Woodlake United Methodist Church
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Calendar of Events
What's happening, when, and where!
Troop Photo Library
Wondering what kind of fun your child had at the last Troop Outing? Check out all the pictures on our SmugMug Photo Site! There are two easy ways listed below to get to the pictures, but whatever way you choose will require the group password. We can't post the password here, or it wouldn't be much of a secret! The password is included in an email to the Troop after each outing's photos are posted to the site. If you can't find a recent email with the password, email firstname.lastname@example.org to get access.
Was your Scout the Grubmaster at the recent campout? Maybe you were the coordinator for a weekend outing? Or you just helped out the Troop with the procurement of some essential item! You should have gotten approval for the expenditure ahead of time, and now you can fill out the Troop Expense Reimbursement Form and turn it along in with the receipt(s) to the Troop Treasurer or Committee Chair for reimbursement. Thanks for helping out!
Merit Badge Process
As we invented new ways to Scout during the COVID-19 pandemic, we revamped our Merit Badge process to be completely paperless! No more smushed Blue Cards crammed in the bottom of a backpack or handbook cover. We are now leveraging the tracking abilities of Scoutbook for electronic Blue Cards while the Scout is in the process of completing the requirements. At our next Court of Honor, the Scout will still receive a physical completed Blue Card with the Merit Badge stapled to it. This printed Blue Card needs to end up in their Scout Binder! So the new process is as follows:
The Scout (not parent) contacts the Scoutmaster at a Troop Meeting or by email to request permission to start a new Merit Badge.
The Scoutmaster gives approval, assigns the MB to the Scout in Scoutbook, and connects the Scout to a Counselor for that MB via Scoutbook.
The Scout (not parent) must contact the Merit Badge Counselor before beginning to complete requirements.
It is the responsibility of the Merit Badge Counselor to determine when a requirement has been satisfied and to mark it off in Scoutbook. Please do not mark Merit Badge requirements as complete for your Scout in Scoutbook without the prior express consent from their Merit Badge Counselor.
Once the Merit Badge Counselor agrees that all requirements have been met, they will mark the Merit Badge itself as Completed in Scoutbook. Please do not mark Merit Badges as Completed in Scoutbook ever. This needs to be done by the assigned Merit Badge Counselor.
The Scoutmaster will be notified, and will mark the Merit Badge as Approved in Scoutbook, applying his final signature to the electronic Blue Card.
The Advancement Chair will print out completed Blue Cards and attach the Merit Badge patch immediately prior to the next Court of Honor.
Once the Merit Badge has been handed out at the next Court of Honor, the Advancement Chair will mark the Merit badge as Awarded in Scoutbook.
After receiving at least 3 Merit Badges, the Scout affixes the Merit Badge patches to their sash.
The Scout adds the completed Blue Card to the next pocket in the Merit badge section of their Scout Binder.
If your Scout is working on a Merit Badge and would like to use the printed pamphlet to aid in their learning of the skills and topic, the Troop owns a Library of Merit Badge Pamphlets normally available for purchase through the Scout Shop. These booklets are maintained by the youth position of Librarian in the Troop. You can view the inventory of the Troop Library here. If you would like to check out a Merit Badge Pamphlet from the Troop Library, please submit this request form. The Librarian will check availability and assign the booklet to your Scout, delivering it at the next Troop Meeting.
If you prefer to stay digital, there is a great electronic library of all Merit Badge Pamphlets curated by Troop 109 in New Jersey. Check out their Online Merit Badge Library.