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Scoutmaster's Message: January 7, 2020

posted Jan 7, 2020, 5:49 PM by Troop Webmaster
Happy New Year! 

We have a very busy few months mounting, and I just wanted to make sure everyone saves the dates! Hope everyone is rested and we look forward to seeing everyone back this Wednesday night. 

I would also like to welcome our new crossover scouts! At the beginning of December, Troop 66 had 38 registered scouts and with the addition of the crossover scouts from Pack 66, we are now 54 strong! Just a reminder that if you have a friend who might be interested in joining, please invite them to any meeting. 

Now onto the upcoming events we have planned. And by the way, you can always keep track of the troop calendar by visiting http://www.troop66matawan.com/calendar 

Klondike Derby- January 18, 2020

As I said last week, the Klondike Derby is scheduled for January 18th at Quail Hill Scout Reservation (QHSR). Scouts will meet at the Matawan United Methodist Church (MUMC) at 7 am and will depart soon after that. Parents may be asked to help drive scouts down to the Manalapan camp. Pick up for everyone will be from QHSR directly at approximate 4 pm. 


The Essentials of Merit Badges- February 5, 2020

Troop 66 will be putting on a seminar for both scouts and parents about the essentials of merit badges on Wednesday, February 5th starting around 7:45 pm at the MUMC. This is a critical meeting for all scouts and parents and will explain the merit badge process which is a vital part of Boy Scout advancement. More information to follow. 

Scout Sunday- February 9, 2020

We will have our annual Scout Sunday on February 9th at Matawan United Methodist Church. Scouts will meet in their full Class A uniform at 9:15. This is a family event and scouts should remember that "A Scout is Reverent". More information to come. 

Cabin Camping-  February 21-23, 2020

Save the date for our annual cabin camping trip on February 21-23rd at Camp Ockanickon. More information to follow. 

Cake Auction- April 1, 2020

Our annual fundraiser is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1st starting at 6:30 pm at the VFW in Cliffwood Beach. More information to come. 

State Police & National Guard Camporee- May 29-31, 2020

It's time again for the NJ State Police and National Guard Camporee the weekend of May 29-31st in Sea Girt. This is a highlight trip, and registration will open later this month. There is an early registration because they limit the number of scouts who attend.


Spring Court of Honor- June 3, 2020

I know it's a long way up, but the Spring & Fall courts of honor are an opportunity for us to celebrate the advancement of our scouts. The next one is scheduled for Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:30 pm at the MUMC. More information to come. 

Family Picnic- June 13, 2020

The annual Family Picnic has been scheduled for Saturday, June 13th at 12 noon at the MUMC. We know this is a busy time with graduations, which is why we're telling you now. More information to follow. 

Summer Camp at Forestburg Scout Reservation- July 12-18, 2020

I know families are starting to plan their summer vacations, but please remember that summer camp is an important part of the scouting year and a big part of the scouts advancement and development. Every year we spend a week at our "home away from home' at Forestburg Scout Reservation (FSR) and this year it will be from July 12-18th. We're very excited because not only will we have the Bob Shea pavilion ready, but FSR has hired a new camp program director (Coach has retired), and we're expecting great things. More information to come. 

Additional Camping trips

March 20-22, 2020
April 24-26, 2020

If you have any questions about any of these events, please see me or any of the Troop leadership this Wednesday. 

YIS,

Robert Kee, Scoutmaster
Troop 66, Matawan 
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