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Troop 147
 Azle, Texas

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Azle, Texas

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Troop Committee Meeting

Posted by Lindsay Foster on November 25, 2012 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Summer Camp 2013

Reservations for San Isabel Scout Ranch have been made for July 21 through 27, 2013. The reasons given for scheduling a summer camp so late are:

 

  • School is not released until the first week of June for many of our Scouts' districts
  • The second week of June is Staff Development week for Scouts who are working summer camp
  • The third and fourth weeks of June and first week of July are summer camp for Longhorn Council and many of our eligible Scouts wish to serve on staff
  • The third week of July is Aquatic School and many of our eligible Scouts wish to participate
Cowboy Santas Community Service Opportunity
Scouts who are ages 14 and up may come and assist with packing on the following dates:
  • Monday, December 10 from 6-8 PM
  • Saturday, December 22 from 10 AM - 2 PM (IF NEEDED)
There may also be an opportunity to assist The Ranch (104.1) radio station with Cowboy Santas toy collection at Ridgmar Mall on Saturday, December 15th from 12 PM to 6PM. This is pending. More information to be provided soon. Julie Geho is checking on this.

Salvation Army Bell Ringer Community Service Opportunity
More information to be provided soon. Charlie Martin is checking on this.

Azle Parade of Lights
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Schedule for the day:
9:00 AM All Scouts to report to Martin Trucking Enterprises (Boyd, TX) to assemble the float
3:00 PM Complete float decoration
4:00 PM Line up for parade at Rock Elementary School
5:00 PM Parade to follow Tree Lighting Event
8:00 PM APPROXIMATELY Scouts will be dismissed following dissembling of the parade float.

  • Scouts should provide three (3) cans of nonperishable canned goods for the float display to donate to the Community Caring Center.
  • Scouts should provide one (1) bag of hard candy or chocolate to distribute on the parade route.
  • Scouts may bring various decoration items such as lights, decorations, garland, wrapping paper, etc. that they may not miss if the item is not returned.
Theme of the parade is "Hometown Christmas" and the theme of Troop 147's entry is "Charity begins at home..." and will feature various charitable ways in which the Boy Scouts assist the community. 


Twin Arrows/National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) Courses
Twin Arrows upcoming courses were discussed. There was much discussion regarding whether Scouts who would be aging out should be encouraged to attend this training. The overall feeling was that the training would benefit these Scouts even if they were unable to provide immediate and lasting leadership to the Troop and that they should be encouraged to attend. A list of interested Scouts was discussed and three were chosen to fill the three reserved slots in the December 2012 course. It was further discussed and decided that Troop 147 should reserve a minimum of two (2) and possibly three (3) spots in all upcoming courses so that additional Scouts might take advantage of Twin Arrows training. This training will be encouraged for our current Scouts and a wait list within the Troop will be developed for up and coming Scouts. To this end, we will reserve two to three spots for the 2013 Spring Break NYLT course.

Aquatic School 2013
Aquatic School was discussed. This will be held July 15-21, 2013 at Worth Ranch. There are at least three (3) Scouts interested in taking this course and names were taken regarding this leadership training opportunity.

Christmas Campout 2012
Christmas Campout was discussed. Drop off time for Scouts will be 9 AM on Saturday morning. It has been a YPT issue for Scouts to arrive on Friday night and to eliminate this conflict, only Saturday arrivals will be allowed. Dinner will be at 3 PM and will feature 2 deep fried turkeys and 1 smoked turkey and 2 hams. Committee members will provide two (2) gifts not to exceed $20 total in cost for the boys' Chinese gift exchange. There are still room for stocking stuffers. Interested parties should contact Angel Unger or Marcey Martin. Please RSVP via email or text to Marcey Martin with total number in your family that will be attending.

2013 Activities Calendar
Based on the Scouts' requests, the following calendar of activities was set for the 2013 calendar year. Exact dates may be found on the Troop Calendar

January 2013 Granbury/Dinosaur State Park Backpacking
February 2013 Sid Richardson Scout Ranch Survival Campout
March 2013 Athens, TX Fishing/Freshwater Fish Hatchery
April 2013 Fort Worth, TX Camporee
May 2013 Sid Richardson Scout Ranch Rock Climbing
June 2013 Location TBD Shooting Sports
July 2013 Colorado - San Isabel Scout Ranch Summer Camp
August 2013 Sid Richardson Scout Ranch Kayaking/Canoeing/Sailing
September 2013 Irving, TX SCUBA/National Scout Museum
October 2013 Austin, TX Capitol Area Tour
November 2013 Wichita Mountains Bouldering
December 2013 Camp Sandy Christmas Campout

