If you are at all interested in being a Den Chief this year and have not had training, I highly recommend the training below. You can not be a den chief unless you are trained. Den Chief is a leadership position. Please let me know if you plan on attending as they will be looking for my approval for you to attend. Mr. Vohs

How well can you use a paddle and navigate a river in a canoe? Take this quiz and test your canoeing skills.

We challenge each family to bring at least one bag of aluminum cans to the upcoming scout can drive September 6th – 7th. Volunteer sign ups at the meeting on Tuesday.

Meeting Tuesday at 7:30

Tuesday night we have a Scout Meeting at St. Elizabeth Hall at Holy Spirit at 7:30.  This will be a Merit Badge Meeting.  We plan on starting 3 new merit badges: Cooking, Citizenship in the Nation, and Citizenship in the Community (a good one for first years).  Class B uniform is appropriate.

Campout Follow Up

For those who did not attend the campout this weekend, you missed a great time.  The colder weather didn’t slow the boys down a bit and we made a lot of progress working in patrols.   A special thanks to the Young family for letting us stay on their property.  It was an excellent location that we will hopefully be able to use again in the future.

We do have at least 1 lost item.  If you had your gear in the Roth’s car, please check to make sure you don’t have an extra bag, maroon in color, that contains a tent.  If so, please bring it to the meeting on Tuesday.

If you took gear home to clean, please bring it back (clean) to the meeting.

PHILMONT – 2015

Our High Adventure Chairman, Mr. Kaufhold, got us a tentative slot to go to Philmont High Adventure Base next summer.  We need to see who is interested ASAP so we can secure the slot.  To be eligible, you must be 14 or graduated the 8th grade and at least a Star Scout before we leave.   The date of our slot is June 20-July 2, 22015 with a travel day on each end.

Philmont is an excellent opportunity to really test your scouting skills as spend 10 days backpacking in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.  A link to their website is below:

http://www.philmontscoutranch.org/philmont.aspx

We have space for 8 boys and 4 adults.  We have several who have shown interest so far.

A few notes:

–          Estimated cost $1100 per person + gear

–          Lots of gear can be borrowed from older scouts

–          Adults keep in mind phones don’t work well on the trail, so there is no chance attend and work like at summer camp

If there are question, feel free to talk with Mr. Kaufhold or Mr. Vohs.

Pack 3269 Cub Scout Roundup

Pack 3269 (Oak Park-Carpenter) has invited us to attend their first pack meeting for the year tomorrow night, Tuesday, August 26th. They are having a fishing derby at Shelter #3 at Shawnee Mission Park starting at 6:30 pm. We will attend the meeting, help out and make cobbler for everyone. If you are interested in attending (this does conflict with tomorrow night’s troop meeting), please let Mr. Goyer know. There is space for 2 more people.  This is a “class A” event, please wear your full uniform (neckerchief included) if you plan to attend.

First Troop Meeting!!

I am looking forward to next Tuesday for our first Fall scout meeting and I hope you and your scouts are as well.  The focus will be on completing advancement requirements, unfinished merit badges and Scoutmaster conferences/Boards of Review.

Please have your scout bring their handbook!  This is especially important since several boys have not reported their latest advancements to Mr. Cooper (requires showing him the signed-off handbook). And this is an opportunity to finish anything left undone at camp!  We only have about a month before the Fall Court of Honor so it is important to finish what’s already started.

Scout ParentsWe need your help in supporting our scouts.  If you can help, our troop is looking to replenish merit badge counselors who “retire” each year.  The next training session is at the Red Tailed Hawk Roundtable on Thursday Sept 4th at Olathe Community of Christ Church (15520 S Ridgeview Rd, Olathe, KS 66062).  We recommend you sign up for 6 badges that you are comfortable teaching  including 3 Eagle required badges that we always need help with.  Please ask me on Tuesday if you are interested!

I am also looking for someone who can pick up the Membership position as I need to retire from this role.  Send me note or give me a call if you are interested in this fun and relatively low commitment position!

The Young Ranch – Survival, Fishing, and General Mayhem

We’re BAAAAAAAAACK!!!!

Thank you Alex Young’s family for donating the use of his grandfather’s ranch for our September event.  We will be meeting at the Holy Spirit parking lot at 5PM on Friday, September 12th, and departing promptly to The Young Ranch at 5:15.  We will return around 10AM on Sunday morning.  The ranch is about an hour away, near LaCygne, KS.  Some of the highlights will include:

  • Minimalist camping: Each patrol will cook and prepare their own meals via mess kit, and will sharpen their scouting skills using only the most basic equipment
  • An overstocked lake chock full of catch and release heaven

Please ask your son if his patrol has coordinated all of their  meals (Saturday breakfast and lunch and a cold breakfast on Sunday), and have a plan for transporting them.

Bring your bug spray!.  Don’t forget your mess kits!!

The cost for the campout is $0 .  However, the boys will be responsible for their portion of the food costs for their patrol.

As always, we are in need of brave and robust parents to join us and share a great outdoor experience with their son.

Please email Mr. Satterfield if you and/or your son will be attending.  The more the merrier.

 Coolness scale:

Getting underwear for Christmas                                                                                                 3.1

Getting High Score on Tomb Raider                                                                                            2.74

Being forced to dance in the school play                                                                                  1.65

Sleeping under the stars and telling tall tales next to a roaring campfire                  9.87

Calendar Updated

The online Troop 265 calendar has been updated thru December and  will be updated with more details as they become available.  For those of you that would like you may add the Troop 265 calendar to your mobile device, Outlook, and Google calendars by going to http://www.troop265.net/calendar and clicking on the subscribe button in the lower right corner of the page.

