Scouts worked on advancements and looked at packing for camp and backpacking setups. We will be meeting inside the fellowship hall from now on due to darkness. Scouts must stay in there except for bathroom breaks. No playing anywhere else in the Church.
Packing for Camp Demo from Blake Bacon
Foam pad - cold weather camping, 40 degree sleeping bag, clothes for every day of the week plus 1, toiletries, shower supplies, shower shoes/flip flops, 2 towels - 1 for swimming, 1 for showering, 9 pairs of socks, sleep shirt and shorts, 1 sweatshirt, 6 t-shirts + spare set, 6 shorts, 1 pants, hat, headlamp/flashlight, water bottle, Scout book (in a large ziplock), 1st aid kit, all merit badge stuff in binder or accordion, day bag, rain coat, 2nd pair of shoes, sunglasses, knife/sharpener, Totin’ Chip, Firem’n Chit, health forms and medications. He also demoed rolling your clothes.
Packing for Philmont from Mr. Lorenz and Mr. Bacon
They discussed the difference between internal and external frame bags, how having the bag built for ventilation is nice, recommended trying on everything in a store, and then showed items they carry: 20-25 lb of water and food and crew gear, walking stick, waterproof hiking boots, zip off pants, belt, no cotton T-shirts but some blends are ok? Long sleeve fast drying with pockets shirt, smartwool socks with wicking or socks and sock liners, leave yourself time to break in boots for 50 miles! 3.5 liters of water in various containers, such as 2 nalgenes, 1 collapsible bottle, and a sealed coffee mug, water filter, water purifier, water tablets, fuel canister, cooking system, flashlight or headlamp, toiletries kit (they will take away your deodorant), wipes, 1st aid kit, multitool, poncho frog togs or rain suit, backpack with a removable brain is nice, hat, rain jacket/pants, map pouch, toilet paper, shovel, whistle, compass, quick dry everything, jacket/blazer, gloves, buffs or hat, large ziplock - clean clothes, bag for dirty clothes, stuff for chafing, ditty bag, sunglasses, fire starters, spare battery, cards, sunscreen, insect repellant, tent, foam mat, mess kit, coffee, tea, cleaning pad, fork, spoon, rain cover for pack, camp shoes/backup shoes/crocs, seat pad, sleeping bag, stuff sack, sleeping mat, inflatable pillow, always put stuff in same spot, layer in bag by time of use, stuff sacks or waterproof stuff sacks, pockets on hip straps, 85Lt backpack, see through nalgenes so you can see tablets work.
OA Chapter meeting this Thursday 6:30 pm!
Our next chapter meeting will be October 12th starting at 6:30 pm at the VBISD in Lawrence. We are hosting an ice cream social and inviting anyone who wants to learn more about the OA to attend. (You need not be in the OA.) We are also inviting the Roundtable participants to join us. There will be good information shared about the Eagle Scout process that all troops should be aware of. Please let your troops know that this roundtable will have a lot of good information and ice cream!
Bobby Hill, Carcajou Chapter Adviser
Oct 16th meeting: Dance competition and bring your pictures from scouting events next week to Kevin Svetlev for troop collection!
We want to collect all the good pictures from camps and other events for the troop! Please see Kevin or Beth Svetlev to get your pictures on the drives.
Dues are due
Annual Dues will be $160 for returning Scouts and due before the end of October. See attached flyer for details of benefits.
Oct 21, 10am - 4pm Scout Signature Events
See link for more details. This is something you do as a family.
Michigan Crossroads Council - Fall 2023 Signature Events
Oct 23 meeting, sign up to run for positions in upcoming elections!
Oct 30th meeting, first aid relay
Nov 6th meeting, Elections
For Philmont 2024 attendees:
Next payment of $542.50 per attendee is due. Please get checks made to Troop 623 handed to Mr. Lorenz or Mr. Bacon this week.
Upcoming: Gear talk, Philmont training days Philmont Training Weekend, Itinerary selections, Travel options ... Dates/times/locations will be shared at Monday meetings and summary by email.
Homework: Every scout should at least read the Shakedown Guide Part 1 and Part 2 from this web site: https://www.philmontscoutranch.org/philmont-prep-seminars/
Several of the videos are very good too.
November 17-19, Thanksgiving Feast Weekend
Please mark your calendars and plan to come out for this yummy meal and fun camping time. Scouts working on their communication badge can fulfill some of the requirements planning for and presenting at the Court of Honor at this event. Please let the SPL know that you want to be involved. Scouts will cook the turkeys all day Saturday with the feast on the evening of November 18.
January 19th-20, Climb Kalamazoo
Back by very popular demand from the Scouts - Climb Kalamazoo overnight! 5 hours of climbing, option for climbing merit badge as desired. PLC has selected a date of Friday Night, January 19th. Plan on leaving the church about 7pm Friday, return 10am Saturday. $55 per scout, fill out this waver to lock in your spot and commit to paying. Fuel and Food costs separate.
Klondike Derby Feb 9-11, 2024
More info coming soon. Make sure your cold weather gear still fits.
Merit Badge Counselors
Come to the meeting and we will fill out the form with you! Help keep the Troop going!
The troop is in need of merit badge counselors.
The need is most urgent for the Eagle required badges….
(a) First Aid, (b) Citizenship in the Community, (c) Citizenship in the Nation, (d) Citizenship in the World, (e) Communication, (f) Cooking, (g) Personal Fitness, (h) Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving, (i) Environmental Science OR Sustainability, (j) Personal Management, (k) Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling, (l) Camping, and (m) Family Life.
If you are interested in becoming a merit badge counselor look at the options on the list at this link. Talk to Mr. Sparkman or Mr. Langlois to get the forms to sign up.