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Summer Camp Refunds

posted Jun 17, 2020, 4:10 PM by Alex Karn

Refunds for the eight Scouts who paid have been requested. Ockanickon has advised that they will be sending a check in July. Once that check arrives, refunds will be issued.

Summer Camp Funds

posted Jun 1, 2020, 11:53 AM by Alex Karn

As discussed at the last zoom meeting, we have until June 19th to notify Ockanickon regarding the above. Please see the announcement "summer Camp cancelled" for our choices on the disposition of monies. The discussion at the meeting seemed to lean toward leaving the $150 deposit intact, and having the money paid by our Scouts/parents refunded. Our next zoom meeting is 6/11, and we hope to have feedback by then, so Mr. Karn can notify Ockanickon. Thank you.

Troop 150 Zoom Meeting - 5/28/20

posted May 28, 2020, 5:12 PM by Jim Stringer

Folks,

  In case anyone missed the last Zoom troop meeting this past Thursday and wanted to see what was discussed, I recorded it.. For privacy, didn't want the file to be available to anyone on the website, so I put it in a password protected zip file accessible via this link: 


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rsuLztM3YpLPZxmrdpt2M6KS5r7ye0Oz/view?usp=sharing

 I will keep the link active until our next meeting. The password for this zip file is the same as the last meeting.

Jim Stringer

Troop 150 Zoom Meeting - 5/14/20

posted May 18, 2020, 2:41 PM by Jim Stringer

Folks,

  In case anyone missed the last Zoom troop meeting this past Thursday and wanted to see what was discussed, I recorded it.. For privacy, didn't want the file to be available to anyone on the website, so I put it in a password protected zip file accessible via this link: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1saswv8QPNAtTBvq-glOtwHICtJYin5Qz/view?usp=sharing

 I will keep the link active until our next meeting. The password for this zip file will be sent out in a remind message.

Jim Stringer

Summer Camp is cancelled

posted May 15, 2020, 10:06 AM by Alex Karn

As Mr. Karn announced at last night's virtual Troop meeting, summer camp is cancelled. Attached is the E-Mail from Todd Warner, Director of Camping from Washington Crossing Council. There will be further discussion among Troop leaders and parents regarding the financial options listed.


Dear camp leaders and coordinators,

 

It is with a heavy heart we inform you of the closure of Ockanickon Scout Reservation for the 2020 summer camp season. This unanimous decision was made late last night by our Council’s Executive Committee after a very thorough discussion. After reviewing guidance from the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health, the consensus was the risk of running a summer camp season was too great. The health and safety of our Scouts, Scouters, volunteers and employees must be our top priority.

 

As of today, Bucks County, Pennsylvania remains in the “red” zone of Governor Wolf’s re-open PA plan. Even in the “yellow” zone, restrictions would make camp operation untenable. Furthermore, we haven’t received our permit from the Department of Health to operate an “organized campground.”

 

For us as a youth, summer camp was the highlight of our Scouting year. Now as professional Scouters, we get to enjoy summer camp from a completely different perspective. It still remains the highlight of our year. I know this decision will be extremely disappointing for the many Scouts and leaders who were anticipating a summer camp experience. It is even more so for our dedicated staff.

 

As promised, your camp fees paid toward the 2020 season are fully refundable. Here are a few options for your consideration:

  1. If your unit wishes to return for the 2021 season, roll over the $150 unit deposit and we will lock in the 2020 camp fee rates. The balance of camp fees paid will be refunded.
  2. If your unit decides to return for the 2021 season and chooses to roll their 2020 fees paid toward the 2021 camp fees, the Council will provide a coupon worth 3% of the balance after deducting the $150 unit deposit. This coupon can be used toward any additional payments in 2021 camp fees. In addition, we will lock in the 2020 camp fee rates.
  3. If your unit is undecided on its 2021 plans, a full refund will be provided.

 

We will follow up in another email next week with your account balance and the process to select any of these options.

 

We look forward to serving you in the future.

 

With our personal warm regards,

 

Magne Gundersen

Scout Executive

 

Todd Warner

Camping Director

4/30 Zoom Troop Meeting Summary

posted May 3, 2020, 12:29 PM by Jim Stringer

Here are the things we discussed during Thursday’s Zoom Call

 

1.       CROSSOVER SCOUTS – you can continue to work on Scout rank requirements which are posted on the website. When you are ready to review the requirements in a scoutmaster conference have your parents reach out to Mr. Maher to arrange a meeting.

