2016 Christmas Tree Lot Info

16_10_31_Tree_LotIt’s back!  The Troop 41 Christmas Tree Lot is located on the northeast corner of 11th Street and Northern. The lot  opens on November 25th and will operate through December 22nd or until we run out of trees.  Hours are Weekdays 4pm-9pm and Weekends 10am-9pm. 

This is Troop 41’s main fundraiser for the next year’s activities including summer camp which is not necessarily a typical Boy Scout summer camp experience.  In the summer of 2016, proceeds from the 2015 tree lot sent nearly 40 kids to Ventura, CA, for a week of camping and surf lessons-some of these kids had never been to the ocean let alone been on a surfboard!  This year we are supporting almost 50% more scouts in the troop and will be going to Camp Geronimo north of Payson.

For many Boy Scouts in our troop, this is their first look at what it takes to run a business and work with customers.  All scouts in the troop will be working several shifts throughout the tree lot’s duration.  Please come by, say hello, and pick up your Christmas tree or trees for 2016.

If you would like to help support Troop 41’s activities, but may not be able to make it out to purchase a tree or want to assist with our start-up inventory costs, our Go Fund Me page allows you to do so. 

To support the Troop, please visit:

http://www.troop41treelot.com

(if the link does not work, copy and paste the text above in your browser bar)

Thank You!

Boy Scouts of America Troop 41

 

2017 National Jamboree – West Virginia

Our own Scoutmaster (Brian Cook) will be leading one of the seven troops going to the National Jamboree in July 2017. Each troop will consist of 36 boys. Brian is actively recruiting boys for his Jamboree Troop. Any eligible scout in the Grand Canyon Council is welcome to join Brian’s troop. Go to the Grand Canyon Council Website (www.grandcanyonbsa.org) to register your scout – Brian’s e-mail address is also listed on the registration page if you have any questions and would like to contact him for more information. Jamboree meetings start Sunday, January 25th at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church (Scottsdale Road & Carefree Highway). Meeting times are from 5:00 until 6:00.

Christmas Tree Sales

It is time once again for our annual Christmas Tree Sales. Our lot is located on the Southwest corner of 14th Street & Northern in Phoenix. Hours are from 4:00pm until 9:00pm Monday through Friday and 10:00am until 9:00pm on weekends.

We have a wide variety of Noble Fir & Doulas Fir.

All proceeds go back into the troop fund and help sends our scouts to summer camp or on our annual summer trip.

Buy Popcorn & Support the Boy Scouts

Starting today (August 1st), you can start placing your popcorn orders online through Trail’s End Popcorn (www.trails-end.com). 70% of your purchase goes to a Boy Scout that you designate & his local council. Our scouts use their money earned to help pay for summer camp or our renowned summer trips. You can also order popcorn for our Military Troops stationed overseas and it will be shipped directly to them. it’s a win-win for all.

Camp Geronimo Information

Camp dates are June 16-23. The cost of camp is $335.00 – also included is a $50.00 deposit, that must be paid upon signing up for camp. Final balance after deposit is $285.00. If your son is planning on using his portion of the troop money to go to camp, talk to myself or David Sandvig.

Anybody that is interested in using a Council Campership, these are due by April 30th. Forms can be obtained on the Council Website: www.grandcanyonbsa.org.

Pre-requisites are a must. These are class requirements that must be completed prior to attending camp, or the scout will end up with a partial by the end of camp and he will have to spend his summer vacation finishing up the merit badge. Kathy & Jenna will have the pre-req sheet at the class sign-up meetings.

Boys that are taking Trail Begins can also take a couple “fun” classes – woodworking, leatherworking, cooking, etc.

Age Restricted Merit Badges:
Must be at least 12-13 to take any shooting sport merit badge (rifle, muzzle-loading, archery).
Climbing – 13 years old
Canoeing – 13 years old
Metalworking – 14 years old
BSA Lifeguard – 15 years old
EV Science – No First year scouts

Boys can sign up for the following merit badges on Sunday after we arrive at camp:
Camping
Hiking
Backpacking
Geocaching

The Trading Post is now offering the Salesmanship Merit Badge.

The camp is doing new check-in procedures:
All Health Checks will be done in the parking lot when the troop does its initial check-in. Every attendee at camp needs a medical form – doesn’t matter if you’re staying for the whole week or just one day.
Boys that have asthma issues will be allowed to carry inhalers with them around camp.
All other prescribed medication must be turned over to the adult leader in camp (probably me) and locked up. When providing me with the medication, provide on a separate piece of paper the following info:
Scout Name
Type of medication
When & How much to give to scout

Swim checks will be on Saturday & Sunday.

More information will be sent out as the camp dates get closer.

Arizona Game & Fish

Following is a link to a new area of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s website for scouts and cub scouts. The reason they have built it is to make it easier for scout leaders to connect with outdoor activity ideas. There are many fun, interactive, exciting activity ideas for scouts that the AZGFD has organized for your use. There are also work projects that help support wildlife conservation activities that are usually sponsored by conservation organizations. I hope you can make use of the new website information.

http://www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation/scouting.shtml

There is a second area of AZGFD’s website referred to as the Get Outside page. If you navigate to this portion of their website you can find information about all sorts of outdoor related programs, including youth hunting camps that are designed to teach families new to hunting all about how to participate safely and successfully. You can view the Get Outside portion of AZGFD’s website by entering the address below into your browser. Otherwise, you can go to the main AZGFD website at www.azgfd.gov and click the Get Outside button on the bottom left side of the page.

http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/getoutside.shtml

The Grand Canyon Council and AZGFD are working on several other exciting things. For example, Explore Bowhunting, which is an interactive outdoor related curriculum, will be coming to camp Raymond and Camp Geronimo this year. Explore Bowhunting is presented by the Archery Trade Association.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is also partnering with the Grand Canyon Council to bring the Conservation Challenge to camp Raymond. Scouts who earn the Rifle, Shotgun, Archery, and Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badges will be eligible to obtain their Arizona Game and Fish Department Hunter Education certification with a short supplemental class, and satisfactory completion the Arizona Hunter Education Exam at camp Raymond. Attached to this email is a picture of the merit badge assembly produced through partnership between the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Boy Scouts of America.