The Scout Advancement Reports have been updated as of 3/30/2015 and can be found on the Advancement Page.
The first of three sessions for the First Aid Merit Badge is approaching.
See below for prerequisites that must be prepared prior to attending the first session on March 2nd. This information is also on the Troop calendar.
Session 1 – 3/2/2015
Session 2 – 3/30/2015
Session 3 – 4/6/2015
Prerequisites – Required to Attend the 1st Session
Must be 1st Class Rank or Above.
The prerequisites below MUST BE COMPLETED AND TURNED IN ON MARCH 2nd.
- Review topics on management of shock, heat and cold exposure and emergency carries.
- Make a copy of the First Aid Merit Badge Workbook.
- Read the First Aid Chapter in the Scout handbook, Chapter 4, Pages 124-177.
- Complete Written responses to Requirement 1 on the worksheets.
- Prepare to demonstrate basic First Aid skills listed.
- Read How To Handle an Emergency chapter in the First Aid Merit Badge book, Pages 11-29.
- Be prepared to demonstrate emergency carries, pages 24-29.
If you have ever wondered how to quickly get up-to-date information on upcoming Merit Badge forums and classes offered outside the Troop, make a visit to the new Merit Badge Forums page. Some are local offerings and some are a bit further afield.
Click here to go directly to the new page or click on Merit Badge Forums from the home page under the Scouts tab.
Two of our dedicated adult leaders, Kendra Stark and Jeff Parrish work very hard to provide excellent in-Troop Merit Badge sessions and adult training as well as through information on offerings outside the Troop. Contact either of them any time if you need further assistance.
Troop 10 is moving to a new tent that will give our Scouts more room, an area to store muddy stuff and a simple two pole set-up. These new tents have been negotiated with Alps Mountaineering for a special Troop 10 price. If anyone would like to purchase a tent for your son or yourself, please contact Ron Clary by February 14th.
Alps Mountaineering 4 with Aluminum Poles = 98.42
Alps Mountaineering 4- Footprint Floor Saver Ground cloth = 24.99
Total = $123.41
New Tent Program:
All Troop 10 Scouts will receive a new Alps 4 as they leave the Mustang Program and are assigned to the patrol – usually in September. This year at the March campout we will be assigning new Alps tents to the 2014 Mustang group. These tents will require the Scout and their parent to sign a tent upkeep contract. The Scout and his parents will be responsible for the upkeep of the tent while the Scout is in Troop 10. As the Scout leaves Troop 10 he will return the tent and it will be evaluated for normal wear. All parts, poles, stakes, fly, and main tent are the responsibility of the Scout. If any part gets damaged or lost the Scout may buy a replacement part through the troop.
Troop 10 policy requires all Scouts to sleep 2-3 per tent. It is recommended that the Scouts rotate thier tent usage with their tent mates.
We will do a complete instruction course on tent set-up when the tents are assigned at the March campout. It is recommended that all parents be available for set-up and care instruction. We will add set-up and care instruction to the website.
At the February 9th Troop 10 meeting we will be setting up all current Troop 10 Eureka tents. All tents will be evaluated. We will keep the best of the best and make sure all tents are complete and in excellent condition. Tents will be reassigned (in most cases back to the previous owner). The tents will be assigned to Scout pairings and a care contract agreement will be signed by the Scouts. Responsibility for the care of the tent will be the Scouts. Lost or broken poles, stakes or other parts may be purchased from the troop by the Scout as needed.
Troop 10 will no longer replace poles, stakes or tent repairs for free. The cost to repair and replace parts is the Scouts. Make sure you take care of your tent.
Troop 10 will no longer have a tent adoption program.
If you have any questions about the new tent program please contact Ron Clary, Troop 10 committee chair.
Over the next month Troop 10 will be going through ALL of the troops tents and pulling out the best of the best. Repairs will be made to upgrade all tents and new tents will be added to the Troops inventory. Please look in your garage for the easy to identify ORANGE BAGS that hold a Troop 10 tent and return it to the Court of Honor on January 26th or anytime in February. We must get all tents back now in order to have time to do a complete inventory and make necessary repairs. Even if you have a perfect tent it must be turned in now.
When you turn in your current tent we will record your name and the tent number. If you have been taking proper care of your tent you will likely get the same tent back in March. Tents in need of repair will be fixed or replaced. The goal is to get everyone into a safe, dry tent before the March campout. To do so we must get all tents back now.
New Troop 10 Tents:
We are excited to announce that Troop 10 will be moving to a new tent when we purchase new Troop tents. Much time and discussion has gone into choosing the new tent. It is the Alps Taurus 4al. The specs are below. We will also be using a custom footprint groundcloth that will help eliminate water from going under the tent as well as help with wear on the tents bottom.
