All posts by Jason Joyce

Scout Master Matters: Upholding the Boy Scout Ideals in Everyday Life.

Clean– orderly, neat, stainless, pure, unblemished, unpolluted

One thing parents everywhere understand is clean.  How often do you have to say clean your room, clean your dishes, change your clothes, brush your teeth??  A scout is clean but beyond the everyday mundane this can mean a lot more to the world around us.

The last few weekends our scouts had the opportunity to work at the fairgrounds picking up litter.  The simplest act of picking up after themselves and the people around them had more impact than they realized.  It made the fairgrounds beautiful so that people could enjoy themselves more.  It helped those fair goers stay healthy by avoiding unwanted pests like flies and vermin.  It kept nearby wildlife safe by removing possible threats to their safety.  It gave each scout pride in their surroundings and a job well done.  Finally, it gave the community itself a sense of appreciation and pride in their youth and The Boy Scouts in general.

Cleanliness is by scouts often the most overlooked item in the scout law. But, as you can see by the example above it is by no means unimportant. Be sure to show your appreciation when your scouts take the initiative each day and those little acts build into a foundation which will be support to us all.

 

Quote of the Month: 

It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavor; riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work.”

Virginia Woolf

Scout Master Matters: Upholding the Boy Scout Ideals in Everyday Life

Faith

We all know a scout is reverent and with reverence comes faith.  I would like to talk a little about faith though and how it has different forms.  Most of us think of religion, we have faith inspired by religion, the world around us and the belief that the big scout master in the sky will watch out for us…. but is that all faith entails?

I don’t think so.

I think faith is that kernel of strength, hope and belief in humanity each of us carries.  Take a minute to think about all of things we put our faith in each day.

We have faith that even if it was a bad day, the next will be better.

We have faith in ourselves and our capabilities- that we will make the right choices to keep us on a good path in life.

Perhaps most importantly to me we put our faith in each other, you entrust your scouts to our leadership.  You have faith that we will steer the older boys into good men who will lead the younger generations in the right direction.   What a precious gift to give and receive, for it we thank you.

 

Quote of the Month:

 “To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.”

Alan Watts

 

Scout Master Matters: Upholding the Boy Scout Ideals in Everyday Life

Perseverance

Perseverance: To follow through despite obstacles, difficulties or discouragement.

With Perseverance you can go anywhere and accomplish anything. Our scouts are examples of this every single day.  We bring them into the pack young boys who often have never been out from under the wings of their loving parents.  One pack meeting, one campout, one service project, at a time they grow in their abilities and confidence.  They don’t even realize they are exhibiting perseverance each time they learn a new skill and don’t give up till its’ conquered.

Knot after knot unravels but they tie it again until it stays put.

Fish slip their line all afternoon until finally they catch THE BIG ONE!.

Tents may collapse during a windstorm only to be put back up.

Perseverance is something each and every one of us will need in our life to get where we want to be so celebrate those small successes because they also teach, adding up to something so much more than the sum of its parts.

 

Quote of the Month:

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.”

Walter Elliot

Scout Master Matters: Upholding the Boy Scout Ideals in Everyday Life.

Scout Master Matters: Upholding the Boy Scout Ideals in Everyday Life.

Integrity

What exactly does that mean in everyday life? It means following your convictions and doing the right thing no matter what. It is one of the first things people think of when they think about boy scouts, having integrity means you can be trusted. Here are a few examples of integrity in action for our scouts to think over:

  • Noticing someone dropped money and returning it without expecting a reward
  • Keeping your promises even if it isn’t always easy
  • Telling the cashier she gave you too much change back
  • Taking responsibility when something happens instead of letting someone else take the blame
  • Ignoring advice on how to cheat on a test and not get caught

Are you living each day with INTEGRITY?

Quote of the Month:

“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

How to clean a troop stove

{Asst Scoutmaster Note:  From time to time, our quartermasters will be writing up informational posts about our troop gear.  The posts have been edited for spelling, but otherwise, this will be their own words.]

