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Mr Hutchins Pictures from the June 2014 Court of Honor 
by Mr. Lee Hutchins
 6/11/2014 10:52 AM
 
RE: Announcements - No troop meeting tonight 
by Mr. Steve Zylich
 3/17/2014 12:48 PM
 
Fwd: 2014 Boy and Girl Scout Events on the Farm 
by Mr. Steve Zylich
 3/8/2014 10:43 AM
 
Feb 2014 Court of Honor Pictures 
by Mr. Lee Hutchins
 2/5/2014 11:54 AM
 
Rock Climbing campout Pictures 
by Mr. Lee Hutchins
 7/23/2013 9:09 PM
 
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 Troop 295 Calendar

9/22/2014 7:00 PM   Sustainability Merit Badge 
We will work through the requirements at about 1 per week - Please come to the first meeting with #1 already completed. For more information, contact Mr. Curling at curling@comcast.net or 703-497-2719
9/22/2014 7:30 PM   TM 

9/22/2014 7:30 PM   Board of review 
9/24/2014 7:00 PM   Rocket Team Meeting 
Meet before and after launches and to build rockets
9/28/2014 4:30 PM   Venture Crew 295 Meeting 
Venture Crew 295 meets weekly at Old Bridge United Methodist Church.
 
The Venture Crew allows membership for both male and female youth from ages 14 - 21.
 
Male scouts are eligible to be dual registered in both Boy Scouts and Venture...
9/29/2014 7:00 PM   Sustainability Merit Badge 
We will work through the requirements at about 1 per week - Please come to the first meeting with #1 already completed. For more information, contact Mr. Curling at curling@comcast.net or 703-497-2719
9/29/2014 7:30 PM   TM 

10/5/2014 4:30 PM   Venture Crew 295 Meeting 
Venture Crew 295 meets weekly at Old Bridge United Methodist Church.
 
The Venture Crew allows membership for both male and female youth from ages 14 - 21.
 
Male scouts are eligible to be dual registered in both Boy Scouts and Venture...
10/6/2014 7:00 PM   Troop PLC 
10/6/2014 7:30 PM   TM 

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 What's New

 Grubmasters    9/11/2014  
 Family campout    9/11/2014  
 Potomac Nationals game and sleep on the field    9/11/2014  
 Summer camp    9/11/2014  
 Beach campout    9/11/2014  

 Mulch Drive Advance Notice Signup

 Join Troop 295 on Twitter

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Troop 295 Rocket Team Meeting

It’s time to compete for the 2015 Team America Rocketry Challenge! First Team Meeting: If you are interested in becoming a member, please come to the first team meeting on Wednesday, 17 September, at 7:00pm at Old Bridge United Methodist Church. The Contest: Launch a rocket, carrying one raw egg in the rocket tube, 800 feet in the air and return it to the ground as separate booster and cargo sections, with the cargo section returning under a single parachute of any size, with the egg undamaged, within 45 to 47 seconds. The total mass of the rocket (fully loaded for launch) cannot exceed 650 grams. The total length of the rocket cannot be less than 650mm. Time Commitment: The team will meet periodically to build and launch their rockets. To begin, there will be monthly design sessions in September, October, and November, and one launch per month. Starting in January, if there is sufficient progress and interest, we will meet more often (up to weekly) to refine the rocket design and build multiple models. Financial Commitment: A $50 non-refundable fee is charged to each team member. This will pay the initial cost of registering the team and building the first model. Additional expenses will be incurred as we get more flights in, especially if we cannot find sponsors to support all of the building and flying we will need to do to qualify for the national finals. In the 2014 competition, the team families split the operating costs with the Troop (about $50 additional per family). For more information about the contest, go to www.rocketcontest.org. For more information about model rocketry, go to www.nar.org For more information about model rocketry in Northern Virginia, go to www.novaar.org The 2014 launch dates for model rockets from the Northern Virginia Association of Rocketry are: 9/20/14 2 - 8 pm 11/1/14 10am – 4pm 11/22/14 10am – 3pm 12/13/14 10am – 3pm Meetings will be held (typically) the Wednesdays before and after each launch. Extra meetings will be scheduled for rocket building sessions. My contact information is: Carl Curling (703) 497-2719 curling@comcast.net For more information about the contest, go to www.rocketcontest.org. For more information about model rocketry, go to www.nar.org For more information about model rocketry in Northern Virginia, go to www.novaar.org

Mr Hutchins Pictures from the June 2014 Court of Honor

https://www.flickr.com/photos/hutchinsel/sets/72157645125331835/ If there is one you would like me to apply some photoshop phoo let me know and I will be happy to dress it up. The flash wasn't cooperating while I was taking the non rank pictures. They are OK but not of the same quality of the ones posted. Again if you want one of them let me know. YIS Mr Hutchins

Service Hours at Lake Ridge Middle School

Scouts,
 
The Librarians could use some assistance on Thursday (6/12)and Friday (6/13) packing away laptops and books.
 
If you are interested, please see Mrs. Bennis in C-3.
 
Thank you.

RE: Announcements - No troop meeting tonight

The committee meeting will also be cancelled for tonight.


No troop meeting tonight

There will not be a troop meeting tonight. We would still like to try to have a PLC tonight. Meet at the church at 7:15. Plan on the PLC lasting about 1 hour. If you are please contact Patrick and Myself to let us know if you plan to attend. If you cannot due to the weather that is ok. Just let us know. Patrick Gilley and Mr. Zylich gatorGilley@comcast.net t295sm@gmail.com

MULCH VOLUNTEERS

We are in DESPERATE need of volunteers for this mulch drive on March 21st and 22nd.
 
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE volunteer a couple of hours for this mulch drive with your son.  This is an excellent way to meet other parents and watch your son(s) work together with other scouts.
 
We need the following assistance:
 
DRIVERS WITH TRUCKS
Co-Pilots - ride with a driver and scouts
Parent Drivers - drive scouts on Friday afterschool and on Saturday's delivery
Pallets - stack serviceable pallets, collect and bag shrink wrap
Record Keeping - process orders as they come in from the drivers
 
We also need donations:
 
ICE for Friday and Saturday
COFFEE for Friday and Saturday
DONUTS for Friday and Saturday
PAPER - to replenish what we use from the church
SNACKS
 
Please, look at your schedule and volunteer time.  The scouts cannot do this without your assistance.
 
 

MULCH SALES

As of Sunday, March 9th, we have sold 3800 bags of mulch - short 900 bags from Spring 2013.
 
 

Fwd: 2014 Boy and Girl Scout Events on the Farm


Maranatha Alpaca Farm <info@maranathaalpacas.com>

Boy & Girl Scouts

Wanted!

Back by popular demand...our Boy Scout Textile Merit Badge Day and the new Get Moving Journey Day for Junior Girl Scouts.

Don't miss out on the education and fun...visit our website today at www.MaranathaAlpacas.com and sign up....first come first serve basis only.
 

Saturday, May 10, 2014     9am to 1pm OR 2pm to 6pm

Saturday, June 14, 2014    9am to 1pm OR 2pm to 6pm

Saturday, Sept 27, 2014     9am to 1pm OR 2pm to 6pm

 
Sent from my phone.


MULCH SALES

Hello Scouts and Families,
 
As of 3/5/13, we have sold 2,954 bags of mulch.  This is really low compared to 2 years ago.  I am hoping that more orders come in next five days to get us over 4,000 bags or even closer to 6,000. 
 
Also, volunteers are still needed .... especially DRIVERS!  Please view the Vounteer Sign Up list on this site and sign up. 
 
Remember .... it takes more than a few of us to run this Mulch Drive .... we need everyone to help out in one way, shape or form.
 
So, please VOLUNTEER your time on March 21-22!
 
Thank you,
 
Betsey Bennis

Spring 2014 Mulch FLYER DISTRIBUTION

Hello Everyone,

We will be having our Spring Flyer Distribution this Saturday, February 22.  Please be at the church by 7:30.  We want to get organized into cars and started by 7:45.  Please DO NOT wear your scout uniform. 

As of today, the weather for Saturday is partly cloudy, low of 35 degrees reaching up to 60 degrees.  Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Bring a snack and drink, and money in case your driver wants to stop for food.

The following have volunteered to be drivers for Saturday:

Martha Threatt
Helleni Donovan
Jeanne Peters
Matt Giovanni
Dilshad Albam
Mary Beth Sandman
Veronia Price
Scott Nethercutt
Nathan Slyder
Hemykee Kim

We can always use more drivers so that we can put the 7000+ flyers out quickly. 

I look forward to seeing all of our scouts and parents on Saturday. 

Thank you for your help.

Betsey Bennis
Fundraiser Chairperson

Feb 2014 Court of Honor Pictures

I've loaded the pictures I took onto my Flickr account - http://www.flickr.com/photos/hutchinsel/sets/72157640545113934/ If there is one you would like a retouched copy of please let me know! Mr Hutchins

MULCH! MULCH! and more MULCH!

Hi Everyone, Please mark your calendars for an exciting event coming up on March 21st and 22nd……Mulch Extravaganza! Yes, it is Mulch Season! VOLUNTEER sign ups will begin at the next meeting on January 6th. We need you to volunteer to make this a successful event!

Summer Camp Payment Slip

For everyone that plans to go to Summer Camp with the Troop this summer I am attaching a payment slip to this announcement for your reference so you can plan it out. We will be going to Henson Scout Reservation July 6th-12th. Check the attachment for costs and payment due dates. Updated dates on the payment slip

District Camporee

At this point we cannot accept any more scouts on the District Camporee.  The permission slips were due more than two weeks ago.  This campout takes quite a bit of planning and logistical prep.  So we can't wait until the last minute like we can with some campouts.
 
Thank you for your understanding.
 
Mr. Zylich
Scoutmaster Troop 295

Fall 2013 MULCH DRIVE MADNESS!

