In keeping with our normal planning cycle, tonight’s meeting will include Patrol Meetings and be followed by our Patrol Leadership Council meeting.
Patrols should be working on skill advancements, merit badge studies and planning for summer camp. Patrols could also work on a competitive game or skill competition.
During the PLC meeting, we’ll be setting our schedules for May and June. Remember, May is short due to Memorial Day weekend and June will include pre-camp meetings and a Court of Honor program. We’ve already discussed working on “baking with cardboard ovens” for May so that we’re ready for the cookie-bake-off competition at summer camp. Some online resources you may want to investigate include:
Although I think it would be a good choice to go with a “trail-mix, oatmeal raisin” cookie (without nuts, please!), this decision is up to the scouts and the competition is 100% scout led and executed. Some other suggestions have included: brownie cookies, carrot cake cookies, and traditional chocolate chip.
Remember, parents, when power’s been out for several days due to a winter storm, the cardboard oven works equally well as your normal gas or electric oven for cooking dinner or food that would otherwise spoil! All you need is some charcoal and tin foil!
Scouts who’ve been working on Communications Merit Badge should continue to work on the remaining requirements such as sending a letter to an editor, etc. This badge is required for Eagle Scout and is an important life skill, too.
Parents, we will want to schedule a pre-summer camp meeting to go over the basics of what to pack, what to leave at home (all electronics except for cameras) and what paper work needs to be ready to go. I can’t stress enough the benefit of both parents reading through the leader’s guide with their scout (it covers scheduling, activities, pre-work that should be done, and more!) Please consult your schedules for a parent’s night meeting — possibly as early as May 21st or as late as June 11th (May 28th is Memorial Day, and I will be traveling for business on June 4th).
Finally, I wanted to share a recent news article: http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/20120427/NEWS/120429810?p=all&tc=pgall&tc=ar
Here are two quotes from the article:
“Boy Scouts are taught early in the program about the privilege of living in the United States and enjoying inherent freedoms. Scouts also are taught there is a responsibility associated with American freedoms, and the Scouting program assists young men and women in identifying individual responsibilities.
When a boy completes the scouting program and becomes an Eagle Scout, the leaders of the Scouting program can honestly say, “Job well done!” to the recipients. The rank of Eagle carries with it the acknowledgement of accomplishment, a designation that will be beneficial to the recipient for a lifetime.
In my past life as a businessman, I interviewed many people for various jobs and promotions. If all business qualifications or resumes were equal, but one candidate was an Eagle Scout, the Eagle Scout influenced my selection every time. Sometimes intangibles, such as character, are important but not included on a resume. There always are exceptions to the rule, but without fail, the Eagle Scouts selected were exceptional individuals and were always outstanding performers.”
“When asked if I would do anything differently in my life, I never hesitate with my answer. The one thing I would have done differently was to complete the requirements of Eagle Scout. The lack of two merit badges, swimming and life saving [emphasis added], kept me from becoming an Eagle Scout, and they kind of go together. I was scared of water, couldn’t swim and couldn’t save anybody’s life. Not becoming an Eagle was, and is, the biggest continuing disappointment of my life.
The Scout Law summarizes what the Scouting program teaches young people. It reads, “A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent.” If these ideals are characteristic of what parents want to instill in your son, then enroll him in the Scouting program.
Encourage all young people, whether, son, nephew, cousin or others, to become involved in Scouting and pursue the rank of Eagle Scout.”