Sunday, January 26, 2020

26 January 2020

PLC Meeting • 6:30-8:00 • MUMC
The PLC will be planning and preparing for our next several troop meetings as we move through February, Snow Base, and into our RAD Zoo trip in March. Quartermasters and the remainder of the troop will NOT need to be meeting. Future PLC dates will include a quartermasters meeting. 

Troop Committee will also be meeting. Feel free to attend if you want to learn more about how troop 1 works or how you can help. 

Weekend Review: Lots Success on the Hill
PC: Hillary Oppmann
Lots of scouts and adults shredded the snow. Several fell; all got up.  9 scouts finished Snow Sports Merit Badge.
We ate super-well, thanks to Mr. Hoffman for his culinary prowess and to Amie Jones for helping prep dinner back at camp. 

It was great to host the AoL scouts aka. Electric Llamas. We shared a lot of quality time and our scouts did a nice job mentoring. They'll be a great addition to the troop. We'll invite them again to the RAD zoo. With that, we had lots of new Troop 1 adults and soon-to-be-new-to-Troop 1 adults at camp. Thanks to all. 

Other Down Hill Ski Opportunities
Several of the local hills have "Scout Days" with discounted rates. I've compiled a list of below. 
Patrols and/or Scouts interested might coordinate an activity. 
The Trollhaugen Scout events usually feature Snow Sports Merit Badge (check with the scouts that earned it if you're interested.
Feb. 9 - Trollhaugen (MB offered)
Feb. 9 - Wild Mountain
Mar. 1 - Trollhaugen (MB offered)
Mar. 6 - Buck Hill Overnight w/ Northern Star Council
Mar. 8 - Trollhaugen (MB offered)
Mar. 14 - Hyland Hills (MB offered)
Mar. 15 - Wild Mountain


Snow Base
We are sending these scouts to Snow Base Feb 21-23. 
More info soon.  

ProgramNAMEScout(er)
Snow HuskiesCaeli CaseyYouth
Snow HuskiesCullan FehrYouth
Snow HuskiesIsaiah BurdetteYouth
Snow HuskiesThomas NewellYouth
Snow HuskiesSophia HinmanYouth
Snow HuskiesTuesdae CollopyAdult (driver)
Snow HuskiesChris FehrAdult
SpearheadHenry RozaitisYouth
SpearheadLucien Randolph-TarrantYouth
SpearheadOliver NeedlemanYouth
SpearheadTheo HoldsworthYouth
SpearheadToby EichtenYouth
SpearheadWill NewellYouth
SpearheadAidan GuineyYouth
SpearheadAndy HoldsworthAdult
SpearheadCorey NeedlemanAdult (driver)

RAD Zoo
We'll be attending an overnighter at the  Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo in Owatonna on Friday night, March 20- Saturday Morning March 21. We will be visiting their new location in the Owatonna outlet mall. They will have just moved in so we'll be one of the first groups they host in their new space. 

Many Scouts have been working on Reptil and Amphibian Study MB. Last year we hosted a counselor before our trip and many scouts have been caring for reptiles or studying them over the past year. If you're interested in completing the Merit Badge, 
We may be able to cover many requirements at the RAD Zoo. 
Merit Badge Workbook  
Merit Badge Pamphlet

Sign up is now Live. Registration will close Monday, 16  March.


SUMMER PLANNING
Attending Summer Camp is a highlight of summer for most scouts. This year we'll be up north in Pondsford, MN near the Mississippi Headwaters at Camp Many Point. We like as much of the troop to attend Summer Camp as possible. Not only is it a great time to be with friends doing things scouts do, but it's also a great adventure and a fantastic opportunity for advancement. Younger scouts will work on First Class adventure and older scouts will work on a variety of Merit Badges. Cooking is done at our campsite by patrol. We haven't been to Many Point in several years and are excited to go back. Please mark your calendars now. 
Also, we should know the dates of the SHT trip before Winter Break. 

