Monthly Archives: March 2015

There are still spaces left for West Point

Troop 899 has been selected to attend the 53rd annual West Point Camporee on the grounds of the US Military Academy at West Point, NY. The camporee is scheduled for May 1-3, 2015.

If you are interested in attending please contact me ASAP. Right now the troop has 14 scouts and 4 adults signed up to participate. THE EVENT IS LIMITED TO 20 SCOUTS AND 5 ADULTS.

Because of the Camporee requirements and since West Point is approximately a 4 hour drive from Fallston we will be required to depart Fallston no later than mid-morning on Friday May 1. If a scout is interested in attending this event will require that they miss school that Friday. Also the troop will be participating as a “Lightfighter” group as they did last year. This means that all gear, food and personal items will be hiked in and out of the camporee.

Additional information will be sent out in future email blasts and at troop meetings.

NRA Rifle Instructor Course April 17th – 19th

Scouters,
We are offering an NRA Rifle Instructor Course April 17th-19th. This course is required for Scouters who wish to run the ranges at Broadcreek or want to be a Rifle Shooting merit badge counselor. The course is $75 and Scouters can get a $50 discount for a commitment to help at Broadcreek. That makes the course only $25
Free accommodations at Hansen Lodge are available. Send this flyer out to Scouters in your Districts and take copies to roundtable. Please feel free to call me with any questions.

Jack

Jack Gude, Advisor Venturing Crew 247
NRA Certified Instructor, Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun. Personal Protection in the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home, NRA Training Counselor , NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
Cell # 410-935-7544

New Scout Outing 2015

When: Friday April 17th to Sunday April 19th.

Where: Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation. Apache Bluff Camp Site.

This outing is open to all scouts in Troop 899. The emphasis will be on introducing the New Scouts to the patrol method of Boy Scouts. There will be plenty of opportunity for our current scouts to get some requirements completed during the campout. Some examples are:

1. First Class Cooking

2. Cooking for Camping Merit Badge

3. 5 mile Hike

4. EDGE Method Requirement for scouts who are Star Rank.

5. 2 Nights Camping towards the Camping Merit Badge/OA Camping Requirement.

6. Others – just ask and there is a good chance we will find a way to complete the requirements that you need completed.

HERSHEY PARK GROUP DISCOUNT TICKETS –MONEY & ORDER DUE TO KIM BY WEDNESDAY APRIL 1

This year I will be organizing pre-purchased group discount tickets to Hershey Park in Hershey, PA. Please note these tickets are non-refundable and may be used any day during the 2015 regular operating season. You can go together or individually any day during the regular season.

Hershey Park opens for the summer season weekends beginning May 1st, and daily starting on May 21st through September 7th. They are also open weekends only September 12-27.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Group rate
Adult (ages 9-54) $33.50 (you save $29.30)
Junior/senior (ages 3-8 and 55-69) $28.50 (you save $11.30)
Senior + (ages 70+) $21.95 (you save $3.85)
Ages 2 and under are FREE

These tickets are valid ANY 2015 regular season operating day (we do not have to go as a group). These ticket prices include FREE admission to Zoo America. Also, you are eligible for the PREVIEW PLAN: By presenting your pre-purchased ticket you can visit Hershey Park for 2 1/2 hours FREE on the evening prior to your visit (3 1/2 hours FREE when the park closes at 11pm). There is a parking fee of $12 per day at Hershey Park – if you park for the preview plan, the next days parking is free – just ask.

Feel free to share this offer with friends and family.

Please make sure that all orders and money (cash or check) are to me by Wednesday April 1st if you would like to take advantage of these prices (Prices go up in April).
Please contact me 410-322-1221 or kimbr@zoominternet.net with questions or to order tickets.

Kim Brannon

Patrol Outing Photos

Please send photos of the most recent patrol outings to Ken Karlic at ken@karlic.com. These will be posted to the new privacy protected troop blog. Please include any narrative, posts or captions you’d like that may help describe the event.

