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Mecklenburg County Council Winter Camp

BSA – Winter Camp 2017 Guide v 2017 11 22 The Mecklenburg County Council (Charlotte Area) will be offering a merit badge college event at Belk Scout Camp (9408 Belt Rd, Midland, NC 28107) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday – December 14, 15 & 16th, 2017.

Winter Camp offers all Scouts the opportunity to work on merit badges. Star Scouts may participate in a 3-hour Saturday afternoon conservation service project as required for advancement to Life Scout rank.
Scouts will camp in canvas tents in Cub World, eat heartily in the Dining Hall with meals prepared by a volunteer Cook Team, and participate in merit badge workshops. The following merit badges (with counselors and maximum enrollment) are on our schedule:

  • American Cultures (offered to all Scouts) – Scott Phillips, Stuart Tucker
  • *Citizenship in the Community – 6 – Dean Loven – one course
  • *Citizenship in the Nation – 6 – Dean Loven – one course
  • Climbing – Rob Seate – 8 – one course
  • *Communication – Brady Drummond-Ryan – 15 – one course
  • *Emergency Preparedness – Tony Bateman – 12- two courses
  • *Family Life – Brady Drummond-Ryan – 15 – one course
  • Fire Safety – Van Swepston – 12 – two courses
  • Inventing – Mike McCoy – 8 – two courses
  • *Personal Management – Kary Beaman – 8 – four courses
  • Photography – John Mahaffey – 8 – two courses
  • Scouting Heritage – Stuart Tucker – 8 – four courses
  • Signs, Signals, and Codes – David White – 8 – two courses

* required for Eagle

All Merit Badge Counselors will be registered with BSA as adult volunteers and will be current on BSA Youth Protection and Merit Badge Counselor registration with the Council.

Scouts will register and pay individually. Parents and unit leaders are welcome and encouraged to register and attend and camp. If a Scout does not have a parent or unit leader on site, one of the staff adults will serve as his supervising adult and Scoutmaster.  Supervising adults will sleep in a tent in the campsite for safety and discipline. Scouts and leaders will follow BSA Youth protection guidelines.

Cost is $75 per Scout. Cost for all camping adults is $25. Cost includes food (Friday night Cracker Barrel with dessert and hot chocolate, Saturday breakfast, lunch, supper, Cracker Barrel with dessert and hot chocolate, Sunday breakfast, snacks, all meals with vegetarian options), merit badge supplies, printing costs of merit badge workbooks for all Scouts, evening movie(s), facility use fees for Dining Hall and Learning Development Center, clean up supplies, event patch.

Check-in will begin at 5:00 pm on Friday at the Berry Shelter near the swimming pool. All Scouts and leaders will need to turn in BSA Health and Medical Record form Parts A and B (not requiring a doctor examination). See http://www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_AB.pdf.  These health forms will be returned at check out. In the event of illness or injury, the emergency will be assessed by Scout leaders and medical personnel on site and 911 services activated if warranted.

Blue card requirement: Each Scout must present to the counselor a separate blue card signed by their Scoutmaster indicating permission to participate in that course. Scouts should fill out the requirement grid portion of the card and have the Merit Badge Counselor initial this section of the card for each completed
requirement. When the Scout has completed all requirements, the Merit Badge Counselor must sign and date the card on 2 places. Each Scout is responsible to obtain these signatures and to turn the card in to his Scoutmaster so that merit badge can be registered and awarded.

Note that Troop 108 is not participating in this event as a unit.  We are simply presenting the information to our scouting families so they can decide if this is something that they would like to participate in or not.

View The 73-Page Event Guide

 

Register For The Event

 

Polar Bear Camporee Registration is live on TroopMaster

Scouts wishing to attend the medieval-themed Polar Bear camporee on January 19th – 21st need to be registered and paid in full using TroopMaster no later than Monday, December 4th.

Cost for the trip will be $25 (plus Paypal fee if paid online) which will cover registration for the event, transportation and food.

