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2015 April Troop Update

Troop Fees: Annual troop fees of $75 were due March 1. Many of you earned enough money at the Christmas tree lot to cover the cost. Please let Mr. O’Neill know if you would like to credit this money toward your annual fee. If not, please make your check payable to BSA Troop 219.

Cycling: Rides for this merit badge are scheduled for May 2 (25 miles), May 9 (25 miles) and May 16 (50 miles). Parent volunteers needed. Contact Mr. Roger Sill at rogersill5@hotmail.com.

Personal Fitness: This merit badge is required for Eagle rank. Anybody who needs it can start working on it on April 1 and finish it by the end of this scouting season. If you have been working on the Sports or Athletics merit badges, please turn your blue cards in to Mr. Tomalin by May 6.

Troop Hoodies: Anybody interested in buying a hooded sweatshirt with the Troop 219 logo on the back, e-mail Mr. Tomalin by April 15. Cost: $25. Please include your size.

Boards of Review: Scouts will soon be able to schedule a board of review on the troop website. Mr. Dano is working out the details. Parents unfamiliar with the Board of Review or Scoutmaster Conference process can contact Mr. Tomalin. You can also go to www.Scouting.org and click on advancement.

Merit Badge College: The Skyway District is hosting Merit Badge College on April 25. Mrs. Peterson is handling the sign up. Contact her at vpeterson2@tampabay.rr.com. Go to the district calendar on the council website at www.wcfcbsa.org to see the complete list of merit badges offered.

Stay informed: Question? Find your answer at on our new and improved troop website, www.bsa219.com. If you don’t find your answer there, go to the West Central Florida Council website at www.wcfcbsa.org. If you cannot find what you are looking for there, go to the Boys Scouts of America National website at www.scouting.org. If that is no help, contact Mr. Tomalin at ttomalin@tampabay.com, who will probably refer you to one of the three previously-mentioned websites.

This month:

April 1: 7 – 8:30 p.m., Regular Meeting
April 8: 7 – 8:30 p.m., Regular Meeting
April 10-12: Order of the Arrow Section Conference at Camp LeNoche
April 15: 7 – 8:30 p.m., Regular Meeting
April 17 – 19: Little Manatee River Campout
April 22: 7 – 8:30 p.m., Regular Meeting
April 29: 7 – 8:30 p.m., Regular Meeting, BOR

Looking ahead:

May 6: 6:30 – 7 p.m. Patrol Leader Meeting; 7 – 8:30 p.m., Regular Meeting
May 13: No Meeting at Church/Cookout Fort DeSoto
May 20: 7 – 8:30 p.m., Regular Meeting, Troop Elections, BOR
May 27: 7 – 8:30 p.m., Final Regular Meeting, COH
June 5-7: Order of the Arrow Summer Conclave at Sand Hill
June 7-13: Summer Camp at LeNoche

NYLT: on the weekends of July 10-12 and July 17-19, National Youth Leadership Training will be held at Sand Hill Scout Reservation. If you are 13-years-old, finished with 8th grade and are a first-class scout, then you need to sign up for this outstanding leadership course taught by several of Troop 219’s senior scouts and Scoutmaster Emeritus Michael McBride. Cost is $185 which will be reimbursed by Troop 219 if you successfully complete the course. For information, contact Mr. McBride at 539-9145 or e-mail mikem265@yahoo.com.

Yours in Scouting,

Terry Tomalin