2.       OPTIONAL MERIT BADGES THAT CAN BE WORKED ON AT HOME – info on website

Public Health Merit Badge: Anyone interested in working on the this badge please see the website

Cooking Merit Badge: Anyone already working on this badge please continue with your at home cooking. For the step involving making a shopping list no one is expected to actually go out and shop to get the things on this list. Information for this badge is on the website.

Citizenship in the Community and Nation Merit Badges – If you would like to review work with Mr. Meier let us know and we will let you know how to get in contact with him. Some requirements are relaxed right now, such as ability to call or email officials rather than interviewing them in person.

Personal Fitness, Personal Management, and Family Life Merit Badges all have a component where the scout has to come up with a plan and follow it over the course of multiple weeks. For example a personal fitness plan should be completed over the course of 12 weeks and the family life badge has the scout choose chores to do over the course of 90 days.

***If choose to do Personal Fitness you do not have to worry about Item #6 right now, just #7 & 8.

Cooking Merit Badge - Home cooking requirement

posted Apr 30, 2020, 4:43 PM by Jim Stringer


Cooking methods:
baking, boiling, broiling, pan frying, simmering, searing, steaming, microwave, grilling, foil cooking, and use of a dutch oven

Cooking at home
. Using the MyPlate food guide or the current USDA nutrition model, plan menus for three full days of meals (three breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners) plus one dessert. Your menus should include enough to feed yourself and at least one adult, keeping in mind any special needs (such as food allergies) and how you keep your foods safe and free from cross-contamination. List the equipment and utensils needed to prepare and serve these meals.

Then do the following:
(a)
Create a shopping list for your meals showing the amount of food needed to prepare and serve each meal, and the cost for each meal.
(b)
Share and discuss your meal plan and shopping list with your counselor.
(c)
Using at least five of the 10 cooking methods from requirement 3, prepare and serve yourself and at least one adult (parent, family member, guardian, or other responsible adult) one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner, and one dessert from the meals you planned.*

*The meals for requirement 4 may be prepared on different days, and they need not be prepared consecutively. The requirement calls for Scouts to plan, prepare, and serve one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner to at least one adult; those served need not be the same for all meals.
(d)
Time your cooking to have each meal ready to serve at the proper time. Have an adult verify the preparation of the meal to your counselor.
(e)
After each meal, ask a person you served to evaluate the meal on presentation and taste, then evaluate your own meal. Discuss what you learned with your counselor, including any adjustments that could have improved or enhanced your meals. Tell how planning and preparation help ensure a successful meal.

Scout Rank requirements

posted Apr 16, 2020, 6:32 PM by Jim Stringer

These are the requirements needed for the rank of Scout. When the first six requirements are complete, the last requirement is a scoutmaster conference. When you get to that requirement reach out to Mr Maher and he will make arrangements to do he scoutmaster conference.

    1. Repeat from memory the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan. In your own words, explain their meaning.
    2. Explain what Scout spirit is. Describe some ways you have shown Scout spirit by practicing the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan.
    3. Demonstrate the Boy Scout sign, salute, and handshake. Explain when they should be used.
    4. Describe the First Class Scout badge and tell what each part stands for. Explain the significance of the First Class Scout badge.
    5. Repeat from memory the Outdoor Code. In your own words, explain what the Outdoor Code means to you.
    6. Repeat from memory the Pledge of Allegiance. In your own words, explain its meaning.
  1. After attending at least one Boy Scout troop meeting, do the following:
    1. Describe how the Scouts in the troop provide its leadership.
    2. Describe the four steps of Boy Scout advancement.
    3. Describe what the Boy Scout ranks are and how they are earned.
    4. Describe what merit badges are and how they are earned.
    1. Explain the patrol method. Describe the types of patrols that are used in your troop.
    2. Become familiar with your patrol name, emblem, flag, and yell. Explain how these items create patrol spirit.
    1. Show how to tie a square knot, two half-hitches, and a taut-line hitch. Explain how each knot is used.
    2. Show the proper care of a rope by learning how to whip and fuse the ends of different kinds of rope.
  2. Demonstrate your knowledge of pocketknife safety.
  3. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parents Guide" and earn the Cyber Chip Award for your grade. 1
  4. Since joining the troop and while working on the Scout rank, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.

