Sunday, October 13, 2019

14 Oct 2019

Troop Meeting • Monday, 6:30-8:00pm • MUMC

This Monday we'll be doing some First Aid, and be working on hearing out the High Adventure Proposals and perhaps recapping some of the ILST lessons for the scouts. 

This is a friendly reminder that in the coming weeks we'll see more and more of the Pack 1 AoL scouts who will often be sharing our meeting openings and attending events with us. We want them to feel welcome and like Troop 1 is the troop for them. Troop 1 Scouts should practice your extrovert skills and be friendly, let them (and their parents feel confident that hanging with Troop 1 is a good choice). Anderson Beck will Den Chief for the AoL den.

ILST Recap
We had a great experience on Friday evening at the ILST Lock-in at the church. Many leadership lessons were learned, games were played, fun was had. The consensus was to do it again...we'll see what the PLC has to say. 

We had 17 scouts participate. Thanks to all that were able to attend. I believe, everybody left with a better understanding of each of the troop's positions of responsibility, how the troop and patrols are designed to operate - along with an idea of what we're doing well and what we need to work on. Additionally, through participation in various games, we learned a lot about leadership skills like, leading from behind and the power of being a good follower (like the dancing guy), power with vs. power over, the continuum and important differences of Planning and Preparing, tools for Effective Communication, and the importance and power in Setting the Example. 

Patrols
This was the 3rd annual October patrol reshuffling.  Waiting until Oct allows our "New Scout Patrol(s)" to integrate into the troop as a patrol of scouts they know, get the hang of participation, get to summer camp and some troop camps. Then after 6 months (they crossed over in April) they have the option to join or form other patrols or keep their patrol (it's their choice). Patrol membership has been decided. Alex Barber led the troop in a very well thought out and smooth version. As of last Monday, we've dissolved the Bacon Patrol and ushered in a new era with the Eggo Patrol with a great patrol yell: "Leggo my Eggo." Now to get them patches and a flag.
View the list of our Troop's leadership and Patrol Membership here.

SIGN UP  for Upcoming Opportunities

Snow Base 2020
We need to make snow base reservations ASAP!
 Which means I need to know which programs to register for! 

Once we know what to register for, then we'll try to get a weekend. We'll double back before we make a reservation to make sure enough scouts and adults are available.

Check out the Snow Base Website 

All first year Scouts will attend Snow Huskies, unless they're attached to a group of more experienced scouts that have been through that program. Then they can register for Spearhead. Logging Camp is cool looking, as is Dog Sledding. Please look at their website and decide and register with the troop by Thursday
Please register with the troop here

Upcoming Troop Fundraisers 
Funds raised help the troop go. We'll need many hands on deck for each of these. 

Halloween Party concessions (Friday, Oct 25) - sign up here
Concessions at Base Camp - Nov 3 - participants have been contacted.
Pancake Breakfast Nov 17 - look or a sign up soon.

Popcorn Tables
Thanks to Mrs. Barber for setting up sales tables at storefronts this weekend! The scouts that participated found a lot of success. Remember if you're interested in setting up a table at a location or at your place of worship, reach out to Mrs. Barber
And never discount there's always a chance to sell door-to-door. 
 Wreaths
Get out there and sell, sell, sell. Remember Wreath delivery day is Nov. 16 or 23 - TBD. You should have them to customers before Thanksgiving.

One trick going door-to-door for popcorn and wreath sales is to make a 1/2 sheet saying "sorry I missed you" with some contact information and asking if they'd like to support you in Scouting. The money raised will help you get to camp where you learn things like:___. 

November • Pioneering Boot Camp at Collopy Farm

Sign up to Camp at the Collopy Farm. We were there last spring and had a blast. This time we're avoiding fish hooks. 
Check out Pioneering MB here.
Check out a super cool Scout Pioneering website here.
Check out another super cool pioneering blog from South Africa called Ropes and Poles
Here's some pictures of pioneering projects from Israel that are parade characters - reminiscent of lashed together giant Mayday Puppets. 

December • Board game Camp 

Based on some PLC decisions, we have decided to change things up a little this year. We'll still be at Kiwanis, but our gaming will take place in Gordon Hall! 


There will be plenty of room for us to leave our games up and move on to something else. We'll be sleeping and "cooking" elsewhere. 

Board Game Camp is Dec 13-15. Sign Up Here

Philmont 2021
Lottery for Treks Opens in days!

