Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Troop 153 News - May 14th

2012 Hiking Stick Program

Thank you to all the scouts and parents who came out for the first hike of the year last Saturday.  We participated in the Lorain County Metroparks Bird Hike and went on a 2-hour hike learning about the various birds that live in Sandy Ridge Reservation.  The highlight for the scouts was the fly by of the local Eagle about 25 feet above their heads.
Several of the other participants mentioned to me how well behaved the boys were, so that is great to hear those type of comments. 

We did find out after most everyone left that the Lorain County Metroparks has a hiking stick program.  If you take 6 organized hikes in the Metroparks in 4 different parks you will receive a hiking stick.  I picked up the paperwork for the scouts that completed their first hike Saturday and we will be trying to schedule more so the scouts can achieve this.

The next hike is scheduled for June 2nd at the Sandy Ridge Reservation from 1PM - 2:30PM.  We will be exploring the waters edge so please dress appropriately....might get wet!!!

 Scout Physicals
Each year we are required to have on file the complete medical form for each scout.  The medical form consists of three parts of which Part C must be done by a physician.  We are fortunate to have Dr. Dennis Carson as one of our Scout Parents.  Each year he and Mrs. Carson donate their time to providing these physicals at a troop meeting for $20 and the money is then donated to the troop.

This is a very convenient way to get this taken care of and help the troop in the process.  Dr. Carson will be at the May 20th troop meeting to give physicals for any scout or adult leader who would like to have this done.  If you have not completed Part A and B yet, please follow this link to the medical forms to complete and bring to the May 20th meeting.

Memorial Day Parade
Troop 153 will be participating along with the Cub Scouts of Pack 153 in the North Ridgeville Memorial Day Parade on May 28th.  All Scouts and leaders should arrive to the Marc's Parking lot at 9AM in their full Class A uniforms.

Upcoming Events

May 20th:  5:30PM - Patrol Leaders Meeting
May 20th:  6:30PM - Troop Meeting
May 28th:  9:00AM - March in Memorial Day Parade
June 2nd:  1:00PM - Water's Edge Hike at Sandy Ridge
June 10th:  5:30PM - Adult Leader's Meeting
June 25th:  9PM - Night Hike (Columbia Reservation)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Troop 153 - Week of May 7th


We had a great time camping at Merit Badge Midway this weekend.  You can see the troop developing very well and growing as a single unit.  Thank you to the adult leaders (Mr, Krupka, Mr. Gibbons, Mr. Van Dyke and Mr. Price) for their support and work on the new shelves in the trailer.  They look great!!!  The boys worked on their knots, scout skills and each earned a few merit badges along the way.

Click here to view some pictures from the weekend.......Merit Badge Midway Pictures

Weekly Character Focus:  A Scout is Clean

Troop 153 is moving forward very well and as we grow the expectation for us will continue to be raised.  As such, we want to make sure we are consistent as a unit with our uniforms.  The expectation is that you are to be in your Class A uniform at all events unless told otherwise.  Below I have provided a few things to relative to what class A is, but the standard is also found here on the Uniform Inspection Sheet.

Class A consists of:

Official BSA uniform shirt with appropriate insignias
Numerals and Epaulets should be Olive Green in color
Neckerchief is green unless an approved recognition neckerchief is awarded
Neckerchief must have a slide (no tying of neckerchief)
Pants/Shorts do not have to be BSA, but must be Olive in color with belt
Good durable shoes with socks

Class B is any t-shirt that the scouts have received from council or the troop.  (Camp shirt or troop shirt)

I would like to see everyone transition to this by June 1.  However, if your numerals are already on in red you can just replace with olive when you purchase a new shirt.  If you have any questions please let one of the leaders know.
May Activities

May 12th:  Birding Hike at Sandy Ridge Reservation in North Ridgeville. (8AM - 10AM)

May 20th:  6:30PM Troop Meeting  (Camp Physicals (Tentative) & Toten Chip Training)

May 28th:  March in the Memorial Day Parade (9AM)

May 30th:  Volunteer at Community Meal Event at St. Peter's (5:30PM)

TBD:  Swim Test for Summer Camp

Troop Logo

Matt Knoth of Knoth Design has agreed to donate his time and talent to help the troop with a unique logo.  This logo will then be used on the trailer that will include a Wall of Honor for our past 34 Eagle Scouts out of Troop 153. It will also be a part of the new line of Class B apparel that we will be using for troop activities.  More to come on this.....

Cedar Point Camping

New this year is an outing at Cedar Point.  The fun will start on Friday, August 10th when we camp on the grounds of Cedar Point with all the Roller Coasters.  We wake up to an all you can eat breakfast and will spend the day in the park returning the evening of the 11th.  Please see the flier for additional information.....Cedar Point Camping.  If you are interested please send Janet Pfaff an email at jlp_momx3@hotmail.com to register before June 1st.  Early bird pricing is $70.

Yours in Scouting