- Next Meeting – Monday, March 6 – School Hall - 7:00-9:00 PM
Class A uniforms for everyone – please!
- Cabin Camp-Out at Camp Betz – Wrap-Up
We had a great weekend at Camp Betz. We hiked for a couple of miles on Saturday morning exploring the camp, worked on advancement on Saturday afternoon, ate a lot of great food, enjoyed a Saturday night campfire, and did some stargazing.
The Scouts on the trip accepted the challenge to up their cooking game. The two patrols did a great job preparing great camp meals. Among the meals they cooked were a breakfast skillet, French toast, spaghetti with meatballs and garlic bread, Caesar salad, tomato soup, grilled cheese, and tacos. And there was bacon too!
- Swimming Lessons at the Playdium – Spring Session Starts March 14
The swimming training at the Playdium is top notch. If you want to prepare for swimming at summer camp, or for the Mammoth Cave trip, or start working on Swimming merit badge this is the place to be. The ten-week spring session starts on Tuesday, March 14. The cost is $40.00 for the whole 10-week program. Remember that Scouts will need to pass the BSA Swim Test for the Mammoth Cave trip in June. We highly recommend this program!
The Playdium flyer is in the Resource Center.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
- Trips Coming Up – Mark Your Calendar!
- Vertical Endeavors Climbing – Saturday, March 11 – Glendale Heights
We are planning a morning outing to VE for two hours of climbing and bouldering. This has been a popular trip in the past and we are looking forward to getting back out there – post-Covid.
- Backpacking Weekend – April 28-30 – Ice Age Trail, Wisconsin
We will be backpacking on the Ice Age Trail for a total of 11 miles over two days and sleeping in trail shelters at night. More information to come but mark your calendar for a great weekend that will test your outdoor skills.
- Coast Guard Station Visit – Saturday, May 13 – Michigan City, Indiana
Troop alum and Eagle Scout Tony Hanusiak is hosting us for a visit to the Coast Guard facility that serves southern Lake Michigan. It promises to be a great outing. We will have more specific information in a few weeks.
- May Camping Weekend at Warren Dunes – May 19-21
Our May weekend is at Warren Dunes in Michigan. This is one of the favorite places the Troop goes camping. The dunes along Lake Michigan are beautiful and provide amazing views of the entire Dunes area.
- Mammoth Cave National Park – June 19-23 – Sign-up starts March 6
Troop 965 is going to Mammoth Cave National Park in summer, 2023. The trip will be a five-day outing that includes tent camping in the national park, tours in Mammoth Cave, hiking the backcountry of the national park, and canoeing on the Green River.
Mammoth Cave National Park is rolling hills, deep river valleys, and the world's longest known cave system. Mammoth Cave National Park is home to thousands of years of human history and a rich diversity of plant and animal life, earning it the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve.
All members of the Troop are eligible for this trip if they have passed the BSA Swim Test. Scouts will have the opportunity to be tested on swimming well before the trip, so they have time to improve their swimming skills, if necessary.
We will be camping in a youth group campground within the national park.
The trip is set for June 19-23, 2023, and the cost is $400 per person.
Scouts, parents, and leaders who are interested in the trip should talk to Mr. Gulliford or Mr. Pelrine about their eligibility and any other details regarding the trip. Sign-ups will begin on March 6, 2023. A deposit of $200 will hold your space on the trip.
Leaders of the trip are trained in Wilderness First Aid, Hazardous Weather Training, and CPR/AED.
- Backpack Available
A St. Juliana parishioner has donated a new backpack to the Troop. If one of you needs a backpack, please let me know.
See you on Monday!
Scoutmaster, Troop 965