As Scouts complete their month on the Robotics Theme all Scouts are invited to join in together to see the movie “Spare Parts” this Friday, February 27th at Westwood 8 Cinema (Get Directions). Please meet at the movie theatres located at 2809 S 125th Ave at 5:45 as the movie starts at 6:00!
Cost of the movie is $3.25 and the theater only accepts cash, no debit cards! We are in need of a couple of adult volunteers to attend the movie with the Scouts. Please email Mr. Dietsch if you can attend.
Reminder of the Merit Badge Clinic this Saturday, February 28th at Bellevue University.
Justin Xiong’s Eagle Court of Honor will be held this Saturday, February 7th at 2:00 p.m. at the church.
Chili Feed & Scout Sunday
This Sunday is Scout Sunday at the church. If you are participating in the service please plan to be at the church at 10:00 a.m. If you are not participating in the service please plan to be at the church at 11:30 a.m. to set up. Also remember to place your name on the back of the tickets you received a couple of weeks ago and handout the tickets to family, friends, neighbors, teachers, etc. Remind them to bring the ticket to the chili feed and you will be entered into a drawing.
In conjunction with the Robotics theme this month, Bricks and Blocks, near 180th Pacific is offering the Robotics merit badge for $80.00, a discounted rate. This will be completed in 3 two hour sessions, one per week. Bricks and Blocks is flexible and will offer the program any night of the week, if there are at least four Scouts participating, with a maximum of 16 Scouts. Please sign up at the next meeting if you are interested.
Winter Camping is the 20th – 22nd at Little Sioux. Plan to sleep in tents and have a blast. Sign up at the meeting.
Blue and Gold Ceremony
February 21st we will welcome Scouts to our Troop from Pack 331 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Lutheran Church. February 28th we will welcome Scouts to our Troop from Pack 405 at 4:45 p.m. at Living Faith United Methodist Church. If not on the Campout, please sign up to attend and welcome the new Scouts to our Troop.
The boys should have decided their Chili Recipe tonight; however, we also held Order of the Arrow elections which are infinitely more important. Hopefully all boys are here so we can make sure elections go smoothly and are a success.
We are asking each Patrol to contribute five gallons of chili which is the equivalent of a large roaster full of chili. We are hoping the first year Patrol will have two since it is so large. We are asking for a family from each Patrol to offer up their home to cook the chili. We will be sending separate emails out to each Patrol with the Chili recipe that is decided on. The Troop will reimburse the cost of the chili if the parents of the Patrol would prefer.
Also, don’t forget the families are competing for the best dessert.
As always, we do ask for certain items to be donated by parents and families. The list includes:
Five pound bags of cheese
Large Tub of Sour Cream
Biscuits – we usually go through 20 dozen of them
We will need empty Blue Bunny Buckets afterwards because whatever food we don’t use will go in the freezer and be “recycled” on campouts.
Congratulations and a big THANK YOU to Jody James for agreeing to serve as Committee Chair! Anyone who is willing to help him out as Assistant Chair would be greatly appreciated. This would allow a division of responsibilities and decrease the time commitment for both the Committee Chair and Assistant Chair. Please email or see Mr. Dietsch or Mr. James if you are interested.
Order of the Arrow
Elections for Order of the Arrow are to be held at the next meeting, Monday, January 26th. We need as many Scouts as possible at the meeting for Order of the Arrow elections. Please see that your Scout is present!!!
February 2nd Meeting
The February 2nd meeting will be a field trip to Ellison Technologies at 2906 21st Avenue, Council Bluffs, IA (Get Directions). Plan on meeting at the church at 6:15 p.m. to leave at 6:30 p.m. Adult volunteers are needed to transport Scouts to and from Ellison Technologies. Please contact Mr. Dietsch if you are able to help transport Scouts.
The theme for the month of February is Robotics. Any adults who have connections to anyone who works with robotics, knows a Robotics Speaker to speak at one of the meetings in February, or would be able to provide resources or thoughts about the topic please let Mr. Dietsch know. A good example would be anyone with a connection to surgical robots.
Court of Honor
Justin Xiong’s Eagle Court of Honor will be held on Saturday, February 7th, at 2:00 p.m. at the church.
February 8th is Scout Sunday and the Annual Chili Feed. If your Scout is available to help out at the 10:30 a.m. service please contact Mr. Earhart or refer to the Chili Feed or Scout Sunday email sent out this week for all the details.
The Troop Calendar is available on the Troop’s Website at www.troop405.net/calendar. The website shows a calendar of all upcoming activities, campouts, announcements, minutes, etc. Please refer to the website and calendar as another source to keep updated on troop!
