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Prime Bird Real Estate Hit the Auction Block

Submitted by Jennifer Vanlerberg

Even the best local real estate agents would have difficulty closing on fifteen homes in one evening, yet on February 10th, right here at our local American Legion, this event took place. Fifteen tiny homes (ok, bird houses) were auctioned as a fund raiser for Cub Scout Pack #372.

Here is a recap of the major awards:

Donivan Boyce brought home “Best of Show” for his double birdie condo/planter. Noah Vanlerberg achieved “Smallest”, and Blaze Kline’s was “Tallest.”  

“Judge’s Choice” went to Boden Lanham, while “Best Scout Theme” was awarded to Levi Vanlerberg. Jackson Cook took the win for his “Most Recycled” bird house, which had it’s very own tiny for sale sign with the digits “867-5309”. Forty year olds just laughed. I did.

Shawn Albright won for “Held together by a string” and Connor Coup won this year for “Most Colorful.” Grady Delancy won for best “North Baltimore theme”  Ian Ramirez took the “Most Natural” and finally, Kale McDonald won for “Most Patriotic.”

I would like to take this opportunity to mention and apologize to Mr. Kale McDonald. I forgot to mention him in my last article about the Pinewood Derby. I would like to take this moment to recognize that Kale, did in fact, race his derby car that day, and it was spectacular. Sorry for the over sight, Kale.

The scouts were also given their awards for the popcorn sale that took place in October. The winner from each den was given a whip cream pie to throw in the face of their Den Leader.

Huge thanks to all the Den Leaders that left that night smelling of rotten milk with whipped cream in their ears. You are all great people. Boden Lanham was the overall winner for this year’s popcorn sales.

We would like to thank the Judges, Hank Matthes, Krista Ducat, and Dawn Trout. We would also like to thank Auctioneer and overall loud talker, Alex Trout.

A huge thank you goes out to everyone that purchased a bird house, which allowed Pack #372 to leave the night $192.50 richer. Homeless birds will be flocking here when they see those gorgeous new homes.

Next up, our Blue and Gold Ceremony, March 3rd at the American Legion. We are also hosting our District Pine Wood Derby on March 16th, at North Baltimore High School.

Please be on the look out for a Padrone’s Pizza fund raiser that will be starting shortly for your Pack members.   

NB Troop 315 Newsletter-Feb. ’19

North Baltimore Scouts are very busy doing what Scouts do…

Troop 315 February Newsletter
A few newsletters ago,  I talked about a possible meeting date change due to my absence , however, It looks like we will not need to do so.  My availability will be back to normal as of March 10th and the other leaders have Camp Alaska training taken care of;  Thank you Tim, Frank, Joe and Billy. This will take care of program at the meetings til then.  I will also be able to attend half of Miakonda camp but won’t be able to attend Camp Alaska.  The other leaders have stepped up to handle it; Once again,  Thank You
Winter Klondike  at Camp Berry was quite the event.  Even though the roads were bad that weekend,  Our troop had a lot of winter fun during the competition with first aid, lashings, gold mining during the day,  and then outdoor snow fun in the evening.  I’ve included pics from camp just to show  parents that boys can have fun while not being in front of a video game or smart phone.  Also ,, the cabin was a great warming spot in between activities with its wood burning stove.  Our next camp will be the same format at Miakonda

