News and Announcements

Upcoming Court of Honor Awards

posted Aug 18, 2017, 6:44 AM by Jason Ball

Troop 531,

Our August Court of Honor is just around the corner. Recently we sent out an email that had an attached a report of what we have on record for Scouts who have earned Merit Badges and Ranks since the last Court of Honor. Please review your email and the list and let myself and Kim Wilson know if you have question or need something updated. If you were expecting a Merit Badge or Rank that is missing from the report, you can provide us proof of completion at Monday's meeting. Because of our short time frame, the cut-off for updating us is end-of-day Monday.

Thanks,
Andy Hudson (n3tap0lis@gmail.com
Advancement Coordinators


Updated: Assistant Scoutmaster and Troop Committee Training Coming Soon....

posted Aug 15, 2017, 5:06 PM by Jason Ball   [ updated Aug 16, 2017, 2:56 PM ]

Please mark your calendar for the upcoming SM, ASM and Troop Committee trainings in October.  If you are an adult and an Assistant Scoutmaster (and there are quite a few of us!),
please sign up for the appropriate training commensurate with your position.  The ASM training has two parts – classroom and outdoors.   The outdoor training (Introduction to
Outdoor Leader Skills) runs at the same time/place as Oak Leaf, which is leadership training for youth.  You and your son can take leadership training at the same time, and it’s only 1 overnight!
 
Please let me know if you are interested in attending or have any questions.
 


http://www.lonestardistrict.org/  click here to sign up
 
 
Leader Specific Training Night, October 17th
 
Are you fully trained?  You can be.  We are offering a plethora of trainings on two evenings in October.  We want you and the leaders from your unit there.  See all the things you can do to become 100% trained.
 
Leader Specific - At the LDS church we hold Round Table at; 2801 Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney
 
Cub Leader Specific, Tues, Oct 17th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm,
$5 early or $8 late reg. Sign up and get details here.
Scoutmaster Leader Specific, Tues , Oct 17th, 6:30 – 10:30 pm,
$12 early or $15 late (includes Troop Leader Guidebook)  Sign up & get details here.
Troop Committee Leader Specific, Tue, Oct 17th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm,
$3 early or $5 late. Sign up & get details here.
Face to Face Youth Protection Trainings, Tue, Oct 17th, 7:30 - 9 pm
Free (no limits on how many can show)
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IOLS, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, Nov 3-4, 2017


Registration deadline, Monday, Oct. 30th
 
Come get your IOLS training done with us in November at Myers Park. 


Monday, October 30th, 7:30 pm IOLS orientation, at the LDS church, 2801 Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney & Fri & Sat, November 3rd & 4th, 6 pm Fri to Sat 10 pm at Myers Park, $30 early or $40 late (includes meals)


Needed by Troop SM, Team Coaches, and strongly suggested for Crew Advisors and assistants. Sign up for IOLS here.



Chris Kiger
ASM
chriskiger@att.net
(214) 945-5522




Upcoming Events

posted Aug 10, 2017, 8:14 AM by Jason Ball

Here are a few upcoming events that we would like to remind You of:
 
PLC meeting on 8-14:
Patrol Leaders, please contact your assistant patrol leader if you cannot make it, I would like 1 representative from each patrol.
There will not be an Instructor Meeting, so it will just be the PLC.
 
Campout at Palo Duro Canyon on 9/1-3:
Last chance for sign-up will be on 8-28, this will be the meeting where we meal plan.
I would also like to remind you that if you are currently working on the cooking badge, this would be a great time to do your campout cooking requirements.
Adult in Charge is Chris Meyer, I believe we are still looking for a Scout in Charge.
 
Court of Honor 8-27:
Start getting your final requirements done and signed off for the Court of Honor.
It is on a Sunday so please be on the lookout for more information.



You Want To Kayak? July Camp Out Sign Up

posted Jun 26, 2017, 4:41 PM by Jason Ball

See the following link for all of the information on the July camp out.




Summer Camp Documentation Needed (Signed Code of Conduct)

posted Jun 14, 2017, 12:42 PM by Jason Ball   [ updated Jun 14, 2017, 12:44 PM ]

Per our meeting Monday, attached is the T531 Code of Conduct that we need to have signed and returned before leaving for summer camp.  Please review with your scouts the conduct expectations, print, sign and return.  




Reminder - Face to Face YPT training during the Monday meeting

posted Jun 4, 2017, 8:01 PM by Jason Ball

Hello Troop,
 
Please attend this Monday’s Face Youth Protection Training session if you are not current.  In order to attend a campout of any length, you MUST be current for YPT.  If you are an adult attending a camp that is over 3 nights (ie summer camp) than FtoF, as opposed to online, is REQUIRED.  For all others, please just do face to face because your certification will last for 2 years and FtoF is the most comprehensive and you will not be asked to do any other YPT.
 
Monday, June 5 from 7:00 – 8:15 pm at St. Gabriel Church, in the St. Mary room.  As you enter the church, go to the right.
         
Please call me if you have any questions.
 
