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Scoutbook Updates

posted Apr 8, 2019, 9:53 AM by BSA Troop 222   [ updated Apr 8, 2019, 10:07 AM ]

Hello Troop 222,

As we transition to Scoutbook, we have experienced several issues and are currently working with Scoutbook to resolve them.

These include but are not limited to:
  • Some parents are unable to RSVP for events for their scouts without having their scout have their own login information. (Request sent to Scoutbook for fix for those that have reported this issue.)
  • Scouts (Scribe and SPL) are not able to add events to the events section. (Request sent to Scoutbook to fix this.)
  • Some parents and scouts transferred in from other units are not able to see all of their information. (Requests sent to Scoutbook to resolve this for those that have reported this issue.)
  • Some parents have been disconnected from their scouts and some scouts have been disconnected from our troop. (Requests sent to Scoutbook to resolve this for those that have reported this issue.)
  • Scout records do not follow them when they are moved from a youth to an adult in the system. I sent in a suggestion for Scoutbook to keep records with the individual regardless of their age or position.)
  • Leaders who do not have youth in the troop are not able to use the mobile app. (Request sent to Scoutbook to address this.)

Please let me (Jon Nelson) know ASAP if you are experiencing any issues with Scoutbook so that we can get them resolved.  We appreciate your patience as we work through the transition.

Updates to Website

posted Feb 16, 2019, 2:56 PM by BSA Troop 222

Several links to Position Descriptions and the Troop Handbook were broken.  They have now been Fixed

IMPORTANT UPDATE Regarding SCOUTBOOK

posted Feb 16, 2019, 12:59 PM by BSA Troop 222

Our committee has decided to start using Scoutbook instead of Troopmaster to manage and track advancement as well as a plethora of other items. Here are several quick things regarding this move/transition.

Parents: 
1. By now, you should have all received an invite to login to Scoutbook. You will have full access to your boy's account (as well as your own) to be able to update and track their progress. Please be sure to login ASAP so the system can finish "Connecting" everyone.
2. Once you login, please review and update your own profile so it is complete and accurate.
3. If you wish for your scout(s) to have access to their own information via their own login, you have to first login to your own account and then grant them access/give them permission. (ONLY parents can do this for their scout. Leaders that are not the parent of that scout are not able to invite the scout.) The scout will be require to have their own email address for this to work.
4. There is a mobile app available, it is called "Scouting" and is available in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Access via the mobile app is limited so I would encourage you to first sign in via a computer.

Leaders: 
1. You also should have received an email inviting you to login to Scoutbook. Please login ASAP to complete your "connection" to the troop.
2. Once you login, please review and update your own profile so it is complete and accurate.
3. Please note that although there is a mobile app available, access is limited and it is not going to allow you to use it at all if you do not have a scout in the troop.
4. Permissions have been set in Scoutbook based on your leadership position within the troop. If you can't access something you feel you should be able to, please let me know. (contact info listed below)
5. I would encourage you to use the Single Sign On (SSO) option now available through Scoutbook. This allows you to use the same login credentials (username and password) for my.scouting.org (the site you use for taking Youth Protection and other training) and scoutbook.com. When you login to Scoutbook, there is a message at the top that tells you more about this and how to enable it.

ALL:
1. During this transition, we are testing the Scoutbook Calendar feature and, at the same time using our previous Google Calendar and SignUpGenius. Our hope is that the Scoutbook Calendar will ultimately replace the need for Google Calendar and SignUpGenius however we are still testing this. Please be patient during the transition.
2. At this time, we are NOT using the scout account feature. This is something we will be testing soon but please note that for the time being, your scout's account balance will not be indicative of their actual scout account balance. For now, if you need information on your scouts account, please contact Ms. Huck.
3. Later today you will see the Scoutbook Calendar AND our Google Calendar on our troop website. Please reference both calendars for upcoming events and RSVP's. (You only need to RSVP once so if you see it available via Scoutboook and SignUpGenius, please pick one. Our preference would be Scoutbook but if that does not work, please feel free to use SignUpGenius.
4. We'll be adding some information and a link to Scoutbook on the website to make it easy to find in the future.
5. If you have any questions or issues with Scoutbook, please contact me ASAP. (Jon Nelson, 262-909-2861, jonjnelson@gmail.com)

Thank you!
Jon Nelson
Committee Member, Chaplain and Database and Website Manager

Troop Updates - March 2017

posted Mar 21, 2017, 6:44 AM by Mr. Waiss


Welcome New Scouts and Families

                We want to welcome the four Scouts who just crossed over and joined us from Cub Scout Pack 166.  Welcome Kadyn B Carter J, Marshall P, and Alex S.  You have a great Scouting experience ahead of you!

 

Troop Clothing

                We will be taking orders for troop t-shirts, sweatshirts, and polo shirts starting at the Court of Honor and ending May 9.  T-shirts are grey with the troop logo on the front, and are $11 each ($13 for 2X+).  Hoodies are black with the troop logo on the front, and are $21 ($23 for 2X+).  Zippered hoodies are black with the troop logo on the back, and are $30 ($32 for 2X+).  Troop polos are red, performance fabric, with the troop logo embroidered on the left breast, and are $21 ($23 for 2X+).  Send me an email or give me a note during a troop meeting to place your order.

 

Patrol Announcement

                With the number of Scouts deciding not to continue in Scouting this past year and the addition of the four new Scouts above, the PLC sat down and readjusted the patrols for the future.  They made the difficult decision to eliminate the Ninja Panda patrol and add those remaining members to other patrols.  Many will be added to the Square Knot Squad, which will be renamed the Square Pandas, but some were moved to other patrols.  The final rosters will be distributed at the next troop meeting, and elections will be held at that time.

