Chili Feed Information

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.

2015 Chili Feed

2015 Chili Feed


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!

Please contact Tom Earhart at 402.213.8549 or tom_earhart@ralstonschools.org if you have any questions.

Scout Sunday

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:

  • Flag ceremony
  • Call to Worship
  • Opening prayer
  • Leading a responsive reading
  • Ushers during offering
  • Reading Scripture
  • Reading the benediction

Please contact Tom Earhart at 402.213.8549 or tom_earhart@ralstonschools.org 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.

2015 Chili Feed

2015 Chili Feed

Troop Update 01/10/2015

Monday, January 12th, 2015

  • 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.

January Campout

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

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

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.

Troop 405 Update: December 3rd

Senior Patrol Leader & Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Election Results

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!

Senior Patrol Leader: Charlie E. - Assistant Patrol Leader Andrew G.

Senior Patrol Leader: Charlie E.
Assistant Patrol Leader Andrew G.


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.


Bell Ringing

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.]


¡Fleece Navidad!

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.

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.