Welcome to West Deptford Troop 295!

Welcome to West Deptford Troop 295!
Troop 295 has been a part of Boy Scouts of America in West Deptford since 1999.

Troop meetings are held every Monday evening at 7:30 in the West Deptford Scout Center from September through June.

Interested in scouting and Troop 295? Click this 'Troop Information' link or from the menu on the left and learn more!

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Announcements for October 23, 2014: Walter Reeve Eagle Scout Project / Annual Re-Charter / Court of Honor

Posted on Oct 23 2014 - 7:37pm

Walter Reeve Eagle Scout Project - Ready to Go!
Walter Reeve will need assistance with his Eagle Scout project this coming weekend.  Walter sent an email to the group and announced the details at this week's meeting on Oct 20:

From Walter Reeve: At tonight’s meeting, I announced to the troop that I am starting my Eagle Scout Project this weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you are able to help, please meet me at the Veteran's Garden at the West Deptford Township Building, 400 Crown Point Road in West Deptford, New Jersey. 
I hope to see you there. Thank you for your time and consideration in supporting my Eagle project.
Please bring any hard rakes, shovels, hoes, weeding tools, etc.  Thank you very much. 
Walter Reeve

Court of Honor Changed to November 17th
The next Court of Honor has been rescheduled from Oct27 and the new date is Nov17.  Please make a note!
Monday Oct 27th will be a regularly scheduled scout meeting to work on advancements and other activities.

Due Monday Oct 27: Popcorn and Charlie Brown's Gift Card Orders
Reminder that all orders for popcorn and Charlie Brown's gift cards are due on Monday the 27th at the weekly scout meeting.

Troop 295 Annual Re-Charter
An email was sent on Oct 13 summarizing the process for the annual re-charter for Troop 295.  All Scout Troops are required to renew their charters with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) each year. Troop 295 has started the annual re-charter process with Boy Scouts of America and plans to complete this by mid-December. All scout organizations are required to complete this process by December 31st. 
As with prior years, the re-charter process includes the renewal fees for each member. The fees will remain the same as last and we are asking that each family provide payment on or before the December 8th scout meeting. Please provide payment to Mr. Tropiano. Any balance that exist in your scout account can be used to pay for this fee as well if preferred.

Upcoming Events
Please review the site calendar for all events and key dates:
Oct 25-26 (Sat/Sun): Walter Reeve Eagle Scout Project
Oct 27: Popcorn and Charlie Brown gift card orders due
Nov 7-9: November Campout - please RSVP online!
Nov 17 (Mon): Our next Court of Honor will be on Mon Nov 17th starting at 7pm
Nov 22 (Sat): Troop 295 Road Cleanup (details to follow)

Announcements for October 9, 2014: November Campout / Scout Class A Shirts and Patches / Events

Posted on Oct 9 2014 - 3:42pm

November Campout - Have you Registered?
Please be sure to RSVP online so we know who is attending the November Campout (Nov7-9).  It will be a great weekend at Pulpit Rock!

Scout Class A Uniform and Patches
Scouts were reminder in one of the weekly scout meetings to review the patches on their Class A uniform and be sure to make any adjustments to patches as needed (Patrol, rank, leadership position, etc.).  Our next Court of Honor (COH) is October 27th.  Please try to have your scout's uniform up to date by this meeting or when possible.  If your scout is advancing a rank at this Court of Honor, feel free to wait to change the rank patch until after he receives the new rank patch.  The guidelines for placement of patches and items on a Class A shirt can be found inside the back cover of the scout handbook.  The details are also attached to this announcement as well as located in the 'Files' menu on the troop website.

2014 Old Colony District / Garden State Council / Murder Mystery Night (21 and over)
Old Colony District is holding a Murder Mystery Dinner night at Gambi Caterer's in Deptford on Friday November 14th.  If you are interested in attending, you can purchase tickets using the attached registration form or online: www.gardenstatescouting.org/old-colony.  Registration forms must be returned by November 7, 2014.  See details on the attached brochure.

Upcoming Events
Please review the site calendar for all events and key dates:
Oct 13 (Mon): Holiday - no weekly scout meeting
Oct 20 (Mon): Next Troop Committee Meeting
Oct 27 (Mon): Our next Court of Honor will be on Oct 27th starting at 7pm
Nov 7-9: November Campout - please RSVP online!
Nov 22 (Sat): Troop 295 Road Cleanup (details to follow)

Announcements for September 22, 2014: September Campout Photos / Gift Card Fundraiser

Posted on Sep 22 2014 - 5:09pm

September Campout - Photos from Roosevelt Scout Reservation
Scouts from Troop 295 attended the September campout and went to Roosevelt Scout Reservation for scout skills and camping activities.  
Photos from the campout can be found in the 'Photo Album' link on the main menu.

Individual Fundraiser - Charlie Brown's Restaurant Gift Cards
Cathy Alscher provided information at the last scout meeting on an individual fundraiser activity for Charlie Brown restaurant gift cards that can earn scouts $5 for each gift card sold.  
Cards have a face value of $25 and are sold to people for only $20 (each card costs $15 for scouts to acquire and sell).  These cards must be purchased in advance and are non-returnable, they can used at any Charlie Brown’s Restaurant in New Jersey, New York or Pennsylvania. Orders are due October 27th and cards will be delivered in early November.  This is a great gift for the holidays!  See the form attached to this announcement or obtain a form at one of the weekly scout meetings.  Please contact Cathy Alscher with any questions. 

