I hope that you are having a great August. It is hard to believe that Summer is almost over, but I think it will be easier to come to grips with this when the temperature drops this weekend.
Our next meeting will be a bowling party on August 25 at Little’s Lanes on 1st Ave N at 6pm. Many thanks to Mrs. Stone for arranging for the lane reservation, and to Mr. and Mrs. Lukas for arranging the trophies and gag gifts. We will get a few Pizzas at the party. Please wear your Class B uniform.
The annual Scout night at Voyager Stadium and District Scout Show is on Friday, August 29th. Our Troop usually builds a pioneering tower in front of the stadium before the game. Those that want to do so can also camp out on the ball field after the game!
If you want to go to the game, you have to fill out the attached form. You will be getting a call from your SPL/PL to find out if you can help build the pioneering tower. We don’t have a lot of time to get this organized, but I hope that our Troop can participate this year. Please also let me know if you would like to camp in the ball field that night.
At our last PLC, the Troop decided to work on Pets Merit Badge and Dog Care Merit Bade as a September and maybe also October theme. I have appended the requirements for both merit badges to this message. Our new District Chairman and Veterinarian Dr. Peter Jennings will be our guest at our first meeting in September to kick off this theme, which will be September 8. Please begin looking over the requirements and make plans for how you wish to complete this theme. We may move some of our September/October meetings to alternate locations such as the Dog Park, Animal Shelter, etc.
Finally, although Summer is almost over, I think it important to stress how important sunscreen is when outside. I recently saw an interesting video that shows what affect UV radiation (sunlight) has on your skin. Skin cancer is not a laughing matter, and you can prevent it by simply taking a few moments to cover up with sunscreen. You can watch the video here and I request that you do so! http://vimeo.com/97666651
Have a great remainder of your Summer, and I look forward to see you at our bowling party at Little’s Lanes on 8/25 at 6pm!
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Vice President for Program, Montana Council
Boy Scouts of America
I used to be a Fox, and a good ole Fox too! W5-315-11-1
Pets merit badge requirements
- Present evidence that you have cared for a pet for 4 months. Get approval before you start.*
- Write in 200 words or more about the care, feeding, and housing of your pet. Tell some interesting facts about it. Tell why you have this kind of pet. Give local laws, if any, relating to the pet you keep.
- Show that you have read a book or pamphlet, approved by your counselor, about your kind of pet. Discuss with your counselor what you have learned from what you read.
- Do ONE of the following:a. Show your pet in some pet show.b. Start a friend raising a pet like yours. Help your friend get a good start.c. Train a pet in three or more tricks or special abilities.
* Work done for other merit badges cannot be used for this requirement.
Dog Care merit badge requirements
- Do the following:a. Briefly discuss the historical origin and domestication of the dog.b. Describe some common characteristics of the dogs that make up each of the seven major dog groups.c. Tell some specific characteristics of seven breeds of dogs (one from each major group), OR give a short history of one breed.
- Point out on a dog or a sketch at least 10 body parts. Give the correct name of each one.
- Do the following:a. Explain the importance of house-training, obedience training, and socialization training for your dog.b. Explain what “responsible pet ownership” means.c. Explain what issues (including temperament) must be considered when deciding on what breed of dog to get as a family pet.
- For two months, keep and care for your dog.* Maintain a log of your activities during this period that includes these items: feeding schedule, types of food used, amount fed, exercise periods, training schedule, a weekly body weight record, grooming and bathing schedules, veterinary care, if necessary, and costs. Also include a brief description of the type of housing/shelter arrangements you have for your dog.
- The activities used to fulfill the requirements for the Dog Care merit badge may not be used to help fulfill the requirements for other merit badges.
- Explain the correct way to obedience train a dog and what equipment you would need. Show with your dog any three of these commands: “come,” “sit,” “down,” “heel,” “stay,” “fetch” or “get it,” and “drop it.”
- Do the following:a. Discuss the proper vaccination schedule for a dog in your area from puppyhood through adulthood.b. Discuss the control methods for preventing fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites (worms) for a dog in your area from puppyhood through adulthood.c. Explain the importance of dental care and tooth brushing to your pet’s health.d. Discuss the benefits of grooming your dog’s coat and nails on a regular basis.e. Discuss with your counselor any seasonal conditions (like hot summers, cold winters, or extreme humidity) where you live that need to be considered for your dog.
- Do the following:a. Explain precautions to take in handling a hurt dog.b. Show how to put on an emergency muzzle.c. Explain how to treat wounds. Explain first aid for a dog bite.d. Show how to put on a simple dressing and bandage the foot, body, or head of your dog.e. Explain what to do if a dog is hit by a car.f. List the things needed in every dog owner’s first-aid kit.g. Tell the dangers of home treatment of a serious ailment.h. Briefly discuss the cause and method of spread, the signs and symptoms and the methods of prevention of rabies, parvovirus, distemper, and heartworms in dogs.
- Visit a veterinary hospital or an animal shelter and give a report about your visit to your counselor.
- Know the laws and ordinances involving dogs that are in force in your community.
- Learn about three career opportunities for working with dogs. Pick one and find out about the education, training, and experience required for this career, and discuss this with your counselor. Tell why this profession interests you.