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Boy Scout Troop 1372
(Manassas Park, Virginia)
 
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Scoutmaster's Minute





Happy Summer Troop 1372!

We had a great summer camp the week of July 4th at Goshen! The Weather held out (mostly), we got to see fireworks over Lake Merriweather and we had a good time as patrols!  I congratulate you on earning "Troop of the Week" as voted by the Camp Bowman Staff!  Shows your drive and abilities to work together!  I look forward to the coming summer activities and starting into the 2014-2015 School Year.

Keep the Scouting Spirit rolling

Yours in Scouting

Kris Gardner
- SM

May Fun in the Troop


 


Howdy Troop 1372,

This month we had the camping trip to the Tidewater area and got the chance to go on Navy ships - way cool!  We also finished spring elections and have now transitioned to new leadership. 

The theme for May was to pick a strange, unusual merit badge and the PLC chose Pulp and Paper MB!  About half the troop is already finished and the rest are close.  Everyone liked trying to make paper.  Some of the lists of paper products in the home were also interesting! 

On June 1 we'll have the PLC will conduct the Annual Planning Meeting and June 2 is our next Court of Honor.  June's campout is a canoe trip which should be tons of fun, and summer camp is just around the corner! 

Bambi and the boys will be pulling out in mid-June, but I'll still be around this summer and into the fall.  However, my tenure as Scoutmaster will end on May 31.  Mr. Kris Gardner will take over as our new Scoutmaster on June 1.  He has a strong Scouting background and is well suited to take the Troop to the next level.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend as we remember those who have fallen in the service of our nation.  May they find eternal peace.

Yours in Scouting, Mr. G/Glen

P.S. Yes, we'll catch-up on Pulp and Paper, and I'll teach Camping and Citizenship in the World over the summer.

Glen Grady
SM Troop 1372
scouterglen@hotmail.com
H: 571-229-5578
C: 571-481-8737


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February 3, 2014

Howdy Troop 1372,

We had a really nice time this past weekend cabin camping at Camp Big Mac.  Scouts have been wanting to have a “goof off” weekend and the PLK was happy to comply!  I enjoyed the movies (in spite of the “air” popcorn) and walking around the forest.  Many of the Scouts had the chance to walk on water, okay, so it was frozen, but you get the idea!  Our next monthly campout will be at Camp Rock Enon, near Winchester.  This will be a good chance to sharpen our outdoor skills.

We have a busy spring coming up.  This month our theme is “Engineering” and Mr. Wagner has agreed to be our merit badge counselor.   On February 10, we’ll be having our annual uniform inspection and Order of the Arrow Elections. The following Saturday, Feb 15, is the District Merit Badge Day at Stonewall Jackson Middle School.  A number of our Scouts have signed up and many are taking interesting topics.  I’ll be very interested to hear what they’ve learned.  I’ll be teaching Scouting Heritage MB in the morning.  Scouts also need to remember to wrap up partially completed merit badges.  Got blue cards?  Finish ‘em up now!

Don’t forget to mark the dates for summer camp at Camp Bowman at the Goshen Scout Reservation.  Your deposit is due by Feb 24.  Summer Camp is the highlight of the scouting year – plan to attend now!  See the main troop website for more info – including merit badges and activity schedule.  See Mr. Gardner if you have questions.

Together on the Trail, Mr. G

Glen Grady
SM Troop 1372
scouterglen@hotmail.com
H: 571-229-5578
C: 571-481-8737



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October 31, 2013

Howdy Troop 1372,

It sure has been a busy fall!  I always say that scouting is at its best when performing service and spending time in the great outdoors.  We have done some great service projects, landscaping a chapel at Fort Belvoir, helping greet veterans for Honor Flight, conducting our annual 9/11 Flag Retirement ceremony with the VFW, serving at the Walk for Autism and helping put in a garden for the Manassas Park Elementary School.  Soon we will be doing Wreath's Across America at Arlington Cemetary.

In the outdoors side of things, we went camping in August at the KOA in Shenandoah Valley.  In September we went to ELizabeth Furnance and had some great weather - 23 Scouts attended!  In October was the wet fall camporee.  Everyone liked the Highland Games theme, but we sure all got wet!  November will bring the next campout at Prine WIlliam Forest.

Let's keep up the good work and continue to have fun as we start a new monthly theme for Nov/Dec of HIking and Backpacking!

Take care and have a Happy Halloween!

