Monday, January 1, 2018

Jan Newsletter, Permission Slip and more

Parents and Scouts:

Happy New Year!

I hope all have had a great time off with family and friends. We will not be meeting until January 9th as our first meeting of the year.

Items of Note:

1. This coming Sunday; January 7th, we will have an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Robbie Dool. All are invited to attend and see Robbie receive his Eagle. I will be needing some Scout assistance with this ceremony - If you can assist please let me know via e-mail.

2. January Campout permission slips are due on 1/9. We have only 24 total spots IN the Cabin at Camp Manatoc. Others over this amount can attend but they will be in tents. This is a cold weather campout and you will need to plan accordingly. Click here for the Permission Slip. 
Click here for the cost info for the outing.

3. I will be taking final hoodie orders on 1/9. Click here for the form

4. OA Members – we will have our monthly district OA meeting on Thursday January 4th at 7 PM. Location is at the First Presbyterian Church. Please plan to attend if you are a member of the OA [Order of the Arrow]

5. District Round Table Meeting – also January 4th at 7 pm. Location is at the First Presbyterian Church. We will be discussing Advancement within our units and how to improve. Adult Leaders – if you can - please plan to attend.

Sincerely,

Kirk Bohanan
Scoutmaster Troop 136



Our Theme this Month is: Local History  
Please note the following upcoming events.  Refer to the 2017—2018 Program Plan for the complete year planning events.  Note that the plan is subject to minor changes.
1. PLC: [Patrol Leader’s Council]
Jan7th - at 5:00-6:00 at the Church.
Senior Patrol Leader, Asst. Sr. Patrol Leader,
All Patrol Leader’s. & Asst. Patrol Leader’s and other members of the PLC including Scribe, Historian, Quartermaster are also encouraged to attend.

2. Troop Committee / Parent Meeting:
Next Meeting is Jan 7th at 6:00 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:
Date: Jan 12-14, 2018
Location: Camp Manatoc - Brandywine
Leave Friday @ 6:00 PM
Return Sunday @ 1:00 PM
Cost: depending on which activity you do.  See permission slip for details.
Permission slip must be filled out and returned by:  1/9/2018
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. 
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 last year are now on file for the next 6 months.   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 have and are able to take on our outdoor outings in case of an emergency.  Please help us by getting this information into the Troop. As any medications changes please update Part A of your son’s form. See the website for a link to the latest revision of this form.

6. Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Robbie Dool
The Troop will hold an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Robbie Dool on January 7th at the First Presbyterian Church.  The ceremony will start at 2 PM.  Please join the Dool family and the troop in celebrating Robbie’s awesome achievement.

7. Local History Discussion – 1/9/2018
Our meeting on January 9th will have local historian and current Ohio House of Representative of the 23rd District Laura Lanese join our meeting to talk about Grove City’s History.  Please plan to attend and get an insight of our town’s past.

8. Final Hoodie Orders – 1/9/2018
I will take final Troop Red Hoodie orders at the 1/9 meeting.  Please plan accordingly if you wish to purchase one. Order form is attached. New scouts that have joined since last spring until now will get one free – curiosity of the Troop Committee.

9. NYLT – Looking for Scouts for Nagatamen!
The troop will be sponsoring 2 scouts again this year for the NYLT [National Youth Leadership Training].  It is the Nagatamen Program that  will be held June 10-16.   This is a great opportunity for scout’s star rank and above to learn about being a leader within the troop.  It is fully paid by the troop.  If you are interested please let Kirk Bohanan know. A decision will be made of who will be attending later this spring.  If more than 2 are interested in going there will be an interview process to decide who will go.

10. January Campout – Winter sports at Brandywine
The Troop will be traveling to Peninsula Ohio to have a weekend of snow sports.  This will be on January 12-14.  Signups must be done by our meeting on January 9th.  We only have 24 spots in the cabin – others above this number will be tent camping if they wish to go.  The options are snow skiing, snowboarding or snow tubing.  It will be a cold weekend – so plan accordingly.  See attached for cost details.

11. University of Scouting – 1/20/2017
The University of Scouting [For Scouts, Adults & Leaders] will be held on Jan. 20th at Westerville Central  High School. This is a training activity for adults and has a variety of topics that will be offered.  Cost is $25.00 until 1/3/2018; then it will go to $35.00.  If you are interested sign up at:  https://skcscouts.org/adulttraining/universityofscouting/ 
For the scouts - there will be some merit badges also offered at this the training event [Chess, Robotics, Emergency Prep, Safety, Disabilities Awareness, Scouting Heritage, Law, Dog Care, Search and Rescue, Plumbing, Nuclear Science]. 

