Monthly Archives: May 2015

Steven Gardener’s Eagle Scout Project: Tools Required on June 6th.

Hello. This is a reminder for all people helping with Steven Gardener’s Eagle Scout project. On June 6th, anyone who is going to be helping with the Eagle Scout Project will need to bring:
an old screw driver (we need one per Scout).
wear long pants and closed toe shoes
Gas powered leaf Blower (we need 3 of these)
Hand Brooms (we need 7 of these)

Please respond back ASAP if you can attend Saturday, June 6 to so we can gather an accurate amount of items being brought to the work days and know who will be able to participate.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Thank you.

Tyler Kruzshak

50% Attendance Needed for Tomorrow’s Meeting

Tomorrow, May 28th, our troop will be conducting our annual OA and troop elections. It is required that at least 50% of the troop be in attendance for the OA election to be held. Therefore, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT EVERY SCOUT ATTENDS THIS MEETING!!! All current OA members are asked to PLEASE be in attendance and wear their sashes (it is your responsibility as OA members, period. Come on fellas!). I cannot stress enough that your attendance is needed to make this year’s election a success.

For you younger scouts and parents who do not fully understand why I am emphasizing the OA so much, allow me to explain what the OA is!!! For more than 90 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long term resident camping, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich and help to extend Scouting to America’s youth.

The mission of the Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.

As Scouting’s National Honor Society, our purpose is to:
Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way that warrants similar recognition.
Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience, in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp.
Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation.
Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
Hopefully this understanding will demonstrate why this Thursday should be a priority for all scouters to attend!!!
Thank you,
your OA Representative,
Jacob MurdockAttention Troop 899


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.

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

Many thanks!

Class B Uniforms on Sale

It’s that time again!

I will be taking orders for Troop 899 Class B t-shirts, sweatshirts, and polo shirts from now until Thursday, May 28th. Orders can be handed to me at the next few Troop meetings, or e-mailed to me directly Further information is on the attached order form. Cost will be withdrawn directly from your scout account.

Steve Jenness

Eagle Project Workdays: Steven Gardner

I am having my eagle project workdays on the following:
June 6th from 1:30pm to 5:30pm (Please see information at the top of this e-mail)
June 12th from 4pm to 8pm
June 13th from 8am to 4pm unless finished early
June 14th rain date
Just as a reminder my project is re painting parking lines, filling cracks, and installing a basketball hoop for Fallston United Methodist Church. I will need a lot of help to do this. If you can show up to any of these workdays please email me at

Thank you
Steven Gardner