February – March 2014
At a Glance
Number of Nights: 1 Night – Saturday Afternoon/Sunday Morning
Special Activity: Omaha Zoo Visit
Individual Meals: 1 Sack Dinner–bus ride down. 1 Snack (provided by zoo) Saturday night and $$$ for lunch on Sunday
Uniform: Class “A”
Cost: $45 for Zoo Campout, $35 for Bus Ride, $10 for Oceanography Merit Badge (Optional)
Signup/Cancellation Deadline: Monday, January 31st
Coordinating Patrol: None (no cooking)
Travel Time/Distance: ~3.5 hours by Charted Bus
Event/Location Website: Omaha Zoo
Weather: Omaha, NE
We will be taking chartered motor coaches to and from the zoo.
Depart: 2:00PM on Saturday, February 22nd from Price Chopper @133 / Mission. Please arrive by 1:30PM.
Return: 7:00PM on Sunday, February 23rd, to theprice chopper @133/mission.
$45.00 Zoo Camping Fee (per person)
$35.00 Bus Ticket (per person. Assumes full bus of 54 passengers, will be higher if bus is not full)
$10.00 Oceanography Merit Badge Class (optional)
Agenda and Program
- 6:45 – 7:00 p.m. – Meet campout leaders at Main Gate to begin your night.
- 7:00-7:45 p.m. – Move vehicles onto Zoo property. Orientation and activities.
- 7:45-9:15 p.m. – Night Hike
- 9:15-10:00 p.m. – Zoo-related activities.
- 10:00-12:00 a.m. – Inside a Zoo building for the night. Snack provided by zoo. Wind down for the night.
We will be sleeping indoors in Troop Tents & Adult Tents
These tents need to be free-standing – NO tent stakes allowed
- 6:00 a.m. – Wake up call.
- 6:00-7:30 a.m. – Breakfast provided by zoo, load gear into vehicles, move to main parking area.
- 7:30-9:00 a.m. – Morning hike.
- 9:00 a.m. – Visit the Zoo exhibits
- 10:00a.m. – Noon: OCEANOGRAPHY MERIT BADGE CLASS
- Noon: Buy your own lunch at the Zoo
- 3:00PM Board buses and depart for price chopper.
- NO OUTSIDE FOOD ALLOWED. This is a change from 2 years ago.
- Lunch Saturday: Eat at home before you arrive
- Dinner Saturday: Sack “lunch” style
- Late Snack: Zoo provided.
- Breakfast Sunday: Zoo provided.
- Lunch Sunday: Buy at the Zoo.
- Dinner Saturday: Eat when you get home.
- Coolers are NOT OK to bring with you. No cooking facilities are available.
We have to reserve three weeks in advance, so you must sign up by January 31st. If you cancel, No refunds are possible, since we have to reserve the Zoo and buses in advance. Please sign-up at the regular troop meeting on January 27th or if you can’t be at that meeting sign up via e-mail to: Chris Blackwood. Please indicate if you want to take the optional Oceanography Merit Badge ($10).
- Class “A” Uniform, We will wear our Class A’s all day on Sunday.
- Sleeping bag, pillow, air mattress or cot (optional)
- Minimal personal gear (toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, etc.)
- Flashlight (optional)
- Weather appropriate clothing, good shoes for hiking
- DVD to watch after night hike (the zoo has a small selection of DVD’s available)
- Change of clothes
- Troop Tent (or personal tent for adults) – free-standing (no tent stakes) (MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL OF THE PARTS)
The truck will not be going, so there is no need to load it on Thursday.
I-29N to I-80W to exit 454 (13th Street). Go north on 13th Street (one way) to Frederick St, and turn right onto S 10th St. Continue to Deer Park Blvd; the Zoo will be on your left. Distance/Time: 209 miles in ~3.5 hours.
