March 17

Post date: Mar 20, 2009 2:49:09 AM

Tuesday was a bit of a relaxing meeting - lots of games. Next week we'll have a guest speaker - scouts and scouters please come and let's have a good showing.

This Friday March 20th!!! Please Come Support our Newest Scouts!!!

Where: The bridging ceremony for Pack 521 will be held at the Hanover Wayside Park on Route 301.

When: Friday, March 20th at 7:00 pm.

Why: Here is the final trThis is the final stage of a good recruitment drive. Other troops (T-521) will certainly be there to welcome their new scouts.

Who: Maxwell C.

Ryan D.

Rhett E.

Billy W.

Our own Bryan E. has been their Den Chief for three years.

We need a great representation of Troop Leaders and Scouts at this bridging ceremony.

Saturday we had our Tent Set-up day. For some reason, we're missing tents. Please check your garages and closets for troop tents - we would like them back. If you have one and can't get it to a troop meeting, please reply to this e-mail and we'll make arrangemnts to pick it up.

Our Pre-AT Camping trip is next weekend March 27-28-29. Lots of fun, Camping and Hiking! All should participate! Make sure you've signed up!!!!!

Stew Money: There is still about $1000 outstanding. Please bring your stew money to the next meeting.

Stephen K. has rescheduled his Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Sunday May 3rd at 4:00. He really want's good attendance, so put it on your calendar now!

The Hanover Board of Supervisors will be recognizing by Board Resolutions both Troop 521 and Troop 555 for their 75th and 25th anniversaries of scouting at its Board Meeting on March 25th at 7pm. The Honorable Chuck McGee, supervisor for the Henry District, has arranged for these recognitions.

Please see the bottom of this message for additional information on Jamboree, Climbing Merit Badge and a Twilight Camp service opportunity.

Elections are on for the end of March for our new SPL and PL's. Other positions will be appointed.

Summer Camp is closer than you think - Make sure your med form is up to date. There is a new Med form that will be required soon, so you might want to get it done. It is available at: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34605_Letter.pdf

On April 4th we'll be having an intro to camping weekend at Brady Saunders. We'll leave early Saturday morning, and return Sunday morning. New scouts have lots to learn - older boys have lots to teach - all are needed!

Leaders - Please update your on-line training - it's important that we keep up to date. Check out http://olc.scouting.org/

Advice from the Scoutmaster - Don't let other people pull you down!

Upcoming Events:

3/14 Tent set-up day

3/20 - Pack 521 to Troop 555 Bridging - Help us welcome our new scouts!

3/25 - Board of Supervisors presentation

3/27-29 - Hiking Weekend - pre-hike for the AT

4/4-4/5 - New Scout Camping trip.

Please remember that Troop meetings start promptly at 7:30. Leaders are there from about 7:15 and Scouts can gather and take advantage of this time to talk to the leaders.

Twilight Camp Service Opportunity

Twilight Camp will be held June 15 - 19, 2009 from 3:30 - 9:00 pm at Fairfield Presbyterian Church, 6930 Cold Harbor Road, Mechanicsville, VA.

The theme this year is "Exploring The Unknown". The daily themes will be centered around Exploring Space, Exploring the Deep, Exploring the Ancient Past, Exploring Our Past and Exploring Our Future. FUN activities, games and crafts will be offered each evening to capture the Cubs and Webleos attention and curiosity.

Please note: The Chaperone and Staff Training session will be held on June 13, 2009 from 9:00 am - 12 noon. Remember each Pack must have one Chaperone per four Cubs or Webelos. All Chaperones that attend training will receive a free t-shirt and water bottle.

Attention Troops and Crews, Twilight Camp offers to each Scout, ages 14 and up, the opportunity to serve as Youth Staff and receive Service Hours that may be used towards their requirements and/or toward community service for Honor Society through High School. Scouts under the age of 14 may serve as Den Chiefs to the dens to assist Chaperones. The Youth Staff Application must be approved by your Scoutmaster or Adult Leader. So...C'mon out and have FUN too!

JAMBOREE

This is to let you know that of the Heart of Virginia Council will have eight Jamboree Troops attending the 2010 National Jamboree at AP Hill in July/August of next year. One-fourth of the 36 adult leaders, including 3 or the 8 Scoutmasters, selected by Council to lead these eight Jamboree Troops are from the Battlefield District.

Each of the eight Jamboree Troops will have 36 scouts assigned to it. This means that there will a maximum of 288 scouts from our Council who be eligible to attend the 2010 Jamboree as part of the Heart of Virginia Council contingent. To date 193 scouts have registered to take part in the 2010 Jamboree. This leaves only 95 openings . It is expected that these openings will be filled soon. Consequently, if you know of any scout in our District who is considering going to the 2010 Jamboree that scout should be encouraged to acted quickly to ensure that he will be able to be a part of the Heart of Virginia contingent.

Registration has to been done initially at National. A scout needs to log in at http://www.myscouting.com Once there, the scout will need to click on Event Registration and thereafter click on Jamboree. The 2010 National Jamboree Youth Participant Application will be the next selection. The application fee at National is $10. Once a scout has completed his Jamboree application with National the scout will be able to print out a form which the scout will need his scoutmaster to sign. The scout must thereafter take the signed form to Council Headquarters to complete the registration process.