Thursday, January 5, 2017

January Newsletter


Our Theme this Month is: First Aid  
Please note the following upcoming events.  Refer to the 2016-2017  Program Plan for the complete year planning events.  Note that the plan is subject to minor changes.
1. PLC: [Patrol Leader’s Council]
Jan8th - 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 8th 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 13-15, 2017
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:  1/10/2017
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.  The Scout Account can be used to pay for Summer Camp fees, Monthly camp-out fees, Troop Dues, Uniform expenses, and Troop related expenses that are approved by the Scoutmaster.

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

NEW Advancement Requirements for Rank Advancement PLEASE READ!
 See complete list at www.meritbadge.com for all details on your particular rank. During this past year there has been a transition period that has been communicated to all about the new requirements now in effect.  
As of January 1, 2017, all Scouts MUST use the new requirements for ALL rank Advancements.

4.  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.

5. 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 11-17th.   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 as 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.


6. January Campout – Winter sports at Brandywine
The Troop will be traveling to Peninsula Ohio to have a weekend of snow sports.  The options are snow skiing, snowboarding or snow tubing.  It will be a cold weekend – so plan accordingly. See attached for cost details.

7. Winter Court of Honor January  31st
We will have our Winter Court of Honor on January 31st @ 6:30 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.

8. FOS [Friends of Scouting] Campaign!
We will also hold our 2017 Friends of Scouting Pledge Drive.  We will have our presentation on January 31st during the Court of Honor.  This is the time when we as parents of Scouts can participate in the annual contribution campaign drive held by our Council.  This is an important part of our Scouting organization, and I encourage all to come and participate in this campaign. 

9. University of Scouting!
The University of Scouting [For Scouts, Adults & Leaders] will be held on Jan. 21st at Westland High School. This is a training activity for adults and has a variety of topics that will be offered.  Cost is $25.00 until 1/1382017; then it will go to $35.00.  If you are interested.  Sign up at http://www.skcscouts.org/universityofscouting/  For the scouts - there will be some merit badges also offered at this the training event [American Business, Chess, and Robotics]. 

10. Cave camping in February
The February campout will be to the Marengo Cave in Indiana on Feb 17-19.  This will be a great outing,  Watch for more details on this outing later in January.

11. Summer Camp 2017 – Let’s start planning!
This year we will be to Camp Chief Logan in Jackson Ohio – July 2 - July 8th.  Keep a look out for upcoming information in the months to come. Early bird camp fee is due on March 28th to the troop; we have to have into council by April 1st.  Cost due at that time will be the total amount of $270.00.  After that date is will be $290.00 if paid before June 1st; then it will be $310.00.  Start to think about which Merit badges you will want to take NOW!

 February’s Theme is: Caving 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Vertical Adventures reminder

To those going this weekend to Vertical Adventures – DO NOT FORGET…..

You must go on line and complete the ONLINE WAIVER. [http://www.verticaladventuresohio.com/gyminfo/waiver/].   Fill it out - Print it and Bring it with you Saturday.  If you don’t have one completed I can’t take you to climb.  If you have already given this to the troop I will have it for you.

We will leave at 11:15 AM and return at 2:45 PM to and from the First Presbyterian Church.  Class B uniform is good for this outing.  I would bring a sack lunch just in case you get hungry.   

Sincerely,

Kirk Bohanan
Scoutmaster Troop 136

Grove City, Ohio

Monday, November 28, 2016

December Newsletter

Our Theme this Month is: Government
Please note the following upcoming events.  Refer to the 2016-2017 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 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 December 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. Activity this Month:
This month’s activity:
Vertical Adventures – Columbus, Ohio
Date: Dec. 10, 2016
Location: Columbus Ohio
            Meet Saturday @ 11:15 AM
Return Saturday @ 2:45 PM
                Cost: $20.00 
Permission slip must be filled out and returned by:  12/6/2016
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 Outing – Vertical Adventures!
Our outing for December is a trip to Vertical Adventures here in Columbus.  Those interested in learning to climb or a true “Monkey ” then  this outing is for you!  We will be going on December 10th.  Cost is $20.00.  Please make sure to fill out the Online Wavier that is needed to go.  Link to this is wavier is on the permission slip.

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 12/06.  Once your money has been turned in we will get you your popcorn prize that you requested.
 
8. Advancement Changes Coming in 2017
Just a reminder that on January 1, 2017 all rank advancement requirements will be update to the requirements that went into effect on January 1, 2016.  This past year you have had the opportunity to phase into the new requirements.  If you just joined this past spring, you have no worries.  Others that have been in the troop for a while will have to look at the requirements needed now and update your book for them.  Don’t be disappointed by the changes, just work on getting them done.

9. 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.

10. Snow campout Planning - Jan. 13-15

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 13th. We will be going to Brandy Wine for snow sport activities on Saturday, January 14th. 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.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Campout this weekend

For those going on the campout this weekend:

I noticed that the newsletter called us leaving at 6:30 but the permission slip stated 7:00 PM.  With that discrepancy I will hold off from leaving until 7PM [unless all are there earlier].  Sorry for the confusion. 

