An Important Announcement from Mr. Fulton

When parents thank me for what I do in Scouting, I accept their thanks but I tell them that I enjoy doing it.

At the end of this year I will have been Scoutmaster for 6 years.

Over the years that I have been with the troop, I have been to two National Jamborees, Philmont, Sea Base and I’ve just returned from my second trip to Northern Tier. I have done summer camp, July 4th, the Labor day cookout, harvest festival, and Easter Egg Hunts each year. I’ve done over 50 weekend outings.

I have had the honor to be involved in the path to Eagle of 6 young men who have completed the rank and several more who are well on their way.

As I have said before, there is a natural progression of Scouts and Adult leaders through the troop, so I have decided that while I am still enjoying it, I will be stepping aside as the Scoutmaster by the end of the year.

It is my hope that the troop committee and the chartering organization would allow me to continue with the troop in some other position, but the primary responsibility for the conduct of the outdoor program and the training of youth leaders, the primary responsibility of the Scoutmaster, will pass to someone else.

Thank you for your help, support and kind words.

 Mr. Fulton

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Troop Activities for August and September

There are lots of opportunities for fun, service and celebration over the next few weeks.

Court of Honor – Monday Aug. 25, 7:30 PM

In place of our weekly Troop Meeting, we will be celebrating the accomplishments of the Scouts over the past few months. We’ll have pictures of many of our events including the High Adventure trip to Northern Tier. All Parents and Scouts should plan to attend and bask in the warm glow of accomplishment. Please bring a dessert to share.

Labor Day Cookout – Sunday Aug. 31

Each Labor Day weekend, we are offered the opportunity to sell soda pop as a fund raiser for the boy’s Scout Accounts.  There are multiple shifts available. Service Hours or Scout Account money is available to Scouts.

Please sign up to donate soda pop for sale at this link:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-soda3

Please sign up to sell (Scouts) and supervise (Adults) at this link:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-20144

Pack 166 Recruiting Night – Thursday Sept. 4

Each year, Cub Scout Pack 166 does a recruiting night and we help and support them. . Usually the Scouts engage the prospective Cub Scouts with some games while the Cub’s parents listen to information about Scouting and complete forms. We need a few Boy Scouts and a couple of adults to supervise. Event is at 7PM. Plan to arrive 15 minutes before starting time. Service Hours are available to Scouts. Signup here:
http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040E4CADA62EAB9-pack

Bexley Community Campout – Friday, Sept. 12 

This is the third year of the very popular Community Campout in the meadow behind Jeffrey Mansion. It is already sold out with a waiting list. Scouts and Adults help families set up their tents and provide directions and assistance. . We supervise the evening campfires and assist in serving meals. Everyone sleeps in tents overnight and we help cleanup up in the morning. We need Scouts to provide assistance and Adults to supervise.  Service Hours are available to Scouts. Signup here:
http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040E4CADA62EAB9-bexley2

Scout Recruiting at Jeffrey Mansion – Sunday, Sept. 14 & Thursday September 18

After last years’ Community Campout, the Parks and Rec. Department offered to set up Bexley Community Recruiting nights for Scouts at Jeffrey Mansion. They are scheduled as listed above. We’ll need Scouts and Adults to supervise. Service hours are available to Scouts. Signup here:
http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040E4CADA62EAB9-scout1

Canoeing Outing Friday, Sept. 19

On Friday, Sept. 19, we’ll meet at the Church at 6 PM for our September outing, Canoeing the Scioto. We’ll get underway as soon as possible than travel to Camp Oyo, near Portsmouth, OH where we will spend the night. In the morning, we’ll have breakfast and be taken back upriver to Piketon, OH where we will put in to the water and canoe . We’ll stop for lunch along the river and in the late afternoon we’ll pitch camp along the Scioto. In the morning we’ll have breakfast and continue the remaining distant down the Scioto to it’s confluence with the Ohio River. The folks from Camp Oyo will pick us up and return us to our vehicles and we’ll drive back to Bexley, returning about noon.

This is the same route with the same outfitter that we used a couple of years ago and it was a great trip.

The cost for the outing is $65. We need a minimum of 8 participants (Scouts and Adults). The deadline for us to make the commitment to the outfitter is two weeks in advance of the date of the trip – Sept. 5th.

Some reminders:

  • We travel to and from outing in Class “A”  uniforms (shirts, belt, pants and socks)
  • Eat dinner before arriving at the Church on Friday
  • We’ll be tent camping, but the outfitter will provided the tents
  • Participants need a sleeping bag and mat, bowl, cup and fork, changes of clothes and shoes, and personal gear.
  • I say again, bring extra clothes and shoes
  • Gear that needs to stay dry (sleeping bag, for example) need to be in two trash bags or “dry bags”
  • Do not bring phones or electronics. Adults will have cell phones for emergencies
  • Do not bring food or shacks. Food will be provided by the outfitter. Exceptions need to be discussed with an Adult leader
  • Dress for the weather. In September, it can be hot and it can be cold. It often rains. We will be out of doors all day on Saturday.
We will need adults to drive and to travel with us on the trip. Please signup here:
http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040E4CADA62EAB9-canoeing
As always, please contact me with questions or concerns.

