WEDNESDAY night, be prepared to sign up for Merit Badge classes for our summer camp at Camp Rainey Mountain. Mr. Carchio and I will advise the first-time campers, and the rest of you should keep these thoughts in mind:
RULE #0. Don't sign up for a merit badge you already earned!!!!! You'd think I wouldn't have to say this, but every year it happens. Help yourself by bringing your merit badge sash to the meeting as a handy wearable reminder!
RULE #1. Summer Camp is a great place for aquatics badges. After earning swimming, I highly recommend the following fun and rewarding badges, one per year in the following order: Kayaking, then Canoeing, then Rowing or Small Boat Sailing.
RULE #2. Summer Camp is also the best place for shooting badges. Second year campers or later should consider taking one per year in this order: Rifle Shooting, then Archery, then Shotgun Shooting.
RULE #3. Summer Camp is a good place for certain Eagle-Required Merit Badges, in particular:
Camping, Communication, Cooking, Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving, Environmental Science OR Sustainability, First Aid, Swimming. (The others are best earned with our adult leaders during the rest of the year with counselors from our Troop)
RULE #4. The "Prerequisites" column lists requirement numbers that cannot be completed at camp. Look those over using the Mrs. Ellis Binders from the closet, or go online to meritbadge.org, or look in Mr. Etz's requirements book, and make sure you have a plan for completing the prerequisites outside of camp before signing up for a badge.
RULE #5. Learn about the special combinations of badges that contribute to the "National Outdoor awards" and the "World Conservation Award" by googling those terms.
THURSDAY night, it is our privilege and responsibility to serve as the hosts of the District Awards Banquet. Scouts are needed in best class A at our usual meeting room starting between 5:30 and 6:00 pm to help set up tables and prepare for the Flag Ceremony and helping to serve dinner. Plan to attend until 8pm; you'll be able to phone home if you're able to leave earlier. Scouts attending will be credited with valuable service hours.
FINALLY, to cap off a very busy week, be prepared to sign up to help direct traffic for the Rotary Club's Toast to Venice, Saturday March 8th from 1:30-3:30 pm at Maxine Barrett Park (between Sharky's and the Dog Beach). Again, service hours will be recorded, and what better place to be on a Saturday afternoon than helping people support their community in a beautiful park adjacent to the beach.
See you Wednesday night!