Together on the Trail, Mr. G

Glen Grady
SM Troop 1372
scouterglen@hotmail.com
H: 571-229-5578
C: 571-481-8737



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July 27, 2013

As I write this the troop is returning from summer camp at Camp Heritage.  From what I've been hearing, it's been a great week.  The Troop did well in advancement - a lot of our newer Scouts are off and running along the trail to Eagle!  I went with four other Scouts from the Troop to attend the National Scout Jamboree, which was a blast.  The Boy Scouts have done well in setting up a first class venue - a place all Scouts can call home. Our guys had a great time.  They especially enjoyed the white water rafting, the stadium shows, BMX mountain biking, the zip line and patch trading with other Scouts from around the country.

We are looking forward to a packed program with lots of cool stuff around the corner as we finish up summer.  Next is our campout in August and then we have a campout and court of honor in September to recognize our first Eagle Scout and then another in late September to recognize all of the hard work the scouts did at summer camp and the Jamboree.  Check out the main website for info on all of the cool stuff coming up.

Together on the Trail, Mr. G

Glen Grady
SM Troop 1372
scouterglen@hotmail.com
H: 571-229-5578
C: 571-481-8737


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May 28, 2013

Howdy Troop 1372,

I hope that everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend.  We honor those who have fallen in the service to our great nation.  May those who paid the ultimate price rest in eternal peace. 

Spring has been hectic, but it's nice to know that things will be a bit more relaxed over the summer. 

Great job to all of the scouts at the spring camporee - it was a fun event and the troop did really well.  The Iron Chef competitions were a challenge, but also a lot of fun.  I still enjoy the image of the burning box oven...  :-)

We had a fun overnighter at my house in May and did some great Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) training.  We had 14 Scouts complete the course, which is great.

On June 3 we will be having our next Court of Honor at 7pm and on June 9 we will have the annual planning meeting with the PLC and then the Committee. 

Our next campout is June 14-16 in Shendandoah National Park.  This will be at a great site in Mathew's Arm campground - simple put: it's a terrific location.  I can't wait.  We'll focus on camping skills and continue with the Camping Merit Badge.

We are finalizing the summer schedule and will get that up on the website soon.  Of course, the highlight of the summer is summer camp and it should be fun - Pennsylvania here we come!  No doubt, summer camp is the highlight of the scouting year.  Thanks to Mr. Thornton for taking the lead to pull everything together for a great week.  We also want to give our best sendoff to the four scouts representing the troop at the national jamboree.  We hope they have a good time and fill us in on the details when they get back! 

As many of you know, I am shifting my Bull Run District responsibilities from Program Chair to Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner.  This position is somewhat less demanding and will thus free me up for more time to devote to the troop.  (Of course, I'll also continue as Assistant Cubmaster in Pack 1372.  Oh, and I guess I'm on the Commitee for the new Crew 1372.  Whew, I'm tired just writing all of this.)  Bottom line:  I am looking forward to tons more scouting fun and adventure with the troop as we head into summer and develop our program for the fall. Onward and upward!

Keep checking the website for troop info on upcoming activities. 

See you at the Court of Honor on June 3!

Yours in Scouting, Mr. G

Glen Grady
SM Troop 1372
scouterglen@hotmail.com
H: 571-229-5578
C: 571-481-8737


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March 30, 2013

Howdy Troop 1372,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looks like spring is finally here!  I just finished cutting my grass for the first time in 2013.  Hmmm, not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing…  at any rate things are going well in the Troop.  We’ve had a busy time of it recently which I enjoy.

We crossed over a big group of Webelos at the end of February.  Welcome everyone – it’s been fun to see the group dynamics change in the Troop.  We now have almost 30 registered Scouts!

In March we had our monthly campout at Lake Arrowhead.  The weather was not the best, but we got a few classes in and for the most part everyone had a good time.  Gee, we only had to take one Scout to the hospital (p.s. he’s fine)!  One thing is for sure, leaders were put to the test on this campout.  Lot’s going on with so many new scouts and new patrol leaders learning the ropes. 

The other highlight in March was the Court of Honor.  Congrat’s to everyone who earned a rank or a merit badge.  We continue to do well on advancement.  As many of you know, the goal is to have each Scout get First Class rank within about 12-18 months of joining the troop.  We’ll provide opportunities, but each Scout has to stay on top of his own advancement.  We started a couple of new merit Badges, both Cycling and Astronomy got of the ground – more MB opportunities are coming up this spring.

