I highly recommend that parents, scoutmasters, assistant scoutmaster visit this URL for on-line training. Some programs require certification every two years. Some of the training required to go on Outdoor Outings are as follows:
- Youth Protection Training (Must be re-certified once every two years)
- Safe Water Defense
- Safety Afloat
- CPR (American Heart requires training once every two years, Red Cross wants training every year).
- http://www.scouting.org/Training/Adult.aspx Click on this link to go to your on-line training session. Print your certificate and show the Advancement Chairman so that it can be properly recorded.
Committee Chair: Sandra Wekenmann
Advancement Chair: Heather Hitt
Treasurer: Laura Croke
Members: Dana Pearson, Kevin Parkes
Scoutmaster: King Wekenmann
Assistant Scoutmaster: John Albee
Assistant Scoutmaster: Peter Luther
Parent: Brett Warwick
Minutes from the last meeting was quickly read and accepted by members and parents present.
Popcorn was briefly discussed: We have to go over figures to see what percentage the boys have earned for their accounts.
Trailer: We are looking for a new or used trailer to replace our current trailer. We are looking for a trailer that has a Class 1 capability. We are looking for a size of either 6 x 10 or a 6 x 12. We would like to have a side door and doors on the rear that open sideways, as our current trailer does. Kevin Parks has agreed to allow the Troop to park the trialer on his property. The well water at the church has been very harsh on the current trailer to the point that it needs to be junked. Sandy will be checking with Diane Jerauld to find out how she handles the tag renewals. Brett Warwick and Pete Luther will be looking into new and used trailer options for the troop.
Equipment: John Albee, King Wekenmann and Brett Warwick will get together in the near future to go through the trailer to see what equipment is salvagable and useable. We had Stoves donated, new pots and pans purchased via Laura Croke and Janet Jessie. Kenvin Parkes has a Lantern he does not use that he will donate to the troop. Troop does need to purchase a Dutch Oven.
Software Programs: We discussed the purchase or new SW program for the Troop. It is an upgraded SW package that has to have a license renewed once every 3 years. After the meeting, King learned that we do need to purchase an updated FTP license and Traveler PALM license (renewed every 3 years) at additional costs. The committee approved the purchase of the SW program which will be purchased in the near future.
Newsletters: The Troop (Pete Luther) has been delivering Newsletters for the Town of Jupiter for approx 1 year without a break. Troop committee thanks Pete and Sherry for their efforts and time to assure this was done for the Town of Jupiter. This has produced extra income for the Troop. This is placed into the Troops account and can be used to help pay costs of equipment such as Trailer and SW. To keep it fair, the committee agreed to rotate who delivers the newsletters on a quarterly basis and to give the Luthers a break. But we wanted to extend an extra Thanks for their help.
Outdoor Activities: Dana Pearson and Peter Luther have given us ideas on some outdoor activities that we can do with the Troop. These include: Seeing an Ice Hockey game of the Florida Panthers, Tour Plants (Mr. Luthers and Mr. Parkes), Tour: Police Department, Fire Department and other locations. Seeing a Marlins game was also mentioned, as going as a group. It is recommended that all adults go to the http://www.gulfstreamcouncil.org and go to the on-line training area. When you complete the on-line training, please print a certificate of completion for your records and notify King of the item that you completed so that it can be recorded in the Troop SW program.
Advancement: Merit Badge Counsolors have to re-up once a year by filing an application with the Gulfstream council, outlining which MB's they are going to teach. There will be a regular report e-mailed to everyones address to keep them updated on their childs progress within the troop. We have several boys that are working for Eagle Rank and I will meet with them to discuss how they need to approach their "workbooks" to complete their Eagle projects.
CPR will be taught to ALL in the very near future prior to Summer Camp. We have adults that need to be renewed and Scouts that need CPR to earn certain MB's during summer camp.
We are looking at Camp LaNoChee for Summer Camp this year. It is close and we should not feel the extreme economic effects that we would if we were taking a trip out of the state. We do want to reserve that for the future thought when economics improve nationally. Mr. Luther will be getting the information together on Camp LaNoChe.
Discussed the website: No changes are recommended at this time.
Summary of Parents Meeting dated 9-9-06 will be placed here after Committee approval.
9-9-06 at 1:30 pm
Holy Spirit Lutheran Church
- Camping Trailer: A discussion was held in reference to the Troop Trailer and the current condition of the trailer. The trailer needs a paint job as it is yellow from well water stains that incurred at the church. The tires were recently replaced; however the wheels need to be replaced as they are rusted. A discussion in reference to the interior of the trailer revealed that there are some wood pieces that need to be replaced. The tongue of the trailer needs to be sanded and repainted with rustoleum paint. Discussion about where to take the trailer included: Trailer Depot on Northlake Blvd., Finish Line Auto on the corner of Evernia and Orange St., and another location known by Dave Rotar. Mr. Rotar and Mr. Albee volunteered to work on this project together.
