Charlottesville,VA
Boy Scouts of America

Newsletters

February Newsletter 2016

Troop 111 Info

Planning Meetings

Committee Meeting – Second Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church

PLC Meeting – Third Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church

Upcoming Dates:

 

Scout Sunday

When: February 7

To show our appreciation to our chartering organization, on February 7th Troop 111 Scouts and adult leaders are encouraged to attend service at Grace Community Church.  Please wear your class A uniform.

From the Scout Handbook – “A Scout is reverent. A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.”

The Boy Scouts of America designates this Sunday as Scout Sunday, which is the primary day to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. In the instance of the United Methodist Church, Scout Sunday is celebrated on the second Sunday in February.

Scout Sunday – United Methodist Church

When: February 14

From the Scout Handbook – “A Scout is reverent. A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.”

The Boy Scouts of America designates this Sunday as Scout Sunday, which is the primary day to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. In the instance of the United Methodist Church, Scout Sunday is celebrated on the second Sunday in February.

King Family Vineyard

February 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – February 21, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

Permissions can be found online – Once they are approved.

Troop Leadership Training

March 5 @ Grace Community Church. More info TBD. Will not be an overnight.

Pack 174 Crossover

When: March 5
Where: TBD

One of Scouting’s greatest challenges is to make the next level of Scouting readily available for a young man once he meets the joining requirements from Webelos to Boy Scouts. This is a time of great excitement and enthusiasm, but also one of change and uncertainty. Troop 111 typically support Webelos crossover events to welcome and build enthusiasm among boys and their parents for the exciting challenges that await them in Boy Scouting.

We will need parents and Scouts to help with this event. Event details are still TBD but post this on your calendar for now.

Duncan Knob Backpacking

March 11, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – March 13, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

Permissions can be found online – Once they are approved.

Court of Honor
WHEN: March 6, 2016 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
WHERE: Grace Community Church – 5146 Dickerson Road – Charlottesville, VA 22911.
In the Boy Scouts of America a court of honor is a troop activity where scouts and their families come together to get their awards, and have a good time together. It is important for the scouts’ family members to be there for their scouts receiving his rank advancement, merit badges, and other awards.
Troop 111 will be sharing a meal, potluck style, before the ceremony. Families are asked to bring:

For the COH information, set-up patrols are to arrive @ 12:45. COH will begin @ 1:30. We will be having the Friends of Scouting presentation.

Last name starting with A-L: main dish and a dessert, plus a drink (juice, tea, soda) to share.
Last name starting with M-Z: main dish and a side dish, plus a drink (juice, tea, soda) to share.

Patrols assignments are below:
Set-up: Frogs & Panthers~~please arrive at 12:45
Clean-up: FA & Cobras
Questions for the COH please email:  mtneer57@ymail.com for more info.

—–Previous Trips—–

January Newsletter 2016

Troop 111 Info

Planning Meetings

Committee Meeting – Second Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church

PLC Meeting – Third Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church

Upcoming Dates:

 

King Family Vineyard

February 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – February 21, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

Permissions can be found online – Once they are approved.

Day Hike

Pictures from the day hike can be found on Flickr

Permission slips

—–Previous Trips—–

November Newsletter 2015

Troop 111 Info

Planning Meetings

Committee Meeting – Second Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church

PLC Meeting – Third Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church

Upcoming Dates:

 

Cyber Safety Brief

Cyber Safety Brief presentation by the Albemarle County Police

Court of Honor

Court of Honor

WHEN: December 8, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Grace Community Church – 5146 Dickerson Road – Charlottesville, VA 22911. In the Boy Scouts of America a court of honor is a troop activity where scouts and their families come together to get their awards, and have a good time together. It is important for the scouts’ family members to be there for their scouts receiving his rank advancement, merit badges, and other awards.

Troop 111 will be sharing a dessert after the ceremony.

Families are asked to bring a dessert, and drink (juice, tea, soda) to share.

Patrols assignments are below:

  • Set-up: Frogs & Panthers – please arrive at 6:45 for set-up.
  • Clean-up: FA & Cobras – please plan to stay after the Court of Honor, until released by the SPL.
Christmas Creek
WHEN: December 11, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – December 13, 2015 @ 1:00 pm
WHERE: Christmas Creek

Permission Slip

ZORT: Camp Shenandoah
WHEN: November 20, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – November 23, 2015 @ 1:00 pm
WHERE: Camp Shenandoah, 222 Boy Scout Lane, Swoope, VA 24479

Permission Slip

—–Previous Trips—–

October Newsletter 2015

Troop 111 Info

Planning Meetings

Committee Meeting – Second Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church

PLC Meeting – Third Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church

Upcoming Dates:

 

Apple Harvest

THE 37TH ANNUAL APPLE HARVEST 2015

October 30 – Nov 1, 2014 – Pleasant Grove, Fluvanna Co.

