We Survived Winter Survival!

And had a blast building Shelters! 12 Scouts and 6 Adult leaders braved the winter weather this past weekend. Congratulations to Ian Hunley, William Brotherton, Tom Nakasako, Nik Czaja, Ian Czaja, Dave Nakasako, James Hunley and John Phay for sleeping outside the entire night!

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Reminder: Register for Winter Survival Campout!

Don’t miss this cool (literally) campout! We are finalizing the camper roster tomorrow night at the Troop meeting. Please register for this weekend’s Winter Survival campout, Jan. 15-17th. (We will have a cabin option for sleeping).

register at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-2016

Mr. Dupler

Randy Dupler
Scoutmaster
Troop 16

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Welcome Back! Here’s what’s happening in January

Monday, January 4, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church

Monday, January 11, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church, and Troop Committee meeting

Friday, January 15, 6 pm @ church, returning Sunday at noon: winter survival campout

On this outing, scouts will be outside practicing winter survival scout skills. They will have the option of camping outside. (Cabin camping will also be available).

Cost $20 / person.

Click to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-2016 

Monday, January 18. No meeting this week due to Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 25, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church, and Board of Review

For those who like to get their calendars organized for 2016, here’s the proposed list of outings and dates for the year:

January 15 – 17: Winter Survival Campout
February 21: Mad River Family Ski Day
April 1 – 3: Cat and Mouse Campout
April 22 – 24: Rockets Campout
May 20 – 22: Scout Games Campout
June 17 – 19: Shooting Campout
July 10 – 16: Summer Camp
August 19 – 21: Ropes Course Family Campout
September 16 – 18: Canoeing Campout
October 14 – 16: Backpacking Campout
November 18 – 20: Pumpkin Chuckin’ Campout
December 9: Planning Overnight

See the troop calendar for additional details.

As reminders:

Thank you,

 

Ian Czaja

Outdoor Activities

Troop 166
ian.czaja@troop166.org
cell: 860.803.1918

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Reminder Scouts – D.A.R.E. review with your family . . .

For those Scouts who attended our recent D.A.R.E. meeting, the 2nd Class requirement #9a states, “Discuss your participation in the program with your family, and explain the dangers of substance addictions.”

Once you have completed this discussion with your family, please schedule a time with me or an Assistant Scoutmaster to have this requirement signed off.

Thanks!

Mr. Dupler

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Service Event – Pancake Breakfast

Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-201511

After our overnight at Jeffrey Mansion on Friday, December 11, we’ll be up bright and early to reset the space for the Bexley Recreation and Parks / Bexley Historical Society Pancake Breakfast (Details here: http://www.bexley.org/recreation-parks/2015/10/14/annual-pancake-breakfast-saturday-dec-12.html).

Please sign up to help with the event.

Scouts: Class “A” Uniform please.

Two shifts, 8:30 to 10:00 and 10:00 to 11:30. We will be clearing and resetting tables. Free breakfast for those working the event on the morning of Saturday, December 12.

We also need adults to supervise (hint for adults: this one is indoors and dry with nice bathrooms).

Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-201511

Please let me know if there are questions or concerns.

Mr. Fulton

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December Events

The year is coming quickly to a close, but we still have fun activities ahead in December!

Monday, December 7, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church

Friday, December 11, 6 pmSaturday. Planning Overnight and Pancake Breakfast @ Jeffrey Mansion

On this outing, we will camp inside in Jeffrey Mansion (tough life!) and scouts will plan the 2016 calendar of campouts and have fun evening activities.

Webelos 2 / Arrow of Light Scouts who are joining the troop are invited to join Friday night to take part in the planning and evening activities.

Saturday morning, Scouts volunteer to help with the community pancake breakfast.

Click HERE to sign up for the planning campout.

Click HERE to sign up to volunteer with the pancake breakfast.

Monday, December 14, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting and troop holiday party @ church
This will be our last troop meeting of 2015! After this, we will next be back together on Monday, January 4, 2016!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out.

