Merit Badge University Registration

Dear Leaders, Scouts, and Parents,
 
This is an update to Merit Badge University. This has been a very fluid process, as it is new for everyone this year trying to accomplish this online. 
 
There is now a registration fee of $5 per scout.  There are normally fees for this event each year; however, I really wish they would have been upfront  about this earlier. I have spoken to the organizers and they have opened up the “Parent Portal” for this event, so if everything works like our Summer Camp registration, I will be able to email out your assigned classes and Parent Portal credentials once registered. This will allow you to log into your son’s registration and make the payment directly online to the Council, as their offices are currently closed. 
 
I have also attached the latest course listing, as a few classes were removed and a few more offered. There are also times and dates assigned to some of the courses now, so you can get an idea if that is really what you want to do. 
***Please let me know tonight (Wednesday) or before noon tomorrow (Thursday) if you wish to proceed with your registration(s) since there is a fee(s) involved and the classes will fill up very quickly now. Also let me know based upon the new course list, if you want any classes changed. 
 
I apologize for the changes made, but as the organizer has stated, they are developing this event daily to make it the best that it can be for all of our scouts. Thanks for your patience and I will do my best to secure the classes your scout wants. 
 
Regards, 
John 
 

John P. McAlister | Advancement Coordinator

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Boy Scout Troop 99, Benton, AR
Cell: (501) 259-9066
Email:
crewdawg1699@gmail.com

Camporee is Cancelled

The district has decided to cancel the Camporee in consideration of the recent virus outbreak. These unprecedented world events and the fact that we no longer have a viable campout has prompted the need to cancel the campout entirely until conditions improve.

If you have bought groceries please do your best to freeze or preserve food, I understand that some things are perishable. If you have not bought food yet please hold the grub money and the list of those that have paid until we can re schedule our campout. I’m sorry that this has happened at the last minute but the circumstances are new to all of us and we must act accordingly and be cautious.

And by the way, I know that school has been cancelled so I’m anticipating a rush on advancements and finished merit badges over the next few weeks right?

I will be sending more schedule updates in the near future.

John Douglas

District Camporee (3/13/20 to 3/15/20)

Packing List:  

See “Campout Checklist” on our website athttp://www.bentontroop99.org/policies-checklists-faqs/ 

 

It will be raining a good portion of the weekend.  Everyone needs to bring the following:

  1. Raingear
  2. Waterproof boots. 
  3. Extra clothing.  NOTE: Avoid cotton clothing if possible (i.e. Jeans and cotton sweatshirts).  Cotton clothing will not dry, instead use wool socks and synthetic pants, shirts and jackets.
  4. Ground cloth for your tent.  NOTE: Be sure to tuck the ends of the ground cloth under the tent to prevent water from pooling between the ground cloth and the tent floor.

Departure Time:  

Be at the church Friday at 5:30. Leaving at 6:00.  Eat supper before you arrive.

Return Time:  

12:30 on Sunday.

Weather:  

Raining most of the weekend with a low of 49 degrees.  Be prepared to protect yourself and your gear from getting wet.

Cost:  

$15 (includes travel costs and a Patch) plus $12 Cash for Grub Money.

Food:  

Scouts will cook as patrols.  Each patrol should assign a grub master that will collect the $12/scout grub money and do the grocery shopping for their patrol.  Each patrol should plan for the following: Saturday: Hot Breakfast, Cold Lunch, Hot Supper.  Sunday:Cold Breakfast.    

Location: 

Lake DeGray State Park

2027 State Park Entrance Rd

Bismarck, AR 71929

Activity: 

Log lift, Blindfolded tent set up, Map and compass orienteering, Fire starting, Dutch oven cook off (desserts), OA Campfire, skits, Campsite inspection.

Schedule:

Friday:  Meet at church at 5:30. Depart at 6:00

 

Saturday:  Scouts will participate in camporee activities.