 

Scoutmaster Announcement

                I announced it at last week’s meeting but I know many families were not in attendance.  With me taking on additional travel responsibilities in my job (the one that actually pays the bills) I am stepping down as Scoutmaster effective with the Court of Honor this month.  I am excited to announce that Frank Russ has agreed to step into the role of Scoutmaster.  I am not leaving the troop, instead stepping back into the role of being one of Frank’s assistants, and I plan to attend and participate where time allows.

 

Quick Reference Signups (Links are also included in the calendar entries on the troop website).

                This is our primary method of activity registration.  It is set up so the Scouts can indicate whether they are participating in an activity or not.  Please use it, even if you cannot participate in an activity.


March

  • 14, Troop Meeting.
    • Troop elections for Patrol leaders, final planning (meal and skits) for the Court of Honor.
  • 17, Spring Court of Honor at Living Faith Lutheran.
    • Church will be opened at 5:00 for final meal preparations.
    • Meal service planned for 6:30, all family members invited (please have your scout inform their patrol leader how many to plan for).
    • Court of Honor awards presentations and skits immediately following.
  • 17-18 (Friday to Saturday), Troop lock-in at Living Faith Lutheran Church, SignUp Genius registration link is above..
    • Bring board games, card games, and maybe even a movie – this is not an electronics lock-in.
    • Lock-in is scheduled to end at 8:30am Saturday morning, please make arrangements to get your Scout at that time.  If not then they will be transported to Messiah Lutheran for the next activity.
  • 18, 8:30am, lock-in ends but we have Scouting for Food bag pickup in the Messiah Lutheran neighborhood.  If all Scouts and parent can assist this can be done by 10:00am.
  • 21, Troop PLC Meeting with new Patrol Leaders.
    • If interested in other positions of responsibility a note to that effect must be provided to Roger (SPL).
  • 28, Troop Meeting

 April

  • 02 (Sunday), Annual Troop Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at Living Faith Lutheran Church, SignUp Genius registration link is above.
  • 04, Troop Meeting.
    • Spring fundraiser sales sheets are due.
  • 11, Troop Meeting.
  • 18, No troop meeting, RUSD Spring Break.
  • 25, Troop Meeting.
    • Final planning for Governor Dodge activity.
  • 28-30, Governor Dodge State Park campout, SignUp Genius registration link is above.3
    • Meet at Messiah no later than 5:00, departure by 5:30 (it is a 2.5 hour drive).  Plan to return to Racine by 11:00 Sunday.

 May

  • 02 Troop PLC Meeting.
  • 05, OA Spring FixIt at Camp OhDaKoTa for interested OA members.
  • 09, Troop Meeting
  • 12-14, OA Spring Conclave at Indian Mound Reservation.
    • If interested in attending please contact Mr. Waiss or Mr. Russ, we may be able to provide transportation.
    • First opportunity for 2017 Ordeals (will be paid by troop).
  • 16, Troop Meeting
  • 19-21, Elroy-Sparta Cycling trip
  • 23, Troop Meeting.

 Future monthly activity plans

  • May 21 – NYLT Pre-Course Meeting (speak with your Scoutmaster if you are interested).
  • June 02-03 – Scouting the Zoo campout, SignUp Genius registration link is above.
  • June 10-16 – Council NYLT Course.
  • July 03 – Sturtevant Third of July Parking, SignUp Genius registration link is above.
  • July 23-29 – Summer Camp at Ed Bryant Scout Reservation, SignUp Genius registration link is above.  Attached is the information sheet about summer camp this year.

  

Sean A. Waiss

Troop Updates - January 2017

posted Jan 5, 2017, 9:47 AM by Mr. Waiss

2017 Registration

    The troop completes our annual registration with BSA at the end of January every year.  At that time we pay the registration fees and Boys Life magazine subscriptions for all Scouts, amounting to about $36 per Scout for every Scout that we pay to the national offices.  I started last night, and will continue over the next few weeks, speaking with each Scout individually, during troop meetings, in an effort to determine their intent to continue their troop registration in 2017.  If a Scout decides Scouting is not for them as they are too busy with other activities then we are fine with that.  I would appreciate the opportunity for them to tell me in person, as I would like to discuss their experiences in the troop and Scouting in general.  As such, I am asking that each Scout make an effort to attend the meeting on either January 10 or 24.

Quick Reminders

  • Scout Uniforms are part of the Scouting experience.  Our SPL is starting a points system for patrols that includes, in part, patrol attendance and proper uniforming, that will result in some type of award.  I do not know what that award might be at this point.
  • Patrol Leaders need to bring a notepad and written implement to all troop meetings.
  • Cell phones (and other electronics) do serve a purpose in Scouting, but are not to be used during troop activities unless permission is granted by troop leadership.

Quick Reference Signups (Links are also included in the calendar entries on the troop website).

This is our primary method of activity registration.  It is set up so the Scouts can indicate whether they are participating in an activity or not.  Please use it.

 Text Alerts

    A text alert is usually sent out every Tuesday afternoon, before the troop meeting, providing any details of what Scouts should expect or are required to bring to that meeting.  Many Scouts and families are already registered for this service, many others are not.  While it is not required, I would recommend at least one family member sign up for the text alert service.  Eventually we may be able to use it for broadcasting arrival times when returning from troop events, but we are not at that point yet.  The service is the same provider being used by RUSD, and I would assume other schools, for specific classrooms.  I strongly encourage all families to sign up for this service.

