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Operation Christmas Child

For those needing community service hours, the troop has registered with Operation Christmas Child to pack and check boxes, or perform similar tasks as directed by the organization.

Date: Saturday, December 3rd

Time: 7 to 10 p.m.

Where: Samaritans Purse processing center, 7100 Forest Point Blvd, Charlotte NC 28217

Details:

  • Participants must be 13 or older as of December 3rd
  • Transportation to and from processing center must be supplied by parent or guardian – arrive by 6:30 p.m.
  • Online waiver forms must be signed by all participants (parents must sign for minor children)
  • Participation is limited to scouts at the present time so they can earn their hours and adult leaders for chaperoning. If there are slots available in the near future, it will be opened up to parents as well.
  • With the exception of a small break, you will be standing for the entire project. Please wear comfortable closed toe sneakers or shoes. Due to Federal OSHA regulations, NO sandals or open toe shoes allowed.

Should you wish to participate, please send an email to cschnall30@gmail.com so that we can email you a waiver form. Time slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

FINAL call for Aviation Merit Badge Blue Cards

Several Scouts completed the Aviation Merit Badge earlier this year. Soham, Braeden and Ashruth turned in blue cards and we are submitting to the Merit Badge counselor tomorrow. If you flew in the small plane in Monroe and want to receive your Aviation MB at this Court of Honor, you need to complete and email your blue card to SM@Troop502.com right away. A fillable blue card and instructions are at https://troop502.com/2021/05/17/merit-badges-2

Adult BSA Training – perfect for a rainy day

“Every Scout deserves a trained leader”. Thank you for being that person.

Please note: All adult leaders must be trained to position when the Troop recharters in March 2023.
Starting this year, the district won’t allow us to re-register any untrained adult. Please get ahead of this new district requirement by completing your training before then. Why not today?
Most required training is available online (requires login to my.scouting.org)
• Youth Protection: All registered Adults (aka “Scouters”) Youth Protection Training (every 2 years)
Scoutmaster & ASM must do: SM/ASM Training 1194, Program Safety* 1135 and OLS Outdoor Leadership Skills (in-person weekend). Troop 502 High Adventure crews also do Wilderness First Aid and are CPR/AED trained. *WFA, CPR, and Hazardous Weather training certificates expire and must be retaken every two years.
Troop Committee Member must do: 1195. Program Safety & OLS are optional but strongly encouraged.
• Troop Committee Chairman must do: 1195 and 1184
• Merit Badge Counselor must do: 1188
Training for other Troop Committee Chairs, STEM Counselor, Journey to Excellence training details are at Troop 502 Training and Catalog of other Training

In this Training Update:
1. Roundtable: How Scouters stay in touch
2. Training Awards: Earn a Knot for your uniform
3. Required Position Training: Online (see above) and live virtual options.
4. OLS: Outdoor Leadership Skills, part of SM/ASM being trained and earning the “Trained” strip.
5. Advanced Training: Universities of Scouting, Wood Badge.
6. Outdoor Adventure Training: Climbing, Aquatics and Shooting Sports.
7. Outdoor Ethics, including Leave No Trace.
8. Merit Badge Counselor: Teach Better.
9. Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED.

1. Roundtable on 10/13/2022
For all registered adult leaders (“Scouters”). Roundtable is the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 PM, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church 6828 Old Reid Rd, 28210, Charlotte. Attendance counts towards the Scouters Training Award Knot and Scoutmasters Key Knot. Stay informed, learn, and share.
2. Training Awards: Earn a Knot
Scouter’s Training Award recognizes tenure, training, and performance and shows our youth that you also have a high standard of excellence.
• Eligibility: Any scouter, including Troop Committee members.
• Requirements: Do the above basic position training and continuing education.
• Application: Submit Scouts BSA Form to Troop Committee Chair, who submits to District Training Chair.
• Other Recognition: Scoutmaster’s Key and Unit Leader Award of Merit by Troop committee nomination.
3. Required Position Training
ONLY 100% trained leaders will be allowed to recharter with Troop 502 in March 2023. (see Online options above) OR do Live Virtual Position Training:
• 11/5 Scoutmaster/ASM, Rock Hill, SC https://scoutingevent.com/549-2022uofs
• 11/5 Troop Committee, Rock Hill, SC https://scoutingevent.com/549-2022uofs
4. OLS: Outdoor Leadership Skills.
OLS, is required training for SM/ASM and is recommended for all other registered adults. Learn skills to help Scouts achieve First Class, meet other leaders, and have a great time.
• 10/15-10/16 Glendale, SC https://scoutingevent.com/549-iols
• 10/21-10/22 Cardinal District Fuquay-Varina, NC
• 10/22-10/23 Travelers Rest, SC https://scoutingevent.com/551-58779
• 10/29-10/30 Sandhills District Lillington, NC (pre-event Zoom on 10/19)
• 11/4-11/6 Batesburg, SC https://scoutingevent.com/553-iolsfall2022
• 11/12-11/13 Belk Scout Camp, NC https://www.mccscouting.org/OLS22
5. Continuing/Advanced Education.
University of Scouting: (qualifies as continuing education for awards & knots)
11/5 Rock Hill, SC https://scoutingevent.com/549-2022uofs
11/5 Holly Springs, NC https://ocscouts.org/events/university-of-scouting-2
11/19 Chandler, NC https://www.danielboonecouncil.org/UofS22
1/7 Easley, SC https://scoutingevent.com/551-58781
6. Outdoor Adventure (Climbing, Shooting, Aquatics)
Develop your unit’s capacity to deliver adventure on water, rock, and range.
• 10/7-10/9 NRA Basic and Instructor Rifle and Shotgun, Rutherfordton, NC
https://www.piedmontcouncilbsa.org/nraaprilbasic
• 3/24-3/26 COPE/Climbing Instructor Level 1, Carthage, NC
• 5/5-5/7 COPE/Climbing Instructor Level 1, Belk Scout Camp
7. Outdoor Ethics
Leave No Trace programs for you and the Troop 502 Outdoor Ethics Guide (youth).
• 10/12 & 11/9 Monthly Virtual OE/Conservation Roundtable
• 10/8-10/9 Rhodhiss, NC https://www.piedmontcouncilbsa.org/leavenotrace2022
• 10/14-10/16 Travelers Rest, SC https://scoutingevent.com/551-58890
• 10/21-10/22 Carthage, NC https://ocscouts.org/events/leave-no-trace-trainer-3
• 4/14-4/16 Carthage, NC https://ocscouts.org/events/leave-no-trace-trainer-4-14-23
• 5/5-5/7 Travelers Rest, SC https://scoutingevent.com/551-58891
8. Trainer/Instructor Development
Deliver better programs at your unit, teach merit badges better, and serve as a staff
member at summer camp, SEALS, Wood Badge, etc.
• 11/5 Trainers Edge, Rock Hill, SC https://scoutingevent.com/549-2022uofs
9. CPR and Wilderness First Aid
• WFA – 11/19-11/20 (Glendale, SC) https://scoutingevent.com/549-wfacpr
• WFA – 12/29 (Yanceyville, NC) https://scoutingevent.com/070-WFA
• WFA* – 1/27-1/28 https://www.mccscouting.org/Wilderness-First-Aid
• WFA* – 2/24-2/25 https://www.mccscouting.org/Wilderness-First-Aid
• WFA* – 3/31-4/1 https://www.mccscouting.org/Wilderness-First-Aid
• WFA – 3/31-4/2 (Carthage, NC) https://ocscouts.org/events/wilderness-first-aid-3-31-23
• WFA – 3/31-4/2 (Travelers Rest, SC) https://scoutingevent.com/551-58784

