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Activities
Merit Badge College
Scouts: here's an opportunity to earn valuable merit badges over several weekends.  This program is sponsored by the Connecticut Yankee Council, a BSA "branch office" which oversees troops and dens in Ridgefield and neighboring communities.

Dates:  Saturday, February 2, 2019
            Saturday, February 9, 2019
            Saturday, February 23, 2019
            Saturday, March 2, 2019
            Saturday, March 9, 2019 (Snow Make-up, if needed)

Time: Classes are offered from 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Location: Lyman Hall High School, 70 Pond Hill Road, Wallingford, CT

Tuition: $25.00 includes Merit Badge Pamphlets and Merit Badge College Patch.  No refunds after class assignment.

Registration: Please email Mrs. Breitenbach (abreitenbach@mac.com) with your 8 choices in order of interest and current scout rank. All registrations should be emailed by Saturday Dec 8th so we register our Troop early and hopefully get everyone their first choice of badge. Scouts must be First Class rank by Dec 28th in order to register.  Each Scout can take up to three Merit Badges, but please be sure to select eight. Scouts must be First Class rank as of December 28, 2018.  Scouts registered without a rank will not be considered.  Please register early as the site will shut down at the earlier of the deadline date or when capacity has been reached.

Merit Badges Course Offerings *

1. American Heritage               9. Digital Technology            17. Oceanography
2. Aviation                              10. Disability Awareness        18. Personal Management
3. Chess                                  11. Drafting                            19. Photography
4. Citizenship in Community  12. Energy                              20. Public Speaking
5. Citizenship in Nation          13. Engineering                      21. Space Exploration
6. Citizenship in World           14. Family Life                        22. Sustainability
7. Coin Collecting                   15. Landscape Arch                23. Textiles
8. Communications                 16. Nuclear Science               24. Weather
                                                                                              25. No Choice

Please use assigned numbers for the on-line registration form.  If no merit badge is being entered please use 25 - No Choice

* Subject to availability of Counselors, classrooms and chairs. We'll make an effort to assign at least one Eagle required badge per Scout.  Scouts will be assigned no more than two Eagle required badges

Service Projects
Each scout is required to volunteer 12 hours of community service each scouting year.  Six hours are required between June 30th and February 15th.  And another six hours from February 16th to June 29th.  Two out of the six hours each semester may be non-Troop sponsored, with prior approval from the Scoutmaster. 

For the troop to participate in a community service project, two adults are required to sign up and attend.  Boy Scouts of America policy requires two-deep adult coverage at all times.  We need everyone's help to enforce this policy.  If two adults don't participate in a service project, the troop will cancel the commitment we've made to the organization.  Important note for adults: when you sign up for log keeper, you must send Jana Hogan a list of scouts who participated and the hours they worked.  Read our service policy here.

Founders Hall Decoration Clean-up 
January 2019 (date and time to be determined)
Help Founders Hall putting away Holiday Decorations.  Wear your Class B uniform.

A Taste of Ridgefield 
Sunday, January 27th, 2019 at the Ridgefield Community Center on Main Street
There are many opportunities to help at the Rotary Club's annual tasty event.  This opportunity is always fun for the scouts!  Several shifts available:  9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

RVNA Health Fair 
March 2019 (Location, date and time to be determined)

Help the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association set up and take down its annual Health Fair.

Woodcock Nature Center 
March 2019 (time and date to be determined)
Woodcock Nature Center (entrance on Deer Run Road in Wilton) will need volunteers to help clean some sheds.

ScoutsCAN for Food 
Troop 76 is responsible for emptying the bins at the recycling center of returnable plastic bottles and cans.  The bins must be emptied only during operation.  The exit gate is closed at 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.  There's no access after hours or on Sunday.
  Here's a link to download instructions (.docx file).  For details and hands-on demonstration, please e-mail spencer_carlson11@icloud.comCheck out TTSU for sign-ups.

Camp Sequassen
The troop's week of summer camp at Sequassen will be from Sunday, July 21, 2019 - Saturday July 27, 2019. Mark your calendar now!

 Presidential Volunteer Service Award
Instructions for submitting hours for the award are posted below. Please remit your spread sheets to Mrs. Hogan at jana.hogan@comcast.net by the end of the day June 11th - no exceptions!

Our Troop is proud to have been accepted as a Certifying Organization for The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). Scouts who volunteer enough hours can earn this prestigious award that comes with a special pin, certificate and congratulatory letter from the President. PVSA was started in 2003 by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by example, inspired others to engage in volunteer service. The goal is to encourage individuals to embrace the spirit of volunteerism that makes this country so great. The Award level is determined by the amount of hours a scout works. Please refer to the below chart.

Hours by Award
Children (5-10 years)        Teens (11-15 years)        Young Adults (16-25)        Adults (26 and older)        Families and Groups*
26 - 49  (Bronze)                50 - 74 (Bronze)              100 - 174 (Bronze)            100 - 249 (Bronze)             200 - 499 (Bronze)
50 - 74  (Silver)                   75 - 99 (Silver)                 175 - 249 (Silver)               250 - 499 (Silver)                500 - 999 (Silver)
75 +  (Gold)                         100+ (Gold)                      250 +  (Gold)                      500+ (Gold)                         1,000+ (Gold)

How to track hours
Service is calculated from June 1st to May 31st. This time period only applies to the PVSA calculations. A scout is required to keep track of all community service hours they perform using an Excel spread sheet.
The data they should collect is written below and should be presented to the Community Service Coordinator in the correct order. Please ensure that the Time in Hours column has a grand total at the bottom.
On June 1, after a year of volunteering it is the scout's responsibility to email The Community Service Coordinator a copy of their Excel sheet. They have till June 11th to send in their information. No sheets will be accepted after this date.

Dates to Remember
May 31: Cut off date for current year's service
June 5th-11th: Send in Excel Sheet to Community Service Coordinator for current year's service
June 1: Start recording on new Excel sheet for following year's award
Example of Excel Spreadsheet:
     Last Name
     First Name
     Age
     Date of Service
     Organization
     Contact Name
     Contact Phone
     Time in Hours
     Description of Volunteer Work:


Please note fund raising of any kind is not considered community service. Volunteering to help a religious organization may be submitted but not if you're teaching or preaching.  Any questions should be directed to the PVSA Coordinators Jana Hogan and Kristine Keaveny.

Adult Training
Merit Badge Counselor Training
All Merit Badge Counselors will be required to get trained before the end of the calendar year. You must either attend a training session in person or take the online course. It is a one time only training. There will be additional dates offered throughout the year (and hopefully at Sequassen but that is TBD at this point).

Youth Protection Training
We are asking all adults in the troop to complete Youth Protection Training. Follow this link to complete the training: http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx

First Aid Training
Firefly Family Yoga is offering American Heart Association CPR Certification Course for anyone needing to be certified or re-certified. The course will be held on Sunday January 28th from 3:30pm-6:00pm and the cost is $45. To learn more information please visit www.fireflyfamilyyoga.com or call 203-431-0140.

Please contact Kristine Keaveny (kskeaveny@yahoo.com) for more information if you have any interest in the above-listed training dates.

Class B Shirts
If you need a Class B shirt please contact Mrs. Francis. The cost of the shirt is $13.

Shop on line and donate to scouting. It's free.
Our regional BSA office, the Connecticut Yankee Council, benefits when you shop at Amazon, eBay, Cabelas, Eastern Mountain Sports, REI, and others. These retailers agreed to split some of their income with Council. It's easy and costs you nothing. Help scouting by starting here then choose your store.  And here's a link on how to use Amazon Smile, the on-line retailer's donation option.

Communications
Troop Texting
Stay informed with troop text messages. We encourage scouts, adults and leaders in the troop to sign up for this service.  It's free to sign up, but it does send text messages to your phone.  Please join one of the groups below by sending a text.  It's quick and easy. 

Scouts                                                                              Troop 76 Parents
Enter this number: (203) 403-2120                                Enter this number: (203) 403-2120
Text this message: @t76scouts                                       Text this message: @t76parents

Troop 76 Uniformed Leaders                                         Troop 76 Committee Members
Enter this number: (203) 403-2120                                 Enter this number: (203) 403-2120
Text this message: @t76leaders                                      Text this message: @t76comm

After you send your text message you'll receive a confirmation text that you're signed up.  That's it!