MULCH MADNESS THIS WEEKEND!

Who:     Parents, Volunteers & Scouts

What:    Mulch Deliveries

Where:  OBUMC parking lot

When:   Fri., October 11 and Sat., October 12

Weather:  Fri - Hi 63, 60% chance of rain

                Sat - Hi 65, 30% chance of rain

What to bring:  Scouts are NOT to be in uniform.  Dress for the weather.   There will be rain, so bring a light jacket, rain slicker, or poncho!  Work gloves are HIGHLY recommended.  Bring a sack lunch or cash to purchase a lunch.

What NOT to bring:  Don't wear your uniform.  Don't bring valuables, breakables, or portable entertainment systems. 

 

Schedule:

Fri, October, 2013                                                        

    5:30a Mulch delivered                                                    

    7:00a  Setup canteen/volunteers area                   

    8:00a  Forklift operators begin staging  

    8:00a  Trailers pick-up at U-Haul

    9:00a  Mulch deliveries begin

    2:30p  Drivers to transport scouts arrive

    2:30p  Scouts begin to arrive, sign-in

    Dusk   Quitting time, scouts sign-out

                           

   

Sat, October 12, 2013

7:30a  All volunteers & scouts arrive

7:30a  Scouts sign-in

7:45a  Mulch deliveries resume until all mulch is gone

    

Closing Activities

    Breakdown canteen/volunteers area                            Sweep up any remaining mulch

    Haul all trash to landfill                                               Scouts sign-out

    Trailers returned to U-Haul                                          Fuel up forklifts

   

 Important Info: 

·          Parents and scouts - the mulch drive weekend is finally here!  We need everyone's help to get the 2711 bags of mulch that the scouts sold to our customers homes.  

·          Scouts - make every effort to participate if at all possible - even a couple hours will help.  

·          Parents - we need you too.  The scouts cannot do this alone!

 

If you don't remember what you volunteered to do or still need to sign-up, please see the updated VOLUNTEER LIST on the troop website.  Volunteers are still needed.  Please come out and support your troop!

 

Betsey Bennis

Fundraising Coordinator

BSA Troop 295

fundraiser.troop295@gmail.com,

571-251-1080

Pictures from last nights Court of Honor

You can find pictures taken by Mr. Hutchins of Last Night's Court of honor at the following URL:

Fall Mulch Drive!

BSA Troop 295 family,

It's hard to believe, but Fall is just around the corner. It's time to start planning for the Fall Mulch Fundraiser!

Mark your calendars for the following important dates:

Mulch delivery: Fri, 10/11

Mulch delivery: Sat, 10/12

 

How can you help? There are many tasks to be done, both large and small, to ensure that the Fall Mulch Fundraiser is a success. Review the list below to determine where your talents and time are best utilized. Then login to the troop website and signup on the Volunteer Signup form, via the Mulch Drive Information link.

  • \Drivers and vehicles to transport scouts for mulch delivery
  • Drivers and vehicles equipped to tow trailers
  • Experienced forklift operators
  • Strong backs to carry mulch bags
  • Setup/breakdown - scout & volunteers area
  • Staging/loading - preparing mulch orders for delivery
  • \Record keeper - record completed orders
  • Donations - water, coffee, donuts, snacks, plastic products, copier paper

 

We begin delivering mulch on the morning of Friday, Oct 11th and need vehicles and drivers prepared to load and deliver mulch throughout the day. The scouts cannot join in this effort until school lets out in the afternoon. We will deliver mulch until the sun goes down and we'll be back at it early Saturday morning. This is a full 2 day effort and we need all scouts to participate. Parents are urgently needed in the supporting roles above as well as providing donations to assist in the effort.

 

Equally important to the financial support, our Mulch Fundraisers bring our scout families together. New scouts and their families join the fabric of our troop, friendships are born or renewed and laughter mingles with hard wrought sweat. And when the job is finally over we marvel over what we have accomplished. This rallying together is truly the hallmark of our troop.

 

We need you!  Help make it happen. Thanks for your support. If you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to contact me.

 

Betsey Bennis,

Fundraising Coodinator

BSA Troop 295


Fall 2013 Mulch Flyer Distribution

We had an AMAZING Fall 2013 Mulch Flyer Distribution.  We had a record number of scouts and parents volunteer their time to distribute over 6500 flyers!  We started at 7:45 and finished at 12:00!  That is awesome!

I would like to personally thank all of the scouts that came out to walk throughout Woodbridge and Dale City to distribute the flyers.  I would also like to thank the parents.  Without you volunteering your Saturday, we would not have been able to complete this task as quickly as we did.

Thank you Mr. Lee, Mr. Burand, Mr. Bassett, Mr. Krajack, Mr. & Mrs. Yorke, Mr. Giovanni, Mr. Albert, Mr. Parnell, Mr. Sartori, Mrs. Long, Mr. Nethercutt, Mr. Gilley, Mr. Kim, Mrs. Price, Mr. Sirag, Mr. Biggs, Mr. Zylich, Mr. Hutchins, Mrs. Crabb, and Mrs. Hartshorn.  If I have missed anyone, thank you for your assistance.

Another THANK YOU goes to Mrs. Zylich and Julie Zylich for volunteering to make all of the copies of the Mulch Flyers and putting the final copies in the folders!

Please remember to sign up on Monday nights or on the troop website for the Mulch Drive on October 11 & 12.  We need as many parents and scouts helping on those two days. 

Thank you,

Betsey Bennis
Mulch Drive Coordinator


FALL 2013 Mulch Flyer Distribution

It is MULCH, MULCH, MULCH time!  It is time to sign up for Flyer Distribution, scheduled for Saturday, September 7 from 7:30-2:00 at OBUMC.

I am looking for at least 10 parents to drive scouts in their vehicles to various assigned neighborhoods to distribute flyers.

I will be at the Oakwood Pool with a sign up sheet and at the Troop meeting next Monday.

You can also email me at bennisbi@gmail.com to sign up.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE support the troop by volunteering to drive scouts during our Mulch Fundraiser Flyer Distribution.
Thanks,
 
Betsey Bennis

August 19 T295 Committee Meeting

This is a reminder to all parents and leaders of Troop 295 of our monthly Committee Meeting on Monday night. At this meeting we will be discussing the Policies and Procedure document attached to this announcement.
 
Please make every effort to attend the meeting and come prepared with your suggestions. If you are unable to attend, I encourage you to read the document and let a Troop Committee member know your thoughts.
 
Thank you,
 
Bill Freema
Committee Chair

5 Mile Hike Opportunity

The Hartshorn Family is hosting a 5 mile hike at Burke Lake Park on Saturday, August 10, 2013. If you wish to participate, please meet us at the marina (both parking and restrooms are nearby) no later than 8:00am. Remember to bring sunscreen, bug spray, a compass, snacks and plenty of water. We will supply the maps of the lake. The trail around Burke Lake is approximately 4.7 miles long, so we will be hiking one loop plus a little extra to meet the 5 mile requirement for Second Class Rank Requirement, #1b. We hope to be back at the marina (for the final time) at approximately 10:00-10:30am. Please e-mail us at robin.hartshorn@yahoo.com to let us know if you are planning on attending. Unfortunately, parking at the Virginia Fish & Game Entrance is not allowed unless you are fishing, so there is a $10.00 fee/car as you come in the main entrance to Burke Lake Park off of Route 123 (Ox Road). You may want to consider car-pooling. We plan on going rain or shine....only thunder and lightning will keep us home.

Service Hours Opportunity

Bring a note from the volunteer coordinator with the number of hours worked to Mr Zylich to get credit. ------ KPWB will be hosting cleanup events as part of its Community Cleanup program, "Operation Clean Sweep" and we are seeking volunteers to assist us at our table set up. A table will be on location at two (2) sites where volunteers will be handing out supplies (vests, gloves, trash bags (including recyclable bags), bottles of water, snacks, and giveaways) and engaging the group members has they gather at our table. A great way to do your part in keeping Prince William beautiful! Please see the details below: Date: Saturday, August 3, 2013 Time: 9:00AM- 12 NOON (may end earlier) Site #1: Virginia 234 (Dumfries Rd) & Spriggs Rd, Dumfries, VA 20112 Site #2: Featherstone Rd & Alabama Ave, Woodbridge, VA 22191 (Volunteers have the option to select which location is best suited. Just let me know) Attire: Dress for the weather, wear closed-toe shoes, and make sure what you are wearing can get dirty. Parking for Site #1: Across VA 234 at the local shopping center/CVS. Parking for Site #2: On street parking in community on Alabama Ave. Contact me at 571.285.3772 or amcintosh@kpwb.org to sign up! I'll be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. I look forward to hearing from you! Bests, Anna Anna McIntosh Community Outreach & Program Coordinator Keep Prince William Beautiful 4391 Ridgewood Center Drive, Suite F Prince William, VA 22192 571.285.3772 p 571.285.3789 f amcintosh@kpwb.org www.kpwb.org "Create a beautiful today, and leave a beautiful tomorrow..." YIS Mr Hutchins

Prince William County Parks Authority MBs offered

Prince William County Parks Authority has lined up a number of Merit Badge opportunities through the fall many of which are Eagle Required MB's. The attached file is the schedule to include date, location, time and any fees. This is a great opportunity to knock out a MB or 4 ;-) Note: You must have a Blue Card signed by Mr Zylich to attend one of these classes.

High Adventure 2014 Planning

Now that our summer outdoor activities are starting to wind down - we've just got the Family Campout left ....
 
It's time to set our sights on summer 2014.  As many of you know, we conduct a high adventure trip every other summer.  These trips are generally more demanding and go greater distances than our base camp activities.
 
To be eligible for our 2014 High Adventure activities, you must be 14 and a First Class Scout by 1 Jun 2014.
 
The older scouts have asked to do a Sailing Live-Aboard adventure. 
 
Right now the Program that Camp Rodney has (in Maryland) is the leading contender.  The details can be found at http://www.doubleknot.com/OpenRosters/ViewOrgPageLink.aspx?orgkey=1516&linkkey=9297 
 
This will be a week dedicated to Sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.  This program is focused on Sailing with an occasional stop along the shore to play tourist. 
 
The program has 3 sailboats under contract so we can accommodate  15 scouts and 3 adult leaders.  The Venture Crew is also interested in joining us.  If we have enough interest, the camp can likely get us another boat.  The minimum on a boat is 4 scouts.
 
Right now we have 22 scouts and the crew in the eligible pool.  We also have several adults who have indicated they would like to go.
 
Given that the cost for this trip will be at least $800 we need to start planning now with a firm commitment on who is going.  We will need $100 deposit per person going to reserve the boats.  We need to do this as soon as we can since we will likely be large enough to take all the boats for the week we want to go.  The final payment is due to the camp in Mar.
 
I would like to hold an interest meeting starting at 7:00 PM on Monday 26 Aug to answer questions and get an initial head count.
 
This is a great opportunity that will not require an extensive amount of physical preparation.  We will want to get the boat crews settled and allow them some time to do some team building over the course of the spring though.  These activities will be a lot of fun and will help us grow into tight crews that will be ready to spend a week living together in the tight confines of a sailboat.
 
Any questions, please feel free to give me a shout -
 
YIS
 
Mr Hutchins

Rock Climbing campout Pictures

Thanx to Rita Crabb for taking pictures of us while we were scaling the "CRAG" pics are online on my FLICKR site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hutchinsel/sets/72157634765392447/ Mr Hutchins

One more picture from Summer Camp

We had a Troop picture taken at Summer Camp.  Thought I would post it here for all to see.  If you want a higher resolution image let me know and I will see what I can do.

New Eagle Scout Resources

There is a new Eagle Scout Project Workbook - It's located on the troop website.  The new workbook replaces both the old workbook and the MS Word Document Continuation pages.  The fields are now expandable, lists can grow and there is room for pictures.
 
You will still need to keep track of time spent separately so that it can be totaled at the end.
 
Please start using this workbook immediately.  This applies to all scouts who do not have any signatures already.
 
Anyone with a signature, continue to use the old materials.
 
Also there is a new application - it can be downloaded directly from BSA at http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-728_web.pdf - this should also be used for all scouts still waiting for a Scoutmaster Conference
 
 
Mr Hutchins

on our way home

On our way home. Leaving camp around 8:30. ETA around noon. Will call when we get around one hour out.

camp Bashore day 5

Another active day here at camp Bashore. Lots of fun and learning. We ended the day with a treat from the treading post, a troop shoot at the rifle range, and a scouts own service where our chaplains aide participated in the service leading a responsive reading.

day 4 after the outpost

We had 10 scouts from the first year program and four others from the wilderness survival and camping merit badges go on there outpost camp out where they camped and ate dinner with others in their program. They may not have slept as well as they would have liked, but they had decent weather and made it back to camp in good shape.

camp bashore Wednesday morning.

Hi everyone, yesterday was another exciting day. Full of great program culminating with camp wide games that the scouts really enjoyed. We had some severe thunder storms last night, but everyone is safe and the gear is dry. We sheltered in the dining hall and sang songs and had a good time.

bashore day two

Had a great day one at camp. The scouts enjoyed the program and we had a troop swim. Some pics of scouts lining up for breakfast and another of some scouts using there time wisely.

made it to Bashore

We made.it through the rain and when we got to camp we had sunny skies. Scouts are moved into tents and we are off to the campfire.

Antietam Elementary Service Hours Opportunity.

The Antietam Elementary PTA is looking for volunteers from troop 295 to run carnival games during our SOL Kick-off Party. The event will begin at 5:30 and the carnival portion will end at 7:15 on May 10, please arrive by 5:00pm in uniform to receive your assigned area. To volunteer please contact Veronica Price at 703-975-9266 or by email president@antietampta.org. Thank you for volunteering. This is an approved for service hours.

BSA Venture Crew 295 - Super Trip - Canoeing - June 19 - 22, 2013

As mentioned at tonight's Troop Meeting, any scout 14 and over or registered adult who would like to participate in the BSA Venture Crew 295 Super Trip - Roughly 40 miles of Canoeing down the James River - is welcome to. I only need the attached permission slip and deposit made by Monday, April 8, 2013 Yours In Service, Mr. Jerry Carlton Advisor, BSA Venture Crew 295 CarltonT295@verizon.net

MULCH Fundraiser on SATURDAY 3/9

We had a slow start on Friday, yet we delivered over 1,000 bags. Thanks to the parent volunteers and scouts who assisted after school. We are starting up at 7:30 on Saturday. I would like to have to first truck loaded and out by 7:45 because we still have 3,000+ bags to deliver. We will probably not finish until 3:00. Please bring a sack lunch or money to eat at a fast food restaurant. See you in the morning!!! Mrs. Bennis

Mulch Madness!

MULCH MADNESS THIS WEEKEND! Who: Parents, Volunteers & Scouts What: Mulch Deliveries Where: OBUMC parking lot When: Fri, March 8 and Sat, March 9 Weather: Fri - Hi 43º, partly Cloudy Sat - Hi 54º, Clear What to bring: Scouts are NOT to be in uniform. Dress for the weather. Wear layers for the coolish temps! Work gloves are HIGHLY recommended. Bring a sack lunch or cash to purchase a lunch. What NOT to bring: Don't wear your uniform. Don't bring valuables, breakables, or portable entertainment systems. Schedule: Fri, March 8, 2013 6:00a Mulch delivered 7:00a Setup canteen/volunteers area 8:00a Forklift operators begin staging 8:00a Trailers pick-up at U-Haul 9:00a Mulch deliveries begin 2:30p Drivers to transport scouts arrive 2:30p Scouts begin to arrive, sign-in Dusk Quitting time, scouts sign-out Sat, March 9, 2013 7:30a All volunteers & scouts arrive 7:30a Scouts sign-in 7:45a Mulch deliveries resume until all mulch is gone Closing Activities Breakdown canteen/volunteers area Sweep up any remaining mulch Haul all trash to landfill Scouts sign-out Trailers returned to U-Haul Fuel up forklifts Important Info: Parents and scouts - the mulch drive weekend is finally here! We need everyone's help to get the 4,697 bags of mulch that the scouts sold to our customers’ homes. Scouts - make every effort to participate if at all possible - even a couple hours will help. Parents - we need you too. The scouts cannot do this alone! If you don't remember what you volunteered to do or still need to sign-up, please see the updated VOLUNTEER LIST on the troop website. Volunteers are still needed. Please come out and support your troop! Betsey Bennis & Terrel Morris Fundraising Coordinator / Volunteer Coordinator BSA Troop 295 fundraiser.troop295@gmail.com, 571-251-1080

Mulch VOLUNTEER SIGN UP

Have your checked out the VOLUNTEER SIGN UP SHEET at the beginning or ending of the Scout Meetings on Mondays or on the BSA Troop 295 website?  If not, you really need to.

We have over 50 scouts in our troop, but less than 12 volunteers assisting on the Mulch Drive.  We cannot do it without your help.  Please donate some of your time to assist.  The few volunteers already signed up cannot do it alone.  Sign up to bring food, drinks, paper or perhaps you can be a chase vehicle with scouts aboard. 

We also need TRUCKS AND DRIVERS.  Without the trucks, we cannot deliver the mulch.  If you have truck that you can drive or allow someome else to drive, please contact me at 571-251-1080. 

Finally, a very important position on the Mulch drive is the STAGER.  This position requires the person to be there on Friday and Saturday.  This volunteer creates the load (by weight) that goes on the trailer.  Again, if you feel you can take on the position, please call me. 

Mulch Flyer Distribution - SUCCESS!

I just want to thank all of the scouts and parents who volunteered their time on Saturday, February 17th to hand out over 6000 flyers in our area.  You did a fabulous job!
 
I would also like to thank the few scouts who organized the rest of the troop into cars!  You did a tremendous job. 
 
Thanks to Joe and Rose Yorke for being in charge of the Flyer Distribution and making runs as needed.  And Rose, the scouts really appreciated the donuts.  Mr. Biggs, thank you for the water.
 
Thanks to Terrell Morris for reminding the volunteers about Saturday!
 
Betsey Bennis
Fundraiser Chairperson, Mulch Drive
 

Mulch Sold

Hi Everyone,
 
Just want to let you know that I have processed the first batch of orders for the Spring Drive and we have sold 517 bags of mulch!
 
Betsey

Parents and Scouts NEEDED for Flyer Distribution!

Our first mulch flyer distribution day is this weekend – February 16. We are still in NEED OF DRIVERS to transport scouts to neighborhoods in the Lake Ridge community. We have 6,000 flyers to distribute over two weekends. Here's the dates: Sat, 2/16/13 7:30am - 2:00pm Sun, 2/17/13 7:30am - 12:00pm We need the participation of the parents as well as the scouts for the mulch drive to be successful. We can't do this without YOU! This is just the beginning. See the Volunteer Signup for all the positions that still need to be filled. The success of our troop fundraiser is vital. It is crucial to the financial support of the troop and also provides much needed funds for our scouts to pay for scouting activities throughout the year. Your support is essential to achieving these goals! Thank you!

 

Betsey Bennis

Fundraising Coordinator

BSA Troop 295

fundraisier.troop295@gmail.com

(M) 571-251-1080


Mulch Flyer Distribution

It's hard to believe, but Spring is just around the corner.  At last week’s Court of Honor we kicked off our Spring Mulch Fundraiser!

