In case you mised out on the fun this weekend here are a few pictures of our adventures a the Smallin Civil War Cave. Next month we will be heading to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Scout Up!!!
So the weather looks to be cold for the camp out this weekend (maybe even some snow). That doesn’t mean your scout needs to be. If the are prepared and properly dressed, they will stay warm and have a great time.
I have seen boys come on cold weather camp outs before with the only outerwear being a hoodie and their only footwear being a single pair of tennis shoes. You wouldn’t send your kids out to play in the snow or shovel the driveway unprepared, so even though I had a long talk with the troop at the meeting yesterday, please check to make sure they have everything. The older boys are the ones you need to check the most! They seem to think they are invincible and the parents attending the campout don’t want to be there when they realize they are not.
The following items are mandatory:
- Winter Coat
- Jacket or Hoodie
- Wool/Heavy Socks (several pairs)
- Rain Gear
- Stocking Hat (to sleep in if not during the day as well)
- Long underwear (tops/bottoms)
- Long Pants (you laugh, but we have had boys wear shorts)
- Layers, Layers, Layers (avoid cotton if you can)
- Sleeping Bag (rated for 20 deg. or bring extra blankets)
- Sleeping Pad ($9 at Walmart will work just fine. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Stansport-Pack-Lite-Camping-Pad/9856753)
Additionally, for those going deeper in the cave (optional), they will be required to have a separate set of clothes and shoes so as to not contaminate the fragile environment)
If you are helping your son buy food for his patrol, please refer to the earlier post on the website for guidelines
Scoutmaster – Troop 265
It is time to start collecting dues for the 2014-2015 scout year and to begin collecting for Bartle fees summer 2015 camp.
Dues for the year will be $100 per boy this year. The $100 includes the $24 national fee for participating in scouting. The rest of the money goes towards paying for merit badges and other awards, purchasing camping supplies and other miscellaneous fees that come up throughout the year. If you wan to continue to receive Boy’s Life, dues will be $110. Please make dues payments by the meeting on Tuesday, December 16th.
Camp fees for 2015 to attend Bartle will again be $330 per boy. We would like to collect these fees as follows: $100 by January 30th, $100 by February 28th, and the balance of $130 by March 31st. If you are in need of financial assistance for camp, please let Mr. Vohs know. Full time adults will pay $310 and part-time adults will pay $50 per day. Adult fess must be paid in full by March 31.
Tonight is a regular Troop Meeting. ****This is a change from the normal calendar that showed it as a PLC meeting.**** We will be spending most of our time planning for the campout this weekend. Class A uniform is the dress for this evening. Meeting will be at 7:30 in St. Elizabeth hall at Holy Spirit. There will be a short PLC meeting after the Troop Meeting.
All, I announced at the meeting tonight, that we will have a normal troop meeting next week at 7:30 at St. Elizabeth Hall at Holy Spirit. A PLC meeting is scheduled on the calendar. We will have a short 10 min PLC meeting after the troop meeting. One of our activities will be to plan for the campout on 11/14-16 (also a change from the calendar).
Swift Hunting Sparrow
Tuesday night we have a Scout meeting at 7:30 in St. Elizabeth Hall at Holy Spirit. It is an advancement meeting, so Class B uniform is OK unless you are going to need a Scoutmaster conference or a Board of Review. We will also be working on sign ups for the Smallin Cave campout on the weekend of 11/14.
Scoutmaster – Troop 265
Camp dates for 2015 are:
Thursday, July 16 – Saturday, July 25th (5th session).
What: Smallin Civil War Cave (Ozark, MO). Privately owned and operated by an Eagle Scout, this natural wonder was home to Osage Indians, and it is likely that members of the Cherokee tribe also lived here. There is much that could be learned about native Americans from an archaeological dig and further study. Smallin Cave is teaming with life, much of it is unusual and endangered. Blind cave salamanders and bristly cave crayfish live here. Studies on our blind cave crayfish have been held here since 1898.
A recent discovery at Smallin Cave in Ozark could change what scientists know about life in the ancient oceans that once covered this part of the planet. The discovery of an extinct shark’s spine fossilized in the limestone of the cave has caught the surprise and interest of scientists. Also recently discovered was the tooth of an American mastodon dating back to the ice age. Mastodons were similar to the modern day elephant. They stood 8 to 10 feet tall, weighed 4 to 6 tons, were covered in hair, and had a long trunk and large curved tusks. Fossilized remains of this ice age mammal are a remarkable find anywhere in the world.
Smallin Cave is known for its beautifully presented collection of fossils preserved in the Burlington layer of limestone. The cave’s unique formation has allowed for preservation of aquatic animals and loose fossils and bones to become trapped in an ancient stream bed. They are currently working to uncover more ancient fossils in Smallin Cave. Check it out at www.smallincave.com
When: Friday, November 14 -Sunday Nov 16
We will meet at Holy Spirit on Friday at 5:00, and depart promptly at 5:15, arriving at the cave site in Ozark, MO around 8:30, for a late evening set up.
On Saturday, we will perform a 2 two hour service project excavating the cave site, then taking the “wild” tour, inside the caverns.
As a special treat, we have lunch at Lamberts Restaurant, home of the “Throwed Rolls”.
We will depart after a cold breakfast, arriving back in OP around Noon on Sunday
Equipment: Be prepared for cold weather!! To enter the cave, you will need a CLEAN set of clothes (to not contaminate the fragile environment), as well as a pair of lace up shoes or boots with thick socks. You will probably get wet, so bring extra clothes! Cave helmets will be provided.
Cost: Please bring $30 per child as well as adult. A check (or cash) to Troop 265 for the cave folks, $10 for Saturday lunch at Lamberts, and $10 for gas money for your driver ($50 total). You will also need patrol food money for a Friday night road snack, Saturday hot breakfast, Saturday dinner and a cold breakfast on Sunday.
Note: As many of the boys will want to come, we will need lots of extra drivers to accompany us.
Cool Factoid: As the cave owner is an Eagle scout, he only lets scouts and trained geologists into the rear areas of the cave – because he knows that we will respect the pristine and fragile nature of its environment.
Danger Level: 1-5 ( 5 being the highest):
Your son walking around the neighborhood with his peeps= 3
Telling your big sister that her bottom is big = 7.16
Running with scissors = 4.7
Please join us for the Fall Court of Honor to be held on Saturday October 4th at 6PM at the Longview Lake Primitive Youth Campgrounds (see map). A special dessert will be served at the conclusion of the ceremony.
This is an exciting time to observe the progress of our young men as they receive emblems of their rank advancements and merit badge achievements. It is an important ceremony for both scout and parent participation.
We also wish to foster our connection with troop alumni and former leaders – so please do join us for this troop event if you can.
Mic-O-Say or Class A attire is suitable (if applicable).
The Troop truly hopes to see you there!