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Scout Troop 599 Newsletter
February 1st, 2016
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General Announcements 

Scout Sunday allows Troop 599 to honor the vital role the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church plays in the Scouting in the Greater Memorial Area. 
On Sunday, February 7, 2016, Troop 599 Scouts, Families and Adult Leaders will gather together to assist in MDUMC's Worship Services and to demonstrate our gratitude to MDUMC for their support of The Thunderbirds.
All Scouts are expected to attend, in full Class A Uniforms, and to assist with Ushering, the Service of Communion or with The Soup Mobile.  Service Hours are available and sign-up is mandatory (sign up on Tuesday evenings.)
Additionally, all Scouts are expected to participate in the Annual Troop Picture, immediately following the final Sunday Service.  Please make arrangements to be at Scout Sunday AND in our Troop Picture!   
Troop Guides Needed !!!
Are you the next Troop Guide? Mr White is now accepting resumes and applications for this Senior POR. This role is open to Scouts that are currently Star or Life rank and are 14 years or older. For other details, requirements, or questions about this opportunity, please see Mr White.

The new Scout Handbooks (2016 Edition) finally arrived.  The Scout Shop is already sold out and is not expecting another shipment until mid-February.  The Troop, however, has a supply for sale.  New FCE scouts MUST use the new Handbook.  Older scouts may continue with their old Handbooks, although they may only complete the rank on which they are currently working under the old reuirements. 
The new Handbooks will be available for purchase on Tuesday and at future meetings.  Price is $15.00 for the regular paperback Handbook.  A spiral-bound Handbook is also available priced at $20.00.  
First Class Emphasis (FCE) Program

FCE'S new and old will be review what you have gone over the past couple weeks.
For older scout I want you to focus more on first aid as well as what you worked on 2 weeks ago 
For new scouts I would like you to practice your knots and try residing the scout oath, law, and outdoor code. 
Troop 599 Training Programs:

CPR - Saturday, February 6th  - Scouts and Adults

Troop 599 is sponsoring American Red Cross Community CPR/AED - adult and child training at MDUMC in the Scout Hut on Saturday, February 6th.  The training will start at 8:30 am and be completed by 1:00 p.m. with no costs for T-599 registered Scouts and Adults.  There are still openings for T599 Scouts and Adults and non-troop attendees welcome at $25.00 each.  E-mail your request to attend to .  Note final chance last Saturday's scheduled class was postponed.  
University of Scouting
University of Scouting will be held at Benjamin O. Davis High School on Saturday, February 13.  The University of Scouting is for all Scout leaders and has program's for Scouts including being a Den Leader.  Registration forms and further information can be found in the Sam Houston Area Council website by visiting (Training-Council Training Events - UOS ).
Powder Horn
Powder Horn 2016, Lead the Adventure, will be held on two weekends, April 8 - 10 and April 22 - 24, 2016.   Youth and adults will be exposed to high adventure activities and resources in and near Sam Houston Area Council.  To learn more go to

 Only a couple slots still available. 
Merit Badge Fair
Upcoming Merit Badge Classes

Personal Fitness Merit Badge

The next merit badge class is this Tuesday, February 2 at 6:30 and the next physical fitness test will be Sunday, February 14 at 5:00 at Westchester H.S.
High Adventure and Outings

Everyone should be signing up for this years Summer Camp in beautiful Tennessee!
Sign-up for our Summer Camp adventure June 25th - July 2nd continues online on the Troop website.  We must have as accurate a number by February 10th in order to avoid an increase in fees.  Remember that a full week of FUN and Merit Badges is only $575 per Scout and Adults are FREE!  So come Hang-Out with Mr. White and Mr. Beebe and the rest of our Thunderbirds and sign-up NOW!  Questions?  See the Presentation on the website and/or contact Mr. Beebe.

Canada Boundary Waters Canoe Trip - Mid-Late July 2016

Sign up for the troop's high adventure to the Boundary Waters - Quetico Provincial Park Canoe/Fishing trip this next July 2016. The specific dates will not be known until after the permit lottery in March but it will be an eight day trip in mid to late July. Cost is estimated at $850 per person (depending upon the number going). We are looking for a maximum of 16 people - Scouts and Adults. See Mr. Beebe for information.
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REMIND - Text Message Sign Up

Troop 599 is using REMIND, which is a app that sends Text Notifications for urgent and important news alerts associated with Troop 599 outings and activities.  Please sign up for the service using the instructions to the right.

Patrol Advisers
As a reminder, each patrol has an adult mentor who has volunteered to advise the scouts of that patrol in various matters such as preparation for camp outs and rank advancement, and execution of their duties in their POR in some circumstances. The currents assignments for these Patrol Advisers is as follows:

Badgers - Keith Moriarty
Bobcats - David Ladyga
Dragons - Yash Sbar
Lightning  - Lynn Christiansen
Rams - Chip Saegert
Raptors (FCE) - Tim Napp
Rattlesnakes - Juan Carlos Brugo
Scorpion (FCE) - Tim Napp
Thunderbirds (Staff) - Adam White
Wolves -Bill McPhillips