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BULLY! to the Andrew Patrol on winning first place by racking up 21.45 Scoutmaster points during the year with the Patrol Contests!  Patrol members who were not at the last meeting should contact the SM before the first meeting in September about your prizes.



All:

Make our US Troops a Big Priority (Box)!

Let's do something special this month to thank the men and women of our military: fill a large US Priority Flat Rate Box (free at the PO) with a mix of the below items (please don't seal the box).

We will collect these boxes/items at every Troop meeting in May. (Or just bring in the items and we will pack them up.)

Through our friends at the American Legion Post 304 we will be supporting the 6-101 Task Force Shadow, an airborne unit.  They are in great need of the below or similar, and especially love K-cups as they are light and easy to carry.

Suggested Items:
  • K-cups 
  • ChapStick/lip balm
  • Powdered Drink Mixes
  • Snack/Protein Bars • Trail Mix • Snack Mix • Nuts • Honey  
  • Twizzlers • Beef Jerky • Gum • Mints • Candy
  • Rice Krispie Squares • Chips • Pretzels • Cookies
  • Cheese Crackers/Snacks • Instant Soup/Oatmeal
  • Tabasco/Hot Sauce
  • Bandanas • Socks/T-shirts (large)
  • Febreeze • Disposable Wipes
  • Tissues/Cotton Swabs
  • Tylenol/Advil
  • Nasal Spray • Mouthwash • Eye Drops
  • Foot Powder • Sunscreen
  • Hand Lotion • Hand Sanitizer • Aloe
  • Razors • Comb • Brush
  • Puzzle Book • Comics
  • Playing Cards • Journal
  • Travel Size Games • Yo-Yo
  • Tennis/Hand Ball
  • Movie DVD • Music CD
YOU GET THE IDEA!  Please fill a box or bring the items in during May.  If you'd like to simply donate cash to cover shipping, that would be great too.

Thank you.

NOTE: Attendance at the 4/30 meeting is important because the Scouts will be electing their Senior Patrol Leader for the 2015-2016 year.

The candidates - Tom McGreal and Matt Palmadessa - will each give a short speech and answer questions and then the Scouts will vote by secret ballot.

SCOUTS: PLEASE ATTEND TO BE PART OF THIS PROCESS AND CAST YOUR VOTE!



The election for the 2015-2016 Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) - the top Scout position in the Troop - and appointment of two Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders (ASPL) will take place at the April 30th Troop Meeting.  The new Senior Patrol will then "shadow" the present one in order to allow for their smooth transition in June.  

The eligibility requirements and applications for SPL and ASPL are available on our Leadership Positions page.  Scouts running for SPL should consider also applying for ASPL in the event they do not get elected SPL.

Applications are due no later than April 16th to be considered. Thank you.




Our next Patrol Leaders' Council will be Sunday, April 19th from 6:15 - 7:45 pm at Plandome Village Hall. The agenda will be to plan the May Troop Meetings. Scouts who hold the following positions must attend:

Senior Patrol Leader
Assistant SPL
Patrol Leader (or Asst PL if PL unavailable)
Troop Guide
Scribe

ASMs are welcome too (RSVP please).  Pizza will be served. Civilian clothing permitted. 

The theme for May is Emergency Preparedness.  Scouts MUST come prepared with ideas for the May Troop meetings' activities, skill practice, contests, games, etc (Google it!), whether related to the theme or not.  



KNOT CONTEST (1/15/15): for SM Points - each Patrol will be asked to make three of the knots on our "Scouts are KNOT Smart" page, but won't know which three until the meeting.



BODACIOUS, AWESOME HAT CONTEST: Exactly that!  Each Scout should wear a bodacious, awesome hat to the January 8, 2015 Troop meeting and earn SM points through judging by the Senior Patrol.  Wear your kookiest/wildest hat!



PATROL CONTEST: Make a Patrol Flag. Worth 5 Scoutmaster points (no flag = minus 5 points for that Patrol).  Will be judged on creativity, quality, appearance and compliance. 

Rules:
  • flag no larger than 20 inches by 30 inches attached to a wood or aluminum pole no longer than 5 feet
  • must be made by Patrol members (not commercially manufactured or purchased)
  • may not be worked on (but can be discussed) at Troop meetings
  • must have at least Troop number and Patrol name
  • must be appropriate (by your adult leaders' standards) for any Scouting event
  • must be presented at the 11/6 Troop meeting
On 11/6, six out of eight Patrols presented their flags, which will be judged on 11/13.


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