Easter Egg Hunt

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On the Saturday before Easter (this coming Saturday April 19) we assist the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department to conduct the annual Easter Egg Hunt. We gather (in uniform) at 10 AM to set up the field and hide the eggs. We assist with marshaling the crowds and then do cleanup after the event. We’ll also need adults (parents and uniformed leaders) to supervise.
Thanks,

Mr. Fulton
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For over 72 years…

Since we are, for the moment without a display case to show our trophies, I though that I would display this one here. We just received our Charter for 2014 from the Boy Scouts of America. It shows that we have taught leadership, physical fitness and citizenship for over 72 years. Not a bad record to have…

Charter 2014

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March Outing – Cat and Mouse

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On Friday, March 28 we will gather at the Church at 6 PM and get underway as soon as we are packed up and ready to go, We will drive to Camp Falling Rock just north of Newark (a little less than and hour away) and stay in the lower level of the fabulous Sequoia Lodge in the lower (back, Winter entrance, North) portion of Camp Falling Rock. The Scouts will have a snack and then spend the night in the cabin.

On Saturday after breakfast and cleanup the Scouts will spend much of the day playing a map and compass-based game of hide and seek called Cat and Mouse. It is one of the Scout’s favorite activities and was voted as one of the most popular ones when planning for this year’s outings. Scouts will decide about how lunch will be done, but it is likely they will have lunch and then cleanup at the cabin. The afternoon may provide another round of Cat and Mouse or may provide an opportunity for Scouts to work on skills for requirements and advancement. The Scouts will cook dinner and cleanup and then spend the night in the cabin.

On Sunday morning, we will have breakfast and then cleanup, pickup and plan to leave Camp Falling Rock for a return back to the Church at about 11 AM.

Scouts and adults should have dinner prior to arriving at the Church on Friday.

The Scout handbook provides wonderful guidance about what to bring on an outing. We will be cabin camping so we don’t need tents, but watch the weather forecasts and dress for the weather. We will be outside most all day on Saturday. The cabin is heated and we’ll be sleeping on bunks, but everyone will need a sleeping bag. Scouts and adults will need a mess kit (bowl, fork and cup), a change of clothes and personal gear (toiletries, flashlight, etc.)

Only the Scout(s) designated as cooks should bring food. Don’t bring snacks or candy. Scouts cook and eat together.

We travel to and from outings in Class “A” uniform (shirts, pants, belt and socks).
Scouts should bring their Boy Scout handbook.

Cell phone and other electronics should be left at home. They are not needed, they get lost and damaged in the outdoors and there are plenty of other things to do. Adults have cell phones for emergencies.

This is an ideal outing for folks who “don’t like camping” as we are in a warm dry cabin sleeping on bunk beds with indoor plumbing and running water. There are a limited number of spots available, so sign up now at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4CADA62EAB9-march. Cost for Scouts is $20. Adults divide the cost of the adult food after the outing.

We will need adults to drive and to supervise the group. Adults can signup at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4CADA62EAB9-march also.

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

Mr. Fulton

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Updates for This Weekend’s Outing

Here is the list of Scouts and adults that are taking part in this weekend’s outing

Scouts:
Elijah C.
Matthew B.
Ford C.
Colten P.
Miles B.
Eddie R.  * (Eddie is tentative based on other commitments)

Adults:
Mr. Bryant
Mr. Cowan
Mr. Fulton

The cost of the outing is $20 per Scout, payable in the parking lot.

Permissions slips are available online here: http://www.troop166.org/web-forms/ and I’ll have copies available in the parking the lot.

We travel to and from outings in Class “A” uniform.

Please pack and dress for the weather. We will be outside for most of the day on Saturday.

See previous post for other details

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February Scouting Events

February has a rich and diverse set of events for Scouts and now is the time to sign up .

First Outing of the Year

Sign up for January Outing Here!
Sign up for our January outing this coming weekend is still available.
We need Scouts and Adults to sign up or we will have to cancel. The weather next weekend will be warmer than the weather during the week.
Sign up for January Outing Here!
Scout Sunday

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Scout Sunday at BUMC – February 9
Once each year we “give back” to our chartering organization, Bexley United Methodist Church, by attending services in uniform to say “Thank You” for the support we receive through the year. This year, Scout Sunday is on February 9 and all Adult Leaders, Scouts and parents are invited to attend.  We will be represented at both services (9 AM and 11 AM) and you may choose to attend either or both. You are not required to be a member of the Church to attend. Attending a worship service outside of your own religious tradition can be a very educational experience.
Sign up for Scout Sunday Here!

