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

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

This month's campout, Troop Hoodies, and Recharter


Troop:

I have 3 items to give you in advance of our meeting tomorrow night.

1.     If you are planning to go on the campout this month to do the Shooting Sports event you need to let me know tomorrow at the latest.  We have 20 spots but If we don’t have them filled I will need to give them back so other troops might use them.  You can still wait until the 10/16 date to turn in your permission slip but – I need totals TONIGHT.  If you don’t tell me then you are out.
2.     If you wish to order a Troop Hoodie I will need to know your size tomorrow.  I will be finalizing our order on Friday this week.  Scouts that have joined us in 2018 will get a Free pull over hoodie compliments of the Troop Committee.  If others wish to purchase one, the cost is $20-22 for the pull over option. [Add about $2 for zipper option] Have your info to  me ASAP.
3.     We will be starting our re-charter activity for 2019.  There is no additional cost that the scouts or leaders will incur for this re-charter. I have attached an information update sheet for all scouts and adults to have completed for our troop records.  You will need to have it  turned back in by the end of October. If you are not going to continue with the troop please let me know.

That’s all – see you all tonight! 

Sincerely,

Kirk Bohanan
Scoutmaster Troop 136

Sunday, October 7, 2018

October Newsletter


Our Theme this Month is: First Aid
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 October 7th 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 October 7th 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:
Shooting Outing at Pickaway County
Date: Oct. 19-21 [2 Nights]
Location: Mount Oval, Circleville, Ohio
               Leave Friday @ 6:30 PM
Return Sunday @ 11:30AM
               Cost: $25.00  [ONLY 20 SPOTS]
Permission slip must be filled out and returned by:  10/16!
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. Eagle Court of Honor - October 14th!
Please plan to attend the upcoming Eagle Court of Honor for Mason Roush.  Mason will have his presentation on October 14th at 2 PM- at the First Presbyterian Church. We will need scouts to participate at this ceremonies – so please plan to assist. 

6. BSA Health Forms
HEALTH FORMS from summer camp are now on file for the next 12 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 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 a copy of this form for your records - and in case I misplace them.

7. Campout This Month –3 Eagles Shooting Sports
This month we will be taking part in a Shooting Sports Day at the Pickaway County Sports Club.  We will Camp at Mount Oval and then spend Saturday at the Sport Club.  We will leave Friday night 11/19 and return on Sunday 11/21.  This is unlimited Shooting and Lots of FUN! Please plan to attend. [We have 20 spots – so don’t delay!]

8. POPCORN SALE - GAME On! - SELL-SELL-SELL!
Hopefully you are well on your way to reaching your sales goal in the Popcorn Fundraiser.  Make sure to do your best and remember that all profits from your sales go into your scout account.  If you need assistance or product to sell please get with Mr. Asendorf, Mrs. Elliott, or Mrs. Spencer Popcorn Kernal Team!.

9. Creek Sweep - October 13th - CANCELLED
During the planning of this event, we did not have enough support from other BSA Troops in our District to make this event be able to take place.  We will take a year off and try again next year.

10.Troop Elections – Next Month
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. If you are interested see Kirk Bohanan for information and details.

11. Backpacking Trip - Next Month
We are planning to go backpacking next month – Location – We will be gong Camp Oyo and Backpacking along the Shawnee Trail.  We will be leaving Friday night [11/9] and will be staying in the cabins at Camp Oyo, then onto the trail Saturday [11/10].  The hike will be 4-5 miles. Please start your preparation now.  More information on this trip will be coming out later this month.

November's Theme is Camping / Winter Camping / Hiking