Dear Parents and Scouts,
Attached is the Merit Badge curriculum for this year’s summer camp at Rainey Mountain. Registration operates on a “first come, first registered” basis. This year the process starts much earlier than past years, opening on March 9th at 10 AM, when we will need to log in on-line and register everyone on your behalf.
Older scouts, please review the classes and make a list of your Top 5 choices and we will do our best to get you in them in those sessions.
First year boys will have a more structured program, “Foot Path” and need to pick MB for Periods 1,2,3 and 6 only.
Note: As a Troop, we will all take the White-Water Raft trip
The following index explains the colors and codes on the MB Chart have the following meaning:
Apologies for the extremely short notice but please respond with your son’s name and his choices via email to the firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday March 7th and we will get them entered. Thank you very much for your support and quick replies. We are looking forward to a record number of Scouts this year to have a great adventure at Summer Camp.
To: Scout PARENTS….
At our last parent meeting, there was tremendous interest in staffing a concession stand for a segment of Braves home games at the new SunTrust stadium. Based on the level of interest shown, we are in the process of confirming that we will indeed commit to work the home games for the first block of games, from March 31 through May 25. That includes 23 games, 1 exhibition game, 1 college game, and […drumroll…] the Billy Joel concert.
We need 5 adults at all 26 events, at least 2 hours early (and a leader to be there at least 3 hours early). Remember, we will get a minimum of $500 per event and a percentage of sales over a certain amount. The distribution will likely be that half of proceeds will go to the troop and the other half will be proportionally divided among the accounts of Scouts whose parent(s) worked each event. There is a special parking rate/location for which we will confirm the details ASAP.
Very soon, we will set up a schedule for everyone to select dates they are willing and able to work. We would like everyone (even both parents if available) to have a participation goal of at least 3-5 games each (even per scout if possible). Of course, we realize that personal circumstances will vary.
There will be a few hours of mandatory training for all who will be working. The training is ~$30 per person. At this time, we haven’t confirmed whether the troop pays for the training or if individuals pay for the training; either way, the training is reimbursed after 3 games are worked. Once we know the training dates/times, we will let you know immediately.
Lastly, this is brand new to all of us. We absolutely NEED you to ask LOTS of questions….it helps us figure everything out! But please be patient as we work to find answers.
LIST OF DATES TO CONSIDER FOR SCHEDULING PURPOSES
ACTUAL EVENT TIMES ARE SHOWN.
WE MUST ****ARRIVE 2 HOURS EARLY**** TO CHECK IN, SET UP, ETC.
(no info yet on the exhibition game or college game)
Fri, 4/14 Padres 7:35p
Sat, 4/15 Padres 7:10p
Sun, 4/16 Padres 1:35p
Mon, 4/17 Padres 7:35p
Tue, 4/18 Nationals 7:35p
Wed, 4/19 Nationals 7:35p
Thu, 4/20 Nationals 7:35p
Fri, 4/28 Billy Joel concert 8pm
Mon, 5/1 Mets 7:35p
Tue, 5/2 Mets 7:35p
Wed, 5/3 Mets 7:35p
Thu, 5/4 Mets 7:35p
Fri, 5/5 Cardinals 7:35p
Sat, 5/6 Cardinals 7:10p
Sun, 5/7 Cardinals 1:35p
Wed, 5/17 Blue Jays 7:35p
Thu, 5/18 Blue Jays 7:35p
Fri, 5/19 Nationals 7:35p
Sat, 5/20 Nationals 4:10p
Sun, 5/21 Nationals 1:35p
Mon, 5/22 Pirates 7:35p
Tue, 5/23 Pirates 7:35p
Wed, 5/24 Pirates 7:35p
Thu, 5/25 Pirates 12:10p
Many thanks, and GO BRAVES!
Please send all questions to Sharon bunyard at email@example.com
Hello Scouts and Parents,
Mike Ericson, Troop 433 Asst. Scoutmaster for Diving & Climbing, here, and I am pleased to inform you that we have ironed out nearly all the details for our scuba diving training and high adventure scuba diving trip. I have broken this information into 3 phases in order to help keep all the details manageable.
Note: Anyone 10 years of age or older may participate in Phase 1: Try Scuba and Phase 2: Scuba Lessons & Certification; however, the Phase 3: High Adventure Scuba Diving Trip is limited to scouts age 13+ and First Class or above, unless waived by our Scoutmaster, Hilary Thornton, on a case-by-case basis.
Note 2: Medical Forms - full BSA Medical Form including a participation physical by a doctor will be required as is customary on all BSA outings longer than 72 hours. There will also be a medical form that Diver's Supply will require for Phases 2 and 3. I suggest getting both forms before visiting your doctor as they may have to sign both forms.