    There are three ways to sign up for the Troop text alerts.

  • You can create an account on remind.com (if you do not already have one) and enter the “class code” of @cd6cc.  Signing up this way will let you set up your account to send a text message, send an email, or both, every time a message is sent out.
  • You can send a text message to 81010 with the message @cd6cc.  This will simply send you a text message each time one is sent out.
  • You can download the Remind app to your phone, create and account, and then sign up for class code @cd6cc.  You will then get a message via the app each time one is sent out.

January

  • 10, Troop Meeting.
    • IMR campout final planning and Troop holiday cookie and white elephant gift exchange.  Bring cookies to share and a drink of your choice.  For the gift exchange bring a wrapped or bagged gift of value (between $5 and $10) and not something you find under your bed at the last minute.
  • 13-15 (Friday to Sunday), Indian Mound Reservation campout in the Fun Lodge, with Webelos.  Signup Genius link is above.
    • Attending Webelos and their families are no charge, Webelos must be accompanied by a parent or other guardian.
  • 17, Troop PLC Meeting.
  • 24, Troop Meeting.
  • 31, Troop Meeting.

February

  • 05 (Sunday), Scout Sunday at Messiah Lutheran, SignUp Genius registration link is above.
  • 14, Troop Meeting.
  • 18 (Saturday), Adventure Rock Lock-in, SignUp Genius registration link is above.
  • 21, Troop Meeting and OA Elections.
  • 25 (Saturday), Pack 166 Crossover, 11am-1pm at Infusino’s.  Four to five Scouts, including SPL, should plan to attend and participate, preference given to SPL, ASPL, and PLs.
  • 28, Troop Meeting.

Future monthly activity plans

  • March 04 – Merit Badge Tech Day at Gateway Technical College (online registration opens either February 04 or 11 at 8am).
  • March 11 – Scouting for Food bag drop, 9am to noon.
  • March 17 – Spring Court of Honor and Lock-in, location to be determined.
  • March 18 – Scouting for Food pickup, 9am to 11am.
  • April 28-30 – Cycling campout, to be determined.
  • May 12-14 – Order of the Arrow Spring Conclave and Ordeal inductions, Indian Mound Reservation.
  • May 19-21 – Canoe or Kayaking or Hiking campout, to be determined.
  • May 21 – NYLT Pre-Course Meeting (speak with your Scoutmaster if you are interested).
  • June 02-03 – Scouting the Zoo campout, Chicago Day Trip possible later in the month.
  • June 10-16 – Council NYLT Course.
  • July 03 – Sturtevant Third of July Parking.
  • July 23-29 – Summer Camp at Ed Bryant Scout Reservation, SignUp Genius registration link is above.

Troop Updates - November 2016

posted Nov 2, 2016, 8:42 AM by Mr. Waiss

I have a hard time believing I have to repeat these points every month, but some Scouts don’t seem to get the hint.
  • Remember, uniforms are an important part of Scouting, so please wear yours to all troop meetings and activities unless informed otherwise.  Regardless of rank the uniform includes a pen or pencil, Patrol Leaders should have a notepad or notebook, while uniforms for Scouts below the rank of First Class include your neckerchief and handbook.  We do have a very small selection of uniform shirts for Scouts who have outgrown their current shirts.
  • Cell phones and electronics are not needed during troop meetings unless the SPL or your patrol leader have you researching something on the Internet.  If your device happens to distract you during a meeting, the PLC has decided that the distraction will be removed until the end of the meeting.  Continued distractions may result in the item being returned to your parent and not to you at the end of the meeting, along with an ensuing conversation about the distraction.
  • Unacceptably foul language seems to be creeping into the vocabulary of some of our Scouts.  As a reminder, a “Scout is Clean,” so the use of foul language cannot and will not be tolerated at troop meetings or activities.  Scouts, you should not tolerate foul language in your non-Scouting life either, there really is no need for it.  The PLC is adopting a strategy of issuing a warning for the first incident, then removing a Scout from the activity or meeting for a subsequent incident.  Continued issues will result in the Scout’s family being called to remove the Scout from the activity or meeting, regardless of where the troop might be located at that time.

Quick Reference Signups (Links are also included in the calendar entries on the troop website).
    This is our primary method of activity registration.  It is set up so the Scouts can indicate whether they are participating in an activity or not.  Please use it.
  • November 05 Troop Leadership Training --> www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0445A5A623A7FE3-20161105
  • November 08 Troop Movie Night --> www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0445A5A623A7FE3-troop
  • November 18 Wadewitz Barn campout and Holiday Banquet --> http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a5a623a7fe3-wadewitz1
  • December 03 Fallen Heroes Wreath Laying --> www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0445A5A623A7FE3-20161203
  • December 16 Eagle Cave Campout --> http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a5a623a7fe3-december
  • January 13 IMR Fun Lodge Campout --> www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0445A5A623A7FE3-20170113
  • February 18 Adventure Rock MKE Lock-in --> http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a5a623a7fe3-20170218
  • March Court of Honor and Lock-In --> TBD
  • April Cycling campout --> TBD
  • May Campout --> TBD
  • June 02 Scouting the Zoo campout --> http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a5a623a7fe3-20170602
  • July 23-29 Summer Camp at Ed Bryant Scout Reservation --> TBD

