Robotics MB – Campout at Morristown Airport. Dec 6-7, 2013

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When:    Friday Dec6/7

Where:  Viacom/Paramount Pictures Aviation, 11 Airport Rd. Morristown, NJ, 07960

How :      Meet at OLPH Friday Dec. 6 at 5pm and carpool down to the Corporate Hangar. Click here for directions – Approximately 35 min. Drive from Oakland.

Timeline:

Friday

  • Meet Mr. Fern at the Hangar (will need someone to coordinate at OLPH) Roll call at Hangar at 545pm, break into groups and start setting up/ working on the robotics challenge.
  • Dinner around 730-8, clean up and continue working.
  • Possible Moive depending on how much is accomplished.

Saturday

  • Breakfast/clean up
  • Continue working on the challenge
  • Robotics competition early afternoon.
  • Return back to Oakland 4-5pm
  • Tell parents how awesome the campout was!!!!!

Mr. Leymeister  will be speaking about the exciting field of Robotics  and all the sciences that encompass it, giving scouts an opportunity to earn the Robotics Merit Badge.  In our troop meeting on Thursday, November 14  we will review the Merit Badge workbook.  Please bring this worksheet with you to the hangar. This is a private facility which is completely secure. The property has a field for which those that would like to camp outside in tents for advancement requirements can do so weather permitting OR you may sleep inside on the warm hangar floor. We will have the troop trailer on site for cooking equipment.  This is a great opportunity for those looking to achieve the cooking requirement for advancement.  It will be Dinner on Friday and breakfast and Lunch on Saturday. Please RSVP by Dec. 1 so that we have an accurate headcount for breaking down into patrols and giving those that will be cooking a week to prepare. The facility has a full kitchen with oven and range.  Please keep in mind that this is a place of business, so scouts, please act responsibly. No running as there is numerous pointy objects on these aircraft. Mr. Fern will give a safety briefing prior to entering the hangar.

Costs per person:  See Payment Page for total costs

SIBLINGS:  No

Uniform: Not required

What to Bring:  

  • Camping gear –  For those that are planning to camp outside for requirements, please bring: Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, mess kit.  Otherwise, you may sleep in the warm hangar with the aircraft.
  • NOTE: Read “Cold Weather Comfort” on the Pathfinders website for those preparing to sleep outside.
  • http://www.thepathfinders.org/information/documents/coldweather.html

 

Cooking Merit Badge Revisions

Effective January 1, 2014, a revised Cooking Merit Badge and a new Sustainability Merit Badge join the list of Eagle-required merit badges. Some key points on the change are below:
• Sustainability, a new merit badge, joins Environmental Science as an Eagle Scout option after its debut at the 2013 jamboree.
• Cooking, meanwhile, will become Eagle-required as of Jan. 1, 2014.
• The total number of merit badges required for the Eagle Scout Award will remain at 21. In other words, instead of 12 Eagle-required badges and 9 elective badges, a Scout must earn 13 Eagle-required and 8 elective badges.
• Regardless of when a Scout earned the Life rank or began working on Eagle, unless he fulfills all the requirements—with the exception of his board of review—before Jan. 1, 2014, he must earn the Cooking merit badge to become an Eagle Scout.
• If Scouts have already started on the Cooking Merit Badge, they may switch to the new requirements or continue with the old ones until the badge is completed.
• If a scout has earned the badge under the old requirements, as scout need not re-earn the badge under the new requirements in order to qualify for Eagle Scout.

There are two important articles to read for those of you on the trail to Eagle Scout:

See http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2012/10/17/cooking-sustainability-merit-badges-to-become-eagle-required/ and http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2012/11/01/faqs-about-cooking-and-sustainability-merit-badges/