Here’s what’s happening in November with Troop 166!

We have an exciting month ahead in November! Note that our first meeting this month is November 14, but we still have plenty going on! See below for important details.

Dues are Due:

It’s that time of year! Dues are due. Please make checks payable to Troop 166. Dues for Scouts are $70.00 and dues for adult leaders are $24.00. Please turn in dues no later than November 14th to Mr. Dupler.

Sunday, November 6, 11 am – 1 pm at Bexley Library: Scout Service Hours Opportunity

The Friends of the Bexley Library are looking for assistance to help with setting up this Sunday and then tearing down the spring library book sale next Sunday. We are looking for Boy Scout and Adult volunteers. All volunteers are welcome to take two books for each hour they work.

Scouts, please wear this year’s Class “B” Scout tee shirt.

Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-201621
Monday, November 7: No Troop Meeting (no classes, Bexley Schools)

Sunday, November 13, 4 pm – 6 pm at Bexley Library: Scout Service Hours Opportunity

Help to tear down the Friends of Library Book Sale. See above for more info and link to sign up.

Monday, November 14, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church

Important meeting! D.A.R.E meeting (only time in the next 12 months to meet this 2nd class requirement!) plus preparing for the Pumpkin Chuckin’ outing — including designing our pumpkin chuckin’ devices!

Lt. Vermaaten, of the Bexley Police Department, will be our special guest speaker regarding the dangers of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco and other practices that can be harmful to your health.

For those Scouts who need to complete (old book) 2nd Class, #9a or (new book) #7c, please plan to attend. We only offer this meeting once per year. If a Scout is planning to achieve 2nd Class rank in the next 12 months, please plan to attend this meeting.

Also, parents: please send your Boy Scout with your Scout and Adult leader dues. See above for details.

Friday, November 18, 6 pm – Sunday, November 20, noon: Pumpkin Chuckin’ outing (Boy Scouts meet at Church Friday night; Webelos meet at Falling Rock on Saturday at 10 — see details below)

You don’t want to miss this one! Our annual Pumpkin Chuckin’ outing is scheduled at Falling Rock, November 18-20. Boy Scouts will meet in the church parking lot at 6:00PM and return on Sunday at Noon.

Webelos and their parents are welcome to join this outing starting Saturday morning around 10 am at Falling Rock (use the winter entrance, we’ll be down at the lower field). You are welcome to stay through dinner or camp with us overnight Saturday (parents must stay as well). Just note your attendance below and remember Webelos and new potential parents are free guests.

We will be cabin camping in the ScoutMaster Lodge for this outing but outside during the day at lower field. Dress for the weather including good gloves for carrying wood and building Pumpkin Chuckin devices!

Take a moment and review your Scout Handbook and use this camp out to complete a few requirements! Cost for Boy Scouts and Troop 166 Adults will be $25 each.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-201623

Monday, November 21, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church, and Troop Committee Meeting

Monday, November 28, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church and Board of Review (for Scout rank advancement)

Note: this is the last Board of Review scheduled for 2016. If you are seeking to wrap up requirements for a scout rank in 2016, plan to attend this meeting.

Looking ahead to December? Here are the key dates:

December 5: Troop Meeting
December 9: Planning Overnight
December 10: Pancake Breakfast volunteer hours
December 12: Troop Meeting and Troop Committee Meeting
December 19: Troop Meeting and end of year Holiday Party
Meetings resume January 9

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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Here’s what’s happening in October with Troop 166!

We have an exciting month ahead in October! Note that Rosh Hashanah and Halloween are going to impact our weekly meeting schedule. See below for important details.

Monday, October 3: No Troop Meeting due to Rosh Hashanah (no classes, Bexley Schools)

Friday, October 7 – Saturday, October 8: Scout Service Hours opportunity at Bexley Community Campout (note new date due to weather last weekend)
This is the fifth year of the Community Campout in the meadow behind Jeffrey Mansion. It is one of the Recreation Department’s most popular events.  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 are asking for additional Scouts and Adults to sign up for this popular event. Service Hours for Scouts.

Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-201616

Monday, October 10, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church

Friday, October 14: Scout Service opportunity at Bexley Harvest Festival
On Friday, October 14, we will sell Hot Chocolate, Soda Pop and perhaps a few other things at Bexley’s Annual Harvest Festival. Details and a sign up link will follow closer to the event.

