Monthly Archives: June 2015

Free Youth Cyber Safety Event

We are offering a free Youth Cyber Safety event on 6/24/15 at 7 p.m. at Fallston United Methodist Church. Though much of the troop will be at summer camp this event is open to the parents left behind along with siblings in addition to those not attending Ockanickan. We strongly urge you to send a representative from your family or better yet bring everyone along. Cyber safety is a critical issue and impacts boys and girls. It is also connected to human trafficking and is alive and well in Harford County, MD. The church has recently had a young person impacted by this.

Thank you,

Sharon Gardner

Trainer Patches and Name Tag

For Adult Leaders – If you believe you have completed all the training necessary for your position but have not received a ‘Trained’ patch, please contact Laura Robbins.

For scouts and adults who have troop 899 name tags – If you were previously given a name tag and need a replacement, please contact by July 1 in order to have a new one ordered for you. The replacement cost will be charged to your scout account. If you are a current adult leader (committee member, assistant scoutmaster, etc) and you don’t have a troop name tag, please let Laura know so that one can be ordered for you.
Laura Robbins


The last meeting of the school year is tomorrow, June 11. It is a cookout, Court of Honor, and Order of the Arrow tap out. Here is the schedule:

Meeting: Court of Honor, Cookout & OA Tapout
We will conduct the final court of honor for the year the fire ring
We will have a cookout outside
Contact Hospitality (Mrs. Kitty)
We will have a traditional OA Tapout
Mr. Matt
This is a reminder to all OA Arrowmen that this Thursday’s meeting is the troop’s end-of-year picnic as well as court of honor and call-out ceremony. Therefore, it is required that all Arrowmen bring their sashes to be worn as we prepare the Court of Honor and call-out ceremony. If you have any questions, please email the troop OA representative, Jacob Murdock, at Thank you very much,
Location: FUMC Fire Ring
Apparel: Class A FINEST
Flags: Eagles
5:30: Scouts arrive to start fire
Ethan, Eric, Stash, Beavers
6:50: Color Guard arrive
7:00: Opening Ceremonies
7:10: Cookout
8:00: Begin Court of Honor
8:30: Finish Court of Honor
8:40: OA Tapout
9:00: Closing Ceremonies
9:10: Troop Dismissed


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!

Missing West Point Shirt

To any of the scouts that went to West Point, Could you please look in your stuff and see if you have an extra shirt that was purchased? A shirt for Kevin was purchased but it has been misplaced and we were hoping everyone could check and see if they may have an extra shirt please. If you find it, please contact Dawn Fitzgerald at 410-746-1981.

Thank you
Dawn Fitzgerald

Swim Checks

Swim checks will be at the Fallston club tomorrow, June 8th (rain and make up date June 9th).
Please meet at the gravel parking lot at 8:00 pm. We have the pool until 9:00 pm. This swim check will help speed up our check in at camp. Adults, this is also a good time for you as well for future events like the canoe trip coming up next year. Any questions please call or email me.
Jeff beavers
Troop 899

Semper Fi
Jeff Beavers