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Update April 16th, 2018

This week:  Road to First Class at 6:30 pm and Troop Meeting at 7:30 pm
 
Last weekend: Bill Wang completed his Eagle Project this weekend. Congratulations to him on a really transformative project at the McAuliffe Nature Garden. He took a rundown area of weeds and mess and made a beautiful walkway and planters ready for new crops. 
 
Next week: Troop Meeting at 7:30 pm. No Road to First Class.
 
Camporee: We will be focusing on preparing for Camporee during Tuesday night's meeting. If you are coming to Campree - It is CRITICAL that you come tomorrow evening.
 
Camporee Event:  The Knot Tying Relay is the event we're sponsoring - so we darn well better be the best at it. The knots you need to know are as follows: Clove Hitch, Bowline, Two half-hitches, Square Knot, Sheet Bend, Timber Hitch, Slip knot, Fisherman's knot, Taut-line hitch, Sheepshank. I recommend checking these out on animatedknots.com.
 
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. Please look for the sign-up folder Tuesday night. The second payment of $200 is now due in addition to the $100 non-refundable deposit is required to guarantee your spot. The total cost for camp is $674 for Boy Scouts and $524 for adults. There are 2-3 more spots left if a boy wants to attend. 
 
Calendar of events for the near future
 
April
 
Tue Apr 17 - Road to First Class @ 6:30 pm
Tue Apr 17 - Troop Meeting @ 7:30 pm
Fri Apr 20 - Sun Apr 22 - Orange Frontier District Camp-O-Ree (Firestone)
Sat Apr 21 - Seal Beach Clean-up 9 am - 12 pm
Tue Apr 24 - Road to First Class @ 6:30 pm
Tue Apr 24 - Troop Meeting @ 7:30 pm
Sat Apr 28 - Mount Baldy Day Hike
 
May
 
Tue May 1 - Patrol meetings
Mon May 7 - Troop Committee Meeting 7:30 pm (Rush Park East Room)
Tue May 8 - Patrol Leaders Council @ 6:30 pm
Tue May 8 - Troop Meeting @ 7:30 pm
Thu May 10 - OFD Roundtable @ 7:30 pm
Sat May 12 - Scout-O-Rama
Tue May 15 - Road to First Class @ 6:30 pm
Tue May 15 - Troop Meeting @ 7:30 pm
Sat May 19 - Seal Beach Clean-up 9 am - 12 pm
Sat May 19 - Sun May 20 - William Heise State Park Car Camp
Tue May 22 - Road to First Class @ 6:30 pm
Tue May 22 - Troop Meeting @ 7:30 pm
Sat May 26 - Mon May 28 - River Rafting Trip (weather dependent)
Tue May 29 - Troop 642 Court of Honor
 
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 - Kayaking Merit Badge Day
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 - 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
Thu Jul 26 - Sun Jul 29 - Yosemite Intermediate Backpacking Trip 
 
Scoutmaster MinuteWhy Did God Create Atheists?
 
There is a famous story told in Chassidic literature that addresses this very question. The Master teaches the student that God created everything in the world to be appreciated, since everything is here to teach us a lesson.
 
One clever student asks “What lesson can we learn from atheists? Why did God create them?”
 
The Master responds “God created atheists to teach us the most important lesson of them all — the lesson of true compassion. You see, when an atheist performs an act of charity, visits someone who is sick, helps someone in need, and cares for the world, he is not doing so because of some religious teaching. He does not believe that God commanded him to perform this act. In fact, he does not believe in God at all, so his acts are based on an inner sense of morality. And look at the kindness he can bestow upon others simply because he feels it to be right.”
 
“This means,” the Master continued “that when someone reaches out to you for help, you should never say ‘I pray that God will help you.’ Instead for the moment, you should become an atheist, imagine that there is no God who can help, and say ‘I will help you.’”
 
—Martin Buber, Tales of Hasidim Vol. 2 (1991)
 
While Boy Scouts has Duty to God as a cornerstone of its program, God is not defined as the God of any one religion or faith. Some boys are not taught to believe in the Ten Commandments, but all our boys are taught to believe in the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. I would argue that a boy who lives by this promise and these rules, is as righteous and holy as anyone who has attended church services for their whole life, but perhaps obeys out of fear of being judged or punished. The Boy Scout is what he is because he chooses to be. He is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent because he has made the conscious decision to be, and must learn to live this way over the course of several years, showing a dedication to leadership and community service, before he can undertake the final test of performing his own Eagle Project. When he recites the following words, they take life: "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight." The words mean nothing in the absence of the will to DO YOUR BEST to live a life that distinguishes you from other young men around you. Being a Scout does not make you a better person; choosing to life your life by a higher code and standard, allows you to become a better person.

 

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