Troop 476 Boy Scouts of America
Committee Meeting Minutes
February 19, 2001
Mr. Guttadauro, Committee Chairman, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.
Attendance: Families represented were: Anderson, Chuang, Endo, Fleshman, Fox, Guttadauro,
Hung, Latona, Lee, Parker, Shannon, Spitzer, Stanke, Ulicki, Wedig
Mr. Guttadauro requested that all members present review the e-mail, trek leader, and roster lists
for any changes or corrections.
Approval of Minutes: Minutes of January 22, 2001 were approved.
Treasurer’s Report: (Mr. Guthrie)
Mr. Guthrie reported that no money had been spent on equipment during this fiscal year
against a budget of $1300.
There is no update on dues. It is believed that dues collections are behind by roughly $173.
Mr. Schramm has sent in a deposit of $1200 for 24 Scouts to Philmont. The next deposit
for Philmont is due 9/1/2001.
Several people had asked last month if a backup treasurer could be appointed to write
checks. Decision was not to have a backup as it would cause more work. Mr. Guthrie is
usually available at committee meetings and troop meetings for providing checks and other
Quartermaster’s Report: (Mr. Spitzer)
Mr. Spitzer reported that tent seams were sealed prior to Pinecrest. An unofficial inventory
during the setup and sealing process showed about 10 tents in need of poles or pole repair.
He also suggested buying two more tents.
Equipment checkout has been a little haphazard, e.g. a tent was checked out for Pinecrest
and discovered not to have poles.
It was suggested to use a troop meeting for a complete inventory and tent setup.
District & Council Events
Mr. Latona announced that the Council Recognition Dinner was held February 9 at the
Marriot and honored Silver Beaver recipients, Scouting veterans, Heroism Awards, and
Eagle Scouts from the year 2000. Scott A. was the only Eagle from Troop 476 in
attendance. Approximately 600 people attended the event.
Other events highlighted at the Polaris District Roundtable on February 13 include:
(some of the following dates have changed compared to that posted on the web site. Our
website will be updated to reflect the following events).
Health & Safety Training on April 24 (needed for Commissioner’s Award)
Youth Protection Training on February 27 at SCCC
Merit Badge Counselor Training on April 19 .
Cub Scout Leader Training on March 17
Den Chief Training on March 24 at SCCC. Cost $10. This training is required for the
Den Chief Award. Scouts must be 13 and 1 Class to be Den Chiefs but can take the
Basic Scout Leader Training: Saturday, April 14 , Wednesday, April 18 , and Friday-
Saturday. April 27-28 .
Bristlecone Junior Leader Training is scheduled for 8/5-11/2001. Our troop should have
several Scouts attending this year.
Adult training on Patrol Organization has been postponed from 2/22 to 3/1 to not interfere
with the Court of Honor on 2/22. Mr. Ulicki would like to hear from those who will attend so
he can have enough training materials. Please see the training page on our web site for the
Scout Sunday: Scout Sunday observances on February 4 were well attended. Scouts in
uniform did the altar service, collection, and passed out flyers. Lots of comments on how
sharp the scouts looked.
Pinecrest Snow Campout: 26 Scouts and 5 adults (the biggest snow campout ever!)
endured almost constant snowfall (about 2 feet total during the 24 hour period) on February
10-11 . Stoves got wet and the troop ended up eating together rather than as patrols for
Sunday morning breakfast. Five snow caves were build. Everyone had a great time. (More
below in the Scoutmasters Minute).
WestFair: (Webelos to Scout Transition) was also held on February 10-11 and 10 Scouts
helped cook soup, show a PowerPoint presentation and slides of activities to about 30
Webelos and their parents. Mr. Doherty, Mr. Ulicki and Mr. Wedig led the event.
