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2/17 Snow Sports Merit Badge

This year just like years past, we’ll be going to Timberline Ski Resort in Davis West Virginia

Here is a link to their web site: click here

Here is a link to the trail map PDF: Timberline

Here is the link to the outing packet PDF: 2012 Description and Schedule

Here is the permission slip PDF: Permission Slip

Here is the packing list PDF: Packing Checklist

Date: Presidents day weekend, Friday Feb 17th thru Monday Feb 20th.

Cost: $239.00, includes-Skis boots poles, lodging on-site at the bunk house, 8 meals, beginner ski lesson, and 3 days of lift tickets. IMPORTANT: Each Scout must wear a helemt to ski if he has his own he can use that otherwise it will cost an additional $10.00 to rent the helmet for 3 days.

 

Badge: The troop will be working on the Snow Sports merit badge leading up to the trip as well as on-site each scout who attends can expect to receive this merit badge (provided he does the work) when we return (to be presented at the next court of honor).

Departure: Scouts will need to be at the Legion Hall by 2:30 for a 3:30 departure, getting to Timberline by 7:00 and getting the equipment that night makes for a much more enjoyable Sat morning on the slopes. Early departure from school will be required for this trip.

Equipment and lessons: Scouts will have the choice of skis or snowboards, from experience, we recommend skis for first timers. Each scout will be fitted and instructed on how to use the equipment they will be renting. Each scout will be given skis boots poles and a helmet (helmets are required and are not optional). Scouts (and parents) who will need it the resort also includes a ski lesson, this is a beginners lesson and will cover basic skiing techniques on the slope, in the lift lines, and how to get on and off the lifts. The lesson is about 30-45 minutes in length and will convene on the slopes in a clearly marked area.

Conditions: Obviously we hope for snow, but if we don’t get any natural snow the resort is equipped with snow making equipment and most of the trails are covered. We will be going snow or no snow, for more on the conditions check the link below.

Special Equipment: Although normally not allowed scouts will be encouraged to bring their cell phones with them and register their numbers with the leaders going on the trip. Although we will be strictly enforcing the buddy system on the trip the resort is large and being able to get in touch with a scout via his personal cell phone is helpful for meal times and other events.

Lodging: This year we will be staying at the bunk houses at the Timberline, the rooms have 2 bathrooms and sleep 30. Each scout will need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow along with his own personal gear. The rooms lock and scouts can return to them during the day but they will need to work with adults to get in, it is recommended that whatever personal items they have be carried by the scout.

Meals and spending cash: Scouts will be given meal tickets for each meal in a day immediately before the meal time. This will allow a scout to go through the cafeteria line and take as much food as he wants but he can only go through once. After that he will have to pay, it’s suggested that he bring $40 with him for snacks and drinks.

Overall this trip is a great time and is always well attended, we will need your payment no later than December 13th in order to hold space and equipment for your scout, please see Mr Valley for more info or questions: stevenrichardvalley@gmail.com

More information will be made available as we get closer to the event date. See you on the slopes!

 

Snow Sports Merit Badge Materials:

Here are the materials for obtaining your snow sports merit badge from this outing, Mr Custer and Mr Valley will be working with the scouts on this badge please contact either of them for more information and scheduling:

Snow Sports Merit Badge workbook

Snow Sports pamphlet

 

 

1/28 Wilderness Survival Merit Badge

January’s Winter Campout will be for scouts wishing to obtain their Wilderness Survival merit badge.

[box type=”info”] Please sign-up for this campout at the January 10th Troop Meeting[/box]

When: Jan 28 – 29, 2012

Where: Catoctin Mountain Park

Description: Wilderness Survival and Snow Shoeing (if possible)Additional information for the trip:

– Please bring one rake and a plastic tarp per patrol to collect leaves for the shelters.

– If you have a emergency space blanket, bring it.

– Please bring tents for shelter “just in case” we need them. You can leave the tents in the trailer.”

 

Schedule:

▪ Arrive at the Legion Hall on Sat Jan 28th at 7:45 am

▪ Depart the Legion Hall in carpools at 8:30 am

▪ Return from Catoctin Mountain Sun Jan 29th 11:so am

Catoctin Mountain Park lies within the mountainous area known as the Blue Ridge Province. This 5,810-acre hardwood forest park with its refreshing streams and scenic vistas, offers a rare haven in a rapidly developing area of the country.

