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Report from the Scoutmaster's Lounge 1-2-2020

posted Jan 2, 2020, 4:32 PM by Jason Reidler   [ updated Jan 2, 2020, 4:33 PM ]

Time for another edition of the weekly updates on what is happening in Troop 98. If you have any questions, please let us know on Team App or you can email

If a Scout or Parent in your family is not receiving Team App messages please have them sign up to use Team App on the website or by downloading the Team App app on their smartphone. Once they create a Team App account, they need to search for our Troop 98 team and request to join.

In addition to Team App there are a few other ways you can stay up to date on Troop events. You can check the News & Photos page or the Calendar page at Then there are also our Facebook and Instagram pages. All of these resources can help make sure you are prepared for all of the exciting events coming in 2020.

**Coming Soon**
Eagle Scout Court of Honor – 1/4 – Stonybrook Church
Seven Spring Ski Day Payment Deadline – 1/6 – Troop Meeting
Seven Spring Ski Day – 1/11 – Seven Spring Ski Resort
Medical Form Part A, B1 & B2 Turn-In – 1/13 – Troop Meeting
2021 Philmont Deposit Deadline – 1/13 – Troop Meeting
Winter Campout – 1/17-1/19 – Camp Lazarus
Men’s Spaghetti Dinner Volunteer Opportunity – 1/25 – Stonybrook Church
Order of the Arrow Lodge Banquet – 1/25 – Simon Kenton Council Service Center
SPL & ASPL Speeches – 2/3 – Troop Meeting
SPL & ASPL Elections – 2/10 – Troop Meeting
Merit Badge Weekend – 2/28-2/29 – Stonybrook Church
Simon Kenton NYLT – 4/17-19 & 4/24-26 – Camp Lazarus
Nagatamen NYLT – 6/7-6/13 – Camp Oyo
Gettysburg Trip – 7/3/20 – 7/5/20 – McMillan Wood Youth Campground
2020 Summer Camp – 7/12/20 – 7/18/20 – Seven Ranges Scout Reservation
2021 Philmont Trek – 6/23/21 – 7/5/21 – Philmont Scout Ranch

**Breaking News**
-SPL & ASPL Speeches
During this meeting any First Class or above Scout interested in serving as Senior Patrol Leader will give a short speech in front of the Troop about why they want to be Senior Patrol Leader. Interested Scouts need to be at the meeting on 2/3 and 2/10 to be elected as Senior Patrol Leader. The Scout elected will serve as Senior Patrol Leader until the end of Summer camp.

There will also be a second set of speeches during the meeting. These will be for any First Class or above Scouts interested in serving as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader now and as Senior Patrol Leader after Summer Camp. This will give them 6 months to learn and study the SPL role while serving as the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Interested Scouts need to be at the meeting on 2/3 and 2/10 to be elected as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Future Senior Patrol Leader. This Scout will serve as Assistant Senior Patrol until the end of Summer Camp, and as the Senior Patrol Leader until February 2021.

-SPL & ASPL Elections
This is the Troop meeting where the Scouts will elect the next Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 98. We need all available Scouts to attend so they can submit their vote. Interested Scouts need to be at the meeting on 2/3 and 2/10 to be elected as Senior Patrol Leader. This Scout will serve as Senior Patrol Leader until the end of Summer Camp.

There will also be a separate election for the next Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and future Senior Patrol Leader. This Scout will be Assistant Senior until the end of Summer Camp and will then serve as Senior Patrol Leader until February 2021. Interested Scouts need to be at the meeting on 2/3 and 2/10 to be elected.


Eagle Court of Honor
Come join our newest Eagle Scout and his family as they celebrate his Eagle Court of Honor. The event will be on January 4th at Stonybrook Church from 2 – 4pm. Attending this event is a great opportunity for all Scouts to celebrate what this Scout has achieved, and to better understand what it takes to earn the Eagle Scout rank. This is a Class A event.  RSVP on Team App.

-Seven Spring Ski Day
Troop 98 will be going to Seven Springs Ski Resort for a 1-day ski trip on January 11th. We need to have at least 20 people attend to get the special group pricing below. Those going need to meet at the Church at 5:30 am so the group is ready to leave on time. The group will be returning around 10:30 pm in the evening.

**The DEADLINE for the payment is Monday January 6th.** Payments must be turned in at the Troop Meeting on 1/6. No late payments will be accepted.

Ski or Snowboard Lift Ticket – $70
Equipment Rental (Ski or Snowboard) – If Required – $40
Food Cost – $20
Scouts can bring additional money for food if they want to buy snacks at the resort

-Medical Forms
Part A, B1, & B2 – Due 1/13
The National BSA council has just released a Revised medical form. The form can be found on the Team App UPLOADS page, and the national forms page ( Always keep the original form and turn in a copy. Do not turn in the original. If you are an adult planning on participating in the campouts or other unit activities, you will ALSO need to have the medical form completed and in the hands of the unit leader prior to the activity.

