When I look at articles with “Tips on how to survive in the cold”, I tend to read them and say “Duh!” Of course we dress in layers! Of course we pick our fabrics carefully! Of course we should stay dry! For Scouts, these are no-brainers. But I came across one that I thought was important:
“Gloves don’t make your hands warm. They keep your hands warm.”
I had never thought about it, but of course it makes sense. And this lesson applies to us in a deeper way: No matter how fancy your camping equipment is, no matter how nice your knife is, no matter how well stocked your first aid kit is, it will not save you. Equipment is just tools, but you have to bring the “heat” – your training and knowledge. If you don’t have that, your fancy equipment is worthless.
So build your knowledge, practice your skills – they are the heat that help you when you’re out in the cold.
A compass is a simple instrument. It reads the magnetic forces of the earth and points to magnetic north. If you get it too close to another magnet, it can give you a false reading. In the hands of a skilled scout, it can help keep you on the right path.
In the Scout Oath, we promise to be morally straight. Like the needle of a compass, our morals guide us on the paths of life. There are influences giving you false information, but if you remain true to the morals you have learned from parents, religious leaders, and scouting, you can keep on the correct path.
In Downtown Atlanta, there sits a church – the Ebenezer Baptist Church. In 1941, a young man of 11 years of age joined the Boy Scout Troop chartered there – Troop 151. As a scout he learned, just as you do, the Scout Oath and Law. he learned the importance of service to his community, of kindness to his fellow man, and bravery in the face of adversity when doing what is right. This particular young man was named Martin Luther King, Jr. Though he was a scout for two years only, I like to think the lessons he learned from Scouting stayed with him throughout his life.
Today we spend our day in service to our Chartered Organization in honor of Dr. King’s life and memory. We strive to raise up our community through service to others. For as he said, “Anyone can be great, because anyone can serve.”
Today we learned about climbing safety. When you are climbing, you are attached to a rope that goes over a pulley and goes down to your belayer. They are the person you are literally trusting with your life. When selecting a belayer, you want to select someone worthy of that trust – literally Trustworthy. If you’re that belayer, you need to be trustworthy and show it.
We promise to be Trustworthy each time we take the Scout Oath, as it’s the first point of the Scout Law. We promise to examine ourselves and strive to be worthy of that level of trust. And, when you come across someone in a precarious situation, dangling at the end of their rope, be that trustworthy person to help them out.
If you have ever used a telescope or a camera, you know that when you’re trying to see a moving object that’s far away, you sometimes need to stop and refocus. The further the object, the more carefully you have to focus.
Here at the beginning of the year, it’s a great time to stop and refocus on our goals. Take a look at that next rank – what do you have left to do to advance? Take a look at that unfinished merit badge – can you make a plan to get those last few requirements? If you don’t have an immediate goal, look further out – What are your plans for Summer Camp? What will be your next leadership position in the troop?
By focusing on our goals, we keep them in sight and they don’t blur into the background. Take a moment and figure out what’s important, what’s next, and make a plan to get there.
Tags: focus, new year
- Suzanne McGhee
- Will McGhee
- George Ramsay
- Dennis Smith
- Cathy Summers
- Tonja Taylor
- Tony Vila
- Joanie Windley
- The current balance is $10,098.18.
- Payments are needed from Northern Tier participants ASAP to make their accounts current.
- Mon meeting attendance has been low post Thanksgiving, more hands-on activities being done.
- Since less than half of scouts were at last meeting, SPL elections will be pushed out to next meeting.
- Both trailers were moved to back gravel lot, clean out will need to take place on a Sat.
- Will McGhee will be official ASM on Jan 1. More ASM’s are still needed. Anyone interested, see Mr. Vila.
- No Scout Meetings on Dec 24 & 31.
- George Ramsay attended the informational meeting for those interested in creating a girl troop. A min of ten girls are needed but we will only have four from Pack 270. A female leader is also needed, but no one has stepped up.
- Troop 2019 at St Peter & St Paul church is the closest that already has enough to form a girl troop.