To clean a troop stove you need to first take it apart the wires need to be removed first.  Then the connector for the propane comes out.  To clean use dish soap and sponge to rub at grease and baked on food use as little water as possible so you don’t get the pipes for the propane wet.  If some grease is left make sure it is away from the burners so it dose not catch on fire while cooking.

2013 Fishing Campout on Lake Erie [Cancelled]

Unfortunately, this campout has been cancelled due to low registration

  • Download PDF Flyer
  • You will need to bring your own fishing poles, but bait will be provided.
  • All those fishing who are 16 years of age or older need to have an Ohio fishing license.
  • Swim test can be taken on May 19th with the troop.
  • There will be a stipend paid to all approved drivers, with a gas allowance.
  • We will be Troop tent camping on Friday and Saturday night.  Please bring your normal warm weather camping gear, along with Rain gear.  Storms pop up out of nowhere along the lake.  Be prepared.
Drop off your son Day: Friday
Date: June 21, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Northwest United Methodist Church
Pick up your son Day: Sunday
Date: June 23, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Northwest United Methodist Church
Destination Port Clinton, OH and Lake Erie
What to Bring ALWAYS Scout Handbook
ALWAYS Water Bottle
YES Camping Gear
???? Cool Weather Gear
???? Cold Weather Gear
YES Passed the BSA Swim Test
ALWAYS Medication Form (if necessary)
Event Cost
(Give to Event Leader)
$70 total per Scout or Adult.  $35 deposit must be paid by 5/24 and is not refundable after June 4 except in approved instance of emergency or unique circumstances Cash
Check – Payable to BSA Troop 200
Scout Account – Follow the Link
Meals EAT On the Road FRIDAY – DINNER
Yes SATURDAY – BREAKFAST
Yes SATURDAY – LUNCH
Yes SATURDAY – DINNER
Yes SUNDAY – BREAKFAST
Event Leader(s) Drew McCartt Phone: 614-403-4886
N/A Phone:
Emergency Contact(s) Drew McCart Phone: See Above
N/A Phone:
Scout Requirement NOT MANDATORY

2013 Advancement Campout

Drop off your son Day: Friday
Date: May 17, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Floor and Decor (old KMart) Parking Lot on Park Mill Run
Pick up your son Day: Sunday
Date: May 19, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Floor and Decor (old KMart) Parking Lot on Park Mill Run
Destination Camp Falling Rock, 12637 Houdeshell  Road, Newark, OH 43055
What to Bring ALWAYS Scout Handbook
ALWAYS Water Bottle
Yes Camping Gear (Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad, Pillow, Personal Mess Kit, Rain Gear, Weather Appropriate Class B clothes, dress in layers, warm dry footwear, and personal toiletries)
Yes Cool Weather Gear
Yes Cold Weather Gear
Yes Rain Gear (as needed)
ALWAYS Medication Form (if necessary)
Event Cost
(Give to Event Leader)
$14 Cash
Check – Payable to BSA Troop 200
Scout Account – Follow the Link
Meals EAT BEFORE YOU ARRIVE FRIDAY – DINNER, Cracker Barrel (snack) before lights out
????? SATURDAY – BREAKFAST Patrol Cooking
????? SATURDAY – LUNCH Patrol Cooking
????? SATURDAY – DINNER Patrol Cooking
????? SUNDAY – BREAKFAST Grab and Go
Event Leader(s) Ed Nydegger Phone: 614-203-6029
Richard Orris Phone: 614-353-2552
Emergency
Contact(s)
Ed Nydegger Phone: 614-203-6029
John Pirt Phone: 614-832-0336
Scout Requirement NOT MANDATORY, but VERY HIGHLY recommended

 

2013 West Point Campout

Grab the PDF version of the 2013 West Point Campout Itinerary.

Drop off your son Day: Thursday
Date: April 25, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Northwest United Methodist Church
Pick up your son Day: Sunday
Date: April 28, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Northwest United Methodist Church
Destination Westpoint, US Military Academy
What to Bring ALWAYS Scout Handbook
ALWAYS Water Bottle
YES Camping Gear
YES Cool Weather Gear
YES Cold Weather Gear
NO Summer Camp Gear
ALWAYS Medication Form (if necessary)
Event Cost
(Give to Event Leader)
$100 Cash
Check – Payable to BSA Troop 200
Scout Account – Follow the Link

Also bring money for at least 2 fast food meals, and shopping at the West Point gift shop.

