Happy New Year from Troop 114!
Sunday January 21st 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 January prior to the event.
Community Service Opportunity
Please bring any new or gently used shoes you may want to donate,
to the church between 1/28-2/11/18.
HPCUMC Pack 113 & Troop 114 will be partnering with the Dan Beard Council, through the international organization Soles4Souls, to participate in this community-wide "Good-Turn" service project.
We will work with the church to promote this effort within its community and then collect and deliver the shoes to a drop-off point on Sunday, 2/11.
To learn more about Soles4Souls: http://www.danbeard.org/soles4souls
Are you ready to experience a one of a kind Underground Bike Park? Over 320,000 square feet including over 45 trails, Jump Lines, Pump Tracks, Dual Slalom, BMX, Cross Country and Single Track all in a former limestone cavern 100 feet sub-surface. Enjoy the comfort of 60 degree temperature year round. Come experience what the buzz is all about. You simply won’t believe what you see at the Mega Cavern!
Cost is $30 with your own bike, $50 to rent one of theirs, plus spending/food money.
Sign-up & Details available: here
The badge of office presented to a Boy Scout who is accepting a position of troop
leadership does not automatically make him a good leader.
The purpose of the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops course is to teach Scouts with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. It is intended to help Boy Scouts in leadership positions within their troop understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Boy Scouts and is a replacement for Troop Leadership Training.
Completion of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops is a prerequisite for Boy Scouts to participate in the more advanced leadership courses National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE). It is also required to participate in a Kodiak Challenge Trek.
Leadership in Boy Scouting Leadership is a vital part of the Scouting program. Boy Scouts in positions of leadership run the troop. They take care of the many tasks necessary for troop and patrol meetings and activities to run smoothly. By accepting the responsibilities of troop leadership, Scouts are preparing themselves to be leaders throughout their lives.
Opportunities to develop leadership skills are every bit as important, if not more important, to Boy Scouts and to Scouting in general as any recognition or advancement program.
Scouting offers young people a rich and varied arena in which to learn and use leadership skills. It is also a way to keep Boy Scouts interested and involved—keep them busy, organized, and trained, and give them opportunities to lead.
Among the activities encountered by a troop’s leaders are:
• Organizing the troop
• Planning and organizing activities and meetings
• Assigning duties to others
• Planning menus and figuring out food costs
• Encouraging advancement
• Guiding a troop’s involvement in problem-solving
• Teaching outdoor, sports, or craft skills
• Ensuring the troop’s safety during meetings and outings
• Handling the troop’s finances
• Helping other Boy Scouts make the most of their own leadership opportunities
• Encouraging participation
As part of the Youth Training Continuum, Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops provides the core unit-level leadership skills every Scout leader should know.
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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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.
Lets Help Out our Church Home!
One of the give back activities Scouts do to support our church home is assist in the Church's Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Please join us again at HPUMC to help sort out the food boxes.
Event will start at 10:30 am on November 19 at HPUMC.
The 2017 Scout Orienteering Event is being presented by Blue Jacket District of Dan Beard Council, Troop 888 and Orienteering of Cincinnati.
When: October 13-15, 2017
Starting: 6:00 pm Friday
Ending: 12 pm Sunday
Where: Camp Friedlander
Learn or fine turn orienteering skills, work on orienteering merit badge, new orienteering courses for all levels, electronic timing, printed results, posted times. Also there will be a night orienteering and score orienteering course with Scout orienteering championship awards and prizes.
This event is open to Boy Scouts, Venture Crews and Girl Scouts. Official event flyer can be viewed here.
Cost will be $20 before October 1 and $25 there after. (Plus Patrol Food Costs)
Sign up HERE
OCTOBER 8TH, 4:00PM
Save the Date!
Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church invites the community to join them, this coming Sunday afternoon at the church, in the Blessing of the Animals. In the tradition of St. Frances of Assisi, this is a worship service to bless our animal companions that are enriching our daily lives.
Camp Craig Overnight with Pack 113
Sat-Sun (10/7-8) 1:00pm-10:30p
Pack 113 has graciously invited the Troop to attend their 1st Campout of the 2017-2018 year, this coming weekend!
This is family style camping (parents invited) and provides us a chance to work with the Webelos on their Rank Advancement, while getting a chance to "build a bridge" in preparation for their transition or "crossing over" into the Troop this coming spring.
*This overnight event is limited to families with siblings in both Pack and Troop. All others Scouts & Scouters are welcome to join us for the afternoon activities and evening campfire. (Dinner Provided-$5 Donation Recommended)
Experience an official BSA WoodBadge Beading ceremony for CubMaster Mike Carlton!
*If you and/or your son is interested, please contact me by (Friday-10/6) at 9:00pm: Jack Ball (513) 310-6543
The 2nd Floor Little Theatre-HPCUMC
This Annual Troop & Family Event offers Scouts a chance to showcase their Annual program and provide highlights from the previous year.
We will be collecting all 2018 fees and T-shirt sizes (which can be submitted by completing our Contact Information Update Form; Checks payable to: BSA Troop 114). Council fees/dues for 2018, $80.00 same as last year +$10 T-shirt charge.
Additional t-shirts can be purchased for youth, family members and registered adults at the same $10 cost by completing (and submitting) the same Contact Information Update Form, found by clicking here.
Deadline for all fees and t-shirt orders is October 2nd, 2017.
Please join us as we embark on this years program adventure. Bring a friend or invite someone you know who might like to join the Troop!
Car Wash Fund Raiser
We will be raising money to fund Troop outings and equipment with our annual car wash at the O'Reilly's on Ridge Road. Please sign up Scouts/Adults for a shift, either 11:30-2:00 or 2:00-4:30. This event is a great, quick way to help fund our activities.
PS: This counts as service hours towards advancement!
Date: 08/27/2017 (Sun.)
Time: 11:30am - 4:30pm EDT
Location: O'Reilly's Auto Parts, 4630 Ridge Road Cincinnati, OH 45209
Sign-up details can be found here.
JOIN US FOR TRADE SKILLS DAY AUG. 26TH
On August 26 from 8am - 5pm at Camp Friedlander, youth can learn valuable skills that can become life-long careers, earn merit badges, and have the opportunity to meet and work with local trade skill experts during Trade Skills Day.
LEARN MORE: http://www.danbeard.org/tradeskills
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
(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: http://www.cincinnatitroop114.com/
Remember to bring a chair!
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.
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 http://www.meritbadge.org/
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
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.
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.
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.