Boundary Waters Canoe Area: July 18th – 25th of 2015

Troop 405 is planning on a trip next summer to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area near Ely, Minnesota (Get Directions). This is a high adventure trip for Scouts who are 14 years of age and older.

This will be a wonderful trip canoeing the north woods of Minnesota. The plan is to canoe 50 miles in 6 days. We have an outfitter that is planning our route and supplying all of the equipment except personal gear. The plan is to leave on Saturday the 18th, be on the water from the 19th to the 24th, and travel home on the 25th.

Cost for the trip is going to be about $500.00 per person which includes transportation, permits, lodging on the 18th and 24th at the outfitter, and priceless memories.

Please let me know if you want to go on the trip of a lifetime. Signup starts after the December 8th Court of Honor. We do need an accurate count to make sure we have enough permits for everyone to go.

The outfitter is Boundary Waters Outfitters.

Contact Justin Short with any questions.

Troop 405 Update – November 18th

Senior Patrol Leader / Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Elections

The Scouts will elect a new Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader at the meeting on Monday, December 1st. Please see Mr. Short at the meeting on November 24th if you are eligible or would like to check if you are eligible to run.


New Troop Leadership

I am very proud to announce a new slate of Troop Leadership was elected at the meeting last night. All of these people have stepped up to continue to make Troop 405 a great place for all of our Scouts:

  • Chartered Organization Representative: Tom Earhart
  • Activities Chair: Craig Gissler
  • Advancement Chair: Monica Gissler
  • Eagle Advancements: Jason Hage
  • Fundraising Chair: Kristin Daubendiek
  • Health Forms Coordinator: Tim Ruhnke
  • Membership Chair: Scott Prophit
  • Popcorn Kernel: Vonda Lhamon
  • Quartermaster: Rob Anderson
  • Scoutmaster: Paul Dietsch
  • Secretary: Cathy Nelson
  • Training Coordinator: Chris Pfanstiel
  • Treasurer: Jen and Kurt McDonald
  • Webmaster: Steve Long

The following people have volunteered as Assistant Scoutmasters:

  • Craig Gissler
  • Jon Hage
  • Julie Sash
  • Justin Short
  • Pat Flott
  • Phil Griess

The following people have volunteered as First Year Coordinators:

  • Steve Gibson
  • Tim Rhunke
  • Vonda Lhamon

Thank you so much to all of the new people on this list!

The position of Committee Chair does still need to be filled. Please talk to Justin Short (justins@tempestcompany.com), Paul Dietsch (paul@noddlecompanies.com) or any other Adult Leader for more information on how you can help out with the Troop.


Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

Citizenship in the Community


This Friday, November 18th, anyone working on the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge should plan to attend the screening of the movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” at the Church from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 pm. This movie and a brief discussion will satisfy requirement 5. Please let Mr. Boerrigter know if you are planning to attend, at deanboerrigter@gmail.com.

Here are some helpful web links toward completing Requirements 2A and 6:

Scoutmaster Election

Please plan on attending the Committee Meeting next week to vote on our next Scoutmaster. Your vote does count! Cast your vote and see who will be added to the list of Troop 405 Scoutmasters.

If you are interested in being Scoutmaster you can throw your hat in the ring next Monday. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Earhart 402-339-0230 or earhart@cox.net.

Past Scoutmasters

  • Jon Hage
  • Bret Riecke
  • Pat Flott
  • Justin Short

Troop 405 Update – November 5th

Backpacking Campout This Weekend

The November Campout will be this Saturday and Sunday, November 8th and 9th, at Indian Cave State Park (Get Directions). Meet at the Church on Saturday at 7:00 a.m.! Eat breakfast before you get there. We will return to the Church around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Save some space in your bag for Troop gear which will be distributed Saturday morning. The packing list is as follows:

  • One gallon of water for cooking and cleaning, preferably not in a one gallon milk jug. Please use four 32 ounce Nalgene bottles if you have them. If you must use a milk jug, bring a separate water bottle for drinking.
  • Cold weather gear including coats, gloves, and hats. If you do not have a coat, gloves, and hat you will NOT be allowed to attend.
  • Extra layers (fleece or sweatshirt)
  • Extra shoes (hiking shoes)
  • Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
  • Mess kit
  • Rain jacket
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Toiletries
  • Hand warmers are recommended

Committee Meeting Rescheduled

Please plan to attend the Troop Committee Meeting on Monday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m. Note this date differs from the normal second Monday. The Troop will be hosting Cub Scouts from several Packs on November 10th and 24th. Scouts and Leaders should plan to help them all enjoy a couple of fun and educational evenings!

