Important Scout Information During the COVID-19 Outbreak – Updated 11-30-20

TROOP UPDATES AS OF November 30, 2020               TROOP MEETINGS  & ACTIVITIES UPDATES     (Subject to Change)  Updated 11-30-2020 jmc                   

The next Troop meeting will be Thursday December 3rd at Cokes Chapel Fellowship Hall at 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

REMEMBER our upcoming Community Service Project on Saturday December 5th from 9AM-Noon at the Sharpsburg Library for an area “Leaf Clean-Up!”  (See Website Page “Community Clean-Up” for permission slip)

Please remember ASM Matt Watson & Troop Chaplain John Tomlin who are currently positive with Covid-19 during this Thanksgiving season. Also Mr. Marsh our troop treasurers husband who fell and broke his femur. Prayers go out to them and their families.

2021 BSA Scout Registrations are now past due. Please make sure that on December 3rd you are paid up. Please make this happen so Mr. McCarthy doesn’t spend this holiday season chasing unpaid registrations. Late payments affect our troop recharter and can cause your scout not to be covered by insurance, participating in troop activities and advancement. 

BSA “A&B” medical forms for all Scouts, Leaders, and parents wishing to join troop activities must be current and on file to participate! “YPT” Youth protection training forms for those over 18 must be also be current and on file!

Upcoming Activities: ARE YOU PREPARED!

December 5thTroop Community Service Project 9-12 noon & OA Banquet at Camp Thunder that evening, OA members register online by December 3rd.

December 7th – Troop Committee & PLC Meeting. Discussion on Recharter and upcoming Summer Camp payments starting in late January.

December 19th Troop Christmas COH is this year on a “Saturday” at the Cokes Chapel Contemporary Worship Center. This date & location is fluid based on Church policies so stay tuned for possible changes.

December 27-31 Winter Camp Polaris at Thunder. Those who sold 200 Camp Cards this spring, remember this event is free! The Camp is full…but there is a waiting list if interested. More information on the Flint River Council website.  

January 29-31 Its Klondike time down at the Gerald I Longhorn Scout Base on the Flint River Area. See our website for info & permission Slips. Payments will be due at January 14th Troop Meeting.

The Covid-19 Unit Activity Guidelines and Advancement Requirement options for MBs & Ranks have been updated by BSA National on 8-31-20 and are on the next page.  Scouts working on Camping & Cooking MB or Eagle should read the limited time changes to the requirements. 

New ASMs, Adult Scout Training is on hold till spring 2021 on the Council calendar! The Troop is looking into having our own IOLS training with Jim Williams in late winter. 

I am happy to report that we have 3 Life Scouts turning 18 in the next 3 month have met with Jim McCarthy and have received the BSA Covid-19, 90-Day Eagle Extension Options after their 18th birthday. Please support Josiah Jorek, Dylan Thomas and Will Pollard as the work to get their requirements completed. We should also see others finish their Eagle rank too… this gives us 9 Eagle Scouts by late winter!

All Troop Merit Badge Counselors, please make sure that you are listed on the troop Scout-Book pages as a counselor and your list of merit badges you teach is complete. If not complete please see Kristin Montequin so we can create the paper work for you to be current. Local councils are now in charge of keeping Scout-Book systems current and fixing any problems. If you are having difficulties login in to Scout Book please contact Jim McCarthy for contact support.

Scouts keep moving ahead on your ranks and merit badges. Work with your counselors, our ASMs and the troop’s scout instructors on ways to help you complete your advancement goals. Many merit badges started this summer should be completed by year end! You can only get help if you ask! 

Please keep your Scout monthly dues current.

If your scout has not been attending Scouts this year please let us know your plans so we can make ours. Scouting dues do not stop just because your scout is not attending; you need to contact us by phone to opt out.

Every adult & Scout registered must have an updated BSA Medical Form A&B on file. This updating does not require a doctors signature, but it does give us important medical information when needed! See Kathrine Hopkins.

 All Adult Leaders & Troop Merit Badge Councelors must have a current YPT certificate on file See Cheerful Long.

Our New Troop Treasurer is Mrs. Denise Marsh and her contact information is 770-328-6788

Do you need a Scoutmaster Conference, if so… 1st confirm that all your rank requirements are shown as completed in Scout Book with Mrs. Kristin Montequin. Then make verbal contact with SM Mike Pollard; evenings at 678-877-7555. afterwards call Kristin Montequin evenings at 410-570-8781 to set your (BOR) Board of Review. It is important to also keep your partial merit badge information updated in Scout-Book to help protect your hard work! 

Remember, this information page is to help all members of our troop to be able to receive the information you need so we all can be prepare. We are looking forward to when Scouting life returns to its new normal.

The troop will continue to electronically communicate with every Scout Family to to keep you informed. Please watch for and read your scout emails and to follow up with this webpage for troop updates and information. This troop website page will be maintained as long as needed. This will keep us all better PREPARED as we move forward.