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Scout Troop 599 Newsletter
 February 29th, 2016
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General Announcements 

 
NEW SCOUT PARENTS!!!  SAVE THE DATE - APRIL 20, 2016 AT 7:30
 
There will be a very important meeting, specifically aimed at the Parents of New Scouts (who have joined the Troop since the spring of 2015) and featuring a brief program from our Scoutmaster, Adam White.  Please make sure that you save this date and be on the lookout for more details about this opportunity to hear more about Scouting.
 
The purpose of the meeting is to introduce you to Troop 599 and to Boy Scouts at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church.  During the session, Mr. White will elaborate on how you can help your son in his Scouting career and how you can get the most of our Scouting and the Troop.  Mr. White will also introduce you to other adult leaders within the Troop and discuss other aspects of being a Thunderbird family.

Please don't miss this very important meeting!  


New Scout, Patrol [single page],
Adult Leader and MB Counselor
Rosters and Procedures Available Now

We hope you are excited about the upcoming Camporee!  If you haven't updated your red, scout notebook with the printed calendar already (you are seriously behind), you can view and print the 2015-16 calendar by going to the troop website (www.scouttroop599.org) and clicking on the Calendar tile on the homepage. 
 
We have recently updated our Scout and Patrol rosters to include the many new scouts who have recently joined after completing their Arrow of Light as a Webelos.  Welcome!  Both are alphabetical lists.  All scouts currently registered are included on these rosters.  Please download, save and print the new Scout and Patrol rosters by clicking on the following links: http://chilp.it/08105dd

We have also recently updated our Adult Leader and Merit Badge Contact Lists, along with our Merit Badge procedures rosters to add new registered leaders (Assistant Scoutmasters and Committee Members) and delete those who are no longer registered or have moved.  All registered adults, whether Assistant Scoutmasters or Committee Members, along with their areas of responsibility, are included on the adult roster.  This list can be downloaded, saved and printed by clicking on the following link: http://chilp.it/60b11f0   If any of your contact information is incorrect, please send any updates to James Harris who is our TroopMaster guru.  

Our merit badge counselor list with the District/Council list and updated our instructional/information pages for Merit Badge Procedures.  If an adult is not included on this updated list, he/she is not an approved merit badge counselor and cannot sign off on any merit badge requirements.  Thus, if you have any prior list, destroy it and only use counselors on the list at the following  http://chilp.it/650d6ed 
or non-troop counselors who are included on the current District or Council lists.  

If you are not included on the new list at the above link you are not an approved counselor and should not be signing off on any merit badge requirements.  If you want to be a merit badge counselor or if you are a counselor and would like to counsel additional badges, please contact Mr. Brookhart and/or Mr. Pyle. 

The above links will only be available for about two weeks or so before they are disabled, so please print and/or save these new rosters now.

Walter R. Brookhart
Committee Chairman
BSA Troop 599

Attention NYLT graduates!! 
There is a new "special award" recently announced by national, which is an "NYLT" patch that youth can wear analogously to the "TRAINED" patch trained adults can wear. We would like to start getting these for the youth who have been NYLT trained. Here's a link to more information:  

If you have attended AND completed NYLT, please email Mr. Harris a copy of your "Certificate of Completion" from your NYLT course so that it can be included in your IHR so that you get the award! Mr. Harris' email address is  jp.harris@comcast.net.
BSA
First Class Emphasis (FCE) Program

 

Troop 599 Training Programs:


Merit Badge Fair
Upcoming Merit Badge Classes

Personal Fitness Merit Badge

The next physical fitness test will be Sunday, March 13th at 5:00 at Westchester H.S. 

High Adventure and Outings
 

March Outing - Mustang District Camporee, Mar. 4-6, 2016

ONLINE sign-up is open only until 10:00 pm Tuesday, March 1st.

The March Troop Outing will be participating in the Mustang District Camporee at Camp Bovey near Navasota, TX. Troop 599 is hosting this year's camporee so it is guaranteed to be a lot of FUN! We will have Archery, Rifle and Shotgun Shooting and the Climbing Tower. In addition there may be Fishing, Mind Games, and First Aid and Scout Skill competitions. We will have a Chili Cook-off on Saturday night and a campfire. Sign up online as soon as you can!

REMEMBER: ALL Adults and Scouts that plan to attend this outing MUST have a Medical form (Part A & B) on file with the troop as we must turn these in to the District on Friday.


March Ski Trip Final Meeting
We will have a final meeting for all participants of the upcoming Spring Break Ski Trip this Tuesday night AFTER the regular Troop meeting (@ 8:30 pm) to go over the final plans and collect any remaining forms and fees. Please try to be there the meeting should last no longer than 30 min.

Summer Camp Sign UP Continues:
The online sign up for Summer Camp continues and we MUST have all initial sign ups completed by March 11th if possible. Also, Merit Badge sign up is coming soon. A sign-up sheet (and a list of merit Badges offered) will be posted this week on the Troop website for each Scout to fill out, get APPROVED by his Patrol Advisor/FCE Advisor and then to turn in to the Summer Camp committee (Mr. Beebe, Mr. Goodrow and Mr. Hilton). These MB sign-up sheets MUIST be turned in before March 11th. Please see your Patrol Advisor (or Mr. Beebe) for any questions.

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