Ten Adult Leaders from Troop 343 attended the Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course held at Camp Jackson on 4-6 November 2016.  Wilderness First Aid is the assessment of and treatment given to an ill person in a remote environment where rapid or immediate transport is not available.  Adult Leaders were trained on patient assessment in the field, common wilderness injuries and illnesses, and search and rescue.

The WFA certification is typically good for 2 years. Having two WFA-certified persons per crew is a mandate for all BSA High Adventure bases (e.g. Philmont, Northern Tier, Sea Base, Bechtel Summit). 

The password has been changed on the account used to upload pictures to the troop's Picasa site. If you upload pictures to that site, login on the troop's main website and see the new instructions.

Our Chartering Organization Representative Scott Ludgwig has been given the Districtict Award of Merit from Talakto District.

Scott Ludwig awarded District Award of Merit_1

Hello Scouts and Scouters of Troop 343

It is my honor and pleasure to announce we have two new Life Scouts in our troop. Congratulations to Ben Keel who completed his Life BOR on July 14 and to Michael Pursley who completed his Life BOR July 21. My thanks to Karen Parker, Norman Bircher and Andy Loftin for their assistance as board members.

Please note that I will not be available for BORs next Monday July 28. That leaves us approximately 5 Monday evenings to conduct Boards of Review for those of you who wish to advance in rank prior to the September Court of Honor.

To schedule a BOR, you need to request one for the appropriate rank from the troop website

In order to access the BOR request page, you need to log into the troop website. The login is located at the lower LH corner of the home page. The username and password come out in the weekly troop newsletter.

After logging in you will see the menu bar at the top of the page includes a selection for Board of Review Requests. Select the appropriate rank, complete the form, and submit it. That will notify me and the committee of your request and I will get you scheduled.

Mr Allen

Congratulations to our newly elected leaders of Troop 343. My personal hats off to 15 young men of tomorrow who decided to "get in the game" and be part of the troop's leadership structure. They will be installed into office at our Fall Court of Honor on next Monday evening, 15-Sept. The boys working on the Cooking MB will be serving an array of 1-pot meals starting at 6:30pm, with the formal CoH starting at 7pm.

SPL: Ben Keel
ASPL: Isaac Keel
ASPL: Somil Joshi
Troop Guides: Michael Pursley, Jackson Loftin
Den Chiefs: Zach Council, Andrew Carlton, Karl Wegler
Scribe: Matthew Kennedy
OA Rep: Connor Allen
Librarian: Jose Arriaga
Historian: Matthew Garrison
Cobra PL: Brian Jones
Pinetree PL: Zach Council
Scorpion PL: Josiah Sowell
Indian PL: Jason Sowell

We will hold Leadership Skills Training those elected leaders on Sun, 14-Sept, 12-4pm at our local Lowe's. Congrats to all!

Josh Kennedy
Scoutmaster, Troop 343