The pancake breakfast fund raiser is back this year! And just like last year, we need volunteers to sign up to help support the troop. Please follow this link to a sign-up genius page for items we need donated to the troop. Some are food items, others are kitchen utensils and supplies. Be sure to have your name clearly marked on any item you wish to have returned. We appreciate all the help you can give to the troop for our fund raising efforts.
Also, please sign up on our web site to let us know you are coming to help. Our scouts will also be acting as ushers and will read a short passage for the church service. Please join us in supporting our troop and the church that makes our troop possible.
A common question for new scouts is “What do I need?” There are basic pieces of gear every scout should own for any outing and then there are items that are highly recommended and some others that are “nice to have”.
On Saturday, January 23rd, 2016, Simon Kenton Council will be holding their annual University of Scouting. This is a great opportunity for adult leaders to get trained. There are also training opportunities and merit badge classes (Emergency Preparedness for one) for scouts. Find more information at http://www.skcscouts.org/universityofscouting/
Parents should have all received email invitations to scoutbook.com. Once connected to scoutbook.com, parents can invite their scouts to join and both parents and scouts can not only see the scout's progress, both ranks and merit badges, but can themselves check off achievements as the scouts complete them. Leaders will then approve any achievement recorded by the parents and/or scouts. Please connect as soon as you can and invite your scout!
For our area and the type of camping that Troop 84 does, I would recommend a bag rated somewhere between 0 and 15 degrees for camping year round and 30 degress if you only plan to camp in the warmer months. I also suggest a mummy type and definitely made from synthetic material. Cotton sleeping bags stay wet longer, and they will get wet! The faster they dry out, the sooner you can get warm. Synthetics are ususally lighter too.
Here's some more great info from Scoutmastercg.com
Here is some advice from my favorite online Scoutmaster, Clarke Green:
The most important thing about a Scout’s backpack is a proper fit. The second most important consideration is whether it will fit them next year, let alone three years from now. A top-of-the-line $400.00 backpack that doesn’t fit properly or grow along with a Scout is not only a waste of money, it’s going to be so uncomfortable a Scout will think twice before he goes camping or backpacking again.
Here is a link to the full article he wrote and be sure to watch the video at the bottom of the page!