Phase 1: Try Scuba
* We are meeting at Diver's Supply next and expect to go until . Please try to have dinner before arriving and bring some snacks in case you get hungry. They are located at 950 Cobb Pkwy, Ste 160, Marietta 30060.
* Please make sure you are signed up on the website for Try Scuba by so we can make certain to have enough instructors.
* We will receive basic instruction and then actually try scuba diving in their swimming pool under the supervision of their scuba diving instructors. There is no cost for this activity and the minimum age is 10. Parents are absolutely welcome to dive.
* Make sure to bring a bathing suit, towel and some food and water. Breathing compressed air is very drying on the throat and diving really burns the calories. The water temperature of the pool should be quite comfortable for most folks, but a pair of loose fitting exercise shorts and a T-Shirt might make you more comfortable if you run cold.
* If you require corrective lenses then you have a couple options during the Try Scuba. You could just wear contacts or go without visual correction and embrace the blur. For Try Scuba it's not a big deal, but for lessons and open water diving, contacts or prescription lenses in the mask are appropriate.
* If you can't make it this Monday, you can arrange for another time and date with Diver's Supply (770-419-1976). Just tell them you are with Troop 433 when you book and that there should be no cost.
Phase 2: Scuba Lessons & Certification
* We will begin lessons in the March / April time frame. It will consist of some online reading and study, followed by 2 classroom & pool sessions. Then we will travel to Florida for 2 days of open water certification dives. The dates will be set as we begin and we will make every effort to accommodate your schedules.
* The cost of the training and certification is $474.95 per person. This fee covers all online academic access, all classroom and pool instruction and all non-personal gear rental as well as 2 nights quad occupancy in Florida for our certification dives. This fee does not include transportation or food.
* You must provide your own scuba diving personal gear (mask, snorkel, fins and boots). Full-foot fins without boots are not allowed. Be advised, the scuba diving personal gear you find at Wal-Mart and Target is NOT acceptable as it is not of the quality level required for scuba diving. Diver's Supply has put a really good deal together for us for our scuba diving personal gear. The cost is $94.95 and includes: mask, snorkel, fins, boots, dive bag and de-fog (this keeps your mask clear so you can see).
* If you require corrective lenses, you have 2 basic options. First, you could just wear contact lenses. Secondly, you could get a mask fitted with prescription lenses. If you choose the later then please speak with the staff at Diver's Supply at the time you get your mask. They will be able to help you choose the right option, this would incur an additional cost. You will also need to know your prescription in order to select the right lenses.
* Why do Phase 2, even if you don't plan to (or can't) do Phase 3 (described below)? Troop 433 plans to offer a series of occasion dive trips that are not "High Adventure" Trips. With certification as a scuba diver, you will be able to go on those. Also, some families may choose to all take advantage of this great group rate to get the whole family (age 10+) certified so that they can add scuba diving vacations to their annual calendars.
Phase 3: High Adventure Scuba Diving Trip
* We will depart for Key Largo, Florida on and return on . This means roughly 5 days of scuba diving ( - ).
* The cost of the High Adventure Scuba Diving Trip will be $ 719.95 per person. This fee covers 6 nights quad occupancy in Key Largo, 2 boat dives per day from 7/3 - 7/7. This fee does not include transportation or food.
* You will need your own scuba diving personal gear and standard dive gear (BCD, Regulator and computer). If you do not have your own standard dive gear then Diver's Supply has extended us a great deal. They will rent you standard dive gear for the whole week for $100 per person. The dive boat provides cylinders and weights so we don't need to worry about them.
* Please make sure you are signed up on the website for the High Adventure Scuba Diving Trip by because we need to book accommodations now. Additionally, please indicate your mode of travel when you sign up. This can be done by appending an indicator after your name (-F for flying or a -D for driving). For instance, when I sign up, I enter Mike Ericson-D because I am driving. Hilary Thornton will be booking our travel as a group and will contact all our flyers to coordinate as we go forward. Note: Return flights on will take off after (therefore, at least 24 hours after the completion of our last dive) in order to comply with "flying after diving" guidelines.
* The scuba diving itinerary will consist of 2 boat dives per day beginning at the dock at and ending roughly by .
* The afternoons will be spent resting (diving is tiring), playing games, and working on scout skills. So make sure to bring games and scout books.
Cost Overview (per person, if you are starting from ground zero)
Phase 1: Try Scuba (Free this spring with mention of "Troop 433")
Phase 2: Scuba Lessons & Certification
Scuba Training (including cert dives) $474.95
Scuba Diving Personal Gear $94.95 (Phase 2 Sub-Total $569.90)
Phase 3: High Adventure Scuba Diving Trip
Scuba Diving High Adventure Trip $719.95
Scuba Diving Standard Gear Rental $100.00 (Phase 3 Sub-Total $819.95)
Scuba Diving Activity Total (Phase 2 & 3) $1,389.85
If I can be of assistance, please feel free to contact me. I have been diving for over 25 years and hold many scuba diving instructor and technical diving certifications.
