Summer Camp (Camp Friedlander)
Jul 14

Summer Camp (Camp Friedlander)

Hello Summer Camp parents!
Troop 114’s week at Camp Friedlander is almost upon us.   Departure will be from the picnic shelter in Ault Park just below the main pavilion.  (On the left as you come up the hill.)  Meet at the shelter at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning.  We need to review forms, pack the trailer and hit the road by noon.
To make sure that everything goes smoothly, here are some last minute details that need to be taken care of:
Send your Scout with lunch:
No food is served at Camp until Sunday dinner, so send a brown bag lunch.
Download the Camp Friedlander App.  
There’s a ton of great camp info included in the app.  What to Bring, Merit Badge Information including any pre-work, camp contact information, etc.. 
Speaking of smartphones:
Our Troop’s current policy is no electronics.  Leaders will have phones if Scouts need emergency contact.  A master listing of contact information for Troop leaders and parents at camp will be provided.
Merit Badges:
Check the Friedlander App, or your pre Camp materials from Laura Deck, to ensure that any pre-requisites for specific merit badges are complete before Camp.  You can find online versions of each merit badges requirements at
For any Scouts taking regular medication:
Send you Scout’s medication in the prescription bottle in which it came. 
All medication will be kept in a locked area and administered only by uniformed adult Troop leadership.
We will return to the HPCUMC parking lot at 11:00 on Saturday the 15th.  
If you have any questions please call me at 513.293.2297
Jeff Bickel

Pot Luck Pic-Nic/Social
6:30 pm18:30

Pot Luck Pic-Nic/Social

  • Ault Park

(In the event of inclement weather, we will move to HPCUMC Welcome Center)

This is a great chance for fellowship and celebration for another great year of Scouting fun!

This is an open event for all Scouting families, especially those interested in joining the Troop or just getting to know the people in our community. Fried Chicken, Drinks & Service-ware will be provided, just sign-up and bring a dish! Sign-up: here

Meet the Scoutmaster: Jeff Bickel

Webelos Families who are seeking to join a quality program, now or next Spring, are encouraged to attend. If you know of a family who might be interested, please forward!

Please feel free to contact our Jim Burton (513-227-9129), for additional details and information or visit us on our webpage:

Remember to bring a chair!

Pre-camp Parent and Scout Meeting
7:00 pm19:00

Pre-camp Parent and Scout Meeting

  • HPCUMC-Welcoming Center

Wondering what to bring to camp?  Have questions about how things work there?  The Prep meeting is for both parents and Scouts to get everyone ready for an awesome week at Friedlander!

This is a great opportunity to learn from experienced families on all the "Camp hacks" to help make your sons (and yours) camp experience fun and manageable. 

We will offer tips and tricks, along with useful information on what to bring and what not to bring, as well as other helpful do's and don'ts. There will be time for open discussion to answer any additional questions you or your son might have.

We hope to see you there!

Camp medical forms and permission slips available on our Resource Page here.

Summer Camp-Swim Test
12:00 pm12:00

Summer Camp-Swim Test

We have arranged a swim test for all the Scouts attending the June 10th Canoe Trip, or July 9th Summer Camp.  All Scouts participating in either of these events must pass a swim test first.  The swim test is scheduled for June 3rd at 9:30am at the Cincinnati Sports Club outdoor pool.

There are two levels of swimming ability.  The first is Beginner.  The Beginner test consists of swimming 25 feet, turning around and swimming back.  This will allow a Scout to swim in the lake at camp in a restricted area.

The second level is Swimmer.  The Swimmer test consists of swimming 75 yards using any standard stroke, and then a final 25 yards using a back stroke.  Then the Scout must demonstrate that they can float on their back for one minute.  The Swimmer has unrestricted use of the pool and the lake activities.  Achieving the BSA Swimmer level also meets one of the Canoe Merit Badge requirements.

If you’re not able to attend the 9:30am swim test at the Sports Club next Saturday, let me know and we’ll help make arrangements for a make-up test.  You can also go out to Camp Friedlander next Saturday June 3rd from 11:30am to 2pm and take the swim test for $2. 

Please let me know if your scout will be attending the Sports Club swim test.


Karl Kleiner



May Outing - Choose Your Adventure!
9:00 am09:00

May Outing - Choose Your Adventure!

Our outing this month will be a day trip this Saturday May 6th.  Scouts have the option of either Zip-lining or Hiking.  

Zip-lining will be a Camp Kern in Warren County.  The four hour tour includes 7 sky bridges and 9 zip lines.  All participants must be between 80-260 lbs.  Cost will be $70 per participant.

Hiking will be at Bender Mountain Reserve, adjacent to Mt. St. Joseph.  We will hike 3.5 miles on the slopes overlooking the Ohio River.

Details and forms will be sent separately to those who sign up for either activity.

Sign up here for the adventure you want! 

Order of the Arrow-Ordeal Weekend
May 7

Order of the Arrow-Ordeal Weekend

  • Camp Michaels

This is the opportunity for Scouts who were elected, by their peers, this past winter during Troop elections and is a chance for those candidates to complete their induction into Scouting's National Honor Society.

