Board of Review Signup:

The next meeting on November 20th is the last meeting prior to the Court of Honor. If you need to have a board a review it will be your last chance to sign up for one. There are only so many slots for the boards available.  If you miss your slot don’t worry. You may not receive your rank at this Court of Honor, but remember as soon as you pass a board of review you are officially that new rank. You’ll be recognized the following court of honor.

Flag Posting for Veteran’s Day

It is an honor for our boys to post flags at the grave sites of our veterans. Each year for Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day we post flags and then the following week retrieve them.

  • When: Thursday, Nov 10th, 4:45 PM (SHARP!)  for Posting.
  • Event Lead: Mrs. Petit
  • Location: Cemetery on KY 18 next to the Fire Station just down from IHM.
  • Who: Any scout. If you plan to attend please register on the activity registration form and use the “Flag Posting” and/or “Flag Retrieval” as the comment.
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Cost: -Free-
  • Notes:
    • It does not take long to put out the flags. Please arrive by 4:40 PM or earlier in order to be counted! If you show up at 5 or 5:15 it may all be done by then.
    • Volunteer Scouts be sure to make sure your name gets recorded by Mrs. Petit so you can get credit for extra Super Scout points!
    • Look for retrieval information in next week’s update.

Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 – NOVA Woosh!

Do you know the secret to moving the world? Do you wonder how roller coasters are made? The answers to these questions can actually be found at your local playground! Time to put your “Mentally Awake” oath to the test. Come learn about how engineering affects our lives and work on earning the NOVA Woosh! award. The NOVA awards are a set of awards for Scouts that focus on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

  • When: Saturday, Nov 12th, 12:30 PM to 3 PM
  • Location: Boone Woods. We will meet at one of the available shelters.
  • Who: Registration will close on Nov 10th, sign up at using “NOVA” on the activity registration form.
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Cost: -Free-
  • Notes:
    • Mrs. Heilman will be the Nova Counselor for this session. Mrs. Petit will be the Assistant Scout Master at the event.
    • Bring a full water bottle and a small snack. Note the session will be held outside in a shelter, so dress for the weather!
    • Only some of the requirements for Woosh! will be covered at the session. Interested scouts will need to complete the other requirements of the award on their own and follow up with the NOVA Counselor to get them signed off. It is preferred the requirements are satisfied prior to the session, but the merit badge requirement can be completed at a later time. Further information will be sent out via email soon but you can look at requirements 1 and 2 at http://www.scouting.org/stem/Awards/BoyScouts.aspx#whoosh as work that will need to be completed outside of the session.

Food Drive Leaflet Dropoff – Service Hours!

The troop will be handing out leaflets in the Pebble Creek Subdivision on Saturday after the NOVA event. These leaflets will detail items that can be donated to families in need this Thanksgiving season. This weekend we will be distributing the leaflets and then the following weekend we will be collecting the donations. We need volunteers both weekends.

  • When: Saturday, November 12th, 3:30 PM drop off.
  • Event Lead: Mrs. Petit
  • Location: Meet at the clubhouse of the Pebble Creek subdivision. (3001 Black Tail Way, Burlington, KY 41005)
  • Who: Any scout who needs service hours. If you plan to attend please register on the activity registration form and use the “Food Drive drop off” as the comment.
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Cost: -Free-
  • Notes:
    • This is a leadership project by one of our scouts. Please help him by participating if you can.
    • This will count as service hours for rank advancement. Please have Mrs. Petit sign you service log in the back of your book.
    • Parents: It would be helpful if a few parents could stick around and be available to drive some scouts around in the neighborhood. BSA Youth Protection and Virtus Training is required.

Flag Retrieval for Veteran’s Day

It is an honor for our boys to post flags at the grave sites of our veterans. Each year for Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day we post flags and then the following week retrieve them.

  • When: Wednesday, Nov 16th, 4:45 PM (SHARP!)  for Retrieval.
  • Event Lead: Mrs. Petit
  • Location: Cemetery on KY 18 next to the Fire Station just down from IHM.
  • Who: Any scout. If you plan to attend please register on the activity registration form and use the “Flag Retrieval” as the comment.
  • Uniform: Class A
  • Cost: -Free-
  • Notes:
    • It takes less time to retrieve the flags than it does to put them out! Please arrive by 4:40 PM or earlier in order to be counted! If you show up at 5 or 5:15 it may all be done by then.
    • Volunteer Scouts be sure to make sure your name gets recorded by Mrs. Petit so you can get credit for extra Super Scout points!

