Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Court of Honor Postponed -- Please Spread the Word

Because both scout troop leaders will be unavailable on the 25th, the Court of Honor planned for that night is going to be postponed until early September. Watch this space for a new date, and please pass the word.

That also means we will NOT have scouts on the 25th. Consider that a back-to-school present from Troop 125.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Personal Management Merit Badge



Parents, we’ve started the Personal Management merit badge – required for Eagle – and I need your help.

Particularly, I need your help on Requirement Two:

Do the following:

a. Prepare a budget reflecting your expected income (allowance, gifts, wages), expenses, and savings. Track your actual income, expenses, and savings for 13 consecutive weeks. (You may use the forms provided in this pamphlet, devise your own, or use a computer generated version.) When complete, present the results to your merit badge counselor.
b. Compare expected income with expected expenses. If expenses exceed income, determine steps to balance your budget. If income exceeds expenses, state how you would use the excess money (new goal, savings).

Those boys who went to Scouts on Tuesday Aug. 4 got a booklet that has a budget chart and a chart they can use to track their expenses and income for the required thirteen weeks. I’ve got paper copies of the booklet and you can also find it at this link. (Click on the link that says “A FREE workbook for Personal Management is available here!”)

This 13-week tracking requirement always trips the boys up. Please remind them to make a note on their sheet every time they get money or spend money. I will check in with them every Tuesday as a reminder as well.

It would also be helpful if you could take on Requirement One with your Scouts:

Do the following:

a. Choose an item that your family might want to purchase that is considered a major expense.
b. Write a plan that tells how your family would save money for the purchase identified in requirement 1a.
1. Discuss the plan with your merit badge counselor
2. Discuss the plan with your family
3. Discuss how other family needs must be considered in this plan.
c. Develop a written shopping strategy for the purchase identified in requirement 1a.
1. Determine the quality of the item or service (using consumer publications or rating systems).
2. Comparison shop for the item. Find out where you can buy the item for the best price. (Provide prices from at least two different price sources.) Call around; study ads. Look for a sale or discount coupon. Consider alternatives. Can you buy the item used? Should you wait for a sale?

I’d much rather see the plan discussed with the family and balanced against other family needs before the Scouts discuss the plan with me.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Next Court of Honor Will Be . . . Busy!



I've put together a list of merit badges the boys earned at Scout Camp last week, along with badges they've earned prior to that. Please check the list and let me know if there's anything missing.

Color code:
Bold black = Eagle-required merit badges earned at camp.
Bold blue = Eagle-required merit badges earned prior to camp.
Black = Merit badges earned at camp.
Blue = Merit badges earned prior to camp.

Samuel Cody
Archery
Astronomy
Mammals
Reptile and Amphibian Study
Cooking
Camping
Will also earn STAR rank at next Court of Honor

Cameron Correia
Climbing
Archery
Wood Carving
Weather
Mammals
For TENDERFOOT
Demonstrate how to whip and fuse the ends of a rope.
For SECOND CLASS
Demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the knife, saw, and ax, and describe when they should be used.
Use the tools listed in requirement 3c to prepare tinder, kindling, and fuel for a cooking fire.
Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim.
Explain the three R's of personal safety and protection:
  1. Recognize situations that place you at risk of being situations that place you at risk of being molested, how child molesters operate, and that anyone could be a molester.
  2. Resist unwanted and inappropriate attention. Resistance will stop most attempts at molestation.
  3. Report attempted or actual molestation to a parent or attempted or actual molestation to a parent or other trusted adult. This prevents further abuse and helps to protect other children. Let the child know he or she will not be blamed for what occurred.
For FIRST CLASS
Visit and discuss with a selected individual approved by your leader (elected official, judge, attorney, civil servant, principal, teacher) your constitutional rights and obligations as a U.S. citizen.
Tell the five most common signals of a heart attack. Explain the steps (procedures) in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test: Jump feet first into water over the head in depth. Level off and swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.
With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and as rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.)

Isaac Davidson
Weather
Wilderness Survival
Indian Lore
Rifle Shooting
Fingerprinting
Crime Prevention
Geology
Environmental Science
First Aid
Mammal Study
Leatherwork
Fish and Wildlife Management

Will also earn SCOUT rank at next Court of Honor

Caleb Farnes
Fish and Wildlife Management
First Aid
Wood Carving
Emergency Preparedness
Weather
Geology
Nature
Soil and Water Conservation
Mammals
Environmental Science
Cooking
Fingerprinting
Crime Prevention

Benson Fullmer
Climbing
Wood Carving
Emergency Preparedness
Environmental Science
Cooking
Camping
Needs STAR Board of Review

Dean Halverson
Climbing
Astronomy
Weather
Geology
Camping

Will Halverson
Wood Carving
Mammals
Reptile and Amphibian Study
Camping

Austin Kukenbacher
Climbing
Astronomy
Weather
Communication
Camping
Needs 1 more Eagle-required MB for STAR

Conner McDonald
Climbing
First Aid
Wood Carving
Emergency Preparedness
Weather
Geology
Nature
Mammals
Environmental Science
Needs Board of Review for 2nd Class and 1st Class.

J.J. Olson
Fingerprinting
Crime Prevention 

Eric Patterson
First Aid
Rifle Shooting
Wood Carving
Emergency Preparedness
Weather
Mammals
Environmental Science
Fingerprinting
Crime Prevention

Luke Patterson
Shotgun Shooting
Weather
Cooking
Camping
Citizenship in the Nation
Citizenship in the World
Swimming
Needs Board of Review for LIFE.

Talon Shiffler
Climbing
Astronomy
Weather
Environmental Science
Needs 1 more Eagle-required MB for LIFE.
Edge Method teaching

Tyler Slater
Climbing
Wood Carving
Emergency Preparedness
Environmental Science
Cooking
Fingerprinting
Crime Prevention

Needs one more Eagle-required MB for STAR.

Ethan Taylor
Canoeing
Archery
Astronomy
Mammals
Reptile and Amphibian Study
Cooking
Camping
Communication
Needs Board of Review for LIFE.
Edge Method

Tyson Tolman
Rifle Shooting
Astronomy
Geology
Mammals
Reptile and Amphibian Study
Environmental Science
Camping
Communication
Needs LIFE Board of Review.
Edge Method

Conner Turpin
Climbing
Oceanography
Reptile and Amphibian Study
Cooking
Camping
Edge Method then needs Board of Review for LIFE.

Tyler Widdison
Archery
Rifle Shooting
Oceanography
Geology
Nature
Environmental Science
Cooking
Camping
Needs Board of Review for STAR.