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Welcome to Troop 730's website! If you are not a member of this troop and want information about Troop 730, click on "About Us" in the left margin.  If you want us to contact you, please click on "Contact Us".

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.

Time to Sign Up and Pay for October Caving Camp Out

Posted on Sep 29 2014 - 6:31pm

There is no cost to attend the October camp out (the Troop is paying for the various camping and entrance fees to the camp site).  However, if you want to go spelunking, there is a fee of $70 per person for the professional guide and equipment.  We only have 28 spots for spelunking so we may need parents to stay back at camp depending on the number of Scouts who want to go spelunking.  Please write in the "notes" section when you register whether you want to go spelunking or not so we can get an accurate count.  As with all Troop monetary matters, if you want to go but cannot afford the fee, please speak in confidence with either Scoutmaster Carl Pigg or Committee Chair Paul Martin regarding a scholarship.    Pay $70 on-line (use the PayPal link when you register) or mail check to our treasurer: Dotti Singhal, 14678 Winnwood, Dallas, TX 75254. Camping at Inks Lake State Park. Maps, directions and reservation information are listed below. Please note that your son cannot attend the camp out unless the release form is signed and returned.  Please download the waiver form and email to campingcoordinator@dallas730.mytroop.us.  Waiver form link: http://www.longhorncaverns.com/wildcave.html

REMINDER: Youth Leaders Training Session at Group Dynamix (All Youth Leaders Should Attend) THIS SUNDAY AT 4 PM

Posted on Sep 25 2014 - 9:25pm

REMINDER:  All Youth Leaders (including all Patrol Leaders and Scouts with Positions of Responsibility), we're having our semi-annual Youth Training Session on Sunday, September 28th at 4 pm at Group Dynamix (1215 Trend Drive, Carrollton, TX 75006).   We need ALL youth leaders to be there promptly at 4 pm when the training begins.  Please bring $10 in cash for a short pizza break.   Parents, please pick up your boys promptly at 8 pm.   We'll have the youth training from 4 pm to 6 pm, a short pizza break, and then Group Dynamix fun events until 8 pm.   Please make every effort to attend if you are a Youth Leader.   We will also need approximately 5 adult leaders to attend. Please sign-up using the Event Registration feature on the right side of this website.  If you're attending, you must bring a signed waiver form (attached). 

Scouts - Sell that Popcorn!

Posted on Sep 25 2014 - 9:23pm

Troop Members, our Troop participates in only one fundraiser per year - the annual BSA Popcorn sale.   Each of the boys received the popcorn sales information in a folder at last Monday's meeting.  Please review and begin to sell!  We're asking that each Scout sell a minimum of $200 worth of popcorn.  We have a goal this year of $13,000 of popcorn sales.   A large percentage of the proceeds helps our Troop.  Our goal is to raise enough money to replace the old red trailer currently in the parking lot at St. Mark's that isn't road worthy.   All Scouts who sell the minimum amount of popcorn will receive a credit (exact amount to be determined) toward Summer Camp dues!  In addition to helping Troop 730, a portion of the profits also stays within Circle Ten Council to fund underpriviliged boys and give them the experience of Scouting, particularly Summer Camp programs at the Circle Ten camps. Get your order form and begin calling your friends, your family, your neighbors and help our Troop and Circle Ten.   We hope that you will also sell in your neighborhood - please wear your Class A uniform and remember to always take an adult with you.  Prizes will be awarded to the top sellers of popcorn in our Troop.  Jake H-P has won the top seller prize the last 3 years in a row -see if you can dethrone our reigning champ! 

Need Orienteering TFC Sign-Off and Orienteering Merit Badge

Posted on Sep 25 2014 - 11:33am

Scouts, do you need the Orienteering TFC sign-off or want to earn the Orientation merit badge? Please check the North Texas Orienteering Association's website (ntoa.org) for the monthly orienteering meeting.   Here is a blurb from their website:

Orienteering Merit Badge

A merit badge briefing will take place 30 minutes before the beginner’s clinic at the monthly meets of the North Texas Orienteering Association (NTOA). For 2 day meets the briefing will be on day 1 only. Scouts should check thehttp://www.ntoa.com latest information on meet schedule.

Troops must provide their own 2-deep leadership or parents should accompany Scouts to the meets. NTOA will provide instruction and courses to complete the merit badge requirements. The merit badge requires participation in 3 orienteering courses and working as an official at one meet. Generally Scouts can complete one course per meet day.

Note to Scoutmasters: The courses will satisfy the 1st Class orienteering requirement if you add the measuring of the height and width of objects (flag pole, tree, creek, etc.). That instruction is not provided.

Scouts should arrive at least 30 minutes before the first beginner’s clinic for the merit badge briefing. Scouts should wear clothes suitable for bushwhacking through the forest. Running shoes or boots are OK. Long pants or jeans, gaiters, or tall socks would be good. Bring suitable outdoor gear for the weather conditions (jacket, poncho or rain suit, gloves, hat, etc.). Orienteering meets are held even if raining. Also compass, watch, canteen or water bottle, and whistle (loaners available). Many bring a sack lunch for after they run. Awards are given after the competition.

You can pre-register on the website before the meet. If you pre-register you will get a pre-printed map of your course. If you don’t pre-register you may have to draw your course on a blank map before you start.

If you have any questions, contact merit badge counselor, Ralph Courtney or phone 903-814-0232.

Scouts - Show your Scout Books to our Advancement Coordinator, Mrs. McCutchan

Posted on Sep 25 2014 - 11:32am

Scouts, did you just successfully finish a Board of Review?   Or get some additional sign-offs at a camp out?  Please remember that WE WON'T KNOW about your new rank or your new sign-offs UNLESS you show your scout book to our Advancement Coordinator, Mrs. McCutchan.  Thanks!

Scouts - You need service hours and we need help! Please help staff CubAPalooza on Saturday, October 4th

Posted on Sep 25 2014 - 11:32am

Scouts -- you need service hours and we need help! 

We need volunteers (both Scouts and Adults) to help staff Cub-A-Palooza on Saturday, October 4th – for a few hours (come when you can), all day, or even overnight (earn a night of camping credit!).  Cub-A-Palooza is a family friendly event at Camp Wisdom' Cub World in Dallas. 

Included in the $15 fee for a cub scout is a T-shirt, patch and lunch.  Adults/siblings/staff is only $5 pp for lunch.

Plan on a fun filled day where the boys/kids will get wet (this is pretty much guaranteed).  Archery, BB GUNS, caves, and pirate ships will be staffed and open. (We could use a boy scout patrol/troop to help staff one of these activity centers - like caves or pirate ships). Cubs will print their own T-shirt plus there is a special water activity. After dinner (on your own), there will be the awesome carnival. Again, any parent can staff a booth (old fashioned game). Whatever they would like to do. 

We’re also looking for face painters and anyone who can make animals out of balloons (bring your own supplies). Our budget doesn't allow us to 'hire' a professional as we are keeping price point down to encourage family participation from all our district packs. If you have any ideas, we are open to suggestions. In the end, it is the adults that make this event come alive for the youth. Registration is up and running on the district website:www.blacklandprairie.info

Attached is the flyer for the event with additional details. 

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