We will put in for at least one crew for summer 2021. Crews interested in a 12-day (or 7-day) trek must register for the Philmont Lottery, which occurs in November a year and a half before the summer for which the lottery is drawn. Trek dates are assigned via this lottery. Philmont is not only the largest youth camp in the world (in terms of land), it is the most attended - there are 40 crew spots available each day from June 8, 2021, to August 9, 2021. Over 22,000 Scouts and Leaders are expected to go on 12-day treks this summer. Every day, 350 arrive, 350 leave, and 3,500 are hiking in the backcountry.

If we put in for two crews, we'd get the same dates. 

Youth participation Requirements: Participants must be registered members of the BSA who will be at least 14 years of age OR completed 8th grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation. Philmont will not make any exceptions to this rule. 

Adult Leadership
The best available adult leadership should be recruited to accompany each crew. Two (2) registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities. There must be a registered female adult leader 21 years of age or older in every unit serving females. A registered female adult must be present for any activity involving female youth.  Each crew MUST have at least TWO (2) BSA registered adult Advisors. Philmont strongly recommends that each crew participate with THREE (3) adult Advisors. This provides flexibility in the event that an adult Advisor needs to leave the trail. Each crew is required to have a majority of youth participants; the maximum number of adults (21 years and over) is four (4) per crew.  

Sign up if you'd like to go
This is just an interest survey. This is not an accountable commitment. 

Committing to a Philmont Trek is not something to take lightly; it is rigorous, dangerous, and expensive (with travel and expenses it comes to about $1400/each).

Please review the Philmont Risk Advisory in detail to understand all risks and guidelines for health information. All participants must not exceed the maximum acceptable weight limits for backpacking. Once at Philmont, all participants must be able to pass Philmont's health and weight restrictions as stated in the Philmont health form, or they will be sent home at their own expense. These requirements are strictly enforced and refunds are not given to those who arrive at the base and do not meet these requirements. Every Philmont Trek will involve hiking with a 35-60 lb. backpack in an isolate mountain wilderness between 6,500 and 12,500 ft. elevations for 5-12 miles per day. Philmont recommends that participants carry a pack weighing up to 30 percent of their body weight. Summer climatic conditions include temperatures from 30ºF - 90ºF, low humidity (10 to 30 %), and frequent, afternoon thunderstorms.  


Once we get a reservation, we'll make a $100 deposit in January and then we'll have crew members sign a crew member agreement.


Upcoming Schedule

DateTimeEventNotes
Oct 1418:30Troop Meeting
Oct 2118:30Troop Meeting
Oct 25Pack 1 Halloween PartyFundraiser - Concessions
Oct 2818:30Troop MeetingWreath & Popcorn money and orders due
Nov 312-4Concessions @ Base CampFundraiser
Nov 418:30Troop Meeting Campout Prep
Nov 8November CampoutCollopy Farm
Nov 1118:30PLC Meeting
Nov 168-4
TBD
Merit Badge University
Wreath Delivery
University of Minnesota - Details TBD
Northrup School - TBD
Nov 177-12Fall Pancake BreakfastUnit Fundraiser
Nov 1818:30Troop Meeting
Nov 2518:30Troop Meeting
Dec 218:30Troop Meeting
Dec 918:30Troop Meeting Elections
Dec 13-15December CampoutBoard Game Camp at Kiwanis
Dec 1618:30Court of Honor
PLC Meeting
Jan 618:30Troop Meeting
Jan 1318:30Troop Meeting
Jan 2018:30Troop Meeting
Jan 24-26Ski Camp
Fred C Anderson (Peterson 1 & 2), Trollhaugen
Jan 2718:30PLC Meeting
FebSnowbase
March 20RAD Zoo

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Scoutmaster's Minute - Packing Parachutes

A navy pilot completed hundreds of hours of training and then flew dozens of combat missions. He shot down dozens of enemy planes, bombed many targets, and earned a chest full of medals, along with higher ranks. He was quite proud of his accomplishments.

On one sortie, a crucial piloting error allowed an enemy missile to disable his jet and he was forced to bail out. His parachute deployed and he landed safely in the ocean. As he floated for two days waiting to be rescued he had plenty of time to think back over his career.

