Troop 103 Calendar

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Summer Camp Highlights

Troop Family-

Well another summer camp is behind us and here is a brief summary of some of the highlights.

Cool CLR Videos:

2015 (last year's) link Troop 103 CLR Experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFdYDGYiaBA

2016 time lapse/special effects intro (T103 specific): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBRYMTYcRK0

2016 CLR prepared (non Troop 103 specific) Week 3 Experience: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzjGSaE_O0FCbnFmNWZtSFM0c2c

2016 CLR Aerial (via drone) footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cKK3fhvVsA


Frontiersman Program (Grrrr!) Special Accomplishments:

New Mountain Men: Bill Ferrara (adult leader), Alex Marcum (adult leader) and Will Vincent (adult leader)

Mountain Man Candidate: Brayden Osborne (adult leader)

Trapper: Nile Adkins (adult leader), Nick Von Dohre (T103 CLR staff)

Pioneer: Vance L, Ethan S, James Dillon (adult leader)

Simon Girty Award - Joseph Meadows (adult leader)

Foothills Patrol - Zach B., Nathan W. and John D. completed all 66 requirements during the week and missed Honor Patrol by 1/3 of a Merit Badge (ran out of time). We will update all their Scout Books during our next meeting.

Other Notable CLR Accomplishments:

Order of the Arrow Election - Brody O., Ethan S. and Joe A. - will be invited to a Order of the Arrow Ordeal later in the year to have the chance to be inducted into the Order of Arrow.

Watermelon Archery Contest Winner - Raith W.

Edible Plants Identification CLR record for non-staff member - Andrew C. (60 plants identified)

Acting CLR Scout Leaders: Joe A. (Acting SPL), Clayton S., Ethan S. (acting ASPL), Drake W. (acting Troop Guide) and Talon P. (assistant Quartermaster)
Merit Badges: Over 55 merit badges were completed by the campers over the week. The blue cards are in my possession and will be handed off to Mr. Head.

Other Important Items:

Next Year: For next year's CLR camp we have reserved our campsite for the week of Jun 25 - Jul 1. Please be aware of these dates for any forward planning you may do for next summer. 

Patches: I have four 2016 CLR patches for the few registered campers who were not at circle up at St. James on Saturday afternoon. Please see me to get your patch.

Medical Forms: Mr. Meadows/Ms. Simpson - I have all medical forms and will get those to for safekeeping at next meeting. I passed one set of forms back to the Coss family as Hayden is going back to CLR and needed his forms. They know to return it to the Troop.

Ticks: Please check (twice) your Scout(s) for deer ticks. We have some make the uninvited trip back with us to Dayton. See attached picture to see how small they are.

Special Appreciation:
Adult Leaders: As always, our outstanding adult leadership corps was second to none. Many (19) Troop 103 BSA trained adults joined us at camp this week to strengthen the support and guidance needed to have such a successful camp for the Scouts. Thank you all for making the special effort to break away from work, school, family or other commitments in order to be with the young men of Troop 103. Each one of you are a true blessing to our Scout family. 

A special thank you to Mr. Phil Marcum, Mr. Steve Meadows, Mr. Kevin Osborne, Mr. Doug Mize and Mr. Eric Mize for their extraordinary efforts to prepare for and execute this year's CLR experience. Thank you very much gentlemen. 

Parents: Thank you to all our Troop parents who had their scouts prepared and ready - as adult leaders, we certainly appreciate the support you always provide to our adult leaders.

Our Scouts: They were behaved, excited and were focused on getting things accomplished. They are the single reason we are all together in this special Scouting family.
We will see you all on July 18 at our next meeting.

I remain appreciatively your (now fully rested) Scoutmaster.

Yours in Scouting,
Mr. Allaire

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Troop Pictures

Scouts and Parents,

Ami Vogel and I would like to start a photo database of sorts and the purpose is two-fold. First, we would like to see slide shows at every Court of Honor and sometimes tracking down these photos is not easy. Second, we are planning to create a file for every scout so when his Eagle Court of Honor rolls around we will have plenty of pictures ready to go. This is (hopefully) going to be a large, ongoing project but if it is to be successful we need YOUR help! We need your pictures! Any and all events are welcome - Court of Honors, meetings, camp outs, activities, merit badge courses, etc. Anything to do with scouting is welcome.

