Scoutmaster-Update

I hope everyone is enjoying the latest round of SNOW on this MLK long weekend. Just a reminder we will not have a troop meeting tomorrow.

 SCHEDULE: Updates

Given the current Omicron Variant we decided it was less than prudent to have a cabin camping activity.  In lieu of this and because there is actually cold weather/snow on the ground, we decided to flip some of the activities around.  Therefore, we are working to organize a single day Ski Trip next weekend to one of the local resorts (aka Liberty, Whitetail, Roundtop).   We appreciate everyone being flexible as we work to make this happen.  More information to follow.

For February, we are going to have a full winter camping trip at Mardsen Track in Potomac, MD.  This will give us an opportunity to test some of the winter camping skills we have been learning about.

Thank you, Mr. Mulvaney, for organizing these activities!

PATROL LEADERS CONFERENCE (PLC)

We are going to try and have the PLC’s at the second meeting of every month.  Given the schedule difficulties coming out of the new year, this month’s PLC has been shifted to next Monday the 24th.  PLCs begin ½ hour before the main meeting and at 7:00.

Leaders, please mark your calendars!

SCHEDULE: One Month Look Ahead

January 21st – 23rd                                      Ski Trip (day trip)                                                 TBD

Monday January 24th                           Troop Meeting- (PLC)                                                Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill

Monday January 31st                          Troop Meeting- (Board of Review)                             Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill

Sunday February 6th                            Scout Sunday                                                        Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill

Monday February 7th                          Troop Meeting                                                     Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill

Wednesday, February 9th                            Assistant Scoutmasters Meeting- 8:00      Virtual (tentative)

Monday February 14th                        Troop Meeting- (PLC)                                                Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill

Monday February 21st                        No Troop Meeting- Presidents Day                     –

Friday, February 25th- 27th                         Winter Camping                                                  Marsden Tract 

Saturday, February 26th                                University of Scouting (adults only)                          Heyfield Secondary School

Monday February 28th                        Troop Meeting- (Board of Review)                             Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill

 

MLK Day of Service

I was speaking to Mr. Jahns this afternoon and he reminded that there are lots of Service opportunities available tomorrow.  Some may ultimately be canceled due to the snow, but I encourage all of you to look and see if there is something that you can help with. I am sure some of you need service hours for your next rank!

In addition, service does not have so programed, just helping your neighbor shovel their sidewalk, clear a driveway, clean up a fallen tree limb, etc.  To a large extent, this is the best kind of service you can offer, that which helps your neighborhood directly.

See info below from My Jahns!

Though we aren’t meeting tomorrow, and the snow has caused some events to be canceled, please consider volunteering! Here are some tips – 

ALIVE! is hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Congregational Food Drive & Reusable Bag Collection! Anyone may bring nonperishable goods and reusable bags to these sites during the collection times listed below from January 14th – 17th. We will gratefully accept the food, reusable bags, or both! 

Agudas Achim Congregation

2908 Valley Dr, Alexandria, VA 22302

Monday, January 17 from 11am-3pm

Drop off will be in our front parking lot in collection bins

Soles 4 Souls – Clean out your closets and donate those shoes to those in need! – https://www.volunteeralexandria.org/mlkday2020soles4souls

On MLK or any day, you can always find volunteer opportunities at Volunteer Alexandria – https://www.volunteeralexandria.org

Remember the Scout Slogan – Do a Good Turn Daily!

 

UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING              

For the adult leaders who are not going to attend the Winter Camping at Marsden track, then that same weekend Colonial District is hosting their annual University of Scouting.   I have attended a few of these in past years and found them valuable.  Last year it was virtual, however, in theory this year they are returning to an in- person event at Hayfield Secondary School (about 7 miles away from us in Fairfax County).

https://scoutingevent.com/082-uos_inperson

 

See you all next week.

-MR

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