Troop 49, Ossining, NY

St. Augustine RC Church

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Schedule 2011 - 2012

Month Troop
Meetings
Committee
Meeting
PLC/SM
Meeting
Events
September 2011 8, 15, 22, 29 14 27 15: Popcorn Sales Begins
16 - 18: First Campout 2011
24 - 25: Beach Jam 2011
October 2011 6, 13, 20, 27 20 25 14 - 16: Thunderbird Games
28 - 30: Manitoga Fall Event 2011
November 2011 3, 17 7 29 3: Halloween Party
4: Popcorn Sale Ends
5: University of Scouting
11: Fall Court of Honor
20: Bake Sale
December 2011 1, 8 21 27 5: Troop Swim Night
10: Troop Care Packages
10: Popcorn Pickup
15: Holiday Party
17: Care Packages to Steward AFB
January 2012 5, 12, 19, 26 10 24 9: Troop Swim Night
12: Troop 49 Webelos Night
14: Mr. Nevins 5 Mile Hike
21: Klondike Derby
28: Freezerie
February 2012 2, 9, 16 16 20 4: Pasta Dinner
6: Troop Swim Night
17 - 22: Winter Camp
March 2012 1, 8, 22, 29 12 or 14 26 3+: Bowl-O-Ree
5: Troop Swim Night
16: Winter Court of Honor
17: Scouting For Food Collection
April 2012 12, 19, 26 9 24 20 - 22: White Water Rafting
26: Summer Camp Parents Meeting
May 2012 3, 10, 17, 24 8 22 4 - 6: District Spring Event
12 - 13: Mother’s Day flower sale
19: Memorial Grave Decoration
19: Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops
28: Memorial Day Parade
June 2012 TBD 19*
*SM Only!
1: Spring Court of Honor
7: End of Year Party
9: Village of Ossining Fair Fund Raiser
16: Lorenz Pavilion Dedication
28: Summer Camp Parents Meeting #2
July 2012 N/A 5 N/A 15 - 21: Summer Camp at Camp Read
20 - 22: Middle Weekend
22 - 28: Summer Camp at Camp Read
2013/02/07

Winter Camp 2013

For new scouts, it is recommended that you obtain a foot locker that will be used to store clothing, supplies, etc. while at camp. For instance, many scouts use the following:



Storage Locker with Wheels
2013/01/31

Elections

2013/01/07

Swim Nights

We are in the midst of our monthly swim nights. To attend, you must provide a completed Pemission Form.

2013/07/15

Sep 21-23, 2013: Kayaking and Campout!

Campout at St Augustine's with Kayaking Sept 21st - 23rd

Outing Details

Timeline

  • Friday, 9/21 6:30pm - Scout drop off at Parish Hall - Scout should have eaten dinner
  • Friday evening - Camp setup at lower field at St Augustine's
  • Saturday morning/early afternoon - Patrol run meals. Troop activities to include scouting skills, water safety review, equipment review
  • Saturday afternoon - Scouts will hike from St Aug to Croton Point Beach
    • 2:00pm - 4:00pm - Kayaking lead by Hudson River Kayaking at Croton Point beach area. Kayaks and lifejackets provided by Hudson River Kayaking
    • 4:00pm - Hike back to St Aug
  • Saturday evening - Dinner prepared by Patrols followed by troop activity
  • Sunday morning - Break camp, distribute gear for cleaning and airing. Please keep in mind that all scouts participating should plan on assisting with camp breakdown.
  • Sunday at 8:30am - Scout pick up

Cost

  • $29 for Kayaking plus cost of food as determined by patrol

Gear Required

  • Typical weekend camping equipment (pack, small day pack, refillable water bottle, class "B" t-shirt/sweatshirt, clothes as appropriate for weather forecast, boots, flashlight, mess kit, toiletries, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow)
  • Kayaks and lifejackets provided by Hudson River Kayaking

Permission Slip and Waiver

Questions?

Leader in charge of event: Marlene Irving, marleneirv@aol.com, cell: 914-299-5567

2012/07/15

Jul 15-28: Summer Camp 2012

Summer is almost here, so please start making plans. You are eligible to attend summer camp if:

  1. You are an active member of Troop 49.
  2. You joined the Troop before May 1st, 2011.
  3. You have participated in at least one overnight activity with the Troop.

If you have any questions about the above, or about Summer Camp, please contact your Scoutmaster at troop49sm@w3home.net.

Troop 49 attends weeks 3 and 4 of the Camp Read program. Here are the details:

Sunday, July 15th Depart for week 3 of camp at 6 am.
Friday, July 20th Depart camp for middle weekend activity (see below).
Saturday, July 21stReturn from camp, eta 3 pm.
Sunday, July 22nd Depart for week 4 of camp at 6 am. Also, scouters return from middle weekend activity.
Saturday, July 28th Return from camp, eta 3 pm.

The most important things we need commitments to are:

Which of the above will your boy participate in?
The middle weekend activity (details TBD) is an opportunity for a mom/dad/guardian to join their scout.
Many choose to participate in all of the above.
To learn more, please read the 2012 Boy Scout Summer Camp Parents Guide http://www.wpcbsa.org/Download/ReadParentsGuide.PDF
Read is offering the Adirondack Challenge again this year.
To learn more, go to http://www.wpcbsa.org/SummitBase/ADKChallenge/.
What Merit Badges and/or Advancement opportunities does your scout want to take?
Some of these opportunities are on a first come, first served basis. So, the earlier you commit and pay, the earlier the Scoutmaster can sign the scout up. If the opportunity is full, there is a wait list, so be prepared to consider alternatives.
The complete list is at http://www.wpcbsa.org/Read/UnitReservations/Advancement/AdvSchedule.asp?Camp=B
The troop reserves the time from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm for Troop specific activities
Scouts that are not yet first class are encouraged to attend the Tenderfoot to First Class Program. Read more about it at http://www.wpcbsa.org/Read/Advancement/. If you are interested in any of these advancement programs, please identify those of interest and inform your scoutmaster.
  • Tenderfoot 9:00 to 10:00 & 2:00 to 3:00 each day
  • Second Class 10:00 to 11:00 & 3:00 to 4:00 each day (Note 3-5 reserved for troop activities)
  • First Class 11:00 to 12:00 & 4:00 to 5:00 each day (Note 3-5 reserved for troop activities)
For scouts interested in merit badges, please read up on them at http://www.wpcbsa.org/Read/UnitReservations/Advancement/AdvSchedule.asp?Camp=B or in the Parents Guide Packet. Please check off the badges and times in the following worksheet and submit to the Scoutmaster with your payment: Buckskin Merit Badge Schedule.
Medical forms
There are new health forms that every participant needs completed. Find it at http://www.wpcbsa.org/Download/WPCMedical.pdf
You will need to plan ahead to get it completed.
This year they are asking for these forms to be made available to the Council two weeks in advance, which is July 1st!
Payment
The sooner we get the money, the sooner we can register your scouter for activities.
There is a discount when you pay before June 1st. After June 1st, there is a $25 late fee, so register soon!
See the fee details at http://www.wpcbsa.org/Read/Fees/
Write your checks out to "Troop 49."
Include completed Troop 49 Summer Camp Application form with payment
Transportation
Please account for transportation needs to/from camp. We will minimize the number of cars going to/from, but will need parents/guardians to volunteer.
The council provides transportation. See http://www.wpcbsa.org/Read/Transportation/
Middle Weekend - July 20-22
We are traveling to a cabin owned by a long time friend of Troop 49 up in the Adirondacks.
Dads are welcome, even encouraged, to join their scout on this activity. If you are able to join us, please bring clothing, a tent if you have one, a sleeping bag, etc.
Map: 76 Brandreth Park, Long Lake, NY 12847
Leaving Camp Read: 2-3pm Friday, June 20th
Arriving at Long Lake: 4-5pm Friday, June 20th
Departing to Camp Read: 8-9am Sunday, June 22nd
Arriving at Camp Read: 10-11am Sunday, June 22nd
Pack: Clothing, Swimsuit, Towel, Sleeping Bag, Bug Spray, Toiletries, Raingear
Troop will provide Tents, meals, paper plates and utensils

Important dates

April 1st
The earliest date to submit your forms
April 26th
Summer Camp Parents Meeting
June 1st
Payments received on or after this date are assessed a $25.00 late fee
Medical Forms need to be submitted
June 28th at 7:30pm
Summer Camp Parents Meeting #2
July 14th at 9:00am
Meeting at Parish Hall with completely packed Foot Lockers to pack into trailer going to Camp Read
July 15th at 6:00am
Start of week 3
July 20th
Start of Middle Weekend
July 21st
End of week 3
July 22nd
Start of week 4
End of Middle Weekend
July 28th
End of week 4
2011/06/28

Thursday, June 28th at 7:30 pm: Summer Camp Parents Meeting #2 at the Parish Hall

This meeting is for ALL parents of scouts attending Summer Camp this year. During this meeting we will:

  • Review gear needed for camp and middle weekend. See Summer Camp Packing List for suggestions.
  • Review camp activities
  • Provide details for the middle weekend activity
  • Determine who is riding up with whom
  • Review the pick-up and drop-off schedule
  • Answer questions

Useful handouts:

For new scouts, it is recommended that you obtain a foot locker that will be used to store clothing, supplies, etc. while at camp. For instance, many scouts use the following:



Storage Locker with Wheels

If you are unable to attend this meeting, it is essential that we talk in advance of summer camp. Please contact me if you are unable to attend.