Last week, several people took up our challenge to become actively involved in Adult Leadership of the Troop. We still have several positions that need to be filled. Please talk to Justin Short (justins@tempestcompany.com), Paul Dietsch (paul@noddlecompanies.com), or any other Adult Leader for more information on how you can help out with the Troop. We need you!


Popcorn

There are still popcorn orders to be picked up from the Thomas’ house. Please pick up your orders as soon as possible. The address is 7544 South 198th Street (Get Directions). If you qualified for the Popcorn Ball, you need to sign up soon in order to participate. Please call Cathy at 402-871-8674 with any questions and to coordinate pickups.

After trading popcorn with other Packs and Troops, our Troop has four items which can not be returned. Please contact Cathy if you would like to buy these items or can sell them to someone you know.

  • 2 Premium Tins at $40 each
  • 2 Cinnamon Crunch Bags at $15 each

Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

Citizenship in the Community


Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge has started. Those participating should have their “homework” on their maps (Requirement 2a) done by Monday, November 10th. Contact Mr. Boerrigter at deanboerrigter@gmail.com with questions.

Troop 405 Update – October 22nd

Parent Meeting & Movie Night

This coming Monday, October 27th, our Troop will have two special events starting at 7:00 p.m.:

  1. All parents are encouraged to attend a Troop planning meeting.
  2. The Scouts will be watching Shrek for movie night in place of their regular meeting.

Saturday Merit Badge Reminder

Genealogy Merit Badge

Genealogy


Our Troop has the opportunity to earn the Genealogy Merit Badge at The Durham Museum (Get Directions) this Saturday, October 25th, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bring $12.00 to the museum with you or you won’t be able to participate. Email Paul Dietsch at paul@noddlecompanies.com by Thursday night if you would like to go and haven’t already signed up.


Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

Citizenship in the Community


Mr. Boerrigter has started the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge. It will likely take a couple of months to complete this Badge. Meetings will be held weekly. First Year Scouts will meet for ten minutes following Troop Meetings. Older Scouts will meet during the Meeting.

Please make sure your Scout(s) read the Merit Badge Worksheet to be discussed at the next Troop Meeting. You will not need to print out the Merit Badge Worksheet as they will be provided. Please be sure to bring the worksheet to Troop Meetings EVERY week.

Please email Mr. Boerrigter at deanboerrigter@gmail.com if you are interested. Make sure to get a Blue Card filled out and signed by Mr. Short.


November Backpacking Campout

The November campout will be on the 8th and 9th of November at Indian Cave State Park (Get Directions). We will meet at the Church early Saturday morning. Everyone should have eaten breakfast on their own. This is the backpacking campout. There will be a “What to Pack” demonstration at the meeting on November 3rd. If you don’t have a backpack, the Troop and other families have several available for use. See Mr. Short at a meeting or e-mail him at justins@tempestcompany.com to arrange to borrow one.


Popcorn Sales End this Weekend

There are FOUR days remaining for popcorn sales!!! All money, unsold popcorn, and orders for more popcorn are due to Cathy Thomas no later than Sunday, October 26th. She is available on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The address is 7544 South 198th Street (Get Directions). Please call Cathy at 402-871-8674 if you wish to stop by before Sunday.

  • All orders need to be on one order form or a separate sheet of paper with the Scout’s name and the items which need to be ordered.
  • The money for any popcorn you are ordering is also due Sunday at the time the order is placed.
  • Please bring any empty popcorn boxes that were given with popcorn pickup.
  • The Troop is not allowed to return chocolate popcorn (items B or VV). Scouts can return these items to me and they will be re-distributed to Scouts who need them.
  • Scouts will be notified of any partial orders which may be filled from returned items shortly after sales are finalized.
  • Scouts may expect to receive the popcorn you are ordering around November 23rd.

Troop 405 Financial Update – October 20th, 2014

Updated Scout account balances as of October 20, 2014 have been emailed. The current balances represent changes to your Scout’s account since October 1st. This includes the Mid-America Council Jubilee last weekend. The cost for Jubilee was $48 per scout: $30.00 registration, $8.00 lunch coupon, and $10.00 for other food costs.

