April Troop 315 Newsletter
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To All my scouts. I hope your ears are burning . That’s a saying my parents and grandparents always told me when someone is talking about me. Truth is. I talk about you all the time. There is not a day that goes by that someone strikes up a conversation with me and scouting doesn’t come up. Could be me to blame but our little town is very blessed by what scouting has become. Cubs, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts all represent Americana and values once seen in the 1950’s.
This month , has me gearing up for a fun and exciting summer. The boys in the troop have voted on some fun outings and we aim to deliver. Older boys and new Eagles scouts have committed to one more summer camp with the troop, plus we are returning to Pioneer Scout Reservation after 2 years of Camp Berry, again voted on by the troop.
Boy Scouts is very much, boy led. Our boys and Patrol Leaders Committee listen to the scouts and voice their interests to the leaders who then communicate and create a program with our adult committee, made up of parents and other promitant adults in our community. These adults help out with troop tasks such as Eagle coaching, finances, assistant scoutmasters, secretarial documenting, advancement, and program to youth participants.: plus our Charter rep who is responsible for insurance, scout house and leader/ committee selection process. To this , I say, Thank You, Thank Than you.
Hank Matthes – Eagle Scout
Hank Matthes has just received the rank of Eagle and is the most recent scout to hold this rank. Hank updated the Emergency response route board for our EMT department for the village. There will be an article detailing his project forth coming. Hank is part of a group of boys who started scouts way back in the cub days. These boys , referred to as the FAB 4, have been heavily involved scouting, camping, and teaching the younger scouts throughout there scouting careers. They are planning a multi Court of Honor so please look for the invitations.
Friday, April 1. Powell Elemntary at 4:30pm. Please be in your complete Class A. We are there to assist with serving, dishes, cleanup, but most important. We are in the public view. They will talk to us, ask questions about camp and rank. Remember. As a scout, you must represent our troop well, stay focused on public interaction be as our uniform implies, “ Well Mannered” I’ll see you there. Ohh, we usually get pictures taken so tuck your shirts in, wear your neckerchiefs, pants etc.
April 22 – 24. I know that this time of year is busy for track scouts, I will need a head count for groceries and registration. The camp will be in Tontogany , OH. Van leaves at 5:30pm Friday night at scout house. Cost is $10.00 per scout. The camp is Olympic themed, lots of physical challenge and scout craft. We will do some prepping in the next couple meetings.
Parents, very important. Camp registration and payment must be in by May 1st to get any discounts and camp hats. The early bird price is $268.00 per scout and $10.00 discount for sibling group ( brothers). After that date, price goes up to $288.00. Please make checks out to Boy Scout Troop 315. Also. Boy scouts are required to have annual physicals, similar to school sports. These are to be completed by June 1st.
HERE IS THE LINK – http://www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_ABC.pdf
Summer camp will be at Camp Frontier from June 26 – July 2nd , located in Pioneer Ohio. This is a 2300 acre camp with over 80 merit badges to choose from. Plenty to do including an ATV coarse, Aviation, Horsemanship, mountain biking, high cope coarse, and awesome telescope . I’ve seen Saturn through it.
On April 17th, I’m inviting parents to attend the meeting if interested in camp. A lot of our scouts in the past 3 years have not experienced Camp Frontier and we cam go over the leaders guide and questions. What to pack, resident camp experience, program and merit badge selections are all topics you may want to go over with us and your son/scout. Meeting time Sunday, April 17 at 6:00 pm. I can also go over scout account amounts .
Up coming Calendar
April 2nd Pancake Supper
April 17 Parents night
April 22 – 24 Spring Camporee $10.00
May 20 – 22 Armed Forces Camp/ Fundraiser
June 7 Monsoon Lagoon Trip $25.00
June 26 – July 2 Summer Camp at PSR $288.00
July 22-24 Campout at the N.B. Park ???
July 30 Good Ole Summertime Brat Booth
August 19 – 21 Doc Roberts woods campout
September 23 – 25 Luckey Fest Fundraiser
To all my scouts. Please don’t forget that if your in need of a uniform or outgrown your old one. Stop by my computer shop to trade up. Going with the 1950’s green theme. I have so many good vintage uniforms to keep us looking cool. Our BSA council thinks we are really neat to offer this in our troop. Plus, who would rather spend $150.00 at the scout shop for new. NOT ME. Just ask Noah P.
About our founder : Lord Baden Powell
It was during this last appointment that Baden-Powell really began to develop his ideas about the scouting movement. In 1904 he attended the Annual Drill Inspection and Review of the Boys Brigade in Glasgow, where the founder, William Smith, had recruited over 54,000 boys. Smith had asked Baden-Powell to rewrite his book Aids to Scouting for a younger audience. According to Michael Rosenthal in The Character Factory, this gave Baden-Powell “the vision of a British society made strong by legions of well-disciplined, morally upright, patriotic youth who found their satisfaction in defending the interests of the empire and following the orders of their superiors.”
Since Baden-Powell was still occupied as inspector general of the cavalry, it took a few years to put his ideas into action. In 1906 he wrote a short paper called “Scouting for Boys,” where he put some of his ideas into print. His vision for scouting was strongly influenced by three of his contemporaries, William Smith, Ernest Thompson Seton, and Dan Beard. Seton and Beard had started similar youth organizations in the United States. This small paper turned into a six-part series called Scouting for Boys, which was published between January and March of 1908. The series included the first publication of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. This series then led to an official weekly magazine, called The Scout, which increased the visibility and appeal of the scouting movement in the public’s eye.
In the summer of 1907 Baden-Powell acted upon his ideas and ran a demonstration camp for boys on Brownsea Island off the coast of Dorset. Twenty-two boys, from ages 10 to 17, took part in the week long exercise, which consisted of camping, cooking, tracking, singing, and storytelling. This was the beginning of what was called “unquestionably the most significant youth movement of the twentieth century ” in Michael Rosenthal’s The Character Factory.
The attached photos are fond memories of PSR, or in Aiden’s case, painful memories…