First Year Scout News

New Scout Program 2017 - 2018

posted May 6, 2017, 6:41 AM by Bsa Troop341

The Troop 341 First Class Program is designed to introduce new Scouts to the Scouting program and guide them through their first year in the troop. Our primary aims are to welcome them to the troop and to teach the basic Scouting skills, the patrol method, and the concepts of boy led leadership.

The new Scouts are placed in New Scout patrols under the leadership of several older Troop Guides and the supervision of at least two Assistant Scoutmasters. This gives them the opportunity to work, play, and learn together as they advance toward the First Class Scout rank.

Opportunities to learn and to advance are available at troop meetings and outings, although the Scouts are taught that advancement and getting requirements signed off, is their responsibility. This is the first step of helping them become the leaders of tomorrow – in our troop and in the community.

The general guideline for the Troop 341 First Class program schedule is flexible and learning/advancement opportunities will be offered more than one time. Any Scout that participates and is willing to do some preparation and practice on his own, should be able to complete the First Class rank within his first year of Scouting.

We have found that if Scouts complete the first class rank within their first year, they are more likely to remain in Scouting and to continue advancing in rank, skills, leadership, and citizenship. Please keep in mind that this is a guideline and that each Scout will participate, learn, and advance at his own rate. Our primary goal is to provide a safe and fun environment for the Scouts to enjoy the adventure we call Boy Scouting.

Here are a few tips that will make transitioning into Boy Scouts and Troop 341 easier.

•    Please turn in Registration form, health form, and contact information as soon as possible
•    Most Troop communication is done via email and the Troop website. If you are typically overwhelmed by email, I suggest getting a family Scout email such as “smithfamilyscouts@gmail.com” so that you have one email you can check regularly that won’t be full of a lot of email to go through.
•    Don’t worry about a lot of camping gear at this time. We supply tents, cooking pots, stoves, etc. We will give more information on clothing and recommended camping gear at an upcoming Troop meeting.
•    Participation is a key to enjoying Scouting. The more your son participates, the more he will enjoy it.  And, the more you participate, the more you both will enjoy it
•    We will be camping in both April and May and I encourage everyone to attend
•    We will also be having several patrol meetings and afternoon day events. These are a lot of fun, bring the boys together, and help us teach the Scouting skills that are necessary for advancement.

This should be an exciting start to a fun and successful Scouting time. Our Troop is known for its spirit of adventure and we’re excited to be a part of your boy’s start on this trail.


Robert A. Nelk                       
Scoutmaster

Dennis DesRosiers
Committee Chair

Patriot Patrol Advancement Survey - Aug. 2014

posted Aug 27, 2014, 1:11 PM by Bsa Troop341

Thank you for completing the survey below before the start of the new Scout year. Our first meeting will be on Monday Sept. 8, 2014 and we'd like to get started right away on preparing for our first Court of Honor, which is usually in October.

Patriot Patrol Advancement Survey - Aug. 2014


New Scout Patriot Patrol Earns Tenderfoot

posted Jun 17, 2014, 9:04 AM by Bsa Troop341   [ updated Jun 17, 2014, 9:05 AM ]

Congratulations to our Patriot Patrol members, all of whome progressed to the Tenderfoot Rank within 2 months of joining Troop 341! Below are some pictures from the Court of Honor.


Schedule May & June 2014

posted May 2, 2014, 9:15 AM by Bsa Troop341   [ updated May 2, 2014, 9:16 AM ]

​Hello Everyone,

As we move forward toward our first Court of Honor on June 9th, we are working toward everyone completing their Scout and Tenderfoot Awards. The next 5 weeks will be busy, so I'm sending you a listing of our upcoming schedule so you can get on board and/or let me know what does/does not work for you.

Three special events are the swim event on May 10 at the YMCA, the possible patrol meeting on Thursday May 15 (if that works for Scouts), and the Backyard Overnight at my house on Sat. May 31. The backyard overnight is particularly for those Scouts that did not go to Camp Sam Wood. It will also be our last time to finish up requirements before the BORs on Monday June 2.

I really want to thank all of you for such a good start to Boy Scouting for these boys. I'm looking forward to many fun times with them.

