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Manhattan Beach, CA
Boy Scouts of America
Troop Committee Minutes
May 3, 2001

May Activities

  • On Saturday, May 5, a Backpack Orientation will be held at the Scout House to demonstrate the equipment that is available and what is necessary for successful backpacking. The session will be targeted at the new scouts and parents, or others who are beginning to acquire camping/hiking gear.
  • The first backpack weekend is May 18 to 20. We are planning three hikes: a medium difficulty hike to Sespe Creek, a medium difficulty and easy hike to Manzana Narrows and Fish Creek respectively. Sign up sheets are available at the scout meetings. As of May 1, the Sespe Creek trip signups were low.
  • An advancement day is scheduled for Saturday, May 12 at 9 AM at the scout house. These days are opportunities for scouts to work on and get signed off on advancement requirements.
  • An Eagle project is scheduled for May 25-26 involving trail repair near Chantry Flats. Sign-up sheets will be available on the sign up board.
  • An Eagle Project is being done at Redondo High School to provide permanent artwork in the School Library. This project is being done independent of Troop resources.
  • A Patrol Coordinator Training Session is being planned for the night of May 22, concurrent with the Scout Meeting.

June Activities

  • There are two hike weekends, June 8-10 and June 22-24. We will have at least two hikes, one easy and one difficult, each weekend. A second difficult hike will probably be added to accommodate the number of scouts and adults requiring training hikes to meet Long Term Hike prerequisites provided enough adults participate in order to have three adults on each hike. Long Term participants need to go on three training hikes as a prerequisite for Long Term. Note that there is only one hike weekend planned in July before long term.
  • Summer Camp Information Night for Chawanakee and Emerald Bay are scheduled for Wednesday, June 6 at 6:30 PM. Location for each of the meetings will be announced. Final payment is due at the Meeting.
  • An advancement day is scheduled for Saturday, June 16 at 9 AM at the scout house. These days are opportunities for scouts to work on and get signed off on advancement requirements.
  • We are trying to plan an Eagle Court of Honor for the latter half of the month.

Eagle Candidates

  • The committee reviewed an Eagle Scout Candidate and approved his advancement to his Eagle Board of Review.
  • The committee reviewed two Eagle Service Projects and approved each project with certain follow-up conditions.

Discussions of Past Events

  • Braving the weather, the Fishing Hike happened on April 7. Scheduled for three days and two nights, the hike was aborted because we were not prepared for the snow that began to fall after we arrived at our campsite on the Kern River. Twelve scouts and three adults participated in this one-day event. All were disappointed that we did not get a chance to enjoy our campsite at Headquarters camp on the North Fork of the Kern River.
  • The Spring Camporee was held on April 20-22 at The Featherly Regional Park in Anaheim Hills. Braving one night of rain, our scouts competed as a patrol in Skills Competition against very strong competition.
  • The Eagle project on April 28 at the Madronna Marsh was successful with a very large turnout.

Summer Camp 2001

  • Emerald Bay is fully reserved and there are spots open at Chawanakee. We have adults that have volunteered to attend the camps. It was noted that summer camp participants need to have attended at least two Troop overnight activities after joining the Troop.

Long Term 2001

  • Sign-ups by scouts for the three long-term hikes have been good. It was noted that we would need additional adults on each of the hikes. The signup sheets are available at the scout meetings.
  • A subcommittee has been formed to review the requirements, qualifications and makeup of the Long Term Groups. This revives the review program that the Troop used in the past with a great deal of success.

Other Discussion Items

  • The Troop is progressing on finding additional patrol coordinators for new and existing patrols. We will hold a Patrol Coordinator training session on May 22.
  • The Troop will be sending at least four scouts to junior leader training July 15 to 21 at the Forest Lawn District Camp. The Scoutmasters will select the candidates.
  • The application for a booth at the HomeTown Fair has been sent in. We have requested a Coke, Hot Dog or Hamburger Booth.
  • We will inquire with Fry's about their parking lot event selling hot dogs and sodas that normally occurs in May.
  • An e-mail list of the scout leaders is being developed.
  • Suggestions/ideas for improving the Troop are always welcomed and should be directed to the Committee Chairman or Asst. Committee Chairman.

The next Troop Committee Meeting will be Thursday, June 7th, 2001, at the School Hall, American Martyrs School at 7:30 PM.

[FYI - Please mark your calendars: The July committee meeting will be held on the second Thursday of July (7/12) instead of the first Thursday.]

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