Apple Harvest Trail Run 5k Info

Permission Slip

ZORT: Camp Shenandoah
WHEN: November 20, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – November 23, 2015 @ 1:00 pm
WHERE: Camp Shenandoah, 222 Boy Scout Lane, Swoope, VA 24479

Permission Slip

Popcorn Money Due

All Popcorn money is due at Troop Meeting.

Life to Eagle

Troop 111 will host another “Life-to-Eagle” seminar, Oct. 20, for interested Life and Star Scouts and their parents during the weekly troop meeting in the church sanctuary. The seminar will cover the steps needed to complete the path from Life to Eagle, with emphasis on the Eagle project, and include this year’s updates to the Eagle requirements. If you are unable to make this seminar, contact Jim Funk for an alternate date. Click above link for more info.

Scouting for Food—Bags/ Hangers Out

Scouting for Food is an ongoing annual program of the Boy Scouts of America begun in 1985 that collects food for local food banks. It is a project rooted in the very foundation of the Scouting movement and its dedication to do an implement the Scout Slogan and do good turn daily. Please check the Troop calendar for dates and times.

—–Previous Trips—–

Canoe - Pictures and report for the Aug 28-30 Canoe Trip – TBD

September Newsletter 2015

Troop 111 Info

Planning Meetings

Committee Meeting – Second Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church

PLC Meeting – Third Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church

Upcoming Dates:

 

Apple Harvest

THE 37TH ANNUAL APPLE HARVEST 2015

October 30 – Nov 1, 2014 – Pleasant Grove, Fluvanna Co.

Apple Harvest Trail Run 5k Info

Permission Slip

ZORT: Camp Shenandoah
WHEN: November 20, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – November 23, 2015 @ 1:00 pm
WHERE: Camp Shenandoah, 222 Boy Scout Lane, Swoope, VA 24479

Permission Slip

Court of Honor

Court of Honor
WHEN: September 20, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
WHERE: Grace Community Church – 5146 Dickerson Road – Charlottesville, VA 22911In the Boy Scouts of America a court of honor is a troop activity where scouts and their families come together to get their awards, and have a good time together. It is important for the scouts’ family members to be there for their scouts receiving his rank advancement, merit badges, and other awards.

Troop 111 will be sharing a meal, potluck style, before the ceremony. Families are asked to bring:

Last name starting with A-L: main dish, dessert, and drink (juice, tea, soda) to share.
Last name starting with M-Z: main dish, side dish, and drink (juice, tea, soda) to share.

Patrols assignments are below:
Set-up: Frogs & Panthers~~please arrive at 12:30
Clean-up: FA & CobrasQuestions for the COH please email:  mtneer57@ymail.com for more info.
Life to Eagle

Troop 111 will host another “Life-to-Eagle” seminar, Oct. 20, for interested Life and Star Scouts and their parents during the weekly troop meeting in the church sanctuary. The seminar will cover the steps needed to complete the path from Life to Eagle, with emphasis on the Eagle project, and include this year’s updates to the Eagle requirements. If you are unable to make this seminar, contact Jim Funk for an alternate date. Click above link for more info.

Scouting for Food—Bags/ Hangers Out

Scouting for Food is an ongoing annual program of the Boy Scouts of America begun in 1985 that collects food for local food banks. It is a project rooted in the very foundation of the Scouting movement and its dedication to do an implement the Scout Slogan and do good turn daily. Please check the Troop calendar for dates and times.

2016 Planning Session

Troop Boy Leadership will be planning the next 16 months of activities. Scout if you have any suggestions for activities, please inform your partol leader ASAP. Adults with idea’s can pass them on to the SPL.

Troop Leadership Training

Sept 12 @ Grace Community Church. More info TBD. Will not be an overnight.

—–Previous Trips—–

Canoe - Pictures and report for the Aug 28-30 Canoe Trip – TBD

August Newsletter 2015

Troop 111 Info

Planning Meetings

Committee Meeting – Second Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church

PLC Meeting – Third Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church

Upcoming Dates:

 

Court of Honor

Court of Honor
WHEN: September 20, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
WHERE: Grace Community Church – 5146 Dickerson Road – Charlottesville, VA 22911In the Boy Scouts of America a court of honor is a troop activity where scouts and their families come together to get their awards, and have a good time together. It is important for the scouts’ family members to be there for their scouts receiving his rank advancement, merit badges, and other awards.

Troop 111 will be sharing a meal, potluck style, before the ceremony. Families are asked to bring:

Last name starting with A-L: main dish, dessert, and drink (juice, tea, soda) to share.
Last name starting with M-Z: main dish, side dish, and drink (juice, tea, soda) to share.

Patrols assignments are below:
Set-up: Frogs & Panthers~~please arrive at 12:30
Clean-up: FA & CobrasQuestions for the COH please email:  mtneer57@ymail.com for more info.
Canoe Trip

The August 28-30 canoe trip on the James River. We will be camping at Buckingham. The cost for the trip is $46.00. The permission slip and money are due no later than the end of the troop meeting on August 18th. There are only 24 seats reserved for this canoe trip, so get your money and permission slip in as soon as possible!!!

