TROOP 26
Medford, NJ

We meet on Monday evenings

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

St. Peter's Episcopal Church

SCOUTMASTER

NEWS

 

Klondike Derby - Great Showing by Troop 26! ---> PHOTOS

- Great day & results for the 2017 Klondike Competition:

- The Vikings patrol took 3rd place, and the Red Patrol took 5th!

- Great job 26!

SEE FORMER NEWS

 

Upcoming Troop Activities-> SEE FULL CALENDAR

IMPORTANT INFO – Yawgoog Summer Camp - Rockville, RI
    Sunday, July 16th to Saturday, July 22nd

- See detailed info in John Scannell’s 3/1/17 email.
- Sign up thru SignupGenius - See 3/1/17 email invite from John Scannell.

 

 - PAYMENTS:
    -- Need a $25 deposit NO LATER THAN Monday, 17 April 17th - this also gets

       the scout a Yawgoog hat.
    -- Total cost is $435 per Scout (brother discount is $40 discount per brother).
    -- Payments go to our Treasurer, Sui Applegate.

 - PERMISSION SLIPS

    -- Permission Slips (link) need to be returned to John Scannell (turn in with the

       medical form).

 - MEDICAL & HEALTH
    -- Completed BSA Health Form (link) must be provided to John Scannell NO LATER

        THAN Monday, June 26th (earlier if you have it).
    -- You must attach a shot record and provide a copy of your Scout's current health

        insurance card.
    -- Parts A & B are self-assessments and completed by the parent; Part C needs

       the Doctor’s Signature.
    -- The physical has to be after 1 July 2016 to be valid.
    -- Parents are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to save this pdf document and fill it out

       with your computer. This will significant help Mr. Scannell; so he doesn’t have to

       spend time filling all the bubbles, and having to guess as to what someone wrote.

 - ALLERGIES & MEDICAL ISSUES:
    -- Please advise Mr. Scannell if your scout has any allergies or takes daily medicine

       or other requirements. Allergies to medicines, insects such as bees, but also food,

       like peanuts or wheat.
    -- See Camp's Menu (link). The camp can generally accommodate the scout’s needs.

 - ADULT INFO:
    -- Medical is needed if you plan on attending the camp - the same medical
       requirements as above apply.
    -- Transportation - We need adults to drive the Scouts up and back; please let

       John Scannell know if you can support.

 - OTHER KEY INFO / LINKS - please review
    -- Yawgoog Scout Camp (http://www.yawgoog.org/)
    -- 2017 Yawgoog Merit Badge Schedule
    -- Yawgoog Packing List (Troop 26 Version)

    -- 2017 Campership Application

 

Shawnee Ski Trip – Saturday, March 11th to Sunday, March 12th

Saturday meeting time 6:15AM
All Participants will meet at the church early Saturday morning. Saturday will be a full day of skiing followed by a pizza dinner out and an overnight stay at the KOA Campground (Delaware Water Gap). The Pavilion is reserved which is one large room that we all stay in together. Our Sunday will start with a wholesome greasy diner breakfast followed by a three to four hour hike to Sunfish Pond. Part way home we'll stop for a quick lunch at Hot Dog Johnny’s and return to the church mid afternoon.
  - Costs - $130 - $150 per person depending on number of participants and dependent
    on if you need to rent equipment. If you have your own equipment you can bring it.
    Plus breakfast and lunch money.
  - All money needs to be into Mrs. Applegate by Monday, March 6th.
  - Drivers needed - Please let Ed know if you can drive and how many open seats you
    have in your vehicle.
  - Adult Lead: Ed Beitel
*** NOTE: This trip is NOT offered to scouts that just crossed over. They will need to
      hold off one year as they get more acclimated with our Troop.

 

Easter Flower Sale – Friday, April 14th & Saturday, April 15th

  - 8:30 am to 6:30 pm each day.
  - 3 selling shifts available on both days with 2 scouts per shift.
  - Several locations including:
      -- Harriett’s Oil on Main Street
      -- Former Lukoil on Stokes Rd. across from PJ Whelihans
      -- Former Camera Stop on the corner of Taunton and Tuckerton
   - Adult Lead: Karen Kaighn

 

Washington DC Trip – Thursday, April 20th to Sunday, April 23rd

- MR. YOUNGKIN NEEDS THE FOLLOWING INFO FOR ALL ATTENDEES NOW!

     -- COMPLETE NAME (including MIDDLE name)

     -- SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

     -- DATE OF BIRTH

     -- PLACE OF BIRTH

  - Annual Spring Break Trip to Washington DC
  - April 20th – Travel day and Camp set-up
  - April 21 – Tour the White House (Pending Approval)
  - April 22nd- Historic DC
  - April 23rd – Travel day and Activity
  - Cost – Approximate $80 to $100 depending on how many scouts are attending.
    Scouts will also need spending money for lunches.
  - Adult Lead – George Youngkin
*** NOTE: FOR NEW SCOUTS THAT JUST CROSSED OVER, A PARENT WILL NEED
     TO ATTEND.

 

Aviation Merit Badge - Saturday, May 13th

  - Starts promptly at 8:30am
  - Air Victory Museum, South Jersey Regional Airport

  - Merit Badge Counselor:  Mr. John Scannell

 

5th New Jersey State Police National Guard Camporee
– Friday, May 19th to Sunday, May 21st

  - New Jersey National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt.

  - Sponsored by the New Jersey State Police, State Troopers Eagle Association, and
    the New Jersey National Guard.
  - Action packed weekend full of interactive STEM related activities put on by the
    NJ State Police & NJ National Guard!
  - In 2014, nearly 10,000 Scouts from across New Jersey and surrounding states
    attended the camporee.
  - Cost: TBD
  - Adult Lead: TBD

 

SEE FORMER ACTIVITIES

 

KEY INFO

ONLINE Sign-ups For Future Trips

Going forward all trip sign-ups will be completed ONLINE.

  • NO MORE PAPER FORMS at Troop meetings.
  • Similar to how fund raisers have been handled.
  • Trips will have a defined sign-up deadline and a defined date for dropping out.
  • Should reduce confusion on who has signed up for trips.
  • Ensures Scouts are discussing their attendance on trips with parents/guardians.

New Activity Form - Scouts to Use for Trip Planning - Form

All Scouts should use this form as a starting point when they would like to propose

a trip and / or activity to scout leaders and adult leaders.

  • Any scout regardless of rank can use this form.
  • All scouts must communicate their interest and ideas to their SPL’s and ASPL’s BEFORE presenting this form to an adult leader.
  • Please note: the submission of this form is just the first step in planning a trip and / or activity for the troop. Once this form is reviewed, you may be asked to provide more information (on this form) or you may be referred to the more extensive trip planning packet that is on file.