Mr. Fulton

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August Outing

Signup now at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040E4CADA62EAB9-20143

Our August outing, a Historical Campout, will be conducted in the Toledo area visiting sites associated with the settlement of the Ohio territory, the period of the French and Indian wars of the 18th century and the War of 1812.

We’ll meet at the Church on Friday, August 22 at 6 PM and get underway as soon as we are ready.

We will travel to Camp Miakonda Boy Scout Camp, near Toledo (about 2.5 hours away) and camp overnight in tents.

On Saturday morning after breakfast, we will visit several sites associated with the rich history of northwest Ohio and the history associated with the settlement of the area.

Fort Miami “…was a fort built on the Maumee River at the eastern edge of the present-day city of Maumee, Ohio, and southwest of the present-day city of Toledo, Ohio. It was built by the British on territory disputed between Britain and the USA…” shortly after the American Revolutionary War.

The Fallen Timbers Battlefield was the site of “… the final battle of the Northwest Indian War, a struggle between American Indian tribes affiliated with the Western Confederacy, including minor support from the British, against the United States for control of the Northwest Territory…”

Fort Meigs is a restored War of 1812 Fort. It was “…a fortification along the Maumee River in Ohio during the War of 1812. It is named in honor of Ohio governor Return J. Meigs, Jr., for his support in providing General William Henry Harrison with militia and supplies for the line of forts along the Old Northwest frontier.”

(Quotes above are from Wikipedia)

We will visit as many of the sites as time, weather, and energy permit.

Afterwards we’ll return to camp and should have time for some advancement work.

On Sunday, we’ll pack up, clean up and drive back to Bexley, arrviving back at about 11:00 am.

The cost for the outing wil be $20 which includes camping, breakfast ,lunch, and dinner on Saturday, breakfast on Sunday, and admission to Ft. Meigs.

Reminders:

  • We travel in class “A” uniforms (pants, shirts, socks and belts).
  • Do not bring food unless you are the person designated to buy foor for the ouring.
  • Do not bring phones or other electronics. Adults will have phones for emergencies.
  • Eat dinner before arriving at the Church at 6 PM on Friday.

We will need adults to drive, camp with us, and provide transportation during the day on Saturday.

Deadline for Signup is Friday, August 15.

Signup now at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040E4CADA62EAB9-20143

Please let me know if there are questions or concerns.

Mr. Fulton

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Final Countdown to July 4th and Beyond

Scouts needed for Parade

We only have five Scouts committed to hand out flags at the front of the July 4th parade. We need more. If you are available, please sign up or email me and let me know. Signup is here for July 4th events: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-20141

Meet at Maryland Avenue Elementary at 8:30 AM on Friday. Please wear this year’s (grey) tee shirt. if possible.

Adults and Older Scouts for Marshaling for Parade.

Meet at Maryland Avenue Elementary at 8 AM on Friday. Signup is here for July 4th events: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-20141

Cookout for July 4th

Thanks to all who signed up for the cookout

Please show up at assigned times. Please don’t leave until you have been dismissed. Please wear this year’s (grey) tee shirt. if possible.

Flag Ceremony on July 6th

We were just asked today to do a flag ceremony at the 10 AM service that Bexley United Methodist. Scouts, please let me know if you are available. Class “A”, please.

Troop Meetings for July 7 and July 14.

We  only have one of the two adults that we need to provide adult supervision for Troop meeting on July 7 and July 14 while many of us are away at Northern Tier High Adventure. Without adults, I will have to cancel the meetings and it will be very difficult to plan for the July Outing. Please let me know if your can commit to supervising the Troop meeting for July 7 or July 14 or both.

July Outing  – July 25 & 26

More details soon.

 

 

Questions or concerns, please let me know.

 Mr. Fulton

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All About Summer Camp – Last Minute Notes and Reminders

All the things in my earlier email (below) still apply.

We meet at the Church on Sunday, June 22 at 1 PM. Have lunch before you arrive. The first meal at Summer Camp is dinner on Sunday.

We travel in Class “A” uniforms (Shirt, belt, pants, and socks). You will need your uniform at least once each day at camp.

Many medical forms are still outstanding. No medical form (Parts A, B, C and copy of both sides of insurance card) = No summer camp.

Pack your swimsuit, towel and sunscreen near the top as the first order of business once we gat our gear to our campsite will be our swim test.