When the helicopter finally picked him up and returned him to his ship, he went directly to the flight equipment room. He asked to speak with all the sailors that worked there.
When they were all assembled, he thanked them for packing his parachute. He explained that it took being shot down to make him understand how much he took for granted the labors of others that made his job possible - the mechanics, the flight crew, the cooks, and even the parachute packers. It took everyone completing their duties to make each mission a success.

Everyone has tasks to perform and they should do their very best no matter how glamorous or dreary the task may be. Even what seems to be the least significant task may have an impact down the road. People in highly visible roles need to appreciate those that support them.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

7 October 2019

Troop Meeting • Monday, 6:30-8:00pm • MUMC

We had a very productive PLC last Monday! We made several decisions regarding camps and themes through March. Check the calendar below. There was a long discussion of reconfiguring Patrol membership, we'll be doing this Monday. 

Camporee success!!! Troop 1 had a blast on their quest for the scoutly grail. I've heard many scouts can be found clicking coconuts and trotting around town. 
Thanks for sharing your pictures

In the coming weeks we'll see more and more of the Pack 1 AoL scouts who will often be sharing our meeting openings and attending events with us. We want them to feel welcome and like Troop 1 is the troop for them. Please practice your extrovert skills and be friendly, let them (and their parents feel confident that hanging with Troop 1 is a good choice). We are still looking for 1- 2 more for the AoL den... 


High-Adventure 2020

Proposals Presentations on Monday!!!
WHAT WILL IT BE??? 
ONLY YOU CAN ANSWER THAT QUESTION!

Submissions are due for presentations on MONDAY!
You don't have to have all the details worked out, but you should have some. For example - if you want to go to backpacking in Glacier NP - are there reservations available? What's the train cost or should we travel a different way? Is there a limit to crew size? Each idea needs some roughed out details/plan and a Scout to "sponsor" further research. 

All scouts are welcome to participate. 

National High Adventure bases have an age requirement, but if we do it ourselves, we set the requirements. 

FYI - The current plan is to put in for a Philmont 2021 high-adventure. We will also do a SHT trip in '21 for Philmont crew training and another crew for everybody else.

ILST Lock-In • This Friday 8:30-7am Saturday

In lieu of an October campout - the PLC decided a lock-in at the MUMC would be cool. We'll meet at MUMC at 8:30pm after the Taizé worship service.


What is ILST? - ILST stands for Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops. Upon completion of ILST, a Scout is qualified to wear the “Trained” emblem on their uniform.

ILST is the first step in the continuum of youth leadership training. It’s a prerequisite for advanced leadership courses, including National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) - which is called Grey Wolf in Northern Star Council, and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) which takes place at Philmont Training Center.

ILST is split into three modules. There are games and challenges to enhance leadership lessons and fun.
  • Module One: Troop Organization includes a description of each leadership position in the troop, including roles and responsibilities, troop organization, and introductions to vision and servant leadership.
  • Module Two: Tools of the Trade covers some core skill sets to help the Scout lead, including communicating, planning and teaching. This section emphasizes the big differences between PLANNING & PREPARATION - by now we should all know they're different!
  • Module Three: Leadership and Teamwork incorporates additional leadership tools for the Scout, including discussions of teams and team characteristics, the stages of team development and leadership, inclusion/using your team, ethics & values of a leader, and a more in-depth review of vision
Register Here by Wednesday

Snow Base 2020

We need to make snow base reservations ASAP!
 Which means I need to know which programs to register for! 

Once we know what to register for, then we'll try to get a weekend. We'll double back before we make a reservation to make sure enough scouts and adults are available.

Check out the Snow Base Website 

All first year Scouts will attend Snow Huskies, unless they're attached to a group of more experienced scouts that have been through that program. Then they can register for Spearhead. Logging Camp is cool looking, as is Dog Sledding. Please look at their website and decide and register with the troop by Thursday
Please register with the troop here

Fundraising

Popcorn Tables
Thanks to Mrs. Barber for setting up sales tables at storefronts this weekend! The scouts that participated found a lot of success. Remember if you're interested in setting up a table at a location or at your place of worship, reach out to Mrs. Barber
And never discount there's always a chance to sell door-to-door. 

Wreaths
Get out there and sell, sell, sell. Remember Wreath delivery day is Nov. 16. You should have them to customers before Thanksgiving.

One trick going door-to-door for popcorn and wreath sales is to make a 1/2 sheet saying "sorry I missed you" with some contact information and asking if they'd like to support you in Scouting. The money raised will help you get to camp where you learn things like:___. 