We will plan to meet on January 19th at 4:30pm and carpool out to Camp Conley Clark.  We should return to the Post Office parking lot opposite the church parking lot at about noon or before on the 21st (scouts will call/text when we are 30 minutes out)

As an added bonus, scouts can complete a list of knight-like action items while at the camporee in order to be “knighted” and presented with the patch below.

2017 Troop 108 Merit Badge College Coming Up December 8 & 9

When:        Friday – December 8 – 6pm – 10pm

Saturday December 9 – 9am – 5pm

Cost:  $10

Registration: Sign up using the link below.  Will remain available until sometime on December 4th when it will automagically close.

Where: Unity Presbyterian Church

Merit Badges offered:

1) Citizenship in the Community  (Eagle Required)  – Mr. Carter

2) Communications (Eagle Required) – Mr. Helms

3) Sustainability (Eagle Required) – Mr. Ross

4) Digital Technology – Mr. Helms

5) Coin Collecting – Mr. Carter

Schedule:

Friday –      5pm – 7pm – Digital Technology (Click Here For The Merit Badge Worksheet)

Snack Time

7:30pm — 9:30pm – Coin Collecting (Click Here For The Merit Badge Worksheet)

9:30pm – Parents pick-up Scouts

 

Saturday – 9am – 11:30am – Sustainability (Click Here For The Merit Badge Worksheet)

Lunch – 11:30am – 1pm

1pm – 3pm – Communications (Click Here For The Merit Badge Worksheet)

Snack Time

3:30pm – 5pm – Citizenship in Community  (Click Here For The Merit Badge Worksheet)

5pm – Parents pick-up Scouts

 

Course Pre-requisites will be discussed at the Troop Meetings.  Completing as many prerequisites as possible prior to the class will give scouts a better chance of finishing the badges during the event.

Scouts may sign up for as many or as few classes as they desire.  Note that SustainabilityCommunications and Citizenship in the Community are all Eagle required badges – this is a great opportunity to get a head start on these.

When signing up, you must sign up as an attendee ($10.00) AND select the class(es) you want to take.  

Registration Is Now Closed For This Event

Attendee List for 2017 Troop 108 Merit Badge College

1.) Harrison Carter
2.) Connor CLEELAND
3.) Gray Davis
4.) CJ DeBow
5.) Tommy Flanagan
6.) Nicholas Flanigan
7.) Brodie Grim
8.) Caeden Intemann
9.) Charlie Kresser
10.) Cameron Mazako
11.) Samuel Myers
12.) Jonathan Pool
13.) Joshua Scott
14.) Austin Shumate
15.) Garrett Studer
16.) Jamie Tann
17.) Marshall Ware
18.) Hunter Warren
19.) Wyatt Watson
20.) Eli Whitesell
21.) Curtis Whitlow

 

2017 Shrine Bowl Service Opportunity

Each year Troop 108 scouts travel to Gibbs Stadium at Wofford College in Spartanburg to assist by selling programs and concessions at the annual Shrine Bowl game.  This year will we will do it all again.

As an added plus, we always stop at the Peach Blossum Restaurant for a hearty roadside breakfast on the way down and then top off the day with a gastrointestinal experience at the Beacon Restaurant in Spartanburg before returning home.

We will plan on leaving Unity Presbyterian Church at 7am and returning about 7pm on Saturday, December 16th, 2017.  Be sure to dress warmly and bring money for breakfast, snacks (lunch is provided by the Shriners) and then supper on the way home.

Dress is full official Boy Scout uniform with a troop scouting t-shirt underneath.  Scouts will be able to earn service hours to apply toward rank where applicable.

Sign up to attend on TroopMaster by December 13th so we can plan transportation accordingly.

Troop 108 To Be In The Fort Mill Christmas Parade on December 2nd

Scouts from Troop 108 are encouraged to walk in the Fort Mill Christmas Parade on December 2.  We will meet at Unity Presbyterian Church at 10am to find our spot in the parade lineup.

We will walk with the American Legion and assist with handing out candy to the kids along the parade route.  Leaders are encouraged to walk as well.

This is always a fun time and an opportunity to provide community service and to display the Scouting values.

Order Your Troop 108 75th Anniversary Troop Numbers Today!

