Boy Scout Troop 22
Amherst, New Hampshire
Notes from Parents’ Meeting Spring Calendar Review--Sue Birchard. The
September 30, 2002 draft for most of the spring of 2003 will be
by Nick Loy presented to the SPL. The plan is for one
overnight and one day trip each month. Briefly the
Old Business draft is:
Junior Leadership Training--Bill Birchard. Bill
once again requested parent support for this effort. January Klondike training and Derby;
In particular, support for the idea of coach and February Ski Trip and Ice Fishing Derby,
council. also X-country skiing at Lamson
Driver Information & Health Forms--Trudy Loy. Farm;
Trudy thanked the many people who had forwarded March End of Winter Camp-out (Grout
health forms and driver information. Trudy and Pond or ?) And the Hanscom Swim
Sue Birchard will be phoning the families who and History Day trip;
have not sent in health forms and or car insurance April Canoe Training and TBD;
information. May Canoe Trips;
Nashua Soup Kitchen--Sue Birchard. The Troop June Under discussion;
will serve and clean up at the Nashua Soup kitchen Summer Trip Under discussion;
on the 3rd Tuesday of each month between 3:30 September Kickoff trip under discussion.
and 6:30 p.m. The patrols will rotate the
responsibility. Upcoming Events:
Youth Protection Training. At the moment,
apparently, Nick Loy is the only member of the Oct. 4 Yard Sale set up starting at 3 or
troop who has current certification for youth maybe a bit earlier--we need strong
protection. Nick will ask council at the next backs and weak minds, and lots of
Round Table if our Troop can borrow the course tarps;
tape on youth protection. Oct. 5 Yard Sale--Piyanai. We need good
salespersons. There will be no
New Business bake sale this year. We also need
Parent involvement as assistant Scout masters cashiers for Saturday afternoon;
(ASM)--Dave Gagne. There is an immediate need Oct. 6 Day hike Mt. Chocoria-- Birchard;
for one more ASM. In the long run, a number of Oct. 8 PLC & Jr. Leadership Training;
ASM are due to retire in the next year and we need Oct 19-20 Smarts Mountain Trip--Bob Kokko
replacements. It is great if you can bring some (let Bob know ASAP if you plan to
special skill to volunteering but don't let the lack of go. He absolutely must know by
special skills stop you. There is both-on-the-job Oct 7. Also, we urgently need an
training and training from council. Mike Campbell adult, volunteer to coordinate
will set up a meeting with the new parents advancement training.
sometime in the next month.
Oct. 21 Blue Sky Night--Bill Birchard. of hours. If no scout volunteers the scout pages
Slide show of scouting adventures will be merged into the main web site.
and places like base camp at Mount
Everest; Nick Loy will become the TroopMaster Master
Oct. 28: (he will keep the merged master database). The
Board of Review C. Anderson master database will be kept in a secure drive at
Scouting for Food Routes B. DeSimone Product Resources that is routinely (weekly)
Wreath Orders C. Kolb .. see important backed up. Chuck Anderson will be responsible
discussion below. for maintaining scout records with the help of
Nov. 2 Day Hike to Odiorne Point State ASM. Nick is looking for 2-3 parents to help
Park--Grassett / Locke. The troop maintain the adult and business section of
will hire a naturalist / guide for this TroopMaster.
trip. It should be great!
Nov 16-17 Bike Trip and Camping in the Adult CPR or First Aid--Sue Birchard/Gwyn
w a r m s o u t h o f Grasset. Still in planning stage. It has been two
Massachusetts–either Hingham or years since we had the last CPR training.
Cape Cod. Stay tuned for details!
Partial toward Biking Merit badge Troop T shirts for adults--Bill Birchard will email
will be offered. you to ask if you want a T shirt (like those given
Dec. 13-14 Jette--Shooting at the Fish and out at Blue Sky night.
