March Newsletter 2015
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.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.