Hello Conestoga District,
This month, there are two dates I have to remember, Saint Valentine's day and my brides birthday. But February also means Scout Sunday, Blue & Gold banquets, and the Valley Forge Pilgrimage and Encampment. Every unit should find a way to celebrate Scout Sunday, even if your charter organization is not a Church... a Scout is Reverent.
The annual banquet is a way for units to celebrate Scouting's birthday and more importantly, to recognize Scouts for their achievements, and leaders for their service.
And, since 1913, Scouts have been gathering at Valley Forge to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of the troops who spent the winter and spring of 1777-78 training to become a professional army.
If your unit hasn't turned in your re-charter and Journey to Excellence paperwork, please contact Matt or BettyAnn or Dave or myself as soon as possible. There is NO grace period after your charter expires.
And never stop recruiting! New Scouts can join your Pack, Troop, or Crew all year round, there is no problem adding Scouts to your roster after the re-charter is completed.
Most units have already scheduled their Friends of Scouting presentation, and we will be reaching out to the few that aren't scheduled yet. Every unit is required to host a presentation for the parents of that unit's Scouts. Come to Roundtable to find out more about this year's program.
Troops should have their Order of the Arrow elections scheduled by their youth O.A. representative.
Our next Roundtable meeting will be on February 10, at Drexel Hill United Methodist Church. Please invite any new leaders or parents so they can learn more about what's going on, it would be great to have every Pack, Troop, and Crew represented.
Here are some upcoming highlights for the Conestoga District calendar:
Feb 10 - Conestoga District Roundtable meeting and OA, at Drexel Hill UMC
Feb 13-15 - Valley Forge Pilgrimage & Encampment, at Valley Forge National Park
Mar 14 - Conestoga District First Aid meet, at Allstate Training Center in Tinicum
Mar 27-29 - Conestoga District Spring camporee, at Camp Hart
In January, our district had one Eagle Scout Board of Review. Please join me in congratulating Conestoga District's newest Eagle Scout, Andrew Le of Troop 757. Congrats to our newest Eagle and his family.
Yours in Scouting,