Permanent Patrol Assignments--Steve
Wreath Sale–Shannon Kolb. It will be a bit Workman. The "final" patrol assignments will be
different this year: made within the mouth. The assignments will be
posted on the web. There will be a new varsity
Sale Starts Oct. 21 patrol as a compliment to the venture patrol.
Sale ends Nov. 4
Wreaths pickup Dec. 1 Finance--Robin Julian. Closing balance for the
troop is $4,968.67. This is the second reading of
What's New? First–Many prizes from local the draft budget. Only minor changes. Mike has
merchants like EMS. (I can't believe Mrs. Kolb got requested that Chris Kolb (Quartermaster) and
so many merchants to sign up!) Second–Some of Nick Loy (Canoe quartermaster) give him a list of
the profits may help pay for the Ski Trip. Third-- expected expenses by the next meeting.
Some of the profit to be returned to the Scouts as Troop membership fees have gone up slightly--
credit for any Scout activity. $40 per scout. Dues are due now! Make checks
payable to BSA Troop 22 Amherst and give to
Troop Web Site--Nick Loy. Some parts of the Robin Julian.
Web site to be moved to Product Resources Web
site. They have offered us free space and some Advancements--Chuck Anderson.
other server services. MV Communications has Court of Honor is Nov. 4th
given the Troop free web space for a number of
years. Our web site has become large and I don't Eagle Required Merit Badge Training. Once
want to ask too much from MV. If any scout or again Phyllis Quay will teach not one, not two, but
scouts would like to become next year's three Citizenship & Personal Management Merit
webmaster/ historian, Nick Loy will be glad to badges. (Thank You, Phyllis!). The contact her at
train them. This involves a commitment for a lot Pwmlybb@aol.com.
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After the meeting discussion--At the moment, only so. If you haven't seen them, they are forest green
Jim Baldwin is a camping merit badge councilor. polo shirts with "Amherst Troop 22" emblazoned
He is very tied up with work related activities. A on them in gold letters. If you're interested in a
number of the boys need their camping merit shirt, email me your size (email@example.com).
badge. We need someone to step forward and help Pricing and confirmation to follow.
and perhaps become a camping merit badge
councilor. More News from Mr. Birchard
Junior Leader Training–Thirteen Scouts played
Next Parents’ Meeting Monster, Mergers and Moonball, and a number of
Monday, October 28, 2002 other games during a day-long workshop to learn
Congregational Church the basics of leadership on September 22. The
workshop was held at Shieling State Forest in
Peterborough. It was attended by nearly all patrol
Blue Sky Night leaders, assistant patrol leaders, senior patrol
by Bill Birchard leaders, and other Scouts recently in leadership
positions. The workshop was the Troop's first
About 80 scouts, parents, and Webelos annual Junior Leader Training day.
attended the most recent Blue Sky Night, a
presentation called Eyes on Owls, by naturalist Congratulations to Jake Birchard, Nat Loy,
Marcia Wilson and her photographer husband Graham Grassett, Tom Campbell, Jonathan Unger,
Mark Wilson. If you haven't seen the Milford Sean Kolb, Travis Jette, Jacob Workman, Chris
Cabinet, be sure to read the article on the front Kokko, Jeff Fasoli, Tim Bender, Tristan Baldwin
page of the second section. Reporter Peggy Miller and Kye Birchard. They all earned "TRAINED"
aptly describes the slide show, hooting patches for attending the workshop, and will be
demonstration, and up-close-and-personal look at further honored at the next Court of Honor.
the six owls brought to the show by Marcia and
Mark. The highlight of the day was a quirky Boy
Scout video in which Tommy, a patrol leader in
The next Blue Sky night is October 21. perfect uniform, solves a series of problems in his
Our guest will be Bob Eaton, a life-long Scout, Scout Troop - such as a dispute over who should
former marathon runner, and globe-trotting get the water during the Troop camp-out. The
mountaineer. Bob will give a slide show of his video was the centerpiece for many discussions
years in Scouting, from climbing in the White about "shared leadership," one of the 11 principles
Mountains, to scaling Alaska's Mt. McKinley, to of Junior Leader Training. The workshop also
crossing the Kumbu icefall at the base of Mt. included zany skits, a big lunch, and a hike to a
Everest in Nepal. As with former Blue Sky Nights, ledge for bouldering.
