Welcome to Troop 390

Welcome to the official Web site of Boy Scout Troop 390. We are chartered by Faith Lutheran Church of Fairlawn, Ohio and belong to the Signal Tree District in the Great Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Troop 390 October Court of Honor

What's Happening in Our Troop?

Upcoming Campouts and Events - Ed Kuchar

May 16-17 Laurel Caverns - Geology Merit Badge - Postponed
May 19 Court of Honor - Postponed
May 25 VFW Memorial Day Service 9:00 to 10:00 am - Not Known
June 21-28 Bike Trip Great Allegheny Passage & C&O Canal Trail - Still currently on
July 19-25 Summer Camp @ Camp Manatoc - Still on
August – Possible Allegheny National Forest Backpacking Campout - Planning stage

Summer Camp Update

I expect to get more information on May 14th about Summer Camp but it looks like it will happen, in a safe and slightly different fashion.

The Early Bird payment deadline has been extended. For us early bird payments will be due by Thursday, July 9. However, it is important for Scouts to sign up for classes sooner than that. After May 18 the fee payments must be paid to hold the classes selected. Class sizes are being reduced to achieve social distancing. I will send an email with the modified class schedule and the Merit Badge prerequisites. I ask that each Scout print it and circle the classes they wish to take, then return it to me either by scanning it or photographing it then send it to my email jhorvath99@aol.com

Mrs. Pszonowsky and I must approve the classes selected by our respective Scouts in the hopes of maximizing the benefit of Summer Camp to the Scouts. For Scout working on Tenderfoot, 2nd Class and 1st Class Ranks, some ST21 classes may be appropriate and Environmental Science and Swimming Merit Badges should be considered for all Scouts that do not have them. These are Eagle required and Summer Camp is the best place to earn them. If a Scout is not ready for Swimming MB they should take the swim lessons which are usually offered at 2:30 in the afternoon.

The format of the Class Schedule is substantially different from prior years. Classes are listed by location and are separated by 1 hour classes and 90 minute classes. If there are any questions, please ask.

Some things I hope are in the update we get on May 14th are Swim Tests, BSA Medical reports, meals at camp, social distancing and sanitation. It has already been announced that there will be no Wednesday Family Night.

Scoutmaster News - Jim Horvath

We may be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! I think everyone is ready for it! Summer Camp and the Bike Trek are rapidly approaching... It is time to take action on both of them. All our Scouts are anxious to be able to meet and camp again. Please see the section regarding Summer Camp and the Bike Trek.

We have been having a Virtual Troop Meeting every Tuesday evening at 7:00 and Virtual Merit Badge Classes twice a week usually in the afternoon. Most of the merit badges we are doing are offered to all Scouts but then subsequent meeting notices go only to those who attended the 1st session. Other merit badges like the Eagle required are being offered to small groups, typically the older Scouts first and will be done again for the next level down, etc. Some Scouts have found Merit Badge Classes online at other Scout Councils. Scouts should get the approval of their Scoutmaster before they register for those classes.

High Adventure 2020 Bike Trek

The Troop Bike Trek is still planned for June 21 –June 28. Scouts wanting to attend can still sign up by emailing me at jhorvath99@aol.com. We are holding the fee at $400. We will start warm-up rides using social distancing when the weather improves, but Scouts can and should start riding in their neighborhoods as soon as they can. Remember Scouts BSA rules require each youth and adult to wear a bike helmet on any unit cycling event.

Bike Trek Warm up Rides Starting

The weather is not cooperating for this Saturday and Sunday is Mother’s Day. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

So we are looking at starting our rides Wednesday evening May 13. We also need to do a bike inspection to see whether a bike needs maintenance before we start. Please make sure the bicycle tires are inflated to the proper pressure as shown on the tire.

Place and time will be sent this weekend.

All Scouts and Parents are invited! But Bike Helmets are required!

Newsletter Items

To add items to the monthly newsletter, contact Catherine at CatherineMiddendorf.OH390@troopmaster.email

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.

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.

Be Prepared

Do a Good Turn Daily

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