January 2013 Troop 342 THE 342 EAGLE www.troop342.com The Troop Meets at Green Mountain Christian Church A Scout is trustworthy! 10700 W Exposition Drive Mondays 7:00 pm A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWEST EAGLE SCOUT: JOSH WILLIAMS! SCOUTING CALENDAR! January 1/7 1/8 1/14 1/18–1/20 1/21 1/28 “Winter Survival” Troop Meeting Committee Meeting Troop Meeting Tahosa Snowshoe & Ice Fishing Troop Meeting/Advancement Night Court of Honor/Potluck Dinner February 2/4 2/8–2/10 2/11 2/12 2/18 2/23 2/25 “Klondike Derby” Troop Meeting Klondike Derby Troop Meeting Committee Meeting Troop Meeting/Advancement Night Bridge Building Troop Meeting- PLC & Parent Meeting March 3/4 3/11 3/12 3/18 3/22–24 3/25 “Snow Sports” Troop Meeting Troop Meeting – Fertilizer Sale Begins Committee Meeting Troop Meeting/Advancement Night Ski Cooper Weekend Troop Meeting– PLC & Parent Meeting Other Important 2013 Dates 4/12–14 New Scout Weekend 4/26–27 Scout Show & Lock-in 5/3–5/5 Survivor Weekend 5/17–5/19 Adventure Team Backpack Shakedown 5/18–5/19 New Scout Hike: Pawnee Grasslands 5/31–6/2 Webelos Weekend 6/7–6/9 Sand Dunes TBD Philmont High Adventure 7/6–7/13 Summer Camp – Medicine Mtn, S. Dakota 8/9–8/11 14’er Backpack 9/14 Garage Sale 9/20–9/22 Bike Trip On Saturday January 5th, the troop helped Josh celebrate his accomplishment of the Rank of Eagle Scout at Shephard of the Hills Presbyterian church. Please join us as we congratualte Josh!! MERIT BADGE COUNSELORS NEEDED Troop 342 needs your help with Merit Badge Counselors. Without more counselors, our scouts may not be able to complete merit badges started at summer camp. In particular, we also need more counselors for the required Eagle Merit Badges. Please go to the link http://www.denverboyscouts.org/advancement/meritbadge-counselors/14188 to download the application. We especially need counselors for Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, and Citizenship in the World, which are all Eagle-required merit badges. See attached sheets for merit badge needs. Denver Council Merit badge counselor training will be available 1/19. See the calendar page at www.denverboyscouts.org for more information. If you need more information, please contact Cheryl Franklin-Rohr at 303-980-6968, who is in charge of finding merit badge counselors for Troop 342. CAMP TAHOSA – 1/18-20! In preparation for February’s Klondike outing, all scouts are encouraged to participate in the fun-filled Tahosa camping trip on January 18–20. This trip will give the scouts an excellent opportunity to hone those winter camping skills, to enjoy some serious snowshoeing & ice fishing and to test their gear before Klondike in early February. All permission slips and fees must be turned in by the January 14th troop meeting. and dedication to reestablish our kingdom. The Troop needs every scout to provide Troop 342 excitement, enthusiasm, and talents to meet our goal. Not to mention wearing really cool hats! Plan ahead! Also start thinking about when you need to get that permission slip in for this years’ Gateway District Klondike adventure, scheduled for the weekend of February 8-10. Those permission slips must be in by February 4th. BRIDGE BUILDING – FEBRUARY 23! COURT OF HONOR – 1/28! Black Dragons Patrol will be hosting the Court of Honor on January 28th to honor our scouts’ achievements. All are welcome to enjoy and observe the activity. Families are requested to bring a main dish and either a side or dessert to feed their family plus two more people. Don’t forget your flatware and paper products too. Scouts should plan to arrive at 6:00. The dinner will begin at 6:30 and awards at 7:00. Membership Dues are Due. This special evening also provides an opportunity for scouts, registered adults and new adults to complete their 2013 annual membership registration and dues. (Returning scouts $35; new scouts - $45; adults - $15). Remember, Scouts may fill out a “pink” form to pay fees out of their account. Cash and checks are also accepted. Come prepared to turn in your paperwork and dues to either Mr. or Mrs. Schuyler. All scouts will also receive a statement of their scout account from Mrs. Schuyler. Mr. Cameron and Mr. Johnson will once again provide adult leadership to this annual activity of fun, learning, and a really cool final event. Keep listening for more details upcoming and don’t feel bashful about asking questions of other scouts who have attended. This is a great service-project opportunity for advancement requirements. FERTILIZER SALE COMING SOON! Another opportunity to fundraise for upcoming trips is beginning March 11th. Contact Mr. Schuyler for more information. 