Troop 103 Calendar

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Popcorn Sales - August 26 - October 23

2016 Popcorn Calendar

Selling popcorn is a great way to earn money for Miami Valley Council, Troop 103 and each Scout.

Kernel Vincent has additional order forms if needed. Each Scout should receive an order form in the mail.

August 26 - Sale Begins

September 9 & 10 - Show and Sell Pickup

October  23 - Popcorn Sale Ends
October 24 & 25  - Show and Sell Returns
October 25 - Take Orders Due and Prize Order Due

November 11 & 12 - Take Order Pickup

December 5 - Take Order Payments Due
December 12 - Final Order Pickup
December 30 - All Popcorn Payments Due

Kernel Vincent - 937-776-3605

Monday, August 29, 2016

Backpacking (Shawnee State Forest) - September 6-18, 2016

BSA Troop 103 – Backpacking Trip 
Shawnee State Forest 
16-18 Sep 2016

  • Meet at St. James UMC: Friday, 9/16 at 5:00 PM, departing at 5:15 (please eat prior to meeting at church) 
  • Return to St. James UMC: Sunday, 9/18 approximately 3:00 PM (Scouts will call with an expected arrival time on the way home.)
Cost:
  • $10 per Scout to be paid by Sep 5th (includes fuel cost, camping fee, propane)
  • Scouts will be shopping for food by patrol

Honor Camp (Camp Birch) - Oct. 21-23, 2016


BSA Troop 103 – Honor Camp
Camp Hugh Taylor Birch, Yellow Springs OH

21-23 Oct 2016

  • Meet at St. James UMC: Friday, 10/21 at 5:00 PM, departing at 5:15 (please eat prior to meeting at church)

  • Return to St. James UMC: Sunday, 10/23 approximately 2:00 PM 
  • PERMISSION SLIP (attached) 

Troop 103 HONOR CAMP

This special Troop 103 camping tradition is a FUN camp out where the boys get to kick-back and enjoy!

This unique and laid back camp out includes:
  • All meal purchases, preparation, cooking and clean-up will be performed by the ADULTS! (This is not a typo!)
  • Free Time & Camp Exploration on Saturday AM (on a beautiful fall weekend - what could be better?)
  • Saturday 1-4 PM camp range guided by our two Troop 103 BSA Shooting Sport trained adults Mr. Mize/Mr. Ferrara. Range activities – Rifle and Black Powder (guns/ammo provided). Tomahawks are welcome so we can continue to break-in Mr. Ferrara's tomahawk target. 
  • Traditional Honor Feast and Honor Walk on Saturday Evening
  • A special stop at Young’s Jersey Dairy Farm youngsdairy.com on Sunday before heading home (please plan to bring pocket money for this homemade ice cream stop)
Cost:
  • One well-written 150 word essay by each Scout on “What Honor Means to Me” (required with permission slip in advance in order to attend this camp out)
  • Only $15 per Scout to be paid by Oct 10th to cover fuel/propane, shooting range and camping fees. Does not include visit to Young’s Dairy – bring your own pocket money for this stop on the way home.
ATTENTION to parents/guardians: Firearms will be in use at this camp out. Note special permission language on the attached permission slip.

Please be thinking about your HONOR ESSAY and getting your plans in place to attend. All parents and adults are welcome!

Yours in Scouting,
Mr. Allaire
Scoutmaster Troop 103

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.