Troop 301,

  • January 6th – PLC – Both new Patrol Leaders and old Patrol Leaders must attend as well as all scouts with leadership positions. 7:30 pm at the usual church hall.
  • January 7th – BURNING OF THE GREENS – Each year the troop gives community service to the St. James Lutheran Church by cutting up live Christmas trees to make a fire in the parking lot so the parisheners can come out after the Epiphany Service and sing carols around the fire. Scouts need to arrive at 4:30 pm prepared to cut up pine bows (work gloves needed and pine sap is likely to get on them. No class A’s needed-Dress warmly in layers)
  • January 8th – Regular Troop Meeting – SPL elections and new leadership positions appointed. Permission Slips due for the Winter Camporee.
  • January 10th – EAGLE COURT OF HONOR – Details to follow but this will honor Harry D., Josh G., Gregory B., Tommy B. & Chris B. We will need to setup for the event as well as participate in the cerimony.
  • January 16th, 17th & 18th – WINTER CAMPOREE at Baiting Hollow.

Happy Holidays to all from TROOP 301!

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Last minute update: SPL elections POSTPONED TO January 8th meeting!


Due to Mr. Herrmann being called away by work (incoming Scoutmaster) and one of the two candidates unable to attend the December 4th meeting too, we have had to postpone the election until after the holidays.

Due to conflicts with the Winter Concerts at both Smithtown East and West High Schools, the SPL elections cannot be held at either ot the remaining meetings in December.

Elections will have to be January 8th at the St. James Lutheran Church.

Jacob C. and Chris B. are running for this position.

If you cannot attend please E-mail Mr. Bauer at to place your vote.


All Patrols will need to elect a new patrol leader at one of the next three meetings (12/4, 12/11 or 12/18). Make sure every patrol member has a vote.

Current Patrol Leaders and SPL will continue to serve through the end of January 2015.

New positions take effect January 8th so there is a 1 month transition.

Each position will need an active and formal “TRANSITION PLAN” with measurable milestones over that month.

Plans are to be developed jointly between the new and old leaders in the position.

Mr. Bauer wants to see EVERY transition plan!

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December Troop meetings in different location

As you may recall, in December the St. James Lutheran Church’s Parish Hall (where we normally meet) is not available.  We have made arrangements to meet at the First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown for these three meetings: Dec. 4, 11 and 18.

The First Presbyterian Church is located at 175 E. Main St. in Smithtown.

Note that the December PLC meeting for Troop leadership on Dec. 2 will be held in the usual location.

On Jan. 8, 2015, we will return to our normal Troop meeting location.


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Time to think about a leadership position – Fill out the application NOW

Troop 301,

If a scout wants to be considered for ANY leadership position, INCLUDING SPL and Den Chief, he must fill out the LEADERSHIP POSITION APPLICATION and turn it into the incoming SCOUTMASTER (Mr. Herrmann) or Mr. Fabrizio on NOVEMBER 20th meeting. (Applications will not be accepted after December 4th)

SPL elections will be held at the DECEMBER 18th Troop Meeting.

New PATROL LEADER elections will also be held at the DECEMBER 18th troop meeting prior to the SPL election.

Every position will require WEEKLY duties that are measureable and almost always include time spent outside the troop meetings. Boys requesting consideration for positions are expected to “Do their Best” to accomplish100% of the responsibilities of each job. If they cannot commit to 100% of the job, they should not apply. We expect the scouts to do their best and to put in 100% effort. We do not expect PERFECTION. Scouts learn by listening and by trial and error. Mistakes are accepted and often expected.

What is not accepted is a lack of effort or follow through.

As a scout advances through the ranks, he does NOT earn the right to relax. What he does earn is the right to be given a role of greater responsibility. The expectations are greater for a STAR, LIFE or EAGLE scout than for a TENDERFOOT, 2nd Class of 1st Class scout. Each successive rank requires more effort and is judged to a higher standard.

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December campout promises unique experience

UPDATE 12/04: We will be meeting at the Church at 6:30 am Saturday morning to leave at 6:45..

UPDATE 11/21: Added merit badge prerequisites below, to be completed before the campout.

Get your permission slips in this Thursday, Nov. 20, for Troop 301’s first-ever trip to the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, N.J., Dec. 6-7, and get an opportunity to explore an abandoned mine and earn two merit badges.

The Sterling Hill Mining Museum, once an operating zinc mine, is now a museum open to the public. It offers underground tours, displays of mining machinery, exhibition halls, and rock/fossil discovery. The museum is located in New Jersey about an hour’s drive from the George Washington Bridge.

Troop 301 will be camping and cooking on the grounds of the museum. We will have a guided tour of the mine and surrounding facilities. Bill Kroth, president and CEO of the museum, is a BSA Merit Badge Counselor for Mining in Society and Geology, will be working with scouts in a group setting to complete these two merit badges. Scouts must complete the merit badge worksheets before the campout. They will be available at the meeting this Thursday, Nov. 20, or you can find them online here and here.

UPDATE: Here are the prerequisites for the merit badge worksheets. Please make an honest effort to understand and complete the requirements with legible handwriting and full sentences where required. No copy-and-paste!

Geology merit badge prerequisites: Requirements 1, 2, 3 (geological map is Long Island), 4b

Mining in Society merit badge prerequisites: Requirements 1, 2 (map of NY or Long Island; a quarry is considered a mining operation for sand/rock), 3, 4, 6, 7

This is our first trip to the Sterling Hill Mining Museum and we are looking forward to an exciting weekend.

The cost is $25 per person, which includes all entrance and camping fees (not food).

Visit their website or watch the video below for more information.


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