OA Fall Fellowship

Fellowship photos courtesy of Mr. McDunn.

Just click on the link below.

OA Fall Fellowship Photos

Knot Display

 


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Merit Badge Counselor – Latest Addition

Scouts and Scouters,

Just to let you know, I signed up to be a Merit Badge Counselor for 6 Eagle-required badges… all 3 Citizenships, Communications, Cooking & Family Life.

Mrs. Ashcraft

 

Also to let you know I’ve signed up for the Digital Technology merit badge. The computer merit badge has been revised and renamed to mimic the rapid changes in technology.

Mr. Sikora

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Popcorn Sales – Update

Scouts and Parents,

SEPTMERBER 28TH IS THE LAST DAY TO TURN IN SALES SHEETS TO QUALIFY FOR THE TROOP RAFFLE. (See Footnote Below)  IF YOU HAVE SOLD $400 OR MORE IN COMBINED SALES VIA DOOR TO DOOR, BOOTH SALES, AND ONLINE SALES, YOU MUST BRING YOUR SHEETS ON 9/28 TO QUALIFY FOR THE TROOP RAFFLE TICKETS.

PLEASE MAKE THAT FINAL PUSH TO SELL BETWEEN NOW AND WEDNESDAY (9/28) AND QUALIFY FOR ONE OR MORE TICKETS IN THE RAFFLE THAT INCLUDES THE PARROT DRONE!   GOOD LUCK.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO YOUR FELLOW SCOUTS AND PARENTS AS I WAS NOT ABLE TO ATTEND THE COURT OF HONOR TO MAKE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND THE HISTORY OF PEOPLE READING E-MAILS IS SKETCHY AT BEST.   WE WANT EVERYONE WHO HAS WORKED HARD TO QUALIFY FOR THE RAFFLE TO PARTICIPATE!  THANKS.

FOOTNOTE:

Please note Booth Sales from October 1st WILL BE added to this tally for Troop Raffle purposes, but sale sheets still need to be turned in even if you are working the October 1st Booth.

If you wish to keep selling after the 9/28 meeting,  you are free to take your sheets back after the sales are recorded, but any sales after 9/28 will ONLY count toward reducing the requested family contributions and for district prize levels, not the Troop Raffle. 

Keith Wolak


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Kankakee State Park Campout – Permission Form

Scouts and Scouters,
All, please see the attached permission for for the October Camp.  Complete the form and return it with payment this week.

Thank you,

-Mr. Shelton

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PLC Meeting Notes – 9-19-2016


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Popcorn Sales – Week 3 – Dixon’s

Scouts and Parents,

LEADERSHIP HELP NEEDED:  I will not be able to manage the booth sale this Saturday the 24th as I will be at a conference all day and my wife is working.  I am happy to drop off all needed booth sale items to one of the first shift families the night before, and pick up the booth sale items Saturday after 7 from one of the last shift families.  If you could help me with this it would be greatly appreciated.  In the alternative, if one person wants to manage the whole day, I can provide them with what they need as well.  Please let me know.

REMINDERBrandon, Joe, Teddy, Gabe, Wyatt and Cooper are signed up for the Booth sale on September 24th.   Please see attached Schedule. (Wyatt, there is a “?” by your name are you confirmed with a parent?)

 popcorn-signup-sheet

Still one booth spot open for October 1st (Jason, will you be there with Charles? Please confirm).

PARENTS:  Please review the Parent Packet your boys received with their order forms and I have circulated via e-mail.  Please be ready with the Square Register app the night before.  User Name and Password are in the Parent Information Sheets.  Also, please review the Booth Sales Tips Below to make the best use of your time in this process.

TROOP RAFFLE:  In order to qualify for the Troop Raffle you need to turn in your sale sheets on or before September 28th. This total along with the booth sale totals from October 1st will determine how many raffle tickets you will get.  See handout info for additional details. 

REMINDER:  Always, Always Always ask people if they “WANT TO SUPPORT SCOUTING” not if they “want to buy popcorn”.  Nobody in their right mind buys popcorn at these prices, they are supporting scouting by buying popcorn where 73% of their purchase goes to support local scouting!  If you miss this critical point you are making your job much harder.

BOOTH SALE TIPS:  Having observed many booth sale shifts, I can confidently tell you that there are THREE SECRETS OF SUCEESS to selling at a booth sale.  These are true regardless of the volume of traffic, weather, and location. 

1)            STAND. All Scouts need to be on their feet!   Very few people walk up to a table selling something on their own.  They need to be called and directed to the table.  If the scouts are on their feet, they widen the scope of their sales area multiple times.  When scouts are sitting, it is easy to walk further away from the table and avoid eye contact, when scouts are standing people are funneled to the table.   I strongly recommend the parents sit at the table and do the paperwork, that is the real reason I provide chairs … for the parents.  Scouts should be out in front or next to the table. Make yourself visible.

