Messages 1/26/2020

Greetings, intrepid adults of Troop 271,

Wow, 2020 has gotten off to a busy start! First, I want to thank all of you who came out for the merit badge catch-up night last week. It was a huge success: there were 12 merit badges completed, the new scouts finished ⅔ of the requirements for Scout rank, and I believe one scout finished his Eagle project plan. There has been talk about making these catch-up nights a regular part of our troop activities.

And also, major kudos to those who came to the IHN service project on Sunday. I hear you went above and beyond the advertised need! I am so proud to be part of a troop that will take on an extra service project to help out our community.

A point of business: last fall, we planned the troop outings through February. Now that we should all have our spring schedule fairly well worked out, it’s time to plan dates for our spring outings. Keep an eye open for a Doodle Poll from Colleen Cleves to start the date selection process. Not sure what a Doodle Poll is? That would be a great question to bring up at the meeting on Thursday!

And now, an annotated schedule of upcoming events:

Thursday, 1/30: All Parent Meeting
We will start the meeting promptly at 7:00 with some general discussion about the troop’s current state of affairs, and we’ll talk about SUMMER CAMP. Then we will break into two groups: 1) an orientation session for our newer parents (this includes anyone with a scout below Star rank); and 2) a walkthrough of the Eagle process for parents of Star and Life scouts, led by our Life to Eagle Coach, Todd Powell.

Saturday, 2/8, 8:00-12:00: Service Project — Easttown Pancake Breakfast
This project doesn’t involve carrying heavy mattresses, and it does include eating pancakes and sausage. But don’t let that stop you from coming! Sign up for a two hour slot, or participate in the full four hours. See the Weekly Newsletter for more details.

Thursday, 2/20: Summer Camp Down Payment Due
$180/scout is due at this time
Total payment of $160/adult/week (or $33/adult/day) is also due
Checks may be hand delivered to LaVonne Carlson or John Mish at the meeting, or mailed to John Mish, 493 Arrowhead Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

Sunday, 2/23, 11:30am: Service Project — IHN/Family Promise Setup
This is our regularly scheduled IHN (n/k/a Family Promise) setup at Mayflower.

Thursday, 2/27, 6:30pm: Court of Honor, Location TBD
The merit badge catch-up night should have helped a lot of scouts get closer to their next rank. Ask your son what he needs to do to finish up, and encourage him to do it! We’ll have a potluck dinner to start the evening.

Saturday, 2/29: Outing to Cannonsburg
Spend Leap Day with the troop having fun in the snow! I, personally, am excited to try the new tubing runs they have this year.

Sunday, 3/1, 8:15am: Service Project — IHN/Family Promise Take Down
This is our regularly scheduled IHN (n/k/a Family Promise) take down at Mayflower.

Questions, comments, and snide remarks may be directed to LaVonne Carlson, 616.634.7322.

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