- Equipment: A discussion was held about replacement equipment for the trailer which included Pots and Pans, Propane Stoves, Lanterns, and Tents. Laura Croke and Janet Jessie volunteered to work on getting the Troop some pots and pans. A propane stove and lanterns will need to be purchased from troop funds. It was recommended that two lanterns and stoves be purchased to include propane canisters. Mary Fowler will check with Coleman tents and other locations to determine the best prices for tents that we can purchase. The troop currently has four tents (courtesy of the Fetterman family) and about six more are desired.
- Fund Raiser: A discussion ensued about the necessity for fund raisers to increase the troop budget to enable us to purchase new equipment. Laura Croke and Janet Jessie have volunteered to head up our fund raising committee. They discussed ideas such as chocolate sales, using the co-owned snow cone machine, car washes, dinners and etc. Sandra Wekenmann is chairing pop-corn sales for this year, but we do need someone to assist this year, and need someone to be the pop-corn chair next year. We also discussed using monies from fund raiser to get our boys to camp so the crunch is not felt so hard on the parents.
- Leadership: King Wekenmann announced that he is stepping down as Scoutmaster and will be operating in the background as part of the committee. Pete Luther was highly recommended. It was discussed that he may not be able to be available due to new duties requiring travel. We have enough assistant scoutmaster and two past scoutmasters (Mr. Jerauld and Mr. Wekenmann) that can step up to the plate when needed.
- Committee: The current committee configuration will be as follows and will increase as others step up to the plate. Committee Chairperson – Sandra Wekenmann; Treasurer – Liz Jakubiak; Advancement Chairman – Dave Rotar; Committee Camping Advisor – Mary Fowler; Popcorn Chair – Sandra Wekenmann and Laura Croke volunteered to assist when needed; Scout Show Ticket Sales Chair – Janet Jessie and Laura Croke; Fund Raising Chair – Janet Jessie and Laura Croke; Website Committee Chair – King Wekenmann. We still need a Training Chair and Troop Chaplain.
- Training: Committee members, scoutmasters, assistant scoutmasters and assisting parents are required by the National Scouting Center to complete New Leaders Essentials and Youth Protection Training. Youth Protection, Safety Afloat and Swim Safety are available as on-line training at www.gulfstreamcouncil.org. When you have completed this training, please print out the completion sheet and give this to the committee chairman (or training committee member if one is named). These will be entered into permanent records. It is suggested that Committee members complete the Troop Committee Challenge offered on 9-23-06 between 9am and 12pm at the Rinker Center. Outdoor Leader Skills and Scout specifics will be held on 9-29. REMINDER that Roundtable will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of the Month at 6:45 at St. Mark’s church by PBG Hospital.
- Rules/Policy: A review of the current policy was completed by the parent committee and some changes were recommended. Cell phones and electronics were discussed at great length. Cell phones will NOT be allowed at campouts. If a child needs to call home, the scout can contact the Scoutmaster, Asst. Scoutmaster or other adult present to borrow a phone. All scouts must check out with the SM before the child leaves the event. We are concerned about child safety, so please no exceptions to this rule. These will be re-printed and posted soon.
- Website: King Wekenmann will continue to work on the website for the troop. If anyone has information or would like to see changes on the website at www.troop-701.org, please e-mail him at Wekenmann@bellsouth.net. If you have photographs that you would like to upload, please contact King Wekenmann.
- Service Project HSLC: It was discussed that we would try to assist the church by volunteering to assist in their functions as they have been very giving to Troop 701. The following functions will be attended by Scouts:
- September 16 – Scouts meet at HSLC at 09:00 a.m. to put scarecrow together
- September 17 – Scouts meet at HSLC for scarecrow contest 4pm to 6pm.
- September 24 – Service Project decorations for HSLC Pumpkin Patch if Troop is available.
- October 1 – Service Project at HSLC help unload pumpkins beginning at 1:00 pm until we are done.
- Waiting for October Schedule from Church…
- Other: Discussion entailed the hours of the meeting. We currently meet from 7:30 pm until 8:30pm which really does not give us the time we need for a proper meeting. The hour was voted on by the past committee and the SM recommends an adjustment to and hour and a half meeting. Committee agreed as long as the meeting began at 7:00 pm and went until 8:30pm. Committee agreed. Beginning October, the meetings will become an hour and a half and will commence at 7pm. Church has already been notified of the time change and approved.
