Vol. 9 Issue 3
TROOP 44 GOES "POSTAL" NEITHER RAIN, NOR SLEET, NOR SNOW
As the old saying goes,... "It is raining, so Troop 44 must be camping!" Parents of 14 Scouts wondered if they were doing the right thing as they turned their children over to three adult leaders and let them all drive off into a rainy Saturday morning. As the rain poured down over Charleston during the entire weekend, they thought about their children even more. What they did not know, is the Scouts of Troop 44 were having a GREAT time at Camp OLD INDIAN! After settling into camp, the Troop spent Saturday exploring the hills, creeks, rocks and caves of the Camp. Then on Sunday, after a short drive to Caesar's Head State Park, the Troop started a hike back to Raven Cliff Water fall in a cold driving rain. The beauty of the hike began as the rain turned to sleet and then to snow. A serene beauty fell over the woods as the Scouts hiked through the falling snow, watching it accumulate on the returning trail. Later that night, as the Scouts reflected on the day during the vespers service, everyone realized how blessed they had been to see that day. Monday started with light snow falling as the Troop packed to return home. And right on cue, as the Troop got about 30 miles away from the camp site, the sun came out!
FEBRUARY ACTIVITY REVIEW
A Special Thanks to all of the Scouts and Adults that participated in the annual rechartering ceremony for Troop 44. It was a great opportunity to show St. James how much we appreciate their support. Also, Congratulations to Marcus Remington upon receiving his Eagle Award during a Special Ceremony at Nativity Church on February 8 th. Finally, A special "Thank You" to Mr. McKnight and Mr. Struble for helping with the cleaning and re-organizing of the Scout Room. It looks a lot better because of their efforts.
The program Theme for March is Bicycling. The OSPREY Patrol is the program patrol for the month. The COUGAR is the service patrol of the month.
MARCH MERIT BADGE PRESENTATIONS
March 1st will find the starting presentation of the Personal Finance merit badge by Mrs. Plitnik. The Bicycling Merit badge will be continued by Mr. Kordonis. Remember to get your Blue Merit badge card for these important Classes to track your progress. It is important for each scout to keep accurate records and get the completed requirements signed by his counselor.
AARON HEPNER EAGLE CEREMONY
All Scouts and Scouters of Troop 44 are invited to Aaron Hepner's Eagle Ceremony at 3 PM on Sunday March 7 at The Church of the Nativity. Please come in full uniform to honor Aaron on this special event.
BOARD OF REVIEWS
Please remember that Board of Reviews will be held during the Troop meeting on March 15th. Please let Mr. McKnight know if you need to schedule a BOR.
HARBISON STATE FOREST: MOUNTAIN BIKING
Harbison State Forest is located in Columbia and has over 20 miles of Mountain bike trails. Scouts should arrive at St. James Church at 5:30 PM on Friday. The Troop should return to the Church by 3:00 PM on Sunday. All Scouts should have their bicycles, helmets and water bottles for the bike rides on Saturday. A service project will be conducted at the State Forest. Cost for the campout will be $16.00, which includes food, camping and biking fees.
PLC AND TROOP COMMITTEE MEETING
All Patrol Leaders, Assistant Patrol Leaders, along with the Troop Junior Leaders will hold a Patrol Leaders Council on the Monday following the campout. The Troop committee will convene at 7: 30 PM, the same evening. All Committee members are reminded to attend .
JULY 11-17, 2004
Troop 44 will be attending Camp Henry Dew in the Georgia Mountains in 2004. The Cost will be $170, which includes travel cost. Please let Mr. Struble know if you plan to go to Summer Camp in 2004. The deposit of $50 due January 5, 2004, 2nd payment $60-February 2, 2004, and final payment of $60 March 8,2004 Total Cost is $170 all fee's are non-refundable but transferable by the scout/parents- moneys paid are not held by the troop and the camp committment must be paid for once we have reserved your spot in January. Please contact Mr. Struble with any questions as he has graciously taken on the task of the follow-up fee collections ,health form updates, and transportation organization
COURT OF HONOR MARCH 29TH
Remember March 29 th is the 1 st quarter Court of Honor. Many awards are ready to be presented with many more possibilities still available. Lets get the Scout Books filled in and completed requirements turned into the Advancement Committee as soon as possible. Two nights left for Scoutmaster conferences prior to Board of Review night. Check with your Senior Patrol Leader for Items your patrol may bring for refreshments.
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