FCT Newsletter – Feb 22, 2021

Troop 55 First Class Trail
Week of February 22, 2021

Twin Bayou DistrictSam Houston Area Council |


Troop 55 Virtual FCT Meeting

When: Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 921 8069 3001 Passcode: patrick
First Class Trail Patrol Breakout Meeting during Troop Meeting: 

Cooking Intro
• Instruction on how to use MyPlate or the current USDA nutritional model on selection food for campout, and how to transport, store, and prepare the foods you selected.
• Plan and Prepare for Virtual Camp Out on February 27-28, 2021


FCT Virtual Campout  – FCT & FCT Advanced Patrols

When: February 27-28, 2021
Where: Backyard camping at Home

Campout Schedule and Requirements:
Saturday, February 27
9:30 am Virtual Flags (Atomic Blackbirds Patrol)
2:00 pm Virtual FCT Meeting
• Safe Swim Presentation
• Cooking Presentation and Demonstration
7:00 pm Virtual Campfire (Blue Phoenix Patrol)

Sunday, February 28
9:30 am Virtual Scout’s Own and Closing Ceremony (Swordfish Patrol)

Full Details

FCT Requirements During Virtual Campout:
FC-2a Help plan a menu for one campout that includes at least one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner, and that requiring cooking at least two of the meals. Tell how the menu includes food from MyPlate or the current USDA nutritional model and how it meets nutritional needs for the planned activity or campout.
FC-2b Using the menu planned in First Class requirement 2a, make a list showing a budget and the food amounts needed to fed three or more youth. Secure the ingredients.
FC-2c Show which pans, utensils, and other gear will be needed to cook and serve these meals.
FC-2d Demonstrate the procedures to follow in the safe handling and storage of fresh meats, dairy products, eggs, vegetables, and other perishable food products. Show how properly dispose of camp garbage, cans, plastic containers, and other rubbish.

Annual Swim Test

All Scouts and PASMs need to pass the annual swim test, regardless if you passed last year. This is required to participate in any water activities.

When: Sunday, February 28, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Bellaire Family Aquatic Center, 7001 5th St. Bellaire, TX 77041

 SIGN UP FOR SWIM TEST HERE. To address COVID concerns, Scouts must sign up for a specific time slot. 

FCT Requirements During Annual Swim Test:
SC-5b Demonstrate your ability to pass the BSA beginner test: Jump feet first into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 fit on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, the return to your starting place.
SC-5c Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects.
FC-6a Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.
FC-6e With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as victim and as rescuer.

First Class Trail – Physical Fitness
Tenderfoot Part II/Second Class Part I

When: Saturday, March 7, 2021 (1-3pm) 
Where: Memorial Park Timing Track (located across from Tennis Center)

Signup to ensure COVID-19 Protocols:

Requirements Covered:
TF-6a Physical Fitness Test Part I (or Part II)
– Pushups
– Situps
– Back-saver Sit and Reach
– 1 mile walk/run
TF- 6b Develop and Describe a plan for improvement in each of the activities listed. Keep track of your activities for at least 30 days.
SC-7a After completing Tenderfoot requirement 6a, be physically active at least 30 minutes each day for five days a week for four weeks. Keep track of your activities.

Map of Memorial Park: