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New Scout Field Days – April 12-14

Scouts are now preparing for our New Scout Field Days campout on April 12th – 14th.  Each Patrol will be assigned a Skill Station at an upcoming PLC meeting.  During the upcoming Troop meetings, each patrol will need to finish up making their plans for New Scout Field Day.

These plans will include the following:

1.       Patrols need to have their New Scout Field Day Skill Stations plans firmed up and ready to go.

2.       Patrols need to plan their meals to include their New Scout guests for Lunch and Dinner on Saturday and Breakfast on Sunday.

The new scouts that have joined this year will arrive on Saturday morning.  Check-in will be at 9:00 a.m. We will be camping this year at the Camp Lazarus West Activity Field.  The entrance to the West Activity Field is along Chapman Road, not the main entrance off of US23.  Please do not show up at the main entrance, as there will be no one there to meet you!

All other scouts that will be attending will arrive Friday night. Plan to arrive at 6:00 p.m. to start setting up camp.

We have lots of activities scheduled for the Scouts related to their rank requirements. The new scouts will learn about cooking with our existing patrols for meals.  The current patrols need to plan for breakfast and lunch dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.  The patrols will need to plan on having around 2-3 of the new scouts as their guests for lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.  There will be a cooking competition for Saturday’s Dinner. The winning Patrol will be invited to dine with the ASM’s (who eat VERY well) at a future campout.

Cost for the New Scout Field Day camp out will be $10.00 for all Scouts.

 A few Quick Notes:

1.       Please check the Email List (Google Group) for the permission form.

2.       All new Scout parents need to make sure their Scout’s medical form (Parts A & B) and BSA transfer application are filled out and on file and dues paid in order to attend campouts.  Medical forms can be downloaded from

3.       All new Scout adult leaders (and existing ASMs) need to have their youth protection with the BSA up to date.

Our preliminary schedule will be as follows:

Friday, April 12th 

6:00 p.m. –  Old scouts and adults will check in and set up camp.

Saturday, April 13th

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Scouts and adults will have breakfast and prepare for the new Scouts arrival.  Complete setting up New Scout Field Day Stations.

9:00 a.m. – Check in for new Scouts.

9:00 a.m. – 12 noon –  Senior Patrol Leader will work with new scouts and start the New Scout Field Day activities.

12 noon – 1:00 p.m. – Preparation and Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Continue activities

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Patrols prepare for Dinner

6:00 p.m. – Dinner / Patrol Cooking Contest Judging

8:00 p.m. – Campfire

10:00 p.m. – Retire

Sunday, April 14th

7:00 a.m. – Wake up, breakfast, break up camp.

8:00 a.m. – Scouts Own Service

9:30 a.m. – The troop will depart after we as a troop pack all gear and police the camp site. Parents can pick up their scouts at or around 9:30 a.m. (hopefully closer to 9:00 a.m.).  Please note that the Troop functions as a team and we all work together to ensure our campsite is a little better that we found it.  Scouts will be dismissed by the SLP as a group once all the work is done.

Mountain Bike Campout

The February camp out will be 02/22/19 – 02/24/19 at Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park in Cleveland, Ohio. Please see the Google Group for forms.

Scouts will need to plan for: Hot Breakfast (Saturday), Lunch (Saturday) and Cold Breakfast (Sunday).

Friday, February 22nd: 5:30 p.m. – Meet at the church (eat dinner before arriving). Traveling to Firelands Scout Camp (13782 Gore Orphanage Road Wakeman, OH 44889).  Scouts will be tent camping at the Carpenter Site and patrols will be responsible for their own meals.

Saturday, February 23rd: Scouts will prepare breakfast and lunch at camp. We will depart for Ray’s Mountain Bike Park at 3:00pm. We will be renting bikes there. They do have helmets or you can pack your own. Pizza will be served for dinner at Ray’s and we will mountain bike until 9:00pm. Scouts may want to bring a few dollars for the snack bar.

Sunday, February 24th: Break camp and plan to arrive at Ohio State Outpatient Care Lewis Center Parking Lot at approx 11:00 pm.

Forms and payment can be dropped off at the PLC meeting Monday February 11th . Please advise by 02/19/19 if you plan on attending.

Vertical Adventures Overnight

Our indoor overnight climbing gym activity will be March 8-9th 2019. 

Scouts should arrive by 10 PM on Friday March 8th and bring a sleeping bag.  We will climb until midnight, have pizza,  light out by 2AM and sleep in the gym. 

We will be up at 7AM and Scouts may be picked up between 7:30 – 8 AM.  This is a great activity for new Scouts and siblings are welcome if a parent or guardian attends.  Adults will be instructed in belaying.   

Important:   Release forms must be completed for everyone who climbs.  This can be completed online at the Vertical Adventures website.

Arnold Sports Festival Medical Team

It is that time of year again.  The Arnold Sports Festival is Feb. 28, March 1, 2, & 3. Scouts interested in volunteering with the Arnold Medical Team need to sign up now.  Registration for scouts will close rapidly due to overwhelming demand so don’t wait!

We are the medical team for the Arnold Sports Festival – the world’s largest multisport athletic contest – and we provide mat side first aid for nearly 23,000 athletes from 85 countries competing in over 74 events.  We run 40 medical teams simultaneously from two coordinated but independent command centers plus some remote sites.  It has unified communications via the Amateur Radio Operators (Hams).  We treat just shy of 500 injuries in three days so we run it as mass casualty incident command.

Scouts serve various team support functions and have been working with us for 20 years with over 1000 scouts working the Arnold across this time span.

Signup information can be found in the Google Group, so check your email or go to to find the forms.

They only take 1st class and above unless you have a parent working with the medical team as a scouter.  Class A uniforms are required.

A “walkthrough” is at the Greater Columbus Convention Center Sunday Feb. 24th from noon to 3pm to teach everyone the tunnel system and review policies.  Scouts are asked to attend and Class A’s are required.

2019 Bushwack **Rescheduled**

Good News!!  Our 2019 Buchwhack Campout has been rescheduled for March 29th to March 31st.  We had hoped to do it a little earlier, but between our schedule and the camps schedule, this was our first opportunity. 

I realize that this is during spring break for some of you, but we did not want to push it out any further.

You never know, the way the weather had been, we could have snow… maybe.  As a matter of fact, we did have a blizzard on April 2, 2016 and the the cow “Jersey” blew off the sign at Young’s Dairy.  This weekend is now called “Down Goes Jersey Weekend” and their milkshakes are on sale… so it all worked out…;-)

If you still plan to come, no action is needed.  If you wish to cancel, please let me know by February 25, 2019 and your payment will be deposited in your scout account.  If you couldn’t make it on the original date, but would like to attend now, please let me know by February 25, 2019. This is our next regular troop meeting.

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