However, Catoctin Mountain Park hasn’t always looked this way. In the 18th and 19th centuries the land now known as Catoctin was extensively logged to support local agriculture practices and to produce charcoal for the nearby iron works furnace. In 1933 the land was set aside as the Catoctin Recreation Demonstration Area with its purpose being to rehabilitate “sub-marginal” farmland.

In 1954 the Recreation Demonstration Area was divided, with half of the area becoming Cunningham Falls State Park and the remaining half becoming Catoctin Mountain Park. This venture, known as the Catoctin Project, was an example of a cooperative effort between State and Federal officials. Since then, the land has rejuvenated itself, transforming a disturbed environment into an excellent model of a second growth forest ecosystem.

Today, a mixed hardwood forest covers nearly 95% of the park. Catoctin Mountain Park is also part of a larger forested public lands complex that includes Cunningham Falls State Park, Frederick and Thurmont Watersheds, and Gambrill State Park. Many plants and animals, including several Maryland Threatened and Endangered species, thrive within this forest sanctuary. The high gradient streams, Big Hunting Creek and Owens Creek, run clean and support healthy populations of brown and brook trout. Catoctin Mountain Park is a very diverse place that offers respite to the plants and animals that depend on its existence. Its peaceful environment also provides a needed escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of city life for all people, including, on occasion, the President of the United States.

 

 

See the campout packet page for more information and directions to the campsite click here

 

12/10/11 Holiday Fundraiser

Every year Troop 349 sells mistletoe to bring a little holiday cheer into your home!

This garland comes de-berried, decorated, and bagged with a short story of the garlands history and what it means when you hang it in your house during the holidays. It’s proven to be quite popular with people in the community and we typically sell out.

The Troop sells individual bags of mistletoe for $5 each (see the picture to the right) 

Buying Opportunities:

  • Scouts will be selling Sat Dec. 10th in front of the Giant in Falls Church City from 3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Scouts will be selling at both Falls Church Metro Stops from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wed. Dec. 14th & Thurs. Dec. 15th
  • Scouts will be selling Sat Dec. 17th in front of the Giant in Falls Church City from 3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Scouts from the troop will also be walking through the Farmers Market selling mistletoe from baskets Sat Dec. 17th from 9:00 -10:00 am(we are not allowed to set up a table in the Market).
  • Scouts will also be at the Vienna Metro stop on Mon. Dec. 19th from 5-7:00 PM
  • Scouts will also be selling in their neighborhoods from Dec 10th – the 20th

Proceeds from the Holiday Fund raising
Proceeds form the sales will go to fund the troops yearly ski trip as well as some of the other activities the troop engages in throughout the year.

More information will be made available in the coming weeks for this, if you have any questions please feel free to contact Mr Valley stevenrichardvalley@gmail.com

 

 

12/3 Open House

Place: 400 N Oak St (American Legion Hall

Time: 10:00 am to Noon (Scouts from 349 need to be at the parking lot no later than 9:30)

Description: Every year Troop 349 Hosts an open house for local Webelo Dens to come and see how a Boy Scout Troop operates and what they can expect to do when they join 349. The event is broken down into two sections:

A presentation on the value of scouting and how the troop operates for parents and guardians
-Why scouting helps with college admissions
-What is the definition of boy led
-Troop plans for the coming year

A hands on demo for webelos and boys considering joining the troop
-Primer on orienteering
-Navigate to 4 stations
-Observe scouts working in each station and ask questions
-Successfully complete the course and receive a 349 badge of merit

The open house takes place in the legion hall for parents and outside in the parking lot (rain or shine) at 4 stations featuring hands on activities and demonstrations in the following scout requirements:

  • Fire building
  • Camp site cooking
  • Camp site set-up
  • Lashing

As the boys navigate the stations they are encouraged to take part in some of the activities and then upon successfully completing the course they will receive a special Troop 349 Badge of Merit. While this is taking place parents are encouraged to sit through a short presentation and then ask questions about the troop and it’s operations. The last 20 minutes is a small court of honor followed by the Troops annual holiday party with drinks cookies and informal meet-and-greets.

Open House materials for Troop 349's open house; compass, map, and badge of merit for a scouts efforts

RSVP: Please email the troop if you plan to attend: info@troop349.us

Contact: For scouts’ parents who are already a part of the troop please see Mr Englander for more info.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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