Monthly Archives: February 2016

Annie McCauley Fundraiser Saturday, March 19

Help is needed for set-up for the Annie McCauley fundraiser being held Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Fallston Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Co (Carrs Mill Rd). Help needed – starting at 5pm — for carrying-in food, setting-up tables & chairs, setting up donations, etc.. Any assistance appreciated. If interested, please contact Ann Matthews –matthewsra@verizon.net

Thank you!

Ann Matthews

Scouting for Food and Pack 899’s Blue and Gold are coming up on March 5 and March 12.

This is a great opportunity for scouts to meet the new BSA Rank Advancement Service requirements. Not only are you doing a good turn for our community and Pack 899, you are helping yourself advance to the next rank. A win-win opportunity all-around.

March 5 and March 12 – Scouting for Food – 9:00 – 11:00 (or whenever finished your area) – Remember being a Tiger Cub and getting so excited as you went on a “treasure hunt” for food? Relive your childhood as we distribute bags on 3/5 and pick up food on 3/12. We also need adults to sign up as drivers and a few to help @ FUMC Food Pantry to accept, mark and sort the food! Click here for details and to sign up for one or both days: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CA9A72BA4F94-2016
March 12 – Blue and Gold – Volunteer for 1 or more shifts anytime between 3:30 and 6:30. Proudly wear your Class A uniform and be a positive role model to the Cub Scouts in Pack 899. There are a different volunteer jobs – so sign up early to get your choice. Click here for details and to sign up for the Blue and Gold: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4ca9a72ba4f94-20161
Any question, contact Michele Louderback michlouder@gmail.com

Camping and Biking on the NCR Trail at Bee Tree Preserve in Parkton, MD April 1, 2016 – April 3, 2016

It’s back! Get out that dusty bike and helmet and get ready to pedal the beautiful NCR Trail in nearby Parkton, MD. Troop 899 has enjoyed this outing many times in the past but our last adventure on two wheels was waaaaaaaay back in 2011! It’s a great outdoor activity to enjoy as we welcome Spring! The outing involves camping at Bee Tree Preserve in Parkton, MD, the site where both Joshua Murdock and Jacob Murdock completed their Eagle projects. The camping area is steps away from the NCR Trail near mile marker 16. We will be camping overnight both Friday and Saturday nights. Saturday we will be riding our bikes north on the NCR Trail towards Pennsylvania. Depending on the turnout and interest, we will be completing a 10, 15 and/or 25 mile ride (round trips). Be sure to select which ride(s) you would like to tackle on your permission slip and we will determine which ride(s) best meets the group’s interests. Don’t count yourself out for what might seem like too long of a ride. We have all day and the terrain has very minimal grades. There are rest stops along the way. Before departing Sunday morning, we will perform a service project on the Preserve grounds and hike a small portion of the preserve.

Permission slips are available on the troop website and are due to me no later than March 17, 2016. I will gladly accept scanned permission slips via email. All scouts and adults attending the outing will be required to bring their bike and helmets to an inspection at FUMC, March 17, 2016. This is a PLC meeting. PLC attendees can get their equipment inspected starting at 6:30pm.

Please let me know ASAP(!) if you need/want to complete the following to fulfill rank advancement and/or merit badge requirements:
Meal planning, preparation and cooking
Plan campfire program and serve as master of ceremonies
Cycling merit badge requirement(s)
Service Hours
NOTE: I am in need of at least one (1) ASM to go on this outing and several adults with Youth Protection. I will not be available to attend but will most of the preparation leading up to it. Please let me know ASAP if you can make it…..Jon Street, Steve Jenness, Matt Bratcher, Tony Celmer, Ed Toppi……just to name a few, hint-hint!

Lisa Murdock
lisamurdock@comcast.net
Phone (410) 557-6449

Opportunities to Earn Needed Volunteer Hours for Rank Advancement!

Scouting for Food and Pack 899’s Blue and Gold are coming up on March 5 and March 12. This is a great opportunity for scouts to meet the new BSA Rank Advancement Service requirements. Not only are you doing a good turn for our community and Pack 899, you are helping yourself advance to the next rank. A win-win opportunity all-around.

March 5 and March 12 – Scouting for Food – 9:00 – 11:00 (or whenever finished your area) – Remember being a Tiger Cub and getting so excited as you went on a “treasure hunt” for food? Relive your childhood as we distribute bags on 3/5 and pick up food on 3/12. We also need adults to sign up as drivers and a few to help @ FUMC Food Pantry to accept, mark and sort the food! Click here for details and to sign up for one or both days: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CA9A72BA4F94-2016

March 12 – Blue and Gold – Volunteer for 1 or more shifts anytime between 3:30 and 6:30. Proudly wear your Class A uniform and be a positive role model to the Cub Scouts in Pack 899. There are a different volunteer jobs – so sign up early to get your choice. Click here for details and to sign up for the Blue and Gold: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CA9A72BA4F94-20161
Any question, contact Michele Louderback michlouder@gmail.com

Field Trip for This Thursday’s Meeting!!!!

We will be going to visit Image Engineering – a cutting edge special effects company located in Baltimore which was started by 3 brothers, all of which are Eagle Scouts.

