2017-2018 Troop Meeting Agendas

June 14, 2018
  • Class B uniforms permitted
  • Service Patrol: Hovering Cows
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Sports/Baseball/Frisbee on Field (bring what you want)
  • BBQ - hot dogs - please feel free to bring a small side dish/salad/treat to share, with bowls/utensils, etc.)
  • New Scouts bring handbook for SM Conference
  • Distribute ranks and merit badges
  • Scoutmaster Minute/Closing Ceremony
June 7, 2018
  • Service Patrol: Venture
  • RAPTOR NIGHT:  Special guests Falconers Bobby Young and Bobby Horvath will give an amazing presentation with a falcon, a hawk, an owl and a bald eagle; please start arriving at 7 pm.
May 31, 2018
  • Service Patrol: Flying Pigs
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • 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! (10 mins)
  • Communication Challenge - Mr. Bernic (45 mins)
  • Turn in $45 fee and permission slip for 6/16 Adventure Park outing
  • SM Minute/Closing Ceremony
May 24, 2018
  • Service Patrol: Venture
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Game Night - Kahoot! - Each Patrol bring iPhone/iPad (40 mins)
  • Memorial Day Parade Prep - Mr. Boots (10 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings (7 mins)
  • Game: Steal the Bacon
  • Advancement Night - Need 3 parents for Board of Review
  • Turn in Summer Camp Health Forms and Permission Slip for Scouts AND adults
  • SM Minute/Closing Ceremony
May 17, 2018
  • Service Patrol: Hovering Cows
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Hobby Night - All Patrols bring and discuss favorite hobby (25 mins)
  • Knots - Instructors (15 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings (7 mins)
  • New Scouts work on Scout and Tenderfoot rank
  • Closing Ceremony
May 10, 2018
  • Service Patrol: Windex
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Cooking Night - All Patrols (30 mins)
  • Safe & Proper Food Handling - Flying Pigs Patrol (10 mins)
  • Discuss Hobby Night (5 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings (7 mins)
  • New Scouts work on Scout and Tenderfoot rank
  • Game - Mafia (10 mins)
  • SM Minute/Closing Ceremony
  • LAST CHANCE to turn in Vernon Valley Farm Permission Slip & $25 fee (checks payable "BSA Troop 71")
  • Turn in Onteora final payment ($430 minus deposit) & Merit Badge Registration Form
  • Turn in Class B Uniform Order form

May 3, 2018
  • Service Patrol: Chacos Tacos
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Debrief on Alpine Trip (5 mins)
  • Lashings Activity - Hovering Cows Patrol (25 mins)
  • Discuss Cooking Night (10 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings (7 mins)
  • New Scouts work on Scout and Tenderfoot rank
  • Game - 4 Corners (10 mins)
  • SM Minute/Closing Ceremony
  • Turn in Vernon Valley Farm Permission Slip & $25 fee (checks payable "BSA Troop 71")
  • Turn in Class B Uniform Order form

April 26, 2018
  • Service Patrol: Flying Pigs
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Compass/Orienteering: Chacos Tacos (20 mins) (Scouts should bring a compass)
  • Senior Patrol Leader Announcement
  • New Scouts work on Scout and Tenderfoot rank
  • Advancement Night - Need 3 parents for Board of Review
  • Game
  • SM Minute/Closing Ceremony
  • Turn in Class B Uniform Order form

April 19, 2018
  • Service Patrol: Windex
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Skills Practice: Taut Line Hitch - Instructors & Hovering Cows (15 mins)
  • Knife/Ax Sharpening - Mr. Boots (20 mins)
  • New Scouts ready backpacks for Alpine/work on Scout Rank (Troop Guides)
  • Alpine Patrol meetings 
  • Game
  • Closing Ceremony
April 12, 2018
  • Service Patrol: Chacos Tacos
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Discuss Patrols and meals for Alpine (10 mins)
  • Tin Foil Boat Challenge (25 mins)
  • Skills Practice: Set-Up Tent/In Rain - Instructors & ASPL (25 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings (5 mins)
  • New Scouts work on Scout Rank (Troop Guides)
  • Game: Red Rover
  • SM Minute/Closing Ceremony
  • Turn in Animal Science Merit Badge worksheets
  • Turn in SPL/ASPL applications
  • Turn in Onteora Merit Badge form
April 5, 2018: no meeting

