Our next Troop meeting is on Tuesday, August 21 at the Black Forest Community Center. It will be a Court of Honor, so wear a scout shirt, neckercheif and slide, merit badge sash, scout belt, and scout pants (if you have them). Awards will be handed out and other announcements will be made, so try to show up.
Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 24 at the Black Forest Community Center at 7PM.
You may wear a Troop T-shirt (Class B) if you want.
We are having our Summer Camp Swim Night at the:
Briargate YMCA, April 13 at 7:00 pm in the pool!
4025 Family Pl
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
(719) 282-9622 - ppymca.org
$3.00 per swimmer if not a member, paid upon arrival to YMCA ~members, bring your card for entry
Bring your swim suit, towel, dry clothes to go home in, water bottle & snack to eat on the way home...swimming makes you hungry!
Please have your suits on and be ready to get in the water at 7:00 pm if at all possible, since there will be many scouts needing this for summer camp. If you can't make the meeting/swim, you can get this done at Camp Dobbins, but you have to arrange it with Aquatics or Scoutmaster at camp.
Our goal is to help all scouts in the troop get Swimmer qualified or renewed for the upcoming Summer Camp, and other troop events: white water rafting sometime this summer and Lake Pueblo canoeing at the end of summer. So if you plan to attend any of these events, we'll see you Tuesday!
Below is the requirement to get in the water at summer camp...you will be listed as a
Swimmer, Beginner or Non-swimmer based on the following:
The swim classification tests should be renewed annually for all scouts.
The swimmer test demonstrates the minimum level of swimming ability for recreational and instructional activity in a confined body of water with a maximum 12 foot depth and with shallow water footing or a pool or pier edge always within 24 feet of the swimmer.
The various components of each test evaluate the several skills essential to the minimum level of swimming ability. Each step of the test is important and should be followed as listed below:
(also 1st class rqmt 9b.)
Jump feet first into water over the head in depth, level off, and begin swimming.
Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes:
side stroke, breast stroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an
easy resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be swum continuously and include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.
(also 2nd class rqmt 7b.)
Jump feet first into water over the head in depth, level off, swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming as before, and return to starting place.
Refer to your handbooks for more information.
Yours in Scouting,
The upcoming troop meeting has been moved
to accommodate another event at the BFCC
this coming Tuesday, November 3, 2009.
*** All Patrol Leaders should start calling
all scouts in their patrols to make sure this
location change is also done verbally as
not all scouts have email. ***
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
for any Boy Scout in Troop 70 working on swimming
requirements for rank or Swimming Merit Badge led
by ASM's Bill Beiswenger and Bob Erler.
(if additional swimmers/siblings would like to swim,
they need to be supervised by their parents in another
area of the pool.)
$3.00 per swimmer if not a member,
paid upon arrival to YMCA
~members, bring your card for entry
***bring your own towel, water bottle and $ for snacks.
7:00 pm ~arrive and change into suits
7:15-8:30 pm~ Get into pool, start Swimming
requirements with Leaders
8:30 pm~ depart pool, change, and
have all parents arrive to pick up scouts
Tuesday August 25 the Troop will be planning for the August 28-30 camping trip.
Tuesday May 26 we will have a Patrol Leaders Conference (PLC) meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the BFCC Cody wants to get events for the summer organized. All scouts and parents are welcome. Those scouts in leadership positions "must" attend.
We have several events to line up for the summer, so lets get these lined up.
We are having our next troop meeting at the Briargate YMCA, April 28, 7:00 pm in the pool! 4025 Family Pl Colorado Springs, CO.
We have a meeting Tuesday March 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the BFCC. According to the calendar, this will be a regular meeting. I will talk with Jack about this at the Chili Supper.
I have received a response to my e-mail about a Troop outdoor event for March. The suggestion was to switch the dinosaur tracks trip from May to March because of the weather--the tracks will be hot in May. At the meeting Tuesday we need to nail this down. I am willing to do any of the following: (1) March 6, 7, 8 camp and hike either at the tracks or at Vogel Canyon, or (2) March 20, 21, 22 and hike either of the same trails. A third possibility, though further away and probably the most interesting given the time of year, is Picture Canyon.
Here is information about the possibilities:
Dinosaur tracks: We have made this a regular on the hiking circuit. This is a 12.5 mile hike to a great area with many tracks, some rock art, some ruins from the late 1800's and into the early 1900's. This qualifies as a 10 mile hike for the Hiking merit badge. If we are to take this hike, we need to decide whether this is wise, given that we have already set this hike up for May.
Vogel Canyon: This is near the dinosaur tracks--about 10 miles away--and easier to get to than the tracks. It has a variety of rock art, a portion of a Barlow and Sanderson Mail Stage Line, and the remains of a stagecoach stop. This is a wonderful hike. It is short--about 2.25 miles with an option to hike a little further on a different portion of the stagecoach road. The Troop went on this hike about 4 years ago.
Picture Canyon: This is also part of the Comanche National Grassland, but rather than near La Junta (as are the other 2 hikes) it is near Springfield, Colorado, and we can put our hands through the fence and touch Oklahoma. As Dave Wallace informed me, I take the Troop on these long drives to hike. It is a long drive to get there, but fun. This hike is about 4 miles, but the last time we went, we took an option to make it 10 miles--if my memory is correct. There is lots of rock art, it is in a wonderful setting, and it is just interesting. There is Crack Cave, which has art work inside that happens to be illuminated during the equinox twice each year. I believe that March 20 is the equinox this year, so the cave probably will be open on Saturday the 21. If it is, we will have plenty of company early Saturday, as the Grasslands opens a portion of the trail to cars on that weekend just so people can see the solar phenomenon. The cars are only in a limited area, and we will have the trail to ourselves after sunrise. The cave is interesting, but I must admit, many of the scouts would rather do anything than get up early to see rock art illuminated by the sun on the equinox. Still, this is one of only a few places in the country where one can see this kind of event. We read about this in various parts of the world. We have this opportunity in our back yard.
I have focused on these 3 hikes because they are in an area that should be wonderful to hike in at this time of year and they are wonderful hikes.
If we are to go next weekend, we are going to have to organize the trip quickly.
MB night and I believe that we will have three MB groups meeting: B Beiswenger will be working on the communications MB, R Mack will be working on the Personal Management MB and ....
Also Matt Aust will be having is Eagle Board of Review tonight at the District level.
The meeting tonight is a Committee meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the BFCC. Everyone is welcome, but it is designed for the adults and scouts in leadership positions.
Troop 70 will have a scout meeting Tuesday November 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the BFCC. Jack will have the plan lined up. However POP CORN MONEY IS DUE AT THE MEETING. This money must be submitted to the Troop then so that the Troop can get the highest percentage of money possible. The money will be collected and turned in to the Council.
We will be discussing the lock-in for this Saturday, November 22. This will be a great event and lots of fun.