Greetings, adults of Troop 271!
Thanks again to all of you who turned out for the parent meeting last week. It was good to see so many new faces, and to reconnect with some more familiar folks, too. The boys are planning an exciting year of scouting, and I look forward to working with all of you over the course of the year!
Below is a recap of some of the key points we covered at the meeting. If you weren’t there, please read it carefully. If you were there, please let me know if I forgot or misrepresented anything. ?
Please volunteer for something!!
Like anything else in life, the more you put into Scouting, the more you’ll get out of it (and the more your son will get out of it). Thanks to Colleen Cleves signing up to be the Outing Coordinator, most of our key committee positions are filled. (We could still use a Recruitment Coordinator, though—talk to me if you’re interested.)
There are a lot of ways you can help out with varying degrees of commitment. Our Scoutmaster issued a challenge to parents to participate in at least one outing during the year. You can take that to the next level by signing up as an Outing Planner for one or more campouts, too. You can also be a Merit Badge Counselor—you don’t have to be an expert in the field, you just need to be willing to guide the boys a bit as they learn. And we always need parents who are willing to just come and hang out at meetings: we often need adults to sit on Boards of Review, to provide two-deep leadership in the gear room, or just to be present during activities when the Scoutmaster is doing a Scoutmaster conference.
Not sure what all of these things mean, or what they involve? I am planning to hold a parent orientation session in early October (date TBA). This will be ideal for parents who are new to the troop, but will be a great refresher for some of you old hands, as well. (As requested, we will take some time to review the various forms of technology the troop employs.)
Dues and Fundraising.
Dues this year are $110 per Scout, and are due September 30. This covers the basic individual costs, such as BSA registration, insurance, merit badges and other patches, etc., and a $25 donation to Friends of Scouting. The popcorn sales commitment this year is $350 per Scout in sales, or $120 “direct donation” to the troop payable by November 30.
The Troop Committee is also looking into some other fundraising opportunities to help defray the cost of Scouting (and possibly to help fund a bigger adventure). Stay tuned for more details as they emerge!
Questions about dues may be directed to our Treasurer, John Mish, firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about popcorn may be directed to our Popcorn Kernel, Tom Sykes, at email@example.com.
Summer Adventure Possibilities.
Our Scoutmaster has proposed the possibility of, instead of going to Gerber Scout Reservation next summer, developing and going on a Troop 271 adventure. A couple of proposed ideas include a trip to the Badlands, a trip to the Upper Peninsula, or whitewater rafting in Virginia. At the parent meeting, we discussed some of the pros and cons of skipping summer camp in favor of doing our own thing. There are points in favor of either approach.
I would like to submit that, ultimately, the boys should choose which option they prefer. However, if they choose their own adventure, we will need *additional* adult support to organize, plan, and participate in the adventure. We will have a full troop discussion and vote on this question at next week’s Court of Honor. Please talk this over with your son and think about how much time you are willing and able to invest in order to make an adventure a success!
Thanks for reading to the end! Please remember to go to Remington Field instead of Mayflower tomorrow, unless it’s raining. Sign up for this weekend’s outing through your Weekly Newsletter, and plan to help Dan Delano out with his Eagle project. Next week’s Court of Honor will be a potluck starting at 6:00: A-N bring a main dish; O-Z bring a dessert.