2013 SUMMER CAMP – JULY 6 -13! The holidays are now over and so that means summer will be here before we know it. Summer camp last year was an adventure but much calmer than Hurricane Dietler the year before. The Scout leadership team and their adult assistants’ team of Mr. Schuyler, Mr. Cameron, and Mr. Mauldin are getting ready for this year’s trip to Medicine Mountain, South Dakota. The Troop will support various opportunities for Scouts to earn the fees for summer camp and encourages all Scouts to earn at least half of the camp fee. Plan your merit badges now and be prepared to have a super summer experience! KLONDIKE 2/8-10! LET’S RISE TO THE TOP AND REGAIN “KING OF KLONDIKE” IN 2013! Last year, the Tebow spirits were against us. This year’s Klondike has created a unique opportunity for Troop 342 to demonstrate the strong willingness, determination, MR. D’S CABIN ADVENTURE! The cabin trip was great. It was snowing when we got there but not enough snow to open the ski area at the Grand Lake Golf Course. It opened on the following Monday. Instead of cross-country skiing, we took a hike to Adams Falls and beyond into Rocky Mountain National Park. It was snowing lightly and the country-side was beautiful. There was lots of sledding, multiple games of Risk, root beer, and good food. We had to get cozy on the return to Lakewood because Mr. Pocsik's truck decided to be stubborn and not start. The good news is his truck is now fixed and ready for the next trip. You should have received a “save the date” card and Eagle Scouts have been reminded of the event in congratulatory letters from the Council Executive. I encourage you and your Eagle Scouts to attend as they celebrate 100 years of Eagle Scouts. SCOUT ACCOUNTS! As a reminder, the portion of Troop 342 fundraisers that is designated for the scout's use is placed in the Scout's Account within the Troop General Fund. These funds can only be used for Scout related activities and equipment. For more detailed information please refer to the "FEES, DUES AND FINANCES" section of the TROOP 342 POLICY BOOK. If the scout leaves the troop to join another troop the funds can be transferred to the other troop. If the scout terminates their membership, he will forfeit all funds in the Scout Account to be used for Troop 342 expenses. ADULT TRAINING! Hiking near Mr. D’s cabin!! NEED AN EAGLE PROJECT IDEA? We are over the hump! Summer will be here before you know it. We all know that there are some Life Scouts who secretly want to advance to the ultimate goal of Eagle Scout, but can’t quite come up with that perfect project. Mr. Dendinger has a list of opportunities for Eagle Projects available. These projects can include providing amenities for schools, churches, city and county parks, nonprofit organizations, recreation districts, etc. The sky is just about the limit. OK, there are a few rules that must be met. Go to www.denverboyscouts.org to check out the description and requirements of the eagle project. Here’s a little more information concerning required training for every registered adult actively participating within the troop. Whether it be Scoutmaster, assistant scoutmaster, committee member, merit badge counselor, driver, etc. this training is necessary. Most is available online. At least for the committee members, the following is required: “This is Scouting”, “WEB Boy Scout Leader Fast Start”, “Youth Protection” and “WEB Troop Committee Challenge”. See Mr. D. for additional details and other required training. COMMITTEE MONTHLY MEETINGS! Ever wondered how Troop 342 works behind the scene? Join us on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, at the Church (enter front door) at 7 pm, to learn information on upcoming events, past events, planning, financial issues, fundraisers, quartermaster duties, advancement, and anything you have wanted to know about Troop 342 but didn’t know who to ask! For more information contact Mr. Dendinger, (committee chair) or Mr. Garin. 2013 EAGLE SCOUT BANQUET! A special note from James E. Blair - Chair Denver Eagle Scout Association and Council Commissioner, The annual Eagle Scout Banquet honoring the Eagle Scout Class of 2012 will be held on Friday, February 22, 2013. WHAT’S GOING ON? HELP publish the individual accomplishments of our talented young men in the newsletter. Send pictures and tell me what’s going on via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Items can be scouting or nonscouting related. If you are creative and would like a chance at doing a newsletter or two, send me an e-mail.