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Winter Camp Feb 1-3
We will leave the scouthouse at 6:30pm Friday night to head to Camp Miakonda in Toledo.  Cost is $10.00 , Pack your class A shirt for closing campfire as well as sleeping bag, pillow, winter clothes (Boots, hats, gloves)  Please . don’t forget your mess kits,  several scouts forgot them at Camp Berry so I need to keep reminding.  Below is the grocery list for the event;  Please bring all items on Friday .  We will return to N.B. around 9:30am Sunday.  I’ve heard from parents that some scouts are falling asleep in church that day.  We will try to get them to bed at a descent time Sat night. 
4 boxes lasagna noodles(EAKAEN) 
3 jars spaghetti sauce(VANLERBERG) 
2 32 oz bag mozerella cheese(BILLY) 
2 tubs ricotta cheese(LIVINGSTON) 
3 lbs ground beef browned and bagged(CARY) 
6 Pilsbury grands biscuits tubes (baked and bagged)(CLAYTON/MALONEY)
Sausage Gravy  (BOES )
4 gal Choco milk (BOES)Chips (BOES) 
2 bags sugar(VANLERBERG)
8 same flavor Kool aid packets(TROUT)
5 bags asst mini doughnuts(KIMMEL)
8 8 pak hamburger buns(TROUT)
Shredded Chicken Sandwich spread(COUP)
Court of Honor  February 13
Wednesday , February 13, at American Legion  7:00pm… We will hold our semi annual Court of Honor to recognize scouts camps, ranks, merit badges.  Families are invited and have scouts wear their full Class A uniform to the event.  There will also be a Friends of Scouting presentation as well.
Camp Alaska  March 1-3
After Miakonda camp.  Our meetings will teach the scouts how to survive 24 hours in the winter by building shelters, campfire, and cooking their own meals.  The meetings leading up will  cover,  layering clothing,  building at good survival shelter,  foods and fire.  Please have scouts attend to ensure they are prepared to handle this out doo camp. 
Ad Alteri Dei Scouts
I am working on a Board of Review date to finalize your religious training.  I’ve spoken with the Diocese of Toledo to ensure we can arrange to receive all the medals so hang tight for an update on the date and time.  Please make sure your workbook is complete and ready for review. 
Summer Camp info
I try and stress the upcoming Summer camp costs and payments options.   This year camp will cost $295.00 per scout if paid by May 1st.  $315.00 after.  I’ll need a few days ahead of that to make sure I can get the funds in on time so parents deadline is April 28.    We are going to Camp Frontier in Pioneer Ohio on June 16 thru 22.   Forward think gives all parents time to pre plan and set funds aside for this troop event  and the highlight of all scouts each year.    Parents often choose to use scout accounts,  make payments up to the date, or just pay the full amount by the deadline or even the ..non early bird amount, after.
We try and encourage all our troop to participate in resident camp.  So.. pre plan accordingly and you will be hearing reminders each month to give all parents to opportunity to get ready for summer.  Physicals and merit badge sign up reminders will start in March
Scout Accounts
Your scout’s account’s are up to date.  Email me if you need a balance update. 
Quote from Lord Baden Powell
“A Scout smiles and whistles under all circumstances.”  reminds me of Isaiah B.
Shawn Benjamin – Scoutmaster

Westgate Named Student of the Month

for January 2019…..

The North Baltimore staff has elected Lilly Westgate to be student of the month for January. 

Lilly Westgate

Lilly has never been one to shy away from responsibility.  She is at the top of her class academically and has held leadership roles in Tri-M, National Honors Society, Student Council, 4-H, and Junior Fair Board. 

She is one of North Baltimore’s drum majors and is also a member of our golf team and cheerleading squad. 

Lilly is an incredibly gifted, hardworking, and compassionate young woman who is absolutely deserving of this honor. 

After graduation, Lilly plans on attending BGSU to pursue a career in speech and language pathology. 

Congratulations, Lilly!

Boy Scouts to Welcome Girls

All-female troops are forming now…

Boy Scouts of America Launch Scouts BSA Program To Officially Welcome First Class of Girls

Toledo, Ohio, January 7, 2019 — The Erie Shores Council of the Boy Scouts of America will host an event to celebrate the launch of the Scouts BSA Program.  Friday February 1, 2019, from 5-7 pm at Camp Miakonda, 5600 West Sylvania Avenue.

According to Ed Caldwell, Erie Shores Council Scout Executive/CEO, “This is an opportunity to celebrate a historic moment in Scouting and to learn more about what Scouting offers families.”  

As we enter our 109th year of Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America will be expanding the values based, leadership program to young ladies. All-female troops are forming now and will officially launch on February 1, 2019.

Join in the celebration and come hear from community leaders and Scouting families on the positive impact Scouting has on our community and youth.