Medical Forms NEW INFORMATION PLEASE READ

It is that time of year to update medical forms. The vast majority of our troop still has forms that are considered “current”, but please start thinking about the timing of any necessary physicals. Here are the requirements:
The BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (“AHMR”) is the only acceptable format to be used, and it must be the current form. It will say “2014 Printing” on the bottom right corner, and it is attached to this email. Most of you used this form last year. Some of you simply update old forms from prior years on your computer. Please replace those formats with the new one. (Sorry)
The AHMR is comprised of Parts A, B and C. Everyone must complete Parts A and B, and they are completed by parents (no physical necessary). Part C requires a physical exam and doctor’s certification. Part C is required for all activities exceeding 72 hours, which include Ockanickon summer camp and Philmont, obviously. Even if you or your scout does not plan to attend either, BSA still encourages all scouts to complete Part C – just in case an opportunity arises, and for general health 🙂
The forms are good through the end of the 12th month following the date they were completed. For example, if the forms were dated June 4, 2014, they are good through June 30, 2015.
If you are going to Philmont, your forms must be good through August 31, 2015, because your trek stretches into August. Also, take Part D to your doctor’s appointment. While there is no signature line on Part D, it is referenced in Part C, and your doctor should be aware of the Philmont requirements. (Form attached.)
If you plan to play high school sports and need a physical, I’ve been told that the physical must be completed afterJune 7, 2015 (HCPS anyway). As you can see, if you are attending summer camp, and playing a HS sport, and going to Philmont – plan your physical accordingly.
Ockanickon and Philmont will not accept physical forms other than the BSA AHMR. So, if you are getting a physical for other purposes, too, please take the BSA form with you to your doctor’s appointment. Other program formats are not acceptable.
Please complete the forms in their entirety. The BSA programs will pay particular attention to signatures and dates (please make sure the date can be seen and is legible); immunization history, especially tetanus; allergies and chronic conditions; current medications, including authorization for over the counter meds; and, medical insurance info. If you do not have medical insurance, mark “none” so there is no question.
Attach a front and back copy of the medical insurance card.

We need 3 sets of the completed AHMR, including the medical insurance card. If you are going to Philmont, we need 4 sets. Please keep an extra set for yourself, too. If you think of it, please make your copies on both sides of the paper. It saves space and weight, as adult leaders take them with them on scout outings.

NOTE: If you are attending the West Point camporee in May, you only need Parts A and B, which do not have to be dated the same as Part C. A doctor’s physical is not required, which will come into play for those of you that have timing considerations. There are several scouts planning to attend West Point whose forms will expire by then, (or that have already expired).

Please give completed sets to Alison Gabis prior to the expiry of your current medical forms, but not later than June 11, (with few exceptions). If there is a problem with forms, we need time to fix them prior to summer camp. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Alison Gabis at gabis3b@gmail.com.

Many thanks!

There are still spaces left for West Point

Troop 899 has been selected to attend the 53rd annual West Point Camporee on the grounds of the US Military Academy at West Point, NY. The camporee is scheduled for May 1-3, 2015.

If you are interested in attending please contact me ASAP. Right now the troop has 14 scouts and 4 adults signed up to participate. THE EVENT IS LIMITED TO 20 SCOUTS AND 5 ADULTS.

Because of the Camporee requirements and since West Point is approximately a 4 hour drive from Fallston we will be required to depart Fallston no later than mid-morning on Friday May 1. If a scout is interested in attending this event will require that they miss school that Friday. Also the troop will be participating as a “Lightfighter” group as they did last year. This means that all gear, food and personal items will be hiked in and out of the camporee.

Additional information will be sent out in future email blasts and at troop meetings.

NRA Rifle Instructor Course April 17th – 19th

Scouters,
We are offering an NRA Rifle Instructor Course April 17th-19th. This course is required for Scouters who wish to run the ranges at Broadcreek or want to be a Rifle Shooting merit badge counselor. The course is $75 and Scouters can get a $50 discount for a commitment to help at Broadcreek. That makes the course only $25
Free accommodations at Hansen Lodge are available. Send this flyer out to Scouters in your Districts and take copies to roundtable. Please feel free to call me with any questions.

Jack

Jack Gude, Advisor Venturing Crew 247
NRA Certified Instructor, Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun. Personal Protection in the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home, NRA Training Counselor , NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
Cell # 410-935-7544

New Scout Outing 2015

When: Friday April 17th to Sunday April 19th.

Where: Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation. Apache Bluff Camp Site.

This outing is open to all scouts in Troop 899. The emphasis will be on introducing the New Scouts to the patrol method of Boy Scouts. There will be plenty of opportunity for our current scouts to get some requirements completed during the campout. Some examples are:

1. First Class Cooking

2. Cooking for Camping Merit Badge

3. 5 mile Hike

4. EDGE Method Requirement for scouts who are Star Rank.

5. 2 Nights Camping towards the Camping Merit Badge/OA Camping Requirement.

6. Others – just ask and there is a good chance we will find a way to complete the requirements that you need completed.

Please return permissions slips to Tony Celmer by April 9th, 2015.