This week there were general announcements (see details below) and the Scouts met is Patrol Rooms. Parents were asked to consider being Merit Badge counselors.
Thanks to the fundraising by the troop over the summer, we were able to reduce the troop fees to $0, but we still need to contribute to the national and council organizations to support the overall camps and content that we use. Dues are $126 per scout and $54 per adult leader. Funds acquired by tent fundraising have been added to Scout accounts and can be used to cover this - let the Treasurer (Orrin Lorenz) know if you want that option. Also, you can pay by mailing a check (made out to Troop 623), dropping a check during 'drive by office hours' next week, or now, online (a ~3% fee will be added because of processing fees). The Troop DOES NOT want money to be a limiting factor for youth participation, if you are having trouble during these difficult times, contact the treasurer or any committee member. Thank you.
Drive Thru hours for the Troop will be from 6-7 pm on November 17 and 18th. Parents who wish to make payments for dues or order class – B uniforms can provide payment to the Troop this way. The drive thru location will be the Scout shed at the Church.
The Troop will be accepting donations for the Food Pantry in Bridgeman. If you would like to make a donation please bring non-perishable food items or dignity items (toothbrushes, etc) to the Drive Thru at the Church on the 17th and 18th.
Silas Lorenz is looking to organize a volunteer event at Sarrett for the weekend of Nov 28 and 29th. Details are still being worked out. Please let Silas know if you are interested.
Class B Uniforms
Class B orders can be placed online at the link that was emailed. If you prefer to pay with a cash or check, please bring the completed form and payment to the Drive Thru event. Please make checks payable to Troop 623. The class order form is attached. ALSO, there is still time to submit a Patrol emblem.
The Troop is in need of adult volunteers for merit badge counseling. The Senior Patrol leaders had created a google survey to help gauge interest in adult volunteers. Going out via email, there is a list of merit badges embedded in the form for review. Please note that completing the form is not obligating you to anything.
We are also considering the option of providing virtual merit badge training during the Monday night meetings. Obviously, some merit badges are not suitable for this, but there may be others that could be done virtually. Let us know if you think you could conduct a virtual merit badge.
The Troop has decided to make equipment available for use by Scouts during this current shutdown. If anyone it looking to borrow Troop equipment to support family outdoor activities please contact Mr. Walsh.
ZOOM Meeting Information
We will be migrating to virtual meetings via Zoom as we weather the current Covid situation.
The Zoom meeting number and password were sent via email also.