Boots are one of the most important pieces of gear you’ll take on the trail. A worn-out pair can make you miserable. So take care of your footwear, and it’ll take care of you.

When it comes to experiencing the outdoors, nothing beats backpacking. But carrying around all that gear on a trail isn’t easy. Here are some ways you can make it easier by packing the right way.

Having trouble tying that knot? Check out these videos.

Can Drive Next Weekend

The next can drive is right around the corner – next weekend, Saturday Feb 21 and Sunday Feb 22.
The location is the northwest corner of the Holy Spirit Church parking lot by the recycling bins.
We look forward to seeing some scouts and adults coming to crush and bag cans Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
And bring in those cans in your garage, too, so you can raise money and save the earth!
Sign up at the meeting Tuesday to volunteer and tell you friend to come stop cans.

Second Bartle Payment

The 2nd of 3 payments for summer camp are due by February 28th. The remaining schedule of payments is as follows:

  • The second payment of $100 for the boys is due by February 28th.
  • The balance of $130 for the boys is due by March 31st.
  • All adult fees are due by March 31st.

Outstanding fees include merit badge forum fees, troop dues, and the first summer camp payment can be paid at the February 17th or 24th meetings. The troop has paid a deposit on all scouts planning on attending summer camp at Bartle this year and the troop will be making the final payment on April 1st. It is very important that all camp fees (scout and leader) are paid in full before that time. If you need assistance or need to make other arrangements, please contact Mr. Vohs. Adult fees are not due until March 31st, at which time I will need to know which adults are planning on attending, how many days (part-time leaders) and which days you will be attending (part-time leaders).

Blood Drive Feb 9



Please consider being a blood donor.

Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Monday February 9, 2015

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

11300 West 103rd Street

Martha & Mary Room

You may schedule an appointment at, click on the “schedule an appointment” button on the right side of the page and enter sponsor code HOLYSPIRIT.

Turnout was low for November’s drive. Hopefully some donors from scout families will help us collect more to ensure that our community has the life saving blood they need.

Merit Badge Forum

This is a reminder that Class #2 for the Merit Badge Forum is scheduled for this coming Saturday, February 7 from 1 to 4 pm at California Trail Middle School. The address for the school is 13775 West 133rd Street, Olathe, KS 66062.

Even if you missed your first week of classes, you can still attend weeks #2 & #3. I recommend getting to the school around 12:45 pm on Saturday so you can settle into your classroom by 1 pm.

Please let Mr. Goyer know if you have any questions regarding week #2 of Merit Badge Forum.

76th Annual Troop 265 Snow Creek Night Ski


 We will be meeting at the Holy Spirit parking lot at 5PM on Saturday February 28th, and skiing into the wee hours, until Midnight.

The Skinny:  This is one of the boys (and parents) favorite events of the year.  Upon arrival, your son(s) will whisk down the mountain on a variety of hills with different skill levels, and test his bravery at an accelerated rate.  Throughout the night, he will no doubt, take a breather for hot chocolate and snacks, to regale his companions with tales of adventure and bravado.

Pricing: Please bring cash or check to the event.

$43 for ski lift pass and ski rental UNDER 13

$47 for ski lift and pass and ski rental 13 and OVER

$24 for just ski lift pass (and you bring your own ski’s)

Please bring your own helmet, or you will be charged $10


Ski pants, extra gloves, helmet, first aid kit…

Event Coolness Scale:

Dressing up and going to your sisters piano recital (with lame snacks) =4

Having to say “I love you” to your Mom in front of your posse at your soccer game = 1

Having a juice drinking contest and almost making it to the restroom before class = -3.7

Careening down the mountain with 4 feet of sweet air under you, over a frozen crevasse –

AND doing it IN THE DARK!!!! =9.6

Food: Please pack lots of snacks, and/or lots of money for the snack bar!


Free admission to be paid later for BEST Dad Wipeout!  Mr. Bartoski is the 2015 top seed.  I will be attending, but not skiing, as I am preparing for the Sam Adams Marathon, Boulevard Brewery Tank 7 Tasting Olympics and Crossfit Nationals

Please email me if your son will be attending, as well as any adults who care to join us, and help shuttle parents to the Platte City Hospital.

Summer camp fees

Summer camp fees for Bartle 2015 are $330 for scouts, $310 for full time leaders and $50 per day for part-time leaders.
• The fist payment of $100 for the boys is due by January 31st.
• The second payment of $100 for the boys is due by February 28th.
• The balance of $130 for the boys is due by March 31st.
• All adult fees are due by March 31st.

KC ZOO Polar Bear Camp “In”

“You don’t need to be faster than the polar bear.  Just faster than your buddy”

Saturday January 9th:
6PM  Leave Izzys

7P     Private Polar Bear Overnight in the Polar Bear Passage with (weather permitting) a night hike and

Animal  Encounter with a trainer .  What does it take to survive in the Arctic? Just ask Nikita and

Berlin! Spend the night with them to find out what hardships they face as well as us if we would

ever venture to the snowy north.


Sunday January 10th:

8AM Continental breakfast

8:15-9:00 “Journey to Survival” School Group Classroom at the Zoo.  Discover various reasons for animal

endangerment around the world.
9:30-10:30 Tour of Australia Group Guided Tour
10:30- Noon  Run around aimlessly, then head home


What To Bring: sleeping bag, pillow, blankets, camera, flashlight (one carry-on”), outdoor clothes and  CLASS A UNIFORM


NOTE:  This is a lock-In, so all participants should plan on staying at least until 8AM


COST  = $42

 Wouldn’t it be cool if:

 We  developed a greater understanding of the fragility of God’s creatures, our role in their survival, and ours, in the delicate ecosystem?                                                                                                                                                                                                               

  1. We got to spend time with our scout peeps in a private tour of the zoo, and camped out with polar bears? Seriously!
  2. We had the zoo all to ourselves, and learned a ton about nature, from professional animal handlers?  OMG!
  3. I Didn’t have to go to see my sister’s lame holiday recital, cause we were at a camp out?  Sweet!
  4. If one of the polar bears ate a penguin  right in front of us, and there was blood and guts and everything?  No mas penguaho!


New Eagle Scout in Troop 265

Congratulations to Scout E. Phelps, who reached the rank of Eagle Scout when he successfully completed his Eagle Board of Review on November 20. Great job, Blake! Thanks to everyone who helped on his path to becoming an Eagle Scout.

Troop Service Project – Required


I have told the boys and the adults who have attended meetings several times already, but I wanted to send out a reminder of our Service Project we do for Holy Spirit Church.

Holy Spirit does a great deal to support our troop in both giving us a place to have our meetings and store our gear in addition to the huge support we get from the parish community and staff. We have always tried to give back to the church in some way. Last year we started, and this year we are going to continue, to provide our services to help clean up after their major fund raiser – Gala.

This activity will occur this Sunday, December 7th. We are going to meet on the East side of the building by the Gym at 8:30 am. We will be taking attendance and I will need to know if your son will not be there. It is very important we have as much scout, adult, family help as we can get as this is a huge task. If we get plenty of help it will go quickly. Should take a couple of hours. We will be bringing some donuts for those who stay to the end.

Additionally, Boys working on rank advancements for 1st Class, Star, or Life need service hours. This would fulfill some of that requirement.

See you there!

Mr. Vohs