Elections, April 22

Elections are tomorrow!  Think about how you can be a part of continuing the stellar performance of Troop 131!.  If you are running for Senior Patrol Leader, you MUST talk to me before the elections.  The troop leadership positions are attached to this email.

Eagle Court of Honor – Mark Bailey and Max Kline – Sunday 4/28

Show your support to your fellow Scouts who have earned their Eagle rank!.  Mark Bailey and Max Kline are holding their Eagle COH on Sunday, 4/28 at the back amphitheater at First Baptist.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend–please come in uniform.  The ceremony will began at 3 pm and will last about an hour.  Light refreshments will be served.

BSA Swim Test April 29

In lieu of our troop meeting, we will have our yearly required BSA swim test on April 29 at Chinquapin recreation center (right beside the FBC church).  Attendance is required, especially if you plan on going on the Canoe trip in May or Beach Camping in August.

Court of Honor – May 6

In lieu of our Troop Meeting, we will have a Court of Honor on May 6.  More to come on this!

May 18-19 – Canoeing on the Shenandoah River

Get your paddling skills ready, and look for an email soon!

Neckerchiefs

We have received a new shipment of neckerchiefs.  If you are new to the troop and haven’t’ gotten one for some reason, there is no cost.  If you have lost yours, and need a replacement, they are $15

NYLT, National Youth Leadership Training

Are you 14 or in 8th Grade? Are you a First Class Scout? If so, you have the opportunity to participate in an exciting, fun, and useful training through scouts – NYLT! We have some confirmed attendees, so let me know if you want to attend!

High Adventure – Dolly Sods July 10-14 

Our five day four night foray into the wild of West Virginia’s Dolly Sods trip is scheduled for July . The Dolly Sods crew’s next steps are locking in our participants ( that includes adults) and selecting our crew leader.  This position is perfect for the scout who is looking for a leadership position that will challenge him and help him become an even better scout.  You don’t have to do everything but you will have to delegate. Don’t hesitate to step up.

The route is set, and meal planning has started.  Training hikes, gear preparation are the next step.

See Mr. Rodger and Mr Guynn for more information.

Stem Committee and Events:

Did you know that over 50% of Merit Badges are STEM related?  Mr. Steenstra (dan.steenstra@gmail.com) has found quite a few STEM opportunities coming up.

Summer Camp

Sign up with Mrs. Larson!

World Scout Jamboree

The WSJ is this summer at the Bechtel Reserve in WVA.  If you would like to visit for a day, see below link.  Max, Thomas, Matthew, and Mr Rodger are going this year! 

https://www.2019wsj.org/attend/day-visitors/?fbclid=IwAR0e-TDujtTeAmh6lTbdaivExvQaI1SHmebhyxfBMK5VZ6Oj5RFbRy_OobA

 Service Opportunities

Saturday, April 28 – Parkway Classic

The Dunbar Alexandria-Olympic Boys and Girls Club is in need of help on Sunday, April 28 during the GW Parkway Classic, manning a water stop and showing how Scouts step up!.  Not only is this a great opportunity for 5-6 hours of community service work, but it also brings great exposure to the Troop!  We already have 7 signed up and need 8 more, contact Keith Burner at kdburner@aol.com

Saturday May 4 

Service Opportunity to honor fallen Navy and Marine Corps airmen and airwomen and support their families.

The Wingman Foundation’s second annual 20 mile walk in DC will take place Saturday May 4 beginning at the VFW in Arlington. Last year 5 scouts assisted at the walk by manning a water station along the route. Shifts are two hours each. 2018 water stations included one near the National Cathedral, one near Thompson Boathouse in Georgetown, and one on Hains Point. If you are willing and able to help out at this year’s walk, please contact Samantha Mulvaney (Ryan and Sean’s mom) at samantha12371@aol.com.

Saturday, June 1 

From 11AM to 4PM, the City of Alexandria and the Alexandria-Caen Sister CIty Committee will be holding a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day on the Waterfont in Alexandria. Troop 131 Scouts have been invited to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the ceremony, in addition to helping set up and break down the event. Scouts with athletic talent may be needed to run a soccer clinic for children and supervise games of petanque/boules. This is a unique opportunity for our Scouts to be of service in a public way while honoring the sacrifice of so many on June 6, 1944 on the beaches of Normandy. Every year the number of veterans of that day who are still alive gets smaller, but I counted at least five WWII veterans at last year’s celebration.  —Mrs. Greiner  58donahue@cua.edu

Notes from the Senior Patrol Leader:

– PATROL LEADERS – It is your responsibility to touch base with your Patrols and be sure that they are paying attention to the Skills Training and working on their Advancement

– CELL PHONE USAGE – Not in the troop meetings, except with very few exceptions when they are being used for advancement or merit badges.  

– Uniforms and Opening/Closing Ceremonies – wear your Field Uniforms and line up properly for the ceremonies.  

– BRING YOUR SCOUTBOOKS TO THE MEETINGS!  Opportunities for Advancement are being wasted just because Scouts don’t remember their books.  

Other Items of Interest

Stem Committee:

Contact Mr. Steenstra at the troop meeting if you would like to be on it!  There are lots of great opportunities around the area.

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