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Restating a side note.  The PGA tour stop at Lionsgate August 6-9 is still in need of volunteers of all ages and skill sets with no golf knowledge necessary.  For those needing service hours, this is a great way to get some.  There is a charge of $40pp but that includes a hat or visor, shirt, food, drinks, volunteer party on Friday evening after play, some passes to give to family and friends and if you work 2 shifts, you can play Lionsgate on Monday August 10 as part of the volunteer play day.  This is an event that if you go once, you will return next year.  Several players on the main tour this year played this tournament last year.

To sign up go to

Don’t forget the free junior clinic put on by tour players followed by a golf trick shot show immediately following on Monday August 3 starting at 5pm. Great family event.


Last year went remarkably well and was really fun.  The leaders got to give a few quick speeches of what was going on at camp and what to expect from your scouts.  This information was great to receive and I can’t imagine them having to tell 40 different families that same information individually. I will tell you also, the weather was beautiful under the trees, the bugs and heat were never a problem.

Camp Dates:
Leave:  Thursday, July 16, 2015 8:30am from Holy Spirit (times approximate)
Return:  Saturday, July 25, 2015 10:30am at Holy Spirit (times approximate)

I have a few pieces of old mom wisdom to share from my past 5 or 6 years of camp, also others please chime in.  Most of you have already heard this and I know you know more, but I feel compelled to give unsolicited advice – you can tease me at the fall scout parent only party.

Unsolicited Advice #1: Don’t over pack for your boys – they won’t use half the clothes sent.  Trust me you will find out.  Bring a bag to put dirty clothes in on visitors day so you can take home some of the dirty stuff then.

Unsolicited Advice #2: Send a good quality water bottle with the boys.  Those “mules” are great as a back pack or if you send a bottle try to get one they can attach to a belt or sling over their shoulder.

Unsolicited Advice #3: Write names on everything!!!!  The leaders have to stay after the last day and make sure all is clean and taken.  So many items are left with no name, making the leaders have to track down kids.  That’s no fun, since these leaders are volunteers and have donated their vacation time to be in camp with our boys.  And consider how tired the adult leaders are by the last day.

Unsolicited Advice #4:  Write your kids cards to send to camp now and have them stamped and ready to put in the mail every day.  I messed up for a few years, and the boys don’t forget it…..  I usually include an encouraging note, picture of the family pet, 1 or 2 dollars for daily slushies and/or stickers.  The address is below…..

YOUR BABY BOYS NAME – Troop 265, Session #5
Camp Lonestar – Campsite Kickapoo
Bartle Scout Reservation
5525 N Scout Camp Road
Osceola, MO 64776-9000

Unsolicited Advice #5: What you should wear on visitors day – shoes you can walk on trails or rocks with – flip flops can be tough if you are going to the point or other locations.

Shorts and summer tops are perfect.  Again, I have never had much trouble with bugs or the heat.  Have bug spray available just in case.  I think the boys smell and the excessive use of bug spray & foot powder keeps the bugs away.

An umbrella is a good idea to keep out rain or sun.  Bring a camera!

Visitors Sunday Schedule, Sunday, July 19, 2015:

Gates Open 9am:  Campsite opens at 10am (I don’t know why)

Lunch at Campsite: 11am, this usually lasts about an hour, the leaders make a few announcements, then you are free to do anything you want.

IMPORTANT (by 12:15pm):  The leaders and some of the scouts make some very important announcements and give some wonderful information about what is happening and going on in the camp your boys are spending 10 days.  Please give the leaders and your son this time.

After lunch by 1pm:  Your scout will give you a tour of his camp & tent

* You can watch the Mic-O-Say “Dance of Joy”

* You can hike to “The Point”

* You can visit the little store on their campsite where you can buy your child a slushie or ice cream

* You can visit the store in Iconium and have a Peach Nehi Float (I know is spelled wrong)

* You can go into Osceola to the cheese factory

* You can go into Clinton and go to movies or shopping or dinner or whatever

Visitors day ends at 5pm.  Scouts back IN camp and you go home to rest & have wine……

I have gotten some requests to change things up a bit…..

–       Every family bring a picnic lunch for your family
–       Every family bring either chips and/or desserts to share at the picnic and leave the leftovers at camp for the following 6 days.

– There are tables and a few picnic tables at the campsite.
– Bring drinks for your family
– Bring lawn or bag chairs for your family
– Any left overs like chips, cookies and non-refrigerated snacks can be left for the camp to eat later that day, and it only lasts for that night usually, but if we leave enough to last for the boys for a few days that would be great.  The other stuff needs to be taken home.

Thank you to all the leaders, volunteer parents and camp parents.  Scouting is one of the most valuable and tremendous things we can do for these young men.  Our boys will grow into respectful and confident and talented young men – that is scouting!!!  It takes all of us to make it happen!

