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Monday 12/5/22

Good morning everyone,

You would think that we would be slowing down with the end of the year just around the corner, but we had yet another busy weekend:
– Roadside Cleanup: I want to thank everyone who came out to help maintain our roads clean. We collected 32 bags of trash, 3 bags of cans, and a couple of miscellaneous and automotive parts.
– Join effort between the pack and the troop in delivering popcorn to Indian Land High School to recognize Teachers “Heroes” of Lancaster County School District was also held this past Saturday.
– As part of our previous weeks efforts to run the 50/50 raffle fundraiser, we were at the annual Charlotte Rifle & Pistol Club holiday party last night where we drew the winning ticket. The winner earned himself $750. As a result of your efforts the troop also earned $750 and the club donated an additional $500 for a total of $1250 which is a HUGE win. Thank you all for the hard work, these are critical funds needed for troop plans we have in place for 2023.

I also want to thank everyone for acting so quickly to bring our recharter efforts to a close. I am super grateful to you all.

Looking ahead:

1. Tomorrow we will be working on flag rehearsals. I also encourage anyone who is up for review to come ready with their Scoutmaster sheet.
2. Our last committee meeting of the year will be this upcoming Tuesday at 7pm. Anyone who is up for rank advancement should be present in full updated uniform, updated sash, and their book handy.
3. Next Saturday is our joint effort with Pack 275 to participate at the Indian Land Christmas Parade. Sign up sheet is VERY LOW and we’re hoping to make a strong presence as a means to thank everyone in our community for their support.
4. Troop 275’s annual Christmas party will be on Monday, December 19th. As in past years, Leaders and Scouts will be doing a white elephant gift exchange for which we have only 2 guidelines for those who wish to participate:
a) Gift should be no more than $20.
b) We encourage everyone to put some thought into the gift, but for those who insist on giving out candy, we ask that no more than 50% of the gift is compose of candy and the other 50% is something else. Creativity goes a long way.
5. The 2023 Polar Bear dates have been set for 1/13 thru 1/15 in Gaffney, SC. The cost is $22 per Scout. The theme will be a sled competition and we will be making this a backpacking trip. Sign up sheet is up on our board as well, deadline is 12/19. Note that registration for this will close during the holidays. NO EXCEPTIONS.
6. First fundraiser of 2023 is already on the works as we’re looking forward to selling camping cards. Details to come.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at MercadoOtto@gmail.com or (917) 856-1720 if you have any questions or concerns.

Monday Plans 10/17/22

Good morning everyone,

I think this weekend we may have had a first for the troop as we were participating in 3 events: Clemson University’s Fall Merit Badge Day, Leader’s BSA required training over at GOLS, and weekend camp out at the annual Railroad merit badge event in the N.C. Museum of Transportation. Thank you all for the hard work.

Now with everything that we have done lately, I think it’s only fair that we evaluate where we are at in terms of our individual Scout journeys. That is why tomorrow we will be going over each Scoutbook and address everyone’s progress while also taking notes to bring our electronic records up-to-date. Now for this to happen, ALL Scouts must do 1 thing…BRING YOUR SCOUTBOOK WITH YOU. That simple.

Lets look ahead because we still have more events coming up:
1. This upcoming Thursday, I will be taking a few Scouts to Duke Energy’s EnergyExplorium for the Nuclear Science merit badge. Please have your THREE (3) models ready. A separate email will go out later in the week on transportation.
2. Popcorn take order sheets and payments are due on Monday 10/24.
3. October 29th is our annual Haunted Trail event. We ask all Scouts AND Leaders to come help set up in the morning and then return at night to give the Troop & Pack families a howling experience. Sign-up sheet is up at the Scout Hut with 2 columns: one for set up and another for the night event.
4. There will be no troop meeting on Monday 10/31. So if you are working on ranking up, you need to have a Scoutmaster conference by no later than 10/24.
5. The Brunswick Stew fundraiser is from November 4th to the 5th; sign-up sheet to participate is up at the Scout Hut. So far we have sign ups for 70% of all the meats we need and are in critical need of several more meat donations, please refer to the link below to mark off your donation(s):
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/13pnrDfIre0mfHWE9JsYrk9gpS2OuD_Q4pCle6xZRBYs/edit#gid=614639066
6. The Warbirds Over Monroe Air Show tickets are still on sale. Interested families that want to join us for the November 12th event, please purchase your tickets here: https://www.eventsprout.com/event/warbirds-over-monroe-air-show-2022
7. Nolan Reid’s Eagle project at Indian Land Elementary School is schedule for Sunday November 13th. Sign-up sheet is also up at the Scout Hut.
8. Webelos weekend is November 19th, participating Scouts should be practicing their knots and lashes in preparation for this event.
9. As stated earlier this week, we have a new fundraising opportunity with the Charlotte Rifle & Pistol Club which requires us to put in some time over the next 7 weekends to help bring an additional source of income for the Troop which will help with our annual expenses. Currently, I have only 15% Scout participation. Folks, I can’t emphasize enough just how important this is for us as an organization that is 100% ran by volunteers. Our first weekend for this event is coming up and we are 4 Scouts short as we need 2 for each timeslot to make this work. Please find some time to sign up and help us out.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FXGB-7gadzsAOVpc202_gyYNJ1ustobF73rKNEWcbQ0/edit?usp=sharing

As always, you can reach out to me at MercadoOtto@gmail.com or (917) 856-1720 if you have any questions or concerns. I will see you all tomorrow.

Monday Plans 10/3

Good morning everyone,

It is now the calm after the storm and I hope everyone is safe and sound. My thoughts and prayers go out to anyone you know in Florida.

Now that the storm is over, we are looking at a gorgeous weekend which is perfect to go door to door and sell that popcorn or continue to share that Trail End’s link with your friends and family. Please note that all door to door sales and cash are due by 10/24.

Tomorrow we are doing flag sorting and cutting as we have an overwhelming number of bags to go thru. Also, as you read the list below of upcoming events, please note that the last 3 months of the year are all about fundraising and giving back to our community; which means that PARTICIPATION IS HEAVILY NEEDED for these events to occurred. Finally, as a reminder, if you’re paying for anything (t-shirts, events, popcorn, etc..), please note that all checks are made to Troop 275; we also accept cash, but it has to be exact change.

Looking ahead:
1. Roadside Cleanup is next Saturday. Sign up sheet is up and I currently have less Scouts than the last time. Please sign up, this will only take a few hours of your Saturday morning.
2. October 15th is Clemson’s Fall Merit Badge university. All participants need to sign the Clemson Liability Form which is attached to this email. PARENTS, note that Clemson will NOT accept your Scout without this form. The form is due on 10/10.
3. The North Carolina Museum of Transportation’s Railroad merit badge event is from October 14th thru the 16th. Registration is now closed. Pre-event email will go out next week. Monitor the weather so that you can plan your clothing accordingly.
4. Recently announced was an opportunity to take an in-person class for the Nuclear Science merit badge at Duke Energy’s EnergyExplorium at McGuire Nuclear Station. I have 3 Scouts that quickly jumped at this FREE opportunity. I will be providing transportation along with another parent. Please note that the event is on 10/20 AND you MUST do the prerequisite work before attending. See attachment.
5. October 29th is our annual Haunted Trail event. We ask all Scouts AND Leaders to come help set up in the morning and then return at night to give the Troop & Pack families a howling experience. Sign up sheet is up with 2 columns: one for set up and another for the night event.
6. The Brunswick Stew fundraiser is from November 4th to the 5th; sign up sheet is up as well. David recently send the spreadsheet where you can mark which items you wish to donate. Here’s the link in case you missed it: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/13pnrDfIre0mfHWE9JsYrk9gpS2OuD_Q4pCle6xZRBYs/edit#gid=614639066
7. The Warbirds Over Monroe Air Show tickets are still on sale. Interested families that want to join us for the November 12th event, please purchase your tickets here: https://www.eventsprout.com/event/warbirds-over-monroe-air-show-2022
8. I’ve recently asked a selective group of Scouts who have mastered the art of knots and lashes to join me on Webelos weekend, as Troop 275 was asked to conduct a quick lesson to the next generation of Scouts that will be crossing over in 2023. The event is on November 19th. I want to thank the 3 Scouts that stepped up to help.

In summary:
– We have 3 merit badge events (Railroad, Clemson, and Duke Energy).
– We are participating in 2 fundraisers (popcorn and stew).
– We are giving back to our community by retiring flags, cleaning our roads, putting up a Halloween event for our Troop and Pack families, honoring our Veterans at the air show, and helping out the youth at the Webelos event.
– Note that there are 3 sign up sheets: Roadside, Halloween Trail, and Brunswick Stew. Parents and Scouts, please talk about these events with one another and sign up in person TOMORROW.

As always, you can reach out to Mr. Otto at MercadoOtto@gmail.com or (917) 856-1720 if you have any questions or concerns.

Monday 9/26 Plans

Good evening everyone,

I hope everyone is enjoying the cooler temperatures. The timing of this weather is perfect for the long awaited new batch of t-shirts which just recently arrived. We now have the following in stock:

– Short Sleeve Cotton T-Shirt: Sizes Youth Small thru Adult XL for $9 and 2X thru 4X for $10.
– Long Sleeve Cotton T-Shirt: Sizes Youth Small thru Adult XL for $13 and 2X thru 4X for $14.
– Short Sleeve Microfiber T-Shirt: Sizes Youth Small thru Adult XL for $12 and 2X thru 3X for $13.

Tomorrow we will be learning how to do backpack cooking in preparation for our upcoming October trip. If you have a backpack meal you want to try out, as well as any camping pots, and portable camping stoves, you’re welcome to bring it. Don’t worry if you don’t have one, we will likely be sharing. Just to give you all an idea, the equipment will look something like this:

Looking ahead:

1. Roadside Cleanup has now been rescheduled for 10/08. New sign up sheet will be up at the Scout Hut tomorrow.
2. October 15 is Clemson’s Fall Merit Badge university. The cost is $20. Last day to register and bring payment is TOMORROW.
3. The North Carolina Museum of Transportation’s Railroad merit badge event is from October 14th thru the 16th. The cost is $35 per person. Last day to register and bring payment is also TOMORROW.
4. October 29 is our annual Haunted Trail event. We ask all Scouts to come help set up in the morning and then return at night to give the Troop & Pack families a howling experience.
5. The Brunswick Stew fundraiser is from November 4th to the 5th. Details to come.
6. The Warbirds Over Monroe Air Show tickets are on sale. Interested families that want to join us for the November 12th event, please purchase your tickets here: https://www.eventsprout.com/event/warbirds-over-monroe-air-show-2022

As always, you can reach out to Mr. Otto at MercadoOtto@gmail.com or (917) 856-1720 if you have any questions or concerns.

Beach Sweep 2022

Last weekend we had an amazing campout at Myrtle Beach. We went there to pick up trash from a state park and got greeted with a ton of rain for the first half of the campout. After the trash pickup and after the rain stopped we had free time to go have a ton of fun. We got to go to the beach and there was a waterpark in the campsite.

Minigolf

Through the rain and wind, we still were able to push through and have a great campout and great service hours opportunity.

Monday Plans 8-8

Good evening everyone,

This weekend was another eventful one as we welcome 3 new members into the Order of the Arrow after completing their Ordeal. I want to extend my congratulations to Jackson H., Miles, and Rich.

For tomorrow, we will be doing part 1 of the Patrol Flag design challenge. If you were instructed to bring any materials, please remember to do so.

Looking ahead:
1. This was an oversight on my behalf, but due to the early start of the school year for rising 5th, 7th, and 9th graders, I will be cancelling this upcoming Friday’s trip to the Lancaster Police Department and the Fort Mill Fire Department. Read further below for rescheduling details.
2. On Saturday August 20th our Troop leaders will be collaborating with the Charlotte Pistol and Rifle Club to host a Rifle Fun Shoot day. All Scouts interested in participating can register here: https://scoutingevent.com/549-rifleshoot
3. The next Troop Campout at the Scout Hut is schedule for Aug 26th to Aug 28th. It will be on this weekend that we will be tackling 2 key things: a) We will visit the Lancaster Police Department AND b) Scouts that came out of summer camp with an incomplete on their cooking merit badge can continue to work on it.
4. The Warbirds Over Monroe Air Show tickets are on sale. Interested families that want to join us for the the November 12th event, please purchase your tickets here: https://www.eventsprout.com/event/warbirds-over-monroe-air-show-2022
5. Our annual Beach Sweep trip at Lakewood Campground in Myrtle Beach is schedule for Sep. 9th thru the 11th. Online registration already open. The cost is $30 for each person attending, family is welcome to attend. If you’re bringing a camper that will be an extra $100. Registration will close on Aug. 30th.
6. The North Carolina Museum of Transportation sign up sheet for the Railroad merit badge event from October 14th thru the 16th is also open. The cost is $35 per person.
7. Our next Roadside Cleanup will need to be moved to 9/17 due to Labor Day and Beach Sweep.

