Troop 160 Notes
Just one month to go!
The year we celebrate our centennial and begin our next century of service.
One of the most exciting moments in our history.
To jump start the celebration, we're bringing together Scouting enthusiasts from coast-to-coast for a nationwide 100th
Anniversary Kick-Off Rally. Hosted by AT&T CEO and Chairman and 100th Anniversary Chair Randall Stephenson,
National President John Gottschalk, National Commissioner Tico Perez, and me, Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca, we'll
recognize your important role and the difference you make - everyday. Through this live audiocast, we'll share important
information about how you can be part of the 100th Anniversary. We'll also answer some of your questions (submitted in
advance through the link below). Our goal is to rally more than a quarter of a million Scouting enthusiasts - the largest
single gathering of its kind in BSA history.
What: 100th Anniversary Kick-Off Audiocast Rally
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2009
Time: 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Central
How: RSVP by clicking on "100th Anniversary Kick-Off Rally" at http://audiocast.scouting.org. That's also where you'll
find the link to the audiocast on December 10th.
You are the reason this great movement works - the passionate supporters and boots on the ground serving youth across
America. The 100th Anniversary celebration is meant to inspire, excite, and engage the entire Scouting family. Join us as
we embark upon this once-in-a-lifetime journey.
Save the date! And, tune in on December 10th.
The Merry Cary Parade is this Sunday. We line up at number 9. Scouts should be in place between
12:30 and 12:45, being in the front, promptness will be important. The official drop off is the parking
lot in front of the Community Center at Briargate and Glen Garry, then walk to site 9 on Wolf Street.
A meeting for the Philmont Trip 2010 is planned for Dec 7th, after the Troop Meeting. All Scouts that
have signed up to go and a parent should attend. Amongst other topics, we will discuss equipment
There is room for a couple more Scouts if they are interested. To go, a Scout must be 14 by June 22,
2010, parents or leaders can also sign up to go.
The December activity is an outing to The North Wall in Crystal Lake, Dec 19th to the 20th. It is
located at 824 S Main St. Crystal Lake. The Troop will have an opportunity to climb around on the
walls, in the cave, and the bouldering area during this overnight stay in the facility. Permission slips are
on the web site. This outing also requires that a form be signed from the North Wall. This form is
attached to the Troop permission slip on the web. Info can be found at the web site
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Marry Cary Parade Dec 6th Troop Meeting Dec 7th
"100th Anniversary Kick-Off Rally" Dec 10
Merit Badge Counselors Needed
Hello Scouting Parents!
During the first few months of this Scouting year, Troop 160 has been conducting merit badge classes for all its
Scouts. This is a standard event for Troop 160. During a Scouting year, we have 3 such sessions. So why do we
Merit Badges are the second main area of the Boy Scout advancement program. Unlike ranks, there is a degree of
choice in the merit badge program. A sub-group of merit badges are known as Eagle required merit badges. To
earn Eagle Scout, most of these badges must be earned although some are "either/or" badges. The remainder of
the badges help with earning ranks as well as Eagle Palms after the Eagle Scout award has been earned.
As you can see, the earning of merit badges is vital to the advancement in Scouting. This is why Troop 160
conducts these sessions. These sessions are conducted not only by Scout leaders, but by parents as well. These
people are the merit badge counselors for Troop 160.
If you would like to get involved with your sons Scouting experience, consider becoming a counselor for a merit
badge. Both men and women over the age of 18 can become a merit badge counselor after completing the
appropriate BSA forms. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby
(basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life
skill (cooking, personal management, communications)—as a merit badge counselor, you can play a vital role in
stirring a young man's curiosity about that particular topic. By serving as a merit badge counselor, you offer your
time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest.
To learn more, visit www.meritbadge.org and go to the Boy Scouting section. Once there, you will see a listing of
all the merit badges that exist. Just click on the link to find out more. You can be a counselor for as many merit
badges as you wish.
If you wish to volunteer or have any questions regarding the merit badge counselor program, please feel free to
contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Troop 160 Merit Badge Coordinator
Session’s 2 and 3 for this year are being planned. If you wish to be involved with these sessions, please
contact me ASAP.