Summer Camp 24-30 June 2018

Dear Troop 1113 Scouts and Parents,
The weather outside is frightful, which means it must be time to start thinking about summer camp. The annual trek to the Blue Ridge Mountains Scout Reservation in Southwestern Virginia to Camp Powhatan is scheduled for Sunday, June 24 to Saturday, June 30, 2018. The reservation has something for everyone…new Scouts to the High Adventure veteran. Adults can attend camp too for the small fee of $25 for the week!

For every scout that attends camp, at least one adult in their family will need to volunteer to help with something. There will be plenty to do for everyone. We will need trained adults to ride down to Camp Powhatan and stay for the week. If you are unable to spend the entire week, you may want to split the week with a partner. We will also need volunteers to help collect/track the medical forms, coordinate swim tests, and help with various other jobs on the morning of departure.

This year, T1113 is offering a large variety of week-long programs at Camp Powhatan. T1113 plans for each scout to go to Brownsea Island (BSI) during the first year of scouting followed by two years of Merit Badge camp to complete many Eagle-required merit badges. The additional camps are targeted for the more experienced scouts (13 or older). The programs and the fees are listed in the attachments. More detailed information can be found https://bsa-brmc.org/LeadersGuides

A deposit of $150 per scout is due along with the completed registration form which is attached and can be downloaded. Please bring both to any meeting before February 7th.  A second payment of $150 is due by March 28th with the balance due by May 30th.

Registration_2018

Summer_Camp_Packing_Checklist

Camping

Please note that Camp Powhatan has a strict policy regarding cancellations. All fees are final March 30th and are not refundable.

If cost is prohibiting a scout from attending, please see Mr. Robertello or Mr. Schouviller regarding financial assistance.

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William J. Schouviller
T/C1113 committee chair
GM district commissioner staff
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USCGC Taney Overnighter 20-21 Jan 2018

Scouts and Scouters,

Our January camping opportunity will be aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney in the Baltimore, MD Harbor. USCGC Taney offers groups a unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of former Coast Guardsmen and learn about life aboard a war ship, lifesaving vessel, and law enforcement patrol boat. We will be meeting at St Leo’s at 11:30 on Saturday for a noon departure and will return at our normal time on Sunday.

This should be a great opportunity, but remember it is still cold weather camping.  Please read the attachments for gear to bring and I will need page 12 filled out and signed by an adult and page 13 filled out for each adult attending.  This campout requires one adult over the age of 21 for each five youth attending.  Please plan accordingly.

 USCGC Taney 2018

This camp out can be signed up and payed for online at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D49AFAC23A3FA7-uscgc   

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William J. Schouviller
T/C1113 committee chair

Sign up for Merit Badge Day by December 18, 2017

Troop 1113 Scouts,
 
We have an opportunity on Saturday, March 3, 2018 to take up to two merit badges (one Eagle required and one elective) at the first annual George Mason District Merit Badge Day.  The Day will be held (indoors!) at Fairfax Presbyterian Church.  
 
The deadline to sign up for the merit badge(s) you want to take is December 18, 2017.
The reason for the December 18 deadline is that we need to map counselors and Scouts to courses and then get Scouts the pre-work needed to give you a good chance to meet all the requirements and leave the Merit Badge Day with a fully-signed blue card.
To sign up for a merit badge, see Assistant Scoutmaster Matt Burns at next week’s Scout meeting or send him an e-mail at “burnsmj509@gmail.com.”  
The attached flyer has more information about the District Merit Badge Day and a list of the merit badges that will be offered.
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William J. Schouviller
T/C1113 committee chair
GM district commissioner staff

Thanksgiving Week Reminders

Troop,
No meeting this week for Scouts. When we come back next week it will be in room 20 at the school.
This Saturday at 9:30 am we will be helping the Knights of Columbus unload Christmas Trees in front of St Leo the Great School.  This is the primary fund raiser for the Knights. The knights have supported the Troop for over 30 years and this is our chance to give back. If you are in town this Saturday please join me in this worthy endeavor.
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William J. Schouviller
T/C1113 committee chair
GM district commissioner staff

Scouting for Food–Our Most Important Service Project

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The Philmont Grace starts with “For Food . . .”  Food is important.

Today, George Mason District scouts (and some from Chain Bridge District) collected at least 38,000 pounds (so far, the number is not yet final) of food, as part of our Scouting for Food collection.  This food is distributed to families in the area; this afternoon, I met with two past recipients who both said how grateful they were for the support that our effort provides.  To me, Scouting for Food is our most important service project each year.

This year, as in past years, we collected food for Food for Others, St Leo the Great Catholic Church, Knox Presbyterian Church, Columbia Baptist Church, and the Committee for Helping Others.

I want to recognize the Order of the Arrow for its work today. I especially want to recognize Mr. Kevin Hollingsworth.  This was his first year of service as coordinator of our district’s effort.  We are all grateful for his diligence..  Kevin—you did an outstanding job!

Finally, to all the scouts and scouters who participated and to all who donated, Thank You. I am in awe of what you do for our community.

[Note to Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, and Crew Advisors: PLEASE pass this appreciation on to your units!]

Yours in Scouting,

Jim Ashe

Chair, George Mason District

National Capital Area Council, BSA

Scouting for Food – November 4 & 11

Troop,
This weekend is our annual Scouting for food bag drop off. We will be meeting at the Troop shed at 10:00 am on Saturday  4 November.  Next week we will be meeting at 9:00 am on 11 November for bag/food pick up. Scouts should wear class-A uniforms  and follow the Oath and Law.
We are Scouting for Food for the less fortunate in our community. Please help make this successful. This year we will be conducting this with Pack 1113.  We will need parents as drivers as well as Scouts. It should take about an hour and a half. Both events are mandatory, if you have a prior commitment,  let me know.
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William J. Schouviller
T/C1113 committee chair
GM district commissioner staff

November 17-19 Camping – Prince William Forest

Scouts,
Our next camp out is coming up in two and a half weeks.

Scouts will be camping in the Prince William Forest, watching the Leonid Meteor Shower, and hosting the WEBELOS on Saturday.  Activities with the WEBELOS will include orienteering, building camp gadgets in support of the Pioneering Merit badge, and honing Scout skills. More information on the Leonid meteor shower can be found at http://earthsky.org/?p=29831

Close toed shoes are REQUIRED, long pants and a long sleeve shirt is recommended. This trip is fall camping and each scout MUST dress and pack accordingly. Raingear is mandatory.  Each Scout should also be prepared for whatever weather we may encounter, and pack accordingly. All WEBELOS must be accompanied by an adult for overnight camping, they are welcome to Join us Friday, Saturday night or both.

 Prince William Forest Consent Nov 2017

Save paper sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49afac23a3fa7-prince

Cost is $40.00 per Scout WEBELOS and parent(s) Free Fee MUST be paid by 15/Nov/2017!!

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William J. Schouviller
T/C1113 committee chair
GM district commissioner staff