A couple of VERY IMPORTANT announcements:
First, SUMMER CAMP DEPOSITS ARE DUE THIS THURSDAY. If your son/s are planning to go to summer camp this year (and I hope they all are), I need confirmation and $150/scout by March 1. If you can’t make it to the meeting on Thursday, feel free to mail me a check (made out to BSA Troop 271, mailed to LaVonne Carlson, 1719 Woodcliff Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506), or call me to make other arrangements (616.634.7322).
Second, the BSA has updated their YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING, and everyone is required to re-take it.
Why? Because having strong policies that are consistently enforced is one of the best ways to prevent abuse from happening.
Who? Anyone age 18 or older who participates in Scouting. If you camp, drive boys to camp, lead merit badges, hang out at meetings… basically, if you get close enough to a Scout to sneeze on him, you need to do this training.
When? As soon as possible, but definitely before the next time you participate in an overnight event. July 15 is the latest deadline for our troop.
How? Go to my.scouting.org and login, then click on the grey and red circle that says YOUth protection begins with YOU. After that, follow the instructions on the screen. The training takes about an hour. When you have completed it, be sure to print the certificate or save it as a PDF and send it to Tom O’Brien (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Then, while I have your attention, here are a few more messages:
I just received word that Mayflower is NOT planning to host IHN this rotation, so you can take that service project off your calendars. Stay tuned for Plan B… and keep Drew Crowley’s Eagle Project dates in mind (the next three Saturdays from 10-12 at St Stephens Gym).
Merit Badges for March will include Citizenship in the Community, led by Dave Morgan, and Game Design, led by Todd Powell. In the works for April are Wood Carving and Wilderness Survival.
The next outing will be March 16-18 at The Huts, the Rheins’ (beautiful) cottage on Lake Michigan. Adults can stay indoors. Sign up early to reserve the comfy beds!