Text Alerts
    A text alert is usually sent out every Tuesday afternoon, before the troop meeting, providing any details of what Scouts should expect or are required to bring to that meeting.  Many Scouts and families are already registered for this service, many others are not.  While it is not required, I would recommend at least one family member sign up for the text alert service.  Eventually we may be able to use it for broadcasting arrival times when returning from troop events, but we are not at that point yet.  The service is the same provider being used by RUSD, and I would assume other schools, for specific classrooms.
    There are three ways to sign up for the Troop text alerts. 
  1. You can create an account on remind.com (if you do not already have one) and enter the “class code” of @cd6cc.  Signing up this way will let you set up your account to send a text message, send an email, or both, every time a message is sent out.
  2. You can send a text message to 81010 with the message @cd6cc.  This will simply send you a text message each time one is sent out.
  3. You can download the Remind app to your phone, create and account, and then sign up for class code @cd6cc.  You will then get a message via the app each time one is sent out.
November
  • 05 (Saturday), Troop Leadership Training and PLC meeting
    • This is a non-uniformed event
    • 8am to 1pm at Messiah Lutheran, breakfast and lunch will be provided
    • Use the above SignUp Genius link to register (for food planning purposes), no later than 11/05
    • Attendance is mandatory for SPL, ASPL, and all four patrol leaders – this was part of the agreement you made to run for office.  If you do not attend you will be removed from office.
    • Attendance is recommended for the four Scouts who indicated a desire to take NYLT this summer
    • Attendance is optional, but beneficial, for Scouts who have completed NYLT
  • 08, Election Day, the church is unavailable so PLC has scheduling a troop movie night at Marcus Renaissance
    • This is a non-uniformed event
    • 6:40 showing of Dr. Strange, movie is 120 minutes so pickup no later than 9:00pm
    • Use the above SignUp Genius link to order your ticket(s), no later than Wednesday night (11/04).  Tickets will be purchased Thursday morning.
    • Families are welcome to attend and order tickets through the troop.
    • I will have the pre-ordered tickets at the door from 6:00 to 6:30.  At 6:40 I will be in the theatre, so do not be late.
    • Tickets are $5 each, and will be charged to your Scout account.  I am getting out of the money-handling business.
  • 12 (Saturday) – Wreath product pickup, 9am to 11am, at Mr. Waiss’ home.
  • 12 (Saturday) – EAGLE SCOUT JOINT COURT OF HONOR for Mitch Russ and Chad Helland
    • Scouts, please wear a complete uniform if you have it.
    • Fully uniformed Scouts (including Scout pants) should arrive by 1:15 as you may be included in the ceremony, all other Scouts should arrive by 1:30.
    • Ceremony starts at 2:00, at Living Faith Lutheran Church (former Atonement Lutheran), 2915 Wright Avenue
    • Light reception will follow
  • 15, Troop Meeting.
    • Wadewitz campout planning.
      • Patrols need to bring the recipes, ingredient list, and cooking equipment and vessels they will need for the holiday banquet.
      • Do not try to figure it out at the meeting, you need to bring it to the meeting already completed.
  • 18-20 (Friday to Sunday), Wadewitz Barn campout and Holiday dinner, with Webelos.
    • Signup Genius link is above, register before 11/08 and fee is $25, register after 11/08 and fee is $30
    • Families may attend holiday banquet for $5 per person, using same SignUp Genius registration link
    • Attending Webelos and their families are no charge
    • Families planning to attend should plan to arrive by 4:30 Saturday, with the banquet being served at 5:00
    • Holiday Banquet menu is listed next.  Patrols need to figure out the recipe, ingredients, and cooking equipment and vessels they will need before the 11/15 troop meeting, and bring that information to the meeting.
      • Genius Patrol is tasked with preparing Mozzarella Sticks and Bacon-wrapped Jalapeno poppers
      • Ninja Pandas Patrol is tasked with Mashed Potatoes (from real potatoes) and a 7-layer Salad
      • Square Knots are tasked with Potatoes au Gratin and Corn and/or Green Beans
      • Flaming Pineapples are tasked with Oreo Pie and Brookies
      • Entrees will be Deep-fried Turkey and Smoked Pork Ribs, prepared by Frank and the adult leaders, and possibly cheesecake by Ms. Huck
  • 22, Troop PLC Meeting, though this may get cancelled due to the holiday.
    • This is a non-uniformed event
    • Deadline for Eagle Cave registration using SignUp Genius
  • 29, Troop Meeting.
    • All popcorn and wreath payments are due to the troop.
December
  • 03 (Saturday), Fallen Heroes Wreath Placements, SignUp Genius registration link is above
  • 06, Troop Meeting.
  • 13, Troop Meeting.
  • 16-18 (Friday to Sunday), Eagle Cave campout, fee is $70.
  • 20, Troop Holiday Meeting, troop holiday cookie and gift exchange.
  • 27, No troop meeting.
Future monthly activity plans
  • January 13-15 – Fun Lodge campout at Indian Mound Scout Reservation.  Register by January 02 ($30, afterwards $35).
  • February 18 (Saturday) – Adventure Rock lock-in, at the new location in Milwaukee.  Register by February 07 ($35, afterwards $40).
  • March 17 – Spring Court of Honor and Lock-in, location to be determined.
  • April 28-30 – Cycling campout, to be determined.
  • May 19-21 – Canoe or Kayaking or Hiking campout, to be determined.
  • June 02-03 – Scouting the Zoo campout, Chicago Day Trip possible later in the month.
  • July 23-29 (Tentative) – Summer Camp at Ed Bryant Scout Reservation.
Other Activities offered by the Council (See Mr. Waiss or the Council website for details)
  • November 12, 8am to noon – Den Chief Training for those who have expressed an interest, at the Milwaukee Scout Service Center.
  • November 13, 1pm to 5pm, Dog Care merit badge clinic, at the Wisconsin Humane Society, Milwaukee.
  • December 10, 8am to 11am – Electricity merit badge clinic, WE Energies in Milwaukee.
  • December 10, 10am to noon, Snow Sports merit badge clinic, at the Milwaukee Scout Service Center.
  • March 04, 8am to 3pm, Merit Badge Tech Day at Gateway Technical College (online registration opens either February 04 or 11 at 8am).
  • March 05, 1pm to 5pm, Dog Care merit badge clinic, at the Wisconsin Humane Society, Milwaukee.
  • May 21 – NYLT Pre-Course Meeting (speak with your Scoutmaster if you are interested).
  • June 10-16 – Council NYLT Course.

