Troop 103 meets every Monday night at 7:30pm at St. James United Methodist Church in Fellowship Hall.

Troop 103 Calendar

Thursday, July 30, 2015


BSA Troop 103

End of Summer Camp Out and Service Project

July 31 – August 1, 2015

Troop 103 Scout Families- As we prepare for our End of Summer weekend here a few clarifying details:
  • Permission Slip: You will find the permission slip (located on the Troop 103 Forms page) for the campout that will need to filled out/signed and accompanying each participant. Please plan to turn into Mr. Allaire at 5:00 P.M. on Friday. 
  • Service Project: Zach R. (Troop SPL) would like each camp participant to bring a pair of work gloves and a rake. He will focus our attention on picking up trash around the St. James UMC property as well as performing a camp fire ring clean-up.
  • Scout Food: Scouts will share food costs for their Friday camping dinner. Scouts plan/shop with their patrols prior to the campout with $3.00 - $5.00 (per Scout) expected when shopping. Friday cracker-barrel and Saturday brunch will be provided. 
  • Adult Food: No need to worry about food or food costs. There will be adult dinner prepared and ready for participating adults around 6:00 P.M. on Friday as well as campfire cracker-barrel and of course, the much anticipated appreciation brunch. 
  • Camping Equipment/Quartermaster: Zach (Troop SPL) and Levi B. (Troop Quartermaster) are preparing for camping (tent and, ground cloth) and cooking equipment checkouts. Scouts - please be prepared with your equipment needs.
  • Weather Forecast: We have a positive weather forecast - precipitation unlikely and pleasant 65 degree night-time temperatures.

We plan to have an outstanding End of Summer weekend and I wish to again thank all those families who have again stepped up to contribute their time, talent and treasures to support our wonderful Scouts. Thank you!

Your always appreciative Scoutmaster,

Mr. Allaire

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

August Campout & Court of Honor

Troop 103 Family - We are making a slight change to the August calendar.  We will be combining our August trip and our Summer Court of Honor into one 22 hour weekend event. Please read the details below and make plans to attend.  
We will be having an END OF SUMMER TROOP CAMPOUT & COURT OF HONOR on Friday, July 31st into Saturday August 1. The best part… the entire campout, Troop-wide brunch and our Summer Court of Honor will be free of charge and take place at our special, long time home;   St. James United Methodist Church at 401 Carlwood Drive, Miamisburg, OH 45342
Friday, July 31
·         5:00PM - CAMP OUT BEGINS IN ST. JAMES UMC FIELD - All Scouts and adults (registered adults leader or non-registered adults) who want to attend the camp out in St James Field will show up to get the camp site set up and get the campout started.  We will have as simple a camp out setup as possible.
NOTE: Due to Boy Scouts of America policies – if you are an unregistered adult you cannot sleep over in camp. However, you are certainly welcome to stay in camp late, leave the camp on Friday night, sleep at your home (on your soft cozy bed), wake up, take a shower and then rejoin the fun at St. James on Saturday morning.  
·         6:00PM - DINNER TIME – Each Scout patrol will be responsible to prepare a simple menu, shopping list, go shop for food and cook their dinner.   Patrol boxes, stoves, etc. can be requested/checked out with the approval of the Troop Quartermaster.   Food cooked over a campfire (hotdogs!) is perfectly acceptable.
·         7:00PM – 10:00PM - SERVICE PROJECT/FIELD GAMES - Zach (your awesome Senior Patrol Leader) is currently planning some field game fun and a small service project to benefit St. James UMC.   Bring your flashlights!
·         10:00PM - CRACKER BARREL TREATS / CAMP FIRE – The Troop Committee will be supplying all the tasty evening snacks for the Scouts to be enjoyed by the campfire.
·         11:00PM-Midnight –TENT TIME & LIGHTS OUT
Saturday, August 1
·         7:00-8:00AM – RISE & SHINE
·         8:30AM – 9:30AM - FINISH SERVICE PROJECT/FIELD GAMES
·         9:30AM – 10:30AM - BREAK DOWN/CLEAN UP CAMP
·         10:45AM - TROOP WIDE BRUNCH IN ST. JAMES UMC FELLOWSHIP HALL - The moms of the Troop are joining together to provide for a Troop-wide brunch open to everyone in the Troop and their family members.  Plan on bringing your families (siblings, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, etc.) and a big appetite.  A separate e-mail coordination message from/to the Troop moms about the brunch will be forthcoming.
·         12:15PM – 1:45PM - TROOP 103 COURT OF HONOR IN ST. JAMES UMC SANCTUARY -   Come in large numbers to celebrate the recent accomplishments of our great Troop 103 Scouts at the Court of Honor. Be there to support our Scouts and their great volunteer adult leaders!                                                                                          
Reservations: Please send an email to let us know your intentions. Please send a note if you are attending or even if you are not.  Please send this e-mail to sballaire@att.net on/before July 28 to let us know:

