TROOP 71 NEWS
Mr. Ruck to Facilitate Hiking Merit Badge
Click here for info.
Zipline River Tour
LOCATION: CAMP KERN, Oregonia, Ohio (LEAVE FROM ALEY CHURCH, TIME TBA)
DATE: SATURDAY, 8 JUNE 2013
COST: $75 TO TROOP 71 TREASURER
BSA Activity Consent Form to Gary George
Camp Kern Zipline Waiver Form to Gary George
Contact Info: GARY GEORGE 503-4046, 241-1989, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos from Memorial Day event and Early
Summer Court of Honor
Here are two links sent by Rich Kutter to photos he took during two recent Troop 71 events.
Beavercreek Memorial Day event: http://goo.gl/dlrrk
Early Summer Court of Honor: http://goo.gl/rGqPc
Kroger Community Rewards
Troop 71 just got the cycle 1 quarter 4 statement (Feb ’13-April ‘13) for the Kroger program. We will be getting a check for $350.22 .
This quarter, we had 24 households participating in the program; up by 3 households from last quarter. With this check, the Troop has
earned a total of$7,400.31 through the Kroger fundraising programs.
Good job and keep it up! Not signed up? Click here for instructions.
When you enroll your card, the bottom of your Kroger receipt, starting 01 May 2013, will show that you
donate to "Aley United Methodist Church Troop 71."
Over-the-Counter Medication Authorization
Scouts who take over-the-counter (OTC) medicines during a
BSA-sponsored event must have an authorization form on file withTroop 71.
This will give Troop 71 leaders permission to administer the OTC
drugs during the event. Two versions of the authorization form
A generic authorization
that may be used by any BSA troop;
A Troop 71-specific
(same as the generic form, but with Troop 71
Operation Christmas Child
The BSA has officially recognized Operation Christmas Child as a community service partnership.
For those of you not familiar with Operation Christmas Child, it is a project of Samatian's Purse to
send shoe-box size boxes filled with hygiene items, school supplies, toys and candy to children in Africa, Asia,
and South America who have nothing. These boxes go to children whose families have monthly incomes less than what
most of our boys carry in the wallets daily for spending money.
Our district has set a goal of 100 boxes per unit. Our Troop 71 patrol leader council voted to take up the
challenge and have structured it as a patrol contest. In order to spread the cost and effort, patrols will collect
a different item or items each month. This is a service project, so boys can earn service hours with donations
(monthly) and box packing (November).
Please encourage your son to use his own money to help him understand how fortunate he is and how
children in other countries live. Items need to be new, but do not need to be fancy. Donations for the month of May
are washcloths and combs - yesterday we picked up 24 combs and 12 washcloths for $6 at the dollar store.
Click here for details on service hours, the patrol contest,
and the donation schedule.
Photos from New Scout Campout
Bob Dahle shared some photos from the New Scout Campout that took
place at the Aley United Methodist Church grounds, 13-14 April 2013.
check them out here
MERIT BADGE OFFERINGS
Click here for Merit Badge Counselors of Troop 71
Hiking Merit Badge
Hiking Merit Badge satisfies an Eagle requirement for completing Swimming, Hiking, or Cycling MB. This
is a physically demanding MB and a Scout must be prepared to complete the five 10-mile and one 20-mile hikes.
Scouts interested in earning the Hiking MB must complete a Blue Card and turn in to Mr. Bill Ruck.
Prepare and implement a plan to prepare for the 10-mile hikes (as per Requirement 3) and
turn in to Mr. Ruck with your Blue Card. It is highly recommended that you begin a
conditioning program in June to be prepared for the 10-mile hikes. You should keep a log of your fitness
activities related to preparing for the first 10-mile hike.
Additional info available on this flyer.
Hiking MB worksheets from MeritBadge.org.
Personal Fitness Merit Badge
The next personal fitness merit badge sessions will begin on Tuesday April 2, 2013 at 6pm at Shellabarger Park on Kemp Road to the west of Aley Church.
Click on this link for schedule,
required items, etc.
We will have sessions every other Tuesday, and all sessions will be at the park.
The counselor for this Merit Badge is Mr. Brian Stanton who is still looking for 2 or 3 adult scout leaders who can help with the sessions.
His contact info is on the
Personal Fitness Merit Badge webpage
Mr. Stanton will have merit badge cards available at the first session.
Columbus Zoo Merit Badge Offerings
Opportunities for boy scouts at the Columbus Zoo. The Zoo
provides an amazing experience and teaches merit badges (MB) in a
unique way. Oceanography MB- April 13th OR April 28th. Mammal Study
MB - June 29th or July 28th. Fish & Wildlife MB - October 27th, and
Zoo Careers overnight - June 29th. See attachment or zoo website for
details and costs.
For details, view the
, then register at
. Under the "Learn at the Zoo" tab. Click
"Book Now" next to the program on their "Boy Scouts" web page to
bring up available dates to choose from.
For more information, please contact our troop merit badge counselors at this link
Game Design Merit Badge Is Here!
Design Merit Badge, lauched on 07 March 2013, is BSA's 131st merit badge and teaches Scouts how to
create, test, and refine a game from one of four categories:
- Electronic (games for computers, game systems, or mobile devices)
- Outdoor/Athletic (sports or games such as Capture the Flag)
- Tabletop (dice-based games, board games, card games)
- Pen and Paper or Role-Playing Games
But don't go looking for the merit badge handbook, yet. It's
still in the works.
Is anybody game enough (pun intended) to be Troop 71's counselor? If so, please
contact Heather Bird.
New Merit Badge Requirements for Eagle
Merit Badge will be required
for the Eagle Scout rank starting on
January 1, 2014. All Scouts who did not earn Eagle by the end of
2013 must complete the Cooking merit badge for Eagle, no matter when
they started working on that rank.
Also, after its introduction in the 2013 Jamboree, the
Merit Badge will become an Eagle-required
. Scouts must earn either the Environmental
Science or Sustainability merit badge as an Eagle Scout requirement.
Scouts may get both merit badges, but only one will count towards
the required number of Eagle-required merit badges.
The minimum number of merit badges required for the Eagle Scout will
remain at 21. Today, this minimum must be composed of 12 Eagle-required
and 9 other merit badges. After January 2014, scouts must earn 13 Eagle-required
and 8 elective badges to attain Eagle Scout rank.