2015-2016 Troop Meeting Agendas

June 16, 2016
  • 7:00 pm
  • Mini Court of Honor/Swear in 2016-2017 Senior Patrol Leader
  • Sports on field
  • BBQ - Scouts welcome to bring a dish/treat to share
  • Scouts must wear Class A or Class B uniform ONLY - with Scout pants/shorts (no other option)
  • Scoutmaster Points Award (only Scouts present and in good standing may receive prizes)
June 9, 2016
  • Service Patrol: Barbarians
  • BULLY! Game Show: Scouts will compete for Scoutmaster Points by playing “BULLY!”, a Kahoot format game show that will test their Scouting and Troop knowledge learned from training, outings, Troop meetings, the website, Scout handbook, articles, Facebook, etc.  Each Patrol must have at least one smartphone/tablet/ipad to play.
June 2, 2016
  • Service Patrol: Plandome
  • Special Guest: Falconer Bobby Young and Bobby Horvath with a falcon, a hawk, an owl and a bald eagle
May 26, 2016
  • Ultimate Frisbee on Field - 7:00 pm (bring frisbees)
  • Service Patrol: Space Donuts
  • Business of Sports Lecture - SPL McGreal (10 mins)
  • Show & Tell Your Hobby
  • New Scouts work on ranks (Instructors, Troop Guides)
  • Memorial Day Prep
May 19, 2016 (Meeting starts at 7:00 pm)
  • Service Patrol: What Are Those
  • Karaoke Night
  • Advancement Night - We need three parents for Board of Review
May 12, 2016
  • Service Patrol: Venture
  • Ultimate Frisbee on Field - 7:00 pm
  • Wilderness Survival Shelter Building Competition (30 mins) (SCOUTS MUST BRING HEADLAMP/PL should bring pocketknife)
  • Camping Lecture - Venture Patrol (7 mins)
  • New Scouts work on Ranks
  • Jack Shelley Eagle Project
  • Hand in Whitewater Rafting Permission Slips, Waiver Form and payment
May 5, 2016
  • Service Patrol: Senior
  • Baseball on Field - 7:00 pm
  • Activity: Sports Kahoot - Jay Wiebe/Will Simone (40 mins)
  • New Scout Orientation (Troop Guides/SM)
  • Pack 3 Webelos visiting
  • Hand in Summer Camp payments & merit badge selection to SM 
April 28, 2016 - NO TROOP MEETING

April 21, 2016 (Sorry, no Advancements tonite)
  • Service Patrol: Plandome
  • Baseball on the field (7:00)
  • New Scouts work on Ranks (Troop Guides, Instructors)
  • Skills - Knots and Lashings (tautline hitch, lashing, sheetbend, square)
  • Game
April 14, 2016
  • Troop 71 History Display Dedication Ceremony: Meeting will take place in Community Room at the Manhasset Public Library at 7:15.  Scouts are expected to attend (Scout Spirit is part of Rank advancements).  This is a regular Troop Meeting - Full Class A Uniforms.
April 7, 2016
  • Service Patrol: Venture
  • Blood Drive Presentation
  • Patrol Meetings (5 mins)
  • New Scouts work on rank advancement (Troop Guides/Instructors)
  • Interfaith Worship Service (8:15): This is a special event in which Scouts will be reading prayers they submitted on each Scout Law.  All Patrols must be represented and parents are encouraged to attend this service, so please swing by early for pick up and join us.
  • Hand in to Scoutmaster (a) SPL/ASPL applications; (b) Permission Slip for 4/16 Alpine Camping Trip (Scouts and adults); and (c) Permission Slip for 4/29 Boston Trip (Scouts and adults).
March 31, 2016
  • Service Patrol: Barbarians
  • Cit in the Nation Presentation: Y. Biniaris
  • New Scouts work on rank (Instructors, Troop Guides)
  • Activity: Pack a backpack and foil broil cooking
  • Game: Tug of War
  • Advancement Night: We need three parents for the Board of Review
March 24, 2016: NO TROOP MEETING

