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Troop 200 University

Attention Troop 200 Parents:

Troop 200 University begins this coming Tuesday night (April 2nd) during the scout meeting in the sanctuary.  Come learn everything you ever wanted to know about  Boy Scouts and how Troop 200 operates and what you can do to support and encourage your scout.
This is (most likely) a three-week program with new info presented each week so please try to attend as many as you can.  Summer Camp will be a separate session.  Come with your questions too!

2013 Patrol Methods Day

Patrol Methods Day

Saturday April 20th, 2013.

New scouts should plan to attend the Troop 200 “Patrol Methods Day” Saturday, This day is specifically designed for the new scout and his new patrol. It is an outing designed by our troop to transition boys into Boy Scouting. The day will help the new patrols bond, pick patrol names and flags, enjoy team activities and provide all the very basics of boy scouting.

This event will be held at High Banks Metro Park. Please plan on dropping off your son no later than 8:00 am


From I-270, take Route 23 North approximately 2.7 miles. The entrance to High Banks is on the LEFT (WEST). If you get to Powell Road, you have went too far! You can view further information on the park at We will meet in the OAK COVES Picnic Area – Look for scouts and signs. (Make the first LEFT after you enter the park)

Boys will need a sack lunch, refillable water bottle (nalgene), comfortable hiking shoes (see note below) and a personal first aid kit (see scout book). BRING your Scout Handbook.

Dress Appropriately

The park is always colder than in town, so please be sure your son is dressed appropriately. Layered protection makes it easy to add or take off clothing as necessary. Make them bring the heavier coat, gloves, and a hat – if we warm up – we’ll leave them at the shelter. This is a RAIN OR SHINE event! Please bring a poncho or rain suit if there is any chance of rain. A small daypack for your son to carry things in is ok as well.


If your son has a comfortable pair of already worn boots, bring them. However, we would not advise you to invest in a pair now, if the first day that your scout will wear them is at this event! Tennis shoes are ok. In fact, we would encourage them to bring an extra pair of shoes, and socks. Just in case we may want to change before the hike.

Water Bottle & Lunch

Please be sure your son has a refillable water bottle. We would recommend that you purchase a Nalgene Water Bottle for your son. One of the first things we stress with your child in scouting is the need for proper hydration. Now is a good time to begin the process that will be important for any outdoor activity your son will participate in with Scouting. This is a critical component of summer camp – so let’s get started now! There will be water available for refilling as needed. It is a busy day finished off with a five mile hike, so please be sure your son has a good, healthy lunch.

Pick Up

We estimate that the day will finish at 4:00, however, this is an estimate. Please be available via phone as we will call you if we expect to finish either earlier or later.

Patrol Formations

The Patrols that your son will be in will be announced at arrival on Patrol Methods Day. We will have more on the overall agenda for you at our next meeting, but the formation and bonding of the Patrol group is fundamentally critical to scouting.

Troop Contacts

Feel free to contact us with any questions!

Gary Wallberg Cell 614-203-5450


EasterEggs-512pxHey scouts, the EGGstravaganza is coming up. One of our big events of the year is Saturday March 30th. Scouting volunteers should be there by 9:00 AM so you can help out and have a practice run. Remember this is about giving back to the community and being a role model for those younger kids. There will be plenty to help out with, between breakfast (I believe Mr. Pirt might have already mentioned the free donuts), games, crafts, a cupcake walk and at 10:45 an Easter Egg Hunt! If you can, the church is also accepting donations of plastic eggs, candy or breakfast items. Don’t forget to sign up and be there at 9:00 sharp.