March 29, 2018: no meeting

March 22, 2018
  • Service Patrol: Windex
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Troop History Presentation - Historian (30 mins)
  • Troop 95th Birthday Party
  • Advancement Night - Need 3 Parents for Board of Review
  • SM Minute/Closing Ceremony
  • Turn in permission slip for Harriman 3/24-3/25 Trip
  • Turn in Alpine $25 fee and permission slip for Scouts AND adults
March 15, 2018
  • Service Patrol: Venture
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Engineering Problems - all Patrols bring paper/pencil (20 mins)
  • Packing A Frame Pack (new Scouts bring packs if have) - Troop Guides (10 mins)
  • First Aid for Tenderfoot - Instructors (15 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings (5 mins)
  • Game: Steal the Bacon (7 mins)
  • SM Minute/Closing Ceremony
  • Last day to turn in $100 summer camp deposit at reduced rate (checks payable "BSA Troop 71")
  • Turn in permission slip for Harriman 3/24-3/25 Trip
March 8, 2018
  • Service Patrol: Hovering Cows
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Citizenship Presentation - Chaco Taco Patrol (10 mins)
  • Compass Skills - Flying Pigs Patrol (15 mins)
  • New Scouts work on Rank (Troop Guides/Instructors) (30 mins)
  • Medal of Honor Cards - Bugler (10 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings (5 mins)
  • Game: Untangle the Web (7 mins)
  • Parents Meeting
  • SM Minute/Closing Ceremony
  • Turn in $100 summer camp deposit (checks payable "BSA Troop 71")
March 1, 2018
  • Service Patrol: Windex
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Animal Science Merit Badge (for Vernon Valley Scouts) (40 mins)*
  • Physical Fitness Conditioning/New Scouts work on Rank (Troop Guides/Instructors) (20 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings (5 mins)
  • Game: Untangle the Web (7 mins)
  • SM Minute/Closing Ceremony
*The Animal Science Merit Badge is ONLY for Scouts who started the badge at the Vernon Valley Farm camping trip last September.  These Scouts must review the badge requirements and bring a pen/something to write on.  Scouts not in attendance Thursday can finish the badge on their own.  
February 15, 2018
  • Service Patrol: Flying Pigs
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports/New Scout Swearing-In (8 mins)
  • New Scout Orientation (Troop Guides/SM) (10 mins)
  • New Scouts work on Rank (Troop Guides) (15 mins)
  • Diversity Presentation - all Patrols must participate (10 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings (7 mins)
  • Game (7 mins)
  • SM Minute/Closing Ceremony
  • Hand in Ski Trip Permission Slip/Payment
February 8, 2018
  • Service Patrol: Windex
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Welcome New Scouts/Form Patrols (Troop Guides) (20 mins)
  • Diversity Survey - all Patrols must participate (20 mins)
  • Flag Etiquette - SM/Venture Patrol (15 mins)
  • Annual Dinner prep (7 mins)
  • Game (5 mins)
  • SM Minute/Closing Ceremony
February 1, 2018
  • Service Patrol: Venture
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Pioneering - Instructors (40 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings (7 mins)
  • Game (10 mins)
  • Advancement Night - Need at least three parents for Board of Review
  • Turn in Annual Dinner RSVP & payment
  • SM Minute/Closing Ceremony
January 25, 2018
  • Service Patrol: Flying Chacos Tacos
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Cybersafe Presentation (10 mins)
  • Survey On Troop Meetings - Every Patrol must write input on meetings (20 mins)
  • Pioneering - Instructors/Troop Guides (30 mins)
  • Troop Photo
  • Turn in Annual Dinner RSVP & payment
  • SM Minute/Closing Ceremony
January 18, 2018
  • Service Patrol: Hovering Cows
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Prepare an MRE & Foil Broil - Flying Pigs Patrols (15 mins)
  • Discuss/Plan Klondike Derby
  • Work on Rank Advancement - Troop Guides/Instructors) (20 mins)
  • Game: Steal the Bacon (10 mins)
  • Closing Ceremony
January 11, 2018
  • Service Patrol: Flying Pigs
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings: Discuss rank advancement standing (15 mins)
  • Knots / First Aid - Instructors (20 mins)
  • Discuss Klondike Derby (10 mins)
  • Game Zulu Ball Toss (15 mins)
  • SM Minute/Closing Ceremony
January 4, 2018: Cancelled due to snow storm

