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Court of Honor, this Saturday 1/27/2018

Troop,
This Saturday, January 27, starting at 11:00 am in our Troop Room, our Troop will have a Court of Honor to recognize all of our Scouts’ accomplishments.  Wear your full class A uniform.  The Troop will provide donuts and bottled water.
Set up will start at 10:30.

Colin Weeks Eagle Presentation

A reminder for all Scouts to wear their full class A uniform, including merit badges, medals, etc. during this Monday’s meeting on December 4th.  We are celebrating our newest Eagle Scout, Colin, with a presentation that he and his family have provided.  If you can, please arrive a little early, around 6:45.  The presentation will begin about 7:15 and conclude about 7:45.  Then Colin makes the long trip back to school.

Welcome to the 2017/18 Scouting Year!

Welcome to our newest Scouting year! We have planned a great programming year for your scouts.

As a reminder, we meet on Monday evenings at 7 pm at Our Lady of Grace Troop Room which is in the basement of the school. Please be on time as we plan action-packed hour and a half meetings. Your scout needs to attend these Monday meetings to get the most out of the program. Most camping trips are the third weekend of each month and instead of a scout meeting that following Monday, we have a Committee meeting for the adults. This is the time for the adult leadership to plan and improve the program and discuss any issues or changes needed. It is your time to help shape and mold the program. All parents / guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate. Please take the time to attend these meetings. They are very informative and we can use any input you can give to make the Troop and the Scouting experience even better for our boys.

Attached is the registration form for the upcoming year. Registration forms and fees are now due and must be remitted no later than October’s committee meeting on October 30th but the sooner the better.

We would like to take some time to talk about what makes a successful Troop. Our Troop has maintained its success rate because of the adult involvement that provides leadership and support. It takes many volunteers from all our scouting families to make our Troop run successfully. This will only make our program stronger and encourage your scout to stick with the program.

Effective January 1, 2018, 100% of all Direct Contact Leaders (Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster) MUST be BSA trained for their position. Camping trips may be in jeopardy of being canceled due to lack of trained adults. Adult Leaders must complete the required basic training and PA State required checks by December 31, 2017. The Troop highly recommends that any parent that wants to be involved take the BSA specific trainings as well. Ask any of the Troop leaders for details and guidance if you are not sure how to get trained.

We have seen a lot of transition in the last year with some of our scouting families with older boys retiring or taking advisory roles, and some newer scouting parents stepping into key leadership positions. Below is a list of our current Troop adult leadership lineup:

  • Chartered Organization Representative – Joe Seborowski
  • Committee Chair – Nick Lodise
  • Webmaster & Calendar – Andy Pastuszak
  • Treasurer – Tricia Valentine
  • Treasurer In Training – Vacant
  • Secretary – Celeste Idell
  • Scoutmaster – Ray Barrett
  • Scoutmaster Emeritus – Paul Buffington
  • Assistant Scoutmaster – Debbie Barrett
  • Assistant Scoutmaster – Tom Markert
  • Assistant Scoutmaster – Joe Ciaudelli
  • Assistant Scoutmaster – Charlie Gutherman
  • Assistant Scoutmaster – John Kleinfelder
  • Assistant Scoutmaster – Mark Reichardt
  • Service Coordinator – Kathleen Seborowski
  • Advancement – Jim Crossland
  • Eagle Coordinator – Tom Miller
  • Medical Form Coordinator – Cara Papp
  • Vehicle Coordinator – Christine Pastuszak
  • Fundraising Coordinator – Debbie Kleinfelder
  • Program/Trip Coordinator – Bob Lahner
  • Picnic/ Social Coordinator – Vacant
  • Communications Liaison – John Kleinfelder

We can use your time and talents to help make our Troop more successful. If you wish to take on a role within the Troop, please speak to me, or any of our adult leaders. Your talents can help the Troop! Please consider helping in any way you can. Moreover, even if you do not hold a formal position, there are many ways we need your contributions throughout the scouting year.

We need adults to help with:

  • merit badge counselors
  • to coordinate and spend time making bows for our Christmas fundraiser
  • to help our picnic/social coordinator plan, set up and clean up
  • our fundraising coordinator can always use help for the many fundraisers whether it is help organizing, making signs, advertising etc.
  • we need parents to go on camping trips (need YPT, State Police criminal record check, and child abuse history clearance). The Archdiocese also requires their Protecting God’s Children course.
  • drivers to get our scouts to the trip sites
  • people to help man stations at the Klondike Derby, camporees etc.

We ask that as we begin a new year each family take a moment and commit to something significant they will contribute to the Troop to help share the work and make us a better, more well-rounded Troop. This is a huge benefit to our sons!

