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Troop Meeting 5/21/15

Posted by connorbehar on May 18 2015 - 10:39pm

REMINDER: Mandatory Compliance with PA Child Protection Law

Posted by bradcraft on May 18 2015 - 9:23pm

REMINDER TO ALL ADULTS:

Troop 65 and the Laurel Highlands Council have developed specific policies to ensure that the troop, the BSA, and our Charter Organization keep in compliance with the new PA Child Protection Law. All adults that volunteer with the troop have steps that they need to follow to obtain and submit their background checks to the council and the troop. 

As a quick reminder of who this applies to:

  1. Currently Registered adult that is NOT a Merit Badge Counselor: You have until DECEMBER 2015 to obtain
    • All registered adults must have 
      • a PA State Police Criminal Record Check 
      • a Child Abuse History Clearance
    • Residency dependent requirement:
      • If you have lived in PA for 10 continuous years, you must sign a PA Resident Volunteer Verification form
      • If you have lived in PA for less than 10 years, you must obtain an FBI Criminal Background Check
  2. Currently Registered adult that IS a Merit Badge Counselor: You have until JUNE 2015 to obtain
    • All registered adults must have 
      • a PA State Police Criminal Record Check 
      • a Child Abuse History Clearance
    • Residency dependent requirement:
      • If you have lived in PA for 10 continuous years, you must sign a PA Resident Volunteer Verification form
      • If you have lived in PA for less than 10 years, you must obtain an FBI Criminal Background Check
  3. Non-Registered adult or parent that regularly interacts with the scouts as part of scouting activities: You have until DECEMBER 2015 to obtain
    • This means parents that help with transportation, go camping, etc. Either you register and we provide the checks to the LHC, or you don’t register and we still have to have the background checks and the troop has to keep them on file.
    • You are encouraged register and obtain the background checks and report them as required above.

Here is a link to the original email with details:  Troop65PAStateChildProtectionLawIMPORTANTEVERYONEMUSTREAD.pdf

Thanks to everyone for their prompt attention! Don't wait until the last minute :)

SHAKEDOWN!!! please read everything!

Posted by carolecraft on May 12 2015 - 5:43pm

Troop Meeting - 7:30

  • This week's Agenda
    • This meeting we’ll concentrate on three things: 
      1. Scout binders and handbooks - Each patrol will work together to show new scouts what a scout binder is, why it’s important, and how to use it. Everyone, bring your scout handbook and binder. We’ll also make sure our handbooks are up to date with camping nights, service hours, and merit badges—and show new scouts how to use the handbooks and keep them up to date.
      2. Tenderfoot fitness test - We will take our part 1 fitness test required for the Tenderfoot rank. If you have chin-up bar that attaches to a doorway, please bring it!
      3. Load trailer - We will load the trailer for our day trip on Saturday. While loading the trailer, each patrol will make a list of items that are either missing or broken in their boxes. Money from the spaghetti dinner will allow us to fix or replace what we need. For those adults wishing to work with us, this would be a good process to watch in order to familiarize yourselves with our equipment.
  • Day trip THIS Saturday - This weekend's shakedown campout at Camp Seph Mack has been cancelled. Instead, we are going to the Cecil Henderson Montour Trail Campground for the day THIS SATURDAY, May 16.
    • We will leave the church at 9 am and return at 5 pm. The camp is only 30 minutes away in Bridgeville, so hopefully we’ll be able to get full participation from those who could not go away for the whole weekend. 
    • We need to know how many can attend--Sign up now on the website (parents, please communicate with your scout so he knows he can go). This is important so we know how many drivers are needed and how much food to buy.
    • The purpose of this camp will be to orient our new scouts to the way Troop 65 does things in the field. We’ll also go for a hike, and if someone can haul bikes, then we can bike as well.
    • This is a great time for parents who are willing to help out once in a while to learn what goes on at one of our campouts without having to commit to a full weekend. (One of the reasons we had to cancel our trip was because none of our regular adult campers could make it and we didn’t have enough adult coverage.)
  • Other Announcements:
    • RSVP for Scout Day this Sunday (see announcement below)
    • Big THANK YOU to Harold Behar and crew for the spaghetti dinner and yearbook (see announcement below)
    • ***New scout parents**** Please be sure to bring your scout's paperwork and application!!!! They will not be able to attend camp until we  submit the application to the council!!!

Plan to attend Tim and Joe's Eagle Court of Honor - May 23

Posted by carolecraft on May 12 2015 - 3:59pm

Mark your calendar now! Plan to attend Tim D and Joe C's Eagle Court of Honor, May 23 at 2:00 at South Park. See the attached invitation for more details. Please RSVP to Mrs. Dugan or Mrs. Cafardi

SPAGHETTI DINNER THANK YOU!!

Posted by carolecraft on May 12 2015 - 7:38am

A big THANK YOU to all of the Scout parents and Scouts that helped make Troop 65’s First Spaghetti Dinner a success on Sat.  A special thank you to the Spaghetti Dinner committee: Mr. Wallace and Mr. Apanavicius kept the kitchen humming and running smoothly all day. Mr. and Mrs. Leach kept the dining room in tip top shape and even suggested ways to improve our take out service. Ms. Moore for distributing lawn signs, input on running an event like this and helping shop for supplies. Mrs. Slocum secured the pasta and delicious sauce from the Sunseri family. Mrs. Mortimer lined up the wonderful entertainment, which included Elliot P. on the guitar and Lucinda M. on the keyboard.

 We can’t thank Mrs. Neuhaus enough for her INCREDIBLE cupcakes. WOW! 

And big shout out and thank you to Shane B. and his parents!! They were responsible for approaching Rita’s Ice for an ad and instead showed up with three big coolers of mango, cotton candy, and Swedish fish ice! Yum! 

   

   

Mt Lebo Scout Day 2015 next Sunday, 17th

Posted by jaypullen on May 8 2015 - 4:58pm

Mt Lebo Scout day is this Sunday, May 17th from 6-8pm at Mt Lebanon Park upper Pavilion.  This is a great opportunity for those new scouts working toward their 1st class rank to complete requirement #5 for first class: