A cold Klondike was held at Camp Acton 1/23/2021 with temperatures never getting out of the 20’s. The sky was clear and my hats off to all the great patrol cooking demonstrations with dutch ovens. This was spectacular. Cheesecakes, vanilla cake, pineapple upside-down cake, and Churros. Yes! That is right. This was after the scouts started fires, practices first aid, and tied knots. It was great to have a meal before the great Klondike Race. Congratulations to Charlies’ patrol for bringing the golden spatula award home. Well done scouts. You also left the grounds better than they were before and no trace. Congratulations to Mr. Rzepczynski who scored highest on ax and knife throwing hitting 5 out of 6 throws.
Our past Tuesday night meeting was a good snowy hike in the Town Forest.
The PLC met Monday and planned the details behind this weekend Klondike Derby and decided on the Hike/Ski trip in February which needed more advanced planning. Planning requires even more work by the PLC as we meet outside and it’s difficult to do at the meetings. Tuesday’s meeting was full of energy as patrols raced patrols around the track. The patrols also planned detailed lunch plans and hopefully campfire programs for the campfire lunch event. There is a dutch oven dessert contest. Good Luck scouts and we expect you to do your best. By the way, the scoutmaster likes blueberries.
Looking forward to seeing you put your skills together in a friendly competition. Dress warm and be prepared.
For senior leaders, think about your goals and we can discuss them in between events. If you need scoutmaster conferences just let me know and we can find some time.
Great job scouts. Over 700 trees collected. All done safely, with family unit help, and done early. This was a well-planned and executed event and when combined with the good weather, it was the best run event ever. There are so many to thank and I will miss so many, but I’m very grateful. Mrs. Sprague, Mr. Callahan, Mr. Pautler, and Mrs. McCloud jumped to the top of the many thanks that are needed. But the list really goes on to each and every scout, youth group member, and the families who contributed their time and effort. Also, don’t forget the citizens of Concord for supporting our efforts. It was great to witness so many scouts out into the community doing their good deeds.
Last Tuesday we met at Emerson and we have been fortunate with a mild winter. Please continue to work on your knots in preparation for the Klondike on Saturday 1/23/2021 at Camp Acton.
PLC: New and existing leaders will meet on Monday for our PLC meeting - 1/18/21 from 6-7pm.
Zoom Link - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89821443447?pwd=R3I2RzNMNlpjaTlFSURzNndZNTV6QT09
Passcode: PLC We expect all scouts to be present with webcam and audio for this to be an effective meeting to plan the Klondike and present goals for each leader.
Next week we will do more preparation for the Klondike at the Tuesday meeting. Good work and many thanks again for the Christmas Tree pickup. Be sure to thank your parents for the support they provide to scouting and please continue to live the Scout Law daily.
Happy New Year. We had/have a busy scout week. Monday was the PLC where we planned with the new leaders upcoming events and what the various roles are in the Troop. We are not planning on den chiefs this year at least through the summer, but will certainly help our cub packs and welcome new scouts.
We plan on having another PLC on January 18, 2021, at 6 pm so that the leaders can complete the self-evaluation. We also have some more planning to do for the Klondike and some options for tubing, skiing, and/or skating. Several events were discussed and we need more information and some decisions. Every scout should be able to do a bowline and it was fun having an outdoor dodge ball game. The lantern strung from the tree provided good light.
Congratulations to new Star scout Lincoln who passed his board of review. Last night we had the Christmas Tree preparation meeting and Saturday we have over 700 trees to pick up. One at a time. Leave no trace and leave no tree. It will be fun, family-oriented, and full of cheer and good service. Helping the community and remember we represent the Troop and it is good citizenship.
But each day you should be doing your good deed!
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