Welcome to Troops 390/7390
Welcome to the official website of Scouts BSA Troops 390/7390. We are chartered by Faith Lutheran Church of Fairlawn, Ohio and belong to the Soaring Eagle District in the Great Trail Council of Scouts BSA.
What's Happening in Our Troop?
Upcoming Event Calendar
5/10 - BOR
5/13-15 - Camping @ MAPS, Canton
5/24 - COH
5/28 - Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery Flag Laying
5/29 – ECOH, 2 PM @ Faith Lutheran
5/30 - Fairlawn VFW Memorial Day Service, Bicentennial Park
6/3-6/5 - Cedar Point, East Harbor SP
6/26-7/2 - High Knoll, Pulaski VA
7/17-23 - Summer Camp, Manatoc
8/12-14 - White Water Rafting, Ohio Pyle PA - TBD
9/9-11 - Pig Gig @ Camp Tuscazoar
October TBD - Laurel Caverns
11/4-6 - Camp Manatoc
12/2-4 - Camp Manatoc, White Elephant/Christmas Campout
Upcoming Events in May:
May will be a very busy month. Please see below.
- May 9 - Swim Tests conducted @ Copley High at 7 PM. Swimmers need to be in swimwear and bring their current BSA Health Form along with $2.
- May 10 Board of Review (BOR) – This is the last day for Scouts working on Theater or Communication Merit Badges and to submit their completed Blue Cards. BOR is when a Scout completes rank advancement requirements. Blue Cards are turned in when Scouts complete Eagle required Merit Badges.
- May 13-15 MAPS Museum Campout in Canton. Scouts will work on their Aviation MB.
- May 24 – Troop Court of Honor @ Faith Lutheran
- Saturday, May 28 - The Troop will participate in placing flags on graves of the veterans at the Ohio Western Reserve Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Rittman. We will meet at the Church at 8 AM.
- Sunday, May 29 there will be an Eagle Court of Honor for our 5 latest Eagle Scouts at Faith Lutheran beginning at 2 PM
- May 30 - Memorial Day morning our Scouts will lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the Fairlawn VFW ceremony held in Fairlawn's Bi-Centennial Park. Ceremony begins at 10 AM.
- Girl Scout Troop 91116 is collecting new and gently used shoes. Clean out your closets and bring shoes to any troop meeting in May.
Summer Camp, Camp Manatoc, July 17-23:
Early bird registration has ended, and the fee is $355 for those who pay between April 30 and July 8, and a late fee for those who pay at check in, $370.
The BSA is strict on health forms. They can be downloaded. Tetanus shots must be current. Part C must be completed by a doctor and needs to be renewed every year. The Camp will not accept athletic/sports physicals. Please do not wait until the last minute to schedule a physical for your Scout; the Camp will not admit them without it.
Similarly, Scouts are not allowed in the water without an annual swim test. Swim tests will be held on May 9 at 7 PM at Copley High School. Swimmers need to bring the current BSA Health form and $2. Camp Manatoc has reserved the pool from 1 to 4 PM on Saturday, June 11, for swim tests. Swimmers need to bring their current BSA Health form.
Shooting Sports Waiver
A Shooting Sports Waiver will need to be on file for any Scout who wishes to participate in a shooting Merit Badge, (Archery, Rifle, Shotgun) or may want to shoot during their free time at Summer Camp. The form requires parental signature. For those allowed to shoot a color-coded wrist band will be issued to the Scout upon check in. Without the appropriate wrist band, the Scout will not be able to enter the range. The Shooting Sports Waiver is only valid for one event so for example, if the Troop decides to another shooting event in the future, new forms will be required. Please advise Mrs. Nester or Mr. Sroka if you are against your Scout participating in any shooting activities.
Camper Release Form
If your Scout will need to leave Summer Camp for any reason, (for example a sports event), a Camper Release Form will be required. Any Scout leaving camp needs to notify their Scoutmaster and will wait for their ride in the Camp Office. When the adult arrives, the Camp Office will ask for a photo ID. That ID will be checked against the names listed on the Camper Release Form. No camper will be released to anyone not listed. The adult will sign out the camper on a sign out sheet that will include the campers name, time of departure, expected time of return and the signature of the person the camper is being released to.
More Musings on Summer Camp
Scouts staying at Summer Camp will sleep 2-person wall tents sitting on a plywood platform set up by Camp Manatoc. Cots make for more comfortable than sleeping on the floor and helps alleviate the Scouts walking on their sleeping bags; it always rains at summer camp. When my son went to summer camp we would take a piece of indoor/outdoor carpeting (5X7) to put down before setting up the cots. After camp it was hosed off, dried and put away until next time needed. Storage trunks or Rubbermaid bins are a great way to pack gear and keep everything together. If you want to use a lock, make it a combination lock because keys have a way of vanishing at camp. Some Scouts put their bins under a tarp behind their tents to have more room in the tent. A folding chair is recommended for sitting out front of the tent and around the campfire.