this one will be open to Scouts and Scout leaders
only. Bob is a high-energy leader who has lots of Scouts who have not yet begun Junior
stories to tell. Don't miss him! Leader Training can look forward to a program of
fun and learning in future years. Junior Leader
Troop 22 Polo Shirts--How many Scouts and Training is a part of every Patrol Leaders Council.
Scout leaders have admired the gift shirts we have This year, advanced leadership training will be
presented to Blue Sky Night guests? Good news! conducted during the leadership overnight on
The Troop will be submitting a group order for November 23 & 24. Stay tuned to hear more. Talk
these official Troop 22 shirts in the next month or to me if you have questions about the program.
BSA Troop 22 October 2002 Page 3
Mt. Chocorua Day Hike hikers get wet.... we'll have a roof and do indoor
Coming up fast is the day hike up Mt.
Chocorua on Sunday, October 6. Chocorua is one NOTE: MUST HAVE SIGNED PERMISSION
of New Hampshire's finest mountains. It has a bare, SLIPS TURNED IN AT THE 7 OCT MEETING
rocky top with 360-degree views. The hike will !!!!
take place during peak foliage (at high elevations),
and should reward every Scout who attends and Details on permission slip and at 7 OCT meeting.
climbs the 2,250 feet and 3.8 miles to the summit. Also may contact me at 673-8649 or
All you need is a lunch, plenty of energy, and some firstname.lastname@example.org
warm clothes. Mr. and Mrs. Birchard are the
leaders. Please phone them for more information - ***
and last-minute sign-up if you're interested. The
trip departs from the Brick School at 7 a.m. Please Take Care of Details
by Trudy Loy
Just a reminder to parents that if you
haven't given me your son's health form or your
Smarts Mountain/ driver's information, please do so ASAP. Fax
number: 889-0881; 15 Willow Lane, Amherst, NH
Dartmouth Cabin Hike, Oct. 19 & 20 03031 or Loytran@aol.com. Questions? 882-6664.
by Bob Kokko
Need a break from HOMEWORK?!!! The health form is the type three form
Have you been told lately to "TAKE A HIKE?!" available on the troop's website. Forms are kept in
Want to "get ahead?" (Rank advancement that is... a sealed envelope that is given to trip leaders to be
bring your own cranium!) opened only in case of emergency.
Have we got a "SMARTS" deal for you! The driver's information needed includes
Mom /Dad's driver's license, year, make and model
You have a choice of either: of vehicles, number of seat belts, and insurance
info., including liability coverage amounts for each
A. A six-mile hike up to the top of beautiful person, each accident, and property damage.
Smarts Mountain in Lyme, NH. Camp out Having this information available makes filling out
overnight on the summit (in the fire tower if you council-required forms for trip permits quicker and
think you can!). Smarts has the only open sided saves you a phone call from every trip leader every
outhouse (for the view!) sitting at an angle on the time you drive.
side of the mountain ....complete with seatbelt!
