Patrol Leaders Council – tomorrow! 

The Patrol Leader or his designated Assistant Patrol Leader is required to attend at 6:30 at the Church.  We’ll serve Pizza as usual.  

Climbing, Camping, and Hiking at Sugarloaf Mountain, April 6/7

Camping nearby, rock climbing during the day, and hiking as well at nearby Sugarloaf Mountain.  Confirm with Mr Jahns tomorrow.  We leave Friday evening as usual.

Committee Meeting – Tuesday April 2

This is open to all Scout parents who want to attend!  We’ll meet at the FBC at 7:30 pm

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.

DUES ARE DUE –

We still have 18 scouts and 4 adults who haven’t paid their dues this year!

Dues are as follows:

  • Scout – $90
  • 2nd Scout in a family (sibling) – $66
  • 1st Year Transfer Scout – $25
  • Registered Adults – $39

Dues payments are accepted in any of the following forms:

  • Credit card
  • Check (payable to “Boy Scouts Troop 131”)
  • Cash

Checks may also be dropped off into the locked mailbox at the fence at 25 E. Linden Street.  Please mark any envelopes with “Troop 131.”

Thank you,

Henri van Goetham – Treasurer Troop 131

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

Save the Date!!! On 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:

– BRING YOUR COATS!  It is winter, it’s cold, we go outside for activities.  Be Prepared.

– 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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