Scoutmaster-Update
Apologies for no email last week.  Our system was down and it didn’t go out.  We had a PLC as well, with just the SPL and one of the ASPL’s.  
Yet somehow the pizza still got eaten…….
 
SCOUTS!
As we go through this winter (ish) weather, lets come to the meetings, practice our leadership skills, and earn our requirements.  Remember that a primary requirement of advancement is to be an ACTIVE member of the troop.  If I don’t see you, are you being an active member?  We will have new scouts coming in a few weeks, so lets be sure we have our troop running like a machine!
 
Cold Weather Camping – Presidents Day Weekend February 15-17
Going to Marsden Tract Campground on the C and O Canal.  Please let Mr. Jahns know if you are going.   A new site for the troop, and we are excited!  It’s right off the Billy Goat Trail in Great Falls, MD.  Plenty of opportunities to hike, practice your fire building and dutch oven cooking.  It will be chilly, but we are tough scouts!  As I mentioned in the last meeting, if you are interested in getting your Rock Climbing merit badge, we can start it at this outing and finish it on our April climbing trip.
 
COMING SOON:
NEW SCOUTS!
It’s that time of year again.  We’ll be getting some new scouts in the coming weeks, and then going on our first backpacking trip of the year.  An exciting time for the troop!
Cook Off – 
The SPL has made a great suggestion for our next cookoff – Iron Scout Chef!  We’ll bring a bunch of backpacking/camping ingredients, and teams will use their creativity to create delectable entrees worthy of the finest restaurant!  We’ll schedule it before the backpacking trip.
Dues are Due
The Troop has paid the dues this year.  If you have not paid your dues yet please do so!  Only 70% have paid so far.  As a reminder:  the dues are $120 per paid youth and $42 – paid adult.  Please make checks out to Troop 131 and give to our Treasurer, Mr. Van Goethem, at the troop meetings.  Note that scholarships are available.  Please email me at Seth.a.bolte@gmail.com if you wish to discuss a scholarship.
Troop Calendar
Has been published on the Google Calendar – See below for link
Summer Camp – See below from Ms. Larson-
The troop is planning to attend summer camp at Goshen Scout Reservation, Camp Olmsted again this summer.
 
Camp Dates: 
Sunday, July 12 – Saturday, July 18.
*Please note – if you are seeking a “campership” – please let Mrs. Larson know ASAP. The deadline is coming soon – early February.
 
I will make program schedules available by the end of January and Merit Badge sign ups will happen Mid-March (+/- March 16).
 
Lastly, if you are interested in becoming a Summer Camp Counselor, please follow the link here: https://www.gotogoshen.org/information/goshen-staff/
 
Thanks,
Pamela Larson
Notes from the Senior Patrol Leader:
 
– DRESS APPROPRIATELY – In the next few weeks, we will be training on cold weather camping, dutch oven cooking, and other skills, and some if not all of this will be done OUTSIDE.  So coats, hats, gloves, and headlamps are all required.  
– 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.
Be Prepared!
SM Bolte

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