If your account balance is negative (as indicated by a parenthesis in the third column of numbers by your or your Scout’s name), please bring a check to the next Troop meeting to balance the account.

Recharter Fees are due by November 24th. The Troop will file its annual recharter with Mid-America Council in December. In order to ensure our Scouts and Adult Volunteers get rechartered with the Troop, all accounts need to be current with recharter fees deposited by November 24th. Recharter fees are as follows:

  • 1st Scout: $80.00
  • 2nd and subsequent Scouts: $68.00 each
  • Eagle Scouts: $40
  • Adult Leaders: $25

For example, a family of two Scouts and one Adult Leader would need to ensure the Scout accounts have a total of $173.00 to cover recharter fees. This is in addition to any negative amounts already owed.

If your Scout is not planning on rechartering, please let the Troop know as soon as possible.

Please contact Steve Gibson at stgibson14@yahoo.com with any questions.

October 16th Troop News

Parent Meeting

Parents please plan to attend an important parent meeting on October 27th during the regular Monday meeting at 7:00 p.m. This should not take more than 30 minutes. We would like as many parents there as possible.


Service Hours

Church Cleanup for our Chartered Organization will be held at Living Faith United Methodist Church this Saturday, October 18th, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Show up for as much of the time as you have available.

Fall Cleanup is also this Saturday, October 18th at Hawthorn Park on the corner of Karen Street & 175th Avenue (Get Directions). We will be picking up trash from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wear warm clothes and bring work gloves to pick up trash.

The Ranch Run will provide another chance for Scouts to complete service hours. It will be this Sunday, October 19th, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Be at the Church by 11:45 a.m. to carpool or caravan to the event.

Please try to attend at least one of the above events this weekend.


Salvation Army

Bell ringing to raise money for the Salvation Army will take place Saturday, December 13th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Baker’s Supermarket on 173rd and Center (Get Directions). There will be a sign-up sheet at the meetings.


Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

Citizenship in the Community


Mr. Boerrigter is organizing the Eagle required Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge. He will begin with an initial 5 minute meeting this Monday, October 20th, after the Troop meeting. Bring a completed and signed blue card. You will be required to complete requirements 4 and 7 on your own.


Communications Merit Badge

Communications Merit Badge

Communications


The Eagle required Communications Merit Badge is continuing with Mrs. Gissler. Please talk to Mrs. Gissler soon if you plan on doing the badge in order to keep with the group.


Genealogy Merit Badge

Genealogy Merit Badge

Genealogy


The Genealogy Merit Badge Clinic will be held at The Durham Museum (Get Directions) next Saturday, October 25th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. You will need to sign up at the meeting on Monday. It will be $12.00 per Scout and $5.00 per adult. The Merit Badge Clinic will incorporate the traveling exhibit currently at the Museum.


Movie Night

Bring ideas for a Halloween-themed movie to watch on movie day which will take place on October 27th instead of our regular meeting. We will vote on the movie next Monday.


Camp Cedars Summer Staff

If you love to go to Summer Camp and are at least 14 years old, you have the chance to sign up for Camp Cedars’ Staff. It is a fun and rewarding experience! See Mr. Short for an application. 14 year old staff would be volunteers (non-paid). Staff 15 years and older may be paid and will make more if they have previously been a volunteer.


Summer Camp 2015

If you will be 14 years or older by July, you may participate in the Troop Boundary Waters trip the week of July 18th, 2015. This trip will consist of about 50 miles of canoeing and primitive camping in amazing northern Minnesota. A maximum of 27 people can participate. Speak with Mr. Short if you are interested in signing up.

Camp Cedars is the other Troop sponsored Summer Camp next year. Camp Cedars will be the week of June 7, 2015. More information will follow.


Popcorn

Keep selling popcorn! Sales run until October 25th. The only popcorn left at the Thomas’s house is the Iowa tin and the Iowa State tin. If you are in need of those, call or email Cathy Thomas to schedule a pick-up.

October 7th Troop News

Parent Meeting

Parents please plan to attend an important parent meeting on October 27th during the regular Monday meeting at 7:00 p.m. This should not take more than 30 minutes. We would like as many parents there as possible.

The Troop Committee is meeting this Monday, October 13th, at 7:00 p.m. We invite anyone to stop in and find out what is going on or provide your input.


