Monthly Archives: December 2013

Come On Down, For The New Cooking Merit Badge

Until December 31, 2014, Scouts starting Cooking merit badge may use these requirements, or the previous requirements which these replaced.

This is an exception to the general rule. Normally, Scouts starting a merit badge after new requirements are issued must use only the new requirements. The following is a paraphrase of the announcement made by the BSA Advancement Team Leader in October, 2013:

Since the new Cooking MB requirements were released on December 17, 2013, and the pamphlet is coming out after the start of the new year, BSA decided to allow Scouts all of 2014 to make the transition. BSA will treat this as if the pamphlet and new requirements will have come out after January, which would make the requirements effective Jan 1, 2015. Throughout 2014 Scouts will have those options of continuing or beginning with the old requirements or beginning with the new requirements. Then on Jan 1, 2015, any Scout beginning work on Cooking MB must use the new requirements and the new pamphlet.

Brrrrrrrrrrr—It’s Winter Cabin Camping 2014

Jan 24-26, 2014

Winter Cabin Camping Schedule

Winter Cabin Camping Permission Slip

The deadline to turn this in is Jan 9, 2014, otherwise you’ll have to wear gum on your nose.

Below is a list of the merit badges that are tentatively scheduled:

Citizenship in the Nation
Citizenship in the World
Personal Fitness
Personal Management (age requirement)
Family Life
Chemistry (age requirement)
Fish & Wildlife Management
Wilderness Survival

If you are First Class Rank or above

You will need to sign up for 5 merit badges and rank them in order of preference. You will be slotted into 3 of them. There will be sign up sheets available at this week’s meeting. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO SIGN UP FOR THIS TRIP/MERIT BADGES. This trip takes a lot of coordination and I need all the time I can get 🙂 .

If you are below First Class

Please contact Sharon Gardner or see me at a meeting to find out how many merit badges you should sign up for. We will also be working on 2nd and 1st class requirements that a lot of you still need.

Scouts Needed to MC Campfire

I need 2 Scouts that are currently working on their Communications merit badge or will be working on it prior to this trip who would like to be the MC for the Saturday Campfire Program and head up the Sunday Scouts Own Service. Please let me know if you are interested – first come first served.


On Saturday night we have a family campfire program. This gives you a chance to see what the scouts have worked on over the weekend, see them perform and have some social time with them and other parents. The program starts at 7:30pm. We ask that you arrive between 6:30 and 7:15 (at the latest) and bring a snack/dessert to share. We are generally done and cleaned up by 9:30pm. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Mega Merit Badge Day Camp 2014

Mega Merit Badge Day Camp 2014 for Scouts

Save the Date

February 15, 2014 9:00 AM – 3:00PM
March 22, 2014 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
2810 Emmorton Rd., Abingdon, MD 21009

Two packed days of instruction, for Scouts, including BSA approved Merit Badge Counselors, Personalized Merit Badge Workbooks, Pencils, Lunch and More…

Registration for Merit Badge Classes will be available on January 13th. More information to follow.

Please contact us with questions at

Ski Roundtop Weekend 2/7–2/9/2014

Skiing/Snowboarding Weekend Trip

Roundtop Mountain Resort, Lewisberry, PA

The plan is to ski/board at Roundtop all day Saturday. Due to Cabin Size, trip is limited to 20 scouts, so get signed up ASAP. We expect this trip to fill up fast. We have room reserved for adult. Cabin is heated, with hot showers, nice fireplace, kitchen, you’ll love it.

Departure Date

Friday, February 7, 2014, 6:00 PM FUMC

Return Date

Sunday, February 9, 2014, 12 noon Fallston Library


At Cabin: Snacks, Saturday & Sunday breakfast provided
At Roundtop: You purchase Saturday lunch & dinner (see meal plan below).


Camp Cann-Edi-On Lodge, 870 Sheepbridge Road, York Haven, PA

Cost of Trip

$~23 pp plus Skiing/Snowboarding (see below)
plus Saturday Lunch & Dinner ($20.00 total, if Meal Plan purchased)

Group Rate Lift Ticket $ 54

Learn to Ski or Snowboard, Age 13+ $ 70
(Limited beginner lift ticket, ski or snowboard rental & a class lesson)

All Mountain Ski or Snowboard, Age 13+ $ 78
(Lift ticket for all lifts, ski or snowboard rental and class lesson at ability level)

Children Package, Ages 6 to 12 $ 84
(Lift ticket for all lifts, ski or snowbd rental and helmet, and class lesson)

Class Lesson: $40
Helmet Rental: $ 9
Skis or Snowboard Rentals: $40

Adult Coordinators:
Bill Paradis 410-877-7174, Cell 410-207-8678,
Tony Celmer (Skiing) (410) 941-5063,
Greg Chason (Snowboarding) (410) 692-2136,

Contact resort directly: Roundtop Mountain Resort 717-432-9631

Ski Roundtop Info and Permission Slip

Due Date January 23, 2014

Troop Elections to be Held Jan 9, 2014.

As some of you may know, our troop elections are coming up. The elections are going to be held on January 9th, 2014. If you want to sign up for one of the positions, please contact Eric Celmer through Email at, and state your name, and the position you would like to run for, or sign up at the meetings. A list of available positions follows:

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Patrol Leader
Chaplain’s Aide
Leave No Trace Trainer
OA Representative (Must be an OA member)
Charter Organization Liaison
Web Master

2015 Philmont Scout Ranch Expedition Info

Troop 899 has received a 2015 Philmont Scout Ranch Expedition for two (2) crews! Our arrival date at Philmont is July 22, 2015 and we depart August 3, 2015. Each crew will be 7 – 12 participants, scouts and adults. Please see the attached information sheet and permission slip for details. Please read both documents in their entirety. Pay attention to the eligibility requirements. Go to the Philmont website for more information

Lisa Murdock will be available for Q&A at the next two meetings: Thursday, December 12th (scout party) and Thursday, December 19th (COH). She will be available during the scout party on the 12th, and before and after the COH on the 19th. All interested scouts and adults should see her at one of these meetings. You may also contact Lisa at or (410) 557-6449.

Lisa plans to hold a specific Q&A meeting with slide show in early January 2014. More information will be provided at a later date.

2015 Philmont Information Sheet

2015 Philmont Permission Slip

Yours in scouting
Lisa Murdock

Gerber (the knife not the baby food) Knife Contest

In March, Troop 899 will hold a drawing for a survival knife made available through the generosity of Mr. Charles McDaniel, the Troop’s very first Eagle Scout.

For every hour of service performed between now and March 26th, you will receive one “chance,” so three hours equals three chances to win. The more hours of service, the better your odds of winning.

1) Any service opportunity the Troop offers will count
2) Any service opportunity OUTSIDE the Troop service activities counts, if you check with me before you perform the service to make sure it qualifies for the contest.

My hope is to inspire you to look for service opportunities and not just wait to be asked to serve. Once you start your quest for service I’m sure you’ll agree the real reward is the satisfaction you get from helping other people.

Have fun doing what scouts do best “Help other people at ALL times.”

Mr. John Brannon
Scoutmaster Troop 899

This post was edited by Ken K.
Click to read the full letter from Mr. John Brannon