Monday, June 29, 2020

In person Scouting Tonight!

I'm very excited to see everyone at St. Odilia East Soccer field tonight!

Some notes:
Bring: Mask, yard games, water bottle (full), Chair, your own S'Mores makings, personal hand sanitizer or wipes.

Here's how we're going to do this:

We will be practicing social distancing. That's 6 feet apart (if you both had your arms stretched out, you should be far enough apart you wouldn't touch.) This of this as an extension of your safety circle.

There will be a white board with your patrols on it

We will set up the various yard games and rotate patrols through them.

Matthew will ask one patrol to handle flags in the middle of the field.

Patrol 1 NW corner of field
Patrol 2 NE Corner of field
Patrol 3 SW Corner of field
Patrol 4 SE Corner of field
Parents: Disbursed in the parking lot.

Mr. Blincow will have a fire pit in the parking lot for S'Mores by patrol

Patrol 1: Brownsea
ANDREW D
ANDREW T
BRECKIN H
CARTER L
GRANT L
HUGH Z
JAMES C
ROBERT A
TYLER A

Patrol 2: 2nd-3rd Year Scouts
ALEX C
ANDREW H
ELIHU J
GABRIEL R
HUNTER M
LOGAN N
WYATT V

ANTHONY B
BRAYDEN K
JACKSON L
PHOENIX M
SAMUEL J
TROY B

Patrol 3: 4th-5th Year Scouts
AYDEN S
CORMAC M
EDWARD K
ETHAN G
JACK B
LUCAS B
MATTHEW H
NICK M
NOAH M
OWEN Z
WILL A
WILL C
WILL L

CHARLIE M
ISAAC M
RYAN M

Patrol 4: 6+ Scouts COWBOYS
DANTE D
GRIFFIN B
GRIFFIN O
MAX G
MAX L
OWEN A

ELIJAH R
JEREMY H
JOSH W
KAI S
LIAM B
MATT W
MICHAEL K
NEEL R
NOAH N
PAUL W
SAM B
STERLING H


See you there!

Mr. Blincow
Matthew H - ASPL

Sunday, June 28, 2020

In person Lawn Games meeting Monday!

Hello Troop,

We’re excited to be meeting in person Monday night!

Note:
We will be social distancing and wearing masks. Don’t forget yours!

Fill out the survey and bring your favorite outdoor games And Bring your own S’mores as there will be a couple fire bowls.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12iAcFSyXpnVHprPAHNn1I1_wmH1j-HIKJLeQBnQwrtw/

Patrols with your friends! Scouts have been talking about how much they’d look forward to activities and campout with their friends. The PLC has exciting news about age based patrols Monday night!

Monday the 29th:
We will be having yard games and s’mores in the Saint Odillias soccer field. You will all also be put in new patrols with your age group so make sure you are there. See the Google form linked below so we can gather information to make it a blast.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12iAcFSyXpnVHprPAHNn1I1_wmH1j-HIKJLeQBnQwrtw/


Monday the 13th:
We will be having a water night at Lake Josephine. Please bring your kayaks and canoes and paddle Boards if you have them. Wear your swim suits as there will most likely will not be a place to change unfortunately. Also we will be having our swim tests for adults and scouts for our makeshift tomahawk week. Yes they are required.

Mr. Blincow
Isaac
Matthew

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Join us for a week of EPIC Adventure! Aug 1-6 <$250

Though we're going to miss Tomahawk this year, we're still going to have an EPIC Adventure!

When: Aug 1 - 6
Where: Fred C. Anderson Scout Camp
Cost: <$250 (depending on number signed up) (If you're not going Zip lining, you pay less)
Who: Camping in smaller Patrols by age group - Spend the week with your friends. We will be rotating through daily adventures as patrols and camping / cooking in our own campsites.
What: 
A MILE of Ziplines, 3 Story high 47 element high ropes course,
Canoeing from William O'Brien to Fred C., Biking to the State Capitol,
Hiking , Campfires, Scout Skills, Friends, Cooking,
and so much more!

Sign up here:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeprYLhlsiqxcgTtPATtG6A5ZAnaIhISeYUv--Aup0sSGIJ0g/viewform
Mr. Blincow6128126170

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Next three meetings of FUN!

Hello Troop,

The next three meetings are bringing some very fun outdoor activities along with some changes to the way we run the troop.

Monday the 29th:
We will be having yard games and s’mores in the Saint Odillias soccer field. You will all also be put in new patrols with your age group so make sure you are there. See the Google form linked below so we can gather information to make it a blast.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12iAcFSyXpnVHprPAHNn1I1_wmH1j-HIKJLeQBnQwrtw/


Monday the 13th:
We will be having a water night at Lake Josephine. Please bring your kayaks and canoes and paddle Boards if you have them. Wear your swim suits as there will most likely will not be a place to change unfortunately. Also we will be having our swim tests for adults and scouts for our makeshift tomahawk week. Yes they are required. More information to follow on the tomahawk week.

Monday the 27th:
We will be hosting a bike clinic in the St. Odillias parking lot. Come get your beck checked up and ready for our tomahawk week. Again more information to follow. After the bikes are ready we will bike to Dairy Queen for a treat and come back to St. Os.

Wear your class B for these events as we are still representing our troop thanks guys.

Matthew and Isaac

Monday, June 22, 2020

Our Condolences. Mrs. Rafter's Father passed away

Dear scouts and families,

Mrs. Rafter's Dad, Al Sopinski passed away in the hospital on June 20th. Al had a twinkle in his eye and it was easy to see where Mrs. Rafter got her sense of humor, love of scouting, strong will, and dedication to others.

Due to Covid, Funeral arrangements and Interment will be delayed and we will forward an announcement when the family is able to make arrangements.

Cards can be sent care of the family at
Rafter
1801 5th Street NW
New Brighton, MN 55112

A Scout is Cheerful: Mrs. Rafter's Birthday is Friday 06/26 (What a coincidence). I'm sure that she would love to have happy birthday wishes, cheerful cards, and other notes from her scouting family!

Mr. Blincow

Friday, June 19, 2020

Parent Committee mtg is Monday 6/22/20 @ 730 pm

Sorry all.
In the body of the last email I had a typo. It is on Monday 6/22/20...
thanks
anne

Parent/ Committee mtg 9626 6/22/20 @ 730 pm

Hello Parents and Scouters

Please join us for our parent/committee meeting on Monday 6/20/20 at 730 pm. Zoom meeting link; https://zoom.us/j/3729151549?pwd=UWpXZnl6ZVN4ZUZNUHpobHdBM1QrZz09

PLC will meet in person at Mr. Blincow’s at 630

We will be discussing the following items
• Summer Plans
o Adult leadership needs for age-based patrols to make it work
o Youth Protection training needed for these leaders/helpers- this can be done through the BSA web page (https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/)
• Recharter fees- Due Sept 1st
o Counsel fees $180 (this has been set by the Counsel and will be paid on line by each family)
 Friends of Scout (voluntary contributions) goal was not met for this year and troop will now pay all awards and rank advancement. Moving forward this program has been removed and replaced with the flat fee above. $20.00 from the flat fee will go into a troop fund for awards.
o Troop fees $70 1st scout/$35 each additional scout this will be paid directly to the troop (our previous rate was $67 for 1st scout/$35 each additional-this rate had not changed for many years)
 This fee covers equipment, merit badge materials as needed, gas for campouts and subsidizes adult leaders cost who attend the campouts.
 It has previously covered adult leader recharter fees, but we are accepting if leaders wish to cover their costs to help reduce troop overhead.
 This fee is set by the previous year’s wreath sales/fundraisers. It will be important for us to keep our cost down that every scout to sell wreaths; more to come in the near future on wreath sales.

It is vital to our program that we have as many parents that can. It will take the village to keep scouting going.
Also, please remember we are still looking for a new Scout Master starting June of 2021. If you have any interest, please reach out to Mr. Blincow. I would hate to see such a successful troop disperse due to lack of leadership….
We will also be looking for a new Crew leader. Mr. Nussbaum has gone above and beyond in serving our troop as a Crew leader since his role as Scoutmaster. Thank you for your Service Gary! We have prospered with your commitment to our troop!
If there is a position you are interested in, please reach out to myself for Committee positions, or Karen or Paul for Scout facing positions. Recruit your friends and fellow parents to ensure the success of this awesome program. Troop 626 has been blessed by many continuing to give to scouting; lets continue the tradition and opportunity for our youth!
The BSA suggests that positions are not held for more than 3 years in each position. This to make sure that the parents are committed to the success of their youth. Thank you for the for your reflection to see if a position in the troop is right for you. Every worthy cause requires a time commitment to ensure success.

Sincerely,
Anne Moe
Committee Chair 626

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Apology and Summer Scouting Plans

Hello Parents, Scouts and Scouters.

It is with mixed emotions I am writing to our troop.
After reviewing our parent survey and watching the Tomahawk videos for their plan for this year, Troop 9626 has decided not to attend Tomahawk this year. This decision was not made lightly. We know how much growth our Scouts and Scouter get out of attending and celebrating our traditions at Tomahawk!
BUT…… we think we have come up with a way to meet most scouts/parents comfort levels (see attached doc)
By listening to your concerns and suggestions through the survey!
We also saw that our troop was still interested in participating in scouting during the week we were supposed to be at Tomahawk. We are exploring our options for the troop still engage in fun activities during the week we were scheduled for Tomahawk. The price for this week will NOT exceed the cost of Tomahawk. We are looking at Day activities within driving distance so if we are not able to camp we can return home same day.
We also will be moving to a Bimonthly meeting schedule for the summer. (Scout book and Google have been updated to reflect the changes) Scouts in leadership positions may be asked to attend meetings a little more frequently to ensure the success of our troop.
If you have an interest in overseeing day trips/possible overnight camping in groups of 10 or less please reach out to Mr. Blincow so we can connect you with an age-based patrol. In order for this new way to work we will need at least 2 YPT trained adults for each age group.
If you have not completed it you can do it here. https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/ (cut and paste link). We look forward to hearing from you and for you to share your enthusiasm with the scouts!
My sincerest apologies as I had thought I sent this last week! Thank you for your patiences.

Anne Moe
Committee Chair

Monday, June 15, 2020

Reminder: Hopefully our LAST Virtual Meeting!

Calendar: Troop 9626 B
Event: Hopefully our LAST Virtual Meeting!
Where: https://zoom.us/j/3729151549?pwd=UWpXZnl6ZVN4ZUZNUHpobHdBM1QrZz09
When: Jun 15, 2020, 7pm - 8:15pm (UTC-06:00) Central Time

Hopefully our LAST Virtual Meeting
Come to the meeting and learn about:
Survey Results
In Person Meetings
Fun with your friends
Summer Troop Plans
Tomahawk? or Plan our own Adventure!?
Court of Honor.
And SO much more.

See you at 7

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Monday, June 8, 2020

NO Virtual scouting tonight

Hello All
Welcome to SUMMER! Youth will NOT be meeting tonight.
I hope you take the day and evening to do something fun with your family's! Can't wait to hear about it the next time we meet.
Stay cool and drink LOTS of fluids today.
We will have an update about Tomahawk in the next few days.... please stay tuned for the next update:)
Sincerely,
Anne Moe
Paul Blincow

Monday, June 1, 2020

Please help us plan the summer: Troop Comfort level assessment reminder

Greetings! We had an amazing level of feedback as 16 families have responded in less than 24 hours. but we still need YOUR input. (If you've already filled it out, THANK you, no need to do so again)

I know that there is a lot of uncertainty right now. This survey should help us plan for our summer scouting activities. As more information becomes available we may need to reassess where we are at again.
We want scouting to be scout lead, but this still requires parent participation, leadership, and guidance. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScEssNoep2QfcJqeWrOQ4ewDS6imFOJUFfH9Uxle1jqTfhVSA/viewform

Anne Moe
Paul Blincow

PS: Standard Virtual Troop meeting tonight:
https://zoom.us/j/3729151549?pwd=UWpXZnl6ZVN4ZUZNUHpobHdBM1QrZz09