 

Mark your calendars for the following important dates:

Flyer distribution:  Sat, 2/16  & Sun, 2/17

Mulch delivery:       Fri, 3/08  & Sat, 3/09

 

As most of you know by now, the Spring and Fall Mulch Fundraisers are crucial for the financial support of the troop. The funds generated support both troop operations and individual scout accounts (ISAs) allowing scouts to pay for activities such as summer camp.  Troop 295 relies on the success of the Mulch Fundraisers, which depends solely on the dedicated efforts of our scouts and parents.  An enormous amount of effort goes into our Mulch Fundraisers which is why we need your help.  Fortunately, we have a large troop to spread the effort around. 

 

How can you help?  There are many tasks to be done, both large and small, to ensure that the Spring Mulch Fundraiser is a success.  Review the list below to determine where your talents and time are best utilized.  Then login to the troop website and signup on the Volunteer Signup form, via the Mulch Drive Information link.

 

·          Drivers and vehicles to transport scouts for flyer distribution

  • Drivers and vehicles to transport scouts for mulch delivery
  • Drivers and vehicles equipped to tow trailers
  • Experienced forklift operators
  • Strong backs to carry mulch bags  
  • Staging/loading  - preparing mulch orders for delivery
  • Time keeper - assist with scout sign in & sign out
  • Record keeper - record completed orders
  • Donations - water, coffee, donuts, snacks, plastic products, copier paper

 

We will start off the Mulch Drive by delivering flyers in the Lake Ridge community on Sat, Feb. 16 and Sun, Feb. 17, from 7:30 am - 2:00 pm.  We will need 8 drivers on each of those days to transport the scouts into the neighborhoods.

 

We begin delivering mulch on the morning of Fri, March 8th and continue on Sat, March 9th.  We need vehicles and drivers prepared to load and deliver mulch throughout both days.  The scouts cannot join in this effort until school lets out Friday afternoon so we need as many parents as possible who can take Friday off work to begin our mulch deliveries.  We will deliver mulch until the sun goes down and we'll be back at it early Sat morning.  We anticipate 8,000 bags of mulch to be delivered.  This is a full 2 day effort and we need full participation from all our scouts and families.  Parents are urgently needed in the supporting roles above as well as providing donations to assist in the effort.

 

Equally important to the financial support, our Mulch Fundraisers bring our scout families together.  New scouts and their families join the fabric of our troop, friendships are born or renewed and laughter mingles with hard wrought sweat.  And when the job is finally over we marvel over what we have accomplished.  This rallying together is truly the hallmark of our troop.

 

We need you!  Help make it happen.  Thanks for your support.  If you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to contact me.

 

Betsey Bennis

Fundraising Coordinator

BSA Troop 295

fundraiser.troop295@gmail.com

(M) 571-251-1080


Chase Curling's Eagle Scout Project

Come support my Eagle Project on at least one of three dates: Saturday, February 9, 2013, 1-5pm Mr. Hutchin’s house 13535 Frost Drive Nokesville VA 20181 We will be cutting and test fitting the wood for the cabinets Bring work gloves, pencil, ruler, ear plugs Sunday, February 10, 2013, 2-6pm My house 2782 Maple Ridge Drive Woodbridge, VA 22192 My phone number is 703-497-2719 We will sand and stain the wood. Bring gloves, sandpaper and paintbrush Sunday, February 17, 2013, 2-6pm My house and Old Bridge United Methodist Church We will first assemble the cabinets at my house, then transport the cabinets to hang them on the church walls Bring screwdrivers, hammers, and drills Yours in Scouting,  Chase

Cooking Merit Badge as an Eagle Required Merit

To everyone counseling Scouts moving toward Eagle Scout rank,

In order to clear up some confusion that I noted in conversations over the past several weeks, I want to state my understanding of the new requirement for the Cooking Merit Badge as an Eagle Required Merit Badge.  Scouting magazine reported, via the Bryan on Scouting blog written by the senior editor Bryan Wendell:

“Sustainability and Cooking merit badges will join the list of Eagle-required merit badges over the next 14 months, the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board announced today. Sustainability, a new merit badge, will join Environmental Science as an Eagle Scout option after its debut at the 2013 jamboree. Cooking, meanwhile, will become Eagle-required as of Jan. 1, 2014. The total number of merit badges required for the Eagle Scout Award will remain at 21. In other words, instead of 12 Eagle-required badges and 9 elective badges, a Scout must earn 13 Eagle-required and 8 elective badges.”

To clarify the concerns over advancement in the next month:

Cooking merit badge will be required for the Eagle Scout rank starting on January 1, 2014. All Scouts who did not earn Eagle by the end of 2013 must complete the Cooking merit badge for Eagle, no matter when they started working on that rank.” [http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Cooking]

Yours in Scouting,

Carl Curling
Advancement Chair, Troop 295
(H) 703-497-2719, curling@comcast.net


Many THANKS for a terrific Mulch Drive

I would like to personally thank the SCOUTS and their FAMILY MEMBERS who came out to help with our Fall Mulch Drive on October 5th & 6th.  We could not have had so much success without everyone volunteering their time and donations.
 
Thank you drivers and copilots (Lee, Jerry, Dave, Carl, John, Mike, Al, Troy, Nigel):  Without you, the mulch would go nowhere.  And we didn't lose any mulch this year -- tie downs work!
 
Thank you parents transporting the scouts (Harry, Michael, Rita, Helleni, Mr. Chatman, Mr. Biggs) :  It was great to have new parents stepup and drive the scouts. 
 
Thank you to the forklift drivers (Brandon and Joe):  You were efficient in getting the pallets ready for the trailers!
 
Thank you stager:  Deb, a huge thank you for all of your assistance with this job during the many mulch drives!  You will be missed.  Thank you Janet, for stepping up and taking this position.  You did a great job keeping the forklift drivers moving.
 
Thank you Stephanie:  For doing a spectacular job in the stacker of pallets and keeping the area clean!
 
Thank you Mr. Zylich:  You kept the scouts in line and helped out wherever it was needed.
 
Thank you Karen:  For assisting me when I forgot how to do something relating to the mulch drive.
 
And a HUGE thank you to the SCOUTS:  Without you, the mulch could not be delivered as quickly as it was. 
 
Finally, THANK YOU to anyone I have forgotten. 
 
 
Betsey Bennis
Fundraisier Coordinator, Mulch Drive
 
 
 
 
 
 

Court of Honor Pictures

 
I had an issue with the flash so these aren't up to my usual standards. 
 
Mr Hutchins

Mulch MADNESS this weekend!

MULCH MADNESS THIS WEEKEND!

Who:     Parents, Volunteers & Scouts

What:    Mulch Deliveries

Where:  OBUMC parking lot

When:   Fri, October 5 and Sat, October 6

Weather:  Fri - Hi 80, mostly sunny and pleasant

                Sat - Hi 76, mostly sunny, thunderstorm possible

What to bring:  Scouts are NOT to be in uniform.  Dress for the weather.  Although there is a slight chance of rain, better to be safe than sorry -- so bring a light jacket, rain slicker, or poncho -- just in case!  Work gloves are HIGHLY recommended.  Bring a sack lunch or cash to purchase a lunch.

What NOT to bring:  Don't wear your uniform.  Don't bring valuables, breakables, or portable entertainment systems. 

 

Schedule:

Fri, October 5, 2011

    6:00a  Mulch delivered

    7:00a  Setup canteen/volunteers area

    8:00a  Forklift operators begin staging

    8:00a  Trailers pick-up at U-Haul

    9:00a  Mulch deliveries begin

    2:30p  Drivers to transport scouts arrive

    2:30p  Scouts begin to arrive, sign-in

    Dusk   Quitting time, scouts sign-out

 

Sat, October 6, 2011

    7:30a  All volunteers & scouts arrive

    7:30a  Scouts sign-in

    7:45a  Mulch deliveries resume until

                 all mulch is gone

 

Closing Activities

    Breakdown canteen/volunteers area

    Sweep up any remaining mulch

    Haul all trash to landfill

    Scouts sign-out

    Trailers returned to U-Haul

    Fuel up forklifts

 

Important Info:  Parents and scouts - the mulch drive weekend is finally here!  We need everyone's help to get the 3,192 bags of mulch that the scouts sold to our customers homes.  Scouts - make every effort to participate if at all possible - even a couple hours will help.  Parents - we need you too.  The scouts cannot do this alone!

 

If you don't remember what you volunteered to do or still need to sign-up, please see the updated VOLUNTEER LIST on the troop website.  Volunteers are still needed.  Please come out and support your troop!

 

Betsey Bennis

Fundraising Coordinator

BSA Troop 295

mulch.troop295@gmail.com

571-251-1080

 


Do you need MULCH?

I have finished processing all of the orders.  We have sold 3,068 bags as of 9/17/12.
 
We do have extra mulch to complete a pallet.  The following mulch is available on a first-come-first-serve basis (by Saturday, 9/29):
 
28 bags of Central Hardwood @ $4.50 per bag
8 bags of Shredded Pine @ $4.50 per bag
20 bags of Rappahonnack Pine @ $4.50 per bag
22 bags of Red Cedar @ $5.50 per bag
36 bags of Soil Conditioner @ $3.50 per bag
 
Please contact Betsey Bennis @ 571-251-1080 or at fundraiser.troop295@gmail.com
 
 

We need DRIVERS and TRUCKS

The Mulch Drive will soon be upon us.  We are in need of drivers and trucks for the Mulch Drive on October 5th and 6th. 
 
Please consider assisting our troop during this very successful fundraiser!
 

Flyer Distribution AFTER services on 9/16/12

Huge THANK YOU's to the scouts who handed out flyers after the services at OBUMC today.
 
Please remember to email or see Mrs. Bennis at Monday's Scout Meeting to give her your time served. 
 
