Troop 26

News, Announcements, and other tidbits regarding Santa Barbara based Troop 26

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September Newsletter

 

The September 2012 Newsletter is now available for download here. This month’s highlight is on the Philmont trek, with photos included.

There will be a parents meeting tonight.

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Bike Ride (September 1)

Where
St. Mark Meothdist Church
3942 La Colina Road
Upper Lot
When
Saturday September 1 @ 7:00 A.M.
 What
Bike Ride
Join us for a fun day of biking along Santa Barbara Beach Bluff from St. Mark Church to Bacara ResortMeet at the upper church parking lot Saturday morning Sept 1st, at 7:00 AM to ride the Santa Barbara Beach Bluff Trails with your friends at Troop 26!  Bring your mountain bike, helmet, 2 quarts of water, a sack lunch and sun protection.  We will be riding along the bluffs at More Mesa, UCSB, Devereux, Elwood, Bacarra and will return to the church via The Coastal Bike Path by 1:00 PM.  To complete the Second Class 1B 10 mile bike ride requirement, bring a SB map, your BSA Handbook and your compass.  Your bike should be able to handle a packed dirt trail.  Family members are welcome to join the ride.  Please contact Mr. Teng with any questions at 259-6622 Cell.

You must have a bike helment and bright colored top to participate!!!

Help Troop 26 plan your year!

Over the past two weeks, leadership has been planning next year’s calendar of events. We have already agreed upon some awesome trips, including mountain biking at Mammoth, hiking the North lake – South lake loop in the Sierras, and possibly a trip to several National Parks in Utah. However, we aren’t done. We have yet to choose a summer camp destination, and would also appreciate possible suggestions for skills sessions you would like for our Tuesday night meetings.

Scoutmaster Stewart has provided this helpful document, which includes useful information about nearby summer camps, as well as a link to their website for more details.

If you have input for summer camp or skills sessions, leave a comment here or on facebook or contact someone in Greenbar. For summer camp suggestions, please include opening dates for the summer 2013 session. This will help us leaders determine when the best time to go is. Please submit suggestions before Sunday. Finally, if there is enough interest, I can create an online poll to decide on a final choice for summer camp. No promises though…

Calendar Planning Meetings [late post]

Hey everyone. This bulletine from the Scoutmasters got buried in my email, but half the information is still relevant. See y’all (ONLY GREENBAR) on Tuesday.

 

Just a reminder to all scouts and parents that there will NOT be regular troop meetings for the next 2 weeks (Aug 14 and 21).  Instead, the Greenbar will be meeting on those nights, at the church, from  7 – 8:30 pm, to plan the troop’s calendar for the next year.  If you are in the current Greenbar, please attend wearing your freshly laundered class A uniform and bring with you the suggestions from the troop on where we should hike and camp for the next scouting year (Oct ’12 – Sept ’13).

 

Thanks,

 

Scoutmaster Shaw

UPDATE: Train Delay

Due to a recently derailed freight train, our LA bound train is running several hours late. As a result, we will be taking a later train, arriving around 3 PM. Hopefully the scouts have informed their parents about this change in schedule.

We survived!

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Hey everyone! As the title of this post suggests, all 24 members that left for Philmont Scout Ranch two weeks ago survived the 11 day trek and are currently relaxing onboard the Southwest Chief Amtrak Superliner. At the time of this writing, the train was rolling out of Albuquerque station and we were enjoying the delicious deep dish pizza of Pizza 9 in Albuquerque.

We are currently scheduled to arrive in Santa Barbara at 12:48 PM (tomorrow).

Additionally, this Tuesday night will be our first planning meeting. Meet at the church at 7:00 PM in CLASS A.

Final Philmont Reminders

This is it! Troop 26 leaves for Philmont tomorrow. We are meeting at the Santa Barbara Train station @ 12 noon on Saturday, July 28th. Months and months of preparation (not to mention loads and loads of money- in unrelated news, REI is doing very well…) and planning are coming to fruition. However, as you finally get away from your parents for the next two weeks, we ask one final thing…

 

When your parents drop you off at the train tomorrow, please have them park and come check in with either Mr. Shaw and/or Mr. Stewart. There is one final Philmont form that must be signed by a “responsible” adult. Not that you were necessarily planning on a long, tear-filled goodbye, but I know the temptation to just have your parents slow down a bit, open a door and “Tuck and roll” your way to freedom.

 

Thanks,

 

Asst. Scoutmaster Stewart

Philmont Reminders, etc.

Philmont Trekkers,

The attached file contains information on the trip that we discussed during our orientation meeting several weeks ago.  The packing list for Philmont is located in your 2012 Philmont booklet or online at the Philmont Scout Ranch website. Some adjustments to their packing list: bring 3 water bottles (no need for 4), no need for the fishing license, bring a small amount of personal toilet paper and a trowel and bring personal sunscreen and insect repellant.  I’ll have  handouts tomorrow night for everyone and we can discuss any questions at that time.

Also, the Philmont T-shirts arrived today so I’ll bring them to the meeting for distribution!

-Scoutmaster Shaw

I will try to upload the schedule later tonight or tomorrow.

The Philmont schedule and information can be found either here.

Greenbar Cancelled (7/23)

The Greenbar meeting scheduled for tomorrow, July 23, has been canceled by Scoutmaster Shaw.

Given the only troop meeting in August is after the August Greenbar meeting, I’m cancelling tomorrow night’s July Greenbar meeting so I can focus on final planning for the Philmont trip. Please contact me with any questions and, in case they don’t read this email, let your fellow Greenbar members know the meeting is canceled.

-Scoutmaster Shaw

The regular Tuesday night meeting will be held as usual, in preparation for our trip to Philmont.

Eagle Court of Honor, Aaron D.

Please join Troop 26 in honoring our newest Eagle Scout, Aaron D. for his achievement of this prestigious rank. This ceremony will begin at 7:00 PM tonight in the chapel. Refreshments may be served afterwards in the main hall.

Note: Scouts, Please arrive 10-15 minutes early.