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Memorial Day

Posted on May 8 2013 - 4:17pm

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860's tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

The Troop will be marching -- please plan to attend.

http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html

Pancake Breakfast a Success!

Posted on May 8 2013 - 4:00pm

Thank you to Mr Andronowitz and his family for all of their work organizing the pancake breakfast. Thanks, also, to all of the parents and adult leaders who took the time to help out. Great job by all of the scouts who sold tickets and worked at the pancake breakfast.

Pancakes - Have you Signed Up and Sold Tickets?

Posted on May 1 2013 - 4:20pm

The annual Pancake Breakfast will be held on Sunday, May 5, serving food from 8:00-12:00. Uniform is the Class B (red) Shirt and Scout Pants.

Sign-up is now open. All scouts are expected to sign up for a shift to help with this fundraiser. Each scout is also expected to sell at least six tickets - which you should have received in the mail two weeks ago.

Parents are also needed to help prepare food.

The money earned at this fundraiser is used to pay for awards, camp permits, equipment, administrative expenses, and other expenses. The fundraiser reduces costs that would otherwise be passed on to the scouts. Successful fundraisers require the continued efforts of all scouts and their parents in the troop. For parents who don’t like to camp, this fundraiser provides an excellent opportunity to participate in a scouting event and help the troop.

Reminder - Summer Camp Information Meeting on Sunday

Posted on May 1 2013 - 3:46pm

All 1st and 2nd year scouts attending summer camp and at least one parent/guardian are expected to attend this Sunday's summer camp meeting. If you can not attend, please contact Mr Quinlavin.

Leadership Thought

Posted on May 1 2013 - 3:41pm

You don’t need a title to be a leader.
– Multiple Attributions

Calling All Youth Leaders !!!!!

Posted on May 1 2013 - 3:37pm

Have you been recently elected to a new troop leadership position? Are you asking yourself, "now what?". Have you attended the troops annual Junior Leader Training? Are you at least 1st class and will be 13 by August 1, 2013?

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