If you have any questions please contact:
Boundary Waters 2015 Meeting
We will meet at Prairie Star middle school at 6 pm on March 10, 2014 to discuss details of the high adventure trip to Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). The trip is planned for the third week of July 2015.
All scouts need to be 13+ years old and Star rank or higher at the time of the trip.
Boundary Waters is over a million acres of pristine wilderness with over one thousand lakes, over one thousand canoe paths and over two thousand camp sites. BWCA is part of Superior National Forest and is supported and regulated by the National Forest Service. To reduce the impact of people on this natural preserve, permits to BWCA are limited – limited to the number of groups (crews) which can start their canoe adventure by start point. For instance, Nina Moose Lake can have a maximum of seven crews launch there on any given day. Also, the size of any crew is limited to nine people or less. We will probably have two or three crews ply the waters of BWCA.
Since we will have more than one traveling group (crew), we potentially could have very different itineraries for each of the different crews. We could have one group want to cover as much territory as possible while a second group want to see as much wildlife as possible while a third crew want to do as much fishing as possible while a fourth crew want to spend most of their time in neighboring Quetico Provincial Park.
We have chosen a private outfitter (North Country Canoe Outfitters – NCCO) rather than the Boy Scout outfitter (Northern Tier – NT) for a few reasons. NT puts three people in a canoe while NCCO puts two people in a canoe. NCCO provides essentially all equipment while NT provides minimal equipment. NT requires payment for groups of eight, whether or not all spots are filled. NCCO is happy with any group of eight or more. NT provides a guide, but they take one of the nine spots allowed by the National Forest Service and you pay for this service.
We have targeted July 19-25 to be on the water. This means driving up to/near Albert Lea, MN after work on Friday, July 17, over-nighting at a hotel there and finishing the drive the next morning, arriving at Ely, MN around 3 pm on Saturday, July 18. We will go through orientation, have demonstrations and hands-on practice on how to use their equipment, finalize detailed route planning at NCCO and gather our equipment. We will overnight in bunk houses on the lake front property of NCCO, get up in the morning, be shuttled to our start point and start our journey.
The cost for the NCCO bunk house, use of NCCO equipment (canoes, paddles, life jackets, tents, sleeping bags, pads, rain flies, pots, pans…), meals for the duration on the water and shuttles to and from our trip in BWCA will be about $574 per person. Additional costs include transportation to/from Ely, MN, hotel and meals on the way and souvenirs (including patches at the Northern Tier shop).
The middle of July with a start on a Sunday is very much prime time up in Boundary Waters. We need to make reservations early to get these prime spots.
RSVP / Deposit
To secure a reservation with NCCO, we need to make a non-refundable deposit of $100 per person. Please bring a checkbook or a check in your wallet to cover your deposit and make checks payable to Troop 10. The Boundary Waters trip coordinator needs to collect these checks and hand them as a group to our Troop Treasurer, get a Troop check cut and send it to NCCO to secure our reservation.
If you have questions about the Boundary Waters 2015 high adventure trip, please direct them to Jeff Parrish.
The Spring 2014 Harry S Truman Library Merit Badge Program is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Registration will be at the following website on February 10, 2014 at 9am.
Scouts have the opportunity to earn the Citizen in the Nation OR American Heritage merit badge. Sign up online individually (this is not a Troop event). Additional details (including prerequisites) can be found at the website above.
FYI, in the past this has filled up within minutes (so be at your computer ready to register promptly at 9 am if you wish to attend)! Normally, this is offered in the Spring as well as the Fall. Registration for the other session will be at a later date.
- 1st Year Scouts – 6:00pm – 6:45pm
- 2nd Year Scouts – 6:45pm – 7:30pm
- All Other Scouts – 7:30pm
Please bring completed:
- Merit Badge Request Form
- Camp Agreement Form
- Special Diet Request Form
- Health Forms
- Bus Transportation Form
- Outpost Program Request Form
- Final Bartle Payment
- Payment for all outstanding Troop fees