The Scouts will need to be in their field uniform, (sometimes incorrectly referred to as Class A) when they report to camp as well as when they march to the parade field before breakfast and to retreat at the end of the day. Otherwise they will be wearing their Troop 390 T-shirts. At least 2 shirts are suggested though many Scouts appear to be perfectly fine wearing the same clothes all week. Shorts should be Scout- like colors: green or khaki. A length of rope and a clothes hanger is a good way to keep uniform shirts off the floor when not being worn.
There is a Trading Post, so the Scouts should bring some spending money in addition to money they may need for Merit Badge supplies. Scouts should not bring their own food or snacks to camp. Skunks, raccoons and chipmunks will not only come in for the food but will also destroy gear in their search for snacks.
Scoutmaster News - Elise & Dale
Congratulations to the newly elected youth leadership!
At the Seven Ranges campout out, everyone braved another wet, icy weekend. The kids had a great time playing games and team building activities. They also mulched around the property.
The Spaghetti dinner was a huge success. The Troop would like to thank all the scouts and parent volunteers who participated in the event. And a special thank you to Paula Young for managing this fundraiser event.
High Knoll warm up hikes with Mr. Kuchar and Mr. Portteus have begun. These practices hikes are critical preparation for those going on the trek. Scouts attending HK need to turn in 2 copies of the Health Form by May 14.
Upcoming Fundraiser: Fall 2022 - Selling Popcorn
The Troop needs a Popcorn Kernel. If interested in this role, please contact Dale or Elise.
Summer Camp, Camp Manatoc, July 17-23:
Council offers early bird pricing for fees paid before April 29, $335/Scout. The fee goes up for those who pay between April 30 and July 8, $355, and a late fee for those who pay at check in, $370.
Attending Summer Camp is highly encouraged for all Scouts. Daily camp activities, an opportunity to sign up for some of the 40 merit badges offered, spending time with fellow Scouts, marching the parade field for roll call, eating in the dining hall, closing night bonfire ceremony are all things that make Summer Camp unique.
The BSA is strict on health forms. They can be downloaded from the Troop website. Tetanus shots must be current. Part C must be completed by a doctor and needs to be renewed every year. The Camp will not accept athletic/sports physicals. Please do not wait until the last minute to schedule a physical for your Scout; the Camp will not admit them without it.
Similarly, Scouts are not allowed in the water without an annual swim test. Camp Manatoc has reserved the pool from 1 to 4 PM Sunday, June 12, for swim tests.
Did you know?
- The fee for summer camp registration is now is $355/Scout. This rate is through July 8. Those campers who pay at check-in will pay $370.
- Summer camp swim tests are mandatory to swim at summer camp.
- All Scouts must complete and turn in updated medical forms for summer camp by June 21st.
- Troop t-shirts may be worn between Memorial Day & Labor Day. The troop has shirts available for purchase. Cotton t-shirts are $7 and moisture wicking shirts are $11.
- Anyone interested in going to Philmont in 2023 should speak with a leader ASAP. Scouts must be age 14 and rank 1st Class by next summer.
- Venture Crew 652 in Brecksville is looking for 3 additional Scouts to join them on their High Adventure crew to Sea Base (USVI), August 3- 9. Scouts must be 13 and 1st class to participate. The cost is $1,350 plus transportation. If interested, please let Mrs. Nester know.
- All parents are welcome at Troop Committee Meetings. The next meeting is Sunday, June 5, at 7 PM at Faith Lutheran.
Adult Volunteer Opportunities:
We are looking for parent volunteers who have a particular skill-set that you would be interested in teaching or helping the Scouts earn a merit badge. Learn more about merit badges or contact Ann Gentile, our new Merit Badge Counselor Chair. Volunteers need to fill out a Merit Badge Form and go through Adult Youth Protection Training. The form may be obtained from Debbie Forster.
Adult Youth Protection Training:
For adults stepping up into leadership positions, you will be asked to complete an adult leader application and take the online Youth Protection Training.
PLC Committee Meetings
PLC Committee Meetings will be held the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6 PM.
Troop Committee Meeting
Troop Committee is a parent advisory board for the Troop. We welcome all parents who are interested in becoming more involved in the Scouting program, regardless of your knowledge or experience.
Please join us on March 6, 2022 at Faith Lutheran Church after Scout Sunday at 7 PM. Meetings last about 1.5 hours.
The Values of Scouting
Scouting is a values-based program with its own code of conduct. The Scout Oath and Law help instill the values of good conduct, respect for others, and honesty. Scouts learn skills that will last a lifetime, including basic outdoor skills, first aid, citizenship skills, leadership skills, and how to get along with others. For almost a century, Scouting has instilled in young people the values and knowledge that they will need to become leaders in their communities and country.
THE SCOUT OATH OR PROMISE
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and
To obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
Mentally awake, and morally straight.
Do a Good Turn Daily
THE SCOUT LAW
A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,Friendly,
Courteous, Kind, Obediant, Cheerful,
Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent
As an American, I will do my best to:
Be clean in my outdoor manners
Be careful with fire
Be considerate in the outdoors, and
Be conservation minded