Sunday, February 8th is Scout Sunday at Living Faith United Methodist Church. This is a chance to celebrate the relationship between the church and the Troop. In addition to having Scouts participate in worship, this is also the day of the Troop 405 Chili Feed Fundraiser, a great way for our troop to raise money. We are asking help from both the boys and their families. Here is all the information you need to know.
The Boys – Chili
The patrols are each asked to prepare and bring a large electric roasting pan with about 5 gallons of chili. The boys should be finding the recipe, setting up a time to cook and doing the actual cooking. Parent assistance and / or supervision is highly recommended. Between now and Monday’s meeting, we need the boys to do the following:
If they have a recipe for awesome chili, bring a copy, so they can decide what recipe to use.
Ask parents if their kitchen would be available for cooking sometime the weekend of 2/5 – 2/7. Each patrol needs a place to make the magic happen!
At Monday’s meeting, the boys will pick a recipe, a cooking location and time, and decide who will buy ingredients. They will then be responsible for cooking the chili and bringing it to the church on Sunday morning. Please help your boys get ready for this event. If you have a great recipe, let your Scout know. Even better if you are famous for your chili, offer to help them cook!
The Adults – Desserts
So enough about the boys, lets talk about what is important – your chance to join the ranks of Mr. Gissler and Mrs. Earhart as dessert champions! We are asking each family to bring a dessert item to share. Whatever your specialty, we would love to have it. We have had cheesecake, regular cakes, pies, a mint brownie I am really hoping makes a return appearance, and more. There is a dessert competition and the chili-feed guests will crown a winner. Please help us out by bringing a dessert to share!
Everybody – Advertising
The key to making this a success is getting people there! The more people we bring in, the better! Please let all of your friends know about it. I have attached a picture with all of the details for you to put on your Facebook pages, etc. I stressed to the boys, this is not a fundraiser if your parents are the only ones present. Please help get the word out. Also, the boys should have brought home tickets from the last meeting, and they can get more. They should write their names on the back of these and hand them out to friends, teachers, etc. If the person comes in and drops the ticket into a jar, your scout is entered into a contest to win a few different prizes!
Sunday, February 8, 2015 is Scout Sunday as celebrated by the United Methodist Church. As a unit charted by Living Faith United Methodist Church, we would like to recognize the relationship between Living Faith and the Scouts.
This year, we are inviting Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts to participate in the worship service at 10:30 am. We are asking the boys and leaders to wear full class A uniforms and join us in worship. We would like the boys to arrive around 10:15 to greet church members.
In addition, we would like to have the youth participate in the following parts of the service:
Call to Worship
Leading a responsive reading
Ushers during offering
Reading the benediction
Please contact Tom Earhart at 402.213.8549 or email@example.com if you are interested in taking part in any of these activities. We would love to get as many youth involved as possible.
In addition to the Worship service, this is also the day of the Chili feed. Hopefully your Scout has brought some information home to you about this, but just in case there will be another email specifically about the chili feed later today or tomorrow.
The January Campout is this weekend, January 16th – 18th at Camp Cedars. We are looking for adults to attend this campout and transport Scouts. Please contact Mr. Dietsch if you can attend. Scouts plan to be at the church no later than 5:45 p.m. to leave by 6:00 p.m.! Please bring a compass!!!!
No Regular Meeting
There is no meeting Monday, January 19th due to the Martin Luther King Holiday and no school for Millard Schools.
Summer Camp to Boundary Waters
Summer Camp to Boundary Waters will be July 18th – 25th, 2015. This is a high adventure trip for Scouts that are 14 years of age and older. If interested, please see Mr. Dietsch.
Order of the Arrow Elections
Monday, January 26th is Order of the Arrow Elections. Scouts please plan to attend this meeting to ensure good voter turnout.
The Monday, February 2nd meeting will be a field trip to study Robotics at Ellison Technologies at 2906 21st Avenue, Council Bluffs, IA (Get Directions). Scouts will met at the church at 6:15 p.m. to leave at 6:30 p.m. and carpool to Ellison Technologies. If you are able to attend and transport Scouts please let Mr. Dietsch know.
Court of Honor
Court of Honor for Justin Xiong will be held on Saturday, February 7th at 2:00 p.m. at the church. Please plan to attend this ceremony.
February 8th is Scout Sunday and our Annual Chili Feed. The Troop is looking for Scouts to participate in the 10:30 a.m. service at the church. If you would like to play an instrument or read at the service please contact Mr. Earhart. The annual Chili Cookoff will be held after the service beginning at 11:45 a.m. Boys were given tickets to this event and are asked to complete their name on the back of the ticket and distribute to friends, neighbors, and coworkers as advertisement to the event. The Chili Feed is a Free Will Donation!!! The tickets will be gathered at the Chili Feed and a drawing will be held for the Scouts. This is a fundraiser for the Troop and any advertisement you can share is greatly appreciated!!!
