The meeting was called to order at 7:10
The minutes from the last meeting were approved.
2. Report from PLC
3. Scoutmaster Report
Jim Letourneau presented a list of Webelos Scouts from Packs 437 and 529 who might
be transferring to our troop in March. Roger Scherping will get the email
addresses of the boys from Pack 529 and add them to our email list. Jeff Abel reported that five of the boys from
Pack 437 are visiting our troop meeting next week.
As reported previously, Pack 437’s Polar Camp is scheduled for the weekend of
February 6 at Camp Greenwood (Buffalo, MN), and their Blue and Gold
Banquet will be held on March 21 at the White Bear Armory.
Jim also reported that Jay R. and Jordan B. have filed applications to run for Senior
Patrol Leader. We will hold OA elections
and troop elections at the February 9 meeting. We will have up to eight Scouts eligible for
OA, depending on how many nights Tomahawk counts for. Jim will check with Tom DeGayner on that
The PLC decided to attend the District’s 100th anniversary
celebration Camporee in Arden Hills in May instead of going white water rafting.
Jim will talk with the PLC about whether they
want to pursue the individual ribbons that are a part of the 2010 Quality Unit
Jim discussed Grey Wolf training. He would like us to send one of our younger
Scouts. Roger will check with Ken Rowe
on whether we have the money this year.
The cost is $190. Nomination
deadline is April 15.
Jim will try to find out when the Pack 437 boys
will be joining us. If they wait until
their Blue and Gold, it will be very late in March. Once Jim finds out, we will schedule our New
Scouts and Parents’ Night.
Jim proposed making the March Planning Weekend more of a training weekend for
the boy leaders and not just a whole-troop campout. This would give the Scouts
who hold positions more responsibility for planning troop events and
activities. He will discuss at the next
Jim also discussed developing criteria and a card for signing off on leadership
4. Camping Subcommittee
Mary Sue Abel reported that we are planning dog sledding on February 20. We
only have five Scouts signed up for this trip so far.
We are also planning a Ski, Snowboard and Snow
Tubing overnight event on February 28 at Afton.
The March Planning Weekend is at Phillippo, and
Basic Skills will be at Fred C in April.
Airfare has been booked for both groups for Sea Base, so the preparations are
MarySue will talk with Mark Beckers about high
adventure ideas for 2011.
Tomahawk is scheduled for July 17-24.
Rick Rausch reported that he is cleaning and drying ground tarps from Eagle Cave.
Jeff Abel reported that he has between five and seven pairs of snowshoes for
purchase from the surplus store. The new
Scouts who join us this year will receive backpacks and frames, sleeping pads,
mosquito netting, and tie-down straps.
Jeff will take care of renewing our charter at the store.
5. Advancement Subcommittee
Christy Bartlett reported that two Scouts, Andrew S. and Allen C., are
approaching Eagle and are making good progress on their respective Eagle
projects. Jordan B. recently attained Life.
She reported that overall the boys are generally progressing very well
at all levels.
Christy reported that there are new rank requirements for 2010. Christy will
distribute these changes to the committee.
The Court of Honor in January went very well and ended on time. The script seems to make the events run
6. Fundraising Subcommittee
Michele Willard reported that the next Cub Foods bagging opportunity will be on
April 2, which is Good Friday, from 12-6. We were not able to get a spot for
February or March.
Jim Golding has stepped forward to be our new Wreaths Fundraising Coordinator. He will meet with Chuck Fullerton to
transition the duties. Final totals have
not come in for wreath sales yet for this year.
Flower sales information will be distributed in late February, and sales will
end in late March. Pickup is scheduled for the first weekend in May.
Popcorn sales went smoothly again this year.
Michele is also investigating a car wash for the high adventure fundraising and
also fence painting at Victoria Station again.
7. Community Service Subcommittee
Jim Hering will check on volunteering Scouts to be ushers at the White Bear
Lion’s Club play scheduled for March 3-6.
8. Website Subcommittee
No report. Roger Scherping will check with Steve
Anastasi about website progress.
9. Treasurer’s Report
10. Old Business
Roger reported that Jim Letourneau launched Friends of Scouting at the January Court
of Honor. We are determined to reach our
goal this year. There will be a direct mail, email, and calling campaign. We will also solicit donations from our Eagle
alumni. We would like to wrap up
everything with FOS by April 1.
An issue was raised at the last Committee meeting about the appropriateness of
adults bringing younger siblings to campouts. We learned through research that siblings
would be covered through the District’s insurance at a Boy Scout camp as well
as at a non-BSA camp when a tour permit is filed. Jim proposed a new troop policy: “Siblings are
allowed on troop campouts or events only when the event is designated as a
family event. The parent or guardian is
expected to attend, too, and supervise that sibling.” The Committee unanimously
approved this addition to our Troop Guidelines.
Roger will make the change to our Troop Guidelines and communicate this
via the troop email.
Roger asked the Committee where we could find a resource for special needs
awareness training for our adults and Scouts.
Roger will talk with Deb Clarke about contacting a resource at the
Roger also discussed our “Troop 494 Expectations,” the previous month’s new
addition to our Troop Guidelines. He
recapped how we have communicated this document so far via the home page of our
website and an email to the entire troop.
The Committee agreed that these Expectations should work well to
communicate what our troop is about and help avoid misunderstandings caused by
unclear expectations. The Committee
agreed to present the Expectations at the new parents’ night in March. Roger will also work on a small sticker summarizing
the Expectations so we can include it on some of our troop handouts.
11. New Business
Roger discussed OA elections for the adult leaders for 2010. Jim Letourneau has a list of the adult leaders
who are currently in OA. The Committee
will discuss this further in February, once we know which boys are elected.
Christy Bartlett will find out about Northern Star Council’s Star of the North
and Star of the Future awards.
The meeting adjourned at 8:55 pm.