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2018/01/06 **Reminder**January Committee Reports-Troop 395

posted Jan 8, 2018, 3:46 PM by Troop 395

For the upcoming January 10, 2018 Committee Meeting:

 

Please have committee reports emailed to Vickie 

By Sunday afternoon, Jan. 7 to be included on the agenda. (Please also cc:Brooke)

 

Plan to be at the meeting for 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 hours, I will provide light refreshments for those coming right from jobs. It will be a lot to cover in a short period of time; I thank you in advance. 

 

Here's to a wonderful & prosperous 2018!

 

 

Yours in Scouting,

Vickie 



2017/12/28 Reminders and Important Upcoming Dates**

posted Jan 8, 2018, 3:44 PM by Troop 395

Good afternoon Scouts and Scouter Families,

 

Please note that there is NO meeting tonight, Thursday, December 28, 2017.

  •  Weekly Scout Meetings will resume Thursday, Jan. 4 at 7:00 pm.
  •  PLC will have their meeting on Monday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 pm.
  •  Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 pm.
  •  Everglades District Roundtable will be on Monday, Jan. 22 at 7:00 pm (Chancellor Charter School).

 

If you would like to take a more active role or see how the calendar and activities are planned, feel free to come as a guest to silently observe at one of the above times. If you have a GREAT Idea or something you would like to see happen in the future, please email Vickie Roraff (committee related/business related) or Eric Colter (activity/advancement scout related), emails are CC'd above to have that idea added to the meeting agenda in advance of the meeting. 

 

On behalf of the ScoutMaster and Committee of Troop 395, I want to wish everyone a Happy and Health New Year!!

 Best regards,

Vickie Roraff

T395

Incoming Committee Chair

2017/09/05 Be Prepared

posted Sep 20, 2017, 6:58 PM by Troop 395

Good afternoon Troop 395,

 

 I hope everyone is taking Hurricane Irma seriously!!!! 

 

Check out this website:

http://www.floridadisaster.org

 

 WARNING- PLEASE BE AWARE OF DOWNED POWERLINES AFTER A STORM!!!!

 

 Here are a few things that you should be doing as Scouts.

 

Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)- Contact your Leadership team. Make sure that you have a phone number for each person & that they have yours. 

 

Patrol Leader (PL)- Contact each Scout in your patrol. You can make a plan for each member of your Patrol to contact 2 other members. That is quicker way of contacting everyone. 

 

This plan is to be used when normal phone communications are AVAILABLE.  The Troop will mobilize by Patrol.  Members are contacted by phone.  To begin the mobilization, the Scoutmaster calls the Assistant Scoutmasters and Senior Patrol Leader.  The SPL calls all Patrol Leaders and each Patrol Leader phones each patrol member.  Troop phone lists may be obtained from the Scoutmaster if needed.

 

Please let's get this done quickly. We will use this in the event that we get hit. 

 

How to use:


 Scouts- After an emergency, please contact your PL with the condition of your Family & House. 

 

PL's- After you have contacted or been contacted by each member of your Patrol. Send your SPL a patrol head count. 

EXAMPLES: 

 Patrol A- everyone has been contacted and no issues to report.

 Patrol B- Scout Family X is safe but can't get out of their house. Something is blocking the front door. Everyone else has been contacted and no issues.

 

SPL- Will contact SM and give a final report.

 

SM- Will use the report given and put together a plan to help those in need. Assess the Church when safe to do so. 


2017/08/31 Merit Badge Procedure

posted Sep 20, 2017, 6:55 PM by Troop 395

Scouts,

 

Below is the process for working on earning Merit Badges:

Once you decide that your interested in earning a Merit Badge (MB):

1) You need to sign out the Merit Badge Pamphlet for the MB that you want.

*In the event that the Troop doesn't have a copy of the pamphlet that you want, Please let me (Scoutmaster) know. We will get one. 

 

2) Next, you go to meritbadge.org and find the worksheets for the MB. 

 

3) You will use the MB Pamphlet to fill in your MB worksheets. 

 

4) Once you have completed what you can in the MB Worksheets, bring me your paperwork and I will get you a blue card. 

 

5) Now you are ready to attend a class (SAW, Summer Camp, Winter Camp, MB Counselor, ect...).

 

6) Once you have completed your merit badge. You bring me your blue card with your counselor signature and I will sign off as completed in the scoutmaster location. It's a good idea to bring your paperwork to reference. 

 

7) Finally, you show the completed blue card to our Advancement Chair (Mrs. Bassler) and she will log it in Scoutbook. Now you will have earned the merit badge....

 

Please sit with me if I need to explain in person. You can earn Merit Badges on your own. Don't wait for Camp..... 

 **Earn it at your own pace 

Eric Colter

SM / Troop 395
561-602-0508
Lantana, FL
T395.com
S4-85-12-1
"Bobwhite"

2017/04/23 Troop Elections

posted Jun 18, 2017, 7:47 PM by Troop 395   [ updated Jul 1, 2017, 5:25 AM ]

Good evening Troop 395,

 

 I hope that some of you are putting some thought into leadership in the troop. Leadership is an opportunity to help lead our Troop in the right direction. When no one steps up to fill the leadership positions, there is no direction. Ideally leadership positions should be filled by 1st Class or higher rank. You will need to lead in order to get your next rank after 1st class. 

