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    ADVENTURE, CHALLENGE, OUTDOOR SKILLS, FRIENDSHIP...
    Heartfelt thanks to Our Sponsor of many years,
    the South Berwick Rod & Gun Association,
    Rte 236, S.Berwick, ME (207)748-0014
    Troop 338 is a Unit of York District in the Pine Tree Council of Maine

    What's New?
    2017 Events page and calendars revised 06/26! New info is being added frequently, so check back often.
    -Next Committee meeting is Monday Sep 18th. Minutes from 6/19 meeting posted on Events page.
    -May 24 Welcome New Scouts! Six Arrow of Light Webelos crossed over May 24th to become the
    latest members of our Troop, and can't wait to start hiking and camping!
    And, we've also gained the Pack's former Treasurer to be our new Troop Treasurer, thank you!
    -Jun 09 Fri to Sun Jun 11 Hiking/Backpacking Trip Franconia Notch/ Cannon Mt.
    -Jun 25 Sun to Fri Jun 30 National Youth Leadership Training at Camp Hinds in Raymond.
    Click here for NYLT details
    -Jun 24 Sat Strawberry Festival fundraiser was a great success. Thank you volunteers!
    -Aug 6, week 6 Summer Camp @ Camp Hinds ($405 w/o Early Bird discount),
    +shooting sports bonus program with guest instructors, week 6 only (extra fee req'd).
    See the Leaders Guide brochure for program details.
    -The Events page has all of these and more activities displayed in year-at-a-glance format, including many District and Council events, while the links at the top have the Scout's monthly planning calendar in Word format and Adobe PDF. Also watch for those weekly Scoutmaster emails for any last minute changes and a recap on upcoming activities. Please let me know of any changes or updates!
    -Updated forms and spreadsheets are posted for Roster/Checklist, Meeting Attendance, Troop Training stats, Training dates on our Forms|Photos|Training page, and updated Merit Badge Counselor list for T338 on our Links|MeritBadges page. The link to the updated Contacts list will be sent via email.
    -Night Sky events! For you folks with telescopes or binoculars, I updated the Night Sky events at the bottom of this page with meteor showers and planet viewing for 2017.
    -Stuck for menu ideas for a weekend campout? Check out this new Camp Cooking page for some inspiration.

    Merit Badge Counselor list updated 12/05/2016. Your profession, natural talent, or hobby interests can become a great asset for the advancement of Scouts, with your application to be a Merit Badge Counselor. It's easier than you think, and has great rewards for a small investment of your time. Check out the Troop Resource Survey and the Official Merit Badge List to get ideas of which ones you'd like to teach. Check out the Merit Badge Central section on our LINKS page and please contact Secretary Lenny Andrews with any questions or for assistance in signing up. Help build tomorrow's leaders! I've also added the new fillable Merit Badge Counselor App.pdf, so you can save your info for easy submittal each year.

    "All Scouts Deserve a Trained Leader"
    Youth Protection Training Required for all Adult Leaders & Merit Badge Councilors

     All Scoutmasters, Assistants, Committee and Merit Badge Counselors:
    * Youth Protection Training: Pine Tree Council is now requiring that all rechartering Adult leaders have their YPT valid through the last day of the recharter year. Take it online with our Get Trained guide. There are no exceptions, and anyone not trained will be dropped by Council from the charter without notice.
    * All Adult Leaders may benefit from taking "This is Scouting" and/or Boy Scout Fast Start online training.
    Minimum required Training for Adult Leaders in addition to YPT:
    * All Committee Members must take Troop Committee Challenge online at my.scouting.org -log in and click the Training icon.
    * Scoutmasters must have Scoutmaster Leader-Specific Training (S24)(SMLST) - indoor training, avail. May 11, 18, & 25th.
    * Scoutmasters must also have Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (S11)(ITOLS) - outdoor training held over a weekend. May 19-20 is only date offered in 2017!
     SMLST should be completed before ITOLS. If you don't have these for your SM/ASM position, please register by clicking on the links.
    Here is the 2017 training schedule from Council (updated 3/23/17). Some training dates are listed on the Events page, other required training can be taken online from the comfort of home.
    * Hazardous Weather (required by the Leader on any outdoor activity)
    * Safety Afloat (required for any boating activity)
    * Trek Safely (required for backpacking excursions)
    These specialty training courses expire every two years and must be retaken or valid prior to any outdoor activity.
    See the Summary sheet for Basic Training Requirements and go to our FORMS & PHOTOS page to see our Training section.
     These are just a sample of the many E-learning courses offered online. See our Online Training Tips for help in setting up an account and printing your certificates to a pdf file for our records.
    Tomorrow's Leaders: National Youth Leadership Training at Camp Bombazeen in Belgrade. Click here for NYLT details

    What's Up in The Night Sky 2017
    2016
    December 13, 14 - Geminids Meteor Shower is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak.
    December 21, 22 - Ursids Meteor Shower is a minor meteor shower producing about 5-10 meteors per hour.
    2017
    January 3, 4 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower is an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak.
    January 12 - Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation when it is at its highest point above the Western horizon after sunset.
    January 19 - Best view of Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation when it is at its highest point above the Eastern horizon in the predawn sky.
    April 1 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation when it is at its highest point above the Western horizon after sunset.
    April 7 - Jupiter at Opposition. The giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long.
    April 22, 23 - Lyrids Meteor Shower. The Lyrids is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak.
    May 6, 7 - Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak.
    May 17 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation when it will be visible it will be at its highest point above the Eastern horizon in the predawn sky.
    June 3 - Venus at Greatest Western Elongation when it is at its highest point above the Eastern horizon in the predawn sky.
    June 5 - Best view of Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation when it is at its highest point in the predawn sky.
    June 15 - Saturn at Opposition. The ringed planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long.
    July 28, 29 - Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak.
    July 30 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation when it will be visible it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the western evening sky.
    August 12, 13 - Perseids Meteor Shower is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak.
    August 21 - Total Solar Eclipse. This is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime event for viewers in the United States. The last total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States occurred in 1979 and the next one will not take place until 2024.
    September 12 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation when it will be visible it will be at its highest point above the Eastern horizon in the predawn sky.
    October 7 - Draconids Meteor Shower is a minor meteor shower producing only about 10 meteors per hour in the early evening sky.
    October 21, 22 - Orionids Meteor Shower is an average shower producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. Best after midnight, looking toward Orion.
    November 4, 5 - Taurids Meteor Shower is a long-running minor meteor shower producing only about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is unusual in that it consists of two separate streams and runs from 9/7-12/10. The first is produced by dust grains left behind by Asteroid 2004 TG10. The second stream is produced by debris left behind by Comet 2P Encke.
    November 13 - A spectacular conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will be visible in the Eastern sky just before sunrise. The two bright planets will be extremely close, appearing only 0.3 degrees apart.
    November 17, 18 - Leonids Meteor Shower is an average shower, producing up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. Runs from 11/6-11/30, best after midnight
    November 24 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation when it will be visible it will be at its highest point above the Western horizon after sunset.
    December 13, 14 - Geminids Meteor Shower is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak.
    December 21, 22 - Ursids Meteor Shower is a minor meteor shower producing about 5-10 meteors per hour.
    All meteor showers are best observed after midnight from a dark location away from city lights.
    Check out these websites for details and look up at the night sky to see 'what's up'. Sea and Sky Astronomy, SkyLog, Night Sky Notes, The Planetary Society, NASA realdata sightings.
         Please, keep sending ideas, schedules, events, updates, etc. for posting. You'll find links to other sites of interest on our Links & Resources page.

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