The new year brings lots of Scouting opportunities to our Scouts and Troop.
First up is Recharter. I know, I know, starting off with money? Yes, because this starts off the year. Once you recharter, then everything else is just Scouts! Hopefully, Scouts earned some money from Popcorn to help with this fee. If not, then there is added incentive to sell more Popcorn next year!
Next up here in January is the Hetuck District Klondike. Again hosted by the North Lawrence Fish and Game Club, this district wide event is always a good time. Our Troop is looking to run 3 – 4 sleds plus the Webelos from Pack 933 are participating again this year! The highlight of the day is always the fantastic Auction. Patrols use the points they earned to bid on really good gear for their Patrol or Troop.
February brings a few events for our Scouts and Scouters. First up is always BPI, Baden Powell Institute. BPI is a day of learning and discussion for adult leaders on a multitude of topics, presented in a college setting. Next up is the Pack 933 Blue and Gold and Crossover. A great meal, a good Blue and Gold, and then a fantastic Crossover ceremony for Scouts coming to our Troop. Our monthly activity this month is our annual Ski Trip @ Boston Mills Brandywine. (Hopefully there is snow.) Finishing up the month are our Troop Elections.
March and April bring us our annual Good Turn Project Weekend to fulfill a requirement for Summer Camp Honors and a Scout Skills Weekend to help our new Scouts learn about our Troop.
For May, we have a Biking/Hiking weekend planned and our Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for NYLT and the North Lawrence Memorial Day Parade.
June is SUMMER CAMP and then July is our yearly High Adventure Trip!!
This was really a long winded way of reminding everyone that we have a Google Calendar that is up to date and handy. See TROOP CALENDAR link above!!!
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
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
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
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
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.
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 AMof 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.
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:/tuslawtroop1933.org 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.
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