Hello Scouts,

During December, we will have fun patrol activities. Merit badges will resume in January.

December 7 – Patrol bonding and games
December 14 – Scout Jeopardy
December 21 – Holiday Party (more details below)

On to the update:

1) December 8 – 10 – Ski Weekend at Copper Mountain – Through his well-honed negotiating skills, Mr. Jackson got the cost of the condo reduced by $1,000, so the ski weekend is ON. If you plan to attend (even if you haven’t signed up).

2) December 21 – Troop Holiday Party, Gift Exchange, and Cookie Contest at the regular meeting. Scouts should bring a wrapped gift worth less than $20 to exchange. We will also have a cookie contest so bring your best holiday cookie or treat to share.

3) Northern Tier – We have open spaces in our Northern Tier crews for trips starting on July 10 or July 13, 2024. This is a BSA high adventure base in Northern Minnesota where you will canoe through the Boundry Waters. It is a great chance to be in nature, catch a lot of fish, and bond with your fellow scouts. Scouts must be 14 and First Class to attend. Please let me know if you are interested or would like more information.

4) Philmont 2025 registration is now open. Philmont offers backpacking trips through the mountains of northern New Mexico. In my opinion, this is the pinnacle of scouting, and something that every scout should do as part of their journey. I would like to get spaces reserved soon, so please let me know ASAP if you are interested — no commitment required at this point, just determining how many crews we think we’ll have.

Hope to see everyone next week.

Mr. Wilcox

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