Troop Updates - October 2016

posted Oct 18, 2016, 10:32 AM by Mr. Waiss

The same reminders seem to be needed each month.

  • Cell phones and electronics are not needed during troop meetings unless the SPL or your patrol leader have you researching something on the Internet.  If your device happens to distract you during a meeting, the PLC has decided that the distraction will be removed until the end of the meeting.  Continued distractions may result in the item being returned to your parent and not to you at the end of the meeting, along with an ensuing conversation about the distraction.
  • Remember, uniforms are an important part of Scouting, so please wear yours to all troop meetings and activities unless informed otherwise.  Regardless of rank the uniform includes a pen or pencil, Patrol Leaders should have a notepad or notebook, while uniforms for Scouts below the rank of First Class include your neckerchief and handbook.
  • NEW:  Unacceptably foul language seems to be creeping into the vocabulary of some of our Scouts.  The adult leaders have said something to the offending Scouts when we’ve heard it in the past, but now it seems that it is being used where the adults can not necessarily hear it and address it, but other Scouts are hearing it.  As a reminder, a “Scout is Clean,” so the use of foul language cannot and will not be tolerated at troop meetings or activities.  Scouts, you should not tolerate foul language in your non-Scouting life either, there really is no need for it.  The PLC is adopting a strategy of issuing a warning for the first incident, then removing a Scout from the activity or meeting for a subsequent incident.  Continued issues will result in the Scout’s family being called to remove the Scout from the activity or meeting, regardless of where the troop might be located at that time.

 

Quick Reference Signups (Links are also included in the calendar entries on the troop website).

This is our primary method of activity registration.  It is set up so the Scouts can indicate whether they are participating in an activity or not.  Please use it.


October

  • 11, Troop Meeting.
  • 18, Troop Meeting, deadline for Haunted Hayride Campout registration, all popcorn and wreath order forms are due.
  • 25, Troop Meeting.
  • 28-30 (Friday to Sunday), Haunted Hayride Campout at Camp OhDaKoTa.

November

  • 01, Troop Meeting, deadline for Troop Movie Night registration, deadline for Wadewitz Campout & Holiday Banquet registration.
  • 05 (Saturday), Troop Leadership Training and PLC meeting for PLC members and NYLT Scouts, location to be determined.
  • 08, Election Day, so PLC is scheduling a troop movie night at Marcus Renaissance
  • 12 (Saturday) – Popcorn and Wreath product pickup, 9am to 11am, at Mr. Waiss’ home.
  • 12 (Tentative) – EAGLE SCOUT JOINT COURT OF HONOR for Mitch Russ and Chad Helland, details to be confirmed and communicated later.
  • 15, Troop Meeting.
  • 18-20 (Friday to Sunday), Wadewitz Barn campout and Holiday dinner, with Webelos. Signup is above.
  • 22, no meeting.
  • 29, Troop Meeting, deadline for Eagle Cave registration.

December

  • 03 (Saturday), Fallen Heroes Wreath Placements
  • 06, Troop Meeting.
  • 13, Troop Meeting.
  • 16-18 (Friday to Sunday), Eagle Cave campout, fee is $70.
  • 20, Troop Meeting.  Multiple school holiday concerts may cancel this meeting.
  • 27, No troop meeting.

Future monthly activity plans

  • January 13-15 – Fun Lodge campout at Indian Mound Scout Reservation.  Register by January 02.
  • February 18 (Saturday) – Adventure Rock lock-in, at the new location in Milwaukee.  Register by February 07.
  • March 17 – Spring Court of Honor and Lock-in, location to be determined.
  • April 28-30 – Cycling campout, to be determined.
  • May 19-21 – Canoe or Kayaking or Hiking campout, to be determined.
  • June 02-03 – Scouting the Zoo campout, Chicago Day Trip possible later in the month.
  • July 23-29 (Tentative) – Summer Camp at Ed Bryant Scout Reservation.

 Other Activities offered by the Council (See Mr. Waiss or the Council website for details)

  • November 05, 8am to noon – American Labor merit badge clinic, in Menomonee Falls.
  • November 12, 8am to noon – Den Chief Training for those who have expressed an interest, at the Milwaukee Scout Service Center.
  • November 13, 1pm to 5pm, Dog Care merit badge clinic, at the Wisconsin Humane Society, Milwaukee.
  • December 10, 8am to 11am – Electricity merit badge clinic, WE Energies in Milwaukee.
  • December 10, 10am to noon, Snow Sports merit badge clinic, at the Milwaukee Scout Service Center.
  • March 04, 8am to 3pm, Merit Badge Tech Day at Gateway Technical College (online registration opens either February 04 or 11 at 8am).
  • March 05, 1pm to 5pm, Dog Care merit badge clinic, at the Wisconsin Humane Society, Milwaukee.
  • May 21 – NYLT Pre-Course Meeting (speak with your Scoutmaster if you are interested).
June 10-16 – Council NYLT Course.