March 17, 2016
  • Service Patrol: Venture
  • Eagle Project Presentation: Jack Shelley
  • New Scouts work on Ranks (Troop Guides/Instructors)
  • Knife/Ax sharpening demonstration (Scouts may bring a pocketknife to sharpen, but it must remain away all other times)
  • Skills Practice: Knots
  • Philmont Crew Meeting to discuss Harriman Trip
March 10, 2016
  • Service Patrol: Flaming Penguins
  • New Scouts work on Ranks (Troop Guides, Instructors, Den Chiefs)
  • Skills: Lashings
  • Hand in Day Hike Permission Slip and $100 Onteora summer camp deposit (payable BSA Troop 71) to Will Simone
  • Game
March 3, 2016
  • Service Patrol: Plandome
  • BODACIOUS, AWESOME HAT CONTEST: Exactly that!  Each Scout should wear a bodacious, awesome hat and earn SM points through judging by the Senior Patrol. Wear your kookiest/wildest hat!  The more Scouts in each Patrol that wear a bodacious hat, the more chance that Patrol has of winning.
  • Jokes: Space Donuts Patrol
  • Work on Rank Requirements (Troop Guides, Instructors, Den Chiefs)
  • New Scout Parent Meeting (7:45 upstairs)
February 25, 2016
  • Service Patrol: Banana
  • First Aid MB Scouts finish badge with Mrs. O'Brien
  • Manhasset-Lakeville FD Presentation
February 11, 2016
  • Service Patrol: What Are Those
  • First Aid MB Scouts finish badge with Mrs. O'Brien
  • Stretcher Relays - Flaming Penguins Patrol (20 mins)
  • Bluenose Presentation - Space Donuts (10 mins)
  • Triple Test - SPL (20)
  • Skills - Knots
  • Patrol Meetings (5 mins)
  • Game - Steal the Bacon
February 4, 2016
  • Service Patrol: Space Donuts
  • First Aid MB Scouts finish badge with Mrs. O'Brien
  • First Aid Presentation - Banana Patrol (20 mins)
  • Work on Ranks (Troop Guides/Instructors)
  • Patrols hand in two prayers
  • Patrol Meetings (5 mins)
  • Annual Dinner Prep
January 28, 2016
  • Service Patrol: Plandome
  • OA Elections (20 mins) - OA Scouts wear OA sash
  • Activity: Morse Code - Space Donuts (20 mins) OR Skills: Set up tent in rain - Marshmallow Patrol (15 mins)
  • Triple Test - SPL (20 mins)
  • Game: Tug of War - What Are Those Patrol (10 mins)
  • Hand in outstanding completed blue cards for COH recognition
  • Collect for Valentines for Vets
January 21, 2016
  • Service Patrol: Flaming Penguins
  • Sled Design on Paper - every Patrol (20 mins)
  • Work on Ranks - Troop Guides/Instructors/Den Chiefs (20 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings (7 mins)
  • Submit OA nomination (see SM with your updated handbook)
  • Advancement Night (full Class A with sash for First Class and above)
  • Hand in Annual Dinner RSVPs
  • Collect for Valentines for Vets
January 14, 2016
  • Service Patrol: Banana
  • OA Presentation - OA Rep Polizzotto (5 mins)
  • Path To Eagle Presentation (for Scouts & Parents): Mr. Savage
  • Collect for Valentines for Vets
January 7, 2016
  • Service Patrol: What Are Those
  • Activity: Skits - all Patrols must perform at least one 2-min skit well (20 min)
  • Skills: Knots (Taut Line Hitch and Sheet Bend) - Instructors & Troop Guides (20 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings (5 mins)
  • Game: Red Rover - Flaming Penguins Patrol (7 mins)
  • Hand in permission slips and payment for Greenkill (LAST CHANCE)
  • Collect for Valentines for Vets
December 17, 2015

 TROOP 71 HOLIDAY PARTY!   7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Retro theme Holiday Party with games from the past -- knock/table hockey, Nintendo, board games, ping pong and many others!  This "battery-free" setting - the brainchild of George Cox - is always a blast and we will be adding some new games.
  • Like prior years, we ask each Scout attending to bring a beverage and/or treat for everyone to share - e.g. large bottle of soda, large bag of chips, cookies, cake, holiday goodies, etc., or preferably a sampling of something more substantial so as to avoid an excessive amount of sweets.  Feel free to embrace diversity with some home-cooked, favorite family or cultural dishes. (No peanuts or tree nuts please.)
  • Class A uniforms required (uniform inspection beforehand).
  • Webelos from Packs 3 and 101 will be our guests.
DO A GOOD TURN: For the homeless who will be facing a cold winter season, we will be collecting new or gently used warm socks (lg), warm gloves (med-lg), warm hats and scarves.