Thank you,
Ian Czaja
Outdoor Activities
Troop 166

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A Holiday Opportunity for Your Family

We realize this is a busy time of the year, but this opportunity seems particularly worthy of your consideration. We’re not able to take this on as a Troop activity this year, but please feel free to take part as a family. If your Scout take part in the activity, please let us know and we will make sure that he gets credit for the service hours.

 

Dear Friends, 

 We hope you had a nice Thanksgiving that was full of fun, family and food!  We are writing to let you know about this year’s blanket project. We think this is the 10th year for the blanket project!   We will be making no-sew blankets at the Dowd Center 33 North Grubb Street on Thursday, December 17th from 5:00 to 6:30 and we could really use your help.  
 
The Dowd Education Center (DEC) is a wonderful part of the Homeless Families Foundation (HFF).  The HFF takes families out of homeless shelters and provides housing, clothing and support for 6 months. During this time, parents and caregivers learn job skills and save enough money to get back on their feet. The DEC is the after school program for the kids.  While at the DEC, the kids do their homework and get involved in activities like scouting. It is a wonderful, fun, friendly place and my family has enjoyed many years of making blankets with these kids. 
 
If you are getting this email, you likely know how this works but just in case you need more information, here are some details. Volunteers from Bexley scouting organizations, Bexley United Methodist Church and people who just know of the project and support it meet at the Dowd Center and sit on the gym floor with our children and children from the Dowd Center and make a no sew blanket (very easy).  The child then takes the blanket with them and they can either keep it or give it to a loved one.  This is a chance to help provide some comfort and joy for others and honestly, for ourselves. You can’t help but feel great when you leave the blanket project. 
 
Here are some ways you can help:
 
1) Volunteer — we need you and your children to help make blankets on Thursday December 17th.  The time is compressed this year so please be there by 4:45 and ready to crank out blankets with 60 kids (60 kids— can you imagine? That is enough kids to fill 3 classrooms in Bexley). We will be completely wrapped up by 6:30.  You can bring your sports team, your scouting group, your family or your co-workers. We just really encourage you to bring young people because it is a great volunteer activity for them. If you can volunteer, please let me know. 
 
2) Donate to the cause — we think the project will cost about $800 this year. It is about $700 for fleece and then another hundred for gift bags and candy canes. Please make all donations out to Bexley United Methodist Church with “Blanket Project” in the memo line and send those checks to me at 57 S. Cassady Ave. or to the church at 2657 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43209.
 
Thank you for your past and continued support!  
 
Sincerely, 
 
Emily, Sean and Bode Turner 
 

John Fulton
Asst. Scoutmaster
Community Events
Troop 166

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Scout Parents – Thanks for attending tonight’s meeting!

As I mentioned during our time together tonight, the key to our troop’s success is linked directly to the participation of our Scouts. We also must keep Scouting FUN!

A HUGE thank you goes out to all the parents and adult leaders in our troop for all your support! We have sparked some awesome momentum and look forward to what 2016 has in store for us!

Below is a link to the information packet we reviewed this evening. If you were not able to attend, please take a moment to review. I also encourage you to review with your son(s). I am available for any questions and invite any thoughts or comments regarding how we can improve our scouting experience.

To launch pdf file on the Dropbox website, click below. If you do not have a Dropbox account, select “download”, then select “direct download”. If you have a Dropbox account or app, you can download into your account.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/z805d1kosr2qrp7/2015%20PARENT%20MEETING_NOV%202015.pdf?dl=0

Live Good!

Mr. Dupler
“It takes a village!”

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Reminder – Parent Meeting is Monday, 11/30, at 7:30PM

Please join the Troop adult leaders and Scout parents on Monday, 11/30, at 7:30PM in the meeting room next to the fellowship hall at the church.

We will reflect on this past year and discuss our goals for 2016! We hope to see you there!

Mr. Dupler
“It takes a village.”

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November Caving!

It was worth the drive! 13 Scouts and 5 Adults trekked 3-1/2 hours each way to Marengo Cave in Marengo, Indiana. The tour guide put everyone’s eyes to the “test” and turned off all the lights in the cave (just for a moment) . . .   to see if anyone’s eyes would adjust to the darkness. They did not . . . not an ounce of natural light!

Live Good!

Mr. Dupler

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