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Troop 71 is sponsored by:
United Methodist Church
4143 Kemp Road
Beavercreek, OH 45431

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Rich Diesslin
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Sign-Up Sheet for Rummage Sale
Click this link to access the online sign-up sheet for adult volunteers during the 2014 Troop 71 Rummage Sale on the 2nd and 3rd of May 2014.

Spring Camporall
Spring Camporall will be held 25-27 April 2014 at Camp Hugh Taylor Birch. It wll be a Pioneering camp event with lots of Pioneering-related activities.  What is Pioneering? In Scouting, the term Pioneering refers to the art of using ropes and wooden spars to create structures. This is where your knowledge of knots and lashings is put to action.

See this flyer for more inforamtion.

Attendees must submit this BSA Activity Consent Form.

New BSA Annual Health and Medical Record
The Boy Scouts of America recently published an update to the Annual Health and Medical Record. 

If you or your son is attending Summer Camp (or any scout event lasting more than 72 hours) and have not yet completed the Annual Health and Medical Record, please use the new form found on   (This has Parts A, B, and C)
- Instructions are posted on
- Also, please note these Risk Factors found on

For events shorter than 72 hours, use this form   (This has Parts A and B only)

For High Adventure events, use the appropriate form.
    Florida Sea Base, plus the PADI Medical Statement
    Northern Tier
    Philmont Training Center (or this form for Limited Back Country treks)

Five Mile Hike
The 2014 Five-Mile Hike will be held on the weekend of 12-13 April 2014.  Participants will trek on the Creekside Trail, which runs parallel to US-35 in Beavercreek.  The hike commences at the Fifth-Third Bank gazebo near the Dairy Queen on Dayton-Xenia Road and ends at Bob Messmore's farm near the corner of Dayton-Xenia and Trebein Roads.  The troop trailer will haul personal gear from the gazebo to the Messmore farm.

Click here for the flyer and the activity consent form.

This Google Map shows A. Fifth-Third Bank Gazebo and B. Bob Messmore's Farm

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Camp Birch Summer 2014 Patch Camp Hugh Taylor Birch Summer Camp 2014
To any Scouts who aren't planning to attend summer camp with the troop at Gerber, or those who are just starting out and would like to stay closer to home, or even those who want to attend both, you are welcome to join us for a week at Camp Birch,
June 22-28, 2014.

Click here for details.

Cecelia Freeman Fund  (online donation site added)
-- by Lisa Donigian

As many of you know, Cecelia is a delightful, bright, energetic, 18-year-old, whose family has been part of the Troop 71 community for over a decade. Her three brothers are Troop 71 Eagle Scouts, and she and her sister have been part of Crew 71 for many years. This past summer, Cecelia's life was tipped upside down. For an unexplained reason, her body began to fight against itself. She has a rule out diagnosis of possible Autoimmune Encephalitis, a syndrome that causes the body's immune system to fight against the brain. Cecelia has been in Cincinnati Children's Hospital since mid-December 2013, and it is expected that she will be there for quite some time.

To help defray the overwhelming costs associated with her hospitalization and care, we, her friends and family, have established the Cecelia Freeman Fund, and we respectfully ask that you join us in donating today. Any amount will help --- small donations add up to very significant help! Donations man be made:

1. Online at or
2. At any 5/3 Bank simply by asking any teller to deposit your donation into the Cecelia Freeman Fund account.

In addition, and most importantly, we ask that you join us in praying regularly for Cecelia, for her family/friends, and for the medical team/staff who are taking care of her.

Please see this flyer for more information.

Thank you.

Personal Fitness Merit Badge   NOTE NEW START DATE!
Personal Fitness Merit Badge The next personal fitness merit badge sessions will begin on Tuesday 18 March 2014, 5:30 pm 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.

Before 16 March 2014, Scouts must:
- Have a copy of Parts A, B, and C of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (completed on or after 31 March 2013)
- Complete Requirements 1a and the Body Mass Index (BMI) portion of Requirement 6 (See Personal Fitness Merit Badge workbook)
- Bring all items above to first session on 18 March 2014.

There will be a special session to complete requirement 7 and the 12 Week Goals part of Requirement 8.  Date and time of this special session is to be determined.  Participants will be given ample notice.

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.

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Over-the-Counter Medication Authorization Forms
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 are available: 

A generic authorization form that may be used by any BSA troop;
A Troop 71-specific authorization form (same as the generic form, but with Troop 71 already identified)


Click here for Merit Badge Counselors of Troop 71
Hiking Merit Badge
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

New Merit Badge Requirements for Eagle Scout Rank
Merit BadgesCooking Merit Badge is now required for the Eagle Scout rank. 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 Sustainability Merit Badge is now an option.  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 total number of Eagle-required merit badges. 

The minimum number of merit badges required for the Eagle Scout will remain at 21. Scouts must now earn 13 Eagle-required and 8 elective badges to attain Eagle Scout rank.