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Fall Campership Applications Due DEC 2

Posted on Nov 16 2019 - 10:56pm
The deadline to submit an application for a Fall 2019 campership is Dec 2, 2019. 
 
A campership is a request for funds to support scouting activities (details below). It can be for dues, winter / summer camp, high adventure trips. It can be for this years events or applied to future trips.  We accept applications twice a year and review them in the Fall and Spring. Members of the troop committee will review campership applications.  All of the following are considered:
  • Participation in troop meetings, camp-outs, service projects, etc
  • Advancement record
  • Financial need (while financial need may be listed as a factor for consideration, it is not required to be awarded funds)
  • Participation in fundraising
  • Scout Spirit
 Please log into the Troop Websites:  www.t444.org or www.gt444.org   to submit an applications
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In additions to the camperships, Troop 444 will issue two scholarships for NYLT to cover half of the cost ($120 each).  Please submit a campership for this request with the NYLT session you would like to attend. 
If you have questions, contact Kyle Donovan, Committee Chair, Chair@t444.org
Go to the troop website to read more about the background and implementation of our Campership Program.

Backpacking Big Bend National Park

Posted on Nov 16 2019 - 10:55pm

Big Bend National Park Backpacking

When: Leave December 26, 2019

Return: December 30, 2019

Backpacking approximately 21 miles   - The South Rim may be the best view in Texas.....they say on a clear day you can see 100 miles, We will also go to Emory Peak, the highest point in the park at 7,825 ft above sea level.

Age 14 & older

Leads are David Grossman & Bram Franklin

Space available 1st come 1st serve for 6 scouts.

The approximate cost (still being calculated) will be less than $150.00

Please contact Mr. Franklin at BigBend@t444.org

TROOP 444 Sea Base Coral Reef Sailing - July 21-28

Posted on Nov 16 2019 - 10:54pm
 
You are invited to join a high adventure crew for our trip to Florida Keys this coming Summer. 

Your home for a week will be on a large sailing vessel over 40 feet long. During the adventure, you will be sailing the Florida Keys and have the chance to snorkel some of the most beautiful reefs in the Keys and part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.   You will also have the opportunity to study astronomy, navigation, fish identification, and coral reef ecology. So join us for the Coral Reef Sailing Adventure, sharpen your navigational skills and enjoy snorkeling and fishing all in one package.

View Florida Sea Base Promo Video Here:  https://youtu.be/Zo6YTI6dfUU 

Dates:   July 21-28, 2020

Cost:      Estimated $1,500 for BSA fees, airfare, and ground transportation.   Initial deposit of $250 + 4 additional installments (Jan-April)

Gear:     Minimal (Sea Base supplies almost everything other than sunscreen and sleeping bag) 

We are looking for both scouts (13+) and adult leads, but space is limited. Please let me know if you are interested (SOON!) or have any additional questions.  
 
David Grossman

Membership Dues for 2020 - DUE by DEC. 9

Posted on Nov 16 2019 - 10:48pm
It is that time of year again… our membership dues for the troop are due by December 9th. They are $150 for a scout and $36 for an adult (and note: to remain registered as an adult, you also need to complete the new YPT training and background check form). 
 
By now you may have heard that the BSA National Fees have increased . This increase is included in our dues. 

We have the following payment options:

  • Give Mrs. Ahlemeier or Kyle Donovan a check at one of our troop meetings (check made out to Troop 444). Please write on the check who the dues are for.
  • Mail a check (made out to Troop 444) to: Shelly Ahlemeier, 401 St. Lukes Dr. , Richardson, TX 75080. Please write on the check who the dues are for and email Mrs. Ahlemeier that a check has been sent.
  • Pay by Paypal (follow the guideline below to prevent any fees from Paypal, any incurred fees are payable by you…). Please add in the note field who the dues are for.
  • Credit card, come see Shelly at a meeting. Note, there is a 2.8% fee for this that will be included

If you have any questions, contact Kyle Donovan, Chair@t444.org

Paypal notes:

How to send money using Paypal to the troop:

- Log in to your paypal account on a PC

- Do: Money -> Send or Request Money -> Send to friends or family -> enter the email address: payment@t444.org and follow through from there.

 To our knowledge, you will not be a charged a fee if you have money available in your PayPal account or your PayPal account is linked to your bank account (not your debit card.)

 To our knowledge, Paypal will charge a fee if:

- Your paypal account is funded through a credit card to make this payment

- Your paypal account is funded through a debit card to make this payment

- You choose 'Pay for goods or services' instead of 'Send to friends and family'

There may be other cases where they charge a fee. You will be responsible to the Troop for any charges incurred.

Scoutbook Import This Week

Posted on Nov 6 2019 - 10:44pm

We will be performing an import this week to freshen the information on our website (from data contained in Scoutbook).

Scoutbook is the official application from the Boy Scouts of America for managing our Roster and Scout Advancement. All updates to this information should be made in Scoutbook. Several times each year (as roster and advancement information changes), we import this information into our website to keep the information synchronized.

If you notice any issues with receiving the weekly newsletter or e-mail to/from the group lists... the first place to check is the Troop Roster on the website. If any information is incorrect or out-of-place, you must correct it in Scoutbook.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Mr. Sweeney
Chartered Organization Rep & Technology Sub-Committee Member

Ben W's Equestrian Service Project

Posted on Oct 20 2019 - 9:30am

Ben's Service Project:

Volunteers needed!

Saturday, November 2, 2019
1-5 pm
 
Equest Horse Ranch (a local nonprofit that provides horse therapy for veterans & folks with disabilities)
811 Pemberton Hill Rd
Dallas,Tx 75217

Meet at AUMC at 12:15 PM to carpool

Wear close toed shoes 
Bring water  bottle