Weekly Email 10/05/14

CAMPOUT SIGN UP:  Sign Up online NOW for caving at Mammoth Caves!!! Spots are filling up.  www.troop199.org

GOODWILL SERVICE PROJECT:  Our Troop’s annual Goodwill donation drive starts this coming Tuesday, October 7th.  Please bring your used clothing, sporting equipment, kitchen items, or anything else you have that you no longer want.  Items must be placed in kitchen garbage bags (13 gallon size) or printer paper sized boxes.  One bag or box earns a patch for your scout.  However, the more bags donated the better.  The patrol which donates the most bags will receive a pizza party at a Troop meeting.  We are only collecting items on October 7th and 14th.  Because bags will be stored in the trailer, all scouts are asked to meet at the Goodwill store on Allisonville road at 6:30 PM on Thursday, October 16th, to help unload the trailer and take pictures.  Please help make this year the most successful Goodwill donation drive ever!!

RECHARTER: A separate email was sent to every Scout and Family this morning about recharter.  If you did not get it let me know ASAP. Deadline is October 15th.

SCOUTStrong Wilderness Trail 5K: Saturday, November 8, 2014 in Indianapolis, IN at Boy Scout Camp Belzer – 6102 Boy Scout Rd. Sign up HERE https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=11612

I have signed up and hope you will all join me that morning.  We don’t have to finish together but we can all start together and show Crossroads of America Council what Troop 199 is made of!!!  Scouts, Adults and Families are all welcome!!!!

Other info and opportunities are at www.troop199.org.  Some will not be brought up here OR at meetings so you better visit the website to get all you can out of being a Scout in Central Indiana.  It’s a great time to be a Scout!

Weekly Email 09/07/14

Opportunities:  Troop 199 Scouts there are 3 big opportunities for us in this email. I challenge you all to attend TWO of the three activities on this list.  Since each one is spread out by a month I want you to consider going to all THREE!!!  St. George Church contacted me via email and told me he asked around Fishers for help and was told by several people that “you want Troop 199 Scouts, they work hard, are organized and look great in uniform”.  Let’s get out into the committee and Do Our Best!

St. George Greek Orthodox Church: 
Needs assistance at their festival (10748 E. 116th Street) in Fishers. Parking will be off-site, but nearby at the Fall Creek Community Church located at 10401 E. 116th Street. The hours of the festival are from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, and from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday.  If you can help at any time please email me ASAP with the hours you can work and I will get you in touch with the Festival Organizers.
JDRF Walk: 
Odds are you know someone whose life is impacted by Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).  Within our own Troop Family there are three young men, Griffin B., Blake J., and Tristan F. who daily manage this life-threatening autoimmune disease.
Facts about this disease:
  • It is not brought on by lifestyle choices – diet, weight, etc.
  • It cannot be prevented and there is no cure
  • It is due to the pancreas stopping insulin production – a hormone required to get energy from food
  • Kids have to stick themselves MANY times a day to check their blood sugar
  • It requires a daily intake of insulin via a POD, injection, etc.
  • A vigilant counting of carbohydrates is a must
  • A parent has to live with the fear of their child not waking up in the morning due to an unexpected change in blood sugar
Saturday, October 4 is the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis.  JDRF, Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research, and they are on the cusp of breakthrough technologies that will change these boys’ lives forever!  I, as Captain of Team Tristan and the T1 Destroyers, ask you to please join us in this fight to find a cure.  How awesome it would be to see all of those Boy Scouts supporting not only the cause but also their fellow T1D scouts!
To join our team, just go to this link http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/TeamTristanType1Destroyers to register or make a donation.
SCOUTStrong Wilderness Trail 5k Run/Walk:
  • Saturday, Nov 8th at Camp Belzer
  • $20 Registration (Tshirt $10 dry blend or $15 wicking camo shirt)
  • Register here https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=11612
  • COPE Campout Sign up is online. Please sign up now, we should have a bunch of Webelos joining us
  • Tuesday Meeting.  Webelos will be visiting us, the will start in Craig Willy Hall while Troop 199 stays at the Ministry Center.  If you see a Webelos Family please take them over to Craig Willy Hall.  Thanks!

Weekly Email 08/30

COPE CAMPOUT SIGN UP: Sign up for the September COPE Campout is LIVE and on the website.  Join the Troop as we tackle the Team Building obstacle course at Camp Attebury!  We will also have WEBELOS joining us this month to see if Troop 199 is the Troop for them.  Let’s be a positive role model in Boy Scouting.

TROOP MEETING: Tuesday 7pm at the Ministry Center.

CLASS A UNIFORMS: Full Class A Uniforms are back! Please be wearing your Troop 199 Necker, Slide, Scout Shirt, Belt, Scout Pants/Shorts and Socks.  Troop 199 is a Full Uniform Troop and wearing it is required to participate in Troop Activities.  Thank you for your cooperation.

