Scoutmaster minutes - 12-5-2017

posted Dec 5, 2017, 8:32 PM by Scout Master   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 8:32 PM ]

It is hard to believe but it is December and the winter weather is nipping at our heals.  The scouts met in the gym today to review First Aid.  They started off with a few scenarios and then played First Aid Baseball with a slight spin.

The scouts also were assigned items to bring for the Holiday Party on the 19th.  Below are the assignments:
- C.V.
- C.H.
- T.W.

- J.W.
- B.V.
- I.S.

Finally, the Patrol Leaders Council met today and started to plan out the troop activities for January.  Some of the topics will be knife safety and hiking/camping skills, along with getting ready for the January camp-in.

Scoutmaster minutes - 11-21-17

posted Nov 21, 2017, 8:15 PM by Scout Master   [ updated Nov 21, 2017, 8:16 PM ]

Being the meeting before Thanksgiving, the scouts had a lot to be thankful about...most of which is not being in one of the survival scenarios that they practiced at tonight's meeting.  C.H. and C.V.'s team won the contest by 5 points for correct their correct answers on what gear to bring.

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Scoutmaster Minutes - 11-14-17

posted Nov 14, 2017, 6:51 PM by Scout Master   [ updated Nov 21, 2017, 8:16 PM ]

At tonight's meeting, the rest of the troop's positions were assigned:
  • Quartermaster - BV
  • Troop Historian - CH
  • Librarian - JW
  • ASPL - TW
The positions for the troop are now complete.  Please congratulate all the scouts on their new positions.

We also celebrated JW's birthday with cake and ice cream and some friendly games of dodgeball.

Get Air Outing - Nov 7, 2017

posted Nov 7, 2017, 8:04 PM by Scout Master   [ updated Nov 7, 2017, 8:06 PM ]

With the church being used to allow the fine citizens of Grove City to exercise their right to vote tonight, the scouts decided to do a little exercising of their Get Air in Hilliard.  Not only did the scouts meet a potential new member, Robby, but they also saw Ben (a Life Scout from our troop), who was working tonight.  He even helped his troop in a game of dodge ball.  Pictures from tonight are posted online at

Scoutmaster minutes - 10-24-17

posted Oct 24, 2017, 8:14 PM by Scout Master   [ updated Oct 24, 2017, 8:14 PM ]

Popcorn update:  Brayden is in the lead by the slightest of margins.  As we pull into the final 2 weeks, we will be holding one more Cruise n' Sell, this Saturday (details below).  Four scouts have earned enough money to pay for summer camp (and more).  Good job guys (and parents for all of your help).

Tonight we swore in our new Senior Patrol Leader, I.S., and our new Patrol Leader, C.V
Inline image 1In the following weeks they will fill the other troop positions based on what the other members requested and troop need.  The scouts then went to work on ideas for upcoming troop meetings.  The new leaders will meet at the next Patrol Leader's conference to put together meeting plans.

Finally, pictures for the Eagle Scout Campout are posted online at  For a fall campout, we couldn't have asked for any better weather.  The scouts worked very hard and were able to accomplish installing 10 bat boxes by  4:30 PM on Saturday.  They even had enough time to perform another service project at the campsite by clearing old pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns from the main area. 

Scoutmaster minutes 10-17-17

posted Oct 17, 2017, 8:31 PM by Scout Master   [ updated Oct 17, 2017, 8:32 PM ]

First, I would like to personally thank all of the scouts who came out and helped clean up Mulberry Run as part of the Grove City Creek Sweep last Saturday.  Working with the other scout troops in Grove City, we were able to clean 2.65 miles of creek and removed about 800 lbs. of trash.  Both the mayor and the director of the Parks and Recreation Department Environmental division were grateful for your help.  Photos from our portion of the effort are online at
Secondly, the scouts have done an amazing job selling popcorn this year.  They have sold slightly over $5500 this year.  And with a few more weeks left, they could top $6K.  Good job on all your hard work so far.

Tonight was a busy night as the scouts held elections and went over the campout this weekend.  For the campout, we will be meeting at the church at 3 PM.  The campsite is 2 hours away and this will allow them to get camp set prior to night fall. The weather looks good for fall camping.  The days will be in the mid 70's with it getting down into the mid 40's at night.  It will be a good idea to bring a coat, hat, and boots for the morning and evening.  Maybe even an extra blanket for sleeping with and some hand warmers.  They also planned the menu, which is listed below:

  Dinner/Cracker Barrel: Pizza

  Breakfast: Frosted Flakes, oatmeal, and apples, and bannanas
  Lunch: Chicken Noodle Soup, PBJs
  Dinner: Pork Chops with mashed potatoes and green beans
  Cracker Barrel: Smores

  Breakfast: Danishes 

The scouts voted and the new Senior Patrol Leader will be I.S., and the new Patrol Leader of the combined patrol Flying Horned Diamonds will be C.V..  Congratulations!  Next week we will start the transition from the old leadership to the new and work on filling the other positions in the troop.

