Newest Eagle

December 28, 2009 by  
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Please join us in congratulating our newest Eagle Scout in Troop 88.  Jordan F.  successfully passed his Eagle Board of Review this evening.  I personally am very proud of Jordan and his accomplishments. Now we just need to wait until we here from National to make it official.

Thanks to the Board for taking time out this evening to support this young man.

From December 2009

Troop Parent Survey

November 29, 2009 by  
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Please return completed survey to Mr Skalisky asap. All parents helping just a little makes Troop 88 a more successful troop.

Thanks for all your support!
Troop 88 Parent Survey

BSA Training Flyer

November 29, 2009 by  
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For leaders and parents, we provided a good overview of training for leaders, and people associated with making the troop and things happen.

This form can also be found under our Troop pages – under Scouting > Troop 88 Forms > Adult Leader Basic Training 2009

Volunteers Needed!

November 8, 2009 by  
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Troop 88 –

· We have a need for an adult in the FALCON Patrol to step up to be the patrol advisor! (please let Mr. Schmidt know if you are interested)

· The troop held Patrol Leader and Asst Patrol Leader elections have been completed, if you were selected Patrol Leader or Asst. Patrol Leader – please send an email to Mr. Schmidt and your patrol advisor that you have been elected and that you are willing to take on this position for the next 6 months.

· There are plenty of other Troop 88 Leadership positions available, and even more of you that need a position for advance ranks. Please consider taking on one of the following positions. Please talk to Mr. Skalisky if you are interested in one of these positions (Mr. Skalisky will also let the troop know if I have missed any positions that he would like the troop to fill). Also, if/when you are selected/nominated by Mr. Skalisky for one of these troop leadership positions, please let Mr. Schmidt know, so that he can ensure you receive credit in the troop software.

o Librarian
o Chaplain Aide
o Troop Historian
o Quartermaster

· NOTE: scouts and adults – if/when you complete any training classes, please let Mrs. Yost know the following: Who/What/When/ – so that you and the troop receive credit for taking/completing the course.

Mr. Schmidt

Merit Badge College FAQ / Tips

October 18, 2009 by  
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Troop 88 Scouts and Parents…

A couple of notes to think about when considering attending a Merit Badge College:

* These Merit Badge Colleges can be an excellent opportunity to gain fairly easy access to a number of merit badge counselors, all located in the same place, on the same date. As you consider registering for one (or more) of these, please keep in mind the following “tips” (some of these several of you have already learned):

1. Once you decide to attend, sign up EARLY…many of the more popular merit badges (such as EAGLE required merit badges) fill up pretty quickly.

2. Before you sign up for specific merit badges, take a look at the prerequisites. If you want to COMPLETE the merit badge that day, you HAVE to go to each class with the prerequisites completed. Each Merit Badge College usually has a link that highlights which requirements need to be done BEFORE (or outside) of the merit badge class. Usually, the shorter the class (such as those Colleges which have more than one merit badge period in the AM or PM), the MORE prerequisites there are. Also look closely at the class schedule that’s posted on-line…some merit badges are held for more than one period. From experience, the better Colleges have one merit badge period in the morning, one in the afternoon. With a class of 15-20 Scout (usually), classes that last less than 2 hours, unless there is more than one counselor present, don’t have a lot of “substance” to them.

There is only enough time to go over a couple “group” requirements, and the rest of the time is often spent with the counselor reviewing everyone’s prerequisites.

3. Once you sign up for the merit badge(s) you want to work on, go to the website, and download the merit badge worksheet(s) for the particular merit badge you are working on, and get a copy of the merit badge pamphlet. Our troop library may have a copy you can sign out. These
days, you can find most of the information you need to complete the prerequisite requirements on-line, but the MERIT BADGE PAMPHLET is still your single best source of information. Make sure you cross-check the requirements listed on the front your worksheet with those listed in the pamphlet…some of our merit badge pamphlets are a little “dated”, and may not reflect any changes to the requirements. The merit badge worksheets are usually kept up-to-date, so they (almost always) reflect the most current requirements. The Boy Scout REQUIREMENTS 2009 also has the most current requirements for merit badges (and rank advancement), and is a GREAT resource for anyone actively working on merit badges (and rank advancement).

4. Do your “homework” early. Don’t wait until the night before to start on your prerequisites. Some requirements simply can’t be done at the last minute. Each of you have a lot of “competition” for your time…with school (and homework that goes with that), fall sports, family & church activities, not to mention the MANY Troop 88 activities that are planned. As you are reviewing the pamphlet, consider making some notes on your worksheet for as many of the requirements as you can, even if they are not prerequisites. Doing that will help you participate in class discussions, and help ensure you get the MOST out of your time in each class.

5. Please see me at a Scout meeting, call me at home at night, or send me an email, if you have any questions, or I can help you in your preparation. Let me know how it went….many of these Colleges appreciate feedback from the participants…what went well….and what can be improved for the next college.

6. Have fun!!!

Yours in Scouting,
Steve Best
Troop 88 Merit Badge Coordinator
303-419-7408 (cell)
303-953-15021 (home)

Popcorn Sales

October 18, 2009 by  
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One last notice. Orders for popcorn are due on Tuesday, October 20th. My understanding is that due to fall break there is no Troop meeting on Tuesday. So in order to get the orders to me I have a few options.

· Option 1 – Fax to 303-627-9871.
· Option 2 – E-mail to ten.tsacmocnull@evad_namrebmun.
· Option 3 – I can set you up with an account at Trails End so you can place your order via Internet. To do this send me an e-mail requesting an account and I will send you a user name and password.
· Option 4 – I setup a generic account at Trails End. Go to
. Use User Name: 763795Troop75 and Password: JC643 and go to Ordering and click on October 26, 2009. I put a sample order in so you can see how it is done. Use the scout name and your e-mail address on one line only. Click on “Submit Completed Rows to Unit” and then Click “Exit” to get out of the system. This is kind of an experiment so hopefully it works. I will try to send a confirmation with order totals so you know I got it, but no promises as I am not sure how many to expect.
· Option 5 – Deliver order form to my house (please email me for directions).