Knights of Columbus Food Drive Help – Service Hours

The Knights of Columbus are collecting food for the needy. They will be organizing doing intake and organization of the food on Nov 18th and 19th. They are looking for some volunteers to come help move food around, help organize and other tasks. If you have availability please sign up.

  • When: Friday, Nov 18th, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM OR Saturday, Nov 19th, 8 AM-12 PM
  • Event Lead: On Your Own (see below)
  • Location: Knights of Columbus Acree Hall at IHM
  • Who: Any scout who needs service hours. If you plan to attend please register on the activity registration form and use the “KoC Food Collection” as the comment. Please indicate which shift you’d like to take.
  • Uniform: Class A with Class B under it.
  • Cost: -Free-
  • Notes:
    • They can use up to 4 people at each shift.
    • This WILL count towards your service hours for your rank advancements, so if you need service hours make sure to sign up!
    • Note that this is not an official event for the troop, so there will be no adult leadership present (except by happenstance if they are working the same shift). This means that we highly recommend that you have your parent stay with you during this event.

 Announcements, Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Merit Badge Challenge Registration opens Nov 14th!

The various merit badge challenges scheduled for the spring will have their registration open on Monday, Nov 14th. You can take a peek at the schedule and merit badges offered as the options have been posted online. Pick out your merit badges, read about the prerequisites and then be ready to sign up on Monday the 14th!

Scouting University – Dec 3rd

The Scouting University is a great opportunity to catch up on some training for both boys and adults. This is offered by the council and will be held at the council office in Cincinnati. You can find out more about the offerings on the Dan Beard website. http://www.danbeard.org/ScoutingU You would register and attend on your own.

NOTE: Den Chiefs: one of the requirements to earn the Den Chief award is this to attend Den Chief training which is offered at Scouting U. Be aware this is the same day as the Court of Honor and Lock-in so it’s going to be a long day for many scouters.

Court of Honor and Lock in

The last Court of Honor of the year will be Saturday, Dec 3rd. We will be recognizing the achievements of the boys over the past several months, as well as handing out some special recognition. Please make plans to attend. These ceremonies are designed to help showcase what your scouts have been up to and celebrate their achievements.  Watch your email for specific information about the Court of Honor as we closer.

Starting after the Court of Honor we will begin the annual lock in. We will be joined by the Webelos, who will be staying until about midnight. After the younger boys leave the troop will will remain to play games and have a  night of ‘well-mannered frivolity (anyone catch that reference?).  Look for more information about the lock-in coming soon.

Requirements Changes – January 1st, 2017

In January of this year new requirements were released for rank advancements. 2016 was considered a transition year, meaning that any boy who was registered prior to 2016 could continue to work with the older requirements under certain conditions.

  • If they were note yet First Class they could continue with the old requirements until reaching First Class. At that point they would switch to the new requirements.
  • If they were First Class or higher (Star, Life & Eagle) they could finish the rank they were currently working on, but then had to shift to the new requirements.

As of January 1st, 2017 ALL SCOUTS must now use the new requirements. The Boy Scout Handbook that came out in 2016 has all the new requirements in it, but you don’t have to purchase a new book. They have provided a printable PDF of requirements you can use to track your progress.

A common question is “Does this mean they may have to Start over on a rank if they don’t complete it by 2017. The answer is not really, but they may have additional things they need to complete. Check out the official answer in the FAQ published by the BSA.

Deadline to Sign up for the January Winter Camporee is December 11th January

This years’ winter camporee will be at Central Park in Boone County. Working with Northern Kentucky University the Trailblazer District will be presenting the Astronomy merit badge! Boys will be bused over to NKU to learn about astronomy from the college professors at the planetarium. Other activities will be planned as well.

The deadline to pay and sign up for the trip is the Dec. 11th meeting.

Popcorn Money

You got your final orders in to Mrs Goodwin, right? Please bring in any money you have collected from your popcorn orders to turn in at the meeting on Nov 20th.

Leadership Projects

Given the size of our troop it’s not possible for all boys to get a chance to be in one of the positions such as Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, etc. In order to meet the leadership requirements you can instead perform Leadership Projects! Mr. Wood has a couple of leadership projects available, or if you have your own project in mind please see him.

There is the opportunity for a leadership project now for organizing a shoe collection for Soles for Souls. This is a one time collection on Scout Sunday and we are looking for a boy to lead the advertising, organizing and collecting of the shoes. This one is time sensitive, so if you have an interest please contact Mr. Wood directly!

Spaghetti Dinner Tickets

Just as a reminder, each boy was expected to sell $30 worth of tickets for the dinner. If you have any ticket money you’ve not turned in please do so at the next meeting. If you didn’t quite make the $30 in sales, please see the treasurer at the next meeting to settle up.