 

Distributing Flyers AFTER Services

If any scout would like to distribute flyers after the services on Sunday, September 16th, please show up an hour after the service time - 9:00 for 8:00 service; 11:00 for 10:00 service; 12:00 for 11:00 service.
 
 

BSA Venture Crew 295 - Mini-Pumpkin Chunkin'!

Come draw the face of your favorite teacher, politician, or co-worker on one of our pumpkins and launch them at the target. Watch `em get smashed for free! Help build chunking contraptions and hang out with BSA Venture Crew 295.
If you like us, join us! Snacks are provided.

When: September 15th 1-5pm 

Where:  12617 Oakwood Dr. Woodbridge, VA 22192 

R.S.V.P.: Wednesday September 12th

Christina (703) 209-1136

OR

Alexandra (703) 595-8144

or

Email Mr. Carlton - carltonT295@verizon.net

 

You can also find us on Facebook too ... http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/269795449804457/


Handing out Flyers at OBUMC

Please volunteer to hand out flyers at OBUMC on Sunday, September 16 after a service. 
 
Please let Betsey Bennis or Steve Zylich know if you would like to volunteer.

Mulch Flyer Distribution THANKS!

To all who came out on Saturday and helped with Mulch flyer distribution -- THANK YOU!  The scouts did a great job distributing the flyers (and saving some from the wind) in a timely manner. 
 
Parents, we couldn't have done this without your assistance.  Many thanks to Karen Long, Veronica Price, Lynn Reddy, Joe Gilley, Rose Yorke, Lee Hutchins, Rita Crabb, and Elizabeth Carlton for driving our scouts and crew members.
 
I would also like to thank Joe Yorke and Janet Tanner-Booska for volunteering their time to run the flyer distribution!
 
Sean Zylich, Brian, Zylich, Chase Curling, and Christian Donovan -- Please record your times of delivery and send me an email (bennisbi@gmail.com ) of either the total time or the time worked.
 
Again, many thanks!
 
Betsey Bennis
 
 
 

Mulch Flyer Distribution

Mulch Flyer Distribution is on September 8th from 7:30-2:00.  Scouts are encouraged to participate.  Do not wear your scout uniform!
 
Parents, we need more drivers to assist with flyer distribution.  Please sign up on the Volunteer List on-line or when you pick up/drop off your Scout at the meeting on Monday.
 
The more Scouts and parents we have distributing flyers, the quicker we will finish.  Let's work together to have a great Mulch Flyer Distribution.

Fall 2012 Mulch Drive

BSA Troop 295 family,

It's hard to believe, but Fall is just around the corner. It's time to start planning for the Fall Mulch Fundraiser!

Mark your calendars for the following important dates:

Flyer distribution: Sat, 9/8  Scouts and (8) volunteer drivers needed on this day

Flyer distribution: Sat, 9/15 (raindate)

Mulch delivery: Fri, 10/5

Mulch delivery: Sat, 10/6

 

As most of you know by now, the Spring and Fall Mulch Fundraisers are crucial for the financial support of the troop. The funds support both troop operations and individual scout accounts (ISAs) allowing scouts to pay for activities such as summer camp. Troop 295 relies on the success of the Mulch Fundraisers, which depends solely on the dedicated efforts of our scouts and parents. An enormous amount of effort goes into our Mulch Fundraiser which is why we need your help. Fortunately, we have a large troop to spread the effort around.

How can you help? There are many tasks to be done, both large and small, to ensure that the Fall Mulch Fundraiser is a success. Review the list below to determine where your talents and time are best utilized. Then login to the troop website and signup on the Volunteer Signup form, via the Mulch Drive Information link.

  • Assistant Fundraiser - Assist in coordinating volunteers & donations
  • Drivers and vehicles to transport scouts for flyer distribution
  • Drivers and vehicles to transport scouts for mulch delivery
  • Drivers and vehicles equipped to tow trailers
  • Experienced forklift operators
  • Strong backs to carry mulch bags
  • Setup/breakdown - scout & volunteers area
  • Staging/loading - preparing mulch orders for delivery
  • Time keeper - assist with scout sign in & sign out
  • Record keeper - record completed orders
  • Donations - water, coffee, donuts, snacks, plastic products, copier paper
  •  

We will kick off the Mulch Drive by delivering flyers in the Lake Ridge community from 7:30 am - 2:00 pm on Sat, Sep 8th and will have a rain date on  Sat, Sep 15th. We will need 8 drivers on each of those days to transport the scouts into the neighborhoods.

 

We begin delivering mulch on the morning of Friday, Oct 5th and need vehicles and drivers prepared to load and deliver mulch throughout the day. The scouts cannot join in this effort until school lets out in the afternoon. We will deliver mulch until the sun goes down and we'll be back at it early Saturday morning. This is a full 2 day effort and we need all scouts to participate. Parents are urgently needed in the supporting roles above as well as providing donations to assist in the effort.

 

Equally important to the financial support, our Mulch Fundraisers bring our scout families together. New scouts and their families join the fabric of our troop, friendships are born or renewed and laughter mingles with hard wrought sweat. And when the job is finally over we marvel over what we have accomplished. This rallying together is truly the hallmark of our troop.

 

We need you!  Help make it happen. Thanks for your support. If you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to contact me.

 

Betsey Bennis,

Fundraising Coodinator

BSA Troop 295

fundraiser.troop295@gmail.com

No Troop Meeting on Monday, July 23

Mr. Zylich wants everyone to know that after a week at summer camp, there will be no Troop Meeting on the following Monday.
 
He also asks everyone not to forget the upcoming Family Campout in August!
 
Thanks,
Carl Curling

Troop Pictures on RedFishUnderwaterPhotography

I've split out all the troop pictures from my primary web page.

The URL is:
 
Also the White Water Rafting trip pictures the outfitter took are also online

High Adventure Pictures

The Highlights pictures are online:
 
I will upload some more when I get a chance.
 
Mr Hutchins

Missing Troop Camping Gear

There are a bunch of tarps and several tents that have gone home with scouts because they were wet after camping trips.  These items have not been returned.  Right now there are insufficient ground cloths (tarps) in the trailer to protect even a modest number of tents during a camping trip.  There are also a number of missing tents.  The troop provided suffient equipment to outfit ourselves to have a successful camping trip, protect or gear, and keep our scouts warm and dry.  Gear left at home does not accomplish any of these goals and hurts those that are participating.  The troop is getting ready to go on a trip this weekend.  We will be gathering at the church between 6 and 7 to leave at 7.  If you have gear still at home, the scouts and adults participating in this trip would very much appreciate it if you could bring the gear still at home so we can make use of it.
 
Mr Hutchins

Service Opportunity Sat Jun 16th

While we are doing our annual planning OBUMC is hosting a food packing event where we are going to build 10,000 meals capable of feeding 6 people.  These are obviously dried goods (rice etc).  We will have an assembly line setup in the Fellowship hall and the food packing starts at 9 am and goes until we are done.  Come early and help pack food or stay late and pack some more.
 
YIS
 
Mr Hutchins

Annual Planning and High Adventure Planning

Reminder please be at church (room 105) for 10am tomorrow.  The final High Adventure Planning will take place once the annual planning is complete.  High Adventure participants should have received a seperate e-mail with additional details.
 
Mr Hutchins

Personal Fitness MB

Personal Fitness MB (Eagle-requirement) classes begin this Sunday, June 10, at 1:00 p.m.  We will be meeting at the Lake Ridge Middle School track.  Come dressed for exercise.
 
This class is for any scout age 12+ and requires a 90-day commitment of time.  There will be homework required and meetings every 2 weeks or so throughout the summer.  Do not sign-up if you will not commit to these requirements.
 
Any questions, please contact Mr. Freeman at bfreeman@ahtins.com or (703) 494-1656.

Latest Photos

I've uploaded the last 3 sets of pictures I have taken.  I had a minor issue with some of the pics from Mon night (the camera focused on the closet instead of the scouts for some of the pics - sorry for the fuzy pics).
 
The pictures are located at www.RedFishUnderwaterPhotography.com - This is built on SmugMug - the pictures should be downloadable (right click on pic) or you can have smugmug print them for you at cost.  Although this is my professional site, I am not adding any additional cost over what SmugMug charges.
 
I am going to work on staging pictures of Rank Pin-ons to get a nicer set of pics next time around.
 
YIS
 
Lee

Summer Camp Help

I am looking for two additional adults to come to Summer Camp with me.  Right now I only have 3 adults going to camp, Steve Sirag, Mike Meek, and Myself.  I like to have 5 adults at camp.  The responsibilities are fairly easy:
 Help with transporting the scouts to and from camp. 
 Be around if the scouts have any troubles.
 Have a good time.
 
Additionally I will need a parent to:
Guide the first year scouts around camp the first few days.
 
Help keep track of medications for the scouts.  We hold the medications for the scouts and help them remember to take their medications at the appropriate times.
 
Keep track of the scouts money. We keep a bank so the scouts don't lose their money.
 
Let me know if you are able to help out.
 
Thanks,
Steve Zylich, Scoutmaster

New Troopmaster web site

Troop 295 has now got a license for the new Troopmaster Web add-on for the TroopMaster program! TroopMaster Web allows you to access the Troop program data directly on the web without the need to install software. This means that Apple and LINUX users no longer have to curse the Windows programmers.

Leaders, Parents, and Scouts can have access to TroopMaster Web and can log in from any PC/MAC via the internet.

Multiple users can update and view the data at the same time.

TroopMaster Web allows me to control access through separate User ID's and Passwords to custom tailor data access and the ability to make any changes to the records.  You just have to let me know so that I can give them login IDs and passwords.

The web interface is great because it:

Can get parents more involved with the rank progress of their child.

