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Parent / Adult / Wood Badge Training

As we roll into the new school year please take a moment to ensure that all of your scout training is up to dates. All parents are encouraged to take the Youth Protection Training. This is a way to ensure that all the boys are operating in a safe and secure environment. Here is a good article on why you should take it.

Adult leaders please check you training records and ensure that you are up to date as well. Please ensure you have the correct training needed for any outings you are organizing. Training such as Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense and Climb On Safely might be needed, depending on your unit’s plans for the trip

Volunteers expect fun and fellowship at a Wood Badge course, but much more awaits. Wood Badge for the 21st Century is the highest and most advanced training course offered by the Boy Scouts of America.  While it is rich in scouting history and tradition, participants will spend 6 full days and nights learning modern leadership theories from contemporary scholars. Many companies feel the investment in Wood Badge makes a huge difference in the leadership capabilities of their employees who go through the experience.

SJAC’s Wood badge program will occur September 25-27 (1st weekend) October 9-11 (2nd weekend) and will be held at Camp Shenandoah.

Summer Schedule

Here is the summer schedule.   This includes all the weekly meetings in the summer months, June through August.

All meetings will run 6:30-8:00 unless otherwise noted.

June:

  • 2nd: COH @ Chris Greene Lake
  • 9th: Swim Test @ Hollymead Pool
  • 16th: Shakedown for Beach Trip: Ultimate
  • 23rd: Beach Trip: No meeting.
  • 30th: Orienteering Course (6-8 pm)

July

  • 7th:  Matchbox Rockets
  • 14th: Shakedown, Obstacle Course
  • 21st: Summer Camp: No meeting.
  • 28th: Exothermic/ Endothermic Ice Cream.

August

  • 4th: Kickball OGs vs Scouts
  • 11th: Mr. Williams
  • 17th: PLC
  • 18th: First uniform meeting @Grace Community Church (7:00- 8:30)
  • 25th: Elections @ Grace Community Church (7:00-8:30)
  • 28th: Canoe Trip

 

April Newsletter 2015

Note: Sharing and Print functions are located at the bottom of the newsletter.

Upcoming Dates:

Planning Meetings

  • Committee Meeting – Second Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church
  • PLC Meeting – Third Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church

Website: www.bsa-troop111.org

Recruiting

Over the next couple of months, many Webelos Scouts will crossover into a local Boy Scout Troop. If you know of any Webelos Scouts, please encourage them to visit Troop 111 before deciding what Troop they want to join. To coordinate a visit have them fill out our Troop Visit Request.

Be Prepared

April AT Backpacker

The April Campout for Spy Rock has changed. It is now two separate backpacking trips that with meet and camp together Saturday Night at Harper Spring Shelter on the AT.
The Long Hike leaves Friday Evening Apr 10 and returns 3Pm on Sunday. Location is Appalachian Trail in Nelson County, starting at Love Gap and heading south. The long Hike has a prerequisite of having previously done a backpack trip with the troop to demonstrate ability to do a longer backpacking trip.
The Short Hike leaves Saturday morning Apr 11 and returns at 12:30Pm on Sunday. Location is Appalachian Trail in Nelson County, sarting at Tye River and going north. Boys just joining the troop from Webelos need to go on the Short Hike.

Congratulations to New Youth Leaders

The following youth leaders were elected and will begin serving in their new roles after the March Court of Honor.

  • SPL – George S
  • ASPL – Adam J
  • FA Patrol Leader – Chris O
  • Cobras Patrol Leader – Nathan K
  • Panthers Patrol Leader – Jonathan R
  • Frogs Patrol Leader – David R
  • QM – Andrew D
  • Scribe – Jonathan D
  • Historian – Connor M
  • Librarian – Jack P
  • Instructors Older Boys – Joey B
  • Instructors  Younger Boys – Ryan D
  • Troop Guide – Brock S
  • OA Rep – Stephen M

Summer Camp 2015 – Camp

by Mr. Caroll

Early last week, after trying to negotiate with Ottari and then discussions with the committee, Mr. Nelson and the boy leadership, we decided to cancel with Camp Ottari. This summer we will go to Camp Shenandoah, so space and time are again on our side.  It will be the same week — July 19-25.

To first answer one of the bigger questions, any money already paid for Ottari by boys and adults will be refunded to the troop.

Despite my efforts negotiating, I could not secure any more guaranteed slots at Ottari so not only were we turning away current boys, but our new boys as well.  We had paid for 4 extra slots up front during the initial payment time and those slots filled up within the troop right away.  Therefore, in an effort to ensure we all go as a troop the decision has been made to switch locations.  I have confirmed Camp Shenandoah can still handle a troop of our size that week and there is no problem supporting both the boys already signed up and any additional boys as we need to add more.

Early registration for camp Shenandoah isn’t due until 4/28 and will be $250 (total) and it will be $275 for any boys adding after May 1st.  There are additional fees due for some activities and merit badges.  Those fees can be paid before or at the time of camp.  There is a program specially tailored for the new scouts at Shenandoah (Timber Mountain) that I will be talking to the boys about in the near future.  As well, Camp Shenandoah has high adventure opportunities that I can also discuss with older boys.

Sorry for confusion and I am sure some frustration.  Camp Ottari was an attempt by the boys to try something new and we (boy leaders and adults) have learned a lot about going out of council for summer camp for the future.  If anyone has questions please feel free to contact me.

Aviation Merit Badge

Mr. Dolan is a counselor for aviation merit badge. He was saying he would phase out unless there’s a group that wants to do it. If any scout would like to coordinate a group to take this merit badge please contact Mr. Nelson and Mr. Dolan.

