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We maintain our newsletter, calendar and related files on this site. An automatic summary of changes will be emailed out every 1 or 2 weeks (based on new items) to keep you posted about new or changing activities.  For youth protection reasons, you must be issued a password to access any detailed information about our activities. Click "Getting Started" on the left Menu bar to see a short description of many features on this site.

50 Mile Hike Spring Break Trip with Mr. Zapendowski in Sam Houston National Forest near Huntsville TX

Posted on Oct 20 2014 - 9:53pm

ASM Zapendowski invites all Scouts, Scouters, and Friends of Scouting from Troop 730 and beyond, for a 5-day, 50-mile backpacking trip to Sam Houston National Forest near Huntsville TX. We will depart Dallas on Friday evening March 6 and return on Wednesday evening March 11, or depart on Tuesday evening March 10, return Sunday evening March 15, depending what dates work best. We will hike for five days, 10 miles per day, carry all our food and gear, purify water, camp, and come back home with lots of fun memories from days full of sweating under a heavy backpack. This camp is open to all scouts and families. Typical cost of these trips is under $100, including food and travel by bus. Please contact ASM Zapendowski at 214-908-4969 or at piotr.zap@prodigy.net.  Sam Houston National Forest is beautiful in March, see you there!  If you want to sign-up, please register using the Event Registration feature on the right side of this website.

Popcorn Order are Due on Monday, October 27th

Posted on Oct 20 2014 - 9:49pm

Scouts, please bring your popcorn order forms and money to turn in to our Popcorn Kernels, Mrs. White and Mrs. Chavez to our meeting on Monday, October 27th.  Please make sure to total the dollar amount of your order and confirm that your money total matches the total amount due on your order form.   Also, please make sure that your name is on the order form.   We also suggest keeping a photocopy of your order form for your records.   If you are NOT submitting an order form because all of your sales were on-line sales, please email Mrs. White and Mrs. Chavez to let them know.   Our Popcorn Kernels will be following up with every scout who does not turn in a popcorn order form after Monday, October 27th - please be courteous to our adult volunteers and turn in your order form and money to our Popcorn Kernels on time.   Thank you!

Part 2 of 2 - Communications Merit Badge on Monday, October 27 at 6 pm

Posted on Oct 20 2014 - 9:28pm

For any scouts who have previously started the Communications Merit Badge and want to finish up, we're having a meeting at 6 pm (yes, 6 pm) on Monday, October 27th in the conference room at the rear of the Great Hall.   We'll need at least one parent to volunteer to sit and listed to the various requirements (e.g., 5 minute speech, introduction of a speaker, sales pitch, etc.). If you want to attend, please sign-up on the Event Registration feature on the right side of this website so we'll have enough parent volunteers.  Thanks.

Mrs. Lofgren begins Family Life on Monday, October 27 at 7 pm (Eagle Required Merit Badge!)

Posted on Oct 20 2014 - 9:26pm

Scouts, Mrs. Lofgren will be starting the Family Life merit badge at the advancement meeting next Monday at 7 pm.  It is long term merit badge so it is great to get it started this time of year. The Family Life merit badge booklet may be borrowed from the Troop's library or purchased at Circle Ten's scout shop on Harry Hines or the National Scouting Museum in Irving.  BE PREPARED - as with all merit badges, please complete as much of the worksheet as you can in your own handwriting before the class (with the exception of any "show", "demonstrate" or "discuss with your counselor" items), and bring your worksheet along with a pencil or pen to the merit badge class.  This class will be the first of two meetings to finish the badge and will require work and items outside of class to finish.  BE COURTEOUS - if  your schedule doesn't permit you to complete some portion of the worksheet before class, you can work on it another time when you're prepared.   If you want to sign-up for the Family Life merit badge, please register using the Event Registration feature on the right side of this website.

Time to Sign-Up for Northern Tier - June 13th through June 20th (Ely, Minnesota)

Posted on Oct 20 2014 - 11:43am

Scouts, it is time to sign-up for our Troop's trip to Northern Tier in the boundary waters between Minnesota and Canada.   The trip will be from June 13th though June 20th.   Mr. Zapendowski will be leading the trip.  We only have 8 slots for the trip, and 3 slots are already taken.   If you want to see more about the Northern Tier, please see www.ntier.org and look at the Summer Treks section.  For more detailed information, please contact Mr. Zapendowski. If you want to sign-up, please use the Event Registration feature on the right side of this website.  Please note that you must be 14 years old at the time of the trip OR graduated from 8th grade and be at least 13 years old.  Troop 730 is sending a crew of 8 (or multiple crews of 8) to BSA high adventure Northern Tier Base in June 2015. That's one week after Summer Camp at Hale Scout Reservation. We will spend six days canoeing Boundary Waters, possibly including Quetico Provincial Park. Northern Tier is one of three BSA Triple Crown bases, besides Philmont in New Mexico, and Sea Base in Florida. $100 deposit is necessary to reserve a spot. Please keep in mind that Northern Tier does not refund fees. Crews are 6-8 members. Northern Tier charges $605 per day per crew, so it's most economical to fill crews up to 8 members. Prior trips came up to approximately $800 per participant. Cost of the trip includes: Northern Tier fees; round trip airfare to Minneapolis; car rental for a week. Please contact ASM Zapendowski at 214-908-4969 or at piotr.zap@prodigy.net for more details. It's wet and cold there, it's windy, mosquitoes want to eat you alive, canoes and gear are very heavy. It's a challenge... who's up? Hol-Ry!

Want to Earn your Archery Merit Badge??

Posted on Oct 17 2014 - 5:04pm

Scouts, if you want to earn your Archery merit badge in a group of other Troop 730 scouts, please email Mrs. Schultz who will contact the Archery merit badge counselor for some available dates and times.   

Boy Scout Archery Merit Badge Classes

For troops and groups of scouts. Groups of 3 to 10 Boy Scouts.  Larger groups with advance notice and approval.     Troop provides two deep leadership, or a parent must accompany each scout.  Troop or scouts provide sack lunch if desired.

Taught by BSA registered Archery Merit Badge Instructor. Registered with Circle Ten as MB counselor for all troops/scouts.  Blue Cards provided and signed upon completion by MB Instructor. Note:  Preapproval by your troop to start the merit badge may be required.  

Complete the Archery Merit Badge in 3 to 4 hours*

Covers all required elements, including educational elements, arrow making, string making, shooting form, practice and target scoring qualification. * Scouts must pass a proficiency test by reaching a set score on a target in order to complete the merit badge.  Scouts unable to qualify by end of the initial class may arrange up to 2 more lessons with MB Instructor at no additional cost.   

$25 per Scout.  Includes all equipment, range fees, supplies and up to two additional sessions with   instructor to reach a qualifying score.  Note:  TXAA range charges a $5 convenience fee for credit card transactions.  Best to bring cash or checks made out to Texas Archery Academy.

Location:  Texas Archery Academy, Walnut Hill Range.  9500 N. Central Expressway, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75231       (Lower level of parking garage, under Spec’s)

By reservation:  Saturday or Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. work best.  Alternatively, two weekday evening sessions 6-8 p.m.

Andrew Sobotka, Former SM and current ASM Troop 751, Current YPT, BSA Archery Level 1 Instructor, USA Archery Level II Instructor, NASP Instructor, ALSobotka@gmail.com, (214) 801 8568           

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