Sunday, September 30, 2018

30 September 2018

30 September 2018

Troop Meeting Monday, 10/1 6:30

Upcoming Schedule
Oct 7 - Pancake Breakfast at MUMC 8-12, Event Rescheduled for Nov. 11.
Oct. 8 - Troop Meeting (Astronomy, Final Planning & Last day to sign up for Camporee)
Oct. 12-14: Fall Camporee 
Sign-Up (Sunday 10/7, is the last day for sign up). 
Oct. 22- Wreath and Popcorn Sales Due. Remember to keep your sales money separate! 
Oct 26: Concessions for Pack 1 Halloween Party at MUMC
CLASS-B.   $10. 
Maroon/Fabric - White/Ink. 
Poly; Wicking. Not Shiny Nylon - feels like cotton. Not Cotton. 
Scouts or Parents. 


What is a patrol? Patrols are the fundamental building blocks of any Boy Scout troop. A patrol is a small group of 6 to 10 scouts of similar in age, development, and interests. Working together as a team, patrol members share the responsibility for the patrol’s success. They gain confidence by serving in positions of patrol leadership. All patrol members enjoy the friendship, sense of belonging, and achievements of the patrol and of each of its members.

Who determines patrol membership? The Scouts.

What if I want to switch patrols? As long as another patrol won't’ have too many members and the patrol you’re leaving doesn’t have too few, and everybody is in agreement, then switching patrols is fine. Be sure to communicate that and get it approved by the SPL.

Who leads the patrol? Patrol Leaders are elected by their patrol members every 3 months. This is an official Position of Responsibility in the troop that a scout can earn credit for in rank advancement. Also, Each month a patrol should have an Assistant Patrol Leader who attends the PLC, helps with PL duties. This position can be appointed or elected, whatever the patrol decides. A grubmaster and quartermaster are selected monthly. These positions are essential to the success of monthly campouts. The grubmaster is in charge of purchasing food and the quartermaster is the one figuring out what exact gear you’ll need to bring for the patrol. If you’re planning on cooking in a dutch oven, then you better be sure to pack one. This is the Quartermaster’s job. If your patrol needs 3 tents for the campout, then the monthly patrol quartermaster works with the Troop QM to make sure they get the gear ready on the Monday before the campout. The patrol QM works with

How does the patrol identify themselves? With a good name, of course.
Each patrol must have a Flag.
Each member must wear their patrol’s patch on their right shoulder, below the US Flag (see image), 
Yell (these should change often).

What can we call ourselves?  Anything really but it's important to be able to get a patrol patch. See below for some resources. If your patrol needs patches, let’s decide on one and get them ordered ASAP.
Can a patrol change its name? Yes but it is a lot of work to re-brand yourselves make a new flag and buy new patrol patches.
Patrol Patches are available at these retailers. They're a great place to check for a fun name.
• Advantage Emblem

Fun old training Filmstrip about the Patrol Method.

Merit Badge University
Presented by Alpha Phi Omega – Gamma Psi
Saturday, October 20th, 2018: 8:00am-4:00pm
Registration opens this Thursday, October 4th, 8PM
*This is a popular event and registration is limited to 200 scouts

The registration fee is $25 dollars for the full day, or $15 for one badge session. This fee includes lunch, and basic supplies needed to fulfill the requirements of each badge. The fee should be turned in during check-in from 7:30-8:15am. Checks must be made out to “Alpha Phi Omega – Gamma Psi,” to be accepted. Payment can be made at check in on the day of the event. 

Registration can be found by following this link:

The Alpha Phi Omega chapter at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, would like to invite you to our event, Merit Badge University. Following the success of previous MBUs, our goal remains to provide badges that will help scouts reach their Eagle Status, as well as badges that will be enjoyable to those who have completed their Eagle requirements.

Scouts will be able to earn two (2) badges through the course of this event. The day will be structured with a morning session, followed by lunch, and then an afternoon session. The same merit badge may be offered during both sessions if demand is high. Chemistry is a full-day badge, meaning it takes both sessions to complete. 

For a scout to earn their badge, they MUST complete any pre or post requisites found on the sign-up form, and participate in the activities during their merit badge.

They request Scouts bring your blue cards for each badge.

Badges offered this Fall on October 20th:
  • Communication*
  • Citizenship in the World*
  • First Aid*
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Public Health
  • Environmental Science*
  • Personal Management*
  • Chemistry
* Eagle Required

Scoutmaster Minute

A man who wanted to buy a donkey went to market, and, coming across a likely-looking beast, arranged with the owner that he should be allowed to take him home on trial to see what he was like. When he reached home, he put him into his stable along with the other donkeys.
The newcomer took a look round, and immediately went and chose a place next to the laziest and greediest beasts in the stable. When the buyer saw this, he put a halter on him at once and led him off and handed him over to his owner again. The owner thought he made a good deal and was surprised to see the buyer back so soon, and asked, "Why? Do you mean to say you have tested him already?" "I don't want to put him through any more tests," replied the buyer. "I could see what sort of beast he is from the companions he chose for himself."
This fable from Aesop reminds us, we are known by the company we keep
Said another way, Wholesome friends and friendships afford wholesome actions.