Fundraising is an integral part of how we pay for the great trips and programs we plan for our children. We have noticed a serious decline in attendance at fundraising events and this needs to be corrected as we move into the 2017/18 scouting year. We cannot have a few families doing the lion’s share of this effort. This is not optional, but part of each family’s responsibility to the Troop. We need families to help with these fundraisers, even if it is not always convenient. We understand that you may need to miss one fundraiser but we ask that you look at the calendar and plan accordingly to have at least one family member support each event!

Operationally, everyone needs to pay registration fees. This year’s registration form is attached to this email. It will also be available at the Troop room. Fundraising pays for a large portion of the scouting activities. All scouts need to contribute $15 for food for each camping trip they attend as well as $5 for travel fee gas and tolls. Most trips are paid by the Troop’s operating budget. There are generally 2 or 3 trips a year which require scout funding to pay for the activities. These are generally the “bigger trips”. The Troop pays for the lodging and food. This year the Scout funding trips are skiing and Knoebel’s. If the budget allows, the Troop will contribute $20 for each scout towards those activity fees as well as for all lodging. This is why fundraising is so important!

To plan our camping weekends, we need scouts to sign up for trips in advance. The sign-up sheets are located on the bulletin board in the Troop Room. Please take note of the sign-up cut off dates. These are necessary for us to book the trips. If your scout commits to a weekend and something prevents them from attending, you are responsible for reimbursing the Troop for any out of pocket expenses incurred.

If there are additional questions, please reach out to me or one of the other leaders for clarification. We are looking forward to a GREAT year!

Yours in scouting,

Ray Barrett

Upcoming September Events

The following events currently planned for September:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017: – Court of Honor

6:00 PM – Setup
6:30 PM – Start

Monday, September 11, 2017 – First Meeting (Class B Uniforms)

7:00 PM

Monday, September 18, 2017 – Meeting (Class B) Plan for camping trip

7:00 PM

September 22- 24, 2017 – Camping Trip

September 25, 2017 – Parent and Committee Meeting

September 28, 2017 – PLC Meeting

PLC Meeting Moved!

Tonight’s PLC meeting has been moved to Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Winter Picnic and Court of Honor POSTPONED!

Scouts and Families,

We are postponing the Winter Picnic and Court of Honor until after Klondike Derby.  As soon as we have an exact date, we will let you know, both via the website/calendar as well as an email communication.

Welcome back scouts and families!

Happy New Year!

After the Christmas break we are resuming our meetings on Monday, January 2nd, 2017.

This the first meeting of the month, so remember to wear your Class A Uniforms.

Also, sign ups for Klondike Derby close after tonight’s meeting.  If you’re going to Klondike, make sure you sign up to ensure you have a spot.

Welcome to our newest Scouting year!

Welcome to our newest Scouting year! We have planned a great programming year for your scouts.

As a reminder we meet on Monday evenings at 7 pm at Our Lady of Grace Troop Room which is in the basement of the school. Please be on time as we plan action-packed hour and a half meetings. Your scout needs to attend these Monday meetings to get the most out of the program. Most camping trips are the third weekend of each month and instead of a scout meeting that following Monday, we have a Committee meeting for the adults. This is the time for the adult leadership to plan and improve the program and discuss any issues or changes needed. It is your time to help shape and mold the program. All parents / guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate.

On this website you will find the calendar which outlines our events for the 2016-2017 scouting year – it is 90% complete and should help you plan accordingly. Also in the forms section is the registration form for the upcoming year. Registration forms and fees are now due and must be remitted no later than September’s committee meeting on September 19th but the sooner the better.

We would like to take some time to talk about what makes a successful troop. Our troop has maintained its success rate because of the adult involvement that provides leadership and support. It takes many volunteers from all our scouting families to make our troop run successfully. This will only make our program stronger and encourage your scout to stick with the program.

We have seen a lot of transition in the last year with some of our scouting families with older boys retiring or taking advisory roles, and some newer scouting parents stepping into key leadership positions.

Below is a list of our current troop’s adult leadership lineup:

COR: Joe Seborowski
Committee Chair: Nick Lodise
Webmaster: Andy Pastuszak
Treasurer: Tricia Valentine
Secretary: Celeste Idell
Scoutmaster: Ray Barrett
Scoutmaster Emeritus: Paul Buffington
Assistant Scoutmaster: Debbie Barrett
Assistant Scoutmaster: Tom Markert
Assistant Scoutmaster: Joe Ciaudelli
Assistant Scoutmaster: Charlie Gutherman
Service Coordinator: Kathleen Seborowski
Advancement: Jim Crossland
Eagle Coordinator: Tom Miller
Medical Form Coordinator: Tom Markert
Tour Permit/Vehicle Coordinator: Christine Pastuszak
Fundraising: Debbie Kleinfelder
Program/Trip Coordinator: Bob Lahner
Picnic/ Social Coordinator: John Klienfelder

We can use your time and talents to help make our troop more successful. If you wish to take on a role within the troop, please speak to me, or any of our adult leaders. Your talents can help the troop! Please consider helping in any way you can. Moreover, even if you do not hold a formal position, there are many ways we need your contributions throughout the scouting year.

