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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?
    -Eagle Court of Honor for Charlie Honkonen, Wed August 10th 6:30pm at S.Berwick Town Hall. Please RSVP through this Evite link http://evite.me/CE5j2yndvM so he has an idea of how many folks are coming. Come celebrate Charlie's accomplishment!
    -Congratulations to Eagle Scout Charlie Honkonen! As of May 25, 2016, Charlie was confidently confirmed as an Eagle Scout by the York District Eagle Board of Review. Charlie becomes our 33rd Eagle Scout since the Troop's founding in 1989. Great job!
    -Stuck for menu ideas for a weekend campout? Check out this new Camp Cooking page for some inspiration.
    -The revised 2016 Event calendars are posted! They are updated regularly, so please review. The Events page has the year-at-a-glance, which includes District and Council events, while the links at the top have the Scout's monthly planning calendar in both 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 bloopers, changes or updates!
    -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 2016.
    For the complete schedule of events and adventures, check out the calendars on our Events page.

    Merit Badge Counselor list updated 05/08/2016. 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, 1/1/2017. Take it online. 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, 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 23 is the only available date in 2016.
    * Scoutmasters must also have Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (ITOLS) - outdoor training held over a weekend. May 20-21 @ Camp Hinds is the only date available in 2016.
     SMLST should be completed before ITOLS. If you need these, please call Ron Lemons at 207-797-5252 x21 or Matt Randall at 797-5252 x34 (mrandall@bsamail.org) to see if there are any other opportunities.
    Here is the 2015-16 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 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.


    What's Up in The Night Sky 2016
    2016 January 3, 4 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower is an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak.
    February 7 - Best view of Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation when it is at its highest point in the predawn sky.
    March 8 - 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 18 - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation when it will be visible it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the weatern evening sky.
    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 9 - Rare Transit of Mercury Across the Sun. The planet Mercury will move directly between the Earth and the Sun. Viewers with telescopes and approved solar filters will be able to observe the dark disk of the planet Mercury moving across the face of the Sun. This is an extremely rare event that occurs only once every few years.
    May 22 - Mars at Opposition. The red 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 3 - 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. This is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons.
    June 5 - Best view of Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation when it is at its highest point in the predawn sky.
    July 4 - NASA’s Juno spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at Jupiter after a five year journey.
    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 16 - 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 27 - A spectacular conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will be visible in the evening sky. The two bright planets will be extremely close, appearing only 0.06 degrees apart. Look for this impressive pairing in the western sky just after sunset.
    October 7 - Draconids Meteor Shower is a minor meteor shower producing only about 10 meteors per hour.
    October 21, 22 - Orionids Meteor Shower is an average shower producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak.
    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. 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 17, 18 - Leonids Meteor Shower is an average shower, producing up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak.
    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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