Pancakes, Tons of Camping and Eagles

Good morning!

Thank you to everyone who made the Pancake Breakfast/Auction/Raffle a success!  We will have final results soon, once everyone turns in their ticket sales and remaining tickets to Mr. Parizek.  However, between the Raffle and Auction, we raised over $1600.  Boys who participated in providing items for their patrol baskets, provided items for the silent auction, or worked Saturday morning will be eligible to participate in a percentage of the scout fund deposits.  Ticket sales minus expenses will account for the remaining breakfast scout income.  We had tremendous support from the Knights of Columbus, scouts, parents and scouters – many thanks!

Initial reports back from the Grand Canyon High Adventure team were that Mr. Benyi’s secret hideaway was truly spectacular, and the stars were so brilliant that no one set up a tent.  I’m looking forward to more details from the Philmont shake-down hike crew on this weekend’s adventure.

Looking ahead, tomorrow we have Patrol Leader’s Council at 6PM, followed by the troop meeting at 7PM, and a parallel parent meeting hosted by Mr. Benyi on summer camp.  Please come, as this will be an opportunity to get a thorough understanding of the process, the camp, the merit badge opportunities, and an excellent chance to get any of your remaining questions on camp answered.  We are going to have close to 30 boys attending, which is the most since I have been a part of the troop.  Southern California’s Camp Mataguay is a terrific facility, and I am looking forward to a magnificent week of skills development, advancement, outdoors experiences, and fun!  Later this week we have the opportunity to participate in Pack 648’s crossover ceremony, and welcome additional scouts into our troop.  And in a couple of weeks, we will be having an outstanding archery outing in the woods south of Flagstaff.  Mighty good!

I want to close with two upcoming opportunities to witness and participate in something truly magnificent.  When boys begin cub scouts as a Tiger, they are really in it to have fun.  When they join Boy Scouts, they generally are looking to spend quality time out of doors in our terrific park systems, while in the process developing useful camping/hiking/leadership skills.  However, for a number of boys, the ultimate goal is Eagle Scout.  T648 has two scouts who have met the amazing amount of requirements necessary to receive this honor, and we will be recognizing them this month.  I would encourage all of our scouts to attend these ceremonies – they are testaments to the amount of effort it takes to develop as a leader, but also tangible evidence that it is in fact achievable, if a scout wants to set his goals high.  Mr. S. Martin has his Eagle Court of Honor this Saturday at 1PM, and Mr. T. Zahnow has his Eagle Court of Honor on May 21st.  Well done, gentlemen!

Mr. Cole