Web enablement means that your iPhone and other moble device users can now access the information without having to wait till they can get back to the computer that has Troopmaster installed. iPhone support is limited right now, but I am pretty sure that will evolve. The web version is completely usable on an iPad. There are just a few navigation quirks, but nothing I have seen so far that is a show stopper.

TroopMaster Web allows you to view and edit:

Scout and adult personal data, including addresses, phones, email addresses, emergency contacts, emergency phones, doctor information, insurance information, physicals, medications, allergies, and more!

Advancement data, including rank advancement/electives, special awards, etc.

Scout Leadership

Adult Training

Adult Leadership data

Activities and attendance.

Fundraisers

Other Features include:

Automatic Backups - Includes an option to automatically backup data files every time I sync with the web database. The backup function will also automatically keep the last 5 backup files I have uploaded to help ensure I will always have a good copy of our database if anything were to happen to the files on my local hard drive.

Password Protection - Allows full control over users accessing data and also gives complete flexibility in controlling which areas of the database can be updated/viewed by each user. I can also create read-only accounts as well as limit users to access specific scouts or dens.

Email - This area allows you to email members of your unit from TroopMaster Web and each User can save their own recipient groups. You can also schedule emails to be sent at a later date.

Calendar - The calendar will allow you to view activities in a calendar format.

Message Board - The message board will allow you to post messages on the web. You can post messages so everyone can see or for select users.

Reports - Reports currently include Scout Roster, Scout Health Form Status, Scout Having/Needing Special Award, Scout Having/Needing Activity Badge, Scout Individual Participation, Adult / Leader Roster, Adult Health Form Status, Adult Having/Needing Award, Adult Having/Needing Training, Adult Individual Participation, Activity List, Individual Activity, and Birthday calendar.

Mobile Login - Mobile login for TroopMaster Web is designed to work with smaller screen sizes common in SmartPhones and other wireless internet-connected devices including iPhone, BlackBerry, Droid, and others.

Based on the information available, it looks like TroopMaster Web syncs the database based on areas of the database that have been updated on the website. These areas are broken up for each specific member and also separated across the different areas of the database itself.

I have set up an account for you on TroopMaster on the web. Log on to http://www.troopmasterweb.com/BSATroop295, using:

 

For Parents:

User ID: Troop295Parents

Password: OBUMC295Parents

 

For Scouts:

 

User ID: Troop295Scouts

Password: OBUMC295Scouts

 

You will then create your own account with your own password.

 

For detailed information on how to set get started with TroopMaster Web and upload your database, please visit our website at: http://www.troopmaster.com/faq/faq_web.html

 

Thanks,

Mr. Steve Zylich

Scoutmaster

 


FW: [Occoquan Scouting Newsgroup] Life to Eagle Orientation

Saturday April 14, 2012
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Location:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
5750 Websters Way
Manassas, VA 20112

Note: Websters Way is off of Hoadly Rd.
Between Prince William Parkway and Dale Blvd.

The Life to Eagle Orientation focuses on providing guidance to Scouts, and their parents, who have achieved the rank of Life. Helpful information is provided as they embark upon the last leg of their journey to the rank of Eagle Scout.
The Steps from Life to Eagle
Eagle Leadership Project: What is Expected
Process of Planning the Leadership Project
The new Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook
Question and Answer Session

Scouts attending need to Be Prepared:
Be on time
Be in complete Boy Scout uniform
Bring pen or pencil and paper to take notes

To register, please e-mail fred.thompson@verizon.net with the number of Scouts and adults attending.

Questions? Contact Fred Thompson at fred.thompson@verizon.net or
Erik Dorman at erikdorman@comcast.net

Bump by Mr Hutchins


FW: Steve, 25% Off + Free Gift -- Limited Time!

 

 

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Scout Shop Online Sale & REI Sale

Seems to be the Sale season - am passing along for our scout families who may need stuff to outfit your scouts. -
Scout Shop online:
Shop online and save 25% on everything* at scoutstuff.org plus get a FREE BSA® Reusable Eco Bag! Just add one of the Eco Bags found here to your online shopping bag and get it for free. And be sure to check out other great BSA ways to go green, including:

Books featuring the Scouting tradition of lessening our impact on the earth: Leave No Trace, Lightly on the Land, The Conservation Handbook, and more Hats and tees in 100% organic cotton Performance graphic jerseys made of recycled fabric Solar lighting and chargers
 
*25% savings offer excludes uniforms and accessories, program insignia and literature, Pinewood Derby®, advancement items, and gift cards. Savings (as indicated above) and free reusable bag offer are valid April 13-19. Not valid on previous orders; may not combine with other offers.
 
REI - For our new families - REI is a "high end" outfitter that is based on a Co-op model.  Members recieve dividends at the end of the year.  The coupon mentioned is provided to members.  If you join, you get the coupon.
 
20% off any single item in the store or 20% off any single item online.  REI.com.
 
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Scout Shop Sale

Earth Day is April 22, so BSA's offering two fun ways to "shop green"! From April 13 to April 19, 2012, you will receive 25% off everything that fits in the FREE reusable BSA bag.

The offer excludes program insignia, literature, Pinewood Derby, advancement items and gift cards.

I have been told, that you do not have to keep the items level with the top of the bag, which means that tents and posters are included in the sale. So, stuff that bag as full as you can and carry it to the check-out.

This includes both of the Scout Shops in our area. Please, ask an associate at either store for more details. Here's the link to the address and phone number for both Scout Shops.

http://www.boyscouts-ncac.org/openrosters/ViewOrgPageLink.asp?LinkKey=16640&orgkey=1988


REMINDER: Please return all tents that were taken home

We want all tents returned at the troop meeting tomorrow night(4/16).  We have a camping trip next weekend and need the tents back!
 
YiS,
 
Steve Zylich

FW: Boy Scout Textile Merit Badge Day

Unique opportunity for some fun and a quick Merit Badge.  Scouts must request a Blue Card from Mr Zylich before going.
 
We will also need an adult to accompany the scouts who want to go.  The 5th is your target date, since the 19th is the Canoeing campout.  Neither Mr Zylich or Mr Hutchins can go so we will need another adult to chaperone the trip.
 

Calling all Scouts!

*Learn about Alpcas from the farmers
*Watch an Alpaca get his yearly haircut
*Participate in the many steps raw fleece travels to be turned into a garment
*Complete the badge requirements and take home a signed blue card
*Make a felted bar of soap
*Shop for cool stuff in our Alpaca farm stand
*Take home some great farm memories

We will be hosting 2 Textile Merit Badge events:

Event #1
May 5 (rain date May 12) from 9:00am to 12 noon
OR
1:00pm to 4:00pm


Event #2
May 19 (rain date May 26) from 9:00am to 12 noon
OR
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Event fees: $15 per scout
$5 per adult (1 adult must accompany each troop-parents welcome too!)

Contact Lisa Darley by email or phone for more details
and to register your troop
info@maranathaalpacas.com 540-841-4878






Cycling Conditioning Ride - THIS SAT

Quick reminder to those that are going to be riding this summer on the C&O trip.  Our next conditioning ride is this Sat at 9 AM.  We will leave the church at 9AM.  The Tandem has had a tuneup and is ready to use if you guys want me to bring it along.  Please send me an e-mail and let me know who is riding and whether you need me to supply a bike.  The goal is to ride about 20 miles (down to Liberia and back).  Should take less than 2 hours.
 
Any questions please let me know.
 
Mr Hutchins
 
hutchinsel at yahoo.com

Troop meeting schedule

Hi everyone,  With Spring Break coming up I wanted to let you know that there will be a troop meeting on Monday April 2, but there will not be a troop meeting on Monday April 9th.
 
Have a great Spring Break.
 
YIS,
 
Mr. Steve Zylich

FW: [Occoquan Scouting Newsgroup] Chance for service hours from the county

For those of you that need service hours here is a preapproved opportunity for you.  For the scouts that just joined the troop, there is a second class requirement to perform at least 1 hour of service.  This may be a good opportunity for you to do so.  If you can’t make it to this opportunity, not a big deal.  There will be many other opportunities in the future.

 

YIS,


Steve Zylich

 

This information is forwarded from an email from Rebecca Super, the site manager for Rippon Lodge Historic Site.

Good Afternoon,

Spring break will soon be upon us and Rippon Lodge has an opportunity for Scouts to earn Service Hours either for Scouts of School requirements. Please pass these dates on to any Scout that may be interested.

April 4-6, 10am – 2pm.
- Gardening
- Fence Painting
- Program Prep (tents, tables, goodie bag stuffing, egg assembly, etc.)

April 14, 9am – Noon
- Invasive Plant Removal.
For this day I would also like to have adult volunteers who could run saws and help identify the invasive plants (English Ivy, Honeysuckle, Wisteria, stilt grass, garlic mustard, etc.) Arrive on site at 8:30 am for a short tour of where these bad guys are and a quick lesson on removal techniques for trees.

For all of the dates above please contact the site to sign up. Call 703-499-9812 and speak with Becky or Dianne. Or e-mail rsuper@pwcgov.org.

Thank you,
Becky

Rebecca Super
Site Manager, Rippon Lodge Historic Site
Prince William County
Division of Historic Preservation
17674 Main Street
Dumfries VA 22026
703-499-9812(office)
703-499-9783 (fax)


REMINDER: OA Election Team Needed Tonight

For Troop 1919

VFW Post 1503, 14631 Minnieville Road, Dale City, Virginia 22193

 

7:30 – 8:30 PM.

 

Please come out and support.

 

Thanks, WWW,

Mr. Carlton


Great deals for uniforms at the scout store

Buy One, Get One Free...
Build Up Your Uniform Wardrobe with Made-for-Comfort Choices!

Just buy one Supplex Nylon uniform piece at regular price and any Supplex collection piece of equal or lesser value is yours FREE!