Chris Kiger
ASM
(214) 542-9741



2017 Medical Forms are Now Due

posted Jun 4, 2017, 4:23 PM by Jason Ball

Parents and Scouts,
This is a friendly reminder that Medical Forms are now due. I have attached another printout where everybody stands. Please find your name on this list and check your status. Unless you updated your forms after September 2016, if your forms carry a 2016 date, you can assume that they are expired and not valid for summer camp.
If your forms A, B and C are expired, your child will not be able to go to summer camp. Form C requires a doctor’s visit. Please schedule that ASAP.
My goal for the first group to depart to New Mexico is to have the packet with all valid forms ready to be handed over to Lanette Saetre on Monday, June the 12th.
Please be aware that if you choose to hand the forms to Lanette or another adult leader on the day of departure to summer camp, there is no guarantee that the forms will come back. As a minimum, please retain a copy of form C for your own records.
Please plan on giving me two copies, one for the permanent record troop box and one for the field box. Please don’t email me forms as I am unable to print them.
Here is the link to download the forms and a blank copy is also attached: https://sites.google.com/site/mckinneytroop531/downloads.
I will be at the troop meeting this Monday but will be participating in the YPT protection class, so please look for me if you have forms to hand in. I won’t be able to check them for accuracy, so if anything is missing, I will be contacting you during the week.
I will be working from home most of the week, you are also welcome to come by or mail the forms to Sabine Smith, 10209 Old Eagle River Lane, McKinney, TX 75070. Please don’t email me forms as I am unable to print them.
Please remember that the shot record section either needs to be filled out or a copy of the shot record needs to be attached. I also need a copy of the insurance card.
If you see any inconsistencies on the attached PDF file, as in: you turned it in and it should be up to date but the list doesn’t reflect it, please email me so I can check it right away. I don’t have my computer at the troop meetings and will be unable to check it then. I also won’t have the two boxes with me on Monday for the YPT training to take a look but I will be able to check it at home if I receive an email about it.
Thanks!
Sabine Smith
sabinemsmith@gmail.com or 254-768-9638.


High Adventure: Summer 2018

posted Jun 4, 2017, 4:19 PM by Jason Ball   [ updated Jun 4, 2017, 4:20 PM ]

Does EXTREME HIGH ADVENTURE SUMMER CAMP sound like FUN?
 
Troop 531 is filling spots for their 2018 High Adventure Trek to Summit High Adventure Base.  Our trek will be in June in 2018. Check out Summit’s cool website to find out more about this adventure.  The Troop will be signing up for the Summit Experience or the following Focused Programs (Helmets & Harnesses, The Marksman, Berms & Bars, Ramps & Rails).
 
The Summit Experience is a seven-day/six-night program running Sunday to Saturday. It consists of half-day experiences at each of the nine Summit high adventure venues.  In addition, each group will perform a half-day service project and have the chance to ride The Big Zip – our 3⁄4 mile zip line.  The below website can provide more information on this. 
 
http://www.summitbsa.org/programs/national-high-adventure-base/high-adventure-overview/
 
What: SIGN UP NOW FOR TROOP 531’s 2018 HIGH ADVENTURE TREK! 
 
Who: Scouts must be 13 by Sept 1st 2018,
Adults must be registered with BSA
 
When: Sign up starts at the June 5th Scout meeting 
 
How:
Send an email to me at Curtis.Bagby@Emerson.com and include the following
SUMMIT in the Title. 
The names of the scouts and or adults who are registering.
The program scout and adult want to participate in.
 
Spots are NOT reserved until a NONREFUNDABLE deposit of $100 per person Is paid.  Checks can be made payable to Troop 531.  If you want to use scout bucks please include this in your email and once I get confirmation from our treasure that funds are available your spot will be reserved.
 
We need Scouts and Leaders to sign up NOW so we can reserve our spot at Summit so PLEASE sign up ASAP.
  
Thank you,
Curtis Bagby
Assistant Scoutmaster - High Adventure
Cell: 972-670-8677
Email: Curtis.Bagby@Emerson.com


Reminder: Face toFace YPT training - TOMORROW (5/30/2017)

posted May 29, 2017, 7:56 PM by Jason Ball

Troop,
We only have 2 registered attendees for tomorrow.  Please go out to the following list if you are going to attend tomorrow.


Tuesday Training
          Tuesday, May 30 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at St. Gabriel Church, in the St. Mary room.  As you enter the church, go to the right.
          Please click here:  https://docs.google.com/forms to sign up for this session so that we will know how many packets to print.
          This is a great time for ASM’s that want to be able to attend the regular Monday meetings.


Thanks,
Jason



Upcoming FtoF YPT training - Sat, Tue and Mon dates

posted May 19, 2017, 7:29 AM by Jason Ball   [ updated May 19, 2017, 7:30 AM ]

Hello Troop,
 
Please attend one of these Face to Face Youth Protection Training sessions if you are not current.  In order to attend a campout of any length, you MUST be current for YPT.  I scheduled these on several different days to try to accommodate everybody’s schedule.  If you are an adult attending a camp that is over 3 nights (ie summer camp) than FtoF, as opposed to online, is REQUIRED.  For all others, please just do face to face because your certification will last for 2 years and FtoF is the most comprehensive and you will not be asked to do any other YPT.
 
Saturday trainings:
          Saturday, May 20th, 2017 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm, 2801 Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney
            Saturday, June 3rd 2017 from 10:30 am to noon at Myers Park, 7117 County Road 166, McKinney, TX (after Twilight Camp Orientation near the amphitheater.)
            These trainings are done by the District.  You must register using the link below and upon completion please send a copy of your certification card to me.
http://www.lonestardistrict.org/home then click on “Training” and then “Troop, Team, and Crew Leader Adult Training”
 
Tuesday Training
          Tuesday, May 30 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at St. Gabriel Church, in the St. Mary room.  As you enter the church, go to the right.
          Please click here:  https://docs.google.com/forms to sign up for this session so that we will know how many packets to print.
          This is a great time for ASM’s that want to be able to attend the regular Monday meetings.
 
Monday Training
          Monday, June 5 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at St. Gabriel Church, in the St. Mary room.  As you enter the church, go to the right.
          Please click here https://docs.google.com/forms  to sign up for this session so that we will know how many packets to print.
 
Please call me if you have any questions.
 
Chris Kiger
ASM
(214) 542-9741


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