Summer Camp - August 9-15, Camp Many Point

We will have a Sign-Up ASAP, please keep your eyes open. 

Superior Hiking Trail - 27 June 2020 - Weds 1- July or Thursday, 2 July 2020 

(there could be a second or third crew that decides to go another time, depending on adult availability).

BWCA -  We're not going as a troop this year but permits are open if you're going to plan a DIY family trip.
If you're looking for an outfitter, I can't recommend North Country Canoe Outfitters highly enough. 


Philmont 2021 Expedition 716-102
We won a 12-Day Philmont expedition and We've made our first Deposit. 
Local training Hikes will commence soon.

We will leave Minneapolis 7/15/2021 and drive to Kansas City for an overnight train ride on the Amtrak. We will arrive at Philmont on 7/16/2021 and will depart from Philmont on 7/28/2021. Arriving back in Minneapolis 7/29/2021
The 12-Day Reservation fee for Philmont is $1,065.00/person + Travel and other costs with payment schedule as follows:

• $100.00/person deposit is due! - this will come from Scout Accounts - contact treasurer, Jen Newberg, with any concerns. We have to have our check to Philmont by Jan 31.

• $482.50/person due 9/1/2020
• $482.50/person due 2/1/2021
• Balance (for Transportation, etc) due 5/1/2021 
Current Crew - If your availability changes, let us know, asap. We have 2 alternate scouts on the list. Also if you're not on the list for 2021, it looks like we might have interest in a 2022 trek.

Upcoming Schedule
DateTimeEventNotes
Jan 2718:30PLC Meeting
Feb 21-23Snowbase
March 610:00 PMBuck Hill - Scout NightRegister Here
March 1410-1Pack 1 Pinewood Derby
March 20RAD Zoo
March 2318:30Court of Honor
April 1917:00Pack 1 Blue & GoldAoL Crossover - Base Camp
April CampTBD?
May 1-3Spring Camporee
June 12-14TBD
June 27-July1Superior Hiking Trail
Aug 9-15
Summer Camp at Many Point - Voyageur Sub-Camp, Two Harbors Site

BSA Troop 1 Facebook Group
For those of you on Facebook, feel please join our closed group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/mnt3001/

Scoutmaster Minute • Trust
When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them.
That’s TRUST. A Scout is Trust-worthy. When people see you in uniform or hear that you're a Scout, they don't know everything that entails, but they know some things. They know you're honest and they can trust in you. 

Sunday, January 19, 2020

19 January 2020

NO TROOP MEETING on MONDAY
Instead of a meeting, find a way to do some service. Shovel out the end of your neighbor's driveway, the fire hydrants, the storm drains, volunteer somewhere. 

SKI CAMP is coming this Friday. 
See registration here. We've got a great crew. Look for a detailed email by Thursday. 
In the meantime, if you're not on the list but should be let me know ASAP! Also, very important, let me know of any dietary restrictions by Tuesday. Mr. Hoffman will be our grub master and head chef for the weekend.

Ski Campers interested in Snow Sports MB
Here's a link to the Worksheet 
Here's a link to a scan of the MB pamphlet

Next Week • PLC Meeting • MUMC

Other Down Hill Ski Opportunities
The best way to make winter in MN tolerable is to embrace the 6 months of winter with great activities. If you like to downhill Ski, skiing with Scouts can be a little cheaper and more fun. 