Monthly Themes

October’s theme is Citizenship, November is Cultural Awareness, and December is Tracking. Please contact Paul, Justin, or Tom if you possess or can help coordinate access to any resources related to any of these themes such as printed materials, someone you think might be able to speak to the Troop, places to visit, etc. The Youth Leaders are working hard to make meetings more interesting and interactive so your Scout has a better experience. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated!


Communications Merit Badge

Communications Merit Badge

Communications


Anyone interested in the Eagle required Communications Merit Badge should plan to meet with Mrs. Gissler after the October 13th meeting (this coming Monday). If you previously met with Mrs. Gissler, you should attend this meeting also! Make sure to have your blue card filled out.


Popcorn

Keep selling popcorn! Sales run until October 25th. The only popcorn left at the Thomas’ house is the Iowa tin and the Iowa State tin. If you need those, please call or email Cathy Thomas to schedule a pick-up.


Fall Clean Up

We will be doing a fall clean up on Saturday, October 18th at Hawthorn Park on the corner of Karen Street & 175th Avenue (Get Directions). We will be picking up trash from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bring work gloves to pick up trash and warm clothes as we will be outside the whole time. A sign-up sheet will be at the next meeting.


Ranch Run

The Ranch Run will be Sunday, October 19th, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. This will provide another chance for Scouts to complete service hours. If you would like to volunteer be at the Church by 11:45 a.m. so adults can drive everyone to the race. Please sign-up at the next meeting if you haven’t already.


Salvation Army

Our Troop is signed up for bell ringing to raise money for the Salvation Army on December 13th. More information including the location will be forthcoming, but please reserve time on your calendar. There will be a sign-up sheet at Meetings for this as well.

Jubilee Information for this Weekend

Be at the Church Friday by 5:45 p.m. for a 6:00 p.m departure if you signed up for Jubilee at Mahoney State Park (Get Directions). It should be a lot of fun! Bring your regular camping equipment including rain gear and a mess kit. The Scouts will purchase lunch and dinner on Saturday from vendors in order to take full advantage of all of the activities. The Troop is providing each Scout with $16.00 which should be enough for two full meals. There will also be plenty of FREE water. You may send money with your Scout to purchase additional food or beverages (pop is $2.00 per can).

2014 Jubilee

2014 Jubilee


Shoe Drive

Clean out your family’s closets and bring any worn out or unwanted shoes to Jubilee. The shoes will be donated to people in need. The Patrol which brings the most shoes (average people to pairs of shoes) will get FREE PIZZA, courtesy of the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. The winning Patrol will be announced at Jubilee. If you are a member of the winning Patrol, show up to the October 13th Troop Meeting (this coming Monday) at 6:30 p.m. to receive your PIZZA.


Order of the Arrow

Bring your Order of the Arrow sash for Friday night. Arrowmen are needed to assist with the Friday night concert and Order of the Arrow cracker barrel afterward. Meet by the main stage on Friday and ask for Matt Summers or Paul Taylor to help out.


Meal Tickets

$10.00 of the funds provided to Scouts will be in “food tickets” good at Famous Dave’s, Sonic, Paradise Bakery, and Domino’s food tents. Other vendors may not accept food tickets. All vendors should accept cash or credit cards. Change will not be given for food tickets so spend real cash for any partial dollar purchases.


Medical Forms

Scouts will need to carry their BSA Part A & B Medical Form (Download Medical Form) at all times. The Troop will provide each Scout with a copy unless the Scout was asked on Monday to provide a new form. If you know your medical form is not accurate or current please provide a new one.

Please contact Paul Dietsch at 402-850-6335 with any questions.

Popcorn

What a great job to the Scouts with the first two weekends of selling popcorn!

There are Scouts looking for more popcorn. If any Scout has popcorn inventory left and is done selling please feel free to contact me to turn in your unsold popcorn so it can be distributed to the other Scouts.

There’s three weeks of selling popcorn left so keep up the GREAT WORK!

Please contact Cathy at 402-871-8674 if you have any questions.

Popcorn!

Popcorn Sales begin Saturday, September 27th!!!!!

Popcorn will be available for pick up for the following Scouts that signed up for pre-orders:

  • Matthew and Michael J.
  • Ben and Charlie E.
  • Trenton D.
  • Jesse T.
  • Dylan A.
  • Weston D.
  • Tristan and Zachary L.
  • Miles M.
  • Kendall B.
  • Tag P.
  • Ethan and Griffin G.
  • Braedon L.
  • Luke C.
  • Jackson and Dylan S.

Popcorn can be picked up from Cathy Thomas at 7544 South 198th Street (Get Directions) on the following dates and times:

  • Sunday, September 21st, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 22nd, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 23rd 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

No appointment is necessary during these times. To schedule a different time, please call Cathy at 402-871-8674. Order forms and paperwork will be distributed at the time of popcorn pickup.

Even if you didn’t pre-order popcorn, please pick up your order forms on Monday at the meeting. Remember this is the Troop’s biggest fundraiser of the year! Not only does each Scout get a large portion of the proceeds from his sales, but the Troop gets some of the funds too. Please DO YOUR BEST to sell as much as you can!

Sales forms need to be returned to Cathy by Sunday, October 26th, with pickup and delivery of additional popcorn in late December. Contact Cathy with questions at 402-871-8674 or catthomas67@yahoo.com.

Thank you!

September 17th Troop News

September Campout: September 19th – 21st

The September Campout is at the 4H Camp near Schramm Park (Get Directions) this weekend. Remember, we meet at the Church on Friday at 5:30 p.m. for a 6:00 p.m. departure. Don’t forget rain gear! This Campout, the boys will be having tons of fun with COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) activities most of the day on Saturday. Every Scout will need to have completed a permission / waiver sheet specifically for the 4H Camp. If you haven’t already done so, please plan to fill one out when you drop your son off on Friday! Also, if you are new to the Troop or didn’t attend a Summer Camp, please bring an up to date Health Form (no physician report required).

We need more drivers to help bring the Scouts home on Sunday. You do not have to come for the whole campout, just a quick drive out and back on Sunday morning. If you are able to help, please email Mr. Gissler at gissmo6d@msn.com for details and include your phone number.


Eagle Project

Drew G. is conducting his Eagle Project this weekend! Drew and friends are performing several musical scores for patients at Methodist Hospital (Get Directions), this Saturday, September 20, at 3:00 p.m. He doesn’t need any volunteers, but if you aren’t going camping, you are welcome to show up and watch them perform at the Rehabilitation Hall, on the 4th Floor of the South Tower.


Communications Merit Badge

Communications Merit Badge

Communications


Mrs. Gissler will be conducting a Communications Merit Badge workshop at the meeting on September 29th. She will help Scouts get started on the badge. Scouts will be expected to complete the badge on their own time, but this will get them started. Come at 6:30 p.m. before the meeting with a blue card filled out and signed by Mr. Short. Worksheets will be provided. Remember, this is an Eagle required badge!


October Campout: October 10th – 12th

The Troop will be attending Jubilee at Mahoney State Park (Get Directions) on October 10th – 12th as the October campout. This is a fantastic experience, with Scouts from all over the Midwest attending, more fun activities than most Scouts will be able to participate in over a single weekend, and great food. Early sign-up ($40.00) for this Campout has been extended to September 30th, and the fee goes up to $50.00 for those registering after that date. If you are interested, please sign up at a Monday meeting soon or e-mail Mr. Gissler at gissmo6d@msn.com.

2014 Jubilee

2014 Jubilee


Popcorn Sales

Popcorn pickup will start this Sunday, September 21st, with sales starting next Saturday, September 27th. Cathy Thomas will be working on scheduling pickup with each of you who pre-ordered popcorn, but please plan to find a time on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday to stop by her house.


Younkers Cards

Younker's Community Days

Younker’s Community Days


Younker’s Community Day discount books are available again. The Scouts offer a Younkers coupon book (containing over $500.00 in coupons) in exchange for a $5.00 donation to Troop 405. This year, we are focusing on online and e-mail sales. This is an easy fundraiser for the Troop where we receive every dollar raised. All you have to do is either direct people to go to the Troop website (www.troop405.net) and click on the Younker’s link on the right, or send them an e-mail with the following link: http://www.younkers.com/shop/home/community-day-coupon-booklet/community-days-coupon-booklet_311676.html?utm_source=premiere&utm_medium=htmlversion&utm_content=242564&utm_campaign=14SCMDAYBK&ICID=14SCMDAYBK242564. Any proceeds from coupon books purchased using either of these links will come directly to the Troop.

We have sold the actual paper books door to door and at the store in the past. Those are also available for checkout again this year. If you are interested, please let Paul Dietch know.