12. Winter Court of Honor 1/30/2017
We will have our Winter Court of Honor on January 30th @ 7:00 PM at the Church.  This Ceremony will be for awards that have been earned since the Fall Court of Honor.  We will have a pot-luck dinner before the ceremony.  Please contact your patrol leader to find out what dishes you are to bring. [You will bring a main dish and one side or dessert]. The troop will provide the table service and drinks. I hope you all will come and support the boys and watch them receive their awards.

13. Summer Camp 2018 – Let’s start planning!
This year we will be going to at Muskingum Valley in Coshocton Ohio – July 1 - July 7.  Keep a look out for upcoming information in the months to come. Early bird camp fee of $25.00 is due on Feb. 27th to the troop; we have to have into Muskingum Valley Council by March 3rd.  Those that register at the early bird time will get a Camp Themed Cowboy Hat for camp.  If all fees paid by 5/11/18, the total cost will be $250.00.   After the  5/11/18 date the cost will be $275; and then if not paid until getting to camp it will cost $290.  [New Webelos crossing over will still get the $250 price after the May 11th date] Start to think about which Merit badges you will want to take NOW!

February’s Theme is: Character and Leadership 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

December Newsletter

Our Theme this Month is: High Adventure Camping
Please note the following upcoming events.  Refer to the 2017-2018 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 Columbus Museum of Art
Date:        Dec. 8-9,2017
Location:  Grove City & Columbus Ohio
            Meet Friday @ 6:30 PM
Return Saturday @ 3:00 PM
               Cost: $9.00 
Permission slip must be filled out and returned by:  12/5/2017
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. 8-9th
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 Columbus Museum of Art.  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!  This will be a Class A uniform outing.  All scouts will need to WEAR their uniforms TO the Friday night party so we will know that they are ready for the trip to the Art Museum. [Once at the Friday night camp-in they can change into their Class B uniform – I just want to make sure they have it ALL]

The Saturday Lunch will be a sack lunch that YOU BRING, OR BUY AT THE MUSEUM.  DON’T FORGET!

At the Columbus Museum of Art we will be able to see the Lego Exhibit as well as other hands on creativity encounters.  From their website here is a description of the program, should be fun!:
Check out the Lego Exhibition and then create imaginative Lego worlds. Visitors of all ages are welcome to drop-in to CMA’s JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity Studio to explore ideas, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family. Cost is included with general admission, no registration requested.

7. Popcorn Sale Update
The popcorn sale is completed and you should have received your popcorn orders by now.  If you have not, please get them at our next troop meeting.  Plan to have the orders all out to your customers and money turned in by 12/05.  Once your money has been turned in we will get you your popcorn prize that you requested.
 
8. 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.

9. Snow Sports Campout Planning - Jan. 12-14
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 12th.  We will be going to Brandy Wine for snow sport activities on Saturday, January 13th.  This will include either snow skiing, snow boarding, or snow tubing.  Costs will be approximate $40.00 for snow tubing and $70 for Snow skiing or snow boarding.  More details as we get closer.  I will have 25 spots in the cabin; any above this amount will be tent camping if they wish to go. 


January’s Theme is Local History 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

November Newsletter

Our Theme this Month is: Government & Citizenship
Please note the following upcoming events.  Refer to the 2017-2018 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 12th 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 5th 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. 17-19 [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:  11/14/2017
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 the First Presbyterian Church.  They need your input to make the Chapter be successful.  Please plan to attend!

7.Troop Elections – November 7
For those Scout wanting to work on their positions of responsibility within the troop, we will be holding our troop elections on November 1st for Senior Patrol Leader & Patrol Leaders.  Other positions will be available as well for those needing leadership roles within the troop for advancement. Those newly elected will be put to work quickly as the November PLC will be 11/12/2017 at 5 PM. 

8. Meeting with the Mayor – November 14th
Our meeting on the 14th will include the mayor of Grove City – the Honorable Ike Stage.  He will be speaking to the Troop on this night as part of our monthly theme of Government and Citizenship.  The subject of his speaking will be understanding the “Your Constitutional Rights and Obligations as a US Citizen”.  This is a requirement for First Class Scout.  Please plan to attend and encourage your family to attend if they would like to as well.