Bexley Maple Syrup Workshop

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Tree Identification and tagging – February 8   Tree tapping – February 22

Syrup production – March 1
Jeffrey Mansion
The City of Bexley through the Recreation and Parks Department is conducting a community workshop this winter to produce Maple Syrup from Bexley maple trees. On separate days, Scouts will be trained and assist with tree identification, tapping trees and producing syrup. Please consider signing up for more than one day and more than one shift on the syrup production day. We’ll also need adults to supervise. Please dress for the weather.
Sign up for Bexley Maple Syrup workshop Here!

 

Skiing/Snowboarding/Tubing

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February 23 – Mad River Mountain
Simon Kenton Council has arranged with Mad River Mountain for a day for Winter fun on Sunday, February 23. The flier  provides details . We will be leaving the Church at 7:30 AM on Sunday and returning in the early afternoon. Price varies between $20 and $45 depending on whether Scouts and Adults plan to tube or ski and whether they need to rent equipment. We will need to register by February 18. Adults are needed to attend and/or participate.
Sign up for Skiing/Snowboarding/Tubing at Mad River Mountain!

Crossover Ceremony

Sign up for Crossover Ceremony!
February 27 – BUMC
At the Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet, we help with the Crossover Ceremony. We are usually invited to join the Pack for dinner and to stay for the entertainment.
Sign up for Crossover Ceremony!

As always, please contact me with questions, issues or concerns.

Mr. Fulton

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January Outing

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Our January outing will fall right at the end of the month and will kick off a rich set of Scouting opportunities for February.

We’ll meet at the Church at 6 PM on Friday, January 31 and travel to Camp Falling Rock just north of Newark for a weekend of fun. After settling into our cabin and an evening snack, we’ll spend the night. On Saturday morning after breakfast and cleanup, we’ll spend most of the day outside with games, Scout skills and learning to build improvised emergency shelters. I’m assuming that Scouts will plan a hot lunch in the cabin. I know that the adults will. Saturday evening after dinner and cleanup, we’ll spend the night in the cabin, except for the hearty few who may elect (under supervision) to spend the night in their improvised shelters. On Sunday we’ll have breakfast, cleanup and return to Bexley, Arriving back at the church at about 11 AM.

Scouts should have dinner prior to arrival at the Church on Friday.

We cook and eat by patrols, so only those cooking should be bringing food.

All phones and electronics should be left at home. Adults will have phones for an emergency.

We will need adults to drive and to take part in the outing.

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Other upcoming events for the Troop include:

  • Mon Jan 20 – Bexley No School
  • Sat Jan 25 – Adults – University of Scouting
  • Mon Jan 27 – 7:30pm – 9:00pm  Board of Review  and Troop Meeting
  • Fri Jan 31 – Sun Feb 2 – Winter Campout – Camp Falling Rock  (see above)
  • Mon Feb 3  – Troop Meeting – 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Sat Feb 8 -  9am – 11am  – Bexley Maple Syrup Workshop- Tree Identification and Tagging – Jeffrey Mansion
  • Sun Feb 9 – 9am and 11am – Scout Sunday at BUMC
  • Mon Feb 10 – 7:30pm – 9:00pm  – Troop Committee  and Troop Meeting -
  • Mon Feb 17 – Bexley No School
  • Sat Feb 22 – 9:00am – 11:00am  – Bexley Maple Syrup Workshop – Tree Tapping – Jeffrey Mansion
  • Sun Feb 23 – All day – Skiing/Snowboarding (#2) – Mad River Mountain, Snow Valley Road, Zanesfield, OH, United States
  • Mon Feb 24 – 7:30pm – 9:00pm – Board of Review  and Troop Meeting
  • Thu Feb 27 – Evening – Blue and Gold Banquet and Crossover Ceremony

All events are posted here: http://www.troop166.org/event-calendar/
Please let me know if there are questions or issues.

Mr. Fulton

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November Troop Outing

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Our November Troop outing will be November 15, 16 & 17 .

On Friday the 15th, the troop will assemble at the Church and travel to Camp Birch Boy Scout Camp at Yellow Springs where we will be staying in a cabin.

