Troop News: Week of 11/4/13


  • 6:30pm Charter School – Patrol Leaders Council (PLC)
  • 7:30pm – Troop Committee Meeting.  All parents are encouraged to attend
  • Please bring the following :
    • If you have not already done so, please bring in your $120 and there are still openings to sign up at venues to sell your chocolate.
    • Please bring in your permissions slip for our November trip.  Treasure Valley PermSlip 11-22-2013


The Troop needs you to consider becoming a merit badge counselor.   It’s important for our scouts to have counselors available for all white rings which are needed for Eagle Rank and a broad variety of green rings. The Troop would like to have at least 2 counselors for each white ring subject.  There are no counselors for First Aid or Emergency Preparedness!

The Troop has only one counselor for:

    • Citizenship in the Community
    • Citizenship in the Nation
    • Citizenship in the World
    • Communications
    • Personal Fitness
    • Lifesaving
    • Environmental Science
    • Camping
    • Cycling
    • Swimming
    • Sustainability

Don’t be intimidated by the subject matter. Most of the merit badge requirements can be done by studying the merit badge booklets. A complete list of merit badge subjects and requirements can be found at The MB Counselor registration form can be found on our website,  Please see Jeff Schwartz or Anna dos Santos to sign up!


monkey-bridge project
For the November Camp-out, the project is to build a Monkey Bridge – a rope bridge that can be used to cross small streams or ravines and can be assembled from several small ropes and wooden poles using simple lashings and knots.   The bridge itself is held together simply by the tension of the ropes.  It actually get’s stronger when you are walking across!     
This project will prove out our knot tying and lashing skills.    The materials we will use are 50′ of 1″ rope for the bottom rail, 100′ of 1/2″ rope for the hand rails, and 100′ of 1/4″ rope cut into 10′ lengths for the side stays.   We will have to build two cross frames for the bridge supports using two types of lashings, then assemble the rope and support sections to make the bridge.
Here is some additional information on the bridge & the permission slip.  Treasure Valley PermSlip 11-22-2013
Monkey-Bridge Flyer


Reminder:  The merit badge class for Citizenship in the World will be offered starting on 11/13, at 6:00pm, just before the troop meeting.  


Mark Hofstra, the Pack 92 Secretary , offered to be a Merit Badge councilor for the Radio Merit badge.  He is a licensed HAM Radio operator.  If you are interested and want to learn more, contact Mr. Jolie at

If you have any announcement that needs to go to the troop, please send it to Deb Ryan at  by 9:00am on Monday

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