Lots of Opportunities to do a Good Turn Daily!
I hope that you are all having a great deal of success on your Popcorn Sale! A few good days selling can pay for all of your Scouting adventures through the year, including this coming Summer’s week at beautiful Melita Island. Bring your sale sheets to the meeting on Monday. There will be some really cool Troop prizes for top sellers!
Did you know that tonight you can see a rare “supermoon” lunar eclipse? A “supermoon” is where the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit. Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth moves directly between the Sun and the moon. The two events will happen at the same time tonight, for the first time since 1982. You won’t be able to see this convergence again until 2033. The moon should appear pink or rosy-red. Sarah Noble, a program scientist at NASA, said that ‘[y]ou’re basically seeing all of the sunrises and sunsets across the world, all at once, being reflected off the surface of the moon.” How cool is that?
Sunset tonight in Great Falls begins at 7:13pm. By then, the eclipse will have started. The total eclipse should last about an hour, from 8:11pm to 9:23pm MST. Your observation of this phenomena could complete requirement 3 for Astronomy merit badge. The requirements to do so are at the bottom of this note.
In case you didn’t know it, it is Eagle Project season! Three Scouts (Max Weissman, Eric Abarr and Jordan Christian) from our Troop are honing in on work for their Eagle projects. All three will need your help this Fall. Please make a point to show up and help when they ask. Your help with their projects counts for service hours for YOUR rank advancement. Please also remember that sometime soon you will be asking the Troop for help with YOUR project!
The first stage of Max’s project will be 2pm today, September 27 at the old Jewish cemetery just South of Great Falls. The nearest address to the cemetery is 81 Highland Road in Great Falls. GPS coordinates are 47° 27′ 54” N; 111° 15′ 3.6” W. To get to the cemetery, head South on 26th Street. Continue past Mt. Olivet Cemtery. Continue heading South past Gibson Flats Road. The road will turn to the East. Follow the road to the East without turning until you come to a prairie cemetery marked by an old wrought iron archway. We will have some signs up to help show the way.
Max needs help mowing, weedeating and preparing the road surface of the cemetery for gravel. He needs volunteers to bring lawnmowers, weedeaters and work gloves.
You will have another opportunity to do a good turn at our Scout meeting on Monday, September 28 at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church (1226 1st Avenue North). We will be helping to prepare the playground for a new play structure. We will be moving and leveling gravel. Please bring work gloves, shovels and garden rakes. Class B activity uniforms are appropriate for this meeting! Your work on this project will count toward the service hours you need for rank advancement.
Remember to bring your popcorn forms to the meeting on Monday, and continue working to sell popcorn!
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Vice President for Program, Montana Council
Boy Scouts of America
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Astronomy Merit Badge, Requirement 3 items that could be completed by observing the Lunar Eclipse tonight:
Plan and participate in a three-hour observation session that includes using binoculars or a telescope. List the celestial objects you want to observe, and find each on a star chart or in a guidebook. Prepare an observing log or notebook. Show your plan, charts, and log or notebook to your counselor before making your observations. Review your log or notebook with your counselor afterward.
Personally take a series of photographs or digital images of the movement of the Moon, a planet, an asteroid, meteor, or a comet. In your visual display, label each image and include the date and time it was taken. Show all positions on a star chart or map. Show your display at school or at a troop meeting. Explain the changes you observed.