Monday, October 17, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church, and Troop Committee Meeting

Friday, October 21, 6 pm – Sunday, October 23, noon. Backpacking Campout, leaves from Church
Our classic annual backpacking campout, and one of the most rewarding! There are multiple hiking lengths to provide a fun experience for backpackers of varying experience. Participants should be prepared to carry all equipment and should dress appropriately for the weather. The Troop has plenty of extra gear for both Scouts and Adults (just stop by a meeting or contact Mr. Czaja at the bottom of the e-mail).

A note will follow closer to the event with additional details and final cost.

Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-201619

Monday, October 24, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church and Board of Review (for Scout rank advancement)

Monday, October 31: No Troop Meeting due to Halloween

Outings for the rest of the year and other helpful information listed below:

October 21 – 23: 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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Here’s what’s happening in September and October with Troop 166!

We have schedule changes for September and October now that Bexley’s school and community fall schedules are out. Read below because activities and dates have changed. Be sure to adjust your calendar to take advantage of the great events ahead!

Monday, August 29, 7:30 – 9 pm. Court of Honor (Families are encouraged to join our celebration. We celebrate Scouts who have advanced their rank, show pictures of our activities from the past months, and enjoy some sweet treats at the end. Please bring a dessert to share)

Sunday, September 4: Labor Day Community Cookout and Soda Sales
Troop 166 has been asked to sell pop at the Bexley Labor Day Event.  The event runs from 3 to 7 pm on Sunday, September 4 and is held at Jeffrey Mansion. The rain date is Monday, September 5. We need boys to sell and parents to supervise. Scouts can choose to earn money for their Scout Account or to earn service hours. There are three shifts available. Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-201617?1472089905682

Monday, September 5: No Troop Meeting due to Labor Day (no classes, Bexley schools)
Saturday, September 10, 8:30 am – Sunday September 11, noon. Family Campout, leaves from church. *** Note new date ***

Our SEPTEMBER outing will be action packed with a ROPES course that finishes with a ZIPLINE, a pool, and other fun outdoor activities for the whole family including a CAMPFIRE!!!

Meet at the Church at 8:30 am on Saturday, return noon on Sunday.

$25 per person includes food, activities, and a place to camp. Bring your own tent and camping equipment, sleeping bag, and mess kit. Contact Mr. Czaja at ian.czaja@troop166.org if you need to borrow any equipment.

Parents and siblings are encouraged to join their Scouts on this outing. Where else can you get a weekend of fun adventure and great food for $25 each? Let’s make this a blowout attendance event!

JCC Hoover Camp and Family Park

4290 E. Walnut Street
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-201618

Monday, September 12, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church

Monday, September 19, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church, and Troop Committee Meeting

Monday, September 26, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church and Board of Review (for Scout rank advancement)

Friday, September 30 – Saturday, October 1: Scout Service Hours opportunity at Bexley Community Campout
This is the fifth year of the Community Campout in the meadow behind Jeffrey Mansion. It is one of the Recreation Department’s most popular events.  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 for Scouts.

Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-201616?1472091333999

Monday, October 3: No Troop Meeting due to Rosh Hashanah (no classes, Bexley Schools)

Monday, October 10, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church

Friday, October 14: Scout Service opportunity at Bexley Harvest Festival
On Friday, October 14, we will sell Hot Chocolate, Soda Pop and perhaps a few other things at Bexley’s Annual Harvest Festival. Details and a sign up link will follow closer to the event.

Monday, October 17, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church, and Troop Committee Meeting

Friday, October 21, 6 pm – Sunday, October 23, noon. Backpacking Campout, leaves from Church
Our classic annual backpacking campout, and one of the most rewarding! There are multiple hiking lengths to provide a fun experience for backpackers of varying experience. The Troop has plenty of extra gear for both Scouts and Adults (just stop by a meeting or contact Mr. Czaja at the bottom of the e-mail). Details and a sign up link will follow closer to the event.

Monday, October 24, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church and Board of Review (for Scout rank advancement)

Monday, October 31: Troop Meeting TBD (same evening as Halloween)

Outings for the rest of the year and other helpful information listed below:

September 10 – 11: Family Campout *** New Date ***
October 21 – 23: Backpacking Campout *** New Date ***
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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Seabase Crew Underway

After a 4am start on Friday (7/29)….

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the crew going to Seabase stopped off for a quick trip through the Everglades that included an airboat ride and feeding Tarpon…

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Before arriving at base camp…

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Summer Camp 2016 – Day 1

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Scouting on July 4, 2016

If you are in Bexley on Saturday July 4th, please take part in our day-long Scouting Celebration of our nation’s independence. It’s the best birthday party all year !

