NO MEETING – November 27th – Happy Thanksgiving!
December 4th at 7 p.m.: Troop Meeting at Elliott. Scouts are to wear Class A’s (uniform shirt and neckwear). Please note rank advancements and merit badge blue cards are due to Mr. Goodwin at this evening’s meeting. If your Scout needs a Scoutmaster’s conference please have him contact Mr. Shelton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 838-2108. If your Scout needs a Board of Review, please have him contact Mr. Spencer at email@example.com or 923-4629. The deadline to notify Mr. Shelton and/or Mr. Spencer is Dec. 2nd.
December 11th at 7 p.m.: Troop Meeting at Elliott. Scouts are to wear Class A’s (uniform shirt and neckwear).
December 18th at 7 p.m.: Court of Honor at Elliott Cafeteria. Scouts are to wear Class A’s (uniform shirt and neckwear). Scout families please bring a dish to share.
2014 Registration is now underway. Please note once charter is submitted to National you will have to register directly with council.
Cooking Merit Badge –This merit badge becomes Eagle required in 2014. Please make sure that you have your merit badge packet completed and that you have met with Mr. Corradin. Please direct questions to Mr. Corradin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Order of the Arrow – Arrowmen your yearly dues of $10 must be paid to council by Dec. 31, 2013
Scouting for Food – Please turn in your non-perishable food items to Matt Levin by Dec. 4th.
2014 High Adventure – Philmont Trek – is open to First Class Scouts that are 14 years old or have completed the 8th grade by the start of trek. Cost $1300, paid directly to council, deposit is required to hold your spot.
Dec. 6th thru 8th – Aviation Merit Badge at Kalamazoo Air Zoo – Questions should be directed to Mr. Goodwin at email@example.com or 838-0777.
Jan.10th thru 12th, 2014 – Bittersweet Ski Trip – Otsego, MI
Jan. 17th thru18th, 2014 – Klondike Derby – Wicker Park
Feb. 7th thru 9th, 2014 – Father and Son Campout – Camp Betz
Give me the strength to stand for right
When other folks have left the fight,
Give me the courage of the eagle
Who knows that if he will, he can.
Teach me to see in every face
The good, the kind, and not the base.
Make me sincere in word and deed,
Blot out from me all shame and greed,
Help me to guard my troubled soul
By constant, active, self-control.
Clean up my thoughts, my speech, my play,
And keep me pure from day to day.
O, Akela, make of me an Eagle!
“You should not be content with sitting down to defend yourselves against evil habits, but should also be active in doing good. By ‘doing good’ I mean making yourselves useful and doing small kindness to other people – whether they are friends or strangers.
It is not a difficult matter, and the best way to set about it is to make up your mind to do at least one ‘good turn’ to somebody every day, and you will soon get into the habit of doing good turns always.
It does not matter how small the ‘good turn’ may be – even if it is only to help an old woman across the street, or to say a good word for somebody who is being badly spoke of. The great thing is to do something.”
Excerpts from a speech given by Eddie Snow, Oakland #3, at the District Assembly May 18th, “If You Were Arrested For Being A Rotarian, Would There Be Enough Evidence To Convict You?” These are St. Edward Wrestling Coach Howard Ferguson’s “Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership.”
1. People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centered.
Love them anyway
2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
3. If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable .
Be honest and frank anyway.
6. The biggest men with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest man with the smallest mind.
Think big anyway.
7. People favor underdogs, but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
9. People really need help, but may attack you if you do help them.
Help them anyway.
10. Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best your have anyway.
A leader is best
When people barely know that he exists,
Not so good when people obey and acclaim him,
Worst when they despise him.
“Fail to honor people, they fail to honor you,”
But of a good leader, who talks little,
When work is done, his aim fulfilled.
They will all say, “We did this ourselves.”
- Only the President and Governors of the State can order flags on government buildings to be flown at half staff.
- When a flag is no longer serviceable or repairable, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner, such as burning.
- It is acceptable to wash or dry clean an American flag when it is soiled or otherwise dirty.
- You do not have to destroy a flag that has touched the ground. If it becomes dirty, the flag should be cleaned.
- The Flag Code does not prohibit any individual from having the flag draped across a coffin. The deceased does not have to be a veteran to have the flag draped on their coffin.
6 Tips for Knife Safety
#1- Cut Away, Not Toward
Always cut away from yourself whether using, sharpening, or cleaning your knife.
#2 – Right Tool for the Job
Don’t use a knife for unintended purposes (it’s not a screwdriver, hammer, ice pick or pry bar!).
#3 – Right Knife for the Job
Learn how to use all types of knives safely and choose the correct one for the job at hand. Whenever possible, use a retractable knife. Always check to make sure you have the appropriate tool available.
#4 – Give Your Full Attention
When working with a knife, give the job and knife 100% of your attention. Don’t allow distractions!
#5 – Sharp Knives are Safe Knives
Always keep your knife sharp — dull knives require more force to cut and are more likely to slip.
#6 – Let it Fall
Never try to catch a falling knife, no matter how instinctive it is. Just move out of the way.
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