2012/06/09

Jun 09: Village of Ossining Fair Fund Raiser

One of our most fun and rewarding fund raising activities of the year is this weekend, as Troop 49 man’s a booth selling hot dogs, drinks and Raffle tickets to the Village of Ossining Fair attendees. Each patrol will be allocated a specific time slot to man the booth according to the following schedule:

7 - 10am:
We need all senior scouts (scouts 14 and older) to assist in setting up the site.
10 - 5pm:
Scouts and Parents manning the booth and the Raffle as previously agreed upon.
5 - 6pm:
Senior scouts needed to assist in breaking down the site.

Please wear your Class B uniforms to this event. Also, if you are in the booth, you must wear a hat (Dept. of Health Requirement).

You can learn more about the fair at http://www.ossiningchamber.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=92&Itemid=119.

2012/06/07

Jun 07: End of Year Party

Who
All Troop 49 Scouts
What
End of Year Party!
Where
St. Augustine's Parish Hall
When
Thursday, June 7th from 7-9pm
Activities
Eating, Knee Hockey and FUN!
Food
Pizza, dessert, soda and water
Wear
No uniforms! Wear comfortable clothes (including Knee Pads) that will work playing Knee Hockey
2012/06/16

Jun 16: Lorenz Pavilion Dedication

You are kindly invited to attend the dedication ceremony of the Lorenz Pavillion

At the St. Regis site, Camp Buckskin, B.S.A. Read Reservation, Brant Lake, New York

On Saturday June 16, 2012 at 11:30AM.


A barbecue for all those in attendance will be the hosted by the leaders and Scouts of Troop 49, immediately following.

R.S.V.P: 914-941-7470 by June 9th.

On June 16, 2007, Joe Lorenz led and supervised the team of 5 volunteers that built the lean-to structure that Joe had originally proposed and designed in January, 2007. Unfortunately on 8/21/11, Joe passed away after a valiant and courageous fight against non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

The Lean-to is testimony to Joe's love of Scouting and to his workmanship as a master carpenter. It is dedicated to Joe's beliefs that every Scout can appreciate the value of hard work, be encouraged to perform his best, and can achieve anything he sets his mind to.

Maps:

2011/06/01

Jun 01 from 7-9pm: Spring Court of Honor

Instead of a meeting on May 31st, we we are going to have our Spring Court of Honor on Friday June 1st in the Parish Hall from 7:30 pm till around 9:00 pm.

A Court of Honor is a ceremony that is held a few times a year to honor the scouts who have recently advanced in rank. We invite you to bring your family and friends, and all we ask is that you bring enough food for those of you who will attend. We will coordinate with you on the types of food.

Troop 49 Court of Honor

We are organizing a Pot Luck Dessert during the ceremony. Beverages and coffee will be provided.

Bring one of your family’s favorite desserts. We look forward to an evening of fellowship with our Boy Scouts families.

We ask that you give us an idea of what you would like to bring. Please email (chjmjj1@aol.com) Cathy Joyce.

Most importantly, please be sure to invite your family and friends to attend. We all want to show support for your Boy Scout as he is honored for his accomplishments.

Schedule:

7:00 pm
Setup: We are asking that the boys come at 7:00 pm to help setup for the event.
7:30 pm
Awards
9:00 pm
Cleanup
2011/05/28

May 28: Memorial Day Parade

Please join us at 8:30 am, Monday May 28th at Melrose Lumber prepared to march in the Ossining Memorial Day Parade. Scouts should be in their "Class A" Uniforms and appropriate footwear. Water will be provided to the scouts.

2012/05/19

May 19 at 11:00 am: Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops

The Scout Youth Leadership will meet at the Parish Hall after the Memorial Grave Decoration at the Parish Hall. If you hold any of the following ranks, we expect you to attend: SPL, ASPL, Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, Scribe, Librarian, Historian, Troop Guide, Instructor, Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster. Lunch will be served.

2012/05/19

May 19 at 8:00 am: Memorial Grave Decoration

Troop 49 will once again participate in the Annual Grave Decoration to add/replace the flags on the graves of our area veterans. We will start work on this at 8:00 am at the St. Augustine’s Cemetery (Hawkes Ave, Ossining), then at 9:00 am at Dale Cemetery (104 Havell St, Ossining).

2011/05/12

May 12-13: 2012 Annual Mother’s Day flower sale

Troop 49’s very own Friends of 49 will hold it’s Annual Mother’s Day flower sale on Saturday, May 12th and Sunday, May 13th after the 5 pm, 8 am, 10 am and Noon masses.

They will have large potted plants, flats of annuals, vegetable plants, hanging plants and individual annuals.

Friends of 49 is looking for:

  • A few scouts to locate and prepare the supplies for the Flower Sale during Thursday's May 10th Troop Meeting.
  • A few scouts to assist with the setup, Friday, May 11th from 6pm to 8pm.
  • Need drivers Saturday May 12th; meet at Shell Station in Yorktown. Need 5 cars, preferably SUV’s or Vans.
    Please contact Mr Angi at advancement@w3home.net.
  • A few scouts to be present at each of the masses to assist with carrying flowers to customers autos.
  • A few parents to assist in the sale of the flowers. Contact Sue Colleran at fund-raising@w3home.net.
  • A few scouts to assist with the breakdown, Sunday, May 13th from Noon to 2pm.
2012/05/04

May 4-6: Spring Camporee

Theme
Mess Kit Cooking
Each Troop will hike out to a designated campsite and make a hot lunch using an open fire and a mess kit.
The meal will be judged by a panel of experts, and whichever Troop is deemed to have cooked the finest lunch will win a grand prize!
Where
Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake
When
Friday, May 4th - Sunday, May 6th.
Permission Slip
Complete and turn in the Permission Slip for 2012 Spring Camporee by May 3th, 2012

General Information

  • Troops should break into Patrols of 5-7 boys, though teams of 3 or 4 are acceptable if necessary.
  • Patrols will set off on a hike on Saturday morning for approximately two hours. They should be prepared as though they were cooking on the trail for lunch. (Use this as a type of shakedown or prep hike for some of your boys! Bring full packs if you'd like)
  • The Patrols will stop in a designated area for lunch and then have approximately two hours to prepare their meal and present it to the judge, and clean up.
  • Each patrol will cook one complete lunch meal (HOT) in their own (personal) mess kits.
  • Patrols can choose to cook separate ingredients in each member's mess kit to combine and create one whole meal, or they can each cook their own portion of the overall prepared meal.
  • Due to recent drought-like conditions, there may be a fire hazard warning. We will determine whether an open fire or backpacking stove cooking will be the primary method, and we ask you to cooperate as details may change due to conditions. The Ranger, as well as local authorities will determine the fire restrictions for the area.
  • Ingredients of the meals should include those found in a balanced diet, and exemplify the various food groups.
  • A sample meal will be presented to a panel of judges and will be rated on taste, presentation, creativity, and including the various food groups. Patrols will also be judged on the clean-up of their areas.

