Messages 9/6/2020

Hello, parent-folk of Troop 271,

Well, it’s time for another long missive from your Committee Chair (I’m sure you’ve missed getting them over the last few months). I hope you’re all nice and relaxed this holiday weekend and have time to read the whole thing carefully.


We had a great turnout for our fundraising discussion last week. Here’s what we decided:

  • Popcorn. We will sell popcorn via take-order and website only. Take-order forms are attached, and I will have some printed copies available at the next few meetings. For online sales, visit the Trail’s End website. If you’re new to selling popcorn or want more information, please reach out to Tim Stong or LaVonne Carlson.
  • Key Cards. Barb Caputo has a lead on selling Key Cards, which are similar but superior to Entertainment Books. It sounds like the Key Card sales could complement popcorn sales really nicely. We’ll get more info about those out to you soon.
  • Can Drive. It seems like nobody wants to return their own cans these days, and a lot of student-type groups are making good money off of can drives. We are looking into some details and tentatively planning a drive in early October.
  • Scrip. Don’t forget that you can order scrip and get money in your scout account from things you buy. See here for more details and to get started.


The 9/11 Community Day of Remembrance is going virtual this year. The event will be Live Streamed on the Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum’s Facebook page all day. There will be several live components throughout the day, such as the ringing of the bells, as well as some afternoon and evening speakers. In order to uphold the tradition of saluting from sunrise to sunset we are asking for submissions of videos and pictures of scouts and community members saluting the flag to share throughout the day. There are two ways to submit those videos and pictures:

  • Directly through Facebook in the discussion portion of the event, or
  • Via email to Please submit as an attachment directly to the email and not by sharing a link. Note: Please submit pictures with the file type .jpeg or .png and videos with file type .mp4 and .mov

If you would like to receive a commemorative patch for this event, please register for a time slot. This registration is open to ANYONE and is not limited to Scouts and Leaders.  Please register for a time slot and we will attempt to share your submissions live during that time.

If you have any questions please contact Luke Kelley at


With things as up in the air as they have been lately, we did not attempt to schedule a full year of outings. We did make (tentative) plans through December, however.

  • September 18-20: Fly Fishing in Baldwin, MI. Stay tuned for campsite details.
  • October 16-18: Backpacking on the Manistee River Trail. We’ll start talking gear at meetings in late September.
  • November 13-15: Modified Thanksgiving Feast at Yankee Springs.
  • December 5: City Hike (probably in Grand Rapids, unless it is possible to go farther afield by then).

Note that campouts will be different this year in two major ways:

  1. Only one boy per tent, unless the boys live in the same household. If we don’t have enough tents to accommodate all our boys under these conditions, we will consider allowing a boy to tent with a parent.
  2. Boys will cook for themselves or in family units. We will limit or eliminate sharing of food and utensils, and spread cooking out over several fires or campstoves as needed for good social distancing.


Our service coordinators are working hard to find outdoor and conservation-related projects that fit with our troop schedule. We are likely to be working with Grand Rapids parks on some park or trail maintenance. Stay tuned for more details.


Mayflower is still working out their principles and procedures for reopening. As long as they are closed and weather permits, we will meet outdoors. In inclement weather, we are exploring some other possible options. Watch your email for last minute updates about meeting locations!


I am working to restore, and will post our Covid-19 updates and other info there as soon as I can. If you’re in the habit of pointing prospective new scouts to our website, please let them know that it will be back up ASAP.


Meanwhile, if you haven’t joined our private Facebook group, Troop 271 Grand Rapids, please do! It’s a great place to get event updates, fun photos, and occasional articles of interest to our troop.

Wow, thanks for making it all the way to the end of this email. As always, if you have questions, comments, or snide remarks, please feel free to send them to me at or 616.634.7322.



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