- Jan – Escalade or Stone Summit Climbing day outing
- Summer Camp will be June 9-15.
- A minimum of 2 (max 6) slots are available for Northern Tier. Roster still needs to be filled out.
- Due to the lack of participation in fundraising this year (Popcorn and Camp Cards) and no volunteers to run the Pine Straw Fundraiser, the yearly dues amount was voted on and set at $120 per scout, due Jan 2019. The $120 includes the annual recharter fee. All adult volunteers (Committee Members & ASM’s) will need to pay their recharter fee of $33, also due Jan 2019.
- A mandatory Parent Meeting will be held on Mon, Jan 7 th at 7:00 while the boys are having their meeting.
- Thank you to Suzanne McGhee, who has agreed to be the Court of Honor Coordinator.
- Remaining Committee Positions that need to be filled:
- Fundraising Chair – NOW OPEN
- Secretary – Jan 1
- Advancement Chair – July
Dates to Remember
- Jan 7 – Parent Meeting 7:00
- Jan 8 – Committee Meeting
- Jan 13 – PLC
- Jan 19 – Climbing at Escalade or Stone Summit
- Mar 11 – Spring CoH
- July 8 – Summer CoH
Dates: November 9-11, 2018
Location: Woodruff Scout Reservation – 31 Woodruff Dr, Blairsville, GA 30512
Troop 200 would like to invite you to the 2018 Foothills District Camporall. This event is designed for Boy Scout Units to invite Arrow of Light Scouts and Webelos to a weekend of Scouts BSA camping at Woodruff Scout Camp.
There will be game and activities for Scouts and Scouters alike to participate in all weekend! This is a fantastic opportunity for WEBELOS and AOL Scouts to meet their requirements of attending a troop outing and for troops to recruit new Scouts to their units.
Some of the adventures that await you are :
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Ga Ga Ball
- Photo Scavenger Hunt
- Dutch Oven Cooking Competition (Youth & Adult)
- Campfire Skits, Songs & much much more!!!
The cost is $25 per Scout (Boy Scout, Webelos, Arrow of Light) and $15 per adult which includes food, patches, and TONS of fun!
Approximate cost: $25 per scout / $15 adult
Sign-up deadline : 11/1
Bring brown bag dinner Fri night.
Leave: Fri 5:30 pm, Return: Sun ~1 pm, to/from Emerson Church
Camping gear list
BSA Medical form (bring 2 copies)
Online payment via PayPal
Biking: Silver Comet Trail. Helpful towards a Camping merit badge 9b and Cycling merit badge.
Camping: The Rock Campground, 130 Forsyth Lake Road, Rockmart, GA (http://www.therockrvpark.com/)
Approx. cost: $30 for scouts and $25 for adults
*** Scout drop off and pick up with bike is at the campground below ***
Drop Off Time and Place: Friday night between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm at The Rock RV Campground in Rockmart. Either eat dinner before arriving or bring a sack dinner.
Pick Up Time and Place: Sunday at 11:00 am at The Rock RV Campground in Rockmart
Camping gear list: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxEzWkHlyOWVZW9oOTkxazBONUU/view?usp=sharing
Additional gear: multi-speed bicycle and helmet
Permission form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxEzWkHlyOWVdjItd2tBek9sYTA/view?usp=sharing
Signup at https://goo.gl/forms/7k6OvOlR9oOw7bhp2
Adults please sign-up separately.
We will be travelling for a family-style visit to Ruby Falls. This will be a one-day, destination outing with no Troop camping associated. We will meet at Ruby Falls at 9:30 AM at the latest. Group rates are $15 adults and $9 scouts.
Location: Allatoona Aquatics Base
Activities: Swimming, Advancement
Cost: $35 scouts, $15 parents, $0 approved Troop leaders (youth and adults)
Meet at Allatoona AB: Fri May 11 at 6pm
Parents pick up scouts from Allatoona AB: Sunday May 13, 10am
Bring brown bag dinner Fri night or eat before you come.
Attending adults, please fill out this form again for yourself, and plan to camp separately from your scouts and plan to be an observer only.
Camping gear list