9. Backpacking Trip - Nov. 17-19, 2017
We are planning to go backpacking this month - down on the Shawnee Backpack Trail.  We will be leaving Friday night [11/17] and staying at Camp Oyo - then onto the trail Saturday [11/18].  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!

10. Snow Sports Campout Planning - Jan. 12-14, 2018
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 12.  We will be going to Brandy Wine for snow sport activities on Saturday, January 13th.  This will include either snow skiing, snow boarding, or snow tubing.  Costs will be approximate $40.00 for snow-tubing and $70 for Snow skiing or snow boarding.  More details as we get closer.  I will be planning on tent camping with a cabin to possibly be cooking in for the weekend.  Please start planning accordingly. 


December's Theme is High Adventure Opportunities

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Tonight is last popcorn turn-in

Parents and Scouts:

Don’t forget that tonight is the LAST chance to get your Popcorn Products turned in.  It will be at 7-8 PM at the First Presbyterian Church – over in the FC center area.

You should have any money and your forms as well. If you have a prize coming then your prize selection must be made.  If you have ANY ISSUES making this happen PLEASE contact either Mr. Dool or Myself.

Thanks -  

Sincerely,
Kirk Bohanan
Scoutmaster Troop 136

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

No meeting tonight and important info about popcorn

Parents and Scouts:

Please be aware that the scout meeting tonight has been canceled due to Halloween.  Please plan to attend next week; which will be our troop election night [we will meet even if school is not on this date]  Also – see the IMPORTANT note about popcorn fundraiser from Mr. Dool – below.

Thanks.

Sincerely,

Kirk Bohanan
Scoutmaster Troop 136



From: Robert E Dool
Subject: Popcorn Info

Kirk please forward the following.

On Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 7-8pm Mr. Dool, Mr. Bohanan and possibly Mrs. Elliott will be at the church for final popcorn and sales sheet turn in.  Here are the things you need:

1)     Any product you have checked out but not sold.  To put it bluntly if it is not returned your product or if you have not made arrangements with Mr. Dool, you own it.  For alternate arrangements contact Mr. Dool at 614-975-0925 by 9pm on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.
2)     Bring you sales forms.  These are needed to make sure we get additional product ordered to cover where we ran short.  It is also needed to make sure you product and money balances all match.
3)     Have you prize selections made and ready.  If you have turned in your sales sheets you can email this to Mr. Dool. redool@columbus.rr.com
4)     Have all money ready for sales you have made.  We don’t expect you to pay for order we have not yet filled but everything else should be in.

If you have any questions call Mr. Dool

Thanks

Your Popcorn Kernels

Friday, October 27, 2017

Jared Brode's Eagle Court, popcorn, and no meeting on the 31st!

Parents and Scouts:

Here are a few notes regarding troop activities upcoming.

1.     We are having an Eagle Court of Honor this weekend for Jared Brode. Click here to see his flyer.  I would like all that can attend come and be a part of this ceremony.  I still need some scouts to assist in the ceremony. A few candle lighting parts and some reading parts.  Let me know if you can assist.

2.     Our meeting next week, October 31st, has been canceled due to Grove City’s Halloween is this night.  I am sure all scouts will be going out trick or treating.  Be safe!

3.     Popcorn turn in has been moved to next Wednesday, 11/1.  ALL POPCORN AND MONEY MUST BE TURNED IN ON THIS NIGHT.  Please plan accordingly.

4.     With our meeting cancelled for next week, the first meeting in November [11/7] will be our Troop Elections for SPL and PL positions.  Please plan to have a simple speech prepared if you are planning to run for these positions. 

5.     Our next PLC meeting will not be until 11/12 so the newly elected SPL and Pl’s can be in charge.
6.     Troop Committee meeting will still be on 11/5 at 6 PM.

Sincerely,

Kirk Bohanan

Scoutmaster Troop 136 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Popcorn and Tenderfoot requirements

Popcorn

We are quickly approaching the end of our popcorn sale.  Our last day is October 31st.  By that date we need to have all unsold product returned and copies of your sales forms turned in.  If you are done selling it would be helpful to get you records this week if possible.

Tenderfoot Flag Requirements
If you are working on your Tenderfoot rank.  One requirement is 7a. Demonstrate how to display, raise, lower, and fold the U.S. flag.  Mr. Brode and I will be at the church at 6:30pm this Tuesday, October 24th to help anyone who wants to complete this requirement.  If weather is bad we will practice inside.


Rob Dool