The general schedule is as follows:

  • Plan on arriving at Friday night at 6:00 pm
  • Wake up, breakfast and clean up 7am-8:30AM
  • Opening ceremony and kick-off 9AM - 9:30AM
  • Troops begin hike by 10:00AM
  • Lunch begins 12:00PM -2PM
  • Judging 2PM-3PM
  • Free time 3PM-5PM
  • Dinner 5PM - 7PM
  • Campfire and awards 7PM-9:30PM
  • Scout Master conference 10PM
  • Lights out 11PM
  • Sunday morning breakfast and clean up 7AM-8:30AM
  • Closing ceremony 9AM-9:30AM
  • Departure

If you have questions, please contact a Scoutmaster or your Patrol Leader

2012/04/26

Thursday, April 26th at 7:30 pm: Summer Camp Parents Meeting

This meeting is for ALL parents of scouts attending Summer Camp this year. During this meeting we will:

  • Review gear needed for camp and middle weekend
  • Review camp activities
  • Provide details for the middle weekend activity
  • Determine who is riding up with whom
  • Review the pick-up and drop-off schedule
  • Answer questions

For new scouts, it is recommended that you obtain a foot locker that will be used to store clothing, supplies, etc. while at camp. For instance, many scouts use the following:



Storage Locker with Wheels

If you are unable to attend this meeting, it is essential that we talk in advance of summer camp. Please contact me if you are unable to attend.

2012/04/20

Apr 20th - 22nd: White Water Rafting 2012

This is a family and alumni event! Plan for a wonderful weekend of camping and rafting.

Come join us!!

Details:

When
Friday, April 20th thru Sunday, April 22nd
Where
Meet at the Parish Hall at 6:15 pm on Friday
Camp and Raft at White Water Challengers, Lehigh River. We will be rafting 15 miles of the Lehigh River.
Return to the Parish Hall on Sunday
Who
Scouts, Leaders, Family and Troop 49 Alumni
Payment Due by March 29th
$78.00 per person payable to 'Troop 49'. Payment includes rafting, wet-suits and camping.
Forms Due by March 29th
Whitewater Challengers Waiver Form
Troop Trip Permission Slip
A current Annual Medical Release Form must be on file with the Scoutmaster
Menu and cost
Scouts will plan and eat by patrol.
Adults will join the Scoutmasters.
Transportation
We need drivers!!! Each driver must have provided a Driver and leader information form available from our Troop web site and must complete the on-line BSA Youth Protection course.
Contact
Please contact Sebastian N., Patrol Leader or Mr. Trend, Assistant Scoutmaster if you will attend and if you can drive.
2012/03/16

Fri Mar 16th at 7:00pm: Winter Court of Honor

Instead of a meeting on March 15th, we we are going to have our Winter Court of Honor on Friday the 16th in the Parish Hall from 7:00 pm till around 9:00 pm.

A Court of Honor is a ceremony that is held a few times a year to honor the scouts who have recently advanced in rank. We invite you to bring your family and friends, and all we ask is that you bring enough food for those of you who will attend. We will coordinate with you on the types of food.

Troop 49 Court of Honor

We are organizing a Pot Luck Dinner prior to the ceremony. Beverages and dessert/coffee will be provided.

Bring one of your family’s favorite dishes -- it could be a salad, main dish, side dish, or casserole that will serve 8-10 people. We look forward to an evening of fellowship with our Boy Scouts families.

We ask that you give us an idea of what you would like to bring. Please email (chjmjj1@aol.com) Cathy Joyce.

Most importantly, please be sure to invite your family and friends to attend. We all want to show support for your Boy Scout as he is honored for his accomplishments.

Schedule:

6:00 pm
Setup: We are asking that the boys come at 6:00 pm to help setup for the event.
7:00 pm
Dinner
7:30 pm
Awards
8:30 pm
Cleanup
2012/03/10

Sat Mar 10th: Scouting For Food 2012

Scouts from all over Westchester-Putnam Council and the United States will be joining together in the Winter of 2012 to help combat hunger and do their daily good turn. There are over 200,000 hungry families in the area, and our Scouts can truly make a difference by collecting food in their neighborhoods. Make a commitment to lending some helping hands and participate in our Scouting For Food drive.

Thursday, March 8th
Pickup Bags at meeting.
Saturday, March 10th
Distribute Bags to family, friends and neighbors.
Saturday, March 17th
Collect filled Bags and drop off at Parish Hall at Noon.
Bags will then be delivered to a local food pantry

Food can be dropped off at one of the following:

  • Parish Hall March 17th at Noon
  • Food Bank for Westchester, 200 Clearbrook Rd. Elmsford, NY 10523
  • Putnam CAP, 121 Main St. Brewster, NY 10509
2012/03/05

December - March: Troop Swim Night

Troop 49 adds swimming to our monthly activities for the winter months (December - March). This year, we have reserved the following nights:

  • December 5
  • January 9
  • February 6
  • March 5

Swimmers will need to bring a swim suit, towel and a signed permission slip.

We have worked it out with the town to substitute signed Permission Slip for Troop Swim Nights. Please print, sign and bring your permission slip to the meeting preceding the Swim Night. You will not be able to swim without this completed form. They will keep these on record, so you only need to bring it the first night.

2012/03/03

Feb 20: Spring Election Results

Please join me in congratulating the following scouts on being elected into Troop Positions of Responsibility:

Senior Patrol Leader
Stanley F
Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders
Nick V
Sanford F
Patrol Leaders
Michael S
Sebastian N
James T
Quartermaster
Doug L
Scribe
Eric H
Instructor
Joe M
Troop Guide
Mike D
Sydney F
Librarian
Ryan J
Historian
Will P

You can see the new leadership, along with Patrol assignments on the People page.

2012/02/17

Fri, Feb 17th - 22nd: Winter Camp 2012

Winter Camp is February 17 - 22nd. Stay tuned for more details!

Our activity this year is a ski trip to Ski Butternut on Tuesday, February 21st. To proceed we need to determine interest level, so please review, fill out and return to your Scoutmaster the Troop 49 Winter Camp Ski Day Interest Form by January 19th!

Details:

Date: Friday, February 17th - Wednesday, February 22nd
Location: Blue Mountain State Park
Departure: 6:00 pm, Friday February 17th at the Parish Hall
Pickup: 11:00 am, Wednesday February 22nd at the Parish Hall
Transportation: We are looking for drivers
Winter Camp Packet:(Expected shortly) to be signed and handed in by February 9th
Cost: $50.00 per scout plus outting costs
Schedule: WinterCamp2012.html - A work in progress!
Merit Badges: Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Computers, Family Life, Personal Fitness, Personal Management and Plumbing
Outing: Feb 21 - Skiing at Butternut - We Need Drivers!!
Packet/Forms: Winter Camp 2012.pdf
Permission Slip: Permission Slip for Winter Camp 2012.pdf

Important Dates/Times

Thursday, February 9th:
We need to know how many scouts will be participating by this meeting. Please complete the Permission Slip for Winter Camp 2012.pdf
Sunday, February 12th:
Complete and submit to the Scout Master the forms located in the packet (http://troop49ossining.org/Winter Camp 2012.pdf). You can send the activities interested in to me via email and get me the paperwork by Thursday, February 16th.
As communicated previously, we need drivers for the Tuesday, February 21st outing, so please let us know your intentions.
Thursday, February 16th:
7:30pm: Bring all personal gear packed and ready to go, including payment, completed and signed forms!
Friday, February 17th:
6:00pm: Arrive at Parish Hall ready to go.
~6:30pm: Depart for Blue Mountain. We will need drivers, so please don’t leave until we’ve secured enough drivers.
~9:00pm: After all setup has been completed, we will eat pizzas!
Saturday, February 18th:
~1:00pm: Webelos arrive
Sunday, February 19th:
9:00am: Webelos depart
3:00pm: Flag Retirement Ceremony. Guests are welcomed!
Tuesday, February 21st:
7:00am: Depart for Butternut
3:00pm: Depart from Butternut
~5:00pm: Arrive back at Blue Mountain
Wednesday, February 22nd:
~10:00am: Depart Blue Mountain for Parish Hall. Again, we will need drivers, so volunteers are needed!
~10:30am: Arrive back at Parish Hall
~11:00am: Parents/guardians pick up scouts

A special note to 2nd Year Webelos!

It has been an ongoing tradition of Troop 49’s to invite Webelos Scouts along with a parent to our Annual Winter Camp. We invite you to join us Saturday, February 18th, to participate in planned activities, to sleep overnight, and leave on Sunday the 19th. Each scout must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If this interests you, please contact the Scoutmaster at troop49sm@w3home.net.

Flag Retirement Ceremony

We expect to have a Flag Retirement Ceremony during the afternoon of Sunday, February 19th at 3:00 pm. If you would like to join us, please contact the Scoutmaster at troop49sm@w3home.net.

