I hope you all enjoyed your holiday with no emails from me. To make up for it, this one will be long—but as always, the more you read, the more you know.
The February outing date has been changed to February 1-3. Since we weren’t able to use our Pigeon Creek reservation in January, we have moved that outing’s activities to February (and had to take the dates that were available). Please let me know by Monday, January 28, if your son wants to go. We will be cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, and possibly even building snow caves!
- Summer Camp is closer than you think. It may seem hard to believe, but it’s already time to put a deposit down on our spots at Gerber. We generally assume that most boys will come to camp, but please let me know ASAP if your son is not planning to come this year. The dates are July 14-20.
- Accounting email coming soon. Our treasurer has been hard at work to bring our troop accounting up to date. Keep your eyes open for an email telling you how your scout accounts stand.
- Next Service Project: Eastown Pancake Breakfast on February 8. You can work from 8-10 or 10-12 (or do all 4 hours if you really want to), and eat pancakes! Please sign up through the Weekly Newsletter so we know how many to expect for each shift.
I also want to say a word of thanks to the people who have stepped up to counsel merit badges over the last couple of months. Chemistry is pretty much done (just make sure your son has finished getting his blue card signed off), Emergency Preparedness is going strong, and we will start Communications next week. Also, if your son is doing Personal Management, check in with him to be sure he’s tracking all the stuff he should be tracking!
Finally, a word about girls and Troop 271:
As we all know by now, the BSA has decided to allow girls to join the newly renamed “Scouts BSA.” The intent behind this was never to create co-ed troops; all boy and girl troops must have separate youth leadership and separate Scoutmasters. However, girl and boy troops are allowed to share some resources, such as meeting space and Troop Committees.
Although the Committee of Troop 271 is generally happy to see girls gaining access to the same awesome Scouting program we all love, we feel that it is currently in our best interest to keep our focus on our boy troop. We feel that trying to charter a second troop out of our Committee would spread our resources too thin to allow us to provide an excellent program to either boys or girls. Therefore, at this time, we have no intention of trying to establish a girl troop at Mayflower.
Please feel free to contact Erik, me, or any committee member if you have any questions about this or anything else Scouting related.
PS—to the person or people who are doing the snow dance: Go You!! Keep up the great work! However, maybe you could petition the weather gods for slightly higher temperatures for next weekend?