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  • lauratague 2:43 pm on June 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Troop Updates 

    We will not have a meeting this week.

    At this time, we are going to have to cancle Space Jam. (August 7 – 9) One of our Council’s guidelines is no carpooling. Every scout attending would have to be driven in a car by a family member. Also, Illinois is only allowing gatherings of 50 or less.

    We will be camping the weekend of August 7 – 9. We need to ensure our first year Scouts meet Order of Arrow eligibility. I am working on finding a special use area that is close to St. Louis. Again, all Scouts will have to be driven in their own family’s vehicle and no carpooling.

    Questions – email me at laura.e.tague@sbcglobal.net

  • lauratague 10:35 pm on June 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    OA Elections 

    Thursday, June 25th at 7 pm is OA elections. It is important that all Scouts attend to vote. Please email me directly at laura.e.tague@sbcglobal.net to get the information needed to log on to Zoom.

  • lauratague 11:23 pm on June 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    OA Elections / Requirements 

    Thursday, June 25th at 7 pm is OA elections. It is important that all Scouts attend to vote.  As this site is not secure, I can’t post the Zoom link. Please email me at laura.e.tague@sbcglobal.net for the information.

    The OA has new guidelines for a “Temporary Camping Night Policy”. This will effect our first year Scouts. Normally, to qualify to be on the OA ballott, one of the requirements is to have attended a long term summer camp.

    Under the temporary guidelines, a long-term camp plan must be developed. It must include progress toward rank advancement.

    I am working on a packet for 1st & 2nd Class Requirements. There will be some that Scouts can do at home. For some of the home requirements, family will be the patrol. Others, will have to be done in person, under Council Guidelines, small Patrols at a local park.

    This may have to be done on two weekend day since most parks have a sunset curfew.

    The Scouts must also do five, yes five, nights of virtual camping. The OA defines Virtual Camping as “Virtual camping (i.e., backyard or solo camping)”

    At this time, my idea is to meet as a troop on a Saturday or Sunday split into Patrols to cover some requirements.

    Have the five nights of Virtual Camping, then meet at the end ot cover some additional requirements.(This is still a work in progress.)

  • lauratague 1:47 pm on June 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Meeting Updates 

    We will be having a meeting this Thursday. We will discuss the Family Life Merit Badges. Scouts need to be able to say what their “chores” around the house are. Also, if your family has done a family project recently, they can talk about that.

    If you need the Zoom Meeting Information, email me. It is a different link than what we had. – laura.e.tague@sbcglobal.net

    Other important information: Thursday, June 25th at 7 pm is OA elections. It is important that all Scouts attend to vote. I will post the Zoom Link next Monday.

    Our Tenderfoot Scouts need to do the BSA Swimming test for rank advancement. Jessie has offered the use of her pool to us as a group. This is something I would like to schedule for late July, mid August before school starts.

  • waelterl 1:31 pm on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    June 2020 Scrip Orders 

    Hello Troop 821,

    I will be collecting scrip orders from Thursday 6/11 to Saturday 6/13. Text or call me at 314-443-1658 if you have an order. Also, let me know if you will drop off  the order or if I need to pick it up.

    June 2020 Scrip Order Form


    Larry Waeltermann


  • lauratague 5:38 pm on June 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply  


    We will not have a meeting this Thursday due to another GSLAC conflict I have.

    OA Elections will be Thursday, June 25 @ 7 PM. I am waiting for exact details.

    Kia Kima has published their virtual Merit Badge List. If you click on the name of the Merit Badge, it will take you to the registration link. Parents will have to create an account https://www.kiakima.net/scouts-bsa-programs.html

    GSLAC will also be having Zoom Merit Badges. This is the link: https://stlbsa.org/achievement/advancement/merit-badge-skill-centers/

    I will be working on Family Life, Citizenship in the Nation, and Citizenship in the World for the Troop. As soon as I get them ready, I will post.

  • lauratague 7:48 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Scouts BSA Advancement Starter Kit 

    Greater St. Louis Area Council has an advancement starter kit that covers requirements in Scout to First Class. The booklet is free, but the things like the compass, rope, STEM kit and knot tying kit are part of a kit. The kit is $25 if you pick it up at the MacArthur Service Center on West Pine or $35 to ship to your home. If you want a copy, let me know and I will email it to you. (laura.tague@bsatroop821.com)

    There are hyper links in the booklet, so it is something best used electronically.
    It is up to the Scout to track what they do in the booklet for rank advancement.


  • lauratague 10:11 pm on June 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Zoom Meeting 

    We are going to continue to do Zoom meetings (until I can get Google non-profit set up)

    The requirements that we should be working on for 1st and 2nd class require closer than 6 feet contact. There are modifications for 1st and 2nd class posted on the Google Classroom.

    Again, pulling out of the announcement “”Parents should be surveyed and a majority of the parents in the Scouting unit must approve restoring in person activities.” We need to hear from parents before we can start in person meetings. We also have to have approval from our Charter Organization to resume meetings.

    If you need the Zoom info, please email me. I can’t post on the blog because it isn’t secure.

    Email me – laura.tague@bsatroop821.org

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