2)            GREET.  Once standing, Scouts need to say “hi” or “good morning” or “good afternoon” to people as they approach the booth.  You should call out a greeting to the prospective person when they are about 20 feet from your entrance.  Once they make eye contact with you, you say “Would you like to support scouting by buying some popcorn”.    If you wait to engage people until they are passing your table, it’s too late.  It’s too easy at this point for them to ignore you, they only have 2 seconds of discomfort.   If you say nothing, you never had a chance.   Greet and ask before people go in the store, let them get comfortable with the idea of supporting scouting and realize how bad they will feel ignoring you when they leave.

3)            SELL.   Once they come to the table, be a good SELLER.  Give them a chance to buy something.  Know your products, and the prices, and show some enthusiasm.  I do not recommend asking for donations as part of your sales pitch.  It is much easier for a customer to give you a dollar and walk away than it is to buy a bag of popcorn that gives a minimum of  $7.30 to scouting.   When people add “or make a donation” at the end of their “Would you like to support scouting by buying popcorn”, their sales go down and their donations go up (but not as much).  Counsel has told us that we are allowed to accept cash donations, but not solicit them.   Scouts are encouraged to SELL first, but are always allowed to graciously accept any donation.  As you know, these donations to not count toward Troop or Counsel awards.

Make the most of your time at the booth sale by being on task and following these three tips.   

Keith Wolak


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Popcorn Fundraiser


Scouts and Parents,

 

THE 2016 POPCORN FUNDRAISER HAS BEGUN!  If you were not at Wednesday’s meeting (or if your Scout left without taking a packet – there were a couple of those), I have attached a pdf of the packet for your convenience (just click on the link at the bottom of this post). If you need more forms or an original packet I will be at next week’s meeting or you can contact me to pick one up anytime.

 

IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE:

Please go over the attached Packet with your Scout, especially the Safety and Sales Tips.  NO SCOUT should be asking people if they want to “BUY POPCORN”.   ALL SCOUTS should be asking if people want to “SUPPORT SCOUTING”, “SUPPORT OUR TROOP”, “HELP ME EARN MONEY FOR CAMP”, ETC.   Remember 73% of all funds support local scouting!!

Sales for Troop incentives end September 28thTHERE IS ONLY A 4 WEEK WINDOW TO QUALIFY FOR THE TROOP PRIZES.

The Goal for each Scout has been increased to $400

The REQUESTED DONATION for Scouts that do not sell, or don’t reach their goal, has been INCREASED.  Please review the PARENT INFORMATION sheets in the packet.

Sign-ups for SHOW AND SELL will open at the Wednesday September 7th Meeting.  Scouts will have an opportunity to sign up in Rank Order for their first shift, after that its open sign-up.  The Sale dates and locations will be:

September 10 – Calumet Harley Davidson

September 17th –  Jewel

September 24th – Dixon’s

October 1st – Staples  

Please note we require two scouts and adults at the booth at all times, so please coordinate parent availability with your Scout’s choice.

If anyone would like to coordinate a pop-up Show and Sell booth at their place of worship, union hall, etc. I’m happy to work with you to make it happen.

Keith Wolak
2016 Popcorn Sales


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Merit Badge Counselor List – Update

The list of merit badge counselors who are also members of Troop 533 has been updated.

If you are a scout and want to know who to work with on a particular merit badge then look first at this list. The list link can be found on the troop web page in the right hand column, “MERIT BADGE COUNSELORS LIST”.

If you are an adult and have a particular skill or interest then I encourage you to register at the scout office, then let us know and I’ll add you to the list.

Mr. Sikora


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Engineering Merit Badge

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0igh7jziaq0r1m8/Engineering%20Merit%20Badge%20.pdf?dl=0

If you have misplaced or never received the merit badge book then check out this link to my book.

( just click on the above link )


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Engineering Merit Badge – Status

The past several weeks we have been reviewing the requirements of the Engineering merit badge. Worksheets have been given to each scout. Please bring in your completed worksheet to the up coming troop meetings. I’ll make myself available to answer any question you may have. If you do not have the merit badge book CD then talk to me and I can fix that. I’d like to have everyone complete this badge and be awarded by the next Court of Honor. My contact info is on the worksheet.

Mr. Sikora

LAST FIRST COMPLETED
ASHCRAFT THOMAS 8/10/16
BECK COOPER
FULLER SAMMY 8/10/16
HERITAGE STEPHEN
HOFFERTH CHARLIE
IVERSON CHARLES
McKEEVER ELLIOTT
McKEEVER CALEB
MILAN TEDDY
MILES KEN
SOTO URIEL
SOTO ALI
VICARI CHARLES
ZAMAN RAYHAN 8/17/16

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