Blue Jacket District Volunteer Recognition Banquet
Nominations Now Being Accepted
Dinner registration will be live soon so mark your calendars
When: April 11, 2018
Time: 6:30-9:00 pm
Where: Camp Friedlander Dinning Hall
The dinner will again be catered by Apple Spice Junction
We are so excited about the Spirit of volunteerism and dedication to our Scouting youth in Blue Jacket District. So it's that time of year again, time to recognize those Scouters whose contributions to their units and the District make the Boy Scouts of America the finest youth serving organization in the world! We are now accepting nominations for the awards listed below. We’ve unveiled a few new awards for 2018 based upon volunteer feedback. A full description of each award can be found HERE.
District Award of Merit - Limit of three awards annually - Nominate HERE
Charlie McKay Memorial Award - Only one award presented - Nominate HERE
Meritorious Service Award - Nominate HERE
Order of the Heart Award - Nominate HERE
Bridge Builder Award - Nominate HERE
Key Leader Award - Each unit may nominate one leader - Nominate HERE
Cubmaster/Scoutmaster/Venture Advisor/Unit Commissioner of the Year - Only one award for each unit leader type - Nominate HERE
Outstanding Cub Scout Leader - Nominate HERE
Outstanding Boy Scout Leader - Nominate HERE
Silver Acorn Award - Each unit may nominate one volunteer - Nominate HERE
Unit Good Citizenship Award - Awarded to three units at most - Nominate HERE
Outstanding Scout Leadership Award - Each unit may nominate one Scout - Nominate HERE
This year ALL nominations will be accepted online. We would prefer no paper nominations.
Make sure to submit your nominations by the deadline of March 24th!
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.
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
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day and March Madness with a day trip to Louisville's Mega Cavern for underground adventure! The Mega Cavern offers either Ziplining or Mountain/BMX biking. Both activities take 2-3 hours. Attendees will have the option of Ziplining (about a two hour course) or bmx/singletrack bike riding (about three hours cooks most guys legs). Costs are $65 for Zipline and $30 for biking. For those who don't have a bike, they are available for rental. Boys can pack lunches. We'll be back before dinner.
For more info on the Mega Cavern, click 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.
Scout Sunday at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church
Each year Troop 114 participates in Scout Sunday at HPCUMC. We've been associated with the church for over ninety years, and Scout Sunday is one of the opportunities to recognize this long relationship. Scouts from Troop 114 act as ushers and take up the collection plates. Each Scout is expected to serve at at least one of the Services on February 11th.
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
Scouts and Scouting Families, it's time to hit the slopes!
Our annual Ski Day is open to Scouts and their families from both Troop 114 and Pack 113. The team at Perfect North has been making a ton of snow for the past two chilly weeks (70" base) so they'll have plenty when we get there on the 21st. Lift tickets are good for skiing, boarding and tubing, and also include a free skiing/boarding lesson!!
Interested Scouts can work towards their snow sports merit badge as well.
Cost for a lift ticket is $39
Equipment rental is $25 (Ticket + Rental = $64)
Please sign up attendees based on Troop or Pack association, and type of ticket package.
Happy New Year from Troop 114!