1)     If your Scout(s) is camping and going to be able to join us Friday night, Saturday morning or both days
2)     How many in your family, including your Scout(s) will be attending the FREE family brunch event at 10:45AM on Saturday morning
Permission Slip: We will have a basic Troop 103 permission slip available over the next week (as well as the night of the campout event).  Don’t worry - just make sure to have your Scout permission slip turned in by 5:00PM on Friday, July 31.
Cost:  There will be no cost for this camp out (other than the simple food bought by Scouts for their Friday dinner). The Friday late evening snack and the Saturday morning brunch will be free of charge!
ATTENDANCE: We would certainly appreciate every Scout and every Scout family to make a special effort to attend and be part of this end of summer celebration.  We want each Troop 103 family to feel welcome to be in camp with your Scout, witness what the Scouts do at a camp out and to ultimately better understand more about how the Troop works to support your Scout’s personal development. 
Our special Scouts continue to mature and accomplish many great things together and as your Troop 103 adult volunteers will all tell you; it is a truly a pleasure to serve them as they move along in their Scouting adventure.  Your time and attendance always supports and bolsters the Troop in so many ways. 
Thank you for your incredible support of this special mission and we look forward to seeing you at this important event.
Appreciatively, your Troop 103 Scoutmaster
Steve Allaire

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and truth.    1 John 3:18

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Rank Advancement Reminders

Scouts and Parents,

Here are some reminders and some new information scouts and parents need to know regarding rank advancement: 


1. Troop positions of responsibility for Star Scout and above: Scouts serving in positions of troop responsibility will work with adult mentors and complete Junior Leadership Worksheets (reminder). Mentor assignments and Junior Leadership Worksheets can be found on the troop web page (http://www.bsa103.org/). Position of responsibility requirements in scout handbooks must be signed by the scout's position mentor (new). 


2. Merit Badge requirement verification for Star Scout and above: Scouts must request a Troop Master printout from Mr. Head at least one week prior to Scoutmaster conferences and boards of review for ranks Star Scout and above. Troop Master printouts will be used to verify merit badge completion. 

3. Remember to request a Scoutmaster conference and a board of review a week in advance. 

  • Scouts should contact the Scoutmaster verbally or by email (stephenallaire1@gmail.com) to schedule a Scoutmaster conference. 
  • Scouts should contact the Troop Committee Chairman verbally or by email (doulosthreads@gmail.com) to schedule a Board Of Review.
  • Scouts must wear Class A uniform to all Scoutmaster conferences and Boards Of Review. 

4. Scouts should bring their Scout Handbook to all Scoutmaster conferences and board of reviews.

YIS,
Mr. Allaire and Mr. Stumpf

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Eagle Scout Palm Application

Attention All Eagle Scouts:

When earning an Eagle Palm, you are required to fill out the Eagle Scout Palm Application form located on the Troop 103 Forms page.

This form must be completed and submitted to the Rank Advancement Committee Member (Mr. Head) for use in purchasing the Eagle Scout Palm award.

This is an electronic PDF form and can be filled out online and printed.


Monday, March 11, 2013

Merit Badge Reminders

Scouts and Parents,

All Troop 103 scouts who are working on Merit Badges need to meet the following expectations:

1) You need to schedule all meetings with your counselor ahead of time. This can be done by telephone, e-mail, or by asking them in person at a meeting. Do not walk up to your merit badge counselor at a meeting and ask them to meet with you on the spot. Our adult volunteers give very freely of their time, but they are pulled in multiple directions at a meeting. Take responsibility for scheduling your merit badge sessions.

2) Read the merit badge requirements carefully. If there is a requirement to have a discussion with your counselor prior to beginning a merit badge requirement (i.e. Personal Fitness, Family Life, Personal Management, etc.), DISCUSS WITH YOUR COUNSELOR BEFORE BEGINNING THE REQUIREMENT. If you have not fulfilled the discussion requirement prior to beginning the main requirement, it may not be approved. This means that you may have to do even a time requirement again (such as the personal fitness workouts).

3) If a time requirement requires you to record your results over the duration of the requirement, then record them as you go. Do not try to re-construct the records at the end of the requirement.

4) Merit badge worksheets are an excellent idea, but, simply writing down the answer and giving it to the counselor is not sufficient. Scouts need to be able to discuss their answer and be able to answer their counselor's questions on the subject. Answers need to reflect an understanding of the material and not be one-word answers such as "yes" or "no."

5) Two deep adult leadership must be in place at ALL TIMES. Adults; if the meeting is at your house, be home; if the meeting is at the counselor's house, stick around; if the meeting is at the church, don't drop off the scout and take off. This is very important for the protection of our troop as a whole.

YIS,
Mr. Marcum

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Requirement Sign Off in Scout Handbook

Everyone,

There have been several questions asked about who can sign-off on completed requirements in the BSA Handbook. We have the answer....

The following people are permitted to sign-off completed requirements in the BSA Handbook for Troop 103:
  1. Scoutmaster 
  2. Assistant Scoutmaster 
  3. Committee Member

NOTE: Adult Leaders or Non-Leader Adults are NOT permitted to sign-off completed requirements for their own scout.