Troop Updates - September 2016

posted Sep 16, 2016, 1:00 PM by Mr. Waiss

We are back into the full Troop program year now.

It seems the reminders need to be reinforced.

  • Cell phones and electronics are not needed during troop meetings unless the SPL or your patrol leader have you researching something on the Internet.  If your device happens to distract you during a meeting, the PLC has decided that the distraction will be removed until the end of the meeting.  Continued distractions may result in the item being returned to your parent and not to you at the end of the meeting, along with an ensuing conversation about the distraction.
  • Remember, uniforms are an important part of Scouting, so please wear yours to all troop meetings and activities unless informed otherwise.  Regardless of rank the uniform includes a pen or pencil, Patrol Leaders should have a notepad or notebook, while uniforms for Scouts below the rank of First Class include your neckerchief and handbook.

Quick Reference Signups - Please use these links to indicate your Scout's participating in upcoming activities.

 

September 13 Troop Meeting

  • Elections for ASPL and PLs
  • Summer Camp presentations by Scouts working on Communications merit badge, followed by troop vote for summer camp 2017
  • Finalize patrol-specific plans for Court of Honor
  • Patrol planning for Devil’s Lake campout

September 16-18 Storefront Popcorn Sales

  • Pick ‘n Save at Durand and Green Bay Road.  Let me know if you are interested in another location.  Signup is above.

September 18 Service Project Opportunity

  • Service Hours opportunity to assist with Jefferson Lighthouse Back to School Carnival.  I would recommend helping with either the inflatables (from 2-4) or cleanup (from 4-5), but feel free to sign up for any slot you desire.  This is a uniformed event to help the school and our Cub Scout pack, and to promote Scouting.  While this is not a required event, if you need service hours for rank requirements this is an excellent opportunity to complete them.  Signup is above.

September 20 Troop Meeting

  • Final Court of Honor planning
  • Planning for Devil’s Lake campout
  • Patrol team building activities

September 24 Troop Court of Honor

  • Plan is for a dinner meal to be prepared by the Scouts and served at 5pm to the families.  Scouts would need to be available between 2 and 3 depending on what their patrol is preparing.

September 27 Troop Meeting

  • Final planning for Devil’s Lake campout

 

September 30 Devil’s Lake Campout

-          Signup is above

 

October

  • 04, Patrol Leaders Council, first activity for new PLC members.
  • 11, Troop Meeting.
  • 18, Troop Meeting.
  • 25, Troop Meeting.
  • 28-30 (Friday to Sunday), Haunted Hayride Campout at Camp OhDaKoTa.  Signup is above.

November

  • 01, Troop Meeting – Head counts for Dec 16-18 activity options are required at this point for planning purposes, otherwise PLC will determine a plan B.
  • 04 (Friday) or 05 (Saturday), Troop Leadership Training for PLC members.
  • 08, Election Day, so PLC is scheduling a troop movie night at Marcus Renaissance.
  • 12 (Saturday) – Popcorn and Wreath product pickup, 9am to 11am.
  • 15, Troop Meeting.
  • 18-20 (Friday to Sunday), Wadewitz Barn campout and Holiday dinner, with Webelos. Signup is above.
  • 22, Patrol Leaders Council.
  • 29, Troop Meeting

December

  • 03 (Saturday), Fallen Heroes Wreath Placements
  • 06, Troop Meeting.
  • 13, Troop Meeting.
  • 16-18 (Friday to Sunday), planned Eagle Cave campout, but fee is $70.  Other option is Friday night USS Cobia overnight, fee of $50.  We need head counts by Nov 01 to make this work. Signup is above.
  • 20, Troop Meeting.  Multiple school holiday concerts may cancel this meeting.
  • 27, No troop meeting.

 Future monthly activity plans

  • January 13-15 – Fun Lodge campout at Indian Mound Scout Reservation.
  • February 18 – Adventure Rock lock-in, at the new location in Milwaukee.
  • March 17 – Spring Court of Honor and Lock-in, possibly at Pleasant Prairie RecPlex.
  • April 28-30 – Cycling campout.
  • May 19-21 – Canoe or Kayaking or Hiking campout.
  • June 02-03 – Scouting the Zoo campout, Chicago Day Trip possible later in the month.
  • July – Summer Camp, dates and location to be announced by Fall Court of Honor.

Troop Updates - August 2016

posted Sep 16, 2016, 12:53 PM by Mr. Waiss

Welcome back to a new troop program year!  Summer camp at Ed Bryant Scout Reservation was great, with the 26 attending Scouts completing at least 53 merit badges, and another 36 partial merit badge completions.  A dozen rank advancements were earned at camp, with another handful very close to completion.  We will spend the next couple troop meetings getting remaining requirements wrapped up for both ranks and some merit badges, so having your Scout Handbook at the meetings will be especially important.

A few reminders for the new Scouting year.

  • Cell phones and electronics are not needed during troop meetings unless the SPL or your patrol leader have you researching something on the Internet.  If your device happens to distract you during a meeting, the PLC has decided that the distraction will be removed until the end of the meeting.  Continued distractions may result in the item being returned to your parent and not to you at the end of the meeting, along with an ensuing conversation about the distraction.
  • Remember, uniforms are an important part of Scouting, so please wear yours to all troop meetings and activities unless informed otherwise.  Regardless of rank the uniform includes a pen or pencil, while uniforms for Scouts below the rank of First Class include your neckerchief and handbook.  The PLC is working on a method to enforce this.
    We had a very successful Troop PLC Meeting late last week to get our troop schedule planned for the upcoming months.  What is listed next is the result of that planning.  All troop meetings will be held at Messiah Lutheran, from 6:30 to 8:00, unless otherwise specified.  Please plan to arrive by 6:20 so that we can get started on time and minimize interruptions during the meeting.

