Our Tuesday night meetings usually follow a formula where we do some group instructions, patrol break outs, intra-patrol activities, and a game. The primary purpose of the Tuesday night meetings are to prepare, plan and improve our monthly camping and outdoor trips. We do this using the patrol method and by being boy led. Of course, some Tuesday are better than others.
This past week we broke our routine and we were treated with a really unique speaker, Mr. Randy Pierce. I think we would all agree, that this was a very special meeting where we got to listen and ask questions to a special man. Mr. Pierce has overcome the obstacles of becoming blind as an adult and achieving so many extraordinary things during his lifetime, like hiking all the 48 4000's mountains in New Hampshire in a single winter season.
I was personally inspired and got some feedback that you were too. There are many lessons learned that really fit our scout law, too many to include here. But feel free to post your comments on our Troop Facebook page. I hope that you took away a couple of major lessons. Of the many aspects of his talk that I enjoyed, I especially liked the one concerning how if one truly commits to your goals, this will actually help you make better decisions and therefore focus your energy to achieve almost anything.
I hope you were inspired to take on the challenges in scouting and be the best scout you can. Remember TEAM (like your patrol) means > Together Everyone Achieves More.
March is a tough month to plan. In the past we have cross country skied at Windblown. A couple years ago it was 60 and no snow. With Maine High Adventure, we thought an early spring canoe trip would work, but we cancelled due to the weather. A good scout plans, but also a good scout avoids emergencies and respects the outdoors. We avoid them by three simple rules; Stop, Reaccess, and potentially Change Plans. That’s what we did for this weekend.
We used the time in our last meeting for Patrol Corners. This is where Patrol leaders and patrols meet and review advancement and share what skills the scouts need. It’s also an opportunity to sign off on requirements. We plan to do this about once a month and this should help us prepare for the next outing in order for the patrols to be able to help the scouts earn their advancements.
Next week we have an exciting guest speaker and our meeting time will move up to 7PM. Patrols will help set up and break down. Families and friends are invited.
This past week some scouters met to review the most recent Christmas Tree pickup and review what worked and look for opportunities for improvement. That’s how good teams continue to improve. Thank you to Elizabeth and Mike Sprague, John Pautler, Sarah Mcloud, David Carter, Christian Perrotta, Debbie Duggan and all the scout parents who drove, helped, counted, cleaned, feed and supported this very valuable and important day for our scouts, Holy Family Parish and the Concord Community. Well done!
Our next outing in April is the Isaac Davis Camporee and March and will be a lot of fun with local history.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! With the snow and downed trees, I’m sure all you had more opportunities to do your daily good deed. I know of a few stories of our scouts helping the elderly, digging out cars, helping neighbors. This is being a good scout!
This week we will plan our next camping trip and we realize that many of the middle school scouts have a music conflict. There will be opportunities on Sunday to join the troop if you can’t make the overnight and unfortunately, we were not able to find another weekend this spring to reschedule the outing. Looking ahead, we have the Isaac Davis Camporee and March in April followed by the Crossover and the Family Bike Trip to Nantucket in May.
Welcome daylight saving and keep working on your scout skills, but most importantly, live by the scout law
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