Outing - Tuesday, February 21st - Ski Butternut - We Need Drivers

Our plan for the outing for this years Winter Camp is to Ski at Butternut all day, Tuesday February 21st. To make this happen, we need drivers to assist us in getting the scouts to/from the Butternut Ski Mountain. Given how far from Blue Mountain Ski Butternut is (over 90 miles) the expectation is that we can entice parents to drive up there, stay the day and join the Troop skiing, and return. If we do not have sufficient drivers, we will not be able to go skiing, so please contact Mr. Mann (activities@w3home.net) or myself if you can make this trip.

2012/02/04

Sat, Feb 4th: Pasta Dinner

Friends of 49’
are Pleased to Announce and Sponsor BSA Troop 49’s Annual Pasta Dinner & Basket Raffle!

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2012, from 6-8 p.m.
Location: St. Augustine’s School Route 9 Eagle Park, Ossining
Admission at the Door: $7.00 Per Person, $24.00 Per Group of 4.
Menu: Pasta, Meatballs or Sausages, Salad, Bread, Soda, Coffee/Tea, Dessert.

Bring your Family and Friends. Enjoy a Delicious Dinner and help Support the Scouting Program.

Scouts and Parents

The schedule for Saturday is:

09:30 am:Parents arrive assisting with the basket setup
10:00 am:Scouts arrive to assist with setup (wear work clothes)
04:00 pm:Scouts arrive to complete setup (wear dress scout uniform)
06:00 pm:Guests arrive
2012/01/28

Sat, Jan 28th: Freezerie

Preparations

  • Scouts & Leaders - email your RSVP to the Scoutmaster by Sunday, January 22nd
  • Patrol leaders - put your plans in motion for this adventure, this includes:
    • Roster - who's going
    • Roles - who is the patrol leader, quartmaster, grubmaster, etc.
    • Menu - identify what you'll eat for each meal (lunch, dinner, breakfast) and purchase the components
    • Equipment - identify what equipment you'll need to bring, accounting for meals, etc.
  • Particpants - review your equipment needs, including clothing, etc as identified on the website
  • Scouts - bring your signed permission form 2012 Freezerie to the Thursday, January 26th meeting

Schedule:

Sun, Jan 22
Commit to attending
Thu, Jan 26
Turn in permission form 2012 Freezerie
Plan for trip (equipment, menu, personal supplies, etc)
Sat, Jan 28 @ 9:00 am
Meet at Parish Hall to load supplies, etc. into vehicles
Sat, Jan 28 @ 9:30 am
Depart for Durland Scout Reservation
Sat, Jan 28 @ 10:00 am
Arrive for Durland Scout Reservation
Unload vehicles, hike into Leanto 3
Setup camp, eat lunch, setup bonfire, prepare and eat dinner, enjoy bonfire, sleep
Sun, Jan 29
Wakeup, prepare and eat breakfast, breakdown camp, hike to vehicles
Sun, Jan 29 @ 9:30 am
Depart for Parish Hall
Sun, Jan 29 @ 10:00 am
Arrive at Parish Hall, unpack vehicles, return troop supplies to garage, disperse equipment to scouts to clean/care-for
Indiviual scouts depart for home

Must Have Gear for Camping in the Winter:

  • Warm sleeping bag - Rated 0 Degrees - Synthetic recommended - Down can absorb moisture (Rentable)
  • Foam insulated Sleeping mat - May be the most important piece of equipment for staying warm (Rentable)
  • Non-cotton layers - Layering and stripping layers is key to staying warm and dry (Rentable)
  • Thermal cup - For warm liquids
  • Hat/Facemask - For sleeping too
  • Down Booties - For sleeping
  • Rain Gear
  • Ski Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Snow Boots
  • Snow Pants

Optional Equipment/Supplies:

  • Glove and boot warmers
  • Chapstick
  • Multi Purpose Tool
  • Fire Starters
  • Water Purifier
  • Portable snow shovel
  • Portable saw
  • Mylar Blanket
  • Ski Socks
  • Long underwear
  • Ear Muffs

Stores (Don’t forget to ask for a scouting discount):

2012/01/21

Sat, Jan 21: Klondike

Details:

Date: Saturday, Jan 21, 2012
Location: Croton Point Park
Departure: 7:30 am at the Parish Hall
Pickup: Time estimated to be 4:30 pm at the Parish Hall
Transportation: We are looking for drivers
Permission Slip: http://www.troop49ossining.org/forms/Permission Slip for Klondike 2012.pdf by January 9th
Cost: Cost for patrol food
Check-in: 8:00 to 9:00 am
Meals: Are the responsibility of each patrol
Misc: Croton Point Park is carry in/carry out park. No garbage can be left. Each troop is asked to bring 1 container of Hot Chocolate. Each sled is asked to bring 1 gallon of water and a bundle of wood for HQ
Stations: 2012 Klondike Station Descriptions
Equipment: See below.

Patrol Equipment:

  • Klondike Sled
  • Patrol Flag
  • Fire building materials (only homemade fire starters are permitted)
  • 1 gallon of drinking water, in addition to any donated water.
  • Pot for boiling water
  • Backpacking stove or equivalent for lunch (no groundfires allowed!)
  • Hot chocolate, soup packets, etc
  • (4) six-foot long poles
  • (6) ten-foot lengths of rope
  • Tarp
  • Patrol first aid kit, including triangular bandages, compresses, and splinting materials
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Compass
  • Hand axe or hatchet
  • File for sharpening
  • Pencil, paper, clipboard
  • Boy Scout handbook
  • Garbage Bag

Personal Equipment:

  • Dress in layers, prepared for freezing temperatures
  • Hat, gloves
  • Winter footgear, NO sneakers
  • Raingear
  • Extra Socks
  • Daypack
  • Filled water bottle
  • Lunch
  • Mug for Hot Chocolate
  • Mess kit
  • A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE
2011/12/15

Class B’s Interest

We are investigating interest levels in various Class B uniform options. Please review and follow the instructions located in the following form: Class B’s Interest Form

2012/01/14

Jan 14 at 10:00 am: Mr. Nevins 5 Mile Hike

The second annual Mr. Nevins 5 Mile Hike will take place this January 14th in honor of the late Assistant Scoutmaster Mr. Nevins. For many years, Mr. Nevins was a one man wonder in charge of the First Years Patrol. Many a current scout owes a lot to this man, who almost single handedly kept first year scouts interested, motiviated and happy, all while advancing them to higher ranks until they graduated from his Patrol. One of his regular activities, which also help from advancement wise, was a 5 mile hike, and in honor of his many contributions, we are going to repeat that hike every year. Please join us one and all.

Details (to be refined):

Date: Saturday, Jan 14th, 2012
Location: Parish Hall
Departure: 10:00 am at the Parish Hall
Pickup: Time estimated to be 12:30 pm at the Parish Hall
Permission Slip: Permission Slip for Mr. Nevins Hike 2012 by January 9th
Water/Snacks: Are the responsibility of each scout
Weather: Please dress appropriate to the weather
2012/01/12

Jan 12 at 7:30 pm: Webelos Night

Invitation to all Senior Weblows to visit Troop 49

Please join us for a night of scouting fun as we provide hands on experiences of the Boy Scout kind. Contact Troop 49's Scoutmaster, Mr. Harris for details.

Troop 49 Scouts should arrive at 7:00 pm to prepare.

2011/12/10

Dec 10 @ 9:00 am: Prepare the Troop Care Packages

As has become an annual tradition, Troop 49 is once again collecting, assembling and shipping Care Packages for our Soldiers in time for Christmas. Please join us at the Parish Hall this Saturday, December 11th at 9:00 am to help us package up all of the donated goods for our soldiers. We expect to be done before Noon.

There is still time to donate to this worthy cause, simply bring your items to the December 9th meeting or with you on Saturday. Suggested items are:

Deodorant, Bath/Body Wash, Hand Sanitizer, Nail Clippers, Lip Balm, Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste, 2 Razors, Shave Gel, Wash Cloth, 1 Comb and Pic, Skin Lotion, Sun Screen, Pens, Spiral notebooks, Envelopes, Large sizes of Green, Brown or Tan T-shirts, Black boot socks. White athletic socks are worn for physical training and under the boot socks. A note expressing gratitude and support for their service to our country.
2011/11/20

Nov 20: Bake Sale

We have a Bake Sale fundraiser on November 20 at the 8am, 10am, Noon and 6pm Masses.

We hope you’ll share two or more of your family’s favorite recipes and help support our scouting program. We need a variety of home-baked goods to make our upcoming bake sale a success.

