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Information links or downloads are in blue.  For the weekly meetings schedule, click on the "calendar" link above.  The 2019-2020 preliminary schedule is available here.  Please remember it may be revised.  Complete the Consent to Administer Over-the-Counter-Medications form

Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge
For scouts who earned the First Aid Merit Badge and are interested in earning the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge, the Chief of Ridgefield's Fire Department, Gary Myers, is coordinating with Emergency Preparedness Operations Center of Ridgefield for an opportunity to complete requirements #6-7 for scouts from Troop 76.  Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity for real-world and hands on experience with Emergency Preparedness planning and management for our town to complete the merit badge requirements (#6-8).  Note: the first requirement is having the First Aid Merit Badge.

Chief Myers has requested scouts to arrive at the Emergency Preparedness Operations Center near Yanity Gym in town on Saturday, February, 8th at 2:00 p.m.  Scouts are required to complete Sections 1-5 of the wookbook and bring their blue cards so that the sign off can be done for the merit badge.  Also, please also confirm your attendance (required) for this oppportunity no later than Tuesday, February 4th by emailing Ms. Suki Bagal at snbagal@gmail.com

Those currently working on this badge should feel free to schedule time with Ms. Bagal to review any of the requirements and/or sign off this merit badge. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to her.

Scout Sunday at Jesse Lee
February 9th at 9:00 a.m. is the Scout Sunday Service at Jesse Lee Memorial Church, our chartering organization.  Scout Sunday is where Cub Scouts, Brownies, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, BSA Scouts attend and participate in the service. It is very easy and it is great for the boys to be seen in uniform. The church recognizes all scouts, current and former scouts. It would be wonderful if the troop could get a large turn out.

Jesse Lee strongly supports of the Scouts by allowing Troop[ 76, and others, use their facilities.  Two of Pastor Pfohl's three sons are Eagle Scouts; he and the Church embrace all levels of Scouting and hope to see scouts the service.  So far, our troop is participating in the ceremony and there's room for more .  You're not required to be a member of Jesse Lee or the same faith to participate. All are welcome at Jesse Lee.

The scouts may:
- Attend the service wearing Class As and inspire others to join scouting.  This is great for recruiting new scouts and a wonderful opportunity to for Eagle Scouts to display their rank.
- Greet guests at the doors as they enter the sanctuary for the service
- Walk the flags down the isle for the start of the service
- Read the call to worship
- Read a bible verse scripture
- Participate in the scout moment
- Read an adult scout moment for a leader

Please contact John Burns if you plan to attend.

Annual Troop 76 Ski Trip
February 29th - March 1st, 2020
Plans are underway for our return to Okemo located in Ludlow, Vermont.  The price is the same as last year, $175 for Scouts; $200 for Troop Committee volunteers and $250 for adult chaperones. We'll leave early early Saturday morning, February 29th and returning the evening of Sunday, March 1st.

Details and sign up here.  Remember in order for a scout to attend Ski Trip, he must have completed at least 6 hours of community service since June 2019, and participated in Wreath Sales.  Check out below for ways to earn community service hours before the end of February!

Camp Sequassen
Save the 3rd week in July for Camp Sequassen, the BSA summer camp near Torrington, Conn.  Our troop is scheduled for a week of fun and merit badges at Camp Sequassen from Sunday, July 19th - Saturday, July 25th.  More information and sign-up will be coming in the next month or so.

Community Service Projects

Ridgefield Rotary - Taste of Ridgefield
Sunday January 26, 2020
Help is needed from 6-8 scouts with setting up and breaking down the food stations for the Taste of Ridgefield 2020 at the Lounsbury House on Main Street.
Help is also needed during the actual event for light clean up, perhaps something that the younger scouts can consider.  The organizers have requested that the scouts be in uniform during the event for the light clean up activities to recognize our Troop.   Sign up here.

ScoutsCAN for Food, New Dates Available 
Troop 76 is responsible for emptying the bins at the recycling center of returnable plastic bottles and cans. 
Here's a link to read and download instructions (pdf file).  For details and hands-on demonstration, please e-mail spencer_carlson11@icloud.comCheck out TTSU for sign-ups

Presidential Volunteer Service Award
Instructions for submitting hours for the award are posted below. Please remit your spread sheets to Mrs. Hogan at jana.hogan@comcast.net.