PLANNING CONFERENCE:  The Troop 199 Scouts are the ones who select our monthly campouts, service projects, fundraisers and meeting plans.  In a few short weeks our current PLC will be attending our Annual Planning Conference to build a camping calendar for 2015.  ALL SCOUTS HAVE A VOICE, starting this week during Patrol Time the Patrol Leader will ask for ideas about places to camp or activities to do.  All ideas will be discussed at the Planning Conference so bring some good ones!!!

LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:  Attached is a sheet of those Scouts needing a Position of Responsibility for RANK.  If they have a POR listed then they are fine (Asst. Patrol Leader does NOT count towards rank).  We have several positions open with the Newsletter (Historian).  We need 4-6 Scouts to continue our Troop Newsletter.  It has been called one of the best in the Council (that’s over 4000 Troops/Packs/Crews).  If no Scouts step forward the Newsletter will stop being produced.  We need Scouts to write articles, tell jokes, draw cartoons, take pictures, make crosswords, work on publishing it and vote on articles to send to Council for publication in their Newsletter.  Please step up and help.  And earn credit towards your next rank.

SAFE HAVEN: Scouting is supposed to be a Safe Haven for all our Scouts.  Troop 199 works very hard on this.  Some Scouts might not think they are being mean, but one Scout’s “joke” can cause another Scout pain.  If you or your Scout feels otherwise or witness something that calls that into question please contact me or our Committee Chair immediately.  This is not being a snitch or a tattle tail, this is helping our Troop remain a Safe Haven for all.  Thank you for your continued assistance in making our Troop a special place.

As always visit the website at www.troop199.org for more information!


Troop Weekly Email 07/28/14

TROOP MEETING:  7pm Tuesday at HOLLAND PARK!  Look for the big group of Scouts :) Come in Class B and ready to play games!  Adults are needed to Boards of Review to finish up some Rank for a few Scouts.


COURT OF HONOR:  Sunday 5:30pm at Camp Belzer.  Register Online NOW!  Invite the whole family for an evening of Food, Fellowship and Fun!  $5 per person.


EAGLE PROJECTS:  Seth B, Ethan S and several others have Eagle Projects coming up!  Check the website and Google Calendar for times and dates.  Seth has his this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for Third Phase.  Come help our Scouts earn Scouting’s Highest Honor!


SOTP:  Symphony time this Friday (noon Setup) and Saturday (Noon Reset and 9:30pm Tear Down).  Come earn lots of money for your Scout Account.  Remember by working these events you not only earn money but get to come to the Concert for Free.  This weekend is Glenn Miller!


TROOP ELECTIONS:  August 12th is Troop Elections.  Fill out a Leadership Form ASAP to for any position.  Senior Patrol Leader Nominations are due Tuesday August 5th.


LOST AND FOUND:  We will have Summer Camp Lost and Found at tomorrow’s meeting and next weeks meeting.


We had a great Summer Camp with tons of Merit Badges, Ranks and other awards earned so please come to the Court of Honor and let’s support all our Scouts!!!!


Visit www.troop199.org for more.

Weekly Email 6/24/14

PLC and Equipment Turn in Tuesday:  All PLC members and Quartermasters must attend.


Fishers Freedom Festival:
Fishers Freedom Festival is this weekend.  Shift Schedule was sent out last week.  I have attached it here FFF 2014 Shift Assignments.  Security Information will be sent out Wednesday.

Symphony on the Prairie starts 4th of July weekend.  See the Google Calendar for dates.

Summer Camp Info:

Attached find a Summer Camp One Sheet to print and post on the fridge.  It contains a Packing Checklist and Parent Information.  See last weeks newsletter for detailed information.  2014 Summer Camp Newsletter

Summer Camp Spending Money:  Must be turned into Mrs. Spellman/Mr Ruddell ASAP. We will not take cash this year to camp so there will be no money turn in at Summer Camp Departure!

MERIT BADGE MONEY: Is due before July 8th.  Look for an email from the Treasurers for ammount due.  This money must be turned in by the deadline or the Scout will have to choose a different Merit Badge.

Drivers Needed:  We need over 45 seatbelts to get everyone to Summer Camp;.  If you can help drive up or back or both ways please SIGN UP HERE 

Please continue to visit www.troop199.org for updated information.  There is a new ANNOUNCEMENT section that we will post various opportunities for our Scouts not mentioned here or at meetings.  If you have an RSS Reader there is a new RSS Feed that you can subscribe to and receive updates immediately when we post.

I am also thinking of making the Weekly Email a post on the website and just send the link to the Troop.  I am interested in feedback on communication, the Troop Website, Troop Newsletter, etc.

Hope everyone is enjoying the Summer!

Yours In Scouting
Bryan Spellman