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Update May 21st, 2018

This past weekend: William Heise State Park Camping trip led by young Ryan Morgan. Fun and hijinks took place as usual.
 
This week: Trail to First Class at 6:30 pm and Troop Meeting at 7:30 pm.  
 
Last week's Special Orienteering Meeting: Thanks again to Brian McGee for coming to visit and explaining the finer points of compass use and orienteering at our Troop Meeting last week. I missed it yet again with an Eagle Board of Review, but I heard it was great as usual.
 
May Court of Honor is coming: The May Court of Honor is coming up at next week (the 29th). Be Prepared! (Starts at 7 pm, come in full uniform including sash, etc)
 
Friends of Scouting: We will be having a brief Friends of Scouting Presentation at the Court of Honor. I would like to shoot for 100% participation. That means everyone there gives something. The FOS program is the major funding vehicle for the Orange County Council (none of our Troop Dues go to our local council - just to national and the troop.) They are struggling to meet their minimum goals, and any small way that you can help, will help. $5, $25, $50, $100, $300, $500, $1000 or more - any donation is accepted, is 100% tax deductible, and can be spread out over the course of the year. Please consider joining me by donating $25 per month ($300 per year) and becoming a member of the Summit Club. I have attached an infographic that explains where the funds go that you donate to Friends of Scouting.
 
Matt Baldwin's Eagle Fundraiser: Matt is raising funds to bring soccer balls to poor families in the Villas of Argentina this summer by two means: A go fund me fundraiser and a booth selling Navajo Fry Bread at the Festival last weekend. Here is the link to Matt's GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/gxruyr-matthews-eagle-scout-project. He is a little over halfway to his $2,000 goal, so help if you can.
 
Summer Camp 2018: Troop 642 will be attending Camp Emerald Bay in Catalina from June 24 - June 30. Emerald Bay is widely considered the premier Boy Scout Camp on the West Coast. The total cost for camp is $674 for Boy Scouts and $524 for adults and all payments are due Tuesday night. We are now looking for two boys who would like to go over early (the Thursday before) to take part in their SPL training program. These two young men would then lead the Troop for the following week.
 
Soccer Fest June 2nd: If you love volunteering, and you love soccer, we have the event for you. On June 2nd, from 8 am - 3 pm, AYSO Region 159 needs volunteers to participate in this year's SoccerFest! at Arbor Park. Two shifts are needed (8 am - 11:30 am, or 11:30 am - 3 pm.)  Please consider signing up. I don't have a ton of details yet, but there will be plenty of activities for everyone!
 
Please look for a folder on it this Tuesday and sign up. I need to send them names and contact info this week.
 
Calendar of events for the near future
 
May
 
Tue May 22 - Road to First Class @ 6:30 pm
Tue May 22 - Troop Meeting @ 7:30 pm
Tue May 29 - Troop 642 Court of Honor @ 7:00 pm
 
June
 
Sat Jun 2 - Sun Jun 3 - San Gorgonio Mountain Backpacking Trip
Mon Jun 4 - Troop Committee Meeting 7:30 pm (Rush Park East Room)
Tue Jun 5 - Patrol meetings
Tue Jun 12 - Patrol Leaders Council @ 6:30 pm
Tue Jun 12 - Troop Meeting @ 7:30 pm
Thu Jun 14 - OFD Roundtable @ 7:30 pm
Fri Jun 15 - Sun Jun 17 - Long Beach Council NYLT Training (Weekend 1)
Fri Jun 15 - Wed Jun 20 - John Muir Trail Backpacking Trip - Devil's Postpile
Sat Jun 16 - Railroading Merit Badge Day - Irvine OEC
Tue Jun 19 - Summer Troop 642 Family BBQ @ 6:30 pm @ Rush Park
Sat Jun 16 - Seal Beach Clean-up 9 am - 12 pm
Mon Jun 18 - Thu Jun 21 - Backpack & Car Camping in Mammoth Mountain (Skelton Lake) 
Fri Jun 22 - Sun Jun 24 - Long Beach Council NYLT Training (Weekend 1)
Sat Jun 23 - Archery & Fishing Merit Badge Day @ Oso Lake
Sun Jun 24 - Sat Jun 30 - Camp Emerald Bay Summer Camp
 
July
 
Mon Jul 2 - Troop Committee Meeting 7:30 pm (Rush Park East Room)
Tue Jul 3 - Patrol meetings
Thu Jul 12 - OFD Roundtable @ 7:30 pm
Tue Jul 10 - Patrol Leaders Council @ 6 pm @ Rush Park
Tue Jul 10 - Troop Meeting @ 7 pm @ Rush Park
Sat Jul 21 - Kayaking Merit Badge Day - Leeway Sailing Center 9 am - 12 pm 
Sat Jul 21 - Seal Beach Clean-up 9 am - 12 pm
Tue Jul 17 - Road to First Class @ 6 pm @ Rush Park
Tue Jul 17 - Troop Meeting @ 7 pm @ Rush Park
Wed Jul 18 - Fri Jul 20  - Cottonwood Lakes Backpacking Trip 
Tue Jul 24 - Road to First Class @ 6 pm @ Rush Park
Tue Jul 24 - Troop Meeting @ 7 pm @ Rush Park
 
Scoutmaster MinuteWhy Are You in Scouting? 
 
You know, there are far more than a million Scouts in our country. I wonder how many of them will stay in Scouting and climb to the top, don’t you? Tell me, why are you in Scouting? So many boys enter Scouting for just one reason—to have fun. (I happen to think that is a very good reason, and I try to keep it fun.) If you think that’s the only reason you’re in Scouting, believe me, there are other good reasons, too. Sure Scouting is fun. But a lot of other things are fun, too. If you’re just looking for fun, you can play all kinds of indoor and outdoor games; go to the movies, watch television—or a thousand other things. Scouting must be more than just fun for you. It must be a way of life, a law and an oath to which you are loyal. Unless you try to live Scouting, you’ll find that other kinds of fun are easier and you’ll quit.
 
The loyal Scout is dedicated to the Scout Oath and the 12 points of the Scout Law. He has a deeper reason for sticking than just having fun. He sees the importance of learning the Scout skills, of developing himself so that he can be prepared to face anything that comes. He wants to grow to be a real man. That’s why he’s loyal. That’s why he sticks. I hope you won’t ever quit until you’re up before a court of honor someday to get your Eagle Scout badge.
 
That will be one of the biggest days of your whole life— and mine, too.
 
Last Tuesday I had the honor of introducing Joe Byone, a young man I have known since he was in the 5th grade, to the Orange Frontier District Eagle Advancement Board. They came to the same conclusion that I did, that he possessed that difference, that special spirit, which distinguishes a boy from an Eagle Scout. Tomorrow night, I get to do it again, when I will introduce Victor Wicks to the Eagle Board for his review. As a Scoutmaster, this is the absolute best part of the job, seeing a young man stand up and represent all he has accomplished in Scouting, and then be recognized for his efforts. It means I will miss the bulk of the meeting, but I trust you young men will behave yourselves and listen to your SPL in my absence.

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