December 10, 2015
  • Service Patrol: Venture
  • Skits: All Patrols must perform one skit (at least 2 mins) WELL (25 mins)
  • Plan the Ideal Camping Trip (all Patrols - 30 mins)
  • Mandatory Philmont meeting (7:45 upstairs)
  • Game: Ninja
(Due to low attendance, Scouts not at Philmont meeting played games)

December 3, 2015
  • Service Patrol: Flaming Penguins
  • Court of Honor
  • Khaki Campfire Competition: Patrols will compete against time and each other for points in this fire-building competition.  This activity will take place outside on the field.  To participate, Scouts must "be prepared" with warm/proper attire AND a headlamp or flashlight.
  • Patrol Meetings (discuss skits for next week)
  • Pay Troop Dues
  • Hand in NYC Day Hike Permission Slip
November 19, 2015
  • Service Patrol: Banana
  • Stock Report (M. Reilly)
  • Bill Making: Patrols Finish & Present Their Bills (20 mins)
  • Work on Tenderfoot rank (Instructors) & Second Class rank (Troop Guides)
  • Patrol Meetings (5 mins)
  • Game: Tug o' War (7 mins)
  • PAY TROOP DUES (check (no cash) payable to "BSA Troop 71")
  • Advancement Night (NOTE: Only those Scouts with paid dues may advance.) We need at least three adults (six would be better) for Board of Review.
November 12, 2015
  • Service Patrol: What Are Those
  • Bill Making Set Up/Design: Venture Patrol (15 mins)
  • Skills Practice - Knots and Lashings: Instructors (30 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings (5 mins - discuss skit for next week)
  • Game: Red Rover (10 mins)
  • Collect Troop Dues
November 5, 2015
  • Service Patrol: Space Donuts
  • Financial Market Speaker: K. Connors (15 mins)
  • Stock Market Exchange Game: Flaming Penguins Patrol (25 mins)
  • Leave No Trace Presentation: LNT Trainer (7 mins)
  • Harriman Packing/Cooking (SPL)
  • Patrol Meetings (5 mins)
  • Distribute West Point Tix
  • Collect Troop Dues & Popcorn Order Forms
October 29, 2015
  • Service Patrol: Marshmallow
  • Discuss Harriman Trip and collect permission slips (parents, please indicate on slip if attending and make/model/year of vehicle)
  • Patrol Flag Contest: Present Patrol flags or -10 SM points (10 mins)
  • Troop Guides work with Scouts on Tenderfoot Rank
  • 2-Min Science Experiments (15 mins): Each Patrol bring in and demonstrate your favorite two-min science experiment
  • Straw Bridge: What Are Those Patrol / Egg in Bottle Experiment: Marshmallow Patrol
  • Patrol Meetings (5 mins)
October 22, 2015
  • Service Patrol: Space Donuts (handled by Plandome)
  • Science Trivia: Venture Patrol (30 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings: finalize flag design (10 mins)
  • Advancement Night - need at least three adults for Board of Review
  • Collect Harriman permission slips (parents, please indicate on slip if attending and make/model/year of vehicle)
October 15, 2015
  • Service Patrol: What Are Those?
  • Guest Speaker: Sandy Krigel will talk about his 20+ years' experience as a United States Air Force pilot.  Sandy is a native Long Islander and does consulting for a major network in aircraft accident investigation. All are welcome to join us as we learn about aviation from a hero.
  • Hand in payment for West Point Scout Day ($25/ticket)
October 8, 2015
  • Service Patrol: Plandome
  • Popcorn Sales Kick-Off
  • Cable Car Building Experiment: Space Donuts Patrol (40 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings - discuss flag contest (10 mins)
  • Troop Guides/Instructors meet with Webelos to discuss CMP camping
  • Parents Meeting - 7:30 upstairs
Scouts in a Position of Responsibility and APLs who have NOT yet received their job patch, should see the SPL for it.  Your uniform is not complete without the correct patch.  Last reminder.  Thanks

October 1, 2015 - MEETING STARTS AT 7:15
  • Service Patrol: Venture (please arrive by 6:45 pm to set up chairs)
  • Court of Honor: Swearing-In, Merit Badges, Ranks & Wood Badge Beading Ceremony (Scouts should wear full Class A uniform with sashes)
September 24, 2015
  • Debrief on summer camps/Sea Base
  • Work on Scout & Tenderfoot Ranks
  • Patrol Meetings (15 mins) - discuss Patrol flag design
  • Instructors, Den Chiefs, OA Rep, Quartermaster, Scribe, LNT Trainer & Chaplain Aide meet with SPL & SM
  • Discuss menu for Schiff with SM
September 17, 2015
  • Hand out job patches
  • Ax sharpening demonstration
  • Patrol Meetings
  • Troop Guides/Instructors work on Scout & Tenderfoot Ranks
  • Collect permission slips/payments for Schiff camping trip
  • Advancement Night - We need at least six parents for Boards of Review. 
September 10, 2015
  • Elect Patrol Leaders (from those who supplied application), form Patrols (name and yell) and appoint APLs
  • Assign Troop Guides (draw names to narrow down to three) & other positions
  • Debrief on Summer Camps/Sea Base
  • Collect for the 6-101 in Afghanistan