Troop 8 Weekly Newsletter

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1.Troop Meeting Monday, July 16 at 7:00 PM. PLEASE NOTE: For this meeting the scouts should wear their Class B uniform. Also, the meeting will end 30 minutes early at 8pm.  Scouts should bring their Scout Handbook, which is needed for advancement.  

2.Summer Camp Gear Pull: Wednesday, July 18 at 7pm at Ogden.

3.Summer Camp: July 22-28. Participating scouts should arrive at Ogden by 11:30am on Sunday, July 22 in their full Class A uniform wearing their swim suit under their uniform with their summer camp gear.

4.Surplus Class B T-Shirts: We will make available for sale a limited number of Class B t-shirts during our Monday meeting. The cost is $5 per shirt.

5.NE Trek Sign Up: Scouts entering 8th grade who are venture patrol eligible should sign up for the August NE Trek described below.

6. See the Troop 8 Events and Activities calendar at the end of the Newsletter.





1.Wed. July 18: Summer Camp Gear Pull at 7pm at Ogden.

2.July 22-28: Summer Camp at Mount Allamuchy Summer Reservation (no Troop meetings after summer camp until September 10)

3.Aug 8-12: NE Trek: Taconic Mountains

4.September 10: Troop meetings resume





·     Please return any Troop gear you have from high adventure treks or recent camping trips.

·     We need parents to volunteer for the Boards of Review. Please contact Mrs. Lily Sidorovich (Email:; Cell: 973-214-3330) if you can help. Please see the section on Boards of Review below.

·     Interested in earning a religious emblem. Please see the Troop 8 Religious Emblem Coordinator, Mrs. Mayes, at the troop meeting.

·     Troop 8 in the News. See the section on the news articles about Troop 8 below.

·     Links to complete the Cyber Chip requirements for Scout and Star ranks.

·     The booklet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide can be found here.

·     Click here to go to the website where you can earn the cyber chip for your grade. Only complete the work for your current grade.

·     Troop 8 Campout group on Facebook.

·     Have you joined the Troop 8 Campout group on Facebook yet?

·     This is a closed group and all posts will be moderated.

·     Only scouts, scouters and parents associated with Troop 8 will be allowed to join the group.

·     The group will be used for Troop 8 campout posts only.

·     To join send a friend request in Facebook to Troop 8, Chatham NJ, Campouts.



Message from the Scoutmaster
Dear Troop 8:


Monday is our last meeting of the summer until September 10.


For scouts attending summer camp, please attend the gear pull on Wednesday at 7pm.


Scouts attending summer camp should meet at Ogden on Sunday, July 22 no later than 11:30am wearing their full Class A uniform. In addition to bringing their gear for the week, scouts should wear their swim suit under their uniform since we will go straight to our swim test after check in.


Between scout and adult sign ups, we will have 65-70 people at summer camp this year, which is terrific. I challenge each scout attending to set goals for summer camp, develop a plan for achieving those goals, and work toward achieving them.


Mark T. Pasko




Summer Camp

July 22-July 28, 2018

When: Sunday, July 22 to Saturday, July 28.


Activities: Scouts will have the opportunity to work together in patrols, work on advancement, earn merit badges and have a great week of fun. Activities include swimming, rowing, kayaking, canoeing, zip lining, archery and rifle shooting.


Meals: All meals are provided in the dining hall. Dietary and allergy restrictions will be accommodated.


Medical Forms: All scouts need to complete Parts A, B, and C of the BSA medical form. Part C must be completed by a physician.


Cost: $460.


Please contact Sean Dailey,, with any questions.


2018 Summer Camp Merit Badge Sign Up

Note: This is not for scouts in our New Scout Program (only for rising 7th graders and older)

Step 1: Go to (the link reference to 2017 Somers works)

Step 2: On the right hand side of the screen, click on “Lookup Registration”

Step 3: In the top part of box type in:

Email Address:

Registration Number: 358638357

Step 4: Top left hand of the screen click on Grey button for attendees

Step 5: Select scout name from list

Note: Only scouts that have signed up, paid and funds submitted to Council are listed. If you signed up on the website, but have not paid, you will be added once the payment is received and payment submitted to Council.

Step 6: Update and/or edit any scout information, you do not need your scout’s BSA membership number.

Step 7: Click on the “Select Classes” button, which will forward you to a screen with available classes that can be sorted by time. Click on the class and it will be added to the scout’s schedule. Typically, scouts do 2 merit badges in the morning and 2 in the afternoon.



August 2018 NE Trek


August Trek

When: August 8-12

Where: Taconic Mountains

ASMs in Charge: Mr. Villars ( and Mr. Turbin (






Troop 8 has established a program where Troop 8 scouts in good standing are eligible to earn personal funds through popcorn sales and other official Troop 8 approved fundraising activities.


Net profits through these approved activities are shared with the scout for his use on scout-specific Troop 8 approved activities.


Eligible activities include summer camp, Zoar, Sea–Base, approved purchases from the Council scout shop, among others.


All requests must be approved by the Scoutmaster or the Scout Account ASM.

