Monthly Archives: November 2013

Care Packages for Soldiers

1) I am still collecting donations for the soldiers, if any one has anything to donate.
2) I am looking for volunteers to help me on my final workday. It is Nov 29 from 12-5 at Saint John the Evangelist church in Hydes MD. We are going to be packing the boxes and sending the care packages to the soldiers.
3) if you have any donations or can volunteer please contact me at

Thank You
Brian Swab

New Requirements for Cooking Merit Badge

Cooking Merit Badge Required for Eagle Beginning January 1, 2014

(Taken from BSA Advancement news, November 2013)

There are two upcoming major revisions concerning Cooking merit badge.

1. Cooking will become Eagle-required beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Regardless of when a Scout earned the Life rank or began working on Eagle, unless he fulfills all the requirements—with the exception of his board of review—before Jan. 1, 2014, he must earn the Cooking merit badge to become an Eagle Scout. Just as an Eagle Scout board of review does not need be held before the 18th birthday, it does not need to be held before Jan. 1 for a Scout to earn Eagle without Cooking merit badge.

2. A major overhaul to the Cooking merit badge requirements will take effect Jan. 1, 2015. Normally, when new requirements are released during the year, they go into effect the following Jan. 1. However, be-cause the release of the revised requirements is anticipated in late 2013, the revisions will not be offi-cially required until January 1, 2015. Until then, Scouts have a choice to begin work on the Cooking mer-it badge using the current requirements or the revised ones—and finish using the same requirements. See Guide to Advancement, topic, “What to Do When Requirements Change.”

Note that these are two separate changes and should be thought of as such.

Thank you

Scorpion Patrol Outing — 11/15-17/13

Hi Everyone,

I know that no one likes to pack, so I thought I would provide a checklist for things to bring.  Please focus on the cold weather gear.  The checklist that I have attached is geared to warm weather so please remember to bring cold weather gear.  Here are some thoughts:

  1. Make sure you dress in layers
    • Wicking base layer (synthetic long underwear)
    • Thermal layer (wool or polar fleece)
    • Outer wind/rain shell
  2. Avoid Cotton  (jeans, socks, etc).  Cotton when wet, stays wet.  Nylon scout pants really work well
  3. Make sure you have gloves and a hat.   Most heat is lost through your head.
  4. 2 pairs of wool Socks!
  5. Sleeping bag –  For this weekend, a sleeping bag rated at 30 Degrees or lower should be fine.
Please download and turn in Activity and Consent Form


Let’s plan on meeting at the upper Church parking lot at 4:30 with the goal of departing by 5 PM.   The drive to Rodney will take 1 hour.  The address is:
400 Rodney Scout Rd.
North East, MD. 21901

Tony Celmer


Troop Broad Creek Outing December 6–8

Hi Troop 899,

Our first Troop Outing will be on the first weekend of December. he information sheet and the BSA consent form will be sent out tomorrow night with the Committee minutes because our e-mail coordinator is working on a strange computer and can’t save to it. (per Jocelyn Parks)

Please return the consent form by November 14. Yes, that is not much time, but that is the last full troop meeting until December 5th.

The leaders for this trip are Matt Bratcher and Tony Celmer


Tony Celmer