Troop 619

Grand Canyon Council - Four Peaks District

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Upcoming Service Project Updates

1) July 31st @ 12:30-2:20  Hidden Hills Elementary School 1919 E. Sharon Drive, Phx, AZ 85022
Principal Gianna Colonna needs helps removing a ton of supplies and outdated things. Scouts will load a truck of items and take to a local charity.

2) August 4th- 1-3pm Feed my starving Children- Mesa-check out video Scouts will help pack up food.

Let me know if you have questions.

Reevis Ranch Backpacking

This trip will be October 20th – 22nd. This part of the trail is a little longer, but it is an easier hike. The drawback is the road to the trailhead is a freaking nightmare. Just a little over 1 car wide, dirt, with a mountain on one side and a sheer cliff down to a river on the other side. The plan is to leave around 5-5:30 PM friday, get to the trailhead, and hike 1-2 miles down the trail. Saturday morning we will pack up early and descend into the ranch and through the apple orchards. The first part of the trail is dry, but there is water at the end.

This is not an easy hike, we will be covering 9 miles, with almost 3k of elevation changes. Please take time with your patrols to do hikes between now and the end of October so you can be ready for it.

September we will be going over backpacking equipment, trail safety etc. The first meeting in September on the  4th we will be meeting at the REI at Paradise Valley Mall to be fitted for backpacks. Please try and be in the parking lot at REI no later than 6:30.

This is a fantastic backpacking trip, and I highly recommend everyone try and attend. If you need backpacking equipment, please contact us off list and we can work on getting everyone fitted. Please don’t let a lack of equipment deter you from this opportunity.

Thank you!
Scoutmaster Zoe

Reminder: Canyon Lake Fishing Campout

Event: Canyon Lake Fishing Campout
Where: Canyon Lake
When: Sep 22, 2017 to Sep 24, 2017

Distributed Car Camping, no water or facilities. Pack it in, Pack it out. Tonto passes are required.

Reminder: Bring a Friend and Patch Night!

Event: Bring a Friend and Patch Night!
Where: CITD
When: Aug 7, 2017, 7pm – 8pm

Bring a friend! We will be celebrating the end of summer and the start of school. There will be an ice cream sunday bar, as well as handing out all the geronimo patches!

Service Projects this week

Just a reminder we have 2 service projects this week.

1) Tuesday at 9:00  Homeward Bound – needs scouts to put together school supplies should take 2 hours. I have Colton, Maxx and Jack attending anyone else?
Address: 2302 W. Colter St. Phx, 85015

​2) Friday at 4:00-6:30 at St. Vinvent de Paul- scouts need to be ready to clean up dishes, clear table and serve food. We sign up for 15 people. I only have Pestka and Rea family which is 9 people.  I think Maxx too. Anyone else?? ​

​Let me know. Thanks! ​

Kim Pestka, M.Ed.

Pot Luck Sign Up

Here is the link to sign up for the potluck at the end of the month if you didn’t get it. The boys are going to be fishing and doing water activities!

Committee Meeting on 7-17

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that our next Committee Meeting will be on Monday, July 17th @ 7:00 P.M. We will be discussing upcoming service projects, troop events, fundraising for the winter snowboarding trip, recruitment ideas/events we would like to organize and host, and any other ideas, questions or concerns you may have. Zoe will also be sending in Tyler (S.P.L.- Senior Patrol Leader) to share with us what the boys will be doing for the rest of the summer, and to request any support they may need from us.

I think it would be GREAT for our troop to have at least one parent from each family there!

Thank you in advance for your support,

P.S. I will bring a dessert!

Upcoming Program Planning Meeting

We will be having our Program Planning meeting this Sunday, for the next 6 months of program planning. If there was a campout or activity you wanted to do between August and January, please let your patrol leaders know at tonight’s meeting. We will make some time for it during the meeting.

Thank you,
Scoutmaster Zoe

Camp Geronimo!

We finally made it!

Final plans are done, and I just sent the email to the patrol leaders on what your scouts need to bring. If you have any questions, go to your patrol leaders first as they have all the information.

The temperatures will be in the low 90’s / upper 80’s during the day, dipping into the high 40’s at night. Tents are provided by the camp, so don’t worry about bringing one. We will be leaving at 8:30 from the church Saturday 7/1 and returning Saturday 7/8 in the morning, I hope to be back in Phoenix by 1pm. If your son is going, please remember to provide some spending money for the trips and the trading post at camp Geronimo.

I will be unavailable all Thursday, and Friday until the early evening as I need to drive to California to pickup Travis. If you have emergency questions during that time, contact Kevin Joy or Pitt.

Thank you!
Scoutmaster Zoe

Upcoming Service Projects

Hi all! Happy Summer!!
Just a quick note to let you know of a few service projects.

1) July 18th @ 9am-11:00am Homeward Bound
Homeward Bound is a nonprofit based in Arizona that serves the needs of families going through homelessness. They serve over 130 homeless families every year, providing them with not just housing but an in-depth program that helps them get back their own two feet. We will be meeting in the front parking lot at 9am at 2302 W. Colter Street. Phoenix, 85015. Scouts will be sorting school supplies for this organization. I will be attending and can give rides if needed since it’s during the week. I can fit 4 extra scouts. Please R.S.V.P. asap to me so I can let them know how many are attending.

2) July 21st @ 4:00-6:30 The Society of St. Vincent De Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and providing others with the opportunity to serve. We need 15 people, scouts and families are welcome, to volunteer in the Family Dining Room on July 21 at 4:00-6:30. We will be serving food, collecting dishes, clearing and cleaning the dinning room. I have personally done this before and it was very rewarding. Please R.S.V.P. asap to me so I can let them know how many are attending.

3) ***Canceled Event*** Tranquility- we didn’t get back to them in time so we will need to pick another date.

Thank you!
Kim Pestka
Service Cordinator for troop 619 🙂

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