Several of the local hills have "Scout Days" with discounted rates. I've compiled a list of below. Obviously, as a troop, w
e're going to Trollhaugen for Ski Camp this Saturday, January 25, but if you're interested in other days, I've made a list below. 
Patrols and/or Scouts interested might coordinate an activity. 
The Trollhaugen Scout events usually feature Snow Sports Merit Badge (see above). 
Feb. 9 - Trollhaugen (MB offered)
Feb. 9 - Wild Mountain
Mar. 1 - Trollhaugen (MB offered)
Mar. 6 - Buck Hill Overnight w/ Northern Star Council
Mar. 8 - Trollhaugen (MB offered)
Mar. 14 - Hyland Hills (MB offered)
Mar. 15 - Wild Mountain


SUMMER PLANNING
Attending Summer Camp is a highlight of summer for most scouts. This year we'll be up north in Pondsford, MN near the Mississippi Headwaters at Camp Many Point. We like as much of the troop to attend Summer Camp as possible. Not only is it a great time to be with friends doing things scouts do, but it's also a great adventure and a fantastic opportunity for advancement. Younger scouts will work on First Class adventure and older scouts will work on a variety of Merit Badges. Cooking is done at our campsite by patrol. We haven't been to Many Point in several years and are excited to go back. Please mark your calendars now. 
Also, we should know the dates of the SHT trip before Winter Break. 

Summer Camp - August 9-15, Camp Many Point


Superior Hiking Trail - 27 June 2020 - Weds 1- July or Thursday, 2 July 2020 

(there could be a second or third crew that decides to go another time, depending on adult availability).

BWCA -  We're not going as a troop this year but permits open on Wednesday if you're going to plan a DIY family trip. If you're looking for an outfitter, I can't recommend North Country Canoe Outfitters highly enough. 

Philmont 2021 Expedition 716-102
We won a 12-Day Philmont expedition. 

We will leave Minneapolis 7/15/2021 and drive to Kansas City for an overnight train ride on the Amtrak. We will arrive at Philmont on: 7/16/2021 and will depart from Philmont on 7/28/2021. Arriving back in Minneapolis 7/29/2021
The 12-Day Reservation fee for Philmont is $1,065.00/person + Travel and other costs with payment schedule as follows:

$100.00/person deposit is due! - this will come from Scout Accounts - contact treasurer, Jen Newberg, with any concerns. We have to have our check to Philmont by Jan 31.

• $482.50/person due 9/1/2020
• $482.50/person due 2/1/2021
• Balance (for Transportation, etc) due 5/1/2021 
Current Crew - If your availability changes, let us know, asap. We have 1 alternate scout on the list. Also if you're not on the list for 2021, it looks like we might have interest in a 2022 trek.

DateTimeEventNotes
Jan 24-26Ski CampRegister Here
Jan 2718:30PLC Meeting
Feb 16-18Dog Sledding
Feb 21-23SnowbaseCREW
March 610:00 PMBuck Hill - Scout NightRegister Here
March 1410-1Pack 1 Pinewood Derby
March 20RAD Zoo
March 2318:30Court of Honor
April CampTBD
April19Time TBDPack 1 Blue & GoldAoL Crossover - Base Camp
May 1-3Spring Camporee?
June 12-14TBD
June 27-July1Superior Hiking Trail
Aug 9-15
Summer Camp at Many Point - Voyageur Sub-Camp, Two Harbors Site

BSA Troop 1 Facebook Group
For those of you on Facebook, feel please join our closed group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/mnt3001/

Scoutmaster Minute • Faith
This is an inspiring story somebody recently sent to me. 

Some time ago, in the midst of a to a prolonged drought, the villagers in an area decided to pray for rain. On the day of the prayer, all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. He had faith.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

16 Dec 2019

Court of Honor • Monday, 6:30-8:00pm • MUMC
Instead of a meeting, we'll be holding a Court of Honor to recognize the advancements of our scouts over the last quarter. We'll need all hands on deck for set-up at 6:30. The CoH program will begin at 7:00. We will be in the gym as there is also a Pack Meeting. 

Anderson Beck will be serving as our MC. Each family should bring a dessert to share. 

We are also hosting a donation drive for the Crisis Nursery - if you are able to provide a donation, please do so. ASM Tuesdae Collopy is organizing collection of any donated items brought to the Court of Honor and the Pack meeting (same night); you can also make donations online directly to the group. The Minneapolis Crisis Nursery has been working to end child abuse and serve families in need for over 25 years.