Greg Krapf
ASM First Year Scout program

Monday May 5

Troop Meeting

First Aid, Pick a Patrol name, knots

Sat. May 10

Swim Requirements at Southeast YMCA

2:30 Sat. afternoon. Dr. Scharf will be offering testing in the 2nd class and 1st  Class swim requirements for anyone interested.

Monday May 12

Troop Meeting

Annual Planning for next year, Physical fitness test #2

Thursday May 15 ??

Patrol Meeting ??

After school patrol meeting to work on advancement skills & requirements

Monday May 19

Troop Meeting

Score Orienteering course through Pittsford, Physical fitness test #2

Monday May 26

Memorial Day Parade

No Troop Meeting

10:00 Monday morning – march in the Pittsford Parade (this is considered community service for 2nd Class)

Saturday May 31

Backyard Camp-out

At Dr. Krapf’s house – this is a time to finish up requirements and SMC. For those not attending Camp Sam Wood, it will be your overnight camp for Tenderfoot.

Monday June 2

Troop Meeting

Boards of Review, finish up requirments

Monday Jun 9

Court of Honor & picnic

Powderhorn Lodge in Powdermill Park


Camping Equipment Suggestions

posted Apr 19, 2014, 9:09 PM by Bsa Troop341   [ updated Apr 19, 2014, 9:10 PM ]

Dear New Scout Parents,

During the month of April, the Troop guides will be going over proper equipment and weekend checklists with your sons.  Before our first camp-out, there will be a pack inspection.  Even if you son will not be participating in the camp out, we want to ensure that your scouts are well-prepared for camping, plus this is one of their advancement requirements.

Please do not worry if you don't have everything, and don't kill yourselves trying to get it all done.  This is a learning experience and the idea is for the boys to learn what they are missing on Monday so that they can start to develop their standard packing "kit". This list should also prove quite helpful as you prepare for Massawepie.

I wanted to give you a few pointers on equipment based on my experience. Sorry for the delay in getting this out to you but hopefully better late than never.

You son will eventually want/need a backpack but for now any durable sport bag, zippered duffle bag, etc. will work quite well.

  1. For sleeping bag, the best bet is a 15-20 degree mummy style bag.  They pack much better than a rectangular bag and 15 or 20 degree is plenty warm enough (even for winter when coupled with a blanket).
  2. Sleeping pad – recommended but not absolutely necessary. Most practical is the thermarest Z-lite but any decent pad will do.
  3. Emergency blanket - either the mylar film emergency blankets (EMS) or the thicker "Sportsmans Blanket". I carry the mylar for emergencies and use the sportsman's (or a piece of plastic) as a ground cloth for sleeping on.
  4. Rain gear - this is an important item.  My son Timo has done really well with and likes his LL Bean trail model rain coat . The trail model rain pants are also quite good.
  5. For hiking boots, Timo's had good luck at LL Bean as well.  The Waterproof Trail Hikers  are a good boot but any decent hiking style boot will do.
  6. In camp, we NEVER use open toe shoes, flip-flops, etc. Closed sandals like crocs, Keens, etc. and old sneakers are great around camp.
  7. Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries.  A headlamp is MUCH better but flashlights have worked for many, many years.
  8. A fifty foot section of parachute cord (any camping store) is always very handy.
  9. Compass - an orienteering style compass is what your son needs.  Here are few links for Campmor and Dicks.  Please get a compass that looks like this with the clear base plate.
  10. Non-cotton clothing.  Sports tee-shirts work well. Fleece is excellent.  Warm-up pants.

Please have your son contact their troop guides if they have any questions about gear and I am of course also available for advice and suggestions.

Greg Krapf

Welcome to Troop 341

posted Apr 11, 2014, 8:37 AM by Bsa Troop341   [ updated Apr 11, 2014, 8:39 AM ]

I now have email addresses for everyone except the Lin family (please pass that along if you know it) so here is the first New Scout News.

Your sons are doing very well and I believe that they will be able to complete their Scout and Tenderfoot badges in time for the final Court of Honor on June 9 at Powdermill Park. Please be sure to review the preventing child abuse pamphlet with them and sign their Scout worksheet.

I still need Youth applications for Marcus Bonin and Daniel Lin and Health Forms (parts a&b) for Marcus Bonin, Jon Carney, and Jared Spanganberg.

We will also need health forms (parts a&b) for any adults wanting to go camping with us and they will need to have completed Youth Protection training. Here is a link that will direct you to the training site Youth Protection Online Training.

There will be no meeting this Monday (4/7) due to school break. Our first camp out is on April 25-27 and the final sign up for camping is Monday the 21st - bring a check for $20.00 made out to Troop 341. The website page for the outing information can be found here Camp Sam Wood camp-out.

Everyone (even if you are not going camping) should bring his packed duffle bag/sports bag/pack to the meeting on the 21st. This is a tenderfoot requirement and an opportunity for the Scouts to learn what they should and shouldn't bring. There is a packing list is on the website at the above link or directly with this link...Packing List.

Thank you for the opportunity to have so much fun and adventure with your sons. I do encourage everyone to consider registering yourselves as adult leaders.

Massawepie Summer Camp 2014

posted Feb 3, 2014, 5:48 AM by Bsa Troop341

Dear Panda Hawks,

You should have received an email over the weekend regarding Massawepie 2014. this is our week long summer camp and we will be attending on Aug. 3-9.

Attendance is HIGHLY recommended. I would also encourage parents to sign up to go. Adults can do a full week or a half week (beginning or end). I only had one week at Massawepie but it remains one of my highlight experiences with Troop 341 and especially with my son Timo.

Reservations are due on march 10 but earlier sign up is recommended. Massawepie is a time of fun, adventure, and advancement with opportunity to earn many merit badges.

If you have questions or concerns - ask. there are many experienced adults and Scouts to help.

Greg Krapf

No Troop Meeting Jan. 20

posted Jan 20, 2014, 5:31 AM by Bsa Troop341   [ updated Jan 20, 2014, 5:32 AM ]

Dear Panda Hawk Patrol,

Just a friendly reminder that there is no troop meeting tonight unless you are attending the Tug Hill outing, in which case you should be at the church at 7:15 with your pack for a pack inspection.

Dr. Krapf

Advancement Outing & Hike at Mendon Ponds

posted Jan 10, 2014, 4:42 AM by Bsa Troop341   [ updated Jan 10, 2014, 6:59 AM ]

Mr. Nelk is offering a fun and advancement opportunity at Mendon Ponds on Saturday afternoon. He is wondering if you would like to get together at Mendon Ponds this Saturday from 2 – 4.

We would like to do Second Class requirement to go on a 5 mile hike and how to use a map and compass. We can also add the principles of Leave No Trace for those that need it.

We can meet at the Beach Parking lot in Mendon Ponds. Please call Mr. Nelk at 737-6671 if you have questions.

Here is a link to a map of Mendon Ponds Park.

Friday Jan. 3, 2014

posted Jan 3, 2014, 11:08 AM by Bsa Troop341   [ updated Jan 3, 2014, 11:32 AM ]

Dear Panda Hawks,

As I only heard back from two people (and now also have some family plans), there will be no advancement outing on Sunday Jan. 5.

On Monday night Jan. 6, we will be having a winter camping packing demonstration - useful information for the 3 upcoming winter trips (Massawepie Winter Challenge, Klondike Derby, and Tug Hill). I HIGHLY encourage your sons to sign up for Klondike Derby and Tug Hill if they have not already done so. I've attached an article from Boys Life about winter camping for those of you not familiar with it.

I am waiting to hear back from SPL Will about the plans for the next two Monday meetings. We will most likely be working on Scout skills/advancement during this time.

ASM Mike Scharf has suggested a series of themes with associated advancement requirements, so we will be picking from them for Jan, Feb., and March. I've listed them below - so please let me know if you have a favorite!

I'll be back in touch this weekend. Please check your emails. i will also post the information in the First Year Scout Program on the website.

Dr. Krapf


Orienteering
2nd- 1a and 1b (hike)
1st- 1, 2 (orienteering course)

Cooking
2nd- 3 e, f, g (must be on campout for part of 3g)
1st-4a, b, c, d, e (campout for 4e)

Tools and Ropes
2nd- 3c, d
1st- 7a, b, 8a

First aid
2nd- 7a, b, c
1st- 8b, c, d

Swimming (will need a pool/swimming activity at least once)

2nd- 8a, b, c
1st- 9 a, b, c

Know your community, citizenship, and healthy behaviors
2nd- 2, 4, 5 (service project), 6, 9a, 9b, 10
1st-5 (I believe this could be done by having someone visit a meeting- ie a Family Court Judge...) , 6, 11

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