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

Troop 103 Calendar

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Winter Bushwhack Hike - November 18, 2017

All,

The November troop outing is the Winter Bushwhack Hike on Saturday Nov. 18th. The hike (day hike only) is at Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve and John Bryan State Park.

Details will be forthcoming but I wanted to let you know there is a special patch available for this event. You can view it at this link:

http://www.eteamz.com/winterbushwhack/

Troop 184 originated this event 34 years ago and custom created patches for each year.
The cost for this year's patch is $8 and needs to be ordered by the end of this month.

If anyone is interested in getting the patch, I will collect money at the next troop meeting, Sept 25th (you can also indicate it coming out of your scout account). I will then place the order the following day to ensure we make the deadline.

More information about the Winter Bushwhack can be found at:

http://www.eteamz.com/winterbushwhack/files/2017bushwhach.pdf

YIS,
Mr Ferrara

Popcorn Sale Information

Scouts and Parents,

The fall Boy Scout Popcorn Sale ends on October 22.

All orders have to be turned into council on October 24.

Mr. Vincent will be collecting all final popcorn orders at the Troop meeting on October 23.

If you can't be at the meeting that Monday please contact Mr. Vincent for alternatives.

There's still one month left to sell popcorn. Any scout needing a popcorn order form can contact Mr. Vincent.

Thank You
Kernal Vincent

Monday, September 11, 2017

Honor Camp - October 20-22, 2017

Scouts and Parents,

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 very 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
  • Saturday 1-4PM camp gun range guided by our two Troop 103 BSA Shooting Sport trained adults Mr. Mize/Mr. Ferrara. 
    • Range Activities – Rifle & Black Powder. Tomahawks are welcome.
  • Traditional Honor Feast & Honor Walk on Saturday Evening
  • A special stop to Depot Dairy Bar & Restaurant in Camden on Sunday before heading home. Please plan to bring pocket money for this vintage ice cream shop visit.

Cost:
  • One well-written 150 word essay by each Scout on “How Does Demonstrating Honor Bring Glory to God” (honor essay topic chosen by Patrol Leaders Council in August). Essay is expected with permission slip in advance in order to attend this camp out.
  • $20 per Scout to be paid by Oct 9th to cover fuel/propane, activities and camping fees. 
  • Does not include visit to Depot 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.

Troop 103 Forms
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

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Popcorn Sale

Greetings Troop,

Below is a list of available dates for Show and Sell Popcorn at the Heincke Road Kroger.

Show and Sale is not limited to these dates or this venue, but Kroger has simplified the process working through council.

If anyone is interested in participating in Show and Sell please let me know. Otherwise, we may streamline the popcorn sales to Take Order only.

Thank You,
Kernel Vincent
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Hello All:

I am reaching out to the Miamisburg units who have signed up to sell popcorn with an opportunity for you… Last night the popcorn committee reviewed all of the show and sell requests for Kroger stores and we had something we never expected. We had 4 dates at the Heincke Road Kroger that were completely unrequested. Therefore, I am offering them to your units first.

The dates I have available are:
  • Sunday, September 17 (10 am to 4 pm)
  • Friday, September 22 (3 pm to 9 pm)
  • Sunday, September 24 (10 am to 4 pm)
  • Saturday, September 30 (10 am to 4 pm)

If anyone is interested in any of these dates at this particular store, please email me by Tuesday, July 25th at 5 pm. I will then review those requests and assign the shifts as fairly as possible. Your email must contain your unit type and number (i.e. Troop 111) as well as whichever shifts you are requesting. If we don’t fill the openings with Miamisburg units, I will open the remaining shifts to the rest of the district on Wednesday.

Thanks so much! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Jeanne Lawrie | District Director

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Miami Valley Council

7285 Poe Avenue
Dayton, Ohio 45414
V 937.665.1071 | F 937.278.9002
Jeanne.Lawrie@MiamiValleyBSA.org

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Eagle Palms Requirements Change


Eagle Palms: the official requirements

These are effective Aug. 1, 2017.

After successfully completing your Eagle Scout board of review and being validated as an Eagle Scout by the National Service Center, you will be entitled to receive an Eagle Palm for each additional 5 merit badges you have completed before your Eagle Scout board of review. For these Palms only, it will not be necessary for you to complete any of the requirements stated below.

After becoming an Eagle Scout, you may earn additional Palms by completing the following requirements.
  1. Be active in the Boy Scouts of America for at least three months after becoming an Eagle Scout or after the last Palm was earned. **
  2. Since earning the Eagle Scout rank or your last Eagle Palm, demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God and how you have lived the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  3. Continue to set a satisfactory example of accepting responsibility or demonstrating leadership ability.
  4. Earn five additional merit badges beyond those required for Eagle or last Palm. ***
  5. While an Eagle Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference. *

Notes

*For Varsity Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements, replace “Scoutmaster” with “Varsity Scout Coach.” For Venturers working on Boy Scout requirements, replace “Scoutmaster” with “crew Advisor.” For Sea Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements, replace “Scoutmaster” with “Skipper.”

**Eagle Palms must be earned in sequence, and the three-month tenure requirement must be observed for each Palm.

***Merit badges earned any time since becoming a Boy Scout may be used to meet this requirement.

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 (head1048@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. 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.