*For additional Mecklenburg County Council Training, see https://www.mccscouting.org/Training

Community Service Opportunity

For those scouts needing service hours, there is a Build-A-Bed event at Harrison Church on Saturday October 8th. NOTE this is not a troop activity, however an individual opportunity. Many of our scouts have participated in this event for quite a number of years, it is fun and you are helping a child that is less fortunate and currently does not own their own bed. Should wish to help, please use the link below to sign up:

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30e0448aaa82aa4fa7-beds12/5626820

Meetings tonight 9/26/2022

The Troop will be having a PLC meeting tonight 7pm-8:30pm. All scouts in a position of leadership are required to attend. If you have been with the Troop for more than 6 months, you probably have a leadership position, contact Braeden H. SPL@Troop502.com or just come to the meeting. Other scouts are welcome to come and observe.

The Cub Scout Pack will be having a regular meeting tonight from 7pm-8pm. Any Troop parents who are available are encouraged to attend and help out.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to call or text Mr. Fisher at 704.617.3544.

Camping and Golfing is ON this weekend

We found a leader! (Thank you Mr Varre).

Please make sure to bring your Ten Scout Essentials and Other Essential Personal Gear. https://troop502.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Ten-Scout-Essentials-and-Gear-List-2022.pdf

Also bring your BSA Health Form part A and B https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/ahmr

Bring a golf putter if you have one and junior golf size irons if you have them (no drivers).

Questions? Call Mr Fisher 704-617-3544

Weekend Trip Reminders

Scouts attending the overnight trip please arrive by 5:30 tomorrow, Friday Sept 23rd

Bring $20 cash for patrol food. There is no charge for golfing on Saturday, however if you wish to hit some balls on the driving range there is an additional $5 charge which is not covered by the troop. You will need to bring extra money should you wish to do so.

Congratulations Jathin!

Congratulations to Jathin Banala, who successfully passed his Eagle Board of Review on Sept 17th. Well done Jathin!

Troop Updates

  • If you wish to attend this weekend’s camping/golf trip and have not yet RSVP’d, please do so immediately by emailing SPL@troop502.com and SM@troop.com. Cost per scout is $20 for food.
  • There is no regular troop meeting on Monday, Sept 26th. The PLC (troop leadership team) only will be meeting. We will see all scouts on October 3rd.
  • New scouts only – if you are attending this weekend’s trip, please bring your BSA Health form with Parts A and B filled out in its entirety, along with a front and back copy of your health insurance card. Scouts may not travel with the troop until this information is provided.

Recruiting RSVP needed for tonight!

Tonight at 6pm is the biggest recruiting opportunity that Pack 502 has at Ballantyne Elementary School.

Please RSVP to both SPL@Troop502.com and SM@Troop502.com with a YES or NO to the two dates listed below. Scouts who participate at either Ballantyne Elementary tonight at 6 and/or Elon Park Elementary at 6:30 p.m. will earn community service hours towards their next rank. Participation should only be about an hour.

Yesterday our Apache District Scouting Executive hosted a lunchtime rally there and tonight the students return with their parents specifically to learn more about scouting.

Typically, parents’ nights like tonight are when the pack registers the most new cub scouts.

The Elon Park Elementary School rally was today and parents’ night is 6:30pm Thursday evening

We are still working to find out Pineville Elementary School Rally and open house dates and times  

We would like to have two scouts and at least one adult at each school.

A strong pack will make for a strong troop.  SCOUTS and PARENTS are the most important recruits that we have.  Parents, who have your children been playing with this Summer?  Are they interested in joining our Pack or Troop?  Would you invite them, please, if you haven’t already done so?  New neighbors, new friends – everyone is welcome.  Please share how much fun you’ve been having and let those friends know that the ONLY way Scouting at 502 could be any more fun than it is, is if they join us.

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