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Update February 4th, 2020

Good afternoon Scouts and Scouters,

Last Week: Court of Honor. I thought last week’s Court of Honor went really well, and our young SPL Kyle Daniels did an admirable job as the Master of Ceremonies. Great Slideshow by Ryan Han as well, especially on short notice. Next time we will probably encourage folks to bring folding or camping chairs as they seem to be in short supply now at the community center.

Crystal Cove Campout last weekend: Stewart Lyell organized and cooked for a fun little campout at Crystal Cove this past weekend. We had a great day hike on Saturday, the boys played in the frigid ocean (sneaky move by Kennan telling them it wasn’t too cold!), and generally relaxing and having a nice time. I enjoyed the Moro Canyon Loop hike so much I did it again the following morning at 6:30 am. I got to see all sorts of critters (mostly bunnies) foraging around for food in the early morning hours.

This Week: Patrol Meetings. You should have met last month at some point as a patrol and made some plans for what you want to accomplish over the next 6 months. If you did not meet last month, make it up next week. SHOW UP. Participate. Come up with a plan and execute. If you have questions, ask them. Doing nothing is not an option. If you are the Patrol Leader, schedule and communicate a meeting. If you are a patrol member, show up and support your patrol leader.

Next Week: Patrol Leader’s Council at 6:30 pm and Troop Meeting at 7:30 pm. No Road to First Class next week.

Volunteer activity to support local rowers: Please review the prior email to see if you can come help out on February 8th with a rowing event.

Summer Camp Sign-ups: Troop 642 will be attending Camp Whitsett from July 5 - July 11th, 2020. This is a fantastic camp north of Kernville, CA that was the site of the fun but short-lived "Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout" television series. It has everything the boys could be looking for, including the opportunity to go up a day early and go River Rafting in Kernville. Please see the signup sheet tomorrow night.

BSA Recharter Fee: If you have not paid recharter fees yet, you are far past due. Please bring them to the meeting tomorrow night.

New Health & Medical Record Form: There is an updated BSA medical form that every member of the Troop will need to complete if they plan on participating in any outing (see attached.) This would not apply if they were just driving boys to and from an outing. VERY few people have turned this in. Please take the time to fill it out and bring copies tomorrow night. We just need Parts A & B for most outings.

Run Seal Beach Volunteers Needed: As a Troop we are assisting with the registration packet pickup on Friday March 27th and early Saturday morning March 28th. I need a dozen parents or more mature scouts for each shift. Please look out for the sign-up sheet at next week’s meeting.

February

Tue Feb 4 – Patrol Meeting Week - Date & Time decided by Patrol Leaders
Tue Feb 4 – Road to Eagle Drop-in @ 7:00 pm @ Rubio's/Starbucks Courtyard
Tue Feb 11 – Patrol Leaders Council Meeting @ 6:30 pm @ NSBCC
Tue Feb 11 – Troop Meeting @ 7:30 pm @ NSBCC
Thu Feb 13 – OFD Roundtable (District Meeting)
Sat Feb 15 – Seal Beach Clean-up (monthly community service event)
Sat Feb 15 – Mon Feb 17 – Jalama Beach Campout
Mon Feb 17 – Fri Feb 21 Los Al Ski Week (No School)
Tue Feb 18 – Road to First Class @ 6:30 pm @ NSBCC
Tue Feb 18 – Troop Meeting @ 7:30 pm @ NSBCC
Thu Feb 20 – Camporee Planning Meeting – 6:30 pm
Sat Feb 22 – Snowshoeing Day Trip @ San Jacinto Mountain
Tue Feb 25 – Road to First Class @ 6:30 pm @ NSBCC
Tue Feb 25 – Troop Meeting @ 7:30 pm @ NSBCC