Eagle required merit badges 13 week requirements

posted Apr 16, 2020, 6:11 PM by Jim Stringer

As we discussed last week there are three Eagle required merit badges (Personal Fitness, Personal Management, and Family Life) that have a requirenent that lasts 12/13 weeks. With you being home, this woould be a good opportunity to start working on them. The requirements need to be done for 12/13 consecutive weeks. 

Personal Fitness

6.
Before doing requirements 7 and 8, do the following:
(a)
Complete the aerobic fitness, flexibility, and muscular strength tests, as described in the Personal Fitness merit badge pamphlet. Record your results and identify those areas where you feel you need to improve.
(b)
Keep track of what you eat and drink for three days. Identify three healthy eating goals you want to work on.
7.
Outline a comprehensive 12-week physical fitness program using the results of your fitness tests. Be sure your program incorporates the endurance, intensity, and warm-up guidelines discussed in the Personal Fitness merit badge pamphlet. Before beginning your exercises, have the program approved by your counselor and parents.
8.
Complete the physical fitness program you outlined in requirement 7. Keep a log of your fitness program activity (how long you exercised; how far you ran, swam, or biked; how many exercise repetitions you completed; your exercise heart rate; etc.). Keep a log of your weekly healthy eating goals. Repeat the aerobic fitness, muscular strength, and flexibility tests every four weeks and record your results. After the 12th week, repeat all of the required activities in each of the three test categories, record your results, and show improvement in each one. Discuss how well you met your healthy eating goals over these 12 weeks. Discuss the meaning and benefit of your experience, and describe your long-term plans regarding your personal fitness.
Personal Management

2.
Do the following:
(a)
Prepare a budget reflecting your expected income (allowance, gifts, wages), expenses, and savings for a period of 13 consecutive weeks.
(b)
Compare expected income with expected expenses.
(1)
If expenses exceed budget income, determine steps to balance your budget.
(2)
If income exceeds budget expenses, state how you would use the excess money (new goal, savings).
(c)
Track and record your actual income, expenses, and savings for 13 consecutive weeks (the same 13-week period for which you budgeted). (You may use the forms provided in this pamphlet, devise your own, or use a computer-generated version.) When complete, present the records showing the results to your merit badge counselor.
(d)
Compare your budget with your actual income and expenses to understand when your budget worked and when it did not work. With your merit badge counselor, discuss what you might do differently the next time.

Family Life

3.
Prepare a list of your regular home duties or chores (at least five) and do them for 90 days. Keep a record of how often you do each of them. Discuss with your counselor the effect your chores had on your family.


Cooking Merit Badge - Home Cooking

posted Apr 16, 2020, 5:54 PM by Jim Stringer

For those of you who are taking the cooking merit badge with me - or those who want to take the cooking merit badge. The following requirement is for the meals that need to be cooked at home. For requirement A - you are not expected to go to the store - just crate a shopping list. Have fun!

Cooking at home. Using the MyPlate food guide or the current USDA nutrition model, plan menus for three full days of meals (three breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners) plus one dessert. Your menus should include enough to feed yourself and at least one adult, keeping in mind any special needs (such as food allergies) and how you keep your foods safe and free from cross-contamination. List the equipment and utensils needed to prepare and serve these meals.

Then do the following:
(a)
Create a shopping list for your meals showing the amount of food needed to prepare and serve each meal, and the cost for each meal.
(b)
Share and discuss your meal plan and shopping list with your counselor.
(c)
Using at least five of the 10 cooking methods from requirement 3, prepare and serve yourself and at least one adult (parent, family member, guardian, or other responsible adult) one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner, and one dessert from the meals you planned.*

*The meals for requirement 4 may be prepared on different days, and they need not be prepared consecutively. The requirement calls for Scouts to plan, prepare, and serve one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner to at least one adult; those served need not be the same for all meals.
(d)
Time your cooking to have each meal ready to serve at the proper time. Have an adult verify the preparation of the meal to your counselor.
(e)
After each meal, ask a person you served to evaluate the meal on presentation and taste, then evaluate your own meal. Discuss what you learned with your counselor, including any adjustments that could have improved or enhanced your meals. Tell how planning and preparation help ensure a successful meal.

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