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Light the Way Service Project, Thurs, March 24

For more than two decades, the Scouts of Troop 96 and Pack 96 have participated in a Holy Thursday Service Project at St. Gilbert.  Scouts are asked to bring their flashlights or lanterns to light the sidewalk along Rt 120 from the church to the chapel.  It’s not possible to give an exact time that the procession from the church will begin, but we generally gather about 8:30 pm.  Scouts should be done with the project about 9:15 pm.  All Scouts who help will be credited with one hour of service to count toward rank advancement.  Join us!  It’s a good project to show support to the church in return for allowing us to meet there.

Buy the new Scout Handbook, Get $5 back from the Troop

BSA published the newest Scout Handbook in January.  Aside from listing all the new rank requirements, it’s also got a ton of new material that promises to make your Scouting journey even better.  We like the new Handbook so much that the Committee will give you $5 if you buy the new book for yourself.  The book is available in a spiral bound version for $20 and a regular binding for $15.  Either way, show your new book and receipt to Mr. Klemens, Mrs. Bryant-Klett or Mr. Rupprecht and we’ll okay your rebate from the Troop treasury.  Go for it!  Oh, and this offer expires in 2 months (on May 16th) so don’t wait.

March Campout at The Pines of Ohdakota

Our March campout will be held next weekend, from Friday evening, March 18 to mid-day Sunday on March 20.  We’ll gather in the parking lot on Friday evening at 5:15 pm.  We’re heading to Camp Ohdakota near Burlington, Wisconsin.

Food for the campout costs $15 and is collected within the patrols, in cash, this Monday along with the permission slip (no exceptions).  Scouts buy the food for their patrol so cash is needed for their purchases.  Complete a permission slip (found on the troop website) and have your son turn it in to his Patrol Leader next Monday before the campout.  (Parents are always encouraged to camp with us.  Let us know on Monday and bring $15 for food to the meeting.  We can loan you a tent and sometimes other gear as well!)

Scouts should pack for the outing using the checklist on the troop website or the one in their Scout Handbook.  It’s important for them to pack their own gear (even if you’re there to assist).  We know that if they do their own packing, they will remember what they have in their bag.  No special backpack is needed…a duffel bag or sports bag works great.  We suggest that Scouts “think like water” to consider how to protect their gear from getting wet.  Extra plastic bags are helpful.  

PLC notes for March 2016

March PLC Notes

Scribe: Kevin G

Misc. Topics

Indiana Dunes

  • Could take train all the way to camp
  • Possibly $8 all weekend pass
  • More details to come

Service opportunity – Light The Way

  • March 24th
  • Wear uniforms

Troop Meetings

March 7th (recap)

  • SPL Nominations
  • Trivia S.S. – Andrew O., Andy B.
    • New scouts will be out at shed

March 14th

  • Campout Prep
  • SPL Elections
  • If time, going over troop cookbook – Kevin G.

March 21st   (Spring Break)

  • Patrol Reorganization
    • Will not be definite
    • Outdoor Game Night
      • If bad weather, then hobby night

March 28th

  • Troop Position Assignments
  • Climbing S.S. – Andrew., David P.
  • Intro to Caving S.S. – Mr. Klemens
  • Game – Poisonous Patrol

April 4th

  • Belaying S.S. – Mr. Wehde, Miles D.
  • Caving/Belaying Knots S.S. – Etahn B., David H.
  • Game – Jeff Patrol

April 11th

  • Campout Prep
    • Caving at Mecocena Cave
    • Camping at Mississippi Palisades
    • Rest of meeting TBD at next PLC

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