TROOP 71 NEWS
Summer Camp Merit Badge Status
The document at this link shows the status of merit badge classess
our scouts took at Camp Gerber.
Family Camp and Court of Honor
It was another eventful Troop 71 Summer Camp and Court of Honor.
First, thanks to The Bob Dahle for putting together the weekend.
Second, thanks to Scoutmaster Evan James for a fantastic beef brisket and pulled pork dinner. Third,
to Keith Everly for an excellent Court of Honor. Finally, thank you to all who attended and successfully wished
away the rains
It's Popcorn Time!
Yes, it's that time of the Boy Scout year again when we dive head-first into selling popcorn. The
Troop 71 Popcorn Page
has all the info
you need for this year's sales.
For those new to the troop, please remember that all the troop's commissions for popcorn sales go to your scout. So, it's 100% benefit
for the boys to sell popcorn. Of course, that's in addition to the cool prizes.
Some important dates to remember:
- September 16 - First Money turn in and inventory update due
- October 14 - Second Money turn in and inventory update due
- October 21 - Popcorn, order sheets, prize selections and show-and-Deliver money turn in at Aley church
- November 18 - Ordered popcorn delivery at Aley church
- November 25 - All final popcorn money due at Aley church
Additional information may be found on this
Below is the link to the google doc for Show-and-Sell popcorn at local retailers.
This year's Popcorn Kernels are Greg and Judy Costa, assisted by Donna Murray-Hill. Send them a message via this
Sea Base St. Thomas in 2015
There are still scout and adult spots left for Troop 71's trip to Seabase St. Thomas next summer.
Sign up and pay your deposit by Aug 1st to save your spot. After Aug 1, the remaining slots will be offered outside of the troop.
Must be 14 years old or 13 and out of 8th grade by June 14, 2015.
Any questions? -email Cherish Lesko at
New BSA Annual Health and Medical
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
Philmont Training Center
(or this form for
Limited Back Country
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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.
New Merit Badge Requirements for Eagle
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
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.