PLC scheduled for Sunday, December 8 has been canceled.
TROOP 955 HOLIDAY PARTY
The whole family should be joining us on Monday, Dec 16 at 7:00 pm for our annual Troop Holiday Party and Awards. There will be awards, holiday cheer, a visit from a very special man in red and lots of decadent treats. (Keep in mind that no celebration has calories or fat.) The price of admission for every family, or any part thereof, is a decadent dessert (we know that you want to show off your “homemade” skills) capable of serving at least 12 (twelve) hungry scouts. In addition, you will be able to place orders for scout gear on this evening… polos, hoodies, etc. AND purchase some items from our clearance table! Summer Adventure deposits are due on this night. Please see info below.
SUMMER ADVENTURE 2014
Progress continues in setting up the 2014 summer adventure – (Mammoth Cave, USS Yorktown, Williamsburg, Washington, D.C., Whitewater rafting & #1 Amusement park in America) Mark your calendars! The dates of the Summer Adventure are Wed, Aug 6 to Sat, Aug 16. During the Holiday Party, Dec 16th, we will be discussing this amazing opportunity for scouts and presenting a handout on where we stand. This will be the deadline for letting us know if you will be participating in this event. We will also be asking for a financial commitment of $100.00 from scouts and adults who want to make this event one of their great experiences. For this event we need to make reservations early. As such, we need a commitment early in the process. For this reason, we need people to commit to this event by this time, (Dec 16) so that we have a solid number to solidify our reservations. To apply please fill out the special summer adventure application which will be passed out on Mon, Dec 16 and include it with your deposit.
New Hope Community Food Pantry
Troop 955 can help the New Hope Food Panty with their holiday distributions in 2 ways.
If at all possible each Scout should bring one or more cake mixes to the Troop meetings through December 9th. The food pantry needs 200 cake mixes by December 9th. Anything you can do to help is appreciated.
SECOND, the food pantry is asking for Scouts to volunteer for set up and distribution at the food pantry (7115 W. Hood) on the following dates:
Friday December 13 from 6:15 pm – 8 pm (Christmas set up)
Saturday December 14 from 9 am – 12 pm (Christmas distribution)
Please contact Ann Kalaska, Matt Mieling’s mom, with any questions or to volunteer to work one of the dates.
On January 17, 18 & 19, 2014, the scouts of Troop 955 will head for The Owasippe Scout Reservation (actually, we will be staying in a cabin right next door). Did you know that there are three LUGE tracks in the United States? Two of these tracks are used for Olympic events and Olympic training. One of these three tracks is open to the public. It is in Muskegan, Michigan, 18.6 miles from OSR. Our scouts will be among the few people in the United States, other than Olympians, who get to experience the fun and excitement of the Luge! Fear not! We have done this 3 times in the past with no injuries other than the scout who slipped on the path to the park and significantly bruised his leg a couple years ago. The cost of the Troop 955 Excellent Adventure is $60.00 (The majority being the Luge fee.)
NOTE: There is a limit of 18 scouts for this event and six adults because the cabin holds 18 scouts and six adults (adult sleeping quarters are separated from scouts). First submitted with 1) a fully filled out Troop Activity Form, 2) fully filled out Luge waiver and fully paid fee = first served. After 18 and 6 we will start the waiting list.
Ski Grand Geneva
On January 4 the Indian Trails District Ski Outing will be held at Grand Geneva in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Bring the whole family skiing at a really nice place for a significantly reduced price. Get ski lessons for the whole family for $2.00 dollars. This year we have negotiated reduced pricing for food packages AND – if you act within the next week, we can get you a room at reduced rates at Timber Ridge, the indoor water park hotel at Grand Geneva. For hotel reservations call Mr. Gawne ASAP – don’t delay. For ski registrations, Council is attempting to develop an on-line registration system. If is not up by Tuesday, November 26, however, we will be doing a manual registration just like years gone by.
On January 20, reregistration for the new Troop 955 year will be held. On this night there will NOT be a regular meetingfor the scouts. All scout parents come to EPLC at 7:00 p.m. to re-register their scout for the coming year. This year, the troop is faced with a major increase in fees from Council and, as such, has to increase the fee that we charge. The Troop Committee has voted to raise our annual fee for 52 weeks of the most successful youth program on the planet to $75.00 per scout. That $75.00 covers many things including registration, Boy’s Life, individual supplemental insurance and unit insurance. In today’s litigious society insurance continues to rise as it tries to keep pace with pace of lawsuits. These costs go up to the BSA and are passed on to us.
MEDICAL FORMS ARE ALSO DUE AT RE-REGISTRATION. For re-registration, we will be requiring that a valid medical form be submitted at the re-registration event for every scout being registered. This means that on January 20th at the re-registration event a new, valid medical form for each scout will be collected as part of the re-registration process. The medical form can be found on the Troop web site under resources/troop forms. The medical form must be dated, at the least, AFTER August 16, 2013. Medicals are only valid for one year. If you have any questions in regards to this requirement please call Mr. Gawne now with your question so that there will be plenty of time to do whatever is necessary for your scout to avoid missing out on events. Please keep in mind that we will be checking medical form validity for Camp Chicago, the Luge and other non-meeting activities going forward.
This year’s Owasippe dates are Saturday, June 28 to Sunday, July 6. On registration night, January 20, we will be collecting the $50 deposit for Owasippe. We must submit this deposit to council in February to ensure space and guarantee our participation. Please remember that scouts must attend summer camp in order to qualify for the summer adventure.
Did you miss the summer tweets? Here’s the directions on how to follow the troop on twitter. Click here
Universal Registration Form
A new universal registration form will be used for most events. This form can be found by clicking the Resources/Troop Forms tab or click here.