August 16 Troop Meeting.

  • We had many Scouts work on the Chess merit badge at summer camp but one requirement was not completed.  That requirement was, “Play at least three games of chess with other Scouts.  Replay the games from your scoresheets and discuss how you might have played each game differently.  Bring a chess set and board (with paper and pen to record/score your games) and we will have a Troop 222 round robin chess tournament.  Those Scouts who have not earned the merit badge can start on it, those who have not earned it should be able to complete it, and those who have already earned it can play as well.
  • During the tournament:
    • We will compare all handbooks against what we have entered into the advancement tracking software and get both sets of records updated (regardless of rank, bring your handbook).
    • Those Scouts needing the final rank requirements of Scoutmaster Conference and/or Board of Review can get those scheduled, and possibly completed, during the meeting.

 August 23 Troop Meeting.

  • Additional advancement work and Boards of Review will be the primary focus of this meeting, to be run by Mr. Russ.
  • Those Scouts working on the Cooking merit badge with Mr. Russ should plan to bring updates to review with him.
  • Those Scouts needing the Communication merit badge requirement to, “Attend a public meeting approved by your counselor…” should plan to attend the Village of Sturtevant Community Development Authority Public Hearing, starting at 5:30pm at Sturtevant Village Hall, followed by the Village Continual Committee Meeting.  I will be at that meeting, so will be able to provide transportation back to the troop meeting once it has completed.  The rest of that requirement is, “Practice active listening skills and take careful notes of each point of view.  Prepare an objective report that includes all points of view that were expressed.”  Be prepared to complete the active listening and note taking during the meeting.  This is only for those Scouts who currently have partials for this merit badge, not for those who have not yet started.

 August 30 Troop Meeting, “Back to School Triple Deuces Night” (It is the fifth Tuesday of the month).

  • PLC decided to have a relaxing game night before most classes start for the year.  Bring a game of your choice to play (no electronics) with your troop friends.
  • Also an opportunity for additional rank advancement and merit badge wrap up.
  • Popcorn and wreath fall fundraiser information will be distributed.

 

September

  • 06, Troop Meeting – Fall Court of Honor planning, Popcorn Storefront Sales signup will start
  • 09-11 (Friday to Sunday) – OA Fall Conclave at Camp OhDaKoTa (OA Members only).  Participants need to register by August 26 to avoid a late fee, can be done online at http://www.kanwatho.org/.
  • 13, Troop Meeting – Elections for ASPL and PLs, followed by patrol-specific work.  Must also have final head counts for Devil’s Lake campout scheduled 09/30.
  • 17-18 (Saturday and Sunday) – Popcorn storefront sales opportunities, slots and location(s) to be determined.
  • 18 (Sunday) – Service Hours opportunity to assist with Jefferson Lighthouse Back to School Carnival.  Signup link is here (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044ea9a829a7f58-2016).  I would recommend helping with either the inflatables (from 2-4) or cleanup (from 4-5), but feel free to sign up for any slot you desire.  This is a uniformed event to help the school and our Cub Scout pack, and to promote Scouting.  While this is not a required event, if you need service hours for rank requirements this is an excellent opportunity to complete them.
  • 20, Troop Meeting – Final Court of Honor planning, initial planning for Devil’s Lake campout, patrol team building activities.
  • 24 (Saturday) – Fall Court of Honor.  Details are still being finalized, but the plan is for a dinner meal to be prepared by the Scouts and served at 5pm to the families.  Scouts would need to be available between 2 and 3.
  • 27, Troop Meeting – Final planning for Devil’s Lake.
  • 30-02 (Friday to Sunday) – Devil’s Lake Campout and Hike, participants must be confirmed no later than 09/13.  Final activity under current PLC.

 October

  • 04, Patrol Leaders Council, first activity for new PLC members.
  • 11, Troop Meeting.
  • 18, Troop Meeting.
  • 25, Troop Meeting.
  • 28-30 (Friday to Sunday), Haunted Hayride Campout at Camp OhDaKoTa.

 November

  • 01, Troop Meeting – Head counts for Dec 16-18 activity options are required at this point for planning purposes, otherwise PLC will determine a plan B.
  • 04 (Friday) or 05 (Saturday), Troop Leadership Training for PLC members.
  • 08, Election Day, so PLC is scheduling a troop movie night at Marcus Renaissance
  • 12 (Saturday) – Popcorn and Wreath product pickup, 9am to 11am.
  • 15, Troop Meeting.
  • 18-20 (Friday to Sunday), Wadewitz Barn campout and Holiday dinner, with Webelos.
  • 22, Patrol Leaders Council.
  • 29, Troop Meeting

 December

  • 03 (Saturday), Fallen Heroes Wreath Placements
  • 06, Troop Meeting.
  • 13, Troop Meeting.
  • 16-18 (Friday to Sunday), planned Eagle Cave campout, but fee is $70.  Other option is Friday night USS Cobia overnight, fee of $50.  We need head counts by Nov 01 to make this work.
  • 20, Troop Meeting.  Multiple school holiday concerts may cancel this meeting.
  • 27, No troop meeting.

 Future monthly activity plans, actual dates to be determined at October and November PLC meetings.  Activities are subject to change based on availability when we make reservations.