Life to Eagle

Mr. Funk will be presenting the Life to Eagle Trail in April. This is a parents and scouts presentation on the process to complete the rank of Eagle Scout. It is recommended for Star and Life Scouts and their parents.

Troop Beach Week June 21-26

If you are starting to plan your summer, make sure to reserve June 21-26 for the Troop Beach trip to Oregon Inlet. Details to come.

50 Miler

The troop has started planning a 50-miler. Let ASM Dave Hietanen know if you are interested.

BSA Medical Forms – IMPORTANT for SUMMER CAMPS!!!

For most Scouts, it is time to renew their annual medical forms. If a Scout is attending Beach Week or Summer Camp, they need to have Forms A, B, and C completed which includes a physical. If not attending a longer event, a parent needs to update Form A and B annually. ASMs should also update medical forms annually. Medical forms should be given to Treasurer Mr. Otto. The link for Medical Forms can be found under Scout Links on the troop website. If the timing doesn’t work for your insurance coverage, MedExpress provides physicals for $20. Call 978-3998 for the Charlottesville  Seminole Square location. Make sure to bring the form with you.

Tax Time

When Baden-Powell said “Be Prepared,” I’m pretty sure he wasn’t talking about income tax returns.

But still, there’s no better advice than that two-word phrase during tax time.

There is a good article on Scouting and deduction on Scouting Magazine blog. (http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2011/03/03/tax-time/)

Note: Sharing and Print functions are located at the bottom of the newsletter.

Upcoming Dates:

Planning Meetings

  • Committee Meeting – Second Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church
  • PLC Meeting – Third Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church

Website: www.bsa-troop111.org

Recruiting

Over the next couple of months, many Webelos Scouts will crossover into a local Boy Scout Troop. If you know of any Webelos Scouts, please encourage them to visit Troop 111 before deciding what Troop they want to join. To coordinate a visit have them fill out our Troop Visit Request.

Inclement Weather Policy

If Albemarle County schools are closed on Tuesday or close early due to winter weather, the troop meeting that night will NOT be held. If the Scoutmaster determines that it is safe to hold the meeting, he will utilize the phone tree to let scouts know to attend.

Court of Honor March 8th @ 1:30 pm @ Grace

Scouts should set a goal to complete a rank or a merit badge by end of February in order to be recognized at the March Court of Honor. You need to contact Scoutmaster Mike Nelson for a Scoutmaster Conference before the Board of Reviews to be held 2/10 and 2/24.

Families are asked to bring:

  • Last name starting with A-L: main dish, side dish,and drink (juice, tea, soda) to share.
  • Last name starting with M-Z: main dish, dessert,and drink (juice, tea, soda) to share.

A serving utensil labeled with your name with each dish would be greatly appreciated.

  • Set-up: FA & Cobras~please arrive at 12:45
  • Clean-up: Frogs & Panthers~please plan to remain after the awards to clean-up & be dismissed by the SPL.

Questions for the COH please email:  mtneer57@ymail.com for more info.

Summer Camp 2015 – Base Camp Ottari

If you did not make the initial fee cut off and are interested in going to summer camp with the troop please let Mr. Carroll know ASAP. Currently camp says they are at capacity but I am told that you will be added to a waiting list and they often have people drop by the March 31 drop date.

This year Troop 111 will embark on a new summer adventure by camping at Base Camp Ottari (https://bsa-brmc.org/ottari) in place of Camp Shenandoah for summer camp.  With that come some new processes and procedures for signing up etc. please be aware of the following:

  • The Troop will be going July 19-25th (same as always)
  • Fees for standard base camp is $310 per boy $175 per adult (additional fees for high adventure camp alternatives)
  • Second installment of $100boy/$75 adult due April 1st!!!
  • If you do not get registered early the guarantee there will be a space for your boy decreases however I can add boys as late as 3 weeks before we leave, pending available spots.
  • I will send more information as it becomes available or visit https://bsa-brmc.org/ottari

Troop Beach Week June 21-26

If you are starting to plan your summer, make sure to reserve June 21-26 for the Troop Beach trip to Oregon Inlet. Details to come.

50 Miler

The troop has started planning a 50-miler. Let ASM Dave Hietanen know if you are interested.

BSA Medical Forms

For most Scouts, it is time to renew their annual medical forms. If a Scout is attending Beach Week or Summer Camp, they need to have Forms A, B, and C completed which includes a physical. If not attending a longer event, a parent needs to update Form A and B annually. ASMs should also update medical forms annually. Medical forms should be given to Treasurer Mr. Otto. The link for Medical Forms can be found under Scout Links on the troop website. If the timing doesn’t work for your insurance coverage, MedExpress provides physicals for $20. Call 978-3998 for the Charlottesville  Seminole Square location. Make sure to bring the form with you.

Merit Badges on Troop Website

The Troop 111 website now has a list of all Merit Badges highlighting those that have Merit Badge Counselors within our Troop. If a Scout wants to earn a Merit Badge, he needs to contact Scoutmaster Mike Nelson to have a Merit Badge Counselor assigned. If an adult sees a Merit Badge that they have expertise in, please contact Mr. Hope at tchope@mindspring.com to become a Merit Badge Counselor.

Annual Activity Fee

The $60 Annual Activity Fee to help cover BSA registrations and Boy’s Life Subscriptions, Insurance, Awards, and Troop Gear was deducted from individual Scout Accounts on January 14th. If your Scout Account does not have the funds in your account, you were notified by email and please bring a $60 check as soon as possible to a troop meeting with delivery to Treasurer Patrick Otto.