Family Campout This Weekend

The Troop is looking for drivers to drive Scouts out to Camp Friday evening and to bring Scouts back from Camp Sunday Morning. If you can help please email Mr. Dietsch at

The Committee Meeting will be held for all parents on Saturday at 4:30 P.M. at Camp. Please plan to attend!!

Missing Columbia Tent

PLEASE search your houses, basements, garages, cars etc. for a missing tent! The Troop is in need of this tent and would love to get it back for the Scouts. No questions asked.

Scouting for Scouts

Scouting for Scouts is Thursday, August 20th. If you have volunteered please remember to show up no later than 6:15 P.M. ready to make a great impression on the Cubs and their leaders. If you did not sign up and are interested in helping at Rohwer call Mr. Dietsch, Ackerman call Mr. Earhart, or Gretna call Mr. Gissler.

August 24th Meeting

Scouts are asked to come to Monday’s meeting with their cultural awareness materials ready to present to the Troop.


Scouts should be thinking about and working on their Cultural Awareness projects and presentations for the August 24th meeting. The adults present at the August 24th meeting will judge which Patrol did the best job representing and informing about their selected culture. That Patrol will then win a prize!

National Outdoor Achievement Award

The National Medal for Outdoor Achievement was introduced in 2010 as “the highest recognition that a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout can earn for exemplary achievement, experience and skill in multiple areas of outdoor endeavor”. This is a multi-year award intended to recognize both individual and group oriented achievements spanning a Scout’s entire career. The Troop now has a progress tracker for the NOA Award on the Troop website under the “Advancement” menu.

The “Source Data” tab of the tracker has links to all the requirements and pre-requisites for each sub-category of the award. Scouts can track their progress on this tab or view a graph of their personal progress by selecting the tab at the bottom with their name. Previous Scout accomplishments should be fully imported from Troopmaster by the end of this week. Please contact Mr. Long with any questions or corrections, to include individual activities not listed in Troopmaster which may fall under the scope of the award, or to schedule an associated activity or Merit Badge class.

Scout Day at Henry Doorly Zoo

Henry Doorly Zoo is offering the Mammal Study and Landscape Architecture Merit Badges on Saturday, August 29th. Mammal Study is a required Merit Badge for the NOA Award. Mammal Study will be held in the morning at the zoo and Landscape Architecture in the afternoon at Lauritzen Gardens. The cost is $15.00 per person including Adult Leaders. Each Scout will need to pack their own lunch or bring lunch money. Pre-registration is required and Adult Leaders are needed in attendance for the duration of the class. More information is available in the Event Flyer on the zoo website. Please email Mr. Long or sign-up at the Troop meeting so the Troop can arrange for leadership and transportation.

Wilderness Survival

Mr. Long will be signing off outstanding requirements for the Wilderness Survival Merit Badge at the August Family Campout. This is only for Scouts who have previously started the Merit Badge and have outstanding requirements, including the overnight campout in a shelter. Scouts need to contact Mr. Long by email or at the next meeting with a list of their incomplete requirements. Scouts will also need to find their existing blue cards for signatures.


Service Hours

This Saturday, August 8th at 12:00 P.M. at Church is Rummage Sale Clean Up! A group of Scouts is needed for an hour or so to help pack up, vacuum and reset the fellowship hall, lobby & worship center. This is an easy service hour and you will be helping our chartered organization! Please e-mail Mr. Dietsch at if you plan to attend, so we can be sure we have people going.

Eagle Court of Honor

This Sunday, August 9th at 1:45 P.M. at the Church is Simon Gissler’s Eagle Court of Honor – Please plan to attend!! Jedi Council should be there early. Everyone is invited to celebrate this great milestone with Simon. Refreshments will be served afterward.

PLC Meeting

This Monday, August 10th, at 6:30 P.M. there will be a PLC meeting before the regular scheduled meeting. SPL, ASPL, Patrol Leaders, Assistant Patrol Leaders and Scribe should plan to attend all PLCs! Also, voting on next year’s “away” camp was postponed to this coming Monday. Braeden and Jackson will present our options, and Scouts will vote for where we will be going. Please plan on attending the meeting!

Scouting for Scouts

We need to have our Scouts out there helping out with the first Pack meetings for some of the schools that are or could be feeders for our Troop. Everyone consider offering an hour or two on either Thursday, August 20th or Tuesday, August 25th, both from 6:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. for recruiting Cub Scouts to the Troop. You will be helping the Cub Scouts out with a water rocket activity, so it should actually be kind of fun, too. It also counts as service hours.

Please sign up online. Simply go to the school at which you would like to help out and click on the “Sign Up” button, then the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page. Please also e-mail Mr. Dietsch at to let him know when and where you are planning to volunteer. The schools you should target are as follows (though you may volunteer anywhere you would like): Gretna, Ackerman, Rohwer, Whitetail, Wheeler, Black Elk, Reagan, Spring Ridge and West Bay.

Adult Training

Training for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters and anyone else wanting to gain the knowledge of Troop positions will be held on Saturday, August 22 from 8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. at the Durham Scout Center. Please consider attending this training, as we need all of you to help keep the Troop strong. You can attend the training and then join us in the afternoon for the family campout! Sign up online

Family Campout

The Scouts will be holding their regular monthly campout at Camp Cedars August 21st – 23rd. This one is special, however, as all parents, siblings, grandparents, etc. are invited to join the Troop. Everyone is welcome to come out for the entire weekend, just the day on Saturday, just the Court of Honor Saturday evening, or whatever. The Saturday night Court of Honor will celebrate the achievements of the Scouts over the summer, including Merit Badges, rank advancements, and other awards. We may also have a slideshow of summer camp activities. If you are attending dinner on Saturday night, we would ask you to bring a side or dessert to share. The Troop will provide the main dish. Please plan to sign up in person at one of the next two meetings.

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