We'd like Troop 1 to make a significant donation. Link for online donations:
https://www.crisisnursery.org/donate/donate-items/


Please remember that the Nursery is always in need of non-toy items as
well! The link above and attachment here have information on current
needs and donation guidelines.

ELECTION Results - the NEW PLC will be announced at the CoH. 

Board Game Camp Report
I'm happy to Board Game Camp success! Our use of expanded facilities helped to create a more positive experience than last year. We had several extended games of Monopoly, Risk Europe, Star Wars X-Wing 2.0, Catan, Pandemic, Secret Hitler, Memoir 44, and other board games. 

ASM Travis Beck whittled a foosball which enabled good use of the provided table. We had a pretty epic game of indoor Hide-n-Seek. Despite the cold, we made it outside for a troop game of Capture the Flag and some patrol-based sledding. I'm sure there'll be stories. 

While some of us longed for radiator grilled cheese, Patrol menus were generally much better this year than year's past. At our Thorns, Buds, & Roses reflection this morning, a lot of great ideas were shared to make next year's camp even better including a "troop-wide" feast on Saturday Night. I suspect Saturday night's cobblers (cooked in the fireplace) and the larger space was some inspiration for the feast recommendation. 

Here is a link to Photos, the other leaders will be adding photos so this album so be sure to check back in a couple days. 



Register for Scouting in 2020

You may have recently received mail about fees for Scouting going up. They're not going up for us in Metro Lakes District. They're going up for the rest of the council. That said, nobody is turned away for an inability to pay the full amount. 

If you don't register before the January 1, things get messy with getting dropped from our roster, etc. Please don't make extra work for our volunteers. 

If you don't plan to continue in Troop 1 next year, please reach out and let me know. 

Scoutmaster Corps and Committee Registrations are paid for and handled by the troop - thanks for volunteering, you don't need to register yourself. 

Please get registered for 2020, ASAP
Boys - http://www.adventureiscalling.org/join/Troop-3001
Girls - http://www.adventureiscalling.org/join/Troop-5001

Ski Camp • January 24-26, 2020 • Fred C. Anderson
Trollhaugen Ski Resort
Friday - Meet at MUMC 6:00 (eat dinner beforehand or pack one, we won't be stopping). On the road by 6:30 for a 7:30 arrival. Directions to Fred C. Anderson
Camping inside at Fred C. Andersen in the Peterson Cabins 1 & 2
Trollhaugen is about 30 minutes away. We ski 10-5:30, Return to Fred C about 6 pm

Saturday Lunch is "on your own" at the Ski Chalet.  Bring Money or decide with your patrol to pack lunches in advance (You might still want money for hot cocoa). $15-$20 should get you hot cocoa and lunch. 

We plan to depart camp at 9:30am and Return to MUMC Sunday at 10:30


Ski Camp costs a lot more than most camps, but we do get a discount. What's your cost? that depends... 

$10Camp FoodEverything but Saturday's Lunch
$36Lift Ticket(If you don't need one Let us know)
$20EquipmentSkis, Boots, Poles, or Snowboard and Helmet (required)
You can bring your own, but let us know as we have to make sure we can transport the gear.
$66TOTAL COST(Plus $10-$20 cash for Saturday's lunch/snacks
Registration Closes Jan. 13. 


Other Down Hill Ski Opportunities
The best way to make winter in MN tolerable is to embrace the 6 months of winter with great activities. If you like to downhill Ski, skiing with Scouts can be a little cheaper and more fun. 

