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Troop 315 November Newsletter

Troop 315 November Newsletter 

October proved to be a very productive month for the scouts, community and updates.  
Our Scouting for food efforts brought in 548 pieces from N. Baltimore and Risingsun.  also Bloomdale brought in 350+ pieces.  Bridge Church said they assist 43 families in the area so we are thankful they help our community in this way.  Also,  Our scout house receive a new floor , thanks to the American Legion and all the sweat labor our scout dads and friend contributed.  We now have a fully tiled and grouted ceramic floor in place of the layers of peeling paint from years gone by.    Scouts also worked on Public Speaking merit badge and attended the Fall Camporee in Pemberville, OH. 
Although, short lived,  Through peer to peer, recruitment night and Webelos crossovers,, Our troop is 35 scouts strong , Right Now ! ! Woo Hoo.  This is a 40 year high for us ! ! The reason for the , short lived, comment is our annual re-charter and membership renewal is underway.  That means scouts who age out or moved away will drop from our membership,  Boo Hoo.  The biggest joy from their scoutmaster is to see these adults in our community working their way to success.  I talked to Hank Matthes during the Halloween parade Saturday night ,  He really shows how a boy , through programs like scouts and a great family core can become someone awesome. 
November 5
We will wrap up Public speaking and review on hiking and camping in cold weather ,  Also we will be sealing the grout and bringing in all the items stored in the trailer so be ready to pitch up this Sunday.  Speaking of Public Speaking,  Scouts,  plan on doing your speech .  It’s an easy merit badge
November 11-12
We are hiking to Dc Roberts woods down the Slippery Elm Trail. aprox 3 miles, with all our gear in packs.  We will leave the scout house at 9:00am Saturday morning and return Sunday.  Scouts please pay attention to the training.  you’ll need to carry your tent but also plan on who your buddy is so you may bunk together,  Less is more so pack lite but be sure you, or your chosen buddy, has shelter .  A list of groceries is below , Please email me what you can pick from the list.  If you can bring me items early,  I will have a bit of a supplies box and water out at camp to help keep their packs lighter.  Now if only I can keep the animals away prior to  us arriving 🙂
40 Hot Dogs  (5 packs)
5 packs buns (8 pack)
2 bags chips
4 lbs beef ( browned and bagged chilled with some fat from pan)
4 boxes spaghetti noodles
4 jars spaghetti sause
5 bags little Debbie doughnuts
2 jugs sunny D
November 19
Larry Bateson will do Citizenship merit badges with all scouts,  These are eagle required and include Citizenship in Community, Nation, World,  There are also 2 bonus merit badges earned during these meetings,  Don’t miss any troop meetings.  Of the 11 Eagle required, 3 are being taught right here.   There will be approx. 4 to 5 meetings devoted to this and Larry does make it interesting and fun. 
Wreaths and Meat stick Fundraiser
Also on the 19,  Please turn in all your orders and money you collected for Wreaths and meat stick Fundraiser,  Dawn will assemble wreaths and I will order our meat sticks that Monday.  The flower shop will announce when you can pick up your orders
November 26
Troop 315 will have our annual bowling party at Ten Pin Lanes in North Baltimore ,  No cost and is from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.  Parents are welcome to bring  snack items to the event however,  Ten Pin Lanes also has a grill and fryer if you want to purchase food & beverages. 
December 6
Wednesday night is the Village annual Santa Claus visit at Bob Kelley Chevy.  Our scouts dress up as elves ( we have the outfits) and assist at the event.   Plan on arriving at 5:15pm that night.  Santa arrives at 6:30 and doors open to public at 6:00.  The event has horse drawn carriage rides, cookies, and a bike give away.  Our troop is the planning committee for the Chamber for this event so it is important to do our best  as scouts and as chamber members. 
John Wayne’s take on Scout Law. 
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in 1979, dignitaries including President Gerald Ford honored Academy Award-winning actor John Wayne at a dinner hosted by the BSA’s Los Angeles Area Council.  The council named the John Wayne Outpost Camp after The Duke, paying tribute to the actor only a few months before his death on June 11, 1979.  It was at this dinner that Wayne shared his own interpretation of the Scout Law and what it means to him. (This script is from the May-June 1979 issue ofScouting found in our archives.)

“A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent,” he said.  “Nice words. Trouble is, we learn them so young we sometimes don’t get all the understanding that goes with them. I take care of that with my family. As each boy reaches Scout age, I make sure he learns the Scout Law. Then I break it down for him with a few things I’ve picked up in the more than half century since I learned it.
“A Scout is …

Trustworthy – The badge of honesty. Having it lets you look any man straight in the eye. Lacking it, he won’t look back. Keep this one at the top of your list.
Loyal – The very word is life itself, for without loyalty we have no love of person or country.
Helpful – Part sharing, part caring. By helping each other, we help ourselves, not to mention mankind. Be always full of help — the dying man’s last words.
Friendly – Brotherhood is part of that word. You can take it in a lot of directions — and do — but make sure and start with brotherhood.
Courteous – Allow each person his human dignity, which means a lot more than saying “yes ma’am” and “Thank you, sir.” It reflects an attitude that later in life you “wish you had honored more … earlier in life.” Save yourself that problem. Do it now.
Kind – This one word would stop wars and erase hatreds. But it’s like your bicycle. It’s just no good unless you get out and use it.
Obedient – Start at home, practice it on your family, enlarge it to your friends, share it with humanity.
Cheerful – Anyone can put on a happy face when the going’s good. The secret is to wear it as a mask for your problems. It might surprise you how many others do the same thing.
Thrifty – Means a lot more than putting pennies away, and it’s the opposite of cheap. Common sense covers it just about as well as anything.
Brave – You don’t have to fight to be brave. Millions of good, fine, decent folks show more bravery than heavyweight champs just by getting out of bed every morning, going out to do a good day’s work, and living the best life they know how against a lot of odds. Brave. Keep the word handy every day of your life.
Clean – Soap and water help a lot on the outside. But it’s the inside that counts and don’t ever forget it.
Reverent – Believe in anything that you want to believe in, but keep God at the top of it. With Him, life can be a beautiful experience. Without Him, you are just biding time.
Wayne thanked the hosts for putting his name on the Scout camp, adding, “I would rather see it here than on all the theater marquees the world over.”
Shawn Benjamin

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