We’ll have the spring camporee in April.  The theme is outdoor cooking.  I am working on nailing down the cooking events.  It should be a fun time.  I went out and visited the Lions Camp we’ll be using and it is a nice camp.

Also, don’t forget that summer camp is just around the corner, make sure and get your merit badge selection form into Mr. Thornton and complete your medical (all three parts).  Payment is due now.  We can still get you in, but we need to hear from you soon if you want to come.  In addition to summer camp, we have four Scouts attending the national Scout Jamboree in West Virginia this summer – this will be quite an experience.  The next national jamboree will be in four years (2017), so start planning ahead now!  :-)  Also, it looks like we’ll be having one Scout from our troop attend National Youth Leadership Training.  This is a super course for older scouts to improve their leadership skills.

Looking forward to a great spring of scouting fun!  Keep checking the troop website for the latest info.  As always, let me know if you have any questions or if you need help with anything.

Have a great Easter weekend and we’ll see you at our next regular troop meeting on April 8.

Yours in Scouting, Mr. G

Glen Grady
Bull Run District Vice Chair – Program Impact
SM Troop 1372/Asst CM Pack 1372
ASM Jambo Troop C320
scouterglen@hotmail.com
H: 571-229-5578
C: 571-481-8737



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January 21, 2013

 

 

Hello Troop 1372,

We had a great time at the Klondike Derby!  It was a nice weekend and the weather was pretty decent for winter.  It got cold at night, but the sunshine was nice of Saturday.  This was probably the biggest campout ever from the troop, we had about 20 scouts and 10 adults attend, including new Webelos crossing over and 3 folks that joined us from Troop 1185. 

Thanks to Mr. Gardner and Mr. Thornton for all of their help in making the sleds – they were awesome.  The Bacon Ninja patrol used their sled to head down the trail to victory, winning the prize as the top patrol in the entire Klondike Derby.  There’s still a lot to learn, especially about winter camping, but the Scouts in the Troop really cooperated and worked well together.  We have a great bunch of Scouts.

We also did a Band of brothers Troop induction ceremony and it was nice to welcome so many new members into the 1372 family. 

Remember, there is no meeting tonight due to the MLK holiday, but we will be meeting next week on January 28, as usual, even though many of you have off from school for teacher development days.  We will also work more on Jan 28 on Frist Aid merit badge.

February promises to be another fun month.  On Feb 4 we will have our annual uniform inspection and OA election.  On Feb 9 we have the Scout Show at the Manassas Mall and on Feb 15 is the lock-in followed by the District Merit Badge Day at Stonewall Middle School on Feb 16.  At the end of the month we’ll participate in cross-over ceremonies for scouts from Pack 1831 and Pack 1372. 

No surprise – we have lots of cool stuff going on in the troop!

See you at the Trailhead, Mr. G

Glen Grady
Scoutmaster Troop 1372
scouterglen@hotmail.com
C: 571-481-8737
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Dec 14, 2012

 

Greetings Troop 1372!


This is a great time of year.  I enjoy the cooler weather and the holiday atmosphere, for example, seeing lights glow on houses in the neighborhood and drinking Eggnog.  We’ve been having a lot of fun in the Troop and it will be nice to have a couple of special events to finish out 2012. 


The campout at Prince William Forest was really nice.  The weather was crisp and we got through all of the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) training.  It was an awesome feeling to present “trained” strips to so many of your Troop leaders and officers.  We really have come a long way as a troop.  Also, congrat’s to our two Scouts who finished the overnighter portion of Wilderness Survival merit badge, in spite of the cold. 


Next Monday,
Dec 10, we'll be celebrating the holiday season during our regular Troop meeting with a party.  A couple of the PLC members are putting together a playlist of epic music and everyone can bring board games (especially ones you can play relatively quickly). Wear your Activity Uniform (Class B - black Troop t-shirt).  If your last name begins with: A-G bring salty stuff; H-S bring sweet stuff; T-Z bring drinks.

 

If you need a Board of Review (BOR) before the Court of Honor on Dec 17, then next Monday, Dec 10, is your chance.  If you are working on Scout Badge through your First Class rank, your Patrol Leader or Troop Guide can sign you off on requirements.  (Bacon Ninjas – Sam or Aaron, Narwhal’s – Garret or Josh).  Contact me soon if you think you’ll be ready and need a Scoutmaster Conference.  We’ll have to get it done by Sunday, Dec 9.  If you have a BOR on Monday you still need to wear your Field Uniform (Class A) and bring your white binder and Handbook for the Board. (You can put your shirt on over your black Troop t-shirt.)


