Week in Scouting

Important Dates and Upcoming Events

Annual Wreath & Garland Fundraiser is underway!! Three Documents here for download with info: T101_Wreath_Garland_Sale_Info_2018 T101_Wreath_Scout_Flyer , T101_Wreath_Order_Form_2018

St. Christine’s Sales – The Pozerski’s are coordinating. Sign up at a troop meeting or contact John Pozerski to sell greens after the masses December 1-2 & 8-9.

Please talk to Nancy Belozos / Mark Ward with any other questions. We have great plans for the troop this year and need every Scout/family to participate in this important fundraiser! Thank you!

Nov 17 – 18 Climbing / Camping Outing: Challenger Rocks, Hingham, Indoor climb on Saturday, 1-3pm (departing Sanctuary at noon). Camp out at Wompatuck State Park Saturday night. $20 per person – what a deal!. Contact leaders in charge with questions: Dan Bardon or John McGrail.

Nov 17. Sat’y. Scoutmaster Position Specific Training Nobscot Reservation – Sudbury MA. 8:30am – 1 pm. Adults interested in becoming an Assistant Scoutmaster – this live training is for you and it’s free! (This training is also available on-line). Register at Mayflower Council website if interested.

Nov 21 – No meeting. Weds night before Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Nov 23 Friday Wreath/Garland pick-up/start delivering. Start picking-up at the Corkhum residence 9 am. 133 Tilden Rd. Important: Note what you are taking on the tracker posted. Wreaths come in bundles of 6 – it would be helpful if people could take full bundles. Please take what you think you can sell – You can always come back and get more!!

Nov 28 – Troop Meeting.

Battleship Cove Nautical Nights 12/8-9. Sign up and pay by tonight! Payment must be received upon sign-up. $70 per person. No refunds. Scout account funds may be used. Two registered adults needed at minimum. Additional drivers may also be needed. Please talk to Mark Ward for more information or if you can help.

Dec 5 – Weds. Troop Meeting Sanctuary 7pm

Dec 6 Thursday – Troop Committee Mtg.,7 pm, Sanctuary

Dec 8-9 Sat. – Battleship Cove Nautical Nights overnight adventure.

Dec 10 – Wreath/Garland Fundraiser ends. Please turn in all unsold greens to Corkhum’s by this day!

Dec 10 Monday Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) Mtg., 7 pm, Sanctuary. Come help plan out your troop meetings for the next month. Senior Patrol Leader (SPL), Patrol Leaders (and/or assistants), Instructors, Troop Guides, Quartermaster – should all attend. If you need a leadership position you are also encouraged to attend!

Dec 12 Weds – Troop Meeting 7pm. Final night to complete rank-ups and merit badges for awards on 12/19 COH. Money due by tonight for wreath/garland fundraiser.

Dec 19 Weds – Troop Meeting/Court of Honor/Holiday party. 7pm. Final troop meeting of the year. Merry Christmas!

Jan 2 – Troop Meeting 7pm Sanctuary

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Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) Meeting Monday, November 12th, 7:00-8:00 pm at Sanctuary Church Children’s Room!

All Patrol Leaders, Troop Guides and Instructors, and Senior Patrol Leader should plan to attend. Patrol Leaders- if you cannot attend,  your Assistant Patrol Leader or another patrol representative needs to attend. We will be planning Troop Meetings up to first meeting in December.

Monday Candy Bar Sales- Monday 11/12/18, at Star Market from 9:00 am to Noon. Some slots are available, please contact Mrs Appel (kmfrazier2@comcast.com) or Mrs Greene (kdunngreene@gmail.com) to sign up for available time slots.

Scouting for Food- If you did not drop off your collected donations at the Food Pantry on Sunday then please bring your non-perishable food items to the Marshfield Food Pantry (located in Library Plaza).

Next Camping– Saturday 11/17 to Sunday 11/18. Features Indoor Rock Climbing at Challenge Rocks Gym in Hingham, Camping at Wompatuck State Park in Hingham. Final signups, meal planning, and other planning details will happen at Troop Meeting on Wednesday. Contact Mr Burch with any questions. $20

November also features the Wreath and Garland Fundraiser (delivery weekend after Thanksgiving), and Thanksgiving (no Troop Meeting on November 21).

Upcoming Activities – The troop has many exciting activities planned, but we need adults and scouts to take the lead. Upcoming events where we could use some assistance include:

Battleship Cove overnight trip in December 8-9

Crotched Mountain Ski Trip- end of January 25-26.

Klondike Derby and overnight Camping or Cabin sleeping- February 2 at Camp Squanto.

Webelos Crossover and Cabin Camping Trip in February 2019 at Camp Squanto.

