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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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Parents' Meeting Notes
Notes from the 20 January 2015 Troop 71 Parents' Meeting.

2015 Summer Camp Selected
The Troop 71 2015 Summer Camp will be at (drumroll please) Tomahawk Scout Reservation (a.k.a., Camp Tomahawk) in Birchwood, Wisconsin. Some will remember that this is where we went for summer camp in 2012. A few photos from that 2012 event are posted on Flickr. Click this link to view those photos from 2012.

Go to the Summer Camp webpage for more information.

Sea Base St. Thomas in 2015 - updated
Update:  Scholarship Form added.

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

Here is the application for a $300 scholarship for the SeaBase trip. It is due to SeaBase by January 15 and requires a Scoutmaster recommendation.

Unlike the Philmont scholarships, there is nothing in the packet that indicates that each crew can only have one scholarship receipient so as many that wish to apply can.

What Happens When A Scout Sells More Than $400 In Popcorn?

He gets to throw a whipped cream pie at the Troop 71 Scoutmaster!

Scoutmaster gets pie in the face

E-mail Blast Archives
See the link on the left side for the page where we are now beginning to archive the e-mail blasts sent out from Info(at) The goal is to keep a copy of the messages for future reference. At this time, the thought is to keep only the e-mail blasts from the previous twelve months. This is to keep disk-space usage at a reasonable level.

We're going to start the archive with the December 2014 messages.

Check it out and let us know what you think.

E-mail Blast Archive page

Merit Badge Trail Drive 2015
The 2015 Chillicothe District Merit Badge Trail Drive will be held Feb 7, Feb 21 and Mar 7 (8:30 am - 12:15 pm) (Scouts must attend all three days to earn the badge. Also, see the Pre-requisites list below.) at the Greene County Career Center (2960 West Enon Rd -- Xenia, OH 45385)

For new scouts and parents, this is a great way for scouts to earn merit badges (many Eagle Required badges offered) in just three classes! Cost: $5.00/scout (can pay by credit card on line)

Saturday schedule:
 --  Short opening ceremony and announcements at 8:30 am
 --  Class Period 1 is from 8:45 am - 9:45 am
 --  Class Period 2 is 10:00 am - 11:00 am
 --  Class Period 3 is from 11:15 am - 12:15 pm.
      (Classes are one hour each with 15 minutes between classes.)

Registration opens on Nov 1, 2014. Go to this website to register:

General Info and Merit Badge Pre-Requisites (scouts should complete these prior to the trail drive):

Merit Badge Schedule (check out the schedule and preplan your schedule before registering): 

BSA Annual Health and Medical Record
This is the new Boy Scouts of America 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)

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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

Download the organizer for Merit Badge and Rank Advancement Cards (use with baseball card plastic sleeves) - Compliments of Carl Herting

Updated 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.