This past Tuesday meeting was a refresher training for the scouts. The 1st station was First Aid. Mr. Sprague gave a 10 minute review of hypothermia, dehydration, and blister care (our top three concerns). At the 2nd station, Mr. Cancio (our Merit Badge Chair/ASM), described merit badges and how to start and use the blue card process. Failure to follow the correct merit badge process will only cause delays and unnecessary work for councilors and scouts. It is a good process, let us follow it. At the 3rd station, our SPLs reviewed “how scouts can be leaders” and they lead a patrol team building task.
Scouts: please review the merit badge process and leadership attachments.
Coming up - DropOff & SwapOff is the one Troop service project we are committed to. Please sign up. Yes, I realize there are many other events happening. Please try and help the town and represent the Troop. Next, we have a large group of Webelos joining us and we will need all of our scouts to attend Crossover. This is our only mandatory spring event, but please see Logan and me if you can't attend. Please note that we will be missing many of our older scouts because of SATs, so we need everyone to contribute their time and energy to DOSO and Crossover.
Elections will be held May 8 for Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior PLs, and PLs. By May 1, please send an email to Logan and me stating your intent run and please describe your commitment towards the May, June, and July Troop meetings and outings.
Lastly, many thanks to my wife and family for all their support for enabling me to participate in over 100 days of camping over the past few years. We have a great boy-led, patrol based troop and while its never perfect, we are always looking for way to adjust by hearing and seeing things from the boys' perspective (in the words of Baden Powell, Scouts founder).
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