Last Meetings Notes

I sent another invite to this Saturday’s National Camp-in. A day full of fun activities. Go to to sign-up and more details.

Simon Kenton Council BSA is offering a huge selection of merit badges – 7 pages to select from. Registration for next weeks starts today with limited slots. See attached catalog for the listings. Go to for more details. Cost is $5. If you want to use your tree money, the troop will reimburse you the cost of the classes.What a great opportunity!

The troop’s will be working on Family Life merit badge. Scout’s should be creating a chore list to do for the next 90 days with a way of recording it. More to follow.

Next weeks cooking challenge is baking. Looking for some creativity of item created. Fancy cake or cup cakes? Have some fun and send me pictures.

The upcoming weeks schedule has been updated in to May. We are adjusting activities and plans as the situation changes.

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April 14th Meeting Notes

Is your cyber chip current? Check out then select your Grade to see your requirements. Once done, send me a message. The chip expires annually.

BSA National has listed temporary requirements for advancement. See the troop’s web site for more information;, and a link to the full site.

Summer camp merit badges. I have only received one reply back. Please send me your choices ranked one through ten.

A special thanks to Mrs. Franki Goodman of Ohio on holding a merit badge class during last Tuesday’s meeting. To finish up the Public Health merit badge, I need confirmation that you watched the waste water plant virtual tour. And, visit with a leader or email requirements 7b.b. and 8. See below.
7. With your parent’s and counselor’s approval, do the following:
b. Familiarize yourself with your city, county, or state health agency’s website.
After completing either 7a or 7b, do the following:
i. Compare the four leading causes of mortality (death) in your community for any of the past five years with the four leading causes of disease in your community. Explain how the public health agency you visited is trying to reduce the mortality and morbidity rates of these leading causes of illness and death.
ii. Explain the role of your health agency as it relates to the outbreak of diseases.
iii. Discuss the kinds of public assistance the agency is able to provide in case of disasters such as floods, storms, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other acts of destruction. Your discussion can include the …

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Rank Requirements Modifications until August 2020

Boy Scouts of America has made some temporary changes to allow Scouting to continue through these times. See Scouting for more details

Tenderfoot rank requirements
1b. – Virtual patrol or troop campouts via video conferencing will be permitted.
2a. – During the same day as your virtual patrol or troop campout, assist in preparing one meal with the help of those with whom you live. Tell your patrol or troop why it was important for each person to share in meal preparation and cleanup.
2b. – During the same day as your virtual campout, demonstrate the appropriate method of safely cleaning items used to prepare, serve and eat a meal.
5a. – Explain the importance of the buddy system as it relates to your personal safety on outings and in your neighborhood. Verbally commit to following the buddy system on your next troop or patrol outing.
7a. – Tell how to display, raise, lower, and fold the U.S. flag.
Second Class rank requirements:
1a & 1c. – Virtual patrol or troop activities via video conferencing will be permitted. 
3b. – Using a compass and map together, plan a 5-mile hike approved by your adult leader.
4. – Evidence of wild animals can be demonstrated with information or photos of your local area found online.
5c. – May be completed virtually via video conferencing on dry land.
7c. – Learn about the dangers of using drugs, alcohol and tobacco and other practices that could be harmful to your health. Discuss what you learned with your family and explain the dangers …

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Links and Meeting Notes

Some fun things to do besides the school’s homework and working on rank advancement. www.scouting.ort/scoutingathome/

Pass this on to all your Scouts that are interested in the Search and Rescue Merit Badge. This is a requirement that can definitely be done during this hiatus. Plus, once you take the test, it will be on your permanent record with FEMA. That being said, all leaders can take it too.

FEMA – Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Course | IS-100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100

FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Independent Study Course overview: IS-100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100

To work specifically on Emergency Preparedness, contact Nicholle Riley, Be sure to CC your scoutmaster as well! You will have to do the work on your own, but she will give you resources. 

Service project ideas:

  • Contact a local senior center and do virtual visits.
  • Write letters/cards to health care workers.
  • Do a neighborhood collection box for ER workers or local PD, FD, EMS
  • Crocheting baby blankets for hospitals
  • build nesting boxes for birds, esp. waterfowl (to be installed when parks open again)
  • make native bee habitats (also covers Insect Study MB requirement)
  • Organizing a weekly window walk.
  • Help sweep, rake or mow a neighbors yard

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