First Meeting of the Year — Notes from Mr. J

ok Scouters…….

by now everyone surely has read the newsletter.  please make sure your son has also read it.

September will be a very busy month – as it always is – for everyone.

for those going on the outing, (only 2 weeks away) and you already know who u r since you signed up last May….  perm slip will be available Monday.

for the new scouts that just joined last spring, you can still sign up at the reduced price, but you need to sign up this Monday.

this Monday – we have a lot to do..  (remember – this meeting only —   7-8:45pm)

– elect SPL

– form patrols

– elect patrol leaders

– get patrol name, cheer, yell

– start SM conferences (19 scouts are ready for conferences)

– start board of reviews

– decide on monthly themes and camping locations.

please talk to with your Scouts and discuss possibilities for camping locations (especially cabin alternatives that can house 30-40 bodies)

to elaborate on the last topic….  the month of Sept and Oct, the adults will be running the program.

this will enable the Scouts to get better organized and prepared for the following months.

the Sept/Oct theme will be —  earning the Pathfinding Merit Badge.

as you all know, last Jan, national re-instituted 4 old merit badges that had been retired.  among them is Pathfinding.

we will talk more about this Monday, but basically, the Scouts will do the homework at home, and report back on Monday nights the information they have learned.

this is being done over a several week period.

BUT once we are done.. we are done….  no lingering on until xmas on this one.

the attached file shows the requirements and a small worksheet to help make notes.  copies will be distributed Monday.

this merit badge is only offered this year.  sooooo…  I hope you will find this interesting.


SOS service project signup starting Monday — more details soon as to time and uniform.


YPT training —  do NOT put this off and delay —-  it only takes 30 minutes

one last item…..

as stated in the newsletter….

if you are elected to a PLC position… you are expected to attend the troop JLT training oct 16 and 17.  this is a 1.5 overnight event at d-a.

we will be working on Monday program planning, leadership training, patrol effectiveness as well as some other surprise events.

please keep this mandatory training event on your calendars if running for SPL, ASPL, PL or APL.


mr j

Pathfinding Merit Badge-ver6

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