December 21, 2017

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
  • Like prior years, we ask each Scout attending to bring a beverage and/or treat for everyone to share - e.g. case of water, large bottle of soda, large bag of chips, cookies, cake, holiday goodies, etc., or preferably a sampling of a non-dessert dish.  Feel free to embrace diversity with some home-cooked, favorite family or cultural dishes. (No peanuts or tree nuts please.)  PLEASE KEEP YOUR OFFERING REASONABLY SIZED TO AVOID EXCESSIVE SURPLUS BY THE END OF THE PARTY.  SINCE EVERYONE IS BRINGING SOMETHING, THERE IS ALWAYS PLENTY.  THANKS
  • Class A uniforms required (uniform inspection upon entry)
  • Webelos from Packs 3 and 101 will be our guests.
December 14, 2017
  • Service Patrol: Flying Pigs
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Order of the Arrow Elections (20 mins)
  • Patrol Flag Design - Click HERE for Rules -- each Patrol must participate and bring what they need (20 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings (5 mins)
  • Update/Work on Rank Requirements (15 mins)
  • Game: Zulu Ball Toss (10 mins)
  • SM Minute/Closing Ceremony
  • Holiday Toy Drive - Please bring an unwrapped toy
December 7, 2017
  • Service Patrol: Venture
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Hobby Night: bring in your hobby - each Patrol must participate (15 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings (5 mins)
  • Morse Code - Flying Chacos Tacos Patrol (15 mins)
  • Update/Work on Rank Requirements (15 mins)
  • Game: Steal the Bacon (10 mins)
  • SM Minute/Closing Ceremony
  • Holiday Toy Drive - Please bring an unwrapped toy
November 30, 2017
  • MOVIE NIGHT: Meeting from 7-9 pm
  • Service Patrol: Hovering Cows
November 16, 2017
  • Service Patrol: Flying Chacos Tacos
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Cool Science Experiments (30 mins) - Every Patrol must bring in an experiment and participate
  • Order of the Arrow Presentation (5 mins)
  • Knots (Taught Line Hitch) - Instructors (15 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings (5 mins)
  • Advancement - Need 3 parents for Board of Review
  • Game: Tug of War (10 mins)
  • Donate items to Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • Scoutmaster Minute/Closing Ceremony
November 9, 2017
  • Service Patrol: Windex
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Morse Code Game - Windex Patrol (25 mins)
  • Work on rank requirements - Troop Guides/Instructors/SM
  • First Aid Kit Demonstration - Flying Chacos Tacos Patrol (15 mins)
  • Discuss Harriman Camping Trip (Mr. Wiebe/Bernic)
  • Patrol Meetings - discuss next week's assignment (5 mins)
  • Game: Steal the Bacon (10 mins)
  • Donate items to Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • Hand in Harriman camping Permission Slip - SCOUTS AND ADULTS
  • Scoutmaster Minute/Closing Ceremony
November 2, 2017
  • Service Patrol: Flying Pigs
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Stretcher Contest - Troop Guides (20 mins)
  • Knife & Axe Sharpening (Mr. Boots) (25 mins) - Scout may bring pocket knives to sharpen
  • Patrol Meetings (5 mins) - discuss rank needs of members
  • Game: Zulu Ball Toss (10 mins)
  • Scoutmaster Minute/Closing Ceremony
October 26, 2017
  • Service Patrol: Windex
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Paper Airplane Contest (20 mins)
  • Skills: Sign Language (15 mins) - Each Patrol & Troop Guides/Instructors must demonstrate two Scout Laws
  • Patrol Meetings (5 mins) - discuss rank needs of members
  • Game: Manhunt (20 mins) - Scouts must have flashlight/headlamp to participate
  • Scoutmaster Minute/Closing Ceremony

October 19, 2017
  • Service Patrol: Flying Pigs
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Physical Fitness (Mr. Boots) - Pushups/Situps Contest (20 mins)
  • Skills: Knots - Instructors (15 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings - discuss sign language demonstration, who needs rank help (5 mins)
  • Game: Zulu Ball Toss (20 mins)
  • Scoutmaster Minute/Closing Ceremony
October 12, 2017
  • Service Patrol: Flying Chacos Tacos (need projector, screen, etc)
  • Opening Ceremony/Patrol Reports (5 mins)
  • Skills: First Aid Kahoot! - Troop Guides (30 mins) - Each Patrol to bring iPhone/iPad
  • Patrol Meetings - where Scouts stand on rank advancement (5 mins)
  • Discuss Camping w/ Webelos (Troop Guides/Instructors)
  • Game: Manhunt (25 mins) - Scouts MUST have flashlight/headlamp to participate
  • Collect $150 Dues
  • Scoutmaster Minute/Closing Ceremony
October 5, 2017
  • Service Patrol: Venture
  • Court of Honor/Swearing In (35 mins)
  • Skills: Fire Starting - Hovering Cows Patrol (15 mins)
  • Meet with Webelos (upstairs - 20 mins)
  • Patrol Meetings (5 mins)
  • Distribute Job Patches
  • Scoutmaster Minute/Closing Ceremony
September 14, 2017
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Debrief on Onteora Summer Camp & Maine Canoe Trip
  • Collect/Address Positions of Responsibility
  • Community Service
  • Overview of Policies
  • Scoutmaster Minute/Closing Ceremony
September 28, 2017
  • Service Patrol: Boneless
  • Opening Ceremony (5 mins)
  • Finish Setting Up Patrols (5 mins)
  • Video/Photo Presentation on Maine Canoe Trip (10 mins)
  • Packing Presentation - Flying Chacos Tacos Patrol (15 mins)
  • Cable Car Challenge - Troop Guides (25 mins)
  • Discuss 9/30 Camping Trip (5 mins)
  • Scoutmaster Minute/Closing Ceremony