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Camp Alaska
We will be leaving the scout house for Camp Berry on Friday, March 2 @ 6:00pm.    We will return on Sunday, March 4 at 9:30 to 10:00am ish.  Most scouts have ambitiously said they are going out and doing the 24 hr survival part of the weekend and we will send them off after breakfast Saturday morning.  No uniforms needed ;  Their requirements are
 
Hike 1/4 mile out to their site with their gear
 
build a shelter / sleep in it
 
cook all their meals over their own heat source ( fire, camp stove, etc.)

 

last the 24 hours time duration

 
Scouts can buddy up with a fellow scout for the outing. 
 
Scouts will need a tarp, rope, layers of clothing, extra socks, food/ water for themselves, pocket knife , matches,  sleeping bag, mess kits all packed in a hiking back pack fashion.  They will be eating 3 meals at their camp site
 
The troop has rented a cabin nearby and will have it heated and staffed in case a scout or scouts decide not to endure the challenge.  Scouts may also opt out of the survival and just cabin camp for the weekend.  either way.  we have the entire Camp Berry grounds for the weekend
 
There is no cost for this camp and Friday meal / Saturday breakfast will be served.  In the event we have multiple scouts who chose to cabin camp.  We’ll have food for them to cook. 
 
Adult Leaders attending are,  Tim Brown, Ed Kaman, Shawn Benjamin, Antheny Morrison & whoever else wants to brave the cold. 
Blue & Gold
Cub Scout Pack 372 is having their Blue and Gold and Webelos crossover ceremony on
March 4.@ 6:00pm.  Our troop will be there for the bridge crossing ceremony in full Class A uniform with sash & hat.  Location:   American legion.   There are 6 Webelos 2 scouts who may join our troop. 
First Aid Meet
 
Attention All Boy Scouts,  Webelos –   Van leaves scouthouse at 6:40pm  Friday
We have rescheduled the Annual Wood District First Aid Meet for Friday, March 9th
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Gym
315 S. College Ave. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
Registration begins at 7pm, program begins at 7:30pm
 
This is a great opportunity to review and practice your First Aid and lifesaving skills in realistic scenarios. All of the skills and scenarios will be in line with the information available in the current Boy Scout handbook and the First Aid merit badge book.
 
Summer camp details and preparation
 
Camp Frontier Leaders Guide   https://www.psrweb.org/LeaderGuide
 
Camp Berry Leaders Guide   http://www.blackswampbsa.org/camping/boy-scout-camping/63247
 
Here’s a recap of my summer camp reminder from last newsletter.  Camp is just 3 months away.  and early bird payment is due by May 1st approx. 60 days.  Don’t let these dates get away from you.I would recommend all first year campers to attend Camp Berry due to its great Baden Powell program for first year campers but you can attend either or both
 
Scouts from our troop will have 3 ways to enjoy camp in 2018.  1:)  Pioneer Scout reservation from June 17 thru 23 in Pioneer Ohio   Cost 287.00    Option 2:)  Camp Berry in Findlay July 1st thru 7th.  Cost 295.00  Option 3:)   2 weeks of camp, going to both Berry and Pioneer   Cost – $582.00   Either way you choose,  We can also do a pre payment plan into your accounts to spread out paying for camp.  All prices are based on Early bird registration paying  before May 1st. 
 
Parents may attend camp but here are the requirements.  You need to be a registered adult leader with a BSA physical completed,  Cost is $107.00 for yourself.   National requires all adults to be registered, background checked and have taken Youth Protection training before attending resident camp.
 
BSA Physical requirement for all scouts and adults who attend resident camp and are required every year.  You have until June 1st to have this completed and it works best if there is a sports physical being done or annual check up you can include this on.  Here is the link to a PDF version you can fill out and take to your doctor.
 
Personal Finance Merit Badge
 
We will be working on this merit badge through March and maybe a little of April.  All scouts will learn about money, banking, stocks, and lending .  There will be a take home projects that involves household spending and major purchase.
Merit Badge Sign up  will be in the last 2 weeks of April for both camps.  Take a look at the leaders guides and there will be a section on available merit badges and times they are held.  We will work on them and have a parents summer camp Q & A night towards the end of April at the meeting
Final Speech of Sir. Robert Baden Powell before his death
“If you have ever seen the play Peter Pan you will remember how the pirate chief was always making his dying speech because he was afraid that possibly when the time came for him to die he might not have time to get it off his chest. It is much the same with me, and so, although I am not at this moment dying, I shall be doing so one of these days and I want to send you a parting word of goodbye.

Remember, it is the last you will ever hear from me, so think it over.

I have had a most happy life and I want each one of you to have as happy a life too.

I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life. Happiness doesn’t come from being rich, nor merely from being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy, so that you can be useful and so can enjoy life when you are a man.

Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one.

But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn come to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best. “Be Prepared” in this way, to live happy and to die happy – stick to your Scout promise always – even after you have ceased to be a boy – and God help you do it.”  

 
Shawn Benjamin
nbtroop315@aol.com

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