Caldwell adds, “This is a great opportunity to hear first-hand from families and youth on what expanding our programs means for them”

Doors open at 5:00 pm with program from 5:30pm-7:00pm The first 115 in attendance will receive a limited-edition Erie Shores Council “Scout Me In” patch

For more information, check out the weblink:

About the Erie Shores Council of the Boy Scouts of America: 

Under the leadership of approximately 2,500 adult volunteers, the Erie Shores Council provides a values-based, character education program for youth in our community, including Cub Scouts (1st-5th grades), Scouts BSA (6th-12 grades).  In addition, Erie Shores Council offers Exploring and Venturing which are co-ed programs for youth 14-20 yrs. old who seek opportunities to “explore” fields of career interest, or wish to participate in high “adventure” activities.

Erie Shores Council serves more than 6,000 youth throughout Lucas, Wood, Ottawa & Sandusky Counties, as well as the town of Swanton, OH.  Erie Shores Council owns two camps which provide outdoor education and camping experiences for Scouts and non-Scouts alike. 

Burning Plastic

Cub Scouts heat up the race track at this year’s annual Pinewood Derby

Submitted by Jennifer Vanlerberg

Grandparents, Parents, Aunts, Uncles, and Friends all braved the weather this past Sunday, January 27th for a chance to catch some of North Baltimore’s finest racing competition.  Powell Elementary’s gym was transformed into the Pack #372 Speedway. The races began at 1:15 but contestants were permitted in at 12:30 for a weigh in, compliance check, and any last minute modifications or repairs. The concession stand, manned by Boy Scout Alex Trout, was diligently distributing chips, pop, combos, candy bars and ring pops. The money raised will go towards future events. Twenty one cars checked in, ready to race.

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Webelos Two started off the event. Daniel Hinkle’s “Final Ride” came in second and won “Best of Show.” Noah Vanlerberg’s “Chihuahua Racer” won first for their den.

The Webelos One den had four participants. Boden Lanham raced “The Freedom Fighter,” Ian Ramirez sported “Bumblebee”, Joseph Rose’s car was named “Camo” and Liam VanVooren’s entry was named “Copperhead.” Ian won for best in show, Boden raced to third place, Liam took second, and Joseph brought home the win.

The Lion Den came next. The lions also had four racers register. Parker Grillot entered “Slimer”, Adam Mason brought “Ben Ten, Wendell Troutner went with “Fast,” and Zane Williams named his “Ice skating.”

Wendell raced into third place, Adam took second, and Parker’s “Slimer” oozed all the way to first place. Best of show was awarded to Zane.

Tigers sported three race cars, and two Pikachus. Jackson Cook was “Pikachu” while Daniel Crill followed with “Pikachu 2”.  Racing all these Pokemon was Grady Delancy’s “Lightening.” Grady bolted into third place, while “Pikachu One” came in Second, and “Pikachu Two” came in First. Best in show went to Jackson Cook’s original Pikachu.

The Wolf Den was comprised of two entries, Donivan Boyce’s “Beast” and Logan Trout’s “Mario Racer.”  Logan Trout took home the trophy for Best in Show and Second Place, while Donivan’s “Beast” finished first.

The Bears had the largest field of competitors. Six total racers. Connor Coup sported an “Aqua Racer,” Blaze Kline brought “Blazin,” Camden McCartney used “Ursa”, Levi Vanlerberg entered “Ice Cream Sandwich,” and Rhys Williams took his “Turtle car” to the line. Rhys took Best in Show, while Connor sped away with third, Levi sandwiched to second, and Camden brought home the gold.

Joe Novak took first in the Open Race (18 and up) defeating Tim Troutner. Leah Trout was the only open winner in the 17 and under age group.

The overall winner was Daniel Crill.

We would like to thank everyone that came to cheer our scouts on. We would also like to thank the Den Leaders, Den Chiefs-Alex Trout, Jesse Vanlerberg, Zach Trout, Isaiah Boyce, and Leah Trout, The North Baltimore Gleanors, Tammy and Eric Trout, Chris North, and Joe Novak for all of the help with the cars.

All first and second place winners will be eligible to participate in our District Pinewood Derby, which is hosted and held by North Baltimore High School this year. On March 16th, Scouts from all over Wood County will be participating in District Derby Action. Come and cheer them on!  

NB Fire 6th Toys for Tots

Funds and TOYS go to benefit children in our local community.

The North Baltimore Fire Departments 6th Annual Toys for Tots gathered over $1,400 in cash donations and a bunch of TOYS!

These funds and TOYS go to benefit children in our local community.


Bump, Eat, Strike!