Canoe Trip

The August 28-30 canoe trip on the James River. We will be camping at Buckingham. The cost for the trip is $46.00. The permission slip and money are due no later than the end of the troop meeting on August 18th. There are only 24 seats reserved for this canoe trip, so get your money and permission slip in as soon as possible!!!

Troop Leadership Training

Sept 12 @ Grace Community Church. More info TBD. Will not be an overnight.

—–Previous Trips—–

2015 Summer AT Hike - Day 1 Walked Day 2 Walked some more Day 3 Walked even more Day 4 Walked again Here is a link to the Hike Planning Page
2015 Beach Journal of a Scoutmaster - Day One… Hi all parents and caregivers , We all arrived safely to the Outer Banks. Cobra patrol made a fine hot dog and hamburger dinner. Boys are flying kites and enjoying time around camp. All are excited to swim in the ocean tomorrow . Day 1 winding down with a beautiful star lit night. […]

July Newsletter 2015

Troop 111 Info

Planning Meetings

Committee Meeting – Second Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church

PLC Meeting – Third Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church

Upcoming Dates:

 

2015 Beach Journal of a Scoutmaster

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Day One…

Hi all parents and caregivers ,
We all arrived safely to the Outer Banks. Cobra patrol made a fine hot dog and hamburger dinner. Boys are flying kites and enjoying time around camp. All are excited to swim in the ocean tomorrow . Day 1 winding down with a beautiful star lit night.

From OBX,
Mike Nelson

Day Two…

IMG_1089Hello from OBX,
Day 2 started with some PT insisted by Nathan K. Lots of beach time !!
Great dinner prepared by older boys. Lasagna yummy!! A little buggy tonight so boys turning in earlier. Overall a great scout day. Heading to Jockeys Ridge and Kitty Hawk kites and shops tomorrow .
Until tomorrow ..,..
Good night  from OBX ,
Mike N

Day Three…

Hello from OBX ,
Well the boys just finished cobbler. Today we weathered the heat advisory on Jockey Ridge ( a very large sand dune) . Boys enjoyed flying kites purchased at Kitty Hawk kites.  The troop spent sometime here shopping around, eating ice cream , and staying out of the sun. Good news no bugs at this point, however lots of wind, like 15-30mph is my best guess. The boys helped out a family in need with setting up and securing tent in the very windy conditions . Troop 111 to the rescue!
Your boys are doing well and continue to develop as a team. Well I am going to sign off until tomorrow. We plan a beach day and much leisure time.

Signing off from windy OBX ,
Mike N

Day Four…

IMG_1086Hello all,
Well today we woke up to rain, but it passed and we made it to the beach for a swim and even some boys did PT on the beach. They had an opportunity to be sugar cookies is they were involved.
Afternoon treat of ice cream sandwiches. Some had a second round of beach time and others had free time around camp.
Dinner Frogs and panthers made Stir Fry and it was yummy. We took a walk across street to Oregon Inlet fishing center to enjoy a beautiful sunset. Now as I write this note I have on a mosquito net. Your boys all continue to do well, even with heat advisory, wind, rain, and lots of bugs.. They are all looking forward to fishing at Jeanette Pier in Nags Head tomorrow. Well until tomorrow….,

From OBX,
Mike N

Day Five…

Hello from OBX ,
Currently we are sitting vehicles waiting a rain storm with thunder and lightning. The day started off at Jeanette’s Pier fishing. We did not have a successful day, but talking with others this week has not been a good fishing week. Later boys went to the beach to swim followed by a dinner of fried chicken, hush puppies, watermelon, and fruit cocktail. Followed by funnel cakes, all prepared by adults and KP done by boys. Great team work! Your boys continue to do well and weather the various challenges. Tomorrow boys are expressing interest in more beach time by Jeanette’s pier. They want a change of scenery, hmmmmm.
Well I will sign out for now from my van in OBX , waiting the storm to pass.

Surfs up,
Mike N.

Day Six…IMG_1104

Hello everyone,
Well we made it through a tough night of stormy weather. Due to 4am wake up call for hazardous weather protocol (go to cars), boys slept to 0800. After breakfast we spent the afternoon at the aquarium  on Roanoke Island . On our way driving through Manteo we had some of the finest ice cream at a local shop. We got a scout deal and in fact the owner went to FUMA. Good times! Boys managed one more beach swim, followed by chicken kabobs and fruit for diner. Troop gear is packed and plan is to rise at 0600, final load, church services , and hit the road at 0800.
Overall the boys have had a fun filled adventure and have continued to grow as patrols.
We look forward to our safe return with many great memories.