 

 I wouldn't expect for every Scout to know if they are ready to take the step into leadership. That is why I ask for interested scout's to come and talk to me. We can put together a plan for you, so that you are ready at the right time. Every boy advances at their own pace. It's not about age, but more about maturity.

 

 We might need to fill some spots with junior scout's. These spots will be filled by scout's interested in learning a position. Credit towards advancement can not be earned until you reach 1st class rank. Please let me know if you might be interested in running for a position. Not every Scout is ready to lead, but every leadership spot needs to be filled. 

 

Eric Colter
SM / Troop 395
561-602-0508
Lantana, FL
T395.com
S4-85-12-1
"Bobwhite"

2017/02/24 Merit Badge Procedure

posted Jun 18, 2017, 7:46 PM by Troop 395   [ updated Jul 1, 2017, 5:27 AM ]

Troop 395,

It's that time to send this out again as a reminder...

Parents please show this to your son, if he doesn't have his own email. You can always have his email address added by sending it to Mr. Gerner @ gernergang@gmail.com

Below is the process for working on earning Merit Badges:

 

Once you decide that your interested in earning a Merit Badge (MB):

 

1) You need to sign out the Merit Badge Pamphlet for the MB that you want.

*In the event that the Troop doesn't have a copy of the pamphlet that you want, Please let me (Scoutmaster) know. We will get one. 

 

2) Next, you go to meritbadge.org and find the worksheets for the MB. 

 

3) You will use the MB Pamphlet to fill in your MB worksheets. 

 

4) Once you have completed what you can in the MB Worksheets, bring me your paperwork and I will get you a blue card. 

 

5) Now you are ready to attend a class (SAW, Summer Camp, Winter Camp, MB Counselor, ect...).

 

6) Once you have completed your merit badge. You bring me your blue card with your counselor signature and I will sign off as completed in the scoutmaster location.

 

7) Finally, you will have earned the merit badge.... once you show the completed blue card to our Advancement Chair (Mrs. Bassler) and she has logged it in Scoutbook. 

 

Please sit with me if I need to explain in person. You can earn Merit Badges on your own. Don't wait for Camp..... 

**Earn it at your own pace 

 

Eric Colter
SM / Troop 395
561-602-0508
Lantana, FL
T395.com
S4-85-12-1
"Bobwhite"

 

2016/10/26 Email Etiquette

posted Jun 18, 2017, 7:38 PM by Troop 395

Good afternoon Troop 395,

 Everyone has a voice within our Troop. There is a proper way to voice your opinion. In the event that your not sure if a message is appropriate. The most important question that you should ask yourself is "Will I attach my name to it"? You should not send a message to anyone especially as a Boy Scout, if your not comfortable putting your name on it. 

 

 The proper process, when something needs to be addressed is as followed: 

 *Scouts- Go to your Patrol Leader (PL)

*PL - Go to the Senior Patrol Leader  (SPL)

*SPL - Go to the Scoutmaster

*You always have the option if you are not comfortable going to your PL or SPL, go straight to the SM

*Assistant Scoutmaster's - Go to the SM

*Parents - Go to the SM or Committee Chair  (CC)

*ASM's also have the option, if you are not comfortable going to the SM. Then go to the CC.

 

  Everyone has my email and phone number. Please contact me if there is ever a problem or concerns. 

 

Eric Colter
SM / Troop 395
561-602-0508
Lantana, FL
T395.com
S4-85-12-1
"Bobwhite"

2017/07/31 "No Mom's Allowed"

posted Jun 18, 2017, 7:35 PM by Troop 395   [ updated Jun 20, 2017, 11:40 AM ]

By Mr. E. Colter, on July 31st, 2014 

I was sent the below message:

Our hometown newspaper had an interesting article this week about a local group of friends who have been getting together every year for the past couple decades to hold a “no moms allowed” campout. That’s right – just like the “no girls allowed” sign that boys might hang on their treehouse, only in this instance it was just dads and their sons and daughters camping for a weekend while the moms (who didn’t particularly care for camping anyway) stayed behind and went shopping and to the movies with the other moms.

It got me to thinking that Scouting is also a “no moms allowed” activity, but in a different sense.

Sure, moms are allowed to participate – but never as “mom”. Women can hold any position in Scouting, all the way from den leader to council commissioner (hi Jody!). But within the framework of Scouting, they’re not a parent, but rather act as other adults act.

  • In Cub Scouts, the caring, helpful leader Akela treats all of her cubs equally and celebrates them individually. She uses the same approach with all of them, whether it’s her own son or someone else’s.
  • And in Boy Scouts, the role of the parent-adult is the same as that of any other adult leader – we train and advise the youth leaders and counsel Scouts one-on-one, but we hang our “parent” hat at the door.

Possibly one of the worst things a parent of a Scout can do is to rob their son of the chance to function independently of his parents while in the Scouting program.

Sure, go along on a campout, or come to a troop meeting, and hang out with the other adults. Watch your kid from a distance, but don’t be a parent. Let him figure things out on his own, because some day he’ll need to.

Oh, and “no moms allowed” goes for dads, too!!!

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