What family favorites will you bring to our bake sale? We would like to offer a variety of home-made cakes, cookies, brownies, cupcakes, muffins, pies, and holiday breads. Volunteers are needed to help sell at all the masses. Scouts are encouraged to help also!

Drop-off of the baked items will be at the parish hall on Saturday, the 19th from 4-5 pm. We do need a good assortment for the 8 am mass, but if you are unable to make that time, please drop off your items before the 10 am mass on Sunday in the vestibule of the Church. Please email Sue Colleran at fund-raising@w3home.net to let her know what you are bringing and when you can help at Church. Thank you.

Bake Sale Tips for Success

  • Whenever possible, individually wrap baked goods for quick sale and carry out
  • Be creative! Make baked goods irresistible
  • Wrap baked goods in clear cellophane, and tie with a ribbon
  • Include an attractive label or recipe card
  • Fill clear bags with a "Baker’s Dozen"
  • Bake in disposable aluminum pans
  • Package cookies in coffee mugs, small baskets, mason jars, Etc
  • Your chocolate chip cookie recipe can easily become a chocolate chip cookie pizza.
2011/11/11

Fri Nov 11th at 7:00pm: Fall Court of Honor

Instead of a meeting on November 10th, we we are going to have our Fall Court of Honor on Friday the 11th in the Parish Hall from 7:00 pm till around 9:00 pm.

A Court of Honor is a ceremony that is held a few times a year to honor the scouts who have recently advanced in rank. We invite you to bring your family and friends, and all we ask is that you bring enough food for those of you who will attend. We will coordinate with you on the types of food.

Troop 49 Court of Honor

We are organizing a Pot Luck Dinner prior to the ceremony. Beverages and dessert/coffee will be provided.

Bring one of your family’s favorite dishes -- it could be a salad, main dish, side dish, or casserole that will serve 8-10 people. We look forward to an evening of fellowship with our Boy Scouts families.

We ask that you give us an idea of what you would like to bring. Please email (chjmjj1@aol.com) Cathy Joyce.

Most importantly, please be sure to invite your family and friends to attend. We all want to show support for your Boy Scout as he is honored for his accomplishments.

Schedule:

6:00 pm:
Setup: We are asking that the boys come at 6:00 pm to help setup for the event.
7:00 pm:
Dinner
7:30 pm:
Awards
8:30 pm:
Cleanup
2010/11/05

Sat Nov 5th - University of Scouting

I would like to encourage members of our Troop to check out the training opportunities at this year’s University of Scouting. Please check it out. If you register by October 20th, registration is only $12, and the latest you can register is November 3rd for $20.

There are over 19 courses specifically for Boy Scouting, including a course for Patrol Leaders!

2010/11/03

Nov 3rd - Halloween Party!

The Troop 49 Halloween Party is this coming Thursday. It starts at 7:30pm, and runs till 9pm. There are prizes for costumes, so come dressed. Pizza will be served.
2010/10/28

Fri Oct 28 - 30th - Manitoga Fall Event

This year’s District Fall Camporee is a Trekerie.

Timeline:

Thu Oct 20
Complete and return to me the Outing Permission Slip for this event. The registration deadline for this event is Monday, October 24th
Fri Oct 28 at 6:00 pm
Arrive at Parish Hall
Fri Oct 28 at 6:30 pm
Depart for Camp Durland
Sun Oct 30 at 9:30 am
Return to Parish Hall
Sun Oct 30 at 10:00 am
Rides pick up scouts

Details:

Clothing
Remember, it is October, so dress and pack appropriately
Class A & B uniforms required
Food
Each patrol will plan, purchase, prepare and eat their own meals
Location
Durland Scout Reservation
Details
See Camporee Details. Day hike with your fellow Scouts, bring a lunch for the trail, challenges along the way, campfire for your entertainment on Saturday evening, SM/SPL cracker barrel each evening
Trek Route
Trek Route available at Trek Route
Cost
$5.00 registration to be paid by the Troop. Patrol grub fees separate.
2011/10/14

Fri Oct 14 - 16th: Thunderbird Games XIX

It’s time for Thunderbird Games XIX! As usual, they will be at Croton Point Park. Visit http://www.wpcbsa.org/Events/#Thunderbird to learn more.

Timeline:

Thu Oct 6
Complete and hand in the Outing Permission Slip.
Complete roster, menu and equipment list using Trip Planning Form
Thu Oct 13
Complete final preparations for Thunderbird Games
Fri Oct 14 at 6:00 pm
Meet at Parish Hall
Pack up troop equipment
Fri Oct 14 at 6:30 pm
Depart from Parish Hall for Croton Point Park
Sun Oct 16 at 10:00 am
Arrive at Parish Hall
Disperse Troop equipment amoungts scouts
Sun Oct 16 at 10:30 am
Scouts leave for home

Details:

Clothing
Remember, it is October, so dress and pack appropriately
Class A & B uniforms required
Food
Each patrol will plan, purchase, prepare and eat their own meals
Location
Durland Scout Reservation
Council Information
See http://www.wpcbsa.org/Events/#Thunderbird
Cost
Patrol grub fees seperate.
2011/09/23

September 24th - 25th: Beach Jam 2011

We plan on starting the season by taking our scouts to the Beach Jam Fall 2011 held at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, NJ. We need to have commitments from all interested scouts by Thursday, September 15th, so please RSVP your interest or lack of interest to Indians-sm@w3home.net as soon as you are able to.

In short, Morey’s Piers is an amusement and water park complex in Southern NJ that offers a scout specific activity Saturday and Sunday, September 23th and 24th. We will be able to camp on the beach, enjoy the facilities, pursue two merit badges, all for a cost of $90 per scout (admission plus 2 additional meals).

Relevant links:

To attend, you will need to:

Thursday, September 15th
RSVP to Indians-sm@w3home.net. Please respond even if you can not attend so that we can be assured that we have been successful in reaching everyone.
Commit to attend by handing in the Outing Permission Form
Thursday, September 22rd
A completed Permission and Medical Release Form
Payment of $100 per scout. The check should be made out to Troop 49 Ossining. A $20 bill will be handed to each scout to pay for the Saturday and Sunday lunches. A $10 transportation fee is included in this amount.
Saturday, September 24th
Be at the Parish Hall by 6:15 am
Leaving at 6:30 am
Sunday, September 25th
Returning to Parish Hall around 4-5 pm

Bring:

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Mattress Pad (optional)
  • Pajamas or sweatshirt, sweatpants
  • Clothing (Class B shirt(s), pants, underwear, socks, etc...)
  • Jacket or warm coat
  • Sneakers and a backup pair of shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Toiletries
  • Hat or sunscreen or both
  • Spending money ($20 to $30)
  • Flashlight (w/ spare batteries)
  • Packed in a duffel bag or back pack
  • Swimsuit and Towel (optional)

Please contact a Troop 49 Scoutmaster if you have any questions.

2011/09/16

Sep. 16-18th: First Campout 2011

Our first campout of 2011 will be at Durland, Sept. 16-18. We are still filling in the details, but the following should apply:

Thu Sep 15th
Complete and return to the Scoutmaster Outing Permission Slip for this event.
Also Permission and Medical Release Form (note, it is 2 pages long)
Each patrol should complete and hand in the Trip Planning Form to the SPL
Fri Sep 16, 6:00 pm
Depart from Parish Hall
Sun Sep 18, 10:30 am
Return to Parish Hall
Location
Agatha A. Durland Scout Reservation, Putnam Valley, NY. See WPCBSA for Directions.
Hike in/out
We will be located in Site #36, which requires that we must hike everything to and from, so plan accordingly.
Clothing
Remember, it is September, so dress and pack appropriately
Food / Cost
Each patrol will plan, purchase, prepare and eat their own meals. Consult your patrol for total cost.

Items to pack/bring

  • Backpack, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad
  • 2 shirts, 1 pair short, 3 pair socks (non-cotton), 3 pair underwear
  • Rain coat or rain poncho
  • Jacket
  • 4 large trash bags. From experience, I highly recommend that you line the inside of your pack with the first trash bag to keep items dry, cover your sleeping bag with the second, the third for dirty laundry, and a spare just in case.
  • Scout Handbook, notebook, pen/pencil
  • Knife w/ locking blade (only if you have the Totenchip or are a First Class Scout or higher)
  • Several flashlights with spare batteries
  • Mess Kit or bowl, utensils
  • 2 water bottles (bring filled)
  • Mug or cup for hot chocolate and bug juice
  • Deoderant, toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Lighters/firestarters are optional
  • Do not bring a pillow, instead put soft clothing into your sleeping bags stuff sack to use as a pillow, as this is both comfortable and takes no extra pack space/weight.