Please email Sean Dailey at for details and further questions.



Merit Badge Cards (Blue Cards)
All Boy Scouts, regardless of rank, are encouraged to work on merit badges on their own time. A list of all merit badges (there are more than 160) are published at meritbadges.aspx. To earn the rank of Eagle a minimum of 21 merit badges are required. Thirteen (13) merit badges are from a required list.

The Merit Badge Process (when working on merit badges outside of Summer Camp)

·     Once you have identified a merit badge or merit badges that you would like to work on, you should send an email to the Scoutmaster, Mr. Pasko (Email:, to request a merit badge card (commonly called a blue card).

·     Mr. Pasko will approve your request by issuing you with a signed merit badge card containing the name and contact information of a merit badge counselor.

·     Get in touch with the merit badge counselor and explain that you want to earn a merit badge.

·     The counselor may ask to meet you to explain what is expected and to start helping you meet the requirements.

·     You should also discuss work you have already started or possibly completed.

·     Note a number of merit badges require approval from the merit badge counselor prior to start working on the requirements.

·     At completion of the merit badge work the Merit Badge Counselor will sign the blue card. He will also keep one third for his records.

·     Return the rest of the blue card (2 sections) to Mr. Pasko.

·     Merit badges are presented to all scouts at Courts of Honor.



Service Projects
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. – Sir Winston Churchill

Scouts and Scouters needed for important Service Projects

Please speak to, or email, Mr. Weber ( in order to sign-up to volunteer.


Service Project for First Class and Star ranks:

Any Scout looking to complete a service project for rank advancement needs to speak with Mr. Weber – the ASM in charge of service projects. The Troop has a list of available service projects from outside groups and agencies. Scouts are needed to coordinate sign ups and communicate logistics for the service projects.


You may also (and are encouraged to) develop your own idea for a service project. All scouts that would like to create their own service project need the prior approval of both Mr. Weber and Mr. Pasko.


Service Hours Requirement for Life Rank:

The requirement is as follows:


·     While a Star Scout, participate in six hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. At least three hours of this service must be conservation-related.


SERV Awards:

SERV awards are awarded annually. You qualify for a SERV Award if you accumulated the following service hours throughout the year:

·     Bronze – 8 hours

·     Silver – 12 hours

·     Gold – 20 hours

Start NOW on your SERV award hours for 2018.



Board of Review
Dear Troop 8,


Each month we conduct Boards of Reviews (BORs) for the scouts. This is scheduled after a scout has their Scout Master Conference and the scout’s book is signed. This means the scout is now ready to have his advancement Board of Review.


I’d like to invite you to volunteer to serve on the board. You can volunteer anytime it is convenient for you. BORs are listed in the weekly Troop 8 newsletter.


Board’s of Review (BORs) are held twice a month.

All volunteers are required to take the Youth Protection Training (YPT)

online. There are three videos and a test at the end. The link is:


Note that this is an UPDATED YPT course and everyone is asked to take this before October 2018.  This include even those who still have time before the previous YPT is expired.


If you are doing this for the first time, you’ll need to create an account first. Those already register simply log in. Upon successful completion, you’ll be sent a copy of your certificate within 24 hours. Print or save for your records and forward a copy to my attention at


We meet right after the opening of the scout meeting on the second floor in the conference room at 7:15 pm. This is a great way to meet other parents and scouts, learn a great deal about the scout’s activities and experiences and gain insights on what your own son can be doing and learning.


Contact me anytime on my cell phone. Texting is the best way to reach me. My email is below.


Looking forward to meeting you!


Yours in Scouting,


Lily Sidorovich

973 214 3330 Cell




Troop 8 in the News
Troop 8 scouts were featured in a number of press articles. Please click on the links below to read the articles.


Tap Into Chatham


·     Chatham Spring Clean

·     Memorial Day Ceremony



Chatham Courier


·     Volunteers plant trees


Youtube videos

·     Thirteenth Lake (Mockumentary)



Scout Handbook
Please bring your Boy Scout Handbook to the troop meetings and campouts. Make sure your name is on it. Have your Patrol Leader or Troop Guide sign off on your completed requirements for the Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class and 1st Class ranks.



Troop 8 Calendar
1.  Troop meetings are scheduled for every Monday evening at 7:00 PM at Ogden Memorial Church when the next day is a school day for Chatham schools and during the Summer vacation on the Mondays leading up to Summer Camp.

2.  Wednesday, July 18 7pm: Summer Camp gear pull.

3.  Sunday, July 22, 2018 – Sat July 28, 2018: Summer Camp (no Troop meetings until 9/10/18)

4.  August 8-12: NE Trek

5.  Monday, September 10: First Troop Meeting after Summer Camp

6.  Tuesday, September 11: 9/11 Memorial Flag Ceremony

7.  September 14-16: Camp Somers camping trip

8.  October 12-14: MacGregor’s Camping Trip

9.  November 8-10: Troop 8 Historic Trip to Philadelphia

10.  December 9-11: Glen Gray Camping Trip



Troop 8 | Chatham, NJ 07928


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