But I Don’t Use Email

Is email dead? To many Teenagers it may as well be. Here’s an interesting stat on the use of Texting. If you thought Millennials rely on texting, a recent stat has Teenagers texting 10X more than Boomers.

(source: http://www.accredited-online-college.org/phone-text-email/)

Scoutbook mainly uses email to communicate, so what can a Teenager do?

Email Filtering

Email filtering can be used to remove Junk mail, but it can also serve another purpose. You can setup a Filter to forward an email (or whenever an important email is received for a certain sender. This is just what we are asking Scouts to do.

If you rely on texting more than email. Setup a Smart Filter in your email of choice to alert you when a message comes in from the Troop.

Setting Up a Smart Filer

To setup this filter, you’ll first need to know your phone’s email address, then redirect emails from Scoutbook to your phone.

Here’s detailed instructions on this. https://www.cnet.com/how-to/auto-forward-important-email-to-your-phone-as-a-text-message/

Another Option

Check your emails every once and while.

Emails remain the king of communications in the business world. You can never get the depth of information to run a troop, company or other organization in 140 characters.

For quick communications, even the Troop can start using texts and Scoutbook does support texts, but not all Scouts have phones that support texting, and not all that do, have mobile phones listed in their Scoutbook profile.


Winter Recess – Time for Merit Badges!?

Here it is. Winter Recess. No school. Time to ski, snowboard, video games, and merit badges. Wait! What?How-to-earn-merit-badges

Why not? Get caught up on school projects and then this is a perfect time to work on a merit badge. Spend an hour a day and soon you’ll have it done. Before you crack those books, you’ll want to follow the following 12 steps:

  1. The Scout develops an interest in a merit badge and may begin working on the requirements.
  2. The Scout discusses his interest in the merit badge with his unit leader.
  3. The unit leader signs a blue card and provides the Scout with at least one counselor contact.
  4. The Scout contacts the counselor.
  5. The counselor considers any work toward requirements completed prior to the initial discussion with the unit leader.
  6. The Scout, his buddy and the counselor meet (often several times).
  7. The Scout finishes the requirements.
  8. The counselor approves completion.
  9. The Scout returns the signed blue card to his unit leader, who signs the applicant record section of the blue card.
  10. The unit leader gives the Scout the applicant record.
  11. The unit reports the merit badge to the council.
  12. The Scout receives his merit badge.
    excerpts from a blog post “This is how to earn a merit badge“.

Convinced yet?

Did you know that there are 136 merit badges to choose from. Seventeen can be used for 13 “Eagle” required merit badges. That leaves 119. Sound like too many? The idea of the merit badges is to encourage each scout to discover more about about their interests. Merit badges provides a way to for learn more about a particular interest or vocation, from Archaeology to Space Exploration and from Crime Prevention to Medicine and Movie Making.

The List

Here’s a link to a listing of all of the Merit Badges, including links to their requirements. Use this list to see what you are interested in. Now you’ve completed step #1 from above. http://www.scouting.org/meritbadges.aspx

Want to keep reading, here some more related blog posts:

Bear Incident at Split Rock Reservoir


We have all seen the news reports of yesterday’s bear attack.

Yesterday, Chris Petronino was hiking with his son and 2 other boys and came upon a cave at Split Rock reservoir.  This is reportedly a cave that Chris has been in before.

While Chris was investigating a cave, he encountered a bear. The boys were outside of the cave and lost sight of Chris.

The boys did not enter the cave and did not witness the attack.

Chris did call out to the boys to call 911 and the boys were able to guide the rescue and police to their location. The boys maintained their wits about them through the entire ordeal I am very proud of them.

While they are all scouts, this was not a troop outing.

Please pray for a quick and speedy recovery for Chris and for Lydia and their children’s peace of mind.

Our council has issued a media statement http://main.ppbsa.org/Response%20to%20Media%2010_20_2015.pdf

Parent Orientation Night

Just about all of the scout parents attended last nights’ orientation, so first off – thanks for coming out and staying for the presentations. Below are some of the resources that were mentioned last night:

Please check the calendar of events. If your son wants to attend a campout, even one that we have not sent out emails about, you can mark him as going by changing his status from “Maybe” to “Yes”. We will confirm and ask for payment later on.

