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

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Rocky's Run for Freedom 5K - May 27, 2017

All,

Rocky's Run for Freedom 5K
May 27, 2017
9:00 AM
Library Park
Miamisburg, Ohio

You can either run in the 5K or volunteer at the water station to handout water to the runners as they pass by.

Contact Mr. Vincent if you have questions.

You must register for the race by going to:
www.speedy-feet.com




Sunday, May 21, 2017

Spring Fling 2017

Scouts and Parents,

The 2017 Spring Fling Fundraiser has ended.

Saturday:
Well we had a beautiful rain-free day at the Spring Fling. The lunch crowd was a little less than normal, but the afternoon business was steady-to-busy. Our sales total for the day ended up being close to an average Saturday sales day.

Sunday:
Sunday was a slow day due to Miamisburg Graduation and the threat of rain. This caused decreased sales for all vendors and artists.

We are still working on calculating the final profit numbers. There are a few more expenses to be paid for.

THANK YOU everyone that volunteered to help, donated soda or just showed up to offer a hand. This fundraiser cannot happen without YOU!

YIS,
Mr. Mize



Thursday, May 18, 2017

CLR Summer Camp

Troop 103 Families,

Well, our incredibly busy 2017 spring/summer programming schedule continues for Scouts of Troop 103 as we close in on our "30 Days Out" for Chief Logan Reservation (CLR) Summer Camp.

The Troop 103 CLR Leadership Team is very happy to provide you this CLR overview for your convenience and please remember that much of this general CLR information and all of the CLR forms are available on our fantastic Troop 103 website at http://www.bsa103.org/


Summer Camp - Chief Logan Reservation page
http://www.bsa103.org/p/summer-camp-chief-logan-reservation.html

CLR Summer Camp Registration – Yes…you can still register in May & June! Please be on the lookout for e-mails and meeting reminders from Mr. Marcum regarding how to get registered for CLR Summer Camp. Summer Camp is truly a wonderful experience for all Scouts, especially for the youngest Scouts among us.

Reminder: please remember to provide your Activity Fee of $25 to Mr. Mize.

Please read the entire e-mail (and the attachments) and let me know in the next weeks if you should have any questions.

As always, please keep your eyes out for e-mails from our Troop 103 medical leaders (Ms. Simpson/Mr. Meadows) regarding any directions/dates/ information for the medical forms, etc.

Very Appreciatively Yours in Scouting,
Mr. Allaire
Scoutmaster Troop 103

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

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

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

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.