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Merit Badge College
Scouts: here's an opportunity to earn valuable merit badges over several weekends. This program is sponsored by the Connecticut Yankee Council, a BSA "branch office" which oversees troops and dens in Ridgefield and neighboring communities.
Dates: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Saturday, March 9, 2019 (Snow Make-up, if needed)
Time: Classes are offered from 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Location: Lyman Hall High School, 70 Pond Hill Road, Wallingford, CT
Tuition: $25.00 includes Merit Badge Pamphlets and Merit Badge College Patch. No refunds after class assignment.
Registration: Please email Mrs. Breitenbach (email@example.com) with your 8 choices in order of interest and current scout rank. All registrations should be emailed by Saturday Dec 8th so we register our Troop early and hopefully get everyone their first choice of badge. Scouts must be First Class rank by Dec 28th in order to register. Each Scout can take up to three Merit Badges, but please be sure to select eight. Scouts must be First Class rank as of December 28, 2018. Scouts registered without a rank will not be considered. Please register early as the site will shut down at the earlier of the deadline date or when capacity has been reached.
Merit Badges Course Offerings *
1. American Heritage 9. Digital Technology 17. Oceanography
2. Aviation 10. Disability Awareness 18. Personal Management
3. Chess 11. Drafting 19. Photography
4. Citizenship in Community 12. Energy 20. Public Speaking
5. Citizenship in Nation 13. Engineering 21. Space Exploration
6. Citizenship in World 14. Family Life 22. Sustainability
7. Coin Collecting 15. Landscape Arch 23. Textiles
8. Communications 16. Nuclear Science 24. Weather
25. No Choice
Please use assigned numbers for the on-line registration form. If no merit badge is being entered please use 25 - No Choice
* Subject to availability of Counselors, classrooms and chairs. We'll make an effort to assign at least one Eagle required badge per Scout. Scouts will be assigned no more than two Eagle required badges
Each scout is required to volunteer 12 hours of community service each scouting year. Six hours are required between June 30th and February 15th. And another six hours from February 16th to June 29th. Two out of the six hours each semester may be non-Troop sponsored, with prior approval from the Scoutmaster.
For the troop to participate in a community service project, two adults are required to sign up and attend. Boy Scouts of America policy requires two-deep adult coverage at all times. We need everyone's help to enforce this policy. If two adults don't participate in a service project, the troop will cancel the commitment we've made to the organization. Important note for adults: when you sign up for log keeper, you must send Jana Hogan a list of scouts who participated and the hours they worked. Read our service policy here.
A Taste of Ridgefield
Sunday, January 27th, 2019 at the Ridgefield Community Center on Main Street
There are many opportunities to help at the Rotary Club's annual tasty event. This opportunity is always fun for the scouts! Several shifts available: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
ScoutsCAN for Food
Troop 76 is responsible for emptying the bins at the recycling center of returnable plastic bottles and cans. The bins must be emptied only during operation. The exit gate is closed at 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. There's no access after hours or on Sunday. Here's a link to download instructions (.docx file). For details and hands-on demonstration, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out TTSU for sign-ups.
The troop's week of summer camp at Sequassen will be from Sunday, July 21, 2019 - Saturday July 27, 2019. Mark your calendar now!
Presidential Volunteer Service
Instructions for submitting hours for the award are posted below. Please remit your spread sheets to Mrs. Hogan at email@example.com by the end of the day June 11th - no exceptions!
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:
Date of Service
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.
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 (and hopefully at Sequassen but that is TBD at this point).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 Mrs. Francis. 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.
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!