Troop 329 Adult Committtee
Date | time 4/23/18 7:00 PM | Meeting called to order by Janice Hebert
Janice H, Peter K; Fred N, Tony H, Dutcher L, Isaac H, Braeden F, Brigitte R, Angela T, Joe A, Alan H, Chris B, Janice H, Peter K, Pam T, Ed H, Bruce B, Tyler H, Matt M, Roger O, Chris F, Mitra K
Approval of Minutes
3/26/18 Minutes Approved
Calendar / Committee Reports
4/25/18: Greenbar, OA Elections, Troop meeting will finish up; help the new Scouts with Scout rank – Alan Henry and Chris B. have offered to help with those who aren’t in First Aid make-up. Janice will send out a call for help
4/29/18: Geronimo Training for APL and PL; Senior leadership must attend. At Mr. Howland’s house
5/2/18: Troop meeting, Big G planning, Geronimo balance due
5/3/18: Round Table Meeting
5/5/18: Big G Project – meet at Church parking lot on Saturday at 7:00 AM; Return Sunday to Mr. Howland’s house.
5/9/18: New Scouts will meet at 6:30 to finish up fitness requirements. COH will start at 7:00
5/12/18: Trailer Party 8:00 AM
5/16/18: Last meeting; Class A Uniform required for Geronimo inspection; Geronimo picture will be taken for the postcard
OA: Nothing new to report, except we do not have an election this year. Last year we had 19 which was unusual
Rank Advancement: Nothing new to report; Janice will reach out to parents of the 19 new Scouts to see if there is anyone who want to help with rank advancement for that group.
Board of Review: Might only be one Scout to advance at May COH
Scouting: We did the pledge to avoid the $63 increase. Payment will be due Oct. 1st so our big push will be in September. Our goal is $3500 if we don’t make it, we will use the Troop Campership money. The money can be used as a tax deduction as long as they fill out a donor card. The Troop will send a Good Faith payment which will be $1000. Joe Ashton will look for a donor list for 329 to get into a database for Alumni donations. There are options for Company matches online for the Friends of Scouting Campaign online. This is our only fundraiser of the year. There are some good ideas such as a summer fundraiser at July 4th Flag collections at Butler Park
Transportation: Nothing new to report
YPT: Website is updated for the new program; The program is well adapt to the times
Liason: Last week was the Friends of Scouting breakout for the new campaign
Project: A lot of Eagle projects coming through; Aiden McWenie’s Eagle project is May 5th which conflicts w/ Big G.
Letters/Flag: A form should be sent once the Scout passes the Board for payment for the American Flag. Bruce Brown offered to send out this form
Skills: Big G project coming up and the coordination of instructors for Geronimo depending on timing and days
Activities: The Burro Creek Campout was a success.
Chair: Everyone is signed up for merit badges; They are offered all day now. Our boys are only going in the morning. Some areas might be closed off for free use. Mighty Mogollon is out this year, it was a challenge where the Scouts competed Olympic style and they aren’t doing that this year. Some merit badge classes are shorter but there are more options available. 63 Scouts are going this year; 17 are First Year. We are the largest Troop at Geronimo who cooks our own food, which is known as a Plan B Troop. Peter took our copy of insurance down to the Madison District which will save us money on the rental of Madison Meadows cafeteria
Adventure: SeaBase – Joe is happy to report that everyone passed the BSA swim test. This is the final week to turn in all the paperwork. May 26th – June 3rd, 2018. Aravaipa is over Memorial Day Weekend. The Kayak trip needs a leader/scout to plan the trip which will be in July.
Scoutmaster: Burro Creek was highly successful; perfect weather; Boys did a good job at cooking meals and some good variety. Boys didn’t have enough water and didn’t have enough sunscreen. Some boys had lifestraws which helped.
Leadership: Burro Creek was a very enjoyable campout; Outdoor Skills taught: Cooking, Swimming, Climbing, Topographs – Tyler will relay the list of completions to Janice and the rank advisors
Business: Roger O will be leaving the Troop for an opportunity at the District level. We will need someone to take over Flag Ceremonies and Roger will be around for that transition. There are four per year: Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day.
Janice will be compiling a “Help Wanted” email out to all parents….Help is needed (but not limited to) these areas:
- Rank Advisor for the new Scouts
- Merit Badge Counselors
- Full Buck Moon Trip
- Replacement for Roger Ottoway
As a whole, we need to figure out what areas help is needed in going forward. She will send out an assessment of skills to the Parents of the Troop.
Eagle Ceremonies: from Tyler: Parents really miss the old ceremonies where the Eagle COH were held during/before Troop meetings. Eagle Ceremonies take about 45 minutes. Suggestions to bring back into the Troop include possible having Eagle COH once per quarter or semester. The Scout can choose from Eagle Programs for their ceremony. Other suggestions include a group Eagle Ceremony for multiple Eagle Scouts. Bottom line is that the Eagle COH should be in the Troop so that the younger Scouts can experience it.
Chris Ferman will put up a section on the Troop Website, “I’m an Eagle Scout, Now What?” with documents from Bruce Brown. Parents will need to coordinate the Eagle COH whether it is inside or outside of the Troop.
The US Flag Pole that the Troop uses has threads that are busted. Mr. Kennedy will get a new one.
Reminder that the 4/25/18 Troop meeting will include a Gear Exchange