COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The minutes from the last meeting were approved.
S. Eagle Project Review
Dillon presented his Eagle project concept to the Committee. His project involves building mobile flower beds
for the Cerenity Care Center in White Bear Lake. The Committee instructed him to begin the
paperwork to get his project approved.
Report – Jeff Abel
Roger Scherping gave the report in absence of Jeff. He noted that Jeff followed up with Christian
S., and he was able to confirm that he will no longer be attending future
activities with us. Roger also reported
that Alvin Z. has left the troop.
Roger also noted that Steve Hanke will be heading the transition of the current
Webelos in Pack 437 into the troop in September, in conjunction with the Many
Waters District’s Webelos transition pilot program. The idea is that the current Webelos would
transition while they finish working on their Arrow of Light achievement. Road to First Class would then begin in
January, which allows time for any Webelos from other Packs that want to join
Roger reported that this past weekend’s Basic Skills campout was
well-received. Dan Feidt elaborated on
the idea of each patrol being able to earn cards (points) based for setting an
example as a patrol – arriving to flags on time, picking up trash, and so
The Committee also reviewed and approved additions to the 2014-2015 troop
calendar. Roger will enter them into the
online Troop calendar.
Committee – Mary Sue Abel
Deb Clarke reported that Mary Sue will be speaking to those who are arranging
transportation for Sea Base soon.
Deb noted that the May and June campouts for this year have been planned and
are on the calendar. There is a cooking-
and skills-based campout scheduled for May at Willow River State Park, with the
Duluth to Hugo bike trip scheduled for June. Dan noted that signup sheets should be out for
the bike trip, and also for the Scouts to bring in their bikes for inspection.
The parents’ meeting for Tomahawk is scheduled for May 20, and the swim test
night is scheduled for June 24 at the Maplewood Community Center. Roger will put announcements that Camperships
for Tomahawk are due in May.
Marc Johannsen is working with Travis Johnson to coordinate dates for
Wilderness First Aid training – each crew for Sea Base needs at least one adult
who is certified in Wilderness First Aid.
Sam Hunter reported that he is going through the trailers to take an inventory
of what’s in them. His idea is to get a worksheet to see if the Scouts would
like anything additional items to be included for future campouts. Sam is also considering purchasing new locks
for the trailer as the ones that are currently in place are not
weather-resistant. He is also looking
for a way to install the spare tire for the new trailer externally; Dan will
follow up with Rick Rausch on this.
Joe Mikkelson reported that most of the first-year Scouts are nearly complete
with the Scout badge requirements – three Scouts have already completed
Scoutmaster Conferences for the Scout badge.
Christy Bartlett noted that there haven’t been many changes since the last
Committee meeting. Chris B. has completed his Scoutmaster Conference for Eagle.
Christy is also working with several Committee members who have dropped off the
district merit badge counselor list for the merit badges they respectively
from PLC – Erik B.
Erik reviewed the Basic Skills campout. He
noted that the patrols liked the idea of having cards and would like to see
something like this continued on future campouts. Erik also reported that the amount of time
reserved for each station (1/2 hour) was generally too short.
He stated that the May campout will have a primary focus on Dutch oven
cooking. He said that the younger Scouts
in the troop are not as familiar with the ovens as the older Scouts are. The Committee suggested several
cooking-related activities to do while meals are being cooked at the campout.
Committee – Mike Cogan
Michele Willard reported that flower pickup is scheduled for May 10 (a week
from Saturday). Pickup starts at 8:00 am.
Bridget Newman reported that the Manitou 15K race is June 7. We have both Matoska and West Parks reserved
for the morning. The current
construction at the Boat Works facility should not affect the race this year. There are currently 20 participants signed up
for the race. Bridget also noted that
she is still working on collecting donations from sponsors.
Service Committee – John Mercier
John Mercier noted that Scouting for Food is coming up this weekend. We will be meeting at Polar Lakes Park in
White Bear Township at 9:00 am. Christy
is working to scan each route into her computer so that we have a digital copy
of each page.
The Committee also reviewed what supplies would be needed for the Heritage Park
cleanup on Tuesday. Roger will include
them in an email announcement.
reported that he talked with Pastor Jim about helping the Church. We have Scouting for Food at the same time as
their annual parish clean up, but he would like us to trim the lilacs
again. We need to schedule it for a date
after May 20 because they haven’t bloomed yet.
Report – Ken Rowe
Ken did not report any new changes – he is in the process of switching to a new
computer. He will work on updating Scout
Bucks statements once everything is restored.
No reports on the website or Fun Nights.
Dan gave a report to the Committee on upcoming parent roundtable meetings. He
has developed a calendar of topics he would like to discuss, and he would also
like to recruit adult leaders to speak about some of the various items being
Marc noted that we are about $600 short of our FOS goal, but he said there are
several people who have not turned in a pledge card yet.
reported that tomorrow is the District Dinner, and we have 5 boys and adults
noted that he will be delivering two new Scout shirts to the Abrahams at
Scouting for Food on Saturday. Thanks go
to Shelley Jokinen for buying everything and Jeannene Rausch for sewing
Roger also reported that the 20th anniversary celebration will be on
Sunday (May 4) at Podvin Park. We are planning
a barbeque, with everyone bringing other items by last name accordingly. There
will be two videos which will play during the event. Bill Johnson is gathering a collection of
Class B uniforms to display for the event.
Committee approved letting Tom DeGayner’s son have the remaining Scout
Roger reported to the Committee his proposals to the troop guidelines, some of
to the electronics policy.
to Class B uniforms. The new fleece sweaters the troop received within the last
year are now included as an official part of the Class B uniform.
has never applied to High Adventure.
our policy on gifts given to Webelos at their crossover.
the Adult Camping and Adult High Adventure Expectations that Jeff wrote.
Bill also recommended (and the Committee agreed to)
an addition to the guidelines regarding unnecessary stops in transporting
Scouts to and from campouts.
All of the proposed changes were approved.
Roger reported that the stickers for the new trailer will cost $364.
Marc reported that he has started to purchase new flags, poles, and stands for
the American and troop flags.
Roger discussed a recent meeting that he had with some Committee members to
discuss the fact that in two years we will undergo a large turnover in some of
our most involved adult leaders. Roger
reported that this is similar to what happened in 2006, but back then no action
was taken until the adult leaders had left.
The Committee discussed the incoming first year parents and how we are
working to get them involved as soon as possible – and this includes next
year’s Webelos who join us in September.
Roger asked for the help of the entire Committee in helping get people
involved as soon as possible shadowing our current leaders so that we can
handle this transition smoothly. Already
we’ve had 2 or 3 adults step up to new roles.