Scout can drive challenge!

candriveThe challenge: each family bring at least one bag of aluminum cans to the upcoming scout can drive September 6th – 7th.
The cans we collect raise money for the Troop and help save the planet by:

  • Protecting the Wildlife (got to save those baby seals)
  • Prevent Pollution (off set all the gas released at summer camp)
  • Decrease Global Warming (see above)

Volunteer sign ups at the meeting on Tuesday.

Thank you for helping the Scouts.

Den Chief Training

dcf_jpgIf you are at all interested in being a Den Chief this year and have not had training, I highly recommend the training below. You can not be a den chief unless you are trained.  Den Chief is a leadership position.  Please let me know if you plan on attending as they will be looking for my approval for you to attend.                ~Mr. Vohs

 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 2014 4 TO 6:30PM

REGISTER NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, AUGUST 21ST

Includes Picnic meal and refreshments—-NO CHARGE

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF STANLEY

14895 ANTIOCH

TRAINED DEN CHIEFS — PROMOTE BOY SCOUTING AND YOUR TROOP

Requirements:

1) Bring a note from Scoutmaster that you can accept this leadership responsibility

2) Do the On Line Den Chief Training prior to class.

http://www.scouting.org/Training/Youth/DenChiefTraining.aspx

3) Scout uniform

SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO : Hal Schmidt, Email hals2270@aol.com Cell 913.558.9729

NAME______________________________RANK__________________TROOP # ____________

EMAIL__________________________________________Phone__________________________

PARENTS’ NAME_________________________________________________________________

 

Available Upcoming Activities

There are several opportunities available to boys that can be completed as a family or as a group. Please let Mr. Vohs and I know if you have interest in any of the following:

1)      Order of the Arrow 75th Anniversary Weekend

  1. Available only to members of the Order of the Arrow
  2. September 19 – 21 at Camp Naish
  3. Cost: $35 prior to September 5th
  4. Details:

i.      The 75th Anniversary of Tamegonit Lodge should be something for all Arrowmen to be able to look back on as an event to remember! Like Fall Fellowship, this is the one weekend each year where Arrowmen come together to enjoy the brotherhood of the OA and celebrate the accomplishments of the lodge. But unlike, Fall Fellowship, this 75th Anniversary Celebration Weekend will give us a chance to look at the things Tamegonit Lodge has done, is doing and will do to Lead a Legacy in the Order of the Arrow!

ii.      Here are just some of the things that have been confirmed for the Celebration:

  1. OA National Chief, Nick Dannemiller, and OA Central Region Chief, Ricky Angeletti, will join us for the weekend!
  2.  Lodge Officer Elections will be held to elect the youth leadership for 2015, the 100th
  3. Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow program!
  4. A dedication ceremony will be held for the renovated Whippoorwill Ceremony Ring; all Arrowmen and supporters will be invited to attend!
  5.  The Vigil Call will be made during the weekend!
  6.  Additional Celebration Highlights will be published as they are confirmed.

2)      Order of the Arrow Summer Camp Rocker Patch

  1. One of the four OA Patch Rockers this year is a “Summer Camp” rocker.  In order to receive this rocker, an Arrowman must meet the following requirements:

i.      Have paid their dues in 2014 as a member of Tamegonit Lodge.

ii.      Attended any long-term summer camp (Naish, Bartle, Geiger, Arrowhead, etc.).

  1. If you have Arrowmen who have met those two requirements, we need to hear from you!  We are asking that ONLY ONE PERSON from each unit that has Arrowmen entitled to receive these rockers send an email to Cortland Bolles, Lodge Staff Adviser, at cortland.bolles@scouting.org by August 14 at 5:00 p.m. informing the lodge of how many of these OA Patch Rockers your unit needs.  During Fall Induction #1, a work crew will sort these patches by unit.  They will then be distributed through the September Roundtables, so make sure a leader from your unit attends the September Roundtable to pick up your 2014 Summer Camp OA Patch Rockers!  For more, go to http://www.hoac-bsa.org/order-of-the-arrow
  2. If you or your son meets this qualification, let me know so I can send Cortland a request for patches for our unit

3)      Scout Night at Sporting KC

  1. This is a family opportunity, we are not planning on attending as a troop
  2. Date: August 23rd
  3. Cost: $20 per ticket
  4. Information and tickets are available at http://www.hoac-bsa.org/sporting-kc

4)      Scout Strong Challenge at Sporting KC: 5K and Half Marathon

  1. This is a family opportunity, we are not planning on attending as a troop
  2. Date: September 13
  3. Cost: Free
  4. Information and registration available at http://scoutstrongchallenge.org/

5)      Scout Day at Kansas Speedway (Nationwide Series, NOT Sprint Cup)

  1. This is a family opportunity, we are not planning on attending as a troop
  2. Date: October 4
  3. Cost: $20 per ticket, includes “Fan Vision” to monitor the race
  4. Information and registration available at https://www.kintera.org/AutoGen/Register/ECReg.asp?ievent=1117843&en=buKLI0NHLaKUJaMKL9LRK6PULlLPI3PQIpLZK8NVKlJOIaOXKoK1JbMVKrK1JhM6F