There were even a few 300 games!…..

A Bowling Party Extravaganza for Pack #372

Submitted by Jennifer Vanlerberg

 The bumpers were up and the pizza was “Heavenly” on Sunday,December 9th.  Pack #372 was treated to Heavenly Pizza and bowling as a reward for all of the service projects completed earlier this year. Twenty scouts, along with siblings and parents were there at the Ten Pin on Main Street, ready to get a few strikes.There were even a few 300 games! (Ok, if you add the total of number of pins for all of the bowlers in a lane.)

The boys were each given their official Pinewood Derby racing kits from Cubmaster, Eric Trout, along with the rules and regulations for each. This year’s Pinewood Derby has a slightly earlier date, January 20th,so let’s all get those cars cut, sanded, and painted over Christmas break!There will be a weigh in prior to the race on January 16th at the Scout House from 6:30 to 8:00. This is the time to make adjustments and modify weight if needed. If your scout has not yet received their car kit, you can contact Eric Trout at (419) 262-3967.

 The fun doesn’t stop when the snow starts flying. There isplenty more fun to come. Along with January’s Pinewood Derby, there will also be the biennial Mom/Scout Birdhouse Auction on February 10th.  This is a special event where the houses (or bird feeders) are made with love by a scout and a special lady, (Mom, Aunt,Grandmother, etc.). Money raised helps to fund scout events like Camp Berry and our late night pool party.

We wish all of the families and friends of Pack #372 a Wonderful and Happy Holiday Season.

Photos from Chamber Santa Visit to Downtown NB

The North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce along with several sponsors welcomed Santa, Mrs. Claus and several elves to Bob Kelley, Inc. on South Main Street.

The North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce along with several sponsors welcomed Santa, Mrs. Claus and several elves to Bob Kelley, Inc. on South Main Street.

The Chamber offered horse-drawn carriage rides, a chance to share your wish list with that Jolly Old Elf and his Mrs., a chance to win a bicycle, elves and just plain good, cute and well-behaved children! (nod – nod – wink – wink).

Made possible by our generous sponsors:
Bob Kelley Chevy-Buick
Briar Hill Health Campus
Cyber Solutions
Newlove Realty

Enjoy these photos from Katie

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North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce
124 E Broadway (West of the Post Office alley)
PO Box 284
North Baltimore, OH 45872

Call the Chamber or more information: 419-857-8130

NBACC Santa Visit 12/5

TOMORROW – Come meet Santa & Mrs. Claus! Giveaways, cookies, train displays, free horse-drawn wagon rides!

Come meet Santa & Mrs. Claus! Giveaways, cookies, train displays, free horse-drawn wagon rides!

Horse Drawn wagon rides are very popular

Santa is scheduled to arrive here in North Baltimore on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 6:30 pm.  at Bob Kelley Chevy-Buick on South Main Street in North Baltimore.

Made possible by our generous sponsors:
Bob Kelley Chevy-Buick
Briar Hill Health Campus
Cyber Solutions
Newlove Realty

North Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce
124 E Broadway
PO Box 284
North Baltimore, OH 45872

Call the Chamber or more information: 419-857-8130

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Troop 315 December Newsletter

from Shawn Benjamin, Scout Master – Another year of scouting is winding down and Holiday’s are here. 

Troop 315 December 2018 – Newsletter
from Shawn Benjamin, Scout Master
Another year of scouting is winding down and Holiday’s are here.  As for myself;  Scouting is the gift that lasts year round.  I started with the troop in 2010 and going into 2019,  It’s now clear that the world of scouting is, very much, a vocation.  Beyond volunteering, it’s a way of life;  The connection you see when a scout joins our troop at 10 1/2 and then goes off to do great things as an adult,  be it college, military, or a great blue-collar career,  I feel gifted to know, I had a part in that.   I see it in their smiles, their enthusiasm, laughter, silliness and most of all, dedication to a group that becomes, more family, than anything else,  We look out for each other,  step up to help with needs and projects.  Not be afraid, rather, proud of the uniform and what it stands for.