We can accept photo memory cards, CD's, email and USB drives with pictures. If you hand us a memory card, CD or USB - you will get it back after we copy the pictures. Choose the format that works the best for you and let us know.

Please start sending us your photos!

Thanks so much!
Ami and Julie

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

SeaBase High Adventure Trip

Scouts and Parents,

Below is various pieces of information pertaining to the High Adventure Trip we are planning in 2017.
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It is CRITICAL that your name appear as it does on your driver license, passport, or state issued ID.

This requirement is for everyone, adult leaders and Scouts too.

Send an email to RobCrawfordinMiamisburg@gmail.com with:

Last Name, First Name, Middle Name or Initial, and your Date of Birth

This information will be used to register @ Sea Base and if we fly via commercial airlines.

Let's start off with TSA accurate information entered into the work sheet tracking financials related to this High Adventure trip.

To register for Sea Base we need a $100 per person deposit paid on Monday March 14th , or Monday March 21st , 2016. We will have Leaders taking payments of the $100 deposit, your registration will be complete when the $100 deposit is paid.

Our Troop check needs to be mailed to Sea Base by March 31st, 2016. Deposits are nonrefundable.

I will maintain a worksheet as we continue to make payments for this High Adventure trip.

At this time our best estimated costs will consist of the following payments:

Out Island Adventure Dates:

Saturday May 27, 2017 - Friday June 2, 2017


The cost estimate per person for the Sea Base Out Island Adventure.
Sea Base cost for the 7 day Out Island Adventure
$ 860
Airfare Estimate Dayton-Ft. Lauderdale
(airfare is estimated, driving options are being investigated)
$ 425

Blue Sky Adventure Shuttle
(Ft. Lauderdale to Brinton Environmental Center)
$ 180

Florida Saltwater 3 day Fishing License
(Age 16 and over)
$ 17

$1,482 Total

Details of payment plans and fund raising opportunities will be present once we get though this participant registration process.



Anchors Away!
Mr. Crawford
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Your crew will paddle aboard a Polynesian War Canoe 5 miles through the Atlantic Ocean to Big Munson Island. You will explore the island by land, snorkel, kayak and participate in shark fishing. Weather permitting, you will be fishing from a power boats off shore of the Florida Keys with the hope of adding fish to your evening meal. The last full day will be spent snorkeling at Looe Key or the patch reef Munson Rocks and working on an environmental project. Your final evening will be a celebration of adventure and a closing campfire. Day 6 your crew will bid farewell to Big Munson Island and paddle 5 miles back to Brinton Environmental Center for closing Conch LUAU.

If you want to participate in this outing send your information as it appears on your state ID, driver license, or passport:

last name
middle initial or name
first name
Date of Birth

Send this to RobCrawfordinMiamisburg@gmail.com

A $100 dollar deposit is required to be paid to reserve your spot in this High Adventure outing. I will be available to take your payment on either Monday 3/14 or 3/21.

FaFF
Mr. Crawford

Monday, March 07, 2016

Merit Badge Application Process

Starting March 7, 2016, the following process will be in place for Scouts wanting to work on a Merit Badge.

1) Scouts are to arrange for a discussion with Scoutmaster in order to
  1. State their desire/plans to work on a merit badge,
  2. Define which merit badge counselor they are planning to work with 
  3. To review some basic expectations of the merit badge process
2) When that Scoutmaster conversation is in place, I will then
  1. Provide them a blue card, 
  2. Ask them to fill out "Application for Merit Badge" section 
  3. Will approve the application by signature
3) Scouts may then arrange to meet with Merit Badge Counselor to begin conversations.

The Scoutmaster will designate additional resources as needed for times of high activity.

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The following rules/guidelines are still in place.

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


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 (rhempfling@flhslaw.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. Hempfling

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.