TROOP 71 NEWS
Troop 71's Newest Eagle Scout
-- by Keith Everly
It is my honor to announce that Kyle James is Troop 71's newest eagle Scout. He passed his Eagle Board of Review this afternoon and is now the Troop's 179th in our nearly 60 year long history and the 6th for the 2013 calendar year.
The Board was impressed by Kyle's achievements in bringing the leadership skills he acquired at the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) program to help our Troop during his recent tenure as Senior Patrol Leader.
The Board met at Aley Methodist Church at 2:00 PM Sunday, December 1, 2013.
Kyle was introduced to the Board by Scoutmaster James (also the proud father).
The Board was Richard Strode for the Council, Keith Everly as Chair, with Bill Gordon and Bill Shaneyfelt for the Troop Committee.
Thank you all for your participation in this important milestone on the Scouting Trail.
Yours in Scouting,
Troop 71 Advancements
Dec. 1, 2013
Operation Christmas Child
The BSA has officially recognized Operation Christmas Child as a community service partnership.
For those of you not familiar with Operation Christmas Child, it is a project of Samatian's Purse to
send shoe-box size boxes filled with hygiene items, school supplies, toys and candy to children in Africa, Asia,
and South America who have nothing. These boxes go to children whose families have monthly incomes less than what
most of our boys carry in the wallets daily for spending money.
Our district has set a goal of 100 boxes per unit. Our Troop 71 patrol leader council voted to take up the
challenge and have structured it as a patrol contest. In order to spread the cost and effort, patrols will collect
a different item or items each month. This is a service project, so boys can earn service hours with donations
(monthly) and box packing (November).
Please encourage your son to use his own money to help him understand how fortunate he is and how
children in other countries live. Items need to be new, but do not need to be fancy. Donations for the month of May
are washcloths and combs - yesterday we picked up 24 combs and 12 washcloths for $6 at the dollar store.
Click here for details on service hours, the patrol contest,
and the donation schedule.
2014 Klondike Derby and Campout
Please save the date.
Planning is underway for the 2014 Klondike Derby and campout at Camp Birch. It is scheduled to start Friday,
January 24, and ends Sunday Jan. 26. Mr. Vinolus attended the kick-off meeting and will provide more details as they develop.
Like last year, the Troop will participate in the Klondike derby that will be held on Saturday Jan. 25 and will be camping
Saturday evening. The Troop adults will be running a “village” during the Saturday event while the scouts are competing in the
Klondike. We will need some adult volunteers to help at our “village.” Ideally, we need 4-6 people there throughout the day.
Anyone willing to help with the Troop 71 village, please let Mr. Athan Vinolus or Mr. Evan James know by providing your name,
email address and phone #. As in the past, Mr. Vinolus plans on having something warm and tasty to eat for lunch for the adults who
help at our village.
Scouts: We heard your Roses and Thorns from last year, and there are some changes to the way the event will be conducted. For example,
this year, the Venture crews will compete against themselves. If you do not have a cold weather sleeping bag, you might want to put it
on your Christmas list!
2014 Troop 71 Summer Camp
Information about next year's summer camp is now posted on the Summer Camp web page --
Troop 71 Summer Camp
A New Eagle Scout for Troop 71
-- by Keith Everly, Troop 71 Advancement Coordinator
It is my distinct honor to announce that Joel Shiverdecker passed his Eagle Board of Review tonight, and is Troop 71's newest Eagle Scout.
The Board enjoyed hearing of Joel's helpfulness as a long term Troop Guide who has really enjoyed teaching the new Scouts throughout recent years. Also, it was great to learn how Joel has taken to heart the Scout's love of service to others as he follows in his grandmother's footsteps at the Corner Cupboard Thrift Store, a nondenominational philanthropic charity in Dayton.
The Board of Review was held at Aley Methodist Church on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 at 7:30 PM.
Board Members were: Ed Smith for Council; Keith Everly, Chair; and Brian Stanton for the Troop Committee.
Joel is the 178th Eagle Scout in Troop 71's history and the fifth in 2013.
Kroger Community Rewards
-- by Athan Vinolus
Kroger provided an update regarding the Cycle 2, First Quarter (May ’13-July ‘13) period. During this time, we had 24 households participating in the program --
the same number as last quarter -- and earned $383.15
in rewards. With this, the Troop has now earned a total of
through the Kroger
fundraising programs. Let’s keep promoting the program!