As a final reminder all Show ‘n’ Sale returns need to be arranged and returned by Tuesday as well.

David Garin

Annual Health and Medical Record

August 23, 2009 by  
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Annual Health and Medical Record – (Valid for 12 calendar months)
The Boy Scouts of America recommends that all youth and adult members have annual medical evaluations by a certified and licensed health-care provider. In an effort to provide better care to those who may become ill or injured and to provide youth members and adult leaders a better understanding of their own physical capabilities, the Boy Scouts of America has established minimum standards for providing medical information prior to participating in various activities. Those standards are offered below in one three-part medical form.
Note that unit leaders must always protect the privacy of unit participants by protecting their medical information.

This new form goes into effect 1/1/10

Eagle Applications

August 15, 2009 by  
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Effective August 1, 2009, the national office will no longer accept Eagle applications prior
to the 2009 printing. The Council website has been updated to reflect this change.
This website may be helpful also:


July 25, 2009 by  
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A quick reminder that the first Tuesday of the month all Patrol leaders, Assistant Patrol leaders, and troop guides arrive 30 minutes before the meeting for PLC (Patrol Leaders Council) where all the patrol leaders get together and keep the troop on track to meet its goals for the upcoming month.

On the second Tuesday of the month is the Committee Meeting where all the parents get together and keep the troop on track to meet its goals for the upcoming month.

2009 Popcorn Sales!

July 25, 2009 by  
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It’s time for popcorn!!!

I volunteered to be the popcorn Kernel for the year. I may regret it later, but I promise I will do my best to get fully up to speed so please be patient. I did want to get out some information to get everybody going. There are three basic ways the sales will happen.

This technique allows the scouts to send e-mails out to family and friends to generate online sales. It is ideal to get those not so geographically close relatives with a minimal effort. The steps involved are to:

1. Register yourself in the system. Go to:
2. Follow the instructions. It takes two screens of relatively harmless information. The first is create a new account. The basics are you’re in a Troop, the Troop # is 88, and the zip code is 80134. Birth date, parent/guardian, and parent/guardian e-mail address. The second screen is profile creation. Focus on the “*”. You’ll get a confirmation e-mail, follow the instructions and you are there. (Hopefully you won’t have problems. I tried myself and haven’t been able to finish the process, but I believe it is because I am using the same log-in e-mail for the Troop).
3. You can then send e-mails and take orders. It should all go through the system and the orders are delivered. Sounds good in theory. I haven’t tried it all the way yet so hopefully all goes smoothly, but if not let me know. I should be able to see what happens through my log in. You can also tell people just to

The Troop will participate in the Show ‘n’ Sale this year, but this is a scout option. You will need to do steps 1 and 2 under from above and then you can put in your request. The Troop will try to work with scouts who have excess, but there are no guarantees so order carefully. In placing your order consider the following:

1. Appropriate inventory – I would suggest keeping mostly with the microwave popcorn and if you feel good try a few small tins. Some of the bigger items are tough sales and those are the ones that will likely be difficult for you to turn back in. I must emphasize that this is an order that you are placing and you will be responsible for selling everything you buy.
2. Deadline – You need to have your orders in by August 18th. Not much time so you need to make a decision quick. If you can’t setup the Internet in time give me your orders at the meeting on the 18th and I will do my best to get all of the product ordered. I will bring a sign-up sheet to the meeting so you can easily just give me the orders on Tuesday.
3. Setting up a store location can be huge. Lowes, King Soopers, etc. will usually let you sale, but you need to talk with the store manager to arrange a time. You may want to work with your fellow troop members as this is best done with 3-4 scouts.
4. Door to door is an option. Since you have some product with you the sale is immediate and final. If they want something you don’t have you can always keep their information and do a door to door sale later.
5. I will pick up the orders on August 29th. Depending on the participation I will likely need some help picking up the orders. Especially if you order a large quantity please help as I will be buried. I am not quite sure how we will distribute, but I am thinking we will bring it over to the church for pickup on Saturday the 30th. I will ask for you to sign a confirmation to protect the Troop.
6. Have them make checks payable to Troop 88. Cash of course is always best.

This is the traditional take the order form from house to house and collect orders. At the end you bring the form back and we put the orders in the system, pickup the popcorn and then you deliver and collect after the fact. A few things to consider:

1. Unlike Show ‘n sale there is no preorder and no risk of inventory since you don’t have any. The only real risk is that you are selling after others so orders may be more limited.
2. You can start taking orders October 1st and last day to submit the form back to the Troop is October 26th. Product from the Troop will be picked up November 7th and available for pickup from me shortly thereafter. It may take a few days to sort depending on the size.
3. Money needs to be paid to the council by 12/2 so realistically we will need collections about 7-10 days before this date.

With all of that out of the way I’m sure the question that is on your mind is why should I participate. This is completely voluntary so the incentive is $$$ and Troop 88 lets the scouts keep all of the profits. I am not sure on the final percentage, but it will be at least 30%. A few thoughts – $300 in sales pays Troop dues and registration for the year, $700 pays for Peaceful Valley, etc. The long and short is it can go a long way to self-sufficiency and create a sense of accomplishment for the boys not to mention cut the parents pocket book a break. It is also a good exposure to business management.

I will make regular Troop announcements for the next several meetings so if you have questions ask them when I make the announcement or drag me to the side during the meeting and I will be happy to answer them anytime.


David Garin

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