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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?
    2018 Events page year-at-a-glance and monthly planning calendars revised 2/11! New info is being added frequently, so check back often. Minutes from our 1/29 Committee meeting are posted next to the meeting date on the Events page. Minutes from 01/29/18
    -Just added: VFW Spaghetti Dinner moved to Sat Mar 10, VFW Eagle Awards dinner at Mayo's Tue Mar 13, Rod & Gun Club Spring cleanup moved to Sat Mar 31, Fly 1st Class Apr 15-19 (Sun-Thu)...check out these changes and more on the Events calendar.
    -The 2018 Events page has activities displayed in year-at-a-glance format, including many District and Council events for camping, advancement, and training opprtunities, while the links at the top have the Scout's 2018 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 2018.
    -Stuck for menu ideas for a weekend campout? Check out this new Camp Cooking page for some inspiration.

    Merit Badge Counselor list updated 12/16/2017. 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. Mar 3, 2018 location TBD.
    * Scoutmasters must also have Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (S11)(ITOLS) - outdoor training held over a weekend. May 26-27 2018 at Camp Hinds.
     SMLST should be completed before ITOLS. If you don't have these for your SM/ASM position, please register.
    Here is the 2017-2018 training schedule from Council (updated 9/30/17). 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, 656 Horse Point Road in Belgrade. Click here for 2018 NYLT details

    What's Up in The Night Sky 2018
    2017
    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.
    2018
    January 1 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation when it will be at its highest point above the Eastern horizon in the pre-dawn sky.
    January 3, 4 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower is an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak.
    March 15 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation when it is at its highest point above the Western horizon after sunset.
    April 22, 23 - Lyrids Meteor Shower. The Lyrids is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak.
    April 29 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation when it will be at its highest point above the Eastern horizon in the pre-dawn sky.
    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 9 - 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.
    June 27 - 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 12 - 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.
    July 27 - Mars at Opposition. The red planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun.
    July 28, 29 - Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak.
    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 17 - Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation. Look for the bright planet in the western sky after sunset.
    August 26 - 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 8 - 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 5, 6 - 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 6 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation when it will be visible it will be at its highest point above the Western horizon after sunset.
    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
    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, 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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