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October Backpacking Camp Out Post # 2

Howdy Again All, this one is shorter…

Hopefully the Scouts that attended the 09/19 meeting came home talking about the different foods they sampled at the meeting. Why were they sampling food? As part of our Backpacking Camp Out Prep for the October Camp out, we had food demos for the Scouts.

Thank you to Mr. Luckring and his crew, Mr. Stutzman, Mr. Maier, and Mr. Peterson (and Quentin, Keegan and Parker for helping too) for a great demo of different foods Scouts can make on a backpacking camp out. From a simple trail stove, to cooking over coals with a mess kit, to a small wood burning stove, various easy and simple preparation methods were demoed.

Our Chefs made food to sample that was really good and very importantly, very CHEAP food as meal alternatives. Buffalo chicken and cheese quesadillas made w pouch (Tyson/Starkist) buffalo chicken. Cajun spam quesadillas! Ramen noodles w canned chicken added. A simple trail stew w carrots, potatoes and beef jerky cooked over a trail stove. Heated up Vienna sausages and spam. All the food was really good, and I speak from experience as I tried most of them I think. Many, many ways to cheaply have a meal, but still have the nutrition and calories needed to replace what we would use up, and what you need, while hiking.

The point was to show them that sure a freeze dried meal is fine, but they are expensive. With just a little effort and creativity, they can have a good meal, that they like, relatively cheaply. The Ramen noodles w a chicken pouch was under $2.00 a meal. Many of the others were similarly priced. Compared to one Mountain House Freeze Dried meal that can run you $8.00 +.

Our plan right now for the October camp out is for the Scouts to make 2 meals individually or with a buddy. Breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Then we will have a normal Patrol meal for dinner on Saturday. Patrol meal cost to be determined.

Lots more info about the October Camp Out to follow. So far there are 12 Scouts signed up.

ANY questions of concerns, please get w the leaders mentioned above or myself.

John Durkin

Scoutmaster Troop 1933

330-806-1574 Cell/Text

October Backpacking Camp Out POST # 1

The Troop is planning on doing a Backpacking Weekend. We are going to Camp Tuscazoar, October 18 – 20th.

Troop 933 has not been a hiking/backpacking Troop. We hike while on a campout, sure, but it has not been the focus of one for a long time. We are making strides to correct this.

Our first steps are being taken at the Troop Meetings in September. Sept 9th we talked about Backpacks and gear. Mr. Luckring demonstrated a light pack for a short hike. Mr. Maier demonstrated a heavier pack for a longer hike. They went over the types of gear each would recommend for the two different sort of hikes. Back packs, food, water, light weight clothes, etc.; it was a pretty broad discussion.

There were lots of good questions from the Scouts. Both Mr. Luckring and Mr. Maier speak from years of experience and actually being out hiking. They have accumulated their gear, and in some cases have spent a bit on it. We are not expecting our Scouts to go out and spend a lot of money and be experts in a month.

At the end of the presentation, I made a point to talk to the Scouts about that. For our purposes, whatever they have can be made to work, especially for our October camp out. I told them NOT to let the fact that they might not have a lightweight back pack or sleeping bag stop them from wanting to come on this camp out. Don’t have a some of the gear like a back pack or a backpacking stove? That’s fine. We are planning an easier hiking weekend to get us started.

(And I told them, here is the thing. You come on this camp out, do some hiking. See what you have and do not have. Then this Christmas, maybe instead of a video game or the newest tech, ask for a back pack, ask for a lightweight sleeping bag. Or even their birthday. Or, heaven forbid, save up some allowance and buy it yourself! A Scout is Thrifty after all. A real good idea is to maybe not buy brand new. Check out 2nd hand sporting goods stores or online markets.)

A next step in our learning process is to have the Scouts Pack their back pack for the October camp out ahead of time and bring it to a meeting to be looked over by adults and weighed. They will give the Scouts advice on what they need and do not need. We also weighed each Scout last week to determine how much weight it is recommended that they carry. This is figured as a % of total body weight. This number will be used to help in the pack reviews.

So, I am sure you are all asking, this is all well and good, but what sort of hiking are our Scouts doing in October? Good question. The plan is to arrive at camp like we always do, setup tents, have cracker barrel, go to bed. Then on Saturday we will have breakfast and then head off on a hike around the camp. We will stop for a trail lunch and continue on to our camp for Saturday evening. There we will have dinner back at our base campsite. We will get up Sunday AM, tear down camp, and head for home.

How far are we expecting to hike? That is to be determined. It will depend on trails and camp sites we use. I would guess no more than 5 miles max.

How much gear are the Scouts going to carry? Right now, the plan is as much as they are comfortable with carrying.

We will not carry tents or cooking gear. Scouts will need to carry a back pack of some sort, day packs for the hike are fine.