Come wearing: hiking boots, scout pants, T-shift, watch, non-cotton socks, flashlight (easily accessible, like in a pocket).

For more on Fitting a Backpack, see:

2011/09/11

September 11th at 7:00 pm: Ossining/Briarcliff Manor 9/11 Remembrance

From the down of Ossining:

Town of Ossining - Village of Ossining - Village of Briarcliff to Host September 11 Commemoration Service at Ossining Waterfront

The Villages of Ossining and Briarcliff and the Town of Ossining will host a September 11 Remembrance Service on Sunday September 11, 2011 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorism attack on the Twin Towers.

The service will honor all who died on September 11, 2001 and will commemorate the brave service of all police, fire, and other emergency service personnel on that day and in the months following the tragedy. All are invited to participate in this community event.

The evening’s event will begin 5pm with an interfaith Memorial Service at First Presbyterian Church, 34 South Highland Ave, Ossining. The service will be followed by a Procession to Louis Engel Waterfront Park starting at 6:15 pm. A Candlelight Ceremony Waterfront Service will begin at 7 pm.

Parking is available on the streets around the church and at the Ossining Train Station. Municipal vans will provide transport to and from both locations to the interfaith service and the waterfront ceremony.

For more information, contact Town Supervisor Catherine Borgia in Town of Ossining at 914-762-6001, Village Manager Phil Zegarelli in the Village of Briarcliff at 914-941-4800, or Mayor Bill Hanauer in the Village of Ossining at 914-941-3554.

The town has invited Troop 49 to participate in this remembrance by leading the Pledge of Allegiance during the warterfront ceremony. Of course, we are welcome to partake of the rest of the remembrance.

The Troop should gather at the Louis Engel Waterfront before 7:00 pm, dressed in Class A uniforms with dress shoes. Click here to see the location of the Park.

2010/09/16

September 8th @ 7:30pm: First Troop Meeting, Fall 2011

Troop 49’s first meeting in the Fall of 2011!

We welcome all existing members of Troop 49 to this meeting and anyone interested in learning more about our Troop!

Please bring your backpack to this meeting in preparation for our First Campout 2011.

Schedule 2010 - 2011

We are still finalizing the schedule and will update this as soon as it becomes final. In the meantime, please view this schedule as more of a sketch than anything specific, with dates farther in the future more subject to change.

Month Troop
Meetings
Committee
Meeting
PLC/SM
Meeting
Events
August 2010 N/A 10 24 N/A
September 2010 16, 23, 30 14 28 25 - 26: Beach Jam 2010
October 2010 7, 14, 21, 28 12 26 15 - 17: Thunderbird Games
23: Day Hike - Anthony’s Nose
November 2010 4 9 23 5 - 7: District Fall Event
11: Owl Advancement Night
19: Fall Court of Honor
December 2010 2, 9, 16 14 21 11: Package up the Soldiers Care Packages
13: Swim Night
January 2011 6, 20, 27 11 25 10: Swim Night
15: Mr. Nevins 5 Mile Hike / Quartermaster Meeting
22: Klondike Derby
February 2011 3, 10, 17 8 22 5: Pasta Dinner
7: Swim Night
18 - 23: Winter Camp
March 2011 3, 24, 31 8 22 7: Swim Night
10: Advancement Night
13: Bowl-O-Ree*
18: Court of Honor
April 2011 7, 14, 28 19 26 29 - May 1: DC Trip
May 2011 5, 12, 19, 26 10 24 7, 8: FO49: Mothers Day Flower Sale
13 - 15: Spring Camporee
21: Memorial Grave Decoration
21: Troop Program Planning Meeting
30: Memorial Day Parade
June 2011 2, 10 14 28 4: Eagle Court of Honor
11: Village of Ossining Fair
17: First Year Campout
July 2011 N/A N/A N/A 17 - 23: Summer Camp at Camp Read
24 - 30: Summer Camp at Camp Read
2011/07/17

July 17th - 30th: Summer Camp

Summer is almost here, so please start making plans. You are eligible to attend summer camp if:

  1. You are an active member of Troop 49.
  2. You joined the Troop before May 1st, 2011.
  3. You have participated in at least one overnight activity with the Troop.

If you have any questions about the above, or about Summer Camp, please contact your Scoutmaster at troop49sm@w3home.net.

Troop 49 attends weeks 3 and 4 of the Camp Read program. Here are the details:

Sunday, July 17th Depart for week 3 of camp at 6 am.
Friday, July 22nd Depart camp for middle weekend activity (see below).
Saturday, July 23thReturn from camp, eta 3 pm.
Sunday, July 24th Depart for week 4 of camp at 6 am. Also, scouters return from middle weekend activity.
Saturday, July 30 Return from camp, eta 3 pm.

The most important things we need commitments to are:

  1. Which of the above will your boy participate in?
    • Most first year scouts choose to attend as a group one of the above weeks.
    • The middle weekend activity (details TBD) is an opportunity for a mom/dad/guardian to join their scout.
    • Many choose to participate in all of the above.
    • To learn more, please read the 2011 Boy Scout Summer Camp Parents Guide http://www.wpcbsa.org/Download/ReadParentsGuide.PDF
  2. Read is offering a new activity this year: Adirondack Challenge. This program is open to Scouts 14 and older who have "done it all at camp". During their week our plan includes kayaking, hiking and rock climbing on large rock walls in the Pharaoh Wilderness Area. The consensus of the leaders at the meetings was very strong in favor of running the program in the afternoons Monday through Wednesday, then Thursday afternoon and overnight through Friday morning. The specifics for this activity are still in discussion, and will be finalized shortly. To learn more, go to http://www.wpcbsa.org/SummitBase/ADKChallenge/.
  3. What Merit Badges and/or Advancement opportunities does your scout want to take?
  4. Medical forms
  5. Payment
    • The sooner we get the money, the sooner we can register your scouter for activities.
    • There is a discount when you pay before June 1st. After June 1st, there is a $25 late fee, so register soon!
    • See the fee details at http://www.wpcbsa.org/Read/Fees/
    • Write your checks out to "Troop 49."
  6. Transportation
    • Please account for transportation needs to/from camp. We will minimize the number of cars going to/from, but will need parents/guardians to volunteer.
    • The council provides transportation. See http://www.wpcbsa.org/Read/Transportation/
  7. Middle Weekend - July 22-24

    The plan is to make camp on some private property near Schroon Lake and to work on the Swimming Merit Badge on Saturday in beautiful Schroon Lake. Each scout may be accompanied by a parent or guardian. More details forthcoming.

2011/06/30

Thursday, June 28th at 7:30 pm: Summer Camp Parents Meeting

This meeting is for ALL parents of scouts attending Summer Camp this year. During this meeting we will:

  • Review gear needed for camp and middle weekend
  • Review camp activities
  • Provide details for the middle weekend activity
  • Determine who is riding up with whom
  • Review the pick-up and drop-off schedule
  • Answer questions

For new scouts, it is recommended that you obtain a foot locker that will be used to store clothing, supplies, etc. while at camp. For instance, many scouts use the following:



Storage Locker with Wheels

If you are unable to attend this meeting, it is essential that we talk in advance of summer camp. Please contact me if you are unable to attend.

2011/06/17

Friday, June 17th, 2011: First Year Campout

Friday, June 11th, the Silver Coyotes will be camping so that they can complete a requirement for Summer Camp - a night camping with the Troop. Please contact silver-coyotes-sm@w3home.net with your questions.

2011/06/11

June 11th: Village of Ossining Fair Fund Raiser

One of our most fun and rewarding fund raising activities of the year is this weekend, as Troop 49 man’s a booth selling hot dogs, drinks and Raffle tickets to the Village of Ossining Fair attendees. Each patrol will be allocated a specific time slot to man the booth according to the following schedule:

7:30 - 10am:
We need all senior scouts (scouts 14 and older) to assist in setting up the site.
10 - 5pm:
Scouts and Parents manning the booth and the Raffle as previously agreed upon.
5 - 6pm:
Senior scouts needed to assist in breaking down the site.

Please wear your Class B uniforms to this event. Also, if you are in the booth, you must wear a hat (Dept. of Health Requirement).

You can learn more about the fair at http://www.ossiningchamber.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=92&Itemid=119.

2011/06/10

6:30 - 9:00 pm, June 10th, 2011: End of Year Court of Honor & Party!

