TROOP 71 NEWS
Eagle Cour of Honor, Alexander Vinolus
Alex Vinolus will receive his Eagle Scout rank on
Sunday, 19 May 2013, at the Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene, 1850 N Fairfield Rd Beavercreek, OH 45432. Ceremonies will start
at 2:00 PM with a reception following immedately afterwards.
Click here for the invitation
Photos from New Scout Campout
Bob Dahle shared some photos from the New Scout Campout that took
place at the Aley United Methodist Church grounds, 13-14 April 2013.
check them out here
Wilderness First Aid Course, 24-25 May 2013
Eilanna Price is once again offering the Wildnerness First Aid Course. Successful completion
of the course will earn you a certification valid for three years.
Additional info is in this flyer.
Educational Community Safety Institute (ECSI)
Wilderness First Aid Course
Day 1: Friday, 24 May 2013: 6:00 p.m. - 9:30p.m.
Day 2: Saturday, 25 May 2013, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (approximate)
Aley United Methodist Church, Activities Bldg (a.k.a., Scout Hut)
4143 Kemp Road, Beavercreek, OH
Cost: $35.00 (pay at the door, check preferred, payable to Eilanna Price)
Columbus Zoo Merit Badge Offerings
Opportunities for boy scouts at the Columbus Zoo. The Zoo
provides an amazing experience and teaches merit badges (MB) in a
unique way. Oceanography MB- April 13th OR April 28th. Mammal Study
MB - June 29th or July 28th. Fish & Wildlife MB - October 27th, and
Zoo Careers overnight - June 29th. See attachment or zoo website for
details and costs.
For details, view the
, then register at
. Under the "Learn at the Zoo" tab. Click
"Book Now" next to the program on their "Boy Scouts" web page to
bring up available dates to choose from.
For more information, please contact our troop merit badge counselors at this link
Flower Power Troop Fundraiser
On 19 March 2013, we sent home materials for a flower-sale fundraiser to help scouts
raise funds for the summer's upcoming camping activities. They got verbal information to
help them with the sale, but we realize that written information is very helpful for parents.
This is particularly true if the scout's name isn't Memorex or Verbatim.
So, here is a document with the relevant info for the sale and pictures for the different
ways these flowers may ship.
Have fun, and good luck!!
Kroger Community Rewards Program
First, thank you to all of you who support Troop 71 through this program.
It is now time to renew your support by re-registering your Kroger Plus
Card. Click here for instructions.
When you enroll your card, the bottom of your Kroger receipt, starting 01 May 2013, will show that you
donate to "Aley United Methodist Church Troop 71."
Annual Five-Mile Hike, 20-21 April 2013
This is a fun event that provides our new Scouts with their first overnight camping
experience. But it's not only for those who recently crossed over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts.
Many of the troop's established scouts and adult leaders also participate. The hike
starts around 11:00 AM, Saturday morning, with a break for lunch. In years past, venues for
the hike have included Creekside Trail (which parallels US-35 in Beavercreek), Camp Birch,
John Bryan State Park, and Hocking Hills. The Scouts carry light, day-packs with water and
lunch. All overnight supplies are loaded on our trailer and hauled to the camp site to await
the Scouts. The Scouts camp over night. They have a simple Scout's Own Religious Service on
Sunday Morning. Parents come to the camp site and pick-up their Scouts
Additional details on this webpage.
Photos from previous Five-Mile Hikes are
Spring Camporee, 3-5 May 2013
Mark your calendars! The Chillicothe and RE Hadley District Activity Committee is starting the plans
for the Spring Camporee - May 3-5, 2013. This year's theme is "Scouting Around the World
." Troops are encouraged
to select a country and then find ways to show or demonstrate that country's scouting program(s). Some countries, such
as Scotland and Germany are already taken. Duplicates are very
highly discouraged (i.e., not allowed). Go to the
Spring Camporee webpage
for additional information.
MERIT BADGE OFFERINGS
Click here for Merit Badge Counselors of Troop 71
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.
Game Design Merit Badge Is Here!
Design Merit Badge, lauched on 07 March 2013, is BSA's 131st merit badge and teaches Scouts how to
create, test, and refine a game from one of four categories:
- Electronic (games for computers, game systems, or mobile devices)
- Outdoor/Athletic (sports or games such as Capture the Flag)
- Tabletop (dice-based games, board games, card games)
- Pen and Paper or Role-Playing Games
But don't go looking for the merit badge handbook, yet. It's
still in the works.
Is anybody game enough (pun intended) to be Troop 71's counselor? If so, please
contact Heather Bird.
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.