Campout Schedule & Upcoming Events:
A troop Court of Honor is scheduled for Thursday, February 22 , in the AV room, at 7:30
pm. Ruby M. and Gary S. are the MCs. The COH will include about 18 rank
advancements, service pins, and a Woodbadge ceremony. Light refreshments will be
Angel Island Bike/camp has been replaced by The Pinnacles Bike/Hike on March 10-11 .
Mr. Chuang is the trek leader. Reservations are complete and the campsite requires a
minimum of 20 campers. Nine scouts are signed up so far. The bike portion is roughly 18
miles and includes a long uphill which is somewhat strenuous.
A discussion ensued about whether Webelos could attend. The PLC must first
approve, then a maximum of 5 Webelos slots will be made available to Pack 476 and
then other packs. We will need to move quickly to give Webelos a chance to participate
and give them adequate time to prepare. Each Webelos must have a parent attend in
order to camp out.
St. Patricks Day Dinner Service Project is Friday, March 16 at 6:30 pm. Mr. Latona and
Mr. Guttadauro will assist Mr. Wedig in supervising the Scouts as they help serve dinner
and cleanup afterwards. 12-14 Scouts in uniform are needed for the event. Service hours
are earned for this event and it helps our sponsoring organization, the Holy Names Society.
May 19-20 is the Polaris District Camporee at Camp Chesebrough. Mr. Wedig has
volunteered to be the trek leader and Mr. Latona is assistant trek leader. Camporee
packets are available on the web at http://camp.lachapter.com and this site includes a
description of the games, schedule and other events. Early registration of $12 per Scout
ends on April 1 . $14 after that. Bonus points are awarded at the Camporee for early
registration. New Webelos entering the troop will be especially encouraged to attend.
Del Valle Car Campout (August 18-19 ) was briefly discussed. Campsite reservations for a
group site had tentitively been made because they can be made earlier than the 12 week
maximum for individual sites. That site, however, requires a one-mile hike. It was
requested to cancel that reservation and wait for the individual sites since the PLC had
specifically asked for a car campout and participation in the water sports, etc. available at
Scouts are needed to participate in a Pack 476 Webelos bridging ceremony on Wednesday,
March 28 , at 7:15 pm.
Rather belatedly, the troop will participate in the Goodwill Goodturn program of collecting
used clothing for Goodwill Industries. Backs will be handed out and explained at the Court
of Honor on Thursday, 2/22. The clothing drive officially ends March 1 .
Mr. Endo has volunteered as trek leader for the Mothers Day Breakfast fundraiser and will
recruit a committee and start committee meetings in March. A Scout trek leader is also
The next monthly troop collection of aluminum cans is Thursday, March 29th. CRV cans
and plastic bottles (water and soda) are accepted. Mr. Fox asked that no glass be included,
that aluminum be separated from plastic, and that only CRV containers be submitted.
Please label the bags with the Scout’s name so proper credit can be given. February can
collection was held a week early, Feb. 15 so not to conflict with the COH.
Display Case Update: Mr. Stout was absent so no information is available on this topic. Mr.
Stout has indicated this should be complete in 30 to 60 days.
Friends of Scouting (FOS) in underway. See the web site for more details. Mrs. Teng and
Mr. Guttadauro are collecting donations. It costs the council $165 per boy to maintain the
council services each year.
Our troop has qualified for the 2001 Quality Unit. Mr. Guttadauro will check with Mr.
Doherty to see if the proper paperwork is in place to get the patches.
Each registered committee member should have filled out an Adult Volunteer form. Please
turn these in to Mr. Guttadauro.
Webelos support activities. Please see the Camporee and Pinnacles events listed above.
Scoutmaster’s Minute: (Mr. Latona)
Mr. Latona complimented the troop on the teamwork shown at the Pinecrest Snow
Campout. The campout was tough and very challenging and he was very proud of how the
Scouts pulled together, shared warm clothing as needed, and helped each other out.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:54 PM
Next committee meeting is Monday, March 19 at 7:30 PM in the AV room. Hosts are
Tammaro, Teng, and Tsui.