  • January – Fun Lodge campout at Indian Mound Scout Reservation.
  • ebruary – Adventure Rock lock-in, at the new location in Milwaukee.
  • March – Spring Court of Honor and Lock-in, possibly at Pleasant Prairie RecPlex.
  • April – Cycling campout.
  • May – Canoe or Kayaking or Hiking campout.
  • June – Scouting the Zoo campout (06/02-03), Chicago Day Trip later in the month.
  • July – Summer Camp, dates and location to be announced by Fall Court of Honor.

Troop Updates - June 2016

posted Jun 8, 2016, 11:36 AM by Mr. Waiss

Scouts and Families—

    An ongoing reminder to all Scouts. You should be wearing your uniform shirt to all troop meetings and activities, and if you are not yet a First Class Scout both your neckerchief and Scout handbook are required items for your uniform. There is no excuse not to be bringing your handbook to meetings and activities.

    Also as a reminder, the troop calendar is available on the main page of the troop website (www.troop222bsa.org), and is also available as a Google calendar that you can synchronize with your personal Google calendar if you use it (send me an email if you do not have access to the troop calendar). You can also subscribe to the weekly Troop text blast by sending a text message to 81010 with the message @cd6cc.

    This past weekend’s “Scouting the Zoo” campout was a first for the troop, and those who attended had a great time. So much so, they have requested we consider this as an annual event for future planning.


    Here is the monthly summary of upcoming troop activities.

June
  • 06/07 PLC Meeting
  • 06/12 Patrol Leaders and Patrol Quartermasters meeting.
    • 1:00pm at the church, should last no more than 90 minutes.
    • Unpack, inventory, and reorganize the patrol boxes.
  • 06/14 Troop Meeting
    • Mandatory meeting for all Scouts and adults attending Ed Bryant Scout Reservation summer camp (unless already excused).
    • Medical forms are overdue unless you have provided Mr. Russ with the date of you doctor’s appointment.
    • Any adults not planning to attend the entire week need to verify at this point.
    • Payment of all summer camp fees are due on this date.
      • Scouts who have not yet paid in full, your fee is now $375. The only exception is for Scouts who have joined the troop since May 1, whose fee is still $300.
      • Additional activity fees of $35 per ATV and PWC signup.
      • Adult fees are $105 for the week.
    • Deadline for Troop t-shirt, sweatshirt, and polo order (extended from 05/31)
  • 06/21 Troop Meeting, Frank will be Scoutmaster for this meeting
    • Tent setup and inspection, making sure none are damaged or missing pieces, and all have tarps.
    • Meal planning for upcoming campout.
    • Final campout plans (Michael will work with Frank to determine campout objectives).
  • 06/24-26 Campout, $20 to $25 depending on participation
    • Overnight at Camp Indian Trails in Janesville
    • Saturday day trip to Madison, sites based on Michael’s planning with Frank
  • 06/28 Troop Meeting at Pritchard Park (weather permitting), Frank will be Scoutmaster for this meeting
    • Non-uniformed meeting, but Scout t-shirts are appropriate.
    • Tenderfoot Fitness test, all Scouts will participate, will need leaders to assist with events and recording results.
    • Annual park cleanup afterwards.
July
  • 07/03 Troop Fundraiser, Sturtevant Third of July Fireworks Parking (4pm to 9:30pm) at Fireman’s Park
    • Please sign up using this link (www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0445A5A623A7FE3-sturtevant).
    • All Scouts and families are strongly encouraged to participate in some capacity.
    • No service hours, this is a fundraiser for the troop.
    • Two shifts, 4pm to 7pm, 6:30 to 9:30.
    • An area will be set aside for troop families, looking for families to work together and coordinate a food & picnic area for the troop members and families.
  • 07/04 Troop Service Project, Sturtevant Third of July Fireworks Cleanup (9am to noon) at Fireman’s Park
    • Picking up the trash from the night before.
    • Service hours will be credited.
  • 07/05 Troop Pre-Camp Swim Check at the Sealed Air YMCA (time and event still to be confirmed)
    • Get your swim checks completed before camp.
    • $5 per non-YMCA member.
  • 07/12 Troop Meeting
    • Summer camp gear shakedown.
    • Camping presentations for Scouts already working on the merit badge.
  • 07/19 No Troop Meeting
  • 07/24-30 Summer Camp at Ed Bryant Scout Reservation, Mauston, WI
    • Meet at the church by 7:30am July 24 (Sunday), departure by 8:00am.
    • Planned return to Racine is between noon and 1:00pm on Saturday, July 30. 
Future Events of Note
  • Various weekends in August, Roger is spearheading cycling trips of various lengths.
  • 08/13 Cub Scout Ultimate Challenge event at Camp OhDaKoTa
    • PLC is considering planning and running this event, which is why I am including it at this point.
  • 08/30 Troop Fall Court of Honor (fifth Tuesday of the month)
    • Will likely be a dinner meal and ceremony, possibly outdoors.
  • 09/09-11 Order of the Arrow Fall Conclave at Camp OhDaKoTa
    • Final induction weekend for members elected in 2016.
    • Members who completed their Ordeal in 2015 or earlier, this is your opportunity to complete your Brotherhood conversion.
  • 09/17 COPE and Open Aquatics Day at Indian Mound Scout Reservations
    • PLC is giving this date serious consideration so I am including it on the calendar.
    • COPE and zip line participants must be age 13 or older.
Future Events Expected to Occur by End of September
  • Rick’s Eagle Scout Project (will be prior to mid-July)
  • Eli’s Eagle Scout Project
  • Mitch’s Eagle Court of Honor
  • Chad’s Eagle Court of Honor
  • Ricky’s Eagle Court of Honor 

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