On Monday, Dec 17, we will be having our next Court of Honor (COH) at 6:59 pm.  The location is Cougar Elementary School, 9333 Brandon St, Manassas Park, VA 20111.  This is the same location as our Dec COH last year.  Seems we keep bumping in to those school concerts at MPMS!  This will be a chance to recognize those who have earned merit badges and ranks since our last COH.  We will also be receiving a special presentation on the Friends of Scouting campaign.  This gives families a chance to contribute to “big” scouting and help keep the scouting program strong in our area.  More info on Friends of Scouting will be coming soon.


2013 looks like it will bring more scouting adventure.  We will be heading off in January to participate in the District Winter Camporee which is a Klondike Derby.  We need to work on patrol sleds, so stay tuned for more info over the holiday break.  I love Klondike Derby’s and I’m sure this one will be a fun and challenging event.  February will see us doing a lock-in and the District Merit Badge day.  I’ll be working with the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) to refine the Troop calendar for the rest of the school year, so let your Patrol Leader know soon if you have good ideas of things for us to do.


Enjoy the holiday season and take a few moments to reflect on the Scout Oath and Law and how you can better live up to these high ideals in the new year.  Onward and Upward in 2013!

 

See you at the Trailhead, Mr. G

Glen Grady
Scoutmaster Troop 1372
scouterglen@hotmail.com
C: 571-481-8737



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October 23, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Greetings Troop 1372 Scouts,

Wow, time has been flying by.  We have done so much this fall that it's hard to capture everything.  We had two great campouts.  The Sept campout was at Antietam Battlefield and we really had a good time.  The hiking was fun around the historic sites and the 150th anniversary of the battle was cool.  I've never seen a big reenactment like this and it was very interesting.  The October campout was at the Fall Camporee which was held at Lake Arrowhead in Luray, VA.  We had awesome weather and the activities were good.  I really liked the campfire.  Congrat's to the Bacon Ninjas for winning one of the top prizes of all the patrols at the camporee.

We also had a really nice September Court of Honor - congrat's to all of the scouts who earned ranks and merit badges.  Mr. Hart, our District Committee Chair, did a great job talking to everyone as our guest speaker.  I was also glad to talk to eveyrone a little bit about the World Friendship Fund for scouting.  Hopefully we can support this program more in the future.

We have lot's of epic things coming up in the next few weeks.  We'll continue working on Wilderness Survival merit badge at the troop meetings.  Next week will be troop elections.  This is an important time in the life of a troop and everyone needs to think carefully about what they would like to do next term.  As I discussed in the circle at the meeting last night - it's up to you to make the troop a better place.  We are only as good as the leaders that step up.  Remember the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law when you vote for SPL and PLs next week.  Plan ahead to sign up for troop officer positions that might interest you.

We also have our on-going popcorn sales, the Scouting For Food community service project on November 3 and 10 (donut sale is cancelled on Nov 10), and an Eagle Scout community service project at Church of the Word in Gainesville on Nov 17.  We are canceling the campout that was scheduled Nov 2-4, to focus on these other important events.  Our next campout will be Nov 30- Dec 2 at Prince William Forest.  We will conduct Boy Scout leader training for our newly elected leaders and troop officers (instead of Nov 17 as listed on the troop calendar) and finish up the Wilderness Survival merit badge.

Check for details on all the upcoming events on the troop website. 

One thing is for sure: I've been having a blast in the troop and I hope that you are too!

Together on the Journey, Mr. G

Glen Grady
Scoutmaster Troop 1372
scouterglen@hotmail.com
C: 571-481-8737


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August 30, 2012

 

Hello Scouts of Troop 1372,

 

As we head into the fall, I figured that it was time for an update on what the troop has been up to.

 

Summer has been flying by, and we’ve been busy.  Summer camp was great.  We had a really good week and everyone did well.  We did more than just advancement: two of our scouts and one adult finished the mile swim.  My three goals were: 1) Have fun; 2) Learn More About Scouting; and 3) Advancement.  I think we accomplished all three goals.

 

Also this summer we had one scout finish the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) program and one scout serve on staff for NYLT at Camp Rock Enon.

