As was discussed at the parent meeting last night, our Troop’s help has been requested to set up, and tear down the shade canopies for our District’s Cub Scout Day Camp. These are thirteen large canopies that were used at the last Jamboree. They are at Council HQ in shipping crates that are approximately 2′ x 2′ X 8′. We have been asked to transport these to the IROEC, and set them up, on Saturday, 7/6, and to tear them down, and return them to Council, on Friday 7/12.
We need at least 3-4 drivers with full size pickups (and/or pulling our trailer) to meet at Council HQ, at 9 AM on Saturday, 7/6. We’ll also need at least a dozen Scouts (preferably older and stronger ones) there to help load, and then set up at the IROEC. There will also be plenty for the younger Scouts to help with during the set up. Each team of 6-8 people can set up a canopy in just a few minutes, but the more teams we have, the faster it’ll go. Besides our normal Scout willingness to serve, as an added incentive, there will be donuts and lunch (pizza?) provided on Saturday!!! Did I mention DONUTS?
Our Troop already has at least 5 Scouts helping out at Day Camp. But, on Friday, 7/12, we’ll need additional Scout volunteers. Day Camp Key Staff members and Scout volunteers will start tearing down the canopies around 3 PM. We’ll need the same number of drivers to arrive after work (between 5:30-6:00 PM, or earlier if they can make it), to transport the canopies back to Council HQ. Once again, the more people who help, the faster it will go, and the sooner our Scouts and Scouters who have been at the IROEC all week, can go home and collapse.
On a totally unrelated note, my son Steven has been requesting donations to our Troop’s Library, of new(er) Merit Badge books, and that all of the Library’s MB books be returned for inventory. So far, he has only gotten a few responses. Here is the situation, when Steven sorted through the MB books in our Troop Library, he found that almost 2/3 of them were too outdated to be used. He has a little over $200 to spend on new MB books. This will buy 43 books, which sounds good, until you consider that there are 130+ Merit Badges. He will use the results of the survey Mr. Christy sent out, to get the more popular MB books, but in order to stretch the money as far as possible, he wants to avoid buying a lot of duplicates. I know that in a Troop the size of our’s, there are a lot of MB books sitting around in bedrooms not being used. So please bring them in, so other Scouts can use them, and Steven can see what he’ll need to buy.