Assistant Scoutmaster for Diving & Climbing, Troop 433
PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor
SSI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor
Boat Diving Instructor, +30 more boring certs ;-)
Sweetwater Day Hike - 1/21
( ) - Dayhike (with full backpacks to simulate an overnight backpacking trip) to Sweetwater Creek SP. Bring daypacks or packs with simplified weight (20 lb sacks of rice instead of some of your gear) if you want to participate but don't have the time to fully pack.
Georgia Tech Engineering event for Engineering Merit Badge - 2/4
We have a T433 Eagle who is a Sophomore at GT who is organizing this event for us to visit labs and tour the campus, plus earn Engineering MB that day.
Pack 744 Blue & Gold Banquet
OnPack 744 will be holding their annual Blue and Gold Banquet at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. They have asked for volunteers from Troop 433 to help run the event. Boys who volunteer will earn Service Hours that count towards rank advancement. You also get free food and dessert!!! See Mr. Thornton and let him know that you would like to help.
Try Scuba - Divers Supply, Cobb Pkwy - 2/13
Open to scouts and family to try out Scuba diving. Divers Supply will be attending our troop meeting on 2/6 for Q&A on a Try Scuba and the High Adventure trip.
Cumberland Caverns - 2/18 - 2/19
a) Check in by (best to have dinner before check in as we would not e able to venture out after check in, and there is only a vending machine available)
b) evening/night, complete Daily Walking Tour, and Rocky Topper tour and sleep in cave
c) , Breakfast at . Proceed to Higgenbotham's Revenge tour at around
d) Check out at around
Cloudland Canyon SP - 3/17 - 3/19
Booked three sites that can accommodate 25 people. Reservation number 2-20001101. Focus of trip is basic scout skills for new recruits and filling any gaps for older scouts.
Appalachian Trail Backpacking - 4/21 - 4/23 (not confirmed 1 or 2 nights)
No bookings required
Jacks River Backpacking - 5/19 - 5/21 (not confirmed 1 or 2 nights)
No bookings required
Summer Camp - Rainey Mountain - 6/18 - 6/24
Leaving on 6/28 aboutand getting lunch on the way. Returning 6/24 ETA around . We will have 2nd breakfast on the way (camp will give us pastries and juice).
High Adventure trip - Scuba Diving at Florida Keys - 7/2 - 7/8
Planning in progress
Here is the tentative 2017 camping schedule as defined by the boys at our last troop meeting:
Below is the current plan as adjusted by adults for other needs:
Our website now takes Paypal payments for scout accounts!
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We hope this new capability will make it easier for parents to keep their accounts up to date.
The Foothills Chicken Sheet is a newsletter that is full of information about Scouting events in our district. This includes programs like YLT and accomplishments by troops and packs. I encourage you to sign up and start receiving this newsletter in your email.
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We are not experts. We're your next door neighbors. We're not perfect, we are just parents like you. We don't have anymore spare time or energy than you do, we all work full time and juggle our families and our schedules and try to keep it all together as best we can.
The only difference between us is that we believe in what Boy Scouting has to offer. So much so, that we contribute our time, our miles, and our talents to help our sons and your sons grow in Scouting.
We complete authorization forms, budgets, and registrations, and fill our homes with boxes of paperwork that you will never see. We are required to take 13-20 hours of training the first year, as well as attend Roundtable meetings every month, so that we can meet our greatest challenge- providing a variety of programs which meet the needs and interests of very individual boys.
We try to involve parents who want us to understand that they don't have the time to drive on outings or help at meetings. We rejoice at the generosity of others. Sometimes we find ourselves going in too many directions, We run out of steam. We have memory lapses. Communication lines break down. Time slips by. But that doesn't mean we don't care.
So many evenings we spend on the phone, seeking advice and support from other leaders when disappointments or problems occur. "How do I keep my boy's attention?" "What are your ideas for the ceremony?" "How do you work with boys in three different grades?"
Our dining tables are covered with bits of rope, menus, tour permits, and merit badge cards for each and every boy in the troop. A couple of them won't show up, and don't think to call and let us know. Sometimes we feel unappreciated.
Yet, these boys can fill us with pride at their determination and accomplishments. Their smiles light up a room; and when they say "Thank You" it makes it all worth it.
We help these boys build relationships. Some struggle more than others. Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly... is encouraged by the Scout Oath and Law. And sometimes we too must learn these lessons over and over again with the boys. But we are willing to keep learning.
Please be patient if we appear distracted or frustrated or overwhelmed at times. Forgive us if we are not the kind of Boy Scout Leader you would be if you had the time. Instead, provide us with encouragement or offer your help. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.We are, after all, only mentors...role models...leaders. Volunteers who have taken an oath to give these boys, your boys, the most precious gift we have to offer- the gift of time.