 

We had a great fundraiser for our new trailer.  We paid for it in one day.  This new trailer will help us a lot in the future.  We have picked up the trailer and are busy getting it ready.  We have also put the first coat of finish on the new troop chuck boxes.  As you can see, things are moving forward on many fronts.

 

We had a fun time with Oceanography Merit Badge (MB) in August.  The guys seemed to really like the topic.  The chart Mr. Stone had at the last meeting was cool – wow, the ocean sure is deep!  I liked seeing how deep the Titanic sunk.  Please see Mr. Stone if you would like to finish up the MB.

 

Josh G. had a good fundraiser for his Eagle Scout Project on Aug 25.  He raised $800 for his project at the Church of the Word in Gainesville which is very close to his estimated budget.  More info on the actual project will be coming out once the final project plan is approved.

 

Also on August 25, we had several Boy Scouts and two Cub Scouts attend the Kettle Run battle anniversary commeration.  Lighting the candles was cool and it really looked nice as it got dark.  The special tour we went on was very interesting.  Too bad the rain came!  At least we had a productive and informative time.  Thanks to Ms. Brown for helping set this up.

 

We just had a booth at the Back to School night at MPMS and we hope to see some new faces at our Join Scouting Night on Monday, Sept 17.  Feel free to invite any boys who might be eligible.  You can download the flyer from the troop website.  The flyer will also be passed out at MPMS and MPES once school starts.  As many of you will notice, we’ve already gained a couple of new scouts over the summer.

 

Please sign up to help at the Sept 8 fundraiser.  This one will count toward scout accounts.  Let Mr. Thornton know if you have any questions.  We’ve done a great deal of fundraising, but this one is critical to fund upcoming equipment purchases, awards and activities.

 

I’m excited for our September campout at Antietam, and the October camporee at Lake Arrowhead in Luray.  The September theme is hiking and October is Wilderness Survival.  Yep, lot’s more scouting fun is headed our way this fall!

 

Our next troop meeting is Monday, Sept 10 at MPMS in the Field (Class A) Uniform.  Get ready for some serious campout planning for Antietam. 

 

See you at the trailhead, Mr. G

Glen Grady
Scoutmaster Troop 1372
scouterglen@hotmail.com
C: 571-481-8737


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July 13, 2012

Howdy Scouts,

Yippee!  Summer camp starts in just a few days.  It's the super bowl of the scouting year and it should be tons of fun.  We have guys taking lots of cool merit badges and there will be a lot of neat activities.  See you at the MPMS parking lot on Sunday, July 15, at 9:00 am!

The last campout at Shenandoah National Park was really nice.  We had great weather and we got some stories from the weekend that I'll always remember!  Hmm, maybe it was the incident with the Park police or the piercing scream from the scout in the middle of the night...  good times had by all!  We also enjoyed camping with the other new troop in Bull Run District, Troop 1882.  We had a lot of fun together.  I'm still not sure which troop had the upper hand in the capture the flag game - maybe the rocks?  It was certainly rough terrain!

It's been kinda nice meeting at the Yorkshire Fire Station this summer.  They've been very gracious to put up with us - not that things ever get a bit wild at meetings... :-)

Enjoy summer and keep working on achieving your scouting goals.

Together on the Trail, Mr. G


Glen Grady
Scoutmaster Troop 1372
scouterglen@hotmail.com
C: 571-481-8737

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June 5, 2012

Hi Scouts,

Things are going great in the troop.  Looks like we will gain about four new scouts as a result of our spring Join Scouting Night.  Welcome to the troop! 

The Memorial Day hike was really nice.  Everyone broke the secret code with the location and so we got on our way to Shenandoah national Park quickly and had a great hike.  The short program in honor of our fallen veterans was a highlight.  It was also nice to teach some hiking fundamentals to a new crop of scouts.  I look forward to many more miles of fun in the future.

We just held the annual planning meeting and we have a good turn-out to plan the year ahead.  You guys have come up with some cool monthly themes.  I can't wait for shooting, rock climbing and sailing!  We also talked about the Journey to Excellence program and the NCAC Scouting Challenge.  We plan on going for gold this year!

The court of honor was nice.  It took awhile beacuse we had so many awards and ranks to hand out.  Everyone had been working hard and it shows.  Well done!

The summer schedule is posted on the main website. 

The June campout and then summer camp are just around the corner!

Yours in Scouting, Mr. G