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Update June 20th, 2017

Last week: PLC (Patrol Leaders Council meeting) at 6:30 pm, then Troop Meeting at 7:30 pm. This was a farewell meeting for Jann Vertacnik, our exchange Scout for the last 10 months. We will all miss him a lot. 
This Week: Family BBQ begins at 6 pm at Rush Park in Rossmoor. 
Troop Senior Patrol Leader Elections during the meeting this week at the family picnic since we had conflicts with 5th & 8th grade promotion ceremonies last Tuesday evening. If you are interested in running for SPL, please contact me and make your intentions clear. Only one scout has done so to this point (Thank you Will.)
Troop BBQ: Please RSVP through the link below so Cole Ross if you're coming can get an accurate head count for the BBQ Fundraiser tonight. It will be the first Rush Park meeting and he will be grilling hamburgers and serving chips and drinks. 
What to bring: Comfortable camp chairs, your favorite side to share, and money/donation for food.
Thank you everyone for helping him with his Eagle Project fundraising!
Cole Ross
Next week: Troop Meeting at Rush Park at 7 pm. Road to First Class at 6 pm. Focus on preparing for summer camp.
Round Valley Backpack Trip needs leaders!: Suzie Morgan is looking for a youth and and adult leader for the camping trip to Round Valley on San Jacinto from June 24th - June 25th. This trip is only 12 days away, so if someone doesn't step up tomorrow, we'll need to cancel what could otherwise be a really great event. I'd go myself but I'll be in San Jose that weekend.
Any Day Hikers out there?: Suzie Morgan is looking for some adult leaders to lead some day hikes. Your interest and enthusiasm is the only pre-requisite!
Tenderfoot Physical Fitness Requirements: We will have another round of testing for the Tenderfoot Physical Fitness Requirements next month, Thursday, July 6th at 5:15 pm at the McAuliffe Track. (It has to be one month apart.) Please come if you are working on Tenderfoot (or Scout) and be prepared to do push-ups, sit-ups, and run/jog/walk a mile. If you came this past month, practice. You need to improve in order to complete the requirement. Most of you need a lot of help with proper push-up form.
New Parent Orientation: For those of you that missed it, I'll get you a binder of the reference material that I handed out last Saturday.
Adult Training: Online training is available now. A LOT of it. Please go online to http://voiceofscouting.org/scouting-u-finishes-online-training to see more details.
Summer Camp: Those of you sending your son to camp will stay receiving emails, probably weekly, leading up to camp. I'll try to anticipate any questions you may have. I also will include a digital copy of the Leader's Guide as well as recommendations for those coming to camp for the first time. 
Medical FormsIt is time to have your son’s annual physical and getting his Part C medical form filled out. I am a big fan of the $25 walk-in camp physical from Med Post (next to Los Alamitos Medical Center) although I also hear that the CVS Minute Clinic does a great job too. 
Palomar Observatory Campout: There is currently no more room to add on to this rescheduled trip. See Erik Hassler for more details. It will be July 1st - 2nd. If you're free, the Palomar Observatory is simply stunning to see. Stunning. 
Summer Camp 2017: We will take an Amtrak train to and from the camp. The dates for the trip will be the morning of Saturday July 8th to the evening of Sunday July 16th (we add one day onto each end for travel). The website for the camp is http://www.craterlakecouncil.org/Activities/For%20Boy%20Scouts/Summer%20Camp/Summer%20Camp
There are two 2017 Leader's Guides available for review at the Troop meetings to answer whatever questions you may have.
Calendar of events for the near future
Tue Jun 20 – Troop 642 Family BBQ & Eagle Fundraiser @ 6:00 pm at Rush Park
Tue Jun 20 - Troop Elections 
Sat Jun 24 - Sun Jun 25 – Round Valley Backpack Trip (San Jacinto)
Sun Jun 25 - Fri Jun 30 – NYLT @ Lost Valley
Tue Jun 27 – Road to First Class @ 6:00 pm
Tue Jun 27 – Troop Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Sat Jul 1 - Sun Jul 2 Palomar Observatory Campout 
Mon Jul 3 – Troop Committee Meeting @ 7:30 pm
Tue Jul 4 – Patrol Meetings
Sat Jul 8 - Sun Jul 15 - Camp Makualla Boy Scout Summer Camp
Tue Jul 18 – Road to First Class @ 6:00 pm
Tue Jul 18 – Troop Meeting @ 7:00 pm 
Sat Jul 15 – Seal Beach Clean-up 9 am - 12 pm
Tue Jul 25 – Road to First Class @ 6:00 pm
Tue Jul 25 – Troop Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Scoutmaster Minute: I hope all of you Scouts did your duty this past Sunday and treated your dad like a king (or whomever plays that role in your life) for Father's Day. A father doesn't always mean the person who is biologically related to you. I'm the father to two wonderful boys, only one of whom I share a genetic relationship with, but I love them both with all of my heart. 
Many people laughed at Sonora Dodd (the inventor of Father's Day back in 1909, later recognized by President Calvin Coolidge in 1924 and formally acknowledged by President Richard Nixon in 1972) when she gave the concept of having a Father's Day, as traditionally, only mother is regarded as the sole nurturer of a child. The role of father is often relegated to a secondary status as compared to a mother. But all of us know that father is just as important for a child as the mother is. If mothers are the heroes of child rearing, significance of father in the development and emotional well-being of a child is no less. Children depend on their father for their spiritual, emotional, physical, financial and social well being. For sons, father is an idol and the strongest man they aspire to emulate.
Father's Day give us the opportunity to express thanks to our dad for all their unconditional love and affection. Observance of Father's Day makes fathers feel that their contributions are acknowledged in the society and also by their children. We feel proud of ourselves. Besides by celebrating Father's Day, children come closer to their father. Let's be honest; most often children take love of their parents for granted. Celebration of Father's Day makes them ponder, even if it's for a little while, on the important role their fathers play in their lives. This helps them appreciate the selfless care and protection provided by their father and hence they come emotionally closer to their dad.
So whoever your father is, give them a hug for no reason. Thank then for always being there for you, and honor them by being the best young men you can be.


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