Scoutmaster-Update

TROOP MEETING

With that said, we are still planning for an in-person meeting Monday night, starting at 7:30.  Unless there are Thunderstorms/Lighting, we will hold the meeting in the rain, and if it does rain, this provides us a good opportunity for everyone to test out their rain gear.  There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing!

If it looks bad (aka torrential downpour or lighting), then we will cancel, so please check your email before you head to the meeting.

MASKS

While it is not required, we are going to encourage everyone start wearing their masks again during the troop meetings and social distance as much as possible.  As I mentioned in my email earlier this week, we had a recent Covid case in the troop and we think this prudent, as we have a few unvaccinated scouts (due to age), many scouts with unvaccinated siblings and some people with compromised immune systems.

TROOP GEAR

PLEASE RETURN THE TROOP GEAR! 

We are missing quite a bit of equipment so please bring it to the meeting and return to the shed!

CALENDAR

Please see attached schedule for the fall.  This will continue to evolve through the coming weeks and months; however, this should give you all an idea of the general plan for the next few months and when the major activities will take place

You will note that we have two activities in October: the camporee and climbing.  Given that we missed so many activities during the last year and that every Scout I speak to always talks about camping as their favorite part of Scouting, we thought it appropriate to squeeze in one more activity.

In preparation for the Roaring run Back Packing Trip and since we have many scouts who either have not gone backpacking or it has been some time since they went, I am sponsoring a 2–3-mile Shakedown back packing hike around Delray on Sunday 9/12.  This will give you all a chance to fill your packs and then test them in the neighborhood.  At the next troop meeting, please bring the same filled packs, the older scouts can review them and tell you all the stuff you either forgot or don’t need!

You don’t want the hike at Roaring Run, to be the first time you put your pack on!  More information to come, but it will likely occur in early afternoon.

SCHEDULE

Here are the new few upcoming calendar dates:

Monday August 30th                            Troop Meeting -7:30 (rain permitting)

Monday September 6th                      Labor Day- No Meeting                       

Thursday, September 9th                    Assistant Scoutmaster Meeting

Sunday, September 12th                     Shakedown Hike

Monday September 13th                    Troop Meeting- 7:30 PM (Backpacking Prep)

Friday September 17th-19th                      Camping/Backpacking

Monday, September 20th                  (Rescheduled) Court of Honor

ROARDING RUN BACKPACKING

Our next outing is just around the corner, – please find the e-mail dated 8/21 from our Outdoor Chair, Mr. Mulvaney and fill out the form if you would like to attend! 

The Great 131 return to Backpacking is coming up! We will be going to Roaring Run from Friday 17 Sep through Sunday 19 Sep. This is a hiking/backpacking trip, and may be the first for many of our new Scouts- so you don’t want to miss it. Please fill out this form if you are interested in joining us.

Who: Everyone in Troop 131 is invited!  We have spots for everyone!!!  SIGN UP HERE
What: Roaring Run backpack trip
When: Fri 17 Sep – Sun 19 Sep
Where: Catherine’s Furnace, Shenandoah, VA (about 2.5 hours from Alexandria)
Why: ‘Cause 131 is a Backpacking Troop

GENERAL TROOP MEETING INFO:

Wear your uniform!  Bring a headlamp!  Have a good time!

Blue Cards!  Did you know that your Scoutmaster can email you a blue card?  Just send me Mr. Ramirez an email (scoutmaster@t131.org)!  Note that the SCOUT must request the blue card, not the parent!

See you all (hopefully) tomorrow evening.

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