Troop Elections on May 4: To earn the ranks of Star, Life, and Eagle, a scout must serve in a position of responsibility for six months (four months for Star rank). But not every position of responsibility applies. Assistant patrol leader, for example, is not considered a position of responsibility in this sense. But senior patrol leader is. To keep it all straight, here's a short guide, courtesy of Scouting Magazine, which shows which positions in a troop will count for advancement: patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor, troop webmaster, or Leave No Trace trainer.
Court of Honor on May 18: This is our final COH and our last meeting of the 2015-16 Scout Year. All merit badge blue cards must be turned in by May 4.
Clean up Fort DeSoto and Shell Key Preserve, June 5: Troop 219 has been asked to lead this event. We need an assistant scoutmaster or parent to work with the park to help organize our involvement. The cleanup will run from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Eagle Work Days: Troop 219 has five eagle work days scheduled for May; Kurban Ali, 5/7; Lliam Cobb, 5/14; Chris Canizares, 5/22; Simon Messen, 5/22; Will Hess, 5/29.
Order of the Arrow: Congratulations to Troop 219’s six new OA members – Christopher Canizares, Josh Jacobs, Lliam Cobb, Cooper Dano, Kai Whitten and Ethan Fajardo. Next up: Summer Conclave, June 3-5, Sand Hill Scout Reservation.
June 26 – July 2: Camp Woodruff, Blairsville, GA
Fall Camping: Sept. 16 – 18: Aquatics Weekend, Camp Soule, Clearwater; Oct. 21 – 23: Haunted Woods, Hillsborough River State Park; Nov. 18 – 20: Joint Camp Out with Cub Scout Packs, Fort DeSoto County Park; Dec. 16 – 18: Little Manatee River State Park.