Troop 103 Calendar

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Seabase Swimming Test

Scouts, Parents & Leaders,

Sea Base requires a BSA or YMCA certified lifeguard to verify that every scout & adult can pass the BSA swim test prior to arrival. We have scheduled this test for 8:00 PM on Thursday, April 20th at the West Carrollton YMCA. Please make plans to attend this session.

We have had (optional) swimming conditioning sessions every Tuesday & Thursday nights since late February from 8:00 - 9:30 PM. However, we have only had an average of 8-10 people participating. A few of the scouts have never participated. Unless you have no doubt that you can pass the swim test on April 20th, recommend you take advantage of this swimming opportunity.

Remember that we all promise to by physically fit every Monday night when we recite the Scout Oath.

I hope to see you soon at the pool!

Mr. Head
Sea Base Trip Leader

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Backpacking Trip - April

Scouts and Parents,

The Patrol Leader Council has selected Red River Gorge, KY as the location for this year's backpacking trip, taking place 7-9 Apr 2017. Please see the permission slip on the Troop 103 Forms page.

As always, the Scouts are planning some upcoming backpacking skills to help make sure the Scouts are prepared for a wilderness adventure. Dependent upon number of Scouts and adults who register for the trip, we plan to set up 2 hikes of different lengths and difficulty so that we can match Scouts to the appropriate hike based on their experience level.

Cost per Scout and adult is $20 ea. This activity fee is to cover fuel cost for transportation to and from Slade, KY, permit fees, stove fuel, and camping fees. Food will be purchased by patrol.

YIS,
Mr. Marcum

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Dayton Dragons Scout Night

ATTENTION! BSA Troop 103

Dayton Dragons Game and overnighter is Friday July 21st - 22nd

Gates open at 6:00pm. and game starts at 7:00pm. 

After the game, we go back to our vehicles and grab our gear, and return to the stadium to set up tents. The Dayton Dragons provide a snack and a drink. On the jumbo screen they will play a movie, or bring a baseball glove to throw some with fellow Scouts. 

This is a fun family event! All are welcome to come, so sign up early!

This event will sell out this spring. So I am looking to find out how many are interested in going. I will be working on getting a flyer/permission slip out in the near future.

Dismissed! :-)

Mr Adkins

Monday, March 06, 2017

Veterans Memorial Museum

Scouts, Scout Leaders, and Dedicated Parents of Troop 103,

A Scout is brave.
A Scout can face danger although he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.


On Monday, March 27th we will have a very special opportunity as a Troop 103 family.

We will be having our regular Troop meeting in Germantown at the Veterans Memorial Museum located at 123 South Main Street, Germantown.

We will have a slightly extended meeting and ask everyone to arrive at 6:50 PM as we will start the meeting promptly at 7:00 PM. The regular dismal time of 9:00 PM will be in effect.


This special Troop meeting will consist of three main features:
  • The reverent opening/closing of our Troop meeting
  • A special speaker to tell us the courageous story of a brave local American war hero, who not only faithfully served his country, but was a Boy Scout in our community
  • A tour of one of the most unique and well-organized US military veteran museums in the Midwest

I personally invite all Scouts, their parents and adults leaders to attend this unique event in order to hear the special story about this brave Scout and war hero, as well as tour this historic treasure located right here in our community.  

**Parents and Adults Leaders - certainly encourage your Scout to be in attendance, and as importantly, if you are at all available to attend, you will want to be there for this special Troop 103 evening.  We are very lucky to have the Museum open their doors just for us (they are normally closed on Monday) and a special speaker make time for our Troop, please make a special effort to be there if at all possible.    

I would like to thank our Troop Historian, Zach Vogel (who is a volunteer at the Museum) for his special efforts to arrange this special meeting.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Allaire
Scoutmaster

Troop 103 Miamisburg 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Scout Spirit

Troop 103 Scouts and Scout Families,

As you are aware, Troop 103 Committee has required that only the Scoutmaster of Troop 103 will be responsible to sign off on Scout Spirit for each rank advancement. This responsibility to measure Scout Spirit within the Troop is great and it brings it challenges, therefore I am writing this note to help clarify how I work to measure Scout Spirit along the scout trail.