From their website
Our History: From Hobby to Enterprise
We’ve always had a passion to take our craft to the next level. Three brothers started this company in their parent’s basement. Making lasers was originally just a hobby; it wasn’t long before they realized this hobby could be a viable commercial output for their interests. This wasn’t a start-up, there were no investors, it was a passion that slowly grew into the enterprise it is today.

With each client, each project, the company continued to hone their craft as the work they were producing kept getting larger and larger. Before long they were bringing in more talent and more people and the company continued to grow into what it is today: a multi-million dollar enterprise with a Forbes 500 list of clientele.
– See more at: http://imageengineering.com

Permission slip is on the website under outings. Please let Sharon know if you are going and how many people will be attending by Wednesday February 24th. I will also need drivers – though parents, this is really cool and you might not want to miss it.

Get in on the Fun — National Jamboree 2017 Registration is now open!

The Boy Scout National Jamboree occurs once every 4 years. Our next National Jamboree will be July 19-28, 2017, at Summit Bechtel Reserve at the New River Gorge, West Virginia. The Jamboree features 6 High Adventure Camps: BMX and skateboarding, Mountain biking, Climbing, Zip lines and challenge courses, Shooting sports, and Aquatics (including whitewater rafting).

Boy Scouts must be 12-18 years old, and Venture Scouts must be 14-21 years old. Scouts register individually and are grouped with other Scouts from throughout the various Districts within the Council as part of the Baltimore Area Council Contingent. This process is designed for Scouts to interact with other Scouts and be given opportunities for leadership and experience in a new environment.

Baltimore Area Council Contingent to the National Jamboree costs $1525 per Boy Scout/Venturer Scout and $975 per Unit Leader. Fees include all food, activities, equipment, transportation to and from the Summit on motorcoach buses, and a shakedown weekend (once the adults and youth are organized into troops there will be various “Shakedown weekends” for all the Troops to gather as a unit and have practice weekends of setup, activities and breakdown as they prepare for the Jamboree experience).

Handouts are available at the Troop meetings. Also, see the Council’s site for more information: http://www.baltimorebsa.org/2017nationaljamboree
(Please note that there is a new council Jamboree contact: Mr. Jeff Lewis at email address Jeff.Lewis@scouting.org.)

Deadline Tomorrow for Troop 899 Winter Cabin Camping Friday, February 26 – Sunday, February 28, 2016

Join Troop 899 for Winter Cabin Camping at The Treehouse Camp at Maple Tree Campground located in Rohrersville, Maryland near Frederick. We have secured four heated Tree Cottages. A day trip to nearby Historic Harpers Ferry, WV is planned where the Scouts will break into patrols and have an opportunity to explore the town, learn more about it’s unique history and be challenged to complete the photo scavenger hunt (please bring a digital camera or cellphone). Upon arriving at camp on Friday the Scouts will be assigned their cabin and patrol for the weekend. Friday night dinner will be provided at camp, and Saturday lunch will be enjoyed by all in town. Scouts will be patrol camp cooking all other meals. We will depart on Friday, Feb. 26th at 4:00pm from FUMC and return at 12:00pm on Sunday, Feb. 28th at Fallston Library.

The permission slip, detailed itinerary and suggested packing list can be found on the Troop Website. Permission Slips are due no later than Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. Please contact Jeff Beavers (jdbeavers@comcast.net) with any questions.

Scout Sunday is Here

This Sunday, 2/21, is Scout Sunday at FUMC @ 10:15 am. Thanks to all who volunteered to help (see names listed below). We still need a boy willing to be part of the color guard. Please email Michele as soon as possible if available to help.

We also want to fill the pews with Troop 899 scouts in Class A uniform. FUMC is our sponsoring organization and allows us to use Friendship Center, Providence Hall and classrooms free of charge. It’s important to show the congregation and church leaders that we appreciate their support. Please email Michele to let her know you are coming so she can reserve an accurate number of pews.

Scouts will meet in the Welcome Center (upstairs) at 10:00 and will be part of the processional. Family members should find a seat in the church.

There will be a reception with light refreshments in honor of all scouts after the service.

Reader (Call to Worship) – Kyle Jenness
Reader (benediction) – Crayton Buchanan
Children’s Message – Alex Louderback
Usher – Aaron Gardner & James Matthews
Acolyte – Jared Yarworth (?)
Color Guard – American Flag – Jonathan Parks
– Boy Scout Flag –

Training for Scoutmasters / Assistant Scoutmasters

Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters need to have IOLS and Scoutmaster Specific Training, both of which have to be done in person rather than online. There are opportunities to get your training this spring.

For the Scoutmaster Specific:
Specific “Saturday” Training at the BAC Service Center in Baltimore on Sunday, Feb. 21. See https://baltimorebsa.doubleknot.com/training-calendar/41655 for more information or you can get your training over two sessions at Harford Roundtable on Monday, March 14 and Monday April 11.

For IOLS the Orientation will be Saturday, April 9 at Broadcreek, then the camping weekend is Friday-Sunday, April 15-17, also at Broadcreek.