Thursday, May 20, 2010

TROOP 14 POST MEETING UPDATE For Thursday, May 20th

* QUARTERMASTER REMINDER: PLEASE RETURN YOUR TENT AND OTHER EQUIPMENT FROM MAY HIKE
* RESCHEDULED - VETERAN FLAG PLACING - @ SPRING LAKE CEMETERY
* SCOUT CAMP FAMILY NIGHT DINNER
* KAYAK RAFFLE TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
* POPCORN @ THE POINT
* NEW EAGLE SCOUTS
* VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: YARDWORK @ THE LITTLE RED HOUSE ADULT DAY CARE CENTER
* VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: INSTALL FLAG POLE AND LANDSCAPING @ SPRING LAKE SOCCER FIELD - ALSO REFUNDABLES NEEDED
* EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENTS
* NEEDED: FUND RAISING CHAIR VOLUNTEER

View the calendar, download forms, and find other information about Troop 14 at: http://www.troop14sl.com

Parent Committee Meeting Minutes from May 19th are now available on request.

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QUARTERMASTER REMINDER: PLEASE RETURN YOUR TENT AND OTHER EQUIPMENT FROM MAY HIKE

We're still missing tents and other equipment from the May Hike. If you haven't yet turned in your stuff, please contact the Quartermaster.

If you have a tent, be sure they are dry and aired out. All poles and stakes must be included. If you have any other Troop equipment, please return that also.

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RESCHEDULED - VETERAN FLAG PLACING - @ SPRING LAKE CEMETERY

The flags are finally in, so now you can show respect for our servicemen by placing flags on the graves of veterans.

We will meet on Saturday, May 22nd at Spring Lake Cemetery at 9am.

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UPCOMING MEETINGS

Tuesday, May 25th @ 7PM (Last Meeting of the School Year)
* FINAL Board of Review before Summer Camp
* Last Night for Early-Bird Price - Sign-up for Scout Camp Family Night Dinner ($4 each; AFTER tonight = $6)
* Indianapolis 500 Trip - May 29th and 30th (see note below)
* Memorial Day Parade - May 31st
* Spring Lake Wooden Boat Show - June 5th @ Keenan Marina (Just over the bridge in Ferrysburg). Adult and Scout Volunteers are needed to work with kids at the Boat Building table from 9 am to 3 pm. All day volunteers will be served lunch. Please sign-up with the Scoutmaster.

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INDIANAPOLIS 500 TRIP - MAY 29TH AND 30TH

We will be meeting at Holmes Elementary @ 7:30 am on Saturday, May 29 and carpooling to the Gerald R. Ford Council in Walker to meet the buses.

Scouts should have all forms and money paid to the Scoutmaster. They should also be able to show that they have their full Class A uniform (no shorts) packed and be wearing their Class B uniform (the shirt).

Slides will not be required and should not be brought.

We'll return late Sunday, May 30th (around midnight). Information on the Indy trip are available in the Parent Committee notes; an itinerary will also be available in Monday's newsletter.

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SCOUT CAMP FAMILY NIGHT DINNER

You won't want to miss this! Join the Scouts on Wednesday, June 16th at Gerber Scout Camp for a celebration of Scouting's 100th Year Anniversary.

Current Troop Families, past Eagle Scouts and Scoutmasters are invited to join in what will be a phenomenal pig roast provided by Quality Catering by August. Gathering will begin at 5pm, Council Executive Address at 5:45; with dinner served at 6pm. Cost is $4 per person age 5 and up.

Note: Scouts and Leaders at Camp do not pay. Sign-ups after 5/25 will be charged an additional $2 per person.

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KAYAK RAFFLE TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

As you know from our Parents Meeting, the Grand Haven Elks Club is sponsoring a Kayak Raffle with proceeds to benefit Troop 14 and the Grand Haven Area Arts Council. If you haven't picked yours up yet, contact the Scoutmaster.

Tickets will be available for sale shortly at a cost of $5 each. The exact amount received per ticket will be based on total amount sold. Two years ago each scout received $2.85 per ticket sold in their accounts.

PARENTS, NOT SCOUTS, should be selling and entering the raffle. Other local organizations have had trouble with this as it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to be selling or participating in a raffle.

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POPCORN @ THE POINT

Once again, we will be handing out popcorn at the Thursday night Music at the Point this summer. Signups will be available at summer camp. Usually, this takes 2 adults and 3 kids to run.

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NEW EAGLE SCOUTS

Troop 14 has two new Eagle Scouts. They worked very hard to earn this rank and everyone in the troop is very proud of them.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: YARDWORK @ THE LITTLE RED HOUSE ADULT DAY CARE CENTER

On Saturday, May 22, at 9:30 am, one of our scouts will be carrying out his Eagle Scout project and would greatly appreciate volunteers.

We will be redoing the front yard at The Little Red House adult day care center in Spring Lake. This will involve laying sod, planting, spreading mulch, and doing other general yardwork.

Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves and any shovels, garden rakes, or other yard tools that you can bring. The Little Red House is at 311 East Exchange Street.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: INSTALL FLAG POLE AND LANDSCAPING @ SPRING LAKE SOCCER FIELD
ALSO REFUNDABLES NEEDED

On Saturday, June 26th at 9am, another one of our scouts is carrying out his Eagle Scout project and would greatly appreciate volunteers.

We will be installing a flag pole and landscaping the field behind the Spring Lake Middle School.

Volunteers are asked to simply show up.

He also asked:

"To fund my Eagle project, I will be collecting bottles to deposit during the rest of the month. If everyone could please help me out by bringing there deposits from home, work, or other family members to the troop meetings, I would be very thankful! "

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EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you are working on your Eagle Scout requirements and need help from other scouts and their families, you can request that your event appear in the newsletter.

Scouts and parents should have at least 10 days notice before the event. Two newsletters go out weekly: we need to receive info by 6pm on Sunday or Tuesday. Send details about your request (date, place, time, things you need people, etc) to communications@troop14sl.com.

NOTE: These projects must have the Scoutmaster's approval before they are announced. You MUST CC: your message to the Scoutmasters and your parents.

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NEEDED: FUND RAISING CHAIR VOLUNTEER

Our current fundraising chair is stepping down so the troop needs someone to fill the position. The chair’s duties include:
* Identifies money earning projects suitable for the Troop and makes recommendations to the Parent Committee
* Organizes scouts (and parents) to effectively conduct money earning projects
* Identifies individuals to coordinate each of these fund raising activities
* Coordinates with our 501 c 3 non profit on money earning projects

Parents interested should talk to the Scoutmasters.

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LINGERING REMINDERS

* Get your Travel Shirts! They are in.
* Deposits for Summer Camp are past due and High Adventure are needed ASAP.
* Send in your forms and permission slips.

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NEW PICTURES ON THE WEBSITE

We have added a lot of new pictures from Laser Tag 2010, May Hike 2010, Hoffmaster Hike, Ski Trip 2010, Iron Chef 2009, Fall Court of Honor 2009, Alex B/Chicago School 2009. These are available from the "Pictures" menu link on the website.

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UPDATES AND REMINDERS

If you have news or an update that you want to share with the scouts,parent committee or leadership council, note that two newsletters go out weekly: one on Monday and another on the day after the weekly troop meeting (usually Wednesday). If you have information that needs to be sent out, please send all announcements to the Communications Chair by 6pm the day before the newsletter.

PLEASE NOTE: The Communications Chair will have limited access to email May 24th-26th, due to the SLIS 5th Grade Camping Trip.

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