In the News: BSA National President Robert Gates
In October’s edition of Esquire, Mike Sager profiles the BSA national president, Dr. Robert M. Gates and the Boy Scouts of America.  Robert Gates, an Eagle Scout, became the thirty-fifth national president of the Boy Scouts in May 2014.  The former secretary of defense and CIA director called a Boy Scout leadership program he attended nearly sixty years ago "the only formal management class I've ever had.".  Robert Gates served as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011. He served for 26 years in the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council, and under President George H. W. Bush was Director of Central Intelligence.
Link to Esquire Article --> http://www.esquire.com/features/boy-scouts-1014

Upcoming Events
Please review the site calendar for all events and key dates:
Oct 27 (Mon): Our next Court of Honor will be on Oct 27th starting at 7pm
Nov 7-9: November Campout - please RSVP online!
Nov 22 (Sat): Troop 295 Road Cleanup (details to follow)

Announcements for September 17, 2014: September Campout / Walter Reeve Eagle Project / New Troop Members

Posted on Sep 17 2014 - 9:49pm

September Campout: Please RSVP and Permission Form Attached
Everyone should RSVP to the September campout so there is an accurate headcount of scouts and adults attending (or unable to attend)
The permission form for the September campout is attached to this announcement and also attached to the September campout calendar entry -->  http://www.wdtroop295.org/node/5389.  
Please bring the completed form on Friday when we depart for the campout.

Walter Reeve Eagle Project
During Monday's meeting, Walter Reeve informed the troop that his Eagle Scout Project has been approved and he is progressing forward!  
"My project is to clean and fix up the Veterans Memorial Garden which is located at the front of the West Deptford Township Building, 400 Crown Point Road in West Deptford, New Jersey. The area around the memorial is in bad shape and can use a real good cleaning and fixing up to show the respect that we have for our veterans and make it more inviting to attract more visitors."
Please see the email from Walter for additional information and how we can all help with fundraising efforts.

Welcome to our Newest Members of Troop 295!
We have two new members in our troop and both were welcomed in our first meeting in September. Welcome to the troop and we look forward to your success in scouting!!!
     Ricardo Lizardi
     Hayden Weikel

Fall Popcorn Fundraiser
Cathy Alscher handed out the forms for the popcorn fundraiser.  All scouts interested in selling popcorn should return all orders by October 27th.  Scouts can earn from 15-30%.  Please contact Cathy Alscher with any questions.

A Great Deal for Scouting Families from Papa John's 
Papa John's is the official sponsor of our fall membership recruitment campaign and they have a special offer to all Scouts, Scout Families and Friends of Scouting of the Garden State Council, Boy Scouts of America.  During the period of August 25, 2014-September 28, 2014 Papa John's is offering a 40% discount on all regular Priced online Menu Orders! Visit: papajohns.com   Promo Code BSA40   

There is a Great Opportunity for Scouts to Earn the Nuclear Science Merit Badge
You are invited to join us for our highly anticipated Nuclear Science Merit Badge Workshop for scouts grades seven and higher!  Learn key concepts from subject matter experts, visit an interactive exhibit hall that explores energy and nuclear issues, and tour a reactor control room simulator at the Salem & Hope Creek nuclear generating stations.  
Click on the link for more information, registration is open!

Announcements for September 8, 2014: First Weekly Scout Meeting / Fall Camping Dates / Event Registration / Using 'Remind'

Posted on Sep 8 2014 - 9:36am

Next Weekly Scout Meeting - Today!
The first weekly scout meeting for the fall is today at 7:30 !!!

Fall Camping Dates
Please check the calendar for fall camping dates and all other events.  The next campout is just a few weeks away on Sep19-21.  Please use the online registration to confirm attendance (even if you are unable to attend)

Confirming Attendance for Scheduled Campouts and Events
We have been using the online event registration on the troop website for a few years now. It has been a great way to publish camping and other events to the troop, allow people to easily register and (most importantly) confirm attendance. We are requesting that every household/family respond to each posted event for all active scouts and adults prior the ‘register by’ date noted. All active events for registration can be easily viewed and accessed on the right column of the website home page. This is important to ensure we always know who is going to an event (and who is not) for campsite or event registration, transportation, food and other needs.
The instructions for online registration can be found on the website under the ‘Files’ menu (link also below):

Troop 295 is using 'Remind' for Key Communications - Please Subscribe!!!
Troop 295 routinely uses the troop’s website to facilitate communications through email. This works great, however……reaching everyone (including scouts) with any urgent information can be difficult using email. Troop 295 will be using the ‘Remind’ system in addition to email to allow for communication of urgent messages and reminders to all active adults and scouts. This service may sound familiar as many teachers and coaches use this same service to communicate key messages to students.

We are requesting that all adults and scouts (that have a mobile phone) register with the steps below or in the attached document. Please ask your scout to subscribe as well. We will provide the instructions to scouts at the next weekly scout meeting.

Detailed instructions for subscribing to this service for Troop 295 can be found on the website under the ‘Files’ menu (link below):

Photos from Troop 295 Summer Camp 2014 (Ten Mile River Camp Keowa)

Posted on Jul 14 2014 - 7:24pm

Photos from Troop 295 Summer Camp 2014 (Ten Mile River / Camp Keowa)
21 scouts and 6 adults from Troop 295 joined nearly 500 other scouts for summer camp at Camp Keowa at Ten Mile River.  Everyone had a great week and each scout was involved in merit badges and many other outdoor activities.
Check out the photos in the 'Photo Album' link on the main menu.  
Please note that the photo album is separated in different sections/folders and grouped by activities for easier viewing.
Thank you to everyone that provided photos!
(videos will also be available soon!)

Morning view from camp

Evening sunset while scouts kayak on Crystal Lake

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