Additional 2013 Dates:
April 8, 2013 Spring Court of Honor
April 11-13, 2013 Texas Motor Speedway fundraiser
May 4, 2013 OA Ordeal - SR2
May 18, 2013 OA Ordeal - TAH
June 7-8, 2013 Texas Motor Speedway fundraiser
August 12, 2013 Summer Court of Honor
November 1-3, 2013 Texas Motor Speedway fundraiser
December 7, 2013 Azle Parade of Lights

2013 Troop Committee Officers
The following slate of officers was proposed and approved at the meeting.

Committee Chair Marcey Martin
Treasurer Teresa Gonzales
Secretary Julie Geho
Assistant to the Secretary Crystal Hillier
Scoutmaster Charlie Martin
Advancement Chair Kim Allen
Fundraising Chair Lindsay Foster

 


Important Updates (July 12, 2012)

Posted by Lindsay Foster on July 16, 2012 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

July Campout - Our July campout will be a "finish up merit badges" theme! In order to do this, we will need help from adults. We are going to Worth Ranch (Palo Pinto, TX) for the weekend of 7/20-7/22. We will be working on misc. merit badges all day Saturday (everything from Chess to Swimming)and we will need adults to help with these. If your Scout has completed all of his merit badges and/or rank requirements he will get to hang out, play in the river and just have fun. Adults can come just for the day on Saturday or camp for the weekend. The patrols will be cooking Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, lunch on Saturday and the troop will be cooking dinner for everyone on Saturday night. We'll be having hot dogs and hamburgers down on the river. If you can come out and help, please give me a call and let me know. We will need to plan food accordingly. PLEASE ask your Scouts to show you their books and see if they need anything signed off or if they need to finish some requirements (cook a meal, pitch a tent, build a fire, demonstrate first aid, etc.) for any rank. If they can be done at this campout, they will be done and signed off. If they need a Scoutmaster Conference and/or Board of Review we can handle those that weekend also provided we have enough adults.

 

Rank Advancement & Merit Badges - We always have a flurry of activity between Summer Camp and CoH. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE have your Scout show you their books and see what they need for their next rank ASAP. Every rank after Scout requires a Board of Review. We try to complete these during Monday night meetings, but the Scout has to plan ahead. First, we need to know he is ready for his Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review. Then he has to show up at the meeting in his full Class A Uniform. That's shirt, neckerchief, merit badge sash, whole nine yards. He has to present himself to the Board and look like a Class A Scout. This is why I'm bringing it up now. We end up every year trying to cram in 4 or 5 on the last Monday night before CoH. If we can avoid having that traffic jam and incredibly long and late night, that would be SO NICE! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask any of us.

 

August Court of Honor - This will be held at the church in the family living center (gym) on August 13th. We will start setting up at 4 (we always need help) and plan to serve dinner at 6:30. We have 78 merit badges that are either in the works or already completed just from Summer Camp! Those will be awarded along with any rank and other merit badges earned since the April Court of Honor.

We will be having a "Taste of Italy" for dinner. In the past we have always done some type of BBQ but we wanted to be different this year. We will be asking families to contribute dishes, sides and desserts. I'll start putting together a list. Please call, text or email me at [email protected] and let me know what your family would like to bring and how many people we can expect. This keeps the cost down for the troop and for the families! If we all contribute, we will have plenty of food and it will keep us out of the red. We will also have our usual dessert raffle. Liz Bryant, your incredible baked spaghetti inspired this idea!

 

Summer Camp 2013 - It was decided that next Summer we will take a two week trip to Colorado in July for Summer Camp. One week will be spent at Camp Alexander and one week will be sightseeing and exploring Colorado. A lot of families go on the week sightseeing (travel and accommodations will be up to your family) and spend time with the troop on our adventures. The estimated cost per Scout is $600. $310 of that is for Camp Alexander. You can take a look at their camp at http://pikespeakbsa.org/campa/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=3&Itemid=13

I'm only putting this out here this early so that you can start planning now. We will be selling popcorn, working at TMS and probably selling chocolate again to help pay for this trip. A troop from West, TX is considering traveling with us this year so that should be fun!

 

 

Popcorn 2012 - Popcorn season is upon us. I agreed to be the Popcorn Kernel for the troop. I will be handling the details and paperwork side of this fundraiser and I will be getting tons of help from other parents and committee members for all of the rest. We will be doing "Show and Sell" (setting up in front of Wal-Mart, etc) "Take-Order" and "Online Sales". Your Scout can participate in one or all of these methods of selling. I know once practices start in August (band & football) our time is limited. All we ask is you do your best. We will have popcorn in hand on August 18th. You will have a list of what popcorn is available and pricing before this date. Lindsay Foster has offered to set up the locations/times/dates for our "Show and Sell." Online sales will start the same day. I will make sure you all have that information so your Scouts can sell to friends and family who do not live around here. Take-Order sales will run from September 8th - October 22nd. I will place the order on October 24th and it will be picked up on Nov 3rd. You will have until Nov 26th to collect the money from "take-order" and get it turned in to me. I will then get it turned in to council and order our Popcorn prizes.