Signing out from Oregon Inlet,

Mike N

AD ALTARE DEI Religious Emblem

A variety of religious emblems programs are used by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to encourage youth to learn about their faith and to recognize adults who provide significant service to youth in a religious environment. These religious programs are created, administered and awarded by the various religious groups, not the BSA, but each program must be recognized by the BSA. The purpose of the Ad Altare Dei (To the Altar of God) program is to help Boy Scouts of the Roman Catholic rite to develop fully a Christian way of life within their parishes. Mr. Danilich will offer an Ad Altare Dei program to any interested boys starting in the summer and into the Fall. Any interested boy should contact Mr. Danilich as soon as possible.
Summer Schedule

Here is the summer schedule.   This includes all the weekly meetings in the summer months, June through August.

All meetings will run 6:30-8:00 unless otherwise noted.

June:

  • 2nd: COH @ Chris Greene Lake
  • 9th: Swim Test @ Hollymead Pool
  • 16th: Shakedown for Beach Trip: Ultimate
  • 23rd: Beach Trip: No meeting.
  • 30th: Orienteering Course (6-8 pm)

July

  • 7th:  Matchbox Rockets
  • 14th: Shakedown, Obstacle Course
  • 21st: Summer Camp: No meeting.
  • 28th: Exothermic/ Endothermic Ice Cream.

August

  • 4th: Kickball OGs vs Scouts
  • 11th: Mr. Williams
  • 17th: PLC
  • 18th: First uniform meeting @Grace Community Church (7:00- 8:30)
  • 25th: Elections @ Grace Community Church (7:00-8:30)
  • 28th: Canoe Trip

 

2015 Summer Backpacker

8eedc5cb80a35e9ed80ff0f337ad6282[1]2015 Summer Backpacker logistics are:

  • Drop off: on 7/5
  • Pickup: 7/11
  •  Miles planned to hike: 71
  • Cost – somewhere around $90, given the length of the trip.
Drew is working on costs associated with backpacker “add water” only meals.  Not only are they lighter and consume less space, but also provide many options for dinner. More to come on this front.
Items to be resolved:
1. Identify drivers for drop-off.
    1. Need transportation on Sunday, 7/5 for 12 people plus packs.
    2. Appalachian Trail
      1. Ripplemead, VA 24150 (37.414535, -80.584508)
  1. Identify driver for resupply.
    1. One driver will be needed on either 7/7 or 7/8.
    2. Will also need to store resupply gear and consumables.
    3. Will probably drive home with a few items as well.  May want to double bag them. 🙂
    4. Where to resupply – there are a couple options.
  2. Identify drivers for pickup.
    1. Need transportation on Sunday, 7/11 for 12 people plus packs.
    2. Pick up location
      1. Look for the trail just beyond the backpacker sign on the middle
      2. Sunoco Gas Station on the right side is a great place to pickup
  3. Identify at home contact.
    1. Person able to coordinate/communicate between persons on the trail crew and parents at home.  Just in case something unexpected occurs.
  4. Heath Forms.
    1. All scouts and adults who participate on this trip must have a current Part A, B, and C on file.  Part C requires signature of clinician.
    2. http://www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_ABC.pdf
  5. Boys
    1. elect Crew Chief
    2. Decide on menu
    3. begin logistics of trip
    4. identify any allergies
  6. Men
    1. elect Crew Chief
    2. Decide on menu
    3. begin logistics of trip
    4. identify any allergies
2016 Summer Backpacker

8eedc5cb80a35e9ed80ff0f337ad6282[1]2016 Summer Backpacker logistics are:

  • TBD
2015 Summer Camp

======================= Update #1 =======================

 

Need drivers to get us there and back please contact Matt Carroll if you can drive one or both ways.

Shake down is Tuesday July 14, all boys first class and below need to come prepared and packed.

  • Leaving Sunday July 19
  • Report to Sutherland School parking lot at 11:30am
  • Departure for camp at 12pm
  • There is no lunch served at camp on the 19th nor will we be stopping so come having had lunch or with a bag lunch. If you bring a bag lunch make sure it is ok to eat in the car of the driver you are riding with or wait until we get to camp.
  • Family night is Friday 7/24 parents please arrive no earlier than 4pm.  No pets, check in at camp HQ when arrive to receive arm band.  Also on parents night there are multiple options for dinner often camp does an order for pizza (Dominos), Camp provides a nice meal for the boys that meal tickets can be purchased for visiting families or families can bring a picnic dinner.
  • If someone would like to coordinate it I think a troop picnic/pot luck would be an awesome solution, we have a camp fire and some good cooks if someone is interested in coordinating such an event that would be a great option for all.  If you are interested in coordinating such an event please let me know.

======================= Original Post =======================

Summer camp this year will be July 19 – July 25. Please complete all the questions below to help with camp registration, primarily with the selection of merit badge classes or activities. For the schedule of merit badge classes, please see page 4 of the 2015 Camp Shenandoah Program Guide. Prerequisites and descriptions of the merit badges can found later in the same program guide.