Our Troop is proud to have been accepted as a Certifying Organization for The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). Scouts who volunteer enough hours can earn this prestigious award that comes with a special pin, certificate and congratulatory letter from the President. PVSA was started in 2003 by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by example, inspired others to engage in volunteer service. The goal is to encourage individuals to embrace the spirit of volunteerism that makes this country so great. The Award level is determined by the amount of hours a scout works. Please refer to the below chart.

Hours by Award
Children (5-10 years)        Teens (11-15 years)        Young Adults (16-25)        Adults (26 and older)        Families and Groups*
26 - 49  (Bronze)                50 - 74 (Bronze)              100 - 174 (Bronze)            100 - 249 (Bronze)             200 - 499 (Bronze)
50 - 74  (Silver)                   75 - 99 (Silver)                 175 - 249 (Silver)               250 - 499 (Silver)                500 - 999 (Silver)
75 +  (Gold)                         100+ (Gold)                      250 +  (Gold)                      500+ (Gold)                         1,000+ (Gold)

How to track hours
Service is calculated from June 1st to May 31st. This time period only applies to the PVSA calculations. A scout is required to keep track of all community service hours they perform using an Excel spread sheet.
The data they should collect is written below and should be presented to the Community Service Coordinator in the correct order. Please ensure that the Time in Hours column has a grand total at the bottom.
On June 1, after a year of volunteering it is the scout's responsibility to email The Community Service Coordinator a copy of their Excel sheet. They have till June 11th to send in their information. No sheets will be accepted after this date.

Dates to Remember
May 31: Cut off date for current year's service
June 5th-11th: Send in Excel Sheet to Community Service Coordinator for current year's service
June 1: Start recording on new Excel sheet for following year's award
Example of Excel Spreadsheet:
     Last Name
     First Name
     Date of Service
     Contact Name
     Contact Phone
     Time in Hours
     Description of Volunteer Work:

Please note fund raising of any kind is not considered community service. Volunteering to help a religious organization may be submitted but not if you're teaching or preaching.  Any questions should be directed to the PVSA Coordinators Jana Hogan and Kristine Keaveny.

Adult Training
Merit Badge Counselor Training
All Merit Badge Counselors will be required to get trained before the end of the calendar year. You must either attend a training session in person or take the online course. It is a one time only training. There will be additional dates offered throughout the year.

Youth Protection Training
We are asking all adults in the troop to complete Youth Protection Training. Follow this link to complete the training: http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx

First Aid Training
Firefly Family Yoga is offering American Heart Association CPR Certification Course for anyone needing to be certified or re-certified. The course will be held on Sunday January 28th from 3:30pm-6:00pm and the cost is $45. To learn more information please visit www.fireflyfamilyyoga.com or call 203-431-0140.

Please contact Kristine Keaveny (kskeaveny@yahoo.com) for more information if you have any interest in the above-listed training dates.

Class B Shirts
If you need a Class B shirt please contact Ms. Tiffany Carlson, Troop Committee Chair.  The cost of the shirt is $13.

Shop on line and donate to scouting. It's free.
Our regional BSA office, the Connecticut Yankee Council, benefits when you shop at Amazon, eBay, Cabelas, Eastern Mountain Sports, REI, and others. These retailers agreed to split some of their income with Council. It's easy and costs you nothing. Help scouting by starting here then choose your store.  And here's a link on how to use Amazon Smile, the on-line retailer's donation option.

Troop Texting
Stay informed with troop text messages. We encourage scouts, adults and leaders in the troop to sign up for this service.  It's free to sign up, but it does send text messages to your phone.  Please join one of the groups below by sending a text.  It's quick and easy. 

Scouts                                                                              Troop 76 Parents
Enter this number: (203) 403-2120                                Enter this number: (203) 403-2120
Text this message: @t76scouts                                       Text this message: @t76parents

Troop 76 Uniformed Leaders                                         Troop 76 Committee Members
Enter this number: (203) 403-2120                                 Enter this number: (203) 403-2120
Text this message: @t76leaders                                      Text this message: @t76comm

After you send your text message you'll receive a confirmation text that you're signed up.  That's it!