The new tent is roughly the same size as our current tent, yet because it is a dome style tent it allows much more vertical space inside. With the outside clips the tent only uses two poles and is much easier to set-up, and fewer parts to loose. Plus there are doors on both sides which will make it easier for our Scouts to get in and out. And both sides have a vestibule to store wet, muddy boots outside.
We will be purchasing the Outfitter line which is more durable and uses aluminum poles.
A new tent Troop 10 usage program has been approved by the Troop Committee and will be introduced at the Court of Honor. It is imperative that we get back all current tents back as soon as possible.
Alps Taurus 4al Features:
- Free Standing 2 Pole Design with 7000 Series Aluminum Poles
- Easy Assembly with Pole Clips that quickly snap over the tent poles
- 75D 185T Polyester Fly resists UV damage and stays taut (fly has a vent)
- Factory Sealed Fly & Floor Seams give best weather protection
- 75D 185T Taffeta Floor with 2000mm Coating
- Extra Large #8 Zippers on Doors and Vestibules
- Easy Entry & Great Ventilation with 2 Doors (both with zippered mesh windows)
- 2 Vestibules for gear storage and extra weather protection
- Weatherproof Fly Buckles on for maximum adjustability and protection
- Mesh Roof Vents increase ventilation and improve star gazing
The Trailhead Awards Banquet to recognize Paul Bertrand – District Award of Merit and Doug Cochran – Outstanding District Leader as well as the districts other recipients will be held on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 7:00 pm at the KU Edwards Campus – Best Conference Room.
Please join me in congratulating Paul and Doug for their service to Scouting and Troop 10.
The Horsemanship merit badge will be offered in two parts: a classroom session and as an outpost of the Landahl Park campout.
The classroom session will be taught by our Horsemanship MB counselor Jeff Muchow on Monday, March 23rd at 6 PM at Prairie Star Middle school.
The hands-on horse session will be on Saturday, March 28th at Misty River Equestrian Center. Misty River is a 12 minute drive from Landahl Park.
There is a $35 fee per Scout for instruction and use of facilities and horses at Misty River. Both the classroom and Misty River sessions are necessary to earn the Merit Madge.
The Misty River Horsemanship MB program is explained at http://mistyrivereq.com/boyscouts.htm
We can have 6-15 scouts in the Saturday AM session and 6-15 scouts in the Saturday PM session. Should there be sufficient demand, there will be a Sunday AM session for a total capacity of 45 scouts. Should there be even more demand, we will arrange another session.
Because of the location away from the camp site and the hours of the sessions, we expect that we will need help with transportation for the boys to/from Misty River Equestrian Center. We will do what we can to make it work, but assistance may be needed.
Those who have expressed their interest in the Horsemanship MB are already signed up. If you want to be part of this merit badge program or have questions, please email Jeff Parrish at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, please sign up at the camp out desk for the Landahl Park Camp Out.
Troop 10 Leadership wishes to provide clarification on the wearing of helmets for the upcoming Snow Creek camp out.
This is an official BSA activity for Troop 10. All Scouts are required to wear a helmet while tubing, skiing or snowboarding with the Troop. Any Scout not wearing an approved ski helmet will not be allowed in the ski area.
Rental helmets are available for Scout use.
Per the June 2014 BSA Guide to Safe Scouting and the BSA Guide for Current Policies and Procedures:
“Appropriate personal protective equipment is required for all activities. This includes the recommended use of helmets for all participants engaged in winter sports, such as sledding and riding other sliding devices. The use of helmets is required for the following activities: downhill skiing, snowboarding and operating snowmobiles (requires full face helmets).”
A daily vehicle permit ($5.00/each) is required to park at Clinton State Park for the Fire & Ice campout.
If your vehicle is NOT already displaying an annual vehicle permit on the lower left hand front window, you MUST stop and purchase a daily permit. You may stop at the Pay Booth at the entrance of the State Park, or right past it to the Self-pay Station located across the street from the Park Office.
If you did not get to order any greenery here is your chance! Leftover greenery will be brought to Monday night’s meeting for you to purchase.
Please call or email me if you would like to purchase any of the greenery overage.
Here is what is left and the price:
2 centerpieces – $15.00 each
5 garland – $15.00 each
6 pine swags – $15.00 each
6 (22”) Mixed evergreen wreaths – $15.00
5 (22”) Noble Fir wreaths – $15.00
8 Decoration sets – $10.00 each
7 Decorative trees – $10.00 each