I hope everyone is enjoying a great holiday break! Please review the following and update your calendars accordingly!

Meetings

Patrol leaders, patrol scribes and patrol quartermasters – you have a Troop Leadership Council meeting set for 5 pm on January 6. These meetings with the Troop SPL and ASPL’s will help you plan your meetings for the month and prepare for camping and other activities. Your attendance is expected. Please sign up here to indicate you are coming.

We are changing the routine beginning at our first troop meeting for 2019 on January 7. First, please note that we will start our meetings at 7:00 pm. We will dismiss no later than 8:30 pm.

Second, we will reserve 3 meetings a month for patrol meetings and one meeting as a Troop meeting. (January 7 is a troop meeting). January 14 will be the first patrol meeting of the month – Webelos II’s from Pack 121 will be visiting.

January 21 is Martin Luther King Day. We will meet at 4:00 pm at the Scout Hut to do service projects that benefit Mt. Bethel UMC. We will dismiss by 6:00 pm.

Pack 83 is visiting on January 28. We will elect a new Senior Patrol Leader along with new Patrol Leaders. Click on Scouts-LeadershipPositions for more details on leadership opportunities. Click here under Scout Resources and User and to sign up. The new leadership will take office March 1.

If you are interested in high adventure camping for an alternative summer camp and will be 13 or older no later than June 1, 2019 – please attend a meeting at the Scout Hut on January 13 at 3 pm. We will make a Go/No Go decision based on the input from those who attend this meeting. . Please confirm your interest in attending this meeting by registering at this sign-up link.

Camping

Feb 22-24 – Okefenokee Swamp – We will leave at 10 am on Friday Feb 22 and return late Sunday February 24. Opportunities for canoeing, cooking, and other merit badge work. This is a great trip – lots of fun!

Feb 22-24 – Scouts 13 and older – River Kayaking – details coming soon!

Mar 22-24 – Scout Challenge – An Atlanta Area Council Event held at Bert Adams Reservation. More than 5,000 scouts, venturers, and volunteers will assemble for a weekend of massive games, activities and more! A jamboree-style event for the price of a weekend camping trip! Sign-up here!

Merit Badge Opportunities

Personal Fitness – On January 12th, 9am-12pm, we’ll have a Personal Fitness Merit Badge kick off.  The goal will be to cover requirements 1, 6, and 7. Be prepared to complete the initial fitness test so come in class B. More updates to come from Mr. Harris. See attached Personal_Fitness Work Book

Training

Jan 26 – CPR/AED/First Aid Training — Sharpening our skills is important to success and health! Troop 1011 has contracted with Executive CPR to provide a 4.5 hour training course on CPR/AED and First Aid. We are encouraging all adults and scouts over 12 to sign up. For $40 you will be trained to respond to Adult and Child CPR, choking, AED (automatic external defibrillator) use, and basic first aid. When you complete the course, you will receive a two-year certificate. The training is sanctioned by the American Heart Association. Please sign up to indicate interest. We will provide online and on-site payment options by January 7.

On Feb 16, the University of Scouting offers a number of position specific leadership courses for adults and scouts. Please look over the offerings. Rachel Bailey is on the staff for this tremendous training event. Garrett Bailey is serving as our Unit Training Chair. he will be reaching out to adults to encourage your participation. ASM Doug Krueger will be talking to the new leadership team that will take office March 1 (elections are January 28). If you are planning on serving in a position of responsibility, you need to reserve this day for training.

Pine Straw

The single fund raiser of the year for Troop 1011 is the annual Pine Straw sale. Please reserve March 1 and March 2nd on your calendars. All Scouts are expected to help that weekend – this is a mandatory event! Scouts will earn credits that can be used to pay for summer camp and other camping events throughout the year. Scout family members and friends can help and contribute their hours worked to the scout’s account!

Communications

Our new home for all information concerning Troop 1011 is here. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the site. You may preview the calendar for 2019 here. The Troop calendar on Scoutbook is linked to the website for more consistent scheduling.

Summer Jobs

Camp Woodruff is looking for Staff. Interested scouts should apply at www.campwoodruff.org/staff.

Yours in Scouting,

 

Scoutmaster Flowers