To go on campouts or unit activities that are less than 72 hours parts A, B1 and B2 are required to be in the possession of the unit leader prior to the event. These parts do not need to be completed by a medical professional.

To go on longer campouts such as Summer Camp, National Jamboree, or a high adventure camp (Seabase, Northern Tier, Summit or Philmont) you must also have part C completed and turned in along with A, B1, and B2. Form C must be completed by a medical professional.

Please contact Mr. Sampson at a Troop Meeting if you have any questions about the new medical form. **Please turn in parts A, B1 and B2 by Monday 1/13. Then part C must be completed before attending Summer Camp in July.**

-Troop Committee Meeting
The Committee will be having their monthly meeting to discuss Troop business from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at Stonybrook. Committee members are highly encouraged to attend, and Parents are welcome to attend and participate. Topics for discussion can be submitted in the comments section of the meeting event page on the Team App.

-Board of Review
A Scout who has completed the requirements for any rank (except Scout rank) then appears before a board of review. Its purpose is to determine the quality of the Scout’s experience and decide whether the requirements for the rank have been fulfilled. If so, the board not only approves the Scout’s advancement but also provides encouragement to continue the quest for the next rank.

If you are ready for your next rank advancement you should plan to attend the monthly Board of Review. This will be in the basement at Stonybrook at 7:30 pm. Please RVSP for this event on Team App so we can plan to have an appropriate number of committee members present.

-Winter Campout
1/17 – 1/19
The Troop will be having a Winter Campout at Camp Lazarus. The Troop will be holding Flag Raising and Flag Lowering at set times on Saturday, and the rest of the time is open for the Patrols to use for Scout activities as they wish. Go for a hike, build a shelter, or cook some great meals, you can do all of this and more at the Winter Campout.

The Troop will be meeting at Stonybrook at 6 pm and leaving at 7 pm. We will return to Stonybrook around 1 pm on Sunday. The Patrols will be responsible for 3 meals on Saturday and Breakfast on Sunday. On Friday night please eat before arriving at the church or bring a dinner with you. Please make sure you are paying attention to the weather for the campout so you can BE PREPARED.

-Troop Leaders Council & Teams Meeting
Troop Leaders Council Meeting (TLC)
**This meeting will be at Massey’s Pizza in Gahanna because the church will be closed that day.**
The Troop Leaders Council (TLC) meeting is a meeting of the Senior Patrol Leader and the Patrol Leaders to review the Troops upcoming plans. All Patrol Leaders, the Senior Patrol Leader, and the Troop Scribe should plan to attend. If a Patrol Leader cannot attend, they should make sure that the Assistant Patrol Leader attends the meeting. Each Special Team should also provide an update on their current progress for the TLC to review.

During the meeting the Scouts will review the meeting and campout plans for the upcoming months and fill in the details for each meeting with input from the Patrol Leaders. All Scouts should make sure they give their Patrol Leader feedback to share at the TLC meeting. If there is an activity that you want to see, make sure you tell your Patrol Leader so we can try and add it to the calendar.

The Teams are also encouraged to attend the meeting to work on their current projects and report on their progress to the TLC.

-2021 Philmont Trek
6/23/21 – 7/5/21 / $100 Deposit DEADLINE – 1/13 Troop Meeting
Troop 98 will be returning to Philmont Scout Ranch in 2021 for another 12-day Trek. You can learn more about Philmont here - Or you can ask anyone who went in 2019 to learn more about this exciting opportunity. To reserve you spot on the Trek a $100 deposit needs to be received on or before the 1/13 deadline. The total Philmont fee will be $1065 per person. Scholarships are available and fundraising opportunities are being planned to help with costs as well. **If you have any interest in going please talk to Mr. Emmons at a Troop meeting. We will find ways to get the fees paid for any interested Scout.** Youth need to be 14 years old OR 13 years old and completed 8th grad by 6/23/2021. Please make sure to watch out for more information coming out in the future.

-NYLT Registration Now Open
4/17-19 & 4/24-26 or 6/7-6/13
NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) is a six-day experience based on the activities of a typical unit during a month of program. The course is a combination of classroom and practical exercise, all taught by a youth-led staff, modeling the best in leadership skills, using the teaching E.D.G.E. The course is about vision-based team building with a wide variety of fun and challenging activities. To qualify for this exciting training, a Scout must be First Class, 13 years of age (14 years of age and older is STRONGLY recommended) and approved by their Scoutmaster. To learn more about NYLT please speak with the Scoutmaster or the SPL at a Troop meeting.

NYLT – Simon Kenton
NYLT – Nagatamen