Scoutmaster minutes 10-3-2017

posted Oct 3, 2017, 8:58 PM by Scout Master   [ updated Oct 17, 2017, 8:33 PM ]

Congratulations to all of our young entrepreneurs as our troop has sold over $4000 worth of popcorn this year and we still have a few weeks left to sell. Remember even if we have run out of the popcorn, we can order if for delivery in Nov. 

Also, thank you to all of the scouts who turned in their Election forms.  You will be giving speeches next week and voting.

Tonight the scouts helped Isaiah with his Eagle Scout project by assembling bat boxes.  With a little elbow grease and hard work, we were able to complete almost all of them.  Some pictures have been posted here ( Next week, Isaiah has asked if the troop can help paint the boxes.  For this, we will try to be outside (weather permitting).   He will send out additional information about this later.

Finally, we have a few upcoming activities.   I forgot to mention that Creek Sweep is coming up on Oct. 14.  I will send out a survey to find out who is able to make it for that.   I also sent out a survey for the Newport Aquarium day trip on Nov. 4th.   The cost will be around $15 + food.  Since it is a day trip, we are inviting families to come along.   We will leave the church around 8 AM in the morning to spend the day there.  Please respond to the survey so I know how many tickets to purchase.

Sep. Court of Honor

posted Sep 28, 2017, 6:05 PM by Scout Master   [ updated Oct 17, 2017, 8:35 PM ]

I would like to thank all of the parents and scouts for attending our special Court of Honor and Eagle Scout Ceremony this evening.   This was an event to recognize all of the hard work and dedication that our scouts were able to accomplish since the last Court of Honor.  There was a significant amount of merit badges and rank advancements handed out and everyone should be proud.  Along with the normal Court of Honor, we held an Eagle Scout Ceremony for Wolfgang to celebrate his achievement in completing his trail to Eagle.

Below are the awards and recognition that were presented at the Court of Honor:

Service Stars
  • C.H.: 2 years
  • T.W.: 3 years
  • I.S.: 4 years

Merit Badges
  • T.W.: Auto Maintenance, Camping, Canoe, Citizenship In Community, Citizenship In Nation, and Citizenship In World
  • C.H.: Archery, Camping, Chess, and Rifle Shooting.
  • I.S.: Archery, Chess, Communication, Kayaking, Sculpture, Canoe, and Personal Management
  • B.V.: Art, Canoe, and First Aid
  • C.V.: Art, Canoe, and First Aid
  • J.W.: Art and Mammal Study

Rank Advancement
  • J.W.: Scout
  • B.V.: Tenderfoot
  • C.V.: Tenderfoot
  • C.H.: Second Class

Special Awards
  • C.Y.: Eagle Bronze Palm

Scoutmaster minutes 9-5-2017

posted Sep 5, 2017, 7:24 PM by Scout Master   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 7:25 PM ]

I would like to congratulate Caden on earning his Bronze Eagle Palm tonight.

The scouts were busy reviewing the requirements for this weekend' Canoe Clinic.  Scouts will need to be prepared to get wet (including their shoes) and should bring extra clothes/swimsuits and towels.  Their lunch and gear should be in waterproof bags (zip-lock and/or double bagged trash bags).  The scouts will be out at Alum Creek from 8 AM to 5 PM both Saturday and Sunday.  The weather will be in the upper 60's-low 70's during the day and in the mid 40's at night so be prepared for the temperature change.  

They also planned their meals:
  • Saturday/Sunday Breakfast:  Oatmeal, fruit, bagels, OJ and milk
  • Saturday/Sunday Lunch: PB&J, apples, chips, beef jerky
  • Saturday Dinner: Cheese ravioli, with salad (Ranch & Italian dressing) and Italian bread
  • Friday/Saturday Cracker Barrel: Scoutmaster surprise
See everyone at the church on Friday at 5:30.

Astronomy Campout

posted Aug 27, 2017, 8:08 PM by Scout Master   [ updated Aug 27, 2017, 8:10 PM ]

The scouts had an out of this world campout as we visited Camp Hugh Taylor Birch for the Annual Troop Planning and Astronomy Campout.   During the day they planned the events for upcoming year and earned the Solar Eclipse patch.  Saturday night we traveled the short distance to John Bryan State Park where the Miami Valley Astronomical Society (MVAS) was holding a free star gazing event in the parking lot near the observatory.  Thanks to the volunteer MVAS members, the scouts were able to observe Saturn, Mizar and Alcor (double star system in the Big Dipper), terminator line on the moon, some Nebulae, Andromeda, and even a satellite as it zoomed across the sky through a variety of different size telescopes and high powered binoculars.

A draft of the Troop Calendar has been posted.  It will be finalized after the next Troop Committee meeting. 

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