All Troop/Crew Parents,
Sunday evening, 1 October, will be our next Troop/Crew committee meeting scheduled from 6:15 – 8:00 PM at 10560 Main Street, Suite 204, Fairfax, VA. (It is the Mosby building next to the Truro church) Each parent in the Troop/Crew is a member of the Troop/Crew Committee and we welcome your active participation in this meeting.
As a note the Senior Patrol Leader and his leadership team will be receiving training and hold their PLC at the Gormley residence from 1:00-2:00pm
The draft agenda for the meeting is listed below. If anyone has any additional agenda items that they wish to include please contact me directly. Per our established format we will discuss financials, membership, awards & advancement first. Followed by:
Initial letter to Scout families
I. Upcoming camping trips:
20-22 Oct Go-Karting/football game, Annapolis, MD
13-15 Nov Leonid Meteor Shower, Prince William Forest, VA
II. Feedback on recent events:
September Campout, Fishing
III. New Equipment proposal – Two-way radios would be useful at summer camp and during other outing where the adults may be separated.
The FCC requires an operator’s license for radios operating on the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS). The license can be completed online but will cost $70 for five years. There are only individual licenses not organization. There is no requirement to buy radios just operating. Radios do contain FRS frequencies as well which do not require a license, but are limited to a half a watt of power. Recommend buying three sets of http://www.buytwowayradios.com/products/motorola/motorola-t600.aspx @ $99
This model no longer requires an FCC license to operate!
Stay connected during extreme outdoor adventures with the Motorola Talkabout T600 H2O two way radio! The T600 is an FRS/GMRS radio you can take along on your wildest excursions for reliable wireless communications in even the most rugged environments. With access to all 22 FRS/GMRS channels, 121 privacy codes, 11 weather channels and NOAA weather alerts, the T600 is ready for boating, hiking, fishing, snow sports or your next trek on the trail. It’s also a great addition to your emergency preparedness kit.
The Talkabout T600 is a powerful portable, providing up to 35 miles of range in ideal conditions (typically up to 2 miles in urban conditions). It features a backlit LCD display, 20 call tones, channel scan, Dual Watch, hands-free iVox functionality, VibraCall® vibrating alert and PTT power boost for that extra transmit range when you need it.
The T600 is IP67 waterproof and is submersible in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. It also floats, and is designed to float face up for easy retrieval if dropped in the water.
Perhaps the most unigue feature is the flashlight. The T600 is equipped with a large, built-in flashlight at the base with a red and white LEDs. The flashlight is also water-activated, so if you do drop it in a lake, you can find and retrieve it quickly as it floats by.
The T600 has dual power options. It operates on a NiMH reachargeable battery pack or 3 standard non-rechargeable AA alkaline batteries for greater versatility. It also has a micro-USB charging port so you can charge the radio directly as needed.
Even the belt clip is unique. It has a built-in whistle, so you can signal to others immediately nearby in an emergency if you can’t call out.
The Motorola Talkabout T600 H2O comes with two Motorola T600 two way radios, AC wall charger with dual micro USB connectors, two NiMH rechargeable batteries, two whistle belt clips, owner’s manual and a one year manufacturer warranty.
III. Rechartering (Proposed Letter to Troop) The National Office of the Boy Scouts of America has made an adjustment to the annual membership fees effective December 1, 2017. The current BSA membership fee of $24 is increasing to $33. With the council’s insurance recovery fee of $6 announced earlier this year due at recharter time will be $39 per person – youth and adult participants alike – for a year of membership and coverage. There is an additional fee if $12 for Boys life which makes a total for first individual in the family of $51. Will the Crew recharter?
IV. Scouting for food Bag drop off 4 Nov; Pick-up 11 Nov Bag pick-up will be at the October Roundtable on 12 October
V. Recruiting Need adult volunteers for Scoutmaster, Medical Rep, and Merit Badge Counselors for all Eagle required Merit badges and Pioneering, Astronomy, and Exploring. Pack 1113 AOL den will be visiting this week’s meeting 4 October. They will be invited to join us during the November campout. Need points of contact for the Pack at Daniels Run, Pack 882, Mosby Woods, Pack 1114, United Methodist Men Pack 187, and Fairfax Villa Pack 1513.
VI. Safety: Open discussion & Adult leader child protection training / certification compliance status & latest BSA policies. I will send out a note for those that need to complete YPT prior to rechartering.
VII. SPL Report
IX. Troop Calendar review.
X. Open discussion