Early registration for camp Shenandoah is due 4/28 and will be $250 (total). It will be $275 for any boys adding after May 1st. There are additional fees due for some activities and merit badges. Those fees can be paid before or at the time of camp. There is a program specially tailored for the new scouts at Shenandoah (Timber Mountain) that I will be talking to the boys about in the near future. As well, Camp Shenandoah has high adventure opportunities that I can also discuss with older boys. If the fee is keeping a boy from going please let us know there are opportunities through the troop for assistance.

Adults $85 no early fee break (If you paid initial $100 fee for Ottari talk to Mr. Otto about the difference)

Please make checks out to Troop 111.

Please sign up for merit badges HERE.

For more information about Merit Badges please consult the Camp Shenandoah Program guide.

Start making appointments, if needed, for your annual physicals.  We need forms A, B and C up to date by the date of the trip for any trips over 72 hours.

Canoe Trip

The August 28-30 canoe trip on the James River. We will be camping at Buckingham. The cost for the trip is $46.00. The permission slip and money are due no later than the end of the troop meeting on August 18th. There are only 24 seats reserved for this canoe trip, so get your money and permission slip in as soon as possible!!!

Canoe Trip

The August 28-30 canoe trip on the James River. We will be camping at Buckingham. The cost for the trip is $46.00. The permission slip and money are due no later than the end of the troop meeting on August 18th. There are only 24 seats reserved for this canoe trip, so get your money and permission slip in as soon as possible!!!

June Newsletter 2015

Note: Sharing and Print functions are located at the bottom of the newsletter.

Upcoming Dates:

Planning Meetings

  • Committee Meeting – Second Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church
  • PLC Meeting – Third Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church

Website: www.bsa-troop111.org

Be Prepared

Summer Schedule

Summer meetings are at various locations from June 2nd through August 18th. Scout Class B should be worn. Bring water to drink!

All meetings will run 6:30-8:00 unless otherwise noted.

June:

  • 2nd: COH @ Chris Greene Lake ( 7-8:30 pm)
  • 9th: Swim Test @ Hollymead Pool
  • 16th: Shakedown for Beach Trip: Ultimate
  • 23rd: Beach Trip: No meeting.
  • 30th: Orienteering Course (6-8 pm)

July

  • 7th:  Matchbox Rockets
  • 14th: Shakedown, Obstacle Course
  • 21st: Summer Camp: No meeting.
  • 28th: Exothermic/ Endothermic Ice Cream.

August

  • 4th: Kickball OGs vs Scouts
  • 11th: Mr. Williams
  • 18th: First uniform meeting @Grace Community Church (7:00- 8:30)

Hey Summer Campers and Beach trip goers…

The district is offering a BSA swim test this Friday June 5 at UVA North swimming facility.  This would count for both the beach trip and Summer camp.  For more information see the Flyer. You do not have to go this.  This is a chance to get the test out of the way early which makes the first day at camp smoother and quicker for the troop.
Swim test for Beach week is June 9 at Hollymead Pool and summer camp will still have tests.

BSA Medical Forms – IMPORTANT for SUMMER CAMPS!!!

For most Scouts, it is time to renew their annual medical forms. If a Scout is attending Beach Week or Summer Camp, they need to have Forms A, B, and C completed which includes a physical. If not attending a longer event, a parent needs to update Form A and B annually. ASMs should also update medical forms annually. Medical forms should be given to Treasurer Mr. Otto. The link for Medical Forms can be found under Scout Links on the troop website. If the timing doesn’t work for your insurance coverage, MedExpress provides physicals for $20. Call 978-3998 for the Charlottesville  Seminole Square location. Make sure to bring the form with you.

 

Summer Camp 2015 – Camp

Summer camp this year will be July 19 – July 25. Please complete all the questions below to help with camp registration, primarily with the selection of merit badge classes or activities. For the schedule of merit badge classes, please see page 4 of the 2015 Camp Shenandoah Program Guide. Prerequisites and descriptions of the merit badges can found later in the same program guide.

Early registration for camp Shenandoah is due 4/28 and will be $250 (total). It will be $275 for any boys adding after May 1st. There are additional fees due for some activities and merit badges. Those fees can be paid before or at the time of camp. There is a program specially tailored for the new scouts at Shenandoah (Timber Mountain) that I will be talking to the boys about in the near future. As well, Camp Shenandoah has high adventure opportunities that I can also discuss with older boys. If the fee is keeping a boy from going please let us know there are opportunities through the troop for assistance.

Adults $85 no early fee break (If you paid initial $100 fee for Ottari talk to Mr. Otto about the difference)

Please make checks out to Troop 111.

Please sign up for merit badges HERE.

Start making appointments, if needed, for your annual physicals.  We need forms A, B and C up to date by the date of the trip for any trips over 72 hours.

Court of Honor, June 2 @ Chris Green Lake

In the Scouting a court of honor is a troop activity where scouts and their families come together to recognize the boys hard work, their achievements,  and generally to have a good time together. It is important for the scouting family to be there for their scouts receiving rank advancement, merit badges, and other awards.

