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COVID Update and Future Meetings

Troop 216,

Good morning, hope you all are doing well.  Given the latest outbreak of
COVID and further restrictions being put in place by state and local
governments, we will be having Zoom meetings probably through at least
the middle of December. Since next week is Thanksgiving, we have
canceled Monday night’s meeting on 23 November.  In addition, the Church
has currently restricted the use of their facilities to all outside
groups due to the latest outbreak.  This is currently in effect till 5
December with the option of being extended. The caving campout scheduled
for 5-6 December is still on the books, but we are leaning toward
canceling that as well, more to follow.

I think I can speak for the troop leadership when I say that we as a
troop have really handled this crisis in stride. We have utilized all
COVID mitigation protocols to keep everyone safe while still being able
to offer a viable scouting program.  I want to thank each of you
personally for your support and trust in how we operate, allowing for
meetings and activities during these challenging times.

The future Zoom meetings will be offering some eagle required merit
badges.  Look for details next week for the links and agendas to those
meetings.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to
contact me.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  Stay safe everyone.

Yours in Scouting,

-Mike OKoniewski

Marengo Cave CANCELLED

Due to the ever-increasing concerns regarding COVID-19 rates and the
safety of our Scout families, Troop 216 is postponing the Dec 5-6 Caving

At this time, there are no Troop camping or group outings on the calendar.

Everyone stay safe and we look forward to resuming these activities as
soon as deemed appropriate.

Important Scouting for Food Update

As is always the case, the health and safety of our members, leaders,
and parents continues to be paramount. After careful consideration of
the rapidly rising COVID-19 cases, and to ensure alignment with the
rapidly changing guidelines from health departments and political
leaders, the leadership of the Greater St. Louis Area Council has made
the decision to modify our Scouting for Food drive.
*Scouts are not to distribute Scouting for Food bags on November 14^th
*. With no bags out, we will not be picking up bags on November 21^st .

*The Need is Great*

Donations this year are going to be more important now than ever before.

Ways to give:

1) Donate through our text to give campaign – /Text “SCOUTFOOD” to 91999
to donate/

2) Food collection at a retail collection site near you – locations to
be released

*Modified Campaign*

We will be reaching out to all of our partners in this outstanding
annual effort to inform them of this change quickly.
Additional details will be released as we have them. Thank you for all
you are doing for Scouting in this challenging environment.

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Scout Sunday 9 FEB 2020

Troop 216,
We forgot to mention at the meeting this past Monday that this Sunday is Scout Sunday.  First Christian Church is looking for 2-4 scouts to be greeters and hand out bulletins for either the 0900 or 1030 worship services.  Whichever service works best for those that volunteer will be the one we go with.  Remember, a scout is reverent.  Let's support our charter organization this weekend.  Please email me if one of your boys can commit to one of the church services.
Mr. O'Koniewski
Troop Committee Chairman

FW: Fwd: Scouting for Food – Bag Drop-off – Saturday, Nov 9th

Scouting for Food Bag Drop-Off is this Saturday, 11/9/19.  We will meet at the Bike-Trail Parking lot at the corner of Schwarz Rd. and Hwy 143 (across from Madison County Highway Department complex) at 8:30 am.  Once everyone assembles Mr. Valley will hand out the bags as well as maps of our designated area. We hope everyone can help…and especially need adults to help transport given the large area to cover.  We may also be helping cover another area currently without coverage.  More details to come.


We will send out another email next week regarding Bag Pick-Up the following Saturday 11/16/19 (meeting at the same time and place).


Please wear your Class A uniform and appropriate footwear.  In addition to taking part in this great cause, your participation will count for service hours and as an activity for rank advancement.  


I can be reached on my cell phone (314) 378-8140 at any time for questions, updates, etc.


We look forward to seeing you Saturday morning.


-Tim Valley


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Fwd: Aug 19 No Scout meeting/Camp out permissions due

> With the mountain biking event occurring next Monday Aug 19 6pm at the
> SIUE RC Airplane Field, we will NOT be having our regular 7pm meeting at
> the church.
> Permission slips for the Aug 23-25 Warrren Levis campout are due that same
> night, Aug 19, and can be turned in to Mrs. Gill at the biking event or
> dropped by the Gill house.
> The permission slip was sent in a Troop email on Aug 4. It can also be
> found on the Troop website under News Items or Calendar.

Fwd: REMINDER: Program Preview

*Do you have questions? If so, we have the experts to answer them!*

Our May Program Preview Roundtable will feature experts on a variety of
topics to answer all of your questions.

The format will be mid-way style with tables placed around the room manned
by topic specialists.

A wide assortment of topics and service project opportunities are planned

*Local Boy Scout Camping *Training
*Sea Scouts

*Family Scouting
*STEM *Journey to Excellence

*Religious Awards *Willoughby
Farms *Cub Scout Camping

*Woodbadge *Venturing

*Order of the Arrow *High
Adventure *Watershed Center

*Program Preview will be held next Tuesday, May 7th @ 7 PM at First
Christian Church in Edwardsville ( 310 S. Main St.). All those in
attendance will receive a Cahokia Mounds District Patch! Come out and plan
your next year of program!!*

*See you there!*

*Bradley Hardin* | District Executive of Cahokia Mounds

*Greater St. Louis Area Council*
335 West Main St.
Belleville, IL 62220
*T* 618.207.6422 | *C* 636.544.6881

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Check Out These Upcoming Events and Activities!
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Earth Day: Volunteers Needed
The Greater St. Louis Area Council and MERS Goodwill are teaming up with
Dierbergs to hold an Earth Day collection drive on Saturday, April 27.
Volunteers are needed to help load and unload donations at Dierbergs
donation trailers throughout the council. View locations and more
information here
Click here

Special Needs Awareness Training
Sign up for a new Special Needs Awareness Training for all ages. There will
be activities for the Cub Scouts, Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge for
Scouts BSA and adult classes for leaders and parents. Register
before April 1st to take advantage of early discount.

Council Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner
Congratulations to this years 2019 Silver Beavers!
Join us at the Council Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner, open to all
GSLAC Scouters, highlighted by the presentation of the year’s Silver Beaver
To learn more and to view the recipients,
Open Program at Beaumont
Come as a unit, family, or individual to Beaumont during select Saturdays
this spring for open program! Open program consists of one hour activity
sessions where you can ride horses on the trail, climb the new tower, and
explore STEM! Program areas will be fully staffed with trained leaders.
Click the date below to learn more & reserve your spot.
April 13
I April 20
April 27
I May 4
Ozark Adventure
Explore S bar F Scout Ranch and the nearby Ozark Trail over the course of
this 9-day backpacking adventure. Choose from multiple sessions over summer
2019: Click Here
June 8-16
June 12-20
June 15-23
June 19-27
June 22-30

Ranger Program
Ranger Program is the ultimate program for Scouts. Each day your crew will
backpack to a different outpost at The Ranch. There, you will find programs
that change every day. Expect to blacksmith at our forge, climb high into
the trees on the ropes course, shoot a black powder rifle, and swim in the
Little St. Francis.
Learn more here
Safety Merit Badge Skill Center: May 4
This free workshop allows Scouts to complete many requirements for Safety
Merit Badge at an actual construction site. Click here
learn more
or email to reserve your spot.
STEM Day West
April 6
With the help of Mad Science staff and the facilities of St Charles
Community College and Lewis and Clark Community College, the program will
be focused on earning specific STEM-based Adventure Belt Loops/Pins within
Cub Scout advancement program. Registration
April 1
Leader Outdoor Experience
This training is open to all leaders within a pack. Learn about Cub Scout
outdoor activities, camping and cooking skills, and more. This is a great
resource for your den!
Click here
learn more and register.
April 27-28
May 4-5
STEM Camps
The BSA’s STEM camps gives Scouts an opportunity to explore science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics related concepts and learn how
STEM knowledge is used in everyday life and in the professional world.
June 2-5: SEMO
June 5-8: UMSL
June 5-8: SIUC (New!)
July 22-25: Cub Scout Camp NOVA
July 21-27: Scouts BSA STEM Week
Scouts BSA Summer Camp
Learn about the premier summer camps for Scouts BSA here
or click below on a specific camp.

Ranger Program
: June 9, 16, 23, July 7, 14
Kodiak Week at Swift:
July 21-27
Catholic Adventure Week:
Eagle Trail Week:
July 21-27
STEM Week:
July 21-27
Horse Camp:
July 28-Aug 3
Parent and Pal
Looking for an outdoor family weekend this spring?? Parent and Pal
(formally Dad and Lad) is a great opportunity for your Scout and you to
have a fun-filled weekend out at Camp Warren Levis, April 26-28. Every
participant will receive an event t-shirt and patch, all meals are provided
in the Camp Warren Levis dining hall, and programs will include fire
building, archery, BBs, Geocaching, map/compass skills, and more.
more and register here
NYLT: New Age Limit!
The age limit for the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) program has
been lowered to AGE 13!
Sign your Scout up for one of the National Youth Leadership Training
sessions below, or learn more about NYLT here
Sakima Dates:

– Session 1 June 09-15
– Session 2 June 16-22
– Session 3 June 23-29
– Session 4 July 07-13
– Session 5 July 14-20

Rhodes-France Dates:

– March 29-31
– April 5-7

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April 18 I Genealogy
– April 20 I Reptile and Amphibian Study
April 27 I Law
June 5 I American Heritage
– June 6 I Citizenship in the Nation
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