Troop 701Policies and Procedures
Holy Spirit Luthern Church
13301 Ellison Wilson Road
I. Uniform Requirements
The following Uniform Policy shall be implemented for Troop 701:
1. Scout short sleeve or long sleeve shirt. (Class A uniform)
2. Scout belt and scout buckle.
3. Scout neckerchief (Bolo allowed at discretion of SM; all scouts should dress uniformly)
4. Olive drab (scout green) or tan Khaki shorts or trousers.
5. Socks to match pants.
6. Scout hat (optional).
7. The Boy Scout Handbook (bring book to each meeting). This is necessary to record individual progress and advancements.
II. Standard Dress Policy
The following dress policy is implemented for members of Troop 701:
1. Class A uniforms are to be worn to every scout meeting unless otherwise advised by troop leader.
2. Class B T-shirt to be worn underneath Class A uniform; if scout is going to take shirt off during outside activities.
3. Class A uniform shirts are to be tucked in for all activities.
4. Class A uniforms are to be worn on all trips going to or returning from a scouting activity.
5. Class B uniforms are to be worn for service projects.
* Dress code effective October 1, 2001. If scout reports without uniform, he will not be permitted to attend meeting.
III. Behavioral Guidelines
The following guidelines are implemented to assist Boy Scouts in keeping with the Scout Law, Scout Oath, Scout Motto and the Boy Scout Spirit: (This is a requirement for individual advancement).
1. Boy Scouts shall demonstrate keeping with the Scout Law and Scout Oath by being respectful to committee members, parents, scout leaders and other scouts and not become rude to an adult or fellow scout.
2. Boy Scouts shall demonstrate the Scout Law and Scout Oath by not being disruptive or talking during meetings and not interrupting others during meeting or instructional activities.
3. Boys Scouts shall demonstrate the Scout Law and Scout Oath by not using inappropriate language during any scouting event, meeting, or gathering.
4. Boy Scouts shall demonstrate the Scout Oath and Scout Law by being truthful when asked questions, by being loyal and not cheating during events or activities, and by being kind and friendly to others by not getting involved in a fight with another.
5. Boy Scouts shall demonstrate the Scout Oath and Scout Law by not vandalizing another’s personal property or defacing public property.
IV. Corrective Policy
The following steps will be taken to govern inappropriate behavior:
1. The first corrective action taken will be to call it to the Scouts attention that inappropriate action has been observed and he must change his behavior to follow the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.
2. The second offense, the scout will be moved from the situation that they are in and reminded to follow the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. The Scout will receive a warning at this point that if there is further disruption, his parent will have to come and take them home.
3. The third offense, the parents are called to remain with the scout; or remove the scout from the event or activity.
V. General Standards
The following policy is implemented as guidelines during meetings, activities and camping.
1. Boy Scouts must be supervised at all times with not less than two adults (parents, committee members, troop leaders, or parents).
2. Meetings must have an opening and closing.
3. Scouts are not to leave the meeting until dismissed by a Scout Leader (Scout Master or designee).
4. Boy Scouts who have not paid their dues, previous camping fees, food fees or other payments owed, will not be allowed to attend outside activities until they are paid up. A payment plan can be arranged with the Committee Treasurer, and the scout may then attend only with the approval of the Scout Master.
5. Boy Scouts are expected to assist with group activities that earn funds for the troop. (Popcorn sales, Scout show sales and any other money earning fund raising endeavors).
6. Scouts are not allowed to bring Cellular telephones to campouts.
7. Scouts are not allowed to bring electronic games or computers to camp. Radios or CD players or similar music devices with headphones are allowed.
Revised: September 9, 2006
Scout SafetyThe safety concern of each boy in Scouting is the ultimate concern for members of Troop 701. We have a two-deep adult leadership system to help keep a scout safe. Basically, anytime an adult needs to speak with a child, there will always be two adults present to protect the child.
Whenever an outdoor event is posted, campout, or other scouting activity, there must always be a second adult present, or the event does not occur. This is why we ask for parent participation in events.
Parents: Talk to your child often. Instruct your child that if they have a problem with and adult from another troop, with a scout from another troop, or a problem occurs within our troop, to contact a trusted adult leader immediately. After they have reported the incident to the leader, make sure your child follows up and reports it to you, immediately. Tell them not to wait until a campout, outing or activity is over. Tell them to advise trusted adults and parents immediately. And do your follow up to the event. Make an inquiry to see how an incident is being resolved. Please visit www.gulfstreamcouncil.org website to learn more about your childs safety and the BSA policy.
Still have questions? Call your Scoutmaster or your committee members for answers.