The June 2nd Court of Honor will be held at 7pm at Chris Green Lake Shelter. Park in the lot on the left after the entrance and follow the paved path to the shelter. Bring a flashlight, bug spray, and dessert to share. Families are encouraged to attend and can bring a camp chair for comfort.

  • Setup Patrols are FA & Cobras, be there at 6:30 p.m.
  • Cleanup Patrols are Frogs & Panthers.
  • ADDRESS: 4748 Chris Greene Lake Road, Charlottesville, VA
  • DIRECTIONS: Take Route 29 North towards Earlysville; Turn left onto Route 649 (Airport Road); Turn right onto Route 606; Turn left onto Route 850 (Chris Greene Lake Road).

Troop Beach Week June 21-26

Summer is almost here and it is time to get prepared for the traditional  Troop 111 June Beach Trip. This year the troop will be going to Oregon Inlet Campground on the Outer Banks of North Carolina .

We leave the the church June 21st (yes, Father’s Day) and return Saturday, June 27th, in the afternoon. Cost is $100.00 and boys traditionally like to bring their own spending money.  A Scout is thrifty, so start earning and saving boys!

I will have permission slips available via email, as well as hard copies, by next week’s meeting. However, you can reserve a spot by bringing your cash payment tomorrow.  The deadline for reserving a spot is June 9th.  We have room for a total of 30 people maximum…this includes adult leaders and scouts.  Tradition is slots are filled on a first come, first pay basis.  However, keep in mind, we will need adequate number of adults/drivers in order to accommodate scouts.

I will have a brief informational meeting May 26th at 6:45 in the church sanctuary.  If you are interested please plan to attend this meeting.  And as always, feel free to email me with any additional questions.

2015 Summer Backpacker

8eedc5cb80a35e9ed80ff0f337ad6282[1]The 2015 Summer Backpacker is scheduled for July 7th and will be 6 nights and 7 days. Trek will be on the Appalachian trail near Roanoke. More info can be found online.

 Adult volunteer email list

If you would like to be added to or removed from the adult volunteer email list please send email to troop111info@gmail.com. If you are the list you can email all the adult leaders by sending an email to snoopy-troop-111@googlegroups.com. Since this goes to all adult leaders please be sure to use “email discretion”.

AD ALTARE DEI Religous Emblem Program

A variety of religious emblems programs are used by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to encourage youth to learn about their faith and to recognize adults who provide significant service to youth in a religious environment. These religious programs are created, administered and awarded by the various religious groups, not the BSA, but each program must be recognized by the BSA. The purpose of the Ad Altare Dei (To the Altar of God) program is to help Boy Scouts of the Roman Catholic rite to develop fully a Christian way of life within their parishes. Mr. Danilich will offer an Ad Altare Dei program to any interested boys starting in the summer and into the Fall. Any interested boy should contact Mr. Danilich as soon as possible.

Merit Badges

Actually you do need badges to get Eagle. Merit Badges! And Summer is a great time to do them! For a list of Merit badge’s for which troop 111 has counselors visit our website. There are various counselors who have offered their property or time. For example Mr. Dube is a counselor for wilderness survival, please contact him for more info.

May Newsletter 2015

Note: Sharing and Print functions are located at the bottom of the newsletter.

Upcoming Dates:

Planning Meetings

  • Committee Meeting – Second Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church
  • PLC Meeting – Third Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church

Website: www.bsa-troop111.org

Friends of Scouting

Thanks to those that have returned their pledge card. If you have not already, please return the card in the postage paid, addressed envelope that was sent with the card – even if you cannot donate anything this year. Our troop is committed to getting 100% return on cards.

Do a good turn daily

Summer Schedule

Summer meetings are at various locations from June 2rd through August 12th. Scout Class B should be worn. Bring water to drink! The full summer schedule will be published soon.

May DC Trip

The permission slip for the upcoming Washington, DC trip is attached.  On Saturday, we plan to visit Arlington National Cemetery, two Smithsonian museums, and various monuments and memorials around the mall.  It should be a great day. The boys should plan to be in their class A uniforms for the trip up, all day in the district on Saturday and the trip home. They should also have a water bottle, rain gear, good walking shoes, a day pack and probably a little spending money as well.

Thanks to our excellent committee chairman, Mr. Hoeing, we will be staying on private property in Northern Virginia. This will keep the cost down and allow us to have a nice campfire program Saturday evening.

The cost for the trip is $25. This includes the usual cost for food as well as about $12 for Metro passes to get in and out of the city.

Permission slips and cash (no checks) are due by the beginning of the meeting on May 12, but can also be submitted a week early, on May 5.  Earlier is better.

As with all events dues must be paid and current (self -completed) medical forms must be on file in order to go. Any parents who wish to attend and drive boys in their vehicle must have current youth protection training.

Please contact Mr. D if you have any questions.

Summer Camp 2015 – Camp

Summer camp this year will be July 19 – July 25. Please complete all the questions below to help with camp registration, primarily with the selection of merit badge classes or activities. For the schedule of merit badge classes, please see page 4 of the 2015 Camp Shenandoah Program Guide. Prerequisites and descriptions of the merit badges can found later in the same program guide.

Early registration for camp Shenandoah is due 4/28 and will be $250 (total). It will be $275 for any boys adding after May 1st. There are additional fees due for some activities and merit badges. Those fees can be paid before or at the time of camp. There is a program specially tailored for the new scouts at Shenandoah (Timber Mountain) that I will be talking to the boys about in the near future. As well, Camp Shenandoah has high adventure opportunities that I can also discuss with older boys. If the fee is keeping a boy from going please let us know there are opportunities through the troop for assistance.

Adults $85 no early fee break (If you paid initial $100 fee for Ottari talk to Mr. Otto about the difference)

Please make checks out to Troop 111.

Please sign up for merit badges HERE.

Start making appointments, if needed, for your annual physicals.  We need forms A, B and C up to date by the date of the trip for any trips over 72 hours.

 

Court of Honor, June 2 @ Chris Green Lake

In the Scouting a court of honor is a troop activity where scouts and their families come together to recognize the boys hard work, their achievements,  and generally to have a good time together. It is important for the scouting family to be there for their scouts receiving rank advancement, merit badges, and other awards.

The June 2nd Court of Honor will be held at 7pm at Chris Green Lake Shelter. Park in the lot on the left after the entrance and follow the paved path to the shelter. Bring a flashlight, bug spray, and dessert to share. Families are encouraged to attend and can bring a camp chair for comfort.

  • Setup Patrols are FA & Cobras, be there at 6:30 p.m.
  • Cleanup Patrols are Frogs & Panthers.
  • ADDRESS: 4748 Chris Greene Lake Road, Charlottesville, VA
  • DIRECTIONS: Take Route 29 North towards Earlysville; Turn left onto Route 649 (Airport Road); Turn right onto Route 606; Turn left onto Route 850 (Chris Greene Lake Road).

Troop Beach Week June 21-26

If you are starting to plan your summer, make sure to reserve June 21-26 for the Troop Beach trip to Oregon Inlet.

50 Miler

8eedc5cb80a35e9ed80ff0f337ad6282[1]50 miler is scheduled for July 5th and will be 6 nights 7 days. Trek will be on the Appalachian trail near Roanoke. Contact Dave Hietanen for more information

Time for Summer Troop Shirts

Time for summer fun and Summer Troop 111 Snoopy Shirts!  If you want a new one, we will collect up to 2 clean white shirts from you at the beginning of the next two troop meetings, May 5 and May 12.  Make sure that your son’s name is clearly marked – preferably write it on the inside of the shirt – so we can make sure your shirt gets back to you.  Adults can also have a shirt silk-screened.  The new shirts ready for pick up at the June 2 meeting.
Have you outgrown your Summer Troop 111 Snoopy Shirts?  Please bring them into the troop meeting onMay 5 or 12 to pass onto boys in the troop who can wear them.  Remember Scouts are prepared and thrifty.
Would you like to silk screen with Mrs. Kaczka?  Join her at her house on Saturday May 16 at 2:00 p.m. until Please email me at Mrs. Kaczka if you can come.  2-4 boys and/or adults would be great!

BSA Medical Forms – IMPORTANT for SUMMER CAMPS!!!

For most Scouts, it is time to renew their annual medical forms. If a Scout is attending Beach Week or Summer Camp, they need to have Forms A, B, and C completed which includes a physical. If not attending a longer event, a parent needs to update Form A and B annually. ASMs should also update medical forms annually. Medical forms should be given to Treasurer Mr. Otto. The link for Medical Forms can be found under Scout Links on the troop website. If the timing doesn’t work for your insurance coverage, MedExpress provides physicals for $20. Call 978-3998 for the Charlottesville  Seminole Square location. Make sure to bring the form with you.

Adult volunteer email list

If you would like to be added to or removed from the adult volunteer email list please send email to troop111info@gmail.com. If you are the list you can email all the adult leaders by sending an email to snoopy-troop-111@googlegroups.com. Since this goes to all adult leaders please be sure to use “email discretion”.

The $value$ of Scouting Service Hours

Independent Sector, a nonprofit network dedicated to supporting other nonprofits, recently updated its estimate for the national value of volunteer time. That new number is $23.07 an hour. That adds up to $331 million in volunteer service hours provided by scouters.

To bring it closer to home, each service project the troop does on a campout is worth over $500. That time 12 camping trips a year equals about $6000 a year. That does not include Eagle Projects, community service projects, or scouting for food. Keep up the great work Troop 111!

April Newsletter 2015

Note: Sharing and Print functions are located at the bottom of the newsletter.

Upcoming Dates:

Planning Meetings

  • Committee Meeting – Second Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church
  • PLC Meeting – Third Monday, 7pm at Grace Community Church

Website: www.bsa-troop111.org

Recruiting

Over the next couple of months, many Webelos Scouts will crossover into a local Boy Scout Troop. If you know of any Webelos Scouts, please encourage them to visit Troop 111 before deciding what Troop they want to join. To coordinate a visit have them fill out our Troop Visit Request.

Be Prepared

April AT Backpacker

The April Campout for Spy Rock has changed. It is now two separate backpacking trips that with meet and camp together Saturday Night at Harper Spring Shelter on the AT.
The Long Hike leaves Friday Evening Apr 10 and returns 3Pm on Sunday. Location is Appalachian Trail in Nelson County, starting at Love Gap and heading south. The long Hike has a prerequisite of having previously done a backpack trip with the troop to demonstrate ability to do a longer backpacking trip.
The Short Hike leaves Saturday morning Apr 11 and returns at 12:30Pm on Sunday. Location is Appalachian Trail in Nelson County, sarting at Tye River and going north. Boys just joining the troop from Webelos need to go on the Short Hike.

Congratulations to New Youth Leaders

The following youth leaders were elected and will begin serving in their new roles after the March Court of Honor.

  • SPL – George S
  • ASPL – Adam J
  • FA Patrol Leader – Chris O
  • Cobras Patrol Leader – Nathan K
  • Panthers Patrol Leader – Jonathan R
  • Frogs Patrol Leader – David R
  • QM – Andrew D
  • Scribe – Jonathan D
  • Historian – Connor M
  • Librarian – Jack P
  • Instructors Older Boys – Joey B
  • Instructors  Younger Boys – Ryan D
  • Troop Guide – Brock S
  • OA Rep – Stephen M

Summer Camp 2015 – Camp

by Mr. Caroll

Early last week, after trying to negotiate with Ottari and then discussions with the committee, Mr. Nelson and the boy leadership, we decided to cancel with Camp Ottari. This summer we will go to Camp Shenandoah, so space and time are again on our side.  It will be the same week — July 19-25.

To first answer one of the bigger questions, any money already paid for Ottari by boys and adults will be refunded to the troop.

Despite my efforts negotiating, I could not secure any more guaranteed slots at Ottari so not only were we turning away current boys, but our new boys as well.  We had paid for 4 extra slots up front during the initial payment time and those slots filled up within the troop right away.  Therefore, in an effort to ensure we all go as a troop the decision has been made to switch locations.  I have confirmed Camp Shenandoah can still handle a troop of our size that week and there is no problem supporting both the boys already signed up and any additional boys as we need to add more.

Early registration for camp Shenandoah isn’t due until 4/28 and will be $250 (total) and it will be $275 for any boys adding after May 1st.  There are additional fees due for some activities and merit badges.  Those fees can be paid before or at the time of camp.  There is a program specially tailored for the new scouts at Shenandoah (Timber Mountain) that I will be talking to the boys about in the near future.  As well, Camp Shenandoah has high adventure opportunities that I can also discuss with older boys.

Sorry for confusion and I am sure some frustration.  Camp Ottari was an attempt by the boys to try something new and we (boy leaders and adults) have learned a lot about going out of council for summer camp for the future.  If anyone has questions please feel free to contact me.

Aviation Merit Badge

Mr. Dolan is a counselor for aviation merit badge. He was saying he would phase out unless there’s a group that wants to do it. If any scout would like to coordinate a group to take this merit badge please contact Mr. Nelson and Mr. Dolan.

Life to Eagle

Mr. Funk will be presenting the Life to Eagle Trail in April. This is a parents and scouts presentation on the process to complete the rank of Eagle Scout. It is recommended for Star and Life Scouts and their parents.

Troop Beach Week June 21-26

If you are starting to plan your summer, make sure to reserve June 21-26 for the Troop Beach trip to Oregon Inlet. Details to come.

50 Miler

The troop has started planning a 50-miler. Let ASM Dave Hietanen know if you are interested.

BSA Medical Forms – IMPORTANT for SUMMER CAMPS!!!

For most Scouts, it is time to renew their annual medical forms. If a Scout is attending Beach Week or Summer Camp, they need to have Forms A, B, and C completed which includes a physical. If not attending a longer event, a parent needs to update Form A and B annually. ASMs should also update medical forms annually. Medical forms should be given to Treasurer Mr. Otto. The link for Medical Forms can be found under Scout Links on the troop website. If the timing doesn’t work for your insurance coverage, MedExpress provides physicals for $20. Call 978-3998 for the Charlottesville  Seminole Square location. Make sure to bring the form with you.

Tax Time

When Baden-Powell said “Be Prepared,” I’m pretty sure he wasn’t talking about income tax returns.

But still, there’s no better advice than that two-word phrase during tax time.

There is a good article on Scouting and deduction on Scouting Magazine blog. (http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2011/03/03/tax-time/)