March

Tue Mar 3 – Patrol Meeting Week - Date & Time decided by Patrol Leaders
Tue Mar 3 – Road to Eagle Drop-in @ 7:00 pm @ Rubio's/Starbucks Courtyard
Tue Mar 10 – Patrol Leaders Council Meeting @ 6:30 pm @ NSBCC
Tue Mar 10 – Troop Meeting @ 7:30 pm @ NSBCC
Thu Mar 12 – OFD Roundtable (District Meeting)
Tue Mar 17 – Road to First Class @ 6:30 pm @ NSBCC
Tue Mar 17 – Troop Meeting @ 7:30 pm @ NSBCC
Thu Mar 19 – Camporee Planning Meeting – 6:30 pm
Fri Mar 20 - Snow Sports Merit Badge Day @ Snow Valley
Fri Mar 20 – Sun Mar 22 – Falcon Camp (Cleveland Nat’l Forest)
Sat Mar 21 – Seal Beach Clean-up (monthly community service event)
Tue Mar 24 – Road to First Class @ 6:30 pm @ NSBCC
Tue Mar 24 – Troop Meeting @ 7:30 pm @ NSBCC
Fri Mar 27 – RunSealBeach Registration (Volunteer Opportunity)
Sat Mar 28 – RunSealBeach Registration and Race
Fri Mar 27 – Sun Mar 29 – Lost Valley Get Prepared Weekend
Tue Mar 31 – No Troop Meeting – Week off

April

Fri Apr 3 – Sun Apr 5 – Joshua Tree Boy Scout Trail Backpacking Trip
Tue Apr 7 – Patrol Meeting Week - Date & Time decided by Patrol Leaders
Tue Apr 7 – Road to Eagle Drop-in @ 7:00 pm @ Rubio's/Starbucks Courtyard
Thu Apr 9 – OFD Roundtable (District Meeting)
Tue Apr 14 – Patrol Leaders Council Meeting @ 6:30 pm @ NSBCC
Tue Apr 14 – Troop Meeting @ 7:30 pm @ NSBCC
Thu Apr 16 – Camporee Planning Meeting – 6:30 pm
Sat Apr 18 – Sun Apr 19 – Caspers Campground Outing
Sat Apr 18 – Seal Beach Clean-up (monthly community service event)
Tue Apr 21 – Road to First Class @ 6:30 pm @ NSBCC
Tue Apr 21 – Troop Meeting @ 7:30 pm @ NSBCC
Fri Apr 24 – Sun Apr 26 – Camporee @ Oso Lake (Attendance highly encouraged)
Tue Apr 28 – Road to First Class @ 6:30 pm @ NSBCC
Tue Apr 28 – Troop Meeting @ 7:30 pm @ NSBCC

More Outings to come: Day Hikes to train for Mount Whitney
June 15 – 19 – Eagle Scout Peak Backpacking Trip
July 5 – July 11 - Camp Whitsett Boy Scout Summer Camp
July 11 – 17 - Mt Whitney High Sierra Backpack

Scoutmaster Minute: [Parents please share this with your scout.]

Well, I have received feedback from several members of the Troop Committee, as well as some frustrated Patrol Leaders, and I feel it is worth a clarification for everyone in the Troop: You cannot advance if you do not participate! Only active members of the Troop will receive my permission for a Board of Review (‘passing’ your Scoutmaster’s conference).

Why? Because our Troop needs you to participate. The younger scouts need the senior scouts to teach and show them how to be a First Class Scout. The senior scouts need to be reminded of the importance of our Oath and Law on a regular basis. The Trail to Eagle Scout is not a solitary pathway, it involves growing within our community, relying on others and proving yourself trustworthy to them. To develop leadership skills, one must lead. Do some of you really believe that you will be able to successfully complete an Eagle Project, leading younger members of the Troop, when they barely know you because you are never around? Guess again.

How? I know who is present at meetings and trips, who is participating and helping, and who has been courteous to report expected absences to their PL or SPL. If you want to know where you stand – ask me. Please don’t wait until your 18-year clock is ticking loudly – you are either an active member of our Troop or you are not eligible for advancement. Check you rank requirements for Star, Life and Eagle if you have any questions.

When? Going forward. I have been Scoutmaster for more years than I can count at this point – if we haven’t camped together in the last year – you’d better work on it. If you do not come to meetings, I’d like to know why – on an ongoing basis (through your PL or SPL). If school is keeping you busy, I understand (still tell me), but if you’re also busy with other activities, you cannot use school as your only excuse. Paying dues alone does not make you and active member of our Troop.

Just fair warning, we want you to participate.

See you next Tuesday!

 
Yours in Scouting,
 
Dan Moran | Scoutmaster
Troop 642 | Seal Beach, CA
Mobile 213.219.1666
danmoran72@gmail.com
sealbeach642.mytroop.us

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