Several of the local hills have "Scout Days" with discounted rates. I've compiled a list of below.
We're going to Trollhaugen for Ski Camp on January 25, but if you're interested in other days, I've made a list below. Patrols and/or Scouts interested might coordinate an activity. The Trollhaugen Scout events usually feature Snow Sports Merit Badge. 
If we're interested, maybe a scout could call and try to set that up for our Jan 25 event?
Jan. 5 - Wild Mountain
Jan. 12 - Powder Ridge
Jan. 25 - Trollhaugen w/Troop 1 for Ski Camp
Feb. 9 - Trollhaugen (MB offered)
Feb. 9 - Wild Mountain
Mar. 1 - Trollhaugen (MB offered)
Mar. 6 - Buck Hill Overnight w/ Northern Star Council
Mar. 8 - Trollhaugen (MB offered)
Mar. 14 - Hyland Hills (MB offered)
Mar. 15 - Wild Mountain


SUMMER PLANNING
Attending Summer Camp is a highlight of summer for most scouts. This year we'll be up north in Pondsford, MN near the Mississippi Headwaters at Camp Many Point. We like as much of the troop to attend Summer Camp as possible. Not only is it a great time to be with friends doing things scouts do, but it's also a great adventure and a fantastic opportunity for advancement. Younger scouts will work on First Class adventure and older scouts will work on a variety of Merit Badges. Cooking is done at our campsite by patrol. We haven't been to Many Point in several years and are excited to go back. Please mark your calendars now. 
Also, we should know the dates of the SHT trip before Winter Break. 

Summer Camp - August 9-15, Camp Many Point


Superior Hiking Trail - 27 June 2020 - Weds 1- July or Thursday, 2 July 2020 

(there could be a second or third crew that decides to go another time, depending on adult availability).

Philmont 2021 Expedition 716-102
We won a 12-Day Philmont expedition. 

DATES
We will leave Minneapolis 7/15/2021 and drive to Kansas City for an overnight train ride on the Amtrak. We will arrive at Philmont on 7/16/2021 and will depart from Philmont on 7/28/2021. Arriving back in Minneapolis 7/29/2021

COST
The 12-Day Reservation fee for Philmont is $1,065.00/person + Travel and other costs with payment schedule as follows:
$100.00/person deposit due 1/15/2020 - this will come from Scout Accounts - Contact Jen Newberg to ensure this happens on time.
• $482.50/person due 9/1/2020
• $482.50/person due 2/1/2021
• Balance (for Transportation, etc) due 5/1/2021 

Current Crew - If your availability changes, let us know, asap. We have 1 alternate adult and 1 alternate scout on the list. Also if you're not on the list for 2021, it looks like we might have interest in a 2022 trek.
The entire crew must pass health requirements
Adults are required to be certified in CPR/Wilderness & Remote First Aid

Upcoming Schedule
DateTimeEventNotes
Dec 17-Jan 4NO TROOP ACTIVITIESDo some Shoveling Service Hours and enjoy break
Jan 51830PLC Meeting SUNDAY Night
Jan 618:30Troop Meeting
Jan 1318:30Troop Meeting
Jan 2018:30Troop Meeting
Jan 24-26Ski CampRegister Here
Jan 2718:30PLC Meeting
Feb 16-18Dog Sledding
Feb 21-23Snowbase
March 610:00 PMBuck Hill - Scout NightRegister Here
March 1410-1Pack 1 Pinewood Derby
March 20RAD Zoo
March 2318:30Court of Honor
April CampTBD
April19Time TBDPack 1 Blue & GoldAoL Crossover - Base Camp
May 1-3Spring Camporee
June 12-14TBD
June 27-July1Superior Hiking Trail
Aug 9-15
Summer Camp at Many Point - Voyageur Sub-Camp, Two Harbors Site



BSA Troop 1 Facebook Group
For those of you on Facebook, feel please join our closed group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/mnt3001/


Scoutmaster Minute • Just One More Degree
As we close out 2019 and prepare for all the resolutions and goals of a new year, remember how much affect just a little more effort can have. At 211º water is really hot. At 212º Water boils and creates steam. Steam can power factories. Steam can take tons of materials and people and transfer across the world via rail and boat. We should all make a plan to try a little harder and find where our degree is going to be applied in 2020.