September 24

Troop 494 Committee Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

  1. Welcome

  2. Scoutmaster Report – Marc Johannsen
    Marc reported on a national survey being conducted by the Boy Scouts of America, Montclair State University, and the American Institutes for Research. We were selected as one of the troops that are being asked to fill out the survey. The intent is to learn more about our experiences as Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, and Scouts; the goal of the survey is to improve the Scouting program for both youth members and adult leaders.

  3. Camping Committee
    The Committee reviewed the Namekagon canoe trip; we had one Cub Scout attend the weekend with us, with a fair turnout of Scouts from our troop. The astronomy campout is coming up the weekend of October 4-6 at the Eagle Lake Observatory near Norwood-Young America, MN. We also have the leaders’ choice campout at Fred C. Andersen Scout Camp the weekend of November 14-16. The theme of the November campout will be highlighting Scout skills (knots/lashing, first aid, etc).

    Options were discussed for the December lock-in, including going back to the Shoreview Community Center, doing an overnight program at Base Camp, or going to Maplewood Middle School. Alternate plans for the lock-in were also discussed, with suggestions for Saints North (roller skating) or doing Shoreview as a day event.

    Molly Barth noted that the next payment for Northern Tier is due October 1.

    Jenny Koskie reported that the water rocket event with Pack 437 went well.

    The Committee also discussed Scout recruitment activities. Becky Baltzer suggested looking into an ongoing social media campaign that may help boost both our pack and troop census; she will check further on this to see what kind of information we would need to provide to start the social media effort. In addition, the troop will be holding an open house on October 22.

    Jim Grisim reported that he will be checking on the condition of one of the troop canopies to verify whether it is still functional or if we will need to look at replacing it. Also, there is a need for brush to be cleared from around where the troop trailers are currently parked.

  4. Advancement Committee
    Jenny Koskie reported that several Scouts are signed up to attend the Many Waters District merit badge day in Chisago City; the event is on Saturday, October 12. Scott Wisgerhof will place a notice in the troop email to encourage additional Scouts to sign up.

    Joe Mikkelson reported on Road to First Class. The Atomic Blackbird patrol is currently working to achieve Second Class. The balance of October’s Road to First Class sessions will focus on first aid requirements from First Class. October 15 will mark the one-year anniversary of the first-year Scouts bridging into the troop.

  5. PLC Report (Devin K./Jack L./Nathan G./Jimmy G.)
    The PLC gave their agenda for the month of October, including making a final push for the upcoming astronomy campout. The Committee advised the PLC to look for viable activities they could lead at the open house on October 22.

  6. Fundraising Committee
    Scott Wisgerhof reported that our wreath and popcorn fundraisers kicked off at the September Court of Honor this past week. We also have leaf composting coming up at the Ramsey County compost site on October 27. We will be holding two, three-hour shifts between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm.

  7. Community Service Committee
    We canceled Scouting for Food due to lack of attendance.

    Feed My Starving Children is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15.

  8. Fun Night Updates
    Shannon Erickson mentioned that in lieu of what we had originally planned for the November 5 fun night (bumper cars), we could go to the Big Thrill Factory in Oakdale. She stated that the Scouts could take part in two activities for $15 (there are approximately 18 to choose from).

  9. Treasurer’s Report – Jenny Koskie
    Jenny reported on current overdrawn Scout Bucks accounts.

    Scott gave the Committee a report on troop rechartering for the upcoming year. Scouts with overdrawn Scout Bucks accounts will not be allowed to recharter.

Miscellaneous Items & New Business
Clint Koskie reported that we received 25-year bar patches to commemorate our troop’s 25th anniversary this year.

Clint also noted that University of Scouting will be held Saturday, October 26, at St. Paul College.

Scott reported that we have several open troop-level positions, and he placed a call to encourage some of our troop’s parents to step up to fill these spots.

Bill Johnson stated that the city of Vadnais Heights has initial plans to install park benches around the city in the near future, which may provide opportunities for Eagle Scout projects.