No food is to be brought with you or kept in your tent.  Ask any of the older Scouts why.

No electronics. There will be plenty to do without them. Adults have cell phones for emergencies.

Everything on the packing list is there for a reason.

Drivers to Camp (1 PM, Sunday, June 22 at Church):

  • Mr. Fulton
  • Mr. Almstedt
  • Mr. Bryant
  • Mr. Phay
  • (Backup/Standby Mr. Bardwell)
  • (Backup/Standby – Mrs. Ramsur)

Drivers From Camp (9:30 AM Saturday, June 28 at Camp Falling Rock)

  • Mr. Fulton
  • Mr. Almstedt
  • Mr. Nakasako
  • Mr. Bryant

See you on Sunday.

Let me know if you have questions.

Mr. Fulton

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All About Summer Camp

Who’s signed up

Here is a list of Scout’s who are signed up to attend Summer camp. If you have questions about payment status please consult Mrs. Kirschner’s recent email or contact her.

Marcus A.
Tias A.
Miles B.
Ford C.
Robert D.
Sam F.
Ian H.
Zach I.
Jack N.
Tom N.
Colten P.
Mathieu R.
Eddie R.

Medical Forms and Where to Find Them

Every Scout needs a physical within the past 12 months to attend summer camp. No physical = No Summer camp. All three parts (A, B, and C) of the 4-page form must be completed and submitted with a copy of both sides of an insurance card. The form is available here: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_ABC.pdf

What is Brownsea?

The Brownsea First Year program offers a week-long introduction to the traditions and skills of Scouting in a structured setting. All Scouts below the rank of First Class, attending summer camp for the first time will take part in Brownsea. Scouts meet mornings and afternoons in their Brownsea patrols, work on completing requirements, and still have spare time to spend with their home Troops and for other summer camp activities. Many Scouts return from a week of Brownsea with many of their requirements completed for their Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class ranks.

Merit Badges

All Scouts attending Summer Camp should have time to work on some merit badges, even those attending the Brownsea First Year program. A list of the Merit Badges being offered this year can be found here:  http://www.skcscouts.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/2014-CFR-Prerequisites-List.pdf . It is not too late to work on prerequisites for Summer Camp Merit Badges.

What to Bring

  • Flash light with Extra Batteries
  • Official Scout Uniform (this includes: shirt, shorts or pants, socks, and belt) You should wear this on Sunday as we travel in class A
  • Scout Knife or pocket knife (if you have your totin’ chit card)
  • Extra Shirts and shorts
  • Scouting-Related T-shirts
  • Swim suit (pack near the top with towel, we’ll need if first thing on arrival)
  • Belt
  • Socks for each day
  • Underwear for each day
  • Scout Handbook
  • Cap or hat
  • Pajamas
  • Bandanas
  • Sleeping Bag or blankets
  • Toilet articles: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap & holder, comb, etc.
  • Medications (prescription and non) (Please give to Mr. Fulton at the Church!!!)
  • Towels
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Spending money for the Trading Post ($20 to $30 should do it – more if you are participating in an activity with a fee; less if you don’t want to buy a CFR t-shirt)
  • Extra shoes and/or boots (NO OPEN-TOED SHOES) (This is a second pair of shoes)
  • Water Bottle
  • Poncho or rain jacket (it will rain while we are at summer camp)
  • Sunscreen
  • Ground cloth / Tarp to cover Tent

Additional Items:

  • Completed Merit Badge work for prerequisites
  • Merit Badge Pamphlets
  • Totin’ Chip
  • Fireman’s Chit
  • Order of the Arrow Sash

Optional Individual Equipment to Bring:

  •  Insect repellent
  •  Writing Materials
  •  Camera
  •  Bible or prayer book
  •  Watch
  •  Sunglasses
  •  Pillow
  •  Compass
  •  Personal First Aid Kit
  •  Playing cards

Special Equipment to Bring:

  • For scouts getting the swimming or lifesaving merit badge: long pants, long-sleeve shirt, and shoes that will get wet

What NOT to Bring 

  • Food
  • Inappropriate Knives
  • Fireworks
  • Matches or Lighters
  • Personal Archery Equipment
  • Personal Firearms and Weapons
  • Private Ammunition
  • Bicycles
  • Martial Arts Equipment
  • Pets
  • Radios, TV’s, Video Games, or MP3 Players, Cell Phones, or Other Personal Electronics (Adults will have cell phones for emergencies)
  • Immoral Materials

As always, please let me know if there are question or concerns.