Elevation = 3,238 - slightly lower at when sitting
down (2,300 foot vertical foot climb). Reminder: Troop 22 Web site and passwords:
ID #1: Moose
B. Thirty-minute hike up to a HUGE Password #1: River
Dartmouth Outing Club cabin we have reserved, ID#2: Troop22 (no space)
set 3/4 of the way up the Dartmouth Skyway just Password: Amherst
off the Appalachian Trail. We plan to concentrate
on rank advancement and ..... FUN !! (Let them
BSA Troop 22 October 2002 Page 4
Merit Badge News 2002 Wreath Sale
by Shanno n Ko lb
Mrs. Quay is teaching four badges at
Souhegan High School, Room 107, from 2:15 PM This year's 2002 Wreath Sale will raise
- 4:30 PM on Thursdays, 10/17, 11/14, 12/19, money for the Scouts of Troop 22 in two different
01/16, 02/13, 03/20, 04/17, 05/15, 06/19. The ways. The consensus at the last Parent meeting
badges are Citizenship in the World, Citizenship was to split all of the profit from the wreaths sold
in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, and this year 50/50. Fifty percent of the profit each boy
Personal Management. Badge booklets are earns will go directly towards a credit for that
available through the Troop librarian and the Scout Scout to be applied to a Troop activity within this
store. To sign up, email Mrs. Quay at calendar year. The other fifty percent each Scout
email@example.com. brings in will go towards our 2003 winter ski trip
to be equally distributed among the Scouts who
Art Merit Badge--Counselor: David Gagne. Of attend the ski trip. This way part of the profit will
the seven requirements, two have been complete help the entire Troop and part of the profit will
with a third (decorating patrol T-shirts) scheduled help the individual Scout.
for an upcoming October meeting. The following
is an assignment the boys must do independently Mark your calendars with these dates:
and present to me.
Wreath Sale packets distributed: 10/21
Task: make a series of pictures to tell a First turn in date of orders: 10/28.
story. Create them in pen and ink or pencil. Then Deadline for all orders: 11/4
make one picture that tells the collective story but
do it in watercolor or pastels. Make sure your Wreath pickup: 12/1, 2-4 p.m. at the
name is on both pictures. Kolbs (8 Taschereau Drive, Mont Vernon).
If you are unable to pickup at that time, call
(Editor’s note–the art badge info. applies to only 672-0456 in advance to make other
the boys currently working with Mr. Gagne on this arrangements.
*** Collected money due: 12/9
For your information... Incentives: The top selling Scouts will receive
great prizes donated by local businesses and area
Steve Workman ... Scout Master ski resorts. A preview of these prizes will be
Mike Campbell ... Committee Chairman available at the 10/21 sale kick-off. Prizes to be
Robin Julian ... treasurer awarded at the close of the sale based on dollar
Nick Loy ... Webmaster and Scout volume.
Database Master and Secretary.
Chuck Anderson ... Advancement Chair Patrols having 100% participation will earn
Jackie Bower... Newsletter Editor a pizza party prior to the Troop 22 meeting on
Web Hint: Once you get to the Troop Roster or
the patrol list on the web site, you can download To qualify for prizes, all orders must be
the file from your browser and place it on your turned in by the November 4th deadline.
"desktop" for easy reference.
Any questions? Call Mr. or Mrs. Kolb, 672-0456.
BSA Troop 22 October 2002 Page 5
Here’s What’s Coming Up for Troop 22!
October 5 Yard Sale Yard Sale Meeting Place
October 6 Mt. Chocorua Day Hike Bill and Sue Birchard
October 8 PLC, Junior Leadership Training Jake Birchard/Bill Birchard
October 15 Nashua Soup Kitchen Patrol to be assigned
October 19/20 Smarts Mtn. Backpack Bob Kokko
October 21 Wreath Orders Collected (first day) Shannon Kolb
Blue Sky Night--Bill Birchard
October 28 Scouting for Food Routes Assigned Bob Desimone
Board of Review--Chuck Anderson; Parents’ Meeting–Mike Campbell;
Deadline for Newletter
November 2 Odiorne State Park Daytrip Gwyn Grassett/David Locke
November 4 Court of Honor Steve Workman/Chuck Anderson
November 5 PLC, Junior Leadership Training Jake Birchard/Bill Birchard
Troop 22 meets every Monday evening at 7 PM in the Amherst Congregational Church
unless schools are closed that day for whatever reason.
BSA Troop 22
183 Mack Hill Road
Amherst, NH 03031
Troop 22 Online: www.bstroop22.org