Scouts should bring a compass to the meeting this Monday. Please bring extras to share if available.
Parents should plan to attend the Committee Meeting this Monday at 7:00 p.m. Please plan to attend as we will be reviewing the Troop Bylaws. Please take a few minutes to review the Proposal to Revise Bylaws. We would like your input at Monday’s meeting on any questions, concerns or other thoughts no matter how large or small on these Bylaws.
There will be a quick Boundary Waters informational meeting for parents at the end of Monday’s meeting at 8:30 p.m. If you or your Scout is interested in attending the Boundary Waters Summer Camp please plan to attend this meeting and sign up so we can submit our reservation.
The January Campout will be held the 16th – 18th at Karp Pavillion, Camp Cedars (Get Directions). Please meet at the Church no later than 5:45 p.m. to load the trailer and get organized for a 6:00 p.m. departure. We encourage adult participation on all Campouts and suggest this one might be easier since we will be staying indoors.
Order of the Arrow Elections
Order of the Arrow elections Will be held during the January 26th meeting. It is important we have a great turnout from all Scouts in order to hold valid elections. Please plan on having your Scouts attend the meeting on January 26th.
Scout Sunday is February 8th, 2015. Scouts are encouraged to attend worship services in uniform at their own church or at Living Faith United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. We will hold the annual Chili Feed and Competition at the Church immediately following the service. Scouts are encouraged to invite family and friends to sample chili and desserts for a free-will donation. There will be a competition among the Scouts to see who can get the most friends and family to the event. Scouts will be making chili with their Patrols at someone’s home in the days prior to the Chili Feed. More information will be coming home with the Scouts as the date approaches.
Pahuk Pride is leadership training for Scouts. It is a summer-camp like training conference and will be held July 26th – August 1st at the Little Sioux Scout Ranch (Get Directions). Pahuk Pride has been rated as “most excellent” by Troop members who have attended in the past. Scouts must be 13 years old and attained the rank of First Class by the time of the conference. The cost is $225.00; however, the Troop has funded one-half of the cost in the past. Scouts must be approved by the Scoutmaster in order to attend. Space is limited; please speak with Mr. Dietsch by the end of January in order to be considered.
Congratulations to the Troop’s new Senior Patrol Leader, Charlie E., and the new Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Andrew G.! They were elected by the Scouts at Monday’s meeting. We are all looking forward to a great 2015 under their leadership. Good luck, gentlemen!
Thank you also to Justin X. and Charlie E. for their leadership over the last six months. They are closing out their last few meetings as Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and deserve everyone’s congratulations on their accomplishments!
December Campout this Weekend
The December Campout is this weekend, December 5th – 7th at Pentzien Lodge, Camp Eagle (Get Directions). Hopefully everyone planning to attend has signed up already. This is the “electronics” campout, so feel free to bring any electronics, board games, card games, etc. to share with the Troop. Several people have already signed up to bring TVs and XBoxs. We will be staying in a cabin but tents will be available if Scouts are interested in sleeping outside. Scouts may also want to bring a cot if they have one as there are no sleeping bunks in the lodge. All Scouts must have coats, hat, gloves, etc. for outdoor activities.
Please meet at the Church no later than 5:40 p.m. for a 6:00 p.m. departure. We will be providing pizza for dinner on Friday night. The Scouts will have a White Elephant gift exchange for anyone who brings a $10.00 – $15.00 gift. Please, no food, toilet paper, or duct tape.
Court of Honor
The December Court of Honor will be held this coming Monday, December 8th at the regular meeting time. All parents are invited to attend, especially if your Scout will be advancing in Rank or receiving Merit Badges. Scouts must wear proper attire. Parents are asked to bring a dessert to share after the Court of Honor.
The Troop is signed up to ring bells to raise money for the Salvation Army on Saturday, December 13th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Baker’s Supermarket on 173rd and Center (Get Directions). There will be a sign up sheet at Monday’s meeting. Please plan to help out if you can.
[Pssst, it also counts as service hours.]
To celebrate the Holiday season, the Scouts will be making fleece tie blankets for the Church to distribute to those in need. Scouts will be making the blankets during the regular Monday meeting on December 15th. They are asking for parental donations of 3 foot by 5 foot fleece fabric which will be used to make the blankets. Please plan to participate and bring fleece if you can.
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 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:
The following people have volunteered as First Year Coordinators:
Thank you so much to all of the new people on this list!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some helpful web links toward completing Requirements 2A and 6: