Troop News


Notice: 2020-2021 Kickoff Meeting

posted Sep 20, 2020, 10:22 AM by Web Master   [ updated Sep 20, 2020, 10:23 AM ]

Dear Scouts,

During this unprecedented time in our troop, we have been working diligently to re-establish in person meetings. We have submitted opening plans to the proper authorities last month, and are currently waiting on approval. We were hoping that we would be able to open at our normal schedule, but alas, that has not happened. Events for this year will be dictated by the current conditions at the time. As of now (9/20/20 1pm), Full Troop camping is not allowed. Once restrictions are lifted, we will assess the situation and proceed accordingly.

A Virtual kick-off meeting for you (scouts) will be taking place on Wednesday, September 23, at 7:30pm.

Details will follow in a separate email.

Welcome Back!

Yours in Scouting,

Troop 160 - Senior Patrol Staff, Leaders, & Committee

Reminder: Christopher A's Eagle Scout Project

posted Sep 18, 2020, 1:58 PM by Web Master   [ updated Sep 18, 2020, 1:59 PM ]

Rebuilding Split Rail Fence
Date:  Saturday, September 26, 2020
Time:  8:00 AM until ??
Place:  Clay Pit Ponds Headquarters
83 Nielsen Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10309

Breakfast and lunch will be provided
Wear old clothes and bring work gloves if you have them
Hand sanitizer and disposable masks will be available

Please RSVP to Laura

REMINDER: ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS

posted Jul 7, 2020, 1:03 PM by Web Master   [ updated Jul 7, 2020, 1:07 PM ]

Scouts who need to communicate to the leaders must direct communications to the Troop email address using their Parent's email address on file - The email address on file is the address that receives communications from the Troop. Scouts previously authorized to communicate via other means must use the group id given. All other communications will be ignored.

Informational: Have a safe summer

posted Jun 22, 2020, 3:29 PM by Web Master   [ updated Jun 22, 2020, 3:33 PM ]

The Troop 160 Scouting year has come to an end. Please remember to review your Scout Skills over the summer. See you in September.

Informational: Merit badges for social distancing: 58 badges Scouts can complete at home

posted Apr 27, 2020, 6:31 PM by Web Master   [ updated Apr 27, 2020, 7:04 PM ]

Below are listed 58 merit badges that Scouts can complete from home. The merit badges on the list meet two main criteria:
  • They don’t involve visits to public places or companies.
  • Their requirements can be completed indoors or in an average-size yard.
That eliminates merit badges like Citizenship in the Nation, which includes a visit to a state or federal facility, or Backpacking, which requires three treks of at least 15 miles each.

You will find merit badges that require special materials, like Basketry and Pottery. If you don’t have the necessary supplies at home, move on to the next suggested merit badge.

The BSA’s Youth Protection guidelines, including a rule against one-on-one contact, apply to digital communication.

While the Camp Pouch Scout Shop location has been temporarily closed during the COVID-19 outbreak, ScoutShop.org remains open for business and is shipping right to your door. Head there to order merit badge pamphlets and other essential Scouting supplies.

A few things to keep in mind when using this list:

  • Discuss with the Scoutmaster the Merit Badge you would like to take: This should be done in the weekly Video Patrol Meetings
  • Find a registered merit badge counselor: Scouts should email the troop address to request the identity of a merit badge counselor for the badge or badges they want to earn.
  • Use the official requirements: You’ll find a lot of outdated merit badge requirements online. For the most current and up-to-date requirements, go to the BSA’s official merit badges page.
  • Understand what made the cut: All 137 merit badges have certain requirements Scouts could complete at home. What makes the list below special is that all of the badge’s requirements can be completed at home.
  • Have fun: Other than the merit badges required for Eagle, Scouts get to pick any merit badge that interests them. That decision should be 100% yours. If earning a merit badge ever feels like schoolwork … well, you’re doing it wrong.
Merit badges for social distancing: the list
  • American Business
  • American Heritage
  • Animation
  • Art
  • Basketry
  • Bird Study
  • Chemistry
  • Chess
  • Citizenship in the World
  • Collections
  • Composite Materials
  • Cooking
  • Digital Technology
  • Drafting
  • Electricity
  • Electronics
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Family Life
  • Fingerprinting
  • First Aid
  • Game Design
  • Genealogy
  • Graphic Arts
  • Home Repairs
  • Leatherworking
  • Mammal Study
  • Metalwork
  • Mining in Society
  • Model Design & Building
  • Moviemaking
  • Music
  • Nuclear Science
  • Oceanography
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Plant Science
  • Plumbing
  • Pottery
  • Programming
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Railroading
  • Robotics
  • Salesmanship
  • Scholarship
  • Sculpture
  • Search & Rescue
  • Soil & Water Conservation
  • Space Exploration
  • Stamp Collecting
  • Sustainability
  • Textile
  • Theater
  • Weather
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Woodcarving
  • Woodwork

Notice: Video Touch Base Meetings

posted Apr 20, 2020, 5:16 AM by Web Master   [ updated Apr 20, 2020, 5:16 AM ]

Scouts - A link to a Video Touch Base Meeting will be sent this week. Please check you email.

