Scouts had a good meeting Tuesday night preparing for the Klondike. This is a great opportunity to learn and try out skills, many of which are required for First Class. Keep up the good work. Just a reminder, at the Troop meeting we will do some patrol meal and equipment planning. The Den Chiefs should be helping the Webelos II at the Klondike.
There is a PLC Meeting on Monday night at 6 pm at Monument Hall. Former patrol leaders need to turn in their binders to the new patrol leaders, so please plan on coming or at least dropping off the binders. Also under the reminder category, Nick is the SPL and Lucas and JJ are the ASPLs. This will be in effect until March where Ben, as SPL Elect will transition into the role. Meanwhile, the new patrol leaders and ASPL’s should be running the troop.
The Troop has a few opportunities (Klondike, CPR class, Salesmanship Merit Badge, Tubing, and Court of Honor) coming up and there are also two High Adventure trips that are available for signups. Please review all of the opportunities with your parents so you are able to schedule accordingly. In reference to the Court of Honor, Klondike could be a great opportunity to make rank or skill advancement and please arrange a Scoutmaster conference if you need one.
Next week we will begin to plan for Klondike. Meanwhile, brush up on your lashings, fire building, first aid, hypothermia, following and giving directions, leadership, camp inspection requirements (neat and by the book), orienteering, and fun things like the tomahawk throw. The Klondike is a good opportunity to hone your scout skills and be tested and timed against other Troops. You scouts know this and now its time to put it into practice.
I had a chance this week to break bread with our former SPL and now Assistant Scoutmaster on the west coast, John Rzepczynski. John is studying Environmental Science at Santa Clara University and is a member of the Santa Clara Sailing Team. He recently competed in a regatta in San Diego (that’s why he missed Christmas tree pickup) and he was a former member of the BC high sailing team. He’s enjoying college, sailing and is a happy scout. Another former Troop 132 SPL, Alex Cancio, come back and attended our first 2019 Troop meeting. We welcome all our Troop alumni to come to any meeting and we look forward to seeing them and hearing about their adventures beyond our troop
What a difference a year makes with the Christmas Tree Pickup. 2017 was our coldest year ever with single-digit temperatures and this year was one of our warmest. Well done and I can’t say enough about the teamwork. Thanks to all the scouts, leaders, parish leaders, and volunteers who make this event such a success. We help citizens, this event helps us fund our programs, and the parish uses this revenue for church service projects. I was really impressed with how the teams worked and personally reflected on how our SPL worked long and hard collecting trees. They were at it early and ended late. That’s leadership. Well done and many thanks to our customers who give us the opportunity to earn the donations.
This week we thanked Kevin O’Neil (ASPL), Ben Sprague (ASPL), Ben Clarke (Den Chief), Nolan Roberts (Patrol Leader), Simon Cadavid (Patrol Leader) and Lucas Anthony (Patrol Leader) for serving their terms as leaders in at the end of 2018.
The newly elected leaders (1st term 2019) are: Nick (SPL), Ben (SPL Elect when Nick’s ages out in March), Lucas (ASPL), and JJ (ASPL). New Patrol Leaders - Freddy, Lucian, and Christian. Scribe – Miles, Den Chiefs’ - Xander, Simon and Kevin. These leaders committed to attending the PLC meetings (Monday night 6-7:30 pm Monument Hall); 1/28/19, 2/25/19, 3/25/19, 4/29/19, 5/20/19, 6/10/19) and the various Troop outings.
Note on 2019 Leadership: We don’t have a troop quartermaster and this is ok. Each patrol designated a patrol quartermaster and this work should be done at the patrol level. We don’t need other positions at this time and will make adjustments for adding a Troop Guide in the summer term. Junior assistant scoutmasters include Luke Pautler and ASM’s include Logan and Will.
Last Friday night Will D. and Logan led the Spirit of Adventure (SOA) 2018 Eagle Award Dinner Pledge, Oath, and Law in front of 500 distinguished guests and 188 new Eagle Scouts. I am very proud that our Troop had this opportunity. Check out the Troop Facebook page for more pictures
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