Our Troop needs adult volunteers to help organize events and fundraisers, and to help out at troop meetings! You won’t be alone in your efforts, we have experienced leaders who will assist you if asked. Please speak to Dan, Celeste, or Suzi. Sign up here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qxdtRl6ePlS1Jgdx3g0bxQVvBhcXOCeDTbm8m7J5xCo/edit

Don’t forget! All adults attending outings are now required to take Youth Protection Training. This can be done online by going to scouting.org

Fundraising

 A Scout earns his way… Candy bars and wreath sales are the only fundraisers we do each year. Thank you for participating in these important fundraisers!

Annual Wreath & Garland Sales Underway Now

Our annual wreath and garland fundraiser was kicked off on November 7. This is the troop’s largest fundraiser of the year. Scouts and parents take orders through November/early December, and we make deliveries starting Thanksgiving weekend. Start collecting orders now to be delivered after Thanksgiving. We have great plans for the troop this year and need every Scout/family to participate in this important fundraiser!  Same prices as last year. Documents attached here with more info: T101_Wreath_Garland_Sale_Info_2018 T101_Wreath_Scout_Flyer , T101_Wreath_Order_Form_2018

Talk to John Pozerski to sign up for St. Christine’s sales after the masses December 1-2 & 8-9. Please talk to Nancy Belozos and Mark Ward with any other questions.Thank you to Nancy Belezos and Mark Ward for volunteering to coordinate!!  

Candy Bar Sales

Thank you to the Scouts and parents who participated in our candy bar fundraiser last weekend!! Results to be announced soon!

 

Committee News

IMPORTANT COMMUNICATIONS NOTE –

All communications are now coming through Scoutbook! If you have not yet signed into your account, please do so soon so you don’t miss important communications!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Troop 101 is growing! There are many ways parents can help. Many hands make light work! We have several leadership positions open if you’d like to get involved. If you can sign up for one event or activity it would be greatly appreciated! Ready to sign up to help? Current list of openings are here, please add your name to the doc:   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qxdtRl6ePlS1Jgdx3g0bxQVvBhcXOCeDTbm8m7J5xCo/edit   Thank you for helping our troop!

GENERAL TROOP INFO

An info packet was supplied at a parent info session in September. If you didn’t pick up a packet you can access the info docs here: T101_Troop Info for Parents and T101 ScoutParent Guide_9_2018

ADULT LEADER CONTACTS

Any questions? Click here for adult leaders: T101_Adult Leader Contacts 

ANNUAL DUES

Troop Annual Dues is $100. Add $12 if your Scout wants Boys Life magazine. Dues covers $63 in registration fees per Scout for District and National Councils; also covers registration fees and training for our Adult Leaders. Make checks payable to Troop 101 Marshfield. Scout account funds may be used. Please talk to Maureen Panagrossi, Treasurer, if you wish to use scout account funds or have payment concerns.

SCOUT/PARENT INFO FORM

We are requesting one form be filled out per family. Please download this form, fill out and bring to a troop meeting along with your Scout’s dues: T101_Parent Info Form

CAMPERSHIPS

Troop 101 has a limited amount of funds available to assist families with the cost of Scouting in situations of financial need. Please download: T101 Campership Application 2018  Submit completed application to Scoutmaster Dan Bardon, Committee Chair Charlie Molloy, or Treasurer Maureen Panagrossi. All requests will be handled confidentially. If anyone would like to contribute to the Troop Campership Fund please contact Maureen Panagrossi.

CLASS B UNIFORM INFO 

Get your Class B’s for upcoming outings! Yvonne Pierce, of Salt Rose Designs, has many great items available for purchase. These make great Christmas gifts! Download the Troop 101 Class B Uniform Order Form and turn it in to Yvonne at an upcoming troop meeting. Contact Yvonne with any questions at (781) 264-6334 or email Yvonne@Saltrose.com. Make checks payable to Salt Rose Designs (not the troop!).

TRAINING NEWS

Scoutmaster Position Specific Training Nov 17. Nobscot Reservation – Sudbury MA. 8:30am – 1 pm.

Adults interested in becoming an Assistant Scoutmaster – this live training is for you and it’s free! (This training is also available on-line). Register at Mayflower Council site by Nov. 13 through the following link.

Position Specific Training – Scoutmaster

Youth Protection Training – Required for all Adult Leaders in 2018

BSA has updated their Youth Protection Training. All adults are encouraged to take the training; all leaders MUST take it in 2018 either online at my.scouting.org or at an upcoming free training session. The following is a reminder about the policy:

  • The BSA launched a new online course for all adult leaders at https://my.scouting.org on February 2nd, 2018.  If you’ve taken Youth Protection Training since then, you took the new course. Please forward your YPT certificate to celestemaglio@yahoo.com.
  • All Troop 101 adult leaders must take the new Youth Protection Training ASAP. This was due October 1st, 2018. Troop 101 can not re-charter for the 2018-2019 year without our adult leaders having taken this updated training.
  • Please note that parents and adult leaders who attend BSA outings must have this training completed prior to attending the trip. Additionally, adults who wish to help Troop 101 by being a leader must complete this training ASAP.
For those new to using this website (https://my.scouting.org), you will need to establish an account in order to log-in and take the web-based training. You do not need to be a registered leader to take the training and we encourage all parents to take it.

