2012 Hessel International Jamboree

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Scout Elections

The instructions that I use to do scout elections are directly from the Scoutmaster's Handbook. Please read pages 18 and 19 of this link if you would like to see how that is run. Things do change in scouting and some new positions have been added. If your scout missed tonight's meeting he still has time to get his position requests in. Our newly elected SPL is Frankie and he will be present at the April 4 meeting to review the election requests and make decisions. The only "elected" positions are the SPL and Patrol Leaders. The rest of the positions are assigned by the SPL who will review the requests, he will compare those requested to an advancement report to see who needs/wants a position and he will assign them as he sees fit. Jeremy Savoie is Troop 1's new scoutmaster and in the future it will be up to him to make determinations for the future of the troop's activities.

Review this link for more information.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Coin Collecting Merit Badge opportunity!

Dear Boy Scout Families,
We have a great opportunity for 40 of our local Boy Scouts to earn the Coin Collecting Merit Badge. There is an Early America Copper Coin Show on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Grand Traverse Resort near Traverse City. Bob Fagerly, a Coin Collecting Merit Badge Counselor from California and the Chairman of the EAC BSA Coin Collecting Merit Badge Workshop will be leading the event.

Here are the details:
  1. Check-in begins at 12:00PM on Saturday, May 5, 2018. (Arrive at least 30 minutes early)
  2. The work shop will run from 1:00PM until 4:00PM on Saturday, May 5, 2018
  3. It will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, MI (100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd, Acme Mi 49610)
  4. Pre-registration to Mark Ewing is required with Name, Troop Number and Rank of the Scout.
  5. No cost! It is free!
  6. 5 items to do before the event. See attached flyer for details.
  7. You will receive a free coin collecting gift bag for each Scout. (included will be a large cent minted in the 19th century, a slab coin and a buffalo nickel!)
  8. Bring only the coins required for the merit badge. Please leave the rest on your collection at home.
  9. Get a signed Blue Card from your Scoutmaster.
  10. Wear your uniform and bring a notepad and pencil or pen.
  11. Parents and adult leaders are encouraged to attend and explore the coin show.

Email me to get on the list! This will fill up!
See flyer attached!

Mark Ewing  |  District Director
Serving Scenic Trails and Northern Trails Districts

Michigan Crossroads Council
President Ford Field Service Council

1499 Business Park Drive
Traverse City, MI, 49686
P 231.947.7071 ext 3104  |  F 231.947.7072
C 231.631.7490

Northern Lights Recognition Dinner

Join us to celebrate our scouting volunteers! It’s more fun when we are together! 
Thursday April 5 Northern Lights Recognition Dinner Petoskey High School Cafeteria. 6:00pm-8:30pm $5 a person or $10 per family. Bring dish to pass.

Save the Date, May 5

Save the Date! If you need service time or if you love hanging with the Cub Scouts, save May 5 to volunteer to help run stations for the Cub Scout camp out. More details to come!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Service time opportunity!

Cub Scout Pack 1 could use some Scouts to help at the district Pinewood Derby race Saturday (today!) 8 am-2 pm at Gaylord Middle School. It’s service time!

Friday, March 16, 2018

April camping opportunity! Do you need camping nights?

April camping opportunity! Do you need camping nights?

Chad and Wanda are hosting a tent camp out in the UP!   We will be meeting at Bagley Town Hall on Friday April 13th at 5:30 pmand will be on the road to the UP by 6:00pm.  We will be returning on Sunday April 15th in plenty of time for the Court of Honor.

A sign up sheet will be present at the next few meetings for those who wish to participate.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Upcoming Troop Schedule!

What's up in Troop 1?

Saturday March 17, Sportsplex Lock-in! Your scout can arrive any time after 6:30 but the lock-in does not start until 8:30.

Wednesday March 21 Elections

Spring Break! March 26-30 No scouts

Wednesday April 4 Geocache Merit Badge. 5 scouts have partials for this badge and there are a few scouts who haven't yet earned a merit badge for Court of Honor. Let's all show up for this meeting and each this merit badge! Feel free to work on parts you can complete at home prior to the meeting. 
Arrow of Light scouts will also be visiting.

Sunday April 8 Committee Meeting 6pm Scouts in leadership, 7pm leaders and parents.

Wednesday, April 11, Advancement and Merit Badge makeup. Get your blue cards and advancement in for Court of Honor.

Wednesday April 18 6pm Arrow of Light Crossover 6pm at Jays Sporting Goods. Need a few boys to represent troop. 7pm meeting

Friday-Sunday April 20-22 Higgins Lake Camporee

Camperships due April 1!

For those scouts who would qualify for a campership, please check out the attached link. It must be submitted by April 1, 2018 and a Scoutmaster has to sign it.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

No committee meeting tonight!

No committee meeting tonight. I know we were striving to be on a definite committee schedule (and I promise that I will be better about that as committee chair) but no meeting tonight. Thank you. 

Friday, March 09, 2018

St Patrick’s Day parade March 17

Our sponsor, The Kiwanis Club of Gaylord, would be honored for as many scouts as can carry an American flag in the St Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday the 17th, same day as the Sportsplex Lockin.  Meet behind Tim's Pub on at 11:30 am.  Parade is at noon and lasts for about 20 minutes.  They would love to see many scouts carrying flags.   If you would like to do something helpful for our sponsor or need service this opportunity is for you. Scoutmaster will not be there as I am doing last minute prep for the lockin but if you have time please consider going to support the Kiwanis flag project. 

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Youth Protection Training (YPT)

Do you participate within your scout troop?  Then you need to take the Youth Protection Training! 
The next generation of Youth Protection Training (YPT) is out. All registered Scouters must take YPT by October 2018 regardless of when their present YPT expires.

It takes about 1 hour. Read the questions carefully on the test. I thought it was a good training.

Attached is a How To Take Youth Protection Training

Roundtable Thursday March 8, 6:30pm potluck, 7pm meeting Indian River

To all Parents and Leaders: Each month there is a monthly Roundtable meeting that all parents and leaders are invited to participate and learn more about scouting. Since the district has now been merged with Thunderhead District we will have a joint Roundtable 4 times a year. This month's Roundtable will be in Indian River, see attached picture. There is always a lot of great information presented, and if you have time, I suggest that you consider attending! This one begins at 6:30 with a potluck and 7pm with the meeting.