You’ll notice that I did not state anything about the Fort Mill Fire Department, this is because I am still working out a new date which I will later inform you all about.

Please note that for items 3, 5, and 6 above, I already have a sign up sheet at the Scout Hut which is very low on participation. For items 2 and 4, I have provided you with the links for you to register yourself. Also note, that you do not have to give me a separate check for all events, 1 check with a detailed description will also work.

As always, reach out to me at MercadoOtto@gmail.com or (917) 856-1720 with all your questions and concerns. I will see you all tomorrow.

Lost Sea Adventure

This weekend, me and 11 other boys went on a campout to Tennessee’s Craighead Cavern, which is a registered national landmark. After a 5 hour drive we arrived to the Lost Sea Adventure where we hiked a small distance in order to get to the natural cave entrance, within which we had to go down 132 carved out stairs.

Going down the stairs.

Once we got down the stairs we entered the main area where we would be camping, which had three layers with small height differences. Then we went on a tour and learned about the cave. One of the things we learned is that it is one of the 3 caves in the U.S.A. to have anthodite formations, also known as cave flowers.

Anthodites.

We then went on a boat ride through the underground lake. While on the boat we learned that the rainbow trout in the lake weren’t there when the lake was first discovered because they can’t reproduce due to the absence of flowing water, so the staff have to restock the fish in the lake about every 2-3 years.

The boat.

After the tour was done we proceeded to the crawls, everyone had to do the easiest 3, and only about half of the troop did all 4 hard crawls afterwards.

Carson at the end of a crawl.

On our way to the cave we visited the world largest knife store, Smoky Mountain Knife Works. Almost everyone was able to get something there, from simple pocket knives to katanas.

An example of swords that were once for sale.

All in all, the cave rocked! Everyone had a great time and it was fun to learn about the cave’s history.

For more photos visit our Facebook.

Monday 8/1/2022 Plans

Good evening everyone!!!

This weekend was another multi-event weekend as we had one group of scouts take the Stamp Collecting merit badge at Charlotte’s Philatelic Society Annual Stamp Show while another group took the Tennessee caving challenge at The Lost Sea Adventure. Check out pictures from our Tennessee trip in our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ILTroop275

For tomorrow, please have your knifes sharpen and bring a bar of soap as we will be working on knife safety and soap carving.

Looking ahead:
1. All Arrowmen and inductees into the Order of the Arrow, please note that the Summer Ordeal is next weekend from August 5th thru the 7th at GOLS. If you haven’t register, please go to the attached link now (tonight is the last night to register): https://palmettocouncil.org/oa-registrati
2. For those that want to participate in the Friday August 12 field trip to the Lancaster Police Department and the Fort Mill Fire Department, please let me know THIS WEEK if you’re impacted by either the 7th grade orientation at Indian Land Intermediate School or by the 9th grade meeting at Indian Land High School, both of which are held on the same day. If it turns out that the majority of you are unable to attend, then I will work on rescheduling this event to another date. Again, only if it impacts that majority of the attendees.
3. On Saturday August 20th our Troop leaders will be collaborating with the Charlotte Pistol and Rifle Club to host a Rifle Fun Shoot day. All Scouts interested in participating can register here: https://scoutingevent.com/549-rifleshoot
4. The next Troop Campout at the Scout Hut is schedule for Aug 26th to Aug 28th. More details to come.
5. The Warbirds Over Monroe Air Show tickets are on sale. Interested families that want to join us for the the November 12th event, please purchase your tickets here: https://www.eventsprout.com/event/warbirds-over-monroe-air-show-2022
6. Our annual Beach Sweep trip at Lakewood Campground in Myrtle Beach is schedule for Sep. 9th thru the 11th. Online registration is opening this week. Details to come.
7. The North Carolina Museum of Transportation is happy to announce that they brought back the Railroad merit badge program this year as a camping event from October 14th thru the 16th. The cost is $35 per person. Sign up sheet is already up.

As always, reach out to me at MercadoOtto@gmail.com or (917) 856-1720 with all your questions and concerns. See you all tomorrow.

Monday 7-18-22

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. For tomorrow we’re going to do a revision of topic that comes up quite often mainly because Scouts forget the lesson, I am talking about knot tying. Interesting enough, less than 10% of our Scouts have mastered it, while the rest learn enough of it just to rank up. This is an essential lesson to learn because of the various usages you can get out of it. That being said, take a look at the attached sheet which every Scout will get tomorrow. Use it as a study guide and practice at home. Wondering why there’s a picture of a dice next to it? Well come on over tomorrow and find out.