Yep, this is a pretty mushy scoutmaster minute, but I feel it important to let everyone know just how dedicated I and all the leaders and scouts who are part of Troop 315 are.  It brings an abundance of smiles during every get-together.  In preparation for 2019, I’m, going to ask my Assistant Scoutmasters to fill some of the spots in our meetings that keep the scouts excited.  I know they are very capable and my wish is for them to keep the upbeat tone we all know and love about our troop.

Santa Visit

Show up at Bob Kelley Chevrolet at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, December 5,  for the annual Santa Claus Visit.  We have 10 Elf costumes so first to show up gets to be an elf.  Our job is crowd control and working with the families as they make their way to see Santa.  Great P.R. event.  
December is the month all scouts need to renew their Boy Scout membership for the upcoming year.  $33.00 is the fee each boy must pay for 2019 program.  These dues go directly to National after we collect.  Final date to pay them is December 30, 2018.  The troop can deduct them from your scout accounts or can be paid by cash or check to the troop.  Very important that you don’t miss the deadline. This will cause a scout to drop from our membership roster and will not allow us to cover him with insurance during any outing or group event.  I will contact parents if I see that their scout does not have enough in their scout account.
If you haven’t picked up your wreaths yet.  See Dawn at the flower shop to complete your order.  I will need a copy of your order form to figure how much each scout makes for his account.  
Meat Sticks
All meat stick orders can be turned in on Sunday, December 2,  I will place orders on the following Monday.  There will be a 2nd order placed as a makeup on December 17.   It takes a week for it to process and arrive.
Video Game Night
Back by popular demand, our annual Scout lock-in.  We will leave scout house at 3:00 pm to go to Ohio Skate in Maumee,  til 6:30 pm then travel back to Bowling Green Pizza Hut for supper, then back to scout house for the video game lock-in.  Cost for all this is $15.00 which I will collect before we leave.  I ask that all scouts be picked up by 8:00 am the following Sunday after they clean the scout house up.
Cub Lock-in
Saturday, January 12, 2019, Our troop annually helps the district run the Cub Lock in,  We will need volunteers to help play games with the cubs into the wee hours of the morning.  More to come on that event
Klondike Camp at Berry
We have been invited to camp at Berry and participate in their winter camp On January 18 – 20th.  We will rent a cabin for the event, Cost is $10.00 plus a grocery list will go out.  
In regards to girls in Scouts B.S.A.
In regards to the introduction of girls into Boy Scouts of America,  Troop 315 will continue to remain an all-male troop.  If interest in a female troop exists in North Baltimore,  Requirements for a charter, 2 deep leadership, committee, and 5 female youth will need to organize.  Troop 315 will be available to help educate and direct anyone willing to organize a female BSA troop.  Troop 315 will continue to be known as a traditional troop due to its status as all male. This program will be available in February for interested North Baltimore residents
Quote from Baden Powell
“If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk.”
Shawn Benjamin

Tidying Up Our Trail

THANK YOU SCOUTS!!! Nearly five bags of trash were collected and sticks and other debris were cleared to make the trail safer for walkers, runners, and bikers this fall…..

Submitted By Jennifer Vanlerberg

If you drove perpendicular to the Slippery Elm Trail this past Sunday, November 4th, you may have spotted them. There were, after all, approximately two dozen of them. This year’s Slippery Elm Trail clean up had 25 participants in the form of Cub Scouts from Pack #372, parents, siblings, grandparents, and one canine companion.

Thank you to Cub Scouts–Pack#372 for helping to clean up the Slippery Elm Trail near North Baltimore.

There were three Boy Scouts from Troop #315, who have dual roles as Boy Scouts and Cub Scout Den Chiefs. (Thanks to Zach Trout, Alex Trout, and Jesse Vanlerberg for your help!)

With all of this assistance, we were able to cover Quarry Road to Oil Center Road.

Prior to venturing out, Cubmaster Eric Trout went over the scout philosophy of “Leave no trace.” Scouts were reminded not to litter, or take any of nature home with them.

Nearly five bags of trash were collected and sticks and other debris were cleared to make the trail safer for walkers, runners, and bikers this fall.

Some of the same scouts participated in both the 2018 “Scouting for food” service project/collection of American flags at our local cemeteries, and the Slippery Elm Trail clean up.

We appreciate everyone that assisted with these important community service opportunities and hope the boys will enjoy our annual Bowling Party in December as a reward for hard work well done.