Mr. Fulton

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May, June, and July for the Troop

Key dates:

June 22 – 28: Summer Camp http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4CADA62EAB9-2014

July 1 – 3: Soda (Pop) for July 4th Cookout
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040E4CADA62EAB9-soda1

July 4: Marshaling, Parade and Cookout:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4CADA62EAB9-20141

Details:

Monday May 26

  • Memorial Day, No Troop meeting

Monday June 2

  • Electrical Work at Church,  No Troop meeting

Monday, June 9

  • Troop meeting

Saturday, June 14 – Sunday June 15

  • Northern Tier Crew Shakedown

Monday, June 16

  • Troop Meeting
  • Troop Committee

Sunday June 22 – Saturday June 28

Monday June 23

  • No Troop Meeting during Summer Camp

Monday, June 30

  • Troop Meeting
  • Board of Review

Tuesday, July 1 – Thursday, July 3

Friday, July 4th

Monday July 7 -  Saturday July 19

  • Northern Tier High Adventure

Monday July 7

  • Troop Meeting
  • Leaders needed to supervise meeting while High Adventure crew is away

Monday July 14

  • Troop Meeting
  • Leaders needed to supervise meeting while High Adventure crew is away

Monday July 21

  • Troop Meeting

Friday July 25 – Sunday July 27

  • Sailing Outing (details and signup soon)

Monday, July 28

  • Troop meeting
  • Troop Committee

As always, please let me know if there are questions or concerns.

Mr. Fulton

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Troop 166 Announces Summer Camp 2014

When: Sunday, June 22nd to Saturday, June 28th
Where: Camp Falling Rock (Newark, OH)
Cost: $270 per scout
Why: Fun, Swimming, Boating, Camping, Foxfire, 58 Different Merit Badges, Brownsea Adventure
Don’t miss out – It is a great time!!!

Please bring checks, made out to Troop 166, to the meeting or you may drop off at my house: 97 S. Dawson in Bexley.  If you have paid a deposit already, I will be asking you for the balance very soon.

Make sure you get your physical in time.  Check the troop website for the form you need to use.

Please sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4CADA62EAB9-2014

Mrs. Kirschner

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May Outing – Backpacking

Signup here for the outing: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4CADA62EAB9-mayouting

On Friday, May 9, we meet at the church to leave for a weekend of camping and backpacking. We meet at 6 PM and will get underway as soon as we are ready. We drive to  the Twin Valley Trail, a part of the Dayton Metro Park system and located just south of Dayton. We will be camping overnight in tents a short distance from the parking lot.

On Saturday morning, we pack up our gear and backpack about 5 miles, covering most of the distance in a loop that leads us back the the starting point. We set up camp and spend the night (again in tents) on Saturday night. On Sunday morning, we pack up, clean up and return to the starting point. We should be ready to leave the trailhead at about 10 AM. As is traditional on backpacking trips, we’ll stop at Sonic on the way back to Columbus for a snack. We should be back at the church by noon on Sunday.

Cost of the outing is $15 (payable at the Troop meeting on Monday, May 5). Please bring $5 with you on the outing for snacks at Sonic.

Signup and payment deadline is Monday, May 5.

As the food and cooking for backpacking is somewhat specialized, the adults will coordinate the food with assistance from the Scouts for cooking. Do not bring any food or anything that smells like food in your backpack.

Each pair of Scouts will need a tent suitable for backpacking. Each Scout will need a backpack, sleeping bag, pad and personal gear. The trail is not difficult so boots are not a requirement, but sturdy shoes are. An extra pair of shoes and dry socks are also critical elements of the Scout’s gear. Scouts or adults who wish to participate but lack gear should contact Mr. Kirschner or Mr. Fulton for assistance in arranging gear.

Uncertain about what to bring?  Please check this list from a previous backpacking outing: http://www.troop166.org/2010/05/06/backpacking-what-to-bring/

Gear will be coordinated at the Monday Troop Meeting prior to the outing.

Signup here for the outing: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4CADA62EAB9-mayouting

Mr. Fulton

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Wood Badge Adult Training

The highest level of Adult Leader training in Scouting is the Wood Badge course. We encourage all of our Adult Leaders and those interested  in Adult Leadership to take part. I took the course in 2008 when I had just become an Adult Leader with the Troop and I still am in touch with many of the friends that I made in the course.

Aside from it’s value as Scout Training, it’s a valuable way to learn leadership skills, dealing with difficult situations, and small group dynamics. I know of no better way to learn how to pass on the values that we want our Scouts to have than for Adults to participate in Wood Badge.

The course runs over two long weekends in the late summer and early fall and the cost is $240 ($270 after June 1)

Details are here: http://www.skcscouts.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/2014-WB-Flyer-2-Side.pdf

I would encourage you to consider  this as something that you do this summer. It is well worth your time. Please let me know if you have questions. I would love to have you share the Wood Badge experience.

Yours in Scouting.

Mr. Fulton

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