Get your Troop 108 75th Anniversary troop numbers at any troop meeting for only $5.00 each.  If you’ can’t make it to a troop meeting then you can order online and we’ll mail your patch(es) to you at the address that you provide (Paypal and mailing cost added for a total of $6.00).

This patch can be worn on the scout uniform and/or can be displayed on a backpack or duffel bag.

Troop 108 alumni are also encouraged to purchase and display a Troop 108 anniversary patch in celebration of your involvement in the troop’s history.

Sales are open to anyone wishing to collect or display this historic patch from Fort Mill’s Troop 108.

Order Your 75th Anniversary Patch Here

UPDATED: Game Night & Scouting For Food Donation Pick Up

UPDATED (See bold below):

The boys are encouraged to bring the game(s) of their choice as long as they’re in line with scouting principles. Pizza and drinks will be available.

Sleeping arrangements will be in Fellowship Hall so plan accordingly.

We have to be out of fellowship hall at 8am.  Those scouts that want to pick up food will walk to Hardee’s to grab a bite of breakfast (bring money) and then start food pickup in the Whiteville Park and Springfield neighborhoods at 9am. Scouts can be picked up at the church between 11am and 11:30am.

All attendees must sign up by clicking on the TroopMaster logo in the right column of this website and after logging in, then register for the event.  The cost is $6.00.  You can pay in cash upon arrival or you can pay on the website (6.00 plus $0.49 Paypal fee).

Be sure to bring your scout t-shirt/sweatshirt for Saturday morning as well as proper gear for the weather as we collect food donations.

 

Scouting For Food – A Two-Weekend Service Opportunity For Those In Need

Weekend #1

Those scouts who can help will be meeting Saturday, November 4th at 9 am in the Unity Presbyterian Church parking lot to begin distributing bags.  We will need Leaders and parents to drive/chaperone our volunteer Scouts.  Our Scouts will be doing a lot of walking, since the areas we are assigned seem to have mailboxes attached to the front of the houses.  Scouts need to “Be Prepared”  with comfortable closed toe shoes, appropriate clothing for the weather and a water bottle in case they get thirsty.  In addition, everyone involved should try to wear Troop 108/Scouting attire.

Upon arrival at the church, all volunteers must sign in with Denise Kugler-Stover.  Scouts may want to bring their handbooks, so their service hours can be reported and signed, as well.

Weekend #2

The following Saturday, November 11th, we will also meet at 9am at the church.  We will be picking up the bags and delivering them to our assigned local food pantry.  Please remember that adult volunteers are just as important as the Scouts, since we need drivers and vehicles for transportation.  It usually takes a few hours to complete the pick-up process.  Comfortable shoes, appropriate clothing for the weathe, rwater for hydration and Troop108/Scouting attire is highly recommended.

 

Recharter Time Again – Now Earlier Than In Year’s Past

There have been some changes to the troop rechartering process this year.  As you may have heard, the national fee has increased from $24 to $33 annually and the council fee for insurance has been bumped up to $7 annually.  These are fees that the troop collects and then forwards on to the council and national BSA offices.  In addition to those fees, the troop annual fee is $20 which covers troop equipment purchases and maintenance, awards and badges, and other expenses that the troop may have throughout the year.

Essentially the “all-in” rechartering fee for 2018 is $60 total.

Troop 108’s recharter deadline (essentially the deadline for getting all of our scouts signed up to participate in 2018) has been moved to the end of November rather than the end of December in year’s past.  Scouts need to make sure that their rechartering fees are paid no later than the November 27th, 2018 scout meeting.

The troop will be unable to front the cost of rechartering for scouts who have not paid their rechartering fees in full by the deadline.  Scouts not paid in full will not be rechartered with the troop, but can be added back to the troop’s active roster at a later time once the fees are paid.

You may use the button below to recharter your scout for next year or you can bring payment to a troop meeting (cash or credit card only please).  If you opt to pay using the button below, note that the fee charged by Paypal has been added to the $60 fee such that the total is $62.10.

Recharter Your Scout For 2018 By Clicking Here

 

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