Are you a Star Scout and age 14 and above? Do you enjoy the glory of Northern nature? Join us for our 2014 High Adventure Excursion to the Boundary Waters.

We are officially in Blue and Gold season. This is the time of year when Webelos will cross over into Boy Scouts and Join our troop. We need to show the Cub Scout Packs how fun and vibrant our troop is. One of the best ways to do this is be present during the crossover ceremony. Nothing says "we're glad you joined our troop!" like a large group of Scouts welcoming you. Anyone that can attend is greatly recommended, especially alumni from those packs.

Summer Camp is just around the corner and the hills of Osceola are calling. The total cost is $330 per boy with payment due as follows: $100 by January 30, $100 by February 28 and the balance of $130 by March 31. Full time adults will pay $310 and part-time adults will pay $50 per day.

New Scouts – First Meeting

logo.jpgAt the Troop Meeting on March 25, we will have our first meeting with the new Scouts who are planning to join our troop.  In addition to our normal planning and meeting activities, we will have a special session with our new Scouts and their parents, introducing them to the troop and answering any questions they might have.

logo.jpgIf you know someone who would like to join the troop, this would be an excellent opportunity for them to attend and get started!

PLC Meeting Change

Due to availability, we need to move the date of the PLC meeting this week.  We are moving the meeting to Sunday, 3/9 at 3:30.  The Schools have volunteered to have it at their house:  13002 W 104th Terr.  The meeting should last 30-45 minutes.

First Annual Troop 265 Uniform and Equipment Exchange

At the meeting on March 4th, we will have our first annual equipment exchange (this is also the night of our Parent meeting).

How many times has your son prepared for a camp out or meeting and you learned what he wore for the last campout doesn’t fit, or his sleeping bag is too small, or his uniform is looking snug?  How many times have you looked in the closet and realized your older scout will never use this camping equipment (backpack, mess kit, sleeping bag, boots, coats…..) again?  Bring those items to the meeting on March 4th.  We will lay out what folks donate and allow those who might be able to use it to take it home with them.   What is not picked up I will store until our new first years start in late March so we can offer it to them.  What is left I will donate to Charity.

Let’s make this a first time a success and give some new life to those old uniforms and camping gear! hiking_gear

Scout Parents Meeting

During the March 4th meeting, we will have a separate parent meeting.  All parents of Scouts in the troop are very strongly encouraged/required to attend if possible.  This has become an annual meeting to get parent’s up to speed on the activities of the troop, answer questions you might might have, and provide an opportunity for you to learn how you can help make our fantastic troop even better for our boys.    We will meet in St. Elizabeth Hall at 7:30 while the boys attend their meeting.

Webelos Crossovers Support

crossover-300x145We are officially in Blue and Gold season. This is the time of year when Webelos will cross over into Boy Scouts and Join our troop. We need to show the Cub Scout Packs how fun and vibrant our troop is. One of the best ways to do this is be present during the crossover ceremony. Nothing says “we’re glad you joined our troop!” like a large group of Scouts welcoming you. Anyone that can attend is greatly recommended, especially alumni from those packs.

Pack 3269′s Blue and Gold and Crossover is tonight. We need to be at Oak Park Carpenter School at 7:45 in the cafeteria in full class A.

Pack 3400′s Blue and Gold and Crossover is on March 2. It is at the VFW hall at 9th and Pflumn. Time will be around 1:00, but I will get the exact time we would need to be there.

Pack 3265 is in late April. More info to come on that.

On a related note, the new Webelos are going to need some guidance when they start. This is the job of a Troop Guide, a very important leadership position. If you have a son who needs a leadership position for his next rank and doesn’t have one (ask him!).

2014 High Adventure Excursion – Boundary Waters

Dates:  Friday June 20th – Wednesday June 6th

What:  A camping and canoeing expedition based out of Northern Minnesota, and Southern Canada. This backpacking and fishing and hiking will be designed by the boys, and will will be both physically strenuous and mentally relaxing and rejuvenating.

Who:  Open to any scouts aged 14 and above, with the rank of Star Scout, and any parents willing to bathe themselves in all of the glory of Northern nature

Itinerary:  We will depart on the morning of June 20th, and take a leisurely drive North, and catch a good night’s sleep before outfitting our and hitting the water. We will then spend 4 days out, exploring the outdoors through hiking, portaging and canoeing our way through the wilderness. On Wednesday, June 6th, we will make the 10 hour drive back to KC, with a lifetime of memories

Why:  A High Adventure trip is usually the strongest memory of any scout, and is designed for him to truly test his outdoor skills, and give him a strong feeling of accomplishment. Without the structures of “summer camp”, and with little adult interference, he and his peers will experience nature in its purest form; under the stars, and off the river bank. It is a powerful experience that will increase his confidence, and establishing foundation of self –reliance. And it’s A BLAST!

We are currently discussing the role of ouroutfitting partner, getting ready to set training schedules and determining our paths and destinations within the river system

Please let Mr. Satterfield know ASAP of you and/your boys interest, so that we can let them start the planning process, and determine costs.

76th Annual Troop 265 Snow Creek Night Ski

We will be meeting at the Holy Spirit parking lot at 5PM on Saturday February 15th, and skiing into the wee hours, until 2AM.

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 ski lift pass (and you bring your own ski’s)
Please bring your own helmet, or you will be charged $10

Dress: 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 =9.6

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

Bonus: Free admission to be paid later for BEST Dad Wipeout!  Mr. Voh’s is the 2014 top seed.  I will be attending, but not skiing, as I am preparing for the Boston Marathon, Tank 7 Tasting Olympics and Crossfit Nationals.

No Scout Meeting Tonight

Due to the weather conditions, the Boy Scout Meeting for tonight, 2/4, has been cancelled.  Ask your boys if they have finished all their homework for merit badges at the Merit Badge Forum this weekend.  Today would be a great day to get it done!

Hope to see you all at the Chili Bingo packet turn in on Thursday.

Camp Fees and Dues

The first payment for camp is due this week.  As a reminder the total cost is $330 per boy with payment due as follows: $100 by January 30, $100 by February 28 and the balance of $130 by March 31. If you are in need of financial assistance for camp, please let Steve 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. We have already paid $50 per boy as a down payment to attend camp and a second payment will be due in a couple weeks so it is very important that we start collecting these fees.

There are several families that have not paid dues ($90) and several merit badge attendees ($8) that did not pay for the workshop.  Those payments must be made as soon as possible.

Can Drive

Its time for the can drive again! We need someone to haul the trailer to Holy Spirit on Scandriveaturday morning, and someone bring it to the plant sometime the following week.  We also need volunteers to crush cans 3:45 to 5:15 PM Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 AM till noon and 6:15 to 6:45