 

Sunday:  Camp cleanup.  Chapel (Class A required).  Depart by 11:15 return to church at 12:30.

Summer Camp 2020

Troop 99 Parents, Leaders, and Scouts:
Registration is open right now for Summer Camp which will take place June 7th – 13th!

Quapaw Area Council’s Boy Scout camping takes place at Camp Rockefeller, located in Damascus, Arkansas. Camp Rockefeller has something for everyone. New Boy Scouts receive special instruction through our First Year Camper Program called* R.O.C.K.S.* (Please see attached/Class Catalog for further details on the R.O.C.K.S. program). Boy Scouts have 30+ merit badges to choose from in a variety of fields including Ecology and Conservation, Aquatics, Handicraft, Outdoor Skills, First Aid, STEM, Media/Tech, and Shooting Sports. Nowhere else in the BSA Southern Region will you find such an amazing opportunity for learning, adventure, and fun. Camp Rockefeller is truly the perfect place to get away from it all or get in the mix. This summer is going to be one of the best summers ever. You don’t want to miss it.

I have attached a *Registration form* for parents/scouts to fill out in order to allow me to register them for camp and a* Summer Class Catalog* with descriptions of each class. Finally, I have also attached the most current *BSA Medical forms, Parts A, B, and C, (Revision 2019)*. *Please do not use any older versions*. Please schedule soon with your personal physician to have *Part C* completed; these forms need to be turned into *Mrs. Sandra Gillespie* as soon as possible for both, Boy Scouts and Adult Leaders, attending camp.

In order to prepare both our parents and our scouts for Summer Camp, we will have a Parent Meeting very soon, in conjunction with one of our troop meetings. Further, as part of our preparation for camp, the troop will conduct mandatory BSA Swim Tests at a local pool. These tests are used to determine ability level, so that participants can take part in aquatic activities appropriate to their abilities to help ensure their safety. Stay tuned for further details.

Cost per scout is regularly priced at* $305 each*, but for a limited time you may qualify for *Early-Bird pricing* of *$255 each*. *To qualify* for Early-Bird pricing, a *deposit of $100* must be received by *March 30, 2020* and then the remaining *$155* by *April 27, 2020*. In order to offset costs for camp, the troop encourages all scouts to participate in *Camp Card sales*. *Registration fees and BSA Medical forms* need to be turned into *Mrs. Sandra Gillespie* as soon as possible.

For those scouts that want to attend, but may not be able to afford the registration costs; the Quapaw Area Council offers a partial camp scholarship program. This is made possible through the generosity of people who donate funds to the Friends of Scouting Campaign. These partial scholarships are available only to registered Quapaw Area Council Scouts who have a legitimate financial need. All information is handled with confidentiality. Application forms will be available upon request; please see Scoutmaster, Mr. John Douglas, for further assistance.

In regards to completing the *Registration forms*, please circle and number the items you want to register for by associated times and provide me with at least (3) choices for each period, (Not applicable to younger scouts in the R.O.C.K.S. program.) For example, one possible selection for a scout might go something like this: Digital Tech from 9:00-9:50, Pioneering 10:00 – 10:50, Moviemaking 11:00 – 11:50 and Canoeing 2:00 – 4:30. Once you have a chance to look over the schedule, you can garner a better understanding of what we are looking for. *The sooner you turn in your registration forms–the better chance your scout will have to get their first choice of merit badge/activities.*

The *completed registration forms* should be turned into* Mr. John or Mrs. Amanda McAlister* at Troop Meetings or sent to Mr. McAlister by email, ( crewdawg1699@gmail.com ), with the scout’s selection of merit badges they wish to work on, (Older scouts) / ROCKS Class for first-timers at Summer Camp.

Regards, John

*John P. McAlister *| Advancement Coordinator
*BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA*
*Boy Scout Troop 99, Benton, AR **Cell*: (501) 259-9066 *Email*: crewdawg1699@gmail.com