As far as food for the weekend, we are looking at having each Scout bring their own. We also went over inexpensive options for this. We talked more about it at the meeting on the 16th, see the separate email on the food we sampled

So this is all a first step, what is next? What comes next are longer hiking trips. Trips around the state where we use mini camp stoves and GPS and go longer and longer distances. Then eventually, we would look to go to Philmont as a Troop. But beginners steps first.

Finally, the Scouts wanted to work on Wilderness Survival MB on this camp out. The requirements were attached to an email send out on 09/17. It is recommended that they read the MB Book. They can check out the MB book from our Library if we have some copies or purchase one at the Scout shop. Reading the MB book will help them complete the requirements. I will let everyone know what requirements we will cover and if they need to have any done before the camp out (probably # 5, Personal Survival Kit).

Sorry for how long this was. Next post for a Food Discussion.

ANY questions or concerns please see myself, Mr. Luckring, or Mr. Maier.


John Durkin

Scoutmaster Troop 1933

330-806-1574 cell/Text

Yankee Peddler 2019 Details

Good Evening Everyone,

It is the beginning of August and Yankee Peddler will be here before we know it.  Yankee Peddler is the biggest fundraiser of the year.  The money earned goes toward Summer Camp and Troop dues for our Scouts. For 2018/2019 this covered the cost of camp $330.00 and dues of $120.00 for total of $450.00.  We also were able to put some monies into the scout accounts for them to be able to use toward scout gear and camp outs.

This year’s dates are: 

  • Saturday, September 7th     and   Sunday, September 8th
  • Saturday, September 14th   and   Sunday, September 15th
  • Saturday, September 21st   and   Sunday, September 22nd

Families need four (4) adult days and three (3) Scout days.  Scouts that are 5th year Pipestone holders have a different requirement if they are not planning on attending summer camp.     

The Scouts handle the trash around the festival.    The adults cook and staff the two booths we run, which requires handling food and money.    Adults also can supervise the Scouts as walkers, which requires walking through the Yankee Peddler festival.   Time is also credited for set up and tear down of the booths.  (We will have dates and times for these once we hear from the Yankee Peddler organizers). As in the past, if you have an adult relative or family friend that wants to work a day or two to help your family meet your required adult days, they may.  Only a registered Scout may work for another Scout (no siblings or youth friends). 

For each workday we need:

3 cooks (Historically adult men due to working with fire and the cooker.  They will wear period apparel).  Start @ 0630 and get that fire going!

8  women (5 for Moms booth, 3 for Pie booth)

15 Scouts (wear red troop shirts, boots, solid colored pants with belts.) We have this broken down by a) Older scouts 3rd year pipestone holders and above  b) Younger scouts Webelo II to 2nd year pipestone holders.

6 adult walkers

The festival runs from 10:30 am – 6:30 pm each day.  Scouts and other parents not cooking must arrive BY 9AM.  The start time is earlier for the first Saturday, 8:30 AM of the festival, this is to get the booths ready and the Trash barrels to the correct spots.  So plan on a full day 9:00 am to approximately 7: 00 pm.   We have to staff full days before we can look at partials. 

Scheduling will be done on a  First Received basis of emails

New this year:

We will be scheduling Older scouts with a minimum of 3 no more than 4 for each day until each of the older scout spots are filled.  This is to ensure that we have a good mix of Older and younger scouts so the younger ones will have the benefit of being trained by the older scouts and to ensure we have a good coverage on each day. This is also to ensure we can fulfill our obligation to the Yankee Peddler with giving them the best service possible.  For the older scouts if you request certain days and the maximum number of spots for Older scouts is filled you will need to schedule other days that have open spots for older scouts.  

Scott King is in charge of Scheduling this year.  Please use the email below to send your request.  If you send your request to another email you may not get scheduled.  This email is only for Yankee Peddler.

Scheduling will open August 4th  and then it will close August 18th:

Please send an email  with your family’s first choice and then second choice for days and jobs. Please make sure you specifically list names and i.e. list adult vs scout.  Sounds silly we know, but if you have a friend or relative helping out in an Adult spot we will know who they are working for and we can call them by name instead of “Hey you”.  If you have any physical limitations please let us know also.     We will try to accommodate as best we can for schedules.   We do have quotas that must be filled for staffing.   Once those are met, we will close a day/job. 

Full disclosure, we do have some positions already filled by Committee members or parents who have experience in them. There are no best days.  They are all long, hard, challenging, and honestly, fun!

The final schedule will be posted on the Troop website and emailed out to everyone closer to the festival.

We will close scheduling August 18th. So please send your emails  BEFORE August 19th.

If you need Red Troop Shirts you can order from the troop website.  http:/   Troop Gear / Online store.  You can click the link below to take you directly there.  The shirts costs $9-$12 depending on the size, we do not carry youth sizes.    Payment is made at the time you get your shirts, checks can be made to Troop 933.  Matt and Renee Polen take care of ordering the shirts and getting them to you. 

