Brandon a 5th year in the troop will be holding a car wash fundraiser for his Eagle Scout Project. His project is going to be a memorial garden up at Oak Park-Carpenter for a classmate that passed away the summer between 6th and 7th grade. Before constructing can start on the garden itself, we must get proper funding. A car wash fundraiser at the AutoZone at 95th and Antioch on July 29th from 10am-3pm. Pizza will be provided to people who sign up for 2 shifts or more! Drinks will also be provided as well. Please also bring 2 old beach towels so that we can dry off the cars. Even if you can’t sign up for a shift, please try and still bring your car to get washed. Please feel free to spread the word of when and where the car wash is to your friends.
Sign-up link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090F4BA9AD2CA0F49-carwash
The camp is quiet. Our skit for closing night campfire was fun and totally concepted by the boys. Ask them about the “other” Troop 265 when they get home.
Great crop of Merit Badges this year. We had quite a few scouts finish all of their Merit Badges. We have 2 new Life Scouts, a new Tenderfoot, and 1 new Eagle Palm.
The seventh day…
Mile swim this morning at 6am.
Troop 265 had 4 mile-swim entrants. More than any other troop in all of Lonestar.
Our 4 boys were 2/3 of the entrants.
- Kiernan D.
- James D.
- Ben W.
- Danny D.
all completed 22 laps of the Lonestar pool for a solid mile of swimming. The Troop is proud of them.
Merit Badges continued today. Our first years are doing lanyards, woodcarving and leather craft. The 2nd years all keep plugging away at some hard earned badges like First Aid, Lifesaving, Rifle shooting and Archery.
Lakefront scouts are sailing and boating all over the lake.
Our Called Braves continue their work on the path to joining Mic-O-Say and one of the favorite days came when the adults who are going for Honorary Warrior spent their day in silence.
Another scorcher of a day. No heat related issues, though.
The sixxxtthhh dayyyy….
Big, busy, hot day here at camp. We hit Heat Alert 1 by 915 am and Heat Alert 2 by 11am.
The lucky ones were the scouts with the pool and lakefront Merit Badges
Our first round of Merit Badges has ended and a lot of scouts are on to new subjects. The First Years are already dreading trying to finish their 300 word essay on mammals.
Some familiar adult-leader faces showed up for Warrior Ceremony so lots of stories of past camps floated around the leader’s circle. Many of them remembered “with advantages”.
The younger scouts took the 5-mile round trip to Ico tonight. The camp is chock full of Peach Nehi, Slim Jims, and cheap “treasures” from the store in Ico.
Warm thoughts from your favorite Troop down at Bartle.
Whew! Call Night went well. All of our boys who were called as a Foxman, Brave or Warrior did great in the ceremony.
We got started back on Merit Badges after Visitor Sunday. We had a cool outpost for some of the 13+ year olds at Up and Down Cave. Kayaking students practiced tipping and righting their kayaks. Woodcarving kept the first year Scouts busy. The second years started shooting today in Archery…
The big excitement was the size of mail call. Many of the boys got letters or packages. Several of the adult leaders did too. The boys always get a kick out of the adults getting “love letters.”
We’ve had a couple reminders not to leave food in our tents. Some of the local mammals are quite fond of candy and aren’t too shy about rooting around camp at night to see who didn’t lock their camp box.
Camp is calm for the night.
Good evening. We just returned to camp from opening night campfire.
Everyone is settling in nicely. All 40 boys are excited to get Merit Badges started tomorrow. None more than the older scouts who have Lakefront Merit badges.
KNOT-TYING HAS LONG BEEN a part of the Scouting program — for good reasons. It promotes discipline and focus, and it teaches useful skills that can be used immediately. Most people can tie just one knot (the “overhand”); many Scouts know more than a dozen. Check out these videos on how to tie the top 10 Scouting knots.
The Scout Motto is ‘be prepared’! Every Scout should be equipped with these ten essentials on any camping trip. Click here for more info.
Troop 265 has historically sent a crew to Philmont High Adventure base in the mountains of New Mexico every 3 years. We last went in the summer of 2015. I know the summer of 2018
seems like a very long way away, but we are actually already behind in reserving a spot.
Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s largest national High Adventure Base. It covers 137,000 acres – about 214 square miles – of rugged mountain wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) range of the Rocky Mountains in northern New Mexico.
Philmont Scout Ranch operates 34 staffed camps and 55 trail camps. Philmont has high mountains with rough terrain and elevations that range from 6,500 to 12,441 feet. It is the largest youth camp in the world.
Promo video: https://youtu.be/Jxx5L872yVc
Web site: http://www.philmontscoutranch.org/philmont.aspx
It would be impossible for me to over hype this adventure. Every Scout I know who has gone on an adventure in Philmont sees it as the pinnacle of their Scouting career. This is 11 days (2 weeks including travel) of backpacking, camping and activities in mountain wilderness. It tests everything the boys have learned in Scouting. This is not a summer camp. There will be no merit badge classes.
In order to be eligible to attend, you must be at least 14 years old by June of 2018 or completed the 8th grade. This means everyone who is currently in 7th grade or older can go! Additionally, you must be a Star Rank.
The cost is pricey ($940 + travel and gear), but considering it is for a 2 week trip, it is pretty reasonable compared with other trips they could take. (Far less than a 1 week trip to Disney with the SMS Band)
I am currently looking to pull together a list of those interested. The first payment ($100) is due in late January 2017 so you will need to be able to commit pretty soon.
Adults, we will need you to go as well! You will never have a better chance to bond with your teenage son with no distractions of phones, computers or TV. Ask any adult who has attended and they will tell you it is one of the best uses for 2 weeks of vacation you will ever have.
Please ask Mr. Vohs if you have any questions.