Our last meeting/Court of Honor/Party will be Friday, June 10th. Please come in casual clothes, as we will supply pizza and drink. Games, fun and advancements will be awarded. See you there.

2011/06/04

June 4th, 2011: Eagle Court of Honor at St. Augustine’s School

Noon - 3:00 pm:
Troop 49 Boy Scouts and Leaders to assist in setting up for the Eagle Court of Honor.
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm:
Eagle Court of Honor held to award the rank of Eagle to 5 Eagle Scouts. Please join us.Dinner will be served.
2011/05/30

May 30th: Memorial Day Parade

Please join us at 8:30 am, Monday May 30th at Melrose Lumber prepared to march in the Ossining Memorial Day Parade. Scouts should be in their "Class A" Uniforms and appropriate footwear. Water will be provided to the scouts.

2010/05/21

May 21st: Troop Program Planning Meeting

The Scout Youth Leadership with the assistance of the Scoutmasters will hold it’s Annual Program Planning Meeting for 2011 after the Memorial Grave Decoration at the Parish Hall. If you hold any of the following ranks, we expect you to attend: SPL, ASPL, Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, Scribe, Librarian, Historian, Troop Guide, Instructor, Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster. The details will be forthcoming.

2010/05/21

May 21st: Memorial Grave Decoration

Troop 49 will once again participate in the Annual Grave Decoration to add/replace the flags on the graves of our area veterans. We will start work on this at 7:00 am at the St. Augustine’s Cemetery (Hawkes Ave, Ossining), then at 9:00 am at Dale Cemetery (104 Havell St, Ossining).

2011/05/13

April 13th - 15th: Spring Camporee

Come to Durland Scout Reservation for the Manitoga District’s Spring "Survivor" Camporee, and compete against other Troops in Scout skills, team-building exercises, campsite inspection and problem solving challenges. The event will be capped off by a Campfire on Saturday evening. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know the other Troops in your area and gives you a chance to stay at one of the nicest facilities available.

Where
Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake
When
Friday, May 13 - Sunday, May 15. Registration will begin at 4:30 PM Friday, and check-out will be at 11:00 AM on Sunday.
What
Timed challenges in map and compass, fire building, first aid, knot tying and lashing; tug-o-war; Campsite inspections and grading; entertainment at the Campfire; and lots of friend-ship and fellowship.
Permission Slip
Complete and turn in the Permission Slip for 2011 Spring Camporee by May 5th, 2011
Saturday lunch
The Scouts will have about an hour to prepare and eat lunch. They should plan appropriately -- certainly time to cook something light, maybe, or have something packed.
Most adults will likely be in your campsite/station in which case, feel free to cook all day! If you have adults out with your boys, they may want to eat with the patrols.

Pack:

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Mattress Pad (optional)
  • Sleep clothes
  • Class A uniform
  • Clothing (Class B shirt(s), pants, underwear, socks, etc...)
  • Jacket or warm coat
  • Sneakers and a backup pair of shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Toiletries
  • Hat or sunscreen or both
  • Mess kit, including mug and knife/fork/spoon
  • Flashlight (w/ spare batteries)
  • Packed in a duffel bag or back pack
  • Compass (if you have one)

If you have questions, please contact a Scoutmaster or your Patrol Leader

2011/05/08

May 7th-8th: 2011 Annual Mother’s Day flower sale

Troop 49’s very own Friends of 49 will hold it’s Annual Mother’s Day flower sale on Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th after the 5 pm, 8 am, 10 am and Noon masses.

They will have large potted plants, flats of annuals, vegetable plants, hanging plants and individual annuals.

Friends of 49 is looking for:

  • A few scouts to assist with the setup, Saturday, May 7th from 1pm to 2pm.
  • Need drivers Saturday May 7th; meet at Chase bank in Jefferson Valley Mall at 2PM. Need 5 cars, preferably SUV’s or Vans.
    Please contact Mr Angi at advancement@w3home.net.
  • A few scouts to be present at each of the masses to assist with carrying flowers to customers autos.
  • A few parents to assist in the sale of the flowers. Contact Sue Colleran at fund-raising@w3home.net.
  • A few scouts to assist with the breakdown, Sunday, May 8th from Noon to 2pm.
2011/04/29

Friday, April 29th: Washington D.C Trip

Specifics for Washington, D.C. Trip

  • Dates: Friday, April 29th to Sunday, May 1st
  • Cost: $199 per person, $50 deposit
  • The tentative schedule currently includes visits to:
    • The Capitol and The White House
    • National Aquarium and Archive
    • Pentagon
    • Memorials: Lincoln, Jefferson, Vietnam, Korean and WW1
    • Arlington Cemetery
    • Museums: National Air and Space, American History, Spy Museum
    • Baltimore Harbor
  • Sign and turn in Permission Slip at April 28th meeting
  • Since Friday is a school day for most of you, you will need to excuse yourself from school. To assist in that, you can use the following form: Excuse for D.C. 2011.pdf.
  • Electronic devices (like phones, Nintendo DS, iPods) are allowed. But, inappropriate use will result in confiscation!
  • Please pack your stuff in a duffel bag, soft suitcase or backpack
  • To ensure we can find everyone in our group, we are requiring that all members of Troop 49 bring:
    • Your complete Class A uniform as we will be representing both the Boy Scouts of America and Ossining, NY during our visit
    • Clothing that qualifies as a Class B uniform
  • Pack and bring the following to Thursday, April 28th meeting:
    • Class A uniform, packed in garment bag or on a hanger
    • Dress shoes as required for Class A uniform
    • Enough Class B clothes to last the weekend (T-Shirt/Hoodie, jeans, shorts)
    • Clothing for free time
    • Sleep clothes
    • Swimsuit
    • Rain gear
    • Medications (if needed)
    • Underwear, socks, toiletries, etc
  • Friday’s breakfast and lunch will not be provided, so plan accordingly
  • Arrive at Parish Hall Parking lot no later than 5:45 am, Friday April 29th. The bus will be departing as close to 6:00 am as possible.
  • Bring/wear/pack the following with you for Friday morning departure (in a daypack):
    • Breakfast and/or snacks.
    • Bag lunch for Friday, including beverage
    • Water Bottle
    • Class B uniform with comfortable shoes, sneakers
    • Itinerary DC Itinerary 2011
    • Camera
    • Spending Money
    • Books, Games
    • Age appropriate DVD’s for viewing on the bus during long rides
    • Adults should carry an ID, such as a drivers license
  • For the Capitol tour: no backpacks, food, water or sharp objects will be allowed inside the capitol. None of these items will be acceptable and you will be asked to leave the capitol and not participate on the tour if you are carrying any of these items.
  • Printable schedule. This schedule is tentative and subject to change.
2011/04/02

Saturday, April 2nd: Pack 118 Crossover and Pinewood Derby

Pack 118 will be holding their Boy Scout Crossover ceremony and Pinewood Derby Saturday, April 2nd, and have asked Troop 49 to participate, since at least one Weblows Scout will crossing over to Troop 49. Arrive by 11:45am and the Crossover will begin at Noon before the start of our Pinewood Derby.

Pack 118 has asked that at least 2 Boy Scout volunteers help run their Pinewood Derby.

2011/03/31

Thursday, March 31st: Scouting For Food

As Scouts, we have a duty to not only to "do a good turn daily", but to "help other people at all times." Please make a commitment to help the over 200,000 hungry families in our area by participating in the 2011 Scouting for Food Good Turn. This unique opportunity for us to help do our part can not be passed up. Each unit will collect food in their neighborhood for the hungry in our communities.

Saturday, March 19th
Distribution Bags to family, friends, neighbors
Saturday, March 26th
Collect filled Bags
Thursday, March 31st
Bring filled Bags to Troop Meeting
2011/03/19

Saturday, March 19th: Pack 49 Pinewood Derby

Pack 49 will be holding their Pinewood Derby Saturday, March 19th at 3:30 pm at the Parish Hall, and have asked Troop 49 to participate.

2011/03/18

Friday, March 18th at 6:30pm: Winter Court of Honor

Instead of a meeting on March 17th, we we are going to have our Winter Court of Honor on Friday the 18th in the Parish Hall from 6:30 pm till around 9:00 pm.

A Court of Honor is a ceremony that is held a few times a year to honor the scouts who have recently advanced in rank. We invite you to bring your family and friends, and all we ask is that you bring enough food for those of you who will attend. We will coordinate with you on the types of food.