Sign up here for Parade Marshalling (adults and older Scouts): http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-201613

Sign up here for the Parade and the Cook-out (adults and Scouts): http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-201612

Sign up here for Soda (pop) donations (each Scout Family, please): http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-201611
Each year adults from the Troop, parents of current Scouts, and older Scouts meet at the beginning of the July 4th Parade to help the BCA with the line-up and start of the parade. Please join us at 8 AM at Maryland Elementary to help start a full day of celebrating the birthday of our nation!

Sign up here for Parade Marshalling (adults and older Scouts): http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-201613

July 4th is the celebration of our country’s birthday and one of the busiest days in Scouting for Troop 166. The parade for Scouts and adults kicks off at 9:30(we gather at 9). We lead the parade, handing out U.S. flags to the crowd. In the evening we cook hot dogs and hamburgers and sell them to the crowds as they gather for the fireworks. It’s a big day of service and fund-raising. Also, for adults and older Scouts available before the parade, we appreciate your assistance with Parade Marshalling !
If you’re a Scout, you want to take part in the Parade and Cook-out !!  Adults, come join the fun.

Sign up here for the Parade and the cook-out (adults and Scouts): http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-201612

Scouts earn service hours for marshalling and for the parade. Scouts can choose to earn service hours or money for their Scout account for the cook-out.
In order for our July 4th cook-out to be successful, we need each Scout family to donate 24 cans (2 twelve-packs) of soda.  What we need is listed in the sign-up (click below).  Please sign up for 2 twelve-packs and then drop them off at the Bruegge-Fulton home on July 1 to July 3.

The Bruegge-Fulton household is 49 N. Merkle Rd (between Broad and Denver). Drop off inside of the enclosed back porch at the rear of the house. Soda can be dropped off on the back porch at any time on July 1 to July 3.  The porch is covered. Soda can be left on the floor just inside of the door.

Please note that each choice is for 12 cans.  Please choose 2 items.
Sign up here for Soda (pop) donations:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-201611
Please let me know if there are questions, suggestions,  or concerns

Mr. Fulton

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A Cool Opportunity – Beekeeping Project Kick off is scheduled for May 21st!

Bexley Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts are launching an ambitious, year-round joint venture to establish and care for two bee hives in Bexley, and harvest and market the honey.  The program will be funded by a Bexley Community Foundation grant and guided by the Stratford Ecological Center.

Following a special May 21 kickoff event, several Boy Scouts will be selected to lead the project and enroll in an intensive, 9-session, 18-week apprenticeship program at the Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware County. Boy Scouts interested in leading the beekeeping project should attend the May 21 event and afterward fill out an application and interview for consideration.  The grant will fund their tuition.

All Scouts are encouraged to attend the kickoff event.  The project will be a team effort by all Cub Scouts from Pack 166 and Boy Scouts from Troop 166.  After the May 21 event, two hives will be relocated from Stratford to Bexley for the Scouts.  Dave Noble, a Bexley resident and Stratford apiarist, is mentoring the Scout project.

A huge thank you to Mr. Dutton for securing the grant to initiate this project!

Please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-beekeeping. (Please make a note if your Scout needs a ride. We may organize a carpool depending on need).

 

Mr. Dupler & Mr. Dutton

Randy Dupler
Scoutmaster
Troop 166

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Here’s what’s happening in May with Troop 166!

Read below for May’s recipe for Fun!

Monday, May 2, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church

Monday, May 9, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church
Friday, May 13 at 6 pm – Sunday, May 15 at Noon. May Campout: Star Wars themed Camporee

Camp Falling Rock

Cost $25 / person. Tent camping — bring clothes appropriate to the weather conditions (prepare for chilly damp mornings and chances of both rain and sun).

Leave from the church at 6 pm Friday; return around noon Sunday. Travel in Class A uniform.

This will be a round robin style competition with scout skills and Star Wars themes including 22 rifles, fire building, orienteering, outdoor games, knots and lashings, and signaling / morris code.

Note: we must close the sign-up for this event by Tuesday, May 10 in order for the camporee to plan final attendance and camp spot assignments.

We also continue to invite all adults to join us on outings so we can be sure to help our Scouts enjoy their monthly opportunity to get outside — one of the highlights of scouting! There are links at the bottom of the e-mail for packing lists, permission forms, and adult Youth Protection training. And as always, if you our your Scout needs to borrow any camping equipment (pads, tents, sleeping bag, etc.) just let me know!

Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-201610

Monday, May 16, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church, and Troop Committee Meeting

Saturday, May 21, 8 am – 4 pm, potential day outing to the Dayton Hamfest (the largest amateur radio and hobby electronics convention in the country). Mr. Almstedt is investigating logistics for this exciting STEM activity. More details to come.

Monday, May 23, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church and Board of Review (At the Board of Review Scouts who are ready to earn their next rank meet with a committee of uniformed adults to review their accomplishments)

Monday, May 30, Memorial Day — No Meeting

See below for links to download a permission slip and a packing checklist.

Outings for the rest of the year listed below:

May 13 – 15: Star Wars Camporee / Shooting and Competition Campout (new date!)
June 17 – 19: Scout Games Campout (and potential rockets re-schedule date)
July 10 – 16: Summer Camp
August 26 – 28: 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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Here’s what’s happening for the rest of April with Troop 166!

Cat and Mouse Camp Out started April off with wild weather and great fun. So much more to come this month — plenty of opportunities for service hours, camping, and even more fun… see below!

Saturday, April 9, 9 am. COSI submarine exhibit ribbon-cutting
Open to all scouts; those who donated time to work on the exhibit are especially encouraged to attend. Class A uniform. Meet by the submarine exhibit at COSI at 9 am. See Mr. Almstedt for details (nik@sentekcorp.com)

Saturday, April 9, 11 am – 1 pm. Friends of Bexley Library service hours opportunity: set up book sale

The Friends of the Bexley Public Library are looking for assistance to help with setting up and then tearing down the spring library book sale.

They need assistance on Saturday, April 9 to set up the sale from 11 AM to 1 pm.  All volunteers are welcome to take two books for each hour they work.

Scouts, please wear this year’s Class “B” Scout tee shirt.

Please let me know if there are questions or concerns.

Mr. Fulton

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Monday, April 11, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church
Sunday, April 17, 4 pm – 6 pm. Friends of Bexley Library service hours opportunity: tear down book sale

The Friends of the Bexley Public Library are looking for assistance to help with setting up and then tearing down the spring library book sale.

They need assistance on Sunday, April 17 from 4 PM to 6 PM to tear down and move the books out of the library. All volunteers are welcome to take two books for each hour they work.

Scouts, please wear this year’s Class “B” Scout tee shirt.

Please let me know if there are questions or concerns.

Mr. Fulton

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Monday, April 18, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church, and Troop Committee Meeting
We will use Monday’s meeting to build rockets for the coming weekend’s campout (see below), so please sign up to enable us to plan to purchase the right number of rockets.
Friday, April 22, 6 pm – Sunday, April 24, noon. Rockets Camp Out

Join us for a weekend of fun at our Rockets campout at camp falling rock!

Scouts will enjoy building and firing off model rockets as part of this campout.

Meet at the Church at 6 pm. Travel to and from the campout in Class A uniform. Price $30 will include the cost of a rocket to launch.

Click to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4cada62eab9-20169
Saturday, April 23, 10 am – 5 pm (open drop in). Money Smart scout program at Bexley Library

Announcement: kids and families are invited to stop by anytime for fun activities that will help them become “money smart.” Complete them all and receive a Money Smart button! An alternative to the rockets campout, this activity is open to any families that decide not to go on the campout and is also suitable for younger siblings — no scout affiliation required!

Monday, April 25, 7:30 – 9 pm. Scout meeting @ church and Board of Review (At the Board of Review Scouts who are ready to earn their next rank meet with a committee of uniformed adults to review their accomplishments)

See below for links to download a permission slip and a packing checklist.

Outings for the rest of the year listed below:

April 22 – April 24: Rockets Campout
May 13 – 15: Shooting Campout (new date!)
June 17 – 19: Scout Games Campout
July 10 – 16: Summer Camp
August 26 – 28: 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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Cat and Mouse Outing – Wild Weather!

Sunshine + Rain + Hail + Snow + Wind

Cat & Mouse 2016 goes down in the record book as a “wild weather” weekend! From 60 degrees and sunshine to a blizzard all within 24 hours, our Troop had to be prepared for it all! 20 Scouts and 7 Adult leaders enjoyed an “unexpected” experience!

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Mr. Dupler

Randy Dupler
Scoutmaster
Troop 166

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