Troop 77 - Shawnee Trails Council - Owensboro, KY

Shawnee Trails Council StripTroop #77
Owensboro, KY

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February 2002 News

Leadership Update

Due to an increasingly full schedule, David Presson will be moving to an Assistant Scoutmaster position and will continue to oversee troop activities and merit badges. Charlie Nix has accepted the responsibility of Scoutmaster and will work directly with the Patrol Leaders to plan and execute overall troop activities. Beth Boothe will continue as Advancement coordinator and Brett Mills will take on the responsibility of Equipment Coordinator.

Board of Review Policy Reminder

Please contact Beth Boothe for the two week in advance sign-up for a board of review. Beth will help you check your blue merit badge card or rank advancement checklist to make sure itís 100 % complete and answer any questions concerning your upcoming review at that time.

Scout Committee

Members of the scout committee met on Monday, February 4th at Wesleyan United Methodist Church to discuss upcoming events for Troop 77. The committee and all our parents are a wonderful support group for our scouts as they advance toward the Eagle rank.

Merit Badge Update

David Thomas has completed instruction on the Aviation merit badge and is waiting for the scouts to turn in their completed requirements individually before other arrangements are made for a possible flight. Diane Seaton is currently teaching the Communications merit badge. Due to a busy schedule, Beth Boothe and Martha Rieger will assist Tom Shively with completion of Citizenship in the Community for the Wildcat Patrol.

Library Corner

The merit badge library is currently being reviewed to guarantee that only the most up-to-date books are available to meet the BSA requirements. Please assist our librarian by returning any Troop 77 merit badge books or by donating any new ones that you have available. We will need these for the OCC Merit Badge Day sometime in April and also at summer camp. Questions or donations can be directed to Martha Rieger.

Names in the News

Congratulations to David Sweeney for his participation with the award winning All-State Cross Country team from Owensboro Catholic High School. Their team will be presented to the General Assembly in Frankfort on Thursday, February 7th in recognition of their outstanding accomplishment.

Lincoln State Park Winter Campout - January 25 Ė 27, 2002

Friday evening found Troop 77 setting up camp under a crystal clear moonlit night. Winter gear was a necessity in the evenings but was quickly discarded for the 5-mile hike on Saturday afternoon as the temperature rose to the 50ís.

Aaron Weaver, Matthew Thomas, Andy Shively, Justin Dowell, Matthew Boothe, Eric Shively, John Krzton-Presson, Mike Nix, Grant Smith, David Sweeney, Jordan Seaton, Brian Rieger, and Jed Mills demonstrated teamwork and leadership as they reviewed orienteering skills and completed the 5-mile hike ( Better known as the Moose Run 2002 ). Congratulations to David Sweeney, Grant Smith, and John K-P for winning the 1st annual Moose Run competition and being the first team members to reach the top of the fire tower. Plans are under way for Moose Run 2003.

The Wildcat Patrol practiced their cooking skills and completed several requirements toward their next rank advancement.  Other events of the weekend were the annual Leader/Scout football game in preparation for the Super Bowl and Olympic hill rolling.

Ten Commandment Walk - February 2, 2002

Jed Mills, Mike Nix, Brian Rieger, Aaron Weaver, Becky Mills, Charlie Nix, David Weaver, and Martha Rieger attended the 4th Annual Ten Commandment Walk hosted by the Audubon District. The scouts, along with other area troop members, visited nine churches in downtown Owensboro and the Art Museum to listen to short summaries and discussions of each commandment.

Scout Sunday - February 3, 2002

Jed Mills, Mike Nix, David Sweeney, Brian Rieger, and Matthew Boothe participated in support events at the Sunday morning service of our sponsor church, Wesleyan United Methodist Church at the 11:00 service.   Jed read the Scout Law responsorial and other scouts assisted by distributing bulletins, taking up the collection and handing out recruitment information for the scouting opportunities in the Owensboro area. Rev. Jeff Carter acknowledged the positive participation of our scout troop.