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Scoutmaster Minute – Ownership

Think about this question: “To whom does your troop belong?”

You might say, “It belongs to the chartered organization.” After all, the chartered organization essentially owns the troop, selects its leaders, provides resources, and gives support. Without your chartered organization, your troop doesn’t exist.

You might say, “It belongs to the troop committee.” After all, the troop committee is the administrative engine that makes the troop go. Without the troop committee, the leaders wouldn’t be able to focus on making the program great for the Scout Scouts, and the troop would fail.

You might say, “It belongs to the Scoutmaster.” After all, the Scoutmaster is the person who both the Scouts and the parents see as the authority figure. You’re front and center, doing a lot of the planning and executing on those plans. Without a great Scoutmaster, no one would have any fun and the troop would fail.

I would argue that none of these are true.

I say that the troop belongs to the families that are in it.

Not enough leaders stepping up? Well, if the families want a troop, then someone will step up. If they don’t, they won’t… and then events start getting cancelled and the troop inevitably won’t succeed. Either way, whatever happens is meant to happen.

As leaders, we take on the burden of getting trained and planning an active, exciting, engaging program for our Scouts. We know that when we choose to take on a leadership position, and do so willingly (in most circumstances, anyway).

Likewise with Scouts, if they do not step up to take leadership positions, the troop languishes.  Our ideal of being “boy-led” only works if boys lead.

So I urge you all to look around, find something that needs doing and do it, or ask what you can do to help.  Because, after all, this troop is yours.

Scoutmaster’s Minute – Time

Imagine you woke up tomorrow and someone told you they had opened a bank account for you with just over $86,000 in it. The catch, though, is that you have to spend it all by the end of the day. How would you spend it?

Would you go buy something big and fun, like a fancy car or a big entertainment system? Would you spend it on something you need, like tools or furniture? Maybe you’d pre-pay for a year of college. Perhaps you would give some to your parents, or to help someone in your community. maybe you’d give some to charity. I hope you give some to your Scout Troop! But it’s almost certain that you wouldn’t just let it go away at the end of the day – you’d want to use it all!

Well, the good news is that you have such an account! There’s 86,400 seconds every single day. You get to choose how to spend them – in entertainment, self-improvement, education, service to your family or community, or in idleness. The only sure thing is that you don’t get to save it for tomorrow – you have to spend it all today. So spend it wisely.

Scoutmaster’s Minute – Gloves

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.

Scoutmaster Minute – Compass

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.

Scoutmaster’s Minute – Service

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.”

Scoutmaster’s Minute – Trust

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.

Scoutmaster’s Minute – Focus

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.

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Minutes – December 11, 2018


  • Suzanne McGhee
  • Will McGhee
  • George Ramsay
  • Dennis Smith
  • Cathy Summers
  • Tonja Taylor
  • Tony Vila
  • Joanie Windley

Treasurer’s Report

  • The current balance is $10,098.18.
  • Payments are needed from Northern Tier participants ASAP to make their accounts current.

Scoutmaster’s Report

  • 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

Camporall 2018

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 :

  • Orienteering
  • 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

Permission form

BSA Medical form (bring 2 copies)

Online payment via PayPal

September Biking Outing

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 (
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:
Additional gear: multi-speed bicycle and helmet

Permission form:

Signup at

Adults please sign-up separately.

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