Boy Scout leaders can now get trained anywhere at any time

http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/03/30/boy-scout-leaders-get-trained-anywhere-at-any-time/

What training must I complete to be ‘Trained’?

Want to wear that Trained patch? This chart gives you an overview of the eLearning modules you should complete.

The Mayflower Council offers many training opportunities for Scouts and adults. Lots of training sessions are available to take on line at your convenience. Please visit the council website at  www.mayflowerbsa.org/training for more information. All Scouts deserve a trained leader so please review these opportunities to help the Troop succeed in our mission. Wondering how you can help our troop? Please contact Charlie Molloy.

Become a Troop 101 Merit Badge Counselor

The merit badge counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communication)—as a merit badge counselor, you play a vital role in stirring a Scout’s curiosity about it. By serving as a counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so Scouts have the opportunity to broaden their horizons. And in doing so, your mission is to combine fun with learning. Click here to learn how to become a counselor.

Community Service Opportunities

Meal Packaging at Sanctuary Church-Tuesday, September 11th from 5-8pm.

If you have any questions or ideas about current or future community service projects, contact Marlene Haley at mbhinbx@hotmail.com. Please make sure that your Scout is listing all service hours in the back of his handbook and notifying Mrs. Haley with these hours to insure that we are updating them in Troopmaster.

Eagle’s Corner

Please email or text John Pozerski (781-724-8916) to schedule 1-1 time at a troop meeting to answer questions and review advancement progress. 

Advancement News

Tracking Advancement and Merit Badge Completion:

First, it was fabulous to celebrate all the achievements of our scouts at the recent Court of Honor. Please contact me with any discrepancies from Squanto merit badge work. The “blue cards” were distributed last week, but if you didn’t receive yours, see me this week. I will be available at troop meetings to help you set up your Scoutbook account.

As we continue our transition from Troopmaster to Scout Book, there will be some new procedures for parents and scouts in terms of recording and submitting advancement and merit badge completions. First, it is required that all adults set up their Scout Book account. An invitation should have been sent to you over the summer. I recommend you search your mail for something from Scout Book and see if you find your invitation request. If you do not find it, please contact Jennifer Goodwin at jrgoody_ma@verizon.net

Once you have your account set up, please invite your child to join. My plan is for the boys to use their phones to stay on top of what they need to do, and I will be asking them to show these to adults at meetings (if you allow the use of phones at meetings). I like the idea of them taking more ownership for what they are/are not doing, and this is one way to continue the conversation of coaching the scouts. I also recommend that if you are attending a meeting, and you see scouts not doing anything scout related, you ask them to log into the Scoutbook account and see what they could accomplish during the meeting. It takes a village!

A BIG CHANGE! As scouts get signatures for rank advancement in their scout handbook (the OFFICIAL record), parents will need to enter these into their child’s advancement in Scout Book. Once all requirements for rank advancement are completed and recorded, then I will confirm this by looking at scout’s official record in their handbook. From that point, boys can request a scoutmaster conference and a board of review.

Please email a Scout Master or Assistant Scout Master directly regarding your Scout’s rank advancement to organize a  Scoutmaster Conference (SMC) and Board of Review (BOR).   The Scout, if not drafting the email, should be aware and help you write it.    

Scoutmaster conferences and Boards of Review must be requested no later than the week before a Court of Honor. 

Any questions, please contact Suzi Corkhum, Advancement Coordinator.

Regarding Dress Code

Scouts should be in full Class A uniforms for the SMC and BOR.  Books should have sign offs.  Books should be available for inspection.  

Reminders

All nights of camping and community service hours can be logged at the back of the handbook. Please use these pages to track your Scout’s service.

Parents of Scouts in younger patrols participating in Flight to Eagle programs should reconcile their Scout books to Troop Master.  If requirements for ranks Scout through First Class are in Troop Master and not in your book, parents should add the a T.M. to the requirement box to show that it was not signed off on the book.  This will allow us to monitor progression.

Adult Youth Protection Training is offered on the Council’s website.  This is required of all adult leaders and may be a good idea for parents who drive Scouts to various events.  It makes the adult aware of the basic guidelines to keep both the Scout and parent operating safely.  It really is protection for both.   I want to set a deadline for November 30, 2017 to get this required training completed for adults in Troop 101.

Districting Training – Council offers training on different topics for adults for many areas.  These trainings are usually offered in October.    See Old Colony Council  (oldcolonycouncil.org), under the training page for more information on these very interesting training opportunities.

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