  • Short- and long-sleeved Shirts
  • Classic-Fit and Relaxed-Fit Pants and Switchbacks™
All featuring superior moisture management for quick-dry comfort in any weather, plus UPF sun protection. In Adult, Youth, and Ladies' Fit choices. Valid March 16-22 onlineand at participating Scout Shops, Councils and Distributors. Applies to select Supplex Nylon uniform pieces only. Online, each selection will be discounted half off; must purchase a minimum of two qualifying items. May not be combined with any other offer. Some supplies and sizes are limited. Selection varies online and in stores.

click on the link below for more information:

http://view.email.scoutstuff.org/?j=fe4f16787c6d0d7d7210&m=fef616777c6304&ls=fdb715717d610d797c1d797565&l=fe5b15777066067e7c13&s=fe1b17777d60077e7c1279&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe3817737461077e711570&SRC=ET&ET_CID=ET_supplexbogo_03162012&Page=View+as+a+Web+Page&ET_RID={ee6205ca-18cf-47d7-b191-79a6b8053e64}

 

YIS, Mr. Steve Zylich



Eagle Scout Project Files

I have uploaded a new set of Eagle Project files that correspond to the new Eagle Project Workbook on the troop website in the "troop common forms/Eagle scout resources" directory.  There are 4 new files - the PDF workbook and 3 Word documents.  Make sure you talk with either Mr Hutchins or Mr Zylich before starting to fill these out to get specific instructions.  For those Scouts who already have approved projects, you can continue to use the older forms.  If you do not have approved paperwork, the new forms are mandatory per Council direction.
 
Please check with Mr Hutchins if you have any questions.

Medical Forms Required

With all the new scouts joining our troop in the past year, we have grown a bit lax on having medical forms for EVERYONE - adults included.  Attached you will find 2 files.  The first is parts A&B.  These parts do NOT require a doctor's signature.  PLEASE complete this form and bring it with you the next time you come to a troop meeting or go on an activity.  For those going camping this weekend, you will NOT be allowed to go until you have a current form on file.
 
The second file is part C.  It is required to attend summer camp.  This form does require a Doctor's signature.  We are providing it now so that you can start making appointments to get it completed.
 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Mr Hutchins 703.627.7638

A Great Spring Mulch Drive

I would like to congratulate everyone who participated in a very successful Spring Mulch Drive.  We had a large number of scouts working on Friday and Saturday.  The scouts did a fantastic job working together and moving quickly to load bags into the trailers and making deliveries.  I would also like to commend the number of parents who volunteered.  I appreciate you dedicating your time with your scout.  We delivered 6,398 bags of mulch in a very timely manner.  Finally, I want to thank all who brought donations (which were greatly consumed by the scouts).  GREAT WORK!!!!
 
Betsey Bennis
Fundraising Coordinator - Mulch Drive

March Campout

Hi Everyone,
 
Just a reminder that I need everyone to turn in their Permission slip for the New Scout campout on Monday if they have not already done so.
 
I will not be at the beginning of tomorrow's meeting, but I plan to be at the end of the meeting so I can answer questions.

Thanks,
Mr. Zylich

Spencer Peters Eagle Project date change

Date and time for Eagle Scout Project has been changed to March 25 at 1:00 pm. Please call to sign up at 703-491-7433.
Thank you.

MULCH MADNESS weekend!!!!

MULCH MADNESS THIS WEEKEND!

 Who:     Parents, Volunteers & Scouts

What:    Mulch Deliveries

Where:  OBUMC parking lot

When:   Fri, March 16 and Sat, March 17

Weather:  Fri - Hi 79, 40% chance of thunderstorms

                Sat - Hi 78, mostly sunny, 10% chance of       thunderstorms

What to bring:  Scouts are NOT to be in uniform.  Dress for the weather.  Although there is a chance of rain, better to be safe than sorry -- so bring a light jacket, rain slicker, or poncho -- just in case!  Work gloves are HIGHLY recommended.  Bring a sack lunch or cash to purchase a lunch.

 

What NOT to bring:  Don't wear your uniform.  Don't bring valuables, breakables, or portable entertainment systems. 

 

Schedule:

Fri, March 16, 2011

    6:00a  Mulch delivered

    7:00a  Setup canteen/volunteers area

    8:00a Forklift operators begin staging

    8:00a  Trailers pick-up at U-Haul

    9:00a  Mulch deliveries begin

    2:30p  Drivers to transport scouts arrive

    2:30p  Scouts begin to arrive, sign-in

    Dusk   Quitting time, scouts sign-out

 

Sat, March 17, 2011

    7:00a  All volunteers & scouts arrive

    7:00a  Scouts sign-in

    7:30a  Mulch deliveries resume until

                 all mulch is gone

 

Closing Activities

    Breakdown canteen/volunteers area

    Sweep up any remaining mulch

    Haul all trash to landfill

    Scouts sign-out

    Trailers returned to U-Haul

 

Important Info:  Parents and scouts - the mulch drive weekend is finally here!  We need everyone's help to get the 6,398 bags of mulch that the scouts sold to our customers homes.  Scouts - make every effort to participate if at all possible - even a couple hours will help.  Parents - we need you too.  The scouts cannot do this alone!

 

If you don't remember what you volunteered to do or still need to sign-up, please see the updated VOLUNTEER LIST on the troop website.  Volunteers are still needed.  Please come out and support your troop!

 

Betsey Bennis

Fundraising Coordinator

BSA Troop 295

mulch.troop295@gmail.com

571-251-1080

 


Drivers also needed

We have a couple of trucks that we can use to tow trailers but we need drivers for them.  If you are comfortable driving a truck with a trailer. Please contact Betsey Bennis(bennis4sum@yahoo.com) or myself (t295sm@gmail.com) so that we can make the proper arrangements. 
 
Thanks for your assistance in working to make this a successful Fundraiser for our troop.
 
Steve Zylich

URGENT: Trucks and Drivers needed!

Urgent:   Trucks and  Drivers NEEDED

 

It has just come to our attention that one of our drivers with a truck for Saturday, 3/17, cannot assist.

 

We need trucks and drivers for 6 trailers.  Currently the below listed people/vehicles are who we have for the delivery.

 

Friday 3/16

Brian Rico with truck

Randy Boice with truck

Lee Hutchins with truck

Carl Curling (Bookwalter truck)

 

Saturday 3/17

Randy Boice with truck

Joe Limber with truck

Bookwalter truck – no driver

Lee Hutchins with truck (after 12 noon)

 

It is imparative to have all 6 trailers moving mulch to meet our suspense of delivering all the mulch by Sat afternoon.

 

Please contact Betsey Bennis @ 571-251-1080, if you will be available all or even part of Friday and Saturday.  All drivers will be meeting at Uhaul at 0800 on Telegraph Rd.

 

Thanks.

 

Betsey Bennis

Fundraiser Coordinator – Mulch

mulch.troop295@gmail.com

571-251-2080

 


Volunteers are NEEDED!

HAVE YOU VOLUNTEERED FOR THE MULCH DRIVE YET?????

The Spring Mulch Drive is this weekend – March 16 & 17!  Volunteers are desperately needed in all areas, including:

 

Drivers w/vehicles to tow trailers!

Co-pilots to accompany drivers!

Drivers to transport scouts!

Adults to help where needed!

 

Donations: coffe, donuts, snacks

 

See the Volunteer Signup.  Open positions still need to be filled.  Signup online or email Betsey at the email below with the position you'd like and the items you can donate.

 

We need the participation of all the parents as well as the scouts to for the mulch drive to be successfull.  We can't do this without you!

 

Betsey Bennis

Fundraising Coordinators

BSA Troop 295

mulch.troop295@gmail.com

571-251-1080

 

 


DONATIONS FOR SPRING MULCH DRIVE

Hello Scout Parents, The following is a list of items donated for the Spring Mulch Drive. The is a list of WHO volunteered WHAT. Please read the whole list, in case you signed up for more than 1 item. Some items are Time Critical – like donuts and coffee. Hungry scouts and craving parents aren’t very pleasant first thing in the morning. If you’re not able to provide your item listed, please let me know. Thanks everyone! ICE – 2 bags each day Fri – STILL NEED Sat – Leslie Garcia WATER – 24ct plastic bottles Fri – Brian Rico, Michele Manley Sat – Mike Meek, M. Biggs COFFEE – 2 pre-filled cartons – Time Critical Fri – 7 am – Mike Meek, 12 pm – STILL NEED Sat –7 am – Cathy Suthard 12 pm – STILL NEED DONUTS – 3 dozen PER PERSON – Time Critical Fri – 7 am - Chris Carmichael, Mike Meek Sat –7 am – Leslie Garcia, STILL NEED SNACKS – Buy several or Super-size, we have lots of scouts over 2 days Chips – Stephanie Remington Pretzels – Nicole James Chex mix – Gilley Cookies – Gilley Other – Long Other – STILL NEED Plastic/Misc products Plastic drinking cups – Karen Long Gallon size zip storage bags – Betsey Bennis Heavy duty contractor trash bags – D. Bookwalter Extra large Sharpie black markers – STILL NEEDED Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Thanks again. If you are able to fill in the gaps with items that are STILL NEED please contact Betsey Bennis @ 571-251-1080 so that I can put you on the Volunteer List.

Drivers and Trucks needed for Mulch Delivery

Hello Everyone,
 
We are in dire need of DRIVERS and TRUCKS for Friday the 16th  and Saturday the 17th.  As of now, we have 4 drivers on Friday and 3 drivers on Saturday.
 
We really need to have 6 drivers and trucks.  If you are able to help out, please let Betsey Bennis @ 571-251-1080 know as soon as possible.
 
If you cannot drive but can loan us a truck, please let me know.  We can always find a driver.
 