In some Scoutmaster discussions I hear boys say, “I am not leading within our Troop because I don’t currently hold a leadership position”, or “I ran for a position and didn’t get it, therefore I don’t need to lead.” I tell them one thing; our founder, Robert Baden-Powell, put it in very simply terms: “We’re not about being good; we’re about doing good.”

In other words, service leadership within our Troop is not about position, it is about the actions you take to serve others that is being measured.

You can and are expected to lead with or without a position.

So what exactly is Scout Spirit? Scout Spirit shows how the scout reflects the values of the scouting community. Specifically, the scout shows Scout Spirit if he follows the Scout Law and Oath in his daily life. Is Scout spirit the same for a Second class scout and a life scout? An Eagle Scout? How do you measure Scout spirit? Below are a list of questions that I review and these questions compound at each level of rank advancement.

- Does the scout consistently come to meetings and outings, even if they are more work-related (e.g. service projects), and does he pay attention all the time?
- Does the scout find work to do and do so by not complaining about necessary tasks (like cleaning dishes)?
- Does the scout show a willingness to try something new, lead an activity or to volunteer before being asked?
- Does the scout come properly prepared for activities, camping, Scoutmaster Conference, Board of Review, weekly meeting and Patrol Leaders Council?

For the more mature scouts (First-class and Star scouts) there are additional criteria:
- Is the scout willing to go out of his way to teach younger scouts even if this does not improve his rank?
- Does the scout watch out for the safety of others?
- Does he teach by demonstrating, watching and (if need be) correcting? Or does he merely give commands?
- Does he show respect for troop leadership and adult leaders?
- Does he help the troop run by organizing events?
- Does he regularly volunteer in his community?
- Does the scout help others first and without being asked?
- Does the scout become less and less self-centered as they mature in age?
- Does the scout look to always serve the Troop, the other scouts and those less experienced?

For Life scouts things get more challenging:
- As a troop leader (even if you don't hold an office), do you actively take up leadership when you see something that needs doing?
- Does the scout organize & coordinate other scouts of all ages (without losing his cool)?
- Is the scout considered a major player in the "behind-the-scenes" work that makes the troop run - organizing equipment, making camping arrangements, setting up activities with/for the PLC without being asked?
- Is the scout a good and patient teacher and example to younger scouts?

For Eagle scouts the criteria are even higher:
- Is he recognized as a consistent and true leader in his community, troop and school?
- Is he clean in words, thoughts and deeds? Does he set an excellent model for others around him all the time?
- Is he repeatedly seeking, earning (and given) more and more responsibilities within the troop?
- Does the scout repeatedly seek out ways to help without being asked?
- Is the scout treated nearly the same as an adult leader by the troop?

Please be prepared for your Scoutmaster meetings as it come to Scout Spirit by serving others all the time. Simply don’t wait for people to ask you to serve or lead. By doing so, your Scout Spirit Scoutmaster discussion will go smoothly.

Appreciatively,
Mr. Allaire
Scoutmaster
Troop 103 Miamisburg

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

BSA Swimmer Test for Sea Base

Scouts, Parents & Adults,


Here are the requirements of the BSA Swimmer Test, which must be passed at Sea Base before you can start the trek:

Swimmer
  • Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.
  • Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: side, breast, trudgen, or crawl. 
  • Swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke.
  • The 100 yards must be completed without stops and must include at least one sharp turn.
  • Rest by floating…Long enough to demonstrate ability to rest when exhausted.
Nine scouts & adults took advantage of the swimming practice last night at the West Carrollton YMCA. I hope more of you can make it Thursday night from 8-9:30 PM. This opportunity will be available every week on Tuesday & Thursday nights through April.

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.
****************************************************************************************

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.



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!

*****************************************************************************

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



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.

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.

**********************************************************************
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