We will camp in the Lake Hope State Park on Friday night and then hit the Zaleski Trail on Saturday morning.

Just a few notes about this trip.
      1.    We will be camping in tents (or a shelter you build). If you need a troop tent you should have already let me know that you need one.  Tarps too.  If you still need one PLEASE let me know asap.  If you have your own tent / tarp you may bring it on this outing. Plan accordingly.
      2.    You need to bring your own food and gear to cook with.  If you need a stove then plan accordingly.  You can team up with others; just make sure to plan this out.  Your lunch should be a trail meal; with no cooking required.  Plan your cooked meals at breakfast and dinner. 
      3.    It will be cool and possibly wet.  Please plan accordingly.  A stocking hat at night will keep you warmer in your sleeping bag.  Plan your warmth layers so you can add or take off to keep from getting too hot on the trail.  Once we stop you will get cool fast;  that’s when you need to add a layer.
      4.    You will need to have water for the starting on the trail.  There is water available along the trail and in our campsite.
      5.    We will have the option to either do the 2 miles in and out for a shorter trek,  or 8 miles in and 2 miles out on the longer trek.  All gear will have to be hiked in that you will need for the weekend.
      6.    Your pack [with food and tent gear] should only be approximately 20-25% of your weight. 
      7.    BE SURE TO WEAR A BELT!  This will keep your pants from falling down as you back pack on the trail.  DON’T FORGET!
      8.    Plan to have a change of clothes for sleeping.  Socks too!  This will make you warmer at night when you get out of the clothes that have your perspiration on them from the day’s activity.
      9.    Boots please!
      10. Each of us should have a simple first aid kit that can take care of those cuts and blisters along the trail.  I will have a troop first aid kit, but you can do the simple care as you have been trained.

If you have any questions please send me a note that I can respond to.  It is much better to get your planning for this event done before you go.  That way we will have a successful trip.

See you on Friday night!


Sincerely,

Kirk Bohanan

Scoutmaster Troop 136 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Urgent Popcorn Request!!

Parents and Scouts:

IMPORTANT!

Please read the note below from our popcorn kernal on the need to know about your popcorn sales with Military Donations.  Please contact him ASAP if you have sold any Military Donations and how many of each.

Thank you.


Sincerely,

Kirk Bohanan

Scoutmaster Troop 136 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Last Chance Popcorn Turn In/Checkout

Parents and scouts:

Please see the note from our Popcorn Kernal.  If you still have any product that need to be turned in please make it to the church tomorrow night.  All needs to be in by this time.
Thanks.  Make sure to bring your popcorn order form and pick your prize in the appropriate level.

Thank you.

Kirk

From: Wade Lunsford
Subject: Last Chance Popcorn Turn In/Checkout

Kirk,
   Can you please forward this on to the troop?

I will be at the church tomorrow night, Thursday 11/3, from 6:30-8:00 for one last turn in and check out of popcorn.  If I am not in the lobby, I will be in the hallway by the cub scout closet.

Thanks,

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November Newsletter


Our Theme this Month is: Wilderness Survival
Please note the following upcoming events.  Refer to the 2016-2017 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 6th 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 6th 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 Zaleski Backpack Trail; Lake Hope State Park Area
Date: Nov. 18-20 [2 Nights]
Location:   Lake Hope State Park, Nelsonville, Ohio
  Leave Friday @ 6:30 PM
Return Sunday @ 11:30AM
  Cost: $0.00  But buy your own food 
Permission slip must be filled out and returned by:  11/15/2016
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. Eagle Scout Update!
Troop 136 is proud to announce that Harry Cencer will be holding his Eagle Scout Court of Honor on November 6th at 3 PM – at the First Presbyterian Church.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.   Please plan to come and help give Harry a well-deserved event.  Congratulations Harry!

7.Troop Elections – Nov. 1
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 11/6/2016 at 5 PM. 

8.No Troop Meeting – Nov. 8
Note that we will not have a scout meeting on November 8th due to the National Election

9. Popcorn Sale Update
The popcorn sale will come to an end on November 1st.  ALL popcorn orders must be turned in Tuesday 11/1.  Any money collected should be turned is as well.  Popcorn will be delivered toward the end of the month. 

10. Backpacking Trip - Nov. 18-20
We are planning to go backpacking this month - down on the Zaleski Backpack Trail.  We will be leaving Friday night [11/18] and staying at Lake Hope State Park then onto the trail Saturday [11/19].  The hike will be either 4 miles or 10 miles which every you wish to complete; and assuming we have enough adult leaders that will go on both treks. 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.

11. Snow campout Planning - Jan. 13-15, 2017
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 13.  We will be going to Brandy Wine for snow sport activities on Saturday, January 14th.  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 Government