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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?
    -The boys just got back from an exciting trip to the West Point Camporee Ask them about their experience!
    -Troop Election results from tonight's meeting are posted on our Patrols page. Congratulations on your new leadership roles!
    -Memorial Day parade with VFW Post 5744 is coming up on Mon My 25. We meet at Central school at 10am in full uniform. Please greet our Veterans as you arrive.
    -The South Berwick Strawberry Festival is Saturday Jun 27th. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and a chance to show the community the service that scouts give back. With our numbers smaller than previous years, it's even more important that everyone pitch in. Please see Dave Wessling to tell him what hours you can help. We also need adults to cover the day, and parents are encouraged to lend a hand.
    -It's not too early to start planning for Summer Camp at Camp Hinds! See their site for tons of information about the programs, forms, merit badges, etc.
    For the complete schedule of events and adventures, check out the calendars on our Events page.

    Merit Badge Counselor list updated 01/10/2015. 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.

    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, 12/31/2015. Take it online. There are no exceptions, and anyone not trained will not be allowed to recharter.
    * All Adult Leaders may benefit from taking "This is Scouting" and/or Boy Scout Fast Start online training, but it is no longer a requirement to be considered trained.
    Minimum required Training for Adult Leaders in addition to YPT:
    * All Committee Members must take Troop Committee Challenge online
    * Scoutmasters must have Scoutmaster Leader-Specific Training (SMLST) - indoor training. Jan 17 Sat is the only available 2015 date so far.
    * Scoutmasters must also have Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (ITOLS) - outdoor training held over a weekend. May 29 Fri to Sun 5/31 at Camp Hinds is the only available 2015 date so far.
     SMLST should be completed before ITOLS. If you need these, please call Owen Maguire at (207)797-5252 x33 or Matt Randall at 797-5252 x34 (mrandall@bsamail.org) to see if there are any other opportunities.
    Here is the 2014-15 training schedule from Council. 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 trainng 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.


    What's Up in The Night Sky 2015
    2014 December 22, 23 - Ursids Meteor Shower. 2015 January 3, 4 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower. February 6 - Jupiter will be at its closet to Earth and its face fully illuminated by the sun. February 22 - Conjunction of Venus and Mars. Conjunctions are rare events where two or more objects will appear extremely close together in the night sky. The two bright planets will be visible within only half a degree of each other in the evening sky. Look to the west just after sunset. March 20 - Total Solar Eclipse. The path of totality will begin in the central Atlantic Ocean and move north across Greenland and into northern Siberia. April 4 - Total Lunar Eclipse. During this type of eclipse, the Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America, South America, eastern Asia, and Australia. April 22, 23 - Lyrids Meteor Shower. May 5, 6 - Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower. May 23 - Saturn at Opposition. The ringed planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons. A medium-sized or larger telescope will allow you to see Saturn's rings and a few of its brightest moons. July 28, 29 - Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. August 12, 13 - Perseids Meteor Shower. September 1 - Neptune at Opposition. The blue giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view and photograph Neptune. Due to its extreme distance from Earth, it will only appear as a tiny blue dot in all but the most powerful telescopes. September 28 - Total Lunar Eclipse will be visible throughout most of the world. October 8, 9 - Draconids Meteor Shower. October 11 - Uranus at Opposition. The blue-green planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view Uranus. Due to its distance, it will only appear as a tiny blue-green dot in all but the most powerful telescopes. October 21, 22 - Orionids Meteor Shower. October 26 - Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. The two bright planets will be visible within 1 degree of each other in the early morning sky. Look to the east just before sunrise. October 28 - Conjunction of Venus, Mars, and Jupiter. The three planets will form a tight 1-degree triangle in the early morning sky. Look to the east just before sunrise. November 5, 6 - Taurids Meteor Shower. November 17, 18 - Leonids Meteor Shower. December 7 - Conjunction of the Moon and Venus. The crescent moon will come with 2 degrees of bright planet Venus in the early morning sky. Look to the east just before sunrise. December 13, 14 - Geminids Meteor Shower. December 22, 23 - Ursids Meteor Shower.
    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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