Announcements for June 30 Meeting 

Medical Forms are due!

Remember: you cannot stay at summer camp without medical forms, if you don't have them you cannot stay.

You need to have parts A, B, and C, a copy of insurance, shot record and a copy of the forms for the camp to keep.  You need a copy of everything. Also, many people have turned in outdated forms.  Forms need to be the current summer camp forms.

Also, remember to have your merit badge cards done by next week at the latest.  They were due today, so no more procrastination.  Get them handed in!

Posted by David Schwab Thursday, June 30, 2011 9:22 PM Categories: Summer Camp Troop Meeting

Troop Meeting Reminders for June 23 

  • Meeting for all scouts and parents of scouts attending summer camp this year at OSR. All camp contracts should be reviewed with parents and scouts, signed by parents and turned in to Mr. Tufaro.
  • Climbing Merit Badge begins with Mr. Barry Rusnock.
  • Families that wish to order summer camp photos or meal tickets for additional family members visiting on Sunday should visit the troop website signup page and place order.
Posted by Thursday, June 23, 2011 3:51 PM Categories: Merit Badge Troop Meeting

Saint Ann's Vacation Bible School Volunteer Service Hours 

Our charter organization Saint Ann's Church has Vacation Bible School between July 11-15 from 9 AM - 12:15 PM. This is an excellent opportunity for scouts to support our charter organization and complete service hours. Volunteers can be all days, part days and set-up prior to the event. A volunteer form is available from the troop website document library using this link.

Posted by Wednesday, June 22, 2011 12:56 PM Categories: Requirements Service Hours

Climbing Merit Badge - Last Call 

Climbing Merit Badge Signup – Its one day before the scheduled start of Climbing Merit Badge, if your scout plans to take climbing merit badge beginning this week visit the troop website and signup today. If sufficient signup does not happen today we’ll be forced to cancel this event.

This is unfortunate since climbing was on the boy’s activities list at yearly planning and a significant number of hands went up four weeks ago during a troop meeting and last week there were seven hands raised. The committee decided to fund the climbing costs associated with this event in part due to feedback we received from parents and scouts about adding more diverse selection of activities during troop meetings.

The troop committee has also planned to bring in Robotics Merit Badge and NJ Boating Safety as additional types of events and challenges for our scouts however if participation in more traditional scouting activities such as climbing is minimal then that calls into question a strategy of expanding event opportunities.

So last call for Climbing Merit Badge; scouts of all ages can participate.

Posted by Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10:10 AM Categories: Merit Badge Troop Meeting

Troop Meeting Announcements for June 16 

  • Joe Smith needs several adults and older scouts for tent platform assembly at OSR. Meet at the community center at 8:00 AM Saturday.
  • Need medical forms turned into the troop with valid physicals within the last year.
  • Climbing Merit Badge begins at next weeks troop meeting. Signup is available on the website Signup Page.
  • Required meeting for parents and scouts at next weeks troop meeting to discuss summer camp and contract.
Posted by Thursday, June 16, 2011 9:53 PM Categories: Troop Meeting

Troop Meeting Reminders for June 16 

  1. Please see the email from Mr. Tufaro regarding the summer camp behavior contract. The contract is available on the troop website in the document library. Parents should print the contract, review with you son, sign and return during a troop meeting.
  2. For scouts that are considering taking a Catholic Religious Award there will be a signup at this week’s troop meeting. Also see the troop website calendar page for information about an informational event on June 21.
  3. Next week on June 23rd there will be a parent and scout required meeting with Mr. Smith to review summer camp.
  4. This weekend Mr. Smith is looking for adults and older scouts to help assemble tent platforms at OSR. Meeting will be at 8:30AM on Saturday. See my email from earlier in the week for more information.
  5. Please be sure you have current Medical Forms turned into the troop with valid physicals within the last year.
  6. Parents that volunteered time during summer camp this year should contact Mr. Smith at the troop meeting to complete some information needed by OSR.
  7. Scout Sunday at Saint Ann’s is Sunday July 10. This is an excellent opportunity to show support for our charter organization.
  8. Saint Ann’s will also hold Vacation Bible School between July 11 and 15th. This is another opportunity for scouts to show support for our charter organization and gain service hours.
  9. Parents that want to purchase summer camp photos or meal tickets for Sunday meals may sign up on the troop website Signup Page. I’ll be at each troop meeting to collect payments for any purchases you make on the website.
  10. Climbing Merit Badge signup is also available on the troop website. Approximately three weeks ago Mr. Rusnock presented the merit badge criteria with the scouts and significant number of hands went up to volunteer for this activity. The committee agreed to fund this activity and reserve the resources for this merit badge and trip. To date there have been zero scouts sign up for this event. If there is not sufficient sign up for this event then it will have to be canceled.
  11. Based on feedback received from scouts during recent board of reviews we have added the News Tabs on the website and also providing content about announcements made during the troop meeting close. If you have other suggestions for additional functionality just let us know.
Posted by Wednesday, June 15, 2011 5:10 PM Categories: Troop Meeting

Summer Camp Prerequisite Checklist 

Mrs. Zalewski has created a checklist for scouts attending summer camp to track their Merit Badge Prerequisite requirements. The checklist is an Excel document available in the Document Library. Scouts should visit the Documents tab then click the Summer Camp Checklist link to download the document. Once you have the document open it using Excel and follow these steps:

  1. Locate the Merit Badge Checklist you are taking using the Tabs at the bottom.
  2. Print the checklist (be careful not to print the entire document; only print the checklists you need)
  3. Complete the prerequisites.
  4. Review the completed prerequisites and the checklist with a parent.
  5. The parent will sign off that all of the pre-requirements are complete for the merit badge.
  6. Scouts will bring the prerequisites and parent signed off checklist form to a scout meeting for a troop leader to look over and sign off.

Scouts or parents may contact Mrs. Zalewski or Mrs. Garvey with any questions or concerns. 

Posted by Tuesday, June 14, 2011 7:42 AM Categories: Requirements Summer Camp

Catholic Boy Scout Religious Emblems 

Catholic boys entering grades 7 thru 12 are invited to discuss the requirements for the Ad Altare and Pope Pius programs on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30 PM in the undercroft of Immaculate Conception Church, Annandale.

All scouts (and troop planning workshops) are encouraged to reserve April 13-15, 2012 for the Annual Diocesan Boy Scout Retreat.

Adult scouters interested in working on the retreat committee may contact Nora at 735-9520.

Posted by Tuesday, June 14, 2011 7:28 AM Categories: Requirements

Volunteers for Additional Tent Platforms at OSR 

Joe Smith and Tom Hodulik picked up the required lumber to build additional tent platforms at OSR for summer camp.

We are looking for 6-8 adults and 4-5 older scouts to help assemble the platforms at the scout reservation on Saturday June 18th. Volunteers will be meeting at approximately 8:30 AM for the trip to OSR. If you are available next Saturday June 18th to help assemble these platforms let Mr. Loeffler know via email.

Posted by Saturday, June 11, 2011 1:53 PM Categories: Summer Camp

Troop Meeting on June 9 Location Change 

Due to the school closure for the heat related weather on June 9 the troop meeting will be held at the Bethlehem Township Community Center at 7:30 PM.

Posted by Thursday, June 9, 2011 4:06 PM Categories: Troop Meeting
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