March 23

Post date: Mar 25, 2010 1:29:16 AM

  • Our meeting this week started with a discussion of our upcoming SeaBase trip in 2011. We need to be planning now to make this trip a reality. Unfortunately not as many parents came to the meeting as we had hoped for, so planning and fundraising committees are not yet set. Here’s what we know, and some of what you need to be thinking about. The troop has signed up for the out-island adventure for two crews from July 20-26 at Seabase. We will have to depart about 4 days ahead, and return about four days after, so block off your calendars from about Saturday the 16th of July, 2011 to Sunday July 31st just to be safe.
  • Each Crew is made up of 6 scouts and 2 leaders so we have space for 12 scouts and four leaders. We have space available for both leaders and scouts, and we need commitments as soon as possible. In order to be eligible to go a scout must turn 14 no later than 9/1/2011.
  • The troop has already paid a substantial deposit for the trip (about $1,600) so we’re committed to this trip. Please think seriously about joining the troop for this once in a lifetime adventure!

There is no trip this weekend.

Next Tuesday we hold Troop Elections! There are position descriptions in both the About Scouting and Forms & Documents sections of this website. Read them over and let the scoutmaster know what you are interested in being considered for. Remember that leadership is an honor, a privilege and a responsibility for all scouts. (And it’s needed for advancement too!)

Next Thursday at 7:30 we will hold an Adult Leaders meeting (April 1) at the Carson Building. All leaders should attend. Parents willing to consider helping out the troop should think about coming as well.

Our Next PLC is moved to April 15th after Spring Break.

Eric D’s Eagle project is scheduled for April 10th. Mark your calendars and plan to help Eric and earn service time. More details to come soon.

On April 13th a few more Webelo’s will be visiting our troop. On April 20th at 6:30 there will be a bridging ceremony for the Webelos twos in Pack 555. Come early and welcome our new scouts!

Mr. Piacentini reminded us that This Thursday night is the Council Recognition Night at the Scottish Rite Temple, 4202 Hermitage Rd., Richmond, Va. The ceremonies will begin at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15.00 each. The Event recognizes the 2009 Class of Eagles and the Silver Beaver Recipients from each District. The 2009 Class of Eagles is named in honor of Leon and Susan App. It would be great to have as many Battlefield Eagles on the stage with Leon and Sue as possible as most, if not all, of them sat through their Eagle Board of Review with Leon App. Each Eagle Scout will be the guest of the Council (no charge to attend).

On April 17th, a Saturday, three scouts will be bridging to Troop 555 from Pack 544. It would be nice if there could some representation from the troop of some leaders and boys at the bridging ceremony to welcome them. The ceremony will be at the cub camp next to Brady Saunders from 5 to 7 PM. Mr. Kelley will leave from the Carson building at 4:00PM if people would like to car pool with him.

There are a few quarts of stew left. Call Mr. Carr if you are interested.

There are a few spots open for the Council contingent for the Jamboree. Call the Council office if you are interested.

If you are a member of the OA, please think about participating beyond your Ordeal! The OA meets once a month, and all members are eligible to attend. We haven’t had a presence there in some time, and it would be great to let the rest of the OA know what great scouts Troop 555 has!

A trip to Gettysburg is planned for the last weekend in June. This is a great trip – get it on your calendar!

This Saturday Mr. Ward is walking the Ukrop’s 10K and Mr. Showalter plans to run the event. Come on down to cheer them on!

Mr. Elliott is planning his Beading Ceremony for a troop meeting night either April 13th or 20th. You won’t want to miss this. (What do Antelopes, Fox’s, Buffalo’s, Bobwhites, Owls, Beavers, Eagles and Bears have in common? They all sing! – Seriously!)

We need commitments for Summer Camp. See Mr. Carr.

Mrs. Coffey wants to express her thanks to the scouts who helped with the color guard at the Ruritan last week. – Salute!

Advice from the Scoutmaster: Don’t change your values – the Scout Law hasn’t changed for 100 years!