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Troop 315 Busy Newsletter

Troop 315 Busy Newsletter (Oct. 2018)
from Scoutmaster Shawn Benajmin
 
Oh yes;  We have a lot on the schedule for October.  Chime into any activity you would like to go to. On some weekends.  Our leaders are going in two different directions.   The pictures below are from Join Scouting Night,  Camp at Bradner and Joe teaching scouts to do lashings
I’d like to take this opportunity to tell a little story about our troop. particularly, one scout who made me think.  Isaiah B.  Isaiah crossed over last March from cubs and is nearing his first year as a Boy Scout.   This young man smiles quite a bit,  His attitude and personality shines through the group due to his “Happy Camper”  charm.  Isaiah stopped to chit chat at the last camp and said to me,  ” Shawn,  You know why I like scouts……   I get to be myself”.  Immediately, I knew what he meant.  You see scouts can come to our troop and feel comfortable just as they are.  Perhaps this may be influenced by my youth days in scouting and wanting to ensure that all boys who join Troop 315 can enjoy scouting with no need to worry about fitting in.  As Mr. Rogers always said,  “We like you just the way you are”
 
October 5-7   
 
Camperall at Pioneer Scout Reservation.  Any scout who has not experienced summer camp or would love to celebrate 50 years of PSR can attend.  Cost is $15.00 and includes all activities and program areas that are open.  Root Beer Cantina and fireworks on Saturday night.   We will leave scout house at 6:30 pm right after Homecoming parade.  Pack class A but you won’t need til Saturday, mess kits, camping supplies.  We will return home by 10:30 am Sunday.  here is an email I received in regards to the Camperall :
 
The Erie Shores Council, Camp Frontier 50th Celebration Camporall is quickly approaching, and the countless volunteers and staff are hard at work putting on the final touches of what will be an amazing and exciting event for all Scouts. I wanted to reach out and take the time to send you some very important information regarding event logistics and hopefully help answer some of the questions you might have as we get closer to the event. Please see some common questions with answers listed below.
When does check in start?
Check-in will be open from 5:00-9:30 pm Friday night. You will be directed to parking when you arrive and then to your designated camping area.
What paperwork do I need to have?
All participants (youth and adult) must have the BSA Health form (attached) parts A and B only. Please have these ready to turn in when you arrive.
Where are we camping?
Camping will be in the large field north of Lake MacNichol, Parking will be in the astronomy field directly next to the camping field. Fresh water tanks and latrines will be setup for use in the camping area. Troops are encouraged to fill up their water containers at home and arrive with them in their troop trailer to help alleviate lines at the water filling stations. Campsites will be measured out and each troop will receive an area sized appropriately based on pre-registered Scouts. Troops of 12 people or less will be given 2000 Sq. Ft, Troops of 13-24 people will be given 3000 Sq. Ft, Troops of 25-36 will be given 4000 Sq. Ft, and Troops larger than 36 people will be given more space according to their numbers. Keep in mind the average tent is around 48 Sq. Ft, the average dining fly around 600 Sq. Ft, and average Troop trailer around 150 Sq. ft. Camping area are all open and grassy. Troops are required to bring all their own camping equipment.
What is the Schedule for the day/what activities are being offered?
Please check out https://www.psrweb.org/Camporall2018 to download the weekend schedule and activity listing.
What Meals are provided?
Lunch on Saturday and Breakfast on Sunday will be provided. Troops are responsible for bringing and cooking all other meals.
Do Scout need to bring money?
Scouts can attend the Camporall with no money at all and have a great time. Please note however that the trading post will be open the entire day and there will also be t-shirts for sale that scouts can choose to custom screen print themselves with the Camporall logo for $10 each. Float at the Root Beer Cantina are provided with the cost of the event at no extra charge.
What time can we leave on Sunday morning?
Troop can pack up and leave as soon as they would like Sunday morning. Troops are encouraged to attend our non-denominational vespers service at 7:00am. We will also be serving donuts, milk, and coffee for breakfast at our vespers service for those who attend
Steve Porter | Camp Frontier Director
 
October 5  
 
Homecoming Parade,  Line up at 5:00pm. Friday  at Powell school.  Step off at 5:30pm.  We will then head to scout house to pack and leave for PSR.  Class A uniform for parade.  
 
October 13
 
Community Service at Hoytville.  We will need volunteers to help with their village work day,  Only a few hours but great for your scout book advancements.   We will leave the scout house at 8:30am Saturday morning.  Bring water bottle.  Wear Class B T Shirt
 
October 13
 
Older scout opportunity for parking lot duty in Van Buren for Soccer Tournament.  Hard work and we need a6-8 scouts 13 or older to help with that.  Meet at scout house at 6:30 am Saturday morning,  Tammy Trout and Tiffany Bowling will be transporting scouts that morning.  Pack a sack lunch for the day. We will be done at 4:00 pm.  Class B T Shirt
 
October 14
 
Again, Older scouts will be parking cars at the Apple butter fest in Grand Rapids , OH.  We will leave at an early 6:00am at Scout house and spend the day there till 4:00 pm.  Frank Boes, Joe White and myself will be in charge of that event.   Frank and I plan on cooking lunch that day so no need for sack lunch. Class B T Shirt
 
October 21
 
Latin Mass trip to Toledo with our Ad Alteri Dei class.  parents are welcome to come.  This is a traditional Latin Mass that was used from the year 1570 to 1965.  A living treasure of the Catholic church.  We will leave the scout house at 8:00am.  Dress nice for church.  
 
October 21
 
Scout meetings resume and Meat Stick  / Wreath fundraiser sheets will be handed out.  These fundraisers will go on through October and into November.  We will extend the meat sticks a little longer but will have 2 order by dates so we can fill in on a second meat stick bulk order as needed.   The wreaths will be ready on the Sunday following Thanksgiving and Dawns Flower Shop will be preparing those for us again.  Thanks, Dawn
 
October 27
 
Scouting for food will take place in North Baltimore,  All scouts who can help, show up at the scout house at 9:45 am.  We will pick up food bags in the community and drop off at the Bridge church on Tarr St.  I will need 1 to 2 parents with trucks to assist that morning.  I will take 1 – 2 hours total.  
 
October 27
 
Halloween Parade.  Line up is at 6:30pm Step off is at 7:00.  We will start at the park again and end at the Fire Station with cider and doughnuts.  All scouts wanting to march can wear their costume and we will then go to the cemetery for the Cub scout Hay Ride.  Parents can pick up all scouts at the scout house following the event. Should be at 9:30pm.  
 
Merit Badges
 
When we resume meetings, Mike Julien will be teaching Electricity and Home Repair merit badges through November and December.  Our scouts will be helping with small repairs at the scout house while earning these merit badges including finishing our cabinets /sink and remodeling the bathrooms.  Any adult who has talent in these areas are asked to help out during the meetings .  Tasks such as setting a toilet, PVC plumbing, tile work, and painting are all part of the needs.  
 
Bowling Party
 
Looking ahead,  We do have a bowling party scheduled to take the place of meeting on Sunday, November 25 at Ten Pin Lanes.  Free event for all scouts from 2pm to 4pm
 
Quote from Lord Baden Powell
 
“There is no teaching to compare with example.”

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