Week in Scouting

Important Dates and Upcoming Events

January 23: Troop Meeting 7pm Sanctuary. Sign up for MBU! $25 per Scout. MBU dates are 2 Saturdays this year: March 2nd and March 9th (with March 23rd as a snow day). Download and print MBU form: https://www.mayflowerbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/Merit-Badge-Selection-Form.pdf  Bring to the troop meeting with your $25. Scout account funds can be used – let Mrs. Panagrossi know.

January 25–26: Midnight Madness, Crotched Mountain NH Ski Trip
2 session ticket=$80; 2 session ticket with 2 day helmet rental =$95; 2 session ticket with rental equipment =$100; 2 session with rental equipment and helmet =$115; all pricing is per person and includes the Lock-in fee and gas money for drivers. Lock-in is sleeping on the lodge floor and morning breakfast.

January 30: Troop Meeting 7pm Sanctuary

February 1–3: Scouts Klondike Derby with overnight camping or cabin sleeping at Camp Squanto

February 6: Troop Meeting 7pm Sanctuary

February 10: Scout Sunday

March 2, 9 and 23: Merit Badge University at Southeastern Regional Voc-Tech High School in South Easton, Massachusetts.  Scoutmaster/ASM training (free) during MBU on March 2. Interested adult leaders register on line through Mayflower Council’s website.

April 13: Spring Scout Orienteering (‘Scout-O’) at Hale Reservation in Westwood, Massachusetts. Click here for registration and information.

June 1–2: Little Haystack Backpacking Weekend in Grafton County, New Hampshire

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Scoutmaster News

Upcoming Events and Activities:

Crotched Mountain Ski/Snowboarding Trip January 25-26: Signup and Payment are Due Wednesday! Base Cost for Lift Tickets, Overnight Lodging, and Breakfast is around $80. Additional cost for Equipment Rentals (Helmets REQUIRED!).

Klondike Derby, February 2: Signup ASAP. Mountain Man Option for Team of 4 Older Scouts.

Merit Badge University, March 2, 9, 23: Cost $25, Adult Merit Badge Counselors and Helpers Needed. Opportunity to Earn up to 3 Merit Badges or Complete Scout Rank Requirements. Registration opens January 14th, classes filled on a first come first served basis. Choose Classes Before January 25th. Webelos II Welcome.
Download the Merit Badge University form.

Volunteers

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

Eagle’s Corner

Sam Will’s Eagle Project is under way! Planet Aid and Sam would greatly appreciate donations of used or new clothing, including socks, pants, shorts, underwear, t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, jackets, hats, gloves, and belts. As well as backpacks, handbags, purses, boots, and shoes (shoes in their own separate bag from clothes). Donations can be dropped off in the back parking lot (outside the cafeteria) of Furnace Brook Middle School, in the two yellow Planet Aid bins. The bins will be there for five weeks, until February 15. All the clothing collected will be donated to communities in need all around the world including here in the US. Sam thanks you for supporting him on his road to Eagle and helping him reach his goal of 5,000 lbs of clothing!

Merit Badge Activities

Merit Badge University- At Southeastern Regional VoTech School in Easton, March 2 and 9th (Snow day March 23). Cost $25. Registration opens January 14th. Opportunity to earn up to 3 Merit Badges. Download the Merit Badge University form.

Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge is currently being taught during Troop Meetings by Mr. Armstrong.

Advancement News

In an effort to assist boys and families in setting goals, I am offering to have individual meetings with scouts and parents. In these meetings we can review Scout Book and reconcile any information that may/may not have been transferred, and can look at partial merit badges and rank requirements. We can discuss what next steps may need to take place in order to achieve goals that a scout wants to set. This information is also helpful to the patrol leaders when they meet to decide upon upcoming meeting agendas. Use the link below to sign out a date and time to meet. Each meeting should only take 10-15 minutes. Please feel free to email me at suzicork@gmail.com if you have any questions.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sRbPjP3NiMCq3Gp2cioq5_RZkC6KEjwxdwjJKbcIeJY/edit?usp=sharing

Thanks,
Suzi
Advancement Chair

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.

Committee News

Training News

Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training (S24) is available at MBU on March 2. Interested ASMs need to register online in advance for this free trainng.

Scoutmaster/ASM Position-Specific Training

Youth Protection Training is required for all adult leaders. BSA has updated their Youth Protection Training. All adults are encouraged to take the training; all leaders MUST take it either online at my.scouting.org or at an upcoming free training session.

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.

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 Information

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

Scout/Parent Information 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  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 Information

Get your Class B’s for upcoming outings! Yvonne Pierce, of Salt Rose Designs, has many great items available for purchase. 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!).

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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

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 their handbook and notifying Mrs. Haley with these hours to insure that we are updating them in Scoutbook.

“Do a Good Turn Daily”