- Written by David Carlton David Carlton
- Published: April 17 2014 April 17 2014
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The Railroading Merit Badge trip to Dunlap, TN is planned for the weekend of May 16th to May 18th. It will be a combined railroading and camping trip so that Scouts may also work on any camping requirements that they may need, in addition to the railroading requirements.
Parents and siblings of Troop 343 scouts are also invited to participate in this trip, just for the day of Saturday, May 17th. Attached is the Chattanooga Society of Model Engineers (CSME) Waiver Form. This is an additional form that you must have in order to ride a train, either as a camper, or as a one-day participant. If you are under 18 years of age, you and your parent/Legal Guardian must sign this form. Please note that there is space on this CSME Waiver so that multiple participants from one family can use one form.
The cost for campers is $55.00. The final details of this trip will be discussed at the Scout meeting on Monday, May 12th. Please bring the completed forms and your payment with you to this meeting.
I would also like to get a head count of everyone attending. So please be sure to attend the May 12th Scout meeting if you can. If you cannot attend the May 12th meeting, please be sure to let me know before May 12th so that I can be sure to send you all the information you need about this trip.
This promises to be a really fun Merit Badge trip - one that will be unique in the history of Troop 343!
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- Written by Bert Allen Bert Allen
- Published: April 13 2014 April 13 2014
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I'm pleased to announce that Karl Wegler passed his Star Board of Review last week. Congratulations Kalr!
BORs schedule for April:
Garret McClelland - Second Class
Jose Arriaga - First Class
I will not be available to conduct any BORs on Monday April 28.
We've had some great outings this spring and you will see a fair amount of animal activity in the woods this time of the year. If you are out camping, make sure your food is secured in a car or trailer or hung in a tree. Raccoons are as brazen as ever and mice are everywhere.
Please also be aware that snakes and ticks are out. I saw this timber rattlesnake yesterday at the Beech Camp Primitive Site at Cathedral Caverns. Timber rattlesnakes tend to avoid confrontation with humans; in most cases they'll remain motionless or flee if possible when encountered, which is why I got a good picture of this guy. I got home this morning, a tick check revealed none on me, but some in my clothes. Be aware and Be Prepared!
- Written by James Weinberger James Weinberger
- Published: March 18 2014 March 18 2014
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I will be offering the Golf Merit Badge in April. Cost will be $22/Scout (includes cart).
Due to a full troop calendar, Easter, and Passover, our opportunities to meet in April are limited, so the Golf Merit Badge activities will be done as homework assignments that I will check and discuss during specified troop meetings in April. I am only accepting Scouts that have taken a Golf lesson or have attended the golf camp at Robert Trent Jones. This is not a “learn to play” golf opportunity but instead is an opportunity for scouts that have already learned to play golf or taken some rudimentary/beginner lessons to become proficient in course etiquette, develop a deeper appreciation of the game, and understand how to use and interpret the USGA rules and regulations of golf. Requirement #8 is either two rounds of nine-holes each, or one 18 hole round of golf. We will play one 18-hole round. We will do #8 on Sunday April 27th at the Robert Trent Jones course in Hampton Cove with tee times starting at 9:30am.
- First session is April 7, 2014 from 6-7pm. Golf MB Worksheet Requirements #1, #2(a), #2(c), #7; bring Blue Cards – This is a mandatory attendance meeting
- Second Session is April 27, 2015 from 9:30- approximately 1:00pm, Golf MB Worksheet Requirements #8 – This is a mandatory attendance
- Third Session is April 28 from 6-7pm. Golf MB Worksheet Requirements #2(b), #3, #4, #5, #6 – may meet with the counselor as you complete these requirements if you cannot attend on this date.
If you are interested in participating in the Golf MB sessions, please send me an email so I can get a head count and start recruiting adults to go with us on April 27th to fulfill MB #8. I want to finalize the headcount on April 1 so I can plan accordingly. Attendance at the first session is mandatory to attend the round of golf on April 27th. If you are unable to make it to the Third session on April 28th, I will be available throughout the summer to review your worksheets and to sign off on your Blue Cards as appropriate.
- Written by Josh Kennedy Josh Kennedy
- Published: March 26 2014 March 26 2014
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Troop 343 Parents and Scouts:
In a thrilling democratic process involving multiple ballots, tie-breakers, and even an attempted write-in candidate, once again our young men have displayed the democratic process in action. Here are the election results:
SPL: Ryan Phillips
ASPL: Josiah Sowell
ASPL: Michael Pursley
Troop Guide (Panthers): Matthew Kennedy
Troop Guide (Special Projects): Somil Joshi
Scorpion PL: Connor Allen
Indian PL: Drew Freeman
Pinetree PL: TBD
Cobra PL: Karl Wegler
Chaplain's Aide: Jose Arriaga
Librarian: Jonah Weinberger
Scribe: Isaac Keel
QM: Ben Keel
Historian: Jason Sowell
OA Rep: Jackson Loftin
The slate is a win-win for sure.New leaders will be installed at next week's Fall Court of Honor (Mon, 10 March, 7pm). Please join us to see our young men being recognized for 6 months of effort and activities.
- Written by Pat Keel Pat Keel
- Published: March 13 2014 March 13 2014
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It is now time to start the registration process for Summer Camp (July 13th -19th) . Attached you will find both a merit badge schedule and a merit badge sign-up form. Please fill out your merit badge sign-up form if you are planning to attend. Keep in mind you will be able to participate in your choice of whitewater rafting or horseback riding (free of charge) so include that on your sign-up form. If you are 13 or older you can choose between the Ocoee or Nantahala river rafting. If you are 12 and under you are restricted to the Nanthala river.
If you need help with your personal schedule, please give me call and we will work it out. When setting your personal merit badge schedules I encourage you to take advantage of the Eagle required merit badge sessions but also include some merit badges you personally find interesting. We need your merit badge selections on or before March 31st.
The cost for summer camp is $425 per scout. Please include a first time payment of $140 by March 17th. You can turn that into Mr. Wegler or Mr. Keel.
We need some adults to participate in this activity. Please let myself or Mr. Kennedy know if you are interested. The first four adults get to go free of charge.