Meals EAT BEFORE YOU ARRIVE THURSDAY – DINNER
Troop Cooking FRIDAY – BREAKFAST
Troop Cooking FRIDAY – LUNCH
Troop Cooking FRIDAY – DINNER
Troop Cooking SATURDAY – BREAKFAST
Troop Cooking SATURDAY – LUNCH
Troop Cooking SATURDAY – DINNER
Grab N Go SUNDAY- BREAKFAST
Fast Food SUNDAY Lunch and Dinner
Event Leader(s) Ron Gilliland Phone: 614-746-4447
Ron Roman Phone: 614-582-8927
Emergency
Contact(s)
N/A Phone:
N/A Phone:
Scout Requirement NOT MANDATORY

2013 Turtle Campout

http://www.skcbsa.org/district_activities.php?district=Buckeye#The Turtle

Drop off your son Day: Saturday
Date: April 27, 2012
Time: 7:00 AM
Location: Northwest United Methodist Church
Pick up your son  Day: Sunday
Date: April 28, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Northwest United Methodist Church
Destination  Mount Vernon
What to Bring  ALWAYS Scout Handbook
ALWAYS Water Bottle
YES Hiking Gear
YES Cold Weather Sleeping Gear
   
 
ALWAYS Medication Form (if necessary)
Event Cost
(Give to Event Leader)
$45 Cash
Check – Payable to BSA Troop 200
Scout Account – Follow the Link
Meals EAT BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
SATURDAY – LUNCH (Bring your own to eat on the trail) and trail snacks as needed plus two full WATER bottles.
SATURDAY – DINNER (Cooking at Camp that night)
SUNDAY – BREAKFAST (Will be provided)
 $10 SUNDAY we will be stopping for a quick lunch on the way home.  Bring 10 bucks for lunch.
Event Leader(s) Todd McDaniels Phone: 614-563-0035
Rob Tucker Phone: 614-323-3034
Emergency
Contact(s)
N/A Phone:
N/A Phone:
Scout Requirement NOT MANDATORY; SHAKEDOWN HIKES WILL BE REQUIRED TO CHECK SCOUTS’ AND ADULTS’ READINESS

ATTENTION!

 DETAILS ARE STILL BEING FINALIZED FOR THIS CAMPOUT.

Watch the website, the announcements, and the calendar, for Shakedown dates, and ideas for what and what not to pack.

2013 Cooking Campout

 

Drop off your son Day: Friday
Date: March 15, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Northwest United Methodist Church
Pick up your son  Day: Sunday
Date: March 17, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Northwest United Methodist Church
Destination  TBD
What to Bring  ALWAYS Scout Handbook
ALWAYS Water Bottle
???? Camping Gear
???? Cool Weather Gear
???? Cold Weather Gear
???? Summer Camp Gear
ALWAYS Medication Form (if necessary)
Event Cost
(Give to Event Leader)
$TBD Cash
Check – Payable to BSA Troop 200
Scout Account – Follow the Link
Meals EAT BEFORE YOU ARRIVE FRIDAY – DINNER
????? SATURDAY – BREAKFAST
????? SATURDAY – LUNCH
????? SATURDAY – DINNER
????? SUNDAY – BREAKFAST
?????
?????
?????
?????
Event Leader(s) Mr. Leaver Phone:
N/A Phone:
Emergency
Contact(s)
N/A Phone:
N/A Phone:
Scout Requirement NOT MANDATORY

ATTENTION!

 DETAILS ARE STILL BEING FINALIZED FOR THIS CAMPOUT.

ANY DETAILS SHOWN ABOVE ARE TENTATIVE UNTIL COMPLETE!!

PLEASE CONTACT TROOP 200 LEADERSHIP FOR MORE DETAILS IF YOU DO NOT SEE THEM HERE.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND, DETAILS CANNOT BE PUBLISHED UNTIL THEY ARE FINAL AND PRESENTED FOR PUBLISHING.