We need people to act as

  • merit badge counselors
  • to coordinate and spend time making bows for our Christmas fundraiser
  • to help our picnic /social coordinator plan, set up and clean up
  • our fundraising coordinator can always use help for the many fundraisers whether it is help organizing, making signs, advertising etc.
  • we need parents to go on camping trips
  • drivers to get our scouts to the trip sites
  • people to help man stations at the Klondike Derby, camporees etc.

We ask that as we begin a new year each family take a moment and commit to something significant they will contribute to the troop to help share the work and make us a better, more well-rounded troop. This is a huge benefit to our sons!

We want to remind everyone that fundraising is an integral part of how we pay for the great trips and programs we plan for our children. We have noticed a serious decline in attendance at fundraising events and this needs to be corrected as we move into the 2016/17 scouting year. We cannot have a few families doing the lion’s share of this effort. This is not optional, but part of each family’s responsibility to the troop. We need families to help with these fundraisers, even if it is not always convenient. We understand that you may need to miss one fundraiser but we ask that you look at the calendar and plan accordingly to have at least one family member support each event!

Operationally, everyone needs to pay registration fees. Fundraising pays for a large portion of the scouting activities. All scouts need to contribute $10 for food for each camping trip they attend as well as $5 for travel fee gas and tolls. Most trips are paid by the troop’s operating budget. There are generally 2 or 3 a year which require scout funding to pay for the activities. These are generally the “bigger trips”. If we have a snow sport weekend, scouts are expected to pay for their snow sport activity and travel fee. The troop pays for the lodging and food. There are generally two other larger trips- this year canoeing and white water rafting that scouts pay for – if the budget allows, the troop will contribute $20 for each scout towards those activity fees as well as for all lodging. This is why fundraising is so important!

To plan our camping weekends, we need scouts to sign up for trips in advance. The sign-up sheets are located on the bulletin board in the Troop Room. Please take note of the sign-up cut off dates. These are necessary for us to book the trips. If your scout commits to a weekend and something prevents them from attending, you are responsible for reimbursing the troop for any out of pocket expenses incurred.

If there are additional questions, please reach out to me or one of the other leaders for clarification. We are looking forward to a GREAT year!

Yours in scouting,

Ray Barrett
Scoutmaster

Religious Emblem Program 2016/2017

Attention Scouts of Troop 82,

The Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII religious awards programs will soon be offered here at our Lady of Grace parish.  These religious awards are for all our Roman Catholic boys who are interested in learning more about their faith and want to strengthen their bond with God.

These sessions will begin on Sunday, September 4th.  Each  meeting will start with the 11:45am Mass at OLG church, then move to the parish service center on Hulmeville Ave.  The classes will begin at 1:00pm and last approximately two hours each Sunday.  There is a small $20.00 fee to cover the cost of the emblem and the workbooks that will be used during the classes..

Here are the schedule dates for this program:
September 4th and 18th
October 2nd , 16th and 30th.
November 6th

Note:  These dates can be adjusted to accommodate conflicts and is open for discussion.  The RE programs also require a retreat weekend that will be added to the schedule at a later time.

This is a great opportunity for you to earn these medals if you are willing to make the commitment.  To learn more about each award and check your eligibility, please read more below.

Ad Altare Dei

About the Emblem – The purpose of the Ad Altare Dei (to the altar of God) program is to help Catholic Youth of the Roman Rite develop a fully Christian way of life in the faith community. The program is organized in chapters based on the seven sacraments. The seven Sacraments are a primary means toward spiritual growth.

Program Objectives -The most important aspect of the program is that the Scout grows in his spiritual experience of his relationship to God and the church.

Eligibility – Registered youth in a Troop or Crew of the Catholic Faith.  It is designed for youth 13-14 years old, older youth may use this program.  The scout must be an active member of a unit for 6 months and have completed 6th grade before starting the program.

Pope Pius XII

About the Emblem -Pope Pius XII is Catholic Scouting’s church-related ministries and vocation program. The program deals with different life choices (single, married, religious, ordained), occupations and ministries in the church as calls from God.  It includes youth led discussions on current issues facing the church and society, which are normally included as part of a Pius XII retreat or day of recollection
Eligibility – Registered Venture Crew Members and Boy Scout of Catholic Faith. It is designed for age 15-16 year old, but all registered Venturers (male or female before their 21st birthday) and all registered Boy Scouts (in high school, before their 18th birthday) are eligible.

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