Popcorn Booth Show-and-Sell Sign-Ups (updated list)
-- by Marie Dabbs
Attached is the popcorn booth schedule for all the rest of the booths the Troop has booked.
Click here for the booth schedule.
updated 04 Sep 2013
I was able to assign most of the requested booths. In some cases, there were more requests than spots.
In those instances, I assigned them according to who sent their email first, also keeping in mind
how many booths the Scouts have done already. The spots highlighted in yellow still need to be filled.
If your Scout would like to work any of these remaining booths, just let me know. I'll send reminder emails
the Thursday or Friday before the weekend booths. If your Scout is unable to make his booth, please let Ian
know-he has a list of Scouts willing to fill in at the last minute.
Ten-Mile Hike Photos
Rich Kutter submits the photos on this link to document the ten-mike hike during Family Camp. Extra credit if any of you
can identify the bugs in the pictures.
Ten-Mile Hike Photos
Summer Camp Photos
Heather Bird submitted this set of photos she took during this year's summer camp
at Camp Friedlander.
Heather Bird's Summer Camp Photos
Troop 71 Breaks Merit Badge Record
During the 24 August 2013 Court of Honor held in conjunction with the annual Troop 71 Family Camp, Mr. Everly announced that
53 boys earned a total of 208 merit badges and that the scouts earned all these merit badges since the last Court of Honor on
February 2, 2013. This amazing feat breaks
the previous record of 207 merit badges earned in one period.
Way to go, Troop 71!
Troop Apparel On Sale
Remember that Rebecca Koesters, the Troop 71 Quartermaster, has hoodies, polo shirts, T-shirts, and other
Troop 71 apparel available for purchase. She has youth and adult sizes on sale at reasonable prices.
Over-the-Counter Medication Authorization
Scouts who take over-the-counter (OTC) medicines during a
BSA-sponsored event must have an authorization form on file withTroop 71.
This will give Troop 71 leaders permission to administer the OTC
drugs during the event. Two versions of the authorization form
A generic authorization
that may be used by any BSA troop;
A Troop 71-specific
(same as the generic form, but with Troop 71
MERIT BADGE OFFERINGS
Click here for Merit Badge Counselors of Troop 71
Hiking Merit Badge
Hiking Merit Badge satisfies an Eagle requirement for completing Swimming, Hiking, or Cycling MB. This
is a physically demanding MB and a Scout must be prepared to complete the five 10-mile and one 20-mile hikes.
Scouts interested in earning the Hiking MB must complete a Blue Card and turn in to Mr. Bill Ruck.
Prepare and implement a plan to prepare for the 10-mile hikes (as per Requirement 3) and
turn in to Mr. Ruck with your Blue Card. It is highly recommended that you begin a
conditioning program in June to be prepared for the 10-mile hikes. You should keep a log of your fitness
activities related to preparing for the first 10-mile hike.
Additional info available on this flyer.
Hiking MB worksheets from MeritBadge.org.
Personal Fitness Merit Badge
The next personal fitness merit badge sessions will begin on Tuesday April 2, 2013 at 6pm at Shellabarger Park on Kemp Road to the west of Aley Church.
Click on this link for schedule,
required items, etc.
We will have sessions every other Tuesday, and all sessions will be at the park.
The counselor for this Merit Badge is Mr. Brian Stanton who is still looking for 2 or 3 adult scout leaders who can help with the sessions.
His contact info is on the
Personal Fitness Merit Badge webpage
Mr. Stanton will have merit badge cards available at the first session.
New Merit Badge Requirements for Eagle
Merit Badge will be required
for the Eagle Scout rank starting on
January 1, 2014. All Scouts who did not earn Eagle by the end of
2013 must complete the Cooking merit badge for Eagle, no matter when
they started working on that rank.
Also, after its introduction in the 2013 Jamboree, the
Merit Badge will become an Eagle-required
. Scouts must earn either the Environmental
Science or Sustainability merit badge as an Eagle Scout requirement.
Scouts may get both merit badges, but only one will count towards
the required number of Eagle-required merit badges.
The minimum number of merit badges required for the Eagle Scout will
remain at 21. Today, this minimum must be composed of 12 Eagle-required
and 9 other merit badges. After January 2014, scouts must earn 13 Eagle-required
and 8 elective badges to attain Eagle Scout rank.