Notice: Due to Covid 19 All current Troop 160 Meetings are Cancelled Indefinitely

posted Mar 16, 2020, 4:41 PM by Web Master   [ updated Mar 16, 2020, 4:41 PM ]

For the safety of all, based on the guidance from a number of experts and proper authorities, effective immediately Troop 160 meeting are being cancelled until we are approved to resume.

Scouts should be working on their advancement at home. The BSA Handbook is a great resource that the Scouts should be reading.


Reminder: No Meeting / No COH Tonight - 3-16-2020

posted Mar 16, 2020, 12:59 PM by Web Master   [ updated Apr 7, 2020, 9:47 PM ]

On Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 3:44 PM <troop160bsa@xxxxxxx.com> wrote:
Scouts & Parents
 
The Day trip scheduled for this weekend and the Court of Honor scheduled for Monday March 16, 2020 will be postponed until further notice. Stay Safe.




Please see below some excerpts from a GNYC email that may be helpful to you and your family.



As you are likely aware, the tri-state area, and largely the entire country, is preparing for an outbreak of the Coronavirus COVID-19. The Greater New York Councils staff are monitoring the situation closely. We are operating as usual but are also working on contingency plans for programming and other events to be prepared for changing circumstances. We are actively following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), New York Department of Health, New Jersey Department of Health, World Health Organization (WHO), and local health departments where our camps and office are based, so we can respond quickly to any shifts in their recommendations.
 
Public health authorities’ current guidance does not include closures or cancellations of functions such as the program events that are scheduled across our council and camps. As always, participation in Scout activities is up to the discretion of parents and guardians and of unit leaders. While our facilities are operating as usual, we are also working on contingency plans for program and camp events to be prepared for changing circumstances.
 
For the protection of the community, please follow the CDC guidance and ensure that Scouts and adults stay home when sick and do not attend Scouting activities. Sick is defined by the CDC as having a temperature above 100.0º F (38.7º C), not feeling well, or appearing weak or ill. 
  
Please follow all of the steps recommended by the CDC
(see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf). The same simple steps that prevent the spread of ordinary flu viruses work against coronavirus and other illnesses:
 
·         Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. 
·         Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand). Then throw the tissue away and wash your hands. 
·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
·         Avoid contact with people who are sick. Do not attend Scouting activities when you are sick.
·         Stay home when you are sick, with temperature above 100.0º F (38.7º C) or do not feel well, appear weak or ill 
·         Consult your health care provider if you have special health conditions that put you at increased risk.
 

Day Trip and Court of Honor are postponed

posted Mar 13, 2020, 1:11 PM by Web Master   [ updated Mar 13, 2020, 1:19 PM ]

The Day trip scheduled for this weekend and the Court of Honor scheduled for Monday March 16, 2020 will be postponed until further notice. Stay Safe.

Please see below some excerpts from a GNYC email that may be helpful to you and your family.

As you are likely aware, the tri-state area, and largely the entire country, is preparing for an outbreak of the Coronavirus COVID-19. The Greater New York Councils staff are monitoring the situation closely. We are operating as usual but are also working on contingency plans for programming and other events to be prepared for changing circumstances. We are actively following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), New York Department of Health, New Jersey Department of Health, World Health Organization (WHO), and local health departments where our camps and office are based, so we can respond quickly to any shifts in their recommendations.
 
Public health authorities’ current guidance does not include closures or cancellations of functions such as the program events that are scheduled across our council and camps. As always, participation in Scout activities is up to the discretion of parents and guardians and of unit leaders. While our facilities are operating as usual, we are also working on contingency plans for program and camp events to be prepared for changing circumstances.
 
For the protection of the community, please follow the CDC guidance and ensure that Scouts and adults stay home when sick and do not attend Scouting activities. Sick is defined by the CDC as having a temperature above 100.0º F (38.7º C), not feeling well, or appearing weak or ill. 
  
Please follow all of the steps recommended by the CDC
(see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf). The same simple steps that prevent the spread of ordinary flu viruses work against coronavirus and other illnesses:
 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. 
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand). Then throw the tissue away and wash your hands. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. Do not attend Scouting activities when you are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, with temperature above 100.0º F (38.7º C) or do not feel well, appear weak or ill 
  • Consult your health care provider if you have special health conditions that put you at increased risk.
 

Notice: Troop 160 Meals on Wheels fundraising walk on the Boardwalk

posted Feb 2, 2020, 12:30 PM by Web Master   [ updated Feb 2, 2020, 12:30 PM ]

SAVE THE DATE:  Sunday April 19, 2020

Scouts,

Troop 160 will be participating in a service project to benefit the Staten Island Meals on Wheels program.

Scouts will request family and friends to sponsor them for a fundraising walk on the Boardwalk at South Beach.

The sponsorship will help to provide meals to the elderly , veterans and needy of Staten island.

This is a service project with service credit and all Scouts are required to attend.

More details will follow.

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