“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?
- We got to spend time with our scout peeps in a private tour of the zoo, and camped out with polar bears? Seriously!
- We had the zoo all to ourselves, and learned a ton about nature, from professional animal handlers? OMG!
- I Didn’t have to go to see my sister’s lame holiday recital, cause we were at a camp out? Sweet!
- 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!
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.
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!
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