ANY questions, please check with myself, Lori Wood, Denise Carter,  Rindi Stutzman, or Scott King.

Cindy Brenner

Lori Wood     

Denise Carter

Rindi Stutzman

Scott King       

Thank you

Cindy Brenner

Summer Camp 2019 is in the Books!

Summer Camp 2019 is in the Books! Hopefully everyone is drying out and cleaning up their gear.

Thank you to all the Adult Leaders that came down for all or part of the week:

  • Matt Polen
  • Cindy Brenner
  • Matt Luckring
  • John Stutzman
  • Denise Carter
  • Scott King
  • Larry Lott
  • Steve Longworth
  • Lori Wood
  • George Maier
  • Todd Peterson
  • Mark Kellman

Thanks to those parents that came down and drove Scouts:

  • Rindi Stutzman
  • The Swaino’s
  • The Robinson’s

Without everyone’s help, we would not be able to do what we do for our Scouts.

I appreciate it greatly.

John Durkin Scoutmaster Troop 1933

Summer Camp 2019, Is Here

Gear is purchased. Bags are packed. Prereq’s are completed. Its just about time to journey east to camp.

Everyone have fun and be safe!

Merit Badges for Summer Camp 2019

Merit Badges, times, and prerequisites are now post on the Summer Camp page. They have also been sent out via email.

Selections are due at Monday, April 22nd’s Troop Meeting.

Any questions or concerns, please let Mr. Durkin, Mrs. King, and Mrs. Brenner know.

A Troop Calendar That WORKS!!

Evening Everyone,

Check out the new and improved Troop Calendar.

Link is on the Troop Calendar page. Click on it and it will take you to a Google log in page. If you OR your Scout has a Google account, you can now add the Troop Calendar to your account!


Camp outs

March 15-17 – Good Turn at Seven Ranges
April 12-14 – Scout Skills at NLFGC
May 17-19 – Mohican Canoeing
June 16-22 – Summer Camp – NLFGC
July 11-14 – Summer trip – Gettysburg
Aug 9-11 – Court of Honor – Place TBD

Hetuck District Klondike Info

Evening Everyone,

PLEASE pass this info on to your Scout if they are attending the Klondike January 18th – 20th.

This will also be shared on our Troop Facebook Page and our website:

See this link for all Klondike related materials:

Klondike is coming up and there are skills and gear ALL Scouts will need to be familiar with to compete.  This is shaping up to be a very Scout Skills intensive Klondike.    We have gone over fire building and other Scout skills the past few meetings and camp outs, and we will go over lashings this coming meeting.

From the above Council link, click on the Resources Tab.   The two items all Scouts need to be familiar with are the

Equipment List and the Waterless Stew Recipe.

The Equipment List has required Patrol and Scout gear listed.  If your Scout does not have the correct winter gear, they will not be allowed to compete.    DO NOT go out and buy a snow suit/pants.  If you have them, wear them, if not, make sure your Scout is layered up and has extras as needed.  We will make sure each Patrol has the required gear.

The Waterless Stew Recipe is for lunch.  They will be cooking “on the trail” at whatever city they happen to be at during lunch time.    We will have two sleds competing right now, so we will need two meals.     As you can see from the link, this is an older recipe, from an older event, and it was typed out on a typewriter!  Scouts these days do not make a lot of stews.    They will have to for this Klondike.   After Monday’s meeting, a couple Scouts from each Patrol will be tasked w getting the food and precutting/packaging as needed.   We will go over it on Monday.  IF your Scout will not eat a stew, please send something to supplement the meal for them, that does not need to cook, would probably be best.

Again, please pass this on to your Scouts.   They need this info!!

We have approximately 12 Scouts attending this event right now.   If your Scout is coming in for the day Saturday, make sure they are at the Scout building by 7:30 am at the latest.    We have a few Scouts with sports conflicts that will be there later in the morning.   We also have three older Scouts, including our SPL, that cannot attend due to Band Solo/Ensemble.   Cole Carter will be our acting SPL.

The Klondike is $20 per Scout.  Patrol food will be an additional fee.  I would guess $5.00 or so each, but we will have to see.   The Assistant SM’s, the PLC, and I will look over the lunch meal recipe and discuss.   We will let you all know ASAP.    For Adults, it is $10 a person, plus our breakfast and lunch cost, TBD.

If your Scout has NOT signed up, but wants to participate, please let us know by Friday, January 11th.  

Have a great week!


Mr. Durkin

Scoutmaster Troop 933

330-806-1574 Cell/Text

Winter Camping and Polar Bear Time is Here!

The months of November thru March are Polar Bear time!
Click on the link for info on this award.  POLAR BEAR!!

The Polar Bear is a five year award.  First years receive the center patch in the picture above.

Need warm gear?   See our Links/Forms page above for a gear list.   Any questions?   Ask an older Scout, our SPL, or an Assistant Scoutmaster.

Now let’s go camping!!!

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