Vol. 8 Issue 1
On December 22, 2002 Danny Plitnik was presented his Eagle at a ceremony conducted by the Panther Patrol. T.J. McKelvey and Robert Fairey served as the Eagle Honor Guard as Jordan Ray lead the Panther Patrol through the ceremony that recognized Danny with Scouting's highest award. Danny's Mother and Father along with his Grandparents were also recognized for their support and encouragement as Danny worked his way to Eagle. A wonderful reception followed the ceremony
The program Theme for Janaury is "Hobbies". The Tiger Patrol is the program patrol for the month. The Oprey Patrol is the service patrol of the month.
A group of Troop 44 Scouts, adults and other family member slid up to the Ice Palace for an evening of Ice Skating. As with any truly great Scouting event, copious quantities of pizza were consumed to insure plenty of energy for the Troop as they hit the ice. It was reported that most Scouts hit the ice in more ways than one and more than once. It is rumored that Mr. Rice knows the exact number of overhead lights in the Ice Place, as he spent a lot of time looking up at them! But that was just a rumor, with very little truth behind it!
Troop elections will be held on Jan 13th. Elected leaders will take office on Feb 1. Candidates for Seniro Patrol Leader include: MATT BALDWIN, AARON HEPNER, MITCH KERN, Marcus Remington and ED STRUBLE. At the Jan 6 meeting, each of the candidates will have an opprotunity to address the Troop to explain why they are running for the position. Please make an effort to be at this meeting, because your vote counts! Carefully consider each candidate and vote for the one of your chosing. After the Senior Patrol Leader is elected, he will select his staff and then Patrols will be reorganized, to balance the number of Scouts in each patrol. Once the Patrols are arranged, Patrol elections will be conducted.
The January activity of snow skiing at Winter Place had to be cancelled due to a variety of reasons. Mr. Rice or Mr. Hepner will out line the details to the Scouts that were signed up to go and will refund all money.
In an effort to provide better accounting of the Troop funds, the Troop will be stricter on collecting payment for campouts. Please make every effort to register your Scout for campouts in advance and to pay the campout fee prior to the campout. Estimated Campout fees have been given for every campout for the year. When you bring your Scout to a campout, please be sure to check in with the adult that is conducting registration. Do not just drop your scout and leave without checking in. If you did not register prior to the campout, not not show up at the church, expecting to go on the campout, as food is bought in advance for the campouts. Thank you for your consideration of these request.
Due to the cancellation of the ski trip, a new activity will have to be selected for January. Please bring ideas to the January 6 meeting. An activity will be decided on and organized. Details will be given in a special email edition of the Newsletter.
Summer camp PAYMENTS are now being accepted. Camp dates are July 6-12,2003. The total cost is $140. First deposit is $25, 2nd is $50 due Feb. 24, and final $65 April 7. Summer camp fees are non-refundable,however, the slot maybe transferred to another Scout in the Troop. Please contract Mr. Bryan Whitley (795-XXX) if you have any questions.
Addendum: Mr. Bryan Whitley has gracioulsy taken the position of Summer Camp Chairman; questions and payments should be addressed to him. He can be reached at;( contact leaders). Summer camp is now full but a first come first serve reserve list is now being started.
Troop 44 has to re-register all Scouts and Scouters in February, 2003. It is not too early to begin to pay the annual registration fee of $40.00 per Scout. This amount pays for the National Scout registration fee, activity insurance, Boy's Life magazine and a base amount for Troop operations. This is also the time to check and update Troop records on each Scout. A 2003 Permission slip must be completed and health information must be updated. Additional information will be available at the Court of Honor
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