Boy Scout Troop 58
December 2002 Newsletter

December is another short month for the Boy Scouts, but we're looking forward to having fun!

We have three regular Monday meetings this month.

Monday, December 2 - More work on Merit Badges, and advancement work for the younger Scouts. Mr. Morse will also be doing first aid instruction.
POPCORN MONEY IS DUE at this meeting. If you didn't bring it to this meeting, please contact Mr. Hutchinson to coordinate ASAP.

Monday, December 9 - Maine Rock Gym - rock climbing. This plan is tentative, and will be discussed at the meeting on December 2nd. The plan is to meet at Maine Rock Gym on Marginal Way in Portland at 6:30 for an evening of rock climbing.
If this plan cannot be coordinated, we'll be meeting at Westcustago Hall as usual for a discussion of the special requirements of winter camping, and a winter camping packing demonstration.

Monday, December 16 - Caroling!!
We'll meet at Mabel I. Wilson School parking lot and climb onto a hay ride singing carols, then end up at the Hutchinsons' house for a bonfire and hot cocoa afterward.

Other upcoming events

Monday, January 6
- Troop Elections

Saturday, January 11 - Carter Notch Trip
This is the winter trip you've been waiting for - overnight in a cabin, and hiking to the magnificent view of Carter's Notch. Sign up soon, because we have only 20 slots available for this trip.

Special Note to Parents -
Boy Scout Troop 58 is in search of adult assistance. Don't panic. The troop doesn't want to take over your every spare moment. We're looking for people to assist in the ways they are most comfortable in assisting. We're especially looking for new merit badge counselors, as many of our current merit badge counselors have scouts that are getting ready to "graduate" from Boy Scouting. Being a merit badge counselor is one of the least time intensive, most rewarding ways to participate in your Boy Scout troop. Without merit badge counselors, our boys cannot earn the merit badges needed to progress through the ranks of Boy Scouts and eventually attain the level of Eagle Scout.

Please, parents and other interested adults (grandparents, aunts and uncles are all welcome!) attend the December 2 meeting and see the opportunities we have to offer. It's an informational meeting - we'll save the arm-twisting until later.