Tuesday, December 18, 2018

January Campout


Troop:

Just a reminder that the January Campout Permission slip is due TODAY.  We are planning to go Camp Manatoc in Peninsula Ohio on January 18-20.  We will be going to Brandywine Ski Resort for either Snow Skiing, Snow Boarding, or Snow Tubing.  Cost for these different optionsvary by age and type of activity you wish to do.  All Skiers and Boarders MUST also rent a helmet [$10].  There is also an option for ski /  boarding lessons [$10].  [Sorry Mr. Betz, there are no Tubing lessons that can be taken… LOL!]. You must also fill out the tubing release form or the ski rental form, depending on which you choose.

We will be sleeping in a cabin [Legion Lodge]; only heated by a wood stove and fire place. It does have electricity but - Plan for cold.  There are only 24 spots in this cabin so any more that this can still go – but will have to tent camp, which is a great experience for those who are prepared. The first 24 who wish to go will get their option on cabin or tent – so be early to get this turned in on Tuesday [but be nice to Mr. Baughman when you turn in your form!] . He will mark your form as to the number turned in so we will know who get a spot in the cabin, or not…

Click here for the Permission Slip.  You will need to turn in these on Tuesday.  Parents – we will need you on this outing as well for transportation and two deep leadership.  We must have at least 2 adults at both the ski lodge for skiing and boarding and at least 2 for tubing.  If we don’t have these numbers we will have to only chose one of the areas and everybody will do that event; either [skiing and snowboarding]  OR [snow tubing].  SO – Parents come and help out and have fun at the same time.

***** ALSO This Tuesday the PLC will be holding an indoor campfire as part of the monthly theme – “Skit Month”!  It should be a good evening and I am looking forward to seeing the new skits that each patrol has come up with for the night.  It will be our last meeting of the year as 12/25 and 1/1 we will not meet. 

That’s all for now  - we will see you all tonight.

Sincerely,

Kirk Bohanan

Thursday, December 6, 2018

December Newsletter



Our Theme this Month is: Skit Month
Please note the following upcoming events.  Refer to the 2018-2019 Program Plan for the complete year planning events.  Note that the plan is subject to minor changes.
1. PLC: [Patrol Leader’s Council] 
Next Meeting will be December 2nd at 5:00 PM
Senior Patrol Leader, Asst. Sr. Patrol Leader, All Patrol Leader’s. & Asst. Patrol Leader’s and other Troop leadership positions Please plan to attend.

2. Troop Committee / Parent Meeting:
Next Meeting is Sunday December 2nd at 6 PM at the Church.
All parents are invited to attend this meeting and learn what is up coming in the Troop activities.

3. Activity this Month:
This month’s activity:
Camp-In at the Church GC, Ohio
Then to the Vertical Adventures
Date:        Dec. 7-8, 2018
Location:  Grove City & Columbus Ohio
               Meet Friday @ 6:30 PM
Return Saturday @ 3:00 PM
               Cost: $19.00 
Permission slip must be filled out and returned by:  12/4/2018
4. Monthly Dues:                    “A Scout is Thrifty…”
Please keep up to date on your monthly dues.  We collect $10.00 each month for troop operation.  This can be paid or taken from your son’s Scout Account.  Scout Accounts are funded by participation in fundraising activities, and also by Kroger Plus purchases. Use Kroger Plus Card for your family food purchases. A percent of your spending at Kroger on the Kroger Plus card will go into the Boy’s Scout Account.  The Scout Account can be used to pay for Summer Camp fees, Monthly camp-out fees, Troop Dues, and Troop related expenses that are approved by the Scoutmaster. Please note that the purchase of Personal Gear is not an approved expense that your scout account will cover.

Please check with Jim Baughman on status of your son's Scout Account.

5. BSA Health Forms
HEALTH FORMS from Summer Camp are now on file.   If you did not go to summer camp you should have at least Part A and Part B of the New Health Form submitted to the troop.  [Part C is the visit to the Doctor’s office]. This is important information that we take on our outdoor outings in case of an emergency.  Please help us by getting this information into the Troop. As any medications change please update Part A of your son’s form. Please keep a copy of this form for your records - and in case I misplace them.

6. December Camp-In is  Dec. 7-8th
We will be holding our December outing as a Camp-In at the Church.  We will meet at 6:30 pm on Friday and then on Saturday we will go to Vertical Adventures.  The camping in will be our annual Holiday Party.  We will have dinner on Friday night and Breakfast on Saturday.   If you like, bring a snack and game to share for our Camp-In! 
The Saturday Lunch will be a sack lunch that YOU BRING TO VERTICAL ADVENTURES.  DON’T FORGET!

7. Kroger Rewards Program – Current Statement ready for disbursement.
We have received our quarterly statement from the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  Please go on-line and retrieve your statement, then turn this information into Mr. Baughman.  If you are not currently participating in this program and would like get started please let ask for details.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Troop Elections and campout this month


Troop:

Items for this upcoming week to note.  Please read below.

1.      Our Troop Patrol Leader Council [PLC] will have its Fall Elections on this Tuesday night, 11/6 at our regular troop meeting.  All scouts are encouraged to be there and participate in this activity.  Scouts that are first class and above are asked to consider running for positions of responsibility of Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, or Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.  Second class scouts may run for Assistant Patrol Leaders. Other positions will be available that are not elected positions but appointed ones.  This includes Scribe, Quartermaster, Librarian, Webmaster, Historian, OA Representative and Chaplains Aid. Remember your  troop needs you to be there to leader it along. It is a boy lead organization and what you put into this is important in it success.
2.      We have our backpack trip coming up this next weekend – 11/9-11/11.  All those wanting to go need to have their permission slip into the troop by 11/6.  You need to plan for your own food and cooking on this outing.  As for tents,  you can use your own or barrow one of the troop tents.  ANY gear that you need from the troop must be made know on Tuesday so we can get it ready.  [this includes tents, tarps, backpacks, cooking equipment, etc.]
3.      For those going on the backpack trip, we will have a short shake down hike.  You are encouraged to bring your pack with all necessary gear [no food] to confirm you are ready.   It will just be a ½ - ¾  mile trek around the local church area to see how your back feels and if you have any issues with your gear.  This is a great opportunity to check out and make sure your prepared.  DON’T forget to WEAR A BELT ON this OUTING, it will keep your pants from falling down while you hike!  Believe me – it’s an issue and you need a belt.
4.      There will be an announcement regarding the upcoming change in the scoutmaster position.  Please plan to be present.



That is all for now – see you tomorrow night.


Sincerely,

Kirk Bohanan
Scoutmaster Troop 136

Friday, November 2, 2018

November Newsletter


Our Theme this Month is: Camping / Winter Camping / Hiking
Please note the following upcoming events.  Refer to the 2018-2019 Program Plan for the complete year planning events.  Note that the plan is subject to minor changes.
1. PLC: [Patrol Leader’s Council]   Next Meeting will be November 4th at 5:00 PM
Senior Patrol Leader, Asst. Sr. Patrol Leader,
All Patrol Leader’s. & Asst. Patrol Leader’s and other Troop leadership positions Please plan to attend.

2. Troop Committee / Parent Meeting:
Next Meeting is Sunday November 4th at 6 PM at the Church.
All parents are invited to attend this meeting and learn what is up coming in the Troop activities.
3.Camp-out this Month:
This month’s campout:
Backpacking on the Shawnee Backpack Trail -  Portsmouth, Ohio
Date: Nov. 9-11 [2 Nights]
Location:   Camp Oyo-Portsmouth, Ohio
            Leave Friday @ 6:30 PM
Return Sunday @ 11:30AM
            Cost: $0.00 - Must buy your own food !
Permission slip must be filled out and returned by:  11/6/2018
4. Monthly Dues:                    “A Scout is Thrifty…”
Please keep up to date on your monthly dues.  We collect $10.00 each month for troop operation.  This can be paid or taken from your son’s Scout Account.  Scout Accounts are funded by participation in fundraising activities, and also by Kroger Plus purchases. Use Kroger Plus Card for your family food purchases. A percent of your spending at Kroger on the Kroger Plus card will go into the Boy’s Scout Account.  The Scout Account can be used to pay for Summer Camp fees, Monthly camp-out fees, Troop Dues, and Troop related expenses that are approved by the Scoutmaster. Please note that the purchase of Personal Gear is not an approved expense that your scout account will cover.
  
Please check with Jim Baughman on status of your son's Scout Account.


5. BSA Health Forms
HEALTH FORMS from summer camp are now on file.   If you did not go to summer camp you should have at least Part A and Part B of the New Health Form submitted to the troop.  [Part C is the visit to the Doctor’s office]. This is important information that we take on our outdoor outings in case of an emergency.  Please help us by getting this information into the Troop. As any medications change please update Part A of your son’s form. Please keep a copy of this form for your records - and in case I misplace them.

6. Order of the Arrow Members
OA Members - don’t forget that the District OA meeting is always on the first Thursday of the month at the First Presbyterian Church.  They need your input to make the Chapter be successful.  Please plan to attend! Wear your Sash!

7.Troop Elections – November 6
For those Scout wanting to work on their positions of responsibility within the troop, we will be holding our troop elections on November 6th for Senior Patrol Leader & Patrol Leaders.  Other positions will be available as well for those needing leadership roles within the troop for advancement. Older scouts I am asking you to be thinking strongly about getting involved with this election process – as a PL or SPL!  Your Troop needs you to step up!

8. Backpacking Trip - Nov. 9-11, 2018
We are planning to go backpacking this month - down on the Shawnee Backpack Trail.  We will be leaving Friday night [11/9] and staying at Camp Oyo - then onto the trail Saturday [11/10].  Please start your preparation now - each scout/adult will be responsible for your own food and cooking gear.  Troop tents or your own may be used.  If you have questions please ask!  We will have a quick / short shake-down hike on 11/6 after the elections.  Bring you gear and check out your gear on this hike.  If you have any questions let us know – we can assist you in your gear if needed.

9. Spaghetti Dinner at the Church
The First Presbyterian Church in having a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, November 17th from 5-7 PM.  There will be a silent Auction to bid on as well.  Cost is $5.00 for Children [6-12] and $10.00 for Adults.  Proceeds will benefit the Grove City Police Department’s “Shop with a Cop” Program, partnering children from families in need with a police officer for a December afternoon of Christmas shopping and pizza.  Great event – come and be a part of this if you can.

9. December  “Camp in” at the Church
We are planning to once again have the Camp In at the church, December 7-8 [Friday-Saturday].  On Saturday we will go to Vertical Adventures here in Columbus to climb.  It’s a great event; look for upcoming details on this outing.

10. Snow Sports Campout Planning - Jan. 18-20, 2019
Our planning for the January outing has started.  We will be going to Camp Manatoc in Peninsula Ohio for the weekend, leaving on Friday January 18.  We will be going to Brandy Wine for snow sport activities on Saturday, January 19th.  This will include either snow skiing, snow boarding, or snow tubing.  Costs will be approximate $40.00 for snow-tubing and $80 for Snow skiing or snow boarding.  More details as we get closer.  You can either tent camp or stay in a cabin, but cabin spots will be limited so plan to get your permission slip in asap once they are published.  Please start planning accordingly. 

December's Theme is “Skit Month” – Cant Wait!!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Hiking training

Troop:

Just a reminder that we are having a training session for backpacking tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Windsor Park. We are going to meet in the shelter house just to the east of the Evans Center.  We will be in Class B.  We will be going over gear needed to be successful at backpacking.  If you wish to learn –please be there.

Sincerely,

Kirk Bohanan

Scoutmaster Troop 136

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Nov Camping Trip and prep for hiking


Troop:

Our camping trip next month [11/9-11/2018] will be a 5 mile backpack trip on the Shawnee Forest Trail. See the permission slip.

This Saturday at Windsor Park we will have a training session for those that are interested in learning about what you need to know when going backpacking.  It will be held from 9:00-12:00 AM.  [Class B uniform].  I have included an information sheet about some basis of backpacking.  Please RSVP by 10/25 if you plan to attend for this Saturday’s event.


Sincerely,

Kirk Bohanan
Scoutmaster Troop 136

Friday, October 19, 2018

First Presbyterian Church Fall Festival


Troop:

Please consider participating in the First Presbyterian Church Fall Festival that will be held this Sunday from 5-7 PM.  Scout can attend in Class B if they choose.  We will be assisting cooking on our troop grill.  If you have any questions let me know.  I hope you can attend.  See you there!



Sincerely,

Kirk Bohanan
Scoutmaster Troop 136