Upcoming Troop Fundraisers 
Funds raised help the troop go. We'll need many hands on deck for each of these. 
Halloween Party concessions (Friday Oct 25) - look or a sign up next week.
Concessions at Base Camp - Nov 3 - participants have been contacted.
Pancake Breakfast Nov 17 (Day after wreath delivery) - look or a sign up soon.


December Board game Camp 

Based on some PLC decisions, we have decided to change things up a little this year. We'll still be at Kiwanis, but our gaming will take place in Gordon Hall! 


There will be plenty of room for us to leave our games up and move on to something else. We'll be sleeping and "cooking" elsewhere. 

Board Game Camp is Dec 13-15. 

Upcoming Schedule

DateTimeEventNotes
Oct 718:30Troop Meeting Campout Prep /High Adventure Proposals Due
Oct 11-12ILST Lock-In 8:30pm-7amMUMC
Oct 1418:30Troop Meeting
Oct 2118:30Troop Meeting
Oct 25Pack 1 Halloween Party @ MUMCFundraiser - Concessions
Oct 2818:30Troop MeetingWreath & Popcorn money and orders due
Nov 312-4Concessions @ Base CampFundraiser
Nov 418:30Troop Meeting Campout Prep
Nov 8November CampoutCollopy Farm
Nov 1118:30PLC Meeting
Nov 168-4
TBD
Merit Badge University
Wreath Delivery
University of Minnesota - Details TBD
Nov 177-12Fall Pancake BreakfastUnit Fundraiser need 6 scouts and 2 adults
Nov 1818:30Troop Meeting
Nov 2518:30Troop Meeting
Dec 218:30Troop Meeting
Dec 918:30Troop Meeting Elections
Dec 13-15December CampoutBoard Game Camp at Kiwanis
Dec 1618:30Court of Honor
PLC Meeting
Jan 618:30Troop Meeting
Jan 1318:30Troop Meeting
Jan 2018:30Troop Meeting
Jan 24-26Ski CampFred C Anderson (Peterson 1 & 2), Trollhaugen
Jan 2718:30PLC Meeting
FebSnowbase
March 20RAD Zoo
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Gear Spotlight: TENT STAKES


Every Scout should keep 8 tent stakes with their personal gear at all times (unless they're in use). I like to keep my stakes in a nylon stake bag or a Tyvek envelope so they don't get lost or snag any material.

There are a variety of tent stake styles. Avoid plastic stakes, they break, and get stuck in the ground. My favorites are the red Triangle "hog" and "mini-hog" style and aluminum hook style (pictured).

Tent stakes get lost and bent, but they can last for a while when Scouts care for them. They can be used for lots of things such as tarps, etc. Out troop tents do not have stakes.

Some places to shop for gear:
Brick & Mortar: REI, Repair Lair (experienced gear), Midwest Mountaineering, LL Bean, Cabelas, Scout Shop (sometimes they have really good deals, often over-priced), even non-specialty big-box stores like Walmart & Target have a lot of decent gear.

Online: campmor.com, rei.com, sierra.com, backcountry.com, steepandcheap.com, amazon.com, sportsmansguide.com

Scoutmaster's Minute - Drafting and Leading

I'm going to mention a few things that all have something in common. Think about what that common theme is: a marathon, interstate truckers, a bike race, a flock of geese, a NASCAR race.

Each of these use 'drafting' to decrease the effort required to achieve a goal. Trucks, cars, bikes, runners all benefit from following closely behind someone else that is cutting through the wind resistance. In a road bicycle race, the lead rider in a pack uses over 30% more effort than those behind. Truckers draft to conserve fuel and increase profits.

The downside is that the lead rider gets tired before the rest. If they continue to follow the tired leader, the entire group slows down. To keep up the speed, the leader falls off the point when they tire and the next in line takes over with a reserve of power to keep up the speed.

The followers need to trust the leader to lead in the right direction. They also need to recognize when the leader is getting tired and step up to take the lead.

Your Patrol Leaders serve for 3 months at a time. While they are leading, the rest of you get to draft along not expending as much energy while they are working hard. We rotate new, fresh, energized leaders to the point position often so we keep up speed and the troop keeps going. We don't want to slow down to a crawl because no one else would take the lead.

Get ready for your next turn running point so you can keep the group rolling along. I hope to see you at ILST.