Unsolicited Advice #6:  Thank the leaders – they are volunteers who donate time, money and talent to these boys.  I brought individual bagged cookies for the leaders to share last year, they also like fresh coffee or bottled water or sweets they can keep in their camp boxes – a little spoilage doesn’t hurt once in a while.

Unsolicited Advice #7:  Foot powder, you will hear from your scout that they NEED this. Buy the cheap walmart or best choice brand – its mostly used for a weapon, not their feet.

Unsolicited Advice #8:  Bringing snacks on visitors day.  Yes, you will want to replenish the snacks remember they are there for a five more days.  And leave nothing that melts or needs refrigeration.

Unsolicited Advice #9: Once your boys get home from camp, they will have learned a lot about being independent, helpful and confident.  They are capable of doing many things for themselves and their families.  Continue to let them!  They can unload the car, hold doors open, be gentleman and help around the house.  I have found that they come home doing this stuff, but I tend to be the one that lets the good habits slip away, let’s keep raising the wonderful young gentleman we know they can be.

Unsolicited Advice #10:  Enjoy every single moment of your boys in camp.  These years will pass so quickly.  Push your sons to be Eagle Scouts and make some memories.  Yes – it is absolute work for the parents, but we are responsible for raising the future leaders of our country and the world, Scouts is one of those stepping stones.

Also, any help is encouraged for the event if you have ideas or suggestions, bring it on!

Can Drive This Weekend

Here are a few things to know about the can driv.

It’s easy: all you need to do is stomp on cans and put them in bags.

It’s convenient: show up for a while Saturday or Sunday (most needed times listed below).

You can get service hours for rank advancement: first years, this is especially for you.

Bring some cans from your house: if everyone in the troop brought a bag of cans, we’d double our money, which goes to the troop for costs like tents and other equipment.

Stop by any time you see the little yellow trailer in the church parking lot, but the most needed hours are: Saturday 345-515PM Sunday 8-9AM, 945-1030AM, 1115-1145AM, and 6-630PM (wrap-up)

Troop 265 Blood Drive


Boy Scout Troop 265 sponsors the Holy Spirit Blood Drive.  Troop 265 scouts call and register donors and assist during the blood drive, but for the last two blood drives, donor participation from scout families has been low.  Please consider being a blood donor.  Currently there is an urgent need for type O positive donors. Because your blood type can be safely transfused to 85% of all patients, hospitals urgently need your support now.

Troop 265 Blood Drive

Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Wednesday June 17, 2015

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 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.


2015 Canoe Adventure

2015 Canoe Adventure
June 5,6 &7
Big Elk Floats
5029 N. Bus. HWY 71 Pineville, MO


Water Warriors,

The BIG camping event of the year is right around the river becanoend.  The Big Elk is a new venue for us, and promises to be relatively devoid of floating Jell-o shots and the fun folks who enjoy them.  It is only 3.5 hours away,  and purports to have  a large shaded gravel beach, hot showers, and a family friendly experience. MmmmHmmm…


Friday June 5th:

                8AM Older boys (Star rank or above) leave for Big Elk (assuming we have a trailer driver and plenty of adults…)  They will set up camp for entire troop, and float on the second half of the day

                4PM Younger boys depart from HS

Saturday June 6th:

                Float, eat, sunburn & bug bites and tall tales of whitewater adventure – scouts

                Crying, screaming, phoning home, anxiety and night terrors-adults

Sunday June 7th
Leave early, back to Kansas City

$5 payable to your driver
$22 for camping fees and canoe rental, which includes canoe, paddle and PFD
$?? Patrol food, payable to your patrol Food Dude


We will need a very active adult contingent, as we will be far from home, need vehicular space, and a  lot of adult supervision on the water.

** Those who do not have Swimming Merit Badge, need to pass the Troop 265 swim test, at the Wheeler estate, Date TBA.

In the next few weeks, we will be sending a more complete agenda, supply and directional guidance,

Should you have any questions, please call me 24/7

Coolness Scale:

Finding out in SIXTH hour, that you’ve had a booger in your nose since FIRST hour = -3.6
Being woken up and called to answer an algebra question…  on the board.  = 3.1
Drinking 23 slushies in one day at camp, WITHOUT barfing =6.9
Waking up and finding out it’s a SNOW DAY = 7.7
Shooting the white water rapids at ludicrous speed, in front of your peeps =9.97

Spring Court of Honor

courtofhonor-300x196Troop 265 Scout Families, Scout Leaders and Troop Alumni:

You are cordially invited to Boy Scout Troop 265 Spring Court of Honor on May 5th at 7:30 PM.

Please join us in St. Elizabeth Hall at Holy Spirit Catholic Church a week from Tuesday to celebrate our troop’s achievements!

Scouts: Please wear your Class A uniforms and be prepared to recognize rank advancements and merit badge achievements for yourself and other scouts. Mr. Cooper will need to have your completions recorded this Tuesday to be recognized at the Court of Honor – so make sure to bring your handbook and merit badge completions if not done so already.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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