Troop 476 Boy Scouts of America
Committee Meeting Minutes
January 17, 2000
Mr. Koren, Committee Chairman, called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM.
Reading/Approval of Minutes: Minutes of December 20, 1999 were approved.
Copies of the adult roster and e-mail list were circulated for corrections.
Treasurer’s Report: (Mr. Guthrie)
Mr. Guthrie distributed the latest troop financial report and a proposal for the 1999-2000
budget. With the fiscal year ending 9/30/99, the troop is under budget by about $2000 and
currently has about $4400 in checking and savings accounts. Several issues were
Dues payments are improving but still about $250 behind. This is an average of about
$4.69 per troop member.
A discussion about troop equipment was summarized with approval to pursue
purchasing 2 dining flies with poles (Mr. Doherty to follow-up) and two propane/butane
1999-2000 budget proposal was approved unanimously. Budget includes $1800 for
Scout rebates for summer camp activities. Mr. Schramm will draft a policy for the
bylaws on how and for what the funds can be distributed based on fundraising
Budget includes rebates for our three Scouts who successfully completed Bristlecone
training. Suggestion was made to award these checks at the troop Court of Honor in
Quartermaster’s Report: (Mr. Latona)
Suggested for consideration was checking out a fixed set of equipment per patrol and
making the patrol directly responsible for its upkeep and return. Equipment has been
very delinquent in being returned. Suggestion would include perhaps purchase of
plastics lockable bins for each patrol to store its equipment. Mr. Schramm will bring this
issue to the PLC.
Other Quartermaster issues included a suggestion to carry tags on campouts that could
be used to tag broken items so that they could be identified and repaired once returned.
Two Eureka tents and two Whisper-lite stoves have been purchased. Comment was
made that the Eureka tents perform very well in the rain. Eight stoves are currently in
need of repair and will be examined for possible repair or retrofit. Ideally, older scouts
could repair the stoves as a training opportunity. A future Scout meeting will also be
used to train everyone on the proper use of stoves to minimize the damage they are
Information, District & Council Events:
Scout Leader Basic Training is April 8,13 (classroom) and 28,29 (Chesebrough campout).
Troop Committee Workshop (a new experimental training opportunity for key committee
members) is February 19 at the Council Service Center.
Venture leader training will be held March 4.
A troop Court of Honor will be held in February but no exact date has been set.
Polaris District has qualified as a Quality District.
Youth Protection Training is January 25 .
OA Ordeal is January 28-30 . This is last chance for OA candidates elected last Spring to
be inducted. Information available at Council Service Center.
This year’s district camporee will be May 20-21 at Camp Chesebrough.
Den Chief training is Saturday, January 29 . Registration will be accepted on site. Contact
the Council Service Center for details.
Backpacker Awareness Training (Northstar High Adventure Training) is available. 2/19-20
for the indoor training. 3/18-19 for the outdoor training. Contact Ed Maisen at 226-1594 or
thru the Council Service Center.
The Council Awards Dinner is February 4 at the Marriot Hotel. 1999 Eagle Scouts will be
honored. Each troop has been asked to host their Eagle Scouts for this event. Cost per
person is $40.
No applications for $1000 Eagle Scout scholarships for Eagle Scouts entering college in
Fall, 2000, have been received by the Council. The application deadline has been extended
to February 14 . Please contact Mr. Doherty.
Westfair, a program to introduce Webelos to prospective Scout troops, is being changed to
a “Progressive Dinner” style event, where Webelos would travel to visit individual troops on
their normal meeting nights.
March 15 is the deadline for troop rechartering. The Council is switching to a December
rechartering date, so this years’ rechartering fees will only be for nine months.
Friends of Scouting (FOS) has kicked off for 2000. This campaign will be discussed at the
February committee meeting…BRING YOUR CHECKBOOKS! LT Guttadauro is our FOS
Chairman but can use some help until his health improves.
Scout Sunday Mass at St. Joseph’s church is Sunday, February 6 , at 9:30 am. Scouts are
encouraged to wear their uniforms to this or attend their own religious service. A special
program will be provided.
Bear Valley one-day ski trip on January 15, 2000 was cancelled. No trek leader was found.
It was noted that it is very tiring for the drivers to drive the Scouts up, ski all day, and then
drive back the same day.
Pinecrest Snow Campout is January 29-30 . Signups have already started. 16 scouts are
already signed up. Mr. Koren is trek leader. Other adults and drivers are urgently needed.
Mt. Tam one-day Rim of the Bay hike is Feb. 11. A trek leader is needed.
Montebello overnight hike is Feb. 26-27. Scouts should have two or three overnight hikes
experience before participating. Signups will start January 17 .
The Holy Names Society has agreed to sponsor a Venture program for boys and girls from
14 – 20 years of age. Scouts are now needed to register and can cross register in both a
Venturing Crew and the troop. Focus will be on high-adventure outings of backpacking and
rock climbing suitable for older scouts. Since girls can also participate and some girls have
expressed interest, a trained woman volunteer adult is also needed. Mrs. Koren has
Eagle Scouts and Philmont veterans are especially encouraged to join.
The next monthly troop collection of aluminum cans is Thursday, January 27 .
A water activities leader is needed to organize some canoeing or kayaking events.
Committee members were asked to review the committee positions roster to see what job
each parent could do for the following year. Several key openings were noted:
Eagle Court of Honor coordinator to assist parents in arranging facilities and
Transportation chairman to replace Anh Dang.
Advancement chairman to replace Mr. Wildman
Scoutmaster’s Minute: (Mr. Schramm)
February marks the 90 anniversary of the worldwide Scouting movement. Troop
meetings are including a little of the history of Scouting. Sound clips from Lord Baden-
Powell speeches are available on our web site for parents and scouts to review. Please
encourage your sons to listen to them. Why not check it out now at
Meeting was adjourned at 8:45 PM
Next committee meeting is Monday, February 28 at 7:30 PM in the AV room. Hosts are
Altamirano, Anderson, Bringhans, Campbell. This has been moved from the previously
announced date of 2/21.