The next morning we’ll cook breakfast, clean up and then set out to hike the Clifton Gorge, eating lunch along the way. Our destination will be Clifton Mill in Clifton for the traditional mid-hike piece of pie. We’ll hike back to Camp Birch and spend the rest of the afternoon working on requirements and perhaps getting a well deserved nap.  After cooking dinner and cleaning up, we’ll spend the night in the cabin, but not until we have made a brief trip to Young’s for some of the best ice cream around,

On Sunday morning, we’ll pack up, clean up and return to the Church at about noon.

Cost for the outing will be $40, which includes the cost of the cabin and the cost of pie and ice cream.

Please don’t bring food unless you are the designated cook for the Troop.

Personal electronics (including cell phones) stay at home. Adults will have cell phones for emergencies.

Watch the weather forecast and dress for the weather – we will be outside for much of the day on Saturday.

Link to signup for outing: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4CADA62EAB9-november

Please let me know if there are questions or concerns.

Mr. Fulton

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Adult Leader Training

From time to time, the question arises about what training is required for adults to become trained as Assistant Scoutmasters or Troop Committee members.
Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters are considered trained when they have completed:

  • Youth Protection Training (online)  <==  RECOMMENDED FOR ALL PARENTS
  • This Is Scouting (was New Leader Essentials) (online)
  • Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training, (classroom)
  • Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (classroom)

(courses  are offered individually or through leader training programs (usually two weekends) like Green Bar, Blackfoot, or Rivermen)


Troop Committee members are considered trained when they have completed:

  • Youth Protection Training (online)
  • This Is Scouting (online)
  • Troop Committee Challenge as their leader-specific training (online)

Online training is available at http://myscouting.org (eLearning –> Boy Scout)

Classroom training appears on the schedule at http:/skcbsa.org (Events –> Training –> Adult Training or Calendar)

As always, please let me know if you have questions or concerns.

Mr. Fulton

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October Backpacking Outing

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The Troop tries to go backpacking at least once a year and this year the Scouts have chosen October as our backpacking outing. We will meet a the Church at 5:30 on Friday, October 4.

Scouts should have dinner prior to arriving at the Church on Friday. Please leave electronics and phones at home. You do not need them. Adults will have phones for emergencies.

Scouts should arrive with backpacks packed and ready for the outing and in clothing ready to backpack (uniforms not required).

As soon are we are all present and ready, we’ll leave for Dayton, where we will be camping overnight after a snack.

On Saturday morning after breakfast, we will be backpacking on a relatively easy trail that is a part of the Dayton Metro Parks System. We will have lunch on the trail or at the conclusion the hike, depending on starting time and the speed of the group.

After hiking we will set up camp and have dinner and spend the night. On Sunday, we pack up, clean up and return to the Church at about noon.

As the food and cooking for backpacking is somewhat specialized, the adults will coordinate the food with assistance form the Scouts for cooking. Do not bring any food or anyhting 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 an extra pair of shoes and dry socks are 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.

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

Cost of the outing will be $15. Please pay by the end of the Troop Meeting on Monday evening.

Scouts, adult participants, and drivers: please sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040E4CADA62EAB9-october

Please contact Mr. Kirschner (lawrence.kirschner@osumc.edu) or myself with questions.

Mr. Fulton

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September Outing – Biking

On Friday, September 20, we will be traveling to and staying at John Bryan State Park near Yellow Springs and camping in the group camp area in tents. We will meet at the Church at 6 PM and get underway as soon as possible. Please eat dinner before arrival. We travel in Class “A” uniforms (Shirt, pants, belt and socks). Please leave electronics at home. Adults will have phones for emergencies.

During the day on Saturday, Sept. 21 we will be biking on the Little Miami Scenic Bikeway, returning to John Bryan in the evening. On Sunday, Sept. 22, we’ll return to Bexley at about noon.

Scouts will get a snack at bedtime on Friday; breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack on Saturday; and breakfast on Sunday.

Cost for the outing will be $20.

You will need a bike and a helmet to participate. If you do not have access to a bike and helmet and cannot borrow one, please contact one of the adult leaders and we will assist. We do not want you to be left behind for the lack of a bike.

We will be camping in tents and will be coordinating tenting at the meeting prior to the outing.

Please watch the weather forecast and prepare for the expected weather: we camp and bike rain or shine.

We will need adults to participate, drive, and one very special adult who can tow the Troop trailer to haul our bikes.

Signup for Scouts, adults and for towing the Troop trailer are at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040E4CADA62EAB9-september

Please let me know if there are questions.

Mr. Fulton

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