Troop 49 Court of Honor

We are organizing a Pot Luck Dinner prior to the ceremony. Beverages and dessert/coffee will be provided.

Bring one of your family’s favorite dishes -- it could be a salad, main dish, side dish, or casserole that will serve 8-10 people. We look forward to an evening of fellowship with our Boy Scouts families.

We ask that you give us an idea of what you would like to bring. Please contact Charlotte Harris at 923-4114 Char2@w3home.net.

Most importantly, please be sure to invite your family and friends to attend. We all want to show support for your Boy Scout as he is honored for his accomplishments.

Schedule:

6:00 pm:
Setup: We are asking that the boys come at 6:00 pm to help setup for the event.
6:30 pm:
Dinner
7:15 pm:
Awards
8:30 pm:
Cleanup
2011/3/7

Monday, March 7th, 2011 at 7:00 pm: Troop Swim Night

Troop 49 adds swimming to our monthly activities for the winter months (December - March). This year, we have reserved the following nights:

  • December 13
  • January 10 (replaces January 13th meeting)
  • February 7
  • March 7 (replaces March 10th meeting)

Swimmers will need to bring a swim suit, towel and a signed permission slip.

UPDATE: We have worked it out with the town to substitute signed permission slips. Please print, sign and bring your permission slip to the meeting preceding the Swim Night. You will not be able to swim without this completed form. They will keep these on record, so you only need to bring it the first night.

2011/03/10

Thursday, March 10th at 7:30pm: Advancement Night

Instead of a regular Troop meeting on March 10th, we we are going to have an Advancement Night in preparation for the upcomming Court of Honor. If you have already scheduled or need a Scoutmaster Conference and/or Board of Review, please attend. If you would like to attend but did not talk with me about it previously, you must complete the Advancement Application, the Rank Worksheet, and let your scoutmaster know by Tuesday, March 8th.

Please ensure that you bring, or that the Scoutmaster already has, the following:

Scout Handbook:
Review and ensure that you are ready for advancement.
Advancement Application:
This form is named "Rank Advancement Application x Scoutmaster Conference x Board of Review" and is available for download from the forms page (see the Forms page, last bullet).
Rank Worksheet:
Please find and complete the rank advancement worksheet appropriate for the rank available for download from the Forms page.
2011/3/13

March 5th, 6th & 13th, 2011: 31st Annual William E. Kelly Bowl-O-Ree

The Bowl-O-Ree is the primary source of funding for our youth with special needs. Your participation will be fun-filled, rewarding, and part of our special "good turn."

Troop 49 has yet to select one of the following date, location and times, so please stay tuned.

Dates, Locations and Times:

  • Saturday, March 5th:
    • White Plains Bowl - 1:00, 3:00
    • Paradise Lanes - 1:00, 3:00
  • Sunday, March 6th:
    • White Plains Bowl - 12:30, 2:30
    • Cortlandt Lanes - 12:00, 2:00, 3:30
    • Carmel Lanes - 1:00, 3:00
    • Paradise Lanes - 1:00, 3:00
  • Sunday, March 13th:
    • White Plains Bowl - 12:30, 2:30
    • Carmel Lanes - 1:00, 3:00
    • Cortlandt Lanes - 12:00, 2:00
HIGH COMMISSIONS * PRIZES * SHIRTS * PATCHES
  • Patches for all participants (minimum amount of pledge for participants is $35)
  • $100+ club shirts for boys who raise that much or more
  • Prizes for the 30 boys who raise the most (a minimum of $300)
  • Commissions of 25% up to $999 and 30% for $1,000 and over to unit
  • A grand prize drawing of a $1,500 savings bond for a Tiger Cub, Cub Scout, Webelos, Boy Scout, Venturer or Explorer who raises more than $300.00
2011/2/18

February 18th - 23rd, 2011: Winter Camp 2011

Winter Camp is February 18 - 23rd. Please read the Winter Camp 2011 Packet (Winter-Camp-2011.pdf), complete the forms, pack accordingly! All forms and payments need to be completed and handed in to the Scoutmaster at our February 10th Troop Meeting.

Details:

Date: Friday, February 18th - Wednesday, February 23rd
Location: Blue Mountain State Park
Departure: 6:00 pm, Friday January 22nd at the Parish Hall
Pickup: 10:00 am, Wednesday February 23rd at the Parish Hall
Transportation: We are looking for drivers
Winter Camp Packet:(Expected shortly) to be signed and handed in by February 10th
Cost: $40.00 per scout
Schedule: WinterCamp2011.html - A work in progress!
Merit Badges: WinterCamp2011-MBSchedule.html - Note: You must attend all of the Citizenship MBs classes, including the Thursday, February 17th at 7:15pm!
Outing: Feb 22 - Skiing at Butternut - We Need Drivers!!
Packet/Forms: Winter-Camp-2011.pdf
Permission Slip: Winter-Camp-2011-Permission-Slip-for-Troop-Outing.pdf

Important Dates/Times

Thursday, February 10th:
We need to know how many scouts will be participating by tomorrow nights meeting
Sunday, February 13th:
Complete and submit to the Scout Master the forms located in the packet (http://troop49ossining.org/forms/Winter-Camp-2011.pdf). You can send the activities interested in to me via email and get me the paperwork by Thursday, February 17th.
As communicated previously, we need drivers for the Tuesday, February 22nd outing, so please let us know your intentions.
Thursday, February 17th:
7:15pm: The first class for Citizenship Merit Badges will start at 7:15pm on Thursday, February 17th, so please plan accordingly and sign up in advance.
7:30pm: Bring all personal gear packed and ready to go, including payment, completed and signed forms!
Friday, February 18th:
6:00pm: Arrive at Parish Hall ready to go.
~6:30pm: Depart for Blue Mountain. We will need drivers, so please don’t leave until we’ve secured enough drivers.
~9:00pm: After all setup has been completed, we will eat pizzas!
Saturday, February 21th:
~1:00pm: Weblows arrive
Sunday, February 20th:
9:00am: Weblows depart
3:00pm: Flag Retirement Ceremony. Guests are welcomed!
Tuesday, February 22nd:
7:00am: Depart for Butternut
3:00pm: Depart from Butternut
~5:00pm: Arrive back at Blue Mountain
Wednesday, February 23rd:
~10:00am: Depart Blue Mountain for Parish Hall. Again, we will need drivers, so volunteers are needed!
~10:30am: Arrive back at Parish Hall
~11:00am: Parents/guardians pick up scouts

A special note to 2nd Year Webelos!

It has been an ongoing tradition of Troop 49’s to invite Weblows Scouts along with a parent to our Annual Winter Camp. We invite you to join us Saturday, February 19th, to participate in planned activities, to sleep overnight, and leave on Sunday the 20th. Each scout must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If this interests you, please contact the Scoutmaster at troop40sm@w3home.net.

Flag Retirement Ceremony

We expect to have a Flag Retirement Ceremony during the afternoon of Sunday, February 20th at 3:00 pm. If you would like to join us, please contact the Scoutmaster at troop40sm@w3home.net.

Outing - Tuesday, February 22nd - Ski Butternut - We Need Drivers

Our plan for the outing for this years Winter Camp is to Ski at Butternut all day, Tuesday February 22nd. To make this happen, we need drivers to assist us in getting the scouts to/from the Butternut Ski Mountain. Given how far from Blue Mountain Ski Butternut is (over 90 miles) the expectation is that we can entice parents to drive up there, stay the day and join the Troop skiing, and return. If we do not have sufficient drivers, we will not be able to go skiing, so please contact Mr. Mann (activities@w3home.net) or myself if you can make this trip.

2011/2/5

February 5th, 2011: Pasta Dinner

Friends of 49’
are Pleased to Announce and Sponsor BSA Troop 49’s Annual Pasta Dinner & Basket Raffle!

Date: Saturday, February 5, 2011, from 6-8 p.m.
Location: St. Augustine’s School Route 9 Eagle Park, Ossining
Admission at the Door: $7.00 Per Person, $24.00 Per Group of 4.
Menu: Pasta, Meatballs or Sausages, Salad, Bread, Soda, Coffee/Tea, Dessert.

Bring your Family and Friends. Enjoy a Delicious Dinner and help Support the Scouting Program.

Scouts and Parents

The schedule for Saturday is:

09:30 am:Parents arrive assisting with the basket setup
10:00 am:Scouts arrive to assist with setup (wear work clothes)
04:00 pm:Scouts arrive to complete setup (wear dress scout uniform)
06:00 pm:Guests arrive