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Popcorn Colonel Volunteer Needed!

Posted on Jul 18 2024 - 12:17am

Popcorn season is right around the corner, with initial orders already due from Troops.  At this time, we do not have a volunteer for the position of “Popcorn Colonel”.  As you might imagine, the popcorn fundraising effort in Troops 617 and 4617 takes a lot of coordination, with show-and-sell events taking place on multiple weekends.  Our Scouts have successfully used this fundraiser to earn thousands of dollars towards annual dues, campouts, and even summer camps and high adventures.  However, it is only successful due to the hard work of a parent volunteer who coordinates these efforts.  We have been blessed to have such volunteers in past years, but at this time we do not have a volunteer for this year’s popcorn sale.  If we aren’t able to identify a volunteer, we will not be able to host the weekend show-and-sell events, and our Scouts will only be able to conduct direct sales on their own.  If you are willing to serve in this role, please contact William Herrmann.

Medical Forms

Posted on Apr 18 2024 - 2:20am

Many of you will be updating Medical Forms (in particular, Part C) in preparation for attending Summer Camp.  Here are some reminders:

  • The Medical Form can be found online here.
  • When bringing in your updated Medical Form, please bring TWO (2) HARD COPIES.  They do not both need to be originals; one can be a photocopy.
  • Always retain a copy for your own records in case it is needed later.
  • Please complete the Medical Form electronically (for example, in Adobe Acrobat Reader or Microsoft Edge).  Note that you can save the completed form to make future updates easier. 
  • On Page A, both the Scout and the Parent must sign. 
  • On Page B2, be sure to choose "yes" or "no" for OTC medication, and sign where indicated. 
  • On Page B2, you must enter ALL the vaccination details on the form - you cannot attach additional pages. 
  • A copy of your insurance card must also be submitted with the Medical Form.

CyberChip phased out - Personal Awareness Videos now Required

Posted on Feb 3 2024 - 9:28am

Effective January 1, 2024, Scouts BSA discontinued the CyberChip program.  The Scout and Star requirements associated with CyberChip have been replaced with Personal Awareness videos.  These videos are required and should be viewed and discussed with a parent to satisfy the requirements.  The new videos can be found at https://www.scouting.org/training/youth/scouts-bsa/.

Payments and Reimbursements

Posted on Oct 3 2023 - 11:43am

There have been a few questions lately regarding how to make a payment to the Troop for a campout, or how to obtain reimbursement for expenses such as grubmaster food or gas to summer camp.  To better support you with these topics, we have provided expanded instructions on the web site, found in the left Menu Bar under "Treasurer Info".  You can view this page here

Anyone with outstanding expenses is requested to please submit them according to the instructions found here.

Summer Camp Packing List

Posted on May 25 2023 - 4:00am

Scouts and parents -

If you have not been to summer camp before and are unsure about what you need (or your scout needs to be packing), please be sure to review the Camp Sequoyah packing list.  This list can also be supplemented by the packing list in the scout handbook.  One recommendation is to add ziploc bags or other dry bags for packing clothing.  This helps keep them dry and organized through the week.  We have also found that one towel for the waterfront and one towel for shower use works well.  Merit badge books are NOT required, but are helpful.  A headlamp with a red light capability is preferred to a handheld flashlight.  Shower shoes are also acceptable to pack for the shower, but cannot be worn around camp.  All shoes at camp must be closed toed.  Sunscreen and bug spray should be in pump containers - no aerosol cans.

While scouts will be provided a tent at camp, tents will be needed for overnight Saturday before arrival at the camp. Scouts should expect to buddy up both Saturday night and at camp.  Scouts should talk with each other to identify who they want to buddy up with and coordinate who has a tent.  Personal tents (for summer camp and all 617 activities) should be limited in size to a 4 person tent or smaller. Scouts, if you don't have a tent, or can't find a buddy, reach out to me or Mr. Everson and we will help pair scouts up who still don't have a buddy yet.

Scouts, please, please, please make sure you know how all of your equipment is set up and taken down/packed back up before leaving for camp!

Any parent who is concerned about whether or not they have the right equipment is encouraged to reach out to me, Mr. Everson or any other leaders to talk about recommendations or options for borrowing equipment for the week.  We don't expect any parent to go out and buy a whole new set of gear and equipment for summer camp just because what they have on hand is not exactly what is on the packing list.  We will also answer any questions at our Summer Camp Q&A on May 31.

Mr. Sherman

Eagle Project Workbook Update: New Form Required

Posted on Mar 6 2023 - 7:23am

Attention all Life Scouts! The Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook has been updated. All earlier versions of the workbook need to be copied over to the new 2023A before district review.

Download the NEW Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook PDF from the National website here: https://www.scouting.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/EagleProjectWorkbook2023a.pdf

Please note that the “Signature Page” (Page H) has not changed in the NEW Workbook Project Proposal section. If you have approval signatures already, you do not need to get them again. Just attach a printable image of that page with the NEW Workbook. If you have questions or concerns contact your Scout Leader or Mentor.

BSA Troop # 617

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