 

 

I think that's all for now. I know it's a long list of information, but I want to make sure you know all that's going on.

Marcey Martin

Troop Committee Minutes Nov. 9, 2011

Posted by Lindsay Foster on November 14, 2011 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

November 9, 2011 Committee Meeting, Elections & 2012 Planning

Those present were Jeff Mace, Becky Mace, Charlie Martin, Julie Geho, Melissa Thibodeaux, Karen Johnson, Marcey Martin, Shawnda Coe, Sue Burkett, Joel Bryan, Patrick Bryant and Harvey Sanders. 

Elections

Committee Chair, Becky Mace, opened the meeting and addressed the subject of elections. Becky informed the committee she was resigning as Committee Chair. Nominations were held and Marcey Martin was elected the new Troop 147 Committee Chair. Congratulations Marcey. We know you will do a great job. Becky, you have been an outstanding Committee Chair and we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the great job you have done for the Troop. The other two positions that were elected are the Committee Financial Chair and the Committee Secretary. Melissa Thibodeaux is to remain as our great and talented Financial Chair and Julie Geho is to remain as our Committee Secretary.  

Saturday, November 12, 2011, at 9 am. Calling ALL scouts and PARENTS. Nearly EVERY scout needs service hours for a current merit badge, rank advancement and/or the Philmont 50 miler award. We have been asked to do a service project at the church and we need as many people there Saturday morning as we can get. Bring work gloves and shovels. Gloves will be very important.  

November Campout is November 18-20 at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. This is such an amazing place to camp. Please plan on ever scout attending.  

The Scouts have decided to buy for 3 Christmas Angels this year. There will be an angel per patrol. As soon as I get these, I will send out more info.

The committee discussed purchasing our own climbing gear so we can climb at places other than scout ranches. More info is being looked into and TBA.

The committee discussed boy elections. We believe elections will be held on Monday, December 12 at our regular scout meeting. Boys need to thinking about leadership positions they may like to hold.  

Saturday, December 3, 2011, is the Azle Christmas Parade. We will meet at Charlie’s shop at 9 am to work on the "Winter Wonderland" float/trailer. The parade will start at 3. Each boy must bring candy to throw and wear his class A uniform and a Santa hat if he has one. 

Christmas Campout, December 10-11, 2011. More info will be sent this afternoon or tomorrow. 

The committee also planned the Troop Calendar for 2012. I will send out this information after next Monday. The boys will get to hear what the next year will bring first.  

Once again, thank you for sharing your Scouts with us. It is a privilege to get to work with they outstanding young men and watch them grow. 

Yours in Scouting,

Julie Geho

BSA Troop 147

Committee Secretary

817-602-2225

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Committee Meeting Notes (July 2011)

Posted by Lindsay Foster on July 14, 2011 at 2:48 PM Comments comments (0)

Committee Meeting Notes
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 

Those present were Angel Unger, Sue Burkett, Joel Bryan, Ronnie Burns, Marcey Martin, Charlie Martin, Julie Geho and Patrick Bryant 

Saturday, July 16, 2011 - Movie day for Scouts not going to Philmont
We will meet at the church Saturday morning at 11 a.m. We will be eating lunch at CiCis in Lake Worth then going to StarPlex Movie Theater. (The movie will be a secret until we get there.) We will pay for the pizza and the movie. If your Scout wants any refreshments at the movie theater, he will need to bring his own money for t hat.  

Sunday, July 17, 2011- PHILMONT BOUND!
Everyone leaving for Philmont should be at the Church gravel parking lot at 8am on Sunday morning. Double check your gear. Unpack it go over the list again and get ready for the experience of your life. Happy hiking gentlemen!

Monday, August 15, 2011- Fall Court of Honor
Mark your calendars! This will be a great Court of Honor. The boys will be receiving their rank advancements, merit badges, awards, etc. We will have a catered dinner (price to be announced later) There will also be a dessert raffle. Each family is asked to supply a dessert for the raffle.

October 7-9, 2011- Rock Climbing/Rappelling Training and Re-certification
The 5 Troop leaders that are already trained will be attending re-certification. If there are any adults that would like to take the training, please let me know asap so I can get everyone registered. 817-602-2225

Yours in Scouting,

Julie Geho

Troop 147 Committee Secretary