Matilija Campout Reminder

by troop26

Matilija Waterfall

Matilija Advancement Reminder

I just wanted to send a quick reminder to those scouts who are going on the trip this weekend: since the drive is pretty short and the hike is also short (4.1 miles), this will be a great opportunity to get somewhere between several and many sign-off’s completed. However, for this to be a success, you are going to need to do three things first…

1) Take a few minutes to see what requirements your are lacking for the next rank/1st Class. BE PREPARED.

2) Read over the pertinent information in your Handbook for the sign-off’s that you want to do. That means if you want to get the First Aid sign-off’s, you should already know the answers for what do do in case of a snake-bite, rather than guess at them while talking with a leader. If you want to make a “useful” camp gadget, you should already know your lashings AND remember to bring your rope. BE PREPARED.

3) Bring your Handbook so you get a record of the sign-off. Coming to a leader a month later asking to be signed-off in your book (“But I was grubmaster on Beartrap.”) will NOT end well for you. BE PREPARED.

Keep in mind that March’s outing is the Grand Canyon and April is Camporee, so the next real opportunity to do sign-off, especially the ones that can only be done on a trip, won’t be until May. For a few of you that are “going” to Philmont, but are not yet 1st Class, the clock is ticking. You have a choice, spend your free time working on advancement OR coming up with a good explanation for your parent(s) as to why you aren’t going to Philmont, but are still out $1,000. Ask yourself, “Is Skyrim worth $1000?” Your choice.

To quote the sage, Mr. Shaw, “There are plenty of excuses, but no good ones.”

See you Saturday!

Assistant Scoutmaster Stewart