Planning Meeting and Other Messages

Hello, parents of Troop 271,

Summer is drawing to a close (my kids are in school already, are yours?), and that means the Troop is gearing up for another awesome year of scouting!

This Wednesday, August 29: Please gather at Manhattan Park starting at about 6:00 for the Troop Picnic and Outing Planning Meeting. The troop will provide hotdogs; please bring a side or dessert to share. If you can’t make it but have an idea for an outing that you would like the Troop to consider, please email it to me!

Friday and Saturday, September 7-8: Our first Service Project is coming up fast, because they changed the date for the Reed’s Lake Triathlon. This is both a service project and a fundraiser, so we need all hands on deck! Please see the Troop Calendar or any of the reminder emails from Mary Ann Bridge for more information and to register. Register now if you want to guarantee a T-Shirt in your size.

Regular meetings will continue to be on Thursday this year. Thank you to everyone who responded to my query about possibly changing the meeting night—I think it was the biggest response I’ve ever received! For every family that said they would benefit from meeting on a different night, there was at least one family who really preferred to stick with Thursday; and among those who preferred a different night, there was no general consensus about which other night would be best. So it doesn’t seem like making a change is likely to provide an overall benefit to the troop.

Thursday, September 6: Our first regular meeting! Construction is ongoing at Mayflower Church, so they have asked us to enter through the main front doors for now. Please keep your eyes open throughout the fall for emails about updated access points as construction continues.

Thursday, September 13: Popcorn Kickoff and Parent Meeting. Please make it a priority to attend this meeting. We will discuss popcorn sales, dues, other fundraising ideas, leadership needs, and a lot of other important troop business. We will meet at 7:00 in the Youth Room of Mayflower Church.

YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING: Any adult who wants to participate in Troop activities needs to complete the NEW YPT. This is true even if your old YPT isn’t expired yet. Please login at, complete the course, and email a copy of your completion certificate to Tom O’Brien or me. Don’t make us have to hunt you down and harass you to complete this!

Court of Honor Dates: For those of you who are super organized, here is a list of this year’s planned Courts of Honor. Mark your calendar and save the dates! (Dates may be changed due to the pressures of life…but hopefully not too much.)

September 27, 2018
December 6, 2018
March 21, 2019
May 30, 2019

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