the safety of children in our programs is the BSA’s absolute top priority and that one instance of abuse is one too many. That’s precisely why over many years we’ve developed some of the strongest expert-informed youth protection policies found in any youth-serving organization.

    From mandatory youth protection training and background checks for all volunteers and staff, to policies that prohibit one-on-one interaction between youth and adults and require that any suspected abuse is reported to law enforcement, our volunteers and employees take youth protection extremely seriously and do their part to help keep kids safe. You can read more about the BSA’s multi-layered safeguards and our efforts to be part of the broader solution to child abuse at www.scouting.org/youth-safety. In fact, this is a resource that you can share with friends and family who are interested in understanding what the BSA is doing to keep kids safe.

  • Scouting continues. Scouting programs will continue to serve youth, families and local communities throughout this process and for many years to come. Just last year, communities across the country benefited from more than 13 million Scouting service hours, and young men and women earned more than 1.7 million merit badges that represent skills that will help them succeed throughout their lives. Studies prove and parents agree that Scouting helps young people become more kind, helpful and prepared for life, and as long as those values remain important to our society, Scouting will continue to be invaluable to our nation’s youth.
  • Local councils have not filed for bankruptcy. Local councils – which provide programming, financial, facility and administrative support to Scouting units in their communities – are legally separate, distinct and financially independent from the national organization.

We know you will likely have questions about these issues and things you will see in the news. We have posted information about our restructuring on a dedicated website, www.BSArestructuring.org.

This site includes a helpful Resources page, where you will find a short video explaining what Chapter 11 means for Scouting, as well as a FAQ and a reference document that will help you discuss this announcement with youth in our programs. The site also includes a Milestones page, which will be your best source for the latest updates throughout this process.

Yours in Scouting,

Jim Turley
National Chair

Ellie Morrison
National Commissioner

Roger Mosby
President & CEO

 

Congaree National Park Trip Feb 21-23 details

What: Troop 502 will be camping, hiking, orienteering and cooking. This is a fun and skills building weekend.

When: February 21-23  Leave: Friday 21 at 5pm. Return: Sunday 23, about 12-1pm. Scouts will call or text with exact ETA.

Where: Driving personal vehicles to Congaree National Park, Congaree, SC.

Weather: mid 60s daytime; mid 40s at night. Cloudy. Light wind and rain possible.

Gear: We will be hiking in wet areas and it might be raining. Review the 502 gear list. Be prepared, bring mess kit, weather appropriate clothing and extra pair of shoes or boots, head lamp, etc.

Meals: $28 per scout. No meals on the road. Several scouts are working on cooking for rank advancement and for the cooking merit badge. SEE BELOW INSTRUCTIONS.

 

Scouts who are cooking must prepare full meals with a main dish, a couple sides and dessert for 7 scouts.

  • Review Cooking Merit Badge worksheet and complete whatever you can: http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/old/Cooking-16.docx
  • review and fulfill the USDA Choose My Place guidelines. https://www.choosemyplate.gov
  • choose and bring the recipes, shopping list, cooking utensil list, and pricing.
  • Scouts must personally go to the store and buy the food and bring receipts. Budget is $30 per breakfast, $40 for lunch and $45 per dinner.

 

BONUS If cooking method is Dutch oven, kabob skewers or foil wrap

Januda: Friday Dinner: Chicken Fajita Dinner

Harrison: Saturday breakfast: Ham and Egg meal

Miles: Saturday lunch: Philly Cheesesteak packable meal (2 meal servings should be beef alternative)

Yasindu: Saturday dinner: Chicken Curry rice meal

Jack: Sunday Breakfast: Crepes

 

If you have questions regarding the meal purchase please email Mr. Fisher at dfisherbroker@bellsouth.net

Please review the below links, complete the paperwork. Remember to bring your scout book so you can receive your sign-off’s

 

MERIT BADGES:

Scouts earning COOKING MERIT BADGE? Be Prepared:

 

Scouts earning ORIENTEERING Merit Badge ? Be Prepared:

 

RANK ADVANCEMENT

Scouts should review their books and be prepared to get lots of signoffs for CAMPING, HIKING, MAP and COMPASS, and COOKING:

https://www.scouting.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Scouts-BSA-Requirements-3321619.pdf

For example

cooking is in:

TENDERFOOT 2a, 2b, 2c

SECOND CLASS: 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e,

FIRST CLASS 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e,

Orienteering, MAP and COMPASS is in

Tenderfoot 1b

Second Class 1a, 3a, 3d, and 3b

First Class 1a, and 4a

 

Leaders:

Mr. Fisher

Mr. Kaiser

Mr. Hess

Mr. Powers

 

 

Troop Meetings

Just a reminder that we have no regular troop meeting Feb 17th or 24th.   

PLC only will be meeting on the 24th  Troop meetings for all will resume March 2nd.

 

Seth McGuffin Eagle Project Sign-Up Link

Attached please find a link to sign up to assist Seth with his Eagle Scout project. The project will take place this Saturday at Pineville Elementary. Scouts who attend will earn community service hours as well.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4dafad2aa1fd0-eagle

If you have issues with the link, please contact Cindy McGuffin at cindyd@mcguffinusa.com

 

 

 

Summer Camp Details

Final arrangements have been made for this year’s summer camp. The troop will be attending Camp Powhatan, located in Hiwassee, Virginia.  Dates of attendance will be July 5th through 11th.  Cost per scout is $345 with payment schedule as follows:

1st payment due by February 10, 2020 – $180

Final payment due by March 10, 2020 – $165

If your scout has Matthews Alive credit or sells camp cards, it can be applied to camp fees.

Seth McGuffin Eagle Scout Project

Seth McGuffin is requesting help from his fellows scouts with his Eagle Scout project, to be held at Pineville Elementary Feb 8th tentatively from 9 am to 6 pm, and February 9th from noon to 6 p.m.  Please sign up tonight if you can offer some time to help.

 

 

 

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