We will also be having a Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) meeting as we need to plan out the rest of our weekly activities leading up to Beach Sweep in September. All patrol leaders need to be present and come ready with ideas.

Looking ahead:
1. Registration for the Tennessee Caving Trip on 7/30 is officially closed as I locked in the headcount to reserved our spot. The cost is $75 per person which will cover admission, overnight stay, and transportation. The $75 is due by 7/25. I will release further details later on.
2. All Arrowmen and inductees into the Order of the Arrow, please note that the Summer Ordeal is from August 5th thru the 7th at GOLS. If you haven’t register, please go here now (note that parents will have to transport their own Scout AND attendees need to have their medical form with them): https://palmettocouncil.org/oa-registrati
3. Friday August 12 we will be doing a field trip to the Lancaster Police Department and the Fort Mill Fire Department with the intention of helping Scouts with incomplete requirements on the Crime Prevention and/or Fire Safety merit badges. Sign up sheet will be up tomorrow. I will share more details when we’re closer to the date.
4. We will look to see if we can do a campout at the Scout Hut in mid to late August. We have a few logistics to work out so we will keep you posted.
5. For those of you whom have seen the annual calendar, you will notice that on November 6th (which is an estimated date) I have what is call Warbirds Over Monroe Air Show. The idea of the 1-day event is for us to go and celebrate Veterans Day in a unique manner. Information about the 2022 air show just came out this week and they have announced that the show dates will actually be on Nov 12th and 13th. Tickets for this event will soon become available this month, when they do, you’re welcome to purchase them yourself for either your Scout or the whole family as this is first come first serve. When the tickets become available, please select Nov 12th and DO NOT select the box seats. If the 11/12 show sells out by the time you visit the site, you’re welcome to go on 11/13, but the Troop is only going on 11/12. For further details you can visit this website:
https://www.monroenc.org/Departments/Tourism/Warbirds-Over-Monroe-Air-Show/Air-Show-Tickets
6. As I have stated in previous emails, take advantage of the various online merit badge opportunities I have shared with you all. No one has an excuse at the next Court of Honor (in mid September) to not have earned a merit badge or two.

I will see you all tomorrow. We’re back to wearing red t-shirts again, please reach out to me at MercadoOtto@gmail.com or (917) 856-1720 if you have any questions or concerns.

No Meeting Monday 7-4

Good morning everyone,

Our Super Bowl that is better known to us as summer camp is now over. We met with 35 troops composed of 103 leaders and 325 scouts from Florida, Tennessee, and Texas (to name a few) and had a fantastic time.

Now that this is over, we now jump into our typical post-summer camp process:
1. Leaders already reviewed the reports pertaining to merit badge and provided feedback to the camp staff. We’re now waiting on a revised report which will eventually make it into Scoutbook. This will take some time, so please be patient.
2. If your Scout already knows that they earned a partial on a merit badge AND we have a leader in our troop that can bring everything to a close, then start working with that person. If we do not have a leader in the Troop, then we can help with finding one. The Scout has to take the initiative to follow up on this as the thought process has always been that they need to learn to speak up if they want anything.

As for tomorrow, we will NOT be meeting in observance of Independence Day. We will resume our weekly meetings on 7/11.

Hard to believe folks, but we’re just half way thru the year with more to come in the months ahead. At this point, I only want to address the our next event which is the Tennessee Caving Trip from 7/30 to 7/31. My goal is to have at least 20 people (Scouts + Leaders) so that we can get a good rate. I am currently up to 7 Scouts & 2 Leaders:

Scouts: Owen, Camden, Jackson M., Ivan, Aidan, Cannon, and Carson
Leaders: Shane and myself

My apologies if I missed anyone whom has already replied, but if you do not see your name up there, please respond within the next 12 hours as I will be making the reservation later this evening. If I find that this is already fully booked by the time I log in, I will get back to you all and restart the sign up process with an August timeframe, for now we will stick to 7/30 to 7/31.as the days of the trip. As stated in previous emails, the cost is going to be around $70 – $75 depending on how many go. This cost will only cover admission and transportation.

On behalf of everyone at Troop 275 I would like to wish you all a safe and wonderful 4th of July.

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