Thank you.
Betsey

Troop 964 Train Show Saturday and Sunday

THIS WEEKEND! Troop 964 14th Annual Model Train Show. 10-5 Saturday, 11-5 Sunday. Saunders Middle School on Spriggs. Biggest Ever! Includes Lego, O, HO, G, N, Z, etc. You will love this show. Lots of new layouts and things to see.

Reasonably priced food so you can bring the family and not break the bank. Food choices include hot dogs, BBQ Sandwiches, chili, nachos, etc.

The profits from this year's show will go to Japanese Scout Troop 2 in Ishinumake, which was devastated by last year's earthquake and tsunami.


Mulch Flier Distribution

Hi everyone, 
 
We still have a section or two that we need to distribute fliers to.  Let me know if you are interested.
 
I want to say thanks to everyone that showed up yesterday for the Flier Distribution.  We did a great job.  We do have a few areas that still need to get done.  If anyone is interested in taking these on as an individual effort let me know.  You can get a few friends together and do these areas after school or next weekend.
 
Please contact me if you are interested.  This will still count as hours worked on the mulch drive and allow you to earn more money for your ISA.
 
Thanks,
Mr. Zylich

National Youth Leadership Training

If you are interested in attending IMPEESA/NYLT it is being offered again this summer.  The dates are June 22-24, 2012 , June 29-July 1, 2012 for the two weekend course.  And July 23-28, 2012 for the weeklong course.
 

WHAT IS NYLT?

NYLT (Impeesa) is the National Capital Area Council’s presentation of the National Youth Leadership Training. The objective of our NYLT program is to equip our young people with leadership skills to help them succeed in their scouting program and in LIFE. NYLT brings together scouts from all over the Council to learn and practice the leadership techniques in a risk free, scout friendly environment. The Scouts learn and practice leadership skills and styles together.

The course is presented primarily using a Boy Scout model as the vehicle which allows all attendees to SEE how leadership skills fit into the scouting program. These Leadership skills are applicable to all scouting programs

WHO CAN ATTEND NYLT?

• Should have the skills and abilities to be a leader in their organization.

• Must be able to conduct himself as a Scout living by their program Oath and Law.

• Must have completed the Troop Leadership Training course.

• Additional Boy Scout requirements are listed on the application

If you are interested in attending this course please contact Mr. Zylich

 


Flyer Distrbution cancelled on 2/25

Hi Everyone!
 
There is no need to distribute flyers on Feb. 25th.
 
However, we have a couple of areas that are in need of flyers.  If you want to secure a couple more hours, please contact Mr. Zylich for the area and flyers.  We really need to get the flyers to these areas.
 
Hope you can help out!
 
Betsey Bennis
Fundraiser Coordinator
 

Scout Sunday Participants?

A Scout is Reverent.  If you attended a religious service at your church in your Scout uniform during February 2012 - Pleae inform Mr. Zylich or Mr. Curling so that you can be awarded the "Scout Sunday" patch.
Thank you.
Mr. Curling

CPR for Merit Badges Requirement

There are several MB's that involve a requirement to demonstrate CPR skills.  These include Swimming, Motor Boating, First Aid, Canoeing, Whitewater Rafting, Scuba, Small Boat Sailing, and Lifesaving.  I've been asked to bring a CPR dummy (or 2) to a troop meeting to help with this requirement.
 
This will NOT be a certifying activity.  That requires more time and there would be a fee and I will be happy to discuss should anyone want to do that.
 
I will have the equipment for the troop meeting on Mar 5th.  If you want to get this requirement signed off, you must coordinate with Mr Zylich to get blue cards.  One demonstration will suffice for the requirement on all of these MB's.
 
Mr Hutchins

High Adventure 2012 - C&O Canal Trail

For our High Adventure eligable scouts and their parents:
 
As you know, we will be going a Cycling ridge this summer.  We have selected the dates to be 24-30 Jun.  We will start at the Ohiopyle State Park, PA immediately after the White Water Rafting campout 22-24 Jun there.  The permission slip is attached.  The trip is also dependent upon adult participation.  We need 2 riders and 2 drivers to ferry gear and assist with logistics.  The route is close enough that you can swap off with other adults during the week.  Also the riders/drivers can swap as we go.  We want to start detailed planning, so we need to have the permission slips back by the 5th of Mar so we can get a good headcount.  I want to have an activity scheduled for each day besides riding as our rides should only be 4-5 hours of the day.
 
The permission slip (attached) also provides notice of 5 warm up/ shake down/ conditioning rides.  The adults that are going to ride really need to be ready to ride 30+ miles/day.  I want to make sure we are all comfortable with our gear and confident in our abilities.
 
This trip will require a bicycle capable of providing a reliable and efficient platform to make you successful.  I realize that we have some scouts/ adults that don't have direct access to such a bike.  Do NOT let that stop you!  Mr Hutchins will make arrangements to provide bikes if necessary.
 
This is going to be a great trip through some of the most scenic and historic countryside along the entire east coast. 
 
Mr Hutchins

URGENT - 2 more drivers are needed

Two more drivers are needed for tomorrow's flyer distribution. Due to unforeseen events, two of our volunteers had to back out. Right now, drivers are: Michelle Manley, Steve Sirag, John Bennis, Mike Meek, Nicol James and Rose Yorke.
 
If you are capable of helping out, please give me a call tonight and let me know. Thanks.
 
 
Joe Yorke
(703) 505-6504

Spring Mulch Flyer Distribution this Saturday

Flyer distribution starts this Saturday 2/18 and drivers are still needed. Please follow the instructions below to signup.

Mark your calendars for the following important dates:

Flyer distribution: Sat, 2/18 & Sat, 2/25

Mulch delivery: Fri, 3/16 & Sat, 3/17

As most of you know by now, the Spring and Fall Mulch Fundraisers are crucial for the financial support of the troop. The funds generated support both troop operations and individual scout accounts (ISAs) allowing scouts to pay for activities such as summer camp. Troop 295 relies on the success of the Mulch Fundraisers, which depends solely on the dedicated efforts of our scouts and parents. An enormous amount of effort goes into our Mulch Fundraisers which is why we need your help. Fortunately, we have a large troop to spread the effort around.

How can you help? There are many tasks to be done, both large and small, to ensure that the Spring Mulch Fundraiser is a success. Review the list below to determine where your talents and time are best utilized. Then login to the troop website and signup on the Volunteer Signup form, via the Mulch Drive Information link.

· Drivers and vehicles to transport scouts for flyer distribution

  • Drivers and vehicles to transport scouts for mulch delivery
  • Drivers and vehicles equipped to tow trailers
  • Experienced forklift operators
  • Strong backs to carry mulch bags
  • Setup/breakdown - scout & volunteers area
  • Staging/loading - preparing mulch orders for delivery
  • Time keeper - assist with scout sign in & sign out
  • Record keeper - record completed orders
  • Donations - water, coffee, donuts, snacks, plastic products, copier paper

We will start off the Mulch Drive by delivering flyers in the Lake Ridge community on Sat, Feb. 18 and Sat, Feb. 25, from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. We will need 8 drivers on each of those days to transport the scouts into the neighborhoods.

We begin delivering mulch on the morning of Fri, March 16th and continue on Sat, March 17th. We need vehicles and drivers prepared to load and deliver mulch throughout both days. The scouts cannot join in this effort until school lets out Friday afternoon so we need as many parents as possible who can take Friday off work to begin our mulch deliveries. We will deliver mulch until the sun goes down and we'll be back at it early Sat morning. We anticipate 8,000 bags of mulch to be delivered. This is a full 2 day effort and we need full participation from all our scouts and families. Parents are urgently needed in the supporting roles above as well as providing donations to assist in the effort.

Equally important to the financial support, our Mulch Fundraisers bring our scout families together. New scouts and their families join the fabric of our troop, friendships are born or renewed and laughter mingles with hard wrought sweat. And when the job is finally over we marvel over what we have accomplished. This rallying together is truly the hallmark of our troop.

We need you! Help make it happen. Thanks for your support. If you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to contact me.

Betsey Bennis

Fundraising Coodinator

BSA Troop 295

mulch.troop295@gmail.com

(M) 571-251-1080


Personal Fitness Merit Badge Opportunity

Here is a great opportunity to earn the Personal Fitness Merit Badge.  Mr. Martin has run this program for several years and it is a good one.  However the class size is limited.  Let me know if you are interested. 
 
Mr. Zylich
 

Who: Up to 8 Scouts who want to complete this merit badge

What: A specific plan of activities that will allow them to fulfill the requirements

When: Starting March 18 and continuing every 2 weeks through June 10

Where: Lake Ridge Middle School track

Why: To "keep myself physically strong" and earn a challenging merit badge

How: By applying mental and physical effort over a 12-week period


High Adventure Planning

Those scouts wishing to take part in this summer's High Adventure Cycling trip should plan on being at the Lock In Friday night for about 45 mins at the beginning so we can pick dates and talk activities.  If you are not staying for lock-in you can leave afterwards.  We will select a date tomorrow night and if you want a vote you should be there or let me know ahead of time.
 
Mr Hutchins

Military surplus goods

Hi all,
 
First of all.  If you have ordered any of the Surplus goods.  I now have them at my house.  Please make arrangements to pick everything up at my house as soon as you can.
 
I will not be bringing it to the troop meetings as it is too much to drag back and forth.
 
Also remember that there will be a trailer show and sale where Rob will be selling whatever he has in stock that has not been spoken for already  out of our troop trailer from 7:30 until he leaves on Monday Feb 13.  Please be there at 7:30 if you are interested in purchasing anything.  He will start by showing what he has to offer to everyone at the beginning of the meeting, then he will go out to the trailer and start selling off things.
 
Please bring a check or cash to make payment.
 
I will also need a parent or two to help Rob out with the sales to help keep things organized.
 
Let me know if you have any questions,
 
YIS,
 
Steve Zylich