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Fall Court of Honor Campout

courtofhonor-300x196We will be meeting at the Holy Spirit parking lot at 6PM on Friday, September 23rd, and departing promptly at 6:15. We will return around 9:30AM on Sunday morning. We are camping at Lake Jocomo in the Primitive Youth Campground, campsites #7&8 (see attached map). Some of the many highlights will include:

• Join us in honoring the boys with our Fall Court of Honor. Parents are invited to celebrate their boys achievement, and for tasty warm camp cobbler after the ceremony. (map here) Ceremony and begins at 6:45PM
• Camping skill demonstrations. We are expecting several new Webelos to visit our campout and each patrol will be showing off their expertise to these future Boy Scouts that will hopefully be joining our troop
• FREE fishing for kids bring your rod and reel and tackle box
• Saturday night “Golden Ladle” Battle Royale. Each patrol will be challenged to create the best Saturday night meal they can “MacGyver”. Identical baskets of food. Limited cooking skills. Arguing. And possibly some duct tape. Entries will be judged on creativity, taste, presentation, and use of secret ingredient. The winning patrol receives full bragging rights and the coveted “Golden Ladle” trophy.
• The adults will prepare Saturday night dinner for the visiting Webelos and their parents, in addition to their own food
• Seeing the tribe of Mic-O-Say in all their regalia (Tribe members will need to prepare accordingly and bring their tribal attire)

Please ask your son if his patrol has coordinated all of their other meals, and have a plan for transporting them. This planning should take place primarily at the troop meetings on Sept 20th.Camping

As the weather may be chilly, please pack warm and dry. And possibly a third set of clothes, it is at a lake after all.

The cost for the campout is $10. However, the boys and adults attending will be responsible for their portion of the food costs for their patrol.

We expect to have most all boys present at the campout so we will need a large contingent of parent help, especially with the Webelos visiting from Saturday after lunch to Sunday morning. Please email me if you and/or your son will be attending and what patrol he belongs to. The more the merrier.

Could you earn the Golf merit badge?

But what about those Scouters who regularly play the game or watch professional golf on TV? It’s time to put your golf knowledge to the test.

Whitewater!!

This morning we got up in the cold and put on our sunscreenimage1 and wetsuits.  After breakfast we got on the bus to go to the river.  There were a couple of rough rapids but no one in our crew went overboard.  Along the way there were cool rocks named Sleeping Joe and Peeing Bear!  When we got out we were freezing cold because of the water.  Finally we ate dinner when we got back to camp to get our packs ready to hike a 14,000 mountain.

 

Rocky Mountain High Adventure update

Today our crew woke up at six o’clock and went to breakfast.  Afterwards we got bikes for mountain biking, but had delays due to rain.  During the trek, there were no casualties.  After many rainstorms we dropped off our bikes and had lunch.  We had free time and lounged around until dinner.  Finally, we got our wetsuits for rafting and got our equipment branded before we ended the day.

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Spring Court of Honor

Our Spring Court of Honor will be Tuesday, May 10th at Izzy’s House. Start time will be 7:30 pm. Court of Honor is an opportunity to recognize all the hard work our boys have been completing as they work on ranks and merit badges. Awards will be handed out at the meeting. This is a great opportunity for the full family to attend a scout meeting where we recognize our boys for their hard work. Dutch oven cobbler will be served at the end of the Court of Honor.

Health Forms

As many of you are aware, every person in our troop that plans on camping at Bartle Scout Camp this year (boys and adults, even if it is for only 1 night) will need to have an up to date and current health form. Per Boy Scout regulations, a current health form is one that has been completed within 12 months of our camping dates. Since we are heading down to camp July 7 – July 16, all health forms must be no older than July 17, 2015.

http://www.hoac-bsa.org/Data/Sites/1/media/camping/CMP-Health-Form-2014.pdf

  • All boys and adults will need to have ALL sections of the health form completed and up to date in order to go to camp (Parts A – C of the form)
    1. This means that all boys and adults will need to have a physical completed by their physician that is signed and dated no later than July 17, 2015
    2. Also, please note the following Boy Scout regulations related to the health form
      1. Only an MD, DO or RN may sign the health form as the “Examiner” in Part C
      2. The Boy Scouts only accept their health form. Health forms completed for sports, school, etc. are not accepted by the BSA
  • In addition to the health form, please plan to provide me a copy of your health insurance card (please copy front and back)
    1. Scouting asks for health insurance information to be available so that if there is an emergency, all necessary documents are available both at our campsite and with the Health Lodge at camp

Watkins Mill camp out April 15-17

Where: Watkins Mill State Park  https://mostateparks.com/park/watkins-mill-state-park

 (816) 580-3387 (it east of Kearney, MO).

When: April 15-17.  We will meet at Izzies at 5pm and depart promptly at 5:30.  We will arrive back at Izzies Sunday morning between 9:30-10 am.

What: Camping (duh) and bike riding (so bring your bike and a helmet).  Adults that means you too!  

Just be aware, we will be putting the bikes on a trailer. If you have a super nice bike that you don’t want tangled in the “pile of bikes”, either make sure you are driving and put a bike rack on your car, wrap it in a moving blanket, or buy several yards of bubble wrap. Troop 265 is not responsible for scratches to your paint job, missing pom-poms from handle bars, or the little bell that you enjoy using to terrorize the neighbors. 

There is also a lake at Watkins Mill, so bring your fishing pole if that’s your thing. Tours are also available of the Mill and Historic site, If you are interested, let me know and I’ll schedule it.

Cost:  $6 per person to camp + $5 gas money for your driver + road money + food payable to your patrol as usual

Drivers and Volunteers:  We would LOVE to have a great turnout for this camp out. It’s a quick drive from Izzies, it’s a great and well-maintained park and should be good weather. If you normally don’t go to campouts, this is a great one to attend.  We need a fair number of volunteers for driving and helping with biking and fishing.

Directions: WARNING typing the park address into your GPS will put you in a residential neighborhood in Lawson MO, follow these directions.  Take I-35 North to Kearney MO exit. Take Highway 92 east 6 miles to County road RA, left on RA 1 mile, at the curve in the road by the general store look for sign that says Special Use area/Equestrian trail, (if you come to the main park entrance you have gone too far) follow that sign for about 1 mile you will then see a second sign for Special use area/Equestrian trail, follow that sign (turn left) into the area.

Map of bike trail https://mostateparks.com/sites/default/files/trail_maps/watkins_pavedbicyclelake.pdf

Map of park  (please note the north is on the right hand side, not top of page as normal) https://mostateparks.com/sites/default/files/Watkins%20Mill.pdf

Details about our campsite  https://mostateparks.com/location/55623/special-use-area 

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