2013 Flower Sale

2013 Boy Scout Troop 200 Flower Sale

March 12th – April 9th

2013 T200 Flower Sale Scout Order Form Final

Instructions & Important Information

  1. Wear your Scout uniform.
  2. Present yourself, including your name and the fact that you are from Boy Scout Troop 200, to your potential customer.
  3. Ask your potential customer if they would like to support you and Troop 200 by purchasing flower annuals.
  4. Discuss options and colors.
  5. Collect their money before you leave. Say THANK YOU!
  6. No ½ flats – we will sell only full flats.
  7. Give Order Form and money for the orders to Mrs. Tawnya Lewis, Flower Sale Coordinator-in-training, aka Pansy Pusher, by 4/9/13.
    *New Consolidated Order Form similar to Popcorn Sales*
  8. Checks payable to “BSA Troop 200”.
  9. YOU must pick up your orders on May 10th ! and deliver the flowers to your customers. Customers should not go to the church to get their flowers.
  10. Questions? Contact: Mrs. Leaver 614-761-0075 or
    Mrs. Lewis 614-448-7087

REMEMBER – Flower Sale Turn-in Day April 9th
Flower Pick-Up Day – May 10th – 4pm to 7pm
Northwest United Methodist Church
The profit from the sale of the flowers will be distributed as follows:

  • Your Scout account: Approximately 75%
  • The Troop General Fund: Approximately 25%
  • The Top seller (total sales volume) will receive $40 in Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card.
  • The Scout with the second highest total sales volume will receive a $20 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card.

Remember, the money to the general fund goes to pay for campouts, troop camping equipment, Courts of Honor, advancements, awards, and various Troop necessities.


Here are links to photo pages for the flowers we offer:

Flower Sale 2013 – Potted Plants
Flower Sale 2013 – Hanging Baskets
Flower Sale 2013 – Flats

2013 Spring Court of Honor


Northwest United Methodist Church
Chapel in the Woods (Indoors if Raining)
Sunday, April 14, 2013
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All family members are welcome to come and celebrate their Scout’s hard work!

Refreshments will be served at the end of the program.
All Scouts need to wear their full Class “A” uniform.
The cut-off date to turn-in merit badge blue cards to Mr. Vidosh or
Mrs. Pitzer is TUESDAY, April 2nd.

Please contact either of them if you have specific questions.
If you have other questions contact
Eric or Kim DeWeese at
Ph: (614) 527-0937

Kroger Community Rewards Program

Due to the implementation of Kroger’s new privacy policy to NOT share personal customer information, we will no longer be able to allocate the amount of money based on what you spend to your scout’s account.  The money received from Kroger will all go to the Troop general fund, just like the Spaghetti dinner proceeds do.  There are still other opportunities to earn money for your scout account like the fall popcorn sale and spring flower sale.

Troop 200 participates in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. This program is used to help our scouting families earn money that will go into the Troop 200 Fund.


The Kroger Community Rewards Program is a yearly program where they pay money to the participating groups. The groups receive quarterly payments for cycles ending in January, April, July and October. The amount Kroger pays out is a share of the total spent by ALL participating groups during that quarter. As such, we never know how much will be received each time. If you want more specific information on the program, go to

When we do receive a payment from Kroger, it includes a detailed report showing the Kroger card number, name and amount earned for each person from our single group. We then add this money to the Troop 200 Account.  To participate, you must have a Kroger Rewards Card AND register that card at

EACH YEAR you must select Troop 200 as the group you want to earn funds for. You can make this selection starting April 1st of each year. If you don’t choose by May 1st, your purchases won’t count until you do make a selection. If you aren’t sure, check your online account with Kroger.

You can only change your group every 6 months. Friends, family, and/or coworkers can register to help earn extra funds for the Troop.   The group you have selected should show on the bottom of the Kroger receipt.

Per Kroger guidelines, the following purchases are NOT counted towards you quarterly spending total: alcohol, tobacco, government‐assisted pharmacy expenses, postage stamps, Kroger gift cards, Green Dot Prepaid Cards, gift certificates, bottle deposits, lottery and promotional tickets, fuel, fuel center purchases, office services and Sales Tax. It DOES include out‐of‐pocket co‐pays for non‐government‐assisted pharmacy programs.


Go to the Kroger website:  Log-in to your account (set up new account if you haven’t registered before)Select COMMUNITY REWARDS
Select Edit Community Rewards Program Information

  1. Enter # 82001; Select SEARCH
  2. Select the Radio Button for: BOY SCOUT TROOP 200 (You will see the address listed is my home address since that is where Kroger sends the quarterly earnings check.)
  3. SAVE the changes


Karen Klosterman
Troop 200
(614) 562-7547