If you have any trouble with using ScoutBook, please the forums on ScoutBook or contact Daniel at dambrosiani@gmail.com.

2015-2016 Program Announced

Here is a list of campouts and other activities for Troop 69.

Only registered Troop 69 members in ScoutBook.com may access the links above. If you are not able to access these links, please contact Daniel Ambrosiani, dambrosiani@gmail.com.

Summer Camp at Camp Winnebago 2015

Aargh! Troop Swims. Tag on Megar Mountain. Outpost to Kit Carson. Polar Bear Swim for One Day. Waiter for the day. Hottest Day of the Summer – 96° on Wednesday. Cayuga Campsite. Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything. Getting Stuck on the Zip Line. Spider bites. Go Fish during the Rain. Getting Stuck on the Far Side of Zip Line and Walking Back. Goonies. Giancarlo’s Pioneering Swing Set. The Legend of the Winnebago Tribe. These are just a few of the memories I wanted to jot down. Our campers can fill-in the details and I’m sure, can add more stories as well.

DSC_4716That’s what Summer Camp is for, not just for earning merit badges and the scouts collectively earned 34 this past week, but this week was about having fun and challenging ourselves. We were challenged in different ways. Some had essays to complete, shooting proficiency to make, or volunteers to rescue. There were projects to make from leather, wood or cardboard, fish to catch, making a shelter from what nature provides and sometimes we were challenged by our own tent mates. This is what Summer Camp is about, having fun, growing from learning, teaching, and working and depending on another for 1 week in the woods in Winnebago.

Enough talk, here are links to photos for you to enjoy. If you have additional photos you wish to share, please let me know. Here they are as a Photo Story as well as Photo Album.

Lastly, I wanted to thank the other leaders Ron, Tony, and Don for volunteering their time and helping out and of course to John Tate, who along with Tony took the scouts on their Outpost experience Tuesday night.

Hershey Park Happy

After 3 weeks of dry, the Northeast got rain and of course the heavens opened up while we were on our camp out and in Hershey park. As the motto goes, we were prepared. As most were diving for the exit, we texted between our groups and meet at the only indoor ride in the park. The storm passed as we shot-up the Reeses Xtreme Challenge. By the time left, the rain was light. By the time we finished having dinner together most rides were reopened. A number of the scouts “graduated” by facing their fears and took on the Sooper Dooper Looper. The more advanced adrenalin junkies notched off just about every ride worth riding in the 12 hours we had in the park.


More trip photos available on the troop Scrapbook.

Troop T-Shirts for 2015

tshirt-orangeYou may have heard about the T-Shirt voting process, if not you may always ask your scout about it.

This is the winning design. The scouts also elected to have the shirt to be “emergency orange” with black lettering. The youth shirt is on the right. The leader shirt is “Texas orange” with white lettering, below.

T-Shirts are part of the annual troop dues, so there is no charge for scouts that paid in 2014. For the newer scouts, that bridged this past March, T-Shirts are $25.

tshirt-ldrPlease “vote” with your scouts size, so that we may order shirts in time for summer camp.

Ordering is now closed.

Giving Your Scout Access to ScoutBook

The short of it: No one can give a scout access to ScoutBook, except a parent who has already been registered in ScoutBook and linked to their son. The scout must also have an email address of their own.

How to do this: There are a few steps to follow, but it starts with the parent having an account in ScoutBook. All parents of Troop 69 have received an invite to join our ScoutBook site, if you can not find your invite, send Daniel an email to resend one.

Log into ScoutBook and select the “My Dashboard”. Under the “My Family” section, you should see a record for your son. Click on the record with your sons’ name, this will bring up his full record. Scrolling down you’ll see his ranks, merit badges and awards followed by additional menu items starting with “Profile”. Click on “Profile” and scroll to the very bottom.

At the bottom, there is a button labeled, “Invite {your sons’ name} to Connect”. Click on this and you’ll be asked for your sons’ email address. Fill this in and send. You can follow-up with him that he received the invite.

That’s it. This will allow him to sign-up for events, comment in discussions and mark off his own requirements (they still need to be approved by a leader).

Check this presentation to see the 4-step process and screens.