Parent & Committee Meeting


We are going to be holding our quarterly Parent and Committee Meeting for Troop 648 this Wednesday, September 2, at 7pm. (Please note that the meeting will be on Wednesday so that we don’t conflict with the Troop Meeting on Tuesday.) Dr. Blair will send out the Zoom login information.

We have a big agenda for the meeting including presentation of the 2020-2021 calendar, review of our new Charter Organization, and looking ahead to Summer Camp 2021, among other things.

We will hope to see you there!

Thanks, Jacob R Benyi

Colby’s Upcoming Eagle Project

Dear troop 648,
 Hello again everyone.  I hope all is well and that you have all been able to stay safe and healthy! I wanted to inform you all of my Eagle Project in which I have been working hard. While I know I’m ‘the new guy’ and that I haven’t had the chance to spend much individual time with each of you, I would like to solicit your help and would love to see you all there; with hope that I can repay it and pay it forward in the future to another Scout.

 We will, due to the heat factor, be working earlier in the day. We will be working along side the maintenance staff as we lay rocks along side a trail.  The project will involve amouring the sides of the ET bed with 4-6″ rip-rap rocks. This project must be done by hand because the rocks need to be placed on the sloped side. We will be working at the Four Peaks Trailhead, located just past the entry station on the right (there is signage). This project involves no trail work.  
We will have water onsite, but please feel free to bring plenty of cold water and Gatorade to keep yourselves hydrated. I highly recommend good leather or heavy-duty gloves for this work.  Please also plan to wear hats, not plan to wear open-toed shoes, and use lots of sunscreen.   I’ll have some with me, too, to share if you forget.
Specific Information:
  Place- Four peaks trailhead  Time- 6 AM  Date- Wednesday 08/5/20  Possibly Thursday 08/6/20; as needed and if we don’t finish on Wednesday.What to wear-  Closed toed shoes  Shorts and shirts  GlassesWhat to bring-  Sunscreen  Gloves (leather)  Hats  Masks (for COVID)
We will have a cooler with ice, waters, and Gatorade. We will also be supplying snacks.
Thank you for your time, and I can’t wait to see you all there!
-Colby Heuser

Follow up on Sean Hart’s Eagle Project

Another thanks and congrats to Sean And all the brave Scouters who came out and assisted in the project. The Blessed Sacrament Church also wanted to extend its gratitude to all those involved:

Summer Camp

Good evening,

I am greatly disappointed that for now the second time this month, I must pass on news of the cancellation of one of our marquee summer programs this year. I have learned on this day that the West LA County Council, which operates Camp Emerald Bay, has announced that they will not be able to open for the remainder of the 2020 summer camp season.

Ultimately governed by the State of California, the WLACC has been unable to come to terms with the State on operating practices that would allow the camp to open, given the ongoing pandemic.

This news is fairly new and so I do not yet have all of the details. As was the case with the cancellation of Philmont, I will work through the process with the camp of obtaining refunds for camp. I do not know the time frame on this just yet, but will keep everyone apprised as I work through this over the next several days.

Without question, this has been a difficult and virtually unprecedented year in so many different ways. In spite of this set back, we will continue on and work our way back to normalcy in some manner. Though it will ultimately be the choice of our Scouts, I imagine we will likely plan to head back to Emerald Bay in 2021.

I will follow up soon with some more specific information when I have it, but did want to get this initial update out to everyone.


Jacob R Benyi, Committee Chair

Sean Hart’s Upcoming Eagle Project – 6/13/20

GREAT NEWS EVERYONE!!!!!! Baring a meteor crashing to the earth and causing the next worldwide crisis, Sean’s Eagle Project will not be postponed again (insert applause here). Sean is very excited and will continue to take the amount of precautions and social distancing guidelines to complete his outdoor project. The information is on Scoutbook. Please sign up as soon as possible, so Sean can manage how many volunteers he’ll have. If you don’t have access to Scoutbook, please e-mail directly so I can let Sean know that you are planning to attend. Here is some additional information that Sean wanted to pass to the volunteers:

The project is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. MST. Scouts are required to bring: – Yard gloves- Work goggles- Protective mask- Work shoes- Jeans- Sun protection (Including hats)- Individual water bottles. Scouts are encouraged to bring:(please RSVP to bring any of these materials by emailing your name, rank, and tool interested in bringing.)- Scissor hedge trimmers- Open scoop shovels- Garden rakes- Leaf rakes. Scouts are not required to bring any of the 4 tools above, they are just requested items.

Mr Blair

Troop 648 Scoutmaster

June Parent & Committee Meetings


I hope everyone is weathering our strange times as best as can be. Many of our scouts have participated in some of our “virtual” troop meetings over the past two months. Our meetings will continue in that format at least through June, resulting from guidance from Grand Canyon Council.

The virtual Troop Meetings will continue on their usual cadence, but we are going to make some adjustments to the adult meetings for this month:

We will not hold the usual Troop Committee Meeting on June 2, as several of the leaders will need to be in the regular Troop Meeting.

Instead, I am going to hold a small group Budget Committee meeting on Wednesday, June 3, at 6pm. For the group that volunteered to participate in that discussion, Dr. Blair will provide a Zoom link. If anyone would specifically like to join this discussion, please let me know.