It is also an opportunity for those who are currently registered OA members to gain service hours and enjoy the fellowship of guiding candidates through the ceremonial induction process.

Additionally, there will be a Brotherhood ceremony for OA Ordeal members to be able to take the next step in their commitment to providing cheerful service.

Details can be found here


District Awards Dinner
6:30 pm18:30

District Awards Dinner

This year's annual Blue Jacket District Dinner will be held on: 
Wednesday, April 12th, from 6:30pm-8:30pm, at Camp Friedlander.  
[Doors will open at 6:30pm and dinner will be served at 7pm]
Will you please join me to share in a fun evening of food, fellowship and in recognizing all the hard work and dedication of worthy volunteers, such as yourself and your team?

Whether or not you chose to join us, please take the time to recognize the leaders in your unit, or volunteers within the Blue Jacket District, whom you feel have gone above and beyond to serve the youth in our community. You do this by filling out a nomination form and sending it to Bill Shefcik or Tonya Dobbins at:  or
The instructions, forms and the descriptions for the awards can also be found by clicking HERE 

(or via the Resource tab on the registration page:
Sometimes, these forms ask for information that most cannot provide. Please fill out as much as you can and we will do the rest!

 *Deadline for nominations is has been extended to April 1st!

The dinner will be catered by: Apple Spice Junction
Chicken Bruschetta (Chicken breast marinated in balsamic vinaigrette, oven roasted and topped with fresh tomato, chopped onion and fresh basil) served with garden salad, garlic mashed potatoes, vegetable medley and fresh baked bread. 
Dessert:  Cobbler

The cost for the dinner will be $20 per person who pre-register on-line; $25 for walk-ins.  
(Registration will remain open until noon of April 9th.)
Please share this with anyone that you might think might be interested or willing to participate.

Many thanks, to each and every one of you, for all that you do to serve Scouting and the youth in our communities!

Jack Ball, Assistant District Commissioner ~ Hyde Park Region

Burtonland Camp-out (aka-"Gnome-man's" Land)
Apr 9

Burtonland Camp-out (aka-"Gnome-man's" Land)

  • Rarden, ohio United States of America

Our April campout will be to the Burton family’s 30 acres in Rarden, Ohio
(a 90 minute drive). 

New Scouts, and those working on Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class will have lots of opportunity to get requirements completed for advancement, and of course we’ll have plenty of time for Frisbee, football and hammock lounging.  

Parent Social (Adults Only)
3:00 pm15:00

Parent Social (Adults Only)

  • (Scout Master) Jeff Bickel's House

Plesae join us at my house for a parents' social on to get to know other parents of Troop 114 Scouts, share tips/tricks on gear and the Scout program, and have some fun! 

RSVP via Evite at this link:

PS, TV's will be available for NCAA games...

We hope you will join us ~Jeff

Troop Leadership Lock-in
Mar 4

Troop Leadership Lock-in

Hello Troop 114 families

In setting up our upcoming events and activities, unfortunately we left one off the schedule.  This Friday night we will have a lock-in at the Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church.  

All Scouts should attend.  The Lock In is required for Scouts who want to run for a leadership position.  Boys are to arrive @ 7:30, and the program will start @ 8:00. Uniforms are not required.

We’ll spend time talking about the structure and  leadership roles of the Troop, so that all the Scouts have a handle on what to expect if they are elected to a post.  We’ll also be playing games, watching a movie, and hopefully getting some sleep!

Scouts should come with:

  Sleeping bag/pad/pillow

  Pajamas, or shorts/t-shirt for sleeping


 Water bottle


We’ll have a light breakfast in the morning, and be ready for pickup @ 9:00 am.

With our new Scouts crossing over from WEBELOS Saturday night, this is the last chance for the current Scouts to organize and plan out the rest of the spring/summer.  Hopefully all Scouts will attend.

The permission slip is located on the resources page of this site.   Please send it along with your Scout.  If you have any questions, or if your Scout is unable to attend, please contact me @ 513.293.229


Jeff Bickel

Scout Master

(Scout Day) Ski Trip @ Perfect North Slopes
8:00 am08:00

(Scout Day) Ski Trip @ Perfect North Slopes

Sunday February 26th is Scout Ski Day @ Perfect North Slopes.  This event is open to Scouts, friends, siblings, & parents.  We're going to combine with Pack 113 to make our own large group.  

Cost is $28 for those with their own equipment. If you're renting it's $45 and that includes a free ski lesson!  Tubing is also included in your ticket.  If you want to tube only, the cost is $20.

Reservations can be made (here) and are due by the end of the month, and payment in February prior to the event.  

Bake Sale Table @ Pack 113 Pinewood Derby
8:30 am08:30

Bake Sale Table @ Pack 113 Pinewood Derby

Troop 114 runs the Bake Sale table for the Pack during Pinewood Derby, in the Lower Level Refectory.  This is a service hours opportunity, and a great way to maintain the strong relationship between the Pack and the Troop.  

A signup genius: Here