Then, I am going to hold the Full Troop Parent and Committee Meeting on Monday, June 8, at 6pm. Dr. Blair will provide a Zoom link to all families. All parents and leaders are welcome. This meeting will include discussions about Summer Camp, Recharter, Budget/Dues Recommendations, and transitioning back to more normal operations for the Troop.

The Troop Activity Committee Meeting (TAC) scheduled for June 9 will be cancelled; that material will shift to the Committee Meeting the previous day.

Lastly, we are still planning to have the Summer Court of Honor on Tuesday, June 23. We are still working on specific details for this one. For anyone at home working on Merit Badges or other advancements, please get those wrapped up by June 16 so that we can present those items at the Court of Honor.

June Summary:

6/2 – PLC Meeting and Troop Meeting will occur at usual times; Parent/Committee Meeting Cancelled

6/3 – Budget Committee Meeting at 6pm

6/8 – Parent/Committee Meeting at 6pm

6/9 – TAC Meeting Cancelled; Troop Meeting will occur at usual time

6/16 – Troop Meeting will occur at usual time; Deadline to complete advancements and Merit Badges

6/23 – Summer Court of Honor

6/30 – Troop Meeting will occur at usual time.


Jacob R Benyi, Committee Chair

Friends of Scouting

Dear Scouting families,

We hope each of you are doing well and that you have had the chance to #ScoutOn with us as we work to deliver Scouting in a virtual setting. As we work hard to deliver Scouting to you, the Grand Canyon Council and Pinnacle Peak district are also doing some important things to help continue Scouting not just today but for years to come.

We want to share with you an opportunity that we hope you can take advantage of with us to help support our unit through Friends of Scouting. Volunteer grants and matching donations may be available from your employer, and best of all, it supports local Scouting and helps our unit. If you are unfamiliar with these programs, volunteer grants come from an employer to qualified non-profits in recognition of the volunteer hours you give to the organization. Matching donations can double, triple, and even quadruple your individual contribution to Scouting as the match and multiply your contribution.

The Boy Scouts of America even has a tool to help you and your families identify which employers participate and how to apply.

Through this tool you can help our unit’s Friends of Scouting and the Grand Canyon Council in just a few short steps.

1. Search your employer and learn if and how they participate.

2. Follow the instructions provided to utilize the volunteer grant or matching donation programs.

3. Once completed, email us and our District Executive Matthew Hill, the confirmation. By emailing us, we can make sure everything is credited to you and our unit correctly.

4. Feel great that you helped our unit, district, and the Grand Canyon council to offer Scouting for many years to come.

If you have specific questions about utilizing these resources, in most cases, the tool provides the best person to contact within your company. You can also contact our District Executive to seek help from the District and Council team as they are happy to help.

Thank you very much for your support of Scouting, Friends of Scouting, and the Grand Canyon Council

Matt Hill
District Executive

Upcoming Military Fly-by


 A very special thank you from our long-time partner Luke Air Force Base for our COVID-19 responders.Luke AFB Salutes Essential Workers With Flyover – Friday, May 1, 2020A formation of 15 aircraft, including seven F-35A Lightning IIs and seven F-16 Fighting Falcons flying out of Luke Air Force Base and one KC-135 from the 161st ARW will begin the flyover at approximately 3:10 p.m. and will last 50 minutes.The flight path will bring them through Buckeye, Luke Air Force Base, Litchfield Park, Surprise, Waddell, Goodyear, Tolleson, Phoenix Metro, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Deer Valley, Glendale, Peoria, Sun City West, and El Mirage. Residents along the flight path can expect a few seconds of jet noise as the aircraft pass overhead.Residents in these areas will be able to see the flyover from the safety of their homes and should maintain all social distancing guidelines during this event. They should also refrain from traveling to landmarks, hospitals and gathering in large groups to view the flyover.

Click Here to view the flyover route.We welcome and encourage viewers to tag Luke AFB on social media in photos and videos of the formation with the hashtag #LukeSalutes, #AirForceSalutes, and #FlyoverFriday.

This week’s Troop Meeting (4/14/2020)

WOW!!!!!! What a great success this week’s Troop Meeting was. It was so good to see everyone’s smiling healthy faces! We had State Senator Heather Carter as a guest speaker. It was very informative, as well as educational (some of it for Senator Carter). Than you to all who participated, for all the great questions, and for everyone being on their best video-conferencing behavior. Because of the success of this meeting, we are planning to perform similar meetings for at least the next 2 weeks. I’ll be looking for volunteers from the Patrols to lead these meetings. Pirates were in charge of this past one, so I will be asking the other 3 patrols to start thinking of some ideas. Once we know who and what, I’ll send an e-mail to everyone with info and the link to the meeting. Let’s remember to actively be looking into things to do for Rank advancements, Merit Badges, and good deeds, as well as the homework assignment of finding out what Legislative District you live in, and who your State Senator and Congresspeople are. We’ll be asking that at the next meeting. Continue to stay well and be safe 648!

Mr Blair

Tonight’s Scout Troop Meeting

Another quick reminder that tonight’s Scout Troop meeting will be held at & PM and we will have State